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SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa Schroeder

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SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa SchroederSnowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

 

 

Elaine Masterson is a world class pastry chef who has worked extremely hard to gain her reputation.  When her best friend invited Elaine to become one of three partners in a new restaurant, Elaine jumped at it.  After all, it sounded like a dream come true.  And it was, until just after they opened and then the third partner and executive chef began to show his true colors.  Elaine is known for keeping her cool, but she could only put up with so much of Trevor’s taunting, and then she exploded one night.

 

Trevor MacMillian had the best of everything growing up, and he was not surprised when he became an executive chef at a young age.  The best part was when he joined in with a really good friend and another partner in what is becoming known as “the restaurant” to be seen in and to eat in.  All was great, except the one fly in Trevor’s mist:  the third partner and pastry chef—Elaine.  She has a kind word and smile for everyone but him, it seems, so what does Trevor do but try to pick at her for a reaction.  Reaction is exactly what he gets—in the middle of the kitchen during a busy time.

 

Both Elaine and Trevor accepted the offer from their friend and other partner, Mick, for a weekend away.  But neither know that Mick has made them both the same offer for the exact same weekend…that is, until they both arrive at the cabin just as a snow storm descends upon them. Now, they have until the storm goes away, and they can leave the cabin to either come to terms with each other or come up with a way to exist together at the restaurant.  Neither expected the third solution that popped up pretty quickly.  But is it a true feeling, or just being snowbound in a cabin together?

 

Sparks fly when two highly talented people in their restaurant kitchen find themselves alone in a cabin surrounded by snow in Snowbound Seduction.  Elaine and Trevor can’t believe they were set-up by their friend and partner until they are told by him to work it out or face the reality that their fighting is hurting the restaurant they have all worked so hard to create.  I loved how Mick got both Elaine and Trevor in a position so that the feelings they had for each other, and that he could see just below the surface, could flame.  These were two stubborn people who both had secrets in their pasts that affected how they saw the other.  All it took for them to see that it wasn’t dislike, but rather passion sparking between them, was a small cabin in the middle of nowhere and a winter snow storm.  I loved how Trevor put it all on the line to show Elaine that he truly did love her, and that he was so much more than what the rags said he was.  Congrats to Mick for acting, but I think he might want to look over his shoulder for a while because I have a feeling that passion isn’t the only thing Trevor and Elaine will be cooking up.  Snowbound Seduction might be a short story, but it’s packed with fierce feelings and passion that just flies off the page and doesn’t leave you wanting more—except a chance to see how they get back at Mick.

THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

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THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate BaxterThe Dark Vampire by Kate Baxter
Series: Last True Vampire #3
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Jenner is a newly turned vampire so it comes as quite a shock when he walks into his King’s house and finds his mate staying there. Bria has been sheltered by her uncle all her life so when their coven is attacked and she is mortally injured, she is stunned to find herself turned by the King and then as soon as she recovers, faced with a possessive mate. Bria maybe surprised by the sudden changes in her life but she is more than willing to give it her all. But as much as Jenner wants to give in to his desire for Bria, he’s afraid of the darkness inside of him. Darkness that could consume him and destroy Bria. Can Bria convince him to give into her and prove he can control the darkness? Or will Jenner continue to run from his past?

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a vampire romance that enthralled me as much as The Dark Vampire. Kate Baxter has skillfully drawn me in and not only made me invest in Jenner and Bria’s story but left me jonesing for what I know will be stories for the secondary characters. How can I wait? I’ll be stalking the new releases for the next addition of this series!!

DARE TO TAKE by Carly Phillips

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DARE TO TAKE by Carly PhillipsDare to Take by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #6
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Tyler Dare and Ella Shaw have a secret.  Years ago they had one night together that ended badly. Even though Tyler’s sister is Ella’s best friend, they have managed to avoid each other whenever possible. But when a hurricane is bearing down on the tropical island where Ella is staying, Tyler can’t say no when his sister begs him to rescue her. For the first time in years, Ella and Tyler are forced to spend time alone together and discover that the attraction between them is even stronger. Can they overcome the past to have a future together?

 

Dare to Take is another addition to Carly Phillips Dare to Love series and I’m loving it! Tyler and Ella are so hot together that my screen steamed up. I couldn’t wait for them to take a chance and be together. This is one series that romance lovers shouldn’t miss out on!!

ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh

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ONLY BELOVED by Mary BaloghOnly Beloved by Mary Balogh
Series: Survivors' Club
Published by Signet Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

George, Duke of Stanbrook is lonely. He’s never seriously considered remarrying until now but wants a companion. And there is only one lady who he can see as his wife. Dora Debbins gave up on the idea of being a wife a long time ago when family scandal left her caring for her younger sister. When George proposes, Dora is stunned but finds herself agreeing. What begins as a marriage for companionship becomes something more as George and Dora find themselves falling in love. But when an enemy from George’s past returns, determined to prevent George from being happy, can he protect the unexpected love he’s found?

 

I love Mary Balogh. I think I’ve read every book she’s ever written! Only Beloved is a wonderful addition to the stellar historical romances I’ve come to expect from Mary Balogh. George and Dora were characters that I enjoyed every minute I spent buried in the pages with. I know that this is one that will quickly find it’s way to my keepershelf!!

CUFF ME by Lauren Layne

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CUFF ME by Lauren LayneCuff Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York's Finest #3
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Police officers Vincent Moretti and Jill Henley have been partners for years and during that time they have grown to care deeply for each other. But neither has been willing to make the move to take their relationship intimate and jeopardize their friendship. Things come to a head when Jill is forced to take time off to care for her mother in Florida. While there she meets Mr. Perfect and accepts his marriage proposal. Vin is blindsided when she returns engaged. Can Vin finally take a chance before Jill is lost to him forever?

 

I’ve never had the pleasure of reading Lauren Layne before and boy have I been missing out! Cuff Me was just what I was looking for. At times I wanted to shake Vin for his pigheadedness while still desperately wanting him to wake up and grab Jill before it was too late. I truly enjoyed this story and you can bet I’ll be back for more of Layne’s New York Finest series!

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

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BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

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RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

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PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

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THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia Quinn

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IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS by Sabrina Jeffries

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NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean

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I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe

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FOREVER WITH YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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REDEMPTION by Kate Douglas

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INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

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DRAGON STORM by Katie MacAlister

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SIRE by Kate Pavelle

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THE PLUMBER by Serena Yates

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