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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn KellyDeception Island by Brynn Kelly
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

A stolen boy 

A haunted soldier 

A cornered con woman… 

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who's nothing he expects…and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he's made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan's ticket to freedom. But when she's snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary.

Yet as scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they're double-crossed, they'll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined…because in this deadly game of deception, it's their lives—and hearts—on the line.

Brynn Kelly makes a smashing debut with Deception Island!  This pulse-pounding romance will leave you breathless and aching for more.  The adventure begins from page one and never lets up as two lost characters find their true selves within the arms of each other in Deception Island.

I could not get enough of Rafe and Holly!  Both used to living life on the edge with enough secrets to set the island on fire find romance amidst the most harrowing experience.  Kelly has created the perfect storm of danger, desire, and character depth with Deception Island.  The story is rich in action as well as heady emotion.  Rafe and Holly are such complex characters. Their lives have not been easy causing them to turn into warriors used to fighting alone but now are forced to trust another.  I felt such compassion for both of them and the circumstances that landed them in this situation.

Kelly delivers a Joyfully Recommended Read with Deception Island! I MUST HAVE more of Kelly’s superb action romance! The only unnerving thing about this book were the creepy crawlies and don’t even get me started on the sharks! I know it’s an island I expected them but I didn’t anticipate the screaming I would do as they appeared on the pages.  Ms. Kelly definitely gave new meaning to breathtaking romance for me! I highly recommend Deception Island!

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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SWEET RUIN by Kresley ColeSweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Jo has always known that she is different. As a child her whole existence was to protect her brother Thad, before she was forced to leave him for his own good. When she finds herself in New Orleans she can barely contain her excitement. She is sure that there are people like her all around her. So when she meets the dark fey Ruin she is over the moon. Ruin is on a mission to find the Valkyrie Nix and take her head. But Nix has plans and draws Jo’s brother Thad into the mix, something that Jo cannot forgive. This has Ruin and Jo teaming up to hunt down Nix. While they are on the hunt they begin to fall in love but can their newly found happiness withstand Ruin’s lifestyle?

 

I fell in love with Jo as soon as I began reading Sweet Ruin but I have to admit it took me awhile to warm up to Ruin. Calling him a manwhore is an insult to manwhores everywhere. He barters sex for information and doesn’t appear to like females very much. As I read more of the book and came to know his story, I realized why he did the things he did and wanted him to have a happy ending with Jo.

 

Jo has no idea exactly what she is but she uses her powers to help others (and maybe for a little larceny). She’s been lonely for a long time.  I was so happy for her when she and Ruin found each other.

 

Kresley Cole has delivered another winner in the Immortals After Dark series and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Although I always enjoy Kresley Cole’s Immortals, the last few books didn’t make me fall in love like A Hunger Like No Other and I missed it! But Sweet Ruin made me fall in love all over again. Welcome back to the world of the Immortals After Dark!

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

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FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori FosterFighting Dirty by Lori Foster
Series: An Ultimate Novel
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

 

Armie Jacobson has been in love with Merissa Colter for a long time. But he knows that she deserves better than him. He contents himself with a series of MMA groupies and won’t let Rissy close. Rissy has also been in love with Armie but she’s done waiting for him to take a chance on them. But after a violent robbery at work things change between them. Can Rissy make Armie see that what they have is worth taking a chance on?

 

It seems like I’ve been waiting for Rissy and Armie forever!! And I wasn’t disappointed. Armie is super sexy but stubborn and Rissy is determined! Both make for a page turning read. Fighting Dirty was a rocking good time and I recommend it highly!

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

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BURN FOR ME by Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyShayna

 

 

In 1863, scientists discovered a serum that unlocked people’s natural magical talents.  Since then, the serum has been locked away, but those whose powers had been awakened passed the magic on to their decedents, until powerful magical Houses had been formed.  Some magical powers are subtle, some are deadly, and if the magic user is a Prime – one who possesses almost godlike powers – people have reason to fear their wrath.

 

Nevada Baylor is a private investigator who keeps her talent for lie-detection under wraps.  When she’s forced to take on a job tracking down a Prime who has power over fire, she knows her abilities will do nothing to help her.  Then she’s kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a Prime with unparalleled telekinetic powers, and Nevada’s skills are put to the test.  Rogan, a devastatingly sensual billionaire, is Nevada’s opposite – powerful, cold, and has little regard for human life.  But the two of them must team up if they want to track down their prey.  And the more time they spend together, the more their mutual attraction threatens to send them up in flames.  That is, if a certain pyrokinetic Prime doesn’t get to them first…

 

Burn for Me is an energetic, exquisitely crafted, utterly imaginative book I could not put down!  Ilona Andrews has hit it out of the park with their first Hidden Legacy novel.

 

Nevada is a small-time private investigator who has worked hard to make her family business strong.  When the company who owns her family’s firm forces her to take on a job she doesn’t have the resources to do, Nevada grits her teeth and takes on the job.  I loved that – even when backed into a corner – Nevada doesn’t lose her spirit.  She’s not invulnerable, but she will sacrifice anything and everything for her loved ones.  Nevada is the kind of strong heroine I love, one who is smart, hardworking, has a spine of steel, but isn’t perfect.  She gets an unlikely ally when she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan, a Prime who is as enigmatic as he is sexy.  Rogan is a complex, fascinating hero who tempts Nevada even though she doesn’t want to be attracted to him.  I loved peeling back the layers to Rogan’s character over the course of the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books.  He’s devastatingly sensual and isn’t used to anyone naysaying him.  Which, of course, is why Nevada is so perfect for him.  They heat up the pages of Burn for Me in a way that would put a pyrokinetic to shame, and every time things got intense between them I was totally engrossed in the story.  They don’t have a romance, per se, but there is the beginnings of what should be a powerful relationship that left me desperate to get my hands on the next Hidden Legacy book.

 

I’m a longtime fan of author duo Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, so when I started Burn for Me I was a little bit worried I wouldn’t find the world as deeply compelling as I do Kate’s world.  I shouldn’t have worried.  The magic of Nevada and Rogan’s world is different, yet no less well thought out or intriguing.  The search for Adam, a pyrokinetic Prime, is an adrenaline-packed hunt that is so much more complicated than either Nevada or the reader initially know.  Every piece of the puzzle Nevada and Rogan find leads to another question, and though one plotline is resolved in Burn for Me, it’s clear that there’s going to be an overarching series storyline that is just as exciting.  I finished Burn for Me a well-satisfied reader, but I know there’s so much more to learn about the fabulous Hidden Legacy characters and often dangerous world they live in.  Bring on White Hot!

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

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EXPOSURE by Kelly MoranExposure by Kelly Moran
Published by Self Published Genres: Erotic, Suspense

Raven Crowne could not believe her luck.  A representative for Hoan Dwell, a well-known and mysterious photographer, wants to showcase his work in her art gallery.  But, there is one catch, Raven must agree to have dinner with him.  Grudgingly, Raven agrees because loner by choice, she does not allow anyone to get too close other than her best friend from college, Noah Caldwell.  Raven is shocked to discover that the covert Hoan Dwell is no other than Noah.

 

Noah Caldwell has been secretly in love with Raven since the moment they became friends ten years ago.  However, Noah has never told her about his true feelings for fear that his past would cause her physical harm.  Unable to deny his desire to have her any longer, Noah proposes a deal that Raven could not refuse – a month long affair in exchange for an exclusive showing of his renowned artwork in her gallery.

 

Exposure is a must read type of novel.  From start to finish, I was deeply captivated by thrilling suspense and sensual romantic affair.  I just had to know how the storyline would unfold.  Would there be a ‘happily-ever-after’?  What would become of Raven and Noah’s friendship once the intimacy lines were cross?  Would Noah’s secret past cause harm to Raven?  These are all the good mixtures of a spectacular novel and will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat with breathtaking anticipation.  Raven and Noah are a dynamic couple that will have you rooting for them to overpower and eliminate the baggage from their past; but, most importantly, for them to find happiness with one another.  The chemistry between them is off the charts and the sexual encounters will have you fanning your flaming face.  Kudos to Kelly Moran for writing such an emotional, sexy, and suspenseful storyline.  I Joyfully Recommend getting your hands on Exposure.  You will not be disappointed!

FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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RUIN PORN by S.A. McAuley & S.J.D. Peterson

RUIN PORN by S.A. McAuley & S.J.D. Peterson

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THE LIGHTENING-STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune

THE LIGHTENING-STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune

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HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

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EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

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DEADLOCK by Moira Rogers

DEADLOCK by Moira Rogers

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

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MALACHIM by Naima Simone

MALACHIM by Naima Simone

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SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

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HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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ROCK REDEMPTION by Nalini Singh

ROCK REDEMPTION by Nalini Singh

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UNWRAPPING THE CASTELLI SECRET by Caitlin Crews

UNWRAPPING THE CASTELLI SECRET by Caitlin Crews

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BOUND TO THE WARRIOR KING by Maisey Yates

BOUND TO THE WARRIOR KING by Maisey Yates

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