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WOLF TROUBLE by Paige Tyler

WOLF TROUBLE by Paige Tyler

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WOLF TROUBLE by Paige TylerWolf Trouble by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

Officer Khaki Blake was left out in the cold by her fellow officers, wounded in the line of duty and pissed off by her ex.  However, that doesn’t compare to finding out she is more wolf than human.  When Khaki is offered the position of a lifetime with the country’s elite SWAT team she never dreamed it would come with a werewolf only clause.  She jumps at the chance to get away from her ex and out of the town that let her down.  Khaki is looking forward to the challenges that come with learning to use her werewolf talents and becoming part of a pack. She never counted on needing to learn how to manage the mood swings of her sexy-as-hell team leader!

 

The absolute last thing Senior Corporal Xander Riggs wants on his SWAT team is a woman. No offense to the gender but managing a pack of male werewolves is hard enough.  If you throw in a female werewolf there is no telling what will happen.  It doesn’t take Xander long to realize it’s not his men he needs to worry about.  He is the one acting on impulse around the beautiful shewolf.  Now, he must figure out what he is going to do about the rampaging attraction to Khaki and keep his team safe from a group of crazed bank robbers terrorizing Dallas.

 

Paige Tyler’s Wolf Trouble is almost too hot to handle!  The pulse-pounding action begins at page one and doesn’t let up until the end! I love the scintillating chemistry between Xander and Khaki! These two will have the reader laughing one minute and all hot and bothered the next.

 

One thing I really appreciate about Ms. Tyler’s writing is her ability to create connections quickly.  I immediately felt compassion and anger on Khaki’s behalf for the situation that she is put in at the beginning of the book. I wanted to rampage for her.  It was easy to identify with her as we follow her journey to Dallas and she joins SWAT.  At this point I fell in love with the Alpha heroes of SWAT even further as these sexy men welcomed Khaki to their team and pack.  Khaki is kick ass! She may have some obstacles in her way but never fear Ms. Tyler has written a strong woman that can go toe to toe with Xander Riggs.

 

Xander embodies the term ALPHA.  He’s HAWT, smart, intense and freaking Stubborn! He wants nothing to do with Khaki when she arrives but hey this is romance! It doesn’t take long for him to realize there is something very special about Khaki!  It is a lot of fun watching as he makes a fool of himself though.  Wolf Trouble gives you everything you need in the perfect romance! I read this in one sitting it was so Addicting! Therefore, I am Joyfully Recommending it!

 

Tyler’s Wolf Trouble will be hard to beat on my list of best novels of 2015.

 

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika KellyI Want You To Want Me by Erika Kelly
Series: Rock Star Romance #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

Violet Davis is exceptional at her job. She has a knack for turning disgraceful popular and wealthy men and women into exceptional citizens.  After her recent successful corporate assignment all she wants to do is take a little time to relax at her wildflower farm.  However, a deal she cannot resist has her doing something she vowed never to do again…working with musicians.

 

Derek Valencia and his band Blue Fire are finally hitting the big time touring with the likes of U2 and Kings of Leon. Unfortunately, the fame is getting to some of the band causing outrageous behavior.  This behavior is concerning to his record label which leads to a professional babysitter being brought in.  While Derek is opposed to having a minder he does realize that his friends need help.  It doesn’t hurt that their minder is a beautiful woman.

 

Will Violet be able to help Derek save Blue Fire’s career and more importantly save the lives of his friends before they do irrevocable damage?

 

There are so many things I LOVE about Author Erika Kelly’s I Want You To Want Me that I have trouble knowing where to begin!  This is my first Erika Kelly book and now I am dying to read more! I must go back and read book one in the Rock Star Romances series because I fell in love with Emmie and Slater while reading this book.  The stars are most definitely Violet and Derek. I instantly liked Violet because it was obvious she was a smart, strong-willed capable woman and most importantly she knows what she wants.  I like the fact that she takes such pride in the work she does. I know how empowering that can be.  I also felt for her vulnerable side.  Violet and Derek are much the same in this respect.  He is also driven to accomplish his goals and feels deeply about what he does.  And like Violet is vulnerable.  It’s completely obvious to the reader that these two are simply perfect for each other but it’s going to take some convincing for them.

 

I Want You To Want Me takes the reader into the seductive world of the Rock Star.  It’s easy to see how things can get carried away very fast.  For instance, the insane chemistry between Derek and Violet is impossible to ignore.  They are sexy hot and their flirting is blush inducing.  I could read about these two all day long.  As a matter of fact I read about them all night long because once I began the book I could not stop reading until I finished! Ms. Kelly definitely knows her romance and she packs I Want You To Want Me with tons of it! I want more and I want it now! I’m afraid that the Letters to Cleo song “I Want You To Want Me” will be in my head until the next book lands at my doorstep!

I Want You To Want Me is a romance that has it all! It’s a MUST Read and a Joyfullly Recommended Read!

 

BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas

BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas

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BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa KleypasBrown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis #4
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary

As a wedding planner Avery Crosslin deals with love and forever every day. That doesn’t mean she thinks that it exists for her. When a chance meeting with Joe Travis at a wedding evolves into a passionate night she finds that for Joe, one night is not enough. Joe Travis knows he wants more from Avery and completely understands that she has been hurt in the past. However that’s not going to stop him from making a passionate night, a passionate relationship. Can Avery put the past behind her and let Joe in?

 

I love the Travis family. I’ve been in love with them ever since Lisa Kleypas gave us Sugar Daddy. I’ve been waiting oh so impatiently for Joe’s story and he’s finally here. With Brown-Eyed Girl everything I’ve been waiting for was delivered. I knew that Joe had to have someone special and Avery is just that person. I wanted to shake her while at the same time I wanted Joe to understand her insecurity and love her anyway. While Jack Travis of Smooth Talking Stranger will always be my favorite Travis, Joe has seriously turned my head. Ok, who can really choose!!? Brown-Eyed Girl is on my list of books that must be re-read again and again!  I can’t recommend it highly enough!

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

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THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena ShowalterThe Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

Harlow Glass is the black sheep of Strawberry Valley.  In High School she was the mean girl who bullied all those in her path to hide a dark secret.  She mysteriously left school and was rarely seen again but she definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of all Strawberry Valley residents.  She decided to stay in the town she loved after the death of her mother forced her to sell her childhood home, The Glass House.

 

Beck O’ckley and his two best friends moved into the Glass House after leaving the big city to try small town life in Strawberry Valley.  All the women in town are determined to win sexy Beck’s heart but he is not having it.  Beck doesn’t believe in sleeping with the same woman more than once. He keeps his life less complicated that way.

 

Beck never counted on a beautiful pie thief capturing his attention.  Harlow may have been caught stealing a pie but she’s not willing to be another of Beck’s one-night stands.  Is Beck willing to work for a woman’s affection?

 

The second Original Heartbreakers, The Hotter You Burn from Author Gena Showalter is some of her finest work, an instant classic!  Harlow Glass and Beck O’ckley are two very complex characters that must unravel and heal their own souls before possibly finding love.  I love the fact that these characters are fighters, not in the literal sense, but in the respect that they never give up!  The characters of The Hotter You Burn will leave a mark on your heart. Beck and Harlow are unforgettable!

 

Harlow may have been a bully growing up but I don’t think I’m giving much away saying she is definitely redeemed in The Hotter You Burn.  I actually felt a great sympathy for her right away.  She is a very original character.  I’ve never read anyone quite like her and I like that a lot. She doesn’t let her circumstances get in her way and she definitely doesn’t let Beck control her.

 

Beck loves his control and hates change! It was fun watching Harlow turn his orderly world upside down.  I love his pushy, protective nature.  He’s a character that can make you swoon one minute and want to shake him the next.  Each of these moments will make the reader fall in love deeper with Beck and Harlow.

 

Another great thing about this series is having the opportunity to revisit the fantastic characters from the previous novels.  They are all woven in so naturally that it is like visiting family for the holidays.  I know I’ve said this before but I just love the relationship between Beck, Jase and West. Their scenes range from hysterical to dangerously intense all of them leaving a wonderful impression on the reader.

 

Gena Showalter’s The Hotter You Burn will set you afire with its passion and grace!  As I regretfully finished reading the novel all I could think was when can I get my hands on the next book? AND why can’t they make romantic movies this good?!

 

CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

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CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. MaxfieldCrossing Borders by Z. A. Maxfield
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbySabella

Tristan is all about having fun as a college student, but he never forgets his family, especially since his father died.  Tristan is also trying to figure out why, after a long string of girlfriends offering as much sex as he wants, he still is vaguely unsatisfied.  So Tristan figures its time to take a walk on the wild side and try sex with a man and see if it’s any different.  So armed with The Plan, Tristan hits the neighboring Borders store and picks up just about every available gay title and sits himself down in the café to see what he can catch.  However, he didn’t count on Officer Helmet, the bane of his existence, being there and offering, through text messaging, color commentary on all the men that approach Tristan.  So as Tristan is ready to pack up and give up on The Plan netting him a walk on the wild side, he finds himself somehow being picked up by none other than Michael Truax, Officer Helmet!

 

Michael Truax has been trying to catch Tristan to give him another ticket and check him out now that he is legal.  But what started as a friendly and safe offer to introduce Tristan into the joys of gay sex, quickly turns into something more – especially since Michael has had his eye on Tristan for a long time.  But Tristan is nineteen, almost ten years younger than Michael, and Michael fears that Tristan will break his heart when he leaves to experiment with other men or go back to girls.  But despite the age difference and their different lifestyles, somehow Michael and Tristan manage to make it work – for a while.  Because when Michael is seriously injured on the job, Tristan isn’t sure he could survive the death of another person close to him.  Can Michael convince Tristan that he is worth the chance?

 

Tristan is so young and not really ready to settle down – even if he is head over heals in love, but Michael is old enough that that is exactly what he wants with Tristan.  Can Michael wait for Tristan to grow up a little and can Tristan trust that Michael will keep his heart safe?

 

I think that I have become a Z.A. Maxfield fan for life!  Crossing Borders is a funny, sensual, romantic read which is, of course, scorchingly hot.  Tristan and Michael pack so much emotion and sensuality into each and every encounter that you share their impatience when waiting for them to be together again.  Tristan is young, impulsive, impetuous and so completely charming and loyal that you will be charmed by him on his very first appearance, but the strongest trait that makes Tristan an unforgettable character is his complete earnestness about himself and what he wants.  Michael is old enough to be cautious and experienced enough to guide Tristan during his exploration of his desire for men.  But when love comes into the equation, Michael will steal your heart completely as he oh so carefully reveals this truth to Tristan and waits with baited breath for Tristan’s reaction.  These two and their story are so memorable and compelling that I can almost guarantee that you will be reading their story more than once and eagerly awaiting Z.A. Maxfield’s next book.  Crossing Borders is the perfect read when you are looking for a great romance that will heat you up, melt your heart and wring a tear or two before it’s over.  I Joyfully Recommend Crossing Borders, it’s a book that will keep you up well into the night because you will want to finish it all in one sitting and you will resent all intrusions that pull you away from Tristan and Michael.  Get Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield today, you won’t regret it!

UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

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QUINN’S GAMBIT by Angel Martinez & Bellora Quinn

QUINN’S GAMBIT by Angel Martinez
& Bellora Quinn

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THE TROUBLE WITH MR. MIDWEST by T. Neilson

THE TROUBLE WITH MR. MIDWEST by T. Neilson

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ARCTIC BOUND by Tigris Eden

ARCTIC BOUND by Tigris Eden

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CHANNELING MORPHEUS FOR SCARY MARY: Payback; Vertigo; Manikin; Tainted; Rebirthby Jordan Castillo Price

CHANNELING MORPHEUS FOR SCARY MARY:
Payback; Vertigo; Manikin; Tainted; Rebirth
by Jordan Castillo Price

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