Author: Elizabeth Lapthorne

STRATEGIC SURRENDER by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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STRATEGIC SURRENDER by Elizabeth LapthorneStrategic Surrender by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #8
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

Kiera Patrick is a Strategist who has gained an excellent reputation and track record on the strategies she has come up with. So when her boss and mentor calls her into a meeting, Kiera doesn’t expect anything unusual.  Big mistake, because she, a co-worker, and a stranger are about to be asked to do something that will change their lives forever.

 

Hayden Foxworthy is a special Operative who happens to be on leave of absence after his last mission in which he came up close and personal to the worst type of dark magic.  Because it was his partner who conducted that dark magic, Hayden’s reputation is a bit smeared, even though he didn’t know anything about it until the end.   Now he is brought into another situation that is dealing with the even darker and deadlier magic.  Not exactly something Hayden wants to be a part of in any capacity.

 

The Tribunal, a counsel of wizards and witches who lead wizard kind, has gained possession of a seriously dark magic book.  However, at least one member isn’t sure that it should be given to the entire Tribunal, like would normally happen.  So Kiera, Hayden, and one other are asked to examine the book and find out what the future holds with the various strategies that can be observed.  When the decision is made to destroy the book with a certain safety precaution taken, none of the threesome expects what happens next—that someone on the Tribunal has turned and now a price has been placed on everyone’s head.  Kiera and Hayden go on the run and try to find out who has put the contract on them and what they can do to survive until that member of the Tribunal can be discovered and the contracts voided.

 

Dark magic brought together two people of light, and the outcome was love while facing danger at every angle. Kiera and Hayden are on a race for their lives while falling in love in Strategic Surrender.  After seeing Hayden having to deal with is evil partner before, I was happy to see him find love.  I had also seen Kiera help other friends before, so it was a pleasure to see her and Hayden come together.  Watching how the decision was made to destroy an evil book, I really wasn’t surprised to see that everyone involved now had a contract out on them or that it came from someone within the Tribunal.  I loved watching how both Kiera and Hayden tried to protect each other in their own ways.  While the danger isn’t over yet, I know that the love that Hayden and Kiera found together will help them survive the worst until they can stop running and just enjoy their lives again.  Strategic Surrender is full of suspense and danger, while equally filled with passion and finally a love that will last the ages and overcome evil.

EDGE OF ECSTASY by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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EDGE OF ECSTASY by Elizabeth LapthorneEdge of Ecstasy by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seduction #7
Published by Ellora's Cave on January 24th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Book 7 in the Urban Seductions series. Melissa is an Assassin and one of the best. Fiercely independent and with her own set of rules, she always works alone and never harms an innocent. When her best friend is murdered, she swears to hunt down the killer. But for that she needs information and assistance. Daniel Cranston believes strongly in working for the greater good but he didn't ask for a partner, particularly not a sexy blonde bombshell with revenge on her mind. When they realize how powerful their prey is, it's far too late to turn back. Melissa is determined to avenge her friend, and Daniel can't bring himself to leave her side. Passion and magic explode around them. On the tail of a rogue Assassin, one who is increasing his powers by draining his victims, what few rules they each hold dear are all going to be left far behind.

Melissa Geyton is an Assassin in the magical world that lives side by side with humans, and she has a reputation as one of the best assassins of today.  Melissa might kill people, but she has a strict code on what types of jobs she will accept, and she always works alone.  That changes when her best friend is murdered, and she realizes that the murder is only one of several.  Now, Melissa is on a personal mission to bring down the killer, and she is willing to call in markers to get the knowledge she needs.

 

Daniel Cranston is also an Assassin, but he loosely works with the Enforcers and human police when a mission demands it.  Daniel also has a strong sense on what cases he will take and what he won’t—that being he needs to feel like he is working for the greater good, and he also usually works alone.  However, when he is contacted to help Melissa locate and bring down this killer, Daniel finds himself agreeing to the partnership.

 

Melissa and Daniel work steadily on gathering and understanding the clues that will bring them the answers needed to discover this killer’s identity before he strikes again.  What they do know worries even them about the mind of the person they are after.  When another of their friends is not only killed, but drained, Melissa and Daniel know that time is no longer on their side.  The danger has always been high, but when Melissa is taken, Daniel forces the help that will not only capture the killer, but will get him to Melissa before it’s too late.

 

Take two strongly independent Assassins in a magical world and combine them with a mission to bring down a serial killer and the sparks fly in Edge of Ecstasy.  I really had to laugh a bit at how Melissa and Daniel circled each other while working as a team.  I wasn’t surprised at all by the fierce passion that exploded between them once they both gave in.  I loved the overshadowing touch of suspense that followed these two on their journey to love.  When I saw Daniel go crazy when Melissa was taken, I knew that nothing would stop him from getting her back, and I almost felt sorry for what would happen to the person who took her.  Edge of Ecstasy shows that passion can happen even when danger lurks in the background, especially when love is quick to follow.

TRACKING DESIRE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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TRACKING DESIRE by Elizabeth LapthorneTracking Desire by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #6
Published by Ellora's Cave on 2013-04-12
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Book 6 in the Urban Seductions series. Julian Sherwyn has always been solid, dependable, completely unflappable, even when his eyes were opened to the magical world hidden behind the human one. Nothing ruffled him-until his last mission brought him into contact with Olivia Congreave. Wild, sexy and the most desirable witch he's ever met, she fires his passions and that wicked grin of hers has stolen his heart. Liv is drawn to Julian. He radiates strength, and for her there's no more potent aphrodisiac. Working together, forced to rely on each other, burning up the sheets comes all too easily. But dependable though Julian may be, Liv is reluctant to trust her heart to his hands. A Romantica(r) paranormal erotic romance from Ellora's Ca

Olivia Congreave is a tracker and a very sexy witch.  Olivia came into contact with the team of Enforcers and human cops when they were investigating what turned out to be her best friend.  Even when Olivia was trying to keep her friend safe, she was attracted to one of the team who visited her.  Now that investigation is over and her best friend is part of the very team that came looking for her.  Olivia is drawn into the investigation and she is more than ready to put her talents to the test and to also get just a bit closer to Julian.

Julian Sherwyn is a human cop who has experienced the paranormal ever since he became part of a test team that mixed Enforcers and human police.  Julian has loved the experiences and how effective the team has been.  Now he has one more reason to be happy with the team, when an investigation introduced him to Olivia, one of the sexiest witches he has ever met. 

Julian and Olivia team up, along with his partner and her best friend, to find what has been advertised as a partial antidote for a new drug that is harming both the magical and the humans.  With Olivia’s tracking gifts, they not only confirm who has the so-called antidote, but when things go crazy, fast thinking has them leaving with a sample of it.  The team believes they finally have the upper hand on this drug that is hurting so many, but that doesn’t last long when their side is attacked.  Tempers are getting short and so is the time to locate who has the drug antidote now and what they want with it.  While all this is going on, Olivia and Julian discover their attraction is much more and only want the opportunity to explore just where it can lead them, but first they have to finish this part of the mission.  Will Julian, Olivia and their unique team be able to track down what was lost before anyone else is harmed?

An attraction becomes a deep passion while danger and suspense abounds in Tracking Desire.  I am loving how every member of this team is discovering their true love all while working on stopping a drug that is harming both their societies.  I knew that Olivia would be a smart and determined woman when I first met her while she was protecting her best friend.  She more than confirmed that while she was helping Julian and the team.  I was so happy to see that Julian was going to get his love because he had been so supportive of his other team members while they found theirs.  The passion was hot and the suspense was very intriguing from the beginning to the end.  Watching Julian and Olivia discover just what they found with each other had me smiling, even when their mission made things a bit dicey.  Tracking Desire is loaded with red-hot passion and lots of suspense and danger; the perfect mixture to keep you flipping the pages.

SEDUCTIVE TRACKS by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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SEDUCTIVE TRACKS by Elizabeth LapthorneSeductive Tracks by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #5
Published by Ellora's Cave on 2013-03-08
Genres: Erotica
Reviewed by Jo

Kelly Robbins works in the archives, mistress of the magical world's many mysteries. But she has a secret herself-she's also a cat burglar, playing the game for the adrenaline rush that runs through her when she slips into the shadows with some forbidden trinket. Matthias Kestell is a Tracker on the other side of the law, able to sense the power each magic user holds within them. When he and Kelly join forces to steal an antidote to a magical drug that is poisoning the streets, he is bewitched and seduced, instantly smitten with her. Even though Kelly now finds herself working with the enemy, Matthias has a magical charm all his own. As heat burns between them, she begins to realize this wizard could provide even more of a physical thrill than theft-and, given the chance, he could steal her heart. A Romantica(r) paranormal erotic romance from Ellora's Ca

Kelly Robbins is living a dual identity, one as a respective worker in the magical archives and the other as a cat burglar with an impressive record.  Because of some unusual abilities, Kelly isn’t worried about being caught in her hobby.  That ends the day she finds herself face to face with a Tracker.

Matthias (“Matt”) Kestell is one of the best magical trackers around.  Matt has been able locate even the trickiest magical user with his abilities, so when he is assigned to find this cat burglar who might be able to help his unit in a matter, Matt easily agrees.  But then he discovers that there is nothing to track, nothing at all.  Matt knows about the rare few magical users who leave no essence and decides that isn’t going to stop him. He’ll use other ways to track down this woman. 

Kelly agrees to work with Matt when she has no way to deny who and what she is; although, she isn’t so sure about working for the law as their cat burglar.   It seems a bit backwards, but Kelly has realized that Matt could probably convince her to do almost anything.  The lust and passion that sprang up between them the minute they laid eyes on each other is another factor in their partnership.  Matt and Kelly have to find out who has an antidote to a magical drug that is on the streets and harming magical and human alike.  Finding the threads and clues to a network that is motivated solely by money and locating the antidote brings a shimmer of suspense to the flaming passion Matt and Kelly have.  When their mission is over, will that passion be enough to keep them together or will their past rule these two brought together by the law?

An enforcer of the laws and a confirmed lawbreaker find a passion that will bring one of them to the other side of the law in Seductive Tracks.  Kelly and Matt learn very fast that love doesn’t care what you do with your lives when it’s meant to be.  Seeing Kelly flaunt the rules because she could brought a smile to my face when I saw that she did it as a lark and didn’t really profit from her heists.  Seeing Matt’s surprise that he couldn’t track Kelly down the normal way had me laughing, but I soon saw that he was a man determined to fulfill his mission.  I loved how fast Kelly and Matt came together and were able to team up in order to help both the human and the magical communities.  I foresee a very interesting future for this tracker and cat burglar combo – one filled with passion, suspense and adventure. Seductive Tracks is an erotic and suspense filled journey as a newly reformed cat burglar falls for her magical tracker and they become one unbeatable team – professionally and in love.

 

PASSIONATE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth LapthornePassionate Vengeance by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #5
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Abigail Turner only went to the doctor for a checkup and when her blood tests came back, she agreed to a series of shots meant to help her with a deficiency.  In reality, she agreed to the beginning of a nightmare of pain and confusion. Abigail can’t understand what is happening with her body lately, but in a weird dream a knight saves her and gives her hope.  One night the man with her knights face breaks into the room Abigail is being held in and rescues her. 

Lucas Sloane is an agent for the Agency and he knows better than to let anyone he comes across while working a case to affect him.  Yet, from the first time he learns of what is going on with Abigail, Lucas is driven to find and save her.  Research shows Lucas and his partner just where Abigail is being held now and that is all he needs.  From the moment that Lucas walks out of that place with Abigail, he is determined to be her hero in real life.

Abigail isn’t sure if she can believe the story that Lucas and his partner tell her about the shots she was given and the doctor who gave them to her.  However, Abigail knows that if they are telling her the truth, then she wants vengeance for all the pain and suffering she has gone through.  Lucas agrees to let Abigail help them track down and capture the doctor, but at a distance from the danger.  While this is going on, the passion that was instant from the minute they laid eyes on each other is distracting both Lucas and Abigail.  In Lucas’ profession distractions can mean you or your partner getting seriously hurt or killed.  When the doctor is located, it takes everything Lucas has to keep his mind off of Abigail and on the mission.  When things go sideways during the mission, will Lucas and his partner make it out to their loved ones?

An agent and a victim come together in a blinding passion amongst a dangerous case in Passionate Vengeance.   Lucas and Abigail have to find a way to finish the case that brought them together while getting a handle on the feelings that are flaming between them.  I wasn’t surprised to see Lucas pushed until he found the location where Abigail was being held.  I wondered if Abigail could possibly feel the same as Lucas after everything she had been put through but it was very easy to see that Lucas was helping her deal with it all.  I enjoyed watching as Lucas and Abigail worked to finish the case while exploring what they were feeling.  When the final battle unfolded, I wondered if Lucas would get out and be able to have the promising future with Abigail that seemed so bright.  Of course, love won that day for everyone.  Passionate Vengeance is filled with suspense and passion with bits of friendship and humor that made it a page turner.

PASSIONATE IMMUNITY by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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FLIRTING WITH DANGER by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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ENFORCER ENSHARNED by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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