Author: Elizabeth Lapthorne

PASSIONATE INVESTIGATIONS by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE INVESTIGATIONS by Elizabeth LapthornePassionate Investigations by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #11
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy

Zahra Gower is a witch that, unlike her father and sister, is not intrigued by the politics and all that is involved with the Magical Council.  As a matter of fact, Zahra does her best to avoid all of that, except when she has to attend parties her father and sister have.  During one of these parties, Zahra finally comes to terms with an attraction toward a witch who teamed up with her sister when needed, but was much more freelance than any of the Magical Council investigators.

 

Rob Padden enjoyed his life and his job until it was all ripped away from him by false accusations that lead to him being put to trial.  Now, Rob works as an investigator, but for no one near the high level Magical Council.  Rob is amazed when Zahra’s sister calls him to request his help and to say she now knows that she was wrong in her accusations.  However, before Rob and Tanya can meet, she is killed.  Now, Rob must risk the rejection that Zahra might give him to see if he can find the evidence that will finally clear his name.

 

Zahra is in shock after the sudden death of her sister, but the shock becomes anger when she learns that Tanya might have been killed.  Zahra not only accepts Rob’s apology, but she also teams up with him to find out what her sister learned and who was behind her death.  The hunt quickly becomes dangerous as someone really doesn’t want Rob’s name cleared or the truth to come out about Tanya’s death.  The attraction between Rob and Zahra also flares up again as they team up to follow the clues to a killer.  Yet, another act of betrayal puts Zahra and all she loves in danger, and this life-loving witch must figure out how to stall a killer until help arrives, and only the trust and love of Rob is keeping her going.

 

An attraction that was never given the chance to live is given another chance as two witches follow the clues to a killer in Passionate Investigations.  Rob and Zahra are racing against time to discover just who framed Rob and killed Zahra’s sister.  Along the way, the very attraction that first brought them together just might be the very thing to save them.  Betrayals and rot are what I see Zahra and Rob uncover along the way.  I enjoyed watching as they decided who to trust and who might be the one betraying Zahra’s family.  I loved that in the end it wasn’t the investigators or the enforcers who brought down the killer, but a nature-loving and fun-loving witch with a really strong will.  Passionate Investigations is a light-hearted romp with touches of suspense and danger to keep the story intriguing until the last page.

ICY CONTROL by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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ICY CONTROL by Elizabeth LapthorneIcy Control by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #8
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Robert Stevens is an agent with the Agency and right now he and his partner, El, are working on a stolen painting case.  Rob has known Sally for the majority of his life and has always tried to protect her.  That includes from himself, his dangerous life, and the love he has had for her for most of his adult life.   However, now Rob has been convinced to contact Sally and see if she has any connections that could help them locate the painting.

 

Sally Langtry is an artist and while she might seem fragile, she has a backbone of steel when needed.  Sally always has time for Rob, and she looks forward to each time he shows up at her place. Even if most of the time it is with food to make her eat while she is wound-up in her art.  Sally is very happy to see Rob the day he appears at her door early on a work day, and she is amazed when he tells her what is going on and then asks for her help.  Sally never thought that Rob would ever show her that part of his life.

 

The day that Rob asks for Sally’s help is a turning day in their relationship in more ways than one.  It is the day they can no longer ignore the feelings between them and passion explodes before either realizes what is going to happen.  The painting is soon discovered and, upon examination, the mystery on why this particular painting was stolen starts to be revealed.  As Sally and Rob investigate these new clues, they face deadly danger while trying to figure out how to clear the painting from all other attempts to take it.  Rob is facing his worst nightmare as Sally has been threatened because of the danger of his work.  But Sally is there to show him that their friendship and love is stronger than anything that might threaten him.  The question is, can Rob come to terms with any future threat that Sally might face because of his work, or will he let it destroy their love just as it is beginning?

 

A savvy agent and a dreamer artist finally acknowledge their love amid the danger in Icy Control.  I found that the title totally described Rob and his attempts to keep Sally free of the danger that surrounds his life.  I really enjoyed watching as Sally tore down each of his ideas about what she could face and if she could handle his love.  I really wasn’t surprised when their passion totally exploded the first time that Rob asked for Sally’s help in a case.  I found that Rob and Sally were the perfect team in many ways as their story unraveled. I had to smile as the perfect way of keeping the painting safe in the future was put into place.  Rob and Sally have many, many loving years ahead of them with Rob making sure that Sally eats while in the middle of an artistic masterpiece—not all has changed now they have their love.  Icy Control takes love ignored and danger to a new place as love is found and control is lightened up in order to protect against future danger so love can be free to grow.

BURNING INTENSITY by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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BURNING INTENSITY by Elizabeth LapthorneBurning Intensity by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #7
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Eleanor Williams, known as El to her friends and co-workers, is an agent for the Agency. She and her partner, Robert Stevens, are usually brought into cases that are going to be difficult for one reason or another.  Just now, El and Robert have been given the job of conducting an interview with a criminal who is believed to have been part of a painting heist from the National Gallery. As the interview and facts become clearer, El knows that they are going to need insider help, and she turns to an ex-boyfriend, James.

 

James Waters is a part time gentleman thief with connections that no one in the Agency could ever hope to have. He and El came together for a brief and explosive time, and then her work tore them apart. James is amazed to answer his door to find El there after all the time that has past. However, once they talk, it’s like they were never apart.

 

Passion interrupts before El has a chance to tell James about the case that has brought her to his door.  When they do get around to talking about the case, James agrees to team up with El to locate the missing painting. Locating and following the clues takes James and El from one situation to another, until they finally go with their instincts and follow the clues to the painting itself.  All of this happens while they overcome the bridge of time that was between them and learn just how strong their love really is.

 

A lady spy and a gentleman thief team up to locate a stolen painting and rediscover a passion that could have been lost with time.  Burning Intensity brings El and James back together to solve a crime against the National Gallery of England.  I really loved watching as El and James rediscovered their love and then moved it forward all while tracking down a missing painting.  Their journey was filled with suspense and passion from start to finish. Burning Intensity takes you along the discovery of love while giving you just a touch of suspense.

GUARDIAN OF MY SOUL by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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GUARDIAN OF MY SOUL by Elizabeth LapthorneGuardian of my Soul by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #10
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Sally is one powerful witch who now works as a Guardian—a protector of others with power from those that might hurt them or worse. Sally might now work to protect others, but it wasn’t so long ago that Sally thought she might have been lost to the dark side of power. What first seemed like just a small thing to help out became a strong addiction that almost stole her soul, and it would have without the help of her partner and best friend, Kyle.

 

Kyle has loved Sally for what seems like forever, and he will do anything to make sure she is safe. Even if that means risking himself in order to protect her, then sign him up. But what Kyle would really like to do is take their relationship to the next step, however Sally has never shown him in word or act that she sees him as anything other than her partner and friend.  All that changes one night after Sally has a nightmare that seemed so real.

 

Just when Sally and Kyle are about to embark upon the new aspect of their relationship, they are needed to finish off their last mission and help expose who on the Council has decided to gain and use the darkest of magic for their own gain. Sally only knows of one way to set a trap, and it will expose her to the darkness in her, something that Kyle is not willing to accept at first. However, once the trap is set, it isn’t the darkness that will win the day, but the light and love between Sally and Kyle.

 

Two Guardians put their lives on the line to protect others all the time, yet it will be their love for each other that will protect the other in Guardian of My Soul.  I wondered about Sally and Kyle’s relationship, since they first appeared in previous books. I knew they were close partners, but I wasn’t surprised when their relationship jumped to the next level with a heat that could have burned off the pages. I admit to siding with Kyle when Sally explained her trap, yet saw that it really was the only way to go. I loved watching as Sally and Kyle defined just what love really means and showed just what they would go through to save each other. Guardian of My Soul not only answered a mini arc of this series, but also proved that a bit of darkness just highlighted the bright light and love. It is a wonderful next chapter in a world that constantly has me wondering what will be next around the corner.

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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TRACKING DESIRE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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SEDUCTIVE TRACKS by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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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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