Author: Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren DaneBlade to the Keep by Lauren Dane
Series: Rowan Summerwaite #2
Published by Carina Press on 2013-12-09
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 184
Reviewed by Jo

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she'd escaped so many years before—The First's Keep.Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she's got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she'll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.See how Rowan's story began in Goddess with a Blade.72,000 words

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Rowan Summerwaite has many hats, being a vessel for a Goddess, a protector of humans with the Hunter Corporation and now their liaison, and being thought of as the child of the vampire known as The First and the leader of the Vampire Nation.  Not to mention that her lover is the vampire Scion of the area she hunts in, Clive Stewart.  Rowan is about to begin her most important assignment and she will have to thread the tightest needle ever in order to get a new treaty through the Joint Tribunal.

 

With the meeting taking place at her foster father The First’s home, Rowan arrives and immediately has to find her balance as the liaison of The Hunter Corporation to the Joint Tribunal and being the accepted daughter of the most powerful vampire.  Not everyone is happy about this treaty that Rowan knows is very important to the continued peace between humans and vampires.  In one way it helps that Rowan is surrounded by those she grew up with and by Clive now that he has arrived, and in another it puts just a bigger target on Rowan’s back when it appears that something or someone is trying to affect the final vote of the Tribunal.  Danger is Rowan’s calling card and not even the Goddess is going to be able to help her when Rowan is challenged and must fight to defend her position.  It also isn’t a help that not everyone in The Hunter Corporation is backing Rowan and are even actively trying to undermine her. 

 

However, it seems that everyone but those the closest to Rowan has once again underestimated her determination and just how fierce she is and can fight.  When it is discovered that even worse undercurrents are going on, Rowan must fight while at her worst. It will take the combined help of The First, Clive, the Goddess and others who love Rowan to save her and make sure she will fight another day.  But will they be strong and fast enough to really save Rowan?

 

The single woman who has a foot in both the human and vampire camps will have to put everything on the line, her life and all that she loves, in order to survive a joint meeting in Blade to Keep.  I knew that Rowan would have her hands full acting as the liaison at the Joint Tribunal meeting after reading about her last meeting with the Hunter Corporation and that feeling just became strong as they reached the meeting site.  I was already waiting to hate The First because of how he treated the younger Rowan, yet by the end of the book I had to semi like him after his determination to save Rowan’s life.  I have loved Clive since I first met him and his unending support and love for Rowan strengthened that.  The fight where Rowan almost loses everything showed me just how fierce she really was and also proved just who was behind her and who wasn’t.  I also learned a lot about the Goddess who lives within Rowan.  I am now waiting, only semi-patiently, for the next chapter in Rowan and Clive’s world because I know that fur is going to fly and Rowan will show one nasty vampire just what happens when you go after the wrong person.  Blade to Keep is packed full of suspense, hot passion and deadly danger that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page to find the next riddle or answer.  I know it did me and for these reasons and a whole lot I can’t say here, I am Joyfully Recommending this book as a must read and a keeper series.  If you haven’t read the first book, Goddess with a Blade, I suggest you do that first or you might have questions on who is who and how Rowan and Clive came together.  

NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren Dane

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NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren DaneNever Enough by Lauren Dane
Series: Brown Siblings #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2011-09-06
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo

From the national bestselling author of Inside Out--a sizzling story of insatiable passion. Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that shakes Gillian to her core.Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. It takes a lot to shock him-but the bombshell that he has a son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up elegant woman who's raising him ignites his erotic and romantic attention-and engages his heart.

Adrian Brown decided last year to take some down time to spend with his family and friends and to just enjoy life. His life as a famous rock star puts many demands on his time and energy which Adrian loves – don’t think he doesn’t, but he just knew that there was more out there than just the rock star life. Unfortunately the rock star life in public also puts him in line for some bogus claims. Which is what he instantly thought was happening when he learned about Gillian Forrester’s story.

Gillian Forrester has adopted and raised her sister’s son from the moment of his birth. Originally from England and wanting a career in music, all that changed when she was presented Miles. Gillian never knew who the father was until just recently when her sister died and told her on her death bed. After some serious heart wrenching thought, Gillian has decided that Miles needs to know his father and decides to approach Adrian and his family. What she doesn’t expect is the slap in the face she gets at first, nor the attraction she feels for Adrian once they actually meet.

Adrian is mad at first and then afraid to believe that this child is his. Scared enough that he offends Gillian trying to protect himself. But when the truth rises up and hits him in the chest, Adrian is now determined to learn all he can about Miles and find a place for him in his life. With his family backing him and more than willing to accept new members into their extended family, Adrian reaches out to both Gillian and Miles. The attraction between Gillian and Adrian makes it even harder to bring Miles and Adrian together as neither want to risk hurting Miles. Just when it looks like it will finally be smooth sailing, both of their pasts strike out and puts a ripping tear into their budding relationship. When the misunderstandings are cleared up, has too much been said in shock and anger for Gillian and Adrian to have the forever they both wanted so much?

A little boy brings two huge and loving hearts together in a passion that will rock forever. It’s for the love of Miles that brings Gillian and Adrian together in Never Enough. I can just imagine how hard it was for Gillian to decide to first approach Adrian, and then to deal with his response. I could tell then that it really was the love for her son that had her responding to Adrian after the first nasty meeting. While I could understand why Adrian acted as he did, I loved that he was willing to admit he was jerk over part of his reaction. Watching the normal bumps and bruises of combining families brought both smiles and frowns to me. Yet I was pretty sure they could all work it out, however I have to say that I was very unsure of that after the last bomb hit and I saw how the Brown’s reacted. It proved to me just how large Gillian’s heart was when I saw a forgiveness that did have me all but tearing up. Never Enough is a love story with a side of rock and roll that follows a very modern love story with all the normal ups and downs and then tosses in the paparazzi chaos as a topper. Never Enough is another winner in the Brown Siblings series.

HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren DaneHeart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Sensation on 2011
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 292
Reviewed by Jo

From national bestselling author Lauren Dane comes a white hot new series about a dangerous family legacy and sensual paranormal passions played to the death on the knife-edge of darkness . . . Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magick from the font of the clan.  It's a direct violation of the clan's rules, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel's willing to make a deal.  One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch and she's eager to go further: He's her bond-mate, a legal conduit into the world of clan witched and their magick. Playing by the rules isn't Dominic's style, but bonding with Meriel-night after explosive night-is.  However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic's mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magick addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches.  Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her clan and the man Meriel loves, and it's casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness. 'Dane always delivers a stemy, exciting ride . . . she leaves me wanting more!' Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author 'Unputdownable . . . great characters, wonderful world-building and, as always, a delicious romance. If you pick this book up, make sure you've cleared the afternoon.' Anne Aguirre, national bestselling author

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Meriel Owen is next in line to run Clan Owen and she is also a very talented attorney.  One of her main jobs is to keep all threats to Clan Owen either contained somehow or to make them disappear and that is on top of what she does in her legal job.  At this point in history, there are many things that are pulling at Meriel.  Times are changing again for those with magick and Meriel is determined to find a way to protect not only her people but all witches if she can.

Dominic Bright is not part of any clan and he has a reason to not want to have anything to do with them.  However, that didn’t stop him from using the power he has to tap into the Clan Owen power to keep his club safe.  Dominic and his partner knew that sooner or later someone from the clan would come knocking on their door. He never expected Meriel or his instant attraction to her.

Meriel went to confront a rouge club owner and instead found her destined soulmate.  Meriel can understand Dominic’s hesitation to have anything to do with the entire clan at first and she is more than willing to just let this thing between them go naturally.  Dominic wants Meriel like nothing he has ever wanted before and that confuses him.  But he is not willing to totally dismiss what she is saying either.  As their relationship grows, both Dominic and Meriel learn that a lot of Dominic’s past isn’t what he always thought it was.  When the past puts both of them in danger, it’s Meriel and her clan who give both of them the strength and power they need to defeat that threat. 

In a time of fast changing reality, two hearts find each other and the love that will let them defeat any challenge.  Meriel and Dominic don’t expect the instant passion they find in Heart of Darkness, but are not willing to let it go once found.  I have to say that I loved both Meriel and Dominic when I met them.  Meriel because she is a modern woman who knows that in order to stay powerful you must change with the times and is willing to drag her clan into the future. Dominic because even with what he grew up knowing, he was more than willing to learn the truth of what Meriel was telling him and learn from some hard truths.  I was riveted to Meriel and Dominic’s story from the first page because I could tell there was so much just waiting to be revealed as each page turned.  Clan Owen has a new and kicking’ team to help lead it into an unknown and threatening future.  I also loved that this series continues and expands the theme of two other much-loved series (de La Vega Cats and Cascadia Wolves) from Lauren.  With two strong and loving lead characters, passion, magick and suspense, Heart of Darknessbecame an instant favorite and earned a space on my keeper shelves.  Joyfully Recommended to all paranormal lovers, who want a paranormal that is a little different.  I can’t wait for the next book and I bet you will be waiting with me after reading Heart of Darkness.

CAKE by Lauren Dane

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CAKE by Lauren DaneCake by Lauren Dane
Published by Harlequin on 2013-09-17
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 156
Reviewed by Jo

She won't be satisfied with just one bite….Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren's gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she's determined to show him that just one taste won't be enough….

Wren Davis is an art student who pays the bills with various jobs but one of those is being a bike messenger.  One of the clients she looks forward to visiting the most is a famous artist who has grabbed the art world.  Wren knows that Gregori is much more than the sneer and tattoos he shows the world and with each visit she discovers more of who the real Gregori really is.

Gregori Ivanov is attracted to Wren and he always makes sure that he has some of the sweets and tea she loves when she comes to deliver something to him.  Their time together is something he looks forward to.  Gregori is pretty sure that he could push Wren for more but he also knows that he isn’t ready for a long-term relationship yet and he really doesn’t want to hurt Wren in any way.

That all changes one night when their mutual attraction explodes into erotic passion.  Being friends as well as lovers helps Wren and Gregori settle down to a routine quickly which could lead to something wonderful.  Yet, when Gregori gets scared of just where their relationship might be going, he seeks a way to back away and sever all connections with Wren.  Wren is really hurt as she figures out just what Gregori is doing, but with the help of her friends Wren gets one last shot at proving to Gregori not all relationships are doomed and that they deserve a chance to explore just where theirs might go.  Can one determined woman show a jaded artist that love really is worth reaching for?

An art student and an artist on the top of the world come together in a blaze of passion, but it will take lots of determination for their passion to find any future.  Wren seeks to show Gregori just what passion can lead to in Cake but will she be able to find a way to demolish his walls?  The relationship between Wren and Gregori was hot from the minute they met but both were able find a friendship together before the fireworks of their erotic night happened.  At first I thought it was going to be an easy journey into love for them, but I didn’t give Gregori’s past encounters and how they jaded him enough weight.  I did love the way that Gregori tried to protect Wren even as he tried to separate from her.  But I have to admit that it was Wren’s strength and belief in what she and Gregori had and her actions that made the ending.  It was a true case of a student teaching a master.  Cake is full of smoldering passion, erotic encounters and a determination to reach for a future together.  A perfect story to warm up a cold fall afternoon or evening.

 

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT by Lauren Dane

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GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT by Lauren DaneGirls' Night Out by Lauren Dane
Series: Visits to Petal #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-09-03
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 24
Reviewed by Jo

Visits to Petal are bonus chapters written as a fun thank-you to the readers of the Chase Brothers and Petal, GA series. They are NOT standalone.Party time? Nobody does it better than the Murphys and the Chases. Visits to Petal, Book 2Lily and Nathan’s wedding is just a few short weeks away, and the Murphys and Chases are doing their parties up right! It’s Friday, and the women head to the Pumphouse to celebrate with cocktails, cake, and laughter. The men? They’re at the Tonk for beers, wings, and trash talk. Throw in party games, penis hats, and crazy-eyed ex-fiancées, and it’s bound to be a night they’ll be talking about for a long, long time. Warning: Fast-talking southern women cracking wise, and the men who love them.

This night is made for partying for the bride and groom to be.  Lily and Nathan’s wedding is coming soon, of course, their families and friends have planned the best and zaniest bachelorette and bachelor parties for them.  If anyone can put on the best get-togethers to wish Nathan and Lily the best for their upcoming wedding it’s the Murphys and the Chases.

The girls have gone all out to find the best party favors and treats that will tease them all with one of the best parts of their men.  Of course, the stories and the memories come out when the teasing and fun begins at the Pumphouse.  Even the men at the restaurant are having fun watching the women party. 

The boys are going to be outdone, but since strippers are out, it’s off for beers, pool and trash talking at Tonk’s bar.  Of course, since it is the Murphys and Chases no one is really surprised when the men’s party in interrupted by jealous exes and ultimately by their well-loved women partners– with party favors in tow.  The night ends up with much laughter, raunchy jokes and the type of love that will hold these characters together through thick and thin.  Just another night of celebration for our two favorite families and their friends that make Petals, Georgia a great place to visit.

Lily and Nathan’s wedding is nearing, so there has to be the going/giving away parties as only the Chases and Murphys can do it.  Girls’ Night Out is a view into the ongoing lead up to Nathan and Lily’s wedding.  This time it’s the night of the bachelor/bachelorette parties, and I was not surprised when the cake and party favors started a night of laughter, fun and loving.  The boys might not be having quite as much fun as the girls are, but that only lasts until the girls suddenly show up to end the night with the men they love – just as it should be.  Of course, a couple of sour apples had to show their heads, but I knew nothing would dim the love surrounding our partiers.  I have loved every visit to Petals, Georgia and I really love these little snapshots into the lives of some of my favorite characters from so many books.  I hope that we either get an entire book in which Nathan and Lily’s wedding is spotlighted or another visit, but a bit longer one to cover it all.  Girls’ Night Out is a quick look at a night of fun and games with Lily, Nathan and their family and friends.  If you love Murphys and the Chases, you can’t miss this second look at what is going on.

 

DRAWN TOGETHER by Lauren Dane

DRAWN TOGETHER by Lauren Dane

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UNCONDITIONAL by Lauren Dane

UNCONDITIONAL by Lauren Dane

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WILD DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

WILD DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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