Author: Lauren Dane

BROKEN OPEN by Lauren Dane

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BROKEN OPEN by Lauren DaneBroken Open by Lauren Dane
Series: Hurley Boys #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Tuesday Eastwood has hit the highs and lows in her life by finding the love of her life in college and marrying him and then losing that same love to a horrible death of cancer. Now she is trying to rebuild her life in an Oregon town with one of her best friends. Tuesday has kept her relationships to friends only and sex is just that, sex. But that was before her best friend fell for a rock star who has a moody and sexy brother—one that just calls out to Tuesday.

 

Ezra Hurley is a rancher and a rock star who fell long and hard and had to fight his way back. The hard love of his family helped Ezra find his way again and now he only records with this brothers and the band and doesn’t travel with them any longer.  Instead, he has taken over running the ranch that they all grew up on. Ezra also is the lode stone that his brothers always lean on when they need help. Having let them down once before, Ezra is not about to let any of his family down again.

 

Tuesday knows that being anything else but a friend to Ezra might just be the thing that finally breaks her, and yet once they share their first kiss, she can’t seem to stop herself.  Ezra was also affected by that kiss and can’t seem to get Tuesday off his mind.  Ezra has made a decision to try two live shows with his brothers now that the tour is coming to an end.  This is especially scary for Ezra since it was touring that helped Ezra lose his way not all that long ago.  Tuesday is also going through a bad time, but not from her family or even Ezra’s. This attack is coming from a place that should be in the past or at least from where she is learning to go on as she has had to. Tuesday and Ezra might be falling in love in slow motion, but the emotions are just as deep and the potholes are just as ragged as when you’re young, stupid, and falling fast.  Tuesday and Ezra also learn, along the way, some of the day-to-day issues both face, including a racism situation that shocks everyone. When the last pothole is covered and what appears to be the last hurdle has been dealt with, will Tuesday and Ezra have conquered all in the name of love, or will they be the ones conquered?

 

A most unusual rock star love story to say the least, and yet Tuesday and Ezra show us just what a deep love and friendship can achieve in Broken Open.  After meeting both Tuesday and Ezra in the first book, I wasn’t surprised when they were the main couple in the second book.  They just seemed to click and I could see they had such potential to steam up the ranch, and boy was I correct.  Tuesday’s story came close to breaking my heart, and I had to cheer for her when she still let herself be caught up in the budding attraction with Ezra.  Ezra showed me just what determination and family strength meant as I read what he had to overcome, even if it was self-imposed. As a couple, they smoldered and steamed up the joint, and as individuals, they were each people that I would have been proud to call a friend had they been real.  The highs and lows of Tuesday and Ezra’s book made it one I couldn’t put down once they grabbed me, and it really didn’t take that long for them to do that. Two brothers down and one to go, and I do believe he just might have the hardest time of all three of them—I can’t wait.  Tuesday and Ezra have a joint star that might be a bit dented, but it still shines so brightly it could blind you.  Broken Open wraps you up in strong emotions, while taking you along on a journey that proves everyone deserves a second chance no matter what happened to make a second chance necessary.  I couldn’t put it down, and I’m guessing you won’t be able to either.

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren DaneBlade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.

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Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home.  It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on.  But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for.  Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.

 

Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards.  Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now.  Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen.  The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger.  The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan.  All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.

 

The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt.  I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end.  I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was.  Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS.  Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on.  I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us.  While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward.  I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year.  What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.

COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren DaneCount on Me by Lauren Dane
Series: Georgia, Petals
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Caroline Mendoza grew up in Petal, Georgia with a normal family until the day her mother was murdered and her father was convicted of it.  Caroline never believed that he did it, unlike some of the other members of her family.  Now, sixteen years later, Caroline is an attorney, and she is back.  Caroline has a multiple game plan now: to become reacquainted with her younger siblings, put her life back to normal, and to clear her father of the murder charges.

 

Royal Watson is a homegrown boy in Petal; he now runs his family’s ranch which he has turned into an organic enterprise.  Royal recently accepted that the woman he loved would never be what he wanted, and he has gone on with his life.  He is seriously surprised when he bumps into a sexy woman who seems familiar and then realizes it is Caroline.  Royal knows that all the boys will be after this vivacious woman as soon as it gets out she is here to stay, and he isn’t about to lose his advantage.  So starts his plan to convince Caroline to date him.

 

Caroline has always thought that Royal was a hunk, although he was a couple of years ahead of her in school.  Now this same guy she dreamed of back then wants to date her.  As Royal and Caroline begin the “getting to know you” stage, Caroline is also following clues about what really happened when her mother was murdered, while getting to know her brother and sister again.  Petal is a small town with a long memory and, as Caroline is coming to find out, with some long standing prejudices in certain places.  As time goes by, Caroline and Royal are falling in love just as it seems danger is targeting Caroline. Royal will do anything to make sure that nothing is allowed to hurt Caroline in any way, even when it means forcing a few harsh truths at people.  The truths from long ago are coming out now and. once they are known. will Royal and Caroline have a chance to continue the loving journey of discovery they have begun and just how will Caroline’s family come out on the other side?

 

They say you can never go home. Caroline proves them wrong and discovers love in Royal while righting wrongs done in the past.  Count on Me brings Caroline home with a long list of things she wants to do.  Falling in love wasn’t on that list, but I found that Royal was all about making an addendum to that list.  I loved watching as Caroline and Royal went down that bumpy road of romance and managed to keep their love and humor with each new issue.  I will say that there is one character that I have liked in the past books that I really wanted to slap in this one.  Of course, Caroline handled that much better and again showed Royal and others just why she was so special.  I loved that Caroline and Royal found each other and were able to come out on top even with all the nastiness that came from Caroline’s search for a killer and to reconnect with her siblings.  Count on Me is a book that will pull on your heartstrings in so many ways.  It has great touches of humor, passion, suspense, and best of all, justice, all while two hearts find each other and become one.

THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane

THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane

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THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren DaneThe Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane
Series: The Hurley Boys #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Jo

JoyfullyRecommendedNatalie Clayton was a bit reckless and wild while much younger, but she is now a college graduate, a librarian, and a respected member of her community.  This is something that Natalie has worked really hard to achieve and she isn’t about to let anything interfere with it.  So when she comes face to face with a man that is directly from her wild past while getting her morning latte, Natalie decides to ignore one infamous Paddy Hurley.

 

Patrick Hurley, more commonly known as Paddy, is a member of a world renowned rock band that he began with his brothers.  While the atmosphere that surrounds rock performers hasn’t been nice to any of the brothers, they all have dealt with the problems that almost destroyed them and right now they are relaxing while getting ready to work on a new album and begin a tour in their home town of Hood River.  Meeting someone he knows in his hometown isn’t uncommon but when that someone is a woman he was very intimate with way back when is.  Even more so is being blown off by her.

 

Paddy isn’t about to let Natalie get away with her “amnesia” of him or their time together and begins his campaign to get Natalie back into his life.  Natalie knows she is under seige by Paddy but for once in her life she can’t use her strong backbone to keep ignoring him and finds herself on dates with a rock star who won’t take no for an answer.  Both Paddy and Natalie have things in their pasts which make any relationship for them almost the hardest thing they could do, but on the other hand the attraction and passion between them isn’t something they can just let go of.  Their road on the way to becoming a couple isn’t easy and has many, many potholes and roadblocks, yet it seems that love is just as stubborn as Natalie and Paddy are.  The only thing that matters when the final curtain comes down and the lights are lowered is the love and trust that has built between them that will let them conquer all the obstacles trying to tear them apart – no matter how large they seem.

 

A past hot and heavy romance comes into the present when one hot rock star meets the sexy woman he never forgot in The Best King of Trouble.  I was entranced while watching as Paddy and Natalie overcame all hurtles in their way of a passion that just glows whether they are together or apart.  As I went on the journey with them, I saw pretty fast that the odds were against them based on various things in their individual pasts.  Yet I also watched and loved how hard they fought for each other and their love, heck they even had Paddy’s family behind them and what seemed like the majority of the town.  When I knew all would be okay with Paddy and Natalie, was when they both were able to say sorry and talk out the final fight and misunderstandings that might have been the final straw that would tear them apart.  The deep emotions, friendships and communication are just a few of the reasons I could not put The Best Kind of Trouble down.

 

Paddy and Natalie are a couple that I could almost see walking down the streets of my town, which tells you right there just how believable of a couple they are and just how down to earth their journey really was.  If you can’t tell yet, I am overwhelmingly Joyfully Recommending The Best Kind of Trouble as a must read and an instant keeper.  What an amazing start to a new series and a refreshing way to make a rock band the focus of it.  I now can’t wait until I can see how the next Hurley brother finds the woman who will become his forever love.

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
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

 

JRBestof2Rowan 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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HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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CAKE by Lauren Dane

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GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT by Lauren Dane

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DRAWN TOGETHER by Lauren Dane

DRAWN TOGETHER by Lauren Dane

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