Author: Lauren Dane

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
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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GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT by Lauren Dane

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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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