Genre: Contemporary

WILD RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

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WILD RIDE by Julie Ann WalkerWild Ride by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #9
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Julie Ann Walker finally gives fans the book they have been waiting impatiently for featuring beloved hero Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes.  Wild Ride is well, a Wild Ride from start to finish.  Ozzie has always been the sarcastic, funny guy with a heart of gold.  He has appealed to me and many others since the beginning of the Black Knight’s Inc. series.  Wild Ride is book nine so it’s been a bit of a wait and well worth it. Reporter Samantha Tate is the perfect woman to wrangle Ozzie and steal his heart.  I love books where the hero and heroine have chemistry in the bedroom and these two do but what I like more is their humorous yet serious banter.

Ozzie and Samantha are both dedicated to their jobs and unfortunately that puts them at odds since Ozzie is supposed to keep Samantha from discovering the real work Black Knight’s Inc. does.  Thankfully, life sometimes forces people to confront their feelings and evaluate what is important in life.

Samantha is hysterically funny at the beginning when she…I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say she is electrifyingly determined to save her own butt. Ms. Walker knows how to throw her characters into a serious situation and make it funny without losing the intensity in Wild Ride.

The suspense plot in Wild Ride is great but the exploration of Ozzie and Samantha’s interpersonal relationship steals the show. Wild Ride has the right stuff! Wild Ride is a hold on to the seat of your pants and your heart read!  Walker can always be counted on to keep you entertained throughout her books and keep you coming back for more.  Nine books down in the Black Knight’s Inc. series and I for one am looking forward to more.

 

THE FEELING OF FOREVER by Jamie Howard

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THE FEELING OF FOREVER by Jamie HowardThe Feeling of Forever by Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged
Published by Swerve Genres: Contemporary

Since they were both named Sexiest Woman and Sexiest Man, Juliet and Felix weren’t happy about it, for different reasons of course! For Felix, he isn’t ready to show the world his life after an accident left him in a wheelchair. For Juliet, she’s tired of all of things that come with being a movie star and isn’t looking forward to this. But when Felix and Juliet meet, the sparks fly. However Felix hasn’t really accepted his new circumstances and Juilet is dealing with a stalker that always seems to know where to find her. Can they find their way around the obstacles to the wonderful and real relationship that seems to be waiting for them?

 

Jamie Howard is a new author for me and I liked the fact that the hero had to deal with such a life changing event. Add to that the silent presence of Juliet’s stalker and you have an interesting and fun read. While I have to admit that The Feeling of Forever did leave me wanting a bit more in way of storyline, I still enjoyed every minute of it. I’ll be looking for more stories from Jamie Howard’s Love Unplugged series!

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

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LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill ShalvisLost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction


 

From the moment I picked up my first Jill Shalvis book I knew I would always read anything she wrote. Now it looks like Ms. Shalvis is dipping her toes into woman’s fiction with the first book in the Wildstone series with Lost and Found Sisters. I admit I don’t read a lot of woman’s fiction and prefer romance but Ms. Shalvis brought this story to life and made it special.

 

Quinn Weller is a successful Chef but two years after her sister Beth’s death she still feels empty. She has had a good life but getting through the days is her top priority until the world she thought she knew is turned upside down while waiting to get coffee. A lawyer approaches her and with staggering news that has her not only questioning the life she is used to and comfortable in, but what will be in store for her future. After packing a bag she is headed to Wildstone, CA to finally get some answers about the questions she has after meeting with the lawyer.

Mick Hennessey is back in Wildstone to help his mother after his father’s passing to do repairs on her house, but he can’t wait to get back to the life he has made for himself in San Francisco. Until he meets a woman having a panic attack on the beach. The more time he spends with this incredible woman the more he thinks that just maybe coming home isn’t so bad after all.

As Quinn settles in this new town she is finding out she has more ties to Wildstone that she originally thought and the people there are growing on her. In fact she is healing and feeling more alive than she has in two years which has her questioning if this is where she truly belongs.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was really going to enjoy the Lost and Found Sisters but as I started reading I was not only impressed with the plot but also that it included some challenges for both characters. While there was a romance blooming the main focus of the Lost and Found Sisters was Quinn and Mick working through their past and looking forward to what the future has in store for them, whether it be separately or together.

 

I truly fell in love with these new characters and this town that Ms. Shalvis has created. I believe the Wildstone series has a bright future and I am really looking forward to meeting the next couple and seeing how this series will develop. If you are looking for a fun, sweet and a perfect summer read, this is it.

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk Greyson

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PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk GreysonPlaying with Fire by Dirk Greyson
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

After a bad breakup, Detective Jim Crawford left Philadelphia for a fresh start in a smaller city.   It’s an added bonus that nobody in New Cynwood knows his family is extremely wealthy.

 

The town is being terrorized by a serial killer whose victims thus far have nothing in common.  Heading the task force Jim has been wracking his brain trying to come up with an angle that makes sense.  So far he’s got nothing.  The next step is to talk to a professional and get some insight before the killer strikes again.

 

Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Halloran was a skinny nerdy kid growing up, never fitting in, never part of a group.  Finding his passion as a criminal psychologist gave purpose to his life and he’s good at it.

 

When the detective enlists Barty’s help the doctor is eager to add his expertise.  Fascinated with the case Barty begins to become uncomfortable because the more he learns about the killer the more Barty can draw a parallel to his own life.

 

As they gain ground on the case the stakes suddenly change when Jim realizes the killer has set his sights on ending Barty’s life.  Protecting the doctor becomes the detective’s first priority.  Keeping Barty close causes a whole new set of problems as the attraction between them flares to life.  Catching the killer comes first, keeping Barty a close second.

 

A sharp whodunit is revealed in Playing with Fire.  Solid characterizations bring this murderous story to life.  Jim and Barty are intelligent, career driven, and alone.  Their relationship quietly slips into being as they chase a killer.  Barty’s concerns, his similarities with their foe add to the storyline.  Unmasking the killer happens quicker than figuring out what draws Jim and Barty together.  Definitely enjoyable unraveling the romance that is Playing with Fire.

MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon Witt

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MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon WittMapping the Forest by Brandon Witt
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Forest ranger Gabe Rice left a full-time position and a promising career at another posting for the chance to work his dream job in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Six years on and he’s still a part-time ranger forced to make ends meet with a second job at the Estes Park book store near where he lives.  It all boils down to working for a homophobic boss intent on making his job so difficult he quits.

 

At one time Luis Martinez had everything a man could wish for with a successful career as a therapist, a supportive family, and a loving husband by his side.  The California dream came crashing down the day Chris died.  Inconsolable he sold his business, packed and headed for the Colorado Mountains where he used his savings to buy the Estes Wilderness Lodge.  Knowing nothing about managing a lodge or tourist trips into the mountains Luis was barely functioning, but at least nothing reminded him of Chris and the love they shared.

 

Talked into a touristy campfire excursion by a fellow ranger, Gabe is surprised by his attraction to the cook.  It’s been a while since he’s been interested in anyone.  What he finds is a damaged soul, yet Luis intrigues him.  For every step forward they are forced to take two steps back.  For this relationship to work they will need to lean on each other.  Trust is a two-way street.

 

Mapping the Forest takes the main characters on an extremely emotional journey where every lesson learned brings up new obstacles to overcome.  One deals with workplace bigotry and the other a lost love.  Gabe and Luis slowly learn by trial and error that battling their demons together is what strengthens them.  The couple definitely makes mistakes, lots of them before getting it right.  Love and patience are the answer for these characters in Mapping the Forest.

 

HONEYMOON THEIR WAY by Morticia Knight

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CHECKING IT TWICE by Meg Harding

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A KIND OF HONESTY by Lane Hayes

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SAFEWORD by Samantha Cayto

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THE CLOSET RIDE by Sean Michael

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LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS by Tara Lain

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COIN OF THE REALM by Michael Murphy

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ABSINTHE OF MALICE by Rhys Ford

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THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

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AFTER THE DARK by Cynthia Eden

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ROCK STRONG by Virna DePaul

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ROCK DIRTY by Virna DePaul

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DOUBLE TROUBLE by Erosa Knowles

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CARNAL RISK by Kym Grosso

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CAN’T HIDE FROM ME by Cordelia Kingsbridge

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