Genre: Contemporary

OUT OF THE PAST by Sean Michael

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OUT OF THE PAST by Sean MichaelOut of the Past by Sean Michael
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbySabella

Ten years ago Steven’s life crashed around him when he found out his lover, Andy, had died in a car crash.  So he is stunned and suspicious when he comes across a man that is eerily familiar and claims to be Andy.  But once he is convinced that this man is his Andy, nothing will stop Steven from claiming Andy again as his own – not even Andy himself!

 

When Andy woke up from a coma to find his body broken, almost beyond repair he was flabbergasted to find out that his lover, Steven, who had professed undying love, walked away from him.  But Andy slowly recovered and his anger at Steven was a great motivator.  So when he comes across Steven again he is still hurt when Steven doesn’t recognize him but also stunned to learn that Steven had thought him dead all these years.

 

Now, to make this work Andy will need to let go of his anger at Steven and Steven will have to work at proving to Andy that his love for him never died.

 

Out of the Past is a heartwarming story about love lost and found, while also proving that true love will survive even after death.  Steven and Andy are men that have been damaged by the actions of their families and the lies they were told to keep them apart.  However, when they come together and choose to forget the past and its hurts in order to build a future, it is a quick, yet beautiful thing to see.  As readers have come to expect Sean Michael delivers a story with well-drawn characters and passion hot enough to singe your fingers.  Out of the Past is a great read full of love and passion perfect for readers who like their romance with a spice of angst ending in the perfect HEA.

FAMILY JEWELS by M. J. O’Shea

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FAMILY JEWELS by M. J. O’SheaFamily Jewels by M. J. O'Shea
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Corbin Ford is following in the career path of his family as an international jewel thief.  His father was known as the Nightwatchman and never caught.  Corbin’s mother is still pulling off elaborate heists when boredom sets in.  She has no plans to retire at the moment like dear old dad.  Though Corbin has more than enough tucked away he’s not ready to walk away either.  In truth he’s recently resurrected the Nightwatchman to stump the police in Europe.

 

American Luke Eldridge joined Interpol’s Art Crimes Unit several years ago and calls a flat in London home.  Luke’s been assigned to a recent rash of high stakes break-ins all over Europe.  It has all the earmarks of the legendary Nightwatchman, yet there’s no way the thief could be the original after so many years.  He’s dubbed the criminal NW2 and been frustrated time and again because they’ve got nothing to go on.

 

The only positive in his life right now is Corbin.  It was supposed to be a simple hookup after a visit to his favorite gay pub, but day after day the two grow closer.  Neither is aware they are both lying about their jobs.  Luke and Corbin are playing a cat and mouse game of international drama without either being the wiser.  The truth will be a bitter pill to swallow.

 

A rich, intricate drama unfolds in Family Jewels.  Their intimate and detailed storyline will capture and hold the reader from the first page to the last.  Corbin and Luke breathe life into Family Jewels.  Doomed one way or another it’s a fascinating journey to the truth.  Family Jewels has strong, complex characters who honestly love each other and no way out.  Witty and agonizing throughout.   A real page turner.

HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa Schroeder

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HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa SchroederHostile Desires by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Task Force Hawaii #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Dr. Elle Middleton is an English rose transplanted in Hawaii.  You would think that she would feel out of place, however, Elle has never felt more at home than here in Hawaii and with her new friends.  Yet, Elle has learned that sometimes you can’t trust those you think are friends in the past when she was violently attacked while on the job in England.  Because of just how nasty that part of her past was, Elle took an instant attitude against one of the Task Force members—

a sexy Scot.

 

Graeme McGregor couldn’t believe when he got the job and became a part of the Task Force. After all, his background was in the military, not in police work.  But it was the perfect job to help Graeme adjust to life after the military and yet be able to use his skills to the best of his abilities.  Graeme is attracted to the medical examiner of the Task Force, and he doesn’t understand why she is so unfriendly to him, as she has been since they first met.  Not that it has dampened his attraction any.

 

When a murder that Elle is sent to investigate while covering for the HPD suddenly becomes connected to an old cold case, Elle and Graeme are forced into working together to see if they can track down the killer of a young girl—a killer that was never caught.  Elle and Graeme begin to collect everything they can about the old case and soon discover that something strange was going on during that investigation.  Slowly, they both begin to uncover more and more evidence of a botched case.  The question is, why?  Was it just because murder wasn’t common in Hawaii back then or was something else going on?  While gathering the clues in their cold case, Elle and Graeme discover that their attraction is mutual and just why Elle was so mean when they first met.  Now their passion is alive and vibrant, and their cold case has become an extremely hot case—one that when the final showdown happens, will either take down a cold-blooded killer, or it could affect the Task Force forever.

 

An English rose and a Scotsman have moved to paradise in Hawaii, yet their relationship is mired in a search for a cold-blooded killer in Hostile Desires.  I fell for Graeme right away with his compassion for both Elle and the young girl whose killer they were now searching for, not to mention his rescue dog.  Elle’s past was horrible and I could understand why she acted as she did to Graeme originally.  I loved watching as Elle and Graeme worked their way past all the hurdles between them and as they fell deeply in love.  At the same time, I enjoyed watching as they used everything they had to track down the killer of a young girl and bring him to justice.  When the killer was announced, I found that I had half-guessed correctly, but I’m not going to tell you which half, because that would just give too much away.  What I will say is Elle and Graeme’s romance and search for the truth is well worth the time to sit down and enjoy.  I can also say that I’m really loving this series so far.  If you haven’t read the first book in this series (Seductive Reasoning), I would encourage you to grab it first and then go on to Hostile Desires.  But if you just want to read about Elle and Graeme, their romance does stand alone, too.

COMING BACK by Lauren Dane

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COMING BACK by Lauren DaneComing Back by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #3
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Jessi Frankli, costume and wedding dress designer, has recently moved back to Seattle.  There were several reasons Jessi came back, one was to be near her family again and the other is to see if maybe she can reconnect to the men she gave her heart to many years ago.  Jessi and her family are always willing to help anyone who might need it and to bring them into their family.  This is exactly how Jessi met both Mick and Adam when they were younger.  They became lovers at one point, but then both of the men’s pasts crumbled Jessi’s world and they both left her.

 

Mick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel’s custom hotrod and motorcycle shop after he left the military.  Mick knows that he has been messed-up emotionally from his youth, and he has been working very hard to come to terms with the past and what he wants his future to be.  Mick also knows that he is the reason that Jessi’s heart was broken—that he was the one who put the first hole in their relationship.  Then Mick left to join the military to try and understand himself.

 

Adam Gulati, architect who came from a rich family, which doesn’t mean that he wasn’t one of the lost that Jessi and her family helped when he was younger. Out of the three of them, Adam should have been the foundation that could and would hold him, Jessi, and Mick together.  However, when Mick left, Adam struggled with his emotions and eventually he drifted away from Jessi.  Adam has spent the last several years learning about just what he needed in a relationship and how to get it and keep it.

 

The night that Twisted Steel had a huge party for their new building was the night that Jessi, Mick, and Adam reconnected both in public and in private.  While they all still have feelings for each other, they all know that it will take hard work and a lot of understanding before they can begin to have what they started years before.  Each one of them is a leg of the relationship and offers something the others need. While the three of them are working at forming the life they always wanted, each has burdens that they must overcome, both together and separately.  Mick gained his new balance from his good friends at Twisted Steel, friends that Jessi and Adam soon find as their own, too.  As the weeks pass, Adam, Jessi, and Mick have the beginnings of a very special and loving relationship.  However, there is one final thing that needs to be dealt with before the three of them can go forward with their lives.  While one will have to do it, the other two will be right there to help and heal them—just as it should be.

 

Three teens fell in love, only to separate as early adults, and now they have another chance to have it all—if they can find the answers that each needs to believe and trust in that love. Jessi, Mick, and Adam will not only find that, but a lot more in Coming Back.  From the previous books in the series, I knew that Mick had a very troubled past and one that made him run for a while.  I hoped that he would find what he needed, because I had fallen for the hard-luck bad boy.  After meeting Jessi, I immediately loved her quirky personality, and Adam impressed me with his inner strength and willingness to use it in a loving way to bring Mick and Jessi what they needed.  Watching as Jessi, Adam, and Mick worked through each and every one of their issues and that with each victory their love only became stronger, made it hard to put the book down when I needed to.  This is one threesome that needs to be together; they complement each other in so many ways that I really can’t explain.  You just really need to read their story and see how right they are for each other.  Coming Back is a ‘second chance at love’ story, but it’s so much more, too.  It’s friendships; it’s family you make—not just what you are born with and, of course, it’s a deep love.

THAT’S NOT MY BABY by Erosa Knowles

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THAT’S NOT MY BABY by Erosa KnowlesThat's Not My Baby by Erosa Knowles
Series: Club Reclamation #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial, Military

As a man of honor, Max Delgado always keeps his promises.  When the widow of his deceased teammate is violently attacked, Max will do whatever in his power to keep her safe. Max and his ex-military teammates are determined to hunt down and eliminate the threat before it could end her and her unborn child’s lives.  To add more fuel to the fire, Max and Tamara are at odds because he wants to move their relationship to the next level, whereas, Tamara wants to take things slowly until his son, Kevin, can get to know her.

 

Will Max be able to keep his promise?  And, more importantly, after enduring the glitches in their whirlwind courtship, will Max and Tamara’s relationship survive this new obstacle?

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed Erosa Knowles’ Reclamation series.  She is such a great storyteller.  I was hooked from the first book, Murder At The Beach. With each book my love of these characters and their story never diminished.  The latest book, That’s Not My Baby is a dramatic conclusion to a spectacular plot surrounding the dealings of Max’s son’s kidnapping.  All the pervious happenings come full circle and every intriguing question is answered.  My most favorite part of That’s Not My Baby is the relationship between Max and Tamara throughout the progression of the series.  Watching the development of their intimate connection during the challenging events made the series just that much more enjoyable. It was a nice change to see a couple building a lasting bond through the many trials and tribulations Max and Tamara had to overcome.  Lastly, fresh tidbits were released to pique the readers interest for possible future stories in the Reclamation series and I am looking forward to more upcoming Reclamation reads.

 

Note:  The Reclamation series is meant to be read in chronological order.

ALEXANDR’S CHERISHED SUBMISSIVE by Ann Mayburn

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INTENSITY by Aliyah Burke

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MURDER AT THE BEACH by Erosa Knowles

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LIES IN THE MORGUE by Erosa Knowles

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GOLD SHIMMER by P. T. Michelle

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HIGH-HEELED WONDER by Avery Flynn

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LORD AND MASTER by Emma Holly

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MAKE ME UP by Avery Flynn

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STORM WARNING by Monette Michaels

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THIS YEAR’S BLACK by Avery Flynn

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TEMPEST by Lisa Henry & J. A. Rock

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UNSAID by Avery Aster

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SCORCHED EDGES by L. M. Somerton

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RENEGADE ALPHA by Carole Mortimer

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HEARTTHROB by Mia Watts

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