Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

HOPE FLAMES by Jaci Burton

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HOPE FLAMES by Jaci BurtonHope Flames by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on 2014-01-07
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

When it comes to love, they already know the rules...by heart. Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again. That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake. When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever...hope. FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Dr. Emma Burnett is finally living her dream.  After a failed relationship and interruptions to her education, Emma is opening her own veterinary clinic in her hometown of Hope.  While she may be deep in debt she is happier than ever as her clinic opens its doors.  As if her first day couldn’t get any better, a smoking hot cop brings in his K-9 for treatment.

 

Officer Luke McCormack’s K-9 partner is hurt in the line of duty.  It’s lucky for him that a new vet has opened in town.  It is one surprise after another as Luke is not able to deny the sparks he shares with Emma.  Luke is famous for his one-night stands but one night with Emma is simply not enough.

 

Emma lands in unexpected danger.  Will Luke be able to rescue her or will he be the one breaking her heart?

 

The first book in Jaci Burton’s Hope series is smart, sexy and very romantic.  There is even a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure.  Hope Flames is rife with cuddly canines and sweet small town antics.  I fell in love with Emma and Luke and their pets!  I could not get enough of Daisy, Boomer & Annie. Emma is a strong character.  I loved that she worked so hard to get to this point in her life and career. You can really feel her excitement regarding her clinic and her relationship with Luke.  Emma turns Luke’s life upside down. She makes him feel things that have been foreign to him for a long time. The secondary characters are great as well. I can’t wait to see the rest of the characters find love.

 

Hope Flames is a contemporary romance success.

FALLING LIGHT by Thea Harrison

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FALLING LIGHT by Thea HarrisonFalling Light by Thea Harrison
Series: Game of Shadows #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation on 2014-02-04
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Jo

** Before you read this, you should first read Rising Darkness, the first book in the Game of Shadows series.  This review is starting assuming you have the knowledge from that book.

 

Mary and Michael are on the run trying to stay a few steps ahead of the evil that they followed from their homeworld so many centuries ago.  They are headed to the one woman who can join with them and help them rid the world of the evil once and for all, Astrid.  You would think that the danger that is on their heels would be enough to deal with right now, but they are also getting some of their memories back on their previous lives and the love they have had that has followed them down through the years.

 

Astrid has been in contact with Michael as he found Mary and they have dealt with everything that has been thrown at them, all the death and destruction, and she is torn on whether Mary is going to be the help both she and Michael had planned on or if the years and many challenges have weakened Mary.  They are finally altogether and the danger is definitely hunting them.  In the small amount of time they have to plan, Mary, Michael and Astrid gather their strengths and enter the final battle knowing it’s all or nothing.  Someone will die and someone will live on, the question is after all the years that Mary, Michael and Astrid have lived so many lifetimes and worked to end the evil, do they still have enough to win the day and save Earth from the horror that will happen if they lose.

 

For many, many centuries aliens have lived and died among humans while trying to end the evil that descended on Earth.  Now the time has arrived and it will take all the skill, sacrifice and most importantly a love that has lasted the entire time to win this battle.  Mary and Michael will learn all of this as they come to the end of their journey in Falling Light.  Once I was about half way through, I could tell that all the death, destruction and battles that have led to where Mary and Michael are now will be nothing to what would be coming.  I had to feel sorry for all the sorrow that Mary, Michael and even Astrid had suffered during their search to solve the wrong they were part of so long ago.  There were so many times I wondered if these allies really were going for the same aim and a couple of times I was positive they weren’t.  But once the final battle was going I could see my worries were totally off the mark.  I loved the way Mary and Michael not only survived with their love but helped one of the people who suffered after helping their cause.  Falling Light is full of danger and suspense with lots of action packed pages, but it’s tempered by the strong love between Mary and Michael.

 

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

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SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini SinghShield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2014-06-03
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 432
Reviewed by Shayna

“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice... Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake... Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness...

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Silence has fallen, bringing hope to the Psy race…if they can survive the aftermath.  The Psy’s only hope for survival lies with the empaths, a designation almost entirely obliterated when the Silence Protocol was put in place.

 

Vasic is an Arrow to his core.  He’ll protect his people until the end, though he may not have long.  His conscience is weighed down by all that he has been forced to do and the implant in his arm is slowly killing him.  Empath Ivy Jane breathes new life into Vasic when he’s tasked with guarding her.  He’ll stand as her shield as she risks everything to save their people, and their growing bond means there’s no chance Vasic can deny his attraction to the beautiful Ivy.  But their burgeoning romance may not survive what lies in store for them.  For not all Psy believe the empaths should exist, and some will do anything to protect what they believe is the “purity” of their race.

 

Shield of Winter is a stunningly well-crafted book by paranormal romance superstar Nalini Singh.  Vasic and Ivy are two endearing, memorable protagonists who join a long line of fantastic Psy-Changeling heroes and heroines.  Vasic is a man who’s been used as a weapon for so long it breaks my heart.  He’s so much more than his abilities, yet precious few outside the Arrows see him as more than such.  I wanted to see Vasic truly experience life and love, and Ivy is the reason he does.  She’s strong and deeply caring, and I admired her willingness to risk so much for the good of her people, even though she was almost broken as a child because of the Silence Protocol.  Vasic and Ivy make a heck of a couple, their passion and blossoming love for one another making the pages of Shield of Winter fly by.

 

While Ivy and Vasic’s romance is the heart of Shield of Winter, it’d be remiss of me not to mention the worldbuilding Ms. Singh does in this book.  The end of Silence has sent shockwaves through the Net and we see the horrifying fallout that threatens to crush the Psy race.  If they can survive the infection and chaos among the Net, there is hope for them to become stronger and better as a whole.  The empaths are the key to the race’s survival, but figuring out how to unlock the empath’s abilities and use them to protect the race isn’t easy.  There’s amazing advances as well as heartbreak in Shield of Winter, and I’ll leave it to readers to uncover what Ms. Singh has in store for the Psy.

 

Shield of Winter is the thirteenth full-length book in the Psy-Changeling series and I don’t recommend reading it as a standalone.  Each book in the series builds upon the last, and though Ms. Singh does a great job of providing all the information necessary to read Shield of Winter within the book, I suggest at least reading Heart of Obsidian before diving into Vasic and Ivy’s story.  Fans of the series will surely devour the new information uncovered in Shield of Winter and the appearance of some past favorite heroes and heroines is both necessary to the story and just plain fun.

 

Ms. Singh consistently writes incredible, intelligent stories and Shield of Winter is no exception.  I loved this complex, fascinating romance from beginning to end and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Singh takes readers next.  Joyfully Recommended!

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

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SHADOW SPELL by Nora RobertsShadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Shayna

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love... Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Shadow Spell With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken... A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess...things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle. Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves... Don’t miss Book One in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Dark Witch And the final book in the trilogy Blood Magick This Book Is Bound with

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Long ago, the Dark Witch Sorcha fought to destroy the evil sorcerer Cabhan, a man obsessed with her and the power he wanted to take from her.  Though Sorcha perished trying to destroy Cabhan, her legacy lives on.  Centuries have passed, and now three cousins have taken up the fight.

 

As the best friend of Branna O’Dwyer, Meara Quinn has run tame in the O’Dwyer household for years.  To Connor, she’s a close friend and a loved one, but nothing more than that.  Until the battle against Cabhan begins in earnest.  When Connor is attacked by the dark sorcerer one night, everything changes for him and Meara.  Sparks fly between them, leading to a romance neither expected.  But will their newfound relationship make them stronger in the days ahead, or will it give their enemy the opening he needs to destroy everything and everyone Connor and Meara hold dear?

 

Return to the mist-covered lands of County Mayo, where magick both good and ill lie in wait in Shadow Spell.  The second Cousins O’Dwyer book is even better than the first as the three Dark Witches and the three who love them raise the stakes in the battle against Cabhan.

 

Though Shadow Spell truly has six heroes (as the overarching storyline involves all six), Connor and Meara are at the center of it all this time around.  I adore a good friends-to-lovers story, and in my opinion Ms. Roberts writes some of the best.  Connor and Meara have been friends all their lives, and there’s something about them that just works on every level.  I liked how they were both a bit stymied by their mutual attraction – it’d be a pity and unrealistic if things were too easy – but ultimately theirs was an organic transition from lifelong friends to a romantic relationship.  Even with its ups and downs thanks to internal and external obstacles, their journey to happily ever after was beautiful to watch.

 

As much as I adored the romance between Connor and Meara, I can’t write about Shadow Spell without talking about the ongoing magickal battle.  Connor, Meara, Branna, Fin, Iona, and Boyle have learned much since Dark Witch and their power continues to grow even as the book’s central two are targeted by Cabhan.  Though Shadow Spell is in many ways a bridge book and you know Cabhan won’t be defeated until Blood Magick, the action in this particularly story was no less compelling for it being a middle book.

 

Some truly charming moments between family and friends round out Shadow Spell, adding further emotion and moments of levity to the story.  All in all, I loved Shadow Spell.  It swept me off to another world for a few hours, and I loved getting lost in the lyricism of Ms. Roberts’s writing.  Joyfully Recommended!

MOON BURNING by Lucy Monroe

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MOON BURNING by Lucy MonroeMoon Burning by Lucy Monroe
Series: Children of the Moon #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Miranda

Sabrine is the protector of her raven shifter clan. She is searching for a sacred stone that was taken from her clan by the dastardly Donegal clan. Werewolves and Ravens have been enemies for centuries, so it’s not surprising to Sabrine that the Donegal wolves stole their stone. Sabrine is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back including infiltrating the enemy camp.

Barr never asked to be the new laird of the Donegal clan but it doesn’t take him long to realize the guy he replaced is as corrupt as they come. It is now his job to turn this clan around and get rid of the riff raff. The clan is his primary focus until he gets pleasantly distracted by a lovely lass he finds in the woods. He doesn’t believe he’s getting the whole story from the lass but he is beguiled by her and claims her under his protection.

Barr and Sabrine may not build their relationship on trust but they have plenty of fiery chemistry to make up for it. Can two natural born enemies find love together? Will they survive the enemies that lie underneath their noses?

Action, passion and a clever plot make Moon Burning a sizzling story! Barr and Sabrine are like star-crossed lovers fated to be together and yet they are born enemies. The scenes between them are overflowing with skyrocketing fireworks. Whether they are arguing or making up these two know how to turn the heat up a notch. Sabrine and Barr are both fierce characters and they bring their strong wills to the relationship making for some interesting situations. The story underlying the relationship is fast-paced and intriguing. It is easy to be drawn to the characters and the situations they are facing. Lucy Monroe’s storytelling is suave and exciting. This is my first Children of the Moon novel and I can’t wait to read the next. It’s not necessary to have read the first two novels to enjoy Moon Burning.

NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren Dane

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ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

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HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

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