Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

INTO THE BLUE by Chanel Cleeton

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INTO THE BLUE by Chanel CleetonInto the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Chanel Cleeton
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Eric “Thor” Jansen lives to fly his fighter jet but after the loss of a friend, he needs a time out. He finds himself on leave and headed home to South Carolina. It took Becca Madison a long time to recover after Eric broke their engagement. But now she’s happy with her life, at least until she sees Eric again. Eric has always known that he made a mistake when he left Becca but now he’s determined to win a second chance. Can they both let go of the past and find a future together?

 

 

I’ve never read anything by Chanel Cleeton before but have to admit I really enjoyed Into the Blue. It was in turns sexy, frustrating and sexy again. I fell in love with Eric even as I knew that how he had broken up with Becca was pretty much a game stopper. I wanted them to be together one minute and then the next wanted Becca to keep moving on. It was this that kept me turning the pages. I felt that Eric was truly sorry for the past and wanted him to have what he had thrown away even as I wasn’t sure that he deserved it. Talk about driving me crazy LOL!! I can’t wait to see what comes next in Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series!!

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen Kimmel

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen KimmelA Gentleman's Guide to Scandal by Kathleen Kimmel
Series: Birch Hall Romance
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Colin Spencer, Marquess of Farleigh, can’t believe it when he finds himself having feelings for his best friend’s little sister. So much so that he quickly enters into an agreement for marriage. Elinor Hargrove is determined to keep her feelings for Colin under wraps. But when he kisses her, twice, she finds she can’t. That’s why the discovery that he is engaged is so devastating and infuriating! However, when danger from the past comes into their life, they are forced together. Can they find their way to each other and what about Colin’s engagement?

 

I’ve never read Kathleen Kimmel before and I did enjoy A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal. However I have to admit, at times I felt extreme frustration with both Colin and Elinor. So much so, that it took some of the enjoyment out of the book. It just seemed to me that they both tried too hard to not be together and had no reason that justified the extremes. I certainly won’t hesitate to pick up another book by Kathleen Kimmel in hopes I’ll fall in love with the characters.

DOMINATED by Maya Banks

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DOMINATED by Maya BanksDominated by Maya Banks
Series: Enforcers #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: BDSM, Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Evangeline Hawthorn was living her dream when it was brutally taken from her by the very man who had given it to her—Drake.  Evangeline left their apartment after that horrible night a very broken and heartsick woman with nothing but the clothes on her back.

 

Drake Donovan knew he had hurt Evangeline with the things he said, but he felt that was the only way to keep her safe.  Now, all he wants is to find his angel and bring her back to his home and his bed.  However, it seems like she has just vanished with no trace.  Weeks go by, and finally Drake gets a break and goes to hopefully bring her back home.

 

Evangeline agrees to give Drake another chance, even if she still doesn’t understand why he said what he did.  Evangeline knows that she should ask Drake exactly what all his business entails, but she really doesn’t want to know if it might end the happiness she is finding with Drake again.  With the holidays just around the corner, Drake and Evangeline’s relationship can’t seem to get any better.  Yet, when Drake’s business brings the cops calling on Evangeline, it might be the beginning of the end.  The New Year is about to begin, and it’s one in which Evangeline is going to get her biggest dream come true, but all-hell comes calling instead. Once again, Drake reacts and Evangeline is out in the cold with nothing and no one.  Things aren’t as they appear, but the question is, can Drake figure this out in time to beg Evangeline’s forgiveness once again, or has he destroyed the love she has always given him?

 

A wealthy man with a shady professional life and an innocent woman who only wants to live her life with her love, will find out just how strong love really is in Dominated.  Right off I’m going to say this is one intense book that kept me wondering with each turn of the page.  I could see why Evangeline could forgive Drake the first time and believe in their love that became even stronger this time, yet I to admit I don’t think I could have forgiven Drake the second time under the same circumstances.  The secrets being kept by Drake were too big and too dark, and yet I could understand why Evangeline kept her head in the sand intentionally.  I loved how Drake’s men loved Evangeline in their own way and how she spoiled them.  I found the writing very intense and well done.  There were large areas of lightness, humor, and passion that sparked off the pages.  Love won the day, and I truly hope for Evangeline’s sake that Drake finally learned just what true love means.  If you wonder what I’m talking about, pick up the book and give it a read.  Dominated is the continuation of Mastered, which is the beginning of Drake and Evangeline’s story and if you read Mastered, then I truly think you should see just how the story ends.  Ms. Banks has given us a very intense book full of things we have come to expect from her.

DANGEROUSLY BROKEN by Eden Bradley

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DANGEROUSLY BROKEN by Eden BradleyDangerously Broken by Eden Bradley
Series: Dangerous Romance #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: BDSM, Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Summer Grace fell for her brother’s best friend, Jamie, when she was fourteen, and she kept thinking of ways to make him hers.  That was until her brother died and it seemed that Summer’s entire world fell apart.  The worst part was when Jamie left, and it seemed like Summer’s world would never be whole again.  It’s taken years, but Summer finally has it together.

 

Jamie Stewart-Greer felt like death was all he brought with him to those he loved.  It started with Brandon, his best friend, and Jamie finally gave in and left his home in New Orleans when his son died.  Jamie has always felt something for Brandon’s sister, Summer, and because they were so close, Summer was just off limits in his thoughts.  Now years later, Jamie is back home and going forward with his life—until Summer walks through the doors of his BDSM club and proves that she is still everything he has always wanted and more.

 

Summer still wants Jamie, but she now is a bit more cautious about what she asks for, as everything Summer wants always leaves her.  Jamie still fights his passion for Summer until it explodes between them.  Now, not only do they have the teenage feelings from so long ago, but also the adult passion and lust that has never gone away.  Their sexy role playing in BDSM just seems to prove how well they suit each other.  Jamie and Summer believe that they have finally gained the future they always wanted when an unexpected death might be the thing that either tears them apart or will pull them that final few steps into a forever full of love.

 

The shadows of death and promises seem to stay between two people destined for each other until they find a way to put the shadows in the past and take their love into the sunny future in Dangerously Broken.  Passion and lust just seemed to steam off of Summer and Jamie any time they are in the same room with each other.  I could understand where both Jamie and Summer were coming from, and yet it seemed that for every step they took forward, something took them back a few steps.  When Jamie and Summer finally came together, I thought they finally had overcome all the obstacles blocking them.  But an unexpected death almost brought Summer down, and then I saw just how much and how strong Jamie’s love for Summer was and how much Summer loved Jamie.  Dangerously Broken is a hot and emotional love story which proves that love is stronger than most of us know and can bend over and around anything when necessary.

 

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini SinghAllegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #15
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

The Psy/Changeling world has recently had many, many changes. First, a war that almost tore the entire world apart and then shock after a madness brought chaos, and then finally a tentative peace with the Trinity Accord.  While many of the strongest Psy, Changeling, and Humans are doing everything they can to achieve the peace the world needs so desperately, there are many strong people of all the races who are determined to destroy the agreement before its roots can grow strong and sink in deep.  As the days and weeks go by, it becomes apparent to those backing the Accord that more changes will need to be made to the backbone of the Accord itself so that it can grow and include more than the first signers.

 

That would have been enough to keep the Humans, Changelings and Psy busy, but life must go on and as the DarkRiver and the SnowDancers get ready to welcome the pupcubs and the Arrows of all ages are learning to feel and love, a cry for help is located from one of the missing BlackSea Changelings, and it appears that the Coalition believes that Lucas and Sasha’s daughter is the perfect way to destroy the tentative peace.  It’s all hands on deck to not only find the missing BlackSea member and keep all of the children safe, because it’s not just Naya that is in danger, but all of the children from every group who signed the Accord.  There are many changes both happy and sad that happen as the various groups learn to talk with each other and share in order to protect and grow.  The world is never going to be perfect, but maybe so long as communication and cooperation continues to happen, the world just might find the peace it’s seeking.

 

Buckle up because this is going to be a bumpy and emotional ride but so, so worth it.  Allegiance of Honor ties-up many threads from the first arc in Ms. Singh’s wonderful world.  We get to catch up on all of our favorite couples and characters, learn more about some recently introduced characters, and see the trundles of what is in store for this world when the new story arc unfolds.  As with life, not all of the experiences are joyful ones, but even in sorrow, you can also find joy, and I experienced this in a couple of places.  Of course, there is the great suspense we have come to expect in a Psy/Changeling book.  And I was so very impatient to see the birth of the pupcubs—another wonderful moment you will love to experience.

 

As I closed the book, I knew that the world and my favorite characters would continue to live their lives, and I might see glimpses of what they are doing much later down the road, but I have to admit that it was a bittersweet feeling.  I actually read the book twice before I even tried to write this review and then had to re-do this several times—all because I wanted to tell you about so many points that just grabbed me.  In the end, I just have to Joyfully Recommend Allegiance of Honor as a true must-read and an absolute keeper.  Heck, if we had a higher category to rate a book, I would have given it to this one.  I can’t wait for this book to come out so I can discuss it in detail with other rabid readers.

 

Ms. Singh has produced a major hit to end a favorite story arc and deserves to take a bow, but a quick one so that she can give us the next adventure in this growing world…hint, hint.

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

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FEAR THE DARK by Kay Hooper

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MINE by HelenKay Dimon

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TRULY MADLY MONTANA by Fiona Lowe

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COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE by Jessica Topper

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I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

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ONE NIGHT WITH A BILLIONAIRE by Jessica Clare

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ALL THE RIGHT PLACES by Jenna Sutton

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JUST A SUMMER FLING by Cate Cameron

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THE ACCIDENTAL DRAGON by Dakota Cassidy

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SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

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SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh

SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh

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