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MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Thea Harrison

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MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Thea HarrisonMidnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #8
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Julian is the Nightkind King after taking over as the heir from his sire. Julian trusts very few people, so he isn’t really surprised when an attempt to over throw him happens.  What does surprise him is who is behind the actions and just how the coup is taking place.  Now, two of the few people that Julian let into his life have been harmed: one, his right hand man, and the other, the woman he all but gave his heart to.

 

Melisande (“Melly”) is the heir to the Light Fae Queen, and she is a mostly light hearted person.  When Melly is kidnapped by someone she considered a friend, her first reaction is that it must have been a mistake or a way to get her mother’s attention.  However, as Melly’s personal nightmare goes on, she understands that not only was her taking intentiona,l but that it has absolutely nothing to do with her mother.  No, she has been taken to be bait to the one man that Melly thought she could love with her entire heart until, for some reason, he turned her away without hearing her side.

Julian was about to start his hunt of the instigator of coup for his crown when he is contacted by the Light Fae Queen and then discovers that Melly has been taken.  Julian might not believe Melly ever loved him now, but he will do anything to protect her and save her from the mad woman who has her—even give himself up.  The nightmare just gets worse as Melly finds out that Julian is willing to surrender himself for her safety.  Teamwork is how Julian and Melly escape and make it to Julian’s home, only to discover that the coup has taken another turn that could lead to yet more innocent deaths.  During this time, when it should be the darkest time for both Julian and Melly, they discover that their love is stronger than ever, and then they discover the betrayal which led to the misunderstandings and hurt feelings.  In one drastic day and night, Julian and Melly find a way to not only permanently end the coup and stop anyone who might think to restart it, and they also deal with any barrier to their love forever.

Royalty comes in many shapes and sizes when you are dealing with the Elder Races.  Two of these examples are the Nightkind King, an old Roman soldier, and a Light Fae Princess and heir to the crown, an actress who loves life—not exactly a twosome you would expect to be a couple.  Yet, Julian and Melly will prove just how wrong you are in Midnight’s Kiss.  I wondered just how the attempted coup would go on after reading the prior book in the series where it began, and I also wondered just how Julian would react.  Vampires are long-lived, and you would think they would remember that Romans took over the majority of the known world during their time for a good reason.  I wasn’t at all surprised by how Julian took the coup and the harm to his friends, yet even I was surprised at how he reacted when Melly was drawn into the danger. Even more enjoyable was watching as a person who seemed like a lightweight prove just how well she was matched to her lover, Julian.  I loved watching as they not only overcame the betrayal that tore them apart years ago, but also seamlessly teamed up to kick butt and take names and heads to defeat any and all risk to the Nightkind.  Even better, I had to smile as yet another relationship was given the chance to heal for Julian at the end of the book.  Midnight’s Kiss is full of action, danger, and passion almost from the first page to the last. For me, it was a story that I read in one sitting just because I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  I will bet that you will love Julian and Melly by the time you turn the last page. I know I did.

QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

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QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci BurtonQuarterback Draw by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Grant Cassidy know he wants Katrina Koslova from the moment he sees her. But Katrina doesn’t have time for a relationship, no matter how hot the chemistry is between them. She’s been raising her teenaged siblings since the death of their parents. Even her job as a model is to provide for them the best life she can. As a famous quarterback, Grant’s not used to women not being interested and he intends to pursue Katrina. But as their relationship becomes something more can Katrina let go and let Grant in?

 

Quarterback Draw maybe my favorite my favorite Play by Play novel! Grant and Katrina make the book sizzle page after page. Jaci Burton has always been a favorite author of mine and Quarterback Draw proves why!

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

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DEAD HEAT by Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
RecommendedbyJO2

For once, Charles and Anna are going away on a trip for pleasure, which has nothing to do with the pack.  It’s going to be Anna’s birthday soon, and Charles has finally come up with the perfect present for her—one that they will pick out while also visiting one of Charles’ oldest friends’, Joseph, who is still human and getting older every day.  Because Charles has selfishly kept away from Joseph, even knowing his health has not been good for several years, Charles now feels the need to not only go see his friend, but to introduce Anna to him.

 

Anna is very excited to meet Joseph and to pick out her very special birthday present—a horse from one of the best breeders/trainers in the country.  The idea is for her and Charles to stay at the ranch and to just relax while visiting and to try several of the horses out to see which one Anna would pick out for herself. But their plans change when serious and bad magic affects Joseph’s daughter-in-law. Suddenly, Charles and Anna are involved in a mystery that is trying to turn deadly. Very quickly they know that the Fae are involved, but just who is behind it and why is the question. As the clues produce answers showing just how old this magic is, it’s a race to see if Charles and Anna can find the actual killer before anymore of his victims die or are forever damaged.  In the final battle, lives will be lost protecting the innocent, but will the Fae’s latest strategy win, or will the good guys once again show the Fae that might isn’t always right?

 

What began as a happy pleasure trip quickly turned into a battle of pack against the Fae for Charles and Anna.  Dead Heat takes Charles and Anna to Scottsdale, Arizona and yet another adventure which will pit them against the old Fae. Right off the bat, I could see just how Charles and Anna had grown in their relationship by their conversation that starts the book.  Nope, won’t tell you what it is about, but I can’t wait to see where it will eventually lead to. I loved just how playful they were as the trip started, and yet I wasn’t at all surprised at how fast they both kicked into action when violence was brought upon Joseph’s family.  I really loved watching as Charles and Anna systematically discovered what and how was behind the attacks. Even better was seeing the relaxed interactions between Charles and Anna.  So much has changed since they first came together, wondering if they could overcome the drastic hurtles of old baggage that they each had.

 

Dead Heat proved to me once again just why Charles and Anna are one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. I would love to tell you more of just what happens, but that would ruin some great reading.  So, instead, I will say that you won’t want to put down this book even to sleep. If you happen to read both of Ms. Briggs’ series, I foresee an interesting time for Mercy in that next book. You will know why if you do read both series. Dead Heat is not only a must-read and one that you will want to leave on your keeper shelf, but it is also a book I just have to Joyfully Recommend as just that—a must-read keeper.  My only regret is that now I have another wait for my next glimpse of Charles and Anna.

THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra Lake

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THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra LakeThe Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake
Series: The Sons of the North #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMiranda

Independent Lida is used to fending for herself.  When her husband, the love of her life, died he left her with a gift. Unfortunately, his family called her a whore when they discovered her pregnancy and sent her packing.  Now she has a beautiful daughter and lives with her family.

 

Jarl Magnus is a celebrated Warlord looking for a sturdy wife to bear his sons.  He makes an offer to wed Lida and expects no objection.  He was sorely mistaken.  After much deliberation Lida agrees to marry him.  He doesn’t understand why Lida isn’t content to be his wife and wallow in his riches.

 

Lida and Magnus have no trouble in the bedroom but if they don’t learn to communicate outside the bedroom their marriage is doomed. Danger lurks on the horizon. Will they learn to communicate before it’s too late?

 

Author Sandra Lake’s debut novel The Warlord’s Wife is a gem! I had such a wonderful time reading this novel.  I even finished it in one sitting.  Lida has been dealt a rough set of circumstances. She isn’t keen to be under someone’s thumb.  But Magnus makes a deal she cannot refuse.  At some points both Lida and Magnus aggravated me because they are so darn stubborn. For two people that are so hot in the bedroom they should be able to talk outside it for five minutes without making each other mad.

 

Poor Magnus! While his male chauvinist side rubbed me the wrong way at times I felt bad for him as well. He could not figure out Lida’s mind but he really wanted to.  There are some really funny moments in the story as well.  Ms. Lake has created multi-layered loveable characters.  I could not get enough of Lida’s daughter Katia and how Magnus was with her.  Magnus and Katia’s relationship was adorable.

 

The Warlord’s Wife has it all; a feisty couple, cute kids, bad guys and an outstanding plot.  When Magnus and Lida begin working together as a team they cannot be defeated.  I loved taking the journey to happily ever after with them!   I look forward to the next book in the series, The Iron Princess.

HOT AND BOTHERED by Crystal Green

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HOT AND BOTHERED by Crystal GreenHot and Bothered by Crystal Green
Series: Rough & Tumble #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense, Western
ReviewedbyMiranda

Rochelle Burton is a successful author with a stalker.  She is headed to her home town, outside of Las Vegas for her latest book tour and needs a bodyguard.  It just so happens that her ex is a professional bullet catcher. Rochelle isn’t all that excited to be contacting her ex to be her bodyguard. After all the last time they saw each other he took her virginity and she snuck out of bed and right out of town.

 

Gideon Lane has shared his bed with many women since Rochelle but none compared to her.  He is shocked when she asks for his help.  There is no way he could turn her down especially after seeing the woman she has grown up to be. Gideon has no problem keeping her safe from her stalker but who will protect her from him?

 

Rochelle and Gideon are determined to keep things professional but some things are just plain impossible. Will they rekindle their love or will a tryst get things out of their system?

 

Rochelle and Gideon have great chemistry in Hot and Bothered.  Unfortunately, their lengthy internal monologues got on my nerves.  The lead up to them having sex was hot but after things fizzled for me.  The stalker story wasn’t as suspenseful as I would have liked. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first two books in the series and knew all of the secondary characters.  There are definitely some colorful characters that reside at the Rough & Tumble but I couldn’t get into them. :(

TAKING IT ALL by Maya Banks

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NAUGHTY BITS by Joey W. Hill

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WILD WOLF by Jennifer Ashley

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