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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Life is pretty good right now for Mercy, Adam, Jesse, and the rest of the Columbia Basin Pack with only the daily pack grips to deal with.  Mercy has healed from their last adventure that destroyed her shop and almost killed her.  Best of all, Mercy and Adam’s relationship has never been hotter.  Of course, that all changes when the Fae decide to take another strike at the world and this time using the Tri-Cities as ground zero.  Mercy, Adam, and several of the pack show up and ultimately defeat the giant troll who was causing harm and destroying just about anything within its reach.

 

Just when the battle was at the point either side could have won, the pack received assistance from old friends and a mysterious newcomer.  Mercy, then fed up with the BS, makes a proclamation that will change not only the pack’s lives, but every life worldwide before it’s over.  The only question is, whether that change will be a good thing for the future or descend many lives into chaos.  The immediate outcome of that one statement will hit Mercy hard, but Adam’s love and the backing of the pack will keep Mercy on track.  In the world of the paranormal, strength and respect is everything and that is exactly what will be needed before Mercy, Adam, and the entire Columbia Basin pack and a few friends find a way to not only make peace with the Fae, but also give all sides—

humans, packs, clans, Fae, and all other paranormal entities—a way to end the chaos and save face while doing so.  Of course, before that happens, there will be a few dissenters that will need to be taken care of and lots of danger to get around.

 

Now the really hard work is about to begin, and it is topped off with a few pans of well-deserved, yummy brownies.  After all, everyone knows that chocolate makes everything better.

 

The world has been getting more and more dangerous since the Fae separated themselves from the world and then started proving all over again just how scary they really were.  Mercy and Adam always knew their lives would be interesting and not in a good way sometimes, but now it appears they will also be the ones behind a way to help the world come back together—maybe even better than it was before.  Fire Touched follows the very dangerous and yet necessary path as Mercy, Adam, and all the others find a way to help the humans, Fae, and paranormal entities find a way to talk to each other again.  By the time I finished this book, all I could think of was wow, and I so wanted one of those iced brownies.  You will understand once you read the book, because everything is tied together.  I loved how easy and natural Adam and Mercy’s relationship is now and how the pack worked…well, after a certain meeting.  Even more, I enjoyed learning more about what was behind the Fae’s recent and not so recent actions.  That Mercy and Adam ended up being in deadly danger to achieve their ending was no surprise, yet I loved reading every single word about what they were doing and why.  To me, Fire Touched seemed to be a major arc turning point, and I can’t wait to see what direction Mercy and Adam’s world turns to next.  There is so much more I would love to discuss, yet it would take away others’ enjoyment of the book, so all I will say is this is a must-read for any Mercy Thompson lovers, and it just had to be Joyfully Recommended as a true keeper.

DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Maya Banks

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DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Maya BanksDarkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #10
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyTaliaRicci

Honor Cambridge has gone to a war torn province in order to give medical aid and relief to the people who need it so badly.  In doing so, she has put herself in danger and there is a price on her head by none other than Maksimov, an uber bad guy who wants to make Honor suffer because of her family.  When Honor’s medical facility is bombed by ANE and she is able to translate that the terrorists are looking for her ‘dead’ body, she knows she has got to somehow get to the border and safety.  Hurt and alone, she does her best to blend into her surroundings, but it’s a no go.  She is recognized and without the help of her rescuer Hancock, she would be a sitting dead duck.

 

Hancock has more than rescue on his mind when he takes the job of finding and turning Honor Cambridge over to Maksimov. He is getting closer to taking Maksimov out and refuses to let anything stop him from reaching this goal…even if he has to turn over the only woman who makes him stop and think about forever.

 

Hancock and Honor play a game of cat and mouse that ultimately leads to a stolen night together.  Heartache, betrayal, and a lot of soul searching lead them back to each other and I was thrilled.

 

Anyone who has read the last few installments of Ms.Banks KGI series should be familiar with Hancock.  He is the man we love to hate – the man who is sitting on the fence.  Is he evil or a good guy? No one knows, but let me tell you, this girl was really apprehensive about reading his story.  He made me crazy in previous installments and I just couldn’t figure him out.  Evidently I was not as smart as Honor Cambridge because it took until the very end for me to stop being angry with him, but I am now happy to say that I kinda like him.  So to me, Darkest Before Dawn is a winner! I can’t wait for the next story.

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann KrentzSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Madeline Chase recently lost her grandmother—the woman who raised her after her parents died when she was young.  Now Madeline is in charge of a hotel chain, and she is going to have to face the place that she and her grandmother fled eighteen years ago after an unspeakable night of horror for Madeline and everyone else.  Madeline had to turn her back on many things, most of which she didn’t mind, but one of those things was her best friend, Daphne, the person who she made a pact with as her secret sister.

 

John Rayner, but known as Jack, is the head of the security firm for the hotels that Madeline now owns and runs.  This is his second security firm as his first one went under when his partner died.  With a background as a profiler, which was beginning to change him, Jack left that behind and started his own business.  Right now, Madeline’s company is his biggest client, which could be a serious conflict of interest based on the attraction he has towards her.  Jack is not happy when Madeline says she is going alone to a property on an island that she hasn’t seen in eighteen years and that only the old caretaker is at.

 

Madeline returns to Aurora Point Hotel only to find her old friend and the caretaker dying from an obvious attack and to hear his attacker is still in the hotel building.  Not knowing where else to turn, Madeline brings in the police and calls for Jack to join her.  As Jack and Madeline begin to put the pieces together of what happened, it leads them to that horrible night when Madeline was attacked. The only good thing is that Daphne and Madeline are brought back together.  As Jack, Madeline, Daphne, and Jack’s brother, Abe, begin to put the pieces together, the answers bring danger closer than ever.  Also during this time, romance is in the air as Jack and Madeline have finally given in to their attraction.  But first, they must determine final answers on who killed whom and, more importantly, why, along with just how it’s all entwined with the night Madeline was attacked.  The final answers will tear a family and a community apart and, just when you think it’s finally over, more wrinkles appear before Jack and Madeline can plan for their future together.

 

A woman facing a past terror and a man who wants to protect and love her will uncover a deadly secret while falling in love in Secret Sisters.  I’m not sure where to start, but to say that Ms. Krentz produced a book that I could not put down. The story also sucked me in from the first page until the very last one.  Madeline and Daphne lost a huge part of their childhood way too early and now they would once again find their old friendship as the answers became clear on long ago acts, which have turned deadly once again.  Jack and Madeline’s romance was mixed with thick suspense and deadly danger and yet, it drew me in with their bantering back and forth.  After I learned about just why Jack had to start over twice, I was shown just how strong of a man he really was and that he was the perfect person to complement Madeline’s personality.

 

I have always enjoyed the romantic suspense from Ms. Krentz, yet with Secret Sisters, I found even more than I expected.  I found that the plot and writing had something extra which made the book and characters richer to me.  The ending grabbed me as again, it was also unexpected and answered each and every question by the time it was over.  Secret Sisters is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.  It is well written and well worth the time to read and enjoy.  It is also Joyfully Recommended by me.  My only advice is, don’t start it when you will only have a short time to read.

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

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SHADOW’S END by Thea HarrisonShadow's Fall by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder's Race #9
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Beluviel was the consort for the Elven High Lord for more years that most can remember.  Now, with is death after a horrible attack on the Elven home, Beluviel is trying to help give her people some form of comfort and normalcy.  You would think that after so many years, Beluviel would be in deep morning for her consort, however, things were not as they seemed with the couple who ruled.  What Beluviel does grieve, and has for many years, was the relationship and attraction that never had a chance to grow and deepen.

 

Graydon has been a Wyr Sentinel for many, many years and just recently he became the First Sentinel. Graydon has always enjoyed doing his job and protecting the Wyr and others who needed it.  But the one thing that Graydon has missed is the woman who might have been so much more than a lover and who he had to walk away from two hundred years ago.  It always hurt watching other Wyrs with mates knowing he has to stay away from the one woman who wants to forget everything when she was around—Beluviel.

 

It all began two hundred years ago when Beluviel and Graydon raced to try and help someone from making a huge mistake.  Along the way, their attraction bloomed into passion and Beluviel and Graydon thought to make plans together.  Love might have been in the air, but it never had a chance as Djinn Malphas held a card neither Beluviel nor Graydon could quash, and they had to separate.  Now, time has come to play hardball with Malphas before he can play that trump card and ruin many, many lives for both those of the Elder Races and human world.  Graydon has waited for his chance to end Malphas’ hold and have the chance with Beluviel that was denied them.  They both know it’s going to be risky and deadly dangerous, even with a plan and so many powerful friends to help.  The plan is set and the players are in position; the night is about to explode and the question is just who will win this final high stakes game and who won’t?

 

The Wyr and Elven have had a feud forever, or should I say some of the Elven have had a feud with Dragos. Now that two lovers have found each other again, the relationship is about to go under a drastic change.  Beluviel and Graydon gave up so much to save someone, and now they will fight not only for that same person, but also for themselves in Shadow’s End.  I knew even before I read this story that Graydon and Beluviel had some type of history, but I didn’t even guess what it was or what had happened.  My respect for Graydon grew as I realized just what he had lost that day many years ago, and how he quietly and stealthily worked to get it back.  I only knew about Beluviel by the little she was in the books as the Elven consort.  Learning about why she put up with her life for so long told me that this was one strong and formidable woman.  I really loved watching as Beluviel and Graydon worked together, both originally and now, to end the hold that Malphas had on them and others.  The final battle was all I could have hoped for, and yet it was so bittersweet by the time it was over.  However, I have to say that the joy and love between Garydon and Beluviel turned that bittersweet feeling into a sigh of fulfillment by the time I turned the final page.

 

Shadow’s End is crammed packed with emotion, both good and bad.  It also gave Graydon the mate that I was hoping for him—yes I freely admit that Graydon is one of my favorite Sentinels.  The Elder Races have truly been changed with this book, and I for one can’t wait to see just how these changes unroll as the series goes on.  There is so much that I just want to shout out and chat about, but since I can’t, I just have to say that Shadow’s End is a major Recommended Read.  Not only will you not want to miss Graydon and Beluviel’s journey to mating, but you will also want to see the other things that will affect this world forever.

FEAR THE DARK by Kay Hooper

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FEAR THE DARK by Kay HooperFear the Dark by Kay Hooper
Series: A Bishop / SCU Novel
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Serenity, Tennessee is a sleepy small town and that is exactly why Jonah Riggs loves being the Chief of Police there.  Jonah knows everyone in his town and most of their back stories.  However, Jonah also believes in being prepared and up to date, so he has gone to the FBI for advanced training a few times.  Which is why, when people started to disappear from his town, Jonah knew exactly who to call to help.  The entire town of Serenity is ready to blow especially after this last missing person and Jonah knows that time is not on his side or that of the missing.

 

The Special Crimes Unit run by the Bishops has been a quiet secret in years past, however lately the FBI has been much more open about this special group and what they can do.  When they get a call from the Chief of Police from a small town in Tennessee, it sounds exactly like something that they can help with, so a team is sent out with Lucas and Samantha Jordan, a married couple who work well together and new team members, Dante Swann and Robbie Hodge.  Between them they have the psychic talents to track down not only the unsub but also the missing people themselves.

 

Jonah has opened the door to this FBI team and he is hoping that they will help him find the missing and the person behind it before they start finding bodies.  Lucas and Sam are experienced team members and they pick up on what Jonah has kept quiet about and the entire team knows instantly that the unsub is someone with psychic gifts too, but dangerously and deadly so.  It’s a battle from the minute the team hits town to find out who is behind the disappearances and to stop it.  The few clues the team has are puzzling until they figure out what the common link is. To solve this mystery, save the missing and bring down the unsub it will take all the team’s talents and the Chief’s local knowledge.  When the dust finally settles, will everyone be able to walk away and resume their lives?

 

People are missing and there are no suspects, no evidence and no way of knowing how long they have to stay alive. Fear the Dark will bring a team from the Special Crimes Unit to Serenity Tennessee to find out all the answers as the clock is running.  I love mysteries and I was caught from the first chapter by the plot and spent the rest of the time I was reading trying to figure out the who, what and where and especially the how in these disappearances.  I really enjoyed watching as Jonah not only kept his town together but also kept his officers on task while working with the team on these disappearances.  I admit that I was nowhere close to figuring out all the answers before they were revealed and was even more intrigued as each answer was unrolled.  There is a very bittersweet ending but there is also some happy endings.  One thing I need to point out is that there is not a romance in this book, however if you love a great mystery and suspense and also love it when psychic elements are involved then you will not want to miss Fear the Dark.  While this is part of series, it was a perfect stand alone read too.  Ms. Hooper has once again given us a book that will make you shiver as you flip the pages to learn just what is waiting in the dark.

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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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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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QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

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DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

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