Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

WILD WOLF by Jennifer Ashley

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WILD WOLF by Jennifer AshleyWild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #6
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Graham, an Alpha wolf, knew that when his shiftertown was forced to merge with another in Vegas there would be problems.  The least of which would be two Alphas used to ruling in the same town.  And he has been proven correct, because Graham has not mate claimed anyone yet, now he is being forced to endure his pack leaders “help” in finding what they consider a proper mate no matter what Graham thinks.  Right now mating is really the last thing on Graham’s agenda but he knows that his mateless time is quickly coming to an end.

 

Misty is a human florist who has no problems with shifters shopping at her shop or just hanging with them.  In fact she has an on again/off again boyfriend who is a wolf shifter – Graham.  Misty knows that one of their issues is that she is human but Graham keeps so much bottled up that it is a total guess to Misty on what else could be a problem.  When Misty is attacked in her shop by bad guys looking for her younger brother, Misty automatically called Graham.  Now she has been kidnapped and taken away from her shop and Misty can only hope that Graham will be able to find her in time to save her and her brother.

 

Graham can’t believe just how messed up his life has become in the last few months and now Misty has been taken and he has little to go on, but nothing is going to stop him from getting her back.  Saving Misty went fine until bullets started flying and now it’s Misty turn to help Graham.  By the end of that day, things are going to get much messier for both Graham and Misty.  It seems that some of the Fae want their “pets” back and on their own terms.  If that isn’t enough to heap on the struggles that shifters are going through, the human police are appearing in the Vegas shiftertown searching for who knows what.  Misty and Graham’s budding love will be stretched to its thinnest point by the time Graham and the shifters learn how to save the shifters from the Fae once and for all.  However, has one of the grouchiest Alphas around learned the secret of love in time to save his love with Misty, the mate of his heart and can his pack leaders accept his choice of a human?

 

A human woman who not only likes shifters but has fallen in love with one must help an Alpha wolf learn that love doesn’t mean weak.  Misty and Graham learn that the journey to love isn’t always easy but is worth the battles with your mate beside you in Wild Wolf.    There are several times when I thought that Misty would have been in her right mind to tell Graham off and go on with her life, but I was so happy she stubbornly held on.   I found the Graham’s biggest problem was trying to protect and help everyone else and leaving himself for last when his happiness and mating was exactly the stability his pack needed.  I loved how Graham and Misty, with friends, went up against the mighty Fae and won the day while keeping the shifters true strength secret.  Wild Wolf is packed full of suspense, humor and passion that all combine to make Graham and Misty’s story a page turner until the last.  Things are hopping in the shiftertowns and I can’t wait until the next adventure to see what happens next.

KEEP ME CLOSER by Rhyannon Byrd

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KEEP ME CLOSER by Rhyannon ByrdKeep Me Closer by Rhyannon Byrd
Series: Dangerous Tides #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa

PI, Alex Hudson, can guard and protect like nobody’s business.  After being hurt and nearly “destroyed” years ago, Alex utilizes his capabilities to keep himself separate from entanglements, especially from a certain doctor who seems to ignite something within him.  However, Alex soon finds that he is called upon to protect the beautiful doctor when she is threatened by someone from her past.

 

Dr. Brit Cramer has seen quite a bit of pain in her practice.  She knows how to handle things, and she’s not willing to back down no matter what.  Yet, Brit also knows that there is more to the complete package of Alex Hudson, and she prefers to enjoy that view from a distance as he is just too much for her senses.   When a predator bent on capturing her surfaces in her life, her friends call upon Alex to keep her safe, but who’s going to keep her heart safe from the delicious PI?

 

Keep Me Closer was a hot, sizzling romance with a good dollop of suspense to keep the tale intriguing.  Rhyannon Byrd knows what she is doing when she writes those scorching scenes, and she does not disappoint in Keep Me Closer, either!

 

It took a bit of time to get past Alex’s hard jerky exterior, and he doesn’t fail in driving up the angst in a few scenes in Keep Me Closer.  However, he also manages to charm his way and give rather than receive in a couple areas of Keep Me Closer.  Brit seemed to give as good as she got too, but she was quicker to reveal a few home truths and expose herself more in Keep Me Closer.  However, that is exactly what Alex needed to come to his full maturity in this tale in order to obtain the ultimate HEA in the end.

NIGHT’S HONOR by Thea Harrison

NIGHT’S HONOR by Thea Harrison

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NIGHT’S HONOR by Thea HarrisonNight's Honor by Thea Harrison
Series: The Elder Races #7
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

JoyfullyRecommended

Tess Graham is running for her life praying she can keep away from her ex-boss who is an entity that most people fear.  Tess is now down to her last chance to survive and that is to become a vampyre’s human attendant.  While she believes that most vampyres are the worst type of monster, Tess knows that if she is accepted by one that they will protect her no matter what.  So on New Year’s Eve, Tess lines up with the rest of the hopefuls to audition at the annual Vampyre Ball.

 

Xavier del Torro was a Spanish nobleman who became a vampyre to right the wrong done to his family long ago.  He is at the ball as part of his position as Vampyre King’s right hand man.  He wasn’t really looking for a new attendant but something about Tess’ straight forward audition had him selecting her to interview.  Xavier knows that Tess is holding something huge from him and that she isn’t exactly excited to become a blood donor but he still decides to give her a chance to fit into this household.  Maybe by the time her training is over, Tess will tell Xavier exactly why she wants to be in his household and what she is running from.

 

Tess never imagined the type of intense training that she is given to prove herself and to prepare her for whatever Xavier might request of her.  Xavier is gone through the majority of her early training but when he comes back home, both of them are shocked by the intense feelings that spark between them.  Xavier decides to take control of some of Tess’ training himself in a chance to break down her walls.  Tess finds herself beginning to have feelings for the man she first thought was a monster.  When Tess decides to quit and leave in order to protect Xavier and his household, what she gets is a fierce protector that will use every card he holds in order to not just protect Tess but to give them a chance at the loving future that seems right at their fingertips.  Just when it appears that the future is bright and all theirs for the taking, a betrayal brings a deadly danger which might just end Tess and Xavier before they get the chance to explore their feelings and the love that sprang from it.

 

A desperate woman and a man who knows all about what hides in the dark discover that total opposites can become the perfect mates in Night’s Honor.  Tess and Xavier journey from mistrust and grudging acceptance to passion to love all while Tess is trying to learn how to be one of Xavier’s human attendants.  I discovered pretty quickly that life both as a vampyre or as one of their household is not all happiness, but more like each household is a special unit of some secret agency.  So many secrets to be discovered or to be kept where one wrong word or action could be your last.  And yet with all this underhandedness, Tess and Xavier not only found love but also the trust that allowed them to fight off the worst danger instinctively as a team.  I loved watching Tess change her attitude from when Xavier first interviewed her until she fought and would have died in order to save him.

 

I have always loved The Elder Races novels, I have to say the intensity of Tess and Xavier’s journey shot their story to the top of my list of favorites in this series.  I found that Night’s Honor had it all, deep friendships, danger, suspense, betrayal, toe curling passion and best of all a cliff hanger that leads into the next book.  Tess and Xavier’s book will never leave my reader and it’s a must read, over and over again, in my opinion.  It’s also a book that I Joyfully Recommend as one you won’t want to miss.

ARCHANGEL’S SHADOW by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S SHADOW by Nalini Singh

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ARCHANGEL’S SHADOW by Nalini SinghArchangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunters #7
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

JoyfullyRecommended

New York is finally able to take a deep breath after the Archangel war that just happened.  Ashwini (“Ash”) is also able to take the time to heal from the severe wounds she received as part of a deep shadow team that went behind enemy lines to help defeat them.  Now Ash is healed but not released yet and the inaction is driving her up the wall, well that and a certain sexy Cajun vampire who took such good care of her.  But Ash is beyond ready to show the Guild that she is ready to be back on active duty.

 

Janvier is a street savvy Cajun vampire who was an independent contractor until recently when he agreed to become one of Raphael’s people.  Part of that was because he respects the Archangel who controls New York and how he treats his people and part of it is so that he can stay very close to his lovely smartass Hunter.  A Hunter that Janvier would give almost anything to call his own and to live the rest of his almost immortal life with.

 

What should have been a cake walk assignment for Ash becomes something much deadlier as loose threads prove that a new threat has come to New York and the Guild and Tower will need to work together to discover exactly who is behind this new threat and how to destroy it.  Ash and Janvier team up once again on this new hunt with a little assistance from their third team member, Naasir.  While this hunt is going on, Ash is having more trouble not accepting all that Janvier wants to give her.  But Ash has a deep secret she has been hiding from everyone – one that has affected everything Ash has done since she was a teenager.  As the danger mounts, Ash finally gives into the passion that has shimmered between her and Janvier for so long and she tells him everything about her past and future.  Janvier finally has his Ash but is he willing to accept the future laid out or can he find a way to have Ash forever?

 

A Hunter and a vampire are one kick ass team together and it looks like fate has given them the chance to be a kick ass personal team too, if they are willing to take a chance in Archangel’s Shadows. After so many glimpses of Ash and Janiver coming right up to the line but never grabbing the passion that was waiting for them, I was very excited to finally read their book.  For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why Ash always cooled off their encounters, but I soon learned her reason and what she has been fighting for so long.  I was so happy when Ash and Janiver became a team personally as well as professionally.  I also loved how Janiver not only never gave up on Ash but fought for finding her an answer so that their forever really could be forever.  This new team that Raphael and Elena have is going to be very formidable for a long time coming.

I loved Archangel’s Shadows so much that I ended up reading it twice before I even tried to write this review.  And let me tell you that the second time was just as wonderful as the first time.  Besides Ash and Janiver’s story, I also enjoyed seeing how the others were doing after the battle and getting a glimpse of what the future will bring.  Archangel’s Shadows is an action packed story full of romance and suspense, places that will make you smile and ones that will make you sad.  From the first page until the last you will not want to put this book down until Ash and Janiver have reached their endless forever and for this reason and so many more, I have Joyfully Recommended Archangel’s Shadows as a must read.

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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SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

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SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

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MOON BURNING by Lucy Monroe

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NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren Dane

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