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More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

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More Than Anything by Kimberly LangMore Than Anything by Kimberly Lang
Series: Magnolia Beach #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary


 

I love small town romance stories and for some reason they always make me want to end up there. That was the case with Magnolia Beach. I have only read one other book by Kimberly Lang and I enjoyed it so much I had to read More Than Anything and already I am wanting more of this series.

 

Shelby Tanner is running the Bay Breeze marina when at 3:00 am she receives a call that one of her tenants who is renting space at the marina has drifted away from the dock. At first Shelby believes it to be a prank but sure enough when she looks outside there is the boat and of course the occupant doesn’t know how to drive it so she goes out to help. When she comes face to face with Declan Hyde she only has two things on her mind, one is to figure out how his boat got loose and two is to go back to sleep. Over the next few days she notices how attractive he is even though he needs a haircut and a shave, but while getting to know him she can’t deny the attraction that burns between them. Shelby knows he’s leaving so why not have a little fun while he’s here. It’s not like she is going to lose her heart, or is she?

 

Architect Declan Hyde is out of a girlfriend and a job but as they say out with the old and in with the new. Magnolia Beach is just a four month stop on his way to Miami for a new job after the New Year. He’s been catching up on reading, Netflix, and enjoying this time off even though he hasn’t gone into town much. After meeting Shelby the night his boat went adrift he was more than intrigued by this beautiful woman and it’s not going to be easy to get so close with her with her family around, but Declan is up for the challenge because he can’t get her out of his head. He won’t make any promises and she won’t beg him to stay but as the time draws near for him to leave and the closer they become he wonders if in fact he’s making the right choice.

 

More Than Anything has everything I love in a small town romance. It was filled with love, warmth, and a sweet building romance I never wanted to end. The characters were just so damn likable especially Shelby and Declan and I’m not just saying that because they were the main characters. They were wonderfully written and showed growth throughout the story. Even the secondary characters wormed their way into my heart because while this story wasn’t about them, they also showed growth that already has me wanting to learn more about them.

 

Declan and Shelby had a nice, sweet and slow romance. I loved that they took the time to talk and ask important questions such as what they really wanted in the long run. Declan believes he worked hard to get that job in Miami and wants that life but I noticed once Shelby got him off the boat and around to meet people he was fitting in and slowly making Magnolia Beach his home even though he didn’t want to believe it.

 

More Than Anything is the third book in the Magnolia Beach series but don’t worry readers this could definitely be read as a standalone, but after reading this I am going to purchase the previous books because that’s how much I really did love More Than Anything. The best laid plans are often the ones that don’t follow the plan and that really came across in this story. While Declan had his life planned out and was used to being alone he never thought that one woman could have him second guessing his plans. With all this talk about plans, plan to pick up More Than Anything and not because I’m Joyfully Recommending it but because you won’t want to miss this capturing and heartfelt romance.

CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

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CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. HamiltonCrimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #25
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

U.S. Marshall Anita Blake discovered her gift as a necromancer very early on in life.  As a young child she mourned the recent death of her pet dog, went to bed one night and woke the next morning to find the dead and buried animal curled up at the foot of her bed.  Anita is considered by many to be the most powerful necromancer of all.

 

The vampires call her The Executioner and recently added the title War to her reputation.  Complicating matters between the human and paranormal population is her relationship with Jean Claude, the vampire Master of the City of St. Louis and now the vampire King of America.  And Jean Claude isn’t the only man in her bed.  There is also Nathaniel a wereleopard, Micah the wereleopard leader or Nimir-Raj, and Nicky a werelion, and several others.  Lastly, there is Damian, her vampire Servant which is completely unheard of.  Anita is well aware that her working life and romantic relationships could fry the brain.  Literally her cup runneth over and her plate is way too full with men and monsters and more.

 

Anita and her lovers are trying to figure out an issue with Damian when she receives a call from the man vampires call Death, good ole boy Ted Forrester, aka Edward.  He needs Anita in Ireland right away, a country thought to be without vampires.  Apparently there’s one on the rampage indiscriminately killing and making newborn vampires every night.

 

Arguing with authorities who have a problem with her kill count while trying to figure out who is decimating the population in Dublin has Anita and her people stretched thin.  With no rhyme or reason behind the acts Anita is scrambling for answers.  Mysterious deaths, bureaucrats, and a bat sh*t crazy vampire called M’Lady are giving Anita a seriously bad day.

 

Author Laurell K. Hamilton’s deliciously dark and dangerous vampire hunter Anita Blake excels with a fresh bone chilling tale.  A potent brew of sensual exploration and pulse pounding drama results in Crimson Death.  As with previous books in this series Crimson Death has an edgy intensity that permeates the character driven storyline.  Anita Blake is hands down a force to be reckoned with.  Fans of the series have watched her stumble and grow into an exceptional character, her strengths and weaknesses fascinating to witness.  Crimson Death presents a riveting tale of Anita’s relationships with Jean Claude, Nathaniel, Damian, and the rest while at the same time a suspenseful mystery slowly unfolds before the kick ass finish.  I Joyfully recommend Crimson Death. Anita Blake is simply unable to disappoint readers.

CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaul

CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaul

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CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaulChosen By Blood by Virna DePaul
Series: Para-Ops #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Half-breed vampire Knox Deveraux is devoted to his people. As their leader his choices are always determined by what is best for them. A devastating virus has ravaged his people so when the FBI asks him to lead a team of Others to retrieve the stolen cure, he quickly accepts. Especially when he learns that his new job will give him the opportunity to convince FBI agent Felicia Locke of his love and devotion. Felicia and Locke have danced around each other for years and she knows and returns Locke’s feelings but his determination to do what he perceives is best for his people has always come between them. As they hunt the stolen cure Locke and Felicia finally give into the passion between them but Felicia can’t live the life that Locke wants. Can they find away around their different values to find away to stay together and avoid the treachery that would see Locke stripped as leader?

HOLY COW!!!! HOLY COW!!! Let me take a minute and recover! With her first paranormal Virna DePaul knocks it out of the park leaving me panting for more. Knox and Felicia kept me on the edge of my seat wanting them together but aching for the choices Knox faced and desperate for him to make that would allow Felicia to stay with him. Add to this a new world that I am dying to discover and secondary characters that are begging to have stories, and I find myself addicted! I’m jonesing for MORE!! Readers won’t be disappointed with Chosen by Blood, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

ALL THEY EVER WANTED by Tracy Solheim

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ALL THEY EVER WANTED by Tracy SolheimAll They Ever Wanted by Tracy Solheim
Series: Second Chances #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Contemporary, Suspense

Lori Hunt is on the run from her past.  Currently, she is secretly hiding out as the cook/housekeeper in a small North Carolina town.  Lori knows that if her secret is revealed, there would be hell to pay.  Not one to stay in one place too long, Lori would have left town by now if her boss, Patricia McAlister, did not need her to run the bed and breakfast while she recovers from an accident.

 

Since his adolescent years, Miles McAlister has stuck to his lifelong politician goal.  With his sights set on a US Congressman seat for his hometown, Miles is not up for surprises that could harm his chances of winning the seat.  Miles senses that Lori is not truthful and he is determined to uncover what she is hiding before she could hurt his mother.

 

However, the more time that Miles spends around Lori while digging for information, the more he begins to like her as a woman.  Before long, Lori and Miles find themselves caught up in a love affair.  Will their relationship survive once all is revealed?

 

All They Ever Wanted is a delightful suspense that will have you reading long into the night.  Tracy Solheim did a marvelous job of crafting some highly complicated situations filled with shocking scandals and mortifying secrets.  My eagerness to see just how the storyline would unfold kept me hanging on the edge of my seat and never wanting to put the book down for one minute.  The development of Lori and Miles’ relationship is right on the mark and packed with passion-filled emotion.  There were moments of tears, laughter, anger, and joy.  All in all, a very good read.

 

All They Ever Wanted can be read as a standalone.

ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen

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ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina BowenRookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports
reviewedbydani

I absolutely love sports romance stories. They could be about hockey, baseball or football and I can sit for hours and devour each and every one. When I saw that Sarina Bowen had a new hockey series coming out I knew I had to read it right away and I didn’t waste any time getting started.

 

In Rookie Move Bowen brings back together a couple that used to date. The feelings that she brings to these characters about seeing one another for the first time in years were out of this world. Leo has been brought to the Brooklyn Bruisers not only to help them gain new fans but to help them win a championship. On the day of his arrival there is a big press conference being held and he is about to come face to face with the woman he has never forgotten.

 

Georgia doesn’t just love hockey but she is the publicist for this growing team. When the team was looking for a new coach she suggested her father because he’s the right man for the job. Minutes before the press conference Georgia hears there is also a new player being added to the team and to her surprise it’s her ex Leo. How is she going to handle the press conference and coming face to face with him again? One step at time; after all she is a professional. When Leo declares her the love of his life in front of the press with live mics things are about to get very interesting and this is only the beginning.

 

Sarina Bowen brings a freshness to her characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. While Leo and Georgia had a past they still had so many feelings that were left unresolved and I couldn’t wait to see how Bowen would have them work it out. While Leo might be a player on the ice this isn’t the case off the ice. Right away I could see how seeing Georgia again got to him and we also get to see how it affected Leo when Georgia left him and boy did I feel sorry for him.

 

The development of the characters during the story grew and never went backwards. Bowen also has to drag up the past a few times before Leo and Georgia can even consider moving forward. Their story takes time and it was worth every moment to see the final outcome. I just loved these two. They had chemistry and a lot of swoon worthy moments. One moment that really stuck with me was when Leo traveled back into the past when things were going on in the present and him wanting to save Georgia this time around. I actually teared up because I could see how it was eating him alive that he wasn’t able to save her the first time.

 

The secondary characters were just as interesting and important as the main characters. I really liked the team and the bond they were building. There are a few funny banter moments that had me cracking up and if each of these players get their own books I will be as happy as a pig playing in the mud – they are just that awesome!

 

Rookie Move is a great start to the Brooklyn Bruisers series and I am excited to dig in deeper with the next installment.

FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin Wells

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APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

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ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

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WILD EMBRACE by Nalini Singh

WILD EMBRACE by Nalini Singh

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ILLUSION TOWN by Jayne Castle

ILLUSION TOWN by Jayne Castle

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BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts

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THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts

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STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora Roberts

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INTO THE BLUE by Chanel Cleeton

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen Kimmel

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DOMINATED by Maya Banks

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DANGEROUSLY BROKEN by Eden Bradley

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Maya Banks

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