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KEPT by Maya Banks

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KEPT by Maya BanksKept by Maya Banks
Series: Enforcers #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Hayley Winthrop is more than a struggling artist.  She is in New York and trying to fulfill her father’s last wish of her attending a prestigious music school.  While it was also her dream, Hayley never expected to fulfill this dream.  Hayley is struggling and working two jobs to pay the bills, because her father was taken-in by a life insurance salesman, and the money was all but nothing when Hayley went to claim the insurance policy.  Hayley has been house-sitting, but now is hunting for a decent apartment that she can afford.  In New York, that is all but impossible.  When the last lead she had turned out to be a bust, Hayley left the building and went to head home only to be stopped by the manager with news that there was an unexpected opening that she could afford.  Shocked, but so happy, Hayley snapped it up.

 

Silas Goodnight knows that he isn’t a good man by most definitions even though he is very good at his job as an enforcer for his boss.  Silas’ background has left him very cynical and distrusting of most of the world, yet when he sees a beautiful young woman leave his building all but in tears, his first impulse is to call the manager and find out what was the deal.  Then in an act that shocked not only his manager but also Silas, he quickly made an apartment available in his building and right next to his at an unbelievable rent.  Silas has lived pretty much alone and with no one around him, yet there was something about that woman that pulled at him and made him want to provide for and protect her.

 

Hayley learned that she had her neighbor and the owner of the building to thank for her new apartment, and she thanked him by baking for him.  What Hayley didn’t know was that every night when she practiced, she gave Silas a thank you in the gift of her music.  Silas and Hayley are slowly falling into a relationship and as Silas learns of why Hayley is working two jobs and is later hurt coming home one night, he makes sure that Hayley is not only made safe, but that she receives what should have always been hers.  However, Silas’ dark and dangerous job threatens to destroy everything when Hayley is targeted.  In order to keep her safe, Silas does something that could destroy Hayley and their love faster than any enemy.  Can Silas realize what he has done and find a way to fix it and keep Hayley safe before she gives up on her dark and dangerous lover and leaves him forever?

 

A sweet young woman in over her head meets a man just on this side of the underworld, and an unexpected romance is the result in Kept.  My heart went out to Hayley as her circumstances came clear, and I was hoping that she could find a way to continue with her dream.  I knew that Silas had a warm heart, even if it was dented all to heck and back from the previous books in this series.  I wasn’t surprised to see Silas turn his world upside down when she first sees Hayley and responds so harshly to her.  I really loved watching as Silas and Hayley fell in love and worked around the barriers between them.  The entire time I was wondering when and how Silas was going to tell Hayley about his job.  What I have to admit was how Silas handled the threat to Hayley from his enemy because of what he had seen happen in that exact same situation.  I was really happy to see that once again this group of dark, dangerous, yet lovable men, grouped together to keep a much loved woman safe and to bring their “brother” to his senses.  Kept is a wonderful contemporary suspense with a touch of the darker side of New York.

 

RULES OF CONTACT by Jaci Burton

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RULES OF CONTACT by Jaci BurtonRules of Contact by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #12
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports

When I first started the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton I never dreamed she would supply book after book of multiple sports heroes, but I have enjoyed each and every one in their own way. Whether it was hockey, baseball or football, one thing that is always consistent is the love of the sport that Ms. Burton brings to each story. Rules of Contact is the twelfth book in the Play by Play series and I liked the change of pace and the focus on food Ms. Burton added in. I swear every time the food was mentioned all I could think of was “damn that sounds good”, so you have been warned not only is Rules of Contact hot but it will definitely make you hungry in more ways than one.

 

Flynn Cassidy loves football but he also loves food. He does more than okay in the kitchen so when he decides to finally open his own restaurant he is looking for the right team to run it while he is on the field. In the previous book, Unexpected Rush, he meets his new chef Amelia Lawrence and knows she will be the perfect fit for his place.

 

Rules of Contact picks up just before his restaurant opens and Flynn is having bad luck in the dating pool as all the women end up wanting exposure of some kind but not his head chef Amelia. From the moment he met her he could feel the attraction but mixing business with pleasure is not a good idea. Flynn does his best to keep everything on a professional level but the closer they work together the lines start to blur and now he wants to try and date her, the only problem is that he has to convince her to give him an honest to god shot.

 

Amelia Lawrence is starting over in a new city after her divorce and so far things are going great. She loves the new people she has met and loves her new job as head chef at Ninety-Two, her boss is a great guy and nothing what she originally expected from him but there is one problem, with each day that passes her attraction to Flynn is growing. She hasn’t dated much since her divorce but she is open to a little fun as long as it doesn’t get in the way of work. Once they embark on a relationship keeping it casual becomes difficult and she is quickly learning that there is nothing light and easy about the two of them together.

 

From the moment Flynn was introduced I couldn’t wait to learn more about him and I was shocked that he was looking for someone special and not the player type, he was open to love. When a relationship wasn’t working out he was honest and cut ties and tried again. At times I felt for him because none of the women he dated wanted to get to know the real him but were just caught up in his fame. Amelia was easy to like and I loved that she was a chef and not some football groupie. She was a little on the unsure side of dating but once her and Flynn’s relationship really started to take off I started to see them as a long term couple. They have a mutual respect and genuinely like one another.

 

Rules of Contact started out a little on the slow side but once it got going I didn’t want to put it down. Of course since Rules of Contact is a sports romance I was looking forward to football time during the story and while there are a few scattered scenes of Flynn playing I felt the whole restaurant theme took away from it. I loved that there was no overload on drama and I was glad I could see the growth of their relationship building chapter by chapter.

 

We also see Flynn’s sister Mia a few times during this story and I have to say I really do hope she gets her own book. Will Mia end up with a baseball, hockey or football player? I guess I will have to wait and see and I can’t wait! If you love sports romance as much as I do you won’t want to miss Rules of Contact.

MULBERRY MOON by Catherine Anderson

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MULBERRY MOON by Catherine AndersonMulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson
Series: Mystic Creek #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary

Mulberry Moon is my first book by Catherine Anderson and I really expected to be lost by starting the third book in the Mystic Creek series and unfortunately I was a little at first. But once Mulberry Moon really got going I felt like I didn’t miss anything which is really what kept me wanting to continue to read and I’m glad I did because I discovered a new author and a new town that I really enjoyed.

 

Ben Sterling is ready to settle down especially now he’s home for good but that is more difficult then he thought it would be. There is only one woman who has held his attention since she has come to town but she wants nothing to do with him. When Sissy’s chickens get loose from their coop he offers to rebuild her a new one being the nice guy that he is but he also has some ulterior motives. The more time Ben spends with her and as he gets to know her better he discovers that she is in fact the one woman he has been looking for but now he just needs to get Sissy to believe this.

 

Sissy Sue Bentley hasn’t had the life she expected. Her late aunt, whom she never met, leaves her a café in Mystic Creek and Sissy has decided to start over in this charming town and fix up the café. She feels welcome in her new home and everyone is friendly but she still has trust issues especially with good looking men who are interested in her. Ben can do better than her but the time they spend together is changing her feelings for him and that scares her more than ever. When her past comes calling she fears that Ben will leave her heart in shambles but can his love for her keep them together or were they just doomed from the start?

 

One thing I just adored about Mulberry Moon was the characters. Ben and Sissy are complete opposites; while Ben comes from a loving and happy family Sissy did not. Ben was successful, loving, and persistent and the most patient hero I have read about in a long time. Sissy wasn’t really living and I found her to be on the loner side but while she didn’t believe in love for herself she showed love for animals which showed that she was open to it.

 

Their love takes time and it really gave them a chance to know one another which I found absolutely refreshing in this case. No matter what obstacles that were in their way they stuck together and built a solid foundation starting out as friends. I really loved their connection and was rooting for this couple the entire time while I was reading.

 

One of my favorite parts of Mulberry Moon was the little tests that Ben was putting Sissy through to see if she was the one for him. At first I found them a little juvenile but then I just found it sweet. After all isn’t that what dating is about, testing to see if you are making the right choices and getting to know the one person who you want to spend your life with?

 

Mulberry Moon was a sweet read that was filled with excellent characters, suspense and a town that I would be glad to call my own. When Sissy’s past is revealed little by little my heart broke for her but I was thankful she got her happily ever after by starting her new life in Mystic Creek. Not only did she get the guy who I wanted she had an entire community who stood behind her and made her feel like one of them. After reading Mulberry Moon I can guarantee that I will be reading the previous books in the Mystic Creek series and I can’t wait.

HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen

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HARD HITTER by Sarina BowenHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports

Hard Hitter is the second novel in the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen and I have to admit after reading the previous book I was hooked not only on the cast of characters Ms. Bowen created but her story telling capabilities. The more I read of the Brooklyn Bruisers series the more my love for hockey in general grows.

 

Team captain Patrick O’Doul grew up in the foster system and while he has had relationships with women in the past they are few and far between and just about sex. He has been ordered by his team to start getting massages to help loosen up his previous injuries and it just so happens Ari will be making sure he is in tip top shape for the games. As Ari and Patrick become closer he knows she is different but when a mistake he made in the past comes to light he has to wonder if he will lose Ari before their relationship has really begun and if his team will forgive him after he has started to let them in. A lot is on the line for Patrick but he isn’t giving up without a fight and it just so happens now he has more to fight for than ever before.

 

Ari Bettini has decided to put all her energy into her work since she threw out her longtime boyfriend, but he just won’t go away no matter how hard she tries. Being on the road with the guys and teaching them yoga is truly a blessing and a wondering distraction from her life. After getting Patrick on the table, little by little he starts to open to her and before they know it they are hitting the sheets. Ari doesn’t want to get in trouble for crossing the line so they agree to keep it a secret but when Ari’s ex starts to makes waves not only with her relationship but putting her job at risk she has no choice but to trust the people she has become close to, including Patrick.

 

Ari and Patrick were really great characters and had a lot in common but also their different personalities brought out the very best in them not only as a couple but as individuals. While Hard Hitter contained some drama it was just enough to keep me engaged with how these issues effected them. From the very beginning I liked Ari and couldn’t wait to hear what her story was and boy did Ms. Bowen give her a lot to handle but she was strong and willing to fight for her new life and what she wanted. Patrick being a loner really touched me more than I thought it would. At first I couldn’t understand how a guy surrounded by teammates felt the need to be this way but it just showed he never got past what had happened to him and he doesn’t start to until Ari becomes more frequent in his life.

 

Hard Hitter was an enjoyable romance whose characters stood out from the very beginning. The plot was direct and I love how Ms. Bowen took the time to not only tell readers about Ari’s ex but tie it off in a manner that was believable. I found the love scenes steamy, detailed and they showed Ari and Patrick’s connection that was growing deeper over the course of their story. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Patrick’s teammates were a real hoot and have me looking forward to reading some of their romances in the future.

JUST THIS NIGHT by Mari Madison

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JUST THIS NIGHT by Mari MadisonJust This Night by Mari Madison
Series: Exclusive Romance #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary


 

To date I can honestly say I have never read a romance about a newsroom and Just This Night really jumped out at me from the beginning. I really loved the uniqueness of the plot.

 

Beth’s plan on getting over her ex is by finding a new man and after the incredible night they spend together she thinks just maybe that they could have something, but the next morning she wakes up and finds him gone. It’s for the best at least that’s what she tells herself but when her one night stand turns out to be her new colleague things get a little complicated, especially when they have to put aside their mutual attraction and work together. Even though Beth has her hands full with her new promotion there is something about Mac that pulls her in.

 

Jake aka Mac can’t stop thinking about the night he spent with Beth but he has his hands full with providing a stable home for his daughter. With Jake starting his new job he hopes everything will end up working out, but when he realizes his one night stand is his new co-worker he has to try to push his feelings aside, which only becomes more difficult when Beth comes to stay at his house. The closer she gets to him and his daughter the more he realizes that she might just be the one for him. But when somebody starts to sabotage Beth’s career he wonders if they can make it work or will the job always come first?

 

I really enjoyed Beth and Jake and the friendship that was forming between them after their one night together. Jake honestly was a good guy in wanting to help Beth with her problems which only made me like him that much more. Jake spent a lot of time fighting himself between wanting to do the right thing and what he wanted. I really loved the way Beth took to Jake’s little girl right away and she did it in such a friendly way I was glad that were becoming close.

 

Just This Night was a drama filled story that had a sabotaging co-worker, the return of an ex and a chemistry that is off the charts. Mari Madison shows depth and real emotion with her characters every step of the way. Once I started Just This Night I had trouble putting it down it was just that good. Ms. Madison had me rooting for Beth and Jake’s happily ever after from the beginning. I am really looking forward to reading more of the Exclusive Romance series and getting to know more about not only what happens behind the scenes in the newsroom but who the next couple will be. Mari Madison is an author to keep your eye on.

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