Publisher: Carina Press

CONTROLLED BURN by Shannon Stacey

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CONTROLLED BURN by Shannon StaceyControlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #2
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary


 

Rick Gullotti is a lieutenant with the Boston Fire Department and loves his job. He’s been renting the third floor of the Broussard’s home for years since their son left and never returned. When Mr. Broussard takes a fall Rick goes to the hospital to help out in any way he can because their son won’t be coming home. Rick has always wanted someone special but so far he has had no luck. When the Broussard’s long lost granddaughter shows up to help out, Rick realizes right away that he is attracted to her but the question is can he trust her?

 

Jessica Broussard is the VP of her father’s company out in California. When she takes the phone call that informs her that her grandparents need help she heads to Boston to meet the grandparents she never met. She never expected them to be so welcoming from the stories her father has shared with her, but while she is there and getting to know them she sees a different side to them. When she firsts meet Rick she knows she is attracted to him but also aware that nothing can happen between them. But when her grandmother starts inviting Rick to dinners and breakfast, forcing them to spend time with one another, Jessica can’t help but be aware of him. After just a few kisses Jessica is going up in flames but can she hold on to what they are building or will California always be her home?

 

Controlled Burn was a cute romantic read that had me wanting more. I loved Rick and thought he was smart, funny and had a good head on his strong shoulders. He went from dating a lot to wanting a strong connection with a woman in a blink of an eye which I just loved. While Jessica and Rick’s romance takes center stage in Controlled Burn I really liked that Shannon Stacey also centered Controlled Burn around family, biological or made with friends and teammates.

Rick and Jessica start off having a friendship which I was grateful for, their relationship went slow and had me anticipating when they would actually move on to the next stage. At first they are both leery of one another’s motives when it comes to the Broussard’s well-being and if they should sell their house or not.

Readers who loved the previous book will enjoy the journey of Rick and Jessica navigating family and love. Ms. Stacey made me laugh, think, and appreciate her writing. In the end I really loved Controlled Burn but I did feel it ended a little abruptly. With that being said it didn’t take away from story. The Boston Fire series is really growing on me one book at a time and already I am looking for the next one.

EVERYTHING FOR HER by Alexa Riley

EVERYTHING FOR HER by Alexa Riley

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EVERYTHING FOR HER by Alexa RileyEverything For Her by Alexa Riley
Series: For Her #1
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary


 

 

Mallory Sullivan grew up in foster care and has had to work hard for everything in her life. Having just moved to New York City and living with her best friend Paige, her life is exciting. To top it off, she is about to start a new job at one of the top companies in the world, The Osbourne Corp, where she will be one of three interns in the accounting department. What Mallory doesn’t know is that she is about to meet the man who will not only change her life sexually but that she’s been the star of his fantasies for years.

 

After seeing Mallory for the first time years ago, Miles Osbourne fell in love with her but he couldn’t do anything about it, one because she was too young at the time and two, he wanted everything to be in place so that he could provide her with anything her heart desired. Now years later it’s time for all of his plans to come to fruition and to finally claim Mallory as his own. Finally being able to be so close to her, is causing him to make mistakes before he is ready to show his hand. He is desperate and hopes that his missteps don’t lose him the woman that he has come to love so deeply.

 

Everything For Her is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading from Alexa Riley and to be honest the storyline had me hesitant, but I’m really glad I did. Once I started, I was sucked into a world of wants and desires that ran deep within characters that were very likable and a man that would do truly anything to get the woman he’s loved from afar for so very long.

 

To be honest while reading Everything For Her, Miles started off as the creepy/borderline stalker type. I didn’t understand the obsession he had in wanting Mallory so much when I’m sure he could have had any woman he wanted, after all he’s good looking, rich and very powerful. But as I read further into Everything For Her, I found Miles to be sweet and not creepy at all. The things Miles did for Mallory were endearing and ranged from the smallest, simplest gestures to being outrageously and over the top at times. One thing I was never in doubt of was that Miles was completely, one hundred percent, in love with Mallory.

 

I liked Mallory from the very beginning; apart from being smart and a hard worker, she was just a simple girl trying to make it on her own. She wasn’t flashy or looking for someone to take care of her, in fact when she meets Miles for the first time I was surprised how much she tried to resist him.

 

Everything For Her is sweet, sexy and everything I love in a romance. I thoroughly enjoyed that it’s written in dual povs but would have liked to have seen more of Miles pov as the story was unfolding. Ms Riley delivered a book that is truly unforgettable and I’m already anticipating the next book in the For Her series. It looks like Mallory’s roommate and best friend, Paige, is the next book in the series and I can’t wait for her story. Confession time, right after I read Everything For Her I started it again immediately, that’s just how much I loved it! I Joyfully Recommend Everything For Her and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

 

 

SWORN TO THE WOLF by Lauren Dane

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SWORN TO THE WOLF by Lauren DaneSworn to the Wolf by Lauren Dane
Series: Cherchez Wolf Pack #2
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Rain Foster is a part-time painter and a part-time waitress so she can pay her bills and buy art supplies while hoping to get that one chance to prove how good her art is.  Rain is also on the run from a violent family past and has tried to keep clear of anything that might point to where she is now.  Rain’s life turns upside down one morning when a tall, dark, and beyond sexy man walks into the cafe where she works.  Rain really has no interest in working on a relationship right now, but Laurent is a true force when he wants something, and Rain is unable to say no.

 

Laurent Cole is a natural born werewolf and the second in the Cherchez pack.  Laurent has been searching and hoping to find his mate for years now, and he never expected to find a spunky human waitress who made his wolf stand up and howl.  Once he knows just who Rain could be for him, Laurent wastes no time in getting a date and, hopefully, the mate he has yearned for.

 

Rain experiences so many highs and lows right as Laurent comes into her life.  She finally gets a shot at not one, but two shows at a gallery and has great chemistry with a hot guy.  Then when she tries to learn about his family, she learns the truth behind the Cherchez pack and just what she would have to expect if she agrees to be Laurent’s.  Time seems to stand on hold as Rain and Laurent work on just what their future will be.  Just when it seems that happiness is at their fingertips, Rain’s past catches up with her, and she is hurt in a way that affects her, Laurent, and the entire pack.  As time passes, will Rain and Laurent be able to put the deep hurts behind them and grab that bright future that was theirs for such a short time?

 

A werewolf and a woman on the run find out that love comes with highs and lows that can raise you up or destroy you in Sworn to the Wolf.  I instantly loved both Laurent and Rain and the passion that seemed to roll over them from the first moment they met.  Watching as Rain learned the ins and outs of being a werewolf and pack life with Laurent’s help had me smiling and shaking my head in a few places.  My heart also hurt for them as life turned dark, yet I was cheering all the way through hoping that in the end Laurent and Rain would be victorious and their love would reign.  I have come to love all the members of the Cherchez pack and can’t wait to see which wolf will be next to find his mate and the love that awaits them when they do.  Sworn to the Wolf takes passion on a roll with lots of laughs, sighs, and cries until love wins the day with two special lovers.

DIABLO LAKE: MOONSTRUCK by Lauren Dane

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DIABLO LAKE: MOONSTRUCK by Lauren DaneDiablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane
Series: Diablo Lake #1
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Katie Grady left her hometown of Diablo Lake, Tennessee after being stood up at the altar.  Diablo Lake is a very unusual town in that most of the citizens are either witches, a guardian, or part of one of the two werewolf packs.  Magic is everywhere, and Katie is no exception as a witch.  Katie has just come home, because her father is seriously ill, and she needs to take over the family business.  Katie is ready to move forward with her life, and she isn’t about to let anyone in the town hold her past against her.

 

Jace Dooley is going to be the next Alpha of his pack when his grandfather finally steps aside.  Jace is one of the town cops right now, so he keeps law and order both in the town and in the pack.  Jace has been in no hurry to find his mate, but when Katie comes home and then moves in across the hall from him, he can’t ignore the feelings she gives him and his wolf.  He knows that Katie is justifiably wary of wolves, but he is determined to show her that he is nothing like her ex.

 

Katie has always had a crush on Jace, but never expected him to look at her twice, much less want to go out with her.  However, things have changed since Katie came home.  The attraction between them can almost be seen it’s so strong.  There are deep undercurrents in Diablo Lake, so as Katie works to make her family’s business grow and help out with her father’s recovery it seems that not everyone is happy with her and Jace seeing each other.  Past circumstances have put the two wolf packs in charge of the town:  one as the white collar jobs and the other with the blue collar jobs, each to the detriment of the other groups.  The town has been out of balance for too many years, but that all may change very soon with Katie and Jace getting together combined with Jace’s Alpha strength and Katie’s witch powers all coming out just as they officially mate.  With one of the town’s pack trying to tear them apart and the other willing to fight to keep them together, will Jace and Katie have their special day?

 

A high school crush blossoms into love years later as two strong people have their chance at love in Diablo Lake: Moonstruck.  I will say first off that I absolute love Ms. Dane’s fun and strong heroines, and Katie was definitely one of those.  Jace was the perfect mate for Katie as I got to know them both.  I really hated how they had to deal with all the town’s undercurrents, while trying to just get past the day-to-day hazards of falling in love.  Yet, I loved how well they complemented each other as they kicked ass and took names. I have a feeling that this next generation is going to shake some things up in Diablo Lake, and I can’t wait to see what the next couple does.  Diablo Lake: Moonstruck combines humor and passion with just the perfect touch of suspense, then mixes it all together for great first book in a new series about the citizens in a very unusual town.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Julie Moffett

NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Julie Moffett

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NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Julie MoffettNo Strings Attached by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael #8
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Lexi is at a large computer conference, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Speaking on hacking and the good and bad reasons to do so is something Lexi can do with her hands tied behind her back.  However, at this same time, Lexi is trying to do the most nerve-racking thing she has ever done—arrange her best friend’s bachelorette party. This is so not in Lexi’s comfort zone, but she will do anything for her best friend.

 

While at the conference, Lexi takes a few minutes to try and get a handle on putting this party together and accidentally stumbles across an information exchange which leads her to discover a planned hack into a government database.  Lexi immediately contacts the one person she knows who can discover exactly what is getting hacked and by whom—her boyfriend, Slash.  Slash and Lexi follow the hack and discover this isn’t just a simple hack, but an attempt to bring down a part of the U.S. government.  Desperate times bring in desperate measures, so Lexi and Slash bring-in her friends, the Zimmerman twins, and together they must not only stop the destruction that this hack caused, but also stop those behind it permanently, which will send an even bigger message.  The clock is running when and when it hits zero, will Lexi and her friends come out the winners or not?  Oh, and don’t forget about that bachelor party.  It’s a one for the ages!

 

What to do when mistaken identity reveals a serious threat to the U.S. government?  Well, if your name is Lexi Carmichael, then you attack it head-on with your seriously sexy boyfriend and other friends in No Strings Attached.  Even with the stakes so high, I think that Lexi was almost happy to have something to take her mind off the bachelor party she is supposed to be planning.  I loved watching as Lexi, Slash, and the twins follow the clues and then formulate a way to defeat the group and those behind them who arranged the hack and all it comprised of.  I was almost as freaked as Lexi was when the last stakes measure was talked about and then it was figured out how to set it up.  Even better, all the suspense was offset with the funny parts concerning the wedding and bachelor/bachelorette parties.  I found that both parts were equally attention-grabbing, but for very different reasons.

 

I seriously didn’t want to put the book down to go to bed or work, which should tell you just how good it is.  I also loved that we learn so much about Slash in this book and that yet again, Slash and Lexi’s relationship takes a huge step forward.

No Strings Attached takes the Lexi Carmichael series another step up with the great suspense, friendships, and love with all the characters.  I loved the drama that keeps you on the edge the entire book, both the suspense-filled and the humor-filled.  These are just a few reasons that I had to put No Strings Attached on the Joyfully Recommended list. If you haven’t been reading this series, I would suggest that you start at the beginning, because part of the charm of these books is watching the characters grow as they go on.

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