Publisher: Carina Press

LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy Chen

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LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy ChenLiar's Guide to True Love by Wendy Chen
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Melissa

Little white lies that lead to bigger lies, that’s how wedding coordinator Cassandra Hanley self destructs her personal relationships. She always tries to please people, which lead to these problems. Then she meets Nick and even though she’s made promises to herself not to fall back into her old ways, it doesn’t work out. Nick makes it clear he hates weddings and before she knows it she’s told him she works as an advertising executive. Now it’s taking more and more lies to cover up her first lie. And if things were getting confusing enough, her college sweetheart Kevin wants her to give him another chance. It’s only a matter of time before all the cards come crashing down on her.

 

Liar’s Guide to True Love is one turn after another. Cassandra is a flawed heroine that will both frustrate you and make you love her. Funny and romantic, Wendy Chen has penned a light hearted romance that readers will love. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

TEXAS TANGLE by Leah Braemel

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TEXAS TANGLE by Leah BraemelTexas Tangle by Leah Braemel
Published by Carina Press on 2010-06-01
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 188
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued...and a little gun-shy.Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki's life, but he's determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki's heart.Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?73,000 words

Nikki Kimball has just been robbed. As if her life wasn’t bad enough, she comes home to find out her brother has left and her house is empty. She thought what her ex-husband did to her was heartbreaking, but the fact that she was swindled by family leaves her aching. Thank goodness she has Dillon Barnett – he has been a rock she can lean on…a very sexy one. Dillon has told Nikki more than once that she is welcome to be with him as long as she needs. It goes without saying that he is hoping she stays because the longer he is with her, the more he cares about her. And the best thing? His foster brother, Brett Anderson feels the same way. Now all they have to do is convince Nikki to take a chance on them. 

Goodness gracious, but wow. Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel is one hot western ménage! Both male heroes are lean, loyal, and smoking hot. Their treatment of Nikki and the love they have for her shows in every touch and breath they take. The love scenes sizzle on each and every page. 

For a truly great ménage read, Texas Tangle is the book for you. I couldn’t get enough of it and had to read it twice, okay – three times!

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren DaneBlade to the Keep by Lauren Dane
Series: Rowan Summerwaite #2
Published by Carina Press on 2013-12-09
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 184
Reviewed by Jo

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she'd escaped so many years before—The First's Keep.Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she's got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she'll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.See how Rowan's story began in Goddess with a Blade.72,000 words

JoyfullyRecommended

Rowan Summerwaite has many hats, being a vessel for a Goddess, a protector of humans with the Hunter Corporation and now their liaison, and being thought of as the child of the vampire known as The First and the leader of the Vampire Nation.  Not to mention that her lover is the vampire Scion of the area she hunts in, Clive Stewart.  Rowan is about to begin her most important assignment and she will have to thread the tightest needle ever in order to get a new treaty through the Joint Tribunal.

 

With the meeting taking place at her foster father The First’s home, Rowan arrives and immediately has to find her balance as the liaison of The Hunter Corporation to the Joint Tribunal and being the accepted daughter of the most powerful vampire.  Not everyone is happy about this treaty that Rowan knows is very important to the continued peace between humans and vampires.  In one way it helps that Rowan is surrounded by those she grew up with and by Clive now that he has arrived, and in another it puts just a bigger target on Rowan’s back when it appears that something or someone is trying to affect the final vote of the Tribunal.  Danger is Rowan’s calling card and not even the Goddess is going to be able to help her when Rowan is challenged and must fight to defend her position.  It also isn’t a help that not everyone in The Hunter Corporation is backing Rowan and are even actively trying to undermine her. 

 

However, it seems that everyone but those the closest to Rowan has once again underestimated her determination and just how fierce she is and can fight.  When it is discovered that even worse undercurrents are going on, Rowan must fight while at her worst. It will take the combined help of The First, Clive, the Goddess and others who love Rowan to save her and make sure she will fight another day.  But will they be strong and fast enough to really save Rowan?

 

The single woman who has a foot in both the human and vampire camps will have to put everything on the line, her life and all that she loves, in order to survive a joint meeting in Blade to Keep.  I knew that Rowan would have her hands full acting as the liaison at the Joint Tribunal meeting after reading about her last meeting with the Hunter Corporation and that feeling just became strong as they reached the meeting site.  I was already waiting to hate The First because of how he treated the younger Rowan, yet by the end of the book I had to semi like him after his determination to save Rowan’s life.  I have loved Clive since I first met him and his unending support and love for Rowan strengthened that.  The fight where Rowan almost loses everything showed me just how fierce she really was and also proved just who was behind her and who wasn’t.  I also learned a lot about the Goddess who lives within Rowan.  I am now waiting, only semi-patiently, for the next chapter in Rowan and Clive’s world because I know that fur is going to fly and Rowan will show one nasty vampire just what happens when you go after the wrong person.  Blade to Keep is packed full of suspense, hot passion and deadly danger that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page to find the next riddle or answer.  I know it did me and for these reasons and a whole lot I can’t say here, I am Joyfully Recommending this book as a must read and a keeper series.  If you haven’t read the first book, Goddess with a Blade, I suggest you do that first or you might have questions on who is who and how Rowan and Clive came together.  

NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie Moffett

NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie Moffett

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NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie MoffettNo Place Like Rome by Julie Moffett
Published by Carina Press on 2013-11-25
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 189
Reviewed by Jo

A Lexi Carmichael MysteryItaly might seem like a long way to go to hide after a disastrous date. But when sexy überhacker Slash (no, that's not his real name) asks me to go with him to Rome on an investigation, the timing is sort of perfect. My messed-up love life becomes the least of my worries, though, after the dead body, the near-kidnapping and the discovery of a top secret encrypted file that even I can't hack.With time running out, there's only one thing to do: call in the legendary Zimmerman twins and my best fluent-in-Italian friend, Basia, to crack the code. Now if only someone could help me solve the mystery of whether Slash is flirting, or if all the kissing is just one of those

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Lexi Carmichael is a self proclaimed geek girl who is still struggling to find her way in society.  Yet, put her in front of a computer and give her a quest and she is extraordinary and usually finds what she is looking for.  Right now, Lexi is off to Rome with Slash – a mystery man who works for our government but has a very interesting background and is really hot.  This isn’t where Lexi expected to find herself since the night before she had a disastrous date with Slash.  But when Slash appeared in her office and hired her to help clear his uncle, their firm was hired and Lexi was off to Rome.

 

Slash is a man of many names and so far not one of them is his real one so far as Lexi can tell.  Once she and Slash arrive in Rome they are meet up with a friend of Slash’s who is also one of the Vatican guards.  Lexi and Slash also meet up with his uncle and begin the search for who used his codes to steal from the Vatican.  It takes no time for Lexi to find out who did it. But that is only the beginning of a hunt for answers that place not only Lexi and Slash in danger but also their friends who have come to help untangle a secret code that will prove that what began as a simple hunt for stolen money is really something much, much bigger and people are willing to kill to have it.  During the same time Lexi and Slash are hunting for their answers, simmering attraction between them comes even closer to erupting into passion.  Lexi might be unsure of herself in social and relationship encounters but even she knows that things are heating up between her and Slash.  The question for her is why someone like him would want a girl geek like her?  That almost becomes a moot question when the final answers are revealed and death is waiting to claim the losers.

 

A spy and a computer geek team up to uncover a secret that will touch the Vatican and change science when revealed in No Place Like Rome.  Lexi and Slash seemed like an unlikely team until they traveled to Rome to clear his uncle from a theft charge.  They find not only a dangerous web of lies and secrets but also find that their attraction is bringing them closer to passion as they untangle the web for answers.  I loved watching as Lexi tries to break an encrypted code but also the mystery of relationships which is more confusing to her than any computer code.  I also enjoyed watching as Slash worked hard to keep all those he counts as friends and loved ones safe, only to find that one person alone could not do it.  It would take a socially inept girl geek with a strong protective streak for her friends to save the day ultimately.  No Place Like Rome is filled with suspense, fun loving geeks, hot spies and an intense attraction that is rising in temperature as the danger gets closer.  I thoroughly love watching Lexi Carmichael grow and this adventure is the best one yet.

 

As a lover of romantic suspense’s where I can’t figure out the “who done it” fast, I have to Joyfully Recommend No Place Like Rome as a must read.  While it would help with the background to read the entire series in order, you don’t really have to in order to enjoy this adventure.  But I bet you will want to go back and read the other books and novellas after closing the last page.

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