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TWISTED TRUTHS by Rebecca Zanetti

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TWISTED TRUTHS by Rebecca ZanettiTwisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers #3
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, Suspense

Twisted Truths is book 3 in Author Rebecca Zanetti’s Blood Brothers series.  It brings the reader a no-holds-barred adventure and startling conclusion.

Denver Jones has been living the last year of his life a shell of his former self.  A year ago, he was forced to leave a woman to protect her from his dark past.  But now the woman is back, and she’s brought all kinds of trouble to his door.

Noni Suki is desperate and out of options.  Her niece has been kidnapped and the only person that can find her is the man that ripped her heart to shreds.  In an effort to find Denver she pasted his photo all over the internet…turns out that wasn’t so smart.  Now she’s in double the trouble with a bunch of baby stealing bikers and one psycho geneticist trying to kill her.

Can she survive long enough to save her niece and find love again?

Rebecca Zanetti has created another compelling and consuming romance with Twisted Truths.

Twisted Truths is jam-packed with thrilling action sequences and drama.  I’m so excited to finally get my hands-on Denver’s story.  I’ve found the silent brother fascinating since book one, Deadly Silence.  I guess there really is something irresistible about the silent, brooding bad boy.  We’ve been given hints as to what happened between Denver and Noni in Alaska and why exactly he left.  Of course, we realize he left because of danger following him but we find out there’s a bit more to it.  We also get a deeper look into the consequences of his decision and how he’s been suffering because of it.

In Twisted Truths we never know what is coming next.  The danger is acute and coming fast for Denver and Noni.  They are forced to figure out their feelings while battling present and past demons.  Twisted Truths is a suspenseful romantic adventure.  We get to fall in love with Denver and Noni while catching up with the rest of the Blood Brothers series characters. I always love catching up with past couples. If you love mysteries, romance and suspense this book is for you.

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELECT by Rachel Van DykenElect by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense
 
Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will.
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Elect is the second novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series.  The story picks up after the end of the first book Elite.  Thank heavens because I was so not done with Trace and Nixon or the rest of the Elect.

Trace found herself thrown into the complex and confounding world of the Elect in book one.  Now she knows more about herself and the people she loves.  She’s also landed in quite a bit of hot water.  It’s a good thing she has two fine men to pull her out of it.

Nixon is forced to take drastic measures to protect the people he loves.  He often alienates them in the process.  As if he didn’t have enough to worry about, the looks he sees his best friend and right-hand man giving his woman have him on the edge of one hell of a precipice.

Chase is in love with his best friend’s girl.  He’s forced to stay by Trace’s side 24/7.  His honor and duty to Nixon are at war with the intense emotions Trace provokes.  He must decide whether the love of his best friend or Trace is more important. And he must decide quick because it’s likely both are going to get him killed.

A lot of readers are rolling their eyes right now because they hate triangles.  Have no fear this is not your typical triangle.  While both Nixon and Chase are in love with Trace it doesn’t become an adolescent back and forth story.  Trace is not the kind of woman to string men along.  Elect is driven by emotion and circumstance.  It’s freaking hard to get my own feelings about Elect on the page because my heart was pulled in so many directions.

While Elite was told from Trace’s point of view Elect is told from Nixon and Chase’s.  I truly enjoyed this creative format from Ms. Van Dyken.  It gives the reader a clearer look into the psyche of these characters.  It’s easy to see and feel why the characters are so conflicted about their feelings. I highly recommend you read this series in order to enjoy and understand everything going on.

I don’t want to give the major stuff away, but I will say these characters are thrust into some dangerous situations that will leave the reader breathless.

The Eagle Elite series has rapidly become one of my favorites.  This is probably the first series I’ve read that has successfully gotten the feelings of the characters across without including detailed sex scenes.  It’s not a behind closed doors series entirely.  There is sex and it’s powerful without getting very graphic. Rachel Van Dyken gives the reader so much emotion it’s not necessary for the sex to be a focal point.  I was shocked that after two books I am so in love with these characters that I don’t miss the sex.  I know there are plenty of books out there that don’t feature sex, but I was surprised because of the world the characters find themselves in.  This genre is generally known to be rated R.  Well, I can honestly say I never expected to have a detailed conversation about sex in one of my reviews.

Elect is a lust filled novel that will have your toes curling.  Action and romance never looked this good! You will want to snuggle up with the Eagle Elite all night long.  I know I did. I do think I will have to sleep before moving on to book 3, Entice.

Elect is a November Joyfully Recommended Read!

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELITE by Rachel Van DykenElite by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense


For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.

Elite is a powerful romance that keeps the reader on the edge of your seat.  Rachel Van Dyken is a new author to me and I’m so excited I finally found her.

I swear I yelled at this book or rather the characters more than ever before.  Ms. Van Dyken yanked me into the Eagle Elite world, made me feel the myriad of emotions her characters endure.  As I finished Elite I felt as if I had run a marathon in record time.  I was exhausted, and I wanted more.  I was so obsessed I turned around and read the next book Elect immediately!

Trace Rooks is a feisty young woman beginning her college career at an exclusive university.  She’s thrust into this strange world and subjected to some awful things.  One of the wonderful things about this book besides the romance are the many converging plots.  As soon as you think you know what this book is going to be about Ms. Van Dyken throws a curve ball.  Many times, I felt my eyes bulge while thinking Holy Sh*t did that really just happen!

Elite is a new adult romance but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s your standard college romance novel.  Elite deals with many adult scenarios.  It’s easy to forget the characters are so young because of how they handle the cards they are dealt.

Nixon Abandonato is an enigma.  It’s hard to tell what is going on in his head but damn he wears Alpha Male with aplomb.  He’s the leader of the mysterious Elect and a complete ass.  The characters are fascinating.  I hate to say much more because I don’t want to give away the exciting secrets within Elite. However, I can tell you that Trace and Nixon set the pages ablaze with their sensual romance and intense banter in Rachel Van Dyken’s Elite! I am thrilled to Joyfully Recommend it for November!

RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott

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RENEGADE by Nancy NorthcottRenegade by Nancy Northcott
Series: The Protectors #1
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2012-11-06
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

SHE FOLLOWS THE RULESAs the Collegium council's top sheriff of the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn't just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious traitor wanted by the authorities suddenly risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why.HE BREAKS EVERY ONE OF THEMAs a mage, Griffin is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, they're both left running for their lives-from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible Collegium mole. Word Count: 90,000 words.

Valeria Banning is the top sheriff of the Collegium Council, a group who train mages to protect both other mages and mundanes (normal humans) from rogue mages and dark magic, for the southeastern region of the United States.  Valeria takes her job very seriously, so when she wakes up from being hurt and finds herself being cared for by the very man she replaced – a mage who went rouge in the Council’s very chambers, Valeria is forced to make a choice. Does she take try and take in Griffin or does she search for the answers on why a rouge mage would help the woman who replaced him and is sworn to bring him down?

 

Griffin Dare will admit to going after one of the Council members in their chambers and then being on the run from the Council and its top forces – well some of them anyway.  However, when he came across Valeria after some ghouls had grievously harmed her, he couldn’t turn his back on her and used his contacts to help her heal.  Griffin knew that when she woke up it would take some fancy footwork to keep his identity hidden.  Some might consider Griffin rouge, but he had reasons for what he did and he is working with an underground to find the answers on what is going on within the Council and the college.

 

Valeria knows there is something wrong with what she has been told about Griffin and what her eyes are telling her.  The killer mage would not risk his life for mundanes or her and yet Valeria has watched Griffin do this time and again.  When attacks brings even more questions to Valeria about what is going on within the Council, Valeria joins  with Griffin and his underground and is amazed at just who else is part of this group.  Both Valeria and Griffin know that in order to get their final answers, they will need to clear Griffin of the serious charges against him. Knowing the risks, they start the formal process when Griffin is captured by the Council and is about to be sentenced without the chance to defend himself.  Valeria brings in the big guns to help prove the deceit and betrayal that has invaded the Council and the college.  Mages everywhere are going to be affected by the results of this hearing for a long time.  It will also determine if the love that Valeria and Griffin have will ever be given the chance to bloom.

 

Lies, betrayals and deceit bring two top fighters together only to discover that love can appear anywhere and at any time.  Renegade has fast twists and changes that kept me on the edge from the minute I opened it up.  I loved how both Valeria and Griffin didn’t just believe what they had been told about the other but also paid attention to the actions the other did.  While I wasn’t surprised that these two strong people fell in love, I was amazed at how they could risk everything to protect the innocent and each other.  I also loved how fresh this plot was with mages and ghouls and mundanes and fighting magic with magic.  Renegade is a paranormal without the normal standbys to lean on and I found it to be a quick paced and action packed love story with two lead characters that I fell for over and over again.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out and what surprises it will bring.

THE SINNER by Margaret Mallory

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THE SINNER by Margaret MalloryThe Sinner by Margaret Mallory
Series: The Return of the Highlanders #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2011-11-01
Genres: Historical
Reviewed by Miranda

THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS: BOOK 2Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.IRRESISTIBLE DESIREAlex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty-and defiant ways.Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their newfound passion be strong enough to fight the enemy that threatens their home, their clan, and their very lives?

Alexander Ban MacDonald is a renowned highland warrior. He’s not only known for being a warrior. He is also known for his philandering. He may not be married yet but he doesn’t mind messing around with married women. It has gotten him thrown into a dungeon or two in his life. When his Chieftain requires him to get married for the sake of the clan Alexander is adamantly opposed. Alexander is against marriage all together, content with his life as it is. However, things get a little tricky when Alexander meets the one woman in all of Skye that is willing to go to great lengths to avoid marriage. 

Glynis MacNeil has been married once and she was lucky to get out unharmed. Glynis wasn’t totally unscathed; she left the marriage with a rather sullied reputation. Now, her father is determined to marry her off once again to solidify his place among the clan before the inevitable war. She is determined to never be under the thumb of another man. Glynis is ready to make her own path in life without a man until Alexander walks into her life. They strike up a quick friendship that could be so much more but neither wants to tie the knot. 

Alexander’s future is laid out before him. The path he must follow contains three women. One bringing danger, one deceit and one desire, Alex will need to figure out whom to trust with his heart and his life. As Glynis finds herself in a predicament, she calls on her friend Alex for help. Will Alex be able to help Glynis without becoming more attached to the bonny lass? 

Woo hoo! The Sinner is utterly delicious. Alexander has been a randy man traipsing from bed to bed and it’s catching up with him. He has only ever seen the negatives of marriage but he is now realizing that there might be some good sides to being married as well, unfortunately it may be too late. Glynis’ first husband was a despicable lout. Her aversion to marriage is completely rational. I love that both Alex and Glynis are so opposed to marriage and yet there are so many sparks between then it’s impossible to ignore. The journey they go on together is one filled with potholes. They both made me mad at times but that is part of what I love about books. When they can strike an emotional chord in the reader it makes the experience so much sweeter. Laughter, lust, love and peril turn The Sinner into a thrilling adventure. 

Bravo Margaret Mallory The Sinner is perfect! I am so in love with this story right now! One thing I love about Ms. Mallory’s writing is that it is so beautiful. Ms. Mallory has created these massively intense circumstances and thrown in one-of-a-kind romances to take the reader on a fantastic journey. Alex and Glynis are sexy, stubborn and simply divine together. The Sinner should not be missed!

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THE CHIEFTAN by Margaret Mallory

THE CHIEFTAN by Margaret Mallory

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LORD OF DARKNESS by Elizabeth Hoyt

LORD OF DARKNESS by Elizabeth Hoyt

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PROTECTOR by Nancy Northcott

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