Publisher: Harlequin

AFTER THE DARK by Cynthia Eden

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AFTER THE DARK by Cynthia EdenAfter the Dark by Cynthia Eden
Series: Killer Instinct #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Author Cynthia Eden brings readers another gripping series with Killer InstinctAfter the Dark begins with a bang as you are thrown into the middle of a spine-tingling tale.  After the Dark is brimming with chilling suspense and intense passion.  Ms. Eden weaves many threads together beautifully all of them leading up to a brilliant finish.

Samantha Dark hasn’t exactly had an easy life.  She has been betrayed in the worst way and lost her job but now she will do whatever it takes to right the wrongs and put a vicious serial killer behind bars.  You would think with all this Samantha wouldn’t have time for affection but when her ex-partner Blake Gamble comes charging back into her life she has little choice.  Blake is a man on a mission determined to lure Samantha back to work so they can find the killer that got away.  Blake and Samantha may have ignored their feelings in the past but that is hopeless now. It is impossible to miss the sparks that fly between these two.  Samantha and Blake make a great team in and out of bed.

Ms. Eden takes her readers on a perilous journey in After the Dark.  There are many times I had chills because of Ms. Eden’s impressive imagery.   I definitely felt the evil oozing from the killer. Scary!

Cynthia Eden delivers on all fronts giving her readers the perfect mix of suspense and drama in After the Dark.

ONE HOT DECEMBER by Tiffany Reisz

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ONE HOT DECEMBER by Tiffany ReiszOne Hot December by Tiffany Reisz
Series: Men at Work #3
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary


 

When I saw Tiffany Reisz was coming out with the Men at Work series I knew I had to read each book as soon as possible. Each story in this series takes place over the holidays and One Hot December is the third book in the series and it takes place at Christmas time which I absolutely loved especially since Christmas was right around the corner when I read it.

 

Veronica “Flash” Redding is a welder and talented artist, but she hasn’t got her big break as of yet. After spending one night with Ian Asher she can’t get him out of her head. But the problem is now he is her boss and it’s time for Veronica to move on both personally and professionally so she has accepted a new job at a plant nursery in order to have more time to create her sculptures.

 

Ian Asher worked his way up to become the boss of the construction company and it didn’t happen easily. He and Flash gave into their attraction to one another one night but he had to end things before it went any further and ever since then he can’t get this stubborn sexy woman off his mind. Now with Flash giving her two weeks’ notice Ian knows letting her walk out of his life would be a mistake, but is Flash willing to give him a second chance or will she not look back when her two weeks come to an end?

 

One Hot December was a good addition to the Men at Work series but I didn’t really connect with it as I did the previous books. Flash wanted to be strong and tough but I did enjoy when she started to let her guard down. Ian was a vault with his feelings but when he started to open up and try to get Flash back in his life he was downright swoon worthy. Flash and Ian did have great chemistry between them and of course in true Reisz fashion things got very steamy.

 

Overall, One Hot December will make you swoon, laugh, and get you in the holiday spirit. Ms. Reisz developed wonderful characters and I really enjoyed the holidays with them. If you are looking for a steamy yet festive read you won’t want to miss One Hot December and the previous books in the Men at Work series.

 

BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

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BARE IT ALL by Lori FosterBare it All by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #2
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

 

 

 

 

Alice Appleton has a dark past she would like to keep there. Her current life is quiet and predictable just the way she wants it. There is only one complication and that is her sexy-as-sin neighbor. He inspires desires she thought were gone forever.

Detective Reece Bareden came close to losing it all but his neighbor saved the day. Now he wants to learn more about the quiet Alice. The more time he spends around Alice the more he wants to uncover everything about the sweet nymph. But will he like what he discovers about her?

Alice finds trouble and Reece is willing to do anything to keep this woman safe but will she let him? If Reece and Alice hope to find a happily ever after they will both have to Bare It All.

Lori Foster’s Bare It All is contemporary romance at its best! Sexy-as hell-hero? Check. Sweet but haunted heroine? Check. A thrilling plot? Check. Mix them all together and you get a guaranteed afternoon of edge of your seat enjoyment.

I absolutely love the fact that Ms. Foster gave Alice a bigger story. I first met Alice in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. It was great to find Alice happy and to watch her fall in love with Reece. I really love Reece! The way he treats Alice is so special and will make the readers fall in love with this couple.

Alice’s story arc is so great in this novel. She really surprised me by how strong she has become. The moments between Alice and Reece are so wonderful. I really became immersed in this novel from page one. I simply couldn’t put it down. Bare It All is a first-class romance and you don’t want to miss out!

 

**Recommended Read 2013**

SHADES OF DESIRE by Virna DePaul

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SHADES OF DESIRE by Virna DePaulShades of Desire by Virna DePaul
Series: Special Investigations Group #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

Successful photo journalist Natalie Jones is suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes vision loss. The day when she becomes totally blind is getting closer. A day at the farmer’s market while documenting the life of Plainville through her lens, Natalie witnesses far more than she even knows. Unfortunately, on that day pain struck and her vision was changed forever. Now all she can see are grey shadows and that makes it harder to protect herself when someone puts a target on her.

Special Agent Liam “Mac” Mackenzie is on the trail of a murderer. The clues lead him directly to the doorstep of the beautiful Natalie Jones. After she is attacked it becomes clear that she is somehow involved in his case. Mac can’t seem to control himself around the photographer. He is drawn to her in a visceral way. Never before has Mac felt the need to possess and protect so fiercely. Mac’s number one job is to find a murderer but protecting Natalie is rapidly becoming more important. While protecting his vulnerable witness he discovers more about the case and himself.

As Mac and Natalie search for clues as to why she was targeted, they get closer to a killer. Will Mac be able to protect Natalie from a killer she can’t see? Will Mac and Natalie find love while attempting to stay one step ahead of a killer?

Virna DePaul does an excellent job of creating vulnerable characters and enthralling plotlines in Shades of Desire. I love that Natalie is a blind woman not yet comfortable with her condition. Most novels that I have read where the hero or heroine is blind they are already acclimated to their condition, but here Natalie is still dealing with her feelings about becoming blind and she is learning how to live in the world as a blind person. I found this all very interesting and when you throw in the danger, it creates great dramatic tension.

There is excellent chemistry in Shades of Desire between Natalie and Mac. The reader can feel all of Natalie’s senses as she takes in Mac and her attraction to him becomes heady. I love the emotions that Mac goes through in the story. He isn’t keen on settling down after a bad previous relationship but you can feel the pull when he is around Natalie. These two balance each other extremely well.

Another thing Shades of Desire does really well is build up the secondary characters! I cannot wait to learn more about the other members of Mac’s team the Special Investigatiions Group. All of these characters are likable and sparked quite a bit of chemistry among themselves. I am eagerly anticipating what happens next!
Not only does Shades of Desire have outstanding characters but it also has one heck of a mysterious plotline. Ms. DePaul created palpable tension with her nefarious evil doers in Shades of Desire. I was disturbed and intrigued with her bad guys and I couldn’t wait to unravel the evil plot hidden in the shadows!

Shades of Desire is a modern love story built on rock-solid characters and plum writing skills! I will be anxiously waiting for the next Special Investigations Group novel!

**2012 Review**

SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan

SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan

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SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah MorganSleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary

Paige Walker has been in love with Jake since the moment she met him at the tender age of 17 in her hospital room.  He is the only person who does not treat her as a fragile being due to her medical condition.  Every since Jake’s rejection on her 18th birthday, Paige has convinced herself that Jake is nothing more than a friend.  Unbeknownst to Paige, Jake made a promise to his best friend/Paige’s brother that he would never become romantically involved with her.

 

Up until now, Jake Romano has managed to reign in his desire to pursue Paige.  But working with her on a daily basis is testing his limits and slowing breaking down the wall he has successfully managed to keep between them.  What begins as a way to give Paige and her friends a big break with starting their own company has now turned into a secret “sex only” affair between Jake and Paige.

 

Will Paige be able to convince Jake that love is worth the risk or will Jake end things before Paige can claim his heart?

 

Sleepless in Manhattan is an engaging tale that I did not want to end.  From start to finish, I was completely captivated by the element of Paige and Jake’s love affair.  The storyline is intriguing and has various moments of surprising occurrences which only added more fuel to the fire.  The secondary characters (Paige’s two best friends) are well developed and offer great build-up for exciting storylines to come.  Combined with the mega-hot sexual tension between Paige and Jake, Sleepless in Manhattan is the perfect romantic read that will pull at your heartstrings with the turn of each page.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a passion-filled romance with remarkable characters and a superb plot.  I cannot wait for the remaining two stories within this splendid trilogy.

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