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WHISKEY SHARP: UNRAVELED by Lauren Dane

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WHISKEY SHARP: UNRAVELED by Lauren DaneWhiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane
Series: Whiskey Sharp #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary


The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can’t have…

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle’s sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job—and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she’s got it good.

But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.

Maybe’s blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his…even if she doesn’t know it. Yet. He can’t help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.

But Maybe’s fiery independent spirit means pushing back when Alexsei goes too far. Still, he’s not afraid to do a little pushing of his own to get what he wants—her in his life, and his bed, for good. Maybe’s more intoxicating than all the liquor on his shelf…and he’s not afraid to ride the blade’s edge to bind her to him.

Maybe Dolan talks a mile a minute, looks like a punk rocker and takes on the role of protector and caretaker for those she loves.  Aleksei Petrov is a gruff Russian and barber.  He owns Whiskey Sharp the only place in Seattle you can get drink while you get your hair cut.

Maybe has lusted after Aleksei for two years.  Aleksei has finally opened his eyes to the woman right in front of him. He’s determined to win Maybe’s heart and rule her body.  The past has come back to haunt Maybe and it may ruin the life she has carved out for herself and her sister in Seattle.  However, Aleksei is determined to keep his woman safe and happy right where she is. Can he succeed?

Ms. Dane has created a unique setting for her latest series.  Whiskey Sharp is a barber shop that features a bar where patrons can enjoy spirits.  I really enjoyed Maybe’s exuberant personality.  She really is the perfect match for Aleksei.  He is a sexy alpha male with an attractive dominant personality.  Maybe is a force to be reckoned with.  I just loved it when she flustered Aleksei and how she dealt with Aleksei’s ex-fiancé.

Maybe and Aleksei’s relationship is super hot and emotional.  Maybe’s sister and family take on a crucial role in Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled.  Many times, I found my eyes misty and heart aching with worry for these characters.  Aleksei’s family is the perfect balance to Maybe’s.  I absolutely loved them.  Ms. Dane did an excellent job creating the family bond.

Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled is a great contemporary read.  Fans of Author Lauren Dane will be running to the bookstore to add this to their collection.

BEFORE THE DAWN by Cynthia Eden

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BEFORE THE DAWN by Cynthia EdenBefore the Dawn by Cynthia Eden
Series: Killer Instinct
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

 

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim--Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman."

It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Seven years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother...and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question--has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

Tucker and Dawn have an intense history.  She was abducted by a serial killer called the Iceman.  The Iceman was Jason Frost…Tucker’s brother.

It’s easy to get pulled into Author Cynthia Eden’s Before the Dawn.  The story kicks off with killer suspense and never lets up until the final page.

I thoroughly enjoyed Before the Dawn.  Tucker and Dawn have painful circumstances that connect them.  This makes their reunion rife with powerful emotions.  I couldn’t get enough scenes with these two.  As always Ms. Eden provides the reader with an excellent mystery and thrilling suspense. Before the Dawn is a great read!

 

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

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THE GAME by Vanessa FewingsThe Game by Vanessa Fewings
Series: ICON #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Can she outwit the ultimate master in a timeless game of seduction? 

Chasing Icon, the world's slickest art thief, was the most seductive thrill of London art investigator Zara Leighton's career…until the clues led her to the man who holds command of her body and heart, Tobias Wilder, an American billionaire with charisma to spare. Her duty to capture him is complicated by the intensity of their passion. Her will to end their connection is tinted with red-hot need to never let him go.

Tobias's heists are about more than money and ego. His plot to orchestrate the perfect deception in Los Angeles is destiny. No one—not even Zara—knows the depths of his motivation. And no one suspects the truth behind a single artifact that holds the secrets to an entire civilization. Forced to deny one calling to satisfy another, he knows something must be sacrificed: his code of honor or his loyalty to Zara.

Vanessa Fewings has the magic touch.  I didn’t think there was any way The Game could live up to the excitement within Fewings first ICON book, The Chase, but boy did it!  Zara and Tobias totally Rock My World!  I’m so in love with this couple and their adventure!   Fewings impressive writing style takes the reader on a journey of a lifetime.  I’m not sure I can properly express how magical it was visiting all the art galleries in these books.  I could see each piece and feel the beauty as if I was standing before them.

 

The Chase featured mostly classic art but The Game gives us some sensational modern pieces that boggle the mind and make you beg for more. Fewings spectacular description of one piece will leave you breathless, guaranteed!  The Game delivers everything.  The suspenseful romance lover will eat this up in one sitting.  I am thoroughly impressed with Vanessa Fewings ICON series.  I was so geared up for The Game that I went back and read The Chase again which only reminded me why I love Zara and Tobias so much!  This is a couple you can’t help but root for!

 

I need more and I need it now! I was shocked by the ending and now I’m counting down the days until the final book in the trilogy, The Prize comes out! I hope this is very soon because I am excited to find out what happens to Zara and Tobias next!  I’m also sad because it means I will be saying goodbye to these fabulous characters and riveting story.  The Game is one sexy, sweet, edge of your seat treat!  If you hear me squeeing you will know I’ve gotten my hands on The Prize! 🙂

THE CHASE by Vanessa Fewings

THE CHASE by Vanessa Fewings

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THE CHASE by Vanessa FewingsThe Chase by Vanessa Fewings
Series: Icon #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
 



Will she risk it all for a priceless desire?

A rising star in one of London's top art investigation firms, Zara Leighton's talent for seeing deep into paintings is in her blood. She's chosen to help track down Icon, an enigmatic international art thief whose heists are methodical, daring, baffling. To Zara the case is maddening—bordering on an obsession.

She finds distraction in the chiseled form of top-shelf client Tobias Wilder, a magnetic American billionaire who demands her expertise, her discretion—and her secrecy. Wilder doesn't ask questions. He gives orders. His gaze alone ignites her deepest fantasies. And his touch…

The sudden whirl of exclusive exhibitions and decadent parties that Wilder introduces her to is a potent aphrodisiac. But surrender soon becomes tinged with suspicion. Is Zara's tryst with Wilder the real thing…or just a convincing forgery?

I love, love, love Vanessa Fewings first ICON novel, The Chase!!! I’m not sure when an ending has left me so desperate for the next book in a series.  I’m about to die in anticipation of The Game!

The Chase is a mix of The Thomas Crown Affair and The Catch.  It’s a high speed romantic adventure that shouldn’t be missed.  Ms. Fewings fuels her characters with sexual chemistry, wits and tenacity.  Zara and Tobias have that instant connection that all of us crave.  Their passion for art is just as sexy as the passion they share in the bedroom! Tobias will absolutely get your motor running with his gorgeous body and scintillating mind but things quickly go into overdrive when he starts giving orders.  Zara is a charming and brilliant character who tugs at your heartstrings.  She is vulnerable without being helpless.  As the story progresses Zara really finds herself in the deep end and it tests her in ways she never expected.  Her journey is thrilling and highly entertaining. I love a story filled with intense emotion and The Chase has that in spades.

The Chase is a decadent treat that shouldn’t be missed.  The intrigue and suspense is palpable as Tobias and Zara are drawn deeper into the dark side of the art world. The mystery surrounding Zara’s family paintings and the current art thefts give the reader a sense of urgency that only ramps up the sizzling romance between Tobias and Zara.

The ICON trilogy is about to go international in The Game and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia LondonSinful Scottish Laird by Julia London
Series: Highland Grooms #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical

English widow Daisy Bristol, Lady Chadwick is in an untenable situation.  Per her Husband’s will she must remarry within three years of his death or forfeit her son’s inheritance.  As the deadline quickly approaches Daisy takes her family and flees to a hunting lodge in Scotland to avoid the fortune hunters vying for her hand in marriage and to wait for the possible return of her once love, Captain Robert Spivy.  She had no idea what she would find when she arrived or how it would change her life.  But will it change her for the better?

 

Cailean Mackenzie of Arrondale is satisfied to lead his life alone as Laird of his land and as a smuggler.  Cailean’s heart was broken long ago by an English woman and he has no intention of ever letting another woman rule his heart. However, he never counted on the vivacious woman that would plant herself in his life with her bold and sexy demeanor.

 

Daisy is eager to oversee her life but the world seems to be against her.  Therefore, she is determined to have fun while visiting the Highlands and Cailean is exactly the man she would like to play with. He is determined to deny her regardless of the feelings she stirs within.

 

Will Daisy’s long lost love come and rescue her from her predicament or will her season of freedom end with a forced marriage to a stranger?  Find out what happens when this Sinful Scottish Laird faces one determined English Lady.

 

Julia London’s Sinful Scottish Laird hits all the right spots.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird features fascinating characters, intense sexual tension and one hell of a story.  Historicals are not usually my first choice but I simply cannot resist the men of the Highlands.  Ms. London does an amazing job of taking the reader into the highlands.  The world building in Sinful Scottish Laird is superb.  I could picture it all in my mind and I wanted to go and see it for myself.  I wouldn’t mind running into a man like Cailean either.  While that seems rather unlikely to happen I must live vicariously through Ms. London’s characters.

 

My heart went out to Daisy and the situation she faces.  I could feel her pain and frustration as I sped through the pages.  When she lays eyes on Cailean the first time the attraction is powerful.  Cailean is dealing with his own inner demons when it comes to trusting women.  He is baffled by the boldness Daisy exhibits toward him and does everything he can to ignore her.  Their bickering is simply hilarious and adorable.  I could not get enough of it. They made me laugh out loud so many times!

 

Cailean may be sexy as SIN but he melted my heart with his kindness towards Daisy’s son Ellis.  I was expecting more intrigue as Captain Robert Spivey entered the picture.  I was disappointed a bit but the rest of the novel exceeds expectations making Sinful Scottish Laird a Joyfully Recommended Read for February.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird is a romance you will not soon forget.  This sexy couple will sweep you off your feet and have you racing through the pages to discover if they find their happily ever after. Ms. London gives us a remarkable read with Sinful Scottish Laird.  I cannot wait to take my next trip to the Highlands when Cailean’s brother Rabbie discovers love in Hard-Headed Highlander.

 

DON’T TEMPT ME by Lori Foster

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HONOR BOUND by B. J. Daniels

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SHADES OF TEMPTATION by Virna DePaul

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PERSUASION by Brenda Joyce

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TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

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RIVERBEND ROAD by RaeAnne Thayne

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ONE NIGHT CHARMER by Maisey Yates

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

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TOUGH LOVE by Lori Foster

TOUGH LOVE by Lori Foster

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THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

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THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

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THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

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BACK TO YOU by Lauren Dane

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HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

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