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HOT PURSUIT by Jo Davis

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HOT PURSUIT by Jo DavisHot Pursuit by Jo Davis
Series: Sugarland Blue #2
Published by Penguin, Signet on 2013-12-03
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo

In Sugarland, Detective Taylor Kayne is always ready with quick wit and a quicker smile. But he’s about to meet a woman who will make him want to take his sweet time.... Taylor is a laid-back, smart-aleck kind of lawman. He’s also a man’s man, as well as every woman’s private fantasy. But years ago, he was part of a botched hostage situation that ended with him being hailed as a tough-as-nails hero—even though the pain, fear, and shame from that terrible day still haunt his every moment. Cara Evans couldn’t care less about Taylor’s pain. In the moment he became a so-called hero, she lost someone she dearly loved. Yet neither of them is prepared for the instant, undeniable attraction that flares between them—or the danger that’s soon hot on their heels.

Cara Evens plays in a rock band and travels around playing the music she loves at various clubs and bars.  Cara is one of the lucky ones, the band is actually her band and she is wealthy enough that she can afford to do what she wants and enjoys and be able to pay her band mates.  Cara has come to Sugarland to play some gigs but she is on a mission to track down one man and find out the truth about a night that changed her life forever.  The man is a cop and the event was a domestic situation that killed her beloved sister.  Cara has the man in her sights and now is the time to act.

 

Taylor Kayne is a Detective with the Sugarland police force but not long ago he was with the Los Angeles police force.  But during one hostage situation when everything went disastrous when instead of getting the hostages out alive, it became a blood bath, changed all that.  Taylor might have been called a hero, but his nightmares and guilt were so heavy he couldn’t stay in Los Angeles.  So he took up a friends offer and transferred to the Sugarland police force.  A fresh start is just what Taylor needs if only his internal pain and guilt will allow him one.

 

Cara has no problems finding Taylor and follows him some to get an idea of his habits and how he lives his life.  What she finds just doesn’t seem to equal what Cara was told about how Taylor was a cop who would play fast and loose with lives.  When Cara and Taylor finally meet up face to face the passion shocks both of them.  When a murder hits really close to home, both Taylor and Cara are shaken but for very different reasons.  The truth that both Taylor and Cara have been keeping inside of themselves comes out and it’s touch and go whether the budding love they have found will be able to overcome those secrets.  However, it becomes very apparent that the mastermind behind both their deepest sorrows has not counted on just how hard Cara and Taylor will fight for what they have found.   Everything comes to a head and a trap is laid out to catch the man who tried to ruin both their lives.  The question is will experience and love win the day or will murder once again rule the day?

 

One horrible event changed two lives forever but can the love they found together be enough to help them solve the mystery on what really happened and get their happy ever after? Cara and Taylor learn all about betrayal and passion in Hot Pursuit.  I have to admit that I struggled in the first part of the book on being able to get behind Cara and Taylor but once they met in person the book just came alive for me.  I could understand where both Cara and Taylor were coming from and how that one horrible day brought them to Sugarland and the answers they both needed.  Their passion quickly changed to love and I loved that even with everything that was happening with them, they still made sure that a young mutual friend had a chance to connect with family and get off the streets.  Another thing I really liked was that both Taylor and Cara seriously fought for each other and their love when things were really dicey and survival wasn’t an automatic certainly.  Hot Pursuit is full of suspense and passion with just enough day to day situations that had you thinking all the characters could be someone you would see on any street.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

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SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini SinghShield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2014-06-03
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 432
Reviewed by Shayna

“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice... Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake... Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness...

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Silence has fallen, bringing hope to the Psy race…if they can survive the aftermath.  The Psy’s only hope for survival lies with the empaths, a designation almost entirely obliterated when the Silence Protocol was put in place.

 

Vasic is an Arrow to his core.  He’ll protect his people until the end, though he may not have long.  His conscience is weighed down by all that he has been forced to do and the implant in his arm is slowly killing him.  Empath Ivy Jane breathes new life into Vasic when he’s tasked with guarding her.  He’ll stand as her shield as she risks everything to save their people, and their growing bond means there’s no chance Vasic can deny his attraction to the beautiful Ivy.  But their burgeoning romance may not survive what lies in store for them.  For not all Psy believe the empaths should exist, and some will do anything to protect what they believe is the “purity” of their race.

 

Shield of Winter is a stunningly well-crafted book by paranormal romance superstar Nalini Singh.  Vasic and Ivy are two endearing, memorable protagonists who join a long line of fantastic Psy-Changeling heroes and heroines.  Vasic is a man who’s been used as a weapon for so long it breaks my heart.  He’s so much more than his abilities, yet precious few outside the Arrows see him as more than such.  I wanted to see Vasic truly experience life and love, and Ivy is the reason he does.  She’s strong and deeply caring, and I admired her willingness to risk so much for the good of her people, even though she was almost broken as a child because of the Silence Protocol.  Vasic and Ivy make a heck of a couple, their passion and blossoming love for one another making the pages of Shield of Winter fly by.

 

While Ivy and Vasic’s romance is the heart of Shield of Winter, it’d be remiss of me not to mention the worldbuilding Ms. Singh does in this book.  The end of Silence has sent shockwaves through the Net and we see the horrifying fallout that threatens to crush the Psy race.  If they can survive the infection and chaos among the Net, there is hope for them to become stronger and better as a whole.  The empaths are the key to the race’s survival, but figuring out how to unlock the empath’s abilities and use them to protect the race isn’t easy.  There’s amazing advances as well as heartbreak in Shield of Winter, and I’ll leave it to readers to uncover what Ms. Singh has in store for the Psy.

 

Shield of Winter is the thirteenth full-length book in the Psy-Changeling series and I don’t recommend reading it as a standalone.  Each book in the series builds upon the last, and though Ms. Singh does a great job of providing all the information necessary to read Shield of Winter within the book, I suggest at least reading Heart of Obsidian before diving into Vasic and Ivy’s story.  Fans of the series will surely devour the new information uncovered in Shield of Winter and the appearance of some past favorite heroes and heroines is both necessary to the story and just plain fun.

 

Ms. Singh consistently writes incredible, intelligent stories and Shield of Winter is no exception.  I loved this complex, fascinating romance from beginning to end and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Singh takes readers next.  Joyfully Recommended!

IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING by Julie James

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IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING by Julie JamesIt Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Published by Penguin on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Sidney decides six months after a major breakup to get back into the dating game.  She has compiled a list of thirty-four items that men either will or will not do that are deal breakers for her.  When she meets an investment banker for coffee and the date ends up being a dud, she is surprised and shocked by the audacity of the handsome and rugged man who stops by her table to hit on her.  Due to her discomfort and if she would honestly admit her attraction, Sidney does what she does best  — she uses her sarcasm as a buffer and verbally lets loose on the confident and unsuspecting man only to find out later that he is soon to be a part of her family.

 

FBI Special Agent Vaughn Roberts is a ladies man and he knows it.  He is confident, sexy, and secure in the knowledge that he basically can date and sleep with any woman he wants at any time and they’ll know the score.  He isn’t looking for commitment and loves being able to date as many women as possible.  Then he sees Sidney in a coffee shop and his whole dating mojo is thrown for a loop by a sarcastic auburn haired beauty that he knows he has no business messing with. Unbeknownst to Vaughn, his fate is sealed.

 

In true Julie James style, she has brought together two seemingly different characters and made them human with just the right amount of comedy and sexiness to keep the reader totally hooked on the storyline.  Vaughn is your typical lothario – he’s foot loose and fancy free and doesn’t mind dating all types of women but ask him to commit, and he is out of the door.  Sidney I could relate to so much.  She is smart, sexy, and has a great career, but because of a situation with a former fiancé six months ago, she doubts her ability to find Mr. Right.   And then she meets Special Agent Roberts.

 

Telling you I loved It Happened One Wedding would not be exaggerating.  I can’t rave enough about how well written, funny and extremely sensual this book was.  I laughed out loud more than once watching and reading Vaughn and Sidney’s relationship unfold right before my eyes.  They didn’t know what hit them and that’s just the way I liked it!  It Happened One Weddingrevisits Vaughn’s FBI buddies and while readers do not have to have read prior books by Ms. James to enjoy It Happened One Wedding, I recommend going back and reading every single release because they are just as amazingly wonderful as this, her latest release.

BLACK MOON by J. D. Tyler

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BLACK MOON by J. D. TylerBlack Moon by J.D. Tyler
Published by Penguin on 2012-12-04
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Jo

A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometimes those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for… Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them—one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard. With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen’s mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen’s child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To protect his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to battle a terrible evil, unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all…

Dr. Mackenzie (Mac) Grant works in the infirmary, which does a lot more than just heal wounded members of the Alpha Pack, a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who work with the government to keep the world safe.  She and the other doctors also help them adjust to difficult situations and give them all the backup they can.  For Mac even getting to work there was a feat as her father is a member of the military who knows all about who and what the Pack is and he wasn’t real happy when Mac won the job.  Mac became very, very close to one of the new members of the Alpha Pack – a young, powerful and gothic Sorcerer.

 

Kalen Black is a mixture of many backgrounds; first he is a can shift into a jaguar and he is also a sorcerer even though his control over his powers isn’t the best right now.  Kalen hasn’t had the best of lives in his short 20 something years and he was on his own and roaming when the Alpha Pack found him and made him a part of their unit.  Now Kalen isn’t sure if he is better off with his new situation compared to his old one, but when he and Mac had an unforgettable night together it changed something in Kalen.

 

Kalen knows that Mac is his mate, but rather than let her know or even the other pack members, Kalen works on driving her away to protect her.  Kalen knows that something dark is within him and it seems to be coming out now and he refuses to have the darkness ruin the sweetness he found in Mac.  Mac has no idea why Kalen has suddenly turned her away but she isn’t about to let him get away with it, especially now that she has learned there is a reason to become even closer to him.  As Kalen fights to learn more about that darkness, he discovers things about himself that can not only put himself and Mac in danger but the entire Alpha Pack.  On the WTF mode, Kalen learns that he has family and it’s very close to him right now.  Unfortunately, those family members are also light and dark.  Mac believes in Kalen and his ability to defeat that darkness with love and support, now she just has to convince him, her father and the pack commander.  It has come down to a final battle of good against bad or light and dark in Kalen’s mind.  When the night is over, has Kalen defeated that darkness trying to turn him as black as his eyeliner or has he finally proven himself with the light and earned his right to finally experience all the love that Mac is offering him?

 

The battle between good and evil has changed involving species who have feet in the paranormal world fighting side by side with humans.  Within this battleground, a young human doctor and a gothic sorcerer fight for their love against all the odds in Black Moon.  I thought it was bad enough that Kalen had to fight the darkness invading his mind but when I saw he also had to prove himself to the very men who should have his back – I was outraged for him.  I enjoyed watching Mac standing up not only to Kalen, but also her father and even the Alpha Pack members when they were downing Kalen.  There were several times when I wasn’t sure if Kalen would come out of the darkness and survive in the light, even with the huge reason to do so that Mac had given him.  There were several times that I wanted to bounce a few of the pack members against a wall to knock some sense in them, but even that was taken care of by the time I turned the last page.  Kalen and Mac have more than earned the right to their happiness in my mind with this battle for Kalen’s life.  I will be watching to see how they grow in the future books.  Black Moon is intense with emotions and has a large suspense factor added in, when I add that in to Mac and Kalen’s journey to their ultimate happy ending, I found it to be an excellent addition to any paranormal library. 

 

HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCOUNDREL by Juliana Gray

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HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCOUNDREL by Juliana GrayHow to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray
Series: Prince in Hiding #3
Published by Penguin on 2014-06-03
Genres: Historical
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Shayna

Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe... Princess Luisa has devoted her life to duty, quietly preparing to succeed her father as ruler. Nothing, however, primed her to live on the run, disguised as a personal secretary to a notorious English scoundrel. The earl is just the man to help her reclaim her throne, but Luisa is drawn to her powerful employer in ways she never imagined... Philip, Earl of Somerton, has spent six years married to a woman in love with another man—he refuses to become a fool due to imprudent emotions ever again. Only, as his carefully laid plans for vengeance falter, fate hands him hope for redemption in the form of a beautiful and determined young princess who draws him into a risky game of secrets, seduction, and betrayal. And while his cunning may be enough to save her life, nothing can save him from losing his heart...

Crown Princess Luisa of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof watched as the entire life she was raised to lead got turned upside down by the revolutionaries who murdered her father and her husband.  Now disguised as a man and living in England while her uncle works to regain her crown, Luisa has gone from princess to personal secretary of the most dangerous man in England.  The Earl of Somerton is dark, lethal, and extremely bitter.  His wife is in love with another man and his focus has devolved into a quest for vengeance.  Only Luisa seems able to reach him.  But can she tell the man who trusts almost no one that she’s been keeping secrets from him?  Even if he forgives her deception and promises to help her cause, Luisa isn’t so sure Somerton will ever be able to open his heart to her…and she’s very afraid she’s already lost hers to him.

 

The fate of a small German principality is decided in How to School Your Scoundrel.  In the third Princess in Hiding book, Juliana Gray has penned a story filled with action, disguises, deception, redemption, and love.

 

Somerton is not an easy hero to like, but I grew to care about him fairly quickly, thanks to Ms. Gray’s talent.  Somerton has never known love or genuine kindness, and each time he’s opened his heart he’s been slapped in the face in return.  His marriage comes across as a twisted Beauty and the Beast story, one where Beauty would never give the beast a chance because he wasn’t the Adonis of her dreams.  Somerton has become someone extremely bitter and hurt and it takes Luisa to bring him from the darkness to the light.  Luisa is smart, capable, and just a bit cheeky.  She doesn’t back down from Somerton and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  The two of them are a great pair and their relationship – both before it turned into a romance and after – gives How to School Your Scoundrel life.

 

How to School Your Scoundrel is a fast-paced read for the most part.  The overarching series plot of the revolutionaries in Luisa’s country adds action to the story.  Though I won’t spoil what happens, I will say that Ms. Gray resolves this plotline in a satisfying manner.  Where How to School Your Scoundrel dragged was the plot involving Somerton’s wife.  There seemed to be good chunks of the story missing, likely because Elizabeth and her lover are the hero and heroine of another book (A Gentleman Never Tells) and Somerton is presumably the villain in that story.  Not having read A Gentleman Never Tells I only got Somerton’s point of view and thus many of the events in his book that paralleled Elizabeth’s story seemed out of place when they were only part of a larger story.

 

All in all, How to School Your Scoundrel is an enjoyable read and an excellent conclusion to the Princess in Hiding trilogy.  I adored Luisa and Somerton together and their stellar chemistry had me turning the pages of their book late into the night.

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