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SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS
by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

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SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS by Shayla Black & Lexi BlakeScandal Never Sleeps by Lexi Blake, Shayla Black
Series: Perfect Gentlemen #1
Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Suspense
ReviewedbyNikita

Six young men went to the same Academy school together, called themselves the Perfect Gentlemen, and has remained friends into adulthood: Gabe, Dax, Connor, Zach, Roman, and Mad.

 

This is Gabe’s story…

 

Everly Parker is heartbroken over the death of her boss, Maddox “Mad” Crawford.  She is in conflict with some of her colleagues because they feel that she does not deserve her position even though she is more that qualified.  This becomes more evident after Mad’s death and the spearhead leading the group is none other than Gabriel Bond…one of Mad’s best friends.

 

Grieving over the death of one of his oldest, dearest friends, Gabriel “Gabe” Bond is determined to uncover just what Mad was into before his death.  An unexpected coping mechanism leads to a spectacular one night stand with Eve on the night of his memorial service.  Afterwards it turns out that Eve is none other than Everly Parker.  The woman whom Gabe thinks the only reason she got her job was by sleeping with Mad.

 

A battle of the wills between Everly and Gabe brings forth more than just sexual tension.  Murder and mayhem raise their ugly heads and are persistent in claiming them as their next victims.  Will Everly and Gabe be able to escape their evil clutches before it is too late?

 

Scandal Never Sleeps is an awesome romantic suspense that will have you hanging on the edge of your sit with spine-tingling excitement.  Readers, you are in for a treat with this novel.  The plot is filled with trickery, naughty sexual encounters, rich playboys, secrets, lies, powerful friendships, strong personalities, mystery, jaw-dropping moments, and scandal…all the makings of extraordinary novel.

 

I really like Everly’s character.  She is smart, sassy, and very strong-willed.  She knows her worth and she refuses to allow Gabe and his friends to man-handle her.  Which makes her the perfect match for Gabe because he is a true alpha male to the core with “follow my order” qualities.  I also appreciated the interactions and loyalty with Gabe and his friends.  I found them to be a fascinating group of men.  I anxiously await for each of the men’s individual stories.

 

On the whole, Scandal Never Sleeps is one thrilling novel not to be missed!  This breathtaking pag-turner had me hooked from page one.  I found myself reading well into the night eager to discover all the deep, dark secrets and how the storyline would unfold.  I am honored to bestow Scandal Never Sleeps a Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read!

ONE NIGHT WITH THE QUARTERBACK by Jeanette Murray

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ONE NIGHT WITH THE QUARTERBACK by Jeanette MurrayOne Night with the Quarterback by Jeanette Murray
Series: Santa Fe Bobcats #1
Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Sports
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Cassie Wainwright has come to the home of the Santa Fe Bobcats, not as a fan, but as the daughter of the coach:  the previously unknown daughter of the coach.  She is hopeful that she can have a relationship with her parent but is still nervous.  Her inability to settle has her going to a club where she meets uber sexy Santa Fe quarterback Trey Owens.  Of course she has no idea who he is, but she is too attracted to him to worry about that.

 

Trey Owens doesn’t want to be out partying but when he sees Cassie he has to somehow get to know her.  The fact that she has no idea who he is makes Trey feel better, at least until he finds out who she really is.  But their one night stand was supposed to be simple – now it is anything but, especially since Trey can’t get Cassie out of his mind.

 

I liked this book very much – I didn’t like some of the characters.  Cassie’s father is a jerk and I’m not sure I would have stayed near him, and I won’t even mention her stepmother because I wanted to snap her neck.   Cassie was a bit wishy washy and I can’t blame her.  She was trying her best and didn’t give up.  I loved how Trey won her over most of the time.  Trey, however, was loveable from start to finish.  Their passion for each other was smoking hot and I could picture these characters as real people.

 

One Night with the Quarterback is book one of Jeanette Murray’s Santa Fe Bobcats series.  Book two released in October, 2014 and I’m anxiously awaiting book three’s release in April!  Invest in this series – you won’t be sorry!

UNDEAD AND UNWARY by MaryJanice Davidson

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UNDEAD AND UNWARY by MaryJanice DavidsonUndead and Unwary by MaryJanice Davidson
Series: Queen Betsy, Undead
Published by Penguin on October 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Melissa

Betsy is back and being Queen still isn’t any easier. Her dead father isn’t so dead. Her consort, Sinclair, is now able to walk in the sun and visit churches. Her sister, the daughter of the devil, is plotting something that can’t be good for Betsy. The twins keep disappearing and Betsy is still trying to avoid dealing with her duties in Hell.

 

Undead and Unwary is one of the better Betsy books to come out in a while. When I picked up the first book in this series Undead and Unwed I was hooked and couldn’t get enough. I suffered through the time travel storyline but now it looks like Betsy is back! While Undead and Unwary is nowhere as enthralling as the first books of the Undead series, it kept me turning pages and wanting more. I can’t wait to see what adventures Maryjanice Davidson has for Betsy in the future!

FERAL HEAT by Jennifer Ashley

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FERAL HEAT by Jennifer AshleyFeral Heat by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #5.5
Published by Penguin on 2014-03-18
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery... Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright. In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self. Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate? This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf.

Jace Warden has come to the Austin Shiftertown in secret to be the guinea pig for the work being done to get the collars off of the shifters.  It has become evident that the shifters must get them off as soon as possible and just wear decoys.  Jace has barely gotten off his bike when he is attacked by a wolf.  What surprises him is that right after that a female wolf attacks his attacker.  Jace isn’t sure what is going on, but he immediately goes to the aid of the female wolf.

 

Deni Rowe might not have been happy at having to take a collar and move into the Shiftertown but because she had cubs, she was willing to do so.  However after an accident that gave her a concussion among other things, Deni has been unable to control her fight or flight impulses and it takes nothing for her to go into battle these days.  When Deni sees a stranger being attacked by a loser she knows, she immediately goes after the attacker and gets her bell clocked again.  But this time, Jace helps her get control and get out of the situation.

 

Jace instantly felt attraction to Deni but he isn’t ready to have more than a fling right now.  Deni also isn’t quite ready to look too deep into the sparks she feels when she is with Jace, but she is instantly protective of him and is willing to go on the outs even with her family to keep him safe.  No one is going to mess with either Jace or Deni with the other one around.  Attraction becomes flames and then passion, followed quickly by love.  The odds are against them from the start because they are part of different shiftertowns and getting permission to move is very difficult.  Both Jace and Deni are willing to separate and follow the rules for now, but when danger follows Jace, only Deni can help save him if she can get her emotions and instincts to work correctly fast enough.  Can Deni and Jace beat the odds and find the answer to getting the collars off once and for all before they lose everything?

 

A love that should never have been found blossoms and flares to life while shifters look for the answer to save themselves from Fae technology that could end them once and for all.  Deni and Jace find more than one answer they were looking for in Feral Heat.  The struggle that both Jace and Deni have gone through separately told me right off that they would be a power couple if given the chance.  I loved how both were instantly protective of the other from the minute they laid eyes on each other, even before the passion came to call.  With the highly explosive background of secretly getting rid of the collars and keeping the work secret, I enjoyed seeing how Deni and Jace worked in tandem to achieve their goals and to also find a way to grab the gold ring in the end and have the best of everything.  Feral Heat has suspense, passion and humor that make it a wonderful way to spend a few hours escaping into the shifter world once again.

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

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RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann KrentzRiver Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-07
Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance. It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found. A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Lucy Sheridan has come back to the small town of Summer River after being notified that her Aunt Sara has died and that Lucy is her heir.  Lucy hasn’t been back to her Aunt’s house since the summer she was sent away suddenly after a strange night that started with a teen party and liquor and Lucy being “rescued” by one of the local boys and dragged away.  Lucy still doesn’t really know what that night was all about but her only goal now is to get her Aunt’s house ready for sale and get back to her life as a forensic genealogist for a world-renowned private investigation firm.

 

Mason Fletcher has always known that there were some dangerous under currents in the small town he and his brother came to live in with their uncle after their parents died. Mason has never forgotten Lucy Sheridan or that night when she could have been harmed if he hadn’t caught wind of what was the party was really about. Learning that Lucy was back in town to take care of her Aunt Sara’s estate makes Mason wonder if he will have a chance to see Lucy all grown up. Mason still lives in Summer River. After leaving the police force he opened a security firm with his brother, so mysteries are nothing new for him.

 

A mystery is just what confronts Lucy when she has Mason come over to help her with some repairs to the house.  What they discover when they take down the horrible facing on the fireplace brings back that fateful summer party long ago.  They find the body of one of the boy’s who arranged the party and was Lucy’s dream date back then.  Mason and Lucy now have to follow the clues concerning not only the hidden agenda from that night but also just how his body ended up in her the fireplace and who is now working so hard to make sure the truth will never come out on how her Aunt really died.  Mason and Lucy work together to put the facts together while discovering that their long ago mild attraction has grown into a strong passion. Unexpected accidents seem to be following them.  It’s going to be a race to the finish to see if they can locate a killer before they lose a chance to grab the love that is just waiting for them on the horizon.

 

A tense relationship from the past becomes a fierce attraction surrounded by danger when a security professional and a forensic genealogist come back together in River Road.  Lucy was not really sure about letting Mason back into her life, even if it was only to help with the repairs needed to list her Aunt’s house on the market.  But when they discovered the body of a boy that a young Lucy wanted and Mason never trusted, it becomes a journey filled with passion and danger and they unearthing of the dark undercurrents in a sleepy small town.  I really enjoyed watching as Mason and Lucy not only unraveled the past to find out what happened but also as they accepted that their relationship was now passion filled and worth the chance to find out where it would lead.  I really love suspense stories, especially when I don’t figure out the true reason behind everything or who is the actual villain, River Road was exactly one of those stories. Ms. Krentz kept me intrigued and guessing until the very end and when you toss in the romance that blossomed and then bloomed between Mason and Lucy and you have a great story that belongs on your keeper shelf.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

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