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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
Pages: 98
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
Pages: 352
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.

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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HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh

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SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

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FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

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