Publisher: Pocket

WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa Mayhue

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WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa MayhueWarrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue
Series: Warrior #3
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2012-10-30
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Time Travel
Pages: 339
Reviewed by Vanessa

Award-winning author Melissa Mayhue delivers once more with her second enchanting novel of the MacDowylt clan, featuring a captive Scottish seer who awaits the man from her visions to rescue—and love—her. . . . Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs. As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him. And he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with. CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half brother, Christiana has visions that show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to. The only problem is, he’s in the future. Now she must rely on the magic of a fairy to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire. But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?

Chase Noble, a soldier from the present, has been searching for a place to belong his whole life.  Only how was Chase to know that his place in this world is in the past?  Since he is part Fae when he is whisked back in time several hundred years, he is not too shocked.  Chase determines to find out why he was sent to the past and if it was where he was meant to be all along.

Christiana MacDowylt has a gift for seeing things that her evil half-brother, Torquil, uses for his benefit.  Seeing that there is an option to gain her freedom, she forgoes rescue by her other siblings.  Christiana can only be rescued by one man—one that she is drawn to and holds so much power in his hands.  Can Christiana be clever enough to trick Torquil in having the wolf in sheep’s clothing in his service, or will her scheme be discovered?  Will Chase be able to rescue Christiana and have what he has desired and sought his entire life?

Warrior Reborn is an engrossing time travel romance that mystified and bedeviled from the beginning.  It is the continuing saga of the Daughters of the Glen series and it explores their lives more fully.  I was eager to see an end to the villain from the last book in the series that I ventured through with Melissa Mayhue.

Warrior Reborn had some clever thoughts coming from Christiana and it was nice to see a heroine that could hold her own against most adversaries.  I truly felt that while Chase and Christiana belonged together, if she could have found another path to save the day, she would have taken it as well.  Who doesn’t like to see a female pull the wool over another character’s eyes a few times?

For the most part, you can’t go wrong with a Melissa Mayhue book if you are looking for some good old fashioned paranormal entertainment, and Warrior Reborn is no exception.

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

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BLACK AND BLUE by Gena ShowalterBlack and Blue by Gena Showalter
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2013-10-22
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess. HE IS EVERY WOMAN’S FANTASY . . . Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent . . . and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue. SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY OBSESSION . . . Evangeline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breached her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he’d rather die than live without her. . . .

JoyfullyRecommendedCorbin Blue is a talented man. He is a star football player, a playboy and wealthy.  Unfortunately, it appears someone wants him and his team dead.  After a bomb nearly kills him, Corbin must seek out help from the last person he ever expected to need.  His boss’ daughter is sexy as sin with an attitude that rivals his but only she has the skills to save his life.


The last thing Evangeline Black expected to find in her bed is an almost dead Corbin Blue.  Corbin has always been her least favorite person—well, that is what she tells herself to fight the attraction.  He is one of her father’s men; she is determined not to cross that line but as she finally gets a glimpse of the real Corbin Blue, Evangeline finds it hard to say no to him.


If Evangeline and Corbin want to find out who is behind the bombing they will have to learn to work together.  Corbin finds himself admiring Evangeline’s skills but she provokes his most protective instincts.  He soon realizes that if he wants to keep her safe he will have to leave her.  Good luck! Evangeline is not a push over.  Will Corbin and Evangeline make it out of danger alive?


Gena Showalter’s Black and Blue is a fantastic addition to the Otherworld series.  I cannot get enough of Showalter’s brilliant writing.  Ms. Showalter writes with incredible depth making her world and characters come to 4D life on the pages.  I would absolutely love for James Cameron to bring the Otherworld series to life on the silver screen!


I’m so excited about Corbin’s story! His character is a striking one.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about what makes this sexy playboy tick.  Some of his scenes are so striking.  I could feel the immense pain he was feeling after the bombing that almost killed him.  And let’s not forget how great the scenes are where he attempts to be protective of Evangeline.  This playboy becomes serious really quick!  Evangeline has always seen Corbin as his reputation dictates.  But she learns quickly that he is serious when it comes to her.  However, she has been taking care of herself for years.  I love that Evangeline is smart and capable of kicking some butt.  These two make a great team in and out of the bedroom! Their chemistry is powerful and off the charts.  I could read stories about them forever they are so dang interesting!


Black and Blue sizzles in all the right places.  I’m Joyfully Recommending it!  This is one of those novels that combines fantasy and romance giving the readers a phenomenal read! Black and Blue hits the spot!

KILLING TIME by Cindy Gerard

KILLING TIME by Cindy Gerard

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KILLING TIME by Cindy GerardKilling Time by Cindy Gerard
Series: One-Eyed Jacks #1
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2013-01-22
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 416
Reviewed by Miranda

“We can do this easy,” she whispered close to his ear as he groaned in agony, “or it can go real hard on you.” Well, of course he wasn’t going to go easy. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cindy Gerard plunges readers into the heart of a seductive contest of wills between a hard-living hero and a beautiful rogue operative who is on a mission to dig up the secrets of his past. Tension sizzles in this pulse-pounding first adventure in Gerard’s action-packed new series as Eva Salinas lures Mike Brown from the sultry streets of Lima, Peru, to the desolate Idaho wilderness on the hunt for the cold-blooded traitor behind a fatal military operation that haunts them both.


Mike Brown’s life has been pretty much downhill since an op went disastrously bad in Afghanistan. He lost friends and came back home a disgrace. He’s reserved one day a year to mourn what could have been and drink himself into a stupor; unfortunately that’s the day someone decides to use his weakness against him.

CIA Attorney Eva Salinas is seeking the truth surrounding her husband’s death in Afghanistan. When a file shows up on her desk, she is driven to seek out her husband’s former teammate Mike Brown for answers and if she has to torture them out of him she will. 

Mike is weak against her seductions and she has him tied to her bed before he knows what hits him. Too bad there is someone else out there determined to stop Eva. As Mike and Eva come under attack they must lean on each other if they want to get out of this situation alive.

Will Mike once and for all discover the truth about his last mission? Will he find love along the way? As Mike and Eva team up to find the truth they find more than they ever bargained for but will they get out of it alive?

Cindy Gerard’s Killing Time is jam-packed with superior action and sublime romance! It’s the perfect start to a new series that’s guaranteed to keep readers thoroughly entertained! Eva and Mike are two strong characters; the type you want to stand behind. The plot of Killing Time is superfast! I just love Ms. Gerard’s timing she knows how to keep her readers hearts a-pumping! I’m so excited to be jumping into the world of the One-Eyed Jacks! Killing Time gives us a wonderful base for new stories to bounce off of. The men of the One-Eyed Jacks are rough, tough and oh so delectable. There is nothing better than a hot military man seeking redemption with a sexy woman by his side. Eva and Mike are bloody hot together whether they are fighting or mixing it up in the bedroom. These two really make Killing Time an A++ romance!! Don’t miss out on this Joyfully Recommended Read!

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