Publisher: Samhain Publishing

LONG SHADOWS by Cecilia Dominic

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LONG SHADOWS by Cecilia DominicLong Shadows by Cecilia Dominic
Series: The Lycanthropy Files #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Reviewed by Jo

Being unique isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The Lycanthropy Files, Book 2By day, Lonna Marconi’s busy career keeps her mind off the fact she was turned werewolf against her will. By night, a dose of wolfsbane lets her inner wolf out to play while her physical body stays safe at home. When an overheard phone call at work warns her a trap is about to be sprung, she turns from hunter to hunted in the blink of an eye. She finds refuge with the Ozarks pack she never claimed as her own. Upon discovering a family secret that explains why she’s unique among her own kind, Lonna finds heat in the arms of Max, who’s the one thing she cannot trust—a wizard. Another kidnapping attempt sends her navigating the treacherous metaphysical borders of a centuries-old war, pursued by rogue sorcerers, a band of ghostly wolves, and repressed memories that prevent her from reclaiming her heritage. All the while, trusting her back to a wizard who demands the price of her heart...and who may not have the luxury of giving his in return. Warning: Some sexy scenes, adult language, and alcohol consumption. Also descriptions of Italian food that might offend carbophobes.

Lonna Marconi never wanted to become a werewolf, but now that it’s been done she is trying to concentrate on her busy career as a social worker.  Lonna tries her best to ignore her new inner self, wolf-Lonna, but some facts can’t be totally ignored.  To say that Lonna didn’t handle being turned against her will, isn’t even close to her feelings but she does feel bad about the break up that happened with her best friend.  Recently Lonna has felt like someone is following her and after overhearing her boss on the phone, Lonna knows it time to find out what’s going on.

 

Lonna turns to the Ozarks pack and a reunion with her best friend for safety, only to learn she has brought the danger with her and whoever is behind it is not planning on taking any names other than Lonna’s.  While there Lonna starts to have feelings for Max, a sexy wizard from the Caribbean.  Lonna knows that the last thing she can ever have any feelings for is a wizard.

 

As things turn even worse for Lonna, Max seems to always turn up just when he is needed and after awhile both can’t ignore their feelings any longer.  Every clue on who is out to capture Lonna brings only more questions about Lonna’s true history.  It seems that there were some hidden secrets in Lonna’s past and just as those are coming out and Lonna needs Max’s strength more than ever, his secrets come back to haunt both of them.  Madmen have torn Lonna’s wolf self from her and taken Max also.  However, Lonna isn’t going to take any of this sitting down and if opening herself to her entire heritage is what it will take to get both of them back, then look out world because Lonna is about come out swinging.

 

What appears to be a very unlikely couple turns out to have more in common than anyone would have ever guessed and their love is one no one better mess with.  Lonna and Max learn about all the things that have been hidden from them in their pasts in Long Shadows.  The path to Max and Lonna being together is filled with boulders, not just wimpy potholes.  It seemed to me that every time I thought it was clear sailing for Lonna and Max, yet another road block showed up.  I admit that there are several times I wanted to just smack Max because of his non-answers but his deep love for Lonna won me to his side.  I cheered when Lonna finally accepted all that she was and claimed not only her heritage but her inner wolf and her love with Max.  Long Shadows will keep you on your toes with the suspense, deep friendships renewed and hot passion.

SECRET PASSIONS by Loribelle Hunt

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SECRET PASSIONS by Loribelle HuntSecret Passions by Loribelle Hunt
Series: Forbidden Passions #4
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-11-19
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 141
Reviewed by Miranda

How do you claim the heart of a fox? Tempt her into giving it up. Forbidden Passions, Book 5Though Sara Beth Reynard shuns the spotlight, her sensual animal nature always draws unwanted attention. On the rare occasions she leaves fox territory to supervise a construction project, humans are her number one hassle. When the discovery of human/animal DNA makes her a sleazy tabloid’s lead story, Sara finds the whole thing laughable. Right up until some goon attempts to kidnap her. Worse, her alpha sends her to the wereeagles, clan of her childhood nemesis, for help. Patrick Aquila takes one look at the grown-up version of “Foxy”, and wants to peel away all her layers of uptight and proper. His attempt to show her a night of lighthearted fun turns into an off-the-charts explosion of passion. But romance among weres is never that simple. Patrick is in a race against time to convince Sara Beth they belong together, and find the snitch who is feeding information to not just one stalker, but two. The reporter who wants to hang her out to dry, and a hunter who wants to hand her over to her worst nightmare. Warning: A reluctant fox, a sexy alpha eagle willing to pull every erotic trick in the book to keep her, and an obsessed big game hunter.

Fox shifter Sara Beth Reynard is in trouble. She is forced to seek help from the last person she wants when someone tries to kidnap her.  Eagle shifter Patrick Aquila is surprised by the powerful attraction he feels to grown-up Sara Beth. After all, he used to pick on his little “Foxy.”  The thought of her being in danger angers him greatly and he is determined to do anything to protect her.  Protecting her may be a lot easier than convincing her they are mates.  Sara Beth finds it hard to believe that Patrick could ever be satisfied with her.  Will Patrick be able to keep her safe and convince her of his love?

 

Secret Passions is an exciting romance!  Sara Beth and Patrick have excellent chemistry in and out of the bedroom.  I love the scene where they are reunited in the beginning of the book and Patrick realizes how attracted he is to her.  The suspense plotline is interesting but not a huge part of the story.  The couple definitely stays center stage.  Sara Beth’s character is a bit insecure which is nice to see every once in a while in a shifter story.  While she doesn’t like it when Patrick calls her “foxy” I think it is quite funny.  Secret Passions is another great addition to the Forbidden Passions series. Secret Passions can be read as a standalone. However, if you are a Forbidden Passions lover it is a lot of fun hearing about what is happening in some of the former couple’s lives.

A LONG, HOT SUMMER by Delilah Devlin

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A LONG, HOT SUMMER by Delilah DevlinA Long, Hot Summer by Delilah Devlin
Series: Triplehorn Brand #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-08-13
Genres: Erotica, Western
Pages: 101
Reviewed by Miranda

One shared past. One weekend to make things right—and make it last forever. The TripleHorn Brand, Book 3Sarah Colby has never quite managed to shake off the emotional scars her ex-husband left behind. Nor has she been able to shed the shame of the one indiscretion that still haunts her memories. When she asks the Triplehorn Ranch for help to move her cattle to an auction, the man they send has her working double-time to shore up the walls around her heart. He’s older now, harder—and hotter—but he’s the same Tommy Triplehorn she couldn’t resist all those years ago. Tommy couldn’t be happier that his brothers have settled down, but he’s feeling a little smothered by all the domesticity. At the same time, carousing and drinking no longer appeal—and he thinks he knows why. Sarah Colby. He’s waited too long for her to get over being ashamed of what they shared. He’s old enough to know what he wants. It’s her, and he’s going to use every second of their time together to dismantle her resistance. Even if he has to call in a little backup. Warning: A cowboy on a mission to prove to the woman he loves that the only number that matters is the number of fantasies he’s willing to fulfill—even if it means sharing her for a night.

Eight years ago Sarah Colby gave in to her feelings for Tommy Triplehorn.  Neither has been able to truly put that dalliance behind them.  Tommy’s feelings for Sarah are eating him alive.  Now that Sarah needs a little help, Tommy is determined to use their time together to seduce her once again.  Will his plan lead to love or will he end up heartbroken?

 

It is official Tommy Triplehorn is a stud!  A stud who knows what he wants and is willing to go after it!  It is a good thing he is stubborn because Ms. Sarah Colby is set on not giving into her lustful feelings for Tommy.  These two steam up the pages with their attraction and banter.  A Long, Hot Summer is the perfect novel to heat up these cold winter nights!  It features the perfect amount of sex and romance.

FORSAKEN by Sarah Ballance

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FORSAKEN by Sarah BallanceForsaken by Sarah Ballance
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-09-09
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 153
Reviewed by Vanessa

Her past is back to haunt her—and this time, it’s got a gun. When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her. Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.A twist of fate—and a hail of sniper bullets—puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.This book has been previously published.Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor...and take it off. Very, very slowly.

A year after being forced to walk away from her boyfriend, Riley, she finds him in her house with a gun directed at her head.  She walked away at the request of a loved one, because Gage had taken her parents away from her.  Gage had promised to not make contact with her again, but seeing him brings back lots of memories.  However, Gage means to take her out for her part, or does he?

 

Gage believes that Riley has just gunned down his brother because all the evidence points to her.  She’s the only person in their small town with the gun that would fire that bullet.  Riley would have good reason to make Gage suffer as she had over the past year, and he means to get to the bottom of this mystery even though he would much rather get to the bottom of something else.  Tossed together when another innocent is murdered in their place, Riley and Gage must rely on one another in more ways than one.

 

Forsaken is a fast paced mystery that kept me turning the pages.  Riley and Gage were very likeable as they worked to resolve the mystery that tossed them together again in Forsaken.  Each character seemed to have a few secrets that needed to see the light in Forsaken for them to attain their HEA.  However, I did find that there was at least one secondary character that was intricate to the plot that wasn’t as fully developed in Forsaken, and this left me slightly disappointed.

TO SARA – WITH LOVE by Lorna McKenzie

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TO SARA – WITH LOVE by Lorna McKenzieTo Sara—With Love by Lorna McKenzie
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-06-17
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 139
Reviewed by Vanessa

No good deed goes unpunished...When Sara agrees to do a favor for a good friend, she thinks she is righting a wrong. Replacing jewels stolen in a fit of pique, she is saving her friend from her step-brother’s wrath. But when she’s caught in the act, Sara learns the horrible truth—she is actually stealing the real jewels! When Grant catches the little thief with her hand in the safe, he decides to use what fate has dropped into his lap. Forcing her to pose as his fiancée to help ward off an aggressive old flame, Grant quickly decides to take the charade a step further and marry his little thief.But a marriage under false pretenses begins to feel all too real as Sara and Grant struggle to find a way to turn blackmail and deception into love.This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in May 1991 by Robert Hale, Ltd.

Innocent, trusting Sara takes pity on an old friend and agrees to help her out.  She needs to sneak into her old friend’s stepbrother’s house and exchange some real jewels for the paste ones that her old school chum took.  Sara feels that she is just righting a wrong.  However, Sara is soon caught in the act of taking the real jewels, and Grant isn’t about to let the little thief get away.  Grant sees the perfect opportunity to blackmail his little thief to help him dissuade the opportunistic ex who has her sights set on making him a side entrée.

 

To Sara – With Love is a reprint that is a pretty decent little read when you remember the set-up for these category romances.  I was ready to be carried away to Grant and Sara’s world in To Sara – With Love, and I found that I believed in their love.  Sure, I questioned the fact that big, bad, rich dude Grant needed to blackmail a woman just to get another off his back…all I can say is I wanted to believe that in To Sara – With Love, and so I did.

 

Grant and Sara really had some chemistry and, yes, she really was too innocent to be believed, but it worked in To Sara – With Love as well in getting all the characters what they wanted in the end.  Makes life easier if the one you are pulling the wool over doesn’t question what you are doing when you do it.  Things worked out well for all parties concerned in To Sara – With Love, and that made it a nicely tied-up package at the end, and a pleasant way to spend an hour.

TORN FROM THE SHADOWS by Yolanda Sfetsos

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BOLTED by Meg Benjamin

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FAMILY MAN by Marie Sexton

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