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TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki Duncan

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TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki DuncanTaste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan
Series: Sensory Ops #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Greycen Craig has been in the Federal Witness Protection program for the last five years and was pretty much a model witness until she heard about attack that injured her sister and placed her in the hospital.  Greycen might have been able to walk away from her sister in order to save her, but there is no way that she won’t go to her sister’s side now—even if it means putting herself in deadly danger by leaving the program.

 

Liam Burgess is an FBI agent who is known for being the sensible one and all that, but there was one memorable time when Liam not only went crazy, but has spent the last five year trying to find the woman who brought out the unexpected in him: the woman he met and married, and who disappeared all within 24 hours.  When a lead tells him that a recent hit-and-run victim could be just connected to his mystery woman, Liam makes it is mission to go there and wait to see who shows up.

 

Greycen never forgot those wonderful hours in Liam’s arms and why she had to leave him without word and disappear, but she was totally amazed to find him in her sister’s room. The same shock seems to find Liam, but for a different reason. He thought he could handle what Greycen did to him just by being in the room—a very wrong assumption, he quickly finds out.  Greycen ends up telling Laim everything. Liam offers the help of his team to not only keep her safe, but to end the nightmare once and for all. At first, Greycen declines and lets herself be persuaded to accept the offer instead of trying to protect both her sister and herself alone.  However, when Greycen sees just how full Liam’s life is, she takes an action that will place her in even more danger, unless Liam can get to her first.  The next few hours will decide just what Greycen and Liam’s future will be, and if they will be able to stay together and safe, forever on the run, or forever apart and alone.

 

Two souls found and recognized each other instantly only to be torn apart by murder. When given a second chance, can that hope of love finally get the chance to happen, or will it be denied forever?  Liam and Greycen will discover this answer and many more in Taste Me Deadly.  Liam and Greycen could not have been more different, and yet it was clear that they were soul mates, and they just needed the chance to fulfill that destiny.  It didn’t surprise me at all that Liam stepped right in to take control of the situation and protect Greycen and her sister.  Greycen might have been a free spirit, but when she loved someone, she would do anything to protect them, even if it meant running from them.  I really enjoyed watching as Liam slowly helped Greycen overcome her fears, and he showed her that they belonged together.  When the final answers came clear, and the entire events of the night that changed Greycen’s life became clear, I discovered that I had figured out part of the answer, but not all of it. I have a feeling that Liam and Greycen’s life will be full of unexpected and wonderful things.  Taste Me Deadly is a great suspense story that proves once again that depending upon those you love is always the best way, even if it’s a recent loved one.

WOLF SLAYER by Angela Addams

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WOLF SLAYER by Angela AddamsWolf Slayer by Angela Addams
Series: The Order of the Wolf #2
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Aubrey Devlin worked her entire life to become a Huntress, along with her twin sister, in order to mate with a Hunter and spend their lives defeating werewolves.  But when the day came for her to be claimed by her Hunter – it never happened for Aubrey but instead her twin sister was claimed by a Hunter.  Aubrey was destroyed and left that life to begin anew, as a security chief for the rock band Riot.  Aubrey knows that in order to come into her true powers as a Huntress she can also be mated with a werewolf, but that isn’t something she is even willing to think about.

 

Jaylon Black is the bassist for Riot and a werewolf.  He comes across Aubrey the first time as a wolf while she is fighting another wolf and sees just how deadly Aubrey can be.  Jaylon’s wolf knows immediately that Aubrey is his mate but she is also a trained Huntress which means that unless Aubrey falls in love with Jaylon, she will try and kill him.  Talk about an all or nothing situation.  When Aubrey is hired as the security chief for the band, Jaylon is given the chance to show Aubrey what life with him could be like and hopefully it’s enough to woo her.

 

Aubrey is instantly attracted to Jaylon, even if their initial meeting didn’t go so well.  She is even touched when he goes out of his way to give her things that she will enjoy.  Jaylon is determined to learn about Aubrey and what she loves while showing her his love in many ways during the time she’sworking for them.  But when the bands secret about being werewolves comes out at the worst time possible, Aubrey is going to have to take a stand in the Hunter/Huntress v. Werewolf battle – a decision that will be final on both sides.  The question that Aubrey has to come to terms with is can she love and protect a werewolf, or does the training that and beliefs her family raised her on rule her heart?

 

It’s a battle of heart and head when a trained Huntress falls in love with a werewolf in Wolf Slayer.  Aubrey faced a heartbreaking denial when she was not claimed by a Hunter but while hurt and defeated at the moment, she didn’t let that stop her from finding another way to use her training.  Jaylon knew from the start that Aubrey was a trained Huntress who could be claimed by a Hunter at any time if he didn’t claim her as his mate.  The worst part was watching as Jaylon and Aubrey stumbled around their first meeting as humans and then again when the truth comes out unexpectedly and we have to watch the battle take place that will tear Aubrey apart.  I really wasn’t sure which way Aubrey would go once her sister showed up – instincts or love.  I will say that while love ruled, I could not fall into Aubrey and Jaylon’s romance the way I usually do.  For me that aspect that turns a story into a believable tale and one I just sink into was missing with this world.  But I will say that for paranormal lovers, The Order of the Wolf is a unique world in which the battle of good and bad is twisted with inclusion of witches, Hunters, and Huntress along with the werewolves and one worth checking out to see if it works for you.  Wolf Slayer is a bumpy romance where the heart triumphs over instincts when a Huntress falls in love with her werewolf.

A LITTLE HARMLESS LIE by Melissa Schroeder

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A LITTLE HARMLESS LIE by Melissa SchroederA Little Harmless Lie by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Harmless #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Lisa

Growing up as the daughter of a powerful businessman pampered Marjorie Rizzoli wanted for nothing.  Everything changed however the night she secretly witnessed her father and older brother torturing and then murdering their bookkeeper.  Running to the police Marjorie is put in witness protection until the trial date.  Again her life goes to hell when the safe house is attacked.  In a hail of blood and bullets the teenager manages to flee and disappear into the night.

 

Ten years on the run, changing her name and her identity as she roams the country finds Dee Summers in Hawaii working at Rough ‘n Ready a BDSM club.  It’s past time to move on after spending a couple years in the same place, but something holds Dee there. Her boss Micah Ross.  Though he hasn’t made a move on Dee the air crackles whenever they share a room.  Dee doesn’t believe the BDSM scene is for her, yet Micah believes otherwise.

 

When Dee suddenly disappears it’s up to Micah to use his old skills as a bounty hunter to track her down.  Learning of her past makes Micah want her even more. If only he can find her and help her confront the past without getting them both killed in the process.

 

This sexy little romance is bursting with suspense and high drama.  Dee and Micah discover A Little Harmless Lie leads to danger and possible death.  The past and present converge in their love story where the truth could be deadly and secrets keep people alive.  A couple of timely twists in the plotline give added spice to the tale too.  A Little Harmless Lie moves at a lightning pace.  Dee and Micah barely have time to explore their feelings before everything explodes into action.  Very intense and entertaining.

COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren DaneCount on Me by Lauren Dane
Series: Georgia, Petals
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Caroline Mendoza grew up in Petal, Georgia with a normal family until the day her mother was murdered and her father was convicted of it.  Caroline never believed that he did it, unlike some of the other members of her family.  Now, sixteen years later, Caroline is an attorney, and she is back.  Caroline has a multiple game plan now: to become reacquainted with her younger siblings, put her life back to normal, and to clear her father of the murder charges.

 

Royal Watson is a homegrown boy in Petal; he now runs his family’s ranch which he has turned into an organic enterprise.  Royal recently accepted that the woman he loved would never be what he wanted, and he has gone on with his life.  He is seriously surprised when he bumps into a sexy woman who seems familiar and then realizes it is Caroline.  Royal knows that all the boys will be after this vivacious woman as soon as it gets out she is here to stay, and he isn’t about to lose his advantage.  So starts his plan to convince Caroline to date him.

 

Caroline has always thought that Royal was a hunk, although he was a couple of years ahead of her in school.  Now this same guy she dreamed of back then wants to date her.  As Royal and Caroline begin the “getting to know you” stage, Caroline is also following clues about what really happened when her mother was murdered, while getting to know her brother and sister again.  Petal is a small town with a long memory and, as Caroline is coming to find out, with some long standing prejudices in certain places.  As time goes by, Caroline and Royal are falling in love just as it seems danger is targeting Caroline. Royal will do anything to make sure that nothing is allowed to hurt Caroline in any way, even when it means forcing a few harsh truths at people.  The truths from long ago are coming out now and. once they are known. will Royal and Caroline have a chance to continue the loving journey of discovery they have begun and just how will Caroline’s family come out on the other side?

 

They say you can never go home. Caroline proves them wrong and discovers love in Royal while righting wrongs done in the past.  Count on Me brings Caroline home with a long list of things she wants to do.  Falling in love wasn’t on that list, but I found that Royal was all about making an addendum to that list.  I loved watching as Caroline and Royal went down that bumpy road of romance and managed to keep their love and humor with each new issue.  I will say that there is one character that I have liked in the past books that I really wanted to slap in this one.  Of course, Caroline handled that much better and again showed Royal and others just why she was so special.  I loved that Caroline and Royal found each other and were able to come out on top even with all the nastiness that came from Caroline’s search for a killer and to reconnect with her siblings.  Count on Me is a book that will pull on your heartstrings in so many ways.  It has great touches of humor, passion, suspense, and best of all, justice, all while two hearts find each other and become one.

A STITCH ON TIME by Yolanda Sfetsos

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A STITCH ON TIME by Yolanda SfetsosA Stitch on Time by Yolanda Sfetsos
Series: Sierra Fox #5
Published by Samhain Publishing on October 14th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 393
Reviewed by Jo

All it takes is a little death and mayhem to make a spook catcher’s day.Sierra Fox, Book 5Sierra Fox has finally inherited her grandmother’s power to destroy demons, but what good is it when her werewolf boyfriend still lies in a coma? Worse, the decision she’s about to make could save him—but ruin their relationship.If that’s not enough bad stuff on her plate, she’s got a soul to save—the soul of her closest friend, killed by the Lamia that got away.Another untasty side dish: The Obscurus refuse to give up their relentless pursuit, and they’ve upped the ante. Mace is dead set on blowing up the Spook Catcher Council Tower, and the blowback will have devastating effects on Sydney and for Sierra. At least these demon-obsessed freaks aren’t counting on Sierra having a Goddess and a trusty demonic conduit as backup.All of this leads to a one-way ride into the abandoned part of town, where the Obscurus plan to summon Legion. With her demon hunter friend by her side, Sierra prepares for the final battle...because even she knows this will be The End. Warning: Phantasms, wraiths, orbs, demons, all guaranteed to ruin any spook catcher’s day. But you can always count on werewolves, land spirits, and a Goddess. Beware of explosions, demonic obsessions, and the battle that will tip the scales and change Sydney forever.

Sierra Fox is a spook catcher extraordinaire, and she just recently came into her powers gifted to her by her grandmother—destroying demons. But it came at a huge cost with her boyfriend in a coma, which is slowly killing him, and her best friend is on the outs with her. With all this craziness, Sierra has been on the defense, but she is pissed now and about to go on the offense.  She has one advantage in that neither the Lamia, The Obscurus, or anyone else but those around her knows she has obtained her full powers yet.

 

First up is releasing Jason from his coma and praying that he comes out as he went in, and that he will forgive her methods. Next up is the Spook Catcher Council Tower, but before that can happen, Sierra faces yet another death that hits her hard and only makes her more determined triumph over it all. With the help of Jason, her friends, some friendly demons, and the Goddess, Sierra goes after one thing at a time or as each thing confronts her.  Sierra knows now that no matter how her battle ends, it will be The End when it’s over.  Can Sierra and Jason finally have the time to discover where their passion can lead them, or will the end be their end?

 

Sydney has no idea of the deadly battle going on, but those tuned into the underworld have chosen sides: Sierra, a determined spook catcher or The Obscurus and those who are helping them try to end the world as we know it in A Stitch on Time. I was rooting for Sierra from the first page and her plan to yank Jason from his coma. I was even more behind her as Sierra lost one more person close to her, and she went on the offensive big time. As I saw each of the loose threads be knotted together, I finally understood how everything tied-in together, and I was even more firmly behind Sierra and those helping her.  While I discovered more loss would be necessary, I was so happy that Sierra and Jason and their love triumphed when all was said and done. There were so many threads and answers by the time I turned the last page, I plan on re-reading the entire series and really understanding each plot line and arc.  While I know that Sierra’s story is over now, I find myself hoping that we may see her again in novellas or somehow just to check in. A Stitch on Time is action packed and full of danger and suspense, yet it still has the time for passion and humor.  An excellent finale for a great suspense filled series.

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