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A PRINCE AMONG MEN by Cat Johnson

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A PRINCE AMONG MEN by Cat JohnsonA Prince Among Men by Cat Johnson
Series: Red, Hot & Blue #9
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Men in Uniform
ReviewedbyJo

On tour in the middle of nowhere Afghanistan, Sergeant Ryan Pettit has started a blog to give him something to do in his downtime and although he might not be able to get on it every day, it’s still something he looks forward to.  Ryan also looks forward to the exchanges he has with one of his readers—a woman he only knows is named Vicki.  Their exchanges have gotten a bit suggestive with the undertones, which is a nice thing to look forward to after the nastiness of war that Ryan faces every day.

 

Vicki Vanover is a reporter, and she has finally received the go-ahead to do a very special report: The struggles of the women in Afghanistan to come out of the shadows and not be treated as objects by the men there or be harmed because they want what other women in the world have.  Now, she has to find a way to actually reach the women, because she certainly has no access to them at the U.S. base.  One afternoon, Vicki notices a soldier who might be her way to get off the base and go deeper into the countryside.  She just has to figure out a way to get his agreement.

 

Ryan and the rest of his unit are amazed when Vicki is brought to their post out of the blue—a very untypical move by their leader that is compounded when Ryan learns exactly how it happened, and that he is assigned to help Vicki move on fast.  Ryan is always ready to follow orders, however, these particular orders are going to be very hard to fulfill when Ryan’s instincts are telling him to keep Vicki close.  Vicki has accomplished part of her mission, but she isn’t any closer to meeting the Afghani women she needs to meet for her story.  However, she is getting a very up close and personal look at the hardships and dangers of the soldiers stationed all over Afghanistan.  When what should have been just an inconvenience turns into a mission of life, death, and maybe even an international incident, Vicki struggles with the reality of what she and Ryan are developing.  Ryan is about to engage in the hardest battle of his life—to show Vicki that love will always win the war.

 

Two people meet totally unexpectedly and discover that love and fate will always concur no matter the circumstances.  Ryan and Vicki have a very unusual journey in A Prince Among Men.  I loved how Ryan and Vicki actually came together on different fronts at the same time without knowing it a first.  I just knew that Vicki’s determination would get her into an odd situation, but I didn’t expect just what that situation would be. However, it was wonderful.  Ryan was the ultimate soldier following his orders, even when his lust was involved. He just gave them a twist this time when his orders involved Vicki.  I ended up chuckling a few times at the situations Ryan and Vicki ended up in, and I teared-up when Ryan proved to Vicki that she had won his heart.  I also loved the play off the title on Ryan and Vicki’s book with a secondary character and the trouble that happens when Allies try to get away with white lies.  A Prince Among Men has the best of all emotions: suspense, danger, humor and, of course, red-hot passion.

WOLF ON THE RUN by N. J. Walters

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WOLF ON THE RUN by N. J. WaltersWolf on the Run by N. J. Walters
Series: Salvation Pack #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Cherise Michaels and her mother ran from their pack years ago when it was determined that Cherise could not shift into her wolf form. Now, several years later Cherise arrives at the apartment she shares with her mom to discover her murdered by wolves from their old pack. Now, Cherise is alone, scared to death, and on the run for her life when a dream changes her plans and her life.

 

Cole Blanchard knows he is one mean and strong wolf in his prime. Cole has never regretted leaving his old pack with his friends so they could create the Salvation pack in North Carolina.. To keep his pack and their mates’ safe, Cole will fight to the death, if called for. While on patrol, Cole realizes that there are strange wolves on their land and, even worse, they are hunting/stalking a woman. Not on his watch!

 

Cherise expects the same type of condemnation from Cole and his pack as she received from hers when she tells them why she was hunted. She never expected to be accepted and even protected by Cole and his pack, even with the threat of more wolves sent to kill her. Cole never expected to find his mate, but when he realizes the Cherise is his one and only, nothing will separate them, if he has anything to do with it.  The problem is, Cherise also feels that Cole is that special one for her, and she wants to protect him by the only way she knows—leaving once again.  When you have two determined wolves out to protect the other, who is going to get their way, or will they both win once the dust settles?

 

A human wolf scared and alone finds the alpha wolf she was always meant to be with in Wolf on the Run. Cherise and Cole begin their relationship under less than wonderful circumstances, and yet I never doubted that Cole would win the day.  My heart went out to Cherise on why she couldn’t shift and what happened to her family because of it. When Cole discovered Cherise and her situation, I knew she would be safe even before knowing about the mate thing.  Watching Cherise and Cole do their tug-of-war courtship had me laughing at times and shaking my head at times.  Mostly, I just loved watching them fall in love and prove once again that the Salvation pack’s way of living life is the correct one. Wolf on the Run is filled with suspense, fun-filled friendships, and best of all, passion that keeps you intrigued until the last page is turned.  I can’t wait to see which wolf is next to find their mate. I’m personally torn between two on which I want it to be.

BEAUTY BITES by Mary Hughes

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BEAUTY BITES by Mary HughesBeauty Bites by Mary Hughes
Series: Biting Love #6
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyShayna

Synnove Byornsson is a woman on a mission.  She’s a doctor who wants people to focus on her brain, not her looks, but she’s afraid she might have to use both in order to get Ric Holiday’s attention.  Synnove’s cousin, Twyla, insists that Ric is the only ad man up for the job of saving their town of Meiers Corners.  There’s just two problems: (1) Ric won’t help and (2) Synnove has some serious competition from a woman who wants to destroy everything Meiers Corners represents.

 

Vampire Ric Holiday wants nothing to do with any town near Chicago, the home of the vampire who turned him as a child.  But Synnove is a hard woman to turn down, particularly since she’s immune to his vampire capabilities.  It’s not long before the brainy beauty has him tied up in knots.  To be with Synnove, Ric will have to face his past, embrace the future, and join forces with Synnove to outwit a powerful vampire capable of destroying them both.

 

Beauty Bites has both style and substance.  Mary Hughes’s trademark zany humor combines wonderfully with a story about beauty that’s more than skin deep.

 

Synnove is a drop-dead gorgeous doctor whose looks are the bane of her existence.  People don’t take her seriously, even though she’s incredibly intelligent and has a deep desire to heal people.  I liked watching Synnove come into her own over the course of the book.  Ric, a vampire who deals in show and style, is one of the few people who sees the real Synnove.  I really enjoyed peeling back Ric’s layers as we saw through flashbacks how he became the man he is today.  He and Synnove make a good couple; their solid chemistry makes it easy to root for them to find happiness.

 

Beauty Bites is the sixth book in the Biting Love series, but it can be read as a standalone.  That being said, we do get to catch up with Bo and Elena (of Bite My Fire), which was a lot of fun.  Synnove’s cousin Twyla and her vampire lover Nikos (of The Bite of Silence) are also strong supporting characters, and I loved that Ms. Hughes showed us the progression in their relationship.  While familiar faces are sure to delight fans, new Biting Love character Aiden (Ric’s best friend) stole a lot of the scenes he was in and I can’t wait to read his story.

 

What separates Beauty Bites from a lot of the other Biting Love books is that it takes place outside Meiers Corners.  I admit, I missed the zany little town.  The quirkiness of Beauty Bites didn’t fit quite as well in Minneapolis, perhaps this is because the slapstick humor came mostly from the main characters rather than their surrounding environment.  Still, Beauty Bites is a solid installment to the Biting Love series and I finished it eager to read the next book, Downbeat.

EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. WalkerEdged Blade by J. C. Walker
Series: Colbana Files #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Kit Colbana has been fighting her way back to the life she had before being kidnapped and brutally abused. She knows that she might never get all her abilities back, but Kit needs to regain as much as she can and that includes the Alpha shifter who stole his way into her heart—Damon Lee. When her friend and business partner, Justin Greaves, comes to her with a new case, Kit agrees to help him solve it, even when it means having to face and deal with a vampire, her worst type of boogie man these days.

 

Someone is taking “others” from their homes and lives and, if they are found at all, it’s either dead or so messed up they might has well be dead.  The more clues and answers that Kit and Justin find, the worse it gets. But when a break happens and Kit, Justin, and others are able to rescue some of those being held, Kit’s life becomes even more interesting. It appears that someone or several someone(s) high up in the Assembly is behind the disappearances. Those same people are not about to let either Kit or Justin find the out the truth if they can help it. Like that isn’t enough for Kit to have to deal with, one of the people she saved is one of Damon’s ex’s, and she has decided she can just come back to her old life.  Hmm, has hell frozen over yet? The last answers arrive in this mystery, yet it just gives more questions which will have Kit and everything wading in even deeper as their story goes on.

 

Power corrupts absolutely they say, and it appears that it has absolutely corrupted at least one person with power over the “others” in Edged Blade. Kit ends up helping Justin solve the disappearances that have several “others” going missing, and either turning up dead, or wishing they were. Along the way, Kit strives forward in her relationship with Damon and in overcoming the new fears that are trying to tear her apart. There were so many times I just wanted to hug both Kit and Damon. I had even other times where I wanted to smack Justin and a few others I won’t name here. I loved seeing how much Kit grew while she was chasing after those behind the disappearances.  And I really loved how Damon was moving all obstacles that might get in the way of his and Kit’s relationship and her healing. I really do love this couple. I was absolutely amazed on just who came into the picture just as it went lights out for this chapter of Kit’s life. Now I really can’t wait until my next glimpse into this amazing world.  Edged Blade has the best in suspense and passion, both of which surround Kit most of the time, while sprinkled with just touches of humor and danger. What a great combo.

DAVID’S SELFIE by Daisy Harris

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DAVID’S SELFIE by Daisy HarrisDavid's Selfie by Daisy Harris
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

After the tragic death of his wife a little over a year ago Dr. David Letterer is left to raise their three year old, Maia, alone.  Sex has become a long ago memory for the admitted bisexual.  Desperate for some adult time David takes the plunge and agrees to meet a blind date at Pony, a well known gay bar in Seattle.  But when he catches a glimpse of his supposed date he hides in the men’s room until he can sneak out, accidentally leaving his phone behind with a rather explicit picture on the unprotected device.  In truth the one who really got his body hot was the sexy, muscular dancer performing on the bar at Pony.

 

As luck would have it someone does find David’s phone and is kind enough to call as well as willing to meet and return his treasure.  David, with Maia in tow, makes a stop at a coffee shop to retrieve his phone and unexpectedly hits it off right away with Craig Harding.  The doctor and his phone rescuer are doing great until David makes a crack about the hot dancer at Pony and before he knows it Craig is making excuses to leave.  David didn’t recognize Craig and the dancer is embarrassed.

 

Growing up in foster care Craig’s life has never been easy.  Hard work, long hours and persistence are finally paying off for the orphan whose dreams of earning multiple degrees before opening his own exercise studio is happening at last.  Regular expenses plus school takes several jobs including the dancing gig just to keep afloat.

 

David isn’t willing to give up on Craig even though he obviously said something wrong.  It takes a lot of patience on the doctors’ part, yet once they do begin seeing each other there’s no doubt in either mind they’ve got something special.  One has the responsibility of a young child, the other degrees to finish and a clingy roommate so finding time and a place to spend together is almost impossible.  For David and Craig romance is proving to be somewhat…difficult.

 

Author Daisy Harris sets up an amusing premise for her characters and lets the sparks fly.  They couldn’t be more different in life lessons, experiences growing up, etc…yet the old saying opposites attract holds true in David’s Selfie for David and Craig.  The couple feels genuine; their problems feel real and their struggles worthwhile.  David’s Selfie has a cute ‘hook’ for a first meeting and then navigates real life to find happiness together.

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WOLF SLAYER by Angela Addams

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A LITTLE HARMLESS LIE by Melissa Schroeder

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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