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TORQUE by Charley Descoteaux

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TORQUE by Charley DescoteauxTorque by Charley Descoteaux
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Menage

On the highway heading to Alaska Mick Randall has one eye on the road ahead and the other looking over his shoulder.  With any luck he can outrun his biker family and leave them in the past.  Low on cash Mick manages to pick up a job at Bell’s Auto Wrecking outside of Portland.  It’s the perfect setup for making some quick money with an old man owner and his taciturn grandson Scotty, his other employee.  The only other sign of life around the place is when Mercy Taylor comes around.  She seems to be the one person who draws Scotty away from his work.

 

Mick finds himself attracted to Scotty while at the same time he’s intrigued by Mercy, who’s apparently got her own family issues.  Each of the three are dealing with ghosts of the past, both living and long dead.  Maybe it’s time to lay them all to rest.

 

A unique blend of secrets and unresolved issues, Torque manages to shine a light on their darkness.  The three main characters are heavily weighed down by the past.  Individually they haven’t been able to resolve anything.  In Torque it is Mick’s arrival that serves as a catalyst for change.  This character driven story convincingly brings them together before the end.

HITCHED by Erin Nicholas

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HITCHED by Erin NicholasHitched by Erin Nicholas
Series: Promise Harbor Wedding #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyShayna

 

 

Allie would rather be anywhere else on the planet than at her own wedding.  But she’s sure marriage to longtime family friend Josh will be the key to making both of their families happy.  So, sick and miserable at the altar, Allie gets the shock of a lifetime when the man she loves – not her groom – literally sweeps her off her feet and out the door.

 

Gavin has loved Allie for years and when she drunkenly calls him before her wedding, he knows she’s unhappy.  Gavin let Allie go once, but he’s not about to stand by and watch her marry someone else.  What can a man in love do, but steal the bride from a wedding and take her thousands of miles away from her life?

 

For Allie, a trip to Alaska with Gavin feels like a break from reality, but she knows she has to return to Promise Harbor and her family soon.  Still, she can’t resist the freedom living with Gavin offers, and she’s determined to enjoy it while she can.  But will Gavin be able to convince her that – despite all their differences, the weight of the past, and the pressures of the future – he’s the only man she should be marrying?

 

Even true love needs a helping hand in Hitched.  The Promise Harbor Wedding series comes to a satisfying end when the runaway bride is swept off to a beautiful, small town that’ll make you want to fly to Alaska.

 

Of all the books in the Promise Harbor Wedding series, this is the only one I was wary of reading.  I liked Josh so much, I wasn’t sure how author Erin Nicholas would make me like the woman who ditched him at the altar.  Fortunately, Ms. Nicholas was more than up to the task of making Allie a likeable heroine.  Allie wants to do the right thing, wants to make her family happy, but she’s been doing so at the expense of herself.  Her tumultuous relationship with Gavin was something she always kept separate from the rest of her life, and she even sacrificed that to try and do what she thought would please others.  Running off with Gavin is the first thing she does for herself, and it’s a good thing (and not only because we know that Josh found his true love in Jilted).  In Alaska, Allie not only reconnects with Gavin, she finds her inner strength and comes into her own.  Though at times she almost hits martyr territory, it’s part of the journey.  Watching Allie grow as a character was quite possibly my favorite thing about Hitched.

 

Gavin and Allie’s romance is filled with ups and downs as Gavin pushes Allie to choose a life with him when she’s not ready to change her life so dramatically.  Gavin is pushy, but he’s not selfish.  He can see that Allie is better away from her family and the responsibility that’s literally making her sick.  All in all, Gavin is a pretty fantastic hero and I was cheering for him every step of the way.  Love has never been a problem for Gavin and Allie, but it takes both of them finally opening up their minds to each other’s points of view that gives them what they need.  That, and a little help from secondary characters, makes Hitched a satisfying story.

 

THE DRAGON KING: Not So Ordinary by Marie Harte

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THE DRAGON KING: Not So Ordinary by Marie HarteThe Dragon King: Not So Ordinary by Marie Harte
Series: Ethereal Foes #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Jentaron is the new Dragon King, and he is the rightful king although the other Ethereals are trying to give this dragon heartburn.  Jentaron might only be technically 2 years old, but he is a full adult dragon with the same passions.  However, right now Jentaron has more important things to deal with—like a threat to the entire planet.  The balance is about to tip and not in a good way…now to come up with a plan.

 

Zelec is a high demon, and he has been the right-hand man to the leader of the demons.  Zelec also has many more gifts than most demons he has met, with the exception of his boss and the man’s children.  Zelec is amazed when he is drawn in by a human, and yet he knows that he needs to find out all about this amazing woman.  He soon realizes that one night of passion will not be enough, but then his job pulls him away.

 

Ella Nelson is a human with a few special extras.  Ella has worked hard to keep the extras undercover, yet sometimes, a little devil makes her do something with them.  When Ella does give in to the impulse, she always ends up with a bit of cosmic payback for using her gifts.  One day when Ella gave in and used her gifts, she later meets Zelec and later Jentaron.  Now, she is really confused at her attraction to two such different men, and how easy she was for them.  That is very unlike Ella.

 

Chaos is abounding in the not so ordinary, and Jentaron knows that it will take all of the Ethereals working together to bring the balance back again in both the above and below.  He also knows that he will be one of the most important parts of the war.  However, first he will need to find the ones he dreamed about and to make them his mates.  That seems so easy, but in reality it is not when Jentaron realizes that his mates are a powerful demon who isn’t crazy about dragons and a powerful woman who has no idea who she really is.  Things are getting crazy as Jentaron makes his move to make his mates his and to gather the other Ethereals and make them believe what is really going on.  When the final battle comes, will Jentaron, Zelec, and Ella have enough love to keep them alive after the battle of all battles, and will the other Ethereals show up in time to help them?

 

War is on the horizon and only the dragon king knows it. Time is short as Jentaron, Zelec, and Ella not only find each other, but find the way to win the battle and to bring the balance back.  The Dragon King: Not So Ordinary will show all three of them that, individually, they were more than they believed and as a loving threesome, they are enough to help win the battle for all in both the Ordinary and the not so Ordinary.  I wasn’t surprised that the key to the upcoming battle was Jentaron as he was always special, but I was surprised at just who his mates turned out to be, and how he broke the rules to get and keep them.  But hey, just who was going to challenge the dragon king?  I was also surprised to learn just who Zelec’s and Ella’s parents really were and why they were as powerful as they were.  I can say with certainty that when this threesome has any children, both the Ordinary and the Not So Ordinary better watch out.  The final battle was all I could imagine, and I really loved how it was proven the Jentaron, Zelec, and Ella really were true mates and not just together to win the war.  The Dragon King: Not So Ordinary has all the necessary elements to make a great paranormal—suspense, magic, different types of entities and, best of all, passion that rules them all.

THE DRAGONS’ DEMON: A Dragons Dream by Marie Harte

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THE DRAGONS’ DEMON: A Dragons Dream by Marie HarteA Dragons' Demon: A Dragon's Heart by Marie Harte
Series: Ethereal Foes #1
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Eve Sinclair is a demon with a very important job as a measure of balance, and she has a couple of jokers as brothers.  When Eve learns that her brothers have taken a dragon egg from its nest and hidden it as a bad practical joke on her, Eve busts-out to find that egg and return it before anyone discovers the egg is missing.  That was the plan anyway, but a few things occurred before she was able to do that.  First, it was no ordinary dragon egg and, second, she was found with the egg before she could get it back where it belonged.

 

Ranton, commander of the dragon legion, is mad that the egg was taken under his watch, and he is out to find the egg before anything can happen to it.  Ranton is really surprised to find the egg in the hands of a sexy female demon and even more surprised to find out that the egg has spoken to this female.  Something is strange about this woman, and Ranton wants to find out what it is before he allows her to disappear.  Plus, he really wants to know how this special dragon egg was taken and by whom.

 

Eve knew she was in danger when Ranton appeared, but soon discovered it was much worse than she expected as she learns that this dragon egg is a royal one and very, very special.  Now, Eve is just hoping she can get away from Ranton without a fight.  Ranton and Eve might be feeling some attraction for each other, but the really strange thing is what the egg is telling both of them.  Passion explodes between them but, even so, Eve is determined to get back to her job.  Ranton and the egg are torqued when they discover Eve is gone.  Eve thinks she has gotten away mostly scot-free, or has she?  The real questions are, why does the new royal want Eve, and what about how Ranton feels about Eve and, even more importantly, can Eve return their feelings?

 

Take one sexy demon and two determined dragons and you have a most unusual love story in The Dragon’s Demon: A Dragon’s Dream.  I thought Eve had enough to handle with Ranton, but when you add in Jentaron, I knew it was going to be one unusual adventure and, yet, I learned it wasn’t what might have been expected.  I enjoyed watching as Eve worked hard to do her job and also protect the young dragon both before and after he was born.  Ranton got full marks for his determination to have Eve as his mate.  I really loved the scene where Eve’s brothers received their punishment and Ranton went to claim Eve as his mate. What I will say is don’t start this book thinking you know the outcome, because I can tell you, you will be wrong.   The Dragon’s Demon: A Dragon’s Dream is a great mixture of suspense, passion, sibling rivalry, and a great beginning to what I think will be a good series.

THE BITE OF WINTER by Lauren Smith

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THE BITE OF WINTER by Lauren SmithThe Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith
Series: Love Bites #1
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Menage, Paranormal

Zoey Blake was the only survivor of a tragic car accident that left her orphaned.  Nightmares continue to haunt her.  Destitute and starving, the only thing Zoey holds dear is the portfolio of photographs she took when life was better.  The final blow happens when she’s accosted in an alleyway and refuses to hand over her treasured pictures. As Zoey feels her life’s blood slipping away a stranger with a lovely accent offers aid.

 

Long ago when starvation was rampant on the Emerald Isle best friends Ian Kennedy and Connor O’Shea were forcibly changed into creatures of the night.  Their transformation came at a horrible price.  One they’ve never forgotten and vowed to never inflict on another without consent.

 

Decades past the two vampires shared a female human lover and life was good, but she was taken from them by another of their kind.  Ian is well aware that Connor is going to be furious when he brings Zoey into their home.  He knows Connor would rather go without companionship than risk losing his heart and soul again, however Ian is certain Zoey’s meant to be with them.

 

With the holiday season in sight perhaps it is the time to believe something or someone greater is at work…

 

The Bite of Winter focuses on the upcoming season for three lost souls and the results are exactly right.  Each with a sad tale to tell, The Bite of Winter offers redemption ménage style.  Emotions run high as Zoey, Ian, and Connor struggle to make their relationship work.  Their bumpy road to romance is heartwarming perfection.  Sexy and simply enjoyable this trio deserves happiness and work hard to find it.

WARLOCK UNBOUND by Dana Marie Bell

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SON OF A PREACHER MAN by Arianna Hart

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WOLF FROM THE PAST by N. J. Walters

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ILLICIT INTUITIONS by Nikki Duncan

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HAVOC AND HELL: A Dragon’s Prize by Marie Harte

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DEEP DECEPTION by Z. A. Maxfield

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SONG OF THE NAVIGATOR by Astrid Amara

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CYBER ILLUSIONS by Nikki Duncan

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MIRAGE by Monica Burns

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CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

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UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

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A PRINCE AMONG MEN by Cat Johnson

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WOLF ON THE RUN by N. J. Walters

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BEAUTY BITES by Mary Hughes

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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