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SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa Schroeder

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SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa SchroederSnowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

 

 

Elaine Masterson is a world class pastry chef who has worked extremely hard to gain her reputation.  When her best friend invited Elaine to become one of three partners in a new restaurant, Elaine jumped at it.  After all, it sounded like a dream come true.  And it was, until just after they opened and then the third partner and executive chef began to show his true colors.  Elaine is known for keeping her cool, but she could only put up with so much of Trevor’s taunting, and then she exploded one night.

 

Trevor MacMillian had the best of everything growing up, and he was not surprised when he became an executive chef at a young age.  The best part was when he joined in with a really good friend and another partner in what is becoming known as “the restaurant” to be seen in and to eat in.  All was great, except the one fly in Trevor’s mist:  the third partner and pastry chef—Elaine.  She has a kind word and smile for everyone but him, it seems, so what does Trevor do but try to pick at her for a reaction.  Reaction is exactly what he gets—in the middle of the kitchen during a busy time.

 

Both Elaine and Trevor accepted the offer from their friend and other partner, Mick, for a weekend away.  But neither know that Mick has made them both the same offer for the exact same weekend…that is, until they both arrive at the cabin just as a snow storm descends upon them. Now, they have until the storm goes away, and they can leave the cabin to either come to terms with each other or come up with a way to exist together at the restaurant.  Neither expected the third solution that popped up pretty quickly.  But is it a true feeling, or just being snowbound in a cabin together?

 

Sparks fly when two highly talented people in their restaurant kitchen find themselves alone in a cabin surrounded by snow in Snowbound Seduction.  Elaine and Trevor can’t believe they were set-up by their friend and partner until they are told by him to work it out or face the reality that their fighting is hurting the restaurant they have all worked so hard to create.  I loved how Mick got both Elaine and Trevor in a position so that the feelings they had for each other, and that he could see just below the surface, could flame.  These were two stubborn people who both had secrets in their pasts that affected how they saw the other.  All it took for them to see that it wasn’t dislike, but rather passion sparking between them, was a small cabin in the middle of nowhere and a winter snow storm.  I loved how Trevor put it all on the line to show Elaine that he truly did love her, and that he was so much more than what the rags said he was.  Congrats to Mick for acting, but I think he might want to look over his shoulder for a while because I have a feeling that passion isn’t the only thing Trevor and Elaine will be cooking up.  Snowbound Seduction might be a short story, but it’s packed with fierce feelings and passion that just flies off the page and doesn’t leave you wanting more—except a chance to see how they get back at Mick.

DARE TO TAKE by Carly Phillips

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DARE TO TAKE by Carly PhillipsDare to Take by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #6
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Tyler Dare and Ella Shaw have a secret.  Years ago they had one night together that ended badly. Even though Tyler’s sister is Ella’s best friend, they have managed to avoid each other whenever possible. But when a hurricane is bearing down on the tropical island where Ella is staying, Tyler can’t say no when his sister begs him to rescue her. For the first time in years, Ella and Tyler are forced to spend time alone together and discover that the attraction between them is even stronger. Can they overcome the past to have a future together?

 

Dare to Take is another addition to Carly Phillips Dare to Love series and I’m loving it! Tyler and Ella are so hot together that my screen steamed up. I couldn’t wait for them to take a chance and be together. This is one series that romance lovers shouldn’t miss out on!!

ROGUE ALPHA by Carole Mortimer

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ROGUE ALPHA by Carole MortimerRogue Alpha by Carol Mortimer
Series: Alpha #7
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary

The past year was the worst time of Diana Moore’s entire life.  She fell hard for diplomat Jeremy Moore, but after they married and he was transferred to Bogota, Columbia the abuse began.  At the local market one day she was kidnapped by bandits and held for ransom.  Soon after her rescue Jeremy was killed and Diana went home to her parents in Wales to nurse her sorrow.

 

Finally the day came when Diana felt strong enough to start over. She accepted a job in Paris and made a new life for herself.  It wasn’t long however before Diana began to feel as if someone was watching her, following her.  Unable to shake the feeling Diana journeys to London and straight into the arms of Seth Armstrong, the man who rescued her in Bogota all those months ago.  He saved her life once.  Seth Armstrong is the only man she can trust.  It’s up to Diana and Seth to figure out what’s truly going on – if they can keep their hands off each other long enough to think.

 

Hot and sweaty in bed – butting heads the rest of the time.  High tension drama from start to finish Rogue Alpha ignites.  Diana and Seth challenge each other at every turn.  Intrigue and adventure are the hallmarks of this intense Alpha series.  Rogue Alpha fits perfectly into their testosterone filled world.  Sensual entanglements and suspense make Rogue Alpha a worthwhile addition.

Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown

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Player’s Challenge by Koko BrownPlayer's Challenge by Koko Brown
Series: Hand's Off #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial

Whereas, Devin Spencer’s reputation as the Champions League goalie is legendary, his personal status leaves a lot to be desired.  On more than one occasion, Devin’s off-field disreputable activities have shined a bad light on him.  So much so, that he needs a sports agent to revamp his persona or he can kiss his career goodbye.

 

Gemma Clarke is an up and coming sports agent who is good at her job.  All is well until her former lover, Devin Spencer, is added to her client roster.  Determined to prove that she can keep things strictly business between them, Gemma sets out to restore Devin’s image in the soccer world.

 

After reading the first book in this series, I was a little leery of diving into Player’s Challenge.  I am glad to say that I am happy that I did.  I so love second chance type storylines.  The plot is a sincere love affair that could no longer be denied by Devin and Gemma and with a little begrudging added in to spice things up.  It has the right amount of excitement, humor, emotions, and sex encounters to keep one turning page after page to see how the saga would unfold.  Koko Brown has redeemed herself with book two in the Hands Off series.

PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko Brown

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PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko BrownPlayer's Ultimatum by Koko Brown
Series: Hands Off #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial

Yvonne Floyd is willing to do anything for her childhood friend, Robbie Gutierrez – even pose as his fiancée until he can land a lucrative soccer contact in exchange for him paying off her student loans.  Easy, right?  Wrong!  Yvonne did not count on quickly falling head-over-heels in love with Robbie’s teammate, Paolo Saito.

 

Paolo Saito is a famous football (soccer) player in the European league.  He has some misguided anger towards Robbie because he replaced a friend of his on the team.  And, to make matters worse, Paolo is sexually attracted to Yvonne, Robbie’s fiancée.  What better revenge against Robbie than to seduce Yvonne from right under his feet.  But, Paolo’s plan backfires when he develops deeper feelings for her.  Will Paolo continue with his vengeance against Robbie or will he try to win Yvonne’s heart?

 

I am on the fence about Player’s Ultimatum.  On one end of the spectrum, I really adored the concept of doing a non-harmful favor for a friend where both parties enter the bargain willingly.  However, on the flipside, there were times where I did not like Paolo and Yvonne’s characters very much.  Yvonne’s sense of loyalty is a big issue for me.  There are times where her control just flies out the window, putting her friend’s career in danger and leaving me saying “what the hell”.  And, to add fuel to the fire, Paolo comes across as alpha-type male jerk that I would have kicked to the curb.  Nevertheless, the chemistry between Paolo and Yvonne is electrifying and develops at a non-forceful, steady pace. The sex is mega hot.  Ms. Brown does an incredible job of introducing readers to the world of soccer.  I felt like I was actually sitting in the stands watching the game.

JAX by Kym Grosso

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HARDER THAN WORDS by Carrie Ann Ryan

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HOT DREAMS by Rachelle Chase

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CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey

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GIRL by Eden Bradley

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WOLF’S ASCENSION by Lauren Dane

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EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

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FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN by Thea Harrison

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PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD by Thea Harrison

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SHY TALENT by Bianca D’Arc

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LYRIC’S ACCIDENTAL MATE by Elle Boon

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RAVENOUS by R. G. Alexander

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THE HALF OF US by Cardeno C.

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WARRIOR ALPHA by Carole Mortimer

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