Source: Author

THE SAPPHIRE HEIST by Lauren Blakely

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Author
THE SAPPHIRE HEIST by Lauren BlakelyThe Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely
Series: Jewel Novel #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary

Expert scuba diver Steph Anderson is down in the Cayman Islands to promote Ariel’s Island Eco-Adventure Tours.  Introducing exquisite reefs and marine life to enthusiastic tourists is a professional high.  She is also trying to figure out what’s going on with a cache of diamonds, including one she had in her own safe – before it was stolen.  At first she blamed her lover, but it’s become apparent that her ex-stepfather has to be involved.

 

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe is down in the islands searching for a client’s money converted from cash to diamonds.  After a night of memorable passion followed by mistaken suspicions Jake and Steph are on the trail wherever it may lead.

 

As their relationship strengthens they realize there are more suspects than gems.  Meanwhile the real villains make plans to cash out and flee.  Millions in diamonds, love and danger.  The Caymans make a lovely setting to catch a thief, or two.

 

An intriguing whodunit/whodidn’t emerges on a tropical paradise for readers to embrace.  The Sapphire Heist features a fast paced plotline, sizzling heat between Jake and Steph, and loads of guilty characters.  There’s no end to the trouble these lovers get into in The Sapphire Heist.  Their relationship is hot and the plotline fascinates, but the large cast of characters can become too much to remember at times.  Enjoy Steph and Jake, enjoy their guesswork, and hopefully don’t get lost along the way.

THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME by Jade Lee

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Author
THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME by Jade LeeThe Bear Who Loved Me by Jade Lee
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #1
Published by Forever Yours Genres: Paranormal

Maximus or Alpha of the local bear shifter clan Carl Carman is a natural at the job although there are certainly days he’d rather be doing anything else.  Working with the kids at day camp is one enjoyable adventure after another.  Dealing with belligerent bear shifters refusing to abide by clan rules is a total pain in the ass.   Some days it just doesn’t pay to be the boss.

 

Becca Weitz is completely oblivious to the clan of bear shifters in their midst.  Running a successful bakery in town Becca is also responsible for raising her teenage nephew Theo.  She doesn’t know that the camp Theo attends is a way for him to learn about his heritage without humans being involved.

 

When Theo goes missing Becca is told to alert Carl, which seems odd to say the least.  Beyond worried about her nephew it doesn’t make sense that she feels so drawn to the camp leader.  The baker is about to get an eye opening introduction into a world she believed to be simple fantasy.

 

Dealing with the crisis and her feelings for Carl is a tall order for Becca.  As they search for the missing teen, the Maximus learns that two wolf shifter boys are also missing from the local pack.  Something, someone is after shifters and it’s Carl’s responsibility to uncover the truth and bring Becca into the clan, as his mate.

 

The Bear Who Loved Me blends a tender romance with an action packed mystery and the results give readers a riveting adventure.  Issues with stubborn bear shifters, a missing teen, and a mate who completes him keep Carl busy indeed.  It’s all in a day’s work for a sometimes overwhelmed Maximus.  Tensions rise with an unknown foe and a sweet love story blossoms.  Thoroughly entertaining, The Bear Who Loved Me is a wonderful start to a new series.

RUSH by Robin Covington

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Author
RUSH by Robin CovingtonRush by Robin Covington
Series: Mackenzie Family
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary


 

 

To say that Atticus Rush is an anti-social man is putting it mildly.  The ex-Special ops expert has few people he’s willing to stick his neck out for, especially after Lady Olivia Rutledge-Cairn broke his heart.

 

MacKenzie Security, namely Brant Scott, is someone Atticus respects.  Brant braves a visit to Atticus’s mountain stronghold with the news that twelve year old Katrina Hickman’s been kidnapped.  Her father is Senator Alan Hickman and Atticus is well aware the man is dirty, but his innocent daughter had a crush on Atticus a year ago when they met.

 

The one person who can help Atticus is the last person he wants to see, his ex-wife Livvy.  Their volatile marriage crashed and burned for all the wrong reasons leaving them both responsible.  But that’s in the past and Atticus needs Livvy to help him find out where Katrina is being held.  They broke each other’s heart.  Maybe it’s time to put the pieces back together.

 

A sexual bonfire is the best way to describe the main characters in this hotter than hot story.  The romantic Rush slowly twists into an exciting, suspenseful adventure.  Atticus and Olivia are complex, explosive characters whose erotic encounters literally singe the pages.  This fast paced, intelligent storyline gives the couple the perfect setting to right their mammoth mistake.  A slick love story, Rush is worth lingering over.

THE BRICK WALL by Stephanie Julian

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Author
THE BRICK WALL by Stephanie JulianThe Brick Wall by Stephanie Julian
Series: Redtails Hockey #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Sports


 

Shane “The Brick Wall” Conrad is the goalie for the Redtails hockey team and he is going through a tough time on the ice. When his teammate, Cary, invites him to spend the Christmas holiday with him and his family Shane accepts since he isn’t going home. Upon arriving Shane knows no one there and can’t want to leave but then he meets Bliss and wants to spend more time getting to know her. As the night progresses he quickly learns that Bliss is feeling the same way he is and he can’t leave fast enough but he wants Bliss at his side when he does.

 

Bliss Vescovi helps run her aunt’s successful bridal shop and loves the life she has built. While attending the Christmas party hosted by her friend Lori she meets many new people but when a tall drink of water walks through the front door she feels the party is getting better. All Bliss knows is that she has to meet this man. Bliss might want one night of fun but one night with Shane might just not be enough.

 

The Brick Wall is the first book in Stephanie Julian’s new hockey contemporary romance series and of course I had to read it because it was a sports romance. This is my first book by Ms. Julian and while I enjoyed the characters, The Brick Wall didn’t speak to me the way I hoped for. The characters were likeable and I enjoyed getting to know Shane and Bliss both individually and as a couple, but I did feel The Brick Wall was a little on the short side. There were parts in The Brick Wall where the time would lapse and I couldn’t help but feel I was missing so much in between.

 

The romance was really the only thing that kept me wanting to read this story. I found myself getting frustrated not only with this miscommunication between Shane and Bliss but also how the ending turned out. The characters did show some form of growth, they both went from being vulnerable and not wanting to get hurt to trusting in one another and wanting to make it work. In the end I felt The Brick Wall was just an okay introduction to the Redtails hockey series, but I am hopeful the next book will be more developed and the series will start to take off.

SHOOT OUT by Lisa B. Kamps

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Author
SHOOT OUT by Lisa B. KampsShoot Out by Lisa B. Kamps
Series: Baltimore Banner's #7
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Sports


 

Mathias “Mat” Herron is down in New Orleans to take part in some wedding festivities of one of his teammates in the off season. While hitting up a bar on Bourbon Street he meets Nicole. After talking and flirting with her he takes her back to his hotel but when he wakes up in the morning she is gone. Mat hopes he runs into her again later on that day when the wedding party is set to go on a tour. But to Mat’s surprise she isn’t a part of the wedding party at all and he’s disappointed that he may never see her again.

 

Nicole Taylor is back from her two day trip in New Orleans celebrating her divorce but she can’t stop thinking about the hot night she spent with Mat. While heading to her job she is surprised to see him again and even more surprised when he keeps coming to see her. Mat seems like a good guy but you never know and her last relationship left her doubting who the good guys really are. The more time Nicole spends with Mat the more she realizes that he is genuinely a good person and she is starting to fall for him fast but when he finds out about her past will he stick around or run?

 

Shoot Out is the seventh book in the Baltimore Banners series but my first book by Lisa B. Kamps and while I found the read on the okay side it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. I had a hard time connecting with the characters from the very beginning. Mat and Nicole have a one night stand and Mat literally stalks her just to get to know her better. He finds her outside the hospital being harassed by her ex and offers her a ride. She thinks its great timing but little does she know that he was sitting and waiting hoping to get a chance to see her. I have to admit I didn’t find this sweet at all and it came off a little creepy for my liking. I mean there are other ways to get her attention Mat.

 

I didn’t feeling this couple had an everlasting love that was building, their relationship was built on sex which happened a few times. Ms. Kamps did deliver hot steamy scenes but I still didn’t think it was enough to make me believe in this couples happily ever after.

 

Since Shoot Out is a hockey novel I expected there to be some ice time but sadly Shoot Out takes place during the off season so I was a little disappointed by this. In the end this was just an okay read and if Ms. Kamps prior books in the Baltimore series are done this way I am going to have to pass on reading them.

SACKED by Jen Frederick

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author SackedContinue Reading

JOCKBLOCKED by Jen Frederick

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author JockblockedContinue Reading

IDOL by Kristen Callihan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author IdolContinue Reading

WILD ZONE by Skye Jordan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author WildContinue Reading

THE FIX UP by Kendall Ryan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author TheContinue Reading

THE CODE by R. J. Scott

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author TheContinue Reading

ROOM SERVICE by Poppy Dunne

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author RoomContinue Reading

MANAGED by Kristen Callihan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author ManagedContinue Reading

FALLING FOR FLYNN by Kate Willoughby

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author FallingContinue Reading

DOWNED by Jen Frederick

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author DownedContinue Reading

DOWN DEEP by Virna DePaul

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author DownContinue Reading

Celi-Bet by Leslie North

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author Celi-BetContinue Reading

AT LAST by Melissa Schroeder

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author AtContinue Reading

OUT OF BOUNDS by Lauren Blakely

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author OutContinue Reading

QUICK TRICK by Skye Jordan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author QuickContinue Reading

Header Banner by Nit_Witty Copyright © 2014
Joyfully Reviewed
Site Design, Graphics & Maintenance
by Miranda Grissom