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SIREN’S CALL by Jayne Castle

SIREN’S CALL by Jayne Castle

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SIREN’S CALL by Jayne CastleSiren's Call by Jayne Castle
Series: Harmony #16
Published by Jove Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Ella Morgan is a powerful talent, but it’s one she keeps very secret, and only her family knows just what her talent really is. Ella now uses her talent in a much lower concentration as a dream counselor. Once again, it’s wedding season and Ella’s calendar is full as she is the bridesmaid of choice by her friends at their weddings.  Ella would love to register with a match making agency, but knowing she will have to lie about her talent has Ella accepting that she will never be the bride.  After all, just who would willingly marry a full blown siren?

 

Rafe Coppersmith is also a powerful talent, one that is very useful to his powerful family.  He can find and figure out how to make alien objects work because he understands hot crystal and quartz and most of the alien artifacts are made out of quartz and crystal.  Because Rafe doesn’t really fit into the family business, he also freelances for the FBPI and the Guild task force when needed.  It was one of those jobs that brought Rafe into contact with Ella.

 

Ella was helping a distressed dust bunny when she met Rafe, and then he just disappeared out of her life for months.  However, the dust bunny became hers and helped Ella move her business into the bigtime.  Now Rafe is back, and he wants Ella to come to Rainshadow Island to help with a contact that his family has there.  Rafe figured out what Ella was when they first met, and it only intrigued him, but circumstances kept him away.  However, Rafe is more than willing to take up where he left if only Ella will agree.  Ella agrees to help Rafe with his mission, but she has no intention of letting him into her heart.  Danger meets Rafe and Ella as soon as they step onto the island, and it only gets stranger as they get going.  Now, not only are they dealing with the danger created by the ancient aliens, but they are dealing with a fringe group—one that isn’t quite what it appears. Rafe and Ella have fallen deeply in love, but there will be no happy ever after for them until they defeat both of the dangers facing them.

 

A frantic dust bunny unintentionally brings two strong talents together and helps them find a lasting love in Siren’s Call.  I loved how Ella took on a distressed dust bunny and that move seemed to be the first action that triggered all the others and eventually brought Ella her dream wedding to Rafe.  Although, I have to say their path to the wedding was both suspenseful and passionate, with lots of humor tossed in.  Just what the mission was that brought Rafe back into Ella’s life I won’t say, but you will love it.  I really enjoyed watching as Ella fought with all she was worth against the passion until I almost started to wonder if Rafe would get the girl along with capturing all the bad guys and uncovering the real reason for the fringe group.  I will say that the eventual wedding that Ella and Rafe had was the event of the season overall that Ella had ever appeared in and even the dust bunnies who were invited and showed up also had a grand time.

 

For those of us who have fallen under the spell of Harmony and all of its inhabitants and especially those adorable dust bunnies (until you see both their sets of eyes) Siren’s Call is a must read.  I also have loved just how the Rainshadow Island arc is rolling out and all that we are learning about this mysterious world and the aliens who once lived on it.  Once again, Ms. Castle (Ms. Krentz) has created a story that you will love to just get lost in.  I know I did.  For all of these reasons, I have made this a Joyfully Recommended Read.

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

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SAFE AT LAST by Maya BanksSafe at Last by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #3
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Zack Covington was briefly an NFL player when an accident had him walking away from the game. It wasn’t that he couldn’t play; it just wasn’t in his heart to continue. Now he is an employee for Deveraux Security, and he spends his time protecting people.  Part of his dedication to his job is because he enjoys keeping people safe from those that would harm them, which is something he didn’t do to the love if his life twelve years ago.  For the last twelve years, besides his job, Zack has been on a quest to find out just what happened to his “Gracie.”

 

Anna-Grace Hill is no longer a young and innocent girl and has survived an experience that no girl should ever have to deal with.  If that was not bad enough, that same experience showed her a betrayal of a man that Anna-Grace loved and expected to spend the rest of her life with.  Now Anna-Grace has become the artist that she always wanted to be and is about to have her first large show in a gallery.  It is time for Anna-Grace to put the past behind her and finally move forward.

 

Zack and Anna-Grace come face-to-face unexpectedly, and the outcome puts fear in her and rage in him.  Zack is trying to figure out just why his Gracie is beyond scared of him, and Anna-Grace is wondering if she can survive meeting Zack again after his last betrayal of her.  Before Zack can get Anna-Grace to tell him just what happened so long ago, she is attacked by an old enemy of the owners of Devereaux Security and the women they love.  Now, it’s beyond personal for Zack and with Devereaux Security to both help protect Anna-Grace and bring down those that hurt her.  As Anna-Grace slowly recovers she finally confronts Zack about just what happened twelve years ago, and she receives a very different reaction—one of horror and disbelief.  Anna-Grace begins to wonder if she has been correct in exactly what she has believed for so long.  Zack has always loved his Gracie and will do whatever he needs to do to try and gain her trust and love again.  Anna-Grace lost so much twelve years ago and now it appears that she might gain most of it back if she can just find the way back to Zack again.  It’s an explosive few days when all those who hurt Anna-Grace get just what they deserve, and the how and by whom might be the bridge that bring Zack and Anna-Grace needs to find forever together.

 

When young love is destroyed and years later they meet up again, can a lost love find a way to blossom again?  Zack and Anna-Grace have just this second chance in Safe at Last.  I could almost feel the agony from both Zack and Anna-Grace when they met back up and again later as they traveled the pothole-filled path back to each other.  My heart hurt several times for both Zack and Anna-Grace as I discovered just what happened to tear them apart, and I have to admit that I cheered as Zack took care of those who hurt his love.  Then I cheered again as Anna-Grace proved just how strong she was when she put herself in danger to help save a woman who tried to protect her, and she was also Zack’s friend.

 

Safe at Last is full of emotions that will both tear your heart out and make you want to hug Zack and Anna-Grace.  Their journey back together was not easy at all and yet it had me captivated to see what would happen next.  While I will say there were several spots that were not comfortable to read, I found the entire book unforgettable and a definite keeper.  In other words, Safe at Last is a Joyfully Recommended Read and a book you won’t want to miss even if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series.

ARCHANGEL’S ENIGMA by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S ENIGMA by Nalini Singh

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ARCHANGEL’S ENIGMA by Nalini SinghArchangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunters #8
Published by Jove Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Naasir is a true original and one of Raphael’s Seven.  He is also very protective of those he calls family or has accepted as family to him, and he needs to be around them as much as possible for several important reasons.  Naasir is beyond loyal to his Archangel and to Dmitri, the vampire who is Raphael’s right hand man.  Lately, Naasir has been on a very private hunt; he is looking for his mate—a mate he knows is out there waiting for him to find her.  While Naasir has no idea who she will be or if she is a human, a vampire, or an angel, Naasir knows that he will know her by her scent.

 

Andromeda is a young angel who left her home and traveled alone to the Refuge to seek a job in the library and to learn more about those that preceded her.  Andromeda was accepted by the head of the library, but she kept a family obligation secret when telling about herself.  It was bad enough that she had to admit that her grandfather is an Archangel that many are not crazy about—

Charisemnon.  Andromeda has been very happy during her many years at the Refuge and now her time to do as she wishes is about over.  But before that, Andromeda has agreed to help one of Raphael’s Seven locate one of the sleeping Archangels.

 

Naasir knows instantly upon meeting Andromeda that she is his mate.  Now he needs to convince her of this and then show his Andromeda just what she means to him.  Andromeda isn’t at all sure of Naasir when she first meets him, but she is very intrigued.  Just as their search is about to begin, Andromeda is kidnapped by a deadly enemy of Raphael and of several other Archangels.  Rescuing Andromeda is Naasir’s first priority, and he does so in style.  Andromeda and Naasir immediately start their quest, but for Naasir it has become a double hunt, for Andromeda has said that she will mate with him once he locates a certain object.  During their hunt for the sleeping Archangel, danger is their constant shadow because others also want to find this sleeping spot and not for a good reason.  In order to complete their task, it will take their combined strengths and intelligence to come out on top. Now it is time for Naasir to complete the task that Andromeda gave him and to find a way for them to be together forever.  This is going to take every sneaky instinct that Naasir has to pull this off.  However, there is NOTHING that Naasir won’t do to have his mate with him forever.

 

When you are a very special person it will take an equally special person to be the one you mate with forever.  Naasir finally finds his special mate in Archangel’s Enigma.  I have waited forever to discover just what Naasir really was and how he became what he is, and then I really wanted him to find that special person to be his mate.  I definitely got all of that and more as I read Naasir and Andromeda’s journey.  Their hunt for the sleeping Archangel was fraught with danger and also gave them the time they needed to discover each other and to finally fall in love.  That might have been enough to make this a wonderful book, but there was yet another hunt that Andromeda put Naasir on that gave so much more texture and depth to both Naasir and to their love.  I can honestly say that I didn’t want their story to end, and yet I did so that I knew they had found a way to be together even with Andromeda’s grandfather.

 

Archangel’s Enigma is so full of suspense, humor and passion that it just over fill’s the pages.  I can tell you that I have written this review twice because I wanted to say so much, and yet I want everyone to discover the wonder of just who Naasir is and the love that springs up between him and Andromeda.  Archangel’s Enigma is more than a must read and a keeper—it is a book that you will re-read over again just to discover what you might have missed the previous times.  By the time I turned the final page, I knew beyond a doubt that I had to Joyfully Recommend Naasir and Andromeda’s book and for you to truly find out why you will have to open up the first page yourself.

 

TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz

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TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann KrentzTrust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Putnam Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Grace Elland has had several jobs, but she finally believes she has found the one for her.  She currently works for a very well-known motivational speaker, Sprague Witherspoon, as the person in the background making sure that everything runs smoothly.  Grace is one of the three women who run Sprague’s office.  All is going great until Grace discovers Sprague dead in his home.  Now, not only has Grace lost her job, but she is at a loss on what she wants to do with her life.  When she has a chance to move back to her hometown, Grace does this to take the time she needs to plan out her future.

 

Julius Arkwright is a former Marine and a venture capitalist.  Making money comes easily to Julius, but relationships not so much.  If Julius decides he wants something, then he goes for it in business, and it usually turns out golden.  When Julius meets a new woman in town and learns about Grace and her background, he is intrigued.  Julius soon decides that he wants to get closer to Grace and see where it leads.

 

Grace can’t figure out why such a handsome and wealthy man would look twice at her, but she can’t deny that Julius keeps turning up at just the right times.  She also can’t deny the attraction between herself and Julius.  As Grace begins to come up with an idea on what she wants to do, suspicious things start happening and placing Grace in danger.  This is something that Julius is not about to let happen, and he puts all of his skills both as a businessman and as a former Marine to use to keep Grace safe.  Grace has always looked at the bright side of everything, while Julius has a very skeptical view of the world, but for Grace.  The danger is getting closer to Grace as she and Julius put all of the clues together and discover not only who is out to harm Grace, but also who murdered Sprague and why.

 

When a woman who always see the glass half full gets together with a man who see the glass as half empty and plots on how to own the glass, sparks will fly.  Grace and Julius figure out how to bring their differences together in Trust No One.  Several times I wondered how Grace could always be so positive even when faced with danger.  At the same time, I wondered if Julius could lower his walls enough to accept Grace and her sunny personality.  I didn’t need to worry about either Grace or Julius as their journey rolled along.  I really enjoyed watching as Grace showed Julius that helping people ‘just because’ was a good thing, just as I enjoyed watching as Julius showed Grace that not everyone in the world had good intentions.  As the suspense grew thicker, I really loved seeing the true partnership that Grace and Julius had created and the love that was the backbone to that partnership.  Trust No One is packed with suspense and passion that will keep you turning the pages until you learn just who done-it.

HARD AS A ROCK by Christine Warren

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HARD AS A ROCK by Christine WarrenHard as a Rock by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #3
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Wynn Powe is a witch who comes from a really long line of Wardens, who are those humans who connect with the Guardians and work at keeping humans safe from the Order of Eternal Darkness.  Now almost all of the Wardens have either gone missing or have been killed.  Wynn had been worried about her brother, who is a Warden, for a while now, because he has also gone missing.  When she was asked by a couple of newly awakened Guardians and their Wardens to go to Chicago and see if she could find another sleeping Guardian and wake him up, Wynn easily agreed.

 

Knox is a new Guardian having taken that place of a Guardian who was destroyed by the Order.  While Knox might not have any experience on Earth, he does have all the memories of the Guardian he replaced.  When Knox is suddenly called forth by Wynn, neither of them knows exactly how she called him to her since the stone Gargoyle that should have been there had been destroyed. Knox isn’t sure about what is going on around him, but he quickly learns that things are not good and that everything the previous Guardians had worked for was about to be destroyed by the Order.

 

Knox and Wynn team up to find out what is being planned at Chicago and to stop at least this cell in Chicago.  As they piece things together, it becomes pretty clear that what the Order has planned is huge and, as the time comes closer to the showdown, Knox and Wynn call in the other Guardians and Wardens to help.  On the night of the showdown, things are going as planned until Wynn discovers just how personal this takedown is going to get.  Now, Wynn is struggling to do what she knows needs to be done and to ignore what her heart is telling her.  A split second decision will either win the night for the Guardians and their Wardens, or it will give the Order their first big win in their plan to bring eternal darkness to this world.

 

A newly-minted Guardian and a woman who dreams of becoming a Warden team up to defeat a true evil and discover love along the way.  Knox and Wynn get everything they want and more in Hard as a Rock.  Wynn had been told ‘no’ so many times that I was happy to see that she was given the chance to fulfill her family destiny.  Knox came to life with a chip on his shoulder, however, I loved that it didn’t take Wynn long to show him that it needed to go.  Seeing how they went from a testy partnership to a loving couple went hand in hand with the suspense and danger of their mission.  I also loved Wynn’s kooky uncle and how he stepped in to help when needed.  Hard as a Rock takes the suspense of a dangerous situation and teams it up with the discovery of love and throws in just enough lightheartedness to keep things flowing to a heartbreaking and loving ending.

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