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BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU by Christine Warren

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BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU by Christine WarrenBaby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal, Suspense

In the first full-length novel in the Alphaville series Author Christine Warren brings readers an excellent suspenseful shifter romance.

Wolf shifter Renny Landry is running for her life.  When Renny took her previous job as a librarian the last thing she expected was the towns Coyote Alpha to take an unhealthy interest in her.  Now, she has been forced to run from him and his goons.  She’s at the end of her rope and racing to get to her last hope, Alphaville.  Alphaville is known among the shifter community to take in anyone regardless of history.  Renny is hoping she will be safe there but she must get there first.

Mick Fischer is content with the solitude he has carved out for himself in Alphaville.  After his mate was murdered Mick found his revenge and then went off into the night.  He likes things quiet and simple.  The last thing he wants is a strange, wounded woman collapsing on his doorstep.  But now her fight is his and Mick always wins the war.

Baby, I’m Howling for You is a fast-paced sensual feast filled with danger and intrigue.  I love Mick and Renny.  Their romance starts out hot and never cools.  Ms. Warren keeps the reader on edge as she weaves together a fiery romance and action-packed storytelling.

Mick has let life beat him down and is hiding from it. Renny on the other hand is determined to live her life regardless of the threat against her.  She is the perfect match for Mick.  She can bring life back to him if he will let her.  Baby, I’m Howling for You isn’t your average shifter romance it has a lot of emotion within.  I really enjoyed Mick’s softer side.  We don’t often get much of that with Alpha shifters.

I absolutely adore the characters that populate Alphaville.  I cannot get enough of their witty, hilarious banter.  I love it when a book can make me laugh.  I’m excited for the next Alphaville novel.  I miss these characters already!

Author Christine Warren’s Baby I’m Howling for You is an exhilaratingly eccentric erotic paranormal tale.

SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT by Christine Warren

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SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT by Christine WarrenSomething to Howl About by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville
Published by Swerve Genres: Paranormal, Suspense

Author Christine Warren takes readers to Alphaville in her new paranormal series.  I’ve always enjoyed Warren’s Others series therefore I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Something to Howl About. This novella is a fun, sexy romp that will have you laughing and wanting more of the characters of Alphaville.

Dr. Annie Cryer is a lonely wolf shifter banished from her pack but yearning to go back to them.  When a chance to return to her pack falls in her lap she jumps at the opportunity.  Annie didn’t realize that her life would change irrevocably when she entered the town of Alphaville.

Alpha Jonas Browning is a grizzly shifter with a pack on the verge of extinction.  To save his pack Jonas enlists the help of geneticist Dr. Annie Cryer.  This playboy never counted on being so attracted to the fierce little wolf.  But now that she is in his sights he’s not about to let her go.  Can he convince Annie to make Alphaville her home?

Something to Howl About was a great introduction to Alphaville.  Jonas and Annie have an intense, sensual attraction.  Their internal dialogue is hilarious.  This romance was like an appetizer, it tastes great and leaves you wanting the next course.  I can’t wait to read Baby, I’m Howling for You.

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

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WILDFIRE by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal

Nevada Baylor spent years keeping her truthseeker abilities under wraps.  Now that her secret has been revealed, she must hone her powers and learn to navigate the world of a Prime.  Power and politics are something Nevada has long avoided, but she’s in the game now, so to speak. At her side is billionaire Prime Connor “Mad” Rogan, but Nevada’s emerging status as a power player means that their relationship will be tested as others flock to court and manipulate her.  And that isn’t the only strain on their burgeoning relationship – Connor’s ex-fiancée’s husband is missing and she has come to Nevada for help.  Between damsels-in-distress, a new threat to the Baylor family, and a conspiracy that threatens all she holds dear, Nevada may start wishing for the days where her biggest problem was that all of Houston might burn.

 

Wildfire is an intense, electric read.  Passion, danger, love, and magic are all woven together to form an intelligent, incredibly engaging story.

 

Nevada and Rogan are fascinating protagonists and one heck of a couple.  They are both strong, intelligent characters who butt heads but also respect one another’s abilities.  Falling in love has given them new sets of vulnerabilities, and I loved watching them navigate their new relationship.  Their love story is by turns sexy, romantic, and intense and I was rooting for them to overcome every obstacle.

 

Speaking of obstacles, there are a lot thrown in Nevada and Rogan’s way.  I hesitate to say too much for fear of spoiling the book.  Nevada has to decide how best to protect her family.  Now that she’s a known truthseeker, her terrifying paternal grandmother has found out about her.  She also has a new case where Rogan’s needy ex-fiancée is wearing on her nerves and putting a strain on her relationship with Rogan.  Both of these storylines are compelling because they cause internal turmoil, which contrasts nicely with the external threat of the Caesar conspiracy.  This overarching series storyline is where the action ramps up to epic proportions in Wildfire.  Author duo Ilona Andrews brilliantly blends magic and mayhem for maximum thrills and I was so into this book that I hated it whenever real life intruded and I had to put it down.

 

Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and you definitely should read Burn for Me and White Hot before diving into this tale.  Rogan, Nevada, the entire Baylor family, and their friends have all grown over the course of the series and I loved watching each of them come into their own.  I really hope this isn’t the end of the Hidden Legacy series, because there is so much left to explore in this world.  The magic is phenomenally detailed and the way it’s used can be interesting, funny, frightening, and sometimes even sexy.  So while I finished Wildfire well-satisfied, I definitely don’t want to leave Nevada and Rogan’s world.  And trust me, you won’t either.

THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND by Julia Quinn

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THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND by Julia QuinnThe Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesby #2
Published by Avon Genres: Historical

When she receives word that her brother has been injured on the battlefield in the Colonies, newly orphaned Cecilia Harcourt does the only thing she can do: pack her bags, flee her oily cousin trying to coerce her into marriage, and spend her savings coming to America to take care of her brother.  But when she arrives in New York, it’s not her brother she finds in the hospital, but his best friend, Edward Rokesby.  Edward is injured and unconscious and Cecilia is determined to help him.  To do so, she has to tell one little lie: that she’s his wife.  She doesn’t expect Edward to awaken with no knowledge of the last three months of his life.  He knows who she is and believes it when he’s told they’re married.  With no leads on her brother and an injured, kind man who needs her, Cecilia decides to temporarily carry on her charade.  But the longer she’s around Edward, the harder it is not to slip into the fantasy that she’s his wife.  She knows she can’t lie to him forever, but what will happen when the truth comes out?

 

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is a bit of a difficult book for me to review.  Julia Quinn is one of my favorite authors and though this is a solidly-written book, it lacks Ms. Quinn’s signature vibrancy.  Part of this is due to the setting – Revolutionary War America, even away from the battlefront, doesn’t lend itself to witty banter or cheerful antics – but part of the problem is that nothing much happens in this story.  It’s the story of a good woman in a hard situation who is forced to lie, and the good man who is tricked as a result.

 

I won’t say The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is a bad book, for it isn’t.  Cecilia and Edward are caring, likeable people who clearly make a good match.  But the most engaging part of their romance comes from the excerpts of letters they started to exchange through Cecilia’s brother months before our hero and heroine ever met.  Those tiny bits at the beginning of each chapter were, for me, the liveliest bits of the book.  The rest of the story was fairly slow and uneventful and this is the first time ever that I had no problem putting a book of Ms. Quinn’s down.  As I said before, it’s not a bad book; it’s a sweet, if slightly muted romance, and perhaps it would have worked better for me in a novella format.  Even though The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband wasn’t my particular cup of tea, the ending left me satisfied with Edward and Cecilia’s happily ever after and I’m incredibly anxious to read Andrew Rokesby’s book.

THE ART OF SINNING by Sabrina Jeffries

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THE ART OF SINNING by Sabrina JeffriesThe Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Genres: Historical


 

American artist Jeremy Keane is far more interested in completing his next masterpiece than running the family textile mills.  He’s also far more interested in rakish pursuits than settling down.  It would take someone out of the ordinary to capture his interest, and Lady Yvette Barlow is exactly that person.  Jeremy is captivated by her from the first and is desperate to paint her.  Now if only he can convince her…

 

Yvette can spot a scoundrel a mile away and having been burned once by a rake she is in no hurry to repeat the experience.  But Jeremy catches her off-guard, tempts her and challenges her in ways she’s never known.  And the more time they spend together, the harder it is for either of them to resist the passion brewing between them.  But both Jeremy and Yvette have ghosts that haunt them.  Ghosts that might keep them from ever risking their hearts for a chance at love.

 

Sabrina Jeffries kicks off her Sinful Suitors series with the utterly charming The Art of Sinning.  Yvette and Jeremy are winning characters and their romance was lovely to watch unfold.  Yvette is outspoken, bright, and a truly fun heroine.  It’s easy to see why Jeremy is taken with her.  She’s no ordinary woman but a veritable Juno (to borrow Jeremy’s favorite description of her).  Not to mention her unusual interests – her work to build a slang dictionary had me grinning.  Yvette has a lot of love to give, but she was badly betrayed in the past and thus is wary of rakes.  And boy is Jeremy a rake in the beginning.  He’s a bold artist, one who wears the mask of rogue rather well.  But beneath the surface is a man with scars caused by the death of his wife and child – scars that have never truly healed.  I loved watching both Yvette and Jeremy come into their own as they worked to leave the past behind, though taking leaps of faith comes more easily to Yvette than Jeremy.

 

As individuals, Yvette and Jeremy are great characters. But as a couple, they shine.  Their banter made me grin more than once over the course of the story.  They’re so well-matched in every way that it’s easy to root for them.  Their love story develops organically; I liked that they fit as both friends and lovers.  It isn’t easy for them to get their happily ever after, but Ms. Jeffries makes every bump in the road worth it.  The result is a romance that’s emotional as well as sensual and I couldn’t have been more pleased.  I finished The Art of Sinning one well-satisfied reader and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Jeffries has in store for Yvette’s brother, Edwin.

JUDGEMENT ROAD by Christine Feehan

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

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WIRED by Julie Garwood

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HUNGER by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur

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SUCCUMBING TO HIS NATURE by Charlie Richards

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WHO WE TRULY ARE by Victoria Sue

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THE PRIEST’S PERSPECTIVE by Charlie Richards

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RETURN TO BIKER LANE by Charlie Richards

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STEEL TRAP by L. M. Somerton

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