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BORN TO BE WILD by Lynne Connolly

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BORN TO BE WILD by Lynne ConnollyBorn to be Wild by Lynne Connolly
Series: Nightstar #6
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Jo

Riku Shiraishi is one of the members of the world famous rock band, Murder City Ravens.  They hit it big during this world tour, and they just hit the last stop on the tour—his home town of New York.  Riku is ready to begin the next album, along with the other members, but he has something pulling him to a certain shop in Manhattan today…the woman with whom he had a long term affair while they were both in music school and who disappeared without a word.  Riku has located her and now just needs to work up the nerve to walk into through front door.  But fate might have answered his inner questions for him.

 

Cyn Woodley, okay, it really is Cynthia but don’t call her that if you want to stay on her good side, has become an up and coming jewelry designer after giving up her dreams of becoming an opera singer and exploring her love and possibly having a life with Riku.  Cyn is very surprised one afternoon when she literally bumps into Riku after over eight years passing since they’d last seen each other.  Once they go into her shop, things turn crazy fast as Riku is recognized, and her shop is suddenly filled with fans.  Another thing that surprises Cyn is how fast the feelings and passion between her and Riku come back.

 

Riku has never known why Cyn left the school they both attended or why she didn’t fulfill her promise to join him in Paris.  Cyn knew that Riku didn’t have the best childhood and part of his current reputation and personality was his way of taking control, but even she had not figured out exactly what drove him.  While their past passion seemed as if it never went away, these years apart have made them different people than they were as teenagers. Riku and Cyn figure out pretty fast that their feelings for each other are hot as ever, yet something seems to be getting in the way of building on that passion and fulfilling the promise of a life long journey together.  It will take emotional circumstances and soul opening discussions before Riku and Cyn can overcome what seems to be the huge hole between them and to be together like it seems they have always reached for.  The questions are, have they waited too long for this discussion and are their lives too different to be combined now?

 

Two teenagers who once had a passionate life together rediscover each other as adults in Born to be Wild.  Many things have happened to both Riku and Cyn during the time they have been apart—things that made them the adults they are today.  I was very happy to see that Riku was going to get his happy ever after like this band mates did and that it was with a woman he loved once before.  I personally felt after learning all that happened to both Riku and Cyn while they were apart, that those differences made them more compatible now than if they had stayed together the entire time. I loved how they both had a sense of the outlandishness and yet how it affected both of them in different ways.  I also enjoyed seeing how Cyn and Riku both pumped each other up and completed each other.  Born to be Wild brings two strong willed personalities together with a combination of passion and compassion all rolled together with a bedrock of friendship, which makes for one great journey to love.

 

Now that all of the members of the Murder City Ravens have found their partners in life, I can see that I will need to begin at the beginning and read them back to back.

TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki Duncan

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TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki DuncanTaste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan
Series: Sensory Ops #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Greycen Craig has been in the Federal Witness Protection program for the last five years and was pretty much a model witness until she heard about attack that injured her sister and placed her in the hospital.  Greycen might have been able to walk away from her sister in order to save her, but there is no way that she won’t go to her sister’s side now—even if it means putting herself in deadly danger by leaving the program.

 

Liam Burgess is an FBI agent who is known for being the sensible one and all that, but there was one memorable time when Liam not only went crazy, but has spent the last five year trying to find the woman who brought out the unexpected in him: the woman he met and married, and who disappeared all within 24 hours.  When a lead tells him that a recent hit-and-run victim could be just connected to his mystery woman, Liam makes it is mission to go there and wait to see who shows up.

 

Greycen never forgot those wonderful hours in Liam’s arms and why she had to leave him without word and disappear, but she was totally amazed to find him in her sister’s room. The same shock seems to find Liam, but for a different reason. He thought he could handle what Greycen did to him just by being in the room—a very wrong assumption, he quickly finds out.  Greycen ends up telling Laim everything. Liam offers the help of his team to not only keep her safe, but to end the nightmare once and for all. At first, Greycen declines and lets herself be persuaded to accept the offer instead of trying to protect both her sister and herself alone.  However, when Greycen sees just how full Liam’s life is, she takes an action that will place her in even more danger, unless Liam can get to her first.  The next few hours will decide just what Greycen and Liam’s future will be, and if they will be able to stay together and safe, forever on the run, or forever apart and alone.

 

Two souls found and recognized each other instantly only to be torn apart by murder. When given a second chance, can that hope of love finally get the chance to happen, or will it be denied forever?  Liam and Greycen will discover this answer and many more in Taste Me Deadly.  Liam and Greycen could not have been more different, and yet it was clear that they were soul mates, and they just needed the chance to fulfill that destiny.  It didn’t surprise me at all that Liam stepped right in to take control of the situation and protect Greycen and her sister.  Greycen might have been a free spirit, but when she loved someone, she would do anything to protect them, even if it meant running from them.  I really enjoyed watching as Liam slowly helped Greycen overcome her fears, and he showed her that they belonged together.  When the final answers came clear, and the entire events of the night that changed Greycen’s life became clear, I discovered that I had figured out part of the answer, but not all of it. I have a feeling that Liam and Greycen’s life will be full of unexpected and wonderful things.  Taste Me Deadly is a great suspense story that proves once again that depending upon those you love is always the best way, even if it’s a recent loved one.

MISTER BLACK by P. T. Michelle

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MISTER BLACK by P. T. MichelleMister Black by P. T. Michelle
Series: In The Shadows #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Military
Reviewed by Jo

Talia was saved and really given her second chance by a sexy young stranger at a time in her teens when she thought life was lost.  She named her savior “Blackie” and kept the gift he gave her at that time.  Several years later, Talia is a reporter for her college paper and is trying to find a way to interview a student who might or might not have been involved in her roommate’s death.  A timely masquerade is her answer and to go with her red hair, she goes as little red riding hood.

 

Sebastian is home on leave from the Navy and is convinced by his family to participate in the masked party they are having.  He never expected to come across a mysterious and sexy woman dressed as little red riding hood or that their meeting would lead to hot and erotic passion and even more mysteries.  Especially when Sebastian decides to trust her and let her talk to his half-sister about the death that drove her home from college.

 

That night turns out very complicated with hot erotic passion, the memory of a past rescuer being found again and a budding chance at what could be a romance and relationship that will live with Talia and Sebastian forever – that is if the stars and fates allow them to meet again.

 

A chance encounter that originally changed Talia’s life happens a second time with the same man in Mister Black.  What are the chances that the same man would just step into Talia’s life twice and that he would have the same effect the second time?  That was my initial response when Talia and Sebastian or rather Scarlet and Mr. Black met at the masquerade several years after their first encounter.  The tension was thick and their encounter became both erotic and red hot while at the same time I could tell that they both understood that those feelings could become much, much more if given the chance.  The relationship was left hanging but in such a way that I just know that Scarlet and Mr. Black will meet up again and it will probably be much steamier the next time.  Mister Black kept me full of suspense from the first meeting through the time they were torn apart once again and talk about steamy and full of tension.  This is a serial that will only go up from here and I can’t wait to see the next time Scarlet and her Mr. Black meet up.

TEMPTED BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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TEMPTED BY MIDNIGHT by Lara AdrianTempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breeds #12.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Lazaro Archer has been working non-stop for the Order since the night his entire family was massacred, except for the one member who was with him and away from the family home at the time. Even Lazaro’s Breedmate was brutally murdered.  Now Lazaro is trying to help the Order make a political alliance with one of the major human families in Europe. It will be a tricky meeting, but Lazaro has no worries, because he knows the Breed ambassador who is coming to the meeting.  That all changes as the meeting begins, and ends, with murder.

 

Melena Walsh is a Breedmate and the daughter to the ambassador.  She knows that her appearance at the meeting is breaking the arranged rules, but she also knows that she couldn’t tell her father “no”, or the meeting might not have happened.  All appears to be going great as the meeting goes on, with the exception of Lazaro’s glaring at her and treating her like the child he once met and saved.  Just as it appears that not only is the meeting a success and the alliance will happen, the night erupts in flames and Melena’s life is forever changed.

 

Lazaro manages to save Melena from drowning, gets her to safety, and learns the real reason she was there at all. He knows that somewhere, the Breeds were betrayed and good men were lost. What Lazaro cannot accept is the feeling that he has towards Melena and his longing to make her his Breedmate. Having lived through the pain of losing his previous Breedmate, the last thing he wants is to risk that type of pain ever again.  Melena is surprised by the passion she feels towards Lazaro, but she could have accepted it, if he didn’t push her away every chance he has.  Melena accepts Lazaro’s feelings and leaves only to find the worst betrayal and danger ever imagined. Lazaro realizes his huge mistake almost immediately and goes after Melena just as he feels her terror. Can he make it to Melena before whatever is threatening her can harm her?

 

A night filled with death and betrayal begins a journey of passion and love in Tempted by Midnight.  Melena and Lazaro have much more to work through than falling in love as they met for a second time. Lazaro has lived the last several years only worrying about what the Order needs from him to succeed while striving to get it. For the most part, Melena, since reaching adulthood, has been sheltered through working with her father. While I could understand why Lazaro acted the way he did, I was almost glad when he sent Melena away so she wouldn’t have to deal with his bitter pain. However, I knew that something would happen to bring them back together—not that I would have guessed the mad twist at the end.  Tempted by Midnight shows that everyone can be given a second chance to discover love, you only have to accept it.

WOLF IN GUCCI LOAFER’S by Tara Lain

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WOLF IN GUCCI LOAFER’S by Tara LainWolf in Gucci Loafer's by Tara Lain
Series: Tales of the Harker Pack #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Lindsey Vanessen has a foot in two very different and drastically dissimilar worlds.  He is part of a wealthy human family, and a socialite, but he is also half ,werewolf.  That is a really unusual mixture and because of it, Lindsey has always felt as if he didn’t truly belong in either world. Lindsey has never hidden the fact he was gay and, in fact, is very flashy about it. When someone, or a group of people, started preying on the wealthy families, Lindsey decided to do something about it as only he could.

 

Seth Zakowsy is one tough and hunky cop. He is also one of the cops on the task force to investigate who is kidnapping the wealthy and holding them for ransom. The last thing Seth needs is to be distracted while in the investigation, but that is exactly what happens when he comes into contact with Lindsey during one high-focus kidnapping. Seth is impressed by how willingly Lindsey is to help out his friend, but he also tries to keep him out of the police investigation, which is easier said than done when Lindsey agrees to get Seth into his world to investigate.

 

Lindsey was immediately attracted to Seth, but believed that it was okay because Seth was straight. How wrong he was. Seth is just as gay as Lindsey is and just as attracted. Lindsey is trying to balance his helping Seth,along with a new dating interest. Seth works hard to stay focused on the investigation and not on his building lust for Lindsey. As the investigation goes on, it appears that the investigation is headed in the right direction. But just as Seth and Lindsey both give in to their mutual passion, Lindsey is taken. Now it is a race to free Lindsey, but while the rescue happens, another huge secret is revealed. Can Seth and Lindsey ever find a way to combine their lives, and can Seth accept all of what Lindsey is?

 

A flaming socialite and a hard-nose cop learn that all is fair in love and war in Wolf in Gucci Loafers.  Lindsey uses both his connections and natural attributes to find out just who is attacking and kidnapping the wealthy community. Seth is willing to do whatever it takes to solve this investigation, even if it means getting up close and personal with a community that he has never been a part of. I got a kick out of watching Seth and Lindsey circle each other and loved it when they finally got together.  I was a bit worried if Seth and Lindsey would overcome the huge gaps in both of Lindsey’s worlds and Seth’s, but I should have known that when love is in the mix, it will always come out right. I really loved all that was involved in Lindsey’s rescue. Wolf in Gucci Loafers is a tale of greed and passion with compassion and friendships just when they are needed. I really hope to see more of the Harker pack in the future, so I can see what has happened to the pack members I have come to love.

KIPLIN’S COMING OUT by Stephani Hecht

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DRAWING OUT HIS WOLF by Charlie Richards

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ACCEPTING CALADON’S SCALES by Charlie Richards

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INFINITE DESIRE by Gayle Donnelly and Robyn MacKenzie

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ROPED FOR PLEASURE by Lacey Thorn

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