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HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

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HOLDING STRONG by Lori FosterHolding Strong by Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
RecommendedbyMELISSA2

 

MMA fighter Denver Lewis has been watching Cherry Peyton for a long time. He has been watching and wanting her fiercely.  But her flirting with other men has been holding him back from making his move. Cherry has wanted Denver since she first met him but when he made it obvious that he wasn’t interested in her, she flirted, nothing serious but just enough to soothe her wounded ego. Denver has seen enough, he’s determined to finally make Cherry his and once he does she will be ONLY his. Now that they have found their way to each other, can they survive the monster from Cherry’s past who won’t let go of his obsession with her?

 

The first two words that pop into my head when I think about Holding Strong is smoking hot!! I fell in love with Denver and Cherry and I am finding myself obsessed with their story. Lori Foster knocked it out of the park with her new Ultimate series. I’m so hooked!!! I’m not sure whose story I want next. I just know I want it right now!!!

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

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DEAD HEAT by Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
RecommendedbyJO2

For once, Charles and Anna are going away on a trip for pleasure, which has nothing to do with the pack.  It’s going to be Anna’s birthday soon, and Charles has finally come up with the perfect present for her—one that they will pick out while also visiting one of Charles’ oldest friends’, Joseph, who is still human and getting older every day.  Because Charles has selfishly kept away from Joseph, even knowing his health has not been good for several years, Charles now feels the need to not only go see his friend, but to introduce Anna to him.

 

Anna is very excited to meet Joseph and to pick out her very special birthday present—a horse from one of the best breeders/trainers in the country.  The idea is for her and Charles to stay at the ranch and to just relax while visiting and to try several of the horses out to see which one Anna would pick out for herself. But their plans change when serious and bad magic affects Joseph’s daughter-in-law. Suddenly, Charles and Anna are involved in a mystery that is trying to turn deadly. Very quickly they know that the Fae are involved, but just who is behind it and why is the question. As the clues produce answers showing just how old this magic is, it’s a race to see if Charles and Anna can find the actual killer before anymore of his victims die or are forever damaged.  In the final battle, lives will be lost protecting the innocent, but will the Fae’s latest strategy win, or will the good guys once again show the Fae that might isn’t always right?

 

What began as a happy pleasure trip quickly turned into a battle of pack against the Fae for Charles and Anna.  Dead Heat takes Charles and Anna to Scottsdale, Arizona and yet another adventure which will pit them against the old Fae. Right off the bat, I could see just how Charles and Anna had grown in their relationship by their conversation that starts the book.  Nope, won’t tell you what it is about, but I can’t wait to see where it will eventually lead to. I loved just how playful they were as the trip started, and yet I wasn’t at all surprised at how fast they both kicked into action when violence was brought upon Joseph’s family.  I really loved watching as Charles and Anna systematically discovered what and how was behind the attacks. Even better was seeing the relaxed interactions between Charles and Anna.  So much has changed since they first came together, wondering if they could overcome the drastic hurtles of old baggage that they each had.

 

Dead Heat proved to me once again just why Charles and Anna are one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. I would love to tell you more of just what happens, but that would ruin some great reading.  So, instead, I will say that you won’t want to put down this book even to sleep. If you happen to read both of Ms. Briggs’ series, I foresee an interesting time for Mercy in that next book. You will know why if you do read both series. Dead Heat is not only a must-read and one that you will want to leave on your keeper shelf, but it is also a book I just have to Joyfully Recommend as just that—a must-read keeper.  My only regret is that now I have another wait for my next glimpse of Charles and Anna.

REVENANT by Larissa Ione

REVENANT by Larissa Ione

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REVENANT by Larissa IoneRevenant by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica, Lords of Deliverance
Published by Grand Central Publishing Genres: Paranormal
RecommendedbyJO2

 

Revenant is on a war path after getting his memories back and discovering that for five thousand years he has been a virtual slave in Hell while his twin brother seemingly had Heaven’s backing.  Revenant wants to know why he was left and forced to do horrible things just to survive and why his mother was also sacrificed when she should have been rescued and taken back to heaven.  To say that Revenant has a nasty attitude doesn’t quite cover it, and the more “answers” he appears to find, the worse it gets.  However, there is one person who Revenant only wants to show his best side to, even when that isn’t always possible.

 

Blaspheme has many, many secrets that she has to keep hidden in order to live. Being a False Angel gives Blaspheme powers that help her in her chosen career. She works hard to save lives at Underworld General, yet to keep her secrets in tact and to save herself, Blaspheme might have to take a life.  She has decided that is not acceptable, and she is searching for another answer as time is ticking away.  Blaspheme’s entire existence is at stake.  Like that isn’t enough, it appears that one major bad ass has decided he wants her, and he is the absolute last person Blaspheme can afford to learn the truth about her. Wanting to just give in to the smoldering passion between Revenant and herself doesn’t help either.

 

Revenant needs Blaspheme in more ways than one, yet he would be the happiest man in Hell to finally let the powerful lust between them get what it wants. As Revenant follows even more clues on what really happened to him from his birth until now, even more astonishing answers appear, and they show him that maybe he wasn’t just the throw-away twin. Blaspheme is forced into a tough corner as her powers are disappearing and angels appear to have figured out the truth about her. When Revenant and Blaspheme finally team up, all three realms better start shaking, because they aren’t about to stop until all the nasty truths are out in the open, and they really don’t care who it takes down. When it appears that one of those truths is the key to fulfilling a powerful prophesy, things are about to change in Heaven, Hell, and Earth, because the love that Revenant has for Blaspheme won’t settle for any less. Buckle up boys and girls, because this is going to be a bumpy ride for sure.

 

A love story that will have Heaven, Hell, and Earth checking to see if the doors are locked is just how Revenant begins and ends.  Revenant and Blaspheme have both been used as scapegoats their entire lives, but that is about to end as they discover a passion for each other and work together to put so many wrongs to right.  I have to say right off that all I could think of as I finished this amazing book was “damn.”  I just couldn’t believe all that was wrapped up in it or how both Revenant and Blaspheme brought so many of the powerful down and brought about peace. As I read about just what Revenant went through and was forced to believe for so long, I’m not at all surprised that his attitude was on the nasty side. Yet, I could see the light in him when he was anywhere near Blaspheme or thought about her. Something told me that there was a lot beneath the covers and all I could do was hold on as everything, and I do mean everything was pulled out into the open at last. I have to say I did cheer as the final battles happened and certain someones got exactly what they deserved.

 

Revenant is the perfect ending to two series that intertwined, Demonica and Lords of Deliverance, with such a satisfying bang and all the associate fireworks.  I already have planned to re-read both series in order as they appeared in the timeline to relive the many, many twists that kept me of gripped within each and every book.  I am Joyfully Recommending Revenant because it deserves that and much more as a fantastic ending and a book that is a must-read, even if you haven’t read all the books in both series. Although I would recommend that you at least re-read them in order to get everything.

ROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

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ROCK HARD by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Charlotte Baird was always very shy, but she was feisty when needed. After a viscous attack in a place that she should have been safe, now she is shy and scared. In fact, Charlotte has nick-named herself “Charlie-Mouse.” Because even the thought of having to interview for a new job can give Charlie hives, she has allowed herself to be taken advantage of at work. Charlie’s normal day at work could get even more interesting, as new CEO is coming, and he is known for taking no prisoners.

 

Gabriel Bishop was known as “the Bishop” on the rugby field and as one tough competitor. When an injury took Gabriel off the field, he walked into his second love—bringing companies back from the brink of ruin. The challenge of turning a shrinking business around and making it profitable gives Gabriel the same type of rush that racing down the rugby field did. Gabriel is once again stepping in to help an established and world renowned business to take its place back in the world of elite retail shopping.

 

To say that when Gabriel and Charlie first met it was all but a disaster might not be strong enough. But Gabriel has always used the assets he finds to their best advantage, and Charlotte is definitely an asset for the company. Now, if he can only find a way to bring out the feisty woman he sees in her eyes when they are together instead of the timid and scared mouse, they will be an unbeatable team. Charlie doesn’t care what Gabriel’s nickname might have been before, but she has the perfect one for him now—T-Rex. As the months go by, it’s a fun loving battle between a Charlie-Mouse vs. T-Rex. It’s one that is peppered with passion as respect turns into friendship and that turns into feelings that cannot be denied. When Charlie is once again threatened by a nightmare from her past, Gabriel is going to show just why he was so good on the rugby field, and this is one T-Rex that knows how to protect those he loves.

 

When a quiet and timid woman with a core of feistiness meets a man known to chew up and spit out incompetents, the outcome is a book you just can’t put down.  Charlotte and Gabriel have quite a journey that will encompass everything from a shaky first meeting to friendly workmates to a romance that rocks both of their worlds in Rock Hard. I just can’t tell you how many times I laughed and cheered both Charlie and Gabriel on while I watched their relationship progress. I also really loved the chapter titles that showed up, because then I couldn’t wait to see how the title was reflected in the chapter itself. But mostly, I felt for Gabriel as he helped Charlie regain the parts of herself that had been lost to violence. Charlie’s inner strength and determination will totally have you cheering for her to kick butt on her fears and grasp every element of the love between herself and Gabriel. Rock Hard is a wonderful story about beating the odds with an adorable couple that I just want to hug now that they have it all. Before reading about Gabriel and Charlie, I only wanted to see the rest of the band have their books, now I not only want that, but I also want to see Gabriel’s two single brothers find their happy endings too.

COLOUR ME UNDEAD by Mikela Q. Chase

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COLOUR ME UNDEAD by Mikela Q. ChaseColour Me Undead by Mikela Q. Chase
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyShayna

Cora has no designs at becoming the premier wedding planner for the undead, but she also can’t say no when her vampire cousin asks for her help.  Though Cora has plenty of experience with paranormals, nothing can prepare her for meeting the vampire king.  Basil Bloodthorn is powerful, sexy, and convinced Cora is his mate.  Cora’s not as sure as Basil that they’re meant to be, but if she wants to find out she first has to manage to stay alive, for someone else has no intention of letting Cora become the vampire queen.

 

Colour Me Undead is fast-paced and wonderfully fun.  Mikela Q. Chase starts things off on a high note with a sassy heroine who’s not afraid to take her powerful hero down a peg or two.  Basil and Cora have a great dynamic and they brought both humor and steam to the story.  Unfortunately, a rather one-dimensional villain made the story feel clunky about halfway though.  With a bit more fleshing out, Colour Me Undead could have really shined.  Ms. Chase’s world has a lot of possibility and I’d dearly love to read a story for Melinda and Alexis, Cora’s cousin and Basil’s brother.  All in all, Colour Me Undead is a bright bit of paranormal fun that’ll make you smile.

HAIR OF THE DOG by Kelli Scott

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BEAUTY BITES by Mary Hughes

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FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

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THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra Lake

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HOT AND BOTHERED by Crystal Green

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