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A NEW HOPE by Robyn Carr

A NEW HOPE by Robyn Carr

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A NEW HOPE by Robyn CarrA New Hope by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point
Published by MIRA Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Ginger Dysart was finally beginning to recover from the loss of her child. She had been so lost in her grief that her family and friends had feared for her. Matt Lacoumette had his own demons to fight after a marriage gone terribly wrong.  When he and Ginger became friends it just seemed to work. Only the more time they spent together as friends, the closer to each other they became and before long friendship becomes something more. But can they both move past the wounds of their pasts to find a future together?

 

I love Robyn Carr, I don’t think that I’ve ever read one of her books that I didn’t like and A New Hope is no exception. Filled with emotion, Robyn Carr slowly builds the romance between Ginger and Matt. This is one story that pulls you along, making you crave the happy ending that Matt and Ginger deserve so much. A perfect summer read, this is a not to be missed addition to Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series!

OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

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OPENING UP by Lauren DaneOpening Up by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #1
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

PJ Colman (Penelope Jean, if you really want to know) has always been a black sheep in her family.  First off, she drops out of college because PJ knows exactly what she wants to do and college classes won’t set her up for that.  PJ is part of the next generation of Colman Enterprises along with her brothers and sister, and she wants to make her mark by expanding their reach in the automotive industry with custom painting.  PJ has trained herself and even taken on a few clients to show her father and uncle that this addition can add exposure, more clientele, and especially more profit if they let her do this—only to be struck down in the worse way.  While PJ is struggling with her place in the family and the family business, there is one bright spot.  A tall, dark and rugged man she met recently at a car show has definitely revved her engine.

 

Asa Barrons is the co-owner of Twisted Steel, along with his good friend Duke Bradshaw.  It’s a shop that they started up after leaving the military which has produced amazing custom cars and trucks; it is gaining a great reputation for the work and soul they put into each vehicle.  Asa is a definite dominate in all aspects of his life, especially in the bedroom, and has always picked a certain type of woman to play with.  When Asa meets PJ, he is more than interested in her, but she is nowhere near the type of woman he usually plays with.  Besides that, she is much younger than he is, and Asa’s head says that is even more of a reason to keep his contact with PJ as a vendor only.

 

PJ knows what she wants and that is Asa in spades, and she has never been one to go down without a fight.  After one spectacular night together, PJ walks into Twisted Steel after a horrible day only to receive a blow-off from Asa.  Talk about a now truly crappy day.  However, PJ knows there is more than one way to fight, and she withdraws.  Asa fights hard; he can’t resist PJ any longer and gives PJ a choice. They can be together if she can accept all that Asa is or they can just be friends.  PJ might be young, but she isn’t afraid of playing with Asa and trying whatever he comes up with.  Asa and his passion and his ultimate support are all that PJ needs to grow and become the mate that Asa wants and needs.  And he also helps her believe in herself enough to fight for her place in Colman Enterprises.

 

A chance meeting at a car show erupts in erotic passion and a strong and vibrant relationship full of strength and love in Opening Up.  Right off the bat, I have to say that I absolutely loved Asa and PJ, even when I was shaking my head at them.  Ms. Dane always gives us women who know what they want and who go for it full speed ahead, and PJ was definitely from that mold.  While I could see why Asa thought he was doing the right thing when he first broke up with PJ, I was beyond happy that he finally got out of his own way and just gave up to the day-to-day experiences with PJ.  Also, who can’t love a strong dominate with a marshmallow inside for those he considers his to love and protect.  I can’t wait to see how PJ and Asa’s relationship grows as the other books in this series come out.  I have come to believe that no one can do smoldering eroticism like Lauren Dane—she has proven this again with PJ and Asa in Opening Up.  For all the reasons I have mentioned and so many more that you will discover when you read PJ and Asa’s journey, I wholeheartedly Joyfully Recommend Opening Up.  If this first book is anything to go by, I foresee the entire series as very hot and sexy while still giving you a real life story that makes you believe you could meet PJ and Asa or any of the characters by walking into a neighborhood store.

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

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NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie MoffettNo Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael #6
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Not long ago, Lexi and one of her best friends, Elvis Zimmerman, stopped a madman and cybercriminal intent on using a special high school and the internet to bring down part of the U.S. infrastructure.  While they stopped the current mission, Johannes Broodryk, said madman, got away.  But right this minute, Lexi has a much more dangerous mission to complete—a dinner with her parents and her new and only boyfriend.

 

Dinner doesn’t go quite as planned, unless you are expecting bullets with your salad.  As that nightmare becomes clear, Lexi discovers that Johannes Broodryk isn’t about to accept defeat from a couple of young geeks.  He is issued an invitation that Lexi cannot refuse: to solve his clues and to save the life of Elvis, who has been kidnapped.  With Elvis’ life on the line, Lexi sees no other way than to go on this hunt, even when her boyfriend, Slash, is adamantly against it.

 

Lexi is now off on a mission with the help of the U.S. government and her own team of Navy Seals.  The government wants Broodryk and his latest attempt to destroy the U.S. and other nations brought down.  Lexi is going to save Elvis and if she can also bring down Broodryk at the same time, then it’s a double score.  On her hunt, Lexi comes to respect all that it means to be a Seal and sees herself and the Seals as a team as she places herself and them in danger to solve the clues that will get her to Elvis.  It all comes down to who has the best moves, Lexi and her Seals or Broodryk and his assassins. When it comes to who is smarter about computers and the internet… Do you really want to vote against Lexi and her friends?

 

When a self-addressed girl geek must decide to rescue a friend or stay safe, there really is no question of going after the friend—especially if her name is Lexi Carmichael.  In No Woman Left Behind, Lexi and all of those around her will learn just how far good friends will go to keep those they love safe.  While I could see why Slash was so against Lexi taking up the challenge of rescuing Elvis, I was very happy to see how this first fight between Lexi and Slash worked out.  I have loved watching Lexi grow during the previous books in this series, but I truly believe that she grew the most during her adventures in No Woman Left Behind.

 

Not only did Lexi accept that she was putting her life in danger, but also that both she and Elvis could be killed at any time.  I really enjoyed watching as Lexi came to know the Seal team that was assigned to her and then seemed to just automatically put them within her friend-shield to keep safe, if possible. She really didn’t care that they were trained to be in dangerous situations; If she saw a way to lessen the danger then that was what Lexi did.  There are so many places in this book that I would love to discuss in detail, but, in the end, I decided that anything more would just give too much away.  All I can say is, I read this book in one sitting and did not regret the lost sleep.  There are many aspects of love within Lexi’s adventure this time, she’s surrounded by deadly danger, and there’s just the right touch of humor to keep things from getting too tense.  I can’t recommend this story enough, even by Joyfully Recommending it as a must-read—for those who have fallen for Lexi and for those who love military stories—No Woman Left Behind has something for everyone, I believe.

WINGING IT by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

WINGING IT by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

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WINGING IT by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan JamesWinging It by Ashlyn Kane, Morgan James
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Gabriel Martin has a professional resume to be proud of from just about anyone’s perspective.  With an Olympic gold medal at home the Canadian hockey player is currently racking up points as a wingman with the Quebec City Nordiques, the Dekes.

 

He’s lived and breathed the sport most of his life and hopes to stay in the game until his body gives out.  Less than a handful of his team mates are aware of Gabe’s secret and he planned to keep it that way.  Knowing that his sexuality and professional sports do not mix Gabe’s never bothered with anything more than a hookup.  He wouldn’t even know how to do a relationship at this point.

 

Normally Gabe’s only anxiety depended on the Dekes place while chasing points.  And then there’s his quiet obsession with fellow player Dante Baltierra who pushes all of his lust buttons.  Some days it’s hard to ignore the extra beat in his heart when Dante’s around, but he manages because he has to.  At least he did have to until Gabe’s thrown under the proverbial bus by a past lover.  When the news breaks nationally it’s a nightmare for the ‘outed’ hockey player.

 

With the country watching his every move, worry over how his team mates will react, Gabe is pleasantly surprised by all the support he receives in and out of the locker room.  Winning streaks and losing slumps are life lessons Gabe can handle.  It’s all the rest of it that has the hockey player spinning like relationships and love.  Hockey is simple, life not so much.

 

Readers can enjoy the sport and love the characters in Winging It.  Sweaty uniforms, gossip and curses and more, it’s all laid bare in the action packed drama where nothing is sacred in the locker room.  Embrace and accept Gabe, a complicated, everyday guy who handles a personal nightmare with grace.  What truly makes Winging It so special is the interaction between all the characters, the humor, and the emotional issues they all deal with in this high pressure sport.  Wit, snark, and deadpanned dialogue set this story on the keeper shelf.  I Joyfully recommend Winging It for the laughs and hope that Gabe’s story could be real.

 

NO PLACE LEFT TO RUN by Zarah Detand

NO PLACE LEFT TO RUN by Zarah Detand

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NO PLACE LEFT TO RUN by Zarah DetandNo Place Left To Run by Zarah Detand
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyLisa

Boy band Pawn in the Game made a star of Samuel Gibbs at the tender age of sixteen.  On the cusp of adulthood Samuel is a worldwide megastar in his own right as a solo act and song writer.  When it comes to his craft Samuel is mature and serious.  The rest of the time he’s a kid at heart who gives his manager imagined heart attacks with the trouble he gets into.

 

A break during his world tour couldn’t have come sooner because Samuel is exhausted.  He’s sworn to be good and stay at or near home the whole time.  It might just come true after he meets his new neighbor across the hall, Ryan Halston.  They almost instantly click and tentatively begin an intimate relationship.  The public believes that Samuel is dating a famous model so it’s a relief that Ryan doesn’t object to the ruse.

 

Everything is going so well that Samuel begins contemplating a future with his sexy neighbor.  What happens when the tender hearted pop star discovers the truth?

 

Feel good moments are balanced against angst filled drama in this riveting story of love and sorrow.  Readers will fall hard for Samuel and Ryan’s twisty romance in No Place Left to Run.  One is a sweetly flawed singer, the other an emotionally scarred bodyguard.  Surprising depths in the main characters, Samuel’s enthusiasm is contagious, as is Ryan’s steady sense of decency.  Knowing the bodyguard’s secret agenda and his feelings of betraying his lover amplifies the plotline tension.  Their sexual chemistry can’t be discounted either.  No Place Left to Run is deceptively light at first, heartwarming throughout, and has a powerful climax.  I Joyfully recommend No Place Left to Run.  A true gem.

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SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER by Julie James

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