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WILD RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

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WILD RIDE by Julie Ann WalkerWild Ride by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #9
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Julie Ann Walker finally gives fans the book they have been waiting impatiently for featuring beloved hero Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes.  Wild Ride is well, a Wild Ride from start to finish.  Ozzie has always been the sarcastic, funny guy with a heart of gold.  He has appealed to me and many others since the beginning of the Black Knight’s Inc. series.  Wild Ride is book nine so it’s been a bit of a wait and well worth it. Reporter Samantha Tate is the perfect woman to wrangle Ozzie and steal his heart.  I love books where the hero and heroine have chemistry in the bedroom and these two do but what I like more is their humorous yet serious banter.

Ozzie and Samantha are both dedicated to their jobs and unfortunately that puts them at odds since Ozzie is supposed to keep Samantha from discovering the real work Black Knight’s Inc. does.  Thankfully, life sometimes forces people to confront their feelings and evaluate what is important in life.

Samantha is hysterically funny at the beginning when she…I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say she is electrifyingly determined to save her own butt. Ms. Walker knows how to throw her characters into a serious situation and make it funny without losing the intensity in Wild Ride.

The suspense plot in Wild Ride is great but the exploration of Ozzie and Samantha’s interpersonal relationship steals the show. Wild Ride has the right stuff! Wild Ride is a hold on to the seat of your pants and your heart read!  Walker can always be counted on to keep you entertained throughout her books and keep you coming back for more.  Nine books down in the Black Knight’s Inc. series and I for one am looking forward to more.

 

THE FEELING OF FOREVER by Jamie Howard

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THE FEELING OF FOREVER by Jamie HowardThe Feeling of Forever by Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged
Published by Swerve Genres: Contemporary

Since they were both named Sexiest Woman and Sexiest Man, Juliet and Felix weren’t happy about it, for different reasons of course! For Felix, he isn’t ready to show the world his life after an accident left him in a wheelchair. For Juliet, she’s tired of all of things that come with being a movie star and isn’t looking forward to this. But when Felix and Juliet meet, the sparks fly. However Felix hasn’t really accepted his new circumstances and Juilet is dealing with a stalker that always seems to know where to find her. Can they find their way around the obstacles to the wonderful and real relationship that seems to be waiting for them?

 

Jamie Howard is a new author for me and I liked the fact that the hero had to deal with such a life changing event. Add to that the silent presence of Juliet’s stalker and you have an interesting and fun read. While I have to admit that The Feeling of Forever did leave me wanting a bit more in way of storyline, I still enjoyed every minute of it. I’ll be looking for more stories from Jamie Howard’s Love Unplugged series!

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

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SILVER SILENCE by Nalini SinghSilver Silence by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal


 

Silver Mercant has a full card with her dual jobs of being the director of the Emergency Response Network known as EmNet and as the senior aid to Kaleb Krychek.  She really doesn’t have time the for bear who keeps asking her for an ice cream date.  Yet, when an assassination attempt is made on Silver, it is that same bear who not only saves her life, but finds the way the attempt was made.  When it’s time for Silver to “disappear” from the public eye for a while, it’s just her luck that the place she is sent is to the very home of her persistent bear suitor.

 

Valentin Nikolaev is the Alpha of the StoneWater bear clan in Russia and while he has the same overall attitude as most bears, when it comes to protection for those under his care or those he loves (sometimes one and the same), there is no doubt about why Valentin is the Alpha.  Valentin has been attracted to Silver since he first saw her, and he is determined to show her that they could be an item if she would only give it a chance.  All Silver’s constant refusals do is fuel his determination.  When Silver is moved into the StoneWater clan home, Valentin knows he will never have a better chance to prove to Silver his love and how they belong together.

 

Silver starts out as just mystified by how the bears live and go through their day-to-day activities, but as she is exposed to life in the clan and sees Valentin in action, it becomes harder and harder to stick with her silent leanings.  Valentin is even amazed at how good he and Silver are once she gives their attraction a chance to become love.  What Valentin never expected is a fight that Silver has kept secret and how her feelings have become a danger to her.  So as Silver and Valentin hunt the person or people behind her attack, all while exploring the love that has sprung up between them, they both are working on figuring out a way to solve the worst danger of all to Sliver and their love.  When Valentin convinces Silver to go for an all or nothing cure, it’s with the knowledge that he may lose his mate forever to silence or death.  The question is, can Silver and Valentin have their forever after or will their future die before they ever get the chance to reach for it?

 

Take one pushy and laid-back bear Alpha and one efficient and silent woman, throw in equal parts of danger, adorable bears and a passion that quickly turns to love, and you have just a bit of an idea of what Silver Silence is all about.  I quickly grew to love Valentin and saw just as fast on why, if anyone, could drag Silver out of her silence, it was him.  I will also say that I never thought anything would get Silver to leave the silence that she has lived with her entire life.  Watching as Valentin showed Silver just how good life could be when you included feelings, and especially love, was an adventure at every turn.  I also loved watching as Sliver fought and then gave up her attempt to not give in to her feelings. She was such a goner as soon as she moved into the clan home.

 

All of the things I have said above only covers the top layers of why I fell in love with Silver and Valentin’s story.  There are also times that made me want to cry and times when I laughed out loud.  This was a book that I turned around and re-read as soon as I finished it, and I discovered new elements that I had missed the first time.  If you ever wondered just how determined bears can be—Valentin not only won Silver’s love once, but he did it twice against all the odds against him.  How can you not love a man who can do that??  Silver Silence is definitely a Joyfully Recommend Read and has become one of my top favorites in the Psy-Changeling stories.  I can’t wait to see where this Trinity series is going to go next.

 

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

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WHITE HOT by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal

In a world where magic is power, prestige and money all rolled into one, private investigator Nevada Baylor is an anomaly.  Her magic is rare and she has spent her life barely using her abilities as a truthseeker…until her last case thrust her into the world of magic and politics.  After the near destruction of Houston, life seems to have mostly gone back to normal.  Then Nevada’s latest case shoves her right back into danger.  The shadowy forces that nearly destroyed her city are back and more vicious than ever.  And Nevada isn’t the only one hunting them down.  Connor “Mad” Rogan, the billionaire Prime who gets her blood boiling like no one else, is working alongside her.  A few months apart has done nothing to calm the sparks that are flying between them.  With the stakes so high and numerous threats coming from unseen enemies, neither of them can afford to be distracted.  But sometimes attraction burns too hot to ignore…

 

White Hot is intense, energetic, and completely engrossing.  I’ve been impatiently waiting for this second Hidden Legacy novel and Ilona Andrews did not disappoint.

 

Nevada and Rogan are the heart of White Hot and you couldn’t ask for two more interesting, compelling characters (and that’s saying something since the entire cast of characters in this book is fascinating).  Nevada is a kickass heroine with a huge heart, a quick mind, and a spine of steel.  She’s already a well-developed character, but I loved watching her come further into her own when it comes to her magic.  Watching her explore her power was just plain neat, but the consequences of her doing so had me on the edge of my seat more than once over the course of the story.  How she deals with the curveballs thrown at her, and how Rogan helps her do so was fantastic.  And speaking of Rogan, he is one sinfully sexy Prime.  He’s as arrogant as ever, but his protective streak made me melt and I loved peeling back the layers to his character.  He and Nevada make an excellent match.  Their love story kicks into high gear in White Hot and I loved every bit of it.  The back-and-forth, the sexual tension, and the pure emotion that springs off the page was utterly fantastic and made me want to dive right back into this story as soon as I finished it.

 

White Hot is the second book in the Hidden Legacy trilogy, and you definitely want to read Burn for Me before diving into this story.  There’s not much I can say about the overarching series storyline because it would spoil things for readers.  Suffice it to say that if you thought things were intense in Burn for Me, then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a ride.  The danger to Nevada, Rogan, and those they care about made it nearly impossible to put the book down.  In fact, pretty much everything about White Hot made the book difficult to put down.  It’s by turns thrilling, romantic, sexy, and unexpectedly funny.  My only complaint is that I now have to wait to delve into the final Hidden Legacy book, Wildfire.  I cannot wait to see what Ilona Andrews has in store for Nevada and Rogan!

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

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LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill ShalvisLost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction


 

From the moment I picked up my first Jill Shalvis book I knew I would always read anything she wrote. Now it looks like Ms. Shalvis is dipping her toes into woman’s fiction with the first book in the Wildstone series with Lost and Found Sisters. I admit I don’t read a lot of woman’s fiction and prefer romance but Ms. Shalvis brought this story to life and made it special.

 

Quinn Weller is a successful Chef but two years after her sister Beth’s death she still feels empty. She has had a good life but getting through the days is her top priority until the world she thought she knew is turned upside down while waiting to get coffee. A lawyer approaches her and with staggering news that has her not only questioning the life she is used to and comfortable in, but what will be in store for her future. After packing a bag she is headed to Wildstone, CA to finally get some answers about the questions she has after meeting with the lawyer.

Mick Hennessey is back in Wildstone to help his mother after his father’s passing to do repairs on her house, but he can’t wait to get back to the life he has made for himself in San Francisco. Until he meets a woman having a panic attack on the beach. The more time he spends with this incredible woman the more he thinks that just maybe coming home isn’t so bad after all.

As Quinn settles in this new town she is finding out she has more ties to Wildstone that she originally thought and the people there are growing on her. In fact she is healing and feeling more alive than she has in two years which has her questioning if this is where she truly belongs.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was really going to enjoy the Lost and Found Sisters but as I started reading I was not only impressed with the plot but also that it included some challenges for both characters. While there was a romance blooming the main focus of the Lost and Found Sisters was Quinn and Mick working through their past and looking forward to what the future has in store for them, whether it be separately or together.

 

I truly fell in love with these new characters and this town that Ms. Shalvis has created. I believe the Wildstone series has a bright future and I am really looking forward to meeting the next couple and seeing how this series will develop. If you are looking for a fun, sweet and a perfect summer read, this is it.

VAMPIRES, DEMONS, AND PRIESTS, OH MY!
by Charlie Richards

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PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk Greyson

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MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon Witt

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FOR A DRAGON’S CONTROL by Charlie Richards

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THE CLOSET RIDE by Sean Michael

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PEACE by T. A. Chase

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