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The Real Werewives of Vampire County – Anthology

The Real Werewives of Vampire County – Anthology
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy – No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect – and seduce…

Sophia is an alpha female that is used to taking care of herself. She is the owner of a local bar and has recently bought a house to be close to her daughters. When her life is threatened, alpha werewolf Luc steps in as a bodyguard to find out who is trying to hurt her.

Sophia is a strong character that knows what she wants but is willing to accept help when she needs it. She hasn’t had an easy life and has a hard time trusting people, Luc is no different. She is devastated when she finds out his secret. Luc has avoided relationships and finding his mate but there is something about Sophia that calls to him.

Overall this was a strong story in this anthology. The ending was a surprise that I enjoyed. I would definitely pick up other books by this author.

“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox – When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband…

Heather McPhee is the pack investigator and her expertise is needed in suburbia to help solve the murder of a werewolf. She has a unique ability that with a touch, people have to tell the truth. Lucien hopes to use her talent to help solve the murder while convincing Heather to give him a chance. Sunny’s murder turns out to be more complicated than they ever imagined.

I loved seeing Heather when she first showed up in suburbia, she was too funny. She obviously didn’t fit in with their fancy ways and needed help to blend in. Throughout the story we see her transformation not only physically but mentally as well.

Although this was a short story, it definitely didn’t lack on the drama, intrigue and adventure. It kept me guessing until the very end. I love Angie’s books and this was no exception.

“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines – Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities – except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbours. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

The pack is looking to expand their pack and their new neighbor Tiffany looks like she will be the perfect addition.  They just have to convince their leader to sign off on it.  Tiffany isn’t what she seems and Vera is the only one that sees through her.  Can Tiffany persuade the other’s that she is perfect for the pack?

The women of the Diamond Fangs are smart women that have it all, beautiful houses, sexy husbands and all the money they could possibly want.  Their pack numbers have decreased and they are always looking for the perfect candidate that is willing to sign the Notice of Mutual Consent.

Tiffany is their new neighbor and she seems to fit right in with the women but there is something about her that isn’t right.  Tiffany was a fun character; she has a history with weres that she is trying to hide from the women.  She isn’t proud of the things she did in the name of love and wants to change her life.  She is smart and conniving and knows how to get what she wants, I loved that about her.   The ending was fabulous.

“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane – Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiance, Jonathan, and his twelve-year-old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighbourhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

Christine has left her life to move in with her finance Jonathan.  He has given her everything she could possible want, including her own studio in the basement.  Strange things begin happening around the house and the neighbors try and convince Christine that there was more to the death of Jonathan’s first wife than meets the eye.

Christine doesn’t know what to make out of the neighbors.  They start showing up before she gets moved in good and they all want to be her friends.  They suspect that Jonathan’s first wife was murdered and try to convince her to investigate it.  Things are not what they seem and there is more to the story than even they realize.

After things start happening to Christine she begins to question her decision to move in with Jonathan.   In the end though she trusts her instincts and everything comes out.

Overall this was a great set of short stories that blend well with each other.  I would definitely read other books by these authors and give The Real Werewives of Vampire County 4 Flaming Hearts.  

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Boots and Chaps (Ugly Stick Saloon #1) by Myla Jackson

Boots and Chaps (Ugly Stick Saloon #1) by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

She gave up stripping to go legit…until three Kiowa cowboys bring on the down-and-dirty.

Jackson Gray Wolf is turning thirty, and what does he have to show for it? A ranch. No wife, no kids, no dates. He’s had his eye on the pretty owner of the Ugly Stick Saloon, but their one accidental encounter was interrupted before he could get her out of her take-me-now red cowboy boots.

Audrey Anderson isn’t in the market for a man. Been there, done that, has the scars to prove it. She retired her pole-dancing boots after purchasing the Ugly Stick Saloon, and now manages a stable of strippers. When she winds up one stripper short for a private party, she’s forced to slip on a mask and into the role of the mysterious Kiki.

Jackson didn’t want the birthday bash his twin brothers are throwing him, but his vow to ignore the rented stripper goes awry when she shows him exactly how far she’s willing to go—for all three of them.

Audrey can’t forget the sizzling heat between her and one sexy Kiowa in particular. Jackson. Trouble is, she’s not sure if he wants the bold, brassy Kiki, or if he’s ready for the wounded woman underneath.

Warning: This title contains hot scenes with multiple partners, with a little BDSM on the side. Caution—it could melt your e-reader!

Audrey is the tough as nails owner of the The Ugly Stick Saloon.  She hung up her dancing chaps when she moved to Temptation and bought the bar.  Now thanks to Charli, both she and her chaps are coming out of retirement.  After her long dry spell, she never expected to find someone willing to fulfill all her needs.

Jackson’s birthday is coming up and his brothers are determined to give him a night he won’t forget.  While at The Ugly Stick Saloon, they book a stripper for a private party on their ranch.  Little did they realize that the stripper they booked for Jackson’s birthday was Audrey?

I couldn’t wait to read this story because it goes hand in hand with the Dirty Tricks series.  We saw Audrey and Jackson dancing around each other and then they were a couple, all told from Charli’s perspective.  I loved finally seeing how their story unfolded and they ended up together in this book.

Audrey and Jackson are perfect together.  They are both strong individuals that have worked hard to get where they are in life.  Both of them had personal issues they needed to work out plus neither one had time for dating or anything else.  With a little help from Charli and his brothers, the two of them finally connected.

Kiki’s strip tease with the boys was sexy as hell.  It was obvious that the sexy Kiowa Indians enjoyed their play time as much as she did.  Jackson had to convince Audrey that he was series and was willing to give her whatever she needed.  Although he wasn’t crazy about sharing her, he was extremely turned on watching her with his brothers.  He was supportive of her needs and didn’t think they were wrong or dirty.  Hell, he even danced naked in front of a bar full of women for her, if that’s not love I don’t know what it is.

The main characters are interesting and compelling, while being perfect for one another.  The secondary characters added additional depth to the book; I was surprised to see that there was more to Mark and Luke than party boys.  It was nice to see characters from the Dirty Tricks series in this book too, a nice tie in to the series.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment in the Ugly Stick Saloon series.  I give Boots and Chaps 4 Flaming Hearts. 

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)

Book Description:

Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby brother? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake – award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. So Sonnet embarks on a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, and of finding the home of her heart. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.

 

Review:

This book just happens to be number nine in Ms. Wiggs’s Lakeshore Chronicles, and it also happens to be the first of her books that I have read.  I found it very easy to follow along, and did not feel like I needed to read the first eight before proceeding with this one.

This was a hard book for me to get through.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a great read.  It just hit really close to home.  I don’t want to throw any spoilers out there, but I will say that Sonnet’s mom is diagnosed with cancer.  The reason I am telling you this is because I for one, am tired of reading books that have a storyline of someone with cancer.

There were lots of ways that the storyline seemed almost like real life happening on these pages.  When Sonnet learned who would be there for her, and who wouldn’t.  The feelings were real.

It took a while to get to the happily ever after, but it was written in a way that kept me wanting to hang out with these characters a little longer.  Then on the other hand, I wanted to finish it to see what happened.  I am hoping to find time to go back and read the other eight books in this series.

 

Five-Second Seduction by Myla Jackson

Five-Second Seduction by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

Waiting by the phone has never been something Charli does well. If she can’t figure out who her mystery cowboy is, the least she can do is discover whether or not Connor Mason could be the cowboy for her. If he has what it takes, she might just be willing to tell Original Sin to take a hike the next time he calls.

Warning: Sexy, sweet cowboy, cornered by one hot and horny woman, seeking sexual satisfaction…

It’s been five days since Charli has heard from either Connor or Original Sin; it’s time to take things into her own hands.  Armed with Jackson’s “five steps to seduction” she sets out to give Connor a night to remember.   Can she walk away from Original Sin and be what Connor wants?

Charli can’t believe that it’s only been nine days since her first encounter with Original Sin.  She was ready to head out of town for a new adventure until he popped into her life.  He is fun, sexy and keeps things fresh and exciting.  Even though she has had fun with OS, she knows that he can’t give her what she wants for a future.

Connor is a one-woman man and expects his woman to be the same way.  Charli wants more out of a relationship than sex; she wants someone to be there for her and share the good ties with the bad.  Connor could possibly be the “one” for her; she just has to take a chance on love.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this series is seeing Charli’s growth.   At the beginning she was bored and looking for something exciting but now she is looking for something more substantial out of her relationships.  She still doesn’t know who Original Sin is and hasn’t heard from him in days.  She knows that she needs to end it with him if she is going to have a chance with Connor.

Overall this was another fun installment and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this series.  I have an idea who Original Sin is and I hope I am right.  I give Five-Second Seduction 4 Flaming Stars.  

Three Days, Two Nights by MJ Fredrick

Three Days, Two Nights by MJ Fredrick
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Nathaniel Reis screwed up. He put his career as an air force pilot before his marriage to Tess, and wound up divorced. Now that he’s left the service, he has a plan to fix things, if only he can get her alone for a few days.

When Tess misses her flight to a corporate retreat, Nat’s there with his island hopper plane and a plot to get stranded in paradise thanks to “mechanical problems.” But his plan goes awry when a storm blows them off course and they have to make a real emergency landing—and not on the island where he’s stashed supplies.

Tess is furious. She’s anxious to get to her retreat, and away from Nat. She’s even angrier that being so close to him arouses her in a way she hasn’t been for a long time. Rescue can’t come soon enough, but in the meantime, she’s going to have to trust Nat to keep her safe. Even if she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.

Tess can’t believe her luck when the pilot scheduled to fly her to her work retreat turns out to be her ex-husband, Nat. When a storm blows them off course she has to rely on Nat to keep them alive until help comes. She never expected her feelings for him to come back to the surface but she can’t lie to herself anymore, or can she?

Nat knows he screwed up and didn’t put enough effort into his marriage.  He has worked hard the last year to get his life on track so he can prove to Tess how much he still loves her.  He just needs to get her alone for a few days; he just never expected the storm to blow them off track leaving them stranded with minimal supplies.

Tess has moved on with her life, she has a new job but something is missing.  She has her “toys” with her and is mortified when Nat finds them in her suitcase. She is still drawn to him and is afraid that she will lose her heart to him again if they are stranded on the island too long.

Nat had a plan to get Tess alone for a few days, including an emergency landing on an island stocked with supplies.  He didn’t count on a storm blowing them off course or ending up stranded on a deserted island with no supplies.  He knows he screwed up and he just wants his wife back.

These two definitely belong together.  They are still in love with one another but Tess has to let go of the past and see how Nat has changed.  Although Nat is just as sexy as he was when she left, she makes him work hard to show her that he isn’t the same man he was a year ago.  In the end, she has to decide whether she wants to just exist or take a chance on Nat.

The story is set on an exotic island complete with natural water waterfall. The scene at the waterfall is sexy and the start of a new beginning for the pair.  The sexual tension between them was evident from the beginning; you couldn’t help but pull for them to work things out.

The story contained everything that makes it a good story to me, a sexy couple, beautiful setting and hot love scenes.  I loved Three Days, Two Nights and give it 4 Flaming Hearts. 

Ride Free by Debra Kayn

Ride Free by Debra Kayn
* I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*

The sexy biker, Reefer, gave Sarah an hour’s worth of sex in a kiss that lasted no more than ten seconds. He knocked her world off kilter; but little did he know, he’d set directly on target for his heart.

Sarah always dreamed of joining a motorcycle gang and hitting the open road. What better way to escape a troubled childhood filled with poverty and alcoholism than to ride out and live a gypsy lifestyle? Her life changed the morning a biker stopped in the middle of the road and asked if she wanted a ride.

Reefer had two rules: don’t mess around with women who didn’t grow up riding the road, and his biker family always came first. Nothing prepared him for the woman who hopped onto the back of his Harley with the ease of a born rider and peeled back the layers of his sealed heart.

Two people running from a world full of hurt. Can they escape to find happiness or will they have to first revisit the past?

Sarah grew up on the reservation with an alcoholic father.  She has left the reservation and has sworn to never go back.  She has dreamed of hitting the open road for as long as she can remember; her patient Ellen has only added fuel to the fire as she shares stories of her time riding with a motorcycle gang.  When given the choice to leave with the “end man” of the Chrome and Wheels gang, will she take him up on his offer of the open roads?

Reefer misses his best friend Margie since she has put down roots with her new family.  He has grown up on the road with the Wheels and Chrome gang and has vowed to never give his heart to anyone that isn’t part of his world.  He never expected someone like Sarah to walk into his life and steal his heart.

Sarah has overcome a lot in her young life.  She now devotes her time as a home health nurse but dreams of so much more.  She wants to leave when Reefer gives her the choice but she is concerned about leaving her patients.  He wants her to be sure that she isn’t going to regret the decision to leave.

Reefer is a complex man.  We were introduced to him in Biker Babe and you couldn’t help but fall for him.  He has grown up on the road without his mother and resents her deserting him.  He has hardened his heart and vows he won’t settle down with anyone unless they are part of his family.  He never expected someone like Sarah to break through his defenses.  She makes him smile and he sees things through fresh eyes while they are on the road but he never expected betrayal from her.

These two are good for each other.  They both have had rough childhoods and grew up without mothers.  She envies the life he has lived and wants to be a part of his world.  She allows him to see the world through fresh eyes and it gives him a new perspective on life.  They are complex and interesting characters that have you pulling for them to work things out.

This was a fun book with lots of interesting characters.  It was nice to learn more about the Chrome and Wheels gang that Margie came from.  They are a close knit group that looks out for one another.  Their acceptance of Sarah was nice to see since they don’t let strangers into their group very often.  I also loved the twist at the end, it was very well done.

Overall I really enjoyed the 2nd installment in the Chrome and Wheels series and would love to see more books in this series.  I give Ride Free 4 Flaming Hearts.  

Fallen Angel by Logan Belle

Fallen Angel (Club Burlesque #2) by Logan Belle
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

By day, Mallory Dale works as a paralegal in a top Manhattan law firm. But by night, she’s known only as Moxie – a bombshell burlesque performer on the rise. Her dream is to become a top dancer at The Blue Angel – until her boyfriend, Alec, starts pushing her erotic boundaries. Can she handle a three-way with Violet Offender, a wildly uninhibited dominatrix – or should she hang up her feathers and silks and focus on her day job? That wouldn’t be too hard, considering her sexy boss at the firm unexpectedly ignites her deepest fantasies – and tempts her to find satisfaction away from her tempestuous relationship with Alec. But is she ready to play it safe and give up the man she’s always loved – and the sweet thrill of life on the edge?

*This book is part of Kensington’s Aphrodishia line.  It contains some explicit sex scenes*

Mallory has been drawn to the world of burlesque ever since she was drug on stage by Bette Noir on her birthday.  Now dancing as Moxie, she is quickly becoming a favorite at The Blue Angel club.  However, she is having trouble balancing her two worlds and dreads the day her boss Gavin finds out her secret; she can’t afford to lose another job.

Mallory is a strong female that knows what she wants, now if she can just keep her worlds from crashing.  She enjoys her work as a paralegal and she is good at it but she also loves the thrill she gets while on stage performing.  She decides it’s time to make some changes in her life, will she choose a legal career or continue to dance as Moxie.

Alec and Mallory have an interesting relationship.  He wants them to be open and to try new things together, even include a third person into the equation.  Things don’t go as planned and he catches her and Violet Offender in a compromising position.  He begins questioning Mallory’s commitment to their relationship.

Mallory’s boss at the law firm, Gavin begins making passes at her confusing her even further.  She is attracted to him and things are on the rocks with Alec so she gives him a chance.  She never would’ve guessed that he liked everything “vanilla”.

The characters seem to jump right out of the pages at you.  They are all interesting and complex with extreme depth.  The book focuses on Alec and Mallory but the secondary characters add so much to the book like Violet Offender, Bette Noir, Justin and Martha Baxter and Billy Barton.  The characters are all larger than life and they made the book all the more interesting.

The world of burlesque is becoming more and more popular.  This book gives the reader a look inside a burlesque club, the dancers, costumes and the music.  Ever since I watched the movie Burlesque I fell in love with this world and this series was icing on the cake.

I started the series with this book.  There were a few times I was a little lost but overall it can be read as a stand alone.  I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the first one, Blue Angel.  Naked Angel continues the story and looks to be even better.  I loved this Fallen Angel and give it 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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