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Sunday, 25 June 2017 14:54

Review: Undaunted by Diana Palmer

UndauntedUndaunted by Diana Palmer (contemporary, HQN, June 2017)




The only man she wants is the one who'll never forgive her
Falling in love with her boss's handsome millionaire neighbor was easy for young Kate Martin. Despite the vast differences between them, and a past that's left Garrett Carlton reclusive and wary, Kate gambles her heart on a desire that rocks them both. But there's something Garrett doesn't know: Kate is responsible for an accident that changed his life forever. 

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KeepingHisCommandmentsKeeping His Commandments by Elle Keating (erotic, self published, June 2017)



Desire, lust, love…


You’re not supposed to feel those things for a woman, and you’re definitely not allowed to act on them when you’re a Catholic priest. I had taken vows; vows that I’ve upheld for eight celibate years, and had made a promise to God that I swore I would never break.

But then I met Eva, my stepmother’s estranged twenty-eight-year-old daughter, and she made me forget who I was. What I was.

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Looking for something to read? Here are some recent releases that might be right up your alley.


withaprinceJeffe Kennedy’s With a Prince, the second book in the Missed Connections series, is a quick-reading romance in which the shy and awkward Marcia meets the bad boy Damien. This is a sexy story with a bit of a mistaken identity plot, as Damien pretends to be somebody else for much of the book. There is a reason for his deception, having to do with Marcia’s friends and an incident that happened in the first book of the series. While I did feel a bit irritated with Damien for the deception, the romance is strong and hot. Damien has just enough bad boy in him to get Marcia to move out of her comfort zone, which she desperately needed. Marcia does come across as a bit prickly and is hard to connect to. But she is having some personal issues that have her life out of sorts. She did grow on me as the story progressed. I will say that the mistaken identity plot and Marcia’s friend’s role in were my least favorite part of the story.  But Kennedy did a very good job resolving this conflict between Marcia and her friend - and as a result with Damien. This can be read as a stand alone, but readers will be missing out on some backstory between Marcia and her friend if they don’t read Just Dance first.



lostwithoutyouLost Without You is the first book in a new series by M. O’Keefe. It is an angst-filled story, mostly the result of the tortured past history between its main characters, Tommy and Beth. The two were romantically involved as teenagers living in a home for court-appointed juveniles and cruelly torn apart. In order to escape jail time, young Tommy made a deal with a shadowy figure who only required that Tommy pledge a future favor. Years later, the shadowy figure comes calling, asking Tommy to pick someone up and deliver the person to a specific location. The catch is that the person is Beth, a strungout, now-famous singer who needs help. But Beth begs Tommy to break his promise when they arrive at the location (a rehab center) and find Beth’s mother there. Tommy cannot resist spiriting Beth away. Thus, the two reconnect, rediscover their feelings for each other, make plans and then BAM, cliffhanger ending ensues. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t read the description of Lost Without You before I started reading it and had no idea that this was part one of two, so the cliffhanger caught me totally off guard. There was much rage, mostly because I was so caught up in Tommy and Beth’s romance. There is so much emotion, angst and tension between these two that I could almost feel the heat between them. Fortunately, the second book is out very soon - and I cannot wait to find out what happens!!!


preservationRNNREad2-3One of my most highly anticipated books of 2017 was Kate Canterbary’s Preservation, the story featuring the last of the single Walsh siblings, Riley. Riley is the youngest member of the family and the one that often needs care and feeding from his siblings. He has been tragically in love with his brother Matt’s wife Lauren for much of the series, something that has been so painful for me to witness throughout these books. In Preservation, we finally meet his lady love, the identity of whom is considered a spoiler - so she shall remain nameless. However, she is perfect for Riley. These two start out as friends who act as dates for each other at certain functions. They spend a great deal of time together in this friends-only state until things get physical one night after too much alcohol. Their path to true love is rocky, but is also filled with snark, is highly funny and is super sexy. Riley knows his way around a woman’s body and has some hidden magic in his boxers (hidden magic that is large enough to be the cause of the fact that his zippers can never seem to stay zipped!!!). I have loved Riley from the very beginning of the series, always cracking up when he walked in on each one of his siblings having sex with their loves. And Canterbary had the perfect revenge laid out with a sexy photo and a group text mishap (kudos for Canterbary for this scene - a perfect 10). Anyway, all of the Walsh books are fantastic romances with very sexy shenanigans, emotional turmoil up the wazoo and hard fought HEAs. Riley’s romance is the perfect ending for the Walsh sibling books (not necessarily the end of the series . . . ). I highly recommend all of the books, but in particular Preservation game me all the happy and tingly feels. Preservation can be read as a stand alone, although the series does work best if read in order. Go ahead and let Riley surprise the pants off you!

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WaydownDeepWay Down Deep by Cara McKenna and Charlotte Stein (erotic, self published, June 2017)


An erotic romance…told entirely through text messages.


The words he typed were never meant to be read, yet they found their way to her. Two wounded strangers, prisoners of their own lives, brought together by a wayward text.


Without ever hearing each other’s voices, a friendship blooms between them. Without ever seeing each other’s faces, an attraction grows. Without ever touching, the two become lovers.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 18:00

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

WhiteHotWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy, Avon, May 2017)




Series: The Hidden Legacy trilogy, book 2


Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:55

Review: Just One Touch by Maya Banks

JustOneTouchJust One Touch by Maya Banks (romantic suspense, Avon, May 2017)


Series: Slow Burn, book 5


Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.


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EnemiesLikeYouEnemies Like You by Joanna Chambers and Annika Martin (romantic suspense, m/m, self published, May 2017)


They're dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.

*A standalone M/M forbidden bodyguard/spy romance (includes prequel!)*


Will has never met anyone like Kit. He's arrogant. Gorgeous. Lethal. The most expensive bodyguard money can buy.


And Will can't seem to resist him.

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dukesVauxhallThe Dukes of Vauxhall anthology (historical, self published, May 2017)


Four dukes. Two balls. One prizefight.


Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same.


After England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, the Prince Regent arranges a series of lavish celebrations at London’s notorious Vauxhall Gardens. The royal festivities bring together the rich and the desperate, the criminal and the lordly…and allow four very different dukes to find the love of a lifetime.


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Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:07

Review: Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

TooHardToForgetToo Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey (contemporary, Forever, April 2017)




Series: Romancing the Clarksons, book 3


This time, she's calling the shots.


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Friday, 28 April 2017 17:23

Review: The Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon

TheEnforcerThe Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon (romantic suspense, Avon, April 2017)


Series: Games People Play, book 2


Security expert Matthias Clarke hunts down people who don’t want to be found. His latest prey: the sole survivor of a massacre that killed his brother years ago. Kayla Roy claimed she was a victim of the carnage. Then she disappeared. Matthias thinks Kayla may have actually been the killer—and he wants justice.


Kayla Roy never stays in one place too long and never lets a man get too close. But keeping Matthias at arm’s length may be impossible. Dark and enigmatic, Matthias draws Kayla in from the start. She knows nothing about his connection to her dark past, or his thirst for vengeance. She only knows their attraction feels overpowering—and very dangerous.

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