The Rainmaker by Petra Landon

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Synopsis

As they race to untangle the past and thwart a power-hungry Wizard, Tasia must face her toughest decision yet. Can she take a leap of faith and risk her deadliest secret?

Tasia Armstrong is no longer a nondescript, friendless and naïve Wizard flying under the radar on the fringes of Chosen society. With her fate now publicly entwined with that of a powerful Shifter Pack, she must navigate the minefield of Pack politics while keeping her secrets and cover safe from the Chosen who hunt her. With a Pack to defend her, a powerful Alpha to protect her interests and friends to watch her back, her life is a far cry from before. But living with the Shifters holds new challenges for a Chosen more used to the shadows.

The stakes have never been higher as old fault lines, long-buried secrets, Wizard dysfunction, and Lady Bethesda’s ruthless machinations draw the Chosen ever closer to a civil war. While Tasia grapples to avoid the pitfalls and confront her demons, it is an unlikely nemesis who forces her to face her moment of truth. Tasia finds herself at the crossroads – at stake are her carefully constructed house of cards and her tangled relationship with the man who holds her enemies at bay. Will Tasia risk opening Pandora’s Box or will she disappear into the shadows again?

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Review

My new addiction…

This is the second book in this enthralling Prophecy paranormal series; this is a wonderfully constructed story with so many strands; each a separate tale and yet inextricably tied together heading towards some future and, as yet, unknown entwined destiny…

There are romantic undertones within the storyline and there is more than one couple that deserve a happy ever after; the characters are believable and attractive with a magnificent and gifted strong hero and heroine at the centre, and a fascinating supporting cast ……I was so invested in their lives and felt aggrieved, angry and elated alongside them…..the relationships are developing but this is most definitely a slow burner and is ostensibly a classic and epic story about good versus evil and the battle that ensues when these two are fighting for ultimate power….

I love this series…this is paranormal writing at its best; I was captivated with the first book but now I am completely addicted…

~Sheena (5/5)

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Controlling Disgrace by Anna Edwards

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Synopsis

Colette Fisher is the woman who was responsible for James North’s beating so we should hate her, yes? As with all of the Control Series all is not what it seems though.

She’s suffered oppression for many years; she’s ashamed of her sexual desires and fears what will happen if she embraces them. Can Michael give her the strength she needs to be the woman she was born she aspires to?

Michael is mourning the loss of his wife of ten years after tragedy struck. They were childhood sweethearts, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to move forward with his life. That is until he meets Colette.

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Review

Loved it…

I love it when an author creates a world and populates it with a group of original and believable characters whose lives are intertwined; I love it even more when, whether or not they are the focus of the particular story or simply on the periphery, the reader continues to be given glimpses of these characters’ world and the lives that they continue to lead…The Control series is such a series, following a group of men and women who have connections through family or friendship… Colette and Michael who feature in this short story are two characters who though tenuously connected to the main players are still part of the whole experience…

Both the protagonists are damaged from past events but are brought together by a common acquaintance…this is slightly darker than the rest of the series but sensitively deals with loss and with the subject of abuse at the hands of those who should know and be better…. I loved the premise of this novella and although short in length the plot and character development does not suffer as a consequence..

This book can be read as a standalone…but be warned once you step into this world of control you will want to read more….

~Sheena (5/5)

In Your Eyes by J. Kenner

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Synopsis

Possessive hands. Wild obsession.
He’ll break any rule to claim her.
 

Billionaire bad boy Parker Manning buried his dark past beneath fast cars and faster women. With his chiseled good looks and Texas oil legacy, Parker’s used to laying claim to whatever—or whoever—he desires, and he’s never met a woman he couldn’t seduce into his bed.

Not, that is, until Megan Clark. Years ago, she flatly refused him. Now, she’s back—and she needs a favor. No way is Parker letting her get away again, and he conditions his agreement on one sensuous night with Megan in his bed and at his mercy.

He never expects to want more. To crave this woman who fascinates and challenges him. But he does, and now he’s determined to possess her.

But Megan’s a woman with secrets of her own, and if Parker wants to claim her, he’s going to have to conquer his past and show Megan his true heart.

Meet Mr. June. Summer’s heat has nothing on him. 

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Review

While Parker and Megan’s story was hot and heavy, I felt their history was missing from this story. How they get together all starts with an over excited Megan printing a flyer for The Fix’s Man of the Month calendar, starring Parker Manning; without Parker’s permission.
Luckily, Parker has been lusting after Megan for years. She slipped through his fingers before, he won’t let that happen again.

There was build up without the exciting conclusion for me and while I am loving the overlap of this Bar and it’s customers/staff, the stories are getting shorter and shorter for me. I am hopeful for Mr July, though Mr June sure was yummy.

~Alex (3/5)

One Too Many by Jade West

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Synopsis

A filthy proposition.
Too much money to say no.
One dirty night in a stranger’s bed.

While my husband watches.

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Review

I actually really enjoyed this read, and I was surprised about it—because this is not like anything I think I’ve ever read before. Despite my enjoyment, it took me longer than usual to finish this, because it’s a lengthy read. In fact, much as I’m not particularly a fan of duets, this is something I found had two very distinct acts, and could have benefited from being released as two shorter instalments.

The erotica was typical of West—no holds barred, pushing the boundaries—but so was the emotion. There were aspects of this that I found quite difficult to read, creating a feeling in my stomach because I was rooting so much for Brett and Grace. I wasn’t so keen on Thomas, despite understanding his motivations, and it felt like his development was a little rapid (again, a duet would perhaps have been more appropriate here).

The strongest aspect was how West successfully made me feel for these characters, and that’s something I’ll carry with me. It’s wonderful to read about a couple already married, which makes this feel more new adult to me than romance—and I very much loved the development and realisations of the characters throughout these pages, including what I consider the best type of ending.

~Evelyn (4/5)

The End Zone by L.J. Shen

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Synopsis

Jolie Louis is a smart girl. She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea. He’s a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can’t get rid of. Sadly, that’s also the reason she can’t stay away from him. Well, that and the fact that they’re roommates. Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester. She tells herself that she can handle it. He’s just the boy she saved ten years ago, right? Wrong. So very wrong. He is a man now, and she is his captive Heart, body, and soul…

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Reviews

Depth and heart….

Oh wow…..there is so much to love about this friends and lovers romance; at its centre are two beguiling main characters…the story may be short in length, but it has so much depth and heart…

Jolie is beautiful and compassionate and Sage is delicious and so much better than the alpha jock he appears….this author writes such wonderfully complex and believable characters and these two are no exception; their friendship feels so genuine and perfect….so much so, in fact, that I found myself asking more than once whether they should be risking it all for the uncertain chance at something more….particularly when everything begins to conspire against them…

This is a truly engaging and touching novella with an ending that was everything it should be..as an added treat…for fans of the Sinners of Saint series there is a also a bonus extended epilogue ….

~Sheena (5/5)

Blackstone by J.D. Hollyfield

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Synopsis

I am meticulous. Structured. A single father.
I obsess over things and crave control.
And when a hot, feisty little woman throws a wrench in my carefully laid out plans, I lose my mind.
My every thought revolves around making her bend to my will—until they become less about her doing things my way and more about just her.
My name is Trevor Blackstone.
I am an obsessive, complicated, demanding man.
People may not understand me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.

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Review

Hot and angst free….

Four short stories by four best selling authors about four business partners who happen to be single fathers…This is the first book in a set of standalone, but interconnected books..and if Blackstone represents the content and quality of the other three then we are all in for a super hot and dirty treat..

This installment is penned by a new, to me, author, and I really liked her style of writing and her descriptive narrative…although this is a very quick read it still packs in a lot of plot; the characters are fleshed out and relatable, and the events that unfold are realistic…the heroine is a little bit absent minded and disorganized and the hero is her antitheses: he is meticulous to the point of obsession, and to be honest to start with I found him a bit self obsessed and irritating, but I eventually warmed to him…. I really loved the supporting characters; in particular Blackstone’s ex and friend… who add another layer of naughtiness and humor …

I shall not say more, for fear of revealing too much; this is an angst free and relatively light hearted story…I am really looking forward to reading the offerings from the other members of this author quadruplet…

~Sheena (4/5)

Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…

As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

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Review

This is Lisa Renee Jones back to her very best.

I’ve read a lot from this author this year, and have found that some of her stories draw me in more than others. Her intermediate series tend to be fairly generic, but it’s releases like this that make me excited. Weaved throughout with mystery and strong characters, my brain was working overtime to unravel the difficult relationships and past of Lilah Love, establishing how the events of this lead’s past formed the flawed character we follow.

It was refreshing for less of the emphasis to be on the BDSM-lite erotica which pads out some of Jones’ other works; rather, there was just a touch of romance here, the focus being on the mystery and relationships between this group of characters. Something to suck one in on a winter’s day by the fire—and a sequel to look forward to.

~Evelyn (4/5)