Cougar Bait (Cougarville, #2)

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Cougar Bait by Evangeline Anderson

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The 2nd book of Cougarville series.

The story focus on Samantha, Sadie’s twin. She is a very renowned surgeon in her field but also, relationship wary. She is paired with Liam Keller. The Mayor of Cougarville, and the very same shifter that almost died during the fight on the last part of book one.

The dynamics of the characters are really interesting from the thoughts of Liam to the reluctance of Samantha having babies. It was what the whole book was about. However, at some point, I felt the pain of Keller. It is not easy to be at the receiving end of a rejection. It made me want to scream at Sammie the way she accused Keller.

Keller on the other hand was something I was not expecting. The way he took care of Sammie even though she rejected him, made me love him. It is not easy to be in his place. And I really adore how Ms. Anderson revealed Liam’s true personality. Even I was amazed.

I love this because since the start of the series I have always thought that Liam is one of those Alpha men that is all brawn and guts, but I was proved wrong. I was actually happy when he admitted his feeling towards Sammie to Mathis. I was speechless.

It was a one sided love for a while but up to the end, Sammie finally succumb to her true feeling.

It is not easy being in her shoes. But with the right person to support you nothing is impossible.

I rate this 4.5 for the way the continuation was carried over. Also on how Liam’s character was revealed.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Highland Hellion (Highland Weddings, #3)

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Highland Hellion by Mary Wine

KATHERINE CAREW
Illegitimate daughter of an English earl… Abducted to Scotland at age 14… No family, no reputation… No rules

ROLFE MCTAVISH
Heir to an honorable Highland laird… Can’t believe how well tomboy Kate can fight… About to learn how much of a woman she really is

Scotland is seething with plots, the vengeful Gordons are spoiling for a fight, and the neighboring clans are at each other’s throats. All it takes is a passionate hellion with a penchant for reckless adventure to ignite the Highlands once more.

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This is the 3rd book of the series, From the previous book, Marcus was able to help Kat escape. From there, he permitted her to train as a man would. However, he was not prepared for the day that she become a woman.

This book tells us, Kat’s life after 6 years. What i love about this book is the way it was how they met and how they repeated saw each other. It was one capture to another. I felt as though her life was a constant battle on survival and there were times that I wanted to shout at her for the decisions that she made. But the way she was treated at the latter part of the book? That was something i really want to reach out and yank someone and throw them away. It was too cruel.

Rolfe? I love him. Most especially when he was so into Kat. There are times that I hated his decision, some of them were not well thought, However, I do admire him on the grounds that Kat is his price. Yes, he wants to bed her, but he did not let passion over take his duty as a man,. For Kat is a maiden. I think that was one of the best parts of the book.

I gave this 4 stars.

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2)

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by Manda Collins

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Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher—an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches—Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on . . . and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest . . . and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

Duke with Benefits is the second in Manda Collins’ Studies in Scandal series set in Regency England.

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“There you are, my dear,” said the Earl of Forsyth with a beaming smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes.

Maitland saw at once that Daphne favored him. Her green eyes were the same shade as his, though there were lines of dissipation bracketing the earl’s. And though his expertly cropped blond hair was shot through with silver, what remained of its original color was the same shade as hers. But whereas Daphne’s gaze was focused off to the left of whomever she conversed with, like a bird hovering just over a branch, Forsyth’s speared one with cold calculation. As he did to Daphne now.

“You are looking well, Daphne,” the earl continued, stepping forward to embrace his daughter, who looked as uncomfortable with the contact as Maitland had ever seen her. “The sea air agrees with you. As I knew it would.”

“The sea is very beautiful,” Daphne replied woodenly. “Why are you here, Father?”

“Is that any way to greet your Papa?” the earl chided, stepping back from her and wandering farther into the room, standing to stare out at the gardens below through the window. “I’ve traveled all the way from London to see you. And this lovely estate. I must admit that when I first learned of your inheritance, I thought it was all some sort of trick. But you would have your own way and leave the loving bosom of your family no matter what I said. Now that I’m here, though, and see it in person, I must admit that it’s a lovely spot. And your chaperone, Lady Serena, is quite beautiful, isn’t she? A widow, I take it?”

His jaw clenched at the man’s mention of Serena, and Maitland thought perhaps it was time to announce himself. Daphne seemed not to realize he’d followed her in, and the earl was too busy waxing rhapsodic over the beauties of Beauchamp House.

“I don’t believe we’ve met, Forsyth,” he said forcefully, stepping up to stand side by side with Daphne. He gave a slight bow, perhaps not quite as deep as was warranted, but not caring. “The Duke of Maitland. I am a friend of your daughter’s, you might say.”

What he meant by that last, he could not say, but the man made every bit of protective instinct within him go on the alert. He was her father, but all the same Maitland knew that Daphne was no safer with him than she would have been with Sommersby if he still lived.

At the sound of the duke’s voice, Lord Forsyth turned with almost comical haste from the window and stared. For the barest flicker, he looked angry. Well, if he were upset at the knowledge that his daughter was not without friends, then he would simply have to swallow it. Because Maitland was damned if he’d leave her alone with the fellow.

“Duke,” Lord Forsyth said with a tilt of his head, “I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I was a friend of your father’s, and had little notion I’d be meeting you here. He was a good man, your father.”

His father had been nothing of the sort, but Maitland was hardly going to discuss it with Forsyth.

“I am here visiting my sister, Lady Serena,” Maitland said coolly, letting the other man know in tone rather than words that he had not appreciated the older man’s speculative words about her earlier. “And of course my cousin, Kerr. He only recently married another of the heiresses here, and resides here with her.”

Forsyth’s eyes narrowed at the implication that Daphne was well protected should her father wish to cause trouble. At least that was the message Maitland was endeavoring to send. And by the looks of it, Forsyth read him loud and clear.

“Capital, capital,” the earl said with false cheer. “A merry party you must all make here. I had no idea you were in such fine company here, Daphne. No notion at all.”

“Because we have not spoken since I left,” Daphne said, looking from her father to Maitland then back again, as if wondering what went on between them. “And now, father, I really must ask you to leave. I have a great deal of work to do and . . .”

“Don’t be absurd, Daphne,” her father said with a shake of his head. “I only just arrived. And there is something very important I must speak to you about.” He turned to Maitland with a raised brow. “I’m sure you’ll excuse us, Duke. I’m afraid what I need to tell my daughter is private family business.”

Maitland was opening his mouth to tell the man he would leave Daphne alone with him when hell froze over, when Daphne did it for him.

“Maitland stays,” she said, reaching out to grasp him by the arm. It was as much of a cry for help as he’d ever thought he’d see from her. Wordlessly, he slipped her arm into his, as if they were about to promenade round the room. He covered her hand with his, keenly aware of the thread of tension in her.

Once more, the earl’s eyes narrowed, and he turned an assessing gaze on Maitland, perhaps realizing for the first time the threat coming at him from that direction.

His jaw clenched, Forsyth said grimly, “Very well. If you wish your friend to witness our dirty linen, so be it.” As if needing to be in motion in order to speak, the earl began to pace the area between the window and the fireplace. “You know, Daphne, you left me without any obvious means of recouping what I lost from years of paying that tutor of yours, old man Sommersby.”

“You agreed to pay him,” Daphne said tightly. “After I threatened to expose . . .”

Hastily, Forsyth continued, “And I am currently in need of funds. As such, I must insist you return to London with me for the time being and meet a particular gentleman who has expressed interest in marrying you. Though his birth is not as high as yours, he’s quite wealthy and will make you a good husband, I trust. He’s assured me he has no concern about your odd ways, if you’re as beautiful as your portrait.”

Before Maitland could burst out with the string of invectives the other man’s pronouncement inspired in him, Daphne said, “I cannot marry this person. I’ve never even met him. You promised me that I would not have to marry someone for money as long as I won enough at the tables. I did so. You promised me, father.”

“I never actually promised, Daphne.” Forsyth said with a shake of his head. “If you chose to interpret it as such, that is not my fault. Now, go pack your things.”

Daphne’s hand on Maitland’s arm gripped him tightly. And before he even knew what he was doing, he said, “I’m afraid that’s impossible, Forsyth. Daphne is staying here.”

“I don’t know who you think you are, Maitland,” said the earl through clenched teeth, “but I am her father, and I am well within my rights to take her back to London. Now, kindly take your hands off of her and let her go pack.”

“It might once have been your right, Forsyth,” Maitland said coldly, “but Lady Daphne is my betrothed now and as such, she will remain here. With me.”

 

~Copyright © 2017 by Manda Collins and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

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~ARC given by the publisher via NetGalley.~

~The greatest treasure that a person can posses is true love. The one that does not judge. A one of a kind love, that makes everything fine in spite of the past hurts. A love that would last a lifetime.~

The Second book of the series.

In book one, all of the four ladies were introduced. Along with the rest of the characters in the book. The thing is, from book one, the Duke of Maitland, Dalton have already set his sights on Lady Daphne Forsyth.

I must say, I really enjoyed how this book started and how it ended.

As a woman with an exceptional mathematical mind, Daphne always had a hard time coping with the people around her. She is unable to curb her thoughts so to speak. Hence, people tend to stay away from her due to her bluntness. Dalton on the other hand may not posses a great mind, but his social skills is really good.

I fell in love with the book because it showed how a woman with exceptional skills can feel the same as another can feel. The fear, the insecurities, and that intense feeling of love, that she had a hard time understanding. I really do not like the way people treats women during this time period. I must say though, Ms.Collins gave Ivy and Daphne a chance to be who they are with the man that they love.

Each book seemed to have pattern pf sorts. Ivy and Quill had to look for a killer, while Daphne is treasure hunting. Though honestly, the series is a form of extreme matchmaking. Yup. and that made the series interesting.

What would the next book like? Will there be another rainy encounter? I really like that. Who will be the next Scholar to fall in love?

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Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Ready Set Rogue and The Lords of Anarchy series. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

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Jake (Immortals of New Orleans #8)

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With Alpha blood coursing through his veins, charismatic wolf Jake Louvière, can no longer deny his true nature. As his beast demands his rightful place within Acadian Wolves, he’s forced to choose between killing his Alpha or leaving New Orleans forever. When a mysterious woman trespasses into the bayou, Jake is instinctively wary of the creature that is not wolf. Inexplicably drawn to her, he attempts to resist her magic as it weaves a seductive spell. As quickly as she appears, the dangerous beauty is kidnapped by a powerful New York vampire, and Jake swears retribution against an old adversary.

For centuries, Kai Beckett concealed her true identity from those who would steal her ancient powers. Risking everything to save her sister, she searches for the Alpha who’d left San Diego to return to his Cajun roots. Jake, a mate worthy of her spirit, seeks to tame her wild nature but she is not one to easily submit. As Kai surrenders to her attraction to the Alpha, she embraces her darkest fantasies.

From New Orleans to Southern California, Jake and Kai are surrounded by intrigue and danger. Learning to trust each other, they fight lethal enemies and the irresistible connection binding them together. As they spiral into an erotic adventure, will Jake acknowledge Kai as his mate? With a nefarious enemy seeking to capture her, will Jake rise to Alpha, saving both Kai and his pack?

*Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m ménage and is intended for adult readers only.

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~ ARC was given for a Blog Tour ~

The 8th book of Ms. Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans. As a follower of her books, also a reader, I was excited on how this will turn up. I enjoyed the previous sneak peak of each book at the end of the previous books, and I must say, I look forward to reading this book. I must say, it was better that I was expecting.

As much as I’d like to say that I knew Jake from book one, I can’t. It was hard to place his name, I only knew him on Jax’s book. But it did not stop me from liking him.

“I think we both know what’s happening here between them. I can’t say I’m thrilled about how this is goin’ down, but I can say that number one, this mating shit…I’m going to run like hell if it happens to me. It’s messy, complicated stuff. You do not want to even try to understand it.” ~ Jake talking to Finn about mating (Excerpt from Jax.)  

I like his personality. I mean, he was so different for the other Alpha’s in the series. He denied his nature up to the point that he forcibly handed his pack to another Alpha. Then again, Fate will never be deterred. I had a strong desire to read Jax, so I did. As I write this post, there are some lines that would made you laugh at Jake on how he view mating.  Hence, Kai. It took one special being for him to realize his true calling.

Kai, on the other hand, I can clearly understand her reluctant to meet with supernaturals. It is all because of what she is. The life she had was not something I would wish upon anyone. And it did not help matters that Jake is an Alpha, at the same time, both of them are attracted to each other. Throw in Quint, and we have an unlike trio.

I must say, in Jax’s book, they nearly killed each other, but here? Man! I am left speechless on how they interacted with each other.

Jake’s book made me cry several times. I can feel the hopelessness of Kai. How she did her best to conceal her true nature, trying so hard to avoid people for they would either kill her, or they would die. And each time she doubts herself, Jake would banish it by proving himself. And that made me realize how much he cares.

Both of them denied their true nature. An Alpha, who is reluctant to part with the pack he love, and a being that is so rare, that they killed those who protect her. Yet Fate bought them together. Not to posses each other, but to make them realize their role in the world they live in.

The snippets of Dom’s past was traumatic too. I had to stop myself for brawling like a baby on how her kids died. Quint’s part with sharing his past was something that I was not expecting. I mean everyone thought of him as ruthless, during that moment? He was a different man altogether.

Each characters in the book had their own problems that they need to deal with eventually. Ms. Kym just gave a clue on their past.

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I think it is safe to say that Jake was not expecting Kai to “appear” in his life. Nevertheless, his wolf chose and the man accepted. As for Kai, she believe she will spend the rest of life alone, but Destiny prove her wrong.

All he wanted was to protect her, and all she wanted is to find her lost sister. And falling in love? None of them wanted it, yet it happened. It was the clincher in this book. When the mating mark appeared, I cried. It was the most pivotal moment in the book.

I gave it 5 stars, due to the tears it made me shed. From Quint and Jake’s banner, to the way Jake treated Kai.

More power! I look forward to Quint’s book.

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Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura.  In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time romance author.  She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.

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Blaze (Dark Kings, #11)

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Blaze by Donna Grant

~ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.~

The 11th book of the series. If you read books 9.5 and 10, you will notice that there are some events that are parallel to this book. It is because the events were happening at same time. I was thankful that I actively read this series. If this is the first time you read this book, I recommend that you read Dragon Fever and Firestorm to understand some of the events that are mentioned within the book.

Blaze focuses on some of the loose questions that we had on Firestorm. We are given other questions that made wonder “Where?”  Although it certainly made things clear for me.

Devon, a woman that do not believe in magic and anything that resembles the unknown, is suddenly thrown into a world she is skeptical about. Doubts assailed her when she found out the people she have been working for had her under surveillance.

Anson, one of the Dragon Kings is tasked to protect Ryder’s mate Kinsey and Henry’s sister Ester, as they hack into Kinsey former company. He had no desire to involve himself with humans, however, Fate has other plans.

As the story progresses, we are presented with some events that could affect the future of the characters in the next book. From the Ulric’s form of revenge, to Rhi’s involvement with the Warriors, to Con’s affair, and to the repercussion of the Fae Queen’s actions. We cannot really say, as a reader what each action would result. All we can do is wait of the next book.

I enjoyed reading this book. Especially at the last two or three chapters of the book. It was such a nice ending.

However, trouble brews as the book ends. How will affect the future? I hope that what ever the two plans, our heroes will survive.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Physical Forces (K-9 Rescue, #6)

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Physical Forces by D.D. Ayres

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

~ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.~

This was actually a surprise book for me. The widget was mailed to me like two weeks before the book was about to be released. And it is the 6th book of the series! I think i panicked when i looked it up on GoodReads. I immediately mailed Ms. Justin regarding the reading order of the book. I thank the gods because I do not have to read the other books in the series.

This is a new author for me, so why not. I loved how this was written though.

Each page is filled on how Macayla and Oliver go about their lives. It did not contain too much thought. It had the right amount of narration and the characters thoughts on the events that are happening around them. I was delighted with Oliver’s thought. Combine the Aussie accent, it was truly an enjoyable story.

The plot behind it was interesting too. So is Oliver’s predicament. But what I love about the book was Jack. Oliver’s dog. Yes, him. You need to read it to know.

I rate this 4.5 due to the fact that it was not an overwhelming book. It is the 6th book and yet, I like that I can read it with reading the start of the series.

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Talen

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Talen by Rebecca Zanetti

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

~ARC via NetGalley.~

This is actually a bonus novella from on of the Realm books. I can’t remember which one though.

From the start of the Dark Protectors series, every reader of Ms. Zanetti has, ~ and still love~ this hero. From the way he entered Cara’s life, to the way he adored Janie, on how much he love his son, Garret till his love for Hope. And how much he love his family that really made a mark in my heart.

The war is over, and yet our hero really do not know how to relax. Hence the vacay to Hawaii. However, with the war being over, it does not mean that all is well. As you read this novella, we are given a chance to be awed on how much powerful a pissed mated vampire can be.

I love this man. He is the ideal husband that everyone should have…okay..not the too much alphaness, and the vampire thing. But the overall love that he feels for his mate, Cara.

Intense, passionate, pure devotion, and a love that will last forever. Those are the words that will always be stuck in my head when it comes to Talen. I have read a lot of alpha men, and yet, he is one of those handful of men that I cannot forget no matter what.

I look forward to reading the next book of the Realm Series!

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