Minette Lauren

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Second Chance for Love, Ginni Conquest

Second Chance For Love

 

Second Chance for Love is s feel good, sexy romance perfect for a relaxing day. I loved the theme of the young widowed wife, Becca, grieving for her dear departed husband. Denny is her guardian angel, who sets her back on the path to living her dreams and finding love again. I especially enjoyed the warm characters and their compassion for helping Becca fulfill her dreams of opening her own bakery. There is even s little mystery woven into this cozy read. The steamy scenes lend heat to this sweet story about two souls destined to be together with the guidance and blessings of Becca’s guardian angel. Sweet and steamy sums it up. A great read.

Unholy Sundering, by Deanna Browne

 

Unholy Sundering: Book 2 in the Dark Rising Trilogy by [Browne, DeAnna]

 

This compelling story, of a world taken over by powerful magic and the ruling wizards who wield it, is appealing to readers of every genre. The fantasy feels real and the characters are driven to find freedom. While Becca is working with her friends Caleb and Damion to free her sister from a demon, they are encountered by a community that is fighting for their own freedom in a secluded compound. I loved the champions in this imaginative story that had me addicted to my kindle every time I had a free minute. The author did an amazing job of story telling, character building and letting new readers know about the fantasy without tons of backstory. Now, I will have to go and read the first part this series. Really impressed with Browne’s imagination and ability to tell a great tale.

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The Girls Whispered Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery by [McPherson, Lynn]

Izzy has done it again in, The Girls Whispered Murder. This amateur sleuth’s heightened curiosity rivals that of the endearing Lucile Ball. Set in a time where women are meant to play the role of June Cleaver, Izzy manages to balance the life of a wife and mother, while still keeping the connections with her lifelong friends. With her sexy sidekick, Ava, and her other trustworthy, fun mannered friends, Izzy manages to find herself in hot water again, on an innocent girl’s night out. Harriot, a beautiful, young, alluring hostess with a very private countenance is all smiles with her much older husband when Izzy and the gang show up at The Mariner’s Whisper, a popular supper club in the sleepy, seaside town. Quick to entertain Izzy and her friend’s, because of the flattering article Jo wrote for the local paper, it seems butter wouldn’t melt in Harriot’s mouth. The engaging couple provides the perfect atmosphere for the locals to relax in elegance, but when tempers flare and things heat up in the kitchen, death ensues. When an infamous chef turns up dead, Izzy finds it impossible to stay away from the restaurant and the people surrounding the event. Izzy’s ADD tendencies to eavesdrop lead her to snooping around the remodeled restaurant, which has a mystery of its own. This book has many humorous moments of dialogue between Izzy and Ava and keeps a nice pace for dropping red herrings and clues for the reader. Don’t miss this cozy, page turning mystery with a smart list of characters and technicolor descriptions of the time period. A great choice for a relaxing vacation or a splurge for a rainy day.

The Pawn, by Skye Warren

The Pawn

 

Warren has cornered the market on steamy, well written romance. I hate to use the E word, because this books powerful plot is so much more. I love romance with a hint of intrigue and this story’s play on mythology, strategy and powerful passion has it all. Warren knows her craft and uses just the right words to portray an innocent young virgin trapped by a powerful alpha male that has ruined her family. Learning the real history of her father’s sins and the secrets she didn’t want to know about her wealth, Avery’s brave, young spirit tackles the bowels of the underworld and places herself on the auction block to save what’s left of her worldly goods. Vulnerable and a little broken, she hasn’t lost her spirit. She is prepared to make it through the experience of selling her virginity to the highest bidder unscathed. Descriptions of heated anger mixed with molten desire are chemistry for explosive sexual encounters that will have the reader biting their own lower lip. Gabriel Miller is handsome, sexy and dangerous. Warren warns us, through the thoughts and calculations of her young heroine, that Gabriel’s desire is born from revenge. The writer fills the reader with heat, anger, fear, and tribulation with her character’s twist of fate. Don’t miss this suspenseful titillating addiction to the game of love and revenge.

Blood Fest: Cursing Fate

 

Blood Fest - Cursing Fate

 

I live a busy lifestyle and love books, so I was very happy to find this heartwarming story on Audible. I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading a book titled. Blood Fest: Cursing Fate. I realized, after downloading, that it wasn’t the first book in the series, but it read as a standalone, so I had no problem keeping up with the story or its characters. Pepper O’Neal does a wonderful job of developing heroes and heroines, as well as giving the backstory needed for the supporting cast. I found myself drawn in immediately to the fast paced adventure that proved to be a wonderful romance.
Sold by her uncle, at the early age of twelve, to a pride leader who uses her body to earn income for his own coiffures, Tabby is now thirty and has found a way out. She has a strong constitution and a warm heart. Taking three other weres with her, she uses her tech skills to relieve the Lithuanian pride of the money acquired from their abuse. She leaves a body count behind, which sends the corrupt new pride leader after them. Running to safety is anything but safe, as she makes her way across the channel to England for her cousin’s help.
Drake is a pride leader with a lot of responsibility, and protecting his pride is number one. When he hears about four weres on the run from a pride he isn’t fond of, he’s on high alert. Drake immediately senses something is terribly wrong when he’s led to the four runaways hiding out in a stable. It becomes his purpose to protect these abused weres and keep them safe. He knows Tabby has a secret, but can he keep her safe from herself. Handsome strong and a gentleman at every turn, Drake is the perfect hero.
I love that this story champions those who suffer abuse in a way that lends victims strength and purpose. Though some of the details are heartbreaking, it warms the reader to know that all is not lost. It pushes the message home, that we are not defined by what happens to us, but in the way we live our lives from today on. I think its an important message for abuse victims and everyone. Fantastic read! Characters so real, that I almost forgot I was reading a fantasy.

The Burning, by JP Seewald

The Burning

I found, The Burning, a complex story that kept me thinking about it long after I put the book down. I had heard of similar instances of fires burning underneath the ground when I lived in Alaska. Before then I had never heard of such a thing. The story is fiction but based on true life events. It follows the life of George, a seemingly ordinary man with a wife and children. He has spent his life, building up his mechanic shop, so that he wouldn’t have to work in the coal mines like his father, and he wouldn’t have to answer to anyone. Now, a natural disaster is threatening to take it all away. The prospects of starting over are almost too much to bear. His wealthy brother Larry is by his side the whole way, but there are deeper emotions to explore between these siblings, as things begin to melt down in the heat of a coal fire that’s burning out of control. Can George hold it together while everything he loves hangs in the balance? Find out by reading about this very real catastrophe in, The Burning. A compelling story about family and the importance of making the right choices in stressful life situations. J.P. Seewald is a gifted story teller in matters of life, heart and family.

Murder in the One Percent, by Saralyn Richard

Murder in the One Percent

Murder in the One Percent is a well crafted mystery that keeps the pages turning. There are few books that I call potato chip novels, that you just can’t put down and this was one of them! I found myself snagging pages anytime I could read. The characters are intriguing, and Detective Parrot has a fresh warm appeal that steadies the course for exploration of the crime. Hats off to Saralyn Richard for her stellar debut novel. The menu had my mouth watering and lent reality to the story. A wonderful setting and alluring list of characters to keep the reader entertained and guessing until the very end.

A review of, Mollie Blake’s, Guiltless

Guiltless: A Cheshire Love Story

 

Mollie Blake’s, Guiltless, is more than just an erotic love story. It’s a novel with multi dimensional characters, real life challenges, a titillating subplot and a brave sexual boldness to explore fantasies that general romance doesn’t fulfill.

Byron Lord is scarred from a life of abuse and an unfortunate accident that manifests itself in an OCD habit and an unusual venture to help other troubled souls.

Byron’s unconventional proposal is unexpectedly accepted by Lauren, a beautiful woman who owns a successful lingerie company. Her busy life lands her in a predicament when she doesn’t read the fine print in a water tight contract. Willing to do anything to snare a night alone with the alluring, evasive man who holds her to the ink drying on the dotted line, Lauren ups the ante by upholding the contract, planning to bare it all.

Can Lauren save Byron from his past and have a real relationship with or without adding a third party to their affair? There is a lot more than erotic scenes that speed the story along, including a little mystery and a lot of heart. Don’t feel guilty reading this Cheshire love story, just read it and enjoy, Guiltless.

Gypsy Blood: Book 3

 

 

I really enjoyed reading the Gypsy Magic Trilogy, and was pleasantly surprised how much mystery was still left all the way until the last page, of the last book. I really like the way the author spun this bewitching tale about a coven of modern day witches, that ban together in their hopes to maintain a good life and protect the world from evil. Paired with horses, that the witches are bonded to throughout their lives, they are never alone in their struggles. The book centers around Gracyn, a young high school student that goes through all the normal growing pains associated with being a teen, including the turbulent, changing emotions of young love. I thought Tonya Royston’s characters were strong, mysterious, heartfelt and people I would like to know. I was especially happy to see a surprising epilogue. Nice touch! This is the second series I have read by this author and I look forward to more. A must read for Twilight lovers and readers of young paranormal romance.