Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #14)

Dark Skye by Kresley ColeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

ETERNAL OBSESSION

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Coming off a really long, drawn out, never ending, reading slump Dark Skye appeared daunting. I’ve only read a few books in this series and I feared that this wouldn’t make much sense to me with such a huge back story. Immortals After Dark has rabid fans that rival only those of JR Ward and her vamp series. What if I didn’t like this? What if I didn’t even understand the world? Luckily Kresley Cole is supremely good at her job and I LOVED Dark Skye! I mean I loved it so much that when I got to the end and I closed the book, I just sat there in silence for a good 5 minutes petting the cover.

I could attempt to tell you about the story arc, but let’s face it, if you’re a follower of the series I’m betting you know all the past books and where it was going so this review will be based solely on Thronos and Lanthe’s story. Thronos has been following his mate for years, biding his time till he can finally make her his. He wants revenge for her role in his twisted and scarred body and if taking her against her will and using her as a pawn in a much greater game is what he has to do, he’ll gladly do it.

Lanthe hates Thrones for the role he played in the deaths of her parents when they were children. She’s run from him and his kind for years. Yet now they are forced to work together while stuck in a hell dimension while on a quest. Even if Thronos doesn’t know of the pain his kind has inflicted on her over the years there’s still no love lost between the two of them. Yet as they cross the hell dimension together and fight side by side old feelings reignite and thoughts quickly get muddled.

When Thronos finds out about Lathe’s past he finds himself at odds with his emotions. His brother, the king, seems to have been keeping secrets which Thronos doesn’t want to believe. Can he get passed his bitter resentment in order to be the man that Lanthe always told him he could be?

Dark Skye is simply epic. The sexual tension between Thronos and Lanthe is magical and so well done that I didn’t even mind the lack of sex. Both Thronos and Lanthe are such strong characters on their own that together they seemed unstoppable. As they travel further into the dimension and encounter dangerous creatures the battle scenes highlight their vulnerability and strengths. Thronos craves Lanthe yet has no idea how to relate to her at first since they are both so different than they were as children. He marvels at her ability to take care of herself just as she marvels his ability to make her feel things for someone she should hate. His unwillingness to acknowledge his ever changing emotions nearly costs him what he wants most…Love.

I will admit that there is a shit ton of slut shaming from Thronos since Lanthe is not a virgin. Mostly I think it boils down to jealousy since his kind can only have sex with their mates and she has no such restrictions. He’s been shut down by Lanthe for a LONG time and so…..well, he’s less than pleased she’s been with other men. His attitude is horrendous throughout the half half the book until he realizes the error of his ways. One of the things I love about a hero is when they can be complete tool bags in the beginning but slowly evolve into a better man…a better person. It makes the fall so much greater.

I adore heroes and heroines who start out hating each other. I can’t say enough times how awesome this book is. Amazing. Enthralling. Wicked. Kresley Cole just knows how to do it!

I give Dark Sky by Kresley Cole 5 stars!

Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayers (K-9 Rescue #1)

Irresistible Force by DD AyresAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martins

My Copy: Net Galley

Reviewer: Pam

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire… For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

I love the premise of this series, heroes and heroines with amazing dogs that are trained to serve and protect. This is the first book in an exciting series and I am looking forward to reading more about these men and woman, and their K-9 friends.

James Cannon is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer whose partner is a highly trained K-9 officer, Bogart was recently kidnapped and James is on a mission to find out what happened. He finally tracks Bogart down and sees he is living with a woman who claims she got him from a local animal shelter. While discussing the dog-napping, James not only discovers that he is very attracted to her, but she seems be the victim of a stalker.

Shay Appleton has been staying at a cabin in the woods to get away from her ex-boyfriend, Eric. While she had Bogart by her side she felt protected, but when James takes Bogart with him, she feels vulnerable again. She dated Eric for almost a year but broke it off when he raped her on a trip, he called it rough sex. She reported him but was nervous about the publicity, afraid of her past being revealed, and with Eric not taking no for an answer she was scared. When James comes to check on her the next day he finds her fears are real and helps her chase off an angry Eric and is surprised when realizes he wants to stay to keep her safe.

This is an exciting suspense filled drama that is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I enjoyed this first book and liked how Bogart plays such a pivotal role in solving not only the problem with Eric but also an unknown threat to Shay. I also want to mention that I absolutely love how the author portrays the relationship between an office and his K-9 partner, Bogart and James work so well together and we see them in action several times.

James is a very likable hero; he is one of the good guys without much baggage in his life other than a few wrong choices in women. He grew up in a loving family without much drama and is healthy and happy working as a cop with a partner he has bonded with. He is captivated by Shay, wants to protect her as much as Bogart does, only to find she is an enigma with a clouded past.

What to say about Shay, she is also likable but she is so skittish and anxious that it is hard to get a vibe on her. I kept watching her make poor decisions and I wanted to throttle her, seriously why is she going back to the same place that Eric works? But after I heard her story and realized that she has had a troubled past, she is frighten and has been for several years, that I was beginning to understand, it is no wonder she bonded with Bogart so fast and was devastated when James came to claim him. In the end I like the person she becomes, stronger and standing up for herself, it was a “Yay, you go girl” moment for me when she takes on her foes.

The two have immediate attraction and their scenes are steamy, she finds comfort in his arms each and every time she experiences some trouble or is traumatized. Yet there are some trust issues between them, he is trying to protect her and she feels like he is overstepping and she pushes him away, yet she holds him close when she needs him, she is a bit conflicted at times.

The pace is fast, we jump from one crisis to another, there is more than one person trying to get to her and she does not know which way to turn or who to trust. The twists and turns and danger keep you turning the pages all the way to the end to see how things are resolved. A great start to a new series and I am looking forward to reading more about the connection between man/woman and their best friends.

I give Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres 4 stars!

The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump (Sweetheart Sisters #3)

The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley JumpAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

The Sweetheart Sisters are ready for some good ol’ matchmaking… Colton Harper, Rescue Bay’s resident physician, gave up his wild ways years ago, in exchange for a straight and narrow life. But then a one-night stand comes back to haunt him when the intoxicating woman he left behind shows up in Rescue Bay.

Once upon a time, fiery Daisy Barton was Colt’s wife—and still is, thanks to a paperwork glitch. Now she’s here in Rescue Bay, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance at a fresh start—renovating a crumbling B&B. The catch? The loan she needs requires her husband’s financial backing. Colt wants to turn Daisy away, but when he sees her coax a smile from his cantankerous grandfather, Colt realizes maybe she can help him, too. It’s the perfect arrangement—until the sparks start flying. Suddenly Colt realizes he’s still head over heels in love with Daisy, and that he’ll have to risk everything…or risk losing her forever.

I adore this series, the humor, romance and characters bring this small town community to life. I love how the straight lace doctor has his past wild side revealed, very humorously.

Colt Harper is Rescue Bay’s general practitioner, he very proper without a dent in his reputation, that is until Daisy Barton comes bursting into his office while he is with Greta, the town meddler. Daisy proceeds to inform him that he is not getting his divorce yet since she is not ready to dissolve the marriage. Greta is speechless, which is unheard of.

Colt does not need any new problems in his life, he lives with his grandfather Earl who has some health issues, but is too stubborn and angry to take any help. But when Daisy reappears in his life wanting something from him, he believes he can capitalize on this and asks Daisy to help.

Daisy Barton spent one summer in Rescue Bay helping her aunt run the Hideaway Inn, she felt like she was part of a family for the first time with her cousin Emma by her side. She has come back to town on her aunt’s request to reopen the Inn, she just needs help with a loan, and it is something Colt can help her with, since they are still married. She has been flighty most of her life, not settling down, and when they met that summer she was a breath of fresh air to Colt, they took off on a motorcycle and got married, it only lasted six weeks before he was called home because of his brother, he straighten up his act and never looked back, until now.

This third book in the series is so enjoyable, there are parts that I would laugh out loud and parts that brought tears and sadness.

I adore Colt, yes he seems uptight in the beginning and does not back down from giving out advice even if no one listens but he is lonely and hurting and I just want to hug him. The relationship he has with his grandfather is heartbreaking, there is so much hurt between them that it comes out as anger, especially for Earl who has the added issues of poor health. I like how the author addresses their issues and how things progress throughout the book. Colt does not want the world to know his problems but I love how they come crashing into his life and the witness from the beginning is Greta, the perfect person to know secrets (at least if they are not about you). This funny scene that had me smiling, the look on Greta’s face must have been priceless, and how often is she speechless?

Daisy is a kick, she is not a planner and usually takes life as it comes but she is tired of always looking in on other’s happiness. She wants the family, to belong to something and has always looked back on the summer she met Colt as one of the happiest moments, when she lived with her aunt and her cousin Emma. Her mother was always off somewhere on an adventure and Daisy is afraid she is becoming her mother. When she stays with Colt and Earl she likes how she feels, part of his family but she is scared, afraid things can’t stay this way forever. Yet she is here and making the Inn work so somewhere in her she believes in something long term.

There is definite chemistry between the two, they try to avoid each other as much as possible but when you live together and have the common goal of taking care of Earl, and things are bound to get dicey. The scenes with the two are hot and fiery, and I like how they go down memory lane several times, they do not hide from their attraction in the past, just any future commitments.

And of course the secondary characters are perfect for additional drama and fun; especially those ladies at the center that want to help things along. In this book, Greta seems to be the main meddler while Pauline and Esther are more on the sides this time, which is fine as I think Greta is the bomb, she is extremely funny, still running from Harold but seems to know what is best for others in the town. There are two side stories that I enjoyed, of course Greta and Harold are amusing but the one featuring Emma, Daisy’s cousin and best friend, the sadness that encompasses her about the failure of her marriage is disheartening, but I love the outcome and I was so happy when she came to Rescue Bay to help Daisy and in the end herself.

The pace is perfect, there is the first rush of adrenaline as Daisy bursts on the scene and causes ripples but things slow down as the two come to terms with their dilemma and work through it, the side stories add much to the already enjoyable story and the plots progress decently. This is the third on the series and can easily be read as a standalone, since this is a small town and several characters are related, they come and go throughout the series, but the author does a great job of keeping the reader in the loop, so you know all the secrets. I am not sure if there are more to the series, there are several characters that could be featured and I would happily read about each one. This is highly recommended for those that love small town series with engaging characters that bring some angst and laughter to the story.

I give The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump 4.25 stars!

Eve Langlais Interview & GIVEAWAY

*****Interview With Eve Langlais*****

You guys! I’m so excited to get to talk to Eve today! You see, I’ve recently fallen in love with her and I’m willing to share. If you’re a fan of shifter/paranormal romance, well, Eve is the woman for you! Her newest series, Kodiak Point, features some very unique shifters in a small Alaskan town, where the days may be cold but the nights are ablaze with fire.

Kodiak's Claim by Eve Langlais

Book One

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Review

He might growl, but she’s not afraid to bite.

Hands full taking care of his clan, the last thing this Kodiak bear needs is a woman poking her cute little nose into his affairs. But when she refuses to back down—and shows the courage to stand up to him—he can’t resist the allure of a curvy city girl.

She’s mine. All mine.

And when a rival clan thinks to use her to force his paw, he’ll show them why you never piss off a Kodiak, or threaten what’s his.

Tammy is convinced men are all scum, even gorgeous ones like Reid Carver. She knows he’s hiding something. Something big. She just never expected a real freaking bear hid underneath all those muscles. But when the truth comes out and he tries to scare her off with a roar, she shows him not just bears have bite.

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You’ve wrote books in several sub-genre’s, would you say you have a favorite?

I really like stories that are of a paranormal/sci fi genre. When I read, I want to escape the mundane. I want a world and heroes that are out of the ordinary because as a housewife and a mom, I get enough of contemporary life every day lol


I love that many of your heroines are often “normal sized” aka chubby. What is your reasoning behind making your characters more real instead of fantasy?

I’m a chubby girl, so to me, writing about heroines who have body issues, or are lush, comes naturally. I think it’s important that women of various shapes sizes, and even attitudes, realize that the right man(or woman) exists for all of us. One who will love us even if we shop in the big girl section, or want that second helping of fries.

 

Shifters in your world go outside the large cats and werewolves. In fact your newest hero is a moose in Outfoxed By Love. Can you tell us how you come up with such imaginative shifters?

I’m not sure why, where or how I come up with these crazy ideas. Sometimes it just seems to fit. Although, I’ll be honest, when Boris popped up in my first book Kodiak’s Claim, I never expected he’d end up the hero in the second, Outfoxed By Love. And for the third, while the polar bear isn’t too far out there, the fact he’s a seriously bad dude will make for an interesting premise.

 

Ok, back to Outfoxed…tell us a bit about the book and the series it’s a part of?

Kodiak’s Claim is the first in a series titled Kodiak Point that will follow a set of heroes who are not just bound together by their clan and town, but share a past in the military. The men are tough, but several are fighting inner demons, their experience overseas having left its mark. But PTSD and bad memories isn’t the only thing plaguing them. An outside force seems determined to ruin their little retreat and as each of these heroes finds love and acceptance, they must also fight against those who would take away their happiness.

In Outfoxed by Love, we have Boris, a man who struggles with PTSD. Because of his fear of losing someone he loves and hurting them because of his night terrors, he refuses to get involved in a relationship. But Jan won’t let him stand in the way of their happiness lol. She’s determined to break through the wall he’s built around himself and show him he can have love. Her methods are entertaining and when Boris does finally fall…sigh :D

 

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Before you chose a career in writing what was your favorite job?

LOL, I worked as web programmer for years, but I wouldn’t call it a favorite job. But the fact I worked from home was certainly useful when my kids were young.

 

You are a self pubbed author. What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of both traditional and self pubbing?

I like that in self pubbing I really have control over all aspects of the experience, from quality to presentation, oh and price.But, Traditional publishing has paperbacks in stores. As successful as I’ve been with my ebooks, a tiny part of me would dearly love to walk into a book store and see a book with my name on a shelf. However, I’m not willing to compromise when it comes to my work, or sign away my rights, so that’s probably a dream that will never come to fruition.

 

What would you say has been the funniest encounter with a fan?

The first time someone fan girled me and I author girled her right back lol. To have someone so excited to meet me was freaking awesome.

 

What’s next for Eve Langlais?

Writing, writing and more writing!!! I keep myself on a tight schedule when it comes to getting books done. I’m also busy planning a conference that I’m hosting April 17 and 18th, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Outfoxed By Love by Eve LanglaisBook Two

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

Don’t moose with his fox!

A bullheaded moose doesn’t stand a chance when a fox decides to make him her mate.

Boris left to defend his country still a boy. He came back a changed man. A damaged man.

But Jan still wants him.

A man of few words, Boris has a firm way of saying No, but this determined vixen knows he’s her mate. Despite some less than subtle overtures, Jan has not had much success in getting her bullheaded moose to notice her, but all that changes when her life is put in danger.

Suddenly the damaged soldier keeps finding excuses to come to her rescue, but as far as Jan is concerned, her mate is the one in need of saving.

It will take some subtle maneuvering to outfox her moose into admitting he loves her, but this wily vixen is more than ready for the challenge. And if that doesn’t work, momma’s offered to loan her the shot gun used for her own engagement.

Welcome to Kodiak Point, where the wildlife might wear clothes, but animal instinct rules the heart.

 

**GIVEAWAY** – I’m giving away one e-copy of either, Kodiak’s Claim or Outfoxed By Love – winner’s choice! Simply tell me what species of shifters you’ve liked the best out of everything you’ve read. Open to whoever can download off Amazon until 9-19-14 @ 11:59pm EST with winner announced shortly after. 

Cowboys and…Steampunk? Guest Post with Sarah M. Anderson & GIVEAWAY

Cowboys and . . . Steampunk?

Sal Steampunk

So, I have had six new releases this year, plus two print releases. In what may be the understatement of the century, I have been a tad busy. *

*Translation: nearly clinically insane 90% of the time

But, as Stephen King reminded us, all work and no play make Jack in particular and authors in general completely frickin’ nuts. So I have been taking time out from my worlds of Cowboys and Indians for something COMPLETELY different!

That’s right! Cowboys and Steampunk!

But Sarah, I can hear you asking, what is Steampunk?

Sal Jay SteampunkWell, basically, it’s a fun way for people to make their own costumes, dress up, and shoot each other with Nerf guns, loosely inspired by invention of steam power from the Victorian and Edwardian Ages but with plenty of modernist twists, like steam-powered exoskeletons, etc.

Plus—did I mention you get to dress up?

So Hannibal, MO, recently hosted a Big River Steampunk Festival. (If you watch the short video, there are glimpses of me with a white parasol in the crowd.) And since they’re just down the river from us, we decided that we were going. And we needed costumes!

Now, a lot of Steampunk is fancy Victorian dresses, but that’s not what I had to work with. I’m a cowgirl at heart, so I based my entire outfit around the fact that I already own several cowboy hats. Steampunk dresses often have a lot of bustles, so I made my own faux leather fringed bustle and tied various doodads into the fringe, including a small copper cup in case I got thirsty! I attached my grandfather’s Boy Scout compass from the 1920s to a chain and wore it as a necklace.

The whole family got in on the action. My husband followed my lead and went with a gentleman cowboy look, complete with a holster he made out of wiring. Even The Kid got in on the action, although his outfit was more…steampunk ninja assassin Jedi? I couldn’t tell. But he had fun and that’s what counts! My friend Mary went as a butterfly collector—so cool! There were so many cool outfits there—including a Steampunk Darth Vadar (who almost got heat stroke, poor guy)!

Me & Jeannie Steampunk!Author Jeannie Lin drove up from St. Louis for the event too—aren’t we cool? Jeannie’s got a brand-new series starting soon called Opium War that puts a Chinese twist on Steampunk. The first book is Gunpowder Alchemy and I can’t wait to read it!

The only problem with these fabulous outfits were that I had on a shirt, a corset, spanx, a full petticoat, boots, a bustle and a matching sash. Husband had on a t-shirt, dress shirt, vest, and jacket, not to mention the wool hat and boots. And it was well over 90 degrees out there. Thank heavens I had a parasol!!

We had a blast and—bonus!—my husband and I already know what we’re wearing for Halloween. (The Kid keeps changing his mind.)

So would you Steampunk? The Big River Festival is Sept. 5-7 next year—maybe I’ll see you there!!

I’ll give away a copy of Not the Boss’s Baby to one lucky commenter, so let me know!

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Not the Boss's Baby FINALWhat the boss wants… 

As the oldest son, Chadwick Beaumont has sacrificed everything for the Beaumonts’ company, but he swore he’d never follow in his father’s philandering footsteps. So, for years, he’s dutifully kept his distance from the temptation outside his office door—his beautiful secretary Serena Chase. 

But now everything has changed. The family business is in jeopardy. His personal life is in shambles. And his sexy assistant is suddenly single…and flirting. Chadwick is tired of doing what’s expected. It’s time for him to go after what he wants. And what he wants is Serena—even if she’s expecting another man’s child.

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SarahMAndersonhiresBio:

Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go. Sarah won the 2012 RT Book Reviewer’s Choice for Desire of the Year for A Man of Privilege.

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son. You can learn more about Sarah at www.sarahmanderson.com.

 

**GIVEAWAY – Simply answer Sarah’s question and be entered to win a paperback copy of Not The Boss’s Baby! Open internationally until 9-19-14 @ 11:59pm EST with the winner announced shortly after!**

Sweet On You by Laura Drake (Sweet On A Cowboy #3)

Sweet On You by Laura DrakeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset . . . Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people’s pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief—except Katya doesn’t know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn’t expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title—and he doesn’t need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.

This is an emotional story and I absolutely adored it. The characters are so real and believable and the storyline is interesting and intense. It is the second book I have read from this author and I love her voice, she will definitely be on my list of authors to buy.

Katya Smith recently faced the worst tragedy while she was in Kandahar, Afghanistan as a triage medic; a suicide bomber killed her friend and left her injured. She feels compelled to return to her unit but until she gets a medical release for her PTSD, she must find something else to help her cope. A friend suggests she get a job doing something she has no knowledge of, being an athletic trainer on the PBR, Pro Bull Riding circuit and she jumps at the chance to prove to herself and others she still has the healing touch. She misses the feeling of family, something she had while growing up spending summers with her Gypsy family and until recently she felt it by being part of a team in Afghanistan.

Cam Cahill is a pro bull rider that is facing his last year of riding. He does not know what to do with himself for the next stage of his life. Cam and Katya get off on the wrong foot when they first meet, but the attraction is there and it does not take long before they find common ground to build a relationship.

Sweet on You is such a great story, the emotions are raw and the romance is amazing. I love how they both find themselves after feeling adrift not know what the future holds.

I really like Katya; she is a remarkably strong woman that loves to be part of a family. Her favorite times were spent with her large Gypsy family in Chicago, her Grand was the person she loved the most and she cherished their time together. She has craved the camaraderie she found with her family, and was happy to have found something similar when she enlists in the army and is part of a team. When she loses that, she starts to search elsewhere until she can get back to Afghanistan, her goal. I find it interesting that throughout the day, when she looks at a clock she reminds herself what her team is doing. But I love when she finally admits to herself that the men and women on the PBR are beginning to feel the same, a team and like family, not to mention what she feels for Cam. It is also amazing how hard she works to live and deal with her PTSD, it is a struggle but we share in her triumphs and love how she does not give up.

I love Cam, a man looking at a bleak future as his ageing body is interfering with his career, at a crossroad, and he is at a loss of what to do after he retires. He and Katya are both angry at their situations and lash out at first, but they become friends and truly enjoy being together while their relationship grows. She also helps him see there is something for him in the future, where he can use his knowledge and help others. I like his family and thought that the time they spent together on his family’s ranch is special for everyone, his sisters get to know Katya and she is able to see his family ties and how important they are. They share some amazing chemistry and the scenes are hot and so intense, they are well matched.

The secondary characters are engaging and add much to the story, we get to see Bree and Max from Nothing Sweeter and I enjoy watching how their relationship has grown. Although this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone, the stories are related but the author does a great job of bringing us up to date.

The pace of the book works well, the adrenaline gets pumped when we first meet Katya while in Afghanistan but the pace slows down as she adjusts to a new life, but we are dealing with the pro bull riders after all, so there is definite action throughout the book. This is an amazing story that looks at the trauma that men and women in our armed services face each day, the healing that comes with work and looking toward the future. I highly recommend this one to those that love a great romance with intense emotion.

I give Sweet On You by Laura Drake 4.5 stars!

Guest Post With Magdalena Scott

Small Town Charm Box Set

 

$0.99!!!

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My story in this boxed set is Midnight in Legend, TN. This novella is Book 2 of the Ladies of Legend series, which now has 29 published titles!

My heroine, Midnight Shelby, moved to Legend, Tennessee after discovering the town on the Internet, via the McClain Realty website. Sight unseen—except for a virtual tour which didn’t cover quite everything—she purchased a large brick building that for years had been a bar.

Her shop is called THE EMPORIUM, and sells locally made arts and crafts. She also sells “designer” coffees and teas, and since she purchased the licenses along with the bar, she can add special flavorings. The following recipe is just for those of legal drinking age. It is served at the winter festival that Midnight helps create and organize.

The festival is called LEGEND BY STARLIGHT, and she named the drink for it. There is also another role for the term “Legend by Starlight,” but you’ll need to read the story to learn about that. You’ll also need to read the story to discover what feature of the old building wasn’t evident in the virtual tour. Handsome realtor Martin McClain hears about that from Midnight, and one reader told me this scene was one of the most erotic she’d ever read—and both characters are fully clothed the entire time. This story is a sweet romance, meaning no love scene.

Go figure. Or go read the story.

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RECIPE FOR LEGEND BY STARLIGHT

Midnight In Legend by Magdalena Scott

by Midnight Shelby, proprietress of THE EMPORIUM

Pour hot, freshly brewed French roast coffee into a twelve-ounce mug, allowing 1 1/2 inches of space at the top. Stir in 1 teaspoon premium Turbinado sugar, and one-fourth cup Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Spoon onto the top a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream, and sprinkle with tiny dark-chocolate stars. Serve immediately.

Drink up – and enjoy!

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Blurbette

Midnight Shelby has grand ideas to help her adopted hometown, and she’s not going to let a stick-in-the-mud realtor get in her way.

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5 HEARTS REVIEW: “I loved this book and highly recommend it. I must warn you, however, that [Magdalena Scott] will quickly become addictive.” -Brenda Tulley of The Romance Studio, March 27, 2011.

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MAGDALENA SCOTT – BIO

Magdalena ScottMagdalena Scott is a bestselling author of the Ladies of Legend contemporary romance series. She lives in her own fantasy world of Magdalenaville, and spends her time writing stories with small town settings. As a lifelong citizen of small town America, Magdalena knows that life in a “burg” is seldom dull—if you’re paying attention. There is mystery, romance, scandal, and the occasional unexplained occurrence. Step into Magdalena’s world and find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map.

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LINKS

Website: www.magdalenascott.com

Blog: www.magdalenascott.blogspot.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2047268.Magdalena_Scott

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