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Broken News: M/M Mafia Romance


BROKEN NEWS is a suspenseful M/M romance, with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Characters who aren't quite what they seem, an engaging story line and a world where some never dare to tread. Overall, a really good read and one I would...

Good Guy


GOOD GUY combines forbidden attraction, hockey and a reporter desperately using anything she can to get a scoop on the latest (and oldest) rookie's life, with a little bit of a twist. But Kate Meader is a near-auto read for me most of the time and this...

Search and Destroy


In SEARCH AND DESTROY, Julie Rowe amps it up with a serious but sudden outbreak of measles, the mobilisation and the rush to contain yet another outbreak. In a straight, unapologetic continuation from the previous book (those who haven't yet might find...

Faker


FAKER surprised me much, in a good way, more so considering it's Sarah Smith's debut book with the enemies-to-lovers trope that I always dig. Still, I couldn't help but look at the many shades of Sally Thorne's 'The Hating Game' colouring Emmie's...

The Dark Bones


THE DARK BONES is a twisty romantic suspense mystery that captivated me and had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, caught as I was with Ash's secrets. And, oh yes, of course, the mystery of the teens who disappeared twenty...

The Rebound Effect


THE REBOUND EFFECT by Linda Griffin is listed as a romantic suspense. It is not a romance. This book is a domestic psychological thriller. If considered in that genre, it is a high intensity read of a single mother on the rebound and the new man who comes...

In Other Words


It's mid-summer and whether you're sweating it or remaining cool in the air conditioning, you definitely need a slow burn to keep you entertained and not set your Kindle on fire. Might I recommend Jennifer Woodhull's IN OTHER WORDS? If you need further...

Well Met


When Emily Parker moved to Willow Creek to help her sister and niece after an accident, getting roped into being a tavern wench during the summer Renaissance Faire under the disapproving eye of a buttoned-up, uptight Simon Graham--the local high school...

A Witch in Time


The first in the Cat's Paw Cove Series, A WITCH IN TIME is a time travel romance. I found the character interaction enjoyable, however at times I felt the flow of the story is stilted when coming in and out of the past. Overall, I like this nice cozy...

Save Your Breath


Melinda Leigh returns with one of the tightest, most cohesive crime-busting, lawyer-PI team in the Morgan Dane series--I can't seem to get enough of Morgan Dane and Lance Kruger--and SAVE YOUR BREATH is yet another great instalment in this fantastic lineup....

The Favored Wife


THE FAVORED WIFE tells the story of a fourth wife, from a religious community, who is trying to find her own place in the world. As the fourth wife, she is used to being told what to do (way down in the pecking order), and this carries over into her job....

Exception to the Rule


EXCEPTION TO THE RULE by Charlotte Symonds is a contemporary romance by a new-to-me author. This is a well-written romance with fun and witty dialogue, a hero that every girl dreams of and a wounded heroine who avoids dealing with her emotional past by...

#1 Love


"It was easy to fall in love with a Larsson--seriously who could resist any one of those boys? And while each them had taken turns featuring as Maya's adolescent crush, there was only one of them who had been her best friend. Alex Larsson." So what...

Bringing Down The Duke


Feels like a 3.5-star read to me. Now that aside, reading about fictional, historical women ahead of their time should well resonate with those living in this century, as far removed as we are from them, simply because the issue of equality among...

Dine With me


DINE WITH ME is a change of direction from the Romantic Suspense novels I have read by Layla Reyne. And I don't mean in a bad way, as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Miller is a chef, who has just closed down a restaurant, is getting a divorce from...

Submitting to the Lawyer


You know when you just find that book that you settle in with and don't want to stop reading? Well this is that book. SUBMITTING TO THE LAWYER is the 4th book in BJ's Cowboy Dom series, and each cowboy just keeps getting hotter and hotter as the series...

Wanted by the Marshal


WANTED BY THE MARSHAL (American Armor Book One) by Ryshia Kennie is a new Harlequin Intrigue romantic suspense by a new-to-me author. This is the first book in the American Armor series featuring a US Marshal sent to watch over the sole survivor of a...

War


The premise of the Four Horsemen (and the mortal women they find along the way) is an unusual one and it's a massive read that you'll need to hunker down with. After going through WAR and Pestilence, it does appear that the emerging pattern winding...

Assertion Trials


ASSERTION TRIALS is a story with a paranormal basis, where it is different from the usual shifter story. In here, the wolves have a way of life that is full of tradition and sometimes violence, but that you may not be used to. Shala has reached her twentieth...

Here Comes The Son


Childhood friends, a first crush turned into more, battles with demons, and more junk food than you can shake a stick at all done Dahlia Donovan style. HERE COMES THE SON is a little different than what I would normally expect from this author with its...

Spellbound


SPELLBOUND is the first book in the Magic in Manhattan series, and I seriously can't wait for book two! Set in the 1920's, you get a front seat to all that involves--Speakeasy's, prohibition, mobsters, Germans. It's all here, and gives you an insight...

Submitting to the Sheriff


SUBMITTING TO THE SHERIFF is the second book in the superbly talented BJ Wane's Cowboy Doms series. If you love your men alpha and heroic and your women independent with a slight touch of brat, you won't be disappointed here. BJ had definitely settled...

Safe in the Hitman's Arms


SAFE IN THE HITMAN'S ARMS is a well paced short story, with dynamic characters and an intriguing support cast. I found the storyline engaging and balance between story and romance well delivered. Overall a great read!

North to Nara


Can you imagine a world where your personal suffering is shouldered by others, leaving you cleansed and refreshed? Where civil servants are revered for their sacrifice to others? Where it is an honor to serve? Then catch a ride with Amanda Marin Crimson...

Lovely Digits


LOVELY DIGITS by Jeanine Englert is a historical romantic suspense that I feel is perfect in every way. The romance and suspense/mystery were both perfectly balanced and intriguing. This book has a heroine with a unique occupation, a constable hero trying...

Taking Root (Eros Tales #1)


TAKING ROOT is the first book in the Eros Tales, and this promises to be a fantastic new series. Danny's life was turned upside down when she was seventeen. Since then, she has travelled the States, never setting down roots, and never knowing when...

Better Than Me


What's a woman to do when a bathtub actually falls through her living room ceiling rendering her apartment unlivable? Move in with her male bestie, of course. Temporarily. This was an enjoyable contemporary romance/medical romance. Both Jonah and Natalie...

Beach Wedding Weekend


Paige is a hopeless romantic. So much so that she's a wedding coordinator, where she strives to make sure each couple gets their dream wedding. Unfortunately, her love of romance hasn't translated to her own life. Thinking she's in love with Brody, she's...

Colton on the Run


COLTON ON THE RUN (Coltons of Roaring Springs Book 9) by Anna J. Stewart is a new Harlequin Romantic Suspense that I could not stop reading. Ms. Stuart had me completely engrossed in Skye Colton's story and the strong rancher who will do anything to protect...

More Than A Rogue


4.5 stars Six years ago, Emily Howard was being courted by Lord Langdon, and was expecting a marriage proposal. When Emily's overbearing mother became impatient, and confronted Langdon about his intentions, she only succeeded in scaring him off. He...

Wolf Instinct


This far down the series, you'd be hard-pressed to wonder what Paige Tyler has up her sleeve when it comes to expanding (slowly but surely) the SWAT universe. The holding pattern is admittedly still there: each books typically features a SWAT werewolf's...

Say You Still Love Me


The rich girl--entitled and privileged and knows it while walking the fine line between being smug and modest about her status--with a guy on the wrong side of the tracks come together during a fateful summer camp? It sounds partway like Grease with a...

Bare Season


DON'T LET THE BAGGAGE FROM YOUR PAST KEEP YOU FROM FINDING THE LOVE YOU WERE MEANT TO HAVE I'd won a Mobi.file of this book from the author some time ago through a giveaway she had on the TRR [The Romance Reviews] website; however, it had gotten lost...

The Art of French Kissing


The blurb got me interested--two rival teens in a cooking competition? Sounds fun. The banter between Carter and Reid certainly was, the mean tricks they played on each other certainly typical of immature teens, and it was interesting to read about a...

The MacInnes Affair


THE MacINNES AFFAIR by Blair McDowell is a contemporary romance intertwined with a historical romance with a mystery subplot. The present MacInnes and Glendenning investigate a mystery and the history tied to their MacInnes and Glendenning 19th century...

Hypnotizing Beat (Discord's Desire #2)


HYPNOTIZING BEAT is the second book in the Discord's Desire series, and we reunite with our notorious rockers. We find out that Kieran and Liz are blissfully happy still, but Trev is edging closer to the edge with every sleepless night. Of course, the...

TORCH (a gargoyle shifter / werewolf romance)


A well delivered story, TORCH is book 9 in the Underground Encounters series by Lisa Carlisle. Mattias and Rachel are well-suited, wonderful characters and joined by an engaging support cast that made for an enticing read.

Betraying the Billionaire


I love BETRAYING THE BILLIONAIRE! We see a heroine who came into her own, who changed the way she saw herself by the end, and the romance was absolutely romantic! Julian was to-die-for. He's so sweet and thoughtful and protective, and it was a joy to...

Kissing Ezra Holtz (and Other Things I Did for Science)


The title and the blurb were what got me to request this for review. I thought this would be a fun read, especially since the two protagonists didn't like each other. What I got was an angst-ridden read with a heroine who's got a lot of baggage. And I'm...

INFLAME (a gargoyle shifter and witch romance)


INFLAME is the first book I have read by Lisa Carlisle. I enjoyed the interaction and growth of the character, as well as the well paced, engaging story. I will go back and read other stories in this series and look forward to Mattias's story.

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