Holiday On Ice (Play by Play 8.5) by Jaci Burton-a review

Holiday on Ice (Play by Play 8.5) by Jaci Burton-a review

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Holiday on Ice
Book 8.5 in the Play-by-Play series
By Jaci Burton
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance, hockey
Release Date: November 18, 2014

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Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.



I just have to say, as much as I do love my paranormal and fantasy genre books, these sports themed stories by Jaci Burton are fast becoming my 2nd favourite genre. I just love her Play-by-Play series and Holiday on Ice is a nice addition to this very hot and steamy series. This novella is Stella and Trick’s story, and we were introduced to them in Melting the Ice. Even though Stella and Trick were secondary characters in Melting the Ice, it was very plain to see the chemistry and connection these two characters had with one another and I was very glad to see Ms. Burton has written a novella for them. Their story is one about love and hope lost, heartache, learning to believe in love and hope again, and going for what you truly believe in.

Stella and Trick are not only perfect for each other, but they burn up the pages in this one. Seriously, I don’t know how Ms. Burton’s keyboard, computer screen, etc, don’t catch fire when she writes this series. Her heroine and hero are combustible in this one, just like all her previous books in this series. The sexual chemistry sizzles through the pages between Trick and Stella from their first scene together when they walk back into each other’s lives.

Trick always knew there was something special about Stella and seeing her again, only proves to him he wants her back in his life on a permanent basis. He’s ready to leave behind his playboy image and get serious with one women, Stella. Now if only he can convince her of this. Stella having been badly hurt where love and her heart are concerned, doesn’t want to tread back into that area because it’s just too painful. However, seeing Trick again, and spending time with him is making it harder for her to keep her motto of, love’em and leave’em.

The romance between Stella and Trick is steamy to say the least, but also has a very sweet and charming side to it as well. Trick is the perfect hero, he’s strong, sexy as hell, charming, understanding and very patient with Stella. He knows she needs time and space and doesn’t rush her into anything. He knows she’s always had one foot out the door in this ‘relationship’ cause she refuses to call it a relationship. After a misunderstanding and coaxing from Trick, Stella finally opens up to him about her past relationship and love. The scene where they finally admit they love each other, and then when Stella opens up to Trick about her past are perfectly written. They were sweet, touching and very heartfelt. Having their story centered around the Christmas season is just the right touch. It gave them the chance to spend time together Christmas tree shopping, decorating the tree, playing in the snow, going ice skating and just having fun, falling in love with each other during a special time of the year and seeing what it would be like to be with that person everyday for the rest of their lives. These scenes just added another layer to a beautifully, charming and steamy storyline. Oh and lets not forget the hockey scenes. Since this is a sports themed story, and our hero is a sexy hockey player, those scenes were supercharged with engery and action and made me feel like I was sitting at Trick’s games with Stella cheering him on. What can I say, there’s just something about a man in a hockey uniform that gets me going. ;-)

Once again Jaci Burton has written a fun, sexy, steamy, and fast paced story about romance, love and hockey. It kept me involved from start to finish, and made me feel like I was sitting in my local hockey arena cheering on my team. I just love these sports themed romances, and mixing in a little Christmas magic to this one was sheer perfection on Ms. Burton’s part IMO. Who can resist a sexy hockey player anyway. ;-)

Until next time, happy reading and Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Reviewed by Marcie

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Jaci BurtonJaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at for excerpts, her blog and contest information.


Harlequin Holiday Reads Blog Tour-The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts

Harlequin Holiday Reads Blog Tour-The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts


The Lodge on Holly Road
Life in Icicle Falls #6
by Sheila Roberts
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Genre: contemporary, romance

The Lodge on Holly Road

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 28, 2014

How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back…

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he’s a widower, he’s lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the mall (in his Santa suit!) and takes him to Icicle Falls. She’s arranged a special Christmas at the lodge owned by long-widowed Olivia Wallace and her son, Eric. And yet…Brooke wants Dad to be happy, but she’s not ready to see someone else’s mommy kissing Santa Claus.

Single mom Missy Monroe brings her kids to the lodge, too. Lalla wants a grandma for Christmas, and her brother, Carlos, wants a dog. Missy can’t provide either one. What she’d like is an attractive, dependable man. A man like John Truman… But John’s girlfriend will be joining him in Icicle Falls, and he’s going to propose.

Of course not everything goes as planned. But sometimes the best gifts are the ones you don’t expect!


REVIEW: THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is the sixth installment in Sheila Roberts’ Life in Icicle Falls contemporary romance series focusing on the people of Icicle Falls. Although this is the sixth in the continuing Life in Icicle Falls series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from third person point of view THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is an ensemble storyline that focuses on three families (the Claussens, the Monroes, the Wallaces) and the Christmas celebrations at Icicle Creek Lodge- a bed and breakfast where Christmas wishes do come true. Sixty something widow Olivia Wallace is the owner and proprietor of Icicle Creek Lodge and is renowned for her Christmas celebrations. This year, a number of guests will discover love, happiness and a future at Olivia’s bed and breakfast.

As the holiday celebrations build Santa will find himself a new Mrs. Claus(sen), a broken heart will find a new love, and a grieving daughter will discover that life does go on. A little girl’s hopes for a grandma and a young boy’s loss of Christmas spirit will give Santa pause for thought when the guests at Icicle Creek Lodge pull together to make Christmas a celebration everyone will remember. And a single mother of two will find love and happiness when least expected.

A few of the previous storyline characters make an appearance in a secondary and supporting role giving the holiday storyline a familiarity with fans of the Life in Icicle Falls series.

THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is a sweet holiday story about loss, grief and a promise for the future for all three families at Icicle Creek Lodge. The bonds of friendship and love will blossom for three couples as they embark on a new life and a happily ever after at the Lodge in Icicle Falls.


1. Summer in a Small Town: Welcome To Icicle Falls
2. Better Than Chocolate
3. Merry Ex-mas
4. What She Wants
5. The Cottage on Juniper Ridge
6. The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane
7. The Lodge on Holly Road
8. A Wedding on Primrose Street (July 2015)

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Reviewed by Sandy

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1. How do you choose which couple will be featured in a holiday storyline?

Great question! And thanks for having me, by the way.

I must say, before I start playing matchmaker with my couples I usually have a theme or idea in mind. The Lodge on Holly Road started with the question, “What would happen if Santa lost his holiday spirit?” and moved on from there. What if a man who loved Christmas, who’d always played Santa for family and friends and then worked as a department store Santa, suddenly got all Santa-ed out? What would make a person want to give up on the holidays? (In James Claussen’s case, it was facing Christmas as a widower, trying to get through his first holiday without his wife.) That question of course, leads to the important story question, “What would it take to give Santa back his holiday spirit?” Of course, those weren’t the only questions I had to ask for this book since I gathered an entire cast of characters at the Icicle Creek Lodge in search of a wonderful Christmas. I had a daughter who thought she knew what was best for her father, a man about to propose to the woman of his dreams and a single mom longing to give her children a perfect holiday, wishing she knew how to provide those things Santa can’t pull out of his bag of gifts, like a grandma and a daddy. Bringing them all to Icicle Falls and weaving their stories together was both challenging and fun. I hope readers will enjoy it.

2. When writing a series, is it more difficult or easier to write a holiday themed storyline that features all or most of the previous storyline couples? e.g. ensemble storylines

When you’re writing about a town full of people you can’t always bring back everyone in every book, but I tried to make sure many of readers favorites put in an appearance in this one. After all, it’s Christmas and there are plenty of gatherings and opportunities for old friends to catch up. In The Lodge on Holly Road Olivia Wallace finally gets a little more time center stage. And Dot Morrison and Muriel Sterling, and Pat Wilder, who owns the bookstore, will all be present. And, who knows? By the end of the story Icicle Falls might have a new resident.

~~Sheila Roberts ~~

About The author

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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, “On Strike for Christmas” was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


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Fairy Tale in New York by Nicky Wells-a review

Fairy Tale in New York by Nicky Wells- review

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Fairy Tale in New York
by Nicky Wells
Genre: contemporary, romance
Release Date: November 10, 2014

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New York. A restaurant near Park Avenue. It’s early evening, and dusk is falling. So is the snow. Jude and Carrie are only killing time while they wait for their flight to London. They don’t know yet that their life will never be the same.

When rock star Jude gets stranded in New York with his family on Christmas Eve, he has no idea that he is setting in motion a chain of events that will turn their Christmas into the most magical one yet…

No good deed goes unpunished, or so it seems to Jude and Carrie on the morning of the twenty-fourth of December. The previous day, they gave up their London-bound flights to someone in crisis. And now, a spectacular whiteout is grounding all planes, and Jude, Carrie, and baby Maya are stuck far from home.

Tired, hungry, and just a little panicked, Jude loads his family into a cab and returns to their hotel. But there’s no room at the inn, and not even a platinum credit card will make a difference. Snow is falling heavily, and the family is facing a very bleak night indeed.

How do you celebrate Christmas with no place to stay, no food, and no presents? Join Jude, Carrie, Maya and a cast of colourful characters in this fairy tale story of Yuletide in New York.


Fairy Tale in New York, a Holiday Novella, written by Author Nicky Wells, is the story of Jude, Carrie, and baby Maya. We first meet these characters in a previous novel titled Spirits of Christmas. Although I have not read the story with which these characters were first introduced, Ms. Wells brings her protagonists to life with such depth, and emotion, I felt a connection instantly. Considering the turn of events that have occurred for me personally this year, the magical season of the Holidays spent amongst family, and friends, has brought more magic, and comfort into my life than ever before. I needed an uplifting, festive holiday story to continue the feel good vibes. Fairy Tale in New York delivers such, in more than name only.

After a three week tour with his Rock Band The Blood Roses; our journey begins with Jude, and his long time girlfriend Carrie, awaiting a flight to spend their first Christmas as a family at home. Jude is a talented musician, who’s passion and love of his music shines through in this story. Although moderately known, and recognized by many, Jude has yet to make the “big time.” Despite being an honest to goodness Rock Star…readers get a sense of the caring, compassionate heart at the core of this man, very early on. Jude makes a split second decision, and gives up his plane ticket home, to an utterly frantic man, who’s wife has went into unexpected labor Christmas Eve. Not wishing to be separated, Carrie, and baby Maya stay behind as well, and the little family plans to take a later flight out.

Enter an Epic winter storm that grounds all flights. Fully booked hotels everywhere they turn. A city far from home with no contacts, friends, or loved ones to turn to….and this families dreams of the perfect holiday, fast becomes a nightmare far beyond anything they could have anticipated. All seems bleak, until a chance meeting with a man named Ray–during an impromptu winter stroll–changes everything. As the story unfolds, we see Jude’s one act of kindness extended towards a desperate stranger in need, create a chain of events that turn the couple’s worst nightmare; into the most magical fairy tale Christmas they could have ever experienced.

Nicky Wells manages to pack so much hope, goodwill, and inspiration into 131 pages, it is astounding. Once I became aware that things were turning around for the better for this little family, I found myself utterly dazzled by the Holiday magic woven into this story. A readers faith, and trust in humanity will be restored by the empathy, kindness, and compassion exchanged amongst complete strangers. And a wonderful twist will teach the lesson of being kind always, to everyone you meet…because you never know what, or “who” that person could turn out to be.

Fairytale in New York lives up to its Title. It is a fast paced, fantastic read that will leave you smiling for days to come. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and consider this a must read for any Holiday TBR list. Bravo Ms. Wells, I certainly look forward to catching up on this talented Authors other work.

Reviewed by Miranda

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Nicky WellsYup. That’s me! :-) And I love rock music. I adore rock stars. They turn my head even today. Let’s face it–who could be a better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a soft heart doing magic up on that stage?

My favourite bands include Bon Jovi, Europe, FM, Heart, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Muse, AC/DC… the list goes on and on. I’ve always wondered what would happen when the girl next door (me?) meets a rock star. And that’s why I write what I write. Dive in and share the dream!


Cover Reveal-Behind the Door by Alexandrea Weis & M. Clarke

Cover Reveal-Behind the Door by Alexandrea Weis & M.Clarke

Behind The Door

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 28, 2015

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After the love of her life walks out the door, Abby Simmons is depressed, run down, and overwhelmed. Working long days as an attorney in a busy firm is sucking the life out of her and Abby feels she is at the end of her rope. Then, a co-worker recommends a new type of spa called Paradise. He promises their therapies will shake off her lethargy and help her to regain her sparkle. Skeptical, but very curious, Abby decides to visit the establishment. At first, what she hears sounds too good to be true, but soon Abby uncovers a whole new world of pleasure that quickly becomes her undoing.

Step behind the door to embark on a journey where surrendering to desire is only the beginning. Welcome to Paradise.



Before I could react, he had pried my legs apart and was working along my inner right thigh, moving slowly upward. By now, my reservations were gone and I surrendered to him. And when his fingers reached the junction between my legs, I gasped when his hands slipped under my butt and gripped my cheeks, squeezing them in his hands. He could see every intimate part of me, I was sure of it. Letting go of my butt, his hands came around to my folds. At that moment, when his finger slipped between my legs, I clapped my hand over my mouth, suppressing my scream.

His fingers moved along my folds, tracking my wetness up and down. I was so wet at this point that my insides heaved with desire as he stroked me. I wanted to cry out, ask him what he was doing, but I didn’t. I let him manipulate my folds, slowly, methodically bringing me to orgasm. My hips began rocking in time with his hands. God, those hands were making me feel things I never thought possible. I could feel my climax building, like a wave caught in the shallows it was gaining momentum, waiting to wash over me.

I was at his mercy now. I ached for release and was willing to do anything to achieve it. But when his finger inched back and forth over my vagina, teasing me with the promise of what was to come. I bit my lip, desperate for him to penetrate me. His fingers did not wait long to slip inside of me, and when I felt the pressure of him moving deeper, I arched my back and moaned. He was rubbing back and forth over that spot, the one so many men try to find but give up. Well, Mr. Hands knew exactly where my spot was, and as he slowly moved in and out of me, I knew I was going to come harder than I had ever come before.


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m clarkeMary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed


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Alexandrea Weis

alexandrea-weis1Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

To read more about Alexandrea Weis or her books, you can go to the following sites

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The Surrogate Husband by Wynter Daniels – a Review

The Surrogate Husband by Wynter Daniels – a Review


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To have and to hoax…

Wild child lingerie store owner Lucy Hamilton is a happily confirmed bachelorette. As far as she’s concerned, men are something best enjoyed in small doses, never to be allowed too close. Then Lucy’s mother tells her Aunt Bev that Lucy has eloped and is married—a tiny lie only meant to appease the dying woman…until Aunt Bev miraculously recovers. Now Lucy needs to find a “husband” for an upcoming family wedding, and fast.

Fortunately, Lucy’s ridiculously hot, ridiculously straitlaced new accountant Dex Levian is willing to be her stand-in spouse for the weekend. And that’s when the trouble really begins. For starters, Dex’s “involvement” with a client―no matter how irresistible―might ruin a merger he hopes will make his career. Worse still, the chemistry between Dex and Lucy is more than convincing―it’s sizzling. But for Lucy, falling for her fake new husband is the most dangerous thing she can do…


The Surrogate Husband by Wynter Daniels is not my usual read, but once started, I couldn’t put it down.

The will they, won’t they was rather predictable, but the story was still a fantastic read. The tension and sizzle factor was off the scale sometimes  The large cast of characters are well developed as well as captivating with their own personalities.

Lucy is a confirmed bachelorette after a failed engagement to a man who turned out to be a tyrant, (very much like her overpowering father). She owns her own business, thanks to her generous but aging Aunty, (who we find out would like to see her niece happily married before she dies.)

It has left Lucy with some emotion scars. She is now more a love them and leave them, before they leave her person.

Dex is Lucy’s accountant, and hasn’t met her before. He is so taken and drawn to Lucy upon meeting her that he agrees to play the part of her husband, to help Lucy make her aunt’s request come true.

But what Dex doesn’t tell anyone is the clause that forbids any client involvement as part of his employment contract. Anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Misunderstood moments, embarrassing moments and then the naughty moments

This then begins to complicate things. Dex wants more than Lucy is willing to give. When things take a downward slide, where will Lucy land ? When they are going to be forced to come clean, what will happen to their temporary marriage ?

The Surrogate Husband was a fun read, and I had a great time dipping into their life.

Reviewed by Julie B.

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Ski Slope Sparks (A Christmas Romance Novella) by Monique Dubois-a review

Ski Slope Sparks (A Christmas Romance Novella) by Monique Dubois-a review

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Ski Slope Sparks
A Christmas Romance Novella
Christmas Encounters
by Monique Dubois
Release Date: November 11, 2014

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 11, 2014

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Jamie Fielding has been counting the days until her Christmas ski vacation. Unfortunately, when her cheating boyfriend cancels at the last minute, it looks as though she’ll be spending Christmas Eve alone. Instead, a bad case of altitude sickness lands her in the resort infirmary where she finds herself in the company of a sexy, charismatic doctor. After a passion-filled night in a cozy ski cabin, Jamie awakens in the arms of the best Christmas present ever…Dr. Wyatt Tremaine. Their newfound bond is threatened, however, when lovers from their pasts show up. Luckily, the magic of the season prevails, and soon Jamie and Wyatt are in each other’s arms again, experiencing the kind of sparks that are destined to light an enduring fire…and give them a Christmas to remember.


REVIEW: Has this bone chilling weather been leaving you feeling down or trapped indoors unable to go out for some fun? Well worry not my peeps! Curl up with this cute yet sexy book, a warm fleece throw, and most importantly a hot toddy laced with rum and why not top that off with lots of whipped cream? Might as well splurge on this guilty pleasure.

Enjoy this fast paced read with Jamie Fielding and Wyatt Tremaine who are in the wrong relationships run into each other. The chemistry and attraction is instant. I admit at first I thought it was Jamie being emotionally vulnerable since her boyfriend bailed on her and filled her with doubt whether he is faithful to her or not but as the book goes on you realize her boyfriend is a mega jerk to her that she should’ve of chucked the guy sooner. The same goes for Wyatt, his girlfriend came off as a conceited, egotistical Barbie doll who loves herself too much to love anyone else.

Even though this book is really short at a whopping 50 some pages, the author makes up for intensity of the attraction and the couple love scene. She also has some very likeable elements. I really appreciated that Jamie was relatable. I like that the woman was voluptuous with curves because us average women need love too. Both Jamie and Wyatt were likeable though I would’ve desired to get to know them more had the book been longer.

Overall this book was a fun and sexy play on fantasies. So if anyone ever fantasized about being with a hot doctor or canoodling with a lover in a comfy ski cabin then this is your chicken soup right here.

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Reviewed by Xtina


About the Author

Monique DuBois is a bestselling author who loves creating steamy romance stories about strong women and sexy men that she hopes will keep you up late at night…in more ways than one.

Monique can be easily bribed with cupcakes and wine, and she really enjoys long bubble baths and a good book. She also loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her website.

Monique is well known for her Jet-Setting Escort (A Curvy Girl Erotic Romance) series. To learn more about Monique’s books and sign up for her new release list, visit

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Beyond The Past (Supernatural Renegades #2) by Carly Fall-a review

BEYOND THE PAST (Supernatural Renegades #2) by Carly Fall-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 13, 2014

While trapped in a convenience store on a snowy New Year’s Eve, Marine Lucas Tate made a promise to his childhood sweetheart and future wife, Gabby—he would never leave her side again.

Twelve years later, he’s done just that…

While serving in Guatemala, Lucas survived an accident that left him with the supernatural capability of seeing visions of people dying before they actually do. To protect Gabby from his secret and those who gave him the ability, Lucas leaves her, drops out of society, and becomes homeless on the streets of Reno, Nevada—until, one day, he is given a chance at a new life by a stranger who calls himself Joe Smith, on the condition that he sober up and regain his physical strength.

Anger and sadness become Gabby Tate’s companions as she struggles to get by without her husband. In her search for answers, she finds herself caught up in a world she never knew existed, and suffers greatly at the hands of those hunting Lucas.

Reunited by fate, Lucas and Gabby must join forces to stop his persecutors. Through betrayal and heartbreak, Lucas must reveal his secrets to Gabby, who is now faced with the biggest decision of her life: Can she go beyond the past and forgive Lucas for breaking his promise to her not once, but twice?


REVIEW: BEYOND THE PAST is the second installment in Carly Fall’s contemporary, adult Supernatural Renegades paranormal romance series focusing on a team of former marines whose last secret mission to Guatemala left each member of the platoon with a supernatural power. This is former marine Lucas Tate and realtor Gabby Tate’s storyline. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty.

The focus of the series follows each Marine as he returns home to a different world. The military demands complete silence and secrecy from each of the returnees otherwise termination –from life-is next on the horizon. Life will become too difficult and lonely when the government orders complete compliance resulting in emotional and physical stress for each of our survivors. While Lucas roams the streets of Reno –homeless and hungry-his wife of twelve years finds herself the victim of a brutal attack and kidnapping.

The relationship between Gabby and Lucas has already been established but twelve years of marriage has been destroyed by the dark and dangerous secrets Lucas is unable to reveal. With the increasing threats escalading against his wife and his life, Lucas decides Gabby will be safer if he disappeared for good. But an unexpected meeting from a former member of his platoon will put everything into perspective when he is given a chance to clean up and move forward with his life. Enter the mysterious Joe Smith who makes Lucas an offer he cannot refuse.

We are introduced to Garrett ‘Honey’ Bloom, another former marine buddy whose specialized talent is for the ‘bears’. While Lucas’s ability to see visions of impending death leaves him haunted and exhausted, Garrett’s ability is more animalistic in behavior and nature. Joe Smith returns as the mentor each marine will need to survive as he begins to amass a private firm of protectors for the rich and famous. Brody and Rayna from book one BY SEA return when Lucas and Gabby get a bit of time for a little R&R. The government’s secret ‘Group Nine’ continue to hunt for each of the missing marines and in this there are many more stories to tell.

BEYOND THE PAST is a storyline of suspense, action, second chances and love. A government experiment that went horribly wrong has resulted in changed lives and damaged DNA yet we are no closer to uncovering the who and the why. I think a little more background information is needed.

Carly Fall writes from the heart: her heroes are human, vulnerable and real, and their stories are heartbreaking and sad. The little bit of supernatural storyline blends easily with the contemporary world of romance and love. Our heroes will get their happily ever after but it won’t always be an easy path they follow.

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Reviewed by Sandy


Marked (Dark Protectors #7) by Rebecca Zanetti-Review and Blog Tour

Marked (Dark Protectors 37) by Rebecca Zanetti-Review and Blog Tour

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Dark Protectors #7
by Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: adult,contemporary, paranormal,romance
Release Date: December 1, 2014

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 22, 2014

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice.

ABOUT THE SERIES from Rebecca Zanetti:

The Kayrs family leads not only the vampire nation, but also the Realm, which is a coalition of vampires, shifters, and witches. Years ago, an evil vampire race called the Kurjans declared war on the Realm by creating a deadly virus that infects vampire mates. The virus attacks chromosomal pairs and takes mates from immortal to human, and maybe down to death. No cure for the virus has been found for mates, and the vampires, who are male only, know that time is running short.


REVIEW: MARKED is the seventh and final installment in Rebecca Zanetti’s adult, contemporary Dark Protectors paranormal romance series. This is prophetess and human Janie Kayrs and vampire/warrior Zane Kyllwood’s storyline-a friends to lovers storyline that started when Janie was a small child.

As the Chosen One and human daughter of vampire leading Talen Kayrs, Janie knows that that to succeed with what the prophecies have ordained, she must attend the peace talk accords between the supernatural powers of The Realm. There, she will come face to face with the man who has visited her dreams since she was a four year old child.

Zane Kyllwood has known that Janie would one day be his mate, but there is a war on the horizon and several angry, male vampires are waiting to destroy everything that Zane represents. Zane is not the man everyone thought him to be, and in this, Zane’s history and family connections will place Janie and everyone she loves in danger.

Zane and Janie have a prior connection-one that continues in a dream walking state where Janie enters another realm to communicate with both the living and the dead. Here, Janie feels safe from any threats until the dreams turn into a reality. Zane has been Janie’s otherworld companion since childhood and now it is time to claim Janie as his own.

The premise follows the continuing struggle to find a cure for Virus 27-a flu like virus developed by the Kurjans that infects vampire mates and attacks the chromosomal pairs eventually rendering the supernatural back to a human like state. All, if not most, of the previous storyline couples play a supporting and secondary role throughout the story as the vampires continue to battle the virus, the Kurjans and the demons who have sided with the enemy.

MARKED is the culmination of several storylines, the search for a cure and a happily ever after for the vampire nation, their family, and their friends. There are moments of humor, betrayal, action, heartbreak and love all blended into a storyline where Janie will be targeted by two warring factions of The Realm for it is said that Janie is the key to everyone’s survival. As the powers battle for control, Janie will have to battle a man who is determined to protect Janie-at all costs.

Rebecca Zanetti’s MARKED is a passionate conclusion to the Dark Protector series. The good guys will win; the bad guys will lose; and the future will be revealed when another young child begins walking through dreams of her own.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Rebecca ZanettiNew York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. Her current publishers are Kensington, Grand Central, and Entangled. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Dark Protectors, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers
series. Upcoming series are: The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome. Find Rebecca at: Goodreads / Website/ Facebook / Twitter

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