Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboys and Captives 1-2) by Lora Leigh-a review

Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboys and Captives 1-2) by Lora Leigh-a review

Rugged Texas Cowboy

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RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2017

COWBOY AND THE CAPTIVE
Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

COWBOY AND THE THIEF
Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

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REVIEW: Not proud to admit this, so the past few months I have been on a Lora Leigh sabbatical. Life gets busy and such. After reading Rugged Texas Cowboy, one thought I have is, “What the heck was I thinking taking a break from Lora Leigh?!” I absolutely adored reading this book.

So much to enjoy about this book, where do I even begin? Guess I will start with the interesting concepts Lora beautifully wove into her books to bring her couples together. In the first story, you get the evil and good twin concept. When evil twin Maria goes too far, Brother Joe takes matters into his own hands deliberately leaving good twin Melina in his friend’s ranch to protect her on pretense she is the evil twin for his friend to straighten up. So while Luc is bent on revenge against Maria for a past incident, he is internally warring with himself why “Maria” is different than 2 years ago. Reading the power struggles between Luc and Melina was beyond amusing. Luc intent on teaching “Maria” a lesson not knowing he has the wrong sister. Melina’s constant pleas to prove her innocence Luc has her confused for her twin. Eventually Luc does figure things out. Cherry on top was good triumphing over evil or in other words, good twin wins over evil twin.

The second story had the interesting concept of a family heirloom legend in a torque that holds a special power. Story is the torque is passed down from mother to daughter in which the torque has the power to bestow love and happiness pretty much a good long marriage with the man the torque leads the daughter to. In the beginning of the story, Angel is so cold and aloof that one would find it hard to believe that she is holding on to the hope of the torque leading her to the man she is destined to spend forever with. I have to admit I did feel for Angel. To hope and hold on to the promise of something you really want but to also at the same time lose hope it’s going to come true. Little did I know Jack was the same way about finding love but coped with it differently by becoming a playboy.

Let’s be honest but sometimes you just want some erotica, kinky, raunchy sexy fun call it whatever you want sexy type of fun. Kinky, raunchy fun is Lora Leigh’s style and did not fail to deliver. Yes we get anal and bdsm that is tastefully written. While the love scenes were immensely enjoyable, I really appreciated that the depth of feelings was not sacrificed. What was beyond amusing in both couples was in the internal struggles how the other person was getting under their skin and into their hearts.

This is the fourth series of Lora Leigh’s that I’ve read and I have to say she is a firm favorite author to me. This book only confirmed that I will continue to read and enjoy her books for a good long time. Good triumphing over evil, good twin vs. evil twin, jewelry with magical powers, and so much more to love. While I can understand some reservations about not reading literotica, why not give it a chance and why not start with a Lora Leigh book. You get wonderful play on fantasies and yes the story and character development is not sacrificed. Highly recommending this book.

Reviewed by Xtina

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Nauti Angel (Nauti #9 : Nauti Girls #5) by Lora Leigh-Review & Giveaway

NAUTI ANGEL (Nauti #9: Nauti Girls #5) by Lora Leigh-Review and Giveaway

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NAUTI ANGEL
Nauti #9 / Nauti Girls #5
by Lora Leigh
Genre: adult, contemporary,erotic, romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Nauti Angel

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 7, 2017

Angel Calloway is no saint. But when the rough and reckless mercenary shows up in Somerset, she makes a lasting impression on the young Mackay girls, especially Bliss. Their mother Chaya, on the other hand, plans on keeping a suspicious eye on Angel. As the wife of the notorious Natches Mackay, she can tell when her family is being played.

Former Army investigator Reece “Duke” Duquaine can’t help but be curious about the mysterious and sexy new woman in town, and he’s determined to uncover Angel’s secrets. And though his desire for her threatens to consume him, when Duke has the truth about Angel in his sights, he’ll have to take his shot…

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REVIEW: NAUTI ANGEL is the fifth instalment in Lora Leigh’s contemporary, adult NAUTI GIRLS, and the ninth instalment in the author’s NAUTI erotic, romance series focusing on the Mackay family of Somerset, Kentucky. The Nauti Girls is a spin-off/companion series to Lora’s NAUTI series focusing on the next generation of the Mackay cousins and siblings. This is mercenaries for hire Angel Calloway, and Reese ‘Duke’ Duquaine Mackay’s story line. Angel Calloway is the missing and presumed dead daughter of Chaya Mackay (Natches’ wife); Duke is Rowdy, Dawg and Natches’ cousin. NAUTI ANGEL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but if you are interested in Natches and Chaya’s back story, and the events leading to the loss of Angel ‘aka Beth’, their story begins in Nauti Dreams (book 3 of the NAUTI series.

SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately twenty years earlier government agent, interrogator and profiler Chaya Dane, while on assignment in Iraq, had been captured and tortured by the Iraqi army. Hours later Marine sniper Natches Mackay would rescue the woman with whom he would fall in love but not before discovering that Chaya’s daughter Bethany had been brought to Iraq by her ex in a botched attempt to destroy his wife. An explosion at the local hotel would kill Chaya’s three year old daughter leaving Chaya a shell of her former self.

Told from several third person perspectives including Angel and Duke NAUTI ANGEL follows several paths including the building romance between Angel Calloway and Duke Mackay, and the acrimonious reunion between twenty three year old Angel Calloway aka Beth Dane, and her mother Chaya Mackay-a reunion that finds our heroine struggling to acknowledge the truth about the woman she believes abandoned her own daughter twenty years earlier. Angel, along with her mercenary partners Duke Mackay and his brother Ethan Duquaine, and Angel’s foster brothers Tracker and Chance, have found themselves guardian and protectors of Natches’ daughter Bliss, a young fifteen year old girl who recognizes a kindred spirit in our story line heroine. What ensues is the battle to protect Bliss Mackay from an unknown threat; the growing but tumultuous rekindling relationship between mother and daughter; and the building love between Angel and Duke-a relationship forged through battle and blood.

Angel Calloway aka Bethany Dane knew hardship from an early age: surviving a hotel bombing, gun shots, stabbings and an attempted rape, Angel, along with her foster brothers and the family that found her amongst the bombed out ruin of an Iraqi hotel, would become well paid mercenaries for hire, something Angel has trained for all of her life. Meeting her biological mother, a woman Angel believes to have abandoned her eldest daughter and left her to die, finds our heroine struggling to be accepted by the family her mother has chosen to love.

NAUTI ANGEL reunites a large number of the original NAUTI series characters and couples including Rowdy, Dawg and Natches Mackay, their spouse, wives and growing families, as well as Rowdy’s father Raymond Mackay, and chief of police Alex Jansen.

The world building continues to focus on the Mackay family dynamics; the close knit group of extended cousins and siblings, their connections to Somerset, Kentucky, and the on going struggle to protect one another against outside forces.

NAUTI ANGEL has all the feels of a welcome back hug; the familiarity of the Mackay cousins, their over active sexual desires; and their awe-inspiring and intimidating heroics as they contemplate, calculate and set into action a series of plans designed to take down, and take out the evil penetrating the safe guards of the Mackay family lands. The premise is heart breaking as one woman struggles with issues of abandonment, and the inability to trust beyond her inner circle-falling in love is something new when she loses her heart and her soul to Duke Mackay; the characters are familiar, colorful and charismatic; the romance is passionate, erotic and intense. NAUTI ANGEL is an energetic and touching story of family, friendship and love.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Wake A Sleeping Tiger (Breeds #31) by Lora Leigh-a review

WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER (Breeds #31) by Lora Leigh-a review

Wake a Sleeping Tiger

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 21, 2017

On a moonless Navajo night, the recessed Bengal Breed known only as Judd became Cullen Maverick, grandson to one of the Chiefs of the Six Tribes of the Native Americans.

Bengal genetics, usually so fierce as to be labeled primal, was recessed so deep inside Judd that no hint of it can be found. A phenomena so rare it’s been notated only a few times. And there’s no way, it’s believed, to force those genetics free once they’ve disappeared past the genetic level.

Now, as commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Division in Window Rock, New Mexico, Cullen leads his six agents in protecting the treasures of the Navajo Tribes by ensuring they remain safely in Navajo possession.

Added to this mix is none other than the delicate Window Rock police detective determined to stick her pretty little nose in his business.

And once Cullen realized the animosity that keeps flaming between them is far more than he imagined, then the Primal Breed that’s lurked inside him comes out to play. And when that beast decides to make itself known, Cullen suddenly remembers all the reasons it was better off sleeping.

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REVIEW: WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER is the thirty first installment in Lora Leigh’s contemporary, adult BREEDS erotic, paranormal romance series focusing on a government experiment that went horribly wrong. This is Bengal breed, and commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency Cullen Maverick (aka Judd Cross), and Covert Ops agent Chelsea Martinez’s story line. WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading some of the earlier story lines for back story and cohesion. Each chapter throughout WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER begins with a journal entry focusing on the Primal Bengal male by Cullen’s brother Graeme Maverick.

SOME BACKGROUND: Years earlier, trying to create the ultimate warrior, scientists combined animal DNA with human embryos resulting in a species that has been feared and tortured since their inception. This is NOT a series about animal shifters, but a series about a hybridized species of human and animal DNA. Lora Leigh adds some background to the series with an introduction about The World of the Breeds and a prologue (2) focusing on the The Breeds and the Primal Breed.

Told from several third person points of view including Chelsea and Cullen WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER follows the acrimonious relationship between agent Chelsea Martinez and Cullen Maverick. Cullen is a recessed Primal male whose Breed genes have not completely manifested throughout his lifetime but something about Chelsea Martinez calls to Cullen’s inner tiger – a call Cullen has ignored for far too many years. But a price has been placed on Chelsea’s life following the rescue of a young child with connections to the local cartel, and Chelsea has been targeted for by an unknown source. What ensues is the search for the people responsible for the continued threats and attempts against Chelsea’s life, and Cullen’s realization that Chelsea is the mate that calls to his heart.

The feline Breed is a rarity but even more so are the recessed Primal Breeds and Cullen’s atypical genetics have forced our story line hero to ignore the clues as it pertains to his mate. Once married to a woman who had no hope for survival Cullen pushed aside his feelings and emotions until the woman he has known for most of her life walked away and stirred something deep within Cullen’s beast. The threats against Chelsea increase, and the people responsible are not necessarily the obvious choice ( although as a reader, the guilty party was quickly deduced but not for reasons that are readily apparent).

WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER is a detailed story line and a change of pace from the confusing and convoluted story line thrown at the reader in Bengal’s Quest (Breeds #30). There is a large cast of secondary and supporting characters including several familiar previous story line couples and characters including Cassie Sinclair and Graeme Maverick. WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER, as per Lora Leigh’s style of writing, ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and some revealing information about new characters related to some of our favorite families. There are moments of heartbreak and betrayal; romance and love; tragedy and passionate loss. The premise is intriguing and intoxicating; the characters are colorful, animated and dynamic; the romance is provocative, seductive and intense. WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER is a nice change of pace from the author’s recent baffling story lines.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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Intense Pleasure (Bound Hearts #14) by Lora Leigh-a review

INTENSE PLEASURE (Bound Hearts #14) by Lora Leigh-a review

Intense Pleasure

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 3, 2017

Sexy, scintillating, and secretive, Intense Pleasure is the story of hidden desires and illicit romance. When danger threatens a woman, the two men who crave her, cannot live without her, will stop at nothing to protect her life… and satisfy every burning desire she has. They must stay bound together to be stronger than what hunts her, and let passion consume them…

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Her name is Summer, as beautiful and occasionally fierce as her name suggests. Her past has just come back to haunt her, and suddenly she’s not sure who she can trust. Her longtime confidantes Falcone and Raeg seem to have Summer’s best interests at heart. . .but it’s clear that their desire for her still burns between them. Can they find a way to keep Summer safe—or will a bitter rivalry stand in their way?

Falcone and Raeg need to work together, now more than ever, if they intend to protect Summer from an old enemy who knows her dangerous secret. When Summer’s identity as a sweet, Southern socialite gets out, the two men must find a way to draw out the ruthless assassin on her trail. . .and keep their illicit romance with her under wraps. But some passions are so intense they can’t remain hidden.

What are Falcone and Raeg willing to risk for the woman they both crave like no other, in Intense Pleasure, the next Bound Hearts novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.

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REVIEW: INTENSE PLEASURE is the fourteenth installment in Lora Leigh’s contemporary adult BOUND HEART erotic, romantic ménage, suspense series. This is former CIA agents Summer Calhoun, Estaban ‘Falcon’ Falcone, and John Raeg’s story line. INTENSE PLEASURE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information is revealed where necessary. Falcon, Raeg and Summer were first introduced to the reader in the previous installment-SECRET PLEASURE-Summer is Alyssa’s best friend.

NOTE: INTENSE PLEASURE is a M/F/M storyline with graphic sexual situations and language.

Told from three third person perspectives (Summer, Falcon, Raeg) INTENSE PLEASURE is a friends to lovers story line that focuses on the struggling professional and personal relationship between former CIA operatives and one-time partners Summer Cahoun, and half-brothers Falcon Falcone and John Raeg.

Summer was tired; the threat of death always a step behind and our heroine is willing to walk away from the men that she loved to face a quiet future at home, and alone. But an old enemy has come out of hiding, and Summer and her family have been targeted in a game of revenge. Enter Falcon and Raeg, the two men who are willing to walk way from the woman they love in order to protect their hearts and her soul. What ensues is the struggle to remain professional in the face of danger; and the battle between family and the path your heart has chosen.

The professional relationship between Summer, Falcon and Raeg has already been established prior to the story line premise. It is Summer’s decision to walk away that forces half-brothers Falcon and Raeg to go after the woman that calls to their heart-a woman they know they do not deserve. Raeg’s backstory is heartbreaking, and his love for Summer struggles with demons from his past. Falcon is a man determined to hold onto the woman they love for as long as possible even if is means walking away when their latest assignment is done. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. There is plenty of palpable sexual energy between the leading characters, and some heartbreaking moments as Summer comes to terms with losing the men that she loves.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including all of Summer, Falcon, and Raeg’s extended families-all members or former members of the CIA, Special Ops or various covert government agencies.

INTENSE PLEASURE is a seductive story of three people who have fallen in love but refuse to admit their deepest desires. The premise is moving and stirring ; the romance is passionate, intimate and captivating; the characters are colorful and inspiring. INTENSE PLEASURE is a sexy and engaging tale from the pen of Lora Leigh.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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For Maggie’s Sake by Lora Leigh-a review

FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE by Lora Leigh-a review

For Maggie's Sake

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About the book: Release date December 13, 2016

You meet Joe Merino again in Dangerous Games. The sexy ex-Navy Seal now working with the DEA. Joe lost his chance with the woman he loved years before, but now, due to the danger that stalks her, he has a second chance. If he can save her first.

Maggie Samuels is in protective custody with a member of her former lover’s SEAL team. Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information from him about a powerful drug lord and the deaths of some SEALs. He intends to seduce her and get the information before she can sell it back to the drug cartel. But the desire crackles between them and their attraction is undeniable. How can Joe use her and leave her, when all he wants is to hold her close and never let go?

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REVIEW: FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE by Lora Leigh is a stand alone novella of romantic suspense originally released in the anthologies Real Men Do It Better, and Taken. FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE is loosely connected to Lora Leigh’s TEMPTING SEALS series. Clint McIntyre plays a supporting role in the current story line.

NOTE: There is some discrepancy and inconsistencies in the Goodreads blurb as it pertains to the current novella premise.

Told from dual third person perspectives-Maggie Samuels, and DEA agent Joe Merino- FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE follows Joe and Maggie’s rekindling romance when our heroine is taken into protective custody following the death of her estranged husband –a police detective working the wrong side of the law. The DEA suspect Maggie of being in collusion with a dangerous drug cartel, and Joe Merino is willing to do anything to prove Maggie is innocent of the crimes. What ensues is the rebuilding of trust and the reigniting of a love between two people who have never stopped loving one another.

Two years earlier, Maggie and Joe were lovers but a perceived betrayal found Maggie walking away, and into the arms of a man who hid his true deception and connection to Joe Merino. In the ensuing time Maggie’s husband grew more distant and angry, while Joe Merino watched from the sidelines as the woman he loved walked out of his life. Fast forward to present day, and our heroine has been implicated in a series of Cartel crimes that Joe Merino is hoping to prove wrong.

FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE is a very quick read; a story of romance and suspense; of one man’s struggle to keep his distance from the woman he loves; and one woman’s need to prove she is innocent of the charges brought about by the DEA. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense-Lora Leigh likes the use of the word ‘spurt’ and FOR MAGGIE’S SAKE is no exception. The sexual tension is palpable and strong. The premise is entertaining; the characters are broken and heartbreaking; the romance is a second chance at a happily ever after for two people destroyed by betrayal and lies.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Dirty Little Lies (Men of Summer #3) by Lora Leigh-a review

DIRTY LITTLE LIES (Men of Summer #3) by Lora Leigh-a review

Dirty LIttle Lies

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 30, 3016

THE HEART HAS ITS SECRETS.
Zack Richards knows he’s asking for trouble. Trying to protect a member of the notorious Maddox family could get a man killed—even a battle-scarred, muscle-ripped alpha like Zack. But the woman who has captured his wildest fantasies is nothing like the rest of her power-hungry clan. She’s innocent, beautiful, and has quickly become the one shining light in his dark, desperate world. The only woman worth fighting for…and dying for…

BUT PASSION NEVER LIES.
Her name is Grace Maddox—and everybody knows that she is a marked woman. Targeted for her family’s sins and hunted like a wild animal, Grace has no choice but to accept Zack’s protection. In his arms, she finally feels safe. In his eyes, she sees an insatiable desire that mirrors her own. But the truth is dangerous—and could end up tearing them apart. Will surrendering to Zack end up being the biggest mistake of Grace’s life?

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REVIEW: DIRTY LITTLE LIES is the third installment in Lora Leigh’s contemporary, adult MEN OF SUMMER erotic, romantic suspense series. This is Zack Richards and Grace Maddox’s story line. DIRTY LITTLE LIES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person points of view DIRTY LITTLE LIES focuses on the hunt for the truth. Someone has targeted Grace Maddox and our heroine is but a small diversion in a larger plot conspiring against two families, power and control. Enter Zack Richards, the man who has loved Grace Maddox for a number of years, and the man who is willing to place himself in danger to protect Grace from the person(s) intent on destroying her life. What ensues is the search for the truth; the uncovering of years of lies and deceit; and the heartbreak of betrayal and loss.

The relationship between Grace and Zack is one of unrequited love. Grace has loved Zack since she was a young child but has never felt Zack’s love and acceptance in return. Zack is a man determined to keep his distance; his secrets could destroy Grace, and with it any love the couple would have shared if given the chance. The $ex scenes are intense and erotic.

DIRTY LITTLE LIES is a detailed story line with an infinitely large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters, and herein lies a bit of a problem: too many characters, too many potential sub plots and ongoing issues, and too many marriages, affairs, half-siblings, and extended family members requiring an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the connections and relations. DIRTY LITTLE LIES is a story of romance and suspense but I found myself lost too many times trying to keep straight the relationships, the names and the affiliations thusly forgetting there was a building story behind the numerous characters.

DIRTY LITTLE LIES is an exciting and sexy story of betrayal, deceit and lies; of family and deception; of forgiveness and love. The premise is intriguing and imaginative; the romance is emotional and intense; the characters are spirited, tenacious and impassioned. Lora Leigh’s DIRTY LITTLE LIES is a provocative tale about greed, tragedy and ultimately, revenge.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Loving Lies
Wicked Lies
Dirty Little Lies

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Wicked Lies (Men of Summer #2) by Lora Leigh-a review

WICKED LIES (Men of Summer #2) by Lora Leigh-a review

Wicked Lies

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 1, 2015

HE’S TEMPTING FATE
Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she’s hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation …
SHE’S IN TOO DEEP
Jazz knows that Annie isn’t who she says she is-that she’s lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?

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REVIEW: WICKED LIES is the second installment in Lora Leigh’s adult, contemporary Men of Summer erotic, romantic suspense series. This is Jazz Lancing, and grade school teacher Annie Mayes’s storyline-a second chance romance for two people who believed they had lost one another ten years before. WICKED LIES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The first book in the series was released almost nine years ago.

Told from dual third person perspectives WICKED LIES revisits the small town of Loudoun, Tennessee where family secrets and mountain whispers speak of deadly games, the Kin, and the heartbreaking story about two young lovers torn apart before their romance began. The Maddox family lost a mother and daughter to a deadly New York hotel fire, and with it brought too many unanswered questions and ten years of grief and heartbreak.

Jazz has mourned the only woman he has ever loved for close to ten years; her death, and that of her mother’s, has weighed heavily upon many hearts throughout the small town of Loudoun, but none more so than Jazz Lansing’s. But two years ago the arrival of Annie Hayes brought with it a familiarity and fleeting moments of memories from long ago. Jazz knew Annie was hiding secrets and he was determined to uncover the truth behind Annie’s need to hide –in plain sight. Jazz’s reputation as a ‘love em and leave em’ alpha male left a sour note in our heroine’s feisty façade but Jazz’s need to protect Annie overrode everything else.

The relationship between Annie and Jazz is one of second chances; Annie has never forgotten the only man she has ever loved but eight years had passed without any contact, and her arrival in town brought with it the potential for death and chaos to anyone who got too close. Annie’s need to keep Jazz at arm’s length was for his own protection, and hers. The $ex scenes are erotic, seductive and hot but for a Lora Leigh storyline, the scenes are limited in number as compared to many of her previous books and novels.

The secondary and supporting characters include Jazz’s best friends Zack, Slade, and Slade’s wife Jessie from book one-Loving Lies. We are introduced to the Maddox Clan-brothers Cord, Sawyer and Deacon, and their father Vinny and aunt Luce, and Luce’s daughter Grace. The requisite evil comes from within the Kin, the Clan and the mountains of Tennessee-although not necessarily whom everyone suspected.

I did have one issue with this particular storyline and it involves the true identity of one of the leading characters. I am not saying nothing is impossible but colored contacts and a box of hair dye isn’t enough to mask someone’s real identity especially from family, close friends and the love of one’s life. The reality of the situation was far from believable but it is a story of fiction meant to entertain.

WICKED LIES is a quick but predictable read; an entertaining storyline about family and friends; betrayal and greed; second chances and a happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Secret Pleasure (Bound Hearts 13) by Lora Leigh-a review

SECRET PLEASURE (Bound Hearts #13) by Lora Leigh-a review

Secret Pleasure

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 18, 2015

Sebastian DeLoren and Shane Connor were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on Earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a crashing halt, Sebastian and Shane are left fighting their powerful family, risking it all to have Alyssa one more time…

Alyssa has closed off her heart. A senator’s daughter in the political spotlight, she’d rather be quiet and safe than feel the emotional intensity Sebastian and Shane roused within her years ago. But when the sexy cousins blaze their way back into her life, Alyssa cannot help but succumb to the heady pleasures the two men can give her. And as an unknown enemy draws near, Alyssa will need Sebastian and Shane to protect her…and satisfy every forbidden craving…

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REVIEW: SECRET PLEASURE is the 13th installment in Lora Leigh’s adult, contemporary BOUND HEARTS slightly, paranormal erotic romance series. This is Alyssa Hampstead, Sebastian DeLoren and Shane Connor’s storyline. SECRET PLEASURE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Several previous storyline characters play secondary and supporting roles. The Sinclair Men’s Club is but a hiccup in the overall story.

NOTE: SECRET PLEASURE is a M/F/M storyline with graphic $ex scenes and explicit sexual scenarios. If you are not a fan of ménage romance SECRET PLEASURE will not be for you.

Told from third person point of view SECRET PLEASURE follows the building relationship between Alyssa, Sebastian and his cousin Shane. While on summer vacation in Barcelona, Spain an eighteen year old Alyssa will meet up with the two men who have featured prominently in her sexual fantasies and dreams. For close to three months our trio explore one another’s bodies introducing Alyssa to a world of sexual pleasure she had never known. Sebastian and Shane believe they have found their soul bond in Alyssa but threats against the woman with whom they have fallen in love find our trio destroyed when eight years will pass before Sebastian and Shane are able to claim the woman who stole their hearts.

SECRET PLEASURE is a storyline awash in secrets, lies, espionage and revenge. Alyssa Hampstead will become a pawn in a much bigger game, at times leaving our heroine on the verge of death and struggling to survive. Eight years will pass before Alyssa is reunited with the two men that she loves and throughout the years her anger, humiliation and heartbreak have grown. Without knowing the truth behind Sebastian and Shane’s disappearance Alyssa has become a shadow of her former self-withdrawn, disheartened, and living in an emotional hell of sorrow and pain.

The relationship between Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane begins slowly as our heroine is only eighteen years old to the cousins’ twenty four. Sebastian and Shane begin to show Alyssa the pleasures of exploring the sexual unknown, teaching an inexperienced young woman what it is like to be loved by two men at the same time. The M/F/M $ex scenes are erotic, provocative and explicit.

SECRET PLEASURE covers eight years in the life of Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane. There are moments of intense pleasure and heartbreaking loss; betrayal, revenge and murderous rage. The premise not only focuses on the relationship between three colorful and engaging characters but also looks at the fall out from a life of greed, power, and dangerous family secrets. There is more than one person willing to destroy Alyssa’s happily ever after.

SECRET PLEASURE follows all of Lora Leigh’s signature sexual scenarios and romantic suspense storylines. There is a familiarity to the premise outline where the heroine falls in love with her two leading men ensuring everyone gets his or her happily ever after.

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

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