Brighter Than the Sun (KGI #11) by Maya Banks-a review

Brighter Than the Sun (KGI #11) by Maya Banks-a review

Brighter Than the Sun

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About the book: Release Date March 7, 2017

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…

Review:
Brighter than the Sun begins with the KGI team having some actual down time. The entire Kelly clan is home and things are quiet. It still amazes Joe that all of his brothers have settled down and the number of babies around is truly astonishing. He does know one thing though: he’s not ready to settle down and have a woman be his reason for being. Nope, not him…..

Rusty Kelly, Joe’s adopted sister, is contacted by her best friend from college, Zoe, who is on the run and needs Rusty’s help. That’s all it took for Rusty to set into motion a life changing series of events in order to keep Zoe safe and bring her to the Kelly home. Little did either of them know how truly life changing it would be.

Joe knows that Zoe is scared of something or someone. Even though she tries to present herself as self confident, he knows that she’s hiding something. He decides then and there to make it his mission to see if he can not only find out what’s going on, but to help her as well. As he gets to know Zoe, Rusty warns Joe not to hurt her. Joe tells Rusty that he knows Zoe is hiding something, but Rusty tells him it’s Zoe’s story to tell. Everyone in the family and KGI sees that Joe has claimed Zoe as his own, even if Zoe doesn’t know it yet. What follows is a heart wrenching story that will leave you turning the pages faster and faster.

I LOVED BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN!!!! I’m so glad we finally got Joe’s story. He is a straight up Kelly with his protective instinct when he finds the “one”. In my humble opinion, he fell harder than the others. There was just something about his thoughts that we were privy to that truly endeared him to me. Zoe is perfect for him. She’s kind and loving and just wants to “be”. Her childhood and background story will endear her to everyone who reads this story. The bonus with this story is we get to see a lot of Rusty and Sean. And, it’s not good. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to give anything away, but it had my heart breaking. HOLY HELL! If you’re a fan of Maya Banks and her KGI series, this one will not disappoint. As always, I want to be a member of the Kelly clan! Well done, Maya Banks! Very well done!

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Reviewed by Vickie M

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Souljacker (Lily Bound #1) by Yasmine Galenorn-a review

Souljacker (Lily Bound #1) by Yasmine Galenorn-a review

Souljacker

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About the book:Release Date March 7, 2017

Lily O’Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker–an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before–has escaped to reclaim his “artwork,” Lily knows she’s next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn’t expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim…

Review:
Souljacker begins with Lily finding a client dead in her salon and seeing a vampire misting towards her, only to stop and exit her home. (For clarity, she runs her salon in part of her home.) She calls the police and once they arrive, she’s told that it’s another vamp kill and that they’ll do what they can. The cop is a friend of Lily’s and tells her that these things aren’t high on their priority list and gives her the name of a private investigator that may be able to help. It doesn’t take long for another murder to occur and they soon discover that there is a common link: the killer is taking tattoos from the bodies of those he kills. They also discover that the tattoos were done by a former friend known as the Souljacker. Unfortunately said friend was attacked and turned by a vampire and instead of being staked, he was institutionalized at the behest of his father who is a very well connected businessman in town. The father also has ties to the leader of the vampires who is a money-hungry, power seeking vampire referred to as the Deadfather.

Once they realize that the Souljacker has escaped, Lily and her friends know that they are being targeted, as they have tattoos themselves that were done by the Souljacker himself. On top of that, the client who died in Lily’s salon was a Were and to say his wife is none too happy is a huge understatement. Lily finds herself on the receiving end of retaliation from the Were community more than once. Lily is also a member of Wynter’s court and seeks an audience with the Queen to let her know what has happened. Once there, Wynter tells her that she is to close her salon and is to enter into her service. Talk about a bad and life changing couple of days….

Yasmine Galenorn is known for the worlds she builds. I think this one will actually surprise some folks. The government is corrupt and seemingly in cahoots with the vampires. The vampires are thug-like in that they are almost like a mafia type organization and kill often and seem to feed on the fear as well as blood. I liked Lily. She is not a warrior-like character like most of the main female leads that Galenorn writes, but she is smart and cares about her friends deeply. I also liked Desmond Archer, the chaos demon PI. We don’t find out a lot about him, but I think he will have a back story that will be intriguing. The secondary characters are intriguing as well. As with any first story in a series, we don’t find out a lot about these characters, but I have a feeling they’ll play a huge part in the books to come. If you’re a fan of Galenorn and the worlds that she creates, you’ll definitely want to give this one a go. It did seem to drag a bit in places, but as I said, it is the first in the series, so I have high hopes for the next one. Well done, Yasmine Galenorn!

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Reviewed by Vickie M

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The Girl at the Bar by Nicholas Nash-Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

THE GIRL AT THE BAR by Nicholas Nash-Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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THE GIRL AT THE BAR
by Nicholas Nash
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, psychological, medical, thriller
The Girl at The Bar

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RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017

Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher, disappears after a one-night stand with a neurotic man with a questionable past.

Her sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up.

No one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath lurking in the shadows.

Is Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why? Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be trusted and no one is above suspicion

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REVIEW: THE GIRL AT THE BAR by first time author Nicholas Nash is a stand alone,contemporary, adult, psychological, medical thriller that follows several paths culminating in a decades long vendetta for sins of the past.

Told from several third person points of view using flashbacks, memories, present day and the meanderings of a psychotic mind THE GIRL AT THE BAR is a story of research, hope, devastation, betrayal, murder and revenge. Rebecca Chase is a cancer specialist on the cusp of discovering a possible cure for cancer but hours before her symposium presentation Rebecca goes missing, and the last person to see her, Ragnar Johnson, is a man with a questionable past and Rebecca’s one-night stand. What ensues is a multi-layered investigation looking at several potential suspects that is hindered when a number of Rebecca’s colleagues are murdered within days of her disappearance.

THE GIRL AT THE BAR is a psychological thriller ; a story of intrigue that looks at the competitive side of cancer research; the probabilities of finding a cure; and the potential to save thousands of lives if a cure is to be found. There is an enormous amount of medical detail and technical terminology all relating to finding a cure for the big C but as to its’ authenticity I am not able to confirm the validity of the information presented. The story line also has some questionable means of investigation when a person of interest (aka suspect) is able to uncover more information and clues than the law enforcement or the forensic investigators combined. Similar to many thrillers THE GIRL AT THE BAR contains scenes of graphic violence, blood shed and murder.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the members of two competing research teams, the medical community, law enforcement and a host of witnesses, suspects, and a computer genius capable of breaking through any computer barrier.

THE GIRL AT THE BAR is an engaging and intriguing story line of suspense. The premise is thrilling; the characters are colorful and animated; the reveal is a surprise you will never see coming.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Thank you Sandy for covering me on your blog and to all the readers who are taking the time to read this!

My upcoming book is called THE GIRL AT THE BAR. The official release date of the book is February 1, 2017. The book starts off with the disappearance of a top cancer researcher, Rebecca Chase, after she has a one-night stand with someone she meets in a bar. The book is a classic whodunit with a lot of twists and turns. I cover the topic of cancer as a disease and the latest developments in cancer research in the book in a manner that the reader can follow. That said, the book is about people, how they think and how they react in situations.

For the book, I drew inspiration from my own real life experiences in creating settings, characters or story lines. I have met some very interesting people in my life. The characters are composites of several people, borrowing interesting features and creating a character that is completely different from others but at the same time interesting and striking, someone you would like to read about and root for.

Writing a mystery book is a balancing act. I had to hide the facts and create the mystery just enough that the reader does not guess the climax. At the same time, I was leaving behind sufficient clues such that when the reader reaches the end, they feel like it was all there but did not guess it. The fun is to make the reader feel stumped, surprised and excited at the same time. Getting that right balance while writing the mystery is probably the most difficult part.

Overall, I wrote the book trying to keep the reader at the edge right up to the end. I hope readers feel the same way. I enjoyed all the research that went into the book. There are so many small facts and interesting tid bits that I found while doing my research and I strung them all together into the book, be it some obscure facts about cancer, the Chinese underworld in New York or some fancy computer programs that play a key role in the book.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the book!

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Hi! I am Nicholas Nash, the author of The Girl At The Bar, a psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant cancer researcher, Rebecca Chase, and the quest to find what happened to her. The Girl At The Bar has been influenced by numerous events in my life, people I’ve met, interesting stories I’ve heard and places I have traveled to.

I am a simple person at heart who loves reading (“Who doesn’t?”), traveling (“Again, who doesn’t?”), and listening to music (“That’s it Nick! You better write something interesting to bring in the readers. Something unique, like you are a retired Formula One driver who was once a stand-in for Jimmy Page during Led Zeppelin’s last concert.”). I live with this semi-nagging voice inside my head that always wants to talk to me, telling me things I should be doing, thinking about or writing. I don’t always listen to this voice, but I finally decided to give it a chance and we wrote The Girl At The Bar. The book is as much my creation as it is my alter ego’s. If you enjoy the book, my alter ego will very much like to take the credit, thank you. If you don’t, it will be entirely my fault. At least that’s what the voice in my head is telling me right now…

I live in Manhattan in New York City with my wife and three children.

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Relentless (Fractured Farrells #5) by Mallory Crowe-a review

RELENTLESS (Fractured Farrells: Damaged Billionaires Series #5) by Mallory Crowe-a review

Relentless

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 6, 2016

Nathan has come to town for one reason: her.
And he’s not leaving until she’s his.

Nathan thought he’d be a happy bachelor forever, but things have changed. One by one his brothers have been falling prey to this whole “love” thing and Nathan has never come close to finding a woman who could tolerate him in large doses. Well, except for one. But this girl isn’t a fling. She’s long term, first class wife material. If he goes for her, it’s not for a one night stand. It’s for forever.

Katy Carey is busy. Too busy for love and much too busy for the assertive billionaire from her past who showed up out of nowhere and demanding they try to make things work. But as the Inn she manages starts to face one crisis after another, it becomes apparent that someone is trying to destroy the business she’s devoted her life and future to.

Now the man she just wanted to leave her alone ends up being a friendly ear, an ally and, scariest of all, her only hope.

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REVIEWRELENTLESS is the fifth and final installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary, adult FRACTURE FARRELLS: Damaged Billionaires romantic, suspense series focusing on the Farrell siblings. This is businessman Nathan Farrell, and Inn manager Katy Carey’s story line. RELENTLESS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The FRACTURED FARRELLS series is a spin off from Mallory’s BILLIONAIRES IN THE CITY series. You do not have to have read the original series to understand or comprehend the premise of the new series.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Nathan and Katy) RELENTLESS is a second chance, of sorts, between billionaire Nathan Farrell, and Seal Cove Inn manager Katy Carey. Years earlier, Katy had a wild crush on Nathan Farrell, her best friend’s boyfriend and the man who would break her sixteen year old heart. Fast forward to present day and Nathan Farrell feels he has been left behind. All of his siblings have found their happily ever after, and Nathan is caught in a perpetual circle of one night stands, or relationships of betrayal and pain. The one person who made him feel real; made him feel like he belonged is the young girl, now a woman, whose heart he destroyed years before. Enter Katy Carey, a small town Inn manager, and a woman facing threats from an unknown source. Nathan’s arrival at Seal Cove Inn comes with some unexpected troubles including a leaky roof, malicious damage and an expected murder. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Nathan and Katy, and the search for a potential killer at the Seal Cove Inn.

The relationship between Nathan and Katy is one of second chances. Nathan walked out of Katy’s life years before, and in the ensuing time Katy has never forgotten the heartbreak and pain of the man that she once loved. Nathan’s determination to get Katy back into his life finds our hero make decisions that could affect their future together. The $ex scenes are intimate without the over the top graphic, erotic imagery.

All of the previous story line couples, and Farrell siblings play secondary and supporting roles including several employees of the Seal Cove Inn including front desk receptionists Sean and Sheila, as well as the Inn’s next door neighbor Levi Adams who may or may not be interested in Katy Carey.

RELENTLESS is a story of second chances; a romantic suspense focusing on Nathan’s need to forgive himself for the sins of his past; and moving forward towards a happily ever after. The premise is intriguing and heartwarming; the characters are spirited and energetic; the romance is passionate and moving. RELENTLESS is an intimate look at one man’s seduction of the woman he has always loved, and one woman’s need to make it on her own. Mallory Crowe’s amazing FRACTURE FARRELL series is a delightful look at family, friendships and happily ever afters.

I am looking forward to Mallory’s next spin off series- THE STOLEN HEARTS-and book one The Cocky Thief focusing on police officer Scott Hart-a character who was first introduced in the Fracture Farrells.

Reading Order and Previous reviews
Ruthless
Reckless
Remorseless
Restless
Relentless

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Behind Closed Doors (Careless Whispers 2.5) by Lisa Renee Jones-Review and Book Tour

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Careless Whispers 2.5 ) by Lisa Renee Jones-Review and Book tour

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Behind Closed Doors

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 17, 2016

A note from the author: Please be aware that BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was once released as just 3 chapters on my website and Storage Treasures. I have since fully completed this novel into 21 chapters (plus an epi-logue). Readers will get a FULL-LENGTH book and finally learn the rest of Skye and Jason’s story! The middle and end to this book have NEVER been published before so please take time to check it out!

Jason “Red Bull” Wise. Famous millionaire poker player. Rich. Sexy. A man who knows what he wants, goes after it, and never loses. He’s being blackmailed. He thinks Skye is behind it.

Passion. Danger. Secrets.

Are you ready?

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones comes a brand new gripping and provocative novel that ties into her bestselling Careless Whispers and Inside Out series. You can enjoy this as a standalone, but fans of Careless Whispers and Inside Out will get an exciting glimpse of who Ella really is and some of the secrets she’s been hiding from everyone she knows.

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NOTE: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a complete, full sized novel.

REVIEW: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is the October 2016 installment in Lisa Renee Jones’s contemporary, adult CARELESS WHISPERS romantic suspense series. This is professional poker player Jason Wise, and Skye Montgomery’s story line. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. For followers of the Careless Whispers series, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS reveals a little bit more information about that series’ heroine Ella Ferguson.

Told from first person point of view (Skye) BEHIND CLOSED DOORS follows Skye Montgomery as she is pulled into a blackmail scheme targeting professional poker player Jason Wise. With Skye’s recent auction acquisition of a storage unit our heroine finds a high-stakes poker chip in an off-site locker that will immerse her into the world of Jason Wise. There is something in the storage unit that Jason wants, and our hero believes Skye knows exactly what that is. What ensues is the building relationship between Jason and Skye when Jason gives Skye the opportunity to accompany him to the championship tournament in Vegas. When Jason’s blackmailer follows the couple to Las Vegas, all bets are off as Jason is determined to protect the woman with whom he is falling in love.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ties together Lisa Renee Jones’s INSIDE OUT SERIES, and its’ spin off counterpart series CARELESS WHISPERS as some of the background information about Ella Ferguson slowly begins to reveal.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a sexy story line of insta-love, insta-attraction with a happily ever after for two people pulled together by a woman whose own life is beginning to unravel. There is a little bit of mystery and suspense; intrigue and betrayal; sexy times and falling in love. The premise is entertaining and enjoyable; the characters are animated and passionate; the romance is intimate and fated.

I did have an issue with the rush to the finish and the eventual reveal of the person blackmailing our hero. The convoluted path involving Ella Ferguson was a vehicle to introduce some background information for the ongoing Careless Whispers series but I struggled with its purpose to the current story other than to connect the two together. Perhaps the association will be more apparent with the release of SURRENDER (Careless Whispers #3) in January 2017.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Lisa Renee JonesNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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Rebel Warrior (Medieval Warriors #3) by Regan Walker-Review and Guest Post

Rebel Warrior (Medieval Warriors #3) by Regan Walker-Review and Guest Post

Rebel Warrior

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About the book: Release Date May 17, 2016

When your destiny lies far from where you began …

Scotland 1072

The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

Review:

Rebel Warrior begins with Catriona’s home being attacked and her beloved parents being murdered as she and Angus, her trusted guard, make their way home from a day of flying her falcon. Those whom the attackers didn’t kill, they took as prisoners. Thankfully, her brother was away as well and was spared. They were taken in by their uncle until the time came for Catriona and her cousin, Fia, to become ladies of the Queen’s court. Catriona was not very enthusiastic when it came to her duties at court, but soon fell into a routine and discovered that Queen Margaret is more than she first thought.

Steinar had become a valuable member of the King of Scots’ inner circle. He relished his duties, but practiced daily trying to regain his warrior’s body and strength from a wound that could have very well killed him. Once he sees Catriona, he is immediately drawn to her and is determined to get to know her. He soon discovers that she is betrothed to another, but can’t help his feelings for her.

Catriona can’t help but notice Steinar and is drawn to him as well. She steadfastly stays the course her father had laid out before her though. However, once she was betrayed by the one she was to marry, she immerses herself into a project helping Queen Margaret.

However, when King Malcolm decides to meet war head on, he and his men head out, leaving Queen Margaret and her court worried and anxious. It just so happens that Catriona is not the only one smitten with one of their King’s guards, so they do the only thing they know to do. Pray. What transpires will leaving you turning the pages and holding your breath at the same time.

Regan Walker has once again written a story like no other. Rebel Warrior is, without a doubt, one of the most well written stories I’ve ever read, by any author. The storytelling, as well as the world building, is phenomenal. I know I repeat myself when I review one of her books, but the weaving of actual historical events in with the story she tells is awe inspiring. As Walker starts to weave her tale, you will swear you can hear the clamor, whether in the dining hall, or in the courtyard. Catriona is a wonderfully strong and determined young woman. Even after witnessing the destruction of her own home, she stays true to the path that her beloved father had set in motion. Steiner is wonderful in his own right. Strong, intelligent and deeply loyal, he is the perfect match for Catriona. However, it is Catriona’s beautiful friendship that develops with Queen Margaret, that is truly life changing. Margaret not only gives Catriona a sense of purpose, but helps restore her faith. A faith that she had been struggling with ever since she was forced from her home. The secondary characters are well written as well, and I hope to read more about them in the next installment. Rebel Warrior is truly one of the most heartfelt and inspirational things I’ve read in years. The romance that develops between the two main characters is very touching, but it is Catriona’s renewed faith that will have you cheering and shedding a few tears. If you’ve not ready anything by Regan Walker, I will tell you once again…..it is truly your loss. Very well done Regan Walker! Very, very, very well done.

Series Reading Order and Vickie’s Previous Reviews
The Red Wolf’s Prize
Rogue Knight
Rebel Warrior

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Reviewed by Vickie M

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Reflecting Characters’ Faith Without Making the Romance Inspirational
by Regan Walker

It seems to me that historical romance authors who strive to accurately portray the era in which they set their stories should consider the element of faith, both in the culture of the time and their characters’ lives. I write mainline Georgian, Regency and Medieval novels and, in each case, I have found the historical setting often requires me to add this aspect to my characters. Not to do so would be to give the reader an inaccurate picture of the times in which my characters live.

For example, in my newest novel, Rebel Warrior, the hero and heroine meet in the court of King Malcolm Canmore in 11th century Scotland. The heroine, who has just suffered a devastating loss, becomes a lady in waiting to the devout Queen Margaret. I could hardly present Margaret any other way since she was a real historic figure about whom we know much. And her ladies in waiting would be expected to join her in prayer and good deeds, yet how would a heroine who doubted God’s love serve such a queen? To include this element does not mean the story is not full of action, sexual tension and romance, or that there isn’t a love scene, which there is.

Queen Margaret feeds the orphans

In my Regency romances, you might encounter the heroine going to church with her friends, especially on Christmas, as in The Holly and the Thistle or The Twelfth Night Wager. It was just something they did in the Regency era as a matter of course. The Church of England was very important to their lives.

Jane Austen wrote about the world of the Anglican clergy, which she knew well, her father being the Reverend George Austen. Often, she featured clerics as characters, sometimes favorably (Edmund in Mansfield Park) and sometimes unfavorably (Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice).

Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park

In the medieval era, one daughter or son in a family might be expected to serve the church, which made it terribly inconvenient should that character fall in love.

In Georgian England, it was the Protestant Church of England vs. the Catholics and sometimes a story must reflect it. In my novel To Tame the Wind, which begins in France with a Catholic heroine and ends with her being married to a Protestant Englishman by the Anglican Bishop of London, I could hardly fail to deal with the difficulties their love produced, especially when England was making it near impossible for Catholics to own land, retain a title or even marry. And if you were Irish, as my hero in The Shamrock & The Rose, you had even more issues!

To reflect the characters’ faith is not to make the novels inspirational, that is to say, novels with a decided Christian message. Rather, it is merely presenting the culture in which my characters live and love. And I think the stories are richer for it.

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Regan WalkerRegan Walker is a #1 bestselling, multi-published author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romance. She has been a featured author on USA TODAY’s HEA blog three times and twice nominated for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf’s Prize is a finalist for 2015). Regan Walker writes historically authentic novels with real history and real historic figures. She wants her readers to experience history, adventure and love.

Her work as a lawyer in private practice and then serving at high levels of government have given her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown”. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.”

Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

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Secret Obsession (Red Stone Security #12) by Katie Reus-a review

SECRET OBSESSION (Red Stone Security #12) by Katie Reus-a review

Secret Obsession

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About the book: Release Date May 3, 2016

He’s the security she’s always needed.

Since she moved to Miami, Raegan Taylor has desired Ford Burke–a sexy and rugged cop. He’s everything she’s ever wanted. Unfortunately for Raegan, Ford’s kept his distance. But when a night out goes extremely wrong, his protective instincts kick into high gear, and he finds himself fighting for her in more ways than one.

She’s exactly what he was trying to avoid.

Once Raegan and Ford grow closer, the harder they start to fall for each other. But Ford’s past stirs up feelings he just can’t control, threatening to destroy everything they’ve worked for. And when he screws up, he may lose more than just his one shot with her.

And now someone’s ready to ruin it all.

Someone wants Raegan—and if he can’t have her—nobody can. He’s waiting. He’s watching. He’s lurking. Ready to strike. He’ll make her his. He’ll take down anyone who gets in his way—even a cop.

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REVIEW: SECRET OBSESSION is the twelfth installment in Katie Reus’s contemporary, adult RED STONE SECURITY erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for RSS. This is Miami police officer/former marine Ford Burke, and RSS assistant events planner Raegan Taylor. SECRET OBSESSON can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Raegan, who is Grant, Porter and Harrison Caldwell’s cousin, was first introduced to the reader in book eleven SWORN TO PROTECT.

Told from several third person points of view, SECRET OBSESSION focuses on the building relationship between Raegan and Ford. Ford has had a thing for Raegan for close to a year but has had a difficult time letting go of the past. Raegan is a woman who has a crush on Ford but the quiet cop has barely acknowledged her existence. When an unknown stalker begins to take things to a personal level with Raegan, Ford becomes Raegan’s personal protector-both in and out of the bedroom. What ensues is the hunt for the person responsible for the attacks against our story line heroine, and Ford’s need to make Raegan his own.

There is a secondary romance story line focusing on Raegan’s friend Ruby and restaurant chef Montez. Ruby has a thing for the scarred and damaged former Ranger but Montez is unwilling to commit to anything beyond the present. Scorned by his former wife because of his disfigured face, Montez believes he has nothing but a one night stand to offer the beautiful and sexy Ruby.

SECRET OBSESSION has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters first introduced throughout the series. We are witness to the growing family at Red Stone Security, as well as the growing families with relationships, children and professions of love.

Katie Reus offers up another exciting addition to her Red Stone Security series. The premise is familiar in that the stalker scenario has been used before in the series but that doesn’t make the story line any less inviting. There is mystery and suspense, heartbreak and misunderstanding, passion and romance. Each installment in the Red Stone Security series can be read as a stand alone-sit back and enjoy !

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Ladies Man (Manwhore #3) by Katy Evans-a review

LADIES MAN (Manwhore #3) by Katy Evans-a review

Ladies Man

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 26, 2016

Tahoe Roth.
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.

You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.

But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.

He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.

But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel. I’m trying to open myself to love.

Yet I’m quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth. The one man who will surely break my heart.

A sexy new Manwhore series standalone contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

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REVIEW: LADIES MAN is the third full-length installment in Katy Evans’s contemporary, adult MANWHORE erotic, romance series. This is Tahoe Roth, and Regina ‘Gina’ Wylde’s story line-a friends to lovers trope that looks at two people who have loved one another from afar but are unwilling to take the next step in their relationship. LADIES MAN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. We were first introduced to Gina and Tahoe in Evans’s MS. MANWHORE 2.5. The story line covers approximately eighteen months.

Told from first person point of view (Gina) LADIES MAN follows Gina and Tahoe’s relationship-friends who are struggling in their own personal lives. Tahoe is a ‘manwhore’ who is never without female company both in and outside of his bedroom. Gina is his best friend and Tahoe has never once made a pass at her-making Gina wonder why. What ensues is Tahoe’s continued manwhoring ways, while Gina begins to look for someone more stable and permanent in her life. Enter Trent-Tahoe’s competition for Gina’s heart –a heart that has been broken by Tahoe’s reputation with the ladies.

LADIES MAN focuses on a deep friendship that begins to slide into relationship territory but throughout most of the story, Gina claims to have found the one in Trent yet she can’t help but think she is settling for someone she doesn’t love. Tahoe is the man that calls to her heart but Gina has a difficult time accepting Tahoe and the copious number of women in his life.

Tahoe Roth is a manwhore-he doesn’t deny it, and his bestie Gina reminds him at every opportunity. But Tahoe has a past- one that Gina knows nothing about, and it is his past that has forged his need to get lost in a series of one-night stands and multiple women. Tahoe is a man trying to forget about the past but with every woman he beds, he sees Gina in her place.

Most of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles. We revisit with Malcolm and Rachel, Wynn and Emmett, and Callan. We are introduced to Tahoe’s family including his sister Livvy, as well as Gina’s mother and father who spend most of their time travelling the world. Callan Carmichael’s story is next.

As per Katy’s writing style in many of her books, there is some unnecessary repetition and redundancy like the playful kicking and slapping between our leading couple, as well as the constant reference to the color of Tahoe’s eyes. Sometimes the repetition feels like needless filler.

LADIES MAN is a fun, delightful and emotional story line. I felt Gina’s sadness over Tahoe’s manwhoring, yet her need to remind Tahoe about his sexual exploits was difficult to accept. Was she trying to make Tahoe understand her pain? Who knows but his reputation and good looks attracted all sorts of female attention. The premise is entertaining and compelling; the characters are dynamic and passionate; the romance is a slow build-a game of push and pull between fated friends and lovers. Katy Evans adds another enjoyable and provocative tale to her romance collection..

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Reviewed by Sandy

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