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Review: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.

She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.

But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.

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He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?

But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league. Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.

News flash, buddy: I am over you.

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My Review

“He tasted like gin and lime and heartbreak, and so many things I won’t let myself think about right now.”

Dear Jane is just the kind of second chance romance that I can’t get enough of. The characters are entertaining and certainly suck you into their story. The tension is intense and the chemistry keeps you begging for more. Dear Jane is the kind of story that you can easily devour in just a single sitting and that will leave you with a goofy smile on your face.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was totally sucked in. I loved the plot and was excited to see how it was going to all play out. You see, Weston and Jane had the once in a lifetime romance. They were each other’s first everything, but weren’t prepared for how life and time would change things. It would be 10 years before these ex lovers would be reunited. And let me tell you, the moment these two set eyes on each other again, all bets are off. Yes, they have a past. Yes, it is beyond complicated and there is a lot of hurt to move past. But, their connection is still there and stronger than ever. The love these two once shared is not the kind to be extinguished. It is the kind worth fighting for….

I absolutely adored Jane. She loves her job and is passionate about the game. She’s strong and determined and knows exactly what she wants out of life. But, she’s also got a huge heart and when she lets you get close, she’ll love you with everything that she has. And Weston, he too is passionate about the game. He’s also smart, sexy with just the right amount of sweet and alpha. He isn’t afraid to right his wrongs or go after what he wants. Together, these two were just a joy to watch. I loved falling in love with Weston and Jane and loved watching them try to figure things out.

Dear Jane is a light sexy read with just the right amount of drama to keep you on your toes. I enjoyed each moment of this book from begging to end and loved getting lost in Jane and Weston’s story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA

Blog Tour with Review: Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Neyn & Meghan Quinn

Dear Mister…**strike out** no, too formal.

Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.

 

To whom it may concern,

Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.

I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?

So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.

I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.

I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.

For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.

And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.

Love,

Sincerely,

Yours.

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My Review

“Rome Blackburn is woods and rivers and adventure. He is excitement. He is an asshole. Rome Blackburn is a freaking prick.”

” I gravitate toward him like a moth to a flame, and for the sake of me I cannot figure out why. But I do.”

“He was known as a sadist and an egomanic, and a tyrant, but I knew deep down, he was a soulful gentleman with an alpha tendency that was going to bring me to my knees.”

Words can not even tell you how excited I have been to get my hands on this book. I was so excited to hear that Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn were going to be teaming up. I couldn’t wait to see just what these two would bring to the table. And let me tell you, these ladies do not disappoint. From a smart story-line to entertaining banter, to great chemistry and some seriously steamy moments, this book hit all the marks.

Love, Sincerely, Yours is a fantastic office romance. I found the story-line to be fun and refreshing. I loved the idea of the story and couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out. I was hooked on Rome and Peyton from the moment I met the two of them. I just loved how they were together. Peyton wanted nothing more than for the man she admires to notice her and Rome couldn’t have been more clueless if he tried. She’s hardworking and determined. She doesn’t let Rome intimidate her. And Rome is the deliciously sexy CEO who’s worked so hard for everything that he has. He’s all work and no play….that is until Peyton blew into his life. While Rome may seem brutal and demanding, behind closed doors, he’s got a huge heart and is 100% alpha. And let me tell you, once his eyes are opened to Peyton, all bets are off. The sparks between these two were intense and the tension so palpable….it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for more.

Not only did I adore Peyton and Rome, but I also LOVED Hunter. Hunter is the crazy BFF that every guy needs in his life. He’s funny and silly and is the kind of character that at times makes you wonder how you can be friends! LOL. But, once you get past all that, he’s a terrific guy who’s got your back and knows you better than you know yourself. I loved the friendship that Hunter and Rome shared. Hunter balanced out all of Rome’s stiffness and reminded him that he needed to live and experience life. Hunter is a fabulous secondary character and is one that I can’t wait to see more of in the future.

Love, Sincerely, Yours was a lot of fun and just a great read to spend my day getting lost in. I laughed. I swooned. I rolled my eyes along with Peyton. And fell totally in love with Rome. This story swept me off my feet and had me devouring it in one single day. Love, Sincerely, Yours was a great venture for Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn. I loved their combined writing style and this adventure that they took me on. I hope this is the start to many more co-writes from these two ladies and I look forward to meeting the next set of characters they’ll have me falling in love with next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

I open the company messenger app on my phone and scroll through the executive names, knowing full well I’m about to break a policy. It’s the company’s phone, and the company’s app, and I’m about to use it for personal use. To flirt.

With my boss.

I close my eyes, find his name—next to it is a little, green dot, which means. . .

He’s on the app.

I’ve never talked to him live before so this is a huge step, but then again, it might be more fun to get his initial reactions to my comments.

Debating it for all but two seconds, I type out a message to him, making sure I’m signed on under my LSY persona.

HandsRomingMyBody: Hey you.

My text turns into a new message on the app and I wait on bated breath to see if he will respond. Nerves prickle up my spine, my fingers feeling numb, my mind playing mutiny with my heart just as little dots appear letting me know he’s typing.

Oh God, I don’t think I’ve been more excited.

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Review: Player by Staci Hart

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I should have known it was only a game.

I should have known he was too good to be true.

He’s nothing but a player…

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

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He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.

Like the fact that I’m only a bet.

But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.

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My Review

“Tonight called for red lipstick and victory rolls”

“In Sam’s arms, things like physics and gravity no longer existed. I didn’t need to do anything but trust him as he spun me away, my arm flying out in a mirror of his.”

“Love is music. It’s learning when to be loud and when to be soft. It’s riding the scales up and down. Learning the curves ans strings to play the song of your heart. You have to know when to lead and when to follow. When you’re wrong and when you’re right. Love is music, hijo mio. It’s the greatest music there is.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been waiting rather impatiently for a new romance from Staci Hart. So, when I heard that Player would be releasing soon, I was over the moon. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see what this author had in store for her readers in this new romantic comedy.

Player hooked me right away. It had a very She’s All That vibe going for it. A bet between friends that turns into lessons in love and romance….I mean how can you go wrong. You know this book is going to take you on one heck of a ride and all you can do is sit back, relax and hold on….

You may think you have heard this story before or that you know what’s going to happen, but I promise you that you haven’t met characters like Val or Sam. The chemistry and tension between these two is just scorching. I mean, I literally could not get enough of these two. They entertained me with their humor and banter. They made me swoon and fall in love with their imperfections. They made me see beauty in places I may not have seen it before. They kept me breathless in anticipation and left me begging for more. Sure these two characters couldn’t be more opposite. Val was curvy and shy with a mouth that lacks filter. And Sam is the player. The guy who knows he’s all that and a bag of chips. He has the best confidence and his heart is always in the right place. So, while at first glance, these two shouldn’t have worked, they totally did. They balanced each other and brought out the best in one another. Their friendship was fantastic and every girl should have a guy look at her the way that Sam looked at Val—some seriously swoon worthy stuff there!

The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Sam and Val. You had to know they wouldn’t be able to just ride off into the sunset. Their story had just the right amount of angst, drama and fight. I loved watching Sam and Val figure things out. And I loved watching Sam fight for his happily ever after.

Player was a fabulous read from begging to end. I love, love, loved getting wrapped up in Sam & Val’s story. These two captivated my mind and captured my heart. I loved getting lost between the pages and seeing how Sam & Val’s story would play out. From an entertaining story-line to fantastic characters to a fake relationship and lessons in love. To angsty moments and moments that made you swoon. To moments that frustrated you and left you aching for more. Player hit all the marks for me and was a fun story to spend my day getting lost in.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Blog Tour with Review: Lovers at Heart, Reimagined (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) by Melissa Foster

Lovers at Heart, Reimagined (The Bradens at Weston) By: Melissa Foster

Releasing Oct 10, 2018
World Literary Press

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster’s writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.

A Note From The Author:
Treat Braden and Max Armstrong’s love story is the beginning of my beloved Braden series and introduces you to some of my favorite characters, and to a family that has become so real to me, they’re always by my side. If you are already a fan of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection, you may have read Treat and Max’s original story, Lovers at Heart. For the past several years, I have had the nagging feeling that there was more to Treat and Max’s story than I had originally thought. One of the greatest things about being a writer is the ability to reimagine worlds and create new stories. I wanted to give Treat and Max a more mature story without losing the essence of who they are. This is Treat and Max’s story, reimagined, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

In LOVERS AT HEART, REIMAGINED…
When Maxine “Max” Armstrong walked into resort owner Treat Braden’s life, he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six weeks of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her altogether.

Max Armstrong has a successful career, lives a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way—until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too strong to deny. After spending one magnificent evening together, something happens that is too reminiscent of the painful past she’s spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain—including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.

When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion and honesty, Treat will do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—and Max is forced to face her hurtful past for the man she cannot help but love.

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Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection you’ll find fiercely loyal heroes and smart, empowered women on their search for true love. They’re flawed, funny, and easy to relate to. Characters from each series appear in future Love in Bloom books. All Love in Bloom books may be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.

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My Review

Fans of this series, you are seriously in for a good treat. Lovers At Heart has been re-imagined and given a fresh new look. This book can be read as a stand-alone and can be enjoyed by new and old readers alike. Melissa Foster has breathed new life into a familiar story while still delivering the swoon that we’ve all come to know and enjoy…

Told from dual points of view, Lovers At Heart follows the story of Max and Treat. From the moment I met these two, I was dying to know what could possibly gone wrong. The sparks and chemistry will still there, like it was their first meeting. But, just like with any new relationships, the foundation hasn’t been built yet, so misunderstandings or a wrong impression have the power to make a mess of things. But, I had a feeling about Max and Treat. They were so good together that I just knew their story couldn’t be over. It was a joy watching these two trying to figure things out and it was a lot of fun seeing how this series began.

Lovers At Heart was a terrific read from beginning to end. I loved spending the day getting lost in Max and Treat. Their story made me swoon, fall in love and believe in second chances.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

When he pulled his shirt over his head, her breath rushed from her lungs. She’d seen his perfectly sculpted physique enough times that she shouldn’t still react to it like that, but her love for him continued to grow, and she had a feeling her reactions to him would, too. Her grandmother once told her that she would know she was in love because she’d be able to imagine loving the person no matter what they looked like. As Treat stripped off his pants, she imagined him gray and potbellied, and her heart still adored him. She took that further, imagining an even harder thing to think about. What if he was hurt in an accident? If he lost a limb or was disfigured? As he lowered himself to the blanket wearing only his boxer briefs, she knew her love for him was soul deep, and nothing could change that.

He patted the space beside him. “Sit with me.”

“This might be more dangerous than I had anticipated.” She was only half teasing. Did he really expect her to touch him without wanting to devour him?

He opened his hand, revealing a small bottle of oil.

“You just happen to keep this in the secret closet with the blanket? How much do you pay your friends to say that you don’t bring women up here?”

He tickled her ribs, causing her to squeal. “I don’t lie, sweetness.”

“I was kidding!”

“Good, because I want to be sure you know you can trust me on every level. I’ve never had anyone but Savannah here with me, and I slept on the couch, which is why the blanket is down here. She left the oil here.”

Kneeling by his side, she couldn’t help teasing him. “I’m supposed to buy the old only my sister routine?”

In the next second, Treat was on his feet and heading for the kitchen, where he retrieved his phone. He pushed a button and, a few seconds later, said, “Hey, Vanny. Hold on a sec.”

Max jumped up. “Oh my gosh. No! You know I was kidding!” Mortified didn’t begin to describe the embarrassment she felt.

He lowered his voice and said, “I’ll never have anything to hide from you, and I want you to know it and believe it.”

“I know I can. I was teasing!” she said in a loud whisper.

He put Savannah on speakerphone and said, “Vanny, say hi to Max. I’ve got you on speakerphone.”

“Hey, girl! I had no idea you were going to the Cape!”

Max was surprised by Savannah’s enthusiasm. “I wanted to surprise Treat.”

“Aw, that’s so romantic,” Savannah said happily.

“Hey, Vanny, I found your Apricot Kernel Oil.” Treat grinned, twisting the bottle between his index finger and thumb.

Max covered her face. This cannot really be happening.

“Oh, good. It’s great for aromatherapy. You guys should use it. It’s awesome, and it won’t leave your skin oily.”

Treat blew a kiss to Max and said, “I’m sure we’ll put it to good use.” He took Max’s hand, leading her back to the blanket, and lowered himself to the floor with another victorious smile.

“Was that all you needed?” Savannah asked. “I gotta run. I’m with Connor.”

“I just wanted you to know I had it.”

Max tried to dodge the mortification bullet as he set his phone aside.

“You can ask me anything, Max. I’ll always give you an honest answer, and I’ll never blame you for not believing me, because I know people lie and you’ve been hurt.”

“I was honestly only teasing you. You didn’t have to call her.”

“I knew you were teasing, but I also know you’ve been cheated on and lied to. I’m not taking any chances.” He kissed her tenderly. Then he flipped onto his stomach and stretched out. “Now that that’s out of the way, I believe you wanted to do me?”

“You believe that, do you?” She dripped oil onto his back and began kneading it into his muscles.

“How do you know I didn’t have this preplanned with Savannah?”

Max’s hands stopped moving as she considered his tease. She cracked a smile and said, “Because she’d never go along with it. She likes me.”

“How about because I like you, and I’d never go along with it?”

Swoon! She bent down and kissed his cheek. “That works, too.”

Author Info

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Review: What Lies Between by B.N. Toler

What Lies Between is the follow up novel to Where One Goes which is available now with a new cover.

At the core of it, life is a test—an opportunity to prove who we are; what we’re really made of. Short as it was, I’d like to think I lived my life well, that when people remember Ike McDermott, they remember he was a good man. When I look back, I’m proud of who I was.

Leaving behind the woman I loved was the hardest thing I’d ever done, and finding peace with the knowledge she was building a life with my brother after I moved on took a strength I didn’t know I had. But George and Charlotte were still alive. I wasn’t. Together, they forged on, and I was okay with that because I knew, one day, Charlotte and I would be reunited.

One day she would be mine.

All I had to do was wait.

Time works differently in the afterlife. Without any ties to the living, it doesn’t so much as slow, but stop altogether. There is no worrying about what is to come, there is only what is.

I didn’t know if four days, or fifty years had passed when I found Charlotte by our tree in my corner of the other side. All I knew was she was here, and I would never have to let her go. I finally had my reward for the life I’d lived.

But I’d soon learn Fate had other plans, and everything I believed about who I was would be tested once again. Only this time, I wasn’t so sure I could stay strong.

This time, I wasn’t sure I could be a good man.

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“Love is terrifying. It has the power to seep its way through your body like heroin, giving you the most exquisite high, or blaze you over and scorch you to ash. So many people chase it, while others run away. We’re addicted to the pleasure and pain. I understood what he meant about me being his high–George McDermontt was my drug of choice. And it terrified me.”

“Love is….bigger than us. We don’t get to make choices about this. The only choice we have is how we move with it. The only thing I can do is give you my blessing. Whatever happens, wherever you are, my heart is yours. Always.”

What Lies Between……Where do I even start? Where One Goes was a truly special story that rocked me to the core. I had never experienced a story or love story quite like that one. So, when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, that’s right a sequel, I was equal parts scared and excited. I didn’t know how my heart would handle returning to this world, but I’d be liar if I said I wasn’t completely intrigued.

Now, I will be the first to tell you that writing a spoiler free review for this book is nearly impossible. There are so many things I want to say, so many things I want to swoon and rage about, but I won’t do that. My advice to you is go into this sequel blind. Yes, you absolutely must read Where One Goes first. But, please go into What Lies Between blind. This is the kind of story that you must read, and feel yourself. What I can tell you is that I had chills. I had no clue what I was getting into with this book, but my heart once again was not prepared for where this story would take me.

What Lies Between is a complex story about love and life. It’s a story about the unexplained and seeing the world in a different light. It’s a story about the most complicated love that will make you think and question just about everything. I for one felt so many different emotions. From feeling like I returned home, to wondering what in the world was happening, to yelling at my kindle and swooning in the very next moment. This book took me on one crazy journey and was filled with twists and unexpected turns. I certainly did not see this book coming.

What Lies Between is an all consuming story. It is complicated. It’s beautiful. It’s totally unexpected and will keep you glued to the pages. I devoured What Lies Between in just one afternoon. I was positively hooked. I loved being reunited with these characters and enjoyed getting swept up in their lives again….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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Review: Consumed by JR Ward

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed…

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn’t believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again–until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

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My Review

“You’ve got it all wrong, Danny. Fire is like cancer. It doesn’t care what it kills. We mean nothing to it because its not alive. You’re not battling a beast. There’s no monster there.”

If you’ve been following the novella releases for this story like I have, then you’ve gotten a little taste for what author JR Ward has in store for us with her exciting new Firefighters Series. Personally, I haven’t read anything by this author since I dove into the world of The Black Dagger Brotherhood a few years ago. So, when I heard about Consumed, I was really excited to not only read something new from this author, but to also experience her take on Contemporary Romance.

Right off the bat, this author doesn’t hold back. If you’re familiar with the 3 part novella series she released prior to Consumed, you know what I’m talking about. If not, that is totally ok. The first 4-5 chapters are from part 3, so you will not be lost at all. And if you’re like me and have already read said novella’s, it’s the prefect recap to get you back into this new world. So, like I said the author does not hold back. She starts this story off with one heck of a bang and doesn’t look back. Anne’s life has been forever changed since the fire that almost took her life. She’s been handed so many obstacles since that fateful day, one of the biggest is a change in career. She now finds herself working as a fire inspector instead of on the lines with her comrades. She is determined to figure out who has been starting fires and putting those she loves at risk….Danny also has been the same since that fateful night when Anne almost lost her life. He’s taking crazy risks and his friends couldn’t be more worried about the path he’s heading down. The last thing Danny ever planned on was being teamed up with Anne again. But, that partnership might just be what the doctor ordered…..

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. This story was well written and definitely intrigued me. True to JR Ward’s writing style, this story is told from multiple points of view and has many plot lines. You are given a taste for the story and there are many layers being built. I enjoyed seeing the stage of this story being set and all the little bread crumbs dropped along the way, but not really knowing 100% what was going to happen next.

Consumed totally consumed me and had me devouring the pages. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Danny and Anne and was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the feeling of family, friendship and camaraderie that I got from this story. The Firefighters as a whole were loyal, true and took some amazing risks. This story was sexy and suspenseful with some great twists along the way.

Consumed kicks this series off to a great start. The world/stage has been set. Characters have been introduced and the plot has me curious as to where this series will go next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose

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The past comes back to haunt a high-profile defense attorney in the newest book in the Baltimore series from the New York Times bestselling author of Edge of Darkness and Monster in the Closet.

In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault–specializing in helping young people in trouble just as someone did for him when he was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well, but he secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may.

But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman–her blood on his hands and no recollection of how he got there. Whoever is trying to frame Thorne is about to lead him down the rabbit hole of his past, something he thought he had outran long ago. Thorne must figure out who has been digging into his secrets, how much they know, and how far they will go to bring him down . . .

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My Review

Death is Not Enough is an exciting and fast paced romantic suspense. While this book is part of a series, I do think that it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely intrigued by Thorne and his past. His story is heartbreaking and will really tug at your heart. He’s overcome a lot throughout the years, but he doesn’t let very many people in, keeping his walls sky high. But, if there ever was a person who could break down his walls, it would be Gwyn. Thorne has always had feelings for Gwyn, but has always kept those feelings to himself. But, what he doesn’t realize is that Gwyn has feelings for him as well….Gwyn has had a hard life as well. She’s finally at the point where she’s ready to start fresh and go after what she wants. So, when Thorne’s life gets turning upside down once again, Gwyn will stop at nothing to help solve the mystery and clear Thorne’s name…

Death is Not Enough is a fast paced and thrilling read. I was hooked from the very first page and was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved all the mystery and intrigue that surrounded the story. I really liked the way the author laid things out and the clues she dropped along the way. Almost immediately, you are given the villains point of view and while you know who the villain is, you don’t know what his agenda is or why he’s doing what he’s doing. And don’t let the fact that you know who the villain is fool you, I promise you there are a lot of terrific twists and turns along the way.

Death is Not Enough is definitely filled with a ton of suspense and action, but there’s also some romance to it to. One of things that I really enjoyed was that there was a really good balance to all the elements. So, while there was romance and some sexy good times, it was the 100% focus of the story. It was the lightness that this intense story needed.

Death is Not Enough is my first book by this author and it most definitely will not be my last. This story was so incredibly fast paced that I’m still having a hard time believing that it was 600+ pages. I mean I devoured this book in just a day and a half–that’s like a record for me for a book this big!! I just really loved the pacing and the writing style. It was super easy to get caught up in this story and get lost in the characters. It was a thrilling ride from beginning to end with danger and mystery around every corner.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*