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Review: Dark Alpha’s Temptation (A Reaper Novel) by Donna Grant

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There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

MY REVIEW

“I can’t explain why I’m drawn to you.” “It’s inexplicable, but it’s the truth. I tried to leave, I’ve attempted to forget you, but I can’t.”

Dark Alpha’s Temptation is the 9th installment of the Reaper Series. I have no read any of the previous books in this series, and after finishing this book, I have been clearly missing out. Yes, I have the worst habit of reading series like this out of order, but I will say that this book is written so well that I was able to jump in and follow right along.

Dark Alpha’s Temptation was a quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed the characters and was quickly addicted to their story. I really liked the connection between Kyra & Dubham. Yes, their connection was of the insta-love type, but it totally worked for me. I felt their connection and liked how they couldn’t stay away from each other. They definitely shared some steamy moments together and kept me glued to the pages to see how their story would play out.

Dark Alpha’s Temptation sucked me in from the very first page. I thought this book was written and paced very well. I loved all of the paranormal aspects and the world that this author has created. This story was sexy, captivating and had some really great twists. I can definitely tell that this story is leading to a pretty epic battle and I can’t wait to continue on with this series. As I previously said, I do think you could read and enjoy this book without reading any of the previous ones like I did. However, I definitely plan on catching up on the series, so that I can fully enjoy and appreciate the overall world and story.

All in all, I found Dark Alpha’s Temptation to be a really enjoyable read and I look forward to reading and discovering more from this author in the future!

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

Review: Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.

Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.

She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.

With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?

MY REVIEW

Meet Me on Love Lane is the second book in the Hopeless Romantics Series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. When Charlotte falls down on her luck, she finds herself returning home to Hope Lake. She hasn’t been home for a very long time and is about to find out that a lot of things have changed since she’s been away. Her hometown is nothing like she remembers. It’s thriving and filled with people and hope. And while Charlotte’s return home is supposed to only be temporary, she’s quickly finding reasons to stay. Her heart is torn between two men and two cities. To find out which guy and city wins Charlotte’s heart, you’re going to have to pick up Meet Me on Love Lane to find out…

I’m going to be totally honest with you and say that when I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be getting myself into. I had kind of a love/hate relationship with the first book, but couldn’t resist giving Meet Me on Love Lane a chance. And let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. This story totally won me over and gave me all the feels.

Meet Me on Love Lane grabbed me from the very first page and had me super excited to dive into Charlotte’s story. I wanted to know why she left town and never returned before now. I wanted to know why she didn’t remember a lot of her past and couldn’t wait to find out the answers. Now, usually I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, and this one has one, but it’s well done and not over the top in any way. Charlotte finds herself torn between two different men, but I knew right away who was going to be the one to win over her heart.

Meet Me on Love Lane was well written and entertaining. It was a sweet second chance romance filled with hope and the message that you can always return home. Overall, this was a pretty quick read for me and I enjoyed every single second of it. Meet Me on Love Lane totally won me over and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series!

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

Review: Never Enough by Kelly Elliott

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Cowboys and Angels series comes an intricate romance that asks the question, Can love heal the pain of the past?

Longing to forget the pain of his wife’s death, Brock Shaw has immersed himself in the one thing that lets him escape the guilt. Bull riding. But life on the road means leaving his young son at home with his parents. They want him to give up his career and be a father to his child, but Brock needs the adrenaline to get through each day…or so he thinks.

Lincoln Pratt needs a fresh start. As a top interior designer in Atlanta, she has everything she could ever want, but she’s always at her father’s mercy. Something’s missing, and Lincoln knows she’ll only find it somewhere far away—like the rolling pastures of Hamilton, Montana, where she meets the irresistibly mysterious Brock.

In Brock Shaw, Lincoln sees the part of her that’s missing. In Lincoln Pratt, Brock sees the part of himself he thought he’d lost. But the pain of his past binds him. Can he let himself love again?

MY REVIEW

“Ever since I first met you, you’ve been a beautiful dream that plays alongside a nightmare.”

Never Enough is the first book in the exciting new Meet Me in Montana Series by Kelly Elliott and follows the story of Lincoln & Brock. Brock lives and breathes bull riding. Not only is the power from riding the bull addictive, but it provides a much needed distraction from the guilt he lives with on a daily basis. Only being on the road takes its toll, especially for a single dad. His family wants him to settle down and be the father he needs to be, but in order to do that, Brock must be willing to let go of the past…Lincoln is a long ways from Atlanta and is hoping that Montana will provide her with the fresh start she so desperately needs. What she didn’t plan on was meeting Brock. At first sight, Brock was everything she could ever want, but then he had to go and open his mouth. He’s rude and abrasive and just an overall jerk. But, as Lincoln gets to know the Shaw Family, she’ll quickly see that there is more to Brock than meets the eye. He’s been through a lot and Lincoln terrifies him. Will Brock open his eyes and grab on to his second chance at love before it’s too late??? There’s only one way to find out….

Never Enough is a heartwarming and beautiful second chance romance. From the moment you meet Lincoln and Brock, you can just tell their story is going to be special. The push and pull between them is instant and consuming. Brock is broken and damaged and only bright light in his life is his son. Brock holds on to a lot of pain and guilt where his past involved and is doing the best that he can. His walls are sky high, but Lincoln might just be the one able to break down those walls. And speaking of Lincoln, Lincoln was such an amazing character. She loved big and with all of her heart. She was tough as nails and was just what Brock was missing from his life. Just being around Lincoln made Brock see what his life was missing. She brought him back to life without even trying. Together, these two were a match I just couldn’t help but root for. I loved watching them trying to figure things out and just couldn’t wait to see how their story would unfold.

Never Enough is well written and consuming. This book can easily be finished in a single sitting. I know I devoured it. This story is filled with so much heart and hits all the elements when it comes to small town romances. Never Enough truly is a sweet and addictive story. The characters will capture your heart and leave you screaming for more. Never Enough is the perfect start to the Meet Me in Montana Series and I for one can not wait to see where this series will go next!!

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

Review: A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can’t mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer…

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.
 
That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can’t run from the past forever.

Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.

It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.

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MY REVIEW

A Madness of Sunshine is a book that I kept seeing everywhere. Not only does it have a stunning cover, but it’s also author Nalini Singh’s first dabble into Contemporary Suspense. I am a big fan of her Paranormal Romances, so I just knew I had to grab this book and check it out.

A Madness of Sunshine follows the story of Anahera. After the passing of her cheating husband, Anahera returns to the one place she never thought she’d go back to. Anahera hopes that her return home will give her some perspective on life and heal her wounds. However, soon after Anahera returns home, a young woman disappears without a trace. The disappearance rocks Anahera’s small town and brings forward secrets that are better left unsaid….

A Madness of Sunshine had me instantly intrigued. The characters had an air of mystery about them and I was intrigued by the small town Anahera called home. Everyone seemed to have a secret, some darker than others. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to see how the story would come together. The disappearance of a local girl brought unexpected truths to the surface. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of this story. I figured some things out right away, but there were still some twists that took me by surprise.

A Madness of Sunshine is an exciting thriller that is filled with mystery, intrigue, betrayal and lots of twists and turns. There are some glimpses of romance to take the edge off of the intensity, but this story is definitely not romance driven. I think the author did a great job with her first dabble into this genre and I hope that she’ll write more thrillers in the future.

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

Review: The Story of Us (Sweetbriar Cove #11) by Melody Grace

Discover the recipe for love in Sweetbriar Cove with this delectable new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

Natalie Diaz believes that life is sweet. It’s why she’s leaving heartbreak behind to start a delicious new chapter: opening her dream candy store on Cape Cod. Goodbye, break-up blues, hello, handmade chocolate truffles! She’s determined to make her fresh start count, which means no drama, and definitely no distractions—especially not from the mouthwateringly-handsome stranger who keeps crossing her path…

Luke Kinsella wasn’t planning on falling head over heels the moment he stepped foot in Sweetbriar Cove. With his business on the rocks, love is the last thing on his mind, but one look at the mysterious brunette sends his pulse racing… And when he tries her sinfully-sweet candies, he knows one taste will never be enough. He’s used to women swooning into his arms, but Natalie is different. Sure, Luke’s smile makes her knees melt faster than chocolate in the midday sun, but she’s been hurt before. She’s determined to resist the heat burning between them and stay just friends. But as their connection deepens, their red-hot chemistry becomes impossible to ignore.

Can Natalie take a chance and trust her heart again? And when the past she’s been running from finally catches up with them both, will these two hearts find a way to build a new future together, or will their sugar rush bring them both crashing back down to earth?

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MY REVIEW

“He’d never believed in fate or destiny, but after that night, he couldn’t help feeling like they’d met for a reason. Their story was only just getting started…..”

The Story of Us is the 11th book in the Sweetbriar Cover Series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Natalie came to Sweetbriar Cove in the hopes of forgetting her past and starting over. With the little bit of inheritance she has, she opens the candy store of her dreams. She’s determined to go all in with this fresh start. She doesn’t want any drama or complications…..Natalie isn’t the only one seeking a fresh start in Sweetbriar Cove. Luke also has a past he can’t wait to move on from. The last thing he planned on was falling head over heels in love. But, the moment he set his eyes on Natalie, he felt a pull unlike any other. She’s different from the women he’s used to and that makes the pull even sweeter. Natalie tries to resist Luke, but the heat between them is too hot to ignore. Will Natalie take a chance and open her heart up to love again? Or will her past catch up to her and turn her world upside down? There’s only one way to find out…

The Story of Us is a fantastic addition to the Sweetbriar Cove Series. Natalie and Luke were so easy to fall in love with. Both of them had just come out of a relationship and looking for a fresh start. Their chemistry was sizzling and a force to be reckoned with. I loved how even though their attraction was fierce and instant, they took their time getting to know one another. Luke knew that Natalie had been hurt before and was willing to take things as slow as she needed them. I loved watching these two try to figure things out and see Natalie open up about her painful past.

Natalie and Luke’s road to happily ever after wasn’t always an easy one. Natalie understandably had some baggage that she had to deal with. And as with any story, the past always has a way of catching up with us. I loved seeing how strong Natalie had become over the course of her story. She had more strength than she ever thought possible and wasn’t about to let her past ruin her future.

The Story of Us is a wonderful second chance romance. It’s filled with lots of sweetness, steam and friendship. I love how tight knit the community of Sweetbriar Cove is. Once they let you in, you belong forever and the members of the community will make you feel like family and will have your back when you need it the most. The Story of Us hit all the marks for me. It did have a little more drama than some of the other books in this series. That being said, the drama was perfectly laid out and made me love these characters all the more for it.

The Story of Us captured my heart from beginning to end and was a fantastic story to spend my day getting lost in. I fell head over heels for Natalie and Luke and fell even deeper in love with Sweetbriar Cove.

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

Review: Renegade (Knights of Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author of the Knights of Fury MC series Chantal Fernando is back with trouble in the form of a renegade .

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.

Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.

Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.

Could she be more of a cliché?

Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.

MY REVIEW

“Our story isn’t starting off in the traditional sense…But no true love story ever is.”

When it comes to family, there’s nothing Isabella won’t do to for them. So, when her sister goes into labor, she’s headed for Vegas without another thought. However, getting to Vegas proves to be a problem. When Isabella’s car won’t start, she gets an offer from a biker that she can’t refuse. Isabella was only supposed to help her sister while in Vegas, not get tangled up with the sexy Renny. But, when Renny offers to show Isabella a good time in Vegas, she can’t bring herself to turn him down. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas…that is unless you find yourself married to a sexy biker! Isabella’s world is about to be turned upside down in more ways than one….

Renegade was a fun and sexy read. It wasn’t as crazy and intense as some of the other biker books I’ve read and I actually really enjoyed it. Yes, it had some craziness and drama, but as far as biker books go, this one was pretty tame. And like I said, I enjoyed it. It was a breath of fresh air. I loved seeing the softer side of the MC life and really getting that family feel and devotion.

As far as Renny & Isabella go, I loved the two of them together. They couldn’t be more opposite, but it totally worked for them. Isabella was hardworking and devoted to those important in her life. However, she could totally hang with bikers. She was tough and held her own and that made her a perfect match for Renny. Speaking of Renny, Renny was hotter than sin and a total biker bada**. He would do anything for his brothers. And when he set his sites on Isabella, all bets were off. Renny proved that you could be a bada** biker, yet have a heart of gold. He was totally smitten with Isabella and would stop at nothing to prove just how right for each other they were.

Renegade was well written and entertaining. The characters are likable and took me by surprise in the best way. This book might be tame compared to most biker books, but it still gave me what I was looking for without going over the top. When it was all said and done, I had a great time getting to know Renny & Isabella and The Knights of Fury MC. I’m really excited to see where this series is going to take us next!

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

Blog Tour with Review: The Fall of Legend (Legend Trilogy #1) by Meghan March

The Fall of Legend

Release Date: November 12, 2019


 

About The Fall of Legend:

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a new deliciously dangerous alpha hero in The Fall of Legend, the first book in the brand new and utterly addictive Legend trilogy.

We come from two different worlds.
I’m from the streets. She might as well live in an ivory tower.
I made my living with my fists. I doubt she could even throw a punch.
Our paths never should have crossed.
We never should have met.
That doesn’t change the facts.
I would sell my soul to taste those red lips.
Fight the devil himself to hear her laugh.
Burn in hell to have a single night.
Scarlett Priest shouldn’t even know men like me exist, but sometimes temptation is stronger than will.
If this is how I go down, it’ll be worth every second of the fall

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MY REVIEW

“Gabriel Legend doesn’t let anyone take something from him without a fight.”

“If this is what living feels like, what have I been doing every day before this?”

The much anticipated book, The Fall of Legend by Meghan March is finally here!! And let me tell you, this book was so worth the wait. I was swept off my feet and left breathless with anticipation.

The Fall of Legend had me hooked from the very first page. Gabe and Scarlett’s first encounter was anything but conventional. Scarlett should have ran the other way, but the pull from Gabe was impossible to ignore. The chemistry between them was instant and just oozed off of the pages. I loved their encounters and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Forget what you think you know about Scarlett and Gabe, I promise, there is more to the two of them than meets the eye….

The Fall of Legend was everything I hoped it would be and then some. There was amazing chemistry, smokin hot characters, and a thrilling plot. There were twists and moments that made me absolutely crazy. I was captivated and completely addicted. Once again, Meghan March stole my breath and left me on the edge of my seat, dying for more.

The Fall of Legend was thrilling, sexy and utterly captivating. The Legend Trilogy is off to one brilliant start and I can not wait to see where this series is going to take us next! All I can say is readers, we are in for one complicated and exciting ride. I for one can not wait to see what Meghan March has in store for us next…

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



 

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Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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