Review: A Vampire’s Passion (A Romance In Central City, Book 3) by Jordan K. Rose

a vampire's passionReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Brandt is aware of homeless going missing and an evil army vowing to take control of the city, but if he has anything to do with it, they won’t get the chance. Brandt has enough trouble on a reconnaissance mission to find out more on Menhadens, a restaurant in Central City. There he meets Rachel a waitress working there who takes his fancy almost in an instant with her amazing blue eyes.

Review: We first meet Brandt when he’s busy scoping Menhadens for the kind of people who enter the establishment. Brandt doesn’t like having a sidekick, and certainly not one he labels as the world’s most irritating vampire, Garrison. After being on Earth for a hundred years, he still can’t get on with people the way he hopes. He always gets ribbed about being anti-social by his sidekick and anyone else who knows him. When he meets Rachel she’s the most stubborn woman he has ever met, but there is something about her he can’t resist, even being a vampire.

He and Garrison are looking into the dangerous and cruel experiments that Panthera Laboratories are getting up to, and he is afraid that Rachel might also be getting caught up in them. Raymond Tyrone is the kingpin and things could get bad if anyone finds out. Rachel might have an attitude that offends the ones who eat at Menhadens, yet out of work she’s a caring person who feeds a street guy affectionately called “Hank.” She remembers growing up poor as a kid, and doesn’t mind sneaking food out of the work’s kitchens if it means saving someone from starving. Brandt begins to question his standing as a vampire when she has the ability to resist him, even though he is more than interested in her being the one for him. Rachel compliments Brandt’s lack of human warmth toward the men he works with, as she is compassionate even if she is stubborn.

Good Bits:

  • The humour that runs through the whole novel.
  • Brandt is a very well thought out character and proves it.
  • A place called Crap Alley and who coined the name.

Summary: This is a vampire cop mystery that will interest those interested in supernatural romance, and though it might seem that Brandt and Rachel aren’t made for each other, it could be said readers might change their minds half way through.

Rating: ★★★★½

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It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared…

KILL
Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin…

AND KILL AGAIN…
He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands—right before he ends it forever…

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Get into Bed with Paige Tyler (Author Interview)

her lone wolfKeira: What’s your favorite part about writing romantic suspense? Reading it?

Paige Tyler: I love the intensity between the hero and heroine that comes when they get thrown into a tension-filled, life-and-death drama. It drives emotional responses and actions that force them to confront each other, need each other, and ultimately, depend on each other, in order to survive. All that just makes the romance pop.

Beyond the interactions between the hero and heroine being driven by the romantic suspense plot, there’s also that “Oh my God, what’s going to happen next?” feel to a romantic suspense that keeps the reader—and me as the writer—flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out how the characters can possibly made it out of their current predicament.

Keira: What makes for a perfect romance novel hero?

Paige: Everybody has their own take on what makes a perfect hero. That’s part of the fun of reading romance books—you get to see everyone else’s definition of that perfect guy. In my world, a hero has to be strong and confident, without being arrogant or being a jerk about it (alpha-holes need not apply). The reader has to believe this guy could take charge in a crisis or in the bedroom, while at the same time knowing he’s not going to try to steamroll the heroine’s objections or concerns. The hero can come with his issues (nobody’s perfect), but somewhere in there, the heroine has to be able to see the caring, noble person underneath those issues.

All my heroes typically have a sense of humor—even if it might be a little dark sometimes—because that helps them deal with a lot of the dangerous, stressful situations in which they tend to find themselves.

By definition, the hero must be ready to risk his life for the heroine, even if she doesn’t want him to. But he also has to be willing to set aside his own happiness if that’s what the heroine needs, even if she doesn’t agree. And of course, the hero has to be hunky!

In HER LONE WOLF, the hero, Clayne Buchanan, has some anger management issues and more than his fair share of baggage. But when it comes to protecting his woman, none of that matters. He’s going to do anything to protect her.

Keira: How about in a heroine?

Paige: Regardless of the genre I’m writing in, my heroines are always kick-butt. I don’t mean they have to run around with handguns and chain saws, but they have to be willing to face danger alongside their hero. They may find themselves in distress frequently, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re “damsels in distress.” I expect them to do their part to get themselves out of the trouble they’re in. And if their man is in trouble, I expect them to stick that nose right in there, even if it only causes more trouble in the long run.

That’s Danica Beckett, the heroine in HER LONE WOLF. She’s in the FBI and can seriously handle herself. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t need Clayne’s help now and then, but it does mean that when the stuff hits the fan, she’s right in there with him dealing with it.

Keira: How do you define love? What makes people stick together for the long haul?

Paige: For me, love is a commitment between two people to put the other person’s needs, wants, and happiness ahead of their own. People who are able to spend their days less worried about themselves and more worried about their partner are the ones who can hang together for the long haul.

Keira: What surprised you while writing HER LONE WOLF?

Paige: I discovered that Clayne has a sensitive side! After working with him in Book One of the series (Her Perfect Mate), I kind of had this picture of Clayne as the perpetual rough-around-the-edges type. But he told me after the first book came out that he was a bit concerned people had gotten the wrong idea about him. He even pulled me aside at one point and asked if maybe the publisher would be willing to tweak a few scenes in Book One to let his nicer side show. Of course I told him it was way too late for that—the book was already on the street! He growled a lot, but after I agreed to give him final say on each of his scenes in HER LONE WOLF, he calmed down some. There was a time when he didn’t even want to read any of the reviews. He was worried about what people were saying about him. But I shown him a few reader comments where it was obvious they realized he had some issues in his past. For a guy with his size and temperament, it’s funny seeing him worry about what people will think of him.

Keira: If you could be a shapeshifter, what type of animal would you wish to shift into?

Paige: Instead of taking the easy way out and going for the really sexy picks like wolves or one of the big cats, I’m going to give you a realistic answer to this question, based on the kind of shifter I would probably be based on the real me.

You ready? If Paige Tyler were a shifter, she’d most likely be a bunny shifter! Yeah, not so heroic, huh? But to be truthful, when real drama happens, I either freeze or run like hell. So, I’ve come to accept that I’m way more bunny than wolf or big cat.

Keira: What’s next on your plate?

Paige: Right now I am one busy little bunny.

Besides all the promo I’m doing for HER LONE WOLF, but I’m also getting ready to do the promo for a special free novella from X-OPS called HER SECRET AGENT. It gives the readers a peak behind the scenes of the very beginnings of the DCO. You get to see a younger John Loughlin, the Director of the DCO, getting to know a certain foxy shifter extremely well. It’ll be available on the 2nd of December from Sourcebooks. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?!

I’m also putting the finishing touches on Book 2 of my Special Wolf Alpha Team Series (SWAT…as in a pack of werewolves secreting working in Dallas on the SWAT team…cool, right?). At the same time, I’m working the first draft for Book 3 in that series so I can turn it in to my editor sometime in January. Plus, I’m starting the outlining phase for Book Four of X-OPS…or is it Book Four of SWAT??? I get a little confused sometimes. :)

Oh yeah, BTW, I’m also putting out a military ménage book set for Veteran’s Day with a tribute to each of the uniformed services. It’s your basic old-fashioned girl meets two guys and decides that anything two people can do…three can do better!

*hugs*
Paige

HER LONE WOLF

Leaving him was Impossible…

It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse…

The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back-and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.

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Excerpt:

Clayne looked at her, his eyes wet with tears. The sight of them almost tore Danica’s heart out. In all the time she’d known him, she’d never seen him cry.

“We’ve just lost so much time,” he said, his voice rough with emotion.

She wanted to tell him it didn’t matter, that they would more than make up for it, but all that came out was a muffled sob. She closed the distance between them and kissed him—hard.

Clayne gripped her shoulders in both hands and pulled her against him. She thrust her fingers in his hair and opened her mouth to his, giving him an all-access pass. This was what she’d given up—being in the arms of the man she was meant to be with. She had left him for the very best reason, but now she realized it wasn’t a solution that could have ever worked long-term. She needed Clayne like she needed oxygen. How had she survived the last two years without him?

Danica pulled away and rested her forehead against his. “We have lost a lot of time, and for that, I am so, so sorry,” she said softly. “But we’re together now, and more than going to make up for it. Starting right now.”

Clayne pressed her up against the wall and kissed her so hard she couldn’t breathe. She threaded her fingers in his hair and gave as good as she got. Dear Lord, the hair on her arms was standing up. She’d never experienced anything so intense—not even the first time they’d made love.

Their weapon holsters hit the table by the door with a thud, but she barely heard it over the impatient growl Clayne let out as he shoved her suit jacket off her shoulders. This first time wasn’t going to be slow and sensual. It was going to be raw and animalistic. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Nonstop action and hair-raising storytelling done well. This series gets better and better.”
– 4.5 Stars from RT

“This story was an action packed thrill ride from start to finish!”
– Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Romance

“Paige Tyler gets an A+ for Her Lone Wolf and the X-Ops series. Her Lone Wolf’s murder mystery is first rate but it’s the emotion that Tyler weaves into the story that makes it unforgettable.”
– Joyfully Recommended, Joyfully Reviewed

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Teasor Tour: Her Lone Wolf by Paige Taylor

9781402292125Her Lone Wolf

Series: X-Ops Book 2

Author: Paige Tyler

Pubdate: November 4th, 2014

ISBN: 9781402292125

Leaving him was Impossible…

It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing  these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse

The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back—and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.

Buy: Her Lone Wolf (X-Ops)

Paige Tyler - Purple Top StandingPaige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

An Excerpt (Teaser 5):

Danica’s groan echoed in the break room as she poured coffee into her Tweety Bird mug. Being so close to Clayne was damn near killing her. Every time he looked at her with those hurt-filled eyes, she wanted to throw herself in his arms and beg for his forgiveness. And when he smiled at her like he had yesterday after she’d made that silly joke about him getting hangry, she’d almost cried.

Leaving him the first time had hurt so much she’d thought she would die. And when he was the one who left this time, she knew it was going to be even worse.

Clayne was leaning against the wall outside her office when she came back from the break room. He looked beat. Not surprising. It was one-thirty in the morning. They’d driven straight back here from the park, hoping the whole time to hear that the Hunter had been apprehended. It hadn’t happened.

She was about to ask if he wanted to get something to eat, when Wayne Hobson ran down the hall. The profiler didn’t look as if he’d slept any better than her and Clayne. “Agent Buchanan, the Hunter’s on the phone. He wants to talk to you.”

Clayne muttered something under his breath and pushed away from the wall, leaving her and Wayne to catch up as he stalked down the hall in that predatory way only he could pull off.

Everyone in the command center eyed him warily, as if they weren’t sure what kind of mood he was in. Or maybe they were just wondering who the hell this Homeland agent was, and why the serial killer had fixated on him.

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Review: Maltipoos Are Murder (Doggie Day Spa Mystery) by Jacqui Lane

malitpoos murderReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

This book was told in the first person.

Cara Rogers works at her Aunt’s pet spa – this is one job I’d love to try. Being a vet, not so much – blood and me don’t get along too well. Cole Sampson has come to talk to her and this is when the mystery begins. I have to say that I’m no good at figuring out the mysteries – I got this one wrong. You’ll have to read and see if you can get it right.

This is a perfect cuddle read. So if you have a dog, or cat, find your best reading area and cuddle up with your baby. Maybe you’ve lost your baby, like I have, so a stuffed animal may make a nice substitute. But this book is not just for pet lovers – even though dogs are the animal of choice here. The tone of the story would have changed otherwise. I never realized how exciting a pet spa could be – I’m in the wrong profession.

In one scene, Cara mentions a poem and if you’re interested you may want to check it out. If you would like to read it yourself you can find it here http://www.bartleby.com/364/335.html. This may have been a mystery but it didn’t stop this author from making me laugh – once you get to that point in the story you will understand why it was so funny.

I was disappointed once the ending appeared. I wasn’t ready for this story to be over but I did love the ending. It was more of a HFN than an HEA. So you can certainly use your imagination to come up with your own ending. Me, I’m hoping that there is going to be a book two in the Doggie Day Spa Mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqui’s tale and so will you. And if you want to know more of who Jacqui is, make sure to read “About the Author” at the very end.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Atlantean Birthright by Toya Richardson

Toya RichardsonReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: When Dieter Yong mercilessly kills her parents, Freya Anders vows to kill him. Descended from Atlantis, she is an immortal, and the Atlanteans were after her powers the night they were killed. Hate and revenge foremost on her mind, Freya becomes trapped by Dieter, but she is kindly rescued by Armand De Silva. As she found his rescuing her insulting, she has to come to terms with her emotions for her if she wants to get her revenge on Dieter.

Review: At first it is Marcus who tries to protect Freya as she bears the genes that will mean the survival of their race. Dieter is the one who wants him to give her up, and shows how cruel, evil and destructive he really is. His taunts fall on deaf ears though as he will never divulge her name no matter what tortures he puts him through, and by the looks of things, Dieter has enough as some may even drain his power. It seems Dieter’s evil knows no bounds as he doesn’t just kill her mother, he rapes her and so do the men he has with him. It doesn’t go into great detail, but it is enough to give you the idea that Dieter is enough of a villain that when she does find him, you won’t mind her torturing then killing him. Armand De Silva works for the Seekers, the organisation Freya wants to get to for answers about her parents deaths, but what she doesn’t know is that the Seekers have been looking for Freya for years.

Freya thinks she will get to Dieter in time to kill him at his lair, the lap dancing club, Virgo’s, but she never thought she would be going right into his other trap. He realises instantly that she is innocent, naive and virginal, something which tempts and tantalises him in an instant. When Freya and Armand meet, she finds herself instantly attracted to him, but after what Dieter did to her mother, she can’t let her guard down around handsome men.

Good Bits:

  • There is a good reason why Paul Veron wants Freya brought back safely.
  • The villains are suitably bad, while even the good guys will go to great lengths to kill off the bad guys.
  • Dieter is the perfect villain.
  • Toya knows how to grip the reader and keep them reading right to the very end.

Summary: I enjoyed the thrill of Freya and Armand finally working together to bring down Dieter, but it’s a hard slog getting her to trust him, even though he already has an emotional interest in her. This is the sort of book you would read while on holiday as it has plenty of mystery and intrigue for in between you looking over at the sunny skies.

Rating: ★★★★½

Tropical Island + Fashion Show + Mayhem = Total Fun Read

ThisYear'sBlackHighResGuest blog by Avery Flynn, author of This Year’s Black

One of the questions most often asked about Killer Style, my fashion based romantic suspense series, is why bring together the fashion world and murder. The answer is easy…the industry is the perfect setting for high drama! Outrageous personalities, overblown egos and overworked feet all come together to raise the stakes and help the hero and heroine look amazing.

In This Year’s Black, the hero Devin Harris never meant to end up in fashion. However, life doesn’t always work out like we plan – fictional or otherwise – and he goes from being a muscle-bound, tattooed MMA fighter on the way up to a fashion big wig at the most luxurious department store in Harbor City. He may not be in the octagon anymore, but he never forgets how to take control of any situation …. until that is he meets Allegra “Ryder” Falcon.

Ryder couldn’t give two cares about fashion. If it’s black and it fights, she’s gonna wear it. She’s too busy proving herself at the testosterone-heavy private investigative agency where she works to deal with being a fashionista. But when a case requires she get a makeover and the stylist insists she put a little color in her wardrobe it’s Devin who comes to her rescue.

I just love these two together. The fuss and fight and …. hmmmmm what is that other F word I’m looking for *grin* …from Harbor City to a tropical island off the coast of Chile to chase down an embezzler with a taste for murder before it’s too late.

There’s fashion, passion and plenty of laughs in This Year’s Black. I hope you check it out, but don’t forget to enter to win the This Year’s Black $500 Escape giveaway!

This Year’s Black by Avery Flynn

“Incredible writing with witty humor and scorching sex scenes. This Year’s Black belongs at the top of everyone’s TBR list.”– New York Times bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell

A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. But one night with a stranger changes everything.

Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams for high fashion, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn’t going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone–even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.

Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any hotter between Ryder and Devin, the case takes them to a tropical paradise where the danger increases. From the catwalk to the pineapple fields, they have to work together to track down the missing millions before the thief finds–and kills–them.

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AFlynnAbout Avery:

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Review: Smoking Ruin by D.R. Martin

smoking ruinReviewed by Karin

This book was quite a read and quite different. I liked it a lot.

It is not a typical romantic suspense. It is higher on the suspense level and the who-dun-it is hidden until the last pages. I guessed the right character(s) fairly early on, but I didn’t guess the whole of it or the why of it.

And it is extremely well written, lots of wonderful color, lots of great descriptions that never got old, very good character development. And a mystery with increasing danger and perhaps two intertwined or intersecting plots.

Minneapolis PI Marta Hjelm is the main character as well as the voice of the book. She is at the edge of burnout because of losing a woman to her abusive husband a year before. She and her live-in/live-out boyfriend have just argued over whether she should give it up (he’s a photographer) and when they argue to that level, he goes to his brother’s house, which is where he is for nearly the entire book, although the two interact. Any sex, and there’s not a lot, takes place off page. But there is definitely love.

Out of the blue Marta’s ex-husband shows up and offers her a job with an advertising company. This doesn’t set well with the boyfriend, as you can imagine. Considering she really wants nothing to do with him, why she lets him in and why she accepts the job (the money to help her and her boyfriend with his photography business) — even she can’t figure it out.

And before you know it, her life is in danger — and the lives of others also. It seems like there is a terrorist plot against the advertising company.

In many ways, it’s a setup, and not just for Marta.

Very clever book — there was one word I’d never heard of and a couple that aren’t used very often.

It was a good read. I’d like a second.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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