Review: The Chance (Thunder Point, Book 4) by Robyn Carr

chanceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Laine Carrington has arrived in Thunder Point and she’s there to recuperate. Eric Gentry happened to be in the diner when she walked in. They seem to be two people who just might have something in common and they have an interesting first date.

With Eric’s job, cars become the star. Makes me wonder if this author is a car enthusiast or if she did a lot of research. Robyn always seems to take great care in making sure things sound accurate. This just enhances the readers experience and enjoyment – she just seems to have a way with her stories. She helps you forget your troubles, outside stresses, and allows you to sit back, relax, and dream.

The title is perfect because this seems to be a town that gives everyone a second chance – and sometimes that includes love. Laine is a woman who knows who she is and where she wants to go. She’s not afraid of getting involved with someone whose background is less than stellar.

If you’re a fan of the Animal Planet network, you may have watched their series “Pit Bulls and Parolees”. The woman in charge is named Tia Maria Torres and Laine reminds me of her. Eric has a friend, Al Michel, who comes to town. I’ll be interested to see if he appears somewhere else along the way.

This story shows the bond between parent and child but as we progress into adulthood sometimes those lines blur. And speaking from experience, roles sometimes end up being reversed. It may have you looking at your parents a little differently as they age. It’s a story that will tug at your heart and if you’ve lost a parent, or grandparent, you may find a few tears forming – keep some Kleenex handy.

This author has packed a lot between two covers. None of it will seem confusing but you will realize that not everything is going to end happily – but then nothing in real life ever does. This has been an enjoyable series so far and this is another book that just makes it that much more. You don’t have to read the other three books to enjoy this one but if you want to know more about the residents of Thunder Point, I would make sure to go back and read the ones you’ve missed. The next book in the series is titled The Promise, which came out this past June.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Secrets of Seduction (Legendary Lovers, Book 3) by Nicole Jordan

secrets of seductionHero: The Earl of Hawkhurst loved and lost his first wife and child in a fire that also left him scarred. He buried his grief by working for the government in an elite group known as Guardians of the Sword. Hawk has returned to England to fulfill the honor-pact required by the group’s charter in order to lead Guardians. To do this he must wed his mentor’s niece… a woman he’s never met.

Heroine: Skye believes in her cousin’s idea about legendary lovers. In fact, she’s knows just which fairy tale hers is going to be… Beauty and the Beast. When she finds out the man she’s loved since childhood is back in England, but looking for a bride elsewhere, she brazenly enters his life under the threatening clouds of a convenient storm. If he’s going to be beastly about it, well… she’d prepared with a clever rouse to get his help solving a mystery of her uncle’s lost love.

Review: Secrets of Seduction is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I loved it. Skye is a brilliant heroine – not only clever and determined to win the heart of a man she’s loved from afar, but patient enough to see his pain and understand him. You’ll be rooting for her before she’s through uttering her greetings to the hero for the first time. Hawk is very funny – first knowing she’s a virgin, then convincing himself otherwise. Skye’s aunt is very talkative about these things and has prepared Skye for what to expect. It leads to a very sexy scene with some sponges. A classic feel good romance, you’ll love to read!

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: To Love and Serve (Vampire Reborn, Book 2) by Caridad Pineiro

ToLoveAndServeReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

The paranormal action starts right from the first paragraph. In my opinion, this is one of those series that you will want to read in order. You could try reading this one first but a lot of things make more sense if you read For Love or Vengeance first. Although Caridad does state that this can be read as a standalone.

Diana Reyes is an agent for the FBI who also happens to like vampires. She has a vampire lover named Ryder Latimer. There is a mystery that is unfolding that may involve slayer, vampire, and human to get it solved. As you read, you will see that Ryder has more faith in Diana then she does in herself.

This is a genre that you have to respect what the author does in order to develop their stories. I’m sure that some research was involved since our author is also creating her story during what appears to be current times. But she must have a really great imagination since a lot of what she creates doesn’t actually exist.

While I was reading this book, I happened to be listening to Queen’s song “We Are the Champions” and it just seemed so apropos for what seems to be going down. Listening to Freddie Mercury and his group just seemed so perfect for this latest book in the Vampire Reborn Series. I could picture them playing in the bar that the vampires like to frequent. It also makes me wonder if Caridad listens to any music as she writes. And if she does, does it influence her characters behavior.

Our author also had me thinking that this would be a great paranormal CSI or Criminal Minds TV show. I’d be one of those viewers that would watch it religiously. The only thing I couldn’t think of was what actors would play what parts. And then we could have a Queen theme song – instead of The Who.

You will find that Caridad has the suspense and mystery continue almost to the very end of the book. When the ending comes, you’ll be left with a smile on your face. And you will be left wanting to know what she has in store for her readers next. While I was doing some search of the Internet, I got some images that popped up. Some of the images were when they took a baby doll and added fangs to it. Maybe it was because they looked so fake but I can’t picture any vampire babies with fangs – hmm, maybe that’s what our author has in store for us. In the meantime, this is a must read. And the good news is there’s another book coming out next month.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: To Love and Serve (The Vampire Reborn Series) (Entangled Ignite)

Review: In the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia Kelly

In-the-Arms-of-a-Stranger-CoverReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

John “JP” Blackmon is on his way to see someone in need of help but he comes across a woman and her son instead. Abby Price is trying to find out who her unconscious visitor is. Her husband Wade is dead and things are looking suspicious. JP has come just at the right time. But he has to fight against her strong will. Who will come out on top?

There’s a mystery surrounding JP, Wade, and a man named Brooks. Trust seems to be a recurring theme. The question then becomes, is there someone you would completely trust to keep you safe from harm? How far are you willing to go to keep that trust – it does work both ways.

This is not a story that you can speed read or skim through until you get to the good stuff. You have to concentrate on what you’re reading otherwise you might get confused as to what is going on or you might miss something important – in other words, no television while your reading and be careful what you listen to because you will want no distractions.

You will need your full attention on the mystery that is going on. So get your Sherlock Holmes hat out and get ready to be so immersed in what’s going on that you will not realize how much you have read. You will not want to put it down. This story has a lot of intrigue and makes me a little jealous of Abby. Who wouldn’t want to take off on an adventure with a hunk of a guy?

As you read Virginia’s book, you’ll notice how great the mystery really is. There are times where you end up with more questions and few answers. But with any good mystery, you don’t want things to be solved too quickly. But I’ll give you a hint, there is a prequel to this book and the title is Dancing in the Dark. So I would recommend reading that first and then read this book.

If you are someone that is very picky about what books they will put their money on, and you love mystery and suspense, you can’t go wrong with getting this book. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to take me a few days to get through it but was astonished when I found that I had actually finished it. She got me so hooked into Abby and JP’s story that I just couldn’t put it down. And she even has time to give you some romance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: For Love or Vengeance (Reborn Vampire, Book 1) by Caridad Pineiro

For Love or VengeanceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Helene Alexander works for the FBI and she has a secret that she keeps from her fellow agents. Miguel Sanchez is a fellow agent that has transferred from one of the other offices. I wasn’t that far into the story when I new I was in love. There isn’t one book that Caridad has written that I haven’t loved.

Caridad includes a bad guy and shows her readers his personality and why he’s a good choice for this book. Our author also gives her readers their paranormal fix – like reading a Sci Fi Criminal Minds. She was also smart in that we get to see some of Helene’s parents. She could have let them overtake the story – since it lends itself to the mythology of the story. But this is more than just about Helene so we get just enough to know what they’re like.

Helene and Miguel are a very hot and sexy couple – the sex will burn the sheets. And you want to be careful that your e-reader doesn’t burn out. But remember that there are other things going on so sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the story. Now that Fall’s just around the corner, this book will keep you warm on those cool nights.

As I’m reading, I look down and couldn’t believe the page number – then I realize the story is nearing its conclusion. And I don’t want it to be over. The story is a whodunit that’s keeping me on the edge of my seat almost to the very end. The bad thing about reading on your lunch hour – instead of saying “one more bite”, you’ll be saying “one more page”. Then in the blink of an eye, the author puts in a scene that will really grab your attention and it leaves you with no choice but to read carefully so you don’t miss anything.

Caridad shows her readers that love can overcome a lot of obstacles if you are willing to make some sacrifices. Isn’t your happiness worth it? What would you give up to find total happiness? The good news is that this is part of a series so the second book, titled To Love or Serve, comes out on October 28.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: For Love or Vengeance (The Reborn Vampire Series) (Entangled Ignite)

Review: Her Forgotten Betrayal by Anna DeStefano

Her Forgotten BetrayalReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Shaw Cassidy has been the victim of trauma due to awful events at her mansion where it is believed an assassination attempt made on her life has left her with amnesia. It doesn’t help that she is the heiress to Cassidy Global Research, as well as their CEO, as it has made her a target for every cash hungry nut around. As her life is in danger, she is being protected by an FBI agent, Cole Marinos, but he has other reasons for wanting to be around her.

Review: Two people are brought together in this story, but the real mystery is why Cole’s really there, and what had he done before, and what does he think she is guilty of. She is under doctor’s orders to look after herself, get well and get over the attack on her life but her bad nerves can’t be tossed aside as easy as she still has the nightmares from her ordeal.

Shaw has everything a woman could want, an important position at the top of a company, the respect of everyone around her, the huge mansion house and the ability to buy whatever she wants. She’s the poor little rich girl, but there is someone around who can ground her – Cole is an ordinary guy who doesn’t care that she’s filthy rich, even though he helps her with her problems, he still treats her as he would anyone else, using darlin’ a lot around her. If anyone can protect her, he will, and he cares for her more than she thinks. There is also the problem of the suspect shooter, and his or her motivation for doing it that still lurks in the back of Shaw’s mind.

Verdict: The story was shorter than it should have been, and felt rushed, but the two main characters are thrilling and exciting to read about.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: Sex, Lies, and Valentines by Tawny Weber

Reviewed by Cara Lynn

This is a Harlequin Blaze, a romantic suspense, higher on the romance than suspense.

Gabriel Black is a consummate con artist, the son of an even better con artist. He left home and never looked back, working cons to better his father’s record.

Then he is caught in a sting of his own, forced to con his father, in order to hopefully prove his father’s innocence. the FBI has entered the fray with an agenda of it’s own, and sexy agent Danita Cruz is in on the deal — or she thinks she is.

But who is conning who? There are double and triple cons going on here. Who is innocent and who is guilty?

And there is a lotta sex. And it is well written, not to mention hot.

And you know along the way there will be love.

There is family love and loyalty. Friendships. New love. Commitment. Redemption and change. What else would you want in a book?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Sex, Lies and Midnight by Tawny Weber

sex lies midnightHero: Simon Barton has watched Maya for years at a distance. He works for the FBI and he sees her as his way to get to her father, Tobias Black. When she needs a stand-in pretend boyfriend to help her navigate her father’s current embroilment with a girl from her high school class, Simon jumps right in and offers to be that guy. If he can keep his attraction to her under lock and key this might be the perfect sting.

Heroine: Maya Nicholas comes from a con artist family, but she ditched that life after a con gone wrong with her father and his lady-love. In trying to keep a low profile, Maya’s life is pretty dull. Just as she contemplates a relationship with a boring, but respectable guy, Simon appears and shows her that she can have better than normal.

Trilogy Conflict: Tobias Black is being set up to take the fall for some serious crimes. He doesn’t know who, but he sees this as the perfect opportunity to bring together his estranged children and keep them in his life.

Review: Simon and Maya fake everything but their desire for each other. It was fun to see Simon pitted up against Caleb Black (Sex, Lies, and Mistletoe), Maya’s sister and former undercover DEA agent turned town sheriff. The plot focuses on Maya reconnecting with her family, but I wasn’t drawn into that side of the story, preferring to follow Simon.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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