Review In His Sights by Tina Beckett

The blurb for In His Sights caught my attention and made me want to read it. I really wanted to love it, but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong. I like the book. It just wasn’t a page turner for me until it got closer to the end. The last quarter grabbed my attention.
Callie and Cole are thrown together and stuck in a foreign country going through the wilderness to get to safety. As they depend on each other, their relationship evolves. 

I enjoyed how Callie and Cole overcome their childhood issues to be with each other. I love how Cole changed by the end of the book and how protective he became of Callie and the baby she carried.
The book has a few other viewpoints besides just Callie and Cole. While these other points of view added to the book, I also think it allowed me to think that the change in viewpoints would be a good stopping point to put the book down for the night. So, it took me longer to read the book. I didn’t feel the urgency to find out what happens next until the last quarter of the book.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good contemporary romance book. 
3 Stars = A Good Read
Note: Review based on ARC from NetGalley.
During a hostile situation at the American embassy in Angola, Special Forces officer Cole Scalini is ordered to take out a suicide bomber and rescue a hostage. Simple enough for a sniper with his training, until he realizes that the woman in danger is neither a random nor a typical victim. She’s pregnant.

Callie Nascimento is carrying her sister’s baby as a surrogate when she
discovers her sister was killed under suspicious circumstances. Now Callie’s become a target. Her only hope for survival is a rebel of another kind, a handsome loner of a military man who’s risking his life to save her.

As Cole strives to keep Callie safe, fighting the terrain and terrorist attacks, his respect for her grows. She’s strong, capable and sexy as hell. But before he can explore if their attraction is something deeper, he has to get her safely back on U.S.soil. Because the enemy is much closer to home than they realize.

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ARC Review If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones (Recommended Read)

If I Were You is simply amazing! This book is a definite re-read for me. It left me wanting more of Sara and Chris and the intrigue around what happened to Rebecca (the journal’s writer).
The book is written in first person from Sara’s point of view. There were times I longed for Chris’ point of view. I wanted to know what was going on inside his head because he is such a compelling character. I wanted to know his deep dark secrets. However, the book wouldn’t work if we knew what Chris thought. To know the answers would take away from the intrigue and mystery of the book.
Sara is left with a storage unit and erotic journals to deal with when her friend runs off to elope. Sara finds she can’t sell off the belongings in the storage unit. The more she reads the journals, the more determined she becomes to find the owner, Rebecca, to return her possessions and figure out what happened to her. This desire leads to Sara taking Rebecca’s place at the art gallery, which starts Sara on a path to becoming what she wanted to be.
Sara is easy to relate to. She has a habit of rambling in uncomfortable silence or awkward moments. She’s someone you can see as having for a friend. She is torn between her desire to take the opportunity to change her life by working in the art gallery and finding Rebecca. Her relationship with Chris kept me turning the pages.

Chris is a mystery. He’s rich and famous but doesn’t act it. He prefers people to not know he is the famous Chris Merit. Chris wants to protect and care for Sara. His feelings for her make him act in ways that break the rules he has set out. He has a dark secret that he knows will make Sara run away. At the end of the book, we get a glimpse of his dark secret. 
Sara’s new boss, Mark, is dominating. Mark and Chris seemed to have been friends once, but something happened between them. Adding another mystery to try and unravel.
The ending is a cliffhanger. I’m dying to know what happens. The second book, Being Me, is on my anticipated books list. I can’t wait for its release.
The romance between Sara and Chris made the romantic in my happy while the mystery behind Rebecca’s disappearance made the suspense lover in my happy. It’s a perfect blend of the two.
I recommend this book to any reader who is looking for an erotic romance with mystery, intrigue, and a hot alpha male who likes to take charge.
5 Stars = A Must Read (I will be reading this one again.)

Note: Review based on ARC provided by NetGalley.

Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away.
He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do.
I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away.
He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.
How it began….
One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expires.
Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her…
The dark, passion it becomes…
Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.
All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.
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Review Blade Song by J.C. Daniels – A Recommended Read

Blade Song is my first reading venture into Urban Fantasy and I loved it! I couldn’t get enough. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted the next one in the series. Unfortunately, Night Blade isn’t out yet.
Blade Song is written in first person from Kit’s point of view. Kit is a kickass heroine who is still discovering what the magic within her can do. She has issues that she’s working through while doing a job for the local alpha shapeshifters. A job she really doesn’t want to do but has to or she’s dead. I loved Kit because I felt like I could relate to her even though she lives in a world with magic and shapeshifters.
Kit calls Damion an asshole throughout the book. I whole heartily agreed with her in the beginning. Gradually, Damion changed and won me over. Not an easy thing to do without the benefit of his point of view. By the end, I loved him.
While Blade Song isn’t a romance, the romantic thread between Kit and Damon was enough for me (a person who rarely reads a fiction book that isn’t a romance). I’m curious to see where the relationship between Kit and Damon will head in future books.
I recommend this book to any reader especially romance reader who wants to venture into Urban Fantasy. A worthwhile read that will leave you wanting more.
5 Stars – A Must Read (a book I will definitely read again)
Note: Review based on ARC from NetGalley.

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Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.
If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…
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Review – An Inconvenient Affair by Catherine Mann

An Inconvenient Affair grabbed me from the beginning. I couldn’t put the book downand at the same time I dreaded reaching the end because I’d have to say goodbyeto Troy andHillary.
Troy is a sexy, rich, alpha male whomakes you wish you were Hillary. I loved how his success and money is offset byhim not needing luxury everywhere. He has a hard time with being openly honest.It’s not that he lies. He just has a way to manipulate people to get what hewants. Now, he’s meet his match in Hillary.
Hillaryis able to surprise Troy and he never gets surprised. He can figure out aheadof time what others will do. Her being unpredictable adds to the chemistybetween them. I especially enjoyed how their issue gets resolved in the end.Let’s just say handcuffs are involved.
It’s bookone in Alpha Brotherhood series. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sexy read with an alpha male who will leave you breathless.
4.5 Stars- A Great Read (I would read it again)
Note: I requested thisbook from the author.  
Sometimeswrong feels oh-so right…
HillaryWright has always been a magnet for Mr. Wrong. Her latest left her in troublewith the law, and to clear her name, she’s agreed to an undercover sting—as the“date” for infamous Troy Donavan. The notorious hacker is now a government goodguy…and a sexy billionaire playboy. Troyhas a reputation as the sort of man she’s vowed to avoid, and his secretivenessadds fuel to Hillary’s distrust. But with his kisses like molten sin, herfierce resistance is melting. And being sensible in the face of suchoverpowering desire is just not an option.
The AlphaBrotherhood: Bound by an oath to make amends, these billionaires can conqueranything… but love.
Availableat:        Kindle        Harlequin        Nook

Just For Fun by Erin Nicholas Review – A Recommended Read

Loved Just For Fun! The Bradfords series by Erin Nicholas just keeps getting better and it was already amazing. Dooley had me in chapter one.
Dooley is the primary caregiver for his dad. Wow! I already liked Dooley, but after reading that he takes care of his dad at the expensive of falling in love, I was a goner for him. This fact added to the Dooley I already liked from the previous books in this series. Now I understand why he appears so laid back and easygoing. He doesn’t want a romance to take away from his dad and he’s fine with that. Let me just say wow again. As someone who’s taken care of a parent, I really admire this trait in Dooley.
Just For Fun is the perfect title because Morgan and Dooley get together just for fun. No commitments. No expectations. Just fun. Of course, the fun for the readers is how it turns into so much more than fun for both of them.
I completely understand what motives Dooley at the same time I understand Morgan’s motivations. Dooley wants to be there for his dad and not spend money. He’s tight with money because of his past. Morgan wants the stability of money and to make more than enough to share with those she loves because of her childhood. Now she has the opportunity for a job in California where she would make even more money, which is a huge temptation for her. Dooley won’t leave his dad and family. So even though Dooley and Morgan are in love, they have to come to terms with what they want and how that will effect their relationship.
The guys (Kevin, Sam, Mac, and Ben) add to the story. The advice they give Dooley for how to handle Morgan to the way they help Dooley figure out his relationship with Morgan is fun, humorous, and great to read. The references to the movie Pretty Woman are priceless. The friendships leap off the page. I feel like I know the characters and just reading what they say I know who said it.
A recommended read for any reader looking for a sexy, contemporary romance that’s full of laughs, love, and an incredibly sexy hero who reads romance books.
5 Stars – A Must Read
Note: I received an ARC of this book. 

There’s having fun… and then there’s falling in love.
The Bradfords, Book 4
It was a chance meeting, a spontaneous, hot moment, a never-to-be-repeated encounter. So when the gorgeous redhead he knows only as Sugar walks into the bar and heads straight for him, Doug “Dooley” Miller knows he’s in trouble. But he’s sure not going to mind.
She needs a date to some swanky something-or-other. He’s a fish-sticks-and-denim guy, but for a woman who’s not afraid to get naughty in an elevator, he can stand a couple days of smoked salmon and Armani.
Morgan James admits she doesn’t really know Doug, but she needs him to keep her mind-and hands-off her ex. A man who, despite the fact he stole her ideas, she’s afraid could charm her into repeating her mistakes. Only Doug can make her forget the weasel exists. Besides, it’s just this one time.
What started as not even a one-night stand has Dooley feeling things that he’s never felt before. And that’s outside of the bedroom. Don’t even get him started on what’s happening between the sheets. Why does he have a feeling that, as far as flings go, they’re doing something wrong? Then again, if they’re falling in love, they might just be getting that right.
Warning: Contains a woman who knows what she wants, a man who knows what he doesn’t want, and a proposition that shows them both that they’ve never really wanted anything like this before.
Available at:         Kindle         Samhain         Nook

ARC Review – A Scandalous Affair by Karen Erickson

A Scandalous Affair is a great, quick read. The plot suits the length of the book. While I was left wanting more of Daphne and Hartwell, their relationship and development of their feelings is believable for the short length.  
The love of a good woman is exactly what Hartwell needs to overcome stuttering and step out into the ton. Daphne is the perfect match for him. Her personality is just right to draw out the side of Hartwell he didn’t even know existed.
Hartwell isn’t an alpha male. However, his weaknesses and lack of socializing added to his character. An alpha male wouldn’t have worked as Daphne’s hero. Since she is a widow, she more daring and outspoken for this era.
I recommend this book to any reader looking for a quick historical romance that sizzles.
4 Stars – A Great Read
Note: I requested this book from Net Galley. 

Third in the Merry Widows series
From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.
Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.
After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever…
Available at:         Kindle         Carina Press       Nook

Just the Way I Like It by Erin Nicholas Review – A Recommended Read

Just theWay I Like It is a short read that comes between books 3 and 4 in the Bradfords series. It gives readers of the series a glimpse of Jessica, Ben, Sam, Danika, Sara, and Mac. We get to see a little bit of their lives after their happily-ever-afters. Plus, we get a chance to see Dooley’s and Kevin’s points of view, which makes the anticipation of their books even greater.

A must read for anyone who has read the Bradfordsseries. Just the Way I Like It is a perfect compliment to the other books in the series.
5 Star – A must read
With friends like these… they may never date again!
A Bradfords series short story.
Out of their entire group of friends, Kevin Campbell and Doug “Dooley” Miller are the last bachelors standing. And if their friends’ wives have anything to say about it, they’re both going down-the sooner the better.
Sure, sometimes it’s torture to stand by and watch their friends enjoy true love. But all that touching, teasing, and goo-goo eyes? It gets old. Plus, Kevin and Dooley have their reasons for staying single, and a trio of meddling women can’t change that.
Or can they?
That’s the question that’s making them nervous. Very nervous…
Warning: This Bradford series epilogue contains six meddling friends, two sworn bachelors and a bunch of crazy set-ups. It’s also a sneak peek at the next two books where Kevin and Dooley do find true love…without any help from their friends.
Available at:       Kindle (currently $.99)         Samhain (free)