RAW HEAT – A Cherrie Lynn Review


The final Larson brothers book is here….and Lynn has saved the HOTTEST for last.

Emma’s spent months lusting after her poker playing boss, Damien Larson; while she manages his money, he manages her dreams. But when her brother gets under hot water with Damien, her boss makes an offer even she couldn’t dream up. One game –  if Damien wins….he wins Emma. She’s now got 30 days as Damien’s pet and his tastes run far darker than she knows.

Oooh there have been some dominant hero stories as of late! Lynn’s done Damien justice by making us wait for this delectable romance. Damien has a need to control all situations and with his whole dark past he can’t afford to risk putting his heart on the line. But he can’t deny he’s been attracted to Emma since the moment her met her. Once he’s finally got her, he does everything and anything to give her every thing she desires.

I was pulling for these two the whole time! Emma needed a chance to let loose and not be so in control. Damien could learn from her not how to love but how to be vulnerable and accept love. With naughty nights and sweet moments between here two…you’re in for a new era of dirty romance.


51SZRTUCL3L._SY346_.jpgThe third book in the Larson Brothers series from New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn is the sexiest installment yet!

Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except his accountant, Emma Haskell.

Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s dark intensity and the gleam in his eyes that promises more than she can possibly handle. But when her brother’s gambling threatens to destroy her family, Damien makes her an offer she’d be crazy to accept—but can’t refuse: her brother’s debts will be forgiven, and Emma belongs to him for thirty days.

In Damien’s world, he shows his angelic bookkeeper what it’s like to live with the devil. But Emma brings out a side in Damien he thought didn’t exist. Will the flames of lust scorch them both, or will this beauty tame the beast and give him something to fight for?

Raw Heat scorches with emotional intensity and smoldering passion that will leave readers spellbound!







New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side, including Raw Deal. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and is fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live. Cherrie lives in East Texas.


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GOING DARK – A Monica McCarty Review & Excerpt


Its not often you find yourself across the seas in Scotland, defending a land you’ve never seen. Annie’s trusted her boyfriend and his friends with her life as they set up to sail out to an oil rig to stage a sit in. But when the plan goes awry and Annie has to decide between what’s right and wrong and her life, she has to depend on the ship’s captain, Dan to save her.

Dan, AKA Dean, has been under strict orders to “go dark”; a new identity and no contact with his SEAL team as they try to investigate who betrayed them. What he hadn’t planned for? Innocent activist Annie to throw him into the spotlight as they go on the run from a terrorist organization. Now he has to fight his feelings for her as he fights to stay incognito to protect his team. But how can he do that when Annie is smarter than he thinks…and is sussing out his darkest secrets?

A first in her new series, McCarty hits all the good spots with this action packed suspense romance. Fans of Julie Walker, April Hunt, and Katie Ruggle will LOVE it! There’s a lot of history that goes in to the SEAL team but I liked that McCarty gave us a chance to see what happens in the prologue. There’s never a dull moment from the time Annie and Dean set eyes on one another. Action from all sides paired with a couple who keep their wits about them as they navigate open seas and treacherous waters makes for highly entertaining action romance! Hoping for more of The Lost Platoon series!

9780399587702 The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .





Dean was about to turn up his street when a woman darted past him. She was so preoccupied with whatever was bothering her that she didn’t notice him.

But he noticed her. The sexy brunette had been the focus of too many of his sex-starved thoughts for him not to have recognized that shadowed figure right away.

His thoughts immediately turned to anger. What the hell was she doing out here alone at this time of night?

Granted Stornoway wasn’t exactly the mean streets of name-your-favorite American inner city, but it had its share of illegal activity—especially along the waterfront—and it wasn’t a place where a young woman should be walking alone in the middle of the night.

He went after her without thinking. Proving his point, she took way too long to realize he was behind her.

He could tell by the way she jumped when she turned around that he’d startled her.

But it didn’t last. As soon as she recognized him, her eyes narrowed angrily. “Why are you following me? You scared me!”

“Good. You shouldn’t be out here alone—” He stopped suddenly, seeing her expression. She looked about ready to burst into tears. “What’s wrong?”

Unconsciously he’d reached for her arm. Why the hell he’d done that he had no clue. He didn’t go around touching women without an invitation.

He released her before she could protest. But if she’d noticed the too-personal gesture, she didn’t let on.

“Nothing,” she replied, her expression too blank.

He held her gaze long enough for her to see that he knew she was lying. It must not be something she did often, because a guilty blush rose to her cheeks.

She was so damned cute. He wanted to . . .


He took a step back.

Go dark. Don’t do anything to risk your cover.

He heard the warnings loud and clear. But he couldn’t very well let her walk around alone. What if something happened?

“Where’s your boyfriend?”

The tightening around her mouth before she responded gave a big hint of what might be bothering her. Trouble in paradise? Now, that was a cryin’ shame.

“He’s still at camp. He’s hanging around for the music. Julien plays guitar.”

Dean didn’t care if he was Jimmy Hendrix returning from the dead for one last show. “And he let you walk back alone?”

She immediately stiffened, giving him a scathing look. “He didn’t let me do anything. I make my own decisions.”

From the way she said it, it was clear she thought he was some kind of medieval misogynistic pig.

One of those, was she? He should have guessed. That kind of oversensitive feminist crap drove him crazy—not everything was a “microagression.” Being a strong woman didn’t mean you could be stupid about personal safety. And all he’d meant was that douche bag should have cared enough about her safety enough to insist on accompanying her.

Although admittedly Julien probably wasn’t much of a defense.

“Then your decision was a shitty one.”

She looked stunned. “You just say whatever you think, don’t you? I wasn’t asking for your opinion.”

“Well, you got it.” He gave her a long look, taking in the Tulane sweatshirt, tight jeans that left no room to hide anything, and flip-flops. “And unless you are a black belt jujitsu specialist or trained in self-defense and carrying some kind of weapon, I’m walking you to the guest house.”

She looked up at him half outraged and half bemused, as if she couldn’t quite believe someone like him actually existed. It was a look he’d been on the receiving end of more than once.

Eventually her mouth twisted with a smile. “How do you know I’m not?”

“Because if you had any secret ninja skills, from the way you were looking at me a few minutes ago, I’d be on my ass right now.”


monica-450x2.jpg What do you get when you mix a legal career, a baseball career, motherhood, and a love of history with a voracious reader? In my case, a Historical Romance Author.

And how did I end up writing romance? It’s not as divergent as it seems. What I loved about being a lawyer are the same things I love about being a writer—research and writing. The only thing missing is the arguing, but that’s what a husband and kids are for, right?



ON THE CHASE – A Katie Ruggle Review


Just when you thought things had quieted down in small-town Monroe, Colorado…

Injured and trying to handle not being on duty, Hugh comes across a new woman in town, Grace (aka Kaylee) and knows there’s a bigger secret behind he innocent eyes. But when the bullets literally fly around them the minute they get close…he’s got a bit more skepticism than he thought.

Kaylee, now Grace, is in hiding from something she never thought she’d witness. Now the small town cop, Hugh, seems to be sticking by her side and she fears he’s going to find out her secrets. Can she trust him, when she trust no one else?

Kaylee is a surprisingly strong character after her escape from a seemingly psychotic man. Throughout this story she sees so many different sides to Hugh that make her trust him more and more. Hugh isn’t your typical romance hero; he’s sweet alright but he’s got this inability to be his own comedic relief. Amidst all the action you’ll find yourself laughing at his sense of humor and then being swept off your feet when he rescues Grace over and over.

With help from Theo and Jules from Run to Ground, there’s more to this story than just what Grace is trying to run from. Even sweet-talking Hugh can have someone after him…Can’t wait for more!

51y4ZRpsbgL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgInjured in the line of duty,
His orders are simple:
Stay alive.
But when a frightened woman bursts into his life, Hugh and his K9 companion have no choice but to risk everything to keep her safe.

After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.





katie_ruggle_500x333.jpgA fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.


EYE CANDY – A Halloween Anthology Review



Not having read the Fallen Crest series I was a little lost with the characters and their connections in Tijan’s short story. Without that….this was one scary, horror novella. The whole story is a bit uncomfortable from beginning to end. There are characters with drinking problems (despite being in college…I think), a serial killer on the lose, and just all around odd relationships. I didn’t feel that it truly fit in with the other more jovial novellas of the anthology. But for those that are fans of darker romance…this could beep your alley.

SO MUCH MORE by J. Daniels

MY BAMA BOYS. I laughed. I cried. I needed a minute to compose myself. Then I cried again. Daniels’ gives us another look into each Bama Boy & Girl in our lovable gang and how they are handling life. There’s Ben & Mia with adorable Prince Nolan (#RYAN! OMG! J BETTER WRITE THE ONE STORY WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!) Then we have the  jaw-dropingly dirty Reed and Beth who somehow have a heartfelt and naughty  moment at the same time.  Luke and Tessa’s short story will leave you in tears (with only a little laugher ) but OMG i can’t give any of them away. And finally CJ…sweet, southern, sexy CJ will leave you all in bouncy squeaky masses of happiness. I LOVED THIS LOOK IN TO OUR BAMA FAMILY!

GETTING DOWN by Helena Hunting

Hunting’s new world of Bane and Ruby is back! We’ve got a sexy sneak peek in to the new couple’s life as a Halloween party turns in to a costume gala. We UNFORTUNATELY get to see Amie with her fiancé Armstrong as he continues to be the douche-canoe (I’d say pardon my French but we all know we’re supposed to hate him) we all know and hate him to be. BUT Hunting likes to tease us to the story of HOOKING UP as there is an interesting testosterone battle between Armstrong and his brother, Lex. WHAT IS HAPPENING? Now we must all wait for Amie’s story, HOOKING UP coming later this year to find out what’s going to go down.

UNSAFE HAVEN by Bella Jewel

Jewel’s short story was another heartfelt halloween party. I don’t know the previous characters stories but Jewel does a good job setting it up with letting you know who the story is truly going to be about. We meet Jade and Oliver, two shy and quiet people who work at a women’s shelter and obviously come from rougher pasts. When terror strikes the shelter on the night of the Halloween party, somehow Oliver and Jade have to help figure out what’s going on. All while navigating how they may feel for one another.


Ok this last novella was just plain wacky….so much craziness! We follow Noel as she tries to navigate her family during a halloween themed wedding. There’s a neighborly feud with the house across the street the makes her father bonkers….I mean i was generally embarrassed for this man and his antics. Noel’s new husband Sam is sweet and caring but his best friends (who is the groom) is also on the wacky side. Although this novella is one the oddball side, it’s sweet and ends on a happy note.

A frightfully good time! Dive into these Halloween novellas from bestselling authors Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel and Tara Sivec. Featuring stories set in the worlds of their popular series.

Tijan’s Fallen Crest crew are back for a weekend of mischief that takes a sinister turn; all four couples from J. Daniels’ Alabama Summer series gear up for Halloween in their own sexy ways, with a special surprise at the end; Helena Hunting’s characters from Shacking Up plan a Halloween gala that features a few ghouls and witches; Bella Jewel brings the chills and thrills in her suspenseful take on Halloween night; and Tara Sivec gathers the Holiday family together one last time as they try to make this ghostly holiday one to remember—or one they’d rather forget…

Cozy up with a mug of hot cider on a dark night and fall under the spell of this Halloween anthology!


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About the Authors:

Bella Jewel is a USA Today bestselling author of over 18 e-books, including the popular Alphas Heart eOriginal series with St. Martin’s Press. She lives in North Queensland where she’s working on her next novel.

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author of the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She lives in north Minnesota.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author and the Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.

J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.


Connect with the authors:

Bella Jewel: http://bellajewelbooks.com

Tijan: http://www.tijansbooks.com

Tara Sivec: http://tarasivec.com

J. Daniels: http://authorjdaniels.com