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Review ~ Still the One (Animal Magnetism #6) by Jill Shalvis

By : Heather Coulter
Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?
This book caught this reader off guard...it takes a lot to surprise/impress - after years of reading contemporary romance. However, Jill Shavis has done it once again. I though this series was starting to lull but, it back near the top of my eagerly anticipating the next release list. 

I LOVED Darcy Stone! Her carefree attitude was a refreshing change and it contrasts perfectly with A.J.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Spotlight ~ Darker Than Desire (Secrets & Shadows #3) by Shiloh Walker

By : Heather Coulter
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LUST FOR LIFE

No matter how many times he’s left her in the past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.

A DEADLY DESIRE

He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along.

With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstacy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

Excerpt

His blood started to pump.

Slowly, he shifted his gaze and found himself staring across the neat, tidy little lawn.

There. That was the other thing he felt, a bizarre mix of need, longing and a twist in his heart that he couldn’t fully understand. It only happened around one person.

It wasn’t a surprise that she’d found him here.

Nor was it a surprise when his heart did that odd little twist.

She was the other person who managed to make him feel.

She made him want.

She made him need.

She made him regret, too.

Regret that he needed to push her away, regret that he couldn’t reach for her the way he wanted.

Regret that he wasn’t as strong as he should be, because even as he told himself to push her away, she started up the walk, the short skirt she wore barely clinging to her thighs and all he could think about was pulling her into his lap so that the skirt rode higher and he could cup her hips, pull her down to straddle him.

Vivid, overbright starbursts seemed to explode behind his eyes as that fantasy played out in his mind. It would be so easy. This was a secluded street and people had finally given up on the rubbernecking. Hardly anybody drove down the street to check out the burnt out wreck of the Frampton house. He could pull that stretchy bit of fabric up and be inside her in two minutes. It would be so easy to just lose himself to her.

She came to a halt in front of him while his blood pounded in slow, steady waves, while need clenched inside him like a fist.

Tell her to leave, common sense dictated. He’d already made the decision he needed to make.

But his head, his heart, his cock didn’t want to listen.

“Hey,” she said, her red-slicked lips curving up.

He stared at her mouth, thought about seeing that mouth open, seeing it glide down his chest.

Blinking, he managed, barely, to look away. “Hey back.”

This was yet another thing he lacked, the ability to talk, even to her, about anything that didn’t involve getting her naked and fucking her.

Naked wasn’t even necessary as long as he could be inside her, lose himself to her, hide away from the demons that chased him.

But if he kept doing that, all those demons were going to start chasing her, too.

He wasn’t worth a whole hell of a lot and he didn’t care about a whole hell of a lot. But he’d burn this whole damn town to the ground before he let anything from his past start to haunt her.

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Review ~ Lethal Consequences (Aegis Security #2) by Elisabeth Naughton

By : Heather Coulter
Three months after rescuing Olivia Wolfe from danger, Aegis Security operative Landon Miller still can’t stop thinking about her, even though she’s off-limits in every way possible. Knowing he’s leaving Aegis and returning to the DIA soon, Landon decides it’s time for their flirty online relationship to end. But Olivia can’t stop thinking about Landon, either. On a whim, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to surprise him in Barcelona—and arrives to find a sexy redhead in his hotel room.

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Landon’s would-be one-night stand is really a member of the Red Brotherhood, a terrorist group targeting Landon for information on a lethal bioweapon. And now Olivia is unwittingly ensnared in their deadly plot, too. Forget escaping emotionally unscathed; Olivia just wants to make it home alive. Yet to survive, she’ll have to put her trust in the very man who not only broke her heart, but whose lies now threaten both their lives.

In the second book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s popular Aegis series, heart-pounding suspense stirs up deliciously sizzling romance.
I was first introduced to Elisabeth Naughton’s writing when a friend recommended her Stolen Trilogy; – I now highly recommended that series to others. While I have read (and enjoyed) the majority of the installments in her paranormal series, the Eternal Guardians, I prefer her suspense writing. 

The author did an amazing job with this second full-length novel of the Aegis Security series. Both Olivia and Landon were written with such a heartrending impact that I felt their anguish. Even during those seemly meaningless moments the undertones spoke of distress and loneliness. Mixing suspense with romance must be handled skillfully - ensuing proper balance is maintained. This is not a fairytale romance…the characters are put through hell (a few times). 


The author hit the target with this story. 


Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own. 





Review ~ Someone Like Her (K2 Team #2) by Sandra Owens

By : Heather Coulter
Known to the K2 Special Services team as Romeo, ex-Navy SEAL Jake Buchanan may spend his downtime living up to his nickname, but there's one woman who sets his heart racing like no one else can: Maria Kincaid. Unfortunately, his boss - her brother - has made it crystal clear that she's off-limits. Jake doesn't do commitment, while Maria is the type of woman who deserves a promise of forever. Yet Maria finds herself drawn to Jake, the man who stares at her with a desire she wishes he'd act on.

Still haunted by her horrific childhood, Maria goes searching for the father she's never met and stumbles into a nightmarish experience. With her life in grave danger, she reaches out to Jake, her brother's second-in-command. Jake figures he can help Maria without giving in to temptation. But some things are easier said than done.
Maria’s desperate need to discover her heritage puts her in immediate danger. Maria Kincaid has an extremely overprotective older brother, Logan – an ex-Navy SEAL. But instead of contacting Logan when she finds herself in trouble she reaches out to his second in command, Jackson ‘Jake’ Kennedy Buchanan. No other woman, except Maria, could have a man nicknamed Romeo rushing from the bed of a willing woman toward a “woman her brother had put off-limits by threat of death.” 

This was my first Sandra Owens’ book. I love that the author freely allows emotions to radiate from her characters. While watching a movie/show you can view a character’s body language; it becomes part of the dialogue. In a book, it is more difficult to depict a character’s body language, but this author comprises descriptive scenes that enhance the dialogue. I have not yet read the first book, Crazy for Her, but I will be reading Logan’s story soon. 
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls #1) by Melinda Leigh

By : Heather Coulter
While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant's youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it's not a random act?and neither were the murders.

Already devastated by her neighbors? violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant's impending return to deployment.

But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.

Bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.
It had only been a year and a half since Lee and Kate Barrett made the decision to relocate their family to Scarlet Falls, a sleepy New York Suburb. With a colicky baby at home, the couple decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary and limit their time away from home with a quick dinner out. After dinner, while walking to their car Lee gets as uneasy feeling, as a reader I shared that edginess.
“There was absolutely no reason for the unease brewing in his gut.”
Melinda Leigh put this reader on edge waiting for that pivot death moment.

The death of Lee Barrett brings his distant siblings altogether for the first time in a while. Hannah Barrett, a corporate attorney, is a little uptight expect for the few flirty moments she shares with the sexy Detective Brody McNamara. McClellan ‘Mac’ Barrett, the biologist, is the family renegade with a troubled youth. I am looking forward to discovering more about this mysterious man and meeting the woman that will bring him out of the woods. Then there is Grant Barrett, career Military Major, who takes emergency leave to care for his recently orphaned nephew and niece. He rushes home to civilian life without even taking time to decompress.
“It wasn’t about him and what he wanted anymore. The kids had to be considered first in each and every decision.”.

Ellie Ross’s daughter Julie frequently babysat for the Barrett children including the night they were murdered. As neighbors Ellie and Grant often cross paths but when Ellie’s family is threatened it pulls them even closer. Ellie’s grandmother, Nan, is a hoot with her shotgun ready to take on the world. I

Melinda Leigh flawlessly delivers a twisted mystery that kept this reader guessing. I have set a side vacation time to return to Scarlett Falls in June 2015 to see how much trouble Hannah can get into.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


Review ~ Wolf's Fall (Alpha Pack, #6) by J.D. Tyler

By : Heather Coulter




A top secret team of wolf shifters, the Alpha Pack are former Navy SEALS that use their Psy powers to take on the world’s greatest predators. But while each member is loyal to the pack, it can be hard to deny the call of desire…

Still tormented by his recent captivity, Alpha Pack commander Nick Westfall isn’t sure he’s fit to lead—especially when he meets the one woman he can’t claim without reliving the torture he endured at the hands of a rogue vampire. 

Vampire princess Calla Shaw has seen her own share of heartbreak, but she can tell that the wild attraction she and Nick feel for each other could turn into something significant—if only he’d let it. But Calla isn’t about to give up on her mate without a fight.

Time is running out, not only for Nick to claim his mate, but for Calla and her coven. A vampire war is on the horizon, one the Alpha Pack can’t hope to win if their leader can’t pull himself back from the abyss…
Be sure to first read Cole's Redemption...Nick's experiences largely carry over into Wolf's Fall.

I was overall disappointed with this book. It should have been the strongest story, since it was the Alpha Pack commander, Nick Westfall's, story. However, I felt that the trauma he suffered was not given the attention it deserved - it was too quickly brushed aside.

I liked Vampire princess, Calla Shaw's, character - her strength and willingness to love a man she knew that she may never be able to claim was amazing.

With four more stories coming soon...I hope that the series can get back to the brilliance I saw in the beginning.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


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