Review: Shannon’s Law by Emma Calin

Today I am lucky enough to help Emma Calin celebrate her new release, Shannon’s Law.  This is a great romance full of suspense and crime.  This is Emma Calin’s second book in her Passion Patrol series.  As the second book this was a great addition.  Though they are all stand alone books you will see a familiar face or two.  The love story is a wonderful Cinderella like story that will have you envious of any character that would experience what Shannon does.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.

20935663Book Blurb:

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. In Fleetworth-Green she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking and homes in on serious millionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.

All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Review:

Shannon Aguerri is sent to the small village outside of London.  On her first day she catches the Earl’s son and some of his friends drinking and riding a scooter she suspects doesn’t belong to them.  Shannon takes the Earl’s son back to the manor and meets the very handsome and eligible Earl.  Shannon immediately finds herself attracted to the overalls wearing Earl named Spencer.  But,  Spencer’s complex relationship with his deceased wife’s friend.  While Shannon continues to police the small village she begins to discover that the village is hiding an underworld kind of crime that you’d find in the city.  Along with her investigation into the crime she and Spencer’s relationship develops quickly and before they both know the new police woman has fallen for the widowed Earl.  But, when things move quickly obstacles and trust aren’t always solved at the same time as love develops.  When Shannon’s job and her relationship intersect in an unfriendly way they must learn to work together or to let each other go.

I really enjoyed this novel.  Shannon is feisty and has an answer for everything.  Spencer is her perfect foil in being a posh stuffy English Earl.  The love story between these two is very much a modern day fairy tale.  The crime element in this story is well done also.  The two components of this story are very well woven together and very believable.  In fact any woman would be jealous of Shannon finding her happiness with Spencer.  I do think though that an American reading this story will have a bit of a challenge with Shannon’s English slang. You get used to it but at first I thought her slang and retorts for everything were going to be too much for this story.  But, like all good characters she changes with the story and definitely becomes one of the best parts of this story.  Her comedic element is great when some of the criminal element gets heavy.  Overall, I think this is a really worthwhile read and will suck you in once you get used to the slang and the culture.  Emma Calin really did a great job with Shannon’s Law.  I look forward to reading something else from Emma.

Review: Cold Day In Hell by Jerrie Alexander

As many of you know I have become a fan of Jerrie Alexander.  So, I am very privileged to bring to you her next book in her Lost and Found Inc Series, Cold Day in Hell.  In this one we follow the very sexy Tyrell to Columbia where he rescues the very feisty Ana.  Like most of Jerrie Alexander’s books we get lots of action and romance.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.

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Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo’s first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he’s left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He’ll have to blow up a drug cartel’s compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn’t want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She’ll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who’s hell bent on vengeance? The woman he’s grown to love?

Review:

Tyrell Castillo finds himself on his first mission for Lost and Found Inc in Columbia to rescue the girl who was supposed to be his contact.  When he rescues her and blows up the cartels compound he realizes that Ana is not going to be very cooperative and gives him a struggle.  Along the way through the jungle and dodging bullets Ty and Ana develop an attraction that Ty knows is off-limits.  After being rescued and forced out of her country Ana finds herself in Texas and thinking  constantly of Ty.  When Ty finally comes to see her she is soon attacked by one of the cartel’s lieutenants.  She realizes that even leaving her country can’t keep her safe.  She must go back to Columbia and kill the head of the cartel.  But, first she must convince Ty to go with her.  When Ty realizes he cannot protect her and questions the loyalty of those around him, he realizes he must go to Columbia with Ana.  When Ana and Ty finally express their feelings they acknowledge that nothing can really happen and just as their love broadens it must be squelched with the knowledge that they will go their separate ways.  Can the two really say goodbye after their mission or with they choose to find love after all this violence has brought them together?

Jerrie Alexander has his yet another home run.  I loved this book.  I love Ty and Ana.  Ana was so fun to read.  She really was the best foil for Ty.  She was no-nonsense and when push came to shove she pushed back.  This made for a great love story.  The fight they both put up just made is all that more satisfying when they were finally together.  I also loved the Cartel portion of the story.  This was something a bit different for Jerrie.  Usually she writes a lot about serial killers or just crazy stalker killers.  This was definitely a new line in the crime family that Jerrie Alexander has written about.  I really enjoyed it and I think she really hit the nail on the head with the cartels.  With everything we know about them it felt true and definitely possible.  Overall, this is a wonderful addition to Jerrie Alexander’s stories.  I look forward to Marcus’ story next.  If you like a good suspense and a fantastic story you need to start reading this series now.

Review: Doctors Beyond Borders by Georgie Tyler

Everyone loves a good hot doctor story.  Throw in some action and make him a hero and he is totally drool worthy.  This is definitely something you get with Doctors Beyond Borders by Georgie Tyler.  This story brings the civil wars of Sudan to the forefront and mixes in some romance between two doctors who have come to help the displaced people.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

18805740Book Blurb:

She’s about to find out that nothing is fair when it comes to war, except, the healing power of love.

When Ariadne Tate takes a deployment to Sudan with a medical aid organisation, romance is the last thing on her mind…but Dr Ford Gosden puts a glitch in her plans. Too damn attractive for his own good and a thoroughly nice guy, Ford slowly seeps under Ariadne’s skin.

But Sudan is not a stable place to form a relationship, and as political tension escalates in the region, Ariadne has no choice but to focus on her job and her safety. Under the protection of a UN convoy, she heads out into the war-torn countryside — and the unthinkable happens. Captured and held hostage by a renegade with no chance of escape, Ariadne’s hope for a new life with the man she loves begins to fade and the fight for her life begins.

Review:

Dr. Ariadne Tate is running from her life back in Australia.  The betrayal she faced has urged her to travel to Sudan with a medical organization.  Romance is not on her menu.  She doesn’t believe romance belongs in the workplace let alone in her life right now.  Unfortunately, when Dr. Ford Gosden steps into her life things get flipped upside down.  Ariadne tries to fight her feelings for Ford, but when they are alone in the desert for weeks things come to a boiling point and their feelings can’t be hidden anymore.  But, when Ariadne finds out that Ford is leaving sooner than she thought she tries to escape her feelings by taking her mid post break in Greece.  Ford surprises Ariadne in Greece and they finally physically share their feelings in heated nights of passion.  But, all good things must come to an end and Ford my return home and Ariadne to the Sudan to finish her post.  Before Ford leaves her though he vows to return to Sudan and then go with her back to Australia.  The love that Ariadne has denied is given to her in abundance.  Floating on a cloud she returns to Sudan.  But, one wrong move and Ariadne finds herself in an unthinkable situation that threatens her love and her life.

Georgie Tyler did a great job bringing the civil wars of Sudan to the forefront of this story.  She also does a great job with the romance.  I enjoyed that the doctors didn’t just fall into each other beds.  There was some realism to the love story along with the feel of the actual threat of being in a third world country under the threat of militants.  It wasn’t just the setting that made this story but the characters.  Ariadne was wonderful and so was Ford, but I have to say I really enjoyed the dynamic of the other doctors in the house was fantastic.  The story really became well-rounded with those wonderful characters.  Overall, this was a great story.  If you like a romance with a little bit of danger and one really hot McDreamy then this is definitely a book you should pick up.

Review: The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper

I have been gifted in being able to read and review two books of Andrea Coopers.  The Garnet Dagger is a great paranormal romance with lots of action, mythical creatures and of course, romance.  I really enjoyed this quick read and look forward to her continuing the journey of her characters in this book.  For my full review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.

17364172Book Blurb:

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

Review:

We first meet Brock doing something that the young Elfin should not, observing humans.  In doing this he is lured by a moaning human to an area of the forest that seems to be dying.  Brock not wanting to leave the injured human goes to help.  When he comes upon what he thinks is a dying human he soon realizes his mistake and is attacked by a vampire.  After the attack is reversed and Brock becomes cursed he returns home.  It isn’t until he unknowingly kills his bride to be that he realizes the curse and what it means to his elfin family.  To get rid of the curse and save his family he must find a witch.  Brock uses a special dagger to help him find the witch whose blood he must shed.  When he finally finds the witch he must kill it is no longer an easy choice.  He must choose to save her from a blood thirsty Warloc  just kill her himself or forgoe all those he loves and follow his heart which is leading him to this witch.

This was a very clever paranormal romance.  It really brings in a lot of different mythical and paranormal creatures to create a story that is both captivating and well written.  You really feel for Brock and the choices he unwilling must make.  You can also feel for Celeste who also suffers loss due to circumstances that are out of her power.  Putting these two characters together was a wonderful beginning to a series that has definite potential.  I really hope to see more mythical creatures as Andrea R. Cooper develops this series.  I also can’t wait to see more of Brock and Celeste.  There chemistry was magical and that wasn’t just because she was a witch.  Overall, an enjoyable read with the potential to be a good series.  I look forward to reading more by Andrea R. Cooper.

Fresh Face Friday: Fool’s Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you all have had a great week and will get to spend tonight or this weekend with the one your heart belongs.  I know some of you like me are digging out of yet another snowstorm and spring can’t come quick enough.  I definitely won’t be missing the snow once its gone.  Today I am bringing to you a historical romance set in Alaska during the gold rush.  But, you will be happy it is set during the summer so no snow.  This is a delightful story that will have you rooting for the hero to capture the heroine’s heart.  Be sure to read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a good weekend and for those of you with lots of sunshine keep us with the snow in mind.  🙂

18949504Book Blurb:

Alaska’s gold rush is no place for a lady, but that doesn’t scare Ellie Webster. Ellie travels with her younger brother to the wilds of the Klondike gold rush to save the family farm. She’s prepared for hardship on the trail, but not for the sparkling blue eyes of Duke Masterson, a charming saloonkeeper. And Duke is surprised to find that Ellie and her apple pies are more valuable to him than all the gold nuggets in Skagway, Alaska. Now if he could only overcome Ellie’s fear of losing her newly-found independence and win her heart. Together they must defeat the conman corrupting the town and make their fortunes before the last steamship of the season heads South

Review:

Ellie is travelling to Alaska to find her fortune in the Alaska gold rush.  With her brother she plans to take the summer and strike it rich or just enough to pay off the family farm back home.  On her way to Alaska she meets Duke who is also looking to make his fortune only instead of the gold fields he wants to run his own saloon.  Duke doesn’t make a good impression and Ellie hopes to avoid him when they get to their destination.  When Ellie and her brother arrive to Skagway, Alaska they have a short stay before taking the arduous journey on foot into the hills for the gold.  Unfortunately,  fortune is not on their side and their trek in the Alaskan wilderness is cut short and they are forced to return to Skagway.  After returning,  Ellie finds herself pouring her heart out to Duke and with a little help from his partner they manage to set Ellie and her brother up to make money selling pies.  Ellie’s pie stand quickly becomes very successful and she soon becomes the target of the town con man.  Duke continues to be a part of Ellie’s life even when she doesn’t want him to be.  Even as Ellie fights her attraction to Duke she can’t help but begin to care for him, but she is scared of a commitment that would take away her independence.  Ellie has a choice to make stay alone and nothing changes or follow her heart and possibly lose everything including her independence.

I love historical romances.  This one was a really great story in this genre.  The characters were very well-developed and vivid.  You could really see those around you.  The story is also fantastic.  It brings you in and makes you a part of it.  By the end you feel like you have had a piece of Ellie’s pies and you have had a drink in Duke’s saloon.  The atmosphere of the time was so thoroughly done that you stop reading and are watching it like a movie in your mind.  The love story in this romance is so very believable.  Duke tries to woo the very independent Ellie with no avail until he finally starts writing her love letters.  These letters are one of the best parts of this book.  I fell in love with Duke with these letters.  They are so heartfelt and honest that you can understand how Ellie falls for Duke finally.  Overall, this is a great story and anyone who loves historical fiction will not be disappointed.

Author Bio:

7429330Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Coffee and a Review with Rowena’s Key by AJ Nuest

Sorry this is so late this week, but I am going to highlight your Thursday with Rowena’s Key by AJ Nuest.  I was really excited to get my hands on another book by AJ Nuest.  This time around she is entering the genre of paranormal romance.  She does a great job in this first book in her new series.  With this book AJ Nuest has definitely gotten herself a fan in me.  For my full review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  I hope you all have an excellent week!

18756625Book Blurb:

The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…

Antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, finds herself the owner of an ancestral armoire containing a hidden key and a magic mirror leading to another realm!

But the handsome warrior prince waiting on the other side is truly the final straw. This must be an elaborate joke, right? As she struggles to discover the truth, Rowena learns Prince Caedmon Austiere needs the key to save his kingdom. In the end, she cannot deny him anything. Including her heart

Review:

We meet Rowena when she is looking at her newest acquisition.  As an antique shop owner, Rowena is used to getting rare and sought after pieces of furniture, jewelry and any number of other antiquities.  But, when Rowena gets the armoire she has been searching for it is more than she expected.  Rowena finds that the ordinary piece of furniture isn’t really ordinary.  At first she thinks its her friend playing a trick on her with a very handsome actor.  But, when the armoire opens again with the same prince then Rowena begins to question her sanity until she accepts that her Prince and his world exists.  As Rowena and Prince Caedmon’s relationship grows the veil between the two worlds thins and a decision must be made.  Will Rowena choose to be with her prince or will she stay with her antiques?

This was a great short novel.  It’s the beginning of a great new series.  I loved the premise.  Rowena and Caedmon’s romance is so quick yet wonderful.  Also, Rowena’s friends were fantastic.  I hope we see more of Rowena’s friends but from the ending of the first novel I am unsure if that will happen.  Since reading AJ’s contemporary romance of She’s Got Dibs I have loved her writing style.  With her branching out into this new genre I think she’s going to see many more fans.  I know I am one and am so glad that she has asked me to review her books.  I know that anyone who picks up Rowena’s Key will be enthralled from the moment they open the book.  The characters, the story and the overall flow of the book will having you craving more and waiting with bated breath for the next installment.  I know I can’t wait for A.J Nuest’s next book whether it is a contemporary romance or a paranormal romance.  A.J Nuest definitely has a fan in me.

Fresh Face Friday: Permanent by Kim Carmichael

Happy Friday!  Today I have an awesome new read for you guys.  Kim Carmichael’s Permanent is now one of my new favorite series’.  It’s a wonderful first book in a series that has a lot of potential.  All I have to say is hot tattooed guys.  That sums it up but yet there is so much more to this group.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I know I will be watching a bit of the Olympics between reading.  🙂

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What is Permanent?

Always on the outside looking in, accountant, Lindsay Stevens, has calculated her transformation from a small town, nerdy bookkeeper to a sleek, high-powered accountant down to the last penny. With all her checks finally in balance, she moves to California to start a new life free of her embarrassing past she never wants revealed.

As Hollywood’s hottest tattoo artist, Shane Elliott thrives on standing out. Charismatic and free of commitments, he travels through life with a wink and a smile, hiding the letters he receives from the IRS as if they don’t exist. Now with bills to pay and tax collectors breathing down his back, for the first time in his life Shane can’t charm his way out of his situation. However, when his new neighbor literally falls into his life, he knows he has struck gold once again.

Though Lindsay tries to keep her distance, she suddenly finds herself trying to hide her true self as she thrust into a world she doesn’t think she belongs, but can’t resist. In his good-time life, Shane must discover there is more to life than a party if he wants something more.

With their lives intertwined, the two must learn accept each other, themselves and their love.

Worlds collide as they decide what is truly permanent.

Permanent is the first book in the Indelibly Marked Series that follows the lives and loves of those surrounding Permanent Tattoo

Review:

When we first meet Lindsey she is lying on her back, bleeding and staring up at a tattooed, mohawked knight in shining armor.  When Shane bursts into Lindsey’s apartment he fully expects a little old lady with lots of cats.  He is surprised to find a beautiful accountant.  Shane soon realizes Lindsey could be his salvation with the IRS and inserts himself into Lindsey’s life.  Lindsey tries to guard herself against Shane’s charms.  She’s been along this road with guys who only want her brains.  But, Shane seems different and that isn’t just the artwork on his arms talking.  Can Lindsey let herself open up to Shane or will he prove to be just like all the others?

I fell in love with this book and all the characters.  I couldn’t put this down and even had dreams about meeting my own tattooed, mowhawked, knight in shining armor.  Shane and his gang area all wonderfully unique and very fun characters.  They really bring the story to colorful life.  It’s almost as if the characters themselves are tattooed into the story.  They are permanent and colorful works of art.  Kim Carmichael weaves an opposites attract story like no other.  Lindsey and Shane couldn’t be more different but by the end you see how similar they are.  The love story set in the tattoo parlor and accounting offices is definitely a new take.  I loved every bit of this story and can’t wait for book two.  Kim has a wonderful gem in this first book that will bring anyone who picks it up on to the side of hot bad boys with awesome tattoos.  Overall, I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book and Kim Carmichael.  When you pick this up (because I know you will) you will be like me and unable to put it down and waiting anxiously for book two!.

Author Bio:

6524806Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

Coffee and a Review with The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

coffee_smileAnother week is beginning and I have another wonderful book for you guys.  It’s been snowing all day here.  So, what better way to spend it then curled up with a good book.  Today’s spotlight is just the kind of entertaining book to curl up with and enjoy.  Laurel Osterkamp’s The Holdout is a great mixture of humor, reality and politics.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and like me anticipate the weekend.  🙂

18605055Book Blurb:

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story. But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor. Or maybe she’ll have the last laugh Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again. Laurel Osterkamp’s award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of four novels and two novellas, including the November Surprise series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family. Laurel was recently on a federal jury, and she loves watching Survivor.

Review:

Robin has always been seen as the low man on the totem pole in her family.  She is the actress and viewed as the adult that isn’t really an adult.  When she finally gets a real chance at hitting it big by competing on the reality television show she is met with skepticism and ridicule by her brothers and cousins.  Robin sets out to prove to all her critics that she is tougher than anyone thinks and very capable.  What Robin doesn’t anticipate is during the game being played by one of the players and feeling like a fool.  Losing her heart on national television, facing the decisions by watching the episodes and having jury duty while reliving all her humiliations places Robin in a position to change her life or let those holding her back win.

This was a very fun read.  I enjoyed Laurel Osterkamp’s previous novel November Surprise and was happy to see my opinion didn’t change with this book.  I loved the way that both the reality show and the jury duty were connected and intertwined.  In today’s society much of the social outlets have connections to basic structures whether governmental or cultural.  This is definitely shown and highlighted in The Holdout.  It wasn’t just the connection that made this a fun read.  The characters of Robin and Robin’s family really bring depth and understanding to the whole story.  Overall, this was another great novel by Laurel Osterkamp.  If you like reality tv, jury duty or both you will love The Holdout.

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