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August 2016

Rock (Secret Baby Bears #2) by Becca Fanning

Rock is the 2nd of the Shifters to go and find the child that was created using his sperm. It was supposed to be for testing only but now that he has a child he wants to know how he is thriving.

Gemma hit 30 and still had no man in her life but she desperately wanted a baby. Fast forward 2 years and her son Arthur is ahead of the charts! He’s bigger than the average two year old. With little real life dating experience, Gemma relies on her older sister to steer her when it comes to men (Bad move!!) But when she connects with the guy who mysteriously turns up at her sons birthday party she hopes there will be more to their relationship.

But when she is coerced onto a double date with her sister her experiences with men hit rock bottom! If only she had been firm and stayed in contact with Rock!

OMG Matty is such a slimeball and you will cheer when he gets his comeuppance. Why Gemma listens to her dimwit sister I’llnever know! Rock is lovable and affable and happy to find out he is a father, even though it wasn’t something he had planned on. Roll on book 3

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review


Edward (Rodeo Bears #1) by Becca Fanning

I enjoyed the book but just felt that the story could have been filled out a bit more. Still lost as to why Dakota was on the run and hiding out in Texas! It just meant I didn’t quite grasp the urgency of her situation.

Eddie did NOT paint himself well when we first meet him. He is childish and irresponsible but by the end of the book he was happy to take care of Dakota. I just wanted a bit background into his change of heart – there was no instant declaration of love/lust or mate so I was just left a bit at sea. Also a bit adrift when it comes to why he and the clan are outlaws? Shifters seem to be known about although not well integrated so I’m hoping that will be explained a bit more in future books.


Summer’s Wolf (Westervelt Wolves #2) by Rebecca Royce

There is a great mix of misunderstandings, self esteem issues, romance and action in this book. I must confess I did take time to warm up to Summer. She was a bit of petulant personality and grated on the nerves a bit. But as the story developed I realised that she was a great partner for Cullen, as both of them had a destiny forced on them that didn’t really want.

The story is paced well and there is a strong, if traumatic and heartbreaking, storyline. The tension is slowly ramped up and kept at a brisk pace and there are no unnecessary of “filler” scenes to keep you engaged. Thoroughly enjoyable read!


✫★✫★ BLOG TOUR ✫★✫★Alison Mello, A Soldier For Bella

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Synopsis ↓

Bella Campbell has a budding modeling career, a terrific boyfriend—and a stalker…


Everything in Bella’s life seems to be working out. She’s landed the guy of her dreams in former soldier Derek Thompson, and now she’s attained the contract of a lifetime—centerfold model for a famous swimsuit magazine issue. The only problem is she has a stalker. He keeps leaving her notes, roses, and now he’s taken to cyberstalking.


If dealing with Bella’s unwanted admirer wasn’t trouble enough, Derek has his own problems…


One of the rehabilitation facilities Derek oversees fails inspection, while another needs new equipment for the returning troops staying at the home. But Derek isn’t about to let the constant flow of bad news interfere with protecting Bella. He decides to take matters into his own hands and lure her unwanted shadow out of hiding, so he can take care of it once and for all.


But Derek isn’t the only one with a plan to end this feud over Bella…


Derek knows Bella’s stalker believes he is simply a complication that can be removed with force, but this soldier is ready for a fight. Bella is everything Derek has ever wanted, and nothing, not even death threats, is going to keep them apart.


Can Derek use his skills to put an end to Bella’s stalker? Or will this unknown villain finally succeed in capturing Bella for his own and take Derek out of the picture?


There isn’t a price Derek won’t pay to make sure there will always be…


A Soldier for Bella.


Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. 

She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son. After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime.

As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. 

The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started. 

Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. 

That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. 

That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

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Wolf Unbound by Amber Ella Monroe

Garrett Justice is an outlaw, a sort of Enforcer, for the pack where his baby brother is Alpha. They have been having problems with a neighbouring pack and he has been dispatched to determine if the pack needs to take further action. He realises that the Beta, Simon, has been slowly taking over the pack and probably got rid of the Alpha. He is now trying to enact on a deal he made with a local human to mate his daughter so that he can buy property from the county.

Autumn cannot believe that Simon wants to act on the stupid deal now! The Tavern is her baby and a link to her deceased father. But as Simon becomes more forceful she is saved by a very hot stranger. As the full extent of Simon’s malevolence unravels, Autumn and Garrett can’t ignore the spark between them.

Great story, well thought out and planned. The sparks between Garrett and Autumn are palpable and when they given into the sparks? – Muy caliente!!! I loved the intrigue of the pack elders trying to save themselves by turning to Garretts pack for help to get rid of Simons cancerous dealings.

I received a copy for an honest review.


Two Hitmen: (Lawless #1) by Alice May Ball

Courtenay can’t believe her life has gone so pear shaped. She was coerced into marrying the local prominent family’s son, a chance for her family to go up in the world. But fast forward a few years and her outward facade of a happy, privileged life is hiding the physical and emotional abuse being inflicted on her. When two suited, mob like men turn up at her home looking for her hubby see sees a chance to escape him forever.

Liam and Declan are on a job. They didn’t think they would meet represses but totally hot Courtenay. They are knocked for a loop when she actively helps them track down her minor drug dealing hubby. But when they take care of her problem and theirs in one fell swoop, she reacts to the visceral pull between them and takes off with them!

This was a really unusual read for me as I don’t usually read Mafia/gangster books but I really enjoyed the story. I was rooting for the Liam and Declan, who are the king of the one liners and witty dialogues! Courtenay takes to life on the run a little too easy given her past but as long as you switch off your sensible gene you will love floating away with these hot to trot trio!


Alec (Secret Baby Bears Book 1) by Becca Fanning

Alec, a bear shifter, and his friends donated sperm whilst at college. They get called into a lawyers office and the bombshell is dropped that they are all fathers. Bad news is that Talia, who got Alec’s sperm doesn’t know her baby is part shifter!

Talia is a teacher and when she and her partner couldn’t get pregnant she went to a sperm bank. But when she got pregnant he got weird and she dumped him. Bad news is he is still her landlord and he has a really sleazy offer for her to stay in her apartment. But with her baby literally shewing on the furniture, she has enough on her plate to deal with. When a strange, but very hot guy, rampages into the school where she works, little does she know that he is the baby’s father.

I loved Talia. She is a loving mother who doesn’t care her son is different she just wants to know why. Alec is a total sweetheart. He is compassionate and just jumps into the whole fatherhood thing feet first and I loved the way he just tried to be friends with the baby and worked his way into Talia’s heart slowly.

I received this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.


Vash (Shifters of the Primus #4) by Elyssa Ebbott

Vash is the ultimate assassin. A former colleague of Gage, he has taken on a mission to recover a kidnapped human, Sophie, from slavers. Little did he realise that this would lead to him facing his estranged Slaver father and finding his mate. Add in struggles with his inner dragon, who is trying to take over and poor Vash has his job cut out for him!

Sophie is used to facing abuse, usually at the hands of her drunken father. She knows that to escape further torture, just button up and don’t flinch. She throws herself in front of others and makes friends quickly with other slaves. When a scary masked Primus storms into their cells and tries to take her away, she refuses to leave with out the other girls and he ends up captured.

Now being forced to fight as a Gladiator, Vash and Sophie now have to work together to get out of these bloody games. The chance to once again destroy his fathers plans is always a bonus.

Absolutely loved this! Vash is just such a lethal weapon wrapped around a heart of gold! Sophie may seem broken and fragile but she has a core of steel! Fabulous!


Marauder Ramses: (Mating Wars #4) by Aya Morningstar

Ramses is a Peacekeeper, who has been given a mission to trace terrorists on Earth. On his way to meet his new human partner he makes a side visit to a lead. When his lead leads to an imminent attack on the very place where he was to meet his partner, he leaps into action.

Elise is not happy that her so called partner has gone Lone Ranger on her. When they get swept up into the plot and contaminated, the overseer AI, seems to be in collusion with the bad guys! They attempt to escape off world and end up crashed on a planet (that’s not there according to star maps). When the bad guys trace them, can they survive on the cold, barren world long enough to escape and rescue Earth?

I loves this book! Ramses is hot, tough, cocky and hides a protective soul. Elise is brilliant as the cop who has never really had to deal with off worlders before. She is plucky and brave in the face of mounting danger. I loved the fact that she and Ramses totally manage to turn a “bad guy” into their ally! I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!


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