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November 2016

Dragon’s Maiden: Highland Dragon Romance by Michelle Fox

This is just up my alley, PNR, Dragons and set in Scotland (Well I am a proud Scot)!!!

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Queen Elizabeth may have killed off the dragons of Scotland and their mates, but as everyone knows Scots are a hardy bunch and you can’t keep us down for long!!

When an Abbess, Alana, is informed that a dragon has been sighted, she knows danger is not far behind. She valiantly tried to fight off the mighty, red beast but he still manages to make off with her!

Lord Kendrick, aforementioned red beastie, proclaims Alana to be is bride but before he can consummate his claim, he is summoned by Queen Bess. Alana finds solace with a fellow Scot in the household, James. But when they embark on a hunt for a spell book to free them from Lord Kendrick, Alana literally gets burned!!!

I always worry when a non Scot writes Scottish characters cos they tend to come out as anything but Scottish in their dialogue. It was great that dragons were themselves having a kind of civil war and that I could really get my teeth into the bad guy!

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Lost Lady of Thessaly (Lords of Thessaly, #6) by Rachael Slate

This is one of my favourite series and is a wonderful blend of mythology, PNR and romance. It plays on my little historian heartstrings and I love it when I know the myths, and characters involved. Iora and Alder are a wonderfully written couple and the whole story is vibrant and just invades your mind! Save yourself an hour or two and read it in one fell swoop, cos you will not be able to out it down.

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Iora is certainly an alpha female! She is strong minded, independent and hates asking anyone for help. Alder just slipped right into my heart! He is just such a doll and you just feel for him as he has always been an outsider looking in, even when he was best friends with a prince! He is loyal to a fault, even sometimes when that person does necessarily deserve that loyalty.

Sad to say au revoir to this world, but hoping its not long till we’re back!

In a Rangers Arms by Donna Michaels

A wonderful heart-tugging story of veterans making a new life for themselves, whilst still dealing with the various challenges they have brought with them from their former life.

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Stone, his brother Brick and two other friends bought his grandfather’s ranch to give returning veterans a place to decompress, learn some skills and generally rehab back to “normal” life. They are already filling up and he needs every penny he can get to get work done around the place and increase the amount of places he can offer. His libido is waaaay down his list of priorities but then he meets a new tenant at one of his properties, and he’s full steam ahead!

Jovy is determined to make her new business a success. Her grandfather is making her work for her place at the head of their large company and has given Jovy and her cousin impossible missions. She has to open a vegan restaurant in Cowboy Central, Texas! She never planned on a sexy as sin landlord, with a hard to crack exterior, covering a wonderfully caring man.

This is a superb written story dealing with veterans, their war scarred bodies and emotional problems in a forthright way. But there is a great vein of comedy to lighten the serious tone, Lula-Belle almost steal the show from the main characters!! Jovy is a girl after my own heart and organises Stone and his business in quick time. There was such a warmth and connection between the characters, making it all the more believable. I can’t wait to see what happens with Brick and the other boys and I’m loving this little towns acceptance of the many problems the ranch residents suffer from.

Strategic Vulnerability (Immortal Ops #4) by Mandy M. Roth

Oh how I love this world!!! Wilson is a bit of a mongrel DNA -wise. He has rat, tiger, wolf and even magical Fae blood running through him. When he meets Kim whilst they are both prisoners, he felt an unearthly pull to her. There is most definitely a humorous edge to their captivity and it surely gets them through the tough times.

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Whilst the men generally outweigh the women in ability, Kim and Wilson are pretty much on an even keel and therefore they became true partners. They can BOTH kick the booty when required! Well paced read which totally pulls you in! Lovely, emotive characters, witty and downright funny dialogues and although there aren’t many sexy time scenes, they are well written and passion filled. Gimme more!!!

Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2) by Kerry Adrienne

Shifter War is about to break out and Bria is about to be sucked into a world she could never have imagined!!!

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Bria Lane may be a young professor but her university isn’t exactly Harvard and her employment is more about sexual equality than any real academic prowess on her part. That’s not to say she is not up to the challenge, but with parents like hers, you get why even being the 2nd Stephen Hawking was never going to be good enough for them! Add in that her newest grant is to look for Shifters and there is no way she wouldn’t have been laughed out of the office. She had a close encounter with shifters in Deep Creek when she was a child and she knows that they’ll be able to boost her profile in Academia.

Derek Poole is one of the Park Rangers and a woodworker extraordinaire but he’s not in the market for a mate just yet. Yeah will fate has decided otherwise! Bria is a handful and trying to keep her out of harms way when war looms is a full time job on its own!! Add in keeping his shifter status from her from fear she’ll turn his people into lab rats and Derek is suffering with major mixed feelings towards his mate.

Bria and Derek are a wonderfully balanced pair. And whilst they each have various excuses for hiding the truth from the other, I do think they were as bad at hiding secrets as each other. Bria hates liars but that’s just what she did when she filled in her sabbatical application. Derek at least is trying to protect Bria and his people! Otherwise they were wonderful together and the easy friendship/romance they have was beautifully written. I loved the backstory that weaves them together.

The lions are led by Max and the odious twins, Mason and Marcus and I’m dying to see them get their comeuppance! I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Adrienne

PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets

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Follow the tour November 28th – December 2nd and enter for a chance to win a Park Ranger Plush Bear and Compass! (US Residents Only)

 

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Bear shifters exist.

Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to he forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the worlds. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire – and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

*Previously published, newly revised and expanded by author

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HXTXGP6/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=hqnweb-20

http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781460397497_pursuing-the-bear.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pursuing-the-bear-kerry-adrienne/1124065126?ean=9781460397497&st=AFF&2sid=HarperCollins%20Publishers%20LLC_7651142_NA&sourceId=AFFHarperCollins%20Publishers%20LLCM000023

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pursuing-the-bear-1

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781460397497

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pursuing-the-bear/id1130950116?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1811841767

Excerpt from PURSUING THE BEAR:

“What an ursus…umm…whatever you said? I’ve always worked with my hands—I never was a college guy. Didn’t have the patience to sit still in the classroom.” Derek kicked at the ground then looked up.   

“No worries.” She snapped her attention back to what he was saying. “Most people don’t know what an ursinologist is—it’s someone who studies bears.”

“Bears, huh?” He shook his head and laughed. “You study bears?”

“What’s so funny?” She crossed her arms. “It’s a valid profession. And I’m doing what I love.”

“Nothing wrong with it, Bria.” He stepped so close to her she had to look up to meet his gaze, and held his hands up in mock surrender. “I think it’s a fine profession, I’ve just never heard of it. It’s a totally new job that I’ve never heard of. Yet here you are in the woods with me, so I guess we aren’t that far apart, career-wise.”

Derek was in her space and even though they weren’t touching, she felt his presence touching hers, like a low-level energy buzzing in the evening air, crackling when hers met his. One step closer and she could pull that hair band out and hop into his arms, straddling him as she kissed him. She shook her head to clear her naughty thoughts. Ugh. Stop. The thoughts about what she’d like to do to the hot park ranger needed to stop. Maybe she’d been out in the sun too long. Normally she didn’t ogle guys. In fact, she couldn’t remember the last time she had. She cleared her throat and took a step back. “I thought you were laughing at me.”

“No. I didn’t know there was a name for someone who studies bears. Plus, the word sounds kinda funny.” He scanned the forest, thumbs in his belt loops. “I guess you’re in the right place to look for bears, though. Especially this deep in the forest. Lots of them live in Deep Creek. They’re everywhere. Probably closer than you think.”

“I hope so.” Her shoulders lowered and she blew out a breath. “Have you seen any this season? I know they are more active in summer. After they’ve woken from hibernation.”

“I see them every day. I’m out in the woods a lot.” He chewed his lip. “They really only partially hibernate, though. But yeah, I guess you could say I’ve seen a lot of bears here in Deep Creek.”

He’d seen bears. Recently. Her pulse thumped in her neck and she leaned forward, as if being near him would make the bears closer. Excitement rang in her ears. “Where? Can you show me, or at least give me some pointers where to look? I can’t wait to see them.”

“My best advice is to keep your eyes open. You never know when a bear will appear right in front of you.”

***Excerpt provided courtesy of Kerry Adrienne and Carina Press.  This excerpt is from an unedited ARC and subject to change.

About Kerry Adrienne:


Repped by the fabulous Marisa Corvisiero with the Corvisiero Literary Agency. http://www.corvisieroagency.com/

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, Kerry loves to sew (costumes and cosplay, especially), draw, paint, make chainmail, and play guitar.

Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures. They travel to as many concerts as they can–especially Green Day and Marilyn Manson.

You can visit her much-neglected costuming blog here: http://cloakandcostume.blogspot.com/ Maybe she’ll have time to update it soon.

http://kerryadrienne.com/

http://kerryadrienne.com/blog/

http://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Adrienne/e/B00G2BLNDE

Blood Vow (Kyn Series # 1) by Mina Carter

Maria is a Dhampir and cossetted by her family. She may be 5ft and weighs the same as a wet kitten but she has feistyness in spades and she will kick Rogue butt to avenge her sisters death. But when a Rogue gets the jump on her and she is saved by a tall, dark piece of yumminess she never expected her life to get quite so complicated!

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Marak may be king but the Elders are breathing down his neck to mate and produce little vamps! He has no intention of picking the bimbo they want to foist onto him. He’ll pick his own bride thank you. But when he goes to the aid of a human who has plainly bitten off more than she can chew, he never expected to have the possessive feelings that have cropped up!

Superb! Snappy writing, great characters and so much yumminess in the bedroom (and other places!!)

Cowboy Rising by Mia Hopkins

Feisty reporter vs. gruff cowboy—buckle up for a hard ride…

Come back to the rodeo with Mia Hopkins and the newest release in the Cowboy Cocktail series, COWBOY RISING!

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Journalist Georgia Meyers is writing an article about MacKinnon Ranch in a last-ditch effort to save her job at a failing newspaper. At first, the hot-as- hell rancher wants nothing to do with her. But butting heads leads to knocking boots, and soon she’s getting the real story—in bed and off the record.

Cattleman’s son and petroleum engineer Daniel MacKinnon turned down a lucrative oil career to take over the family farm. Frustrated about giving up his dreams and worried about money, Daniel buries himself in ranch work—that is, until gorgeous Georgia show up and rocks him to the core. A blazing one-night stand leads to something deeper. Despite their feelings for each other, he’s tied to the land and she’s a rolling stone. When the time comes to part ways, will the lovers choose duty over desire? Or will they face their fears and rise to the challenge of love?

Warning: Get ready for sassy banter, sizzling sex, orgasms galore, and a nerdy dirty-talkin’ cowboy who can go all night long.

On Sale in Digital 22/11/2016

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KVVXRN4/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

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Grand Prize: Digital copies of Books 1-4 in the Cowboy Cocktail series plus a delicate gold and quartz crystal necklace from Femina Handmade. 5 Runner-Ups: Digital copies of Cowboy Resurrection (Book #2 in the series)

 

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Excerpt:

His cheeks red from working outside, the new brother removed his gloves and tucked them under his arm. He took off his hat and shook her hand. His rough fingers were warm.

“Daniel MacKinnon.” He didn’t smile. Georgia couldn’t explain it. With a heavy jaw and dirty blond hair styled high and tight, he was as clean cut as a cadet—she usually preferred tattooed, bearded types. He looked to be in his mid-twenties—she usually liked seasoned men who were older than her, not younger. But this guy’s hotness seared her eyeballs, nailing her feet where she stood.

“Georgia Meyers, L.A. Chronicle,” she said automatically, all other words escaping her. She was too old, too experienced, and far too smart to react this way—and yet, here she was. Staring slack-jawed at a pretty-faced cowboy like some blue-stockinged virgin at a rodeo dance.

“I know you’re here to see my father,” he said, the low rumble in his voice stroking a sweet spot inside her chest, “but he isn’t available today. You need to reschedule, Miss Meyers.”

His bright green eyes were so distracting, she almost didn’t register his words. “Reschedule?”

“Yeah. You need to come back. Do the interview another day.”

“What?” Snap out of it, Gigi. The story. She yanked her professional persona back in place.

“Mr. MacKinnon, I’ve just driven an hour and a half from Fresno to be here. Two days ago, your father said he’d give me a tour of the ranch and walk me through the organic certification process. Isn’t there anyone else I can talk to?”

Daniel’s stoic expression was both infuriating and unspeakably hot. “No.”

Hot or not, who does this guy think he is? She stood up straight. “Okay, let me lay it all out for you. If there’s no one here who will speak with me today, just to make sure my time isn’t wasted, I’ll be more than happy to find another rancher. There are plenty of spreads in your neck of the woods, aren’t there? I’m sure my readers wouldn’t mind learning about conventional ranching operations. Maybe someone at the Hughes Ranch will make time for me. What do you think?”

He narrowed his eyes at her and took a deep but silent breath. His broad chest rose and fell as he looked her over. At last he said, “Can you ride?”

“A little.” Which was completely true, depending on one’s definition of “a little.”

Fresh impatience lit up Daniel MacKinnon’s eyes. “All right. Let’s go.”

Author Bio:

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.

When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, travelling, volunteering and looking for her keys.

In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare”. She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

You can also visit her online at the following places:

http://www.miahopkinsauthor.com/p/welcome.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Hopkins-%20%20Books/1415093612075704

http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Hopkins/e/B00BBSHK3U

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7700620.Mia_Hopkins

https://instagram.com/miahopkinsxoxo/

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Darkest Wolf (Westervelt Wolves #7) by Rebecca Royce

Rex Kane is a tortured hero! He feels that he has been labelled as a traitor by his family. He has had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and he feels that nabbing the family a witch is his only shot at redemption!

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Liz Willow has been cursed and is like a modern day Cinderella to her two nasty twin sister owners. Her family is on the line and she will do whatever she has to to ensure their safety. She may look so horrendous on the outside that no-one can look her in the eye but so far she has met 2 wolves who can..and do!! Rex is way out of her league but she can’t help from falling for him. But will he want her when the treachery has been brought to light???

Liz and Rex have been beautifully written. Rex sees beyond her outward appearance to her core, seeing the gentle soul that Liz is. Liz can also see through Rex’ hard shell to see how hurt he is that his family think he could hurt them willingly. Some loose ends are tied up but more are unravelling and I’m dying to know what happens next.

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