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August 2018

Never Let Go (Lazarus Rising #1) by Cynthia Eden

The novel and inspiring idea of re-animating deceased soldiers came from a noble place but Elizabeth’s backers have hijacked her theories, her data and now her lover!

Sawyer and Elizabeth had kept their affair under wraps, what with her treating them at the base. But it looks like they weren’t as careful as they thought and they use her love of Sawyer to get her to comply with their orders. Fast forward a while and One, aka Sawyer, is having glimpses of his past and with Two, aka Flynn, he is planning on busting out of captivity.

But fate is being fickle and Elizabeth is pushed back into his life and together they take on the backers of the programme. Sawyer is total badass alpha, even when he doesn’t know who he is. Elizabeth is smart and a little naïve but she will go to the ends of the earth to save Sawyer and the others.

Flynn and Cecilia are great supporting characters and Five, well he just creeps me out! Looking forward to the next in the series!

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas #2) by Donna Grant

Caleb and Brice are the brothers of Abby East, who we met in the first book in this series. They are now grown adults and prize rodeo ropers.

Brice and Naomi are an engaging couple. There is a strong story with a very current topic as its basis. I loved that Naomi would do anything for her friend, even when she didn’t really want to bring what she had been through to light, for fear of the publicity. Brice is a strong man who can show his softer underneath when he has too. Seeing the stress and anxiety Naomi suffers when her friend is attacked, really kicks his protective streak into overdrive.

Naomi & Whitney may be life long friends with nothing much in common but they still love each other and I love how easy their friendship was.

I loved revisiting with Abby and Clayton now that the first bloom of their romance has passed, still finding them as much in love as ever. Jace was a total hoot and really lightened the mood, when some of the darker storyline threatened to suck me in too much.

Dagger’s Edge (Brute Force #2) by Lora Leigh

Crimsyn left her former life of privilege and royalty-adjacent when she became aware of her father and grandfathers lack of humanity and entrenchment in human trafficking, especially as she realised she was one of the upper crust girls they bought and sold.

She wanted to run the very man her young heart dreamt of but her family had caused so much tragedy in his own that she ran and never looked back. When she found herself working with his daughter, she thought she had found salvation. But Amara was just niceness personified and she couldn’t user her friend to gain access to her father. But when she and Amara were kidnapped later found by Ivan, she did the unthinkable and fell for him!

Ivan is used to showing the world the tough, crime boss façade he has very carefully cultivated. Amara has always been his one weak point. Until he found Syn. When she runs from him he is determined to find her again. Just as well because just as he scoops her up another team arrived to kill her!

Crimsyn AKA Journey is naïve of her nefarious family’s dealings but I was glad that she had the backbone to stand up to them and flee. She wants them to rot and the frankly need to be locked in the nearest deep,deep dark hole! I always felt a bit skeezy when there is a huge gap between the main characters, but I managed to keep in mind that Ivan became a father to Amara at such a young age, against his will, that he was a victim as much as the trafficked girls Journey’s family traded in. He is macho to the core and I loved him!

Ilya again is the solid, imposing friend in the shadows. I almost keeled over when I found out more about his family! Elizaveta is her usual dangerous self.

I really need lots more books in this series!

Don’t Look Back (Unbroken Heroes #6) by Dawn Ryder

Thais Sinclair is used to being used as bait, a distraction and using her feminine charms on targets. She may not always like it but it gets the job done. She has armour around her heart and refuses to let anyone in, even her team mates are kept at arms length. She didn’t exactly have the best childhood and was groomed by her odious mother to be a bit of a femme fatale. Well she got the fatale bit down pat, she killed her hubby and his relatives when they might have got away Scot free!

Dunn Bateson always knew who his mother was. He knew why she had to give him up and he loves her anyway. Now that the new presidential hopeful is gunning for her, he’ll ring his unlimited resources to the Shadow Ops table.

Dunn and Thais circle each other like vultures LOL. Dunn has been hurt by gold-diggers in the past and Thais can’t see herself as much more than that. Dunn is way more than your typical playboy and it doesn’t hurt that he is a sexy Scot – got to be patriotic and love the home grown lad! Thais did take a while to warm up to but it was a great conclusion to the series!

Quintus by Kym Grosso

Quintus Release Blitz BannerQuintus (An Immortals of New Orleans Novel), an all-new Standalone Erotic Paranormal Romance by Kym Grosso is NOW LIVE!


Powerful vampire, Quintus Tullius, returns to New Orleans after a demon attacks. Elusive and lethal, he conceals his true powers from all others, wielding his strength over the centuries as he sees fit. When he’s healed by an attractive stranger, he quickly realizes her altruistic actions are driven by more than kindness, and she is not who she appears to be. Unsure if he can trust the dangerous beauty, he swears to protect her, captivated by the one creature he’d never expected to flame his desire.

Gabriella Savoie has been on the run since she was thirteen years old. Determined to survive, she practices a unique blend of magick to hide from the coven who seeks her death. Desperate, she leads a treacherous existence in underground clubs, selling her mystical blood to vampires to survive. Drawn to the one person who can save her, she spirals into an erotic journey, exploring her hidden fantasies within the arms of the seductive vampire.

From Louisiana to New York, their sensual and perilous adventure leads them to discover ancient secrets, searching for the artifact that will set her beast free. As Gabriella accepts her fate, will she sacrifice her magick to be with the vampire who is her true mate? Will Quintus trust her and reveal his powers, acknowledging the unexpected bond to a woman who isn’t human? And will he be able to save her, thwarting the impending evil that descends on Big Easy?


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About Kym Grosso

Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.  She recently moved to southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.


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Later Gator (Southern Fried Sass #1) by Julia Mills

Faith and her siblings are fab! They may be only half sisters but they are united in their hatred of their biological donor, aka Dad! They are determined to make their private investigations business a success. If only Faith could get her body to stop responding to the damn sexy, but very infuriating, Sheriff!!

Beauregard St. Croix is one hot and hunky alpha male. Add in that he shifts into one of the strongest Gator shifters around and he wants to claim his mate, but Faith drives him to distraction and he tries to put off the inevitable!

The familiars that the sisters gain, Dru, Taffy, and Fflur, collectively the Dragonettes. They do kind of feel like a girl group from the 60’s. But with enough cross references to the Dragon Guard series that it feels like a connected world but still unique in its own quirkiness. I loved meeting the bunny and chicken shifters – they were an absolute hoot! Looking forward to more in this world!


Love Under Siege Anthology

Eight Brand NEW Sizzling Full-Length Novels featuring Military Heroes by acclaimed authors who know how to bring the Heat, Action and Suspense!

Tuff Enough by Samantha A. Cole
While security operative Jason “Tuff” Tanner lives for dangerous assignments, he likes his downtime in his quiet neighborhood too. But that peacefulness is suddenly interrupted when his new next-door neighbor becomes a target for someone hell bent on revenge. Canine rescuer Concetta “Chet” Suarez brings all his protective instincts to the surface, along with feelings he’s never experienced with any other woman. Will he lose her before he ever gets a chance to make her his?Never Forget by KaLyn Cooper
Dreams or nightmares. Truth or lies. He can’t tell them apart after he sees the woman in his dreams. She is the key to his past, present, and future… She just buried her husband next to her fiancé who was killed in an explosion while they were on a mission together ten years ago. She doesn’t need another man in her life, until someone tries to kill her.

Ravished River by Lindsay Cross
Special Forces Operative Aaron Spears dealt with relationships like he dealt with battle – something to be avoided if at all possible, until Celine Latimer walked into his life and turned his world upside down.

Lincoln by PJ Fiala
Lincoln Winter is hired to bring in a criminal who is selling arms on the black market and he never misses a mark. That is until the sultry Skye Sommers crosses his path and unwittingly gets herself caught up in much more than she can handle. Can they stay alive long enough to find a killer, an arms dealer and love?

Mace by Maryann Jordan
Mace Hanna’s security business keeps him busy…too busy for a relationship. When providing security for a single mom and her young son who has witnessed a murder, he vows to keep them safe…and finds love along the way.

Black Jack by MJ Nightingale
Undercover FBI agent, Jackson Black doesn’t expect to find love while working deep undercover on a RICO case. But he can’t resist Dawn, the sexy accountant, who keeps crossing his path during the investigation putting both of their lives on the line.

Her Guarded Hero by Caitlyn O’Leary
It’s been five years since his tragic loss and Navy SEAL, Dalton Sullivan heads to Lake Tahoe to be alone. The last thing he expects is horse trainer, Aurora Chance to literally fall at his feet. As danger and raw emotion churn around them, can Dalton be brought back into the light?

Not Quite Broken by Abbie Zanders
Former POW Brian McCain is so busy fighting his demons, there’s not enough left over for anyone else – not even the one woman who has a way of shining light into his darkness. But when a serial killer turns his sights on her, Brian realizes he’s not quite as broken as he thinks he is.

Love Under Siege will only be available for a limited time, grab your copy now before it’s gone forever!


Her Alpha Viking by Sheryl Nantus

Unlike some previous reviewers of this book, I found it to be a perfect blend of general romance, mythology and suspense. Was it full on mythology, no. But I didn’t expect it to be. I t was quite clearly set in the modern day and contained a good dollop of Norse mythology, enough to whet the whistle of a history and mythology nerd like myself but not enough to put off those who aren’t into the esoteric.

Erik has a severe case of survivors guilt. He was saved on the battlefield by a beautiful angel but he has to live knowing his friends died. He now essentially lives off the grid making a living as an MMA style fighter.

Brenna has been banished to the Earth realm for not taking all the worthy warriors to Valhalla. but something made her save Erik. Now she has to kill him and right the scales or one of her sister Valkyrie will, then kill her too! But before she can strike at Erik, she is beaten to the punch and she realises that they are both now in the sights of her sisters!

They begin an off the grid journey across the states with a motley but truly loving bunch of veterans from different conflicts.

Wonderfully creative story and an intriguing premise. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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