Last Night with the Duke

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Genre: Regency Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Series: The Rakes of St. James

Print Length: 304 pages

Characters: Griffin, Esmeralda

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Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling around London that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways, he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride in Last Night with the Duke, the first novel in the brand-new Regency Rakes of St. James series by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

The Duke of Griffin is the first title in Amelia Grey’s Rakes of St. James. When Griffin heard that a plot to ruin his sisters at their debut, just because of what he and his friends done some years ago, the protection of Griffin’s twin sisters became paramount. With his aunt, unable to attend the season with the twins. Griffin decides to take matters into his own hands and hire a chaperone. What he finds was an intriguing Esmeralda Swift.

Esmeralda has her own problems mainly taking care of her 12-year old sister and her employment agency. But with the shady landlord swindled her into a higher price for ownership of the agency. She needs a cash flow. When Griffin enters her world with an offer she couldn’t refuse, she accepts but swore that she wouldn’t fall for one of the Rakes of St. James.

The plotline had so much promise. But fell flat on the delivery. For instance, the mystery of the person doing the plotting of ruining his sisters. The revelation was so lackluster. That I found the reuniting of pet and owner more enjoyable.

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Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Series: Highland Weddings #2

Print Length: 320 pages

Characters: Marcus, Helen

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Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He’s used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he’ll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant… Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this battle of the heart…

Highland Vixen is the 2nd book in Mary Wine Highland Weddings series. This book can be read as a stand-alone which was good since I never read the first book in this series.

In Highland Vixen we are introduced to a strong will woman. A woman who knows what she wants and is tired of waiting for the man that she loves to finally realize that she is the woman that he wants.  So, with her friend that she became close with at the MacPherson they ran off to court.

Marcus realizing that Helen has escaped the protection of his clan, headed to court to reclaim his lady love. But instead of rescuing Helen, it was Helen who had to come to Marcus rescuing when the Earl of Morton was going to force Marcus to wed and child. Now they have made an enemy that is willing to do anything to make Helen a widow.

Highland Vixen was different than your other historical romance. Where other authors will try to overload a reader with historical facts. Mary Wine has put sexual tension back into historical romance that it was a real treat to read.

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Highland Spitfire (Highland Weddings Book 1) by [Wine, Mary]

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2) by [Wine, Mary]

Into the Firestorm (BOSS, Inc. #3)

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Zebra

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Series: BOSS Inc #3

Print Length: 400 pages

Characters: Luke, Emma

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M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.

Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.

Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .

Into the Firestorm is the 3rd book in the BOSS, Inc series, penned by Kat Martin. I thought it was the best out of the series so far. The reason, the plot, the plot, the plot. Not to say that I am easy, but when an author can hold my attention longer than a chapter, then I know that I am in it for the remainder of the book.

Emma Cassidy didn’t want to become a bounty hunter, it was forced upon her. When her young niece was raped and the same man attempted to do it again. Emma decided to take the law into her own hands to bring the man to justice. But, to do so, she must outwit the top bounty hunter Luke Brodie.

Into the Firestorm was an enjoyable book from the beginning, middle, and end. This book is a keeper. A must read for readers who like strong female characters who can go toe to toe with a strong dominating alpha male.

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Into the Fury (BOSS, Inc.)

Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc.)

Into the Firestorm (BOSS, Inc.)

Princess of Fire (Fire #1)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Zebra

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Series: Fire #1

Print Length: 512 pages

Characters: Alaric Fallon

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ALARIC
The mighty Norman warrior destined for greatness—forced to take sides in a bloody battle for power and glory…

FALLON
The willful Saxon princess born into a land divided by blackest treachery—fighting for her life against the despised Norman invaders…

He would rescue her from certain death. And she would flee, determined to resist this seductive enemy who vowed to conquer her with a passion that would turn her heart to fire…

Normans and Saxons are at again in Heather Graham’s Princess of Fire. Alaric had a surprise coming if he thought that the Saxon’s were going to lie down and die quickly without given it they’re all. So, he found when after he thought the war was one, there was one warrior who refused to go quietly into the night. But when he unmasked the warrior he didn’t find a Saxon warrior but a Sax Princess.

Fallon didn’t know that her father was dead she didn’t know that the war was lost. She totally refutes that a Norman would be king of her land. She would fight to the death to make sure that England is set free from the Norman invaders.

You could see that Heather Graham did her research when it came time to writing this story. However, it’s all about the romance and not history when I read a romance book. Princess of Fire was full of historical facts which to me overshadowed the romance aspect of the tale. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the book because I enjoying reading about history. But I would have enjoyed it more if Princess of Fire had more interaction between the two main characters and fewer history facts.

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The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1)

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona, #1)

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Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Forever

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona (Book 1)

Print Length: 352 pages

Characters: Brock, Jane

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Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if Prince—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . ..

Move over Cinderella. There is a new girl in need of her fairy Prince. That person is Jane. Yes, her name is plain her job of cleaning homes and business is even plain. But Jane doesn’t let that stop her from taking care of her two older sisters.

We all heard of the tale of Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters. Well, Jane’s sister tops them. Jane being the youngest has a lot on her plate. When both of her parents died. Her father had her promise to make sure that the family stays together. Putting a lot of pressure on Jane to take care of her two spoiled rotten sisters. Mind you, they’re both successful attorneys. However, they both like to live above their means which leaves Jane in the whole to pay their debts.

Until one day she meets her Prince. Or in this case businessman Brock Wellington. Brock has his own issues. With the major issue being. He has a hard time saying “No”. It might be easy for you or me to say no. But the last time Brock said no was to his father. Then his father and mother both died in a plane crash. When he almost loses his grandfather, he is deftly afraid to deny his grandfather anything.

If you need to relieve stress or just need to get away from it all. The Bachelor Auction would have you laughing in no time.

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The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona, #1)

Wild & Sweet (The Haven Brotherhood, #2)

Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan

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Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: April 10th, 2017

Series: Haven Brotherhood #2

Print Length: 392 pages

Characters: Zeke, Gabrielle

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Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society’s expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other’s backs. 

Zeke Dugan is not a man who walks the straight and narrow. He may have sworn an oath as a trauma doc, but he has zero problems leveraging his medical skills outside a hospital if it means giving the Brotherhood—the group of men he calls family—an advantage. Blood before business. All that changes when shy Gabrielle stumbles into his life and ignites his protective instincts.

Mechanic Gabrielle Parker prefers the complexities of an engine over men. Her life wasn’t always quiet and well-ordered, but now that it is, she finds peace in the solitude. When a robbery in her neighborhood forces her out of her safe bubble, she never fathoms that a dangerous, cocky trauma doctor will fix more than her injuries.

Zeke doesn’t play by the rules that Gabrielle follows but knows that he’s exactly what she needs in her life. He’ll show her the fierce and uncompromising protection that comes from belonging to a man like him.

When tension outside the Brotherhood threatens Gabrielle, Zeke will do anything to keep her safe and damn the consequences. No one will hurt his woman, even if it means putting the very men who saved his life at risk.

Coming off her successfully series “Eden” Rhenna Morgan brings us a tale of men who has lived hard and follow only their own rules. Six men who by law aren’t brothers but who chose to become family.

In Wild and Sweet the second book in the Haven Brotherhood. We are introduced to Dr. Zeke Dugan who has sworn an oath to heal people. But by no means does that mean he is not willing to do what is necessary to protect the ones he calls family.

Lacking social skills to intro act with others, especially men, Gabrielle Parker was happiest with a wrench in her hand. But, when a robbery takes place at her neighbors whose home she was taken care of. It forces Gabrielle out of her comfort zone and into the path of a strong personality type like Zeke.

What made this story so great was the characters of Zeke and Gabrielle. They both had flaws but was determined to overcome them. Or I should say Zeke was Gabrielle not so much until she almost loses the life that she thought would never be hers.

Wild and Sweet was fast paced and well developed just like the first book in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone. However, to get the full back story of these men, starting at the beginning would be advised.

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Rough & Tumble (The Haven Brotherhood)

Justice Ascending (Scorpius Syndrome#3)

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Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Zebra

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Series: Scorpius Syndrome

Print Length: 400 pages

Characters: Tace, Sami

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“Thrilling post-apocalyptic romance at its dark, sizzling best!” —Lara Adrian

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

in this thrilling, post-apocalyptic romance that all through the series, it was dark with sizzling heat. With Justice Ascending being no exception.  Justice Ascending puts us closer to the end game. However, the question remains “Will civilization ever be the same?”

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Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome) Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome) Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome)