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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SWEET DREAMS by Kristen Ashley Blitz

She's ready for the ride of her life . . . 
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

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Tate kept my hand in his as we walked to room three, which was way closer to Ned and Betty’s. I had to walk double-time to keep up with his long strides. He didn’t release my hand when he made it to the door. He just unlocked it, opened it, and pushed me inside.

I walked four steps in while Tate flipped the light switch.

It was an exact copy of my other room, to the letter.

I threw my purse on the bed, turned to Tate, and remarked,

“Weird, it’s like I didn’t even move. It’s the same room.”

“Enjoy the ride?” Tate asked and I blinked at him.


“Did you enjoy the ride, Lauren?” he repeated and I smiled.

“Yes, Tate, it was—”

I didn’t finish but I made another sound. It was a gasp because one second he was standing inside the closed door. The next he was standing right in front of me, one of his hands was sliding up my neck into my hair, the other arm was wrapped around my waist pulling my body into his.

“What are you—?” I got out before his fingers in my hair fisted, pulled down just a tad less than gentle, and his mouth was on mine.

And he kissed me.

No. He kissed me.

Brad was a good kisser and he was great in bed. He wasn’t my first kiss though, or my first lover. I’d had a better kisser than Brad, but not a better lover.

But Tate’s kiss . . .

There was no describing it.

It didn’t start slow. It started hard and wet and so demanding.

I had no choice but to give back what I got. And I did. Our tongues sparred, then our teeth bit at each other’s lips and our heads twisted this way and that, all of it a mindless, sexy dance that was all- consuming. There was nothing but his mouth and my mouth, what they were doing and what they were making me feel. Nothing. Not in the whole universe.

When he lifted his head a fraction of an inch I found one of my hands was up his shirt in the back and one of them was cupping the back of his head. His hand was still fisted in my hair but his other arm had moved up to curve tight just under my shoulder blades, the pads of his fingers pressed into the side of my breast.

We both were breathing deep, our breaths mingling between us. I could feel his on my sensitized lips and he had to feel mine.

Finally, he spoke. “Shit, Ace.”

“Shit what?” I whispered, staring into his eyes, so close, I could count the tawny flecks.

“This isn’t good,” he whispered back and I swallowed and felt a sour pit forming in my belly.

“It isn’t?”

“I gotta focus.” He went on whispering.

“On what?” I asked, also whispering.

“On shit that doesn’t include what that mouth and tongue of yours could do to my cock.”

My hand at his back fisted. “Tate—”

“And if your pussy is as sweet as your mouth.”


“Shit,” he muttered.


“I gotta find this guy,” he told me.

“I know.”

“I get back, Lauren, you’re on the back of my bike.”

I blinked at what he said, mostly because I didn’t understand it. Then I swayed because he let me go and without a word or looking back, the door to my room closed behind him.

Several moments later, when I could speak, I asked the door, “Get back from where?”

Like the hall earlier that day, the door didn’t have an answer.

About the author:
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti Blitz

The One Man She Can't Have
Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can't Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?

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Life would be easier if Matt could view the petite bar owner like a family member or even an employer, but as he watched her deliver another pitcher of tea to the women gathered around the table, he realized that was impossible. She laughed at something one of the women said, and his cock hardened. Again.

The woman had spunk, intelligence, and a heart-shaped ass. Of course he wanted her naked and sweating beneath him. That confused as much as irritated him. She was the exact opposite of what he usually looked for in a woman. Temporary, tough, and unemotional worked best, and the idea of being with someone soft and kind scared the shit out of him.

Laney was right to keep him at a distance.

The new phone he’d purchased early that morning buzzed, and he glanced down at his first text message of the day. Nate had texted that he was safe and would check in later. Relief relaxed Matt’s shoulders upon reading that his brother was all right. The guy hadn’t been out on a mission for years, and Matt had been worrying about him. Maybe Nate would finally heal from falling in love and being betrayed.

If anybody could throw a dose of cold water on Matt’s desire to pursue Laney, it’d be hard-assed Nate. He perceived only black and white, danger and safety. There was no safety in seducing Laney… for anybody. She wasn’t the woman Matt needed to find in Charmed.

Plus, as much as the idea turned Matt’s stomach, if he had to seduce the elusive Dr. Peters to secure her help, to save his brothers, he’d do it.

Of course, the family practitioner was the one woman who wasn’t sitting around the table. He’d paid special attention to the coroner and the veterinarian’s assistant, and the vet’s assistant was currently checking him out behind wire-rimmed glasses. Bright eyes showed intelligence and an interesting wariness. He shot her a smile.

Her cheeks pinkened, and she half turned to talk to the woman on her right.
Laney, sitting across from the vet, instantly shot a look his way, delicate eyebrow arched. He met her stare evenly, pleased when her high cheekbones filled with color. The fact that she kept his gaze with challenge in her eyes, even while blushing, pleased him even more. The polite thing to do would be to grant her a reprieve and look away.

Too bad he wasn’t a polite guy.

Laney should learn not to challenge him.

Her chair scraped back, and she muttered something to her friends and then calmly maneuvered around tables toward him, hips swaying… keeping his gaze the entire time. His shoulders went back, and his blood started to hum. Who was this woman so full of surprises?

She reached him, her eyes sparking in irritation. “Would you please stop turning the most successful businesswomen in town into simpering morons?” she whispered.

He blinked. Damn it. He focused down a foot at her irritated face. “What in the world are you talking about?”

Her body remained relaxed, but he could hear her heart thumping, and her expression was quickly transforming into anger. She kept her face angled away from the women at the table. “Stop smiling, stop flirting, and do your job.”

He lowered his face just enough to make her eyes widen. “You sound jealous.”
Ah. There was the fury. “I’m not, you jackass. Keep the charm in your pants, and stop flirting.”

Okay. He may have poured on the charm with the two women he needed to investigate, but he’d been trained in subtlety and covert action. “Why are you suddenly interested in what’s in my pants?”

Laney’s gasp heated him in all sorts of places. “If I have to tell you again to knock it off, you’re fired.”

The little spitfire had better be careful who she threatened. “So you want me unavailable to those women?”

Satisfaction filled her pretty face. “Exactly.”

“Okay.” He grasped her hip and covered her mouth with his. The kiss was hard, quick, and enough of a taste to make him crave more. He lifted away to gauge the shock on her face. 

“There. Now they think I’m taken.”
The air vibrated as her hand closed into a fist, and he shook his head. “You don’t want to hit me.”

“Why not?” she ground out.

For the first time, he let his mask slip so she could see the predator the government had created. “The second you make contact, I’ll have you on that bar, held tight, my cock pressed between your legs, my lips on yours until you beg for more. Even fully clothed, I may make you come—and I won’t care who’s watching.”

Her sexy mouth dropped open. Surprise and fury lit her eyes… along with desire. She tried to mask it, but he was an expert at reading people, and the woman was intrigued. “You egomaniac. I’m not remotely interested,” she whispered.

Surprising anger shot through him. “You want to threaten me? That’s fine. Challenge me? 
No problem.” He stepped even closer and into her space. “But don’t you ever lie to me. Ever, Laney.”

She pressed her hands against her hips, confusion blanketing her features. “We just met.”

The woman was correct. He had no right to demand a damn thing from her. For all she knew, he was a bad guy. But this once and with this woman, against all rational training and thought, he truly didn’t give a shit. He didn’t understand it, sure as hell couldn’t explain it. So he went with his gut. “Yeah, we did just meet. Those are the ground rules. Period.” He lowered his chin and waited for her to challenge him, anticipation lighting his veins.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vampire Trouble Blog Blitz by Sara Humphreys

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A fledgling vampire ignites a war...

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

And that's not all that heats up...

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

Praise for Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City #1):

"Shines with fascinating new characters... from the very talented Humphreys!" —RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month

"Laughter, action and a steamy love story." —Long and Short Reviews

"Riveting, outstandingly written... A must read for all vampire lovers." —Bitten by Love Reviews

"Engaging... Humphreys skillfully blends intrigue and romance." —Publishers Weekly

Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: In Your Corner by Sarah Castille

"You have to go. I won't be able to control myself. I've wanted you so bad for so long and after I've been in the cage...I can't think straight." He gives a guttural groan and his fist clenches on my hip. Primitive. Primal. His need speaks to me. I tighten my grip on his neck and rock up to kiss him. He takes over. His kiss is hard and demanding.
"Mine." His voice is raw, savage and for a moment I truly believe he may lose control.

He rules in the ring

Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.
A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help...

But can he rule her heart?

Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda's not sure if she can stay in control, or if she's finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.

I like how Sarah Castille tells the story of Amanda and Jake's on again off again very sexy love affair. The tremendous passion between the two is breathtaking and their fear of commitment is heartbreaking.  There are lots other stories going on about their friends and coworkers that are fun to read and show how they support and try very hard to bring Amanda and Jake together for good. The descriptions of the fights and the fight club make you feel like you are right there with them.

I really liked when Amanda met Jake again after several years apart and realized that she still loved him, but was afraid of his and her truly being able to commit to each other and have a future.  When Amanda decided to quit her job and then sue her former boss for sexual discrimination, I wanted to stand up and shout "you go girl!" I never was interested in fight clubs but sure enjoyed reading the interaction and the commitment the fighters had and also how they were very protective of people especially the women.

Review: Fallen Leaves by Tina Gayle

As autumn comes to the Winston estate in Ohio, Amber Harrison learns further lessons in her new position as keeper for the spirits and ghosts who haunt the estate--and further lessons in love, too. She and her love, Carter Miller, grapple with the fears and passions of new love, while caught up in the storm of ancient family drama.

This is the second book in the unfolding saga of the 
psychics  and talents associated with the Winston estate, a sheltered place where past, present, and future are woven into a single dramatic tapestry of love and desire. The tale spans multiple generations, multiple eras, and offers something special for all ages of reader. A sexy winner, with an assortment of couples to appeal to most tastes. 

I thought this book was great. Amber and Carter are trying so hard to be together; but with all the turmoil of the spirits that Amber is the keeper of, Carter might not stay. Her job is so important and she must not let down the spirits but what about her, doesn't she deserve love.  The balance of her work and love life makes this an interesting and spellbinding book.

I like the parts where Amber is trying to sort out all the spirits but stay in the present too. Lots of very sexy parts and like the descriptions of Winston Estate. It kept me on my toes trying to keep all the ghosts and spirits and their history and doings straight, but that kept it interesting and moving along. I also like the other characters and how their lives were all interwoven.

Review: Repossessed by Shawntelle Madison

Return to the Coveted universe with a new series featuring witches and warlocks! Supernatural matchmaker Tessa Dandridge knows a little mist here and a little magic there will help reckless werewolves and precocious pixies find love. That is, until her magical Smythe scroll is lost in her repo’ed car and she can’t contact her V.I.P. clients. To connect with an important client cavorting in the fifth dimension, Tessa must depend on handsome Rob Shin, a warlock repo man, to enter Limbo and find her Smythe scroll. Rob has money problems of his own, thanks to the bank determined to foreclose on his elderly aunt and uncle’s home. Repossessing magic wands and cursed pianos from disgruntled warlocks isn’t the best pay, but the Navy SEAL works well as a repo man to pay off his family’s debts. Rob’s repossession jobs catch up with him when a powerful warlock seeks to end his life for his constant meddling, drawing Tessa in the middle.

Author Shawntelle Madison is truly gifted. Her Repossessed kept me enthralled until the very last page. I could not put this book down. A riveting, fast-paced, action packed story with a heroine readers will love. Ms. Madison's characters are so full of life that they leap off the page with their antics.But this story would not be what it is without the heroine.Tessa a water witch who runs a matchmaking service for Supernaturals looking for love. She struggling financially and just needs to keep the council member smiling so that he will recommend her. Rob is a warlock and navy seal but he's home temporarily trying to help his relatives who might lose their home. He's acting as a "repo man" which puts him in all kinds of awkard situations and meeting the beautiful Tessa while repossessing her car opens up a whole new world for him.

This is an urban fantasy that tickles your funny bone while at the same time exposing the fear that resides in your heart including the fear of being alone and getting accustomed to routine to the point that it is a problem. It is also a story about family and friendship as well as what it feels like to fall in love Much of the romance aspect of this book sees the characters alternately wanting to be together and wanting to stay apart to protect themselves from the fragility that love can bring.

Repossessed was exactly what I hoped it would be and then so much more. Tons of questions were answered and just when I thought I knew where the book would lead, Shawntelle Madison threw me for a loop and stumped me with the storyline. Intrigued, and without a doubt completely hooked, I am lying in wait for Volume 2.

Reviews: Shadow Lover by Anne Stuart

Victim. Lover. Both? His dark game is seducing her-- just as it was when they were young.

How can he still have that power over her? Eighteen years ago, she saw him die.

Wealthy, selfish, and greedy, the McDowell family raised Carolyn McDowell--a foster child--like a modern Cinderella. Neglected and ignored, good-hearted Carolyn adored scion Alexander despite it all, though even he tormented her.

When Alex ran away one night, Carolyn followed and witnessed his murder, though she never told anyone. Her beloved Alex died when he was seventeen. There was no doubt.

Eighteen years later, Carolyn returns to the decadent milieu of the McDowell clan to care for her dying foster mother, Sally. As greedy relatives gather to claim their inheritances, a stunning stranger arrives, claiming to be Alexander. To Carolyn's utter shock, Sally greets her "son" without question, and no one but Carolyn believes he's a fraud.

As she delves into the mysteries of both the past and present, Carolyn quickly realizes that the resurrected Alex is a dangerous combination of seduction and power. Is this stranger after the McDowell fortune, or is he really, somehow, the Alex of old, come back to claim her? How can he be an imposter and yet know family secrets only the real Alex would remember? Was someone helping him?

What would you do if the boy you loved returned almost twenty years later, and you fell in love with him all over again--even if you were sure it couldn't be him?Show more

This is the first book by Anne Stuart that I have read. This was a good book and I plan on reading more from this author. This was a very intriguing story won't go into the plots as you can already ascertain from other reviewers but just to say that i never suspected the twist in the plot. I had to read the book in one sitting. I do have to say that this book has a rather abrupt ending - this is the only "bad" comment I can say about this author is that the endings was not very satisfying, i mean it conclude excellently but very abruptly & with no epilogue...basically just leaving you hanging and wanting more. This was very captivating story.

Shadow Lover features a classic "bad boy" hero, yet at the same time he is surprisingly endearing, he grows on you. He is a man that every women wants to be the one to teach him to love. Sally and Carolyn's quiet world is rocked when the stranger comes, claiming to be Alex. Sally, so ill, wants desperately to believe this man is her long lost son, but Carolyn knows better. His coming brought the nightmare back, and she KNOWS she saw Alex killed nearly twenty years ago. Despite knowing in her heart she witnessed the 'real' Alex's death, she cannot run from the strong physical sparks they create. Only, is this man here to hurt Sally, Is her life in danger by the very man who stirs her blood?

This book will take you on quite a ride. The book switches locations, storylines, and goes from the past to the present from one paragraph to the next. For another author this might have proved challenging, but not for Stuart. She mixes it up just perfectly to bring about a near perfect book. Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down till the last page. So make sure you do all your Saturday chores before you start reading.

Review: Witch Hunt by SM Reine

A brutal murder.

There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke's arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun -- he was too drunk to remember it -- but he knows for a fact that he didn't kill her. He's an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn't hurt people. He saves them.
The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.
Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead...for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA's most wanted list.

One risky solution.
Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn't kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She's just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?

Overall, I found this story to be refreshingly original and the perfect story for a afternoon read. With the sizzle factor including a sweet touch here and there and a couple of kisses, this story is the perfect palate cleanser between romance  and mystery .Don't let the length of this story fool you, it is a very well written and well detailed romantic suspense between two characters that are easy to cheer for and adore from the first page to the last!

One of the things I really liked about this book was the quick pace and the fact that for the majority of the story, Cesar was on the run. and trying to figure his way out of the mess he found himself in.. Reine did an excellent job of keeping her readers guessing as to who actually committed the crime.  I also really liked the fact that her characters are strong. Cesar was the ultimate hardnosed male, which makes him a perfect agent. His partner, Suzy may be small but she can handle her own in fight. The relationship between them will make you wonder.

I was attracted to this book as I love paranormal romances AND I love Mysteries and this book seemed to combine the two genres. I can confirm that it did and it did it very well! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story and especially to those who enjoy paranormal romances. You will not regret reading this book.

Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister

I love historical romances by Katie MacAlister! She has the most engaging writing style that keeps me smiling even when the spunky heroines I am reading about are facing turmoil and tension. Plum is one of those fantastic leading ladies. Even when things are not going as she hoped she's optimistic and I couldn't help but cheer her on knowing if anyone could get just what they wanted it would be her. Lord Harry Rosse is practically perfect with just the right amount of realistic features as to not seem caricature-like. He isn't flawless but he is an ideal match for Plum. the children and the staff kept my eyebrows in a permanently arched state and choking on laughter. It has been a few days since I finished this story and I'm still smiling which is why Katie MacAlister has a permanent spot on my must-read list and should be on yours too.

Review: Over My Live Body by Susan Israel

Delilah is accustomed to people seeing her naked. As a nude model – a gig that keeps food on the table while her career as a sculptor takes off – it comes with the territory.

But Delilah has never before felt this vulnerable.

Because Delilah has an admirer. Someone who is paying a great deal of attention to her. And he just might love her to death.
Wow! For a debut novel...this puppy rocks. Written in a unique style with a, this story tells the reader more then enough about being stalked. In reality, I can't think of a single character I did not like. You will not ba able to put this biook down. I think that is why I enjoyed this offering so much. It was a "let's cut the crap and expose the dirty underbelly of what it means to be stalked" kind of read.
The book was extremely good with its careful detail to facts. I think the story got off to a very slow start and it took  author Susan Israel quite a while of pages to explain what she wanted from the readers in the beginning but after that the story ran smooth like water and I just couldn't put it down. I would really recommend this book but beware for will catch yourself looking over your shoulder. I am looking forward to the next book from Susan Israel.

Review: Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman

Drunk, alone, and racked with guilt over the tragic death of his girlfriend Pam, Moe Prager is destined for oblivion. But destiny takes a detour when a shadowy figure from Moe's past reappears to beg for Moe's help in locating her missing daughter. As a reluctant, distracted Moe delves into the case, he discovers that nothing is as it seems and no one involved is quite who or what they appear to be. This is especially true of the missing daughter, an early internet sensation known ironically as the Lost Girl or the Hollow Girl. The case itself is hollow, as Moe finds little proof that anyone is actually missing.

Things take a bizarre twist as Moe stumbles across a body in a trendy Manhattan apartment and the Hollow Girl suddenly re-emerges on video screens everywhere. It's a wild ride through the funhouse as Moe tries to piece together a case from the half-truths and lies told to him by a fool's parade of family members, washed-up showbiz types, uncaring cops, a doorman, and a lovesick PI. Even as the ticking clock gets louder, Moe is unsure if it's all a big hoax or if someone's life is really at stake. The question isn't whether or not Moe can find the Hollow Girl, but whether the Hollow Girl was ever there at all.
I picked this one up because the star of the series sounds like such a normal guy.. My kind of guy. I frankly wasn't expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised. Reed Coleman is a very good writer, much better than most writers of this sort of fiction, and Moe Prager is a captivating and human hero who it is easy to cheer on.
I would say that this is one of the two or two or three best mystery series' out their right now. Reed Farrel Coleman has written a winner and i cant wait to read the beginning of the series.
The story is a standard PI haunted by a case he can't forget, but the way it is plotted is well done, the characters expertly drawn, issue of sexuality and mental illness are handled with a care you rarely see in detective fiction and the descriptions of New York are done in the loving and authentic way only a native of the city can accomplish. Prager is drawn as the opposite of the standard hard boiled detective. He is a caring and thoughtful person. He loves his kid, and wants to do right by his family and his client.
This is the final book in the series and it is okay as a stand alone but you will get much more enjoyment if you start with book 1 of the series.

Review: Torn by Kim Karr

Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with hi unwavering love and devotion. But their entwined history I about to test the strength of that love…

Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her ‘Once in a lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.

River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass- it’s about dancing in the rain! But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to face the turmoil together or will they be torn apart?

Torn is the second book in the Connections series by Kim Karr.  This book is a great story of rock star River Wilde and Dahlia London who have met again and are trying to work things out. Unfortunately they both have huge secrets, especially River and it is great reading to see how they react to the secrets as they unfold. What a terrific love story with lots of action.

I liked how charming River was and how he and Dahlia were so romantic. The twists and turns of the story plot kept me glued to the book not wanting to put it down for one moment.  The emotions run high and the plot thickens as these two try to work out their life together.

Review: Teach Me a Lesson by Jasmine Haynes

Do what you have to do, Principal. I deserve it…

High school guidance counselor by day, sex therapist by night, Charlotte Moore’s passion is people—whether helping students with the realities of life or helping their parents with the fantasies. Enter Principal Lance Hutton, the perfect subject for Charlotte’s method in recharging the sex drive—and it’s going to take some discipline. Considering this hot older man is her boss, it makes sense that he dole out the punishment. Besides, Charlotte’s begging for it.

But when Charlotte’s after-school extracurricular activities are made public, it threatens her job, her reputation, and the career of the man she’s falling head over heels in love with. Now, if this town wants a scandal, Charlotte and Lance are ready to give them one—and a lesson in bad behavior they’ll never forget. 

This book was a very easy read, fast paced and lots of steamy sex. I liked that it was about several families and the interaction between two teenagers as a subplot, not just all about the two main characters.  This gave it more depth and interest.

I really like how the author delved into Charlotte's job and how she worked with people in her practice and then how she helped the teenagers as a counselor at a high school.  Principal Hutton is a sexy hunk that  sometimes you weren't sure what he was going to do next, but he did show what a good heart he had when he was working with the children.  It was fun to learn about some of the secrets and how people overcame their problems.