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Jun 3 2017 11:00am

Why Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire Series Should Be Your Next Binge-Read

The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter

Kate Baxter is onto something good and I’m going to tell you why – it’s the details, friends. The paranormal devil is in the details, especially, the well planned world building details of her Last True Vampire series. If you’re a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, or the Immortals After Dark worlds, you will definitely want to sink your teeth into Baxter’s books. Honestly, I’m going to align this one more with Cole’s IAD for the simple fact that Baxter is giving us more supernatural beings than the vampire moniker implies. I’ll get to that in a minute, let’s start at the beginning.

The first book I read in TLTV series was, The Last True Vampire. In it we get the story of Michael Aristov who is, in fact, the last of his kind. No pressure dude, just your whole species hinging on your ability to find your life mate. The Sortiari, for reasons that defy logic, decided to wipe out the vampire population. They are basically the powers that be and the Fates deemed this a necessary evil. So, off with their heads they went and all we are left with is poor, lonely, depressed Michael. It must be stated, I’m still not completely sure who is the puppet and who is the puppet master and I am more than alright not having that loop tied off right now.

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Apr 26 2017 2:30pm

First Look: Kate Baxter’s The Untamed Vampire (May 2, 2017)

The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter

Kate Baxter
The Untamed Vampire (Last True Vampire #4)
St. Martins Press / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

For the Love of Strong Heroines

The strong heroine is a staple of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It’s a glorious thing, everyone should read it. Whether they are born into the paranormal world or end up there after a bite or some magical event, heroines in paranormal and UF are typically, the toughest cookies on the block. Physically and mentally, these powerhouses of the story, are rarely the damsels in distress and often end up saving the day and usually the world. Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire series is chock full of strong women and each one is a force to be reckoned with. The Untamed Vampire gives us Chelle’s HEA and let me tell you, the tethering/mating process might seem instant on the outside, but the work that goes into bringing two dominant characters together is never easy.

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Apr 9 2017 10:00am

What’s the Appeal of the Single Dad in Romance?

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

What is it about the single dad?

I’ve noticed a resurgence of single dads in romance, have you? They’ve always been there, just look at Julie Garwood in the early 1990s with Saving Grace. Scottish warrior, Gabriel MacBain is going it alone until Lady Johanna happens along. Clearly the trope isn’t new but I’m sensing a definite increase in the popularity of single dads. For that I say, huzzah!

I recently read the second book Donna Alward’s Darling, VT series, Someone to Love. In it, Ethan Gallagher is a widower. His boys were painfully young when his paragon of a wife died. Now, two years later, Ethan, even with his large, loud and helpful family is struggling to raise his 3 and 5 year old boys. He is physically and mentally exhausted by the process of raising children in a positive and happy way, while dealing with the stresses of being a firefighter. Couple that with coping with his own unbearable grief and you have one grouchy fella whose plight will break your heart. He is literally giving his boys everything he has, inside and out and it’s left him an empty shell of the man he used to be. A man like this is not accustomed to accepting help, much less asking for it. He is struggling on every level and this vulnerability is gripping. Situations like this humanize our beloved characters. It gives us the depth and layers we need to become fully vested in the story.

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Mar 29 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Karen Booth’s The Ten-Day Baby Takeover (April 1, 2017)

The Ten-Day Baby Takeover by Karen Booth

Karen Booth
The Ten-Day Baby Takeover (Billionaires and Babies #80)
Harlequin Desire / April 4, 2017 / $5.25 print, $4.49 digital

Aiden Langford has no time for love, in fact, it’s at the tippy top of his “Not To Do Ever” list. Jaded by the rejection he felt from his parents since childhood, Aiden is all business, all the time, except for the occasional sex only flings he works in on business trips. While Aiden is fearless in business and in his pleasure pursuits, matters of the heart leave him not just perplexed, but petrified. The last thing he ever saw coming was the strange gripping sensations he feels around his heart when Sarah Daltrey walks into his office with his progeny on her hip.

An inexplicable tug came from the center of his chest as his vision drifted to the child. All alone in the world. He’d known that feeling well when he was young, and he despised the idea of any child growing up that way.

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Jan 21 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Tawny Weber’s Call to Honor (January 31, 2017)

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Tawny Weber
Call to Honor (A SEAL Brotherhood Novel #1)
HQN Books / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

The Poseidon Team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger's path.

[You need a hero...]

Jan 12 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

[Sink you teeth into this...]

Dec 7 2016 10:30am

40 is the New 30: 10 “Seasoned” Romances Featuring Characters Who Are 35+

Today we're thrilled to have authors from the Facebook group, Seasoned Romance on Heroes and Heartbreakers! These 10 authors and bloggers of Seasoned Romance* pick their favorite “season romance” books. Do you see an old favorite or a new-to-you find? Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

Seasoned Romance is a Facebook group composed of authors, readers, and bloggers who write and appreciate romance with older characters. They all feature characters in their mid 30s and well beyond—after all, love and romance don't stop once characters hit the big 3-0!

Choose Me by Natasha Moore

Choose Me by Natasha Moore

This is silver fox romance at its best. Rick and Eve are an easily relatable couple that are mature enough to see past the distractions and insecurities life throws at you and smart enough to fully embrace the explosive, sultry burn of new love. Regardless of the reader’s age, I am confident you will enjoy the journey these two take; a journey of independence and trust…and some completely scandalicious sex!

(reviewed by Scandal, Scandalicious Book Reviews)

Smooth Sailing by Linda Rettstatt

Smooth Sailing by Linda Resttatt is an emotional story of a widowed man and a newly-divorced woman dipping their toes into the dating waters. They have to steer a new course to love around not only their own fears and insecurities, but their families and past histories. An Alaskan cruise ship was an appealing setting for this lovely romance and Ms, Resttatt made me feel as if I was right there. I liked both characters and was cheering for them throughout the book.

(reviewed by Natasha Moore, author of Choose Me)

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Sep 20 2016 11:00am

First Look: Lynsay Sands’ Immortal Nights (September 20, 2016)

Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands
Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24)
Avon/ September 20, 2016/ $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

When it feels like all is lost in the world for Abigail Forsythe, she agrees to go on an adventure with her best friend, Jet. What does she have to lose, she dropped out of medical school, spent all of her life’s savings caring for her dying mother, gained a lot of weight, lost a lot of self esteem and feels all alone and adrift in the world – perhaps a little fun in the sun with her bestie is just what the doctor ordered. Too bad the bad guys have other plans that thwart Abs’ relaxing vacation. She finds herself in the back of Jet’s cargo plane, face to face with a naked Romanesque god. Well, he’s certainly built like a god and his touch literally makes her swoon. All at once Abs figures the poor lighting in the cargo hold and residual drugs given by his captors are responsible for the gleam in Tomasso Notte’s eye. A man that looks like that can’t possibly be attracted to a girl like her, right? Good thing Tomasso isn’t afraid to get right to the point with her which makes her see the beauty Abigail has been hiding, even from herself for a long time.

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Mar 10 2016 10:30am

6 Reasons Why Draw Me Close Is a Perfect Second-Chance Romance

Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels

Spring is on the horizon so it seems like a good time to talk about new beginnings and second chance romances. Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels is a perfect example of second chances done right. In the Hearts and Crafts series, we’ve watched blog partners, Anne, Callie and Lindsey find love but I think the last book, Lindsey and Derek’s story, appealed to me most of all.

6 Things I Love About Second Chance Romances or Why I Enjoyed Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels

1. When you screw it up with the woman you love, that second chance means you let her set the pace. Derek and Lindsey met in college and fell head over heels in love with each other. Fresh off a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Derek didn’t see the intensity of Lindsey’s relationship coming, nor did he see the accidental pregnancy popping up with his ex. Thrust into a very adult situation, Derek tries to do right by his new family and in doing so, does wrong by himself and his lady love. Eight years later, Derek knows he screwed the pooch with the only woman he’s ever really loved and he’s smart enough to let her set the pace, assuming there’s a pace to set!

[Learning about second chances with Lindsey and Derek ...]

Mar 2 2016 10:30am

For the Undead, Age is Just a Number: Mary Winslow from Lynsay Sands’ Runaway Vampire

Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands

As a long-time lover of paranormal romance, I’ve always stood by my quip that sex in this genre is more intense because the bodies are just more durable. What if one of the bodies in question is that of a 62 year old woman? Osteoporosis my friends, it’s a thing! Well, Sands goes there with Mary and she handles the insecurities a woman on in years would have when being pursued by a sexy younger man, beautifully. A year into widow-hood, Mary is getting on with her life. She hasn’t re-entered the dating scene but she’s sassy enough to appreciate a hot, naked man when she runs over him with her RV. Unaware of Dante’s vampire status, and the impending life mate situation of their bond, poor Mary thinks her menopausal hormones are going crazy when she gets that tingling feeling around this mysterious man. Feelings and sensations she hasn’t experienced for some time, if even ever, are awakened when Dante brushes by.

For his part, Dante does and says all the right things. He sees Mary’s beauty from the inside out. The man is hopelessly in love with her and relishes every wrinkle and age mark on Mary. Try as he might to convince her of this, of course Mary is going to have some hang ups. Dante is buff, spry and untouched by age, even though he has many years on Mary. In all honesty, to the outside world, Dante looks like he could be Mary’s grandson, or her grandson’s hot camp counselor! Have no fear, it’s that that sort of taboo book, once Mary goes through her transition, her body transforms back to that of a woman in her prime. Mary had no problem losing her head when Dante touches her pre-transition, but the deal is never sealed. Once she’s comfortable in her new skin, all inhibitions are lost.

[Does age ever matter? ...]

Dec 22 2015 3:00pm

Blue Holiday Cheer: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for December 2015

Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

So many books, so little time, especially with the holidays sucking up so many of our reading hours! I scoured the internet to find holiday themed paranormal books that released in December and was surprised by what I found, or rather what I didn’t find. Yes, I have plenty of non-holiday themed books to share but finding on that fits our Ho! Ho! Ho! feeling proved to be a difficult task. This month’s list of best bests has a lovely mix of old favorites and relatively new authors to the genre, with a dash of blue aliens to keep things interesting. Grab some hot cocoa, spiked of course, and settle in by the fire. I can promise you these books will keep you warm and full of holiday cheer.

Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off

This book might be my favorite paranormal book of the year. Big words, I know but reading Blood Kiss was like going home and having mom’s mac n cheese. Comfort food. The first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood spin off, Blood Kiss was everything I’ve grown to love about JR Ward’s world building and story weaving. This book has the best mixture of the Brothers we love and the newbies we can’t wait to learn more about. I absolutely adore how we get to dig deeper into the relationship between Butch and Marissa while watching a similar dynamic play out between Paradise and Craeg. Ward often finds a way to make her paranormal beasts human on levels that are relatable to us non blood drinkers. Butch’s religious hang ups about sex – the whole Madonna complex – is a real and timely conversation. Couple that with Paradise and Craeg’s social hierarchy dilemma and you have the makings of an excellent book. Always one to out-do herself, Ward goes next level on us by throwing in an expertly paced murder mystery for us to decipher. I can’t say enough good things about this story and I look forward to seeing what the other new recruits bring to the training room. 

[The best blood thirst novels ...]

Dec 8 2015 1:00pm

Three’s Company: Sharing is Caring in Lauren Smith’s The Bite of Winter

The Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith (also an H&H blogger) packs a whole lot into 113 pages of sexy paranormal novella in The Bite of Winter. All alone in the world, homeless and left for dead in an alley, Zoey has definitely had better days. Tall, dark and sexy vampire Ian is known for taking in strays but they are usually of the cat variety. One look at Zoey, and the portfolio of pictures and drawings she’s clutching as her life blood seeps out onto the dank sidewalk and he knows he can’t let this angel die.

“I want to keep you, little one. Keep you and never let you go.”

…he’d needed to protect her. It was as though in her moments of terror and her dying breaths, she’d called to him…

Something inside his chest stung and he gasped. That was odd. He’d never needed to breath before, still didn’t, but his body had reacted as thought it had.

[Connor is hard to swallow, but he's hot as hell ...]

Oct 30 2015 5:45pm

Male on Male Vampires? Yes, Please: Paranormal Best Bets for October 2015

Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley

October is the most wonderful time of the year. October brings the official beginning of what I’ve dubbed, The Eating Season (Halloween-Valentine’s Day), chunky sweaters, boots, crunchy leaves and the original scream queen movies on every channel. I tend to amp up my sales pitch to non-paranormal readers during October with my rally cry of “more durable bodies equals hotter sex” mantra.  Let’s take a look at what October had to offer.

Ghosts & Reincarnation Series by Kristen Ashley

I realize this post is supposed to be about new offerings in the paranormal world but I would be remiss if I didn’t introduce you to my annual October tradition. Being a book reviewer, I don’t often have time to do re-reads of my favorites but every October I take time out for a little quality time with Kristen Ashley. I simply adore this series and if you haven’t read it, you are missing out. Penmort Castle, Sommersgate House, Lacybourne Manor, Fairytale Come Alive and Lucky Stars are what I like to call paranormal light. It’s a nice way to segue into paranormal if you’re a little skeptical of the genre. We don’t get shifters, vamps or blue aliens that time travel in this series but we do get some rather unhappy ghosts trying to right the wrongs they encountered in life. As any fan of Kristen Ashley knows, her alpha men are stubborn and all encompassing, her heroines are strong, full of style, and sass and the kids, lordy be the kids. Kristen Ashley has a way of writing children and teens that will sucker punch you in the heart. She writes them with such genuine honesty and clear insight, you’ll feel their pain and joy as your own. While I feel you should read all five in order, the good news is these books can be read as stand alones. Now, if I have to pick just one, I’d recommend Fairytale Come Alive, it is quite possibly my favorite of all of Ashley’s books.

[Wow, that's big talk...]