Shanahan's RevengeTitle:  Shanahan’s Revenge
Series:
Author:  Julie Mac
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 1, 2016
Publisher:  Escape Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When the CEO of one of New Zealand’s biggest companies steps down, heir apparent Kate McPherson and Australian outsider Sam Shanahan are left fighting for control of McPherson & Co.

But Sam hasn’t just travelled to New Zealand for business. He’s there to avenge the wrongs done to his mother three decades ago, and he’s determined that no one—especially not his beautiful arch rival—will get in his way.

Poised to take over the company from her father, Kate has fought hard for her success and will do anything to defeat the stranger who’s after her job—no matter how strong the chemistry between them.

Sam and Kate are driven apart by ambition and drawn together by fiery attraction. And between them sizzles a family secret that threatens to blow Kate’s world apart.

Read on for my thoughts on Shanahan’s Revenge.  No true spoilers, promise.

Chasing MemoriesTitle:  Chasing Memories
Series:  Forevermore #2
Author:  Anna James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 12, 2016
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Lucas Morgan wants to know the cause of the hit-and-run accident that killed his grandmother, and he s certain the truth is locked inside the head of India Leone an interior designer apparently suffering an all-too-convenient case of amnesia.

Determined to either trip her up in a lie, or wait for her memories to return, Lucas offers India a job at one of the luxury hotel properties he s developing. He never thought he’d wind up falling for the woman at the top of his suspect list.

India isn’t so sure herself how she ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Until her memories return, how can she possibly move on with her life? The police say she’s innocent, but too many questions linger.

Desperate to get away, she seizes Lucas’ offer, never expecting to fall in love with him. Or that he would be keeping secrets that could not only break her heart, but cost her life.

Read on for my thoughts on Chasing Memories.  No true spoilers, promise.

How To Rescue A RakeTitle:  How To Rescue A Rake
Series:  Book Club Belles Society #3
Author:  Jayne Fresina
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  January 5, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate’s mysterious new wealth has the town’s rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana’s attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry “any suitable girl” under the age of 25.

Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate’s return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can’t help but feel in Nate’s presence…and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.

But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart.

Read on for my thoughts on How To Rescue A Rake.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Duke's Accidental WifeTitle:  The Duke’s Accidental Wife
Series:  The Dukes of War #7
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  March 1, 2016
Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…

The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?

Read on for my thoughts on The Duke’s Accidental Wife.  No true spoilers, promise.

Outlaw CowboyTitle:  Outlaw Cowboy
Series:  Big Sky Cowboys #2
Author:  Nicole Helm
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 3, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Ever since his father’s accident, Caleb Shaw vowed he’d mend his wild ways, and he means to keep his word. He’s a changed man. A better man. And he knows he should want absolutely nothing to do with his crazy old life…or the maddening temptation that is Delia Rogers.

Because Delia? Is nothing but trouble.

Delia’s been stealing her sisters away from their violent father ever since she was old enough to fight back. But now with the police on her trail and all her bridges burned, there’s nowhere left to run but back into the arms of the one cowboy she knows she shouldn’t need. Caleb has always been too good for her, no matter how bad he claimed to be. Yet when close quarters turn into something more, Delia and Caleb are forced to decide what really matters: mending their reputations or healing their wary hearts.

Read on for my thoughts on Outlaw Cowboy.  No true spoilers, promise.

Descended From DragonsTitle:  Descended From Dragons
Series:  Moonlight Dragon #1
Author:  Tricia Owens
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Published:  May 14, 2016
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Beneath the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies another city. A secret city in plain sight, full of warlocks and demons, shapeshifters and golems. A city that feeds off the chance magick that is generated by gamblers and which is ruled by mysterious beings called the Oddsmakers.

It is in this strange underbelly of the occult that Anne Moody runs a cursed pawn shop for the desperate, the curious, and the magickally inclined. Though the job is boring, it keeps her under the radar. None of her customers have any inkling that she is a dragon sorceress with a power that’s been feared throughout history. One day, a visitor to her shop pawns a stone statue that is more than it appears. The statue is a gargoyle named Vale, who is shrouded in mystery and secrets. When she learns that Vale is possessed, and that the person responsible for cursing him plans to take over Las Vegas with a horde of demons from Hell, Anne realizes it is up to her to defy the Oddsmakers and save the city, and possibly the world.

Read on for my thoughts on Descended From Dragons.  No true spoilers, promise.

Cop On Her DoorstepTitle:  Cop On Her Doorstep
Series:
Author:  Karen Docter
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 25, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

In the six years since her husband was killed by S.W.A.T., Carrie Padilla has spent long hours at work, rebuilding a life for herself and her son. The little time she has at home is spent keeping her eight-year-old son out of trouble, but he is all too eager to try to be the man in the house. When a handsome cop shows up on her doorstep, her errant son in tow, Carrie’s heart stutters. The sexy Italian cop sets off all kinds of bells in her system, and she knows there’s only one thing she can do to save what is left of her family, her husband’s memory, and her heart…avoid her new neighbor at all costs.

S.W.A.T. officer Jake Stafani already lost one little boy to gang violence, the dead boy’s older brother is missing, and Jake’s not about to let the same thing happen to a neighbor’s son. He drags the youngster home only to discover much more than a passing interest in the boy’s beautiful, but wary, mother. Forced to take a leave of absence after a bust goes awry, Jake can think of nothing better to occupy his time than to keep Carrie and her son safe, and locate the missing teen who holds the key to taking the gang off the streets, once and for all.

But Jake doesn’t count on his stubborn, intriguing neighbor distracting him from his job, or the passion that flares between them. He doesn’t expect her amazing son to steal a piece of his heart. Jake is ready to risk everything for Carrie, body and soul. But it’s not all up to him. If their new love is to survive, Carrie will need to be strong enough to see the man’s beating heart behind the badge, to look beyond the pain of her past, and decide that loving again is worth the risk.

Read on for my thoughts on Cop On Her Doorstep.  No true spoilers, promise.

Lone WolfTitle:  Lone Wolf
Series:  The Wolf Shifters of Raven Ridge #1
Author:  Tessa Clarke
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Published:  December 8, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When curvy veterinarian Delany Nichols meets sexy rancher Leif Pierce, sparks fly, but Leif is a wolf shifter with a past, and his brothers have expectations that he’ll share his future mate. Leif’s oldest brother, Wyatt, wants Leif back as part of the pack, for Leif’s own good, but Leif is determined to be a lone wolf and keep Delany all to himself.

When Leif’s secrets catch up with him and threaten to tear he and Delany apart, Leif must confront his demons and his brothers, and convince Delany he can be trusted with her heart.

While the majority of Shifter Romances are very sensuous, sexy and downright hot – it does need to be said that this one is considered Erotica as well and has an adult 18+ readers warning.  You’ve been warned.  🙂

Read on for my thoughts on Lone Wolf.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Most Delicate PursuitTitle:  A Most Delicate Pursuit
Series:  The Hunt Club #2
Author:  Pamela Labud
Genre:  Regency, Historical Romance
Published:  May 17, 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
My Rating:  3.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Though he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, Michael Carver has managed to avoid romantic entanglements by cultivating a reputation as a rake and a gambler. Believing himself incapable of intimacy, the Earl of Blandon avoids anything more than lighthearted flirtations or trysts with married women—which leaves more than enough time to slip out into the wilderness for a little fishing. All is well until Michael agrees, as a favor, to keep his best friend’s stubborn yet alluring sister-in-law company.

After one failed engagement, Beatrice Hawkins would rather become a spinster than risk her heart again. Her family, however, is relentless when it comes to finding her a suitable match. So when the roguish earl suggests they join forces to feign courtship and throw everyone off their scent, Beatrice only hopes the ton will take the bait. But at the hunting lodge where Michael takes her to escape prying eyes, Beatrice finds herself lured in by the unexpected charms of a man who has so much love to give—even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Read on for my thoughts on A Most Delicate Pursuit.  No true spoilers, promise.

Strip You BareTitle:  Strip You Bare
Series:  Deacons of Bourbon Street #4
Author:  Maisey Yates
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, MC Romance
Published:  January 5, 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Micah Carpenter hates New Orleans. Hell, after ten years he no longer has much affection for the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, either. But when the brotherhood calls, Micah answers. Joining the hunt for their mentor’s killer, he crosses paths with a Southern belle who exudes class—and sex appeal. Micah knows better than to mess with ice princesses: No matter how hot things get, they never melt. And yet he can’t stop himself from offering her a taste of the wrong side of the tracks.

Sarah Delacroix understands that reputation is everything. The daughter of a prominent family rocked by scandal, she’s desperate to restore their good name. Micah’s exactly the kind of man she should be avoiding. Behind his sleek and sophisticated exterior beats the heart of a predator—and she knows it. But, like the tattoos beneath his tailored suit, his rough edges are irresistible. And all too soon Sarah finds him getting under her skin . . . and living out every one of her hottest fantasies.

Read on for my thoughts on Strip You Bare.  No true spoilers, promise.

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