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Sisters Gracie and Juliette Bennett, once the best of friends, have grown apart over the years, each following her own life’s path. But with the passing of their beloved grandmother Mimi their paths intertwine in the most unexpected and peculiar way.

Gracie and Juliette are set to inherit Mimi’s house–the charming Santa Barbara Craftsman, a family heirloom three generations old. But there’s a catch. In order to inherit their home away from home the sisters must live at 1402 Laguna Lane for one year…together.

Now under one roof, Gracie and Juliette have a chance to reexamine their relationship and confront their pasts. Over the course of the trying year ahead they will learn that Mimi’s clever plan is about more than preserving a piece of family history.

But will they overcome their differences, perhaps even become the kinds of friends only sisters can be? Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed. And in their darkest hours Gracie and Juliette will have to decide if a sister’s love is what they need to get through the year. If a unique friendship between sisters is what they’ve needed all along.

Stand Alone Novel

Title:  Force of Temptation
Series:  Mercury Pack #2
Author:  Suzanne Wright
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Published:  December 13, 2016
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.

When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.

Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?

Titles in this series include:  Spiral of Need – Force of Temptation

the-velvet-cloak-of-midnightTitle:  The Velvet Cloak of Midnight
Series:  Shadows From The Past #4
Author:  Christina Courtenay
Genre:  Romance, Paranormal
Published:  October 7, 2016
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.

Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband’s home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives – New Zealander Josh Owens – the parallels become even more obvious.

But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning..

Titles in this series include:  The Silent Touch of Shadows – The Secret Kiss of Darkness – The Soft Whisper of Dreams – The Velvet Cloak of Midnight

dark-protectorTitle:  Dark Protector
Series:  Moon Shifters #6
Author:  Katie Reus
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  November 15, 2016
Publisher:  KR Press
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

He walked away once; he won’t do it again.

Wolf shifter Aldric Kazan is no stranger to pain. Since the loss of his mate a century ago, he won’t allow himself to fall for someone again—not even the feisty female who stirs things in him that he thought were gone long ago. But as a supernatural investigator, he’s forced to team up with the same woman he vowed to stay away from.

She let him in once; she refuses to do it again.

Natalia Cordona refuses to back down from any challenge—even if it means joining forces with Aldric, the sexy and brooding man who won’t get too close. Locating missing vampires before a volatile war breaks out seems nearly impossible as the duo struggle with their explosive and undeniable attraction. Now it’s up to Natalia and Aldric to trust each other to stop an all-out war from breaking out that would destroy the harmony they’ve all worked so hard for.

Titles in this series include:  Alpha Instinct, #1 – Lover’s Instinct, #1.5 (novella) – Primal Possession, #2 – Mating Instinct, #3 – His Untamed Desire, #3.5 (novella) – Avenger’s Heat, #4 – Hunter Reborn, #5 – Protective Instinct, #5.5 (novella) – Dark Protector, #6 – A Mate for Christmas, #6.5 (novella, final story in series)

The author states, “Though part of the Moon Shifter series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.”

a-very-jaguar-christmasTitle:  A Very Jaguar Christmas
Series:  Heart of the jaguar #5
Author:  Terry Spear
Genre:  Paranormal Romance Shifter
Published:  October 4, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

As a protector of all jaguar-kind, Guardian agent Demetria MacFarlane isn’t surprised to get a call near Christmas—but when she’s sent to protect a cub whose species she didn’t even know existed, her holiday season gets complicated. And it doesn’t help that her partner is a distraction of the hottest kind.

Hotshot JAG agent Everett Anderson can handle dangerous poachers and wildlife traffickers, no problem…but kids? Everett fears he’ll be stuck cub-sitting under the Christmas tree, but working with one sexy Guardian she-cat may be the best present he’s ever gotten

Titles in this series include:  Savage Hunger – Jaguar Fever – Jaguar Hunt – Jaguar Pride – A Very Jaguar Christmas

psyche-unboundTitle:  Psyche Unbound
Series:
Author:  Zenobia Neil
Genre:  Erotica
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing – Eros
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

The celebrated beauty of Roman princess Psyche has enraged Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. As punishment, Psyche is left naked on the beach to be sacrificed to a monster. When Cupid, the God of Love, swoops her up and flies her to the monster’s palace, Psyche mistakenly wraps her legs around his waist, looks into his eyes, and falls in love.

Blindfolded and tied to a bed, Psyche awaits the monster, vowing to be brave as she faces death. Yet when the monster arrives, he marries her on the condition she never see his face. As she grows to love her shadow husband, she can’t stop thinking about the God of Love. Consumed by curiosity, Psyche breaks her promise by lighting a lamp. Awaking in a rage, and furious with her betrayal, her husband banishes her from the palace.

Psyche begs Venus for another chance at love. Unmoved, Venus demands Psyche perform three impossible tasks. If Psyche succeeds, her husband will return. If she fails, she will be condemned to death.

Can Psyche satisfy Venus and win back her true love?

Mature Contend – Readers Over 18+

Stand Alone Title

my-fair-princessTitle:  My Fair Princess
Series:  The Improper Princesses  #1
Author:  Vanessa Kelly
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protegee, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairy-tale ending?

Titles in this series include:  My Fair Princess (so far)

as-rich-as-a-rogueTitle:  As Rich As A Rogue
Series:  Rakes and Rogues #3
Author:  Jade Lee
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  August 2, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4  stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces.

How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she’s made of.

Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari’s heart.

Titles in this series include:  50 Ways To Ruin A Rake – One Rogue AT A Time – As Rich As A Rogue

the-rebel-heirTitle:  The Rebel Heir
Series:  Spare Heirs #2
Author:  Elizabeth Michels
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Lady Evangeline Green is living a lie. To please her family, she masquerades as the perfect debutant…until she meets the wickedly charming Lord Crosby. With him, there are no rules. She’s finally free to do as she desires—but freedom comes with a price, and Lord Crosby is not what he seems…

Ash is not Lord Crosby. He’s a con artist, a noble Spare Heir living off his silver tongue. When the Green family ruined his, he swore he’d make them pay, and he never doubted his devotion to revenge…until he met Evangeline. Now, caught in a web of lies, torn between duty and desire, what’s a con to do but deceive all of London and steal the one lady who dared match wits with the devil himself?

Titles in this series include:  The Infamous Heir, The Rebel Heir

Read on for my thoughts on The Rebel Heir.  No true spoilers, promise.

shadow-fallingTitle:  Shadow Falling
Series:  Scorpius Syndrome
Author:  Rebecca Zanetti
Genre:    Paranormal
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk.

And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire .

Titles in this series include:  Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Justice Ascending (January 2017)

Read on for my thoughts on Shadow Falling.  No true spoilers, promise.

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