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The Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles #2)

The Water Witch  - Juliet Dark, Carol Goodman

The second book, I like this as well but not as much as the first.  The ending leaves you hanging until the next book.  The plot thickens....

Missing - Noelle  Adams Missing is such an intense book, encompassing more than the romance between the main characters but also with regards to everyone around them. The writing was flawless, the set up was done in a manner that it could really have happened in real life. The developing relationship between Nathan and Lynn displays a maturity that you don't often encounter. There was definite heat and passion but they had mutual respect and a give and take with each other that was refreshing to read. A story that's passionate and real, an excellent reading for contemporary romance fans.
Newton Neighbors - Suzy Duffy Funny, quirky and real. Its not exactly Real Housewives of whatevercounty, Newton Neighbors is definitely a bit like the ladies of Wisteria Lane with less of over the top fiascos. The characters are all interesting and very much ordinary people but the author has done a good job of making the real and ordinary fascinating. A very engaging and entertaining read.*The ARC was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
The Demon Lover - Juliet Dark, Carol Goodman Surprisingly good story, a unique blend of the gothic romances of old, complete with eerie house and all, with the fantasy element of fairies, demons, witches and whatnot in the paranormal universe. There was the right amount of suspense, a mystery waiting to be solved and the lead characters own personal conflicts that seamlessly blended into the plot. Definitely an engaging storyline. There was however a lot of issues popping up in the middle that you get the feeling you're already reading the second book in the series. Callie, the lead character is definitely well developed, fully fleshed out and likable. Overall, this book is worth the time to read it.
Beneath the Surface - M.A. Stacie *The ARC for this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*The main premise was promising, a hero who engages in fight club to dispel his anger and aggression. His main persona is a cool, almost cold and to the book type of CEO, always clashing both with his father and troubled younger brother. The character of Dale is also very interesting and refreshing. Her physical appearance states she has an almost innocent and fragile air about her but she opens her mouth and you have a smart young woman with a rapier sharp tongue, not intimidated at all by her uber hot boss. The definite physical attraction is evident and it wasn't long after, work ethics out the window, they're engaging in the hot and heavy. But and this is the painful part, I could not connect to both of them. Taken piece by piece their scenes together work, they have evident chemistry, there is no instant love at first sight but lust is definitely felt which is good. Its the character inconsistency, Kyran's release of anger is thru fight club and yet he tends to still blow up at his father and brother at work. You would think, he would bottle it all up and just release all this at fight club and through sex. Dale's character is another whiplash inducing one, mostly its thru her dialogue with Kyran, like it doesn't feel that she was that person at the start of the book. The constant back and forth with regards to their relationship feels like its not really necessary since it doesn't seem to move the plot forward. It did get better at the middle, the flow felt better, the backstory at this part was well incorporated it wasn't front and center but provided that trigger to get the plot moving forward. The scenes between the MC's became better as well more productive again the plot progressed. Overall, it was a good read, entertaining, hot, with good main characters, it was just a very slow start.

Everything You Need to Know

Everything You Need to Know - HelenKay Dimon Light, fun and entertaining. A very good romantic comedy with an interesting twist on the internet culture, a website that helps you vet potential suitors helping you avoid heartaches. I found the whole story, funny, quirky and engaging. Both main characters are relatable in the way they dealt with their attraction to one another. There was an easy flow to the book, no lingering trauma, no overwhelming back story which tends to overburden the reader sometimes. Instead because this was a novella, back stories were concise just adding some aspect to the main characters action but not taking over the whole story. Really good.
Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1) - Larissa Ione Bound by Night was an excellent read, definitely engaging and a wonderful start to what is obviously another fantastic new series by Larissa Ione. There isn't anything to dislike about this novel. The world building is excellent. Although dealing with the often written about vampires, the author tackles it in a totally unusual way. The addition of north american folklore and legends as an element to explain the existence of vampires is a nice touch. There is also science based reasons for vampirism, as well as social injustices, slavery and unethical experimental methods. Definitely a very different twist. The characters are fully fleshed out and very likable. Both Nicole and Riker's personal demons are handled in such a way that it doesn't appear overly dramatic. They simply flow with the plot. Secondary characters like Hunter, Myne, Katina, Grant and Lucy are fascinating as well. Ms. Ione excels in this, her characters are all memorable that you start wishing the next installment has already been printed. Obviously, this series will not be an exception. The pacing is just right with fast and bloody action scenes and witty and rapier sharp dialogues. The eroticism associated with vampires and sex is definitely felt in each written word. Riker and Nicole's heated encounters must definitely be read with the AC at full blast. Overall, a truly entertaining read, looking forward to the next book.*The ARC for this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
She Can Scream - Melinda Leigh She Can Scream, is an impressive romantic suspense thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. What I liked about this book is the gradual laying of the groundwork both for the suspense aspect and the romance. Excellent writing that kept the reader at the edge of their seat, with the tension just rising until the last pages. The relationship between Brooke and Luke, also had that slow, simmering build up reflected in their heated encounters once they give in to their attraction. Perfect blend of suspense and romance.*The ARC was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
Granny Is My Wingman - Kayli Stollak This was a fun and entertaining read about the author's year of online dating. Kayli with her Granny as sidekick decided to tackle online dating after a finding out her ex-boyfriend has moved on and started a relationship. From building up a profile to going on dates both Kayli and Granny found out so much more about themselves than expected. The tone was lighthearted but still carried an element of truth regarding how people connect and how dating is more fun than you might think.
Mine to Keep (Mine, #2) - Cynthia Eden Although Mine to Keep is the continuation of Trace and Skye's story, it can actually stand on its own. Cynthia Eden has always struck me as a writer who packs a punch in her books. Intense is the word that describes her work and Mine To Keep is no exception. Passion and heat depict each scene between our main leads. And the psychological thriller aspect isn't too far behind as well. The story keeps you guessing with myriad twists and turns and secondary characters that make you suspicious of possible betrayal. It will definitely keep the reader's attention. *ARC was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead - M.C. Beaton This was a fun and quirky whodunit that left me laughing and more bewildered about Agatha Raisin and her detectives than the mystery itself. Something Borrowed, Someone dead opens with the death of Gloria French, the do-gooder who has a knack of borrowing stuff from her neighbors and never giving it back. Death by Elderberry wine that was the verdict and yet suspicious circumstances has left the town of Piddlebury cautious. Hence, the services of Agatha Raisin, private investigator was employed. What happens afterwards is a tale of village blackmail, a couple of murders, a coven of witches all wrapped up in humorous and witty dialogue and events. Add in a veritable number of oddball sleuths and you have an entertaining murder mystery. Agatha Raisin, is not by all means Miss Marple, in fact she seems the total opposite, with her smoking and her loud acerbic personality and her obsession with good looking men. But her wit and sharp intelligence saves the day. Her merry band of detectives and their own dramas aren't too bad themselves. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead is the 24th Agatha Raisin novel by M.C. Beaton.*ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Hunter - Jax, Jacquelyn Frank I really liked this book. Jax aka Jacquelyn Frank is a really talented writer when it comes to world building and character development. This time around Hunter centers around witches and warlock, good versus evil and true love versus extremely addicting sexual attraction. Hunter has returned to Willow Coven, after 10 long years of soul searching. Known as the Sentinel, a very strong spellcaster, he has been summoned as evil has threatened his family. Tatyana finds her way to the Willow Coven house that same night, unaware of the danger she has fallen into while seeking her brother Dmitri who has found his path among a new family. Hunter, despite the title is actually a very good paranormal thriller. Romance is definitely the central theme but the Willow Coven and its band of white or good witches are definitely a story on its own. The author excels in vivid description, fantastic characters with very individual traits that jump off the page. The magic world with witches with various powers and the premise of developing talents is truly astounding. Lush, sensual scenes, the passion and the sexual heat between Tatyana and Hunter is almost palpable, you pause in the reading to take a deep breath. Pulse pounding action with an on-the-edge of your seat feeling during pivotal moments are well executed. The only downside, it felt like the world building has already been established prior to this book when in fact it has just started. Still, paranormal fans will appreciate Hunter on its own.
The Wishing Thread: A Novel - Lisa Van Allen I really liked this book, with its charm, its heartwarming theme, the characters and the way the author weaves the words to tell a story about family, dreams, goals, love and magic. Its about three sisters, who have a certain legacy to uphold. Set in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, it follws the Van Ripper sisters with their heritage of knitting. But not just ordinary knitting, the locals say the Van Ripper women are witches, whose spells are woven in the fabric of their wonderful works. That what you wish for can be made true. Aubrey, Bitty and Meggie have long been estranged when the story opens, but the death of their Aunt Mariah has opened the way to their reunion. As the story progresses they all realize something about themselves and the magic that they possess. Despite the many charcacters and subplot going around, everything seemed in place and connected. Fans of stories with magical elements and heartwarming themes will definitely likeThe Wishing Thread.*The ARC for this novel was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review*
Killer Image (An Allison Campbell Mystery #1) - Wendy Tyson Killer Image was definitely a page turner. A murder has disrupted Main Line, PA and caught in the middle of it is Allison Campbell, image consultant to celebrities and powerful people. There was a lot of false leads and misdirections, a lot of characters introduced both during the murder investigations and some from Allison's past. But despite that, there was no confusion, only a heightened sense of tension in trying to solve this mystery. Allison was the lynchpin for the whole book, her past intertwines with the present making it important for her to solve the crime and at the same time give back what she lost so long ago. The writing was impeccable, the characters so well developed right down to the secondary characters you get a whole perspective of what's going around. A very nice and refreshing romantic subplot also adds to the books depth. Overall, this was a great debut novel and a first book introduction to a great series.
Fearless - Tawny Weber Gia has always had a crush on Luke, a coworker but feels that she's a little out of his league. While on a girls' night out, her sexual fantasies were outed and her friends decided that she needs to pursue it. Especially since rumor has it that Luke will be leaving the company in two weeks. The plan was hatched to make her fantasy come true while Luke was on a business trip in Vegas. But she'll be doing the seducing as her alter ego, Vanna, a sexy siren with titian locks, red stilettos and a barely there wardrobe displaying her hidden assets. All goes to plan and what a night it was, hot steamy and everything she could have imagined and then some. But the morning after made her realize that Luke was more than just a dream, she could totally fall for him. This was a fun, entertaining and very hot read. Gia and Luke were definitely on the same path of finding that perfect someone but had some misgivings when it was happening too fast. The novella was divided into two parts, the fantasy part, which was mostly Gia's perspective and the reality part when they both were back at work. It definitely had traces of the Cinderella story what with trying to find out who Luke danced the night away, and the red stilettos were definitely the dead giveaway. Readers who like sweet, romantic and definitely hot and erotic stories will definitely find Fearless a good read.
One Night in the Spa - Kathy Lyons The premise was good, a friends to lover story is usually engaging. Seduction in the guise of a facial/spa treatment promises a lot of heat which it did deliver. David and Kim's relationship was definitely well defined in the novella. The witty dialogue, the beginning sexual attraction on Kim's part and the devotion that David had for her were the positive factors in the story. Downside of the book, too much background info regarding Kim's past, the corporate espionage was also something that could probably been left out. When these factors were introduced it kind of took away something from the story. It was still an entertaining and romantic story.*ARC was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review*