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This Man (This Man) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
This Man (This Man)

Larena, December 6, 2014

London, England

Ava O’Shea is a young interior designer. She never expected what she found at the Manor. Ava thought she was just doing a run-of-the mill consultation with a stodgy country gentleman. What she finds instead is Jesse Ward, a pleasure-seeking playboy who is devastatingly handsome and utterly confident and who has absolutely no boundaries. Ava doesn’t want to be attracted to Jesse, but she has an overwhelming desire for him that she has no control over. Her instincts are telling her to run and she knows that her heart isn’t going to survive Jesse. What she doesn’t count on is Jesse refusing to let her go. Jesse is determined to have her.

This is the first book in a trilogy that starts out very hot. If the other books live up to this one this is going to be one trilogy that will be a very hot read. The characters are well written and complex. The reader learns more about Jesse as Ava learns about him. The story takes a few twists and turns that keeps the story moving very well. The story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger that will have readers wanting to read the other books to find out just what happens with Ava and Jesse. The story pulls the reader in and keeps them reading until the very end. It also has some humor that keeps the story from being too heavy throughout the story. It gives the reader breaks from the more emotional parts of the story. It will definitely have readers wanting to check out more from this author.
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Harlequin Intrigue #1528: The Hunk Next Door by Debra &. Regan Webb &. Black
Harlequin Intrigue #1528: The Hunk Next Door

Larena, November 20, 2014

Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Belclare, Maryland

While the town is celebrating the season of hope it seems someone isn’t enjoying the season and is out for blood. Abigail Jensen is the police chief and she is determined to keep her town safe from harm. She is also trying to avoid falling too hard for the new guy next door, Riley. Abigail has to decide who she can trust because trusting the wrong person, especially someone with deep secrets, can be deadly.

Riley O’Brien is an agent with the CIA’s covert Specialist task force and he is on a mission. He needs to protect a small-town cop from a terrorist. No matter what. He has traded his identity for an undercover guise. Riley is a handyman which is all part of the plan. What isn’t part of the plan is getting too close to Abigail on both a personal and passionate level.

This is a great romantic suspense story that starts out fast and doesn’t stop until the very end. The characters are complex and interesting and make for a story that is hard to put down. As the clues and story unfold it makes for a story that pulls readers in and they try to figure out just what everyone’s angle is and who can be trusted. The reader never knows what will happen next and how everything will turn out. This is the start of a spin off series that will have readers that haven’t read the original series wanting to read that and also want to read the other books in this series. This is a different romantic suspense series that makes for a read that is hard to forget even when the reader is done with the book.

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A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
A Beautiful Dark

Larena, November 12, 2014

Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult


The night that Skye turns seventeen she meets two very different and enigmatic strangers. Their appearance in her life also manages to send it into a tail spin. Asher is dark and wild and Devin is his complete opposite being fair and aloof. The only thing Skye knows about them is that their presence seems to coincide with several strange events that are happening. She doesn’t know what they want from her or why they seem to follow her everywhere.

Skye ends up discovering a secret in the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter night. A secret that threatens to shatter the world she has always known. She is falling for Asher and yet can’t seem to stay away from Devin which is tearing her apart. What she soon finds out is that her choice will end up reaching farther than the three of them could begin to imagine.

This is the start of a series that starts out fast and pulls the reader into the story without letting go even after the last page is reached. The characters are well written and intriguing. The story slowly unfolds in such a way that it makes it very hard to put the book down until the reader finds out what is exactly going on. While it ends on a cliffhanger it proves to work with the story line and will have readers eagerly wanting to read the next book in the series. The story also takes some great twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. This is one book worth checking out. It is also a book that while it seems to be lengthy once the readers starts they will find that they quickly reach the end long before they are ready too.
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An Heiress for All Seasons: A Debutante Files Christmas Novella by Sophie Jordan
An Heiress for All Seasons: A Debutante Files Christmas Novella

Larena, November 12, 2014

Historical, Holiday, Romance


Violet Howard is feisty and independent and she is also an American heiress who is determined to never wed a crusty British Aristocrat. Will is the Earl of Merlton who is determined to save his family and salvages the family fortune without having to have a marriage of convenience.

Suddenly a snow storm leaves Violet and Will alone and stranded. It also brings out the chemistry they feel for each other and that will challenge all their good intentions. When their desires end up burning too hot they end up tossing their reservations aside in favor of the heat they find in each other’s arms.

Now a holiday blizzard has brought them together and it also threatens their reputations. It also just might cost them their hearts in the process. Now they have to decide if their passion will survive past the storm. They also have to decide if the love they have found together is enough to last them through all seasons.

This is a great novella that is sure to put readers into the spirit of the holidays. It is at a length that is sure to give readers a much needed break during their holiday preparations. For such a short story it packs a lot of heart and warmth in just a few pages. This is one book that will prove to be a favorite to read especially at the holiday seasons. The characters are well written and carry the story very well. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone though it will have readers wanting to read the first book in the series.

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Storm (Elemental) by Brigid Kemmerer
Storm (Elemental)

Larena, November 12, 2014

Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult

Annapolis, Maryland

Becca Chandler is finding herself getting all the guys especially the ones she doesn’t want. It started when her ex-boyfriend spread lies about her.

Then Becca finds Chris Merrick getting a beating and manages to save him. Chris is different. More different than she could possibly imagine. He can control water just like his brothers that can control wind, fire, and earth. The brothers are powerful and dangerous. They are also marked for death.

Now that Becca knows the truth she is also marked for death.

When your life is at stake keeping secrets becomes a lot more difficult. Then a mysterious new kid turns up around the school and seems to have a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Becca thinks she can trust Hunter because of that. When Hunter and Chris go head-to-head Becca has to wonder who is hiding the most dangerous truth.

This is a fast place story that keeps up until the very end. It gives a twist to the paranormal genre that proves to be all its own. The reader will find themselves sucked into a story that is different from other paranormal stories and proves to be very engrossing. The characters are fascinating and watching how they are dealing with their lives and the tragedies that have happening in each of their lives proves to be a story that the reader gets lost in as they read to see just what will happen to each and every character. This is the first book in a series that if the others are like this one will be one series that will have readers wanting to re-read it over and over.
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