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Hero by Samantha Young

Larena, February 22, 2015

Contemporary, Romance

Boston, Massachusetts

Alexa Holland thought her father was a hero. At least until her world was thrown into turmoil when she learned that her mother and she were not her father’s only family. Since that time Alexa has worked to turn her life in a direction that was different and make an identity outside the secrets of her father. At least until she meets a man that was as damaged by Alexa’s father’s mistakes as she was. Alexa feels she must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts to redeem him. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to push her away. Since he can’t push her away he is determined to make her hate him. So with that thought in mind he pushes her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away from him. What he doesn’t count on is his actions actually bringing them together. Even with the odds against them they end up in an explosive and intense affair.

Caine knows he can never be the white knight Alexa has always wanted. Though with them on the edge of danger Caine discovers he will do anything to protect them both from ever being hurt again.

This is story that pulls readers in and makes it very difficult to put it down for any reason. It is a story that will have readers staying up late into the night just to see how this ultimately works out for Alexa and Caine. While page wise it is a sizeable book it never reads that way. The characters are relatable with all their flaws, insecurities and damage from their families. It will also have readers wanting to read more from this author especially if the other stories end up as well written as this one.

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One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
One Step Too Far

Larena, February 22, 2015

Contemporary, Mystery, Romantic Elements

London & Manchester England

Emily Coleman had a happy marriage, a lovely home and a beautiful family. At least she did until one morning when she walks out on all of it and right out of her life. She wants to start a life as someone new.

Emily is now Cat and is working at a hip advertising agency in London. She has a new friend, Angel that she is living on the edge with. Cat has done everything possible to bury her old life and self. If fact she has managed to do it so well that no one can find her. What she can’t do is truly bury the past nor can she forget her memories.

Soon she will have to face the truth of what she has done. It is a revelation so shocking it just might push her one step too far.

This is a story the expertly weaves the past and present together in such a way that the reader slowly gets the whole picture. It also keeps readers guessing just why Emily walked out of her life. The story takes the reader on a wild ride with Emily as they work to figure out just what caused all that Emily does. Just as the reader thinks they have it figured out another clue is tossed out to make them guess again. This is an emotional story that pulls the reader in and keeps them captive until the very last page when the story ultimately comes full circle. It is definitely worth reading and getting lost in the story.

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Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Larena, February 15, 2015

Contemporary, Suspense, Some Romantic Elements

Garland, Tennessee and Paris, France

Grace restores bric-a-brac, resets gems and mends teapots on the outskirts of Paris. The first lie that Grace told Hanna was her name. Grace now calls herself Julie and tells people she is from California. At night she goes back to her rented room. She is really from Garland, Tennessee. It is also where two young men have just been paroled. She is married to one and in love with the other. They both went to prison for a crime that Grace planned in great detail. Now a game of cat-and-mouse begins as all of Grace’s lies start to unravel.

This is a book that weaves a tale so intricately twisted that it keeps readers wondering just what is going to happen next and where it will end up. The characters are complex and flawed and make for a story that is riveting. Just as readers think they know where this one is headed it takes another twist and readers are back to wondering just where this is headed and now it will end. It switches back and forth from the past to the present but in such a way that the reader is never lost and it fills in all the little details that makes for a fascinating story. At the end all the threads are neatly tied up to give the reader a very satisfying end. It is also a story that will have them thinking about it long after they have finished the book.

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Harlequin Blaze #831: A Seal's Secret by Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #831: A Seal's Secret

Larena, February 7, 2015


Lt. Commander Mitch “Irish” Donovan is a Navy SEAL that plays to win, always. At a Halloween party he does a push-up contest that should have been a piece of cake. Instead he is dealing with a woman dressed as a delicious dessert and is very hot. The only thing on Mitch’s mind now is exercising restraint.

Livi Kane is known as the Body Babe but that doesn’t mean she has any confidence. Dealing with a hunky SEAL has managed to make her forget everything except a different kind of workout. One that involves his hot, naked body and a lot of sweaty sexy fun. Both Mitch and Livi have their secrets though. Though with one unexpected encounter their steamy attraction is turning into an even bigger secret that is about to start showing any day.

This is a fun story that has a sexy SEAL and adds a lot of fun to it. The characters are complex and reading how they work through their different dilemmas makes for a fascinating read. It is also interesting to read how Livi grows in the story and finds a way to a happiness that eluded her before now. It also will have readers hoping that a couple of the secondary characters will be getting their own stories and their own happily-ever-after.

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Larena, January 31, 2015

Historical Romance

New York City 1721

Charity Goswick slips onto a ship to escape an arranged marriage to a man who is a brute. What she doesn’t know is that she hasn’t snuck onto an honorable King’s Navy vessel. She has ended up on a pirate ship instead. In just a short amount of time she is discovered by a rake who is both irate and handsome and he locks her in his cabin. Charity knows she should be very scared but instead all she feels is the most unladylike feelings for her captor.

James Lamont is trying to track down his brother which is the only reason he is on the ship to begin with. What he ends up with is a spirited little stowaway that provides plenty of distractions especially with her many failed escape attempts. With each attempt the passion between them grows a little stronger. Charity is going to have to trust James if she is going to have any hope of surviving the violence and danger that gets worse as they travel the high seas. Though the arrogant pirate just might end up stealing her heart.

This is a fun historical romance that starts out fast and never stops. Reading how the characters overcome their beliefs to find happiness together makes for a very satisfying read. It also gives a small glimpse into the world of pirates and brings it to vivid life. It will also have readers wanting more from this author and this world. The reader falls into the story so completely that they think it is a short read which is belied by the actual number of pages. For readers that enjoy historical romances this is definitely one to check out.

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