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Review: Dragon Heat 2-in-1 by Lolita Lopez

Posted March 13, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

Dragon Heat 2-in-1 is one book that is a combination of 2 novella’s – Dead Sexy Dragon and Red Hot Dragon.  These are books 1 & 2 in the Dragon Heat series.  I reviewed the first novella back in August but I’m reposting it for you in case you missed it.  

Dead Sexy Dragon

The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.

But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus.

Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night?

Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere…

As the blurb states Cora shows up on Stigs porch just minutes before he’s due to lock himself up for the night. It is the first night that he will be in heat, an event that happens every three years, and he wants to be clear of Cora when it happens. He’s been hot for Cora since he met her but as she is the sister of his friend he’s always held himself back. When Cora starts having sexy dreams involving a dream lover and then has Stig’s voice telling her to go to him – she complies.

What happens next is a shock for all of them. Stig is floored when Cora touches him and changes start to occur. Of course after he mates with her Cora starts to show her own changes which frighten the crap out of her. On top of all of this Stig is worried about what his dragon brotherhood will say when they find out that he’s broken not one but two of their sacred rules – no human woman and definitely no mating. Oops.

This was a cute little novella. I thought it did a good job of giving us some background on dragon shifters in general, the brotherhood that Stig is involved in and who their enemies are. We meet a couple of Stig’s friends in the story as well.

There’s a little bit of action and a lot of lovin in this story and it all got wrapped together well. I think this was a decent start to what might end up being a great dragon shifter series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Red Hot Dragon

Griffin Cadogan is shocked to see Avani Monroe, sworn enemy of his dragon family, walk into his gym. With his mating phase soon approaching, Griffin is curious as to why she has to come enemy territory knowing the risks. Not only does she surprise Griffin and his cousin, Mad, by coming to enemy territory, but what she wants is borderline insane-Griffin must help her have a baby.

After her mother’s line was annihilated by the Knights, Avani accepted her duty to ensure the continuation of their unique dragon breed. She’s searched the dragon registries and Griffin is the most likely candidate for her crazy plan. Working up the courage to approach a man who considers her an enemy wasn’t easy but she manages to calmly lay out her carefully orchestrated plan.

But Griffin isn’t about to agree to her harsh terms. If she wants him to father her child, he intends to play an active role in his offspring’s life, not simply walk away as she requires. Shocked by her instant attraction to him, she agrees to his terms. Once together, they realize their connection is about more than creating a child, but that happiness is short-lived when Mad suddenly disappears. Knowing the dragon slayers are behind it, Griffin must risk it all to save the ones he loves.

Griffin is a dragon who hasn’t ever taken a mate or had a child because his work is dangerous. In walks Avani Monroe and his mind changes on part of that.

Avani has done her research and has found that her best bet of having a baby that is of her kind (of which she is the last) is to try to have one with Griffin (due to the blood of his grandmother). At first he thinks she’s a bit nuts but he can’t say he’d mind getting down and dirty with her. He soon agrees and they head to her house to work off their “heat” together. He is adamant that when a baby is produced that he be a part of its life but Avani was only planning on single parenthood.

As the days of their heat pass (it’s about 9 days long) they find that they’re compatible in ways they never expected. Yes, in the bedroom they’re scorchin’ but they love being together and soon love is blooming. When Griffin can’t get in touch with his cousin Madoc they take a chance and head to his house (the possibility that they’ll be attacked by their enemy is high). They find Madoc gone and find other disturbing news. When they’re attacked Griffin starts to wonder if he can keep Avani and a baby (if there is one) safe from their enemies.

Red Hot Dragon was a cute novella and a fast read. There are a lot of sex scenes and one fight scene that’s pretty great.

I loved Griffin and Avani – from what I got to know of them. The story was pretty short so it was hard to get in-depth with anyone. I really want to know more about the Brotherhood that Griffin works for as well as the enemies their fighting. Hopefully more info will be provided in the next book (which I hope is Ivy and Madoc’s book). I didn’t like it quite as much as book 1 but it was still a  sweet and sexy story. Great heat and chemistry between the two characters and of course awesome dragon shifting. Good stuff.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Lolita Lopez

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Review: A Night With the Bride by Kate McKinley

Posted March 7, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

While at a lavish house party, Gabriella Weatherfield confidently bets her friends that she can convince the “unseducible” Duke of Somerset to kiss her. But Gabriella’s innocent wager turns wicked when faced with the duke’s intense blue eyes and talented hands.

Nicholas Montgomery usually strives to stay away from society, yet there’s no denying Gabriella’s wild beauty or the way she makes him want to lose control for once. Will the fire between them burn out when Gabriella uncovers the inner demons haunting Nicholas?

Gabriella sees the elusive Duke of Somerset and likes what she sees. The Duke is at a house party after not really being out in Society since his fiancé cried off three years earlier. She determines that she’s going Seduce the man. She says to her friends…

If he’s breathing, then he can be seduced.”

Gabriella had been on the marriage mart for 3 seasons and had half a dozen marriage proposals that were all refused. She figures she knows enough about men to be able to obtain just one kiss from this duke. She’s not interested in marriage but a kiss is something she’d very much like from this intense and good looking man.

Nicholas tries to intimidate Gabriella thinking that she’ll run off to her friends. What he ends up doing is making her more curious about his kisses. The pair play a bit of a cat and mouse game but eventually end up in bed together. (Gabriella isn’t a bride at this point so I’m not sure where the title of the book came from.) By that time they’ve each determined that they are perfect for each other but Nicholas ends up trying to push Gabriella away “for her own good” when all it ends up doing is hurting her when all she wants to do is love him and accept him for who he is.

This story was an interesting one. Nicholas in this story is a bit mad – or so he thinks. He is a bit on the “odd” side in that he gets disturbing visions or images in his head and the only thing he can do to rid himself of them is to complete a task over and over and in a particular order. Can you say OCD? Nicholas’s was extreme but underneath his bit of craziness was a lovely man who thought that no one could love him as he was.

Gabriella was a rare woman, imho. She fell for Nicholas quickly and accepted him for all of his quirks quite easily. This may seem strange but it just worked in this story. She was a kind and caring woman who gave of herself easily and I loved her spirit.

This was definitely my favorite of the three novellas in this series. The story wasn’t too long but it was a delightful way to spend a bit of time.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kate McKinley

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Review: A Christmas To Remember by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon & Marilyn Pappano

Posted December 13, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . . .

Kristen Ashley, Every Year: Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

Hope Ramsay, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.

Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who’s set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .

Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn’t mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?

Jill Shalvis’s story set in Lucky Harbor had Melissa regretting her breakup with firefighter, Ian, but she just didn’t know how to fix it. A life threatening experience puts everything into perspective, now she just has to get Ian to go along with the plan. Such a great story. Really, I love Lucky Harbor and all the people in it. This one was no different. Obviously shorter than the novels, this one packed no less of a punch in the romance department and had me smiling from ear to ear.

Kristen Ashley’s story was great. Christmas with the Chaos MC is new and different for Shy and his brother Landon. The fascination they have with Tack and Tyra’s kids is incredibly emotional and so heart warming it was awesome. I loved, loved, loved when Cutter, who is 4 years old, woke up in the morning and was running around announcing how “Sanna” had shown up. OMG so freaking cute!

Hope Ramsey’s was a probably the most upsetting book. Maryanne and her 3 month old baby are homeless and go looking for her aunt. She thinks she finds the house after having her car break down and walking in sleet but ends up in the barn when no one is home. What’s she really found is Daniel who has a kind heart and needs Maryanne to show him the true meaning of Christmas. While reading this book I was so heartsick over Maryanne’s choices near the end of the story. I understand the meaning of the story but I can’t say this was my favorite.

Molly Cannon gave us a story about a professional organizer who is hired by a man’s mother to organize her former home before she gets there for Christmas. Lincoln moved into his childhood home after his parents retired and moved away. He’s not big on cleaning the messes away so when Dinah shows up he’s surly and uncooperative at first. He kind of gets into it after a time and he certainly likes working with Dinah. Unfortunately Dinah remembers too late that she’s never to get involved with a client – especially one who doesn’t like Christmas. Lincoln has a secret up his sleeve that might make her change her mind about him. This was just a cute, fun story. It was pretty much upbeat from start to finish and I enjoyed the absence of uber-angst.

Last was Marilyn Pappano gave us a doctor who moves to a small town in Oklahoma to start a pediatric practice. His parents and practically his whole family are snooty surgeons and physicians and they don’t understand his medical career choice. He’s in Tallgrass for a two year contract but he’s just not sure that after that he’ll stay there. He starts to fall in love with Elena who is a military widow with a 6 month old boy. She’s sunshine and light but as much as he loves her he’s not sure what the future will hold. My first read by this author and I very much enjoyed it. Like the previous story it was pretty light and airy until near the end. Even then it wasn’t angst heavy and I got my HEA – bonus. 🙂

What a fantastic way to begin the Christmas Season! Truly. These stories all were such great reads and had such a sense of Christmas spirit that I can’t help but tell everyone to get this one and read it. My only minor complaint was that the stories were separated by excerpts from each authors upcoming novels. These were great to have but I think it took away the flow of the Christmas theme just a bit. I would have appreciated them more if they had all been at the back of the book. Despite that I very much enjoyed all the stories which is a definite plus when it comes to an anthology.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Review: A Duchess in the Dark by Kate McKinley

Posted December 1, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Miss Daphne Hayward is on the hunt for a safe, honorable husband and she has set her sights on the perfect target. He’s kind, titled, and miraculously single. She plans a full-scale seduction that will bring him to his knees, begging for her hand in marriage. But when she mistakenly climbs into another man’s bed, sparks ignite, threatening to send all her plans up in smoke.

Ashton Fitzgerald, Duke of Claymore, is surprised by the powerful desire that surges through him when he sees Daphne for the first time. So when he unveils her as his mysterious midnight visitor, he is determined to make her his…forever.

Daphne wants to secure her soon to be engagement with Edward. She loves him and wants her brother-in-law to put up no arguments when Edward finally asks for her hand in marriage. To that end she decides to sleep with Edward. Once she’s lost her virginity to him how can anyone naysay their marriage, right? Well, that would be great if Daphne had done her homework a lot better. You see, she sneaks into Edwards room while all is dark. She climbs in bed with him and finds the man’s physique to be much more muscular than she thought. After she has sex she gets dressed and heads back to her own room – only to run into Edward in the hall. Wait, if Edward’s here then who the hell did she just sleep with? Good question.

Ashton, the Duke of Claymore, is having a great morning. Yes, he drank too much brandy the night before but his mistress came to see him in the middle of the night and it was unparalleled. He’s excited to see her again so imagine his shock when his friend and host tells him that she’s been delayed and isn’t even in residence. What? When he starts to think about the woman he was in bed with he’s realizes that it couldn’t possibly have been his mistress and now he’s determined to find out who it is. When he suspects that it’s Daphne he’s thrilled. He’s had a thing for her for years but since she was his best friends sister-in-law he knew she was off limits. Now’s his chance to finally get her where he wants her – in his bed as his wife – but that may not be as easy as it seems.

A Duchess in the Dark was a pretty short novella but a good one. Daphne is a stubborn woman with Ashton but she really can’t deny her attraction to him, especially when he keeps getting her alone and showing her ways he can make her happy sexually. She is determined to marry Edward though as she thinks that what she desires is a calm, staid husband. Ashton keeps fogging up her mind but she soon realizes that Edward isn’t who she thinks.

The story was pretty calm with not a lot of angst and that made for a nice relaxed read. I liked the characters and the story and look forward to what McKinley will give us next.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Kate McKinley

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Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott

Posted November 23, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke…except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war…and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

Vic Carponti has been deployed before but something about his current deployment makes him stand up and take notice. It just feels more intense. Not only for him but for his wife, Nicole.

When Vic is deployed he goes through a boatload of emotions. The stress of dealing with getting shot at daily, his relationship with his friends and fellow soldiers – one he always forces to keep light even during tragedy, he intense dislike for his commanding officers and the fact that he misses his wife desperately. He runs the gamut but comes out on top because of the love of his wife.

Nicole is a rock. Yes, she has the moments during Vic’s deployment’s when she just breaks down but she loves him with all of her heart and tries to be a great support to him – even writing him dirty letters and at one point sending him a dirty video. When Vic is hurt in action she is immediately there for him and lets him know that she loves him and will stand by him no matter what.

I really liked this novella a lot. It took us back in time in the series and while it didn’t further the stories along it gave us a glimpse into the lives and love of a couple that was strong, loyal and never-ending. I’m not normally a huge fan of stories that involve already married couples, (I love the whole meeting and getting to know you aspect of the romance), but this one touched my heart and I definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jessica Scott

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