Saturday, June 28, 2014

REVIEW: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

Earth is no longer our own; the souls rolled in and took it right out from under us, leaving few survivors. Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, refuses to fade away when a parasitic soul is forced into her body. Warned about the difficulties of possessing a human, Wanderer is unprepared to deal with Melanie’s spirit and independence, and their struggle against each other leads to a grueling journey about life, love, and humanity.

Thoughts:

Now I know you’re thinking “wtf is this? I’m a romance fan, not sci-fi!” and I can sympathize. I debated over reading it until the decision was made for me and the book gifted to me. So, I ventured in, and I have to admit the first 10 chapters or so are really (seriously) slow, because it’s all world building. I decided to keep trudging through though. Best. Decision. Ever.

We start off with Wanderer being inserted and finding out Melanie remains a consciousness with her in her head. Wanderer struggles with this predicament as Melanie works her hardest to protect her memories and loved ones left behind. However, as time goes on, Wanderer learns about Melanie and her life as her walls start slipping, resulting in an uncomfortable alliance. This is where all the fun begins.

I can’t really tell you more because you should find out for yourself, but I will say that while I would have liked to see Wanderer fight a little harder when shit got critical, the author stayed true to her character which I really appreciate. Wanderer learns what it really means to be human, and Melanie learns that the souls may not all deserve to be hated and feared. This story contains the unconditional love of family, friendship, and a very complicated love triangle. It also contains some really neat ideas of other alien worlds.

Overall it’s a very fascinating and moving book and I encourage any romance reader to give it a chance. It’s a slow, but very thoughtful and sweet love story with really only a touch of sci-fi.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

REVIEW: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Summary:

Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there... until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared.

Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past -- or the grand adventure that lay before them.

Title:  A Knight in Shining Armor
Series:  Montgomery/Taggert
Book #: 15
Author:  Jude Deveraux
Approximate Book Length:  480 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I once strongly suggested The Host – one of my favorite books of all time – to my mother-in-law. In return, before I move, she insisted I read this book for the same reason.

For probably the first half of the book I was wondering WTF?! Nicholas seemed like a big womanizing jerk and Dougless (the name irritated me, but meh) seemed like an irritable, naïve doormat. Yet, by the end, I LOVED IT. I don’t usually like time travel romance, but I thoroughly enjoyed how this one worked.

I have never seen a better example of character growth in a book than what I read of Nicholas and Dougless in this book. The reactions of the characters to being thrust in unfamiliar surroundings is realistic, and the description of the 16th century paints an incredibly vivid picture. It was just a very well-written book!

The ending is controversial, and to understand why, you’ll have to read or you’ll spoil it. However, I can’t imagine a different ending in any way and I was completely satisfied.

Bottom Line:

A Knight in Shining Armor is a fantastic read that surprises you. I went from wanting to slap the characters to being unable to stop turning the pages. It’s a truly transformative read that I recommend to any hopeless romantic!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

REVIEW: The Six Swans by Annabeth Leong

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

The young King Evan struggles to become a man and ruler amid the choking influence of his mother’s spies and machinations. When he meets a silent, beautiful woman in the woods, he can’t resist the pure, honest sensuality of her touch. Bringing her to the castle as his wife and queen is Evan’s declaration of independence. The king’s hard-won happiness falls apart, however, when his mother accuses his new wife of murdering their first-born child. Evan believes that the private, physical language he shares with his queen tells him everything he needs to know, but as tragedy strikes again and again, his love and faith are tested to the breaking point. "The Six Swans" retells an old fairy tale of a princess who must take a vow of silence to save her brothers from a curse, the king who falls in love with her despite the seeming insanity of the curse conditions, and the sexual connection that’s strong enough to overcome the isolating power of the princess’ vow.

Thoughts:

There were some awkward parts to this story, both in content and structure. For instance, there are no chapter breakdowns of any kind, just one long story. However, that doesn’t take away from the emotional impact of the book. Clandestine meetings, a little magic, and political machinations make it exciting, but the real drama is between Evan and his wife.

Be prepared for a heartwrenching read. It’s devastating to read about the birth and immediate death of a child, and to watch the struggle between the couple as they go forth in hopes of finding a way to survive the horribleness that seems to linger around them.

I wish we could have seen justice done instead of just have it implied that it would be carried out, but the ending was still satisfying none the less. Overall, the story is emotionally provocative and compelling, even if it is a little predictable.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin


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Does Real Life Bleed Into Fiction?

“This is really dark. I was surprised at how dark it was.” That was one of my editors recently, talking about the manuscript we’re about to start revisions on. It’s in my urban fantasy series (as Suzanne Johnson), coming out early next year. I had an explanation: “Things are going down a slippery slope in this world. It has to be darker.”

Then ALLEGIANCE came out this week, and I knew it was a dark book—to me, all of the books in the Penton Legacy series have been a blend of darkness, action and humor. Like my editor, a couple of readers and reviewers have expressed surprise at how dark the Penton world had gotten. (Don’t worry, there’s still a lot of humor—a lot!—and smexy times with hot hero Cage and the uncontrollable eagle-shifter Robin!)

So I started thinking about why, unconsciously, I might have gone down such dark paths in these two books, which were written almost back-to-back. I’m not a gloomy person, after all. The daughter of the World’s Ultimate Pessimist (if that isn’t an official title, it should be), I have always tried to look on the bright side of situations, and I usually succeed.

But in thinking about this, I realized that I’d had a very, very rough six months prior to writing these books, almost entirely due to day-job dramatics and an online, threatening stalker (which involved the day job and not the writing). I had a dark few months, angry and helpless to do anything about the situation and unable to even vent about it. The writing of those two books came toward the end of that darkest period, (which should be resolved in another few months).

Did that influence the direction of these books? Or as an author writing about worlds (in both series) that are struggling to find a way to survive a catastrophic change, does the story really have to keep descending into darkness before it can find its way back to the light at the end of the journey?

I suspect it’s both.

Which made me think about authors and books. As a reader, do you think much about the author as you’re reading, or what might have gone into the direction of a story?

I don’t. When I read a book, the story grabs hold and transports me to another world, and sometimes that’s a very dark world. I mean, the world of Harry Dresden or the Black Dagger Brotherhood isn’t exactly sweetness and light. But the story exists independent of the author by the time it reaches the printed page or the backlit reader screen. If the story doesn’t grab me, I usually set the book aside after the hundred-page test.

So when a book takes a dark twist, how much of that is dictated by the author’s objective assessment of where a plot needs to go, and how much is dictated by the author’s subconscious mindset? I’m not sure one can ever disconnect the two completely.

In the meantime, yes, Allegiance is dark. And funny and sexy. But Penton’s not out of the woods yet!

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About the Author
Susannah Sandlin writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick.

She’s the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, a spinoff novel, Storm Force, a standalone novelette, Chenoire, and a new romantic thriller series, The Collectors, beginning with Lovely, Dark, and Deep. Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she also is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. Her Penton novel, Omega, was nominated for a 2013 Reviewer’s Choice Award in Paranormal Romance from RT Book Reviews magazine. Absolution was the winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion in Paranormal Romance.

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Allegiance

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series.

British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is an attraction to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.

Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love is the last thing Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

REVIEW: Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher

Summary:

Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den--despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can't...

After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another Dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees--if Allie will stay too. But what good is a chaperone who adds to his temptation?

Living with two subs brings out Seth's protective instincts, though Allie insists she's not into the lifestyle, and Tyler swears he's done with it. But the chemistry between the trio prompts them to agree to submit to him for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a Dom can provide.

The intimacy could break them all, or bind them together forever...

Title:  Bonds of Desire
Series:  Wicked Play
Book #: 3
Author:  Lydia Aicher
Approximate Book Length:  229 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

When I picked this book up, I didn’t realize it was the third in a series. As I read it, I could tell there had been other stories, but I didn’t feel like I’d missed something. The BDSM theme is almost negligible, though I get the impression that’s specific to this book and not the previous ones. The club the story centers around is BDSM and it starts off with a scene (a heart breaking one), but the relationship is more tender with maybe some commands or something. I actually really liked that element.

The book as a whole felt realistic, took me through a range of emotions, and got me invested in the characters. The characters felt alive and I loved who they were and how they progressed from acquaintances to lovers. I especially appreciated the sacrifices made and how it played out to get some kind of justice for the beginning of the book that tugged at the heart strings so much. I will definitely be seeking other books in this series.

Bottom Line:

Bonds of Desire is a compelling read with an authentic feel. It’s a sexy love story that evolves from darkness and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

REVIEW: Reluctant Revenge by Xandra James

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

Nash was bound to her completely – by a blood connection and a deep desire. An Enforcer for the Supranormal community, he was obligated to protect the sexy assignment from those who coveted her future Angelic abilities, but can he forgive the woman whose family had devastated his world? Sienna, upon the realization she'd been betrayed by her family for keeping her birthright a secret, seeks solace in the arms of her surly and reluctant protector; a demon hybrid with a secret of his own. Can she come to terms with her destiny after discovering that she could be as dangerous as those Nash was protecting her from?

Thoughts:

The book starts off with action and comes off as very intriguing. The suspense over what is going on is kind of fun at first, but quickly becomes somewhat frustrating. Over time, things honestly just got pretty confusing, and even though we do get some revelations, they’re not enough to completely alleviate that confusion.

The characters were didn’t feel very well developed. Nash comes off as a pretty big jerk, so much so that he nearly gets Sienna killed, and Sienna is the constant damsel in distress type of heroine. Their connection, while they both noticed each other’s looks in the beginning, is based mostly on the blood bond they share making the chemistry feel artificial. The love scenes didn’t feel compelling enough to fully hold my attention and the emotional involvement in the relationship was more narrated than shown through interaction which made it feel shallow and forced.

The ending of the book was very predictable, quick making it feel a tad anticlimactic, and abrupt. I thought there could definitely have been more than where the book leaves off. Ultimately it just didn’t strike me as a very captivating story with lovable characters, leaving me feeling fairly let down upon finishing it.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

REVIEW: Besotted by Georgia Le Carre

Summary:

Blake is now the new head of the Barrington dynasty. 'Forget the past,you are safe now,'he whispers.

But I can't feel safe.

How can I? I fear for him. The secrets are many and the road he travels is dark and treacherous.

And I still need answers to burning questions.

Why has he still not dealt with Victoria, who still remains too close for my comfort?

What will happen if Marcus re-enters our lives?

Will we ever really,truly be free from the tentacles of this ancient dangerous family?

Title:  Besotted
Series:  Billionaire Banker
Book #: 3
Author:  Georgia Le Carre
Approximate Book Length:  171 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I feel like this was mostly just filler. There wasn’t really any plot progression and there were mere cameos from other previously relevant or potentially relevant characters. This was really more of just a transition book.

I like Blake a lot better in this book, and I feel like Lana is much stronger as a person. However, Blake is naïve if he thinks that Victoria will not bother him and Lana again as she is truly delusional, twisted, and psychotic. That’s really all I can say though. I liked the character growth and Blake’s “proposal”, but there’s no other progression to speak of.

Bottom Line:

Besotted is worth checking out if you want a little bit of Blake and Lana’s love and angst, but don’t expect any kind of major plot points or closure of any kind. Look forward to the next book for that!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dangerous Protector by Milly Taiden

I'm sharing my review of Milly Taiden's latest release, Dangerous Protector today for her tour. Happy reading!

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Summary:

If you run from love, you're asking for a chase...

James Brock lived the past ten years without the woman he loves. Using his job as head of the Federal Paranormal Unit to help others, he's done a good job of ignoring his lack of a personal life until she returns. His salvation. His first love.

Cynthia Vega had a very good reason to leave the only man she loved after she'd accepted his marriage proposal. Now she's back as his boss. And he's not willing to ignore their chemistry or the past.

Brock is determined to claim his mate and prove that their passion is even hotter than before. He wants her and her explanation behind their separation. Except, some secrets won't stay buried in the past. Brock will fight his demons to follow her lead, but Cynthia's reluctance to explain their lost love may be the one key to their destruction...

Title:  Dangerous Protector
Series:  Federal Protection Unit
Book #: 2
Author:  Milly Taiden
Approximate Book Length:  169 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I’m going to start off with the couple things that bothered me just a little bit, before jumping into my gushing. She focused a LOT on how sexy Brock was instead of the case. It felt a little juvenile and almost even out of character. The only other thing that stood out was that I don’t remember finding out what Brock’s “specialness” was in the last book, but it sounds more like we already knew throughout this one.

Now for the fun. I absolutely love Brock! His playful side is adorable and his protective side is fierce. The chemistry between him and Cyn is great and their story is very sexy. The mystery part of the plot is exciting and exceptional. It’s been a REALLY long time since a plot truly and honestly surprised me, and this one did. There are a couple little things that I guessed, but the big picture was a total shocker – I loved it! We get just a little of the others on the team, and it leads me to believe that Ramirez gets his story next, which I’m very excited for.

Bottom Line:

Dangerous Protector is the best mystery I’ve read maybe ever! If you’re looking for a sizzling romance that will also keep you guessing with the suspense, go grab this awesome read!

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Hi! I'm Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.

When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.

I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

REVIEW: Hump in the Night by Nephylim

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

House of Erotica brings you five gay erotic stories from the creative mind of Nephylim. Aster is a vampires looking for someone. When he finds Kia his plan is to fuck him and drain him, but Kia has other ideas. Recognising Aster as the man he’s been waiting for, he turns the tide and seduces him, shocking him with secrets from the past. Together, they enter into an encounter that blows their minds and changes their lives forever. Lucien is a werewolf. He’s always known he’s different. Definitely not an Alpha like his father. More akin to the bitches than the muscular Beta’s or lithe hunters he finds himself drawn to. When the enigmatic lone wolf arrives, with his pure white hair and ice blue eyes, Lucien is lost at first glance. After a burning hot dream he finally submits to the dominant male destined to be his mate for life. Dema and Meri’el are an unlikely coupling. In the final war against good and evil they find themselves on opposing sides. Dema the demon and Meri’el the son of the King of Angels. Drugging each other with their bodies they unleash the primal fury of their true natures and rock the foundations of the earth and the heavens. Grey doesn’t believe in curses. When he uncovers a cavern deep under the mountain feared by the villagers as a faery tomb, he scoffs at the superstition, until he meets a stranger who lures him into the wood. A steamy encounter in a forest glade has him wondering if being cursed is such a bad thing after all. Shay is mourning the death of his soul mate, tormented by the fact he’d never told him how much he loved him. A knife in the back in a dark alley steals his chance to finally prove his commitment, until ghostly whisper in the same alley leads to a night of passion and the second chance both men crave, to finally find peace.

Thoughts:

All the stories seem to have an element of pain mixed with pleasure, but not enough of it to really be considered BDSM (at least not more than very mild), nor is it enough to really turn you off if you don’t like that kind of thing. Other than that, each story is completely different to give any paranormal fan a taste of everything.

Dance With Me is an interesting and kind of a sweet vampire story, but I was a little disconnected from the emotional investment required to truly appreciate it because of the way it was written. The excessive use of “he” is very disorienting because both characters are male and we might see through each of their perspectives in the same paragraph.

Lone Wolf is indeed a werewolf story. I like werewolf stories a lot, as I’ve become a big shifter fan of late, but the partial shift during sex is a big turn off for me. This is also the story where the most pain is involved with their pleasure. Other than some minor editing issues, that’s really my only complaint as it was honestly a pretty swoony story.

Son of Angels revolves around angels and demons. This was my favorite story in the collection! It’s intense and creative, and while it’s a little bit Romeo and Juliet themed, it has a MUCH better ending!

That’s Where He Died starts off sad and depressing actually, but it’s a story about a second chance. I adored the connection between the characters and the teasing, and it’s such an emotional story that I teared up.

The Curse is probably the most haunting story, though not in a scary or bad way. I don’t know whether to call it a ghost story or a mummy story, but regardless it was sexy and mysterious.

Overall, an enthralling read if for no other reason than the various uses of creativity in the paranormal world. This author has definitely written some interesting works and I’d have no problem reading more!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

REVIEW: Paranormal Nights

Summary:

WOLF PROTECTOR by Milly Taiden: A woman with a secret. A man with one desire. A case that pushes them to the edge...

WHY THESE TWO by Jackie Ivie: Reika has found her mate. Darryl Bailes. He's big. Brawny. Black Ops trained. Brutal. And stubborn. He's not interested in being anyone's mate - especially a vampire's. Well. The knives are out. Challenges made. And somebody is going to lose.

DEATH TIMES TWO by C.J. Ellisson and Boone Brux: The V V Inn has a ghost problem, one that requires the help of Lisa Carron, resident Alaskan grim reaper. Tasked with helping her, vampire Asa soon realizes that not only can she provide the dead a peaceful passing, but offer him solace in a way no other woman can.

HUNTER'S BLOOD by Marianne Morea: Revenge. It's what Lily Saburi craves since the brutal murder of her best friend. A vigilante bent on striking a blow for humanity against the shadowed world of the supernatural--until she meets Sean Leighton, Alpha of the Brethren. Leighton is charged with destroying anything threatening his pack, and that includes Lily.

A WICKED PRELUDE by Calinda B: Chérie Manhattan has sworn off men - until colliding with the sexy, blond, hotter than Hell, Cam Tyson. Her choices: Play it safe Or take a chance on love? Evil demons are heading her way. Will she take the plunge into passion or fall prey to her doom?

DRAGON'S HONOR by Mina Carter: It was supposed to be a simple job. But the Paranormal Protection Agency doesn't do simple...So Shadow-dragons, Baron and Duke, go undercover. As humans. Redcap and troll attacks pale in comparison to the most startling revelation of all: the woman they're protecting is Baron's mate.

PLAYING THE ODDS by S.A. Price: A shadow demon grifter looking for a big score meets a sexy stripper with the ability to grant luck to anyone she deems worthy. She is everything he's ever wanted, and he is everything she's been told to stay away from. But she's the answer to all his problems, and plans to show her that a life with a card player is worth taking a gamble on.

NIBBLED BY THE VAMP by Celia Kyle: Wren Minix knew vamps were real. Totally. But mean fairies? Fairies weren't supposed to be mean! But they are, and she really thought she was gonna become fairy dust if it hadn't been for the super hunky vampire that saved her. And, hey, giving him a little snack in return was no bigs. He helped, after all. Except she wanted one nibble to turn into two and then...oodles.

Title:  Paranormal Nights
Series:  N/A
Book #: 1
Author:  CJ Ellisson, Milly Taiden, Jackie Ivie, Boone Brux, Marianne Morea, Calinda B, Mina Carter, SA Price, and Celia Kyle
Approximate Book Length:  789 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

So, I’m not going to touch on each book specifically, just a couple that stood out for one reason or another. In general, I’m just going to say that it was an interesting collection of books.

I loved Wolf Protector. It was fun and sexy with a good romantic suspense. Why These Two kept me guessing and was intriguing and funny. The relationship felt a little forced though. Death Times Two reminded me a little of Dead Like Me – a TV show I loved. Dragon’s Honor was too predictable, but very exciting and sexy. I want to read more in that series.

Bottom Line:

Paranormal Nights holds a variety of paranormal stories. I didn’t love them all, but there are a couple gems in there that are worth checking out!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Jaguar Hunt by Terry Spear


I'm sharing a little about Terry Spear's Jaguar Hunt which releases today. It's a fun, sexy series. Happy reading!

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Heart of the Jaguar - Book 3

An agent and a jaguar-shifter chase trouble, and each other, through the jungles of Belize

Agent Tammy Anderson has a reputation: she prefers to work alone. So when she's paired up on a mission with jaguar-shifter David Patterson-who's only recently been released from jail-to say she's less than thrilled is a understatement. Until she realizes that this sexy agent has what it takes...

Soon, what started as an "easy" mission to locate a missing jaguar takes the pair to Belize, where they're chasing down two renegade teen shifters who know more than they're telling. As the action heats up, can they keep their minds on the job and off each other?


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“Good night.” David closed his eyes, but he couldn’t stop taking in deep breaths of her jasmine soap and she-cat scent mixed into one delightful fragrance. He couldn’t ignore the beat of her heart - or his - that told him he was way too turned on, and that she was feeling the same way. He couldn’t help feeling the heat of her body and wanting to ratchet it up a few degrees, starting with a kiss.

A kiss. Hell, he’d never gone to bed with a woman when it meant total hands off. But lips...they didn’t count, did they?

She’d closed her eyes, but she wasn’t sleeping. She hadn’t pulled away from him, giving him her back. That meant something. Didn’t it?

He could ask. And she could say no.

He could kiss her, and when she got ready to slap him, he’d tell her it was a good-night kiss. And it would be. Unless she wanted more.

He could get lucky and she’d kiss him back.

Somehow it didn’t seem right to go to bed with a woman and not at least kiss her good night.

She opened her eyes to see him looking down at her - well, he was judging her lips, but when they curved up a bit, he lifted his gaze to meet her eyes and saw she was watching him.

“What?” she asked.

He couldn’t say it. David Patterson, who had no trouble interesting women in kisses and so much more, couldn’t say it.

“Don’t...tell...me. You want a good-night kiss,” she said, but he wasn’t certain whether she was offering or...not.

Not about to lose the opportunity, he placed his hand under her chin, lifted her face, and waited only the briefest period for her to pull away if she wasn’t in the mood for this. When she didn’t, he leaned down and kissed her mouth.

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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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