Erika Reed-Deceived

I read the first book in this series back when it came out, so when I got the chance to read Deceived, I jumped on it. I really enjoyed the first book, so I figured the second would be just as good. And it was. And there were things that I liked about it more than I liked about the first one.

So, Mac was in the military. But, he was injured, rather severely, and was medical’ed out. He decided that he would start a bounty-hunting agency. He would go out and hunt down people who have skipped bail, or who need to get got. As his nephews got out of the military or needed a job, he hired them on. Now that they are there, he lets the younger men go out and do all the field work, while he stays at the office and runs things.

Ten years ago, Mac was on leave and met a woman in a bar. He and Avery spent an amazing week together, but she disappeared in the middle of the night. He’s spent the last 10 years comparing every woman to Avery. Now he has the chance to look for her, and he’s finally found her.

Avery thinks back fondly to that week. It came at a horrible time in her life and was a little bit of light. But, it’s nothing more than a fond memory. Right until she walks out of her son’s school and sees Mac standing there, waiting for her. Now her past has hit her present and she’s not sure what she’s going to do.

So, right off the bat, here’s one of the things I really liked about this book, Avery is an older heroine. As a 40something, it’s nice to see a heroine close to my age. Don’t get me wrong, I generally have no problems reading about pretty young things, but sometimes reading about someone closer to my age is really nice. Especially when paired with an older man. I liked the premise, we all know that I like a good second-chance romance, even when it’s not totally a second-chance, 1.5-chance, maybe. Yeah, I think that works well. Either way, I like that whole trope, so it’s no surprise that I liked the story. There isn’t a whole lot of drama in this book, which isn’t a problem. I mean, there was still some conflict in the story, but not a lot of external drama and angst. You can’t have a story without some kind of conflict going on, but it’s not overwhelming and is enough to move the story along and make things better.

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I really don’t have anything to put down here, I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of a grill, since Mac and his guys do have cookouts.

OK, I lied, I do have one thing. I do like that Avery’s son isn’t Mac’s son. It’s a change from other stories in this trope.

So, that’s all I have to say now. Go check out the books in this series. Happy reading!

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Maddie Taylor-Defying the General

I think that the first Maddie Taylor book I read was The Barbarian’s Captive, which is the first book of the Primarian Mates series. I bought each one as soon as I possibly could and I was a happy camper. I look forward to each book, and I’m pretty invested in the recurring characters. Defying the General is the 4th book in the series, and it’s the most emotionally tense one, for me at least.

So, here’s the basic background on the series. The Earth is basically imploding. There are constant natural disasters and it’s a ticking time bomb. There are many more women than there are men, so the government decided to send out a ship full of 300 women to go out and explore the universe. They are on a mission to find a planet that is similar enough to Earth that they can colonize. Eventually, the goal will be to have as many humans as possible off Earth and on to the colonized planet.

A few years into their mission, our intrepid heroes find a planet that looks like it will fit. Some of the women go down in a shuttle so that they can evaluate the planet to see if it will work. While they are there, they run into some huge barbarian looking dudes who are running around in loincloths. Some of the scientists manage to get back to the shuttle and get away from the barbarians who are chasing them. Eight of the women don’t. They are captured by the barbarians who aren’t really barbarians but men from an advanced society who are come to this planet to hunt.

The women on their home planet all have massive issues with infertility due to outside causes. That means that as a species they are going to die unless they can find a species that they can cross-breed with. Humans fit. Humans and Primarians are genetically compatible. So, the 8 women are taken to the homeworld, where they are tested for compatibility to the men who captured them, and then they are mated.

Defying is the story of Lana and Trask. Trask is the highest military authority on Primara. He’s cousin to the leader and related to a huge chunk of the council. He’s a VVIP. Lana is a geologist. She and Trask manage to make their relationship work almost from the beginning. It looks like they are going to be one of the relationships that starts out smoothly and just keeps trucking along. However, she starts getting sick whenever Trask is around, very sick with migraines and can’t keep anything down. The healers can’t figure out what’s wrong with her. With a treaty made with Earth, she now has the ability to petition to dissolve their mating, which she does, telling Trask she’d rather be back on Earth.

I will fully admit to crying my fucking eyes out on this one. I just cried and cried. I loved Lana and Trask when we first met them, and when they showed up every other time in the books, I was glad to see them. But their own book? There were some seriously sad bits. I ended up with a huge pile of tissues next to me, and since I was reading in the middle of the night, I had to be really careful to be quiet so that I didn’t disturb my husband. Honestly, I couldn’t put this one down until it ended. When it was done, I felt weirdly hollow and happy. It sounds like a really fucked-up combination, and it is, but it’s the way that I felt. I really went on a roller coaster emotionally, and had that whole stomach dropping feeling going on, but in a good way. Go and read the whole series, it’s a great one. It is very kinky as well as a great story.

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Ugh, I hated that Lana and Trask were apart for so long. It was so terrible. Poor Lana just never got better from being away from Trask. When they met on the ship right after they left, I was hurt for both of them. It was so traumatic. I was mad at Trask, I mean, couldn’t he tell how much she was hurting? He was supposed to love her and it was so obvious that she was lying to him, but…

I’m not surprised that the bad guy turned out to be who the bad guy was. What a prick.

I can’t wait for the next one. I’m pretty sure who the next couple will be. I can’t wait to see if I’m right.

OK, that’s all for today. I’m going to go settle in with my Sansa Rayne book and eat some canollis. Go check these books out and see what you think. Happy reading!

Jane Henry & Maisy Archer-Hustler

Jane and Maisy are still working on giving Manhattan the same kind of treatment they gave Boston with the Boston Doms. To that end, we have the second book of the Masters of Manhattan book, Hustler. When my husband asked what I was reading, I told him the name, and he asked if Larry Flynt had helped to write it. Have I mentioned that he thinks he’s funny? And when you search it on Amazon, make sure that you put in Jane’s or Maisy’s name on there, otherwise, you will get info on the magazine.

Anyway, on to our book. Ethan was a grifter. His father was a grifter and he taught Ethan and his twin brother Elias to do the same. When they were in high school, Elias went straight and Ethan dropped out. He went on doing what his father taught him to do. Easy money and he was good at it. When he was 19, he was working with an older partner. They set up a phony investment deal and took a lot of money from a lot of people.

Haven is a lawyer in Manhattan. She’s currently defending a man named Max Pederson who was accused of killing his wife. Max told her to go see the people at Master’s Security. His best friend’s daughter Sabrina is in a relationship with one of the guys, and they have backstory and insight as to what was happening. When she gets there, she meets all but one person, Ethan. When Ethan walks into the penthouse, she looks at him and recognizes him as Tad. Nine years earlier, Tad had made her fall in love with him and used that relationship to steal all her parents’ money. So, when she sees him again, she sees red.

This is a second chance romance. I have a personal fondness for this trope because I’m living my own second chance romance story. I don’t love all of the books written under this trope, they aren’t always done well, and sometimes there isn’t a really good reason for everything to manage to get back together. That’s not the fact here. Every second chance story I’ve ever read out of Jane or Maisy has worked really well. Everything makes sense and everything happens in sensical fashion. But more than just the second chance thing, we also have a redemption thing going on. Ethan is working to redeem himself from his background. He been doing that to some extent before he got together with the other Masters, but there were things that made him do it more, including Haven. The combination of the two tropes is a really good one in this book. I really thought that it worked well. Now, just because he’s redeeming himself doesn’t mean that he doesn’t still use those skills, he’s just using them in furtherance of justice. Justice doesn’t always mean getting the baddies arrested and put in jail though, just remember that.

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I have to say that I kind of liked the fact that Ethan volunteered to go to prison to get the info. I’m not liking that he got the shit beat out of him, but it was a sign that he was regretting what he had done and wanted to make up for his past choices. Whole lot of symbolism going on there. Love it.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Rayanna Jamison-Winterland Daddies

Rayanna Jamison has given us a beautiful Christmas gift. This story is about love, forgiveness, redemption, and what it means to be a family. And oh yeah, it’s hot and sexy. What more can an avid bibliophile like me need?

Winterland Daddies takes place primarily on the Second Chance Ranch. This ranch has been the second chance for foster kids for decades. Run by a stubborn, sweet, and caring old lady named Nan, she took in and helped as many kids as she possibly could. When she couldn’t take in foster kids anymore, she turned it into a horse therapy center so that she could keep on helping all those kids who need extra love and second chances. These days, two of her former foster boys who never left, Blake and Slade, do most of the work with the horses and the kids. Nan just runs the boys’ lives. At Christmas time, all of her former foster kids and their families all come out to the ranch for a huge Christmas parties. All except one, that is. Merry, Nan’s very last foster child, fled the ranch 5 years before and hasn’t been back. Until recently, Nan, Blake, and Slade hadn’t even known where she was. When they found her, they made sure that she had an invite to the huge Christmas party because that’s Nan’s one Christmas wish.

Merry fled 5 years ago because she had been in relationships with both Slade and Blake. Slade was her Daddy and Blake was her Dom. Everyone was getting something that they needed from it. The problem is that the boys didn’t know about each other. When they found out, in the most disastrous way possible, they fought and told Merry she had to choose. Instead of choosing and risking the brotherhood that Slade and Blake had built, she left. She has spent the past 5 years feeling like crap and watching everything fall apart around her, no matter what she tries. When Daddy Slade shows up on her doorstep and tells her that Nan wants her at the party, what is she going to do?

Alright, you know what time it is. I’m going to go my way, you can either come with me and risk spoilers or you can stop now and remain spoiler free. Whichever you choose to do, you should hit up Amazon and read the story. Even if you read any possible spoilers from me, it’s worth reading, because there is a lot of beauty in this story. There are a lot of things that I really like about this story. I like that the Dom-ly types fully admit that they were wrong about certain things and that they made mistakes. All too often in books, you see that the Doms think that they can do no wrong so when they do something wrong, it can be hard for the sub to handle. The story also shows that all relationships need work, any HEA doesn’t just happen. I love seeing that in books like this. This story really is all about what family and love mean. Definitely, check it out.

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OK, I loved Nan from the very beginning. She ran those Dom-ly types through their paces, which was pretty funny. But then, when she gets into her history? Damn, Nan was totally awesome. I loved hearing that stuff. I want more Nan. In fact, a whole book about Nan would be great.

I really felt bad for Merry. It can be really hard to feel like you are an eternal fuck up and that you don’t deserve anything good in your life and that you are worthless. Luckily, she had a pair of loving men to drive the message home that she wasn’t a fuck up, that she deserved love, and she had infinite worth. I also sympathize about her temper. I may, occasionally, totally lose my temper and flip my shit. I know that I feel bad afterward, so I totally got that part of it. Of course, the reason that she lost her temper and I wouldn’t have felt bad about losing it in that case, but I get why she did.

OK. That’s all I have to say today. Check back next week for a steamy hot story from Measha. I mean, smokin’. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Lilly Holden-The SEAL’s Secret Baby

This is the second week that we have a Lilly Holden story showing up on my humble blog. We have two more weeks of them, so I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am. Yeah, you may think that they aren’t my normal fare, and they aren’t, but they are nice candy for my brain, which I often need. Quick reads, guaranteed HEA, and main characters that end up head over heels in love? And oh yeah, sex scenes that steam up the page? Is there anything better when you need something to relax your brain?

So, this is going to be a short blog, since The SEAL’s Secret Baby is pretty short. I read it in under an hour, I think. I was actually a smidgeon disappointed in how short it was. I would have loved to see more Deke and Sophie.

Two and a half years ago, Deke retired from the SEALs and buried his father, all in the same week. The night of the funeral, his long-time love and dream girl, Sophie, brings him a lasagna. They end up having one glorious night of passion. They both knew it was going to be only one night because Deke was headed out to Denver to work with his SEAL team in private security.

Fast forward 2.5 years and Deke has to go back to his hometown to sell his father’s house. He needs to go there and do some work to fix the house. The one consolation he has is that Sophie’s parents, who lived across the street, had sold their house and moved, meaning he will be able to avoid Sophie since no one in the family has talked to him since that night. What Deke doesn’t know is that Sophie is the one who bought the house, and that’s not the only surprise that Sophie is hiding.

OK, our paths are diverging in the woods here. Like I said, I enjoyed the story, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a nice, straight-forward, guaranteed HEA. I am looking forward to the next 2, since they deal with the rest of the SEAL team. Actually, I’m not even going to have a spoiler section. I do love Deke and his protectiveness over what’s his. I’m still going to post a picture of a cute baby.

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