Keen (Terran Times Second Wave Book 3) by Viola Grace Review

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Keen (Terran Times Second Wave) - Viola Grace

Being invited into the Alliance was a shock for Kyna. She was wanted for an archivist assignment on a far-off world that needed her…specifically. Kee gets an implant that allows her instant access to generations of information, and she heads off to Jhenno for her new life in one of the most comprehensive archives in history.

When a co-worker tries to take her life, he forces the hand of her would-be suitor, and for the first time ever, Kee faces a dragon.

Jherin has been asleep for a few thousand years. He was thrown back in time to be at the right place at the right time to find his mate; he just missed the mark. When the mind of his mate begins to dim, he can’t spend time waiting for a long courtship.

 

 

Review

 

Who doesn’t love librarians and dragon shifter? A nice quick read with a hint of danger and a fated romance. 

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Wild Embrace (Psy-Changeling, #15.5) by Nalini Singh Review

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Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling (A Psy/Changeling Novel) - Nalini Singh

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander…
 
Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…
 
Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…
 
Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…

Review

These short stories are all wonderful little romps into the Changeling World.

 

“Echo of Silence” has a wonderful Psy hero and a heroine of middle eastern origin. The love story is a lovely balance of honoring cultural traditions, becoming a fuller version of the self, and skin hunger.

 

I was a little sadden we didn’t get Sea Shifter as the heroine or hero but I adored who we got.

 

“Dorian” was the least interesting to me not because it wasn’t good but because I really would have loved another full romance and this little tidbit as a bonus. Dorian is grand.

 

“Partners in Persuasion” captures the play of power in a relationship and how many ways there are to fit together. I love me a beta hero so Felix is my man. He is cool. The heroine was a little low on eq at times but the love story was well earned in the end.

 

“Flirtation of Fate” had a lot of angst but the hero and the heroine were both vibrant. The conflict that kept them apart needed more time to really be worked through but I was happy for them and the mystery plot was nice.

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Pretty Face (London Celebrities #2) by Lucy Parker Review

4 Stars!

It’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

Review

I love Lucy Parker’s writing. This is a wonderful romance with a kind of pull between the hero and heroine that makes you ache right along with them.

We get a great setting in the London Theater and a close up look at falling in the love with the last person you should but you do. They have such a kindness for each other and such wit.

The sexism the book deals with is well explored as is the pain of the heroine’s childhood disappointments but it is also a funny sexy book.

There is a sub plot with the tabloids I thought was a bit much but the tale of friendships in the book was good.

A great way to spend your evening! Can’t wait for the Trix’s story!

Alien Caged (Clans of Kalquor, #8) by Tracy St. John Review

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Alien Caged - Tracy St. John

For most, the Earth/Kalquor War ended years ago. Yet veteran destroyer captain Zemos and clanmates Oret and Miragin have been captured by a renegade Earther battlecruiser. They’ve been held in a cell for months now, with no idea where their ultimate fate lies. Threatened daily, they know their lives can end at any moment. The only bright spot during their imprisonment has been the lovely woman who brings them their meals and offers the one friendly face amongst their enemies.

Elisa Mackenzie is among the desperate Earthers trying to survive in the wake of Armageddon. Surrounded by fanatics who won’t give up a long-lost war, she can’t let herself care for the Kalquorians the ship has taken prisoner. Her lonely heart, empty for so long, has other ideas. Knowing the Kalquorians are dangerous and her fanatical shipmates are even more so, Elisa fights her feelings in vain. Ignoring the harsh lessons of long-lost youth, she falls in love.

Zemos, Oret, and Miragin know they must escape before the Earthers deliver them to an unthinkable end. They also know the key to opening their cage means turning on the woman who has infiltrated their fierce hearts. Elisa already has their adoration. She deserves their protection and care as well, but enemies both new and ancient threaten the Kalquorian Empire. To save their people and themselves, the three men may have to destroy the woman who would complete their clan.

Mild BDSM, including anal play/intercourse, bondage, Dom/sub play, and multiple sexual partners (m/f/m/m).

 

Review

 

To enjoy this book, you have to suspend you disbelief, a crazy lot.

 

If you can do that, you are in for a very sweet erotic Sciene Fiction Fiction Romance.

The heroine has grown up on conservative patriarchal Earth. She is almost 50 and is the sole woman on a battleship that has escape the destruction of Earth and the ending of the war.

 

She is tasked with feeding the Aliens Earth was a war with and of course, has a big crush on a clan of three males, who are of course wonderful.

 

The fact that the wooing and sex happens during a take over of the ship is just silly but I enjoyed this less BDSM more character driven entry into this series with older heroes and a kind heroine who is slowing deprogramming herself.

 

So, nice (if a burning hot sexy book can be nice. It Can)

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No Place of A Dame by Connie Brockaway 99 cents (Also Kindle Unlimited)

No Place for a Dame - Connie Brockway

Beautiful, bold, and brilliant Avery dreams of becoming a member of the Royal Astronomical Society—and the only way she can join the all-male society is to disguise herself as a boy. After helping Giles, Lord Strand, escape a disastrous engagement, she is certain he will assist in her daring masquerade. No lady would ever come up with such a preposterous scheme, and no gentleman would accept…but fortunately for Avery, Giles is no gentleman.

 

A bargain is struck between the stargazing adventuress and society’s most sophisticated lord. He will sponsor her as his prodigy and she will cover for him as he hunts London’s darkest warrens for a missing colleague from his shadowy past. But time and again, Giles finds his quest compromised by his fierce and unwise attraction to the lovely girl who, though no lady, may well be the one dame to finally unlock the secrets of his heart.

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Enforce (Terran Times, #22) by Viola Grace Review

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Enforce - Viola Grace

Gwen has been living a life of duty and responsibility. Her first Alliance assignment was as an Enforcer, her next the polar opposite, Matchmaker. She has fought rabid crowds with ease and control, but facing an endless supply of bridezillas is too much to handle when her old boss comes knocking.

Etien Mathijen has pulled in every favour he was owed to get his true mate to his planet in a capacity where he can court her. Now he just has to get her cooperation and they will be able to live happily ever after. With her mind on duty and responsibility, can he crack her shell of reserve in time to save her from her own mindless obedience?

 

 

Review

 

A quick SFR read to pass an afternoon. The dance between the hero and heroine is a lot of fun. 

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Joyful Weekend: Great Contermporay Romantic Comedy Writers

If you would like to get a little extra happiness, pick up a book by any of these great Contemporary Romantic Comedy authors!

 

Nora Ephron- Heartburn 

 

 

 Penny Reid-[ Neanderthal Seeks HumanLove HackedFriends Without Benefits 

 

 Alice Clayton-  The Unidentified Redhead 

 Elizabeth Beverly My Man Pendleton

 Ruthie Knox- Ride with Me, About Last Night

 R.L. Mathewson- Playing For Keeps, PerfectionCheckmate 

 Susan Elizabeth Phillips- Lady Be GoodThe Great Escape, This Heart of Mine

Jane Graves- Stray Hearts,Wild at Heart

Jennifer Crusie-  The Cinderella DealAnyone But YouStrange Bedpersons 

Beth Ciotta- JinxedOut of EdenSeduced 

For more Contemporary Romance Writers who will always make you laugh, check out my Pinterest Board: Great Contemporary Romantic Comedy Writers. 

Do you have a favorite? Let me know!

 

Documenting Light by EE Ottoman Review

4.5 Stars!

If you look for yourself in the past and see nothing, how do you know who you are? How do you know that you’re supposed to be here?

When Wyatt brings an unidentified photograph to the local historical society, he hopes staff historian Grayson will tell him more about the people in the picture. The subjects in the mysterious photograph sit side by side, their hands close but not touching. One is dark, the other fair. Both wear men’s suits.

Were they friends? Lovers? Business partners? Curiosity drives Grayson and Wyatt to dig deep for information, and the more they learn, the more they begin to wonder — about the photograph, and about themselves.

Grayson has lost his way. He misses the family and friends who anchored him before his transition and the confidence that drove him as a high-achieving graduate student. Wyatt lives in a similar limbo, caring for an ill mother, worrying about money, unsure how and when he might be able to express his nonbinary gender publicly. The growing attraction between Wyatt and Grayson is terrifying — and incredibly exciting.

As Grayson and Wyatt discover the power of love to provide them with safety and comfort in the present, they find new ways to write the unwritten history of their own lives and the lives of people like them. With sympathy and cutting insight, Ottoman offers a tour de force exploration of contemporary trans identity.

Review

This is rich romance filled with nerdy historical details of Upstate New York, queer history, and reading the text of photographs.

It is moving looking at falling in love between two working class people–one a trans man and one gender queered person not yet out.

There is angst and the ties of family and work in the middle of this winter. The writing is lyrical and academic and tender.

The love story hopeful but realistic. Very good!

4.5!

The Bride by Julie Garwood $1,99 The Best!!!

The Bride (Lairds' Fiancees, #1) - Julie Garwood

By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice is Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison—a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec aches to touch her, to tame her, to possess her…forever. But Jamie has vowed never to surrender to a man she considers a highland barbarian.
 
Alec is everything Jamie’s heart has warned her against—an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks speak of savage pleasures. While Kincaid’s scorching kisses set fire to her blood, she is determined to resist him…until one rapturous moment quells their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses…

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Lights To My Siren (The Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC, #1) by Lani Lynn Vale Review

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Lights To My Siren (The Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC) (Volume 1) - Lani Lynn Vale

ou’re The Lights…

Sebastian had one rule.

No women on the back of his bike. Period.

The one time he broke that rule, he killed the woman that was carrying his child.

Then comes Baylee Roberts. She makes Sebastian want to break every single rule he’d ever implemented. Hell, but she even makes him consider that dreaded H word. A helmet.

To My…

Baylee Roberts innocently walked into her bathroom never expecting that she’d find a man in there. It is her bathroom after all, and she lives alone.

From the instant he placed his hat on her head to protect her from the sun, Baylee’s mind becomes filled with thoughts of a certain biker.

She really shouldn’t go there. There’s no telling what kind of dangerous things he does for The Dixie Wardens MC.

Siren…

Nothing is ever as easy as it should be. Their relationship’s one of them.

Baylee’s brother is a cop. Baylee’s father is a cop. Which inevitably means that Baylee’s going to have certain hang-ups about being with a man like himself.

Sebastian has a lot on his plate with his busy job as a firefighter, a single father, and the vice president of The Dixie Wardens MC.

Not enough, though, to keep him away from Baylee.
When a series of arsons rattle their hometown and puts Sebastian’s life on the line, Baylee finally realizes the only fire Sebastian can’t put out is the one inside her heart.

 

 

 

Review

 

I enjoyed the zazz of the heroine and the hero. The world is interesting enough. I am reviewing this book a while after I read it. Not all that much is lingering but my like of the heroine and that this was on the sweet side of biker romance.

 

I liked it well enough to want to read the next books series.

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