3 Stars

Melting Mr Frosty’s Heart: A little more ice cream… by Liz Fielding Review

Life is like ice cream: you have to take it one lick at a time…

Those of you who’ve been with me for a while will know I have a bit of a thing for ice cream. Three books – Tempted By Trouble, Anything But Vanilla and Vettori’s Damsel in Distress – have charted the romances of the three Amery sisters who founded the ice cream events business “Scoop!”.

Often one book will lead to a spin-off – great characters cannot be left dangling while the main event sweeps on to its inevitable conclusion.

Two such characters were that magician with ice cream, Ria (Knickerbocker Gloria, herself) and uptight millionaire with a passion for opera, Graeme Laing.

Sorrel Amery’s parting gift to him was to tell him that Ria loved the opera. Great Uncle Basil’s response was that she would “shake the creases out of his pants”.

Melting Mr Frosty’s Heart is a short story that catches up with the moment when Graeme, much against his better judgement, decides to ask Ria to join him in his box at Covent Garden.

Will she say yes? Do opposites ever attract? And what does happen to his pants?

Review

Fielding’s writing is spot on in this opposite attract short story than shows us the heat between the uptight hero and the non uptight heroine.

I loved everything that was here but want more time for falling in love and blending. Just a few more chapters

The List (The List, #1) by Tawna Fenske Review

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The List - Tawna Fenske

As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.

Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.

But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.

As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?

 

Review

 

This is a fun sexy romance with really likable characters.

The premise is silly but a good time anyway. The hero and heroine have a lot of fun together and that made for a good romance.

I really like the heroine working out her relationship with her sisters and herself.

This would have been a stronger romance with we had more time after they have to begin a relationship as their full real selves.

Simon’s protectiveness of himself gets old and prevents his character development but again the banter and adventures made it a good read.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!

 
 

 

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Off the Map (Winter Rescue #2) by Tamara Morgan Review

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Off the Map (Winter Rescue Book 2) - Tamara Morgan

 

Scott Richardson is one superstitious bastard.

After a decade of training rescue dogs to weather the worst storms, Scott has seen it all. Good luck, bad luck — he knows that a large part of survival is being in the right place at the right time. Which is why he’s determined to stay in the right place…as far away from his cursed ex-girlfriend as possible.

Carrie Morlock is a disaster waiting to happen.

An inveterate risk taker and skilled helicopter pilot, Carrie lives life on the edge. It’s her job to push boundaries and take chances — and it’s a job she does well, even if her ex fails to appreciate it. Too bad Scott won’t have much of a choice when one of his beloved dogs goes missing on a rescue mission. As danger rises and their luck runs out, she’s the only one willing to risk her life — and her heart — to save them.

 

Review

 

This was off the map in terms of strangeness. The hero and heroine are mean to each other. Mean but oh so funny.

 

The heroine is beyond quirky and I love that and just will not take crap. The hero really resists emotions. Really.

 

They bowl each other all time. And then there are dogs and snark and great friends and while I wish we got much more time in the HEA to make up for the punches in the face these two gave to each other I believed in this romance and I laughed.

 

It made me want to read more of her books. 

 

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Alien Hostage (Clans of Kalquor #10) by Tracy St. John Review

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Alien Hostage (Clans of Kalquor Book 10) - Tracy St. John

Tasha Salter is caught in a quandary: she wants to fall in love, but past trauma keeps her from commitment. The only people she trusts are her family, especially in this time of treason against the Kalquorian Empire. When she and her three-year-old cousin are abducted by the revolt’s shadowy leader, matters of the heart no longer apply. She finds herself in a battle for their survival.

Clan Falinset left Kalquor in self-imposed exile when their parents’ illegal activities threatened their honor. Dramok Falinset, Imdiko Nur, and Nobek Wekniz only want to be left alone to live their quiet lives. Yet the drumbeat of war is sounding as traitorous forces prepare to attack Kalquor. Worse still, the revolt’s leader wants his son Falinset at his side … and refuses to take no for an answer.

A wild escape attempt throws Tasha and her young charge into the reluctant care of Clan Falinset. With betrayal in their past and war in their future, there is no reason to find love. Yet passion flares between those who should be enemies, leading Clan Falinset and Tasha to realize that they are not on opposite sides after all. Together they have the chance to heal.

Yet the sins of the fathers have come to rest on the shoulders of their sons. Falinset must make an impossible choice: bow to his father’s blackmail and turn traitor to the Empire or doom his clan by saving the young princess of Kalquor and the woman he’s fallen in love with.

Contains BDSM situations including bondage, D/s, and multiple partners.

Review

This is a compelling entry in the polyamorous erotic science fiction romance series. High on emotion, angst, sex, and dramatic plot turns.

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Heart’s a Mess by Kylie Scott Review

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Heart's A Mess: A Short Story - Kylie Scott

Former wild child, Violet, has vowed to get her life in order. To find a good job and settle down. To open a savings account and stop falling for the wrong men. But whatever happens, to most definitely not accidentally sleep with her hot newly single boss.

Review

 

A quick pleasure read with a high heat level, lots wit, and characters you will love.

 

Alex is recovering from a divorce and his internal dialogue is wonderful as are his brothers.

 

Violet is a never say blink kind of gal I can’t help but love just like Alex.

 

Good stuff!

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True’s Love by Pepper Pace Review

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True's Love - Pepper Pace

When Trulane stepped off the bus landing smack dab in the middle of a small mountain town with no prospects or no money, she does what anyone would—finds a job and a place to sleep that won’t cost her any money. The only thing is that there is no such thing as being secretive in Estill County Kentucky—not when you’re about the only black person in the entire town.

With no knowledge that she is about to cross the only person in town that doesn’t gossip about her, True hopes that Clay, the big grumpy and very sexy mountain man won’t turn out like so many others that treat her as if she is beneath them.
True’s Love is a short romance from award winning author Pepper Pace and brings the readers back to the little town That Lt. Christopher Jameson aka Beast is from. If you like the stories about Estill County and its lively inhabitants than be sure to read A Wrong Turn Toward’s love and Beast.

 

Review

 

This is just the sweet romance about two working class people. Well, except for the klans men running around, the homelessness…

 

The heroine and the hero really fall in like and then love with each other. Very tender.

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Ice Runner (Tales of the Citadel Book 19) Viola Grace Review

 

Review:

Ice Runner - Viola Grace

Using heat to skim along ice delivers her into the arms of a botanist who has more than a casual interest in her and her talent.

Kescu has been raised under ice. Under the surface of Wanlio 6, the locals live and thrive with the Ice Runner moving emergency and experimental supplies from one city and base to the other. Her talent is heat, but she channels it through metal plates, and she skates along the frozen surface of her world.

Lorvik is a new botanist who is assisting a researcher at another base to develop fast-growing fruiting plants for starving populations. When the Ice Runner first arrives in his base, he knows she is more than she seems, but a kiss and genetic testing proves that his path has led him to the right woman. His woman.

Negotiations do not go too smoothly, but Kes knows she is meant for another world. Life in the ice is beginning to hurt. She agrees to his suit, and he only has one more hurdle to pass. Her mother.

 

Review 

The ice planet was an interesting place to visit. The mother daughter sister relationships were moving.

 

The romance was a bit cold but the plot was good.

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Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow Series Book 8) by Molly Harper Review

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Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner—or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet…

Review 

 

This is a great romp with fun survival and crazy sauce and banter.

 

Harper does great banter. I love her heroine. Why wouldn’t I? She loves books. Me too! She develops a great right hook as well and is pretty kick ass in the end.

 

I don’t get to really know the hero as well so I don’t like him as much.

 

The love story is squeezed between all the action so while I believe they are hot for each other I am not contented by the romance. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of the way the heroine’s anxiety disorder was treated.

 

It is a enjoyable read anyway.

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Claimed (Nightwind Pack, #1) by Laurann Dohner, Kele Moon Review

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Claimed (Nightwind Pack Book 1) - Kele Moon, Laurann Dohner

Kidnapped then released deep in the woods, Brandi is on a harrowing run for her life, hunted by beasts straight out of a horror movie. But there’s an even bigger, more vicious creature in the woods—the deadly werewolf who saves her life. Jason is much more than a man, dangerous and intimidating, and Brandi still finds herself wanting every unbelievably sexy inch of him.

When he investigates the desperate screams near his secluded cabin, Jason’s shocked to find his own kind hunting a human—but he ends up even more stunned when he accidentally triggers a mating heat in the beautifully lush woman he saved. Overwhelmed with lust, Jason takes her, bites her, binds her to him forever…

Now he just has to break the news to Brandi.

 

Review

This is a quick fun read with a heroine who stands up for herself and sexy nice guy hero who really likes her and is a wolf shifter. There isn’t much more going on that that in terms of character development but there is enough here to make it a fun read and the other members of the pack look like good heroes for more books in the series.

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Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) by Claudia Connor Review

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She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he’s made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

Review

 

This is a sweet romance with an overworked single mom as our heroine. The hero and the heroine’s daughter have both lost legs for different reasons and this brings them together though the hero already had a crush on the mom.

The hero is a biomedical engineer who patents AI and artificial limbs which is better cool. He is pretty young and suppose to be super smart. I would have loved to see more of that part of him.

The heroine is a waitress working two jobs and starting back to school with an almost five year old. The child’s issues about going to school are compelling and the romance is a lovely one.

However, for me, I would have liked more on the hero in the years after his accident, college and grad school wise, and for the heroine I would have liked her to have more of sexual self (her sexual history didn’t seem all that realistic or at least I would have liked that talked about and explored).

I am interested in the other books in the series

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