Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

51mQHyKGfnLWhen I started the Beautiful series, I had no idea how much I would come to love all the extraordinary characters that would be met throughout the many books. While I have enjoyed all the couples in the close-knit group of friends featured in the series, Will and Hanna have always held a special place in my heart. From their witty teasing to fantasy-inducing sexual encounters, I have found them to be endearing individuals whom I would actually like to know. Christina Lauren creates realistic exploits for her characters at all times, and every circumstance dreamed up for this beloved couple is truly engaging. Steamy passion along with honest emotion makes BEAUTIFUL BOSS constantly compelling.

The first time Will Sumner went running with Hanna Bergstrom, marriage was not on their minds. Yet after countless events which neither can ever forget, some emotional and others relating to sex, the two have now repeated the words that have them committed to each other for life. A joyful wedding is followed with days of experiencing all kinds of carnal satisfaction.

Although Will and Hanna are definitely happy as a wedded couple, there is an issue that slightly bothers him. Universities are clamoring for her to work for them, but her failure to talk about the places where she might want to move begins to make him feel frustrated. While Will and Hanna may be extremely compatible when it comes to expressing sexual desire, talking about careers and future wishes is not so easy for her.

By being privy to the viewpoints of Will plus Hanna, I could always tell exactly what thoughts they were having about specific topics. Skilled writing makes whatever emotions Will and Hanna are feeling at a certain moment very clear, and I anxiously waited to discover what choices they would make because of my strong connection to this couple. It was interesting to watch Will and especially Hanna gradually realize their decisions now affected two people once they were wed, just like in a real marriage. When it comes to their sex life, fantasies are fulfilled with lots of eagerness.

Many of the wonderful characters from the Beautiful series show up in the story, and getting to learn what is happening to everyone was rewarding. The closeness between this group of friends is heartwarming, while their candid conversations caused much laughter. Hopefully, there will be more fascinating visits with these charming characters. BEAUTIFUL BOSS is unforgettable entertainment.

Series:  Beautiful

Copy Received from Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  February 29, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/jashkj4

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://christinalaurenbooks.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

51VNaRjf0lL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER fascinates with believable originality. From characters with unique capabilities to a very creative plot, the story is intriguing all the way through. There are plenty of unexpected turns that often shake up the lives of those trying to defeat evil, and I often fretted over who was going to be the victor when any battles arose. The Nocturne line regularly has innovative stories, and those written by Debbie Herbert are often some of the most imaginative. The Bayou Magic miniseries is compelling with cleverness and distinctive circumstances.

When Annie Matthews came to spend time with her grandmother who lives in southern Alabama, several of her experiences are stranger than any events during previous visits to Bayou La Siryna. One unusual episode is when she spies a colorful ball of light in the swamp and goes to investigate. Since auras can be heard by Annie, she is not shocked when a man’s voice from the orb tells her disturbing information to give his best friend. It seems the man was betrayed by someone he knew, and Tombi Silver is the only person who can set him free.

Not long afterward, Tombi arrives in the area and Annie gives him the message. Though he is doubtful about what she says at first, the Native American who hunts shadow spirits comes to understand the abilities of the witch are his only means of helping his friend escape a dire existence. Knowing there is peril from an unknown source, Tombi has little choice but to get assistance from Annie. But as he realizes the malevolent spirits in the swamp are getting stronger, worry over her safety increases when his feelings become involved.

By blending Choctaw legends into many of the situations in BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER, Debbie Herbert skillfully creates a story filled with captivating wonder. By adding her own attention-grabbing developments into the mix, I became totally engrossed in the many extraordinary occurrences taking place. It was really interesting to see Annie learn how to perform hoodoo spells plus do healings. Ms. Herbert has a talent for conceiving incidents that feature the supernatural and are also unlike anything previously read. What Tombi and Annie have to face at times had my heart racing because so many things could go wrong. Just thinking about the many unknown dangers in the swamp gives me the chills, and vivid descriptions let me live through the ordeals right along with these two characters.

Though Tombi and Annie are certainly not looking to be in a relationship at the moment, their connection is swift because of concern for others. While both actually want something from each other, the wish to stop evil from spreading unites them and brings the couple closer. The sadness Annie regularly feels because of her unwanted capabilities was easily sensed by me, and it was so good to see Tombi accept them as the truth without regarding her as crazy. With his own inherited skills, these two made a wonderful couple. While sexual desire between them may be expressed without any problems, finding the right words to convey any inner feelings is especially hard for Tombi. He has dedicated many years to fighting shadow spirits, and letting someone into his life will take almost as much courage as clashing with a horrific creature. BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER is a notable start to the Bayou Magic miniseries, where dangerous adventures and romantic desire entwine.

Copy received from author

Series:  Bayou Magic

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  March 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hoxwk6z

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.debbieherbert.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Wedding Takedown by Geri Krotow

51SWm9EVkNL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_In the previous book of the Silver Valley P.D. miniseries, political dishonesty concerning certain town leaders was debated, while fears about a cult possibly taking up residence nearby kept rising. In this story, the new mayor appears to be involved in several criminal incidents, and one police detective plus a local florist might be the ones who can prove what is actually happening. Geri Krotow interweaves dangerous escapades with a complex romance, where suspense escalates and hearts are on the line. I definitely did not know what was going to take place on more than one occasion, as peril is often unexpected. WEDDING TAKEDOWN has lots of intrigue plus emotional issues.

Though having to arrange flowers for a last-minute wedding will take plenty of work, Kayla Paruso is confident everything will work out satisfactorily. She just hopes the mayor and especially his wife are also happy with her choices for their daughter’s wedding, because good publicity can help her florist business. While attempting to get ideas on how to decorate a building, Kayla stumbles upon a woman being killed. The first Silver Valley police officer on the scene is Det. Rio Ortego, a man whom she dated not too long ago. Although they seemed to hit it off, their relationship ended because of differences.

The dead woman is the assistant to the mayor, and some Silver Valley citizens think the man is mixed up in illegal dealings. Facts are needed to prove what is going on, and Kayla will be in a position to perhaps hear secrets while working on flowers for the wedding. Though finding information about the mayor plus learning if he might be linked to a nearby cult is crucial, Rio worries Kayla could be putting herself in danger. Keeping residents safe is his duty, but closely watching over the florist is a pleasure.

While reading the first book in the series would fill in much background, Ms. Krotow does give enough information to let the reader know what recently occurred in the area. Silver Valley has always been a community where folks work together, but lately outsiders are doing their best to make things difficult, in particular when it relates to those in authority. I liked watching Rio work hard to prove not all accusations are valid, showing just how dedicated he is to his job. Though Kayla is not trained in law enforcement, she has personal reasons for wanting to make certain those responsible for crimes in Silver Valley are stopped. There are plenty of unknowns that kept me guessing the identity of who is behind a murder and other connected events, and hints along the way gradually exposed the truth. WEDDING TAKEDOWN has numerous mysteries to solve, and their revelations are frequently surprising.

Even though the sexual relationship between Rio and Kayla is extremely satisfying, other aspects do not make her happy and led to their breaking up. I really liked how Rio approached her when they come in contact with one another once again. He states his opinion but is not pushy, and I anxiously waited to see how Kayla would respond. Second chance romances are always enjoyable as sometimes the right choice was not made the first time, and giving a couple one more opportunity to let their hearts decide their fate can be entertaining. When Kayla finds herself in danger, I found her decisions to be lifelike as her survival instincts took over, while Rio becomes protective and very caring. Hope more of the Silver Valley townsfolk get to tell their stories.

Copy received from author

Series:  Silver Valley P.D.

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  March 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/zqm5x4a

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://gerikrotow.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

51s3juZoR-L._SY346_There is no way not to become emotionally involved with the main characters in a story by Cindy Gerard as their personalities are so likable, and the romantic couple in her One-Eyed Jacks series is particularly appealing. Linked by troubling past history, Bobby Taggart and Talia Levine are given another chance to learn if their powerful sexual attraction can ever turn into anything more. Secrets and deception may have torn them apart, but an expected opportunity could end years of anguish that both have suffered. Cindy Gerard never fails when it comes to creating commanding heroes and take-charge heroines, where feelings are laid bare and danger is faced without hesitation. TAKING FIRE delivers gripping action along with heartfelt emotions.

His work as a private military contractor had Bobby Taggart in Afghanistan, so spending some downtime with an interesting woman helped to make his nights much more enjoyable. Surprisingly, he starts to have feelings for reporter Talia Levine, but any thoughts about her must not interfere in his latest mission to locate a Hamas terrorist and get information from him. But before Bobby can fully decide how he feels about the fascinating journalist, the man from whom he wants facts is killed and Talia is nowhere to be found. Realizing she has deceived him and was somehow responsible for the death of the terrorist, he is angry yet also hurt.

After six years pass, Bobby has a new career that takes him to an Arab country to check out the security at their U.S. Embassy. When he has to work with their temporary security investigator, he is stunned to see it is Talia. Circumstances quickly toss them together when their lives are in danger, but Bobby certainly does not trust her because of the way they parted. He wants answers, yet definitely does not expect everything he is told. Though he vows to not let Talia affect him again, it is extremely difficult to keep his protective nature under control when one crucial fact is revealed.

Suspenseful stories written by Cindy Gerard always have an abundance of jeopardy plus lots of emotional entanglements. In the fourth One-Eyed Jacks novel, there is equal danger to hearts and physical bodies. I never knew when something might possibly happen to Bobby, Talia or the individuals with whom he works. It was great getting to revisit with so many characters from several series and to see them under various circumstances. How these courageous men and women put their lives on the line for what they think is right deeply touched me, as their actions always seemed so genuine. The camaraderie among these individuals is especially convincing, and many of their comments caused much laughter.

The relationship of Bobby and Talia is certainly complicated. Though it started out as just a good time for him, it swiftly became personal, while she regrets her assignment when his charming personality wins her over. Any pain Bobby feels because of her treachery is clearly depicted with earnest emotions, and I hurt right along with him. How these two are still connected and each of their reactions when all details are finally exposed is very compellingly described. Their feelings are expressed with much honesty, and I anxiously waited to see what they would finally choose to do. The sexual desire between them is powerful, yet there is also caring behind each passionate encounter. Any danger they have to face is realistic, and their responses to these situations prove they are daringly brave. Cindy Gerard can do no wrong when it comes to writing romantic suspense. TAKING FIRE is believable and profoundly emotional.

Series:  One-Eyed Jacks

Copy received from publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  February 23. 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/z9zxdk7

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://www.cindygerard.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

See You at Sunset by V. K. Sykes

51Lons8AlyL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_The attraction of living in a town like Seashell Bay is evident all through SEE YOU AT SUNSET, where residents are likable along with plenty of downhome charm. Their willingness to aid someone would make the area a great place to live, while several of its citizens have unique behavior that made me smile and even laugh at their antics. The romantic couple in the book is particularly interesting, and many of the challenges they had to face moved me. V. K. Sykes is a married couple that always creates believable predicaments for their characters to triumph over, and each dilemma conceived in the third Seashell Bay story is emotionally convincing. SEE YOU AT SUNSET is heartwarmingly realistic.

Just when Holly Tyler is about to begin to a new career and move from Boston to New York City, a family crisis has her returning to Seashell Bay where she grew up. Two of her aunts run the family business on the island located off Maine, and one of them is ill and can no longer work. So Holly has put her life on hold to help because her relatives mean much to her. Upon her arrival, several good friends greet her and are ready to assist in any way needed. Also waiting to see her is Micah Lancaster, who takes his job as a deputy sheriff very seriously. While Holly has known him for years since they grew up together, his attitude toward her seemed to have changed during her last visit.

Although Micah is definitely an outstanding man, she does not intend to have a relationship with him, as she has a career to start plus is involved with someone. While the deputy does like assisting those who live on Seashell Bay Island, he really enjoys any circumstances that concern Holly. She may have come back to the island to help in keeping the general store running, but Micah hopes she will make some time for him.

There is never an instance when I did not feel as though I actually knew the numerous delightful characters appearing in SEE YOU AT SUNSET. From the older residents and their colorful comments to the good friends of Holly and Micah, they all seemed like individuals who might live in a quaint town. How so many of the townsfolk rallied around each other was heartening to see, and I hurt right along with them when things did not go as planned. A mystery takes place in the book, one which could happen anywhere, and some suspenseful incidents occur before all is finally cleared up.

Micah and Holly are a romantic couple that I really wanted to see work out their differences. He is truly a remarkable man, dedicated to his job as a local deputy plus thoughtful in countless ways, especially when it related to Holly. His compassionate nature is evident on so many occasions, and each new situation had me liking him even more. Holly is also someone willing to support others, because she put her family before herself. She has to make some tough choices at times, and the deciding factors imagined by V. K. Sykes are very true-to-life. Every moment in the novel is honestly genuine, regardless of whether a conversation is being held or someone is just reacting. I am hoping lots more people connected to Seashell Bay will get a future story. SEE YOU AT SUNSET has endearing characters, profound emotions and compelling developments.

Copy received from NetGalley

Series:  Seashell Bay #3

Publisher:  Forever

Releases:  February 23, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/jbob9et

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.vksykes.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

517GWlvuk6LIt is difficult for Gin Blanco to trust many people outside of a select few that are close to her, and she has always felt her foster brother Finnegan Lane was someone she could count on. However, the unexpected arrival of a person thought long dead quickly changes the way Finn views Gin, and she does not like the feeling of being pushed away. She also has doubts about the true motives of this individual, and there is no way she is going to let anyone hurt him, even if she has to become the assassin known as the Spider. Jennifer Estep keeps the adventures coming in the Elemental Assassin series, where supernatural battles are fought and emotions run high. BITTER BITE is absolutely enthralling on every imaginative page.

When someone dies in Ashland by being killed, there is a good chance that Gin Blanco was the one responsible. As the new leader of the underworld in her hometown, plenty of criminal bosses keep trying to get rid of her. So there are way too many days where she has to defend herself, and thankfully so far she has not ended up dead. Her sister Bria and Finnegan Lane, her foster brother, are always willing to assist Gin, along with several more good friends plus her boyfriend, Owen Grayson. When a person closely connected to Finn was thought to have died but turns out to be still alive, he is thrilled to have a blood relative in his life.

While Finn may be overly happy, Gin has misgivings and thinks the pleasant behavior of the individual is concealing some scheme. As numerous questions are raised, any answers are slow in coming. But Gin knows one thing for certain, and that is she will protect her foster brother from his own too trusting nature of this cunning person.

Regardless of the situation in which Gin has found herself in the past, I have always been captivated with how she manages to come out on top. But this time, the stakes are raised when Finn thinks his life has just become more wonderful while she has lots of uncertainties. Many of the battles she has previously fought have been personal, but this one really captured my thoughts and would not let go until I discovered everything going on. Every time I read an Elemental Assassin story, I am concerned about Gin and those for whom she cares, usually because of physical danger. But the powerful emotions in this story had me even more worried than normal.

BITTER BITE is an intriguing story, as Jennifer Estep has invented interesting predicaments for Gin to overcome. From what to do about Finn and the appearance of his relative to new foes in the underworld, she has to deal with one problem after another. There are plenty of fight scenes to get my heart beating faster, and Gin definitely makes good use of her Ice and Stone elemental abilities along with some clever strategic planning. Her friends lend a hand from time to time, and I especially enjoyed the role her assistant, Silvio, played during a big confrontation. Several memories involving Gin and Finn are revealed throughout the book, and each remembrance let me understand the relationship between these two even better. There are quite a few shocking revelations exposed, particularly one near the end, and it makes waiting on the next book even harder. BITTER BITE is engagingly creative.

Series:  Elemental Assassin #14

Copy received from publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  February 23, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ju2qntk

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Author website:  http://www.jenniferestep.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Her Forever Hero by Melody Anne

518f5kOqfQL._SY346_Choices made when younger can often greatly affect a person for years and possibly even a lifetime. Bad decisions may have destroyed the budding relationship of Camden Whitman and Grace Sinclair in the latest Unexpected Heroes story, but the couple is given the chance to reconnect if they can once again trust each other. Melody Anne always packs her romances with conflicts that challenge her main characters to look deep within themselves for answers. HER FOREVER HERO is emotionally compelling with insightful reactions.

After being gone from Sterling, Montana for ten years, Grace Sinclair comes back to her hometown with plans to stay. Very few memories of her time there are good, and seeing the man that she never got out of her thoughts is especially difficult. Though the relationship between Camden Whitman and Grace might perhaps have led to marriage, both reacted without talking things out and she thinks it is too late for them to get back together. She definitely does not intend on letting him into her life now that she is back in the area.

When it appears Grace could be accused of illegal dealings linked to a nonprofit organization, Cam is more than willing to help prove her innocence using his knowledge as a lawyer. But their past history makes her want nothing to do with him, even when he insists on aiding her. Cam has started to dream of getting married like his two brothers, and while he thinks Grace is the woman with whom he could have an enjoyable future, she just keeps pushing him away. When her situation becomes more complicated, he hopes working together to clear her name brings the realization that they could be a couple again.

Whether someone is just great friends with another person or if they are part of a family, I can always sense the genuine feelings between these individuals because of Melody Anne’s skillful way of writing. The Unexpected Heroes series often concerns what someone will do for those deeply cared about, and Cam certainly has his work cut out for himself when it comes to Grace. Since his frame of mind is much different now than it was when younger, he knows she is the one that he wants in his life, while his previous betrayal keeps her running away from him when things get too personal. Throughout their complex relationship, I respected Cam for trying so hard to demonstrate he is a changed man. At first, I wondered why Grace was not willing to give him a chance after so many apologizes, but new details do shed light on her behavior. While these two may not always be able to have an enlightening conversation, their sex life is filled with much passion and spontaneity.

Many past characters of the series show up and offer advice, encouragement and their assistance to Cam and Grace. I really like the way in which his family rallies around each other when needed, and their support is certainly necessary more than once in HER FOREVER HERO. The mystery of what is happening to Grace keeps building, and some revelations are very shocking. While most everything in her life is resolved, there is one matter that I hope to discover more about in a future story. The book ends with an issue relating to Cam’s brother, Michael, and I am really eager to learn what takes place next. Melody Anne writes enchantingly romantic stories, and HER FOREVER HERO is truly captivating.

Series:  Unexpected Heroes

Copy received from publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  February 23, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/j2ptqmq

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://melodyanne.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Colton Baby Homecoming by Lara Lacombe

51rzSTpNQXL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_There are a wide range of emotions expressed in the third Coltons of Texas story, and each sentiment is greatly affecting. From sorrow to fear to even joy, the feelings of the main couple were very clear to me and often had my own heart racing or being happy right along with them. Lara Lacombe knows exactly how to make her characters come across as actual people, and her contribution to the Coltons of Texas continuity is filled with realistic situations that pulled me into every riveting moment. COLTON BABY HOMECOMING has heartfelt emotions plus compelling mysteries.

After a long day working at his search and rescue job, Ridge Colton is ready for a peaceful evening spent at home with his canine partner. But upon reaching his remote cabin, he is totally stunned to discover someone had placed an infant on his front porch. Though the little girl looks well, Ridge is clueless when it comes to kids. So a trip to the local hospital is in order to let a doctor make certain nothing is wrong. When Dr. Darcy Marrow turns out to be the temporary emergency room physician, Ridge knows his day just got even worse.

Many years ago, Darcy was the only person who did not judge him for having a serial killer father, and he had actually thought there was something special between them. But her family did not approve of their relationship, and an incident caused her to forsake Ridge. Now all he can hope for is that they can at least be civil to each other, and both do make an effort. When circumstances put Ridge and Darcy in danger because an individual wants the infant, he is determined to keep those under his protection safe.

In the previous books of the Coltons of Texas continuity, clues have been given as to the possible identity of the Alphabet Killer but nothing has been proven as yet. Immediately from the start of COLTON BABY HOMECOMING, a new mystery begins and adds more uncertainties to the overworked police force. Finding an abandoned child at his home raises all kinds of questions for Ridge, and though he is not a cop, he is someone who knows how to track down answers. I liked watching him work with his siblings who are in law enforcement, and their jovial banter had me laughing at their good-natured ribbing. A strong sense of family is portrayed throughout the story, and it was good to see after the way their father’s actions forced them apart. Any developments related to the baby are riveting and often very surprising, while hints about the killer are slowly coming to light.

Although it has been many years since Ridge and Darcy have seen each other, neither has forgotten the strong connection they once had. All it takes is one meeting, and regrets plus dreams fill their thoughts. I truly felt for this couple because of the way in which they broke up, and how they currently respond to the other also deeply touched me. The emotions depicted by characters created by Lara Lacombe are always believable, and the reactions of Ridge plus Darcy are particularly convincing. I saw Ridge as someone who unselfishly gave of himself to help people in his town though most residents shunned him, and this fact just made him a better man. His devoted dog, Penny, caused many smiles when she was featured, and I loved the way the two got along. His relationship with Darcy is definitely complicated, and how she spoke her mind had me admiring her determination more than once. COLTON BABY HOMECOMING is packed with dangerous peril and lots of sincere feelings.

Copy received from author

Series:  Coltons of Texas

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  March 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/zj5btmd

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://laralacombe.blogspot.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson

51kBHuz4HqLThe connection to the many engaging characters introduced in the first Laurel Falls story is immediate because of the genuineness of each person. From the main romantic couple to their relatives to the residents in the quaint town, their distinct personalities are clearly made known through sincere comments and reactions. Zoe Dawson constantly put me right in the middle of the situations where the characters went through a vast number of emotions. In the charming community of Laurel Falls, unexpected love might develop if a couple is willing to take a chance with their hearts. LEAVING YESTERDAY is particularly heartwarming because of compelling realism.

With his love of working on engines, Trace Black runs a garage in his hometown of Laurel Falls, Montana. After serving time as a marine in the Middle East, he enjoys the peaceful mountain setting where the locals are friendly and willing to help when needed. He and his older brother now take care of their two younger siblings, and any family problems that arise are often much more troublesome than those in the garage. When he gets a towing call during one tricky issue related to his sister, Trace feels certain solving the matter of a car that stopped working will be easier than dealing with the latest difficultly bothering the teenager.

Working closely with her father has always made Rafferty Hamilton happy, but all the time away from her husband for business helped to end their marriage and she is now divorced. Her current assignment has her driving a new car from New York to California, where she will be stopping along the way to hopefully locate good places for her family’s company to build a resort. But her search has been temporarily halted because of car trouble in a small Montana town. Rafferty lives in New York City, so being stuck in a town like Laurel Falls does not sound very promising at first. Yet the longer she has to wait in the area for her car to be fixed, the more she discovers to appreciate about the picturesque location. Especially when Trace offers to show her the highlights.

Though many scenes in LEAVING YESTERDAY deeply affected me, the episodes that had the greatest impact were moments involving Trace, Rafferty and his family. Whether it concerned his teenage sister or his brother who suffers with PTSD, each incident always came across as so true-to-life and was filled with honest responses. I wanted to help when they were suffering, and then shared in their joy when happiness was experienced. Although there are many characters featured in the book, their different natures helped me to keep everyone straight and look forward to their appearances. Regardless of their ages, I thought each person was an important addition to the story and enjoyed getting to know them.

From the first meeting of Trace, I adored this man with his winning behavior and gentlemanly traits. While polite and always thoughtful, he also has a spirited side that I saw as endearing. Sadly, he has to be serious much more than playful, and this is why I liked watching him and Rafferty together as she brought some fun into his life. She is a take charge woman who does what needs to be done in any situation, and my admiration kept increasing. The good-natured teasing between Trace and Rafferty had me laughing, and when their actions turned sensual, they expressed their desire with lots of heated passion. The way in which their relationship grew seemed just right, as they gave themselves time to know each other before moving to the next step. Both have much to overcome before things become permanent, and Zoe Dawson took me on a fascinating romantic journey of discovery. LEAVING YESTERDAY has enchanting moments plus a lively cast of characters.

Received copy from NetGalley

Series:  Laurel Falls

Publisher:  Loveswept

Releases:  February 9, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/zcyajru

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://zoedawson.com/

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

51O8h-E7zEL (1)Getting to know the characters in a story by Christina Lauren is just like actually meeting someone and then gradually learning their admirable and even flawed traits. All the couples introduced in the Wild Seasons series seem like long-time acquaintances when their stories end, as their thoughts and dreams are experienced through alternating points of view. Though Luke Sutter and London Hughes hookup in San Diego instead of Las Vegas like the other couples in the series, their relationship seems doomed when a significant fact is eventually revealed. But sometimes the heart wants what it desires despite the consequences. Christina Lauren never fails to enchant with convincing realism during every compelling scene. WICKED SEXY LIAR is intensely passionate, amusing and even stirringly emotional.

While her roommate is deliriously happy and very sexually satisfied by her boyfriend who was met during a Las Vegas vacation, London Hughes has no prospect of finding someone special. Though she has graduated from college and lives in San Diego, she has yet to find work in her chosen career so her days are spent surfing and is a bartender at night. Never dating anyone from the bar has always been a steadfast rule for London, yet one man does grab her notice when her day has not been the best. Needing a little distraction, she goes home with Luke Sutter after work and the two have a memorable evening with no promises.

After his relationship ended with a woman for whom Luke really cared, no date since then had been meaningful. When he asks London to come back to his place, his thoughts afterward keep going over what they shared. They both find the other is someone that they enjoy being around, but having sex plus occasionally hanging out together is all either is seeking. When London hears about his prior connection with someone she knows, she thinks it is time for their short affair to end. But surprisingly Luke is not ready for her to disappear from his life.

When Luke and London were met in previous Wild Seasons books, neither got the chance to let their sparkling personalities shine until the chance to tell their own story. It is easy for me to see that London is dedicated to carrying out whatever task she needs to do for someone else, but feels vulnerable in taking a big jump in her life after college. She can be sassy, yet keeps much about herself hidden from others. Luke appears carefree at first, and his initial actions really did show him to be a manwhore. Yet there is just something about his likable nature that made him adorable to me. It only takes one night with London to make Luke start questioning his behavior, and he then must decide whether he is really happy with the way everything is going.

Regardless of whatever situation arises and how Luke plus London react, their responses are always convincing with total genuineness. Christina Lauren never fails in creating characters whose emotions are so honestly conveyed that they truly come across as real people. Conversations are frequently filled with lively banter, yet there are also discussions where feelings are laid bare. I could always tell exactly what was going on in their minds because of the author’s skilled writing. The sexual attraction between Luke and London is powerful from the start, and it only gets stronger with each new encounter. They can have fun together no matter what they are doing, and I often laughed at their candid comments. One particularly hilarious scene in the story is a family dinner involving his grandmother. Most of the charming characters from earlier books make an appearance, and I certainly enjoyed the new insight into Not-Joe. Cannot wait to see what the exceptional two authors known as Christina Lauren come up with next. WICKED SEXY LIAR is entertainingly unforgettable.

Series:  Wild Seasons

Copy received from publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  February 2, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ozlb3rt

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.christinalaurenbooks.com/

Rating:  5 Stars