Her Werewolf Hero by Michele Hauf

51qU6q5HMdLThe countless paranormal ideas that Michele Hauf thinks up continue to amaze me, and the new story in her Beautiful Creatures world is truly one of most original. When a werewolf is sent to obtain an object, he never thought procuring the item would be so complicated or awaken long buried emotions. The human woman with whom he becomes entangled is very curious about anything supernatural, and the truths she is learning leave her surprisingly thrilled. What happens on the perilous adventure that this couple takes together is a journey filled with fascinating discoveries. HER WEREWOLF HERO captures the imagination on every enthralling page.

Working as a Retriever for Acquisitions is something Bron Everhart thoroughly enjoys, as the werewolf likes the quest of tracking down an object. His latest assignment is an item that many might want, so he plans to find the Purgatory Heart before everyone else. After hearing the piece has special powers and needs to be kept from anyone who would use it for evil purposes, Bron knows he must quickly locate the much desired heart.

Shortly after arriving at the site where it should be found, a woman starts being chased by several supernatural creatures. Though Kizzy Lewis has always believed in the paranormal and wanted proof any beings with special abilities were real, she did not want her first experience to end with her dying. So she is grateful to the stranger who was in the park and kept her safe. Bron is stunned when Kizzy does not seem shocked to see otherworldly creatures, and he is even more astonished to realize the artifact he wants is actually her own heart. It soon becomes apparent a huge group of unsavory beings are also determined to get what he is looking for, and none care if Kizzy dies. Bron is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the human woman from losing her heart, even if it means a trip to Purgatory.

A multitude of emotions are experienced while reading HER WEREWOLF HERO. I laughed, felt anxious and even rejoiced over what occurred to the romantic couple in the story, and my feelings were always completely involved in each compelling predicament they faced. Bron is someone whom I loved from the start, and his actions throughout the story made him a hero with numerous honorable traits. An incident in his past still haunts him, and I wanted to give him a big hug when all is revealed. Kizzy is a delight with her charming personality, and I thought her ability to see the bright side of any situation made her even more appealing. Their conversations are frequently packed with quick wit and plenty of humor, while anything sexual between them includes lots of heat backed by genuine caring. The characters Michele Hauf creates always have unique behavior, and the distinctive natures of Bron plus Kizzy are demonstrated time and again.

When it comes to extraordinary circumstances, Ms. Hauf can be counted on to fill her stories with loads of innovative weirdness, causing her books to be particularly entertaining. The premise of HER WEREWOLF HERO is creepily spine-chilling, where a number of situations cause much fear for the beloved couple. Various supernatural beings make an appearance throughout the story, and I was just as excited to see some of them as Kizzy. The part Purgatory plays is especially interesting and greatly added into the puzzle of what was going on. Another notable novel from Michele Hauf.

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Publisher:   Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  April 1, 2016

Purchase:   http://tinyurl.com/gm2r3bs

Genre:   Paranormal

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

Rating:  5 Stars

Darkness by Karen Robards

51NZcJZk8LL._SY346_With each new threatening incident that puts two lives on the line, doubts about whether these individuals will actually survive keep mounting. Staying alive is the main focus of two strangers who find themselves battling against the environment plus countless enemies, where only one wrong decision will be their last. Karen Robards cleverly interweaves suspenseful adventures with an engaging romance to create a thriller that continuously captures every thought. DARKNESS is an adrenaline ride of heart-pumping action and unpredicted peril.

As an ornithologist, Dr. Gina Sullivan has been given the chance to study birds in their natural habitat so facts can be recorded. The current location is an island in Alaska, and she is enjoying the peaceful beauty while getting data. One afternoon, a storm disrupts her observation and forces her to head back to camp. The sudden appearance of a plane dropping too fast leaves her stunned, and before she can maneuver her small boat out of the way, the aircraft falls very near her after exploding. Though frightened by the terrible ordeal, Gina frantically searches for anyone who might have survived, and incredibly does come upon one man.

When James “Cal” Callahan took his latest assignment as a private government contractor, all seemed to go smoothly. But before he can return to the states and complete his mission, he finds himself floating in the water with only Gina to help him. Cal immediately knows what just happened to the plane was intentional, and although they manage to get out of the freezing sea, their troubles are far from over. Between a snowstorm and whoever wants him dead, the plan Cal and Gina had hoped would work quickly falls apart, leaving them struggling for their lives.

Worry over whether Cal and Gina would survive had me not wanting to stop reading until each enthralling detail was learned. Karen Robards imaginatively blends circumstances that trigger intense dread with touching emotional issues, and the result is a realistic story which drew me into every compelling moment. I fretted over the many possible scenarios that could perhaps develop, and the direction several escapades took left me shocked. There is a constant threat of jeopardy in DARKNESS, giving Cal and Gina plus the reader little time to catch a breath before another terrorizing event takes place. Since Attu Island is a real place in Alaska plus its World War II history is also factual, the story comes across as even more convincing. When Gina spots or hears different bird species in the area while they are on the run, her thoughts about them added further enjoyment.

The potent sexual attraction between Cal and Gina increases the stress that they are already feeling because of the challenging situation being faced. At the beginning of their predicament, there is little trust but this slowly changes as they discover more about each other. Mutual respect leads to a connection that causes desire to become almost uncontrollable. While the way in which their lives are led is vastly different, there are still plenty of shared traits to make their bond seem genuine. There is lots of intelligent banter between Gina and Cal, and I particularly liked her sharp-witted comebacks. She has lived through a very tough time in the past, and I admired her gutsy determination to rise above some of the more demanding circumstances. Cal may appear to be an alpha male in every respect, but underneath the hard exterior is a huggable teddy bear when it comes to Gina. DARKNESS does not disappoint, as nerve-racking danger relentlessly escalates.

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Publisher:  Gallery Books

Releases:  March 29, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/zzud67h

Genre:  Thriller

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

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Under the Desert Sky by Sara Luck

51xhxuTLyILMany aspects of UNDER THE DESERT SKY are not commonly found in a historical romance. While the Arizona Territory setting might be the locale of a story taking place in 1900, having a career of raising ostriches is definitely unusual, especially when the owner is a woman. The hero is from South Africa, and his way of thinking is also not the norm for many folks living in the southwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Sara Luck vividly interweaves factual details with imaginative circumstances to create a heartwarming romance filled with genuine emotions.

When Phoebe Sloan had traveled to the Arizona Territory seeking employment, she ended up getting married and having a son. But when her husband is accidently killed on their ranch, she is the only one who thinks continuing to raise ostriches will eventually be profitable. With all her money tied up in the risky venture plus having the relatives of her husband make constant threats, Phoebe fears what will happen to her child if she cannot successfully sell the birds’ gorgeous feathers which are in high demand in the states and overseas.

After making sure several ostriches are safely transported from Cape Town to a buyer in Arizona, a South African named Christian de Wet ends up accepting a job offer and will stay in the area for a while. When he sees first-hand what a trying time Phoebe is having on her farm, he offers his assistance in getting things back on track. Though she desperately wants to prove her goal can be reached, if a profit is not made soon, then she may lose everything she cares about. Yet with the help of Christian, she just might have the life she has always wanted.

The predicaments women must face have greatly changed over the years, and Phoebe certainly lived through quite a few that were once all too frequent in her time period. I really liked how she stood up to anyone who tried to take away her choice of freewill, and she definitely did not give in without speaking her mind. She is a very devoted mother, and it was good to see how her son was always in her thoughts. When she meets Christian, she was fascinated but never dreamed they would ever be in a relationship because of so many differences. But sometimes unexpected connections turn into caring and perhaps even love. I enjoyed seeing how Christian and Phoebe would recall values they admire when thinking of another person and not be influenced by the opinions of someone else. Also, their past experiences draw them closer because of all that they have lost over the years, as they cannot help but feel compassion toward each other.

Sara Luck has truly done lots of research for UNDER THE DESERT SKY, where fiction comes across as particularly realistic. Many various factors dealing with the raising of ostriches are accurately depicted, and I found the information to be very interesting. There are also numerous remarks made about actual individuals who are known for making an impact during the timeframe of the story, thus adding convincing realism. From wars to discrimination and the places where decisive events took place, this story left me feeling as though I had traveled back in time and watched history in the making. UNDER THE DESERT SKY entertains with originality.

Copy received from publisher

Publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  March 29, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/jtlze7y

Genre:  Historical

Rating:  4 Stars

Edge of Surrender by Laura Griffin

51gPMSDTBrLThe gripping conclusion of the first installment in the Alpha Crew series leads to a heart-pounding start in the second episode, where more questions are raised and few individuals can be trusted. Emma has disappeared, and there are hardly any clues for Ryan to follow. But nothing will stop this tenacious SEAL from finding the woman who is beginning to mean more to him than just an assignment. Laura Griffin always captures the imagination with believable dilemmas packed with danger and often impossible odds. Unexpected threats keep EDGE OF SURRENDER constantly intriguing.

When Ryan Owen took Emma Wright to a safe house, he did think anyone would be able to find them. But when she goes missing and he has no idea where she has gone or with whom, he desperately tries to learn what happened to her. It could all be because of her persistent in asking questions about the plane crash that killed several people in the Philippines, including her boss, the wife of a U.S. ambassador. Since Emma was the only survivor, whatever she knows could be placing her at risk and Ryan worries over how far someone might go to keep specific facts secret.

Using the best resources he can find, Ryan relentlessly looks for Emma. The control he learned as a SEAL is needed, as he must not lose focus of his goal to rescue her again. While the first time was because of orders, the current task is for his own reasons. Emma may feel a powerful attraction to Ryan, but putting her life in his hands once more will take much faith since there are so many uncertainties.

As Ryan begins the most important mission of his life in locating Emma, several emotional conflicts are also issues in their lives. A disagreement following a memorable sexual encounter is what led to her disappearance, and now guilt plus reservations makes a romantic relationship doubtful. As they delve into solving the increasing number of threats, Ryan and Emma find the pull between them is very strong and sex is a great way to relieve stress. Being carried away by desire also has the couple becoming more emotionally involved with each other, as their numerous intimate moments bring them closer. I did not know for sure what each would ultimately decide, but I kept my hopes up for good choices to be made in the end.

EDGE OF SURRENDER has riveting adventures and an engaging romance. While the first book about Ryan and Emma concentrated on many dangerous circumstances, this story gave more attention to their relationship while still being suspenseful. Though the government employee was never just an obligation to the SEAL, the idea of losing her only makes him more dogged in keeping harm away. A large number of facts that previously remained hidden are gradually revealed, and I found several details to be surprising. With the story being shorter than a novel, not every scene is fully played out. But enough information is given to let the reader know what led to present happenings. There are secondary characters who definitely need to tell their story, and I hope there are lots more books in the compelling Alpha Crew series.

Copy received from publisher

Series:  Alpha Crew

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  March 28, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/zfwdwxv

Genre:  Suspense

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

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Immortal Redeemed by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

51V7SkecdsL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_A long time ago, a group called The Seven was formed and these immortals have lived for centuries. The oath they pledged to keep a sacred relic safe is being fulfilled, and now they also protect humans from Others whose intent is great harm. But one of them is ready for his long life to end, and his latest mission is to achieve this personal goal. The legend behind Galahad is cleverly interwoven into the fascinating paranormal story created by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, where myths about the noble knight of the Round Table become even more intriguing when he battles supernatural creatures. IMMORTAL REDEEMED is truly unforgettable because of its groundbreaking originality.

An immortal now known as Kellan Ladd has watched over humanity for many years, but the responsibility has left him weary and ready for his life to finally be over. There are six others like him, and each has carried out the obligations given to them after becoming Blood Knights. Though Kellan has diligently followed the vows he once made, he thinks the time has come for locating the only person who can make it possible for him to not live any longer. He is now on a mission to find this individual without letting any of the other Blood Knights know his decision.

Helping people brings McKenna Randall much satisfaction, and when she could not remain a cop because of an unfortunate incident, she became a nurse. One night after a grueling shift in the ER ends, she feels strangely drawn to a guy on a motorcycle outside the hospital and goes to speak with him. There seems to be something about the man that makes McKenna want to be around him though she knows it is unwise. Kellan plans to discover if she is the person who holds the secret to his future. But as he pursues his quest for this crucial answer, a large number of vampires also take an interest in McKenna and makes the circumstances even more challenging.

The whole concept behind the Blood Knights miniseries is innovative, and I was engrossed in IMMORTAL REDEEMED from beginning to conclusion. A knight of the Round Table is turned into a powerful warrior fighting despicable creatures, and I enjoyed every attention-grabbing detail that the author had me visualizing. Imaginative ideas are turned into realistic situations, as Linda Thomas-Sundstrom makes every moment seem so conceivable. I definitely wanted to accept many of the events happening as true, because then it would mean there are honorable individuals protecting humans without our knowledge. While the vampires in the story may be unpleasant, the author does let several werewolves display their more praiseworthy traits to my delight.

When Kellan made his way to Seattle, he had only one thought and that was terminating his life. But when he sees McKenna, he instantly begins having feelings he has not experienced in a very long time. While she may have a part to play in what happens to him, she also affects him and makes his emotions become involved. Their scenes together are some of the most intense I have ever read, especially those at first when the force of their sexual craving is so overwhelming. This mutual desire results in encounters filled with explosive passion yet also conflicted emotions. Kellan is such an honorable person, and I worried over what his final choice would end up being. McKenna has been through so much, and I admired how she would not give in despite the odds against her. IMMORTAL REDEEMED is everything a paranormal story should be and more.

Received copy from author

Series:  Blood Knights

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  April 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hesqnv2

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:   http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com

Rating:  5 Stars

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

5158515icbLIn the Sinful Suitors series, a number of men vow to keep specific women safe, but things become complicated when they end up desiring those whom they should be guarding. When the main couple in THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION was met in previous releases by Sabrina Jeffries, I thought of Edwin Barlow as reserved and stuffy, while Clarissa Lindsey was outgoing and even impulsive. Yet as I came to know them in their own story, I found outward appearances can be deceiving, as there is so much more to these two than the impression they convey to anyone around them. Sabrina Jeffries always gives her main characters personalities that come across as believable, and the real life problems tackled in THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION cause many sympathetic reactions.

The St. George’s Club was formed by three men who wanted to make certain the females under their care were only courted by someone appropriate. With the sister of Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, happily married, he feels his goal has been accomplished. Now his best friend, another founding club member, needs help in watching over a cousin, Lady Clarissa Lindsey. A Frenchman is pursuing her with persistent determination, and she reluctantly agrees to Edwin’s assistance while her cousin is out of town. He would secretly be very pleased if any attention to him was romantic, yet he knows she would never consider being in a relationship with him although they have known each other since childhood.

When Clarissa and Edwin attend their first social function together, her unwanted suitor forces them to pretend marriage is in their future. Now they must give the impression that there is more between them than just friendship, as the Frenchman is watching their every move. While Edwin could easily imagine Clarissa as his wife, she had no plans to ever wed. But circumstances turn what was only supposed to be a fake engagement into a reality.

Rarely does the hero in a story deeply affect me like Edwin did so many times, and he is definitely someone I would actually like to know. He may seem stern most of the time, but he is in fact compassionate and puts the needs of those for whom he cares before his own. There is also playful side to him that only the right person can coax out, and Clarissa tempts him to be a different person when around her. Both keep certain information hidden from the other, and I felt their distress as they debated what to do in their minds. Sabrina Jeffries has her characters facing true-to-life situations, where reactions are emotionally compelling and often moving. How Edwin responds to Clarissa on numerous occasions made me love this man even more, as he listened to what she had to say and only thought about her feelings and not his mental state. This couple had to overcome many difficult truths, and I fretted over what they would eventually decide when a choice had to be made.

Several scenes are very entertaining when a favorite pastime of Edwin’s is depicted, as he is a perfectionist in everything he attempts. A few past characters are featured from time to time, and it was especially good to revisit with the main couple in the first Sinful Suitors book.  Sabrina Jeffries once again makes details in her story seem authentic, so that I was transported to London in the 1830’s. There are more stories in the series to come, and I am truly delighted. THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION has challenging emotional entanglements, particularly likable characters and ever-increasing sexual tension.

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Series:  Sinful Suitors

Publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  March 22, 2016

Purchase:  http://amzn.to/1QHyUaX

Genre:  Historical

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

Rating:  5 Stars

Bound by One Scandalous Night by Diane Gaston

51kNiW2xU4L._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_The Scandalous Summerfields miniseries is about a group of siblings who are trying to overcome the humiliating behavior of their parents, but before they can find lasting love, they have to prevail over shameful events in their own lives. The half-brother of three sisters constantly lives with the humiliation of being illegitimate, and now a new incident will just add more gossip about him. Whether Edmund Summerfield can prove that he is a worthy hero will depend on how he responds when he finds himself in the same position as his father once did. Diane Gaston makes BOUND BY ONE SCANDALOUS NIGHT emotionally compelling.

Belgium is being invaded by Napoleon and his army, so Lt. Edmund Summerfield knows he will soon be fighting this hated enemy. But as he is preparing to report for duty, he sees a woman being dragged away by a man with wicked intentions. After chasing away the attacker, he discovers the individual he saved from being harmed is Amelie Glenville, someone whom he already knows. Though Edmund is fascinated with her, he realizes her social status is too far above his own to even think about courting her. Yet the event has upset her, and he stays around to talk which leads to them spending several hours together before he must return to his regiment.

When Edmund and Amelie meet up three months later at a family gathering, he vividly recalls the night they were intimate. But when she confides to him that she is carrying his child, he is stunned but does not hesitate to do what is right. Edmund has always been called a bastard, and there is no way his son or daughter will suffer as he has over the years. While a quick wedding may solve future problems, it does raise all kinds of current questions that could still cause disgrace.

While many people living in England during the early 1800’s would have always seen someone like Edmund as inferior to them, he proves the nature of a man is much more important than social standing. He faced one hardship after another when he only tries to be honorable, and I had a great deal of sympathy for him anytime some new difficulty arose. What I truly respected about Edmund is how he tried to rise above what others thought of him, and he often seemed a better man than those in a higher class. His relationship with Amelie is very bumpy from the start, and so much interference from others just adds to their troubles. There were numerous times when she could have spoken what was in her thoughts but missed the opportunity, and I feared how this would affect things between them. Many emotional issues must be worked out before the marriage of Edmund and Amelie can turn genuine.

Different historical locations come alive in the story, and a country setting is especially enjoyable as various activities are observed. Lots of secondary characters are very likable, while a few are individuals with despicable behavior and are easy to despise. BOUND BY ONE SCANDALOUS NIGHT entertains with intriguing circumstances and a wide range of sentiments. Diane Gaston creates a number of emotional situations for her romantic couple in the second Scandalous Summerfields novel, where feelings are conflicted and doubts are hard to erase.

Copy received from author

Series:  Scandalous Summerfields

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Releases:  March 22, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hj8kc6r

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://dianegaston.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Princess Wore Plaid by Karen Hawkins

514bArRmNyLThe Oxenburg Princes series is about a group of young royal relatives and their opinionated grandmother who loves to meddle in the lives of these men. In this novella, a female cousin who also lives in their country has received regal treatment her whole life. But an unforeseen incident puts her in a very difficult predicament, one where she learns how ordinary folks must live out each day. Filled with the humorous banter that Karen Hawkins is well known for creating, THE PRINCESS WORE PLAID is engagingly delightful.

Upon his arrival at the Red Lion inn, Lord Darrac Buchan discovers there is a new person serving his dinner. Since the cook at his manor is not very skilled, he likes to have a good meal once a week but seldom travels anywhere else after being hurt in India. It was his leg injury that led to his fiancée breaking up with him, so he does not expect any other woman to want him. But Tatiana Romanovin is no ordinary kitchen maid, as she speaks her mind and makes Buchan want to know all about her.

What should have been a joyous visit for Tatiana is turning into a very troublesome situation. She had left Oxenburg to go see her cousin in Scotland. But an accident caused her to be separated from her servants, and with no money, she ended up at the inn working for a place to stay and be fed. Though Tatiana has never done household chores before, she is quickly learning how exhausting it is for anyone who waits on her back home. But until her cousin arrives to help her, she is stuck assisting others. While her story certainly sounds untrue, Buchan cannot keep from longing for the chance to let Tatiana be a part of his lonely existence.

Though this story is only a novella, there are still lots of enjoyable scenes which made me laugh while others deeply touched me. Karen Hawkins certainly knows how to write conversations filled with sharp retorts that are amusingly candid. When Tatiana does not let Buchan get away with being surly, I could not help but smile at his reaction when she says exactly what she thinks about his behavior. She definitely finds his response to her is not like other men in her past, but for some reason, she likes him being direct with her and not hiding his feelings. The moments when his injury affects how he reacts are often moving, as his pain is excessive yet he tries to keep it concealed because of pride.

Tatiana and Buchan come to greatly respect each other, and I really liked how they did their best to make the other happy. Their relationship seemed convincing, as they gradually get to know one another through conversations and their love of books. The reason for which books that Buchan picked out for her to read is especially sweet, and it gave me a warm feeling because of how much pleasure it brought him. Karen Hawkins repeatedly invents fascinating individuals for her stories, and then gives them compelling circumstances to face. THE PRINCESS WORE PLAID enchants with characters that totally intrigue.

Received copy from publisher through NetGalley

Series:  Oxenburg Princes

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  March 21, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hehklos

Genre:  Historical

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

Rating:  4 Stars

The Royal Spy’s Redemption by Addison Fox

5132rpwbQHLAfter hidden rubies were discovered in the first book of the Dangerous in Dallas miniseries, the lives of four women are forever changed along with the men who unexpectedly come into their lives. The fourth and concluding story is a high-stakes adventure, where lives are on the line and emotions are deeply affected. Addison Fox got my adrenaline pumping while also making me care for her very likable couple. THE ROYAL SPY’S REDEMPTION has enthralling action and emotions conveyed with intensity.

Hopefully, all the bad luck that recently happened to three good friends of Gabriella Sanchez is finally over. When the women had found rubies concealed under the floor of their Dallas bridal shop, numerous threats had arisen but an event earlier that day should have put an end to any future jeopardy. But when a MI5 agent who took part in the deception shows up at her catering shop after being shot, Gabriella keeps him safe for the moment while speculating about what went wrong.

Luckily for Knox St. Germain, the caterer was working very late. But it also causes her to now be caught up in his mission to retrieve all the gems and keep them from a surprising enemy. A split-second decision to keep aiding Knox puts Gabriella in grave danger, but something about the British agent compels her to take his side, even if he is not completely truthful with her. An obsession with the rubies pushes a ruthless foe to make certain there are no ties back to him, forcing Knox to take drastic steps to protect Gabriella.

Whether a situation is taking place in Dallas or occurring in London, plenty of actual places bring the scenes to life. When unforeseen peril is added into the mix, then the circumstances quickly become riveting as the outcome could go in a number of directions. Addison Fox cleverly uses her imagination to make facts concerning the rubies fascinating, and how it all comes together by the story’s end is definitely entertaining. Since much of the mystery about the stones was revealed in previous installments, this book deals with what will ultimately happen to them and who will be involved in those decisions. Several threats that Knox and Gabriella must face are very risky, and I enjoyed seeing how each would react when endangered. Though the talented caterer is not a trained agent, she can think quickly and keeps her fears under control, making me cheer her on when threats popped up. And for the first time in his long career, Knox is thinking about something besides his mission.

Though Gabriella would like to be in a fulfilling relationship, she certainly never thought the man might possibly be a British MI5 agent. But the instant Knox arrives at her shop with a bullet wound, she feels their connection growing with every interaction that follows. Their conversations are packed with lots of quick wit, and I enjoyed the way in which she never let him get the best of her. There are also some very enlightening discussions where inner feelings are exposed, letting me know what was in their hearts. Knox believed there would never be someone special in his life, and it was very interesting to watch Gabriella try to change his mind. The physical side of their relationship is very steamy yet also expresses genuine devotion. THE ROYAL SPY’S REDEMPTION is a captivating conclusion to the Dangerous in Dallas miniseries.

Received copy from author

Series:  Dangerous in Dallas

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  April 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/z29z67h

Genre:  Suspense

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

Rating:  4 Stars

Colton’s Texas Stakeout by C.J. Miller

51bR4mYIxUL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_When the fourth book in the Coltons of Texas continuity begins, there is a possibility that the identity of a serial killer in Granite Gulch is known. Yet many uncertainties still exist in the ongoing mystery where few solid clues can be confirmed. What previously happened to one family in Texas many years ago keeps affecting each member to this day, and a sister feels she has much to prove before true happiness can be hers. C.J. Miller adds numerous twists to her Coltons of Texas installment, where questions are constantly raised but answers are not always easy to discover. COLTON’S TEXAS STAKEOUT has heartfelt emotional issues and hidden dangers.

While the recent murders of six women in the area around Granite Gulch, TX are similar to those committed by her father long ago, Annabel Colton’s parent in is prison and cannot be blamed. Being a cop in the small town had her attempting to find the person responsible, and she luckily found evidence linked to a woman living nearby. Though her brothers think Annabel does not have the experience to track down the person who might be the Alphabet Killer, she plans to keep working the case and follow any leads. Just because she is a woman will not keep her from carrying out all tasks to the best of her ability, regardless of the risk.

After days of being given no difficult assignments, Annabel receives one that excites her and could demonstrate she is a capable police officer. She will be watching the farm where Jesse Willard lives and hopefully the suspected Alphabet Killer will show up. Even though he insists there has been no recent communication with his half-sister, it is her job to make sure the farmer is telling the truth. While Annabel and Jesse clash over how his sibling is perhaps connected to the unsolved killings, they also feel an undeniable attraction to each other.

Trying to win the approval of her many brothers motivates Annabel to be a good cop, and she feels being in a relationship would only be a distraction. But from the moment she comes in contact with Jesse, her thoughts are now divided between work and her personal life. Both had shameful pasts, and I liked how determined they were to be respectable despite how anyone else saw them. Jesse is very sympathetic to the difficulties of others, and his behavior repeatedly showed his caring nature. I really felt for all he had to go through because of being related to a potential killer, as he suffered numerous hardships because of gossip. How Annabel never let discouragement keep her from carrying out her obligations showed me that she was someone with stubborn tenacity. The relationship of this couple is very challenging from the start. I particularly enjoyed the realistic problems C.J. Miller gave Jesse and Annabel to overcome, and passion between them is sincerely expressed with sensuality and much longing.

Facts relating to the murder investigation are gradually being exposed, and any information learned had me wondering if my own deductions would turn out to be correct. A number of threatening incidences take place in the story, where the guilty party is not always known at first and left me guessing. There are certainly plenty of details yet to be uncovered, and I am looking forward to the next compelling Coltons of Texas book. COLTON’S TEXAS STAKEOUT has peril, lots of emotion and steamy passion.

Received copy from author

Series:  Coltons of Texas

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  April 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/gpgk6h9

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://www.cj-miller.com/

Rating:  4 Stars