Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blackmailing Dom by Cooper McKenzie

Publisher: Siren Publishing
Date published: January 2nd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63259-997-1
BDSM, Contemporary
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/blackmailing-dom
Obtained via
Rating: 4 Hearts

A new chapter in the world of Club Esoteria is being written and Dom is mixed right up in it. His sister has Dom looking into buying the sex club. He is not so sure about it so Dom has decided to take a trip and enjoy the club firsthand. Not only has Silk gotten Dom to check out the club but she has the perfect submissive for him as well. Silk's best friend Gia has a lot going on in her life right now but a night at the club may just be the thing for Gia to do. When Dom and Gia meet the sparks fly but will the two be able to find common ground and find what they are looking for? Could this be a new beginning or is it the end of Club Esoteria?

I love the world of Club Esoteria and was a bit worried when I started this book. With the thought of the club being sold to new owners and seeing my favorite characters begin their ride into the happy ever after made me nervous but as always Cooper McKenzie pulls it all together and has me falling in love with new characters and being excited to see where their adventures will lead us. Dom is a standup guy who is more than ready to fight for the woman he sees as his other half. Gia has always had to be strong and must learn to let others in. She quickly learns that those around her are true friends and willing to do whatever it takes to help her. Gia and Dom are perfect together. Each one compliments the other nicely. I enjoyed watching Dom fight for Gia. He understands and sees what she needs and is ready to give it to her. He will wait when he has to and push at other times but he always thinks of Gia first. I also enjoyed seeing Gia find out what true friends are like. It was nice to watch Dom and Gia begin to find love and hope that they can keep it. Their story is another great installment in this series. The author does a wonderful job of keeping the characters and stories in this world fresh and interesting. Love is waiting for you if you just let it in and Gia must decide if she is willing to let it in. I loved seeing some of the original characters from this series and cannot wait to see where it goes from here.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Publisher:     NAL
Published:    January 21, 2014
ISBN:        978-0451236470
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


Exhausted from several days on the road at various quilt shows Jillian Hart is more than happy to arrive home.  But there is a dark cloud surrounding that arrival—her beau, Tom, hasn’t been returning her calls or texts.  All was well when she left but this just isn’t like Tom.  When Tom’s part-time employee who also happens to be Jillian’s step-daughter, tells Jillian that she too hasn’t heard from Tom, she heads over to Tom’s.  What she finds there troubles her even more—not only is there a strange man camping out in the house who claims to be Tom’s brother—Tom’s beloved cat, Dashiell has disappeared.  Most upsetting to Jillian about that is that Dashiell has just been diagnosed with diabetes.  She finds the little cat unconscious in Tom’s yard.  Jillian rushes Dashiell to the vet and manages to save his life. She returns home shaken and still concerned about Tom and his whereabouts.  When he arrives it is clear he has been roughed up and the tale he tells quickly leads the couple to a dead body—in Tom’s car.  Could Tom have killed his former partner and ex-wife’s current husband?

Leann Sweeney’s Cats in Trouble series has had some solid mysteries.  And for me, what’s not to love about books starring cats?  Sweeney is clearly a cat person and gets them—she does a wonderful job showing each of their different personalities and quirks.  Some are shy, some gregarious, some friendly to people but not other cats and vice versa.  And they definitely understand their humans and when those humans need a snuggle from the furry friend.  Jillian’s three cats are the epitome of those different personalities and traits.  I’ve also appreciated how she’s developed the relationship between Tom and Jillian. It hasn’t been rushed and instead has progressed at a nice pace.

Her THE CAT, THE WIFE AND THE WEAPON, was an okay read, but it just wasn’t up there with the earlier books.  Something was just missing and it was almost like the author had gotten bored with the story.  The usual zip just wasn’t there.  I thought I knew who the killer was early on, but dismissed it because I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it.  I not only disliked Tom’s brother, Bob—I couldn’t believe what a wimp he was about letting his ne’er-do-well brother take over his home.  Really?  You’d leave someone who you know would steal you blind alone in your house for days on end?  And you’d leave your sick cat in a house with someone who is an avowed animal hater? 

There were parts of the book that were enjoyable, but it wasn’t the great read I’m used to from this author.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

BROKEN by Cynthia Eden


L.O.S.T. Series Book 1
Avon Books
March 31st, 2015
Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

Gabe Spencer is an ex-Navy SEAL and LOST founder who is turned inside out when in walks Eve Gray, a woman who has no memory of her past and is a dead ringer for victims of a deadly serial killer, named Lady Killer. When Eve woke in the hospital, it was with a blank slate. With no memory of her past and a face she only recognized in the paper, she turns to the LOST crew to help her piece together the truth and find her life again. But as Gabe and Eve work together, their chemistry is off the charts and their desire becomes explosive. But even as these two fight their attraction and solve the mystery that is Eve, a killer stalks them determined to make sure Eve stays dead this time around.

This was one of the first of this author’s romantic suspense books I have read from this author and I fell in love with the LOST crew right off the bat. The author does an admirable job in capturing the different personalities that make up the LOST crew and it melded perfectly together. There was the right amount of mystery/suspense, sexual tension and I was alongside Gabe and Eve as they tried to figure out who Eve really was and who the killer was. The writing was tight and the story flowed smoothly. What I really enjoyed was the dynamics between the lost crew. They are each different people with different specialties and I loved how they worked together to help Eve find her past. The author does a great job in capturing each character’s personalities and vulnerabilities perfectly. I felt like I ‘knew’ these wonderful people intimately. The author really does a marvelous job in capturing each character, be it main ones or secondary ones, and brings them to life amid the pages of BROKEN.

What was paired up with the Gabe and Eve romance was the mystery behind Eve. Who she was, what she survived, why she survived and more played perfectly amid the pages and set off the romance between Gabe and Eve perfectly.  The characters are what make this book so enjoyable. We got Eve’s determination to solve who she is, Gabe’s cynical view that Eve is nothing more than a con artist and a killer determined to make Eve silent, once and for all.  All those variables play perfectly in BROKEN and I, for one, can not wait to see what else is in store for the LOST crew as they solve riddles and find the ones that are lost. If you enjoy a highly charged, thriller with some twists that will keep you in suspense, then pick up BROKEN and get ready to fight alongside Gabe, Eve and the rest of the cast as they try to stay one step ahead of a killer and not die in the process.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HEART OF A HERO by Janet Chapman

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:    March 5, 2013 
ISBN:        978-0515153200
Genre:       Fantasy, Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


With the Princess Carolina of Atlantis happily married to the man of her dreams…not that of her father, Titus, or brother, Mac, her bodyguard, Nicholas, can now pursue his own dreams.  One of those dreams is to find a woman who loves not only him, but his six cats.  And that woman needs to be special in some not so ordinary ways.  She doesn’t have to be beautiful…but she does have to be brave…and love his cats.

Julia Campbell has long worn the title of “town slut”.  Not because she is all that promiscuous.  No, it’s because her ex-husband who used her to get through college and dumped her spread that nasty rumor about.  Instead she is a hard working young woman who puts her family first and who has no plans to fall in love or marry again. 

Nicholas, however, has other plans for Julia and so begins his courtship. What neither realizes is that that courtship will show not only them, but those around them, just what is the Heart of a Hero.

I’m a huge Janet Chapman fan and have totally been enjoying her Spellbound Falls series.  When we first met Nicholas in COURTING CAROLINA I started to fall a little in love with him.  He’s that strong, silent type of hero that is always there for everyone else and you just know he has a little hurting going on in himself.  You just know all he needs is a woman who gets him and he’ll be just fine.  That’s Nicholas.

In HEART OF A HERO Nicholas gets his own story and you quickly find that the strong, silent man has many more facets to him.  And how can you not fall in love with a guy who loves cats?  Chapman tells such a good story.  Her characters are not only fully fleshed out, she paints very vivid pictures of where they are.  You feel the chill in the fall air in the mountains, know what it’s like to slip on those pine needles and can smell the wonderful scents of a fireside snuggle.

Like I said, I’ve enjoy this series…HEART OF A HERO is the best one yet.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.