Review- The Rainmaker by Shauna Allen



My rating is 5 out of 5 stars

I didn’t think I would love anyone more than Asher, but I was dead wrong. My heart broke for Levi and all that he’s lost. He was a broken man that needed the right woman to bring him back to life. 
While still searching for their missing sister, Levi runs into his biggest regret from the past. He loved her, but felt he needed to do the right thing when he found out someone else was having his baby. He felt obligated to try to make a family even though he had no feelings towards Charlotte. When his son dies at 6 months old, Levi will never be the same man again.
Harper is the one that got away. Even though  he left her without an explanation, she still extended open arms to him while they still try to find Claire. She eventually finds herself in so deep and wonders if its all real.
This story was absolutely incredible. I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for The Gunman to be released. This story just draws you in and you can’t get enough. I need more pronto. Shauna has truly created a world that immerses you into the story and you feel their joy and sorrow. Absolutely phenomenal job Shauna!!


Five brothers, one family tragedy, untold heartache. ~

The world callously moved on when my sister disappeared without a trace ten years ago.
My life—my family’s lives—froze in grief that torturous summer day.
My soul crumbled completely, a few years later, when I buried my son.
I survive the agony by hiding it neatly beneath my businessman façade and all the accolades that money can buy.
But Harper Devlin is my Achilles heel. The one who got away . . . with my broken heart.
Now she’s back and as irresistible as ever.
I shouldn’t want her. I can’t have her. But I need her.
And she needs me. I may have to conceal all my wounds just to survive being around her again, but I’m willing to do it to help her build her dreams and her business. It’s what I do. It’s what I know. I’m damn good at it.
My name is Levi Creed.
I am the Rainmaker.

***Reader note: This is the second of a 6-part emotional family saga series. Each story is 100% male first-person point-of-view, and while each full-length novel is guaranteed to have a complete HEA romance, their family mystery remains unsolved until the end of the series.

***Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three awesome kids, including one in the United States Air Force. She is the award-winning author of the Jack ‘Em Up series and the upcoming Family Creed series. Shauna also writes emotional Contemporary YA novels as SC Montgomery and works as a freelance editor. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.

 

 

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Review – All That I Am by Rachel Brookes

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Sasha Hamilton has everything that she could ever ask for – a thriving business, her dream home, a brother she adores and friends that are have become the family that she can depend on. After losing her mother at fifteen from a heartbreaking choice and then her father to his untimely death, Sasha has set up her walls and love is out of the question. One night stands have become the norm and all her energy is thrown into having a good time. That all changes when the sexy Monroe PD detective Ben Hunt and all his alpha bossiness comes into her life.

Ben Hunt has wanted Sasha Hamilton for as long as he can remember. He’s attracted to her sassy mouth, beautiful body and go for it all attitude. But under all that bravado, he knows her pain and has seen her insecurity. He wants past her walls, to protect her and give her everything that she has been missing out on since she was fifteen. When danger makes its way to the Hamilton family bar and a common enemy targets Sasha, Ben vows to do whatever it takes to keep Sasha safe and show her that love can truly heal a heart.

Oh, this book! So worth the wait… so worth all the agony, doubt and anxiety! All That I Am is one amazing read. There was no way to put this one down once I began reading. I devoured this beautiful love story. So many loves… the love between a girl and her big brother. The love between two very best friends. Who doesn’t want a best friend like Missy? The love of family made in the heart. But the most important love I saw was the love that Sasha was finally able to give to herself after building such high walls to protect herself. Amazing to see how easily that love changed everything and gave Sasha the courage to try.

Ben is… perfect. Bossy though he may be, he is everything that Sasha needs. He’s kind, protective and persistent. He has an incredible sense of humor. Yes, he is divine and so very swoony. He gave me a few jaw dropping moments. He gave me plenty of heart in my throat moments as well. No matter what he said or did, Ben made me smile and confirmed why he’s MY Ben.

This was one of the best reads of the year for me. It was long awaited… and even a little bit delayed in the last month. Regardless of the setbacks and bumps in the road on the way to release, Rachel has written a tremendous story filled with belly laughs, gut wrenching tears, surprising twists and turns and just a good old fashioned heartfelt love story. What a welcome to Monroe.

Brilliantly and beautifully done, Rachel!

Five Sunday Is Our Day Stars!

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A kickass home décor boutique – tick
A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down – tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted.

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe.

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.

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SASHA

Thirteen years earlier.

 “Mom! I’m home.”

Summer break had arrived, and all I could think about was lying out with Missy, shopping trips into the city with Mom, and spending Sundays dancing and causing underage havoc at my family’s bar, Hamilton’s.

I shrugged off my bag, dropped it on the couch, and then strolled through the house, listening for any signs of where my mom was.

As soon as I walked into the kitchen, I stopped. The familiar aroma of chocolate didn’t greet me, and my mom’s perfume didn’t linger in the air. I turned around quickly and looked to the counter where a fresh plate of brownies always sat on Friday afternoons. But today, for the first time, there was nothing.

I left the kitchen and searched the house.

Living room. Empty.

Dining room. Empty.

Bathroom. Empty.

Everywhere. Empty.

I began to panic. After school, I never arrived home to an empty house. Mom made it very clear that she’d always be here when Drew and I got home. For as long as I could remember, she’d told us that her favorite thing about being a Mom was being able to be home for us.

Now she wasn’t here.

“Sasha.”

I jumped at Dad’s voice calling my name behind me. I turned quickly, smiling, expecting to find Dad and Mom together. As soon as I saw him on his own, my smile fell. He stood in the foyer with his arms folded across his chest, and he didn’t look like my Dad. He looked like a shadow of himself. His eyes would always twinkle when he looked at me, but now they showed nothing but sadness.

“Where’s mom?” I asked as my heart raced.

“Come here, Sash,” Dad said low, his voice cracking.

Hesitantly, I moved toward him. When I was within reach, his hand shot out and grabbed mine and I was pulled toward him.

“Dad, what’s going on?”

We moved through the house in silence. Every step I took, my anxiety soared and my confusion grew. What was going on? Dad held open the back door, and I stepped out onto the porch. Drew leaned against the railing, looking out over the yard, but turned when he heard us arrive. His face was as blank as Dad’s.

I took a seat on the porch swing and held one of the yellow cushions Mom and I had purchased during one of our epic shopping trips close to my chest. “Where’s mom?” I asked softly. “What’s going on?”

If it were anyone else, including Dad, I would of thought he was at the store or at work, but not Mom. She was always here. Our family had traditions. Friday’s were our time.

Dad, Mom, Drew, and me.

“I love you more than anything, Sasha,” Dad said, his voice strangled with emotion and his eyes shimmering with tears. He sucked in a deep breath before saying the words that would forever change my life. “She’s gone, Baby Girl. She left.”

Gone.

Left.

His words hit me hard.

My throat closed as his words sunk in. The tormented look shadowing his face didn’t lie, but I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to believe there was some kind of mistake, but why would my Dad lie to me about something like this? Gone and left were final. There was no mistaking what they meant.

“Baby Girl, did you hear me?”

“What do you mean she’s gone?” I stammered, as the first tear fell over my cheek.

Dad wrapped his arms around me and hauled me against his chest. The usual comfort his arms provided had no chance of healing the hurt spiraling through me.

There was no way she’d leave. Why would she have told me this morning that she breathed for us? That her heart beat for us. My mother was everything I dreamt of becoming, and now I was being told she was gone?

“This can’t be real.” I shook my head. “There has to be a mistake.” My voice became more frantic and louder with every word. “How do you even know she’s gone? Maybe she’s just at the store. Or popped into work.”

I was clutching onto anything that would lessen the pain tearing through me.

“She isn’t at the store.” Dad spoke softly. “She isn’t at Hamilton’s either.”

I tore myself away from Dad and ran back inside. I had to see for myself. I went into every room and found nothing. I hesitated outside my parent’s room and then slowly entered. The dresser was bare. Mom’s jewelry was gone, her favorite perfume gone, her lipstick gone. I stumbled into the closest and was smacked in the face with a brutal reality. Mom’s clothes, shoes, and her suitcase were gone.

Nothing was left.

Everything was gone.

Feeling numb, I walked into my room and lay on my bed. I buried my face in my pillow as the first sob left my chest. Tears saturated my pillow, and my chest ached from trying to catch my breath.

As I pulled the pillow closer, the crinkle of paper sounded. With shaking hands, I pulled out a folded piece of paper from beneath my pillow and held my breath as I saw my mom’s familiar handwriting. I inhaled sharply and unfolded it.

Baby girl,

Please never forget how much I love you. You will always be in my heart, and every breath I take is for you.

Forgive me,

Mom x

The words became blurry as fresh tears hit my eyes. Why would she do this? My mother chose to leave me? Why wasn’t I enough? My chest screamed at me. The pain was excruciating, and I felt like my heart was going to stop.

I didn’t hear my bedroom door open and didn’t know anyone was in my room until I felt my bed dip beside me.

“Squirt, come here,” Drew whispered as he grabbed my hand and pulled me against his body.

I went willingly to him and crashed against his chest. His arms circled me, and I cried against his shirt, soaking the cotton with hot, heartbreaking tears.

“How could she do this?” I choked out through another wave of tears. “What did we do wrong?”

“We did nothing. You did nothing wrong.” The strength in his voice made me look up at him. “We are the Hamilton kids. We will get through this. I promise you, Sasha.”

My brother. My protector.

“I’ll never let anything or anyone hurt you again. You have my word and my protection for life.”

I believed him.

I had to believe him.

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Rachel Brookes is from the east coast of Australia and writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, and a bucket load of sexiness. With five novels currently published, she is constantly writing and getting ready to release her next hero and heroine into the world. An avid reader, Rachel can often be found with her kindle in her hand, and getting lost in a happily ever after. She has an unhealthy obsession with The Walking Dead, and social media, and loves hearing from readers.

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Review – The Rebellion by S.L. Scott

The Rebellion by S.L. Scott

You know it’s bittersweet writing this review. I’ve actually sat for a few days and have NOT wanted to write this review. For total selfish reasons. Let me explain.

See I buy a book, give it a read, leave a review and move onto the next. With this book I bought it, read it and didn’t want to write a review because I didn’t want to move on!!!!!

S.L Scott has written one of my absolute fave rocker series EVER. First she gave us Johnny, then Dex, then Kaz (OH MY GOD KAZ!!). And now we have DERRICK MASTERS! The master of my heart & soul. He’s perfection. He’s raw, flawed, but so, so beautiful and I immediately felt drawn to him and it didn’t take long to fall for him! And his relationship with Jaymes.. Just wow.

The Rebellion oozes tension, that intense, passionate tension that burns, oh so good. Something SL NAILS in this book is the way her characters connect after so long. It’s not rushed or forced or rammed down our throats, it’s built gradually, slowly, made believable and SUPER HOT. Derrick and Jaymes literally sizzle their way through this book, they pulled my breath from me on many occasion, sent my heart galloping off in a wild race and made my soul sing for them. In essence they ROCKED my world.

The Rebellion is my kind of book, the angst, the tension, the passion, the connection, all of it worked so damn well! However, if you’re not a fan of that don’t let it put you off. Aside from all that The Rebellion is a beautiful, breathtaking, second chance love story. SL has breathed hope and love into her broken, battered characters, giving them a chance. It’s so easy to get lost, swept away in the romance that runs deep in this story, the romance that makes you swoon and sigh and just hope right alongside the characters.

I never thought SL would top Kaz’s book to be honest, but she has. She’s penned a book that is the best in the series, she’s made hard work for herself because I don’t know how she’ll top this one at all. SL is a rockstar and this book flies straight to the top of my chart!

Sinfully sexy rock stars are the cornerstone of New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott’s Bestselling Hard to Resist Series. The Rebellion is the newest STAND-ALONE that brings soul-searing romance mixed with heartfelt emotions to fans of this legendary rock band.

I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.

I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has long faded from memory.

These are the lies I regularly tell myself in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first love.

I didn’t. 

Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I was his from that moment on.

His career took off almost as soon as he did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left me behind to fend for myself.

Fend? Fight is more like it.

I’ve been fighting ever since. 

Fighting for survival.

Fighting for a better life in a world determined to keep me down.

I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we were ever meant to be.

When his dreams come crashing back into my reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another heartbreak in the making?

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Review – Real Deal by Piper Rayne 

Real Deal by Piper Rayne

4.5 super sexy stars!!
PIPER RAYNE!!!!!! Piper freaking RAYYYYYNE! I love you! I want to thank you! REAL DEAL is just DELICIOUS. I mean SINGLE DAD’S!!!! *ALL the praise hands* Who doesn’t love a HOT SINGLE DAD who DOTES on his kid! 

My gosh, not only is this book, HOT and STEAMY and SEXY but it’s also sweet and swoony and just AHHHHH! Because Marcus is a SINGLE DAD (yes I said it again) and he’s ALPHA-MAZING!!!

Real Deal had me hook, line and sinker! From the off, my trip to Climax Cove was just perfect. The sizzling tension between our lead characters was all consuming. They drew me so deep into their story I never wanted to leave. 

Once again, Piper Rayne also give us some outstanding secondary characters that made this story even better! I’m so excited for more books within Climax Cove.

Red Flags…

Too loud.

Too clingy.

Too much make-up. 

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.

She’s my client’s daughter.

She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl. 

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

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Review – Frog Hog by Rachel Robinson 

Frog Hog by Rachel Robinson 

Frog Hog – Valen & Hutch is a super sexy, deliciously dirty, intense SEAL novella with hilarious witty banter and major LOL moments.

I love that Rachel has ventured into writing dirty, raw, kick ass novellas with enough sweetness and fun to make them utterly addictive reads. 

Valen & Hutch have such a deep, sizzling connection. One that’s raw and brutal and you can practically feel the heat rising from the pages as you read. 

Nobody writes a SEAL better than Rachel. Her men are always hard, rough alpha males that are fierce about their women and Hutch was just incredible. In all honesty it took me a while to connect to Valen. But once I did I wanted to high five her and be her best friend. 

This book is a definite winner for those that want a quicker read that’s crazy hot, swoony and littered with enough action to hold the attention!

From the International Bestselling Author of Navy SEAL Romance novels, comes something a little more farcical, humorous, a ROMANTIC COMEDY INJECTED WITH ALPHA. 

/Frôg • hôg/ 1. A woman who only dates SEALs

The first time I did it, I labeled it novelty. The second, I was ovulating and extremely horny, the third time was because I’d had two martinis and he had fourteen abs. Fourteen. You don’t say no to that. 

My name is Valen, and I’m addicted to SEALs. Bag them, tag them, on to the next. One ships out, the next ships in. It has become a hobby, a recreational sport, if you will. Their skills inside the bedroom are comparable to their notoriety on the battlefield. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with their trigger finger. I could be wrong, so don’t quote me on that. 

From the moment I met the infamous SEAL they call, Hutch, my game begins faltering. He wants more than one night, and while I wouldn’t mind a double dip, falling for this lethally good-looking frog would be bad for my health. Counting abs turns into counting dates, and dates turn into something else entirely. Forever.

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Review – Manservant by Shari Ryan

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No way I have LAUGHED this much while reading a romance novel! Honestly, it was just some of the best laughs I have had in a long time. I laughed so loudly I woke up my sleeping baby at 2AM – and he hadn’t been asleep for very long. Totally worth it! I laughed so hard I almost peed on myself. Thank goodness the half bath downstairs was clear of little boys! And of course, at one point in the story, the twist made me cuss out loud – loud enough that my five year old heard me and I got tattled on. What grown woman gets grounded for potty mouth? I DID, and I don’t even care! Liam and his one liners are worth it!

It was supposed to be a summer of fun… one last blast before she had to face becoming an adult and finding a real job. It doesn’t matter that Julia lied to her dad claiming she had a big fancy internship when really it was a job as a nanny. It was an easy summer job… right? Then she meets HIM. Liam – the arrogant asshole masquerading as a maid. No, a manservant. Enemies at first sight. But wow! Is he a HOT one. Seriously hot. And Julia has sworn off hot guys.

Oh, how things change in a week! The chemistry between Liam and Julia is absolutely undeniable even with the biting insults, snide remarks and evil smirks. Oh, and let’s not forget destruction to very important property (*snort*). He loves to torture her and seems to find more and more opportunity to do so. Especially when another seriously hot guy in the form of a delicious surfer named Sterling seems to want Julia all to himself. Let the games begin! Watching Liam in action is a lot like watching the little boy in the third grade pulling on the hair of the girl he really likes but claims that he doesn’t. And Liam REALLY likes Jules.

Shari has written just the most entertaining, most hilarious, I cannot catch my breath for laughing rom-com. It is truly a masterpiece and one that she can certainly be very proud of. Even in the laughter, Shari addresses the very serious issue of Aspergers and the effects of the disorder on young children and their caregivers. She did this with class, care and heartfelt understanding. As the mom of a special little guy on the autism spectrum, I’m grateful for the care that Shari showed Dylan and the strength of his bond with Liam.

A terrific enemies to lovers strory! A secondary cast just as awesome as the main characters. Without a doubt this has been just the most fun! Congratulations, Shari! This is your BEST EVER!  Go get this one!

6 Shermie STARS! You’ll just have to read it and find out who Shermie is…

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I just wanted an easy summer job…

That didn’t happen. Now, I’m in a living nightmare as I work alongside this monster of a man with mesmerizing emerald eyes that look at me inappropriately every time I see him. To add insult to injury, he has a tan I just want to lick, and a butt worth drooling over every time he purposefully walks by me. But, he’s an asshat, and looks are everything. I mean, aren’t. LOOKS. ARE. NOT. EVERYTHING. Why do I have to keep reminding myself of this?

His job is to clean, cook, and tend to the house we work in. That’s why I call him the manservant. Oh, and because it drives him nuts. That’s what he gets for torturing me.

This is a story of little restraint, too much desire, questionable actions, no strength whatsoever, and the best sex I’ve ever had.

The question is: Do I fall for this crude manservant whose idea of a fun time is to tie people up and do obscene things, or do I give him a taste of his own medicine?

All I’m going to say is . . . Things get weird, then hot, then weird again, and—you get my drift.

Go ahead and laugh. It might not be so funny if it happened to you.

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International Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

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Review- Tangled by Rebecca Zanetti

My rating is 5 out if 5 stars

I absolutely love that series. Rebecca is so good at writing a novella that contains everything a full length novel would include. It packs a huge punch. Definitely action packed and swoon worthy. 

You become completely immersed in the story, picturing everything vividly as you read. We get to see a romance that was hidden for centuries finally come to fruition. I’ll be anxiously awaiting more next year!

From New York Times bestselling author, Rebecca Zanetti, comes a new Dark Protectors—Reese Family Novella.

 

Now that her mask has finally slipped…

Ginny O’Toole has spent a lifetime repaying her family’s debt, and she’s finally at the end of her servitude with one last job. Of course, it couldn’t be easy. After stealing the computer files that will free her once and for all, she finds herself on the run from a pissed off vampire who has never fallen for her helpless act. A deadly predator too sexy for his own good. If he doesn’t knock it off, he’s going to see just how powerful she can really be.

He won’t be satisfied until she’s completely bare.

Theo Reese had been more than irritated at the beautiful yet helpless witch he’d known a century ago, thinking she was just useless fluff who enjoyed messing with men’s heads. The second he discovers she’s a ruthless thief determined to bring down his family, his blood burns and his interest peaks, sending his true nature into hunting mode. When he finds her, and he will, she’ll understand the real meaning of helpless.

 

“No more lying,” he said softly. Way too softly.

A tremble shook her that had nothing to do with fear. Her nerves flashed to fully alive, and her skin sensitized. What the hell was happening to her? Her clothes were suddenly too restrictive. She licked her lips.

His gaze tracked her tongue. Tension exploded around them, rolling through the room.

She wanted to retreat a step, but her legs wouldn’t cooperate. “Theo—”

Pressing his thumb and forefinger beneath where her jaw met her neck, he drew her toward him. “You don’t speak unless it’s the truth. Got it?”

Fury speared through her. “Think you can stop me?” She lost any hint of helplessness.

“Yes.” His gaze dropped to her mouth. “Try me.”

God. Was he saying what she thought he was saying? Her mind fuzzed. No. This couldn’t happen. She knew. She just knew that being kissed by Theo Reese would change her world. Considering her world was full of intrigue, pain, and lies right now…that might not be so bad. But getting involved with him would be a disaster. Especially right now. “Release me because this is a very bad idea,” she whispered.

A muscle ticked in his jaw. “That wasn’t a lie.”

“No.” It wasn’t.

“Where’s the Benjamin file?” His gaze traveled up from her lips to her eyes.

All Saints, she could get lost in those midnight black eyes. This close, she could see different shades. Were there different shades of black? She hadn’t thought so before. Now, she could see them. Ah. Vampire eyes. Wait a minute. The vamps had tertiary eye colors that came out in times of stress or great emotion or supposedly during sex. Jared’s were just a darker black, which she’d seen once when he’d been in a fight as a kid. Chalton, the middle brother, had a deep blue that was almost black and didn’t look much different from his normal color. She only knew that because of a background file she’d read on him. There was no such background file on Theo. Unfortunately.

Theo leaned closer. “Ginny?”

“What other color are your eyes?” she blurted.

He blinked. Once and then twice. “The only way you’ll ever know that is if you’re naked.”

Naked. He said naked. She gulped down a swallow. Images of Theo sans clothing, over her, slid through her mind, down her body, and landed hard between her legs. Was it possible to faint from desire? Oh, she was a master at pretending to faint. But now, her knees actually wobbled. “How improper,” she said, fighting her hardest to keep her voice mild.“The last thing in the world you need is proper.” His voice was even milder.

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Review- The Executioner by Shauna Allen


My rating is 6 out of 5 stars

This book was so much more than I expected when I started reading it. This author was new to me, and I absolutely love meeting the work of new people. Shauna seriously blew me away with the depth of character and emotion that this story held. 
Yes, I did cry a few times. Yes, I got hot and bothered. Yes, I swooned like a teenage girl with a crush. Yes, my heart broke for each and every family member. Yes, I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. And, YES, I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK 100%. 

Get ready to go on a journey of a family that’s broken but will be slowly put back together after 10 long years of heartache. I truly can’t say enough about this incredibly, amazing book and all of it’s flawed characters. Not only do I give this book 6 stars, Shauna now goes on my MUST READ list. INCREDIBLE!!

Title: The Executioner

Series: The Family Creed #1

Author: Shauna Allen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 11, 2017

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~ Five brothers, one family tragedy, untold heartache. ~

A stray bullet ended my Army career, forcing me to follow in my father’s prison guard footsteps.

My sister’s disappearance ten years ago annihilated my family, forcing each of us to find a way to cope.

But I’ve survived. Adapted.

At least until Genevieve Stone showed up, digging into the truth in the name of journalism and finding her way deep under my skin. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to find my sister, but when the case is blown wide open by the sexy reporter, I’m left with the ultimate question . . . can I trust her?

I’m a soldier, heart and soul.

I don’t do love.

War and death and pain are my church.

My name is Asher Creed.

I am the Executioner.

 

***Reader note: This is the first of a 6-part emotional family saga series. Each story is 100% male first-person point-of-view, and while each full-length novel is guaranteed to have a complete HEA romance, their family mystery remains unsolved until the end of the series.

 

***Due to profanity, mild violence and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Also, please note the title. The hero is, in fact, an executioner on death row. While there is no intent to make any social or political statements, please do not read if this will be offensive to you.

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“Are you part of the execution team?”

I swallowed, the thought of lying to her heavy in my throat. There was a reason we never divulged who was on the team. The stigma and attacks on our humanity would come from all angles, and in the end, it would change nothing. I am an executioner. It’s a job. Someone has to step up and do it. I was simply one of the few who were willing to swallow the emotional baggage that comes with putting another human being to death. I’m willing because maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally be able to bury the beast in me that snarls and snaps, thrashes and rages, thirsty for vengeance against the unknown monster that took my sister away.

“You know I can’t talk about that, Genevieve. I’m sorry.”

Her gold-green eyes sparked. “I thought so.”

I frowned, not answering.

“Okay. Let’s try this . . . hypothetically speaking, if someone were a part of the execution team at the prison, would they take part in every execution?”

“Theoretically, barring some certain circumstances, yes. Most likely. The warden has assembled a team he trusts and that rarely changes.”

She nodded and forked up a bite of meat. “How do you think those people feel? About killing another human being?” Her gaze was direct and unwavering.

I set my fork down and thought carefully about my reply. “I think they don’t think about it like that.”

“Does it make you sad?”

A beat passed heavily between us. Two. “No.”

She said nothing, returning to her meal, and I followed suit. Eventually, the cloud that filled the room seemed to dissipate as she digested my answers. “Tell me about your brothers. I’m dying to know about them.”

“Why?”

She shrugged one shoulder and sipped her wine. “I just am. Are they like you? Big and sexy and moody?”

“I’m not moody.”

She laughed. “Not denying the big and sexy, huh?”

I fought the grin that wanted to bust loose and forked my salad. “We’re all big and sexy, I won’t lie.”

“I’m sure. What else?”

I thought of my brothers and our time together yesterday. Even as distant and strained as we’d become, I knew we all still loved each other fiercely. “Well, I’m the oldest. Levi is next. He’s a businessman in Austin, divorced, no kids. Jamison is a SWAT sniper in Dallas, goofy and single. Joshua works as a criminal profiler for the FBI in Virginia. He’s brainy and quiet and single, as far as I know anyway. And the baby is Silas. He’s an up and coming MMA fighter and he lives in Houston.”

“So none of you have girlfriends or wives? Really?”

I shrugged. It sounded weird when you put it that way. “Other than Levi, we’ve all managed to avoid it.”

One brow lifted in challenge. “Avoid it?”

“Yeah.” I scooped up the last of my food.

“Are any of you gay?”

I nearly choked. “No.” I grabbed my water and sipped. “Why would you ask that?”

“Well, no women. Maybe there are men.”

“No. Only careers.” And grief, but I didn’t admit that out loud.

Her foot suddenly found my leg under the table. “I’m glad to hear it.”

I ran a hand under her jeans and up her calf. “Interested in my brothers?”

“No.”

“Glad to hear it.” I caressed down her leg and massaged her instep.

Her eyes fluttered closed as I continued rubbing her foot. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed by the need to taste her again. “Are we done here?” My voice was gruff, even to my own ears.

Her eyes slid open and met mine. “I’m not sure.”

“I am.” Keeping our gazes locked, I stood and rounded the table to stand beside her. “Get up.”

Her eyes flared, but she did as she was told. I felt her heated focus on me as I shoved our dinner dishes to the side of the table, making room in front of us. “Sit.” I indicated the spot where her plate had just been.

She only hesitated a moment, the air becoming thick between us. The blood was rushing through my veins like fire and I desperately needed to quench it. My erection strained behind my jeans and it was all I could do to control myself when she looked at me like she was getting off on my dominance. I wasn’t a kinky man, but I definitely liked to be in charge, in the bedroom and out. Call it the Ranger mentality.

Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three awesome kids, including one in the United States Air Force. She is the award-winning author of the Jack ‘Em Up series and the upcoming Family Creed series. Shauna also writes emotional Contemporary YA novels as SC Montgomery and works as a freelance editor. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.

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REVIEW – COMING TOGETHER BY RENEE HARLESS 


Book 2 in the welcome to Carson series but can be read as a standalone. 

Nikki and Austin are the Hero’s of this story. The story line flows beautifully and keeps you engrossed throughout, the twists and surprises hidden along the way will leave you speechless, have your heart pounding and closing off the outside world as you delve deeper into Austin and Nikki. 

Their journey is not a quiet and simple one, Austin is fiercely loyal, and loves hard. Nikki returning to Carson, unsure about what is to come but knowing she has to take a chance on her heart and Austin. 

Renee’s writing makes reading this effortless, if you have read book one you learn more about the main characters alongside Nikki and Austin, yet it has been written so it can be read as a standalone. 

A thoroughly enjoyable read and excited to read the next book.



A broken heart and shattered dreams…
Austin Connelly had it all: loving family, a growing and profitable business, the perfect woman warming his bed at night…

When she completely disappears from his life, well kept secrets begin to emerge. He finds out his best friend’s girlfriend is also his half-sister, and he believes someone is sabotaging his company.

Austin thought he and Nikki had something special, but when she returns suddenly announcing her pregnancy, he can’t control his hurt and anger, but the pull and attraction become too much for him to ignore and he finds himself in her arms once again. He’s thrust back into the emotions he’s held onto since Nikki left him.

Nikki Deveraux never had it easy growing up. As a part of a wealthy family where her parents cared more about their bank account and affairs than they did about their only daughter.

Watching their marriage crumble before her very eyes she swore that she’ll do whatever she can to protect herself from succumbing to that kind of pain. With no desire to find “the one”, Nikki finds herself torn between love and fear when she discovers herself pregnant.  

Taking a chance on her heart, Nikki works to rebuild her relationship with Austin after running away scared and when she uncovers someone stealing money from his company she fears he’ll give up on his dream of happiness yet again. 

Will he take a chance on her? Will he let her back into his heart? Or will the ghosts of his past shred him further?

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Review – Hundreds by Pepper Winters 


Hundreds by Pepper Winters

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

From the moment I began Hundreds, this soul-searing story both bared itself to me and STRIPPED ME BARE, stealing every smile and tear, entangling itself around every emotion. Words, so POIGNANT and POWERFUL, opened the floodgates of feels that, once started, never stopped. I BAWLED like a baby with tears permanently etched in my eyes. This story swiftly sank itself into my soul and never left. Hundreds HELD MY HEART from the start and never let go.

Beautiful Pimlico ‘Pim’ has survived hell, battling the most evil of monsters. She is slowly gaining strength, fighting back to reclaim part of who she was before her life ended. I LOVED this STRONG HEROINE, a WOMAN WARRIOR!!!


I was finally seeing clear after being in that dusty fog.



From meek little mouse to roaring lion, it’s Pim’s turn to roar. Pim is a bird in a cage who finally has a taste of freedom, and oh is it sweet! I admired her courage and tenacity so much! She is sweetness and strength, a survivor.

Pim has been reborn, given a second-chance at life…and perhaps, love. One man, a monster, and hero, rescued her. The gorgeous and elusive Elder Prest may be both saint and sinner, but he’s Pim’s saving grace as she is his.


He shattered me but held me together in equal measures. My nemesis and saviour.

These words penetrated through me. These words ripped my heart apart. These words soared straight to my soul. These words were so much MORE!!! These words were EVERYTHING!!!

I LOVE ELDER, MY DARK HERO, SO MUCH!!! Dark-haired, dark-eyed, and inked Elder is gorgeous. Pure perfection. A lethal mix of all alpha male, angel, and devil, Elder walks the fine line of hero and criminal. Burned by a painful past with wounds that still resonate deeply, I NEED this beautiful man to find salvation.

Elder is complex and caring, and dark and dangerous. Pim is breaking through her shell and rediscovering Tasmin. This jilted bird is spreading her wings, preparing to fly, and it’s all because of her dark king who wants his captivating queen. Elder can only hope that his beautiful bird—his soul mate—doesn’t fly home to her past life.

He kisses me hard and deep but with respect and affection…This kiss was everything. It was truth. It was honesty. It was terrifying.

The chemistry between Pim and Elder is FIRE-HOT, a slow burn that builds into an inferno! One look is all it takes for their electricity to detonate. I felt their combustible connection through the pages…so heady!!!


“Don’t you dare say I’m scared of you. I’m not.”

He sucked in a breath.

“I’m scared of myself.”


Elder is fighting the biggest battle with himself, one of past versus present, hero versus villain, and head versus heart. He can only hope he’s strong enough to keep his precious mouse.


“I have nothing of value, yet you make me valuable. Don’t you see?”



These words are PURE POWER.
Power to break.
Power to bind.
Power to feel each one.
Oh did I FEEL!!!


I’d just committed a fatal mistake. There was no going back now.

I FELT these words vibrate through me, GRIPPING and GUTTING ME, as they cast a spell on my soul that spun, soared, and shattered for Hundreds.

The intense roller coaster of a ride called Hundreds by Pepper Winters BROKE ME IN THE BEST WAY!!! The spellbinding and spine-tingling Hundreds shook my soul, grabbed my gut, and hit my heart so hard that my emotions bled long after the story was over. Hundreds UNRAVELED ME!!! This heartwarming and heart wrenching story was my UNDOING!!! OH DID I FALL HARD IN LOVE!!!

Hundreds is DEEP, a tale that takes you into the depths of your heart and soul, where you can’t help but become thrusted in every part of this devastatingly beautiful book. The persistent push and pull…the fire and ice…the secrets and lies…were INTENSE, so much that I FELT THIS STORY along with Pim and Elder. I FELT every heartbreak, every hope, every bit of happiness, and every bit of bleeding angst from these real-to-me characters…I FELT EVERYTHING!!! I. Can’t. Stop. Feeling. Hundreds!!!

I lived Hundreds. I breathed Hundreds. I was bound to Hundreds. I became Hundreds, a story worth billions in gold. HUNDREDS OWNED EVERY PART OF ME. I am still BREATHLESS, my heart beating for Hundreds.

A MASTERMIND of monster mixed with hero stories, so FLAWLESSLY fused with dark and light, there is no better dark romance author than Pepper Winters. NO ONE. This Queen of Darkness is IT for ME!!! Just when I think Pepper Winters has written my top story of hers, she OUTDOES herself and writes a book even better!!! Hundreds is a TOP 2017 book, a MUST-READ romance, and new favorite by Pepper Winters!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 6 heartwarming and heart wrenching stars but worth 100s

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“I’m done hurting her. She’s been hurt enough. It’s time I set her free…”

Once upon a time, I wished to go home and forget. 

Now, I’m strong and ready to fight. 

Seduced and claimed, Elder no longer just demands my voice, he commands me to be a thief like him. 

I refuse. 

But he offers me things I shouldn’t want, favours I should run from. 

In return for his protection, I’m ordered to steal enough pennies and dollars to buy back my freedom. 

Only, we both aren’t prepared for how he changes me, evolves me. 

And now it’s my turn to learn about him… 



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