A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Andie J. Christopher

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A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Andie J. ChristopherStroke of Midnight by Andie J. Christopher
Series: One Night in South Beach #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. Genres: Contemporary


 

New Year’s Eve in Miami. One night. No names. No going back. Workaholic, Alana Hernandez and former Navy Seal, Cole Roberts have a one night stand. Cole is seeking to soothe his injured heart, Anna is looking for a quick hook up, but ohhhh how life throws a huge wrench in their “perfect” plan when morning comes!

Stroke of Midnight is Ms. Christopher’s debut, and not only has she captured the flavor and spirit of Miami but she has written, in my opinion, a Hero and Heroine who experience a true and realistic romance. I thoroughly enjoyed “watching” Alana & Cole’s relationship unfold. The pacing and story flowed very well. Cole is a dirty talking hero who not only loves Alana very much, but is just as determined to show her that what may have started out as a one night stand, quickly became so much more for him. I felt like Alana and Cole could be a part of my inner circle, that’s just how authentic the romance feels.

Stroke of Midnight is a well written, sexy, hot romance that will have you not only laughing out loud but wishing for your very own Cole. I am eagerly anticipating Alana’s brother, Javi and her sister, Carla’s HEA’s. Kudos on your debut, Ms. Christopher and keep ’em coming! Stroke of Midnight is a perfect combo of romance with a dirty talking hero, a take charge heroine, hot sex & funny story, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

SHADOW RIDER by Christine Feehan

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SHADOW RIDER by Christine FeehanShadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #1
Published by Jove Genres: Paranormal


 

Christine Feehan is a semi new author to me but when I saw this book and read the blurb I really liked how it sounded and of course had to devour it in one sitting. Shadow Rider is the first book in the Shadow series and once I started getting into this new world that Feehan created I was totally hooked. I want to say this story is a contemporary with a paranormal twist. There were no fairies, vampires or even werewolves for that matter, but it was about a family that can mask themselves in shadows which was very unique and intriguing.

 

Stefano is the head of the powerful Ferraro family. He might be the oldest of his siblings but he is one of the most bad ass heroes I have read about in a long time. The shadow walker legacy goes back centuries and they have a hard time finding their other halves so their marriages are usually arranged so the legacy will live on. It just so happens Stefano is about to leave town for a job when he comes across Francesca by mistake and it turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to him because she is a rider.

 

Francesca has no idea that her life is about to change when Stefano steps in and gives her his coat and some money. She also has no idea that she is a rider. It’s up to Stefano to convince Francesca to accept all of him at her own free will, but it’s going to take some time. Sometimes she finds his bossiness and hard tone a bit scary even if she also thinks he is his most attractive at those moments.

 

Usually during reading a story I always favor one character more than the others but during Shadow Rider I honestly had no favorites because I really liked each and every character. The way Feehan wrote each member of the Ferraro family just worked. They were close and I just really took to how different their personalities were. Stefano was bossy, sexy and had this deadly air around him but he also came off as sweet and charming. Francesca did a great job at holding her ground and gave him sass when he pushed her to do something but I could see her starting to trust him and his word little by little.

 

Everyone loves a good love scene, but oh man did Feehan bring it with each and every one. They are detailed and last over numerous pages without being too wordy. Now don’t get me wrong during the story there was some repeating when it wasn’t needed but I felt it didn’t take away from the story. Shadow Rider is filled with plenty of action on top of the romance that is blooming and really had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The ending sets up for the next book and already I am stalking Feehan’s website to find out when it will be released and who it will be about. If you haven’t picked up Shadow Rider I would do so today and get to know Stefano and Francesca.

UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne Calhoun

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UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne CalhounUnder the Surface by Anne Calhoun
Series: Alpha Ops #4
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Suspense


 

When I stared Under The Surface by Anne Calhoun I originally thought this was the first book in a new series but it turns out this is the fourth book in the Alpha Ops series. Since I haven’t read the previous books I feared that I would be lost but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel that way and was glad this could be read as a standalone.

 

Eve Webber was a former cocktail waitress turned business owner of Eye Candy which caters mostly to the female population due to the hot male employees. Eve has been looking for a new bartender since she had to let the last one go since he didn’t follow the rule not to mess with the customers. When “Chad” walks into Eye Candy looking for work Eve is attracted to him and figures it’s only a matter of time before she gets him in bed, but she has other important things going on in her life, like an old friend who wants to launder money through her business.

 

Detective Matt Dorchester is used to undercover assignments and is damn good at his job. He has all the skills that will pass for being a good bartender, but what he doesn’t expect is the attraction he feels for Eve. He knows she is working with them but the police department doesn’t fully trust her so keeping an eye on her is what he plans to do. The more time Matt, aka Chad, spends with her the harder it is to keep his cover, but all bets are off when someone starts threatening her life. Now trying to keep Eve safe and out of harm’s way is his new mission but if she lands in between his sheets the lines might blur.

 

I really liked Eve from the beginning. She’s smart, funny and quick on her feet. With her background I wasn’t sure what kind of heroine she would turn out to be but I loved her and it only made her more likable. Matt was a little on the quiet side and more serious but he had to be because of his line of work. I love how dedicated he was not only to his family but his job. He showed strength in so many ways and he was the complete opposite of Eve’s character.

 

Since this was a romantic suspense the love scenes were a little dialed down, but that didn’t matter because the story really entranced and had me not wanting to put it down. Ms. Calhoun focused more on the romance that was building instead of the suspense which I was okay with. The romance starts off on the slow side with a few heated kisses and cute banter but once these two got started the chemistry started to flow and the passion started to rise.

 

The secondary characters also stood out in their own way, but I wasn’t really focused on them while reading Under The Surface. I’m pretty sure The Alpha Ops series main focus will be the men and women of the police department protecting the hero/ heroine from whatever is in store for them. Already I’m looking forward to see where the Alpha Ops series will go and who will be next to find their happily ever after.

ROCK STEADY by Dawn Ryder

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ROCK STEADY by Dawn RyderRock Steady by Dawn Ryder
Series: Rock Band #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary


 

I haven’t read much of Dawn Ryder’s work but I just recently started her Unbroken Heroes series and loved it so I wanted to try her Rock Band series. Rock Steady is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the previous one, but I didn’t fall in love with Rock Steady like I hoped I would.

 

If you’ve read the previous book, Rock Me Two Times, you are familiar with the characters, but it if you are like me and starting in the middle you are just getting to know everyone for the first time. I have to say I had a hard time warming up to them and actually understanding them. In this story we meet Ramsey who comes off as god’s gift to women. He gets drunk and sleeps with a groupie only to discover she got back at him by taking him to get a tattoo of cherry blossoms. To me this sounded a little far-fetched, I mean could it could happen? Sure, anything is possible but getting a tattoo would sure as hell sober me up pretty fast.

 

After the whole getting the tattoo thing he meets up with the rest of his band, Toxsin and they agree he needs to get it fixed as soon as possible (duh) and they look for a tattoo shop that is open twenty four hours and there Ramsey meets Jewel, who will be his tattoo artist.

 

Jewel went to college and graduated with a marketing degree but she loves art so she is working in a tattoo shop. She is damn good at what she does, but her boss has a say so in what jobs she takes. When the band walks in the shop looking for someone to cover up the cherry blossoms on Ramsey, Jewel takes the job and covers it up with a bad ass tattoo. The next day her boss lets her go because he is jealous that she did the tattoo and didn’t call him which totally pissed me off but she gets a better opportunity. Ramsey offers her to go on tour with him and the band to expand the tattoo over the next four weeks and Jewel agrees. Sparks start flying between them, but Jewel is hesitant to get involved with Ramsey because of his reputation.

 

Honestly, this characters or the storyline did nothing for me. I didn’t understand them or their way of handling things. One minute Ramsey is a total womanizer and then the next he acts like a savior. His personalities were giving me whiplash through the entire story. Jewel I found a little on the annoying side, but I did appreciate her characters fire and drive to want to be the best and make it on her own no matter the cost.

 

As far as the Rock Band series goes I think I will have to pass on the upcoming books and stick with the Unbroken Heroes series. I may not have totally fell in love with Rock Steady but that doesn’t mean others won’t.

WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan Frampton

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WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan FramptonWhy Do Dukes Fall in Love by Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #4
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

Ah, my first Megan Frampton book and while I have been meaning to read one for a while now I’m so glad that Why Do Dukes Fall in Love was my introduction to the Dukes Behaving Badly series. After reading this one I can guarantee I will be heading back at some point to start from the very beginning.

 

Newly windowed Edwina needs to find work because her late husband has left her and her young daughter with nothing. Michael the Duke is looking for a secretary and he really doesn’t care who fills the position as long as they are competent. When Edwina shows up for her interview he notices right away that she is attractive but he quickly dismisses that because he isn’t looking for a wife.

 

The characters were likable and just jumped out at me from the beginning. Michael was such a grouchy Duke at times but I really enjoyed the journey that Frampton took him on. I enjoyed the little changes, from the man who wouldn’t say please and thank you, to him saying it all the time without having to be reminded. Both Michael and Edwina are very different in personality but they do have being outspoken in common. They are also both very bright and that really showed when they were conversing.

 

Of course Michael came off as a big sourly grouch but underneath that he was a good guy. I really liked how he took to Edwina’s daughter and took the time to get to know the both of them. Little by little the relationship between Edwina and Michael starts to shift and things start to get heated between them. I enjoyed that sometimes they just couldn’t keep their hands off one another yet it didn’t affect their working relationship at all.

 

This story was funny and really sweet, and although the story lacked some deep emotional parts I didn’t find it taking away from the entire read. There were a few unexpected events but I found them welcoming and honestly couldn’t see the story without those parts. If you’re looking for a fun and light read I would suggest picking up Why Do Dukes Fall in Love.

UNDEAD AND DONE by MaryJanice Davidson

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WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan

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GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa

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A SPICED APPLE WINTER by Emma Cane

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TEST DRIVE by Marie Harte

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FLY WITH ME by Chanel Cleeton

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DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa Dare

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DIRTY by Kylie Scott

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DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Dawn Ryder

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TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Erika Kelly

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STAY UNTIL WE BREAK by Mercy Brown

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THE MISTAKE by Elle Kennedy

THE MISTAKE by Elle Kennedy

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THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy

THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy

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ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

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ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis

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