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UNFIXABLE by Tessa Bailey

UNFIXABLE by Tessa Bailey

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UNFIXABLE by Tessa BaileyUnfixable by Tessa Bailey
Published by Entangled Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Reviewed by Miranda

Willa Peet won the trip of a lifetime! She gets to spend a month in Ireland at the Claymore Inn.  The trip couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Willa’s sister Ginger is starting her much deserved family after raising Willa when their mother went AWOL.  Willa is so happy for her sister and yet she is a bit lost. She doesn’t feel right in her skin anymore. She broke up with the boyfriend who was intent to mold her into someone else and got on a plane to Ireland. She never expected what came next!

 

Shane Claymore lives for the rush of racing his Formula One car. However, since the death of his father he has been forced to abandon racing, come home and run the Inn with his sister.  Shane is determined to get things in order with the Inn and sell it to the highest bidder.  His sister Faith hates the thought of losing the Inn and the only home she has known.  Shane isn’t concerned with her opinion.  He only cares about making sure she doesn’t get into any trouble!  His definition of trouble drastically changes as he tries to pick up the wild, smart ass American that will be staying at the Inn for a month.

 

When Willa and Shane meet it is reminiscent of the “Thrilla in Manilla” fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Fraser.  There is one major difference…as Willa and Shane spar the heat rises and an unforgettable love story is born.

 

Tessa Bailey makes magic with Unfixable!  I had the honor of meeting Willa in an earlier book of Bailey’s, Protecting What’s His.  Willa and her sister Ginger where running from a dark past. And while their time in Chicago definitely helped Willa doesn’t come into her own until she’s in Ireland.  Willa is forced to discover what will make her happy.  Willa definitely doesn’t like that she is drawn to the stubborn and sexy Shane.

 

Shane is in the opposite situation. He believes he knows exactly what will make him happy and that is getting rid of the family Inn.  He wants to race, he’s good at it and he needs that feeling of accomplishment.  He doesn’t expect the feisty American girl to mess with his head so much.

 

Ms. Bailey has written a story that takes possession of the reader, pulls them into the mind of a strong, yet conflicted young woman and then brings them on the ride of a lifetime in Unfixable!  This is the type of story that inspires women to charge forward.  It is possible to find your own happily-ever-after in this country or the next. :)  Willa and Shane challenge and encourage each other.  Their passion never fades as the story unfolds in Unfixable.

 

Tessa Bailey’s Unfixable is a shining star in the New Adult genre.

OUTING THE QUARTERBACK by Tara Lain

OUTING THE QUARTERBACK by Tara Lain

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OUTING THE QUARTERBACK by Tara LainOuting the Quarterback by Tara Lain
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

From most anyone’s perspective Will Ashford has it made.  The son of a very successful businessman, Will is SCU’s starting quarterback with the head cheerleader on his arm and a business degree only a year away. His best friend is SCU center Jamal Jones so social diversity isn’t a problem.  What more could he want in life?

 

If Will answered honestly he’d say that he wanted out from under his father’s control or away from his alcoholic mother.  Above all else, Will would shout to the world that he’s an artist, a damn good, gay artist.  He just has to keep repeating his mantra of ‘one more year’ whenever his resolve slips, which is unfortunately happening more and more often.

 

On the quiet Will applies for the Milton scholarship which would cover all the costs for art school.  He’s taking a course by renowned artist Dwight Masterson with the hopes of getting a recommendation from the man.  At the first class he meets Noah Zajack, an orphan whose life is the complete opposite.  A skilled artist as well, Noah is also hoping to win the Milton.

 

No matter how hard Will tries to hide his true sexuality, pretending to be something he’s not, his feelings for Noah make the lies harder and harder to swallow.  Juggling two lives becomes a nightmare.  Something has to give before there’s nothing left of Will.

 

Secrets have a way of coming out at the worst possible moment.  Just ask Will as his life implodes in Outing the Quarterback.  Feeling his angst, his attempts to hold on literally bleed off the pages in waves.  Surprisingly, even with all the drama and chaos in Will’s life the humor and romance come through loud and clear.  The characters are compassionate when they need to be, dark when necessary, sexy too.  Cheer on Will and Noah.  They deserve to find their own little piece of heaven in Outing the Quarterback.  Will’s battle is worth the effort of breaking free.  I Joyfully recommend Outing the Quarterback for being a truly entertaining tale of triumph.

AT THE COUNT’S BIDDING by Caitlin Crews

AT THE COUNT’S BIDDING by Caitlin Crews

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AT THE COUNT’S BIDDING by Caitlin CrewsAt the Count's Bidding by Caitlin Crews
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa

Paige Fielding has waited ten years for Giancarlo Alessi to walk back into her life. But the man she was once forced to betray isn't interested in asking questions, or hearing apologies…

Shocked to discover Paige working as his mother's PA, Giancarlo sees his thirst for vengeance reignite. So he lures her to Tuscany, where she will bow to his every pleasurable command.

But the lines between payback and passion quickly blur. And when Giancarlo discovers Paige is pregnant he must ask himself: Is it really revenge he so desperately craves—or her?

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Paige Fielding had deeply betrayed Giancarlo Alessi ten years ago.  When Giancarlo discovered she was working for his celebrity mother, he was thrown for a loop.  However, he is determined to reap some sort of revenge from Paige, and he intends to do so on his terms.  Paige never had the chance to explain herself to her one true love, and when he enacts his plot, she is still unable to delve into the reasons behind her causing him pain. Soon, events play out that cause Giancarlo to question the character of Paige once again, but this time will he look deeper than the surface or react without questioning her again?

 

At the Count’s Bidding was a page-turning, sizzling hot read that had me wondering what Giancarlo would attempt to force on Paige as he pushed the envelope in At the Count’s Bidding!

 

At the story began, I found myself siding with Giancarlo, because even Paige admitted to herself that she had betrayed him, but she kept it all a mystery as At the Count’s Bidding unfolded.  Reading about Giancarlo’s ideas for revenge, which bordered on slightly sexy, added to the drama in this tale.  At the Count’s Bidding soon had me rooting for Paige before the halfway mark though the story.  She was just too sweet and likeable to not have had a good reason to betray Giancarlo years ago.  Knowing Giancarlo’s thoughts, and the fact that he was punishing himself as much as Paige, made At the Count’s Bidding even more enjoyable.  As the story progressed, his reasons for feeling betrayed came to light, and I found myself empathizing with him, too.

 

Both Giancarlo and Paige had good reasons for the choices that they made in the past as well as the present in At the Count’s Bidding.  I know at times it felt that Paige might be behaving as a doormat to Giancarlo, but she had a heavy dose of guilt that had plagued her for ten years and things that she never truly got to smooth over from their previous relationship.  However, when Giancarlo pushes too far, and Paige finds that there is no redemption for her, she is willing to let things lie in At the Count’s Bidding.  Giancarlo wasn’t content with leaving things that way, and he discovered some truths as well, so he looks for another confrontation with Paige in At the Count’s Bidding.  I have to say that confrontation was fabulously wonderful and made me think about a few things that Paige was right upon.  I also found that because of that scene, it threw At the Count’s Bidding into a Joyfully Recommended read category, and I still find myself rereading that scene from time to time!

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren DaneBlade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.

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Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home.  It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on.  But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for.  Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.

 

Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards.  Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now.  Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen.  The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger.  The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan.  All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.

 

The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt.  I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end.  I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was.  Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS.  Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on.  I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us.  While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward.  I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year.  What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.

NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie Moffett

NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie Moffett

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NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie MoffettNo Test for the Wicked by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael Mystery #5
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

A Geek's Worst Nightmare: Going Back to High School

Returning to high school is not something I ever wanted to do over—it was awful the first time around. So why do I have to go back as part of a new undercover assignment? Because the universe loves playing jokes on me, obviously.

I've been ordered to go all 21 Jump Street and track down the students who are breaking into the computer system, changing grades, and causing all kinds of havoc. Although I'm not thrilled about my new gig, at least it gives me something to do other than worry over the fact that I now have a boyfriend. And no freaking idea what to get him for Christmas.

Or it did give me something else to worry about, until I stumbled across a more sinister threat. I was shocked to find distinct traces of a group of international hackers inside the network. Why would dangerous cyber mercenaries be interested in a high school in the middle of Washington, D.C.? What exactly have I gotten myself into?

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Lexi Carmichael has a new assignment, and it will involve reliving a dreaded time of her childhood—high school.  After all, as a smart female geek, Lexi had no social skills or friends the entire time unless you count her computer.  Life really didn’t get enjoyable until Lexi entered into college.  Now, in order to track down the students who have grouped together to hack into the school’s systems, Lexi is going undercover as a high school student.  If that isn’t enough to stress out a person, Christmas is almost here, and Lexi needs to figure out how to get through it with a new, and first time ever, boyfriend.

 

On her first day at the school, Lexi is shown that nothing has changed, and she ends up sided with the geeks in the school.  This might be a break in Lexi’s investigation, but these students are beyond intelligent, and she will need to keep on her toes to find out who is behind the hacks.  As Lexi explores the school system, and everyone who has any form of access to it, she discovers things that bring up more questions.  Lexi calls in one of her best friends, Elvis, to help her check out a few things. What they discover is a group of international hackers who have invaded the school. Lexi and Elvis now have to use their top skills and computer knowledge to save the students and teachers.  Lexi knows that if she can just find a way to reach out online, her boyfriend, Slash, will be there to help.  High school was never fun for Lexi, but now it’s the ultimate test of wits and skills where the wrong answer could lead to several deaths.

 

As a teen, high school always felt like a death sentence, but now for one high profile school, it really could be.  Lexi, Elvis, Slash, and a few very special students all face the ultimate test in No Test for the Wicked.  I’m with Lexi. High school should never have to be repeated for anyone, however, I could see that her going undercover was really the best way to find the answers the school was working for.  The pages that were filled with the drama of bringing down the international hackers had me enthralled.  From then on, I didn’t put down the book until I turned the last page.  I just had to know what would happen next and what the outcome would be.  It’s hard to grow up, even once you’re an adult, and I just wanted to give Lexi a hug as life was forcing a new stage in her life.  The best thing of all was seeing that Lexi figured out her Christmas gift to Slash and that their relationship was stronger than ever after this adventure.

 

I have loved the entire Lexi Carmichael series, but this one bounced up to one of my top favorites for the intense plotline. I can’t wait to re-read this story, and I have wanted to since I closed the last page. Yes, you guessed it, I Joyfully Recommend No Test for the Wicked as a page-turner that will never leave your e-reader and will be re-read many times.

PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah Morgan

PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah Morgan

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MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

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HIS BEAUTIFUL SAMURAI by Sedonia Guillone

HIS BEAUTIFUL SAMURAI by Sedonia Guillone

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NO LIMITS by Lori Foster

NO LIMITS by Lori Foster

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THE MAGNATE’S MANIFESTO by Jennifer Hayward

THE MAGNATE’S MANIFESTO by Jennifer Hayward

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