BLOG TOUR – STORM MISTRESS by Brandy L. Rivers

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Title:  STORM MISTRESS
Series: Others of Seattle #2
Author:  Brandy L. Rivers
Publish Date:   09.15.14
Publisher:  Brandy L. Rivers
Category:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content and violence
Received from:  Brandy L. Rivers (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour arranged by: My Family’s Heart Book Reviews and Tours
Date completed: 09.15.14

Rivers, Brandy L - OTHERS OF SEATTLE #2 - STORM MISTRESS

Goodreads link: STORM MISTRESS

Description from the publisher:

Nothing is as it seems…

Everything Isadora Starling wants is right there in front of her, but Toryn is off limits. He’s her best friend. She’s been denying her heart all these years, afraid to lose him.

Toryn Flame has a long past full of secrets. None of which he can share with Isadora, the only person who truly matters to him. She’s the one woman who has never shown a hint of lust toward him, but even if she did, pursuing her is forbidden.

That all changes when the family Isa doesn’t know decides it’s time to reveal who and what she is. After Isa’s recent attack, their motives are unclear.

His only goal is protecting Isa. Toryn will do everything in his power to keep her safe, including going against orders from his king.

Toryn’s only fear is losing Isa’s trust. Once the truth is revealed, can she forgive him for years of misdirection and omissions? Can she come to terms with a world she doesn’t want or know?

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is the second book in the Others of Seattle series, but it does stand alone.

Isa, Toryn, and Mike were all introduced in NIGHT’S EMBRACE. Find out why Mike’s relationship with Isa just isn’t working out.

Isadora /Isa’s whole world is about to change. When the family she doesn’t even know decides it is time for a reunion, she finds herself feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. The only person she can trust is her long-time friend (and lust fantasy), Toryn. Toryn has always been her protector and confidante, while denying his own lust for her. He knows the family secrets. He knows their agenda. When she is attacked, he risks everything to continue to protect her. Will his secrets and past drive her away?

It is no secret that I love paranormal romance. Ms. Rivers provides us with all of the witches, dragons, and fairies we could wish. This epic story of love and lust is filled with intrigue, romance, and magic. I found myself holding my breath more than once. For the time that I was reading this, I was alternately Isa and then Toryn and wanting them both to get all that they wished for themselves and for each other.

The only complaint I had with this book was the number of names – and most characters had two or three different names used interchangeably. Because of this, I would have to pause in my reading to mentally shuffle through the “who is whom” cards in my brain. Perhaps a list of characters should be included as a second appendix.

Mike’s story (not yet titled) will be next in this series. I am looking forward to it. He deserves his HEA!

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

Also by Brandy L. Rivers

  • Heart on Fire

Others of Edenton series:

  1. New Beginnings

In Too Deep (Prequel)

Shadows Fall (Book 1.5)

  1. Shadows of the Past

Fated Love (novella 2.5)

  1. Falling into Place
  2. Breaking Free
  3. Mending Scars (coming Winter 2014)

Others of Seattle series:

  1. Nights Embrace
  2. Storm Mistress

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AUTHOR NOTES - BIO

Brandy L Rivers is the author of the Others of Edenton Series. There are more Others of Edenton in the works. She is also working on the Others of Seattle series.

As an avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. She has a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out there eventually.

She lives in Western Washington with her husband and three kids, where she is already working on future stories in the series.

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EXCERPT

Pounding music flowed over Isadora Starling as she walked into her bar, Shenanigans. Only one thing was on her mind, finding someone who would take her home and rock her world. She was smoking hot and she knew it.

Taking note of every man whose head turned in her direction, she emphasized the already-seductive sway of her hips as she sashayed to the bar with purpose. As usual, her eyes kept drifting back to the only man in the place who made her mouth water. Unfortunately, her best friend was not on the menu.

She slid into a booth and turned toward her business partner, Lana, one of the few women she truly trusted.

Lana’s molten silver eyes landed on her. A smirk twisted her lips. “Back so soon?”

Isa lifted a shoulder in a shrug before stating, “I’m on a mission.”

Perusing the sultry make-up and her come-ravish-me outfit, Lana snorted. “I can see that. What are you drinking?”

“Double Grey Goose, straight up.”

“One of those nights?” There was a grimace on her face.

Isa responded with a one fingered salute before turning back to the crowd with the intention of finding a man.

Lana cut in with, “I still think you should drag him home and get each other out of your systems.”

By him, she meant Isa’s best friend, Toryn Flame. More than gorgeous, he was fucking beautiful, masculine perfection. His dazzling blue topaz eyes were lined in guyliner, not that his eyes needed any help attracting attention with his ten-mile long lashes. Silky black hair was teased up in a sexy tousle calling to her fingers. The man was a sex god, in snug leather pants and half-buttoned black silk shirt open far enough to display his sculpted chest and the beginning of washboard abs.

Forbidden, though she had a never-ending supply of fantasies starring Toryn. The current was her craving to lick every ridge of muscle on her way down to the golden zipper straining over an impressive bulge she wished she could ignore.

They were firmly stuck in the friend zone. He didn’t see her that way, and despite the fact he was sensuality walking, she wasn’t supposed to want him.

Frustrated, she turned back to Lana with a cold stare. “Have you forgotten he prefers men? Last time I checked,” she looked down and shook her tits for emphasis, “I have all the wrong parts. Besides, he’s my friend, my best friend and he,” she glanced back to watch Toryn tongue-fuck his boytoy, “is all over his man, Leon.”

One scarlet brow rose in challenge. “Bullshit, I’ve seen him take women home.”

“Please, when was the last time? Tiffany? And that rare occurrence was over a year ago.”

Lana’s mouth dropped open, “Oh my god, you are fucking blind, Isadora. He’s only with Leon to distract himself from you.” With a glare, Lana slid the vodka to her.

Isa would give anything for that to be the truth. Forcing the desperate sentiment from her mind, she took the shot in a single gulp, causing Lana to grimace.

Driving her point home, Isa nodded back to the two hottest men in the place. “Toryn is with Leon. Has been for nearly two months, which is some kind of record for him.”

Actually, they had been dating exactly seven weeks, which was damn near a miracle. Aside from Leon, he hadn’t been with a single person more than twice since she’d met him nearly ten years ago. Somehow his lack of commitment made her want him all the more. She always loved a challenge, and secretly wished she could be the one to snare him permanently.

Of course, if she told Lana she was counting the days Toryn stayed with Leon, it would prove her point. A point Isa was going to deny until her desire finally died.

With a devilish smirk, Lana shrugged. “He’d dump him for you in a heartbeat.”

A glance back at Toryn easily reminded her how wrong Lana was. Toryn was grinding his hips into Leon who was hungrily kissing down Toryn’s throat. They were too hot and heavy for their public display of sexual chemistry to merely be a distraction.

“Then why is he taking Leon home tonight? And don’t tell me he’s not. Do you see them?” Isadora pointed back at them with a wicked grin. It was a gorgeous sight.

Licking her lips and watching like every other woman, and most of the men, in the nearly anything goes bar, she nodded. “Oh, I do, but you don’t see the way he looks at you. Like he’s making love to you with his eyes. When you aren’t watching Toryn, he always stares at you.”

Lana filled the shot glass.

In all the years they’d been friends, Toryn had never made a move, so Lana was wrong, very depressingly wrong. Isa slammed back the second dose and glared back at Lana. “You’re full of shit. Pour me another.”

“I’m not. I still say you’re fucking blind,” Lana taunted as she refilled the glass. “If he wasn’t so hung up on you, I would make a move on him.”

That hurt.

Wait… what? Hung up on me? Yeah, might need to have her committed.

Isa took another glance at Toryn and Leon, then grinned at Lana. “If you can pry him from Leon, he’s all yours.”

Thankfully, Lana changed the subject. “Where’s Mike?”

Well-intentioned, maybe, but her new topic wasn’t much better. Isa downed the third shot before answering, “Don’t know. Don’t care. Of course it would be a hell of a lot easier to get laid if he were around.” He was her favorite fallback romp in the sack.

“You torture that poor man. If you’d let him, he’d fall in love with you.”

Which was exactly the reason she hadn’t called and was attempting to avoid him… though in desperate times…

Mentally shaking herself, she quipped, “We don’t work as a couple. Sure, explosive in bed, awesome on the dance floor, but that is where our good chemistry ends. We would drive each other batshit crazy—and I’m not talking about the scorch the sheets way—in a matter of days. Not to mention the fact Roxy hates my fucking guts.”

“Only because you’re stringing her brother along. Plus, she has a valid point. I’m still convinced you fell for Toryn years ago. Like two seconds after you met him.”

She was right, but Isa wasn’t going there. “Go to hell.”

“Only when you join me.”

Isa slid the empty glass at Lana and batted her lashes. “Anyone I should consider?”

With an accusatory glare, she answered, “Plenty of them. Except, don’t take the hot blond home.” She glanced down at the end of the bar for about the hundredth time since Isa sat down.

All Isa saw was the healthy fall of shiny blond hair, way too long and perfect to be on any man’s head.

“I don’t go for blonds.” Isa smirked before turning toward the crowd. Of its own accord, her gaze landed on Toryn, who winked at her.

Lana pulled her back to reality with bite in her tone. “Knowing you, you’ll take him home to spite me.”

Isa spun back around, her hands landing on the counter as her eyes narrowed. “I would not. When was the last time?”

Her eyes narrowed to slits. “Last week, when you took Reese home.”

“Oh,” she shrugged sheepishly, “that hardly counts. You didn’t warn me beforehand. If you had simply told me, I would have found someone else.” It was the truth, Isa never meant to hurt anyone, and especially not her friends. There had been plenty of other options. She honestly hadn’t realized Lana was interested.

“Why don’t I believe you?” she muttered. The question stung. Of course, her payback sucked. Lana turned around and hired the guy the very next day, even after Isa begged her not to.

“I’m not selfish, Lana. I wouldn’t do that to you,” she whined.

“Hmph,” Lana didn’t look convinced, but a smirk formed as she looked over Isa’s shoulder.

Isa fought back a smile as she felt Toryn’s approach. He had a presence she could feel and as much as she hated her weakness, it felt good to have him close. Toryn leaned his long hard body against hers.

Lana grinned as if her point was made.

One corner of Isa’s mouth lifted. “I would be more worried about Toryn taking Blondy home.”

“Bitch,” she gasped.

“Grey Goose?” Toryn licked his full lips as his brow cocked. “One of those nights, Isa?”

Her eyes nearly rolled out of her head, “Okay, everyone stop! I had a long day, and I’m horny as hell. It’s not like I’m driving home. No more judging. Just let me find a man for the night.”

The guy sitting next to her turned with a smile that chilled her blood. His deep blue eyes seemed wrong, his skin too pale, almost blue. She’d seen him before, but couldn’t place where.

Isa glared back. “Not you.”

Amusement danced through his eyes as they dropped to his drink with a chuckle.

Toryn grinned at Lana. “Two Loves and one is for my sweet Isadora.” His eyes held a mischievous sparkle.

Isa snorted. “Is that so?”

“Don’t argue,” he purred in a way that made her want to scratch her nails down his back while riding him into the night.

With a groan, she smiled back at Lana and tossed down enough cash to cover her vodka and the Loves, plus a generous tip. “Where’s Leon?”

Avoiding answering, Toryn quickly finished the drink and placed his empty glass with a purposeful thunk on the counter. “Let’s dance.”

She let the question slide and followed his lead after finishing her cocktail.

Maybe she had a bit too much, too fast, because the world tilted. Still, she managed to walk straight.

“Leon won’t be jealous?”

“Nope, he plans to join us soon.” She could feel his eyes caress down her body and back up. “He told me to tell you that you’re on fire tonight.”

“He always says that.”

He pulled her close and his lips grazed over her ear. “Only because it’s true.”

The warmth of his breath and rumble of his voice only heightened the ache between her legs. Such a damned tease. And if he didn’t do it with everyone, she might think he really felt something for her.

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REVIEW – UNBREAKABLE by Abby Reynolds

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Title:  UNBREAKABLE
Series: Forehead Kisses #1
Author:  Abby Reynolds
Publish Date:   06.06.14
Publisher:  Abby Reynolds
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to violence and sexual content
Received from:  Abby Reynolds (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 08.21.14
Goodreads link: UNBREAKABLE

Description from the publisher:

This is a stand-alone novel. It is not a cliffhanger. And it is the first novel in the Forehead Kisses Series.

Can there be too many pieces to piece back together?

This is a question Keira faces every day. It’s impossible for her to go anywhere unaccompanied by her cousin, the only person who knows what happened on that horrific night a year ago. The guilt and pain weigh her down every day. Unwilling to open up to anyone and give someone a chance, she lives in solitude.

For her, that’s the only way to live.

Liam struggles with his own demons. After losing someone who means the world to him, he combats his anger and pain on a daily basis. He dives into violence and sex, losing himself more and more. But as soon as he meets Keira, he recognizes the same pain he suffers every day. And he pursues her, wanting to connect to someone who understands.

Keira can’t put herself back together, and neither can Liam. But can they do it together?

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is the first book in the Forehead Kisses series. It does stand alone with no cliff-hanger ending, but the series will need to be read in order.

One willful act as a teen has destroyed Keira. She is broken into too many pieces to ever feel whole again. She finds solace in solitude and only allows her cousin, Scotty, as her companion. Liam lays siege to his demons in violence and sex. When Liam meets Keira he recognizes the yin to his yang. For her, with her, he wants to push back the demons and claim his angel. Can they repair both of their shattered hearts, together?

This was one of those slow, gentle reads. The background stories are violent and soul screeching, but their love story I patient and soothing. This was a wonderful sit still, relax, and enjoy the book kind of story.

I am looking forward to reading part 2, UNSHAKEABLE.

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received prior to editing / errors excused

The Forehead Kisses series:

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Unshakeable

Serenade Series:

  1. Under My Thumb
  2. Light My Fire
  3. And I Love Her
  4. And the Beat Goes On

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REVIEW – NO REMORSE by MaryLynn Bast

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Title:  NO REMORSE
Series: Heart of the Wolf #1
Author:  MaryLynn Bast
Publish Date:   03.26.12
Publisher:  Werewolf Tails Publishing
Category:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  MaryLynn Bast (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: NO REMORSE
Date completed: 09.13.14

Description from the publisher:

Due to her unusual birth, Amber has abilities no other werewolf has ever possessed. On the run since childhood, the lone wolf avoids contact with other werewolves at all cost, continually moving, constantly looking over her shoulder and always alone.
Everything changes when Amber saves a werewolf from the mere brink of death, Blake, the only werewolf to ever protect her. Love blossoms, but not without tribulations when Amber realizes she must help her new pack rescue a member who is being held hostage by a rival pack.
Warring with emotions of going from lone wolf to the pack leader’s mate, Amber must decide if she is willing to risk Blake’s life to know true family and friendship despite the fact that the Council is hell bent on locating her and will stop at nothing until she is found. Will Amber’s special abilities be enough to keep everyone safe?

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is the first book in the Heart of the Wolf series. They do need to be read in order.

Amber has been on the run since before she was born. Her mother trains her in all she needs to know as a werewolf, including how to avoid detection, especially from those on the Council. When she discovers an old friend in mortal danger, she takes a risk of exposure to help him. Blake has been searching for her for years and is ready to claim his mate. Can he convince her to stay with the pack? To quit running? To trust? Can they stand together against the foes that threaten them and the pack?

I don’t often read other reviews before I write my own. I don’t want someone else to influence me. Well, this time I did, so my review will be affected.

The story line is well thought out. Though it started a little slowly, it soon picked up steam and had me barreling down the track. It needs more editing/proof-reading, and it did distract me from the story at times, but that doesn’t make the story any less compelling. I truly enjoyed this story of werewolves, the instantaneous love of fated mates, and the thrills of defending those you love. I’m curious what other abilities Amber may discover.

There is no cliff-hanger, so it can be read as a stand-alone book, but I intend to read the rest of the series and have placed all of the books on my schedule to be read during this coming month. Ms. Bast has garnered one more groupie following her series of werewolves, witches, and vampires.

Grammar/editing: C – average writing, probably self-edited

Other books in the series:

  1. No Remorse
  2. A Justified Kill
  3. Werewolf Bound
  4. Escaping Dominance
  5. Veiled Secrets
  6. Realm of Secrets
  7. On the Run
  8. Special Valentine Delivery

Other Books from this Author:

  • One Bite to Passion
  • Steamy Fairy Tales

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REVIEW – MY CONTROL by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title:  MY CONTROL
Series: Inside Out, #4.1
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publish Date:   09.08.14
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Category /Genre:  Erotica, Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Simon & Schuster (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.13.14

Goodreads link: MY CONTROL

Description from the publisher:

Mark’s POV novella

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She’s about to find out that the Master has returned.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the 13th book in the Inside Out series. It is a novella (short) from Mark’s point of view. They do need to be read in order.

If you have not read the previous books – do not read this review! I would hate to spoil anything before you get here…

Still with me? Okay .

Mark is a Dominant. He is a Master. He is always in control… of his life, his businesses, and his relationships. Right now all of his control has been taken from him and he is spiraling – fast. Can he take back the reins and show Crystal the Master that he is?

This was a quick read. I finished it in the time it took to have my nails done and eat lunch. I laughed out loud. I cringed. I held my breath. I was nodding yes in triumph and shaking my head no in fear. I’m sure my fellow patrons at the restaurant wanted to know what I was reading… or maybe they just thought I was insane.

If you are reading this review, then you must have read the previous books in this series… you know you can’t stop now! I can’t stop!! Two months until I BELONG TO YOU. I’m putting it on my calendar right now.

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

The Inside Out series:

  1. If I Were You (1)
  2. The Seduction (1.1 – Journal)
  3. The Contract (1.2 – Journal)
  4. His Submissive (1.3 – Journal)
  5. My Master (1.4 – Journal)
  6. Behind Closed Doors (0.5)
  7. Being Me (2)
  8. The Master Undone ( 2.5)
  9. Revealing Us (3)
  10. His Secrets (3.1)
  11. My Hunger (3.2)
  12. No In Between (4)
  13. My Control (4.1)
  14. I Belong to You (5) (Nov 18, 2014)
  15. All of Me (5.1) (Feb 2, 2015)

Other Books from this Author: Please visit her website at: www.lisareneejones.com/ to locate a printable book list.

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REVIEW – BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE by Kat Bastion

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Title:  BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE
Series: Highland Legends #1.5
Author:  Kat Bastion
Publish Date:   11.05.13
Publisher:  Kat Bastion
Category:  Romance, Sci Fi & Fantaasy
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Kat Bastion via netgalley.com (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.11.14

Goodreads link:  BOUND BY WISH & MISTLETOE

Description from the publisher:

The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment when all seems lost . . . hope, faith, and love prevail, transforming silent prayers into wishes granted.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the second book in the Highland Legends series, a holiday novella. It is best to read them in order.

Susanna has escaped a cruel past and intends to never be ruled by a man when she runs into Robert, literally, in the middle of snow storm. Robert has sworn to never be tied down by one simpering, flirting, fawning woman. Somehow they each find something unexpected in the other. Can it be true? A man without cruel intent? A woman without guile and deceit?

Castle Brodie returns from its hidden mists just in time to make a first Christmas wish come true. I fell in love with both Robert and Susanna. Both are strong, complex characters trying to live their lives with independence and are surprised at how love does not diminish, but adds to an independent life.  Of course, Isobel, Iain, Brigid, and Skorpios/Cupcake make return appearances, with Isobel teaching our Medieval Scottish friends all about American Christmas traditions.

I loved this book, maybe even more than FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK, the first in the series. I am looking forward to the books yet to come in this series. Kat Bastion has become a “must read it” author for me!

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

Other books in the Highland Legends series:

  1. Forged in Dreams and Magick
  2. Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
  3. Born of Mist and Legend (not yet released)
  4. Found in Flame and Moonlight (coming 2015)

Other Books from this Author:

  • Utterly Loved

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REVIEW – FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK by Kat Bastion

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Title:  FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK
Series: Highland Legends #1
Author:  Kat Bastion
Publish Date:   09.23.13
Publisher:  Kat Bastion
Category:  Romance, Sci Fi & Fantaasy
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Kat Bastion via netgalley.com (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.10.14

Goodreads link:  FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK

Description from the publisher:

The award-winning debut in the Highland Legends Series:

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Scorching (explicit) sex scenes.
Fire extinguisher highly recommended.

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I wanted to share a couple of my favorite lines:

LOVE: “This shipwrecked soul has found home.”

QUOTE: “Sometimes our emotions rule us. How we handle the consequences…defines us.”

HILARIOUS: “I unfurled my cocky smartass flag to fly at full mast. “Sylvester got that tongue, Tweety?”

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the first book in the Highland Legends series. They do need to be read in order.

This is a love triangle like no other that you may have read. Isobel, Iain, and Velloc live in completely different circumstances and yet fate, magick, angels… somebody… has decided that Isobel is fated to be with both of these men as the perfect soul mate to each of them. Isobel is from 21st century America, Iain is from 13th century Scotland, and Velloc is from 1st century Scotland as a leader of one of the Pict tribes. So how do they meet and how does a small blonde travel in time to reset the history of mankind?

I received this book close to a year ago through NetGalley. For one reason or another, reading it kept getting pushed back and pushed back. I could kick myself! This story had it all: love, lust, history, philosophy, fun, and a few tears. Ultimately it is a love story… one love story… one woman loving her men and her clans.  I think I may have left pieces of my heart in Scotland’s past.

I cannot wait to start the second book and continue diving into the rest of this series.

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

The Highland Legends series:

  1. Forged in Dreams and Magick
  2. Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
  3. Born of Mist and Legend
  4. Found in Flame and Moonlight

No Weddings series:

  1. No Weddings
  2. One Funeral
  3. Two Bar Mitzvahs
  4. Three Christmases
  5. For Valentine’s

Other Books from this Author:

  • Utterly Loved

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REVIEW – SHELTER ME by Kathy Coopmans

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Title:  SHELTER ME
Series: Shelter Me #1
Author:  Kathy Coopmans
Publish Date:   09.07.14.
Publisher:  Kathy Coopmans
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Kathy Coopmans (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.07.14

Goodreads link: SHELTER ME

Description from the publisher:

At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.

Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again.

At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With the decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is book one in the Shelter Me series. They do need to be read in order.

When Shayne returns to her small hometown on the shores of Lake Michigan for her aunt’s funeral, she comes face-to-face with the one person she thought she would see again. Though her heart has never recovered from Luke’s disappearance from her life when she was nineteen, she is determined that he not invade her heart again or discover her secret. Luke is just as determined to reunite with her and lays siege to her battlements. When old threats reemerge, the battle becomes more than one of the heart.

My heart was ripped out of my chest repeatedly. I wanted to make everything okay for these two characters and their entire families. I loved that Shayne was cautious, but not closed-off. I loved that Luke was open (most of the time) and patient. He knew what he wanted and he was willing to fight for it and take his time too. When Shayne’s secret is revealed, I wanted to kick his ass, but that just proved how human and real he is.

I am surprised this is the premiere book from Kathy Coopmans. She is a wonderful writer with a wonderful story-telling ability. Ms. Coopman has done an excellent job of creating characters that I cannot wait to return to and visit again. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

Shelter Me Series:

  1. Shelter Me
  2. Rescue Me (coming winter 2014)

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