Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: On the Plus Side (A Perfect Fit #2)

On the Plus Side (A Perfect Fit #2)

by Alison Bliss 

Blurb:
Big girls don't cry. They go after what they want.
Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.
Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.
No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 3.75 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
I am enjoying the series that focuses not on the fact that big girls can find love too, but on the fact that anyone can find love and big girls are just like everyone else.  Valerie has lusted after her brother's best friend forever and when she finds herself in his new bar on opening night she never imagined the way her life would change.  Logan has rushed the opening of his new bar in the hometown he never thought he’d return to, in order to help his mother dig herself out of a financial disaster his deadbeat father put her in.  When  Logan is forced to accept Valerie’s offer for help after a series of screw-ups on opening night, he knows his life is going to go downhill quickly, because he has been trying to resist the  sexy allure of his best friend's little sister for years.  I enjoyed this story very much, even as there were some tears and some moments I wanted to punch Valerie for keeping secrets that could destroy not only their tenuous new relationship but also everything Logan had accomplished. Logan was a really good guy, obviously devoted to the women in his life and determined to do all he could for his family and Valerie. I enjoyed seeing how sweet and sexy he was as he worked to fulfill all the fantasies he thought Valerie had and of course worked to make her his once he accepted that she was meant to be his. Valerie has a personality that I wish I could takes parts of for myself, her confidence, sassiness and spunk made her a great friend and, while it sometimes got her in trouble, her heart was always in the right place.  They had a lot of problems to deal with through this story, but Valerie and Logan were obviously meant to be together and when they finally got their HEA after so many years of  denying their feelings I was thrilled for them.  I can’t wait for the next story in this series and I find I am enjoying each story more and more as I get to know the characters and come to appreciate the authors writing style.  Being a big girl, maybe not as big as I once was but still considered plus sized, I feel a kinship with these women and this series gives me hope that someday my prince will come, even if he’s a badass bar owner or construction worker! 
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: Heat (Dark Kings #12)

Heat (Dark Kings #12)

by Donna Grant

Blurb:

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude . . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole word goes up in flames.
Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?


Themes: Paranormal, Dragon-Shifters
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating:  
Review:
The longer this series runs the more interesting it gets and the more the characters continue to amaze me.  If you are a longtime reader of Ms. Grant’s work you know what I mean when I say, I cannot follow who is the villain anymore! I love reading all Donna’s work, but I admit I am kinda partial to these seriously sexy sort-of Scottish guys that can turn into huge fire breathing dragons.  While this series began with a clear direction and made readers think they knew right away who the bad guys were as the story has continued and evolved over the years, there have been revelations and spin-off series that are closely related and lead readers into different directions.  Nikolai and Esther’s story was a major turning point in the series I think and I am looking forward to seeing where the overall storyline takes us in the end.  Nikolai is determined to help Esther uncover the memories that were stolen from her by a mage working against the Kings and, while he lusts after her intensely, he doesn’t believe he is the type of dragon to take a mate.  Esther is willing to take help from anyone to try to get back to her true self, but the delicious Nikolai certainly seems the best option.  He pulls her like no other and there is no denying that she would love to be able to spend nights in his arms while they work to find a way to recover her lost time.  Sadly they soon find themselves in deeper than either ever imagined they could be, not just in their relationship but also in the danger that stalks them. Nikolai was a very interesting male, his special power making him all the more coveted among the dragons and even more crucial to winning against their enemies and protecting mankind. His alpha personality doesn’t keep him from being seriously sweet to Esther though and showing her every moment how important she is to him, and not just as an ally to the Kings.  I loved seeing him transform from the sensual and calm artist to the dangerous and deadly warrior in the blink of an eye when anyone dared to threaten his woman. Even when her world begins to fall apart around her he is there to give her everything she needs.  My favorite of his traits though was his devotion to his friends, even Ulrik, and his determination to prove that while his friend has done some shady things over the millennia he is still the same essentially good man.  Esther was just the type of woman I love to read about, soft on the inside and squishy when it comes to her man, but a seriously kickass woman on the outside who is not afraid to do whatever is needed to get the job done. Her strength and resiliency made her one of the best heroines of the series and I felt she was perfectly matched to the calm but deadly Nikolai.  I felt the passion between Nikolai and Esther from the very beginning, but it was always tempered with the emotions that they were already beginning to feel for one another.  Overall this was one of my favorite stories in the last few of the series and I can say for sure there were some MAJOR leaps in the overall storyline that lead me to think we are going to have some resolutions to a few questions soon.  Of course we still have no more hints on who Rhi’s dragon King is, but I keep hoping for a subtle hint.  For any reader that loves some action and a paranormal bent on their romance you can never go wrong with a Donna Grant novel and Heat lives up to that standard, no question.  Keep the magic coming, Donna!
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

ARC Review: Ruff Around the Edges (The Dogfather #5)

Ruff Around the Edges (The Dogfather #5)

by Roxanne St. Claire 

Blurb:
U.S Army Night Stalker Major Aidan Kilcannon leaves Afghanistan after his best friend, Charlie, is killed in action. Aidan's only consolation is the knowledge that he's now solely responsible for Charlie's dog, Ruff, a rambunctious boxer they'd found in a bombed-out hospital in Kabul. With the help of Aidan's father, the Dogfather himself, they transport Ruff back to the States. He arrives shortly after Aidan, and both dog and man are suffering from loss, trauma, and sudden change. Aidan is certain his only hope is the comfort and love he gets from Ruff, and that this dog will help him adjust to the staggeringly difficult transition from battlefield to Bitter Bark.
But the day Ruff arrives, Daniel Kilcannon informs his son that Rebecca Spencer, Charlie's younger sister, has a hard and fast claim on Ruff and she intends to honor her brother's wishes. Aidan has to relinquish the dog to her, no matter how impossible that is.
Beck Spencer is in Bitter Bark temporarily to help the only living relatives she has left. After losing her parents as a child, and her brother six months ago, she, too, hopes that Ruff will offer the solace and companionship she needs. But when Ruff finally shows up at her door, the man holding the leash is obviously determined to talk her out of keeping the dog. In fact, Aidan uses every persuasive power he has to convince Beck to give up Ruff...and he's as wild and unpredictable as the dog they both want.
Everything gets complicated by Ruff, who has his own idea of who should be his master, making it impossible for Beck to win him over. But she'll do anything to succeed, even work closely with maddeningly sexy and relentlessly determined Aidan Kilcannon, who has some skills she desperately needs to save her uncle's local pizza business.
With an uneasy truce, a restless dog, and an attraction that bubbles like one of Slice of Heaven's award-winning pizzas, Aidan and Beck soon realize they can help each other heal. But as they fall deeply in love and discover the true meaning of family and home, they’ll have to face the pains of their past if they have any chance of a future.
Themes: Contemporary, Tear-Jerker alert
Rating: 4.75 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
Every time I think that this author has broken my heart in every way she possibly could, she finds a new way to show me that I’m wrong, in only the best ways of course.  I love everything that Rocki writes, but her newest series revolves around family, loss, healing and the power of love, not to mention the great impact any member of the dog world can have on a person.  I have enjoyed each of these stories more and more and greatly anticipated reading Aidan's story from the first time I met him, and though there were tears from the beginning to the end, we were not left feeling sad in the end.  The love between Aidan and Beck is obvious and the love they both shared for Charlie and by extension his dog Ruff, was powerful.   As they come together to find a way to honor Charlie’s last wishes you can see that the fire and passion between them pales in comparison to the gentle love between two people meant for one another. While I know the original series is coming to an end soon, since the Dogfather has paired off all but one of his children, as I understand it there is a spin-off/continuation of the series coming involving the family cousins, which will allow us to enjoy this family’s antics and the craziness of the small town they claim as their own.  If you’ve never experienced the greatness of a St. Claire novel, while I can say I feel bad for you, I insist you run out right now and grab Aidan and Beck's story (along with the rest of the series) and get to work enjoying every second of it.  I cannot wait for the rest of this series and whatever project pops into Rocki's head next because I have no doubts in my mind anymore that I will enjoy every second of it.
Aidan has been dealt the one of the worst losses a warrior can, the loss of a brother-in-arms—one who has been his best friend for more than a decade—and watching Charlie die has left him at lose ends.  The only thing he knows is that he is determined to fulfill his last promise to his best friend, taking Charlie’s dog Ruff out of the hellhole of Afghanistan back to their hometown in Virginia where he can have an easy life on Aidan's family’s amazing property.  With the help of his father, Aidan accomplishes getting Ruff home, but that’s where the complications begin.  Charlie’s sister, Beck, also claims that Charlie left Ruff to her and she is just as determined to have that final piece of her brother living with her, despite Ruff’s immediate dislike of her and her Aunt's intense dislike of dogs.  Beck has left her business and home in the city to try to help her Aunt and Uncle after he has a stroke and while they deal with the loss of her brother, but keeping their family pizza restaurant afloat and getting her uncle to come back to the business is more challenging than she ever imagined.  When Aidan and Beck decide to team up to try to save the business and get her uncle back in shape, they slowly begin to recognize that their feelings aren’t going away and there might not be any denying that they are more than simply just attracted to one another.  But when disaster strikes and they are forced to realize that some things are more important than winning and losing, Beck and Aidan have to decide if what they have built together can stand the test of time or if they are too different to come together for a happily ever after.
I loved finally getting to know Aidan more and seeing him grow through the course of this novel, because, as he found a way to deal with his losses and come to terms with what he truly wanted out of his life, he grew into a truly amazing man.  He is obviously a sexy alpha male, many years spent as a warrior and a hero, but inside he is still reeling from the death of his mother and trying to understand how his siblings and father are each dealing with it as well.  The saying that everyone handles grief in their own way was never more surely demonstrated than with this amazing family and seeing Aidan finally accept that was wonderful.  It was also fun to watch him as he tried to understand why he was so attracted to his best friend's little sister, his perceived adversary as he tried to sabotage her and get Ruff back with him.  There were some serious moments, of course, as these two fell in love and began to work through their doubts and fears, so overall this story was truly and emotional roller-coaster for Aidan, Beck and the reader! Meeting Rebecca, Beck to her friends and family, was a treat, even if at first she is portrayed as a bit of a ditzy person with a selfish streak.  As we get more and more of her back story you come to see how truly insecure she is and that she has so many issues to work through before she will ever be able to accept the love that Aidan is offering her.  Even as she gets closer and closer to Aidan, she resists every step of the way, thinking she will leave in the end before he does and it was heartbreaking to see her unwilling to open herself to the love that Aidan was so willing to offer her.  She has lost a lot in her short life to be sure, but by giving up she is just going to end up with fewer people in her life and in the end a life not truly lived.
As always, when you reach the end of a Roxanne St. Claire story you have to force yourself to wipe off the tears, both happy and sad and remind yourself that you haven’t just lived this story with friends.  Her ability to suck you into her stories and make you feel like you are right there living the story with them is being amazing and I can truly say I wish I had her ability.  Aidan and Beck's story was no exception and I know I will be going back to it again and again.  Aidan was the perfect tortured hero, with loses to overcome and an inner strength that shines through even as he has his moments of selfish desire and makes bad choices.  Beck begins the story as the type of character that many of us love to hate, that woman that is determined to simply do her family duty and then get back to her own perfectly separate and all planned out life.  Luckily she comes to understand that while she might have been able to separate herself temporarily from her past, she is now right where she belongs, which includes being with Aidan.  The heat between Aidan and Beck begins with their arguments over custody of Ruff, but the more time they spend together the more we get to see that fire lead into interesting and very physical manifestations.  I loved every second of this story and truly wish it had been even longer so I could have enjoyed it for a second day. I am also looking forward to the next story in the series where we will finally get to see the wandering Darcy find her mate and I hear rumors of a possible match for the Dogfather himself, which many might have mixed feelings about, but I have no doubt true Rocki fans will enjoy immensely.  Keeping the magic alive Rocki!
*eARC provided by author for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Review: A Devil in Scotland (No Ordinary Hero #3)

A Devil in Scotland (No Ordinary Hero #3)

by Suzanne Enoch

Blurb:
The dawning of desire...
1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever…
...is delicious and dangerous.
1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?
Themes: Historical, SCOTLAND
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating:  
Review:
We have all read a story synopsis that makes us a little leery about reading the book, wondering if we are really going to enjoy it, even if we know the author and trust their work immensely, and this was one of those stories for me.  Luckily Ms. Enoch came through for me with amazing aplomb. I enjoyed this story, the suspense and emotional drama were more than enough to make it worth every second of reading, but when you add in the unrequited love, intense chemistry, and familial responsibility that is being dealt with, the story goes from just OK, to being fantastic.  Callum has returned from a long separation from his family a new man, a man with a strong work ethic and the ability to lead, all traits he would never have developed had he not been forced to grow up so quickly.  The death of his brother has left him with only one thing on his mind, vengeance, and if he has to bring down the only woman he ever thought he loved to get it, consequences be damned, but almost immediately his goals are changed and he has to find a way to get justice without blowing up his new world.  Becca once made a practical decision, using her head instead of her heart, but she never imagined she would be widowed with so many responsibilities at such a young age.  Now she is faced with the furious brother of her late husband, the man that grew out of the boy she once loved with all her heart, and she has to decide if she wants to throw her lot in with him or turn to the only other men in her life, men she has always trusted and believed in.  As they are forced to work together to uncover the truth around Ian’s death Becca and Callum cannot deny the passion that flares between them, but neither believe there can be more, until suddenly they cannot deny it a moment more.  It might be too late to change the past, but they have a future that is unwritten and only they can decide what will go on those pages, if they are still alive to write them. I LOVED this story even as there were moments I really wanted to smack Callum for his callousness and ruthlessness.  Callum was a man I could believe perfectly growing from the guilty boy that was forced from his home after a terrible decision.  I found him interesting, strong, stubborn, dangerous, and sexy as hell, but when he is around the women in his life (once he stops being an asshole to Becca) he is a giant teddy bear that offers them a protector but also a broad shoulder to cry on.  Becca was a little bit naïve in a lot of ways, but thankfully once the evidence was presented to her, came to understand that not everything is as it seems in her little world.  She is obviously smart, passionate, and loving, but in her own right I think she is a bold personality and the type of woman that is needed to balance the rougher edges of Callum’s personality. I loved seeing her go up against Callum in their passionate arguments and, of course, once she switched sides she was just as amazing going against their enemies with him.  The chemistry was obviously still there for these two even after so many years apart and the fact that they had both changed so much over those years, but honestly the moments when they are just together in peace were just as good as the sexy moments.  I was thrilled with the conclusion of this series and I look forward to seeing what comes next for Ms. Enoch and getting a chance to hopefully meet a whole new group of sexy Scots! Thanks for the amazing journey through the highlands with this Clan of crazy interesting characters.
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Review: Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1)

Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1)

by Nalini Singh

Blurb:
Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.
Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.
And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.
As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.
Themes: Contemporary
Rating:  4.5 stars
Heat Rating:
Review:
I was so thrilled to get a chance to return to the wonderful rich and amazing world of Ms. Singh’s home country in this amazing story that is a spin-off of one of my favorite series.  When I finally started the book—I admit I pushed it as long as possible so I could stretch the anticipation—I was hooked immediately.  The sexy characters, steamy storyline and sweet sensuality that Ísa develops as she comes out of her shell makes me so happy I got a chance to enjoy reading this one.  Sailor has worked all his life to meet his goals and knows no other way than going full out to get what he wants, so when he decides he wants Ísa, after she blows his mind on their first encounter then runs away, there is no doubt she’ll be his.  Ísa wants nothing more from life than to be normal;  her family might be one of the richest in the country, but she doesn’t want that life, even though her mother keeps pulling her back into it.  When she meets Sailor she throws all caution to the wind and decides that she’s going to go after something she wants more than anything for once.  But as past and present collide, forcing them to work together and find a way to deal with their new relationship, Ísa and Sailor both have to decide just what their priorities in life are and what comprises they will make for their love.  Ísa was an interesting character to get to know; her insecurities and doubts were tempered with a fiery spirit and mama-bear protectiveness, making her a perfectly rounded character that I loved to read about.  Once she allowed herself to open her heart to Sailor she had to deal with the chance he would break her heart, but knew the only way to find out if they had anything special was the truly give him a chance.  Sailor was an awesome guy that I would love to find in real life.  He has real determination to make something of himself and doesn’t just sit around waiting for good things to happen to him, instead grabbing life as it comes and turning it into opportunities.  The chemistry between these two was explosive from the very beginning and I definitely needed a cold shower more than once during this story, so I suggest lots of cold water and a cool pool when reading this one.  I am hoping this series continues or that we get another contemporary series from Ms. Singh, because though I do honestly LOVE her Psy-Changling series with all my heart, she also excels with these contemporary works and I want more of them.  If you love a good hot story that leads to a love you know will last until the end of their days, Cherish Hard is just the book for you I guarantee it.
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Hot and Badgered (Honey Badger Chronicles #1)

Hot and Badgered (Honey Badger Chronicles #1)
by Shelly Laurenston

Blurb:
It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.
 Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .
Themes: Paranormal, Shifters
Rating:  4 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
So as with all of my reviews for this author's work, I have to preface everything I’m about to say with the fact that if you are looking for something even remotely normal—be it characters, writing style, or plotline—I recommend you look elsewhere.  Shelly Laurenston is an amazing author, but her sense of humor is a little bit off and if you aren’t ready to deal with that, jump ship right now…
Now, with that being done, I will share that this new spin-off series kicks off with some seriously hilarious moments and sexy as all get out characters kicking ass.  I loved every single second of this story despite the fact that these characters are even more odd than in previous series.  There is a continuation from her previous shifters series with many characters and places carrying over, but some fun new people as well.  I loved getting to know the honey badger family dynamic a bit more, beyond having just met Livy in previous novels.  Charlie and Berg were hilarious together, neither of them really understanding one another, but Berg’s protectiveness toward her was beyond sweet and seeing them working together to solve their families' issues was entertaining.  I loved Berg and wish I could find one just like him to make my very own.  He was a serious badass in one moment, but in the next his brain would lead him to a more strategic fix and he’d actually use his mind instead of his body or muscles to get his way. Charlie on the other hand has been leading her little family out of the trouble they get into for decades already and knows just what needs doing, even if she resists having to do it sometimes.  I enjoyed seeing her plotting mind moving chess pieces until she was able to call checkmate on her opponents and the game was over.  In the end Berg and Charlie realized they work best together and despite the craziness that would become their lives, a mating between a honey badger and a grizzly was just what the doctor prescribed.  I am looking forward to what comes next.
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Savage Rising (Redemption Harbor #2)

Savage Rising (Redemption Harbor #2)
by Katie Reus 

Blurb:
He's a former Marine, her new fake boyfriend, and the only way to escape her dangerous past.
Having a child changed everything for Olivia—she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she’s so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He’ll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was?
Can they pull it off?
Savage poses as her obsessive ex during a daring undercover operation—and soon the line between reality and their cover story becomes blurred. He’ll use every trick he knows to keep the sensual woman alive and out of jail—and in his life. But the clock is ticking and if they can’t find a way to trust each other, no one will make it out alive.
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
The amazing story of a group of friends that have come together to offer their services as badasses to those of us in the world that may need their skills continues in a big way as Zac Savage finds himself wrapped around the little finger of not one, but two women that are destined to steal his heart. This series is one that I decided to read simply because I am a little bit obsessed with Katie’s ability to weave a tale and wish I could do what she does with even half her ability.  I loved the first story and couldn’t see how she would be able to top it, and while I will say this one didn’t quite TOP that one, it was a wonderful story with lots of action, suspense, danger, emotion, and passion.  Savage has lived the majority of his life not believing he deserved the love of any woman, much less a good woman, one with a special daughter, like Olivia, but when she is in need of his unique brand of assistance he steps up and finds himself ensnared by her big-time.  Olivia left her life of petty criminal stupidity a long time ago when her daughter came along, but now she is being yanked back in and the danger around her is too real to deny.  She runs to her best friend with only the slimmest hope of Skye and her new company being able to help, but when she meets Zac Savage she isn’t prepared for the passion he ignites in her blood.  Working together to overcome the obstacles to her freedom and her safety and that of the most important people in their lives, Zac and Olivia soon find they’re falling hard for one another.  But when the danger passes is there really a chance for them to lead a life together or will the fire between them fizzle and die?  I LOVED Savage and can guarantee that if I ever met a man like him in real life there is no way I would let him get away from me, but even better was his willingness to stand beside—or sometimes in front of—Olivia as she fights her way free of her enemies.  Savage is obviously seriously damaged by his past, but the love and devotion he’s ready to offer to Olivia and her daughter are nothing to be scoffed at and I was thrilled to watch him open his heart at last.  Olivia has made a few mistakes in her youth, but haven’t we all?  Now she is paying for some of them unfortunately and she has dragged the man she has come to love into danger with her.  It is obvious that Olivia is remorseful for the drama and pain she is causing, but her own fears and insecurities got in the way of her ability to accept her happiness a lot of the time.  This is the biggest problem for us women I think; once we’ve been burned it is SO hard for us to ever accept when something good is offered.  In the end Olivia finds a way to show Savage that she can be the woman he needs and opens her life to him and offers them both the chance they need for true happiness.  I loved the ending of this story and cannot wait for the two love-stories that were hinted at in the end to come next.  This is shaping up to be another great series by Ms. Reus, though I am honestly not surprised in the least!
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.