Review: SAVED BY DARKNESS by Katie Reus

It’s been awhile since I have ventured into the paranormal world, and while I don’t do it often, I only do it with a select few authors. Katie Reus is one of those authors. In her newest release, Saved by Darkness we are pulled into a paranormal world filled with dragon shifters, demons and so much more. We also enter a hell realm. Creepy! The world building is amazing and the characters are even better.

The main characters in the story are Ian and Fiona and they are lost lovers. They first met over 50 years ago and are pulled apart by her family. Present day they are back together to stand up against an enormous obstacle pulling in several others willing to fight along side them. In addition to fighting for their lives, their love grows stronger and just when we think they will be together, something comes in between them yet again.  Ugh!

Reus does an amazing job with Saved by Darkness. She writes an imaginative story with characters that are endearing to the reader. I enjoy the relationship part of stories sometimes more than overall plot itself and this one has it everywhere from family to lovers to friends and packmates. The action scenes are great but the emotionally charged scenes get my heart racing just as much. Oh and the love scenes are so sweet and sensual yet intense.

Saved by Darkness is a fantastically written paranormal romance full of magic, romance, action and adventure. If you are looking for a break from reality, pick this one up!

Title: Saved by Darkness (Darkness, #6)

Author: Katie Reus

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley 

Review: JACK OF HEARTS by Sandra Owens

In Jack of Hearts by Sandra Owens, FBI agent Alex Gentry is working undercover to bring down the notorious Alonzo family. Using a biker bar that he and his 2 brothers own as cover, Alex befriends Ramon Alonzo, son of the drug lord Alex is looking to take down. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting Ramon’s beautiful cousin Madison Parker. Madison can’t stand her creepy cousin but she maintains family ties to keep her mother happy. When bad boy Alex keeps Ramon’s unwanted hands away from her on more than one occasion, Madison finds herself slowly falling for Alex. What will Madison do when she finds out who Alex really is? Will Alex be able to get the evidence he needs to bring down the Alonzo’s?

This book should come with a warning label. Caution: Your new book boyfriend is inside. My. My. My. Owens has created a drool worthy character with Alex Gentry. Alex is honorable, loves his family, is perfect gentleman to Madison, and drives her crazy in the bedroom. The gifts that Alex sends to Madison will have you sighing in delight at his romantic side.

Madison is a strong character and every bit Alex’s match. Having just opened her own business, she stands her ground on more than one occasion when Ramon wants to use her bookstore for nefarious purposes. Her only weakness is her mother, which is why Madison doesn’t just blow off her sexually harassing cousin.

The suspense portion of this book is really good. Obviously the reader knows who Alex is and we get to see him slowly gather evidence against Madison’s family. An additional plot line has him trying to figure out who killed Madison’s father, who was an award winning investigative journalist.

Jack of Hearts is the first book in the Aces and Eights series. Owens has created a fabulous world with the sexy Gentry brothers that has me looking forward to the next books in the series. If you love romantic suspense, this is a great book for you.

Title: Jack of Hearts

Author: Sandra Owens Author

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Review: CROSSING HEARTS by Kimberly Kincaid

In Crossing Hearts by Kimberly Kincaid, Hunter Cross loves his hometown and running his family farm. When he aggravates an old shoulder injury, Hunter is put on light duty and referred for some physical therapy with none other than Emerson Montgomery, his high school sweetheart, who left for college and never looked back . Emerson is back home after leaving her job with a professional football team and she wasn’t expecting to run into Hunter so soon. As they renew their friendship, Emerson confides to Hunter why she left Las Vegas and swears him to secrecy. Can Hunter keep Emerson’s secret? Will Hunter and Emerson get a second chance at love?

I felt so sorry for Emerson in this book. Not because of her diagnosis of MS, which is horrible but because after the diagnosis she felt that she was no longer perfect and that she had never made her parents proud. It took a lot for her to tell Hunter not only about her medical condition but about her relationship with her parents.

The relationship between Hunter and Emerson was interesting. Hunter had proposed to Emerson before she left and she obviously said no. Now that Emerson has MS she doesn’t want to let Hunter get close to her at all. It takes a lot of persuasion from Hunter to get Emerson to see how good they would be together.

Another interesting part of the book is the dynamics within the Cross family. Hunter is one of 3 sons, all of whom work on the family farm. His other two brothers are constantly arguing to the point where I expected them to start trading punches. Hunter spends a lot of the time worrying about his brothers and trying to play peacemaker. I am looking forward to finding out more information on this sibling issue in the coming books. 

Crossing Hearts is the first book in the Cross Creek series by Kimberly Kincaid. This charming small town romance will have you smitten with the characters from the first sentence, especially Hunter and Emerson. Anyone who loves a second chance romance/contemporary romance would enjoy this book.

Title: Crossing Hearts

Author: Kimberly Kincaid

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Review & Giveaway: FATAL LOVE by Misty Evans

So Many Reads is excited to a blog tour stop on the Fatal Love Blog Tour! Today we have a review and giveaway for you all!

I am always in heaven when I read a Misty Evans book and her latest, Fatal Love took me even higher because there was a new baby that joined the Shadow Force International team! In Fatal Love we follow the birth of Callan and Beatrice’s baby, featuring Connor and Sabrina (some new SFI people) as well as a few appearances from characters from the other stories.

If you have read the other books in the series, you know that things don’t always go according to plan. And the birth of Cal and B’s baby is not different. Instead of just the adventure of a home birth where Maria (midwife) and Trace (another SFI member) help out Cal and B, they have to fend off a revenge-hungry terrorist with some cronies. Thankfully, this is a novella, so once you start the book and get sucked in, you have time to finish because you really won’t want to leave the characters for even a few minutes.

Speaking of the fantastic characters in the story, what I love so much about Callan and Beatrice is that Cal can tell B what to do when no one else in can. She doesn’t always listen to Cal, but she knows when he means business. The back and forth between the two of them is hilarious and so entertaining. Trace (hero from Fatal Truth) also played a big role in the story along with newcomers Connor and Sabrina.

It’s hard to describe too much more of Fatal Love without giving it all away, but if you read Evans’ SFI series then you will want to read this one. You will get the same smooth and easy writing, smart dialogue, edge of your seat action and a happy ever after that will leave a big smile on your face.

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Title: FATAL LOVE (Shadow Force, #3.5)

Author: Misty Evans

Release Date:February 1, 2017

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received by Author

Buy Links: Amazon USAmazon UK /Amazon CA /AmazonAU/ Kobo/ iBooks

Book Blurb:

***Girl or boy? Find out what Cal and Beatrice are having in this Shadow Force International Worlds novella! And meet Connor and Sabrina – two SFI members who must overcome their inner demons in order to find love in the middle of chaos.

Once upon a time, former Navy SEAL Callan Reese risked everything to protect his estranged wife from the enemies who wanted her dead. Now reunited and expecting their first child, Cal’s past makes Beatrice a target once again.

When Beatrice is kidnapped by a desperate woman bent on revenge, Cal must put everything on the line in the most dangerous mission of his life to keep her and their unborn child alive.

Full of pulse-pounding intrigue and a whole lot of heart, FATAL LOVE is a passionate thriller that’s sure to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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Review: AFTER YOU WERE GONE by Alexis Harrington

In After You Were Gone by Alexis Harrington, eight years ago, Mitchell Tucker was convicted of starting a fire that killed a man. Having served his time, Mitch returns to Gila Rock, Texas seeking forgiveness from the widow, Julianne Boyce. Julianne doesn’t want to forgive Mitch because there is simply too much history between them. But Mitch is persistent and begins helping her around her store in hopes of paying her back for the damage he caused in her life. In the meantime, a series of escalating acts of vandalism aimed at Julianne begin to occur. Gradually accepting that Mitch isn’t to blame, Julianne tries to ignore her heart, which is falling in love with her high school sweetheart once again. Who is committing the vandalism? Will Julianne and Mitch become lovers again despite their turbulent history?

There is a lot going on in this book but it makes for a very gripping and emotional romance. First there is the romantic history between Mitch and Julianne. There is the story of him seeking forgiveness for the crimes he committed. There is also an ongoing family feud between Mitch’s family and Julianne’s. Harrington does an excellent job of weaving the different stories together and giving readers a very satisfying conclusion.

A lot of the book focuses on how Mitch and Julianne’s lives didn’t turn out as they planned. Mitch wanted to play professional baseball and was even scouted by several major league teams. But when that dream didn’t come true, Mitch also gave up in his dream of marrying Julianne. However, Mitch never told Julianne that he wanted to marry her and she instead married another man. The whole book really makes you think how one small decision can affect the trajectory of so many lives. The suspense part of the book involving the vandalism left me guessing until the end. Like Julianne, I first suspected Mitch, because he after all had a reason. When it was revealed who was actually involved, I have to say I was pretty surprised that one of the characters had a hand in it. 

After You Were Gone is a gripping, emotional romance that will stay with you long after the book is over. Featuring a heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption, this book is perfect for any reader who enjoys a gritty contemporary romance.

Title: After You Were Gone

Author: Alexis Harrington

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC via NetGalley

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