Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J. R. Ward

Novo doesn’t need a man to make her strong, she wrote the book on female independence but she seems to have one large weakness. Peyton’s aristocratic focus is off centre and he can’t seem to keep it in check even when the stakes are high. Saxton’s broken heart begins to heal but the fates may have other plans.

This all-action episode in the Brotherhood mansion has plenty of suspense and a boatload of heartache so be prepared, there will be tears. Ward has built a vast world filled to the brim with alpha males of all kind and then topped it up with strong females.

I don’t think I’ve come across such addictive stories before, I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Far Away Home by Susan Denning

Aislynn’s New York life comes to an end when tragedy strikes and she plans her escape West, following the man who has her heart. With Johnny at her side she braves the frontier and makes an epic journey across the wilderness but at sixteen she quickly realises that she has a lot to learn.

This coming of age novel has all my favourite subjects intertwined within a story that is both beautifully romantic and horribly sad. Aislynn is a strong female lead in a time when women were not appreciated for their strength. The historically accurate setting and the emotion that pours through Denning’s characters made this a riveting read.

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While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Tara’s life is turned upside down when she wakes in her neighbour’s bed. The fact that he has been brutally stabbed to death makes matters worse and Tara does the only thing she can to protect her family; she runs. When the lies begin to flow, it’s hard to know who to trust but the desire to protect her family remains her priority.

Tara is a very ordinary woman with easily relatable conflict within her family but her daughter Rosie’s antics threw me off the scent every time. This thriller tricked me by constantly making me think I could solve the mystery only to dash my hopes and produce new or conflicting evidence. The brilliance of bringing a new suspect into the light at intervals kept the story fresh and interesting. Croft has a unique style, and I found it refreshing.

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Blackout (John Milton #10) by Mark Dawson

When John Milton wakes up in his hotel room, he knows immediately that something is very wrong. Alcohol has been his downfall in the past but after fighting it for so long has he really fallen on the wagon? When he sees the body, his heart sinks and things begin to spiral out of his control and control is something Milton prefers to keep a hold of.

I love this series but I’m not reading it in sync because the audio book came on promotion and I just couldn’t wait. Lucky for me this doesn’t seem to matter too much. Milton’s story is easy to pick up and very easy to become addicted to.

Milton isn’t a hero as such but as killers go, he’s pretty awesome. There’s something innocent about this character that hooks the reader in making him seem like the good guy. The story is full-on action and poor Milton doesn’t get much chance to be introspective because he’s either taking a beating or giving one but Dawson still manages to instil a sense of vulnerability into this unlikely hero. Watch out ladies, he’s a little like James Bond but with less charm, less bling, and less action in the sack but with the mission in mind the man is focused even if he does ride economy class.

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The Accidental Sire (Half-Moon Hollow #6) by Molly Harper

Who plays ultimate Frisbee with weights, anyway?

When a vampire game turns into a tragedy at a human-vampire mixer, Megan finds herself turning to the vamp side. That near death experience is the beginning of a run of bad luck for Megan and anyone who gets close to her. Between Jane’s expert guidance and her newfound skills, not to mention a new on-off boyfriend, can Megan get to the bottom of the mystery that she has become?

This is another great example of Harper’s work. A mixture of sweet, sexy, and funny with an extra dose of Southern humour and you’ve got a great read. I’m even getting used to the freaky child vampire with the psychotic tendencies. The only thing I will say about this author is that she doesn’t write quick enough, I’m ready for the next instalment.

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Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J. R. Ward

When Axe joins the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s Training program he intends to stay at arm’s length from the others especially Peyton and his Glymera pals. When a chance meeting throws him in the path of the lovely Elise all bets are off. Not only does he become her bodyguard, but he also finds a connection that he’d never believed was possible.

This is not just a romance but a coming of age novel. Axe finds more out about himself than he knew existed and becomes a valuable member of the team through his brave actions. Elise is yet another strong female as per Ward’s usual style but her character is also determined and challenging. The bond between the pair is strong but the reasons for them not to be together are getting in the way, causing a friction for all those around.

The story is yet another beautifully romantic episode to the Black Dagger Legacy with its intricately crafted world and amazing full-bodied characters.

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Valentine Witch (Heartblaze) by Shay Roberts

Isabelle is not your average human; she has a little of her father’s blood in her along with some very cool gifts but they don’t help when it comes to matters of the heart. She was warned from a young age that if a man breaks her heart, it could kill her and she’s pretty sure Luke has the power to do just that. Hope comes in the form of a witch but the hazards of making deals with an ancient being also come with a risk.

This is a brilliant little novella, introducing us to the Heartblaze world where supernatural creatures are hidden in plain sight and an ancient order is out to get them. I have grown to love Roberts’ style of writing and the world where Heartblaze is set. The characters are warm and full of intrigue and the stories are more than just simple romance. It looks like I’ll be buying the next instalment.

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