Bear Faced Lies: A shifter Romance Novella by Merryn Dexter

Harriet’s bad luck just doesn’t seem to let up so when a handsome stranger helps her out at the cattle market she doesn’t get her hopes up. When he offers her help on the ranch, she’s reluctant after everything she’s been through but his calm manner and easy way with animals are too good to let go. It doesn’t take long before her work-based interest and her lonely heart intertwine but they both have baggage. Will Harriet end her spell of bad luck and will Tobias divulge his secret?

This is a cute shifter romance with an edge. It was an easy read with likeable characters although Tobias’ use of the word ‘sweetheart’ was a little too frequent for my liking. I did, however, really enjoy the addition of Clyde who gave the ranch a proper old cowboy feeling.

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To Buy a Wife (The Dark Future #1) by K. C. Klein

In Hudson’s world, it isn’t just customary to buy a wife but also necessary for the security of his farm. When he sees the beautiful prisoner on the executioner’s block he jumps in like a white knight but Lake isn’t a damsel in distress and she quickly lets him know. Having spent everything he had on this one chance can he make her stay?

I love a romance set in a dystopian future and this one has an intriguing back story. Women always seem to get the rough end of the deal when it comes to the future but Lake isn’t taking her lot without a fight. Klein’s ability to create a realistic and interesting world in a dystopian future is what sets this book apart from other romances of its kind but it is also an easy read. I’m looking forward to finding out what the next book has in store for us.

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Frost Security: Richard by Glenna Sinclair

Jessica’s simple, happy life begins to disappear the moment her silent business partner dies. A few calls she can handle but when her friend suggests a security firm, she figures it can’t hurt. Inextricably being drawn to her security detail while dealing with ever increasing threats all semblance of her peaceful, happy life disappears. It doesn’t take long before the world as she knows it is shattered.

This is a romantic suspense, and the story contains plenty of suspense, threat, and malice but the romance is a little light for my taste. There’s no magical build-up and I think that lets the book down. Jessica is a nice enough character, and she is going through something traumatic but I would still expect to feel more during the so-called romantic moments. Richard is a fairly well-developed character, and I wanted to hear more angst, more feeling.

The ongoing story that will carry the series is sound and I would like to know what happens next but this particular story ended without really resolving the two main characters’ issues and that was disappointing. Still, the next book in the series may well appear on my Kindle.

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Ride by Roxie Noir

Mae has to put her career first. It doesn’t matter that the man she’s going to photograph was the man she almost lost her virginity to or that his looks were so distracting she could barely think straight. He was the reason she’d put her heart and soul into her career in the first place. There’s nothing like being caught drunk, half-naked, and horny in the back of a pickup truck and it had made her swear off alcohol. Mae was a serious photographer.

Jackson had a reputation to uphold, and it meant living on the edge and never sleeping alone. Knowing the name of the buckle-bunny in his bed wasn’t a requirement so long as he remained lucky in the ring. That is, until Mae shows up; the girl that got away.

This is a sweet romance with plenty of ouch moments and not just the ones that require hospital treatments. Mae’s a strong character but Jackson’s lifestyle is hard to comprehend. The steamy scenes are tasteful and amusing as is the humour between the couple making it a great read.

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Run (Caged Trilogy #1) by H. G. Lynch

Tilly finally escapes her captors and runs for freedom. The forest, usually her friend, seems alien and full of dark surprises but just as she thinks she’ll succumb to the darkness she is rescued. Three handsome brothers are among her saviours and it doesn’t take her long to lose her heart but with a past that is hell-bent on catching up with her can she afford to stay and risk her friends’ lives?

This paranormal story is a little different, and it offers a new perspective on the young adult and paranormal genres. Lynch unwinds the story at a fairly fast pace but allows us to indulge in a little romance in between. The imagery is full and expansive without going into long description and the scenes are vibrant.

I’ve read books by this author before and she has a very fresh and lively character development skill. Tilly, Spencer, and Dominick are easy to relate to and very likable and I’m looking forward to seeing Tilly get her man in the next instalment.

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Wives of War by Soraya Lane

Scarlet’s desire to find her fiancé, Thomas, is her priority when she joins the war effort as a nurse. Within hours she has formed a firm friendship with an Irish girl and together they learn just what it means to be a nurse in the midst of war. When Scarlet meets a handsome soldier before leaving England she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him and no amount of guilt can tear her heart away but the brutality of war is about to come crashing down on them all and romance becomes the last thing on their minds.

This is an emotional story about friendship and love but it’s not a straightforward romance. The era has been carefully researched and as we follow the lives of these women as they enter unimaginable horror we get a realistic preview into what it really would have been like.

The story kept me emotionally invested as well as intrigued. It is much deeper than your standard romance and the details are sometimes gory and tragically true to history. It is a book with historic value and most definitely a tearjerker.

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Kitty Cat (Age of Night #1) by May Sage

When the wolves come for Rye’s pride he’ll do anything to protect them so when Daunte suggests staying with a friend of his he jumps at the opportunity. When he meets Aisling, his tiger wants to play but she isn’t interested and with his beta in between them he’s doomed.

I’ve read a few of Sage’s books and I have to say this is my favourite. The romance is sweet, the characters are warm, and realistic and the whole setup is agreeable. I particularly like Aisling’s backstory and as shifter books go this one definitely has something different to offer.

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