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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Karyn Taylor

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology Of First Responders is a collection of hot and steamy novels in which the main character(s) is a first responder. Among this collection is Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery. I have read other works by this author and have found that I love their writing style, characters and story lines. Due to this, I chose to read Reconstructed Heart first.
This book is filled with so much emotion. I would add a ‘tissues needed’ warning with this book. There are some really heart wrenching, heart breaking scenes in this book that will have you loving and hating the author at the same time: Firstly, for writing such a powerful story and secondly for putting you through such emotions.
Trey Prince and Jenna Labato are both awesome characters. Trey is called out to an RTA in his job with the Collision Reconstruction Unit only to face one of his wort nightmares – one of the victims is his friend, colleague and former mentor. Jenna Labato is the state trooper on the scene and forms a bond with Trey.
This is a powerful story of how 2 people come together to help them through a traumatic time in their lives. It is so well written and will drag you deep into the story that you will not want to put it down. In fact, I binge read this in one sitting as I just could not put it down.
I thoroughly recommend this beautiful, emotional story.

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Knight Watch (An Alliance Agency Novel Book 1) by Maddie Wade & India Kells – Review by Karyn Taylor

Knight Watch (An Alliance Agency Novel #1)Knight Watch by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knight Watch is the first novel in the Alliance Agency series by 2 of my favourite authors India Kells and Maddie Wade. It follows on from the prequel Deadly Alliance where Emme from Maddie Wade’s Fortis Security joined forces with Shane from India Kells Purgatory team to create the Alliance Agency.
In this book they are given their first job, finding Sydney Rutherford, the niece of a prominent businessman, who has been kidnapped. Brit Kingsley Knight is put in charge of the mission and it soon becomes clear that there is so much more to this story than they originally thought.
This story gripped me straight from the first page and didn’t let me go, as I would expect from these 2 authors. On their own they both devise amazing characters and storylines, however together, this is taken to a whole new level. The storyline is fast paced, flows very well and has many twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. It is full of danger, suspense and intrigue and you won’t want to put it down.
One thing I particularly loved is the growing camaraderie and bond between the members of the team. There is such a wide difference among the characters and yet they work so well as a team. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the other members of the team on a closer level.

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Karyn Taylor

Revive (Rewind #3)Revive by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Revive is the 3rd instalment in the erotic, queer Rewind series by Rowan Shaw. It can be read as a stand-alone but in my humble opinion, I think it would be enjoyed better if you at least read the first book ‘Rewind’ before this one.
I loved the first 2 books in this series but was a bit hesitant before reading this one as I really didn’t like Patrick when we first met him in Rewind. However I have to say that Patrick did redeem himself in Revive. Having had a bad experience with a bi man before, therapist Patrick is very anti-bi and doesn’t hide this fact. So how is he going to react when the gorgeous man he had a one night stand with appears as his patient the next day and turns out to be bi?
I absolutely adored Brandon. Having been married to a bi woman, Brandon is scared of coming out as bi to his mother as his father turned out to be bi and left them. Brandon also hasn’t had any relationship with a man yet so is very confused and unsure how to deal with the beautiful enigmatic Patrick. The conflict in his head is wonderfully written by Rowan Shaw.
In addition this book has an awesome scene stealer. Brandon’s daughter Wei is an amazing character. I just loved her wit and outlook on life. She’s a total breath of fresh air.
Loving this series so far and looking forward to book 4.

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Karyn Taylor

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3)Fire & Ice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fire & Ice is the 3rd instalment in the sexy, erotic Spicetopia Series by Phoebe Alexander. This book can be read as a stand-alone although I’d recommend that you read books 1 and 2 first as it will give a better understanding of what Spicetopia is all about and how the idea for it was created.
In this book, Spicetopia (a theme park for adults) is getting ready to open when it becomes clear that someone is out to sabotage the park. Head of Security Neve Romano and Head of PR Enya Moore have to try find out what is going on and to stop word spreading. Unfortunately Neve and Enya do not get on with each other but when thrown together things become rather heated between the two.
I absolutely loved the interactions between the 2. They could not be any more different if they tried. Enya babbled and talked non-stop, whereas you were doing well if you got more than a few words out of Neve. Can Enya, who is fiery and full of life melt the Iceman?
In the 2nd book there is much emphasis on swinging, whereas in Fire & Ice there is much more emphasis on BDSM but in a monogamous relationship. Let’s just say that the sexy times in this book are smoking hot! You’ll be needing a fan or a cold shower to calm you down. Having read many books by Phoebe Alexander now I can say with much confidence that she writes a damn fantastic erotic story.
I’m looking forward to finding out what she has in store for us in the 4th book Naughty & Nice.

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Deliciously Sinful Liaisons by L.M. Mountford – Review by Karyn Taylor

Deliciously Sinful LiaisonsDeliciously Sinful Liaisons by L.M. Mountford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deliciously Sinful Liaisons is a collection of 7 hot and steamy short stories by L.M. Mountford. Some of these short stories are also contained in Temptation and Seduction which is another collection of short stories by this author. I had previously read, and enjoyed Temptation and Seduction, so was happy to re-visit those stories that I had read before.
This collection has a bit of everything for the hot and steamy romance lover. This collection contains friends to lovers, taboo/forbidden relationships, BDSM, paranormal romance among others. Each story contains a different alpha male in a variety of different circumstances.
One thing all the stories have in common is hot, steamy, erotic sexual encounters. Some may leave you rather hot under the collar and in need of a fan to cool down.
I’m a total sucker for a friends-to-lovers romance so have to say that Just Once was my favourite story in this collection.
Having had a few tastes of this author’s short stories, I’d love to read a full length novel of theirs. If these short stories are anything to go by, I’m sure it would be pant meltingly hot!

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Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2) by C.A. King – Review by Karyn Taylor

Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2)Hang On To Your Shirt Tails by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Hang On To Your Shirt Tails by C.A. King we see the return of Tails and Brodie in the 2nd book in the Chasing Tails series. This series is a great example of Good Vs Evil, with Tails and Brodie being the good guys fighting against evil, in the form of Zeus.
This is a very fast paced fantasy novel that is over all too quickly for me. I loved being reacquainted with Tails and Brodie and getting the next part of their story now that they have escaped from the evil Zeus and are bringing up their adopted children in a remote location to keep them safe. Much of this story is centred around 2 of their children, Eliza and George. Eliza is a typical teenager and hates being confined to their safe location so decides to run away. She soon realises that grass is not always greener on the other side as she puts herself and her family in great danger. George is approaching his teenage years and his body decided it’s time that he shifts for the first time, adding even more danger for the family.
I loved Tails and Brodie even more in this book as they try to do everything to protect all their adopted children and at the same time, try to expand their family with children of their own.
This book is not the end of the story and we are left with everyone in grave danger. Will Tails and Brodie be able to save the day? I can’t wait for the next book in this series to see what C.A. King has in store for Tails and Brodie and their children.

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Stars Fall From the Sky (Reigning Hearts Book Two) by KG Fletcher – Review by Karyn Taylor

Stars Fall From the Sky (Reigning Hearts #2)Stars Fall From the Sky by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stars Fall from The Sky is the outstanding 2nd book in the Reigning Hearts series by K.G. Fletcher. It can be read as a stand-alone although Emeline and Thomas from the first book Run To The Sea have a prominent role in this book, I would advise to read that first. (It’s helped by the fact that Run To The Sea is also an amazing book).
This first thing I’m going to say about this book is that you are going to need tissues handy when you read it. I even posted on the author’s Facebook page after a few chapters asking why she hadn’t warned that tissues were required. She told me to hang on in there, so I did. Guess what? I cried even more.
Ginger and Jonathon’s story is so emotional. I’m not saying you will be constantly crying, although there was some happy crying from me too. There is a lot of love and laughter too.
Ginger is widowed very early in the book and is left devastated to bring up her newborn daughter Daisy. (This is not a spoiler as this information is contained in the book blurb).
Jonathan has recently moved to the area and taken over the doctor’s practice. He’s moving on from heartbreak and wanting to start his life over.
The 2 are drawn together when they both join a grief club in order to help them control the grief they are both suffering from. As their friendship grows and both start to have feelings for each other we have an amazing story of 2 grief stricken people who are facing so much personal guilt about the possibility of loving another person.
KG Fletcher is an author whose writing I have totally fallen in love with and this book is a wonderful example of the amazing characters she writes and the journeys that these characters go in. This book just has everything. I’m struggling for the right words to say just how amazing and beautiful this story is. I know I have just finished reading this, so it’s front and foremost in my mind but I think this has just become my favourite K.G. Fletcher book.
Would give more than 5 stars if I could.

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Hidden Tracks by Zoe Lee – Review by Karyn Taylor

Hidden TracksHidden Tracks by Zoe Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hidden Tracks is a wonderful contemporary romance novel by Zoe Lee. This is the 2nd time I have read a book by this author, having previously read A Perfect Fit, which contains the same group of friends. One of the things I mentioned in my review of A Perfect Fit was how much I loved the camaraderie between the group of friends and how much they all love and support each other. This was very much evident again in Hidden Tracks as the friends came together to support Seth, the main character in this book. I’d honestly love to have a group of friends like this.
I adored the 2 main characters in this book although I have to admit to wanting to bash their heads together several times. Seth Riveau is a singer/songwriter with a lot of hurt in his past. Astrid Sinclair is a music journalist who used to be married to a very famous rock star. Her latest job is to write about the band that Seth used to be part of, and is currently helping them out at a few shows. The connection between them is instant and Astrid realises that the big story shouldn’t be about the band, but be about Seth.
Interactions between Seth and Astrid are full of emotion, both trying to get a better insight of the other, but neither willing to let their walls down. This book really grabbed me and had me doing a lot of soul searching. The conversations between Seth and Astrid were often very deep and thought provoking.
This is a really fantastic read and I really hope that the author writes more about this group of friends.

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Falling For His Badass by Jessika Klide – Review by Karyn Taylor

Falling For His BadassFalling For His Badass by Jessika Klide
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Falling For His Badass is a very fast paced contemporary romance novel from Jessika Klide. It was the first time I had read anything by this author but it looked like just the kind of book that I enjoy, so I gave it a chance. I’m so glad that I took a chance with this novel as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I mentioned before that it was fast paced, it was so fast that I just kept going and devoured the whole book in a couple of hours.
I loved the characters of Brody (BA) and Lizzy. Brody is home on leave from the military and is captivated by Lizzy. Lizzy is visiting with her best friend Tara whose boyfriend John is Brody’s brother. On a couple of occasions Brody steps in and is Lizzy’s knight in shining armour and it’s instant love between the 2, although Lizzy is not aware of the connection between the two of them as he introduces himself as BA, a nickname he is regularly called. I really loved the interactions between Lizzy and Brody and how instantly they both fell for each other. Pretty much love at first sight.
I highly recommend this book.

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Deadly Alliance (An Alliance Agency Novel – The Prequel) by Maddie Wade & India Kells – Review by Karyn Taylor

Deadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover NovelDeadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover Novel by Maddie Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deadly Alliance is a crossover novel between India Kells Purgatory series and Maddie Wade’s Fortis series. It is a prequel novel bringing together these 2 amazing group to form a new alliance. I am a huge fan of both India Kells’ Purgatory series and Maddie Wade’s Fortis series, so when I discovered that they were working together to create a crossover, to say I was excited, is a bit of an understatement. There is no way that anything they would work on together would be anything less than amazing and I was so right. I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read more of this series.
In this book, the 2 teams have got together to find a serial killer who has been killing female members of the military in both the US and UK. One of those killed was the sister of former Navy SEAL Shane Rhodes’ best friend. Now working for Purgatory, Shane is determined to catch the killer. The plan is to work undercover with Emme Wallace, a Fortis agent, pretending to be a married couple to bring the killer out. Needless to say Shane and Emme didn’t see eye to eye on anything, which only got worse as both started to fight growing feelings towards each other.
This book is very fast paced, has fantastic characters and an amazing storyline that grabs you straight away and takes you on a roller coaster journey filled with mystery, suspense, danger and heart break. I was pulled right into the story and couldn’t put it down, devouring the whole book in one sitting. If this prequel is anything to go by then this is going to be an epic series which I will read over and over.

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