Tainted Saint (The Hawke Family Book 5) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Tainted Saint (Hawke Family #5)Tainted Saint by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fifth instalment in the Hawke Family Series, Tainted Saints throws us straight back into the dark and mysterious mafia world of New Orleans. We’ve come to love the Hawke family and each time we get a new glimpse of their world I can feel the anticipation and excitement building. Tainted Saint was no disappointment and I loved learning more about Caroline and Saint. This is a great instalment to the series and another five star read!

During the previous book, Building Storm, I really became interested in Caroline’s character and learning more about her. She comes across as quiet and shy, so I was waiting for someone to bring her out of her shell. Queue Saint, and what a wonderful job he did. From their very first, secretive, meeting during a rather intimate party, the chemistry between them had the book on fire. My eyes couldn’t read quick enough to get to the next sexy scene as the two of them have a connection that is just so addictive. This book also has its fair share of drama, which is expected when it comes to the Hawkes. As usual, they can’t help but insert themselves into something dangerous, which is the very reason we love them so much.

Tainted Saint proves that series can continue to be just as good at book five as it was at book one and two. I love the Hawke family and I know so many other people do, too. I’m so excited for the next instalment; bring on Luca!

Review by @ashleighw

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Beneath the Secrets (Enigma, #6) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Shannon Fowler

Beneath the Secrets (Enigma #5)Beneath the Secrets by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Hugo’s story…oh my…which includes many flash backs to high school and his forever crush on Ava… We first met Hugo in the Enigma series but this can be read as a standalone.
Oh Shandi Boyes! What have you done to my heart!?! Beneath the Secrets? Oh no you just created more secrets! Oh and that ending?! I have said this before in my reviews, there are some books that just make you say WTF did I just read…so yeah, right now, Shandi Boyes what the actual…did I just read!?!
It wasn’t until after reading the Enigma series, that I learned that Hugo would have his own story told. Little did I know that Hugo’s story is huge! It starts when he was in high school, crushing on his little sister’s best friend, Ava. But being a player, he kept innocent Ava at arm’s length. Ava was raised by overly strict parents, with a father that bordered on mental abuse. Ava and Hugo’s friendship never falters over the years. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, at least for these two it does. However, lack of true communication, secrets and jealousy keeps them from getting a happily ever after, at least for now.
Shandi Boyes is a great writer! Every one of her stories have had me turning page after page, non-stop! The male characters are swoon-worthy while the females are determined and strong. We all want someone to love while being loved right back and Ava is no different.
“I want a man who has no qualms in showing his affection even with a house full of spectators. A man devoted solely and entirely to me. That is what I want and crave. That is what I deserve.”
I recommend this story and am patiently (sort of) waiting for the next part of Hugo and Ava’s story!

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Savage Collision: A Hawke Family Novel (The Hawke Family Book 1) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Debi Kircher

Savage Collision (Hawke Family, #1)Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Savage Collision: A Hawke Family Novel (The Hawke Family Book 1)
by Gwyn McNamee

5 Stars

Danika Eriksson, an investigative reporter for the Times can’t get a hold of her baby sister, when she finds out she is stripping at The Hawkeye Club she is beyond angry and goes on a rescue mission, she is convinced that somehow her sister was coerced into dropping out of college and taking to the pole for money. Danika is a tough as nails, take no prisoners kind of woman, she has no filter when it comes to running her mouth. She gets all she needs from men with one night stands and doesn’t want anything do with relationships. She’s currently working on trying to take down the head of the biggest crime syndicate in New Orleans who she has found ties in somehow with the Mayor.

Savage Hawke, owner of The Hawkeye Club, a high class gentlemen’s club, with very strict rules, he works hard to protect his reputation as well as his girls. He lost his dad when he was young and stepped in as sort of a father figure to his 3 sisters and younger brother as well as be as supportive as he could to his Mom.

Danika storms straight into Savage’s office at the club ready to do battle to rescue her baby sister from this man’s clutches, as soon as she sees him she is taken aback by the way her body is responding to him, but she stays strong and tears into him anyway. He is immediately captivated by her, her fiery attitude and no filter take him by surprise and he wants her. He knows he shouldn’t pursue her, when she learns of all the secrets from his past she will run away as fast as she can, but he can’t help himself….

When Danika can’t get this man out of her mind and receives a dinner invitation she wants to decline, but she can’t and their time together leaves her needing so much more. When some of his secrets are revealed her need to run is almost too much to ignore and she does just that, but she finds out quickly that what she wants and what she needs are two completely different things. Will his secrets drive her away forever or make him drive her away all on his own? Can he give her what she needs to satisfy her wants and desires? What happens when the assignment she is working on goes south really fast and to her surprise he may be the only one that can save her, but this could also be what drives her further away.

I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to dive into the next. When the book first started I wasn’t sure if I’d like Danika, I thought at first I’d have trouble with her coldness and views on men/sex and her no filter but I was quickly and pleasantly surprised that not far into the story it actually worked and I loved her very quickly and I can’t even find words for how much I fell in love with Savage. This is my first book by this author but will in no way be my last. I loved how the story flowed and there was no fluff added in to just fill pages, every word was perfect. I loved it!!!!!

Review by @debikircher

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Mayhem (A Twisted Hearts Love Story Book 2) by Autumn Sand – Review by Debi Kircher

Mayhem (A Twisted Hearts Love Story, #2)Mayhem by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mayhem (A Twisted Hearts Love Story Book 2) by Autumn Sand

5 Amazingly Awesome Stars

Cyma is trying to hold down two jobs while still being a good Mom to her daughter who has many medical issues. With mounting medical bills, and loan payments to a terrible man, she does her best to avoid her landlord who wants his 4 months back rent. She’s sold all she can to make ends meet and just can’t catch a break. With her past causing her to trust no man and a very low self esteem, she just does her best to survive on her own. When she ends up in a very scary situation and a sexy stranger saves her she runs away as fast as she can, that’s the last thing she needs right now.

Dante ran away 10 years ago and enlisted to escape the pain of a life altering tragic loss which still haunts his dreams 10 years later. He returned 6 years ago and is now the right hand man of a mob boss who is trying to take all his businesses legal. He lives with a lot of guilt because of his losses and doesn’t feel deserving of any kind of relationship, he has even distanced himself from his loving supportive parents. All he needs is his job, money, and the right to spoil his Godson. Until he hears the cries of a woman in trouble and his need to protect her kicks in.

Dante sets out to find this woman that has stirred up feelings he never thought he could have again, and although Cyma feels like Dante could be everything opposite of what she believes about men she keeps pushing him away, she has to protect her daughter at all costs. Can these two break through the barriers that they both have set and find a happily ever after even while outside forces do all they can to destroy them?

I so so so loved this book!! This author knows how to tell a story that feels so real. Every word meant something and the story flowed perfectly. It had me wrapped while reading the prologue and I think I even quit breathing during some of it. This is my first book by this author so although part of a series I never felt lost and I plan to read the first in this series as soon as possible, as well as whatever else she has out there. She is now on my favorite author and one click list. Loved it!!!

Review by @debikircher

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Rushed by Kerri Ann – Review by Tracy Manderson

RushedRushed by Kerri Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rushed by Kerri Ann

5 out of 5 stars
This is the first book by Ms. Ann that I have read and I simply loved it. The characters where well developed and the secondary characters where hilarious as well as well-developed the story line was amazing and intriguing at the same time. I just couldn’t put this book down I read it in one sitting.
She has no memory but a knight in shining armor named her Keenan and she is a mystery to herself and others. An accident caused her amnesia and she can’t remember anything about her life before she woke up and was rescued. She has no name, no family, no history. Now she’s trying to survive and live her life and try to figure out who the heck she is. She comes across some amazing people and their friends and family become her family.
Stepping into the club and no misgivings about what she’ll like and what she’ll find, but he wasn’t it. Tall, dangerous, hands that roam everywhere she need them to and a voice like silk. She doesn’t want to see his face, she wants him to be a mystery like I am.
One night is all she’ll need to feel, to be caressed and revered, then she can go back to being no one in the crowd.

But fate had a different plan…..
Rush is a fighter. He fights for what he believes in and he fights for the people he cares about, but he’s never been the guy fighting for the girl, they fall at his feet. His club is swimming with sex, women and able bodies to take to his bed, but he doesn’t. He finds his relief, enjoy them and then set them loose anything more and your head gets twisted up. That was his rule.
When she stepped through the door he knew he wanted her, he wanted to taste her and feel her soft body up against his. He had to touch her. He had to see the color rise in her cheeks. Did he know it would become more?
Maybe he should have stayed away….
I simply loved this story and can’t wait to see more of Keenan and Rush. I highly recommend this book.

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Love on the Mat (Powerhouse M.A. #2) by Winter Travers – Review by Jenni Bishop

Love on the Mat (Powerhouse M.A. #2)Love on the Mat by Winter Travers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love on the Mat is the second book in the Powerhouse M.A. series and it did not disappoint at all. I love the characters and the characteristics of all the men in this series. I love the comradery and friendship they all have with each other. They are charming gentlemen, sexy and protective. This book is about Tate Holten one of the owners of the Powerhouse Karate studio along with his three best mates, who is looking for more in his life. When he sets eyes on one such woman he finds that she may just be what he needs.

Hadley James doesn’t know how to be a mother but after her sister passed away she was left with guardianship of her nephew, Ryker and thrown in the deep end. Hadley is convinced she is the suckiest Aunt in the history of parental figures in the history of the world and as such she isn’t able to give him a good life. But what she has with him is great. The trust & love between the two is inspirational. Hadley had me laughing at her antics and sayings. When she met a man she wasn’t even looking for her life became more complicated. Or did it?

The relationship between these two was sexy and sweet, fun and flirty, sweaty and the sexual tension HOT. Add in the other characters and you are in for one funny, caring, supportive and did I mention HOT ride with a smidgen of sadness. Will Hadley give in to the charms of Tate? Will Hadley learn to let others in? Will Tate show Hadley what can be? Will Ryker feel the effects of his Aunts choices?

Love On The Mat and the rest of the series is a must read. The characters are like a family together and include and go out of their way to make others welcome without question. This is definitely one heartfelt story that you do not want to miss and flows on from the first book. I can’t wait to see what Winter comes up with for the next book in this series.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Mayhem (A Twisted Hearts Love Story, #2) by Autumn Sand – Review by Jenni Bishop

Mayhem (A Twisted Hearts Love Story, #2)Mayhem by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tick lost everything that sent him into a spiral the only way out was to leave it all behind but for the life of him he could never forget, he didn’t want to forget. Tick is the right hand man to Tony Delaney, boss of the mob, a man he would give his life for, this man was his family. He has everything he needs. Woman with no relationships, the occasional hook up is all he needs to satisfy is basic needs. Money and power go hand in hand. He is a good guy but has done some bad things, things that had to be done. One thing he never suspected would worm its way into his life and change it all. After hearing screams Tick finds himself driven with a primal need to protect, to save with everything in his being.

Cyma was taught at a young age that life is not full of roses. In fact it is full of pain, misery, disappointment and most of all pain. Happily ever after does not exist, at least in her world and certainly not from the men who were suppose to love and protect her. No in her life she has one thing and one thing only to live for in this world and that is her beautiful and strong daughter, Lelia. Lelia is her life and no one nor anything will touch her, she will fight with all her might to make that happen. Cyma finds herself being saved by one gorgeous and sexy man that threatens to turn her world upside down but she can’t go there, too much is at stake, she has too much to deal with and fight for. When this man shows her his true feelings she is left reeling, not knowing which way to turn.

Can Cyma give this man a chance? Can she safeguard not only herself but her daughter as well? Will Tick risk everything for the one thing he wants? Is the risk worth the reward? Will Cyma finally find a new way of life?

I felt for the main characters, Tick and Cyma. They both have had to endure heartache. This story is full of emotions that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed it. I am sure you will enjoy it to.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Dropkick My Heart (Powerhouse M.A. #1) by Winter Travers – Review by Jana Teppih

Dropkick My Heart (Powerhouse M.A. #1)Dropkick My Heart by Winter Travers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dropkick My Heart is the first book in Winter Travers’ Powerhouse M.A. series. It truly kicks the series off with a bang! After reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it, what else should I have thought?!
This story is about Kellan “the Kung Fu Hottie” Writhgt and Molly “the Cookie” Rey (don’t you just want to read it when seeing their nicknames!). Kellan is one of the four friends who opened a Martial Arts Studio next to Molly’s coffee shop Java Spot. Thin walls, spunky book club members, mischief and delicious cookies and brownies and amazing coffee drinks and we are set for a fun and light hearted read! It was an amazing read and blew my mind away! It was such a great break from the dark ones I have somehow ended reading lately and Winter Travers really made my evening!
Dropkick My Heart was a story of 2 hard headed people who both think that they are in the right and they will go a distance to make sure of it. I mean there was nothing mean and petty about it, it was just two people coming from 2 completely different worlds with different experiences who needed to figure out how to find a way to each other! The attraction between Kellan and Molly was undeniable from the first moment they met!
It was a great start to a series that I will be coming back to. Have to confess, I already got the second book downloaded and I know exactly when I will be reading it!

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Savage Collision (Hawke Family, #1) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jenni Bishop

Savage Collision (Hawke Family, #1)Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Danika Eriksson is a woman on a mission, a mission to save her baby sister from the man who has seemingly drawn her into the seedy side of life, a strip club. She is like a dog with a bone and is hell bent on giving the man what for. She is intelligent, feisty and outspoken and not one to back down. When she comes face to face with one Savage Hawke she gives him a piece of her mind an unapologetic piece at that. What she didn’t expect however was her attraction to him. I love the way our heroine doesn’t stay away from a good confrontation and speaks her own mind especially when it comes to those she loves most.

Savage is certainly surprised when confronted by this woman who waltzed her way into his club to give him a piece of her mind. Hell he may even like it. God knows his past has been one hell of a struggle with a monumental secret. But he has built a good life and has come so far in a few short years.

Together they could be good but will the threats be too much and could a good thing be over before it even starts? Will Savage be able to save his girl or will she be lost forever? Can Savage overcome his past to really see his future? Has Dani bitten off more than she can chew?

I love the way things develop between our two main characters, especially when she realises Savage is really a good guy an exceptionally sexy one at that. I also enjoyed the little twists the author weaved within the story. It is filled with love, romance, suspense and regret. There were moment when I was biting my nails as things develop but there were also times of emotion that threatened to spill over.It is certainly a rough road for these two and I was rooting for them all the way. I also loved that our heroine was so freely able to speak her mind and what she actually said often had me laughing out loud. I can’t wait to see what the Gwynn has in store for us in the future books of this series.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Standing Ground (Under Ground #2) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Standing Ground (Under Ground #2)Standing Ground by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Standing Ground (Under Ground) (Volume 3) by Alice Rachel is the third book in the Under Ground series. This book is a continuation of Thai story from Book 1. I would recommend reading these books in order and read the previous books before this one as it picks up right after book 1. I think this series gets better and better with everyone book I read. You will enjoy how this author has created characters that really connect with each other and you will find yourself connecting with them. This story like the others, will pull you in from the first word. These characters will take you on an emotional journey of sadness, anger and compassion. Find out what happens next with Thai as her journey continues.

This book picks up right where Book 1 left off with Thai. Now that she has her mother back, she is struggling with what her mother wants verses what she wants to do. The under ground is doing their best on providing for the people who are living there. Why are they all of sudden getting sick? Could the authorities poisoning more than just their water? Tai knows what she must do, try to save them. What will happen when a raid goes bad? Will it put everyone in more danger? Are they ready for a fall out that could be bigger then what they realize? What will happen when secrets are found out and identities are hidden? Will they survive or will it kill their very existence?

Tai will have to make some serious decisions, what will she do? Will her choice put them more in danger or will they see an end? Thai and Chi’s relationship also continues in this story. They are strong together and seem to be meant to be together. He helps her find the strength that she needs to fight. As in the other stories you will see her grow stronger and stronger through all the books. She really does seem to come into herself in this story and that just makes her a strong character. The author is taking her character from being a shelter girl to a full fledged rebel. Find out how the strong the author has made this character.

This is my third story by Alice Rachel and I know it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to see what happens with these characters next. I enjoy each of her books more with each one I read next. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. This author has created a story that you will read in one sitting. She created a story that has so many twists and turns and have you sitting on the edge of your seat on minute and needing Kleenex the next. This is a real page turner that you will lose yourself in and just lose track of time. You will need to see what happens with these two. I highly suggest this story as I know you will want to take the journey with Thai and watch her grow through each story.

Review by @bjwagner

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