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Reckless: A Steamy Contemporary Romance Anthology by Mika Jolie, Kylie Stewart, P.M. Carson and Sharla Lovelace – Review by Robin Rankin

Reckless - An AnthologyReckless – An Anthology by Mika Jolie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reckless: A Steamy Contemporary Romance Anthology by Mika Jolie, Kylie Stewart, P.M. Carson and Sharla Lovelace was exactly as advertised. There were some pretty steamy moments along with moments that made you laugh, gasp and flip the page quickly to see what happens next.

Layla’s Chance by Mika Jolie is the first book in the anthology. Layla and Chance start off with major sparks between them and it doesn’t let up the entire time these together. I think most women in their thirties and forties have thought about the young hot musician, Layla actually gets him. I loved how her stories are all connected in some way and will be reading more from her.

Into The Deep by Kylie Stewart grabbed me from the very beginning of the story. I don’t know what is was about Gemma and Grayson’s story that grabbed me but it did. I think the moment on the table at his house had me fanning myself.

Dirty Martinis and the Spy Who Kissed me were also great books. I found myself getting mad at Rachel in Dirty Martinis and on the edge of my seat in Spy Who Kissed Me.

All of these stories are worth the read.

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A Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Robin Rankin

A Tangy Christmas KissA Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is the second book in the Christmas Kiss series. I was hoping for a connection between this book and the first but there isn’t so it can be read as a standalone.

Mel flys to Spain last minute to help her Aunt and act as a stand in for her Mom. After an incredibly long trip she finally gets on her last flight only to find she is sitting next to a very good looking man.

Lucas is an absolute sweetheart and he falls for Mel immediately and offers to help her get to her Aunt’s place and so much more.

For a short story a lot of things happen, especially to poor Mel. This is a sweet love story and I’m looking forward to finishing up this series.

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Degree Of Power (A Prestian Series Book 4) by Via Mari – Review by Robin Rankin

Degrees of Power (Prestian Series, #4)Degrees of Power by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Degrees of Power by Via Mari is the fourth and final book in the Prestian series. When I first finished the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about the way she ended it, but after a little bit I have decided that I liked it. Part of the reason is Jenny had her own series and I fully expect Katarina and Chase to pop up.

Katarina and Chase have had quite the whirlwind romance with so many different things happening to them or the people they love, never a dull moment for them.

They have learned so much in the short time they have been together, the biggest lesson is trust and how important it is to a relationship.

I have some questions about some if the things that happened but like I said I’m hoping to see them in Jenny’s story and get those questions answered.

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Guilty Pleasures Volume 2: Guilty Pleasures by Joyce McCarthy – Review by Robin Rankin

Guilty Pleasures Volume 2Guilty Pleasures Volume 2 by Joyce McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Guilty Pleasures Volume 2: Guilty Pleasures by Joyce McCarthy is a small collection of short stories each one about different fantasy type scenarios. You have the best friend’s Mom, teacher and neighbor to name a few and they are all with Brad who seems to be a very busy man.

Each one of these stories is short but hot and I think my favorite was the story about the teacher but they were all good.

Ms. McCarthy does a good job of being risque without going too far.

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A Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Robin Rankin

A Prickly Christmas KissA Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is the first of four in the Christmas Kiss series.

I’m going to honest, I’m not big on Christmas and the stories about it. I blame it on my childhood, but there was something about this book and series that drew me in. There are lots of Santa references throughout the story which are kind of corny but in that happy Christmasy way.

I liked Elf a lot, she was fiesty and not afraid to take of herself or be alone and I liked that a lit.

Rudi needed to meet a woman like Elf, he had been hurt in the past and let it effect him more than I think he realized.

Cute short story, totally worth the time spent reading it

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Only This Tuesday: A Copper Hills Novella by Melissa Keir – Review by Robin Rankin

Only This Tuesday: A Copper Mills NovellaOnly This Tuesday: A Copper Mills Novella by Melissa Keir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only This Tuesday by Melissa Keir is a Copper Mills Novella.

Tuesday is my hero in a food truck, not only can she cook but she has an amazing heart. She tries to look out for people who don’t feel like they have a voice for themselves and she does great things.

Blake is the Mayor of cozy Copper Mills and newly single. After a chance encounter at the grocery store of all places he meets Tuesday and is fascinated with her instantly.

There is good, bad and a whirlwind romance. Overall a sweet story that I enjoyed.

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Eastern Shore Swingers Books 1-3 (Boxed Set) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Robin Rankin

Eastern Shore Swingers Books 1-3 (Boxed Set)Eastern Shore Swingers Books 1-3 by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eastern Shore Swingers Books 1-3 is the first boxed set in the series by Phoebe Alexander.

The first book is Fisher of Men and of the three, I think this was my favorite but I’m not sure why since I loved all of them.

There was just something about Leah and Cap’s story that grabbed me. Not sure if it was the sweet girl from Nebraska meeting the older experienced man from the East Coast or just learning a little about the lifestyle which I really don’t know much about.

The Catch is the second book and in this one we meet Calvin and Paisley. What older woman hasn’t checked out a younger man and let her imagination wander?

Nothing in life is easy and poor Paisley sure didnt have the easiest of lives. She deserves happiness because shes earned it. And Calvin, oh yum. He is a good guy from a good family and knows what he wants.

The third and final book in this set is Siren Call. In this book we have Jessie and Sirena.

Jessie is a local police officer who spends time at the club, she sees Sirena and falls. But things aren’t always what they seem, especially with Sirena.

This story was fascinating to me, I haven’t read any F/F before or if I had it wasn’t very memorable. The way it was written really wasn’t any different from your standard M/F romance which I loved. Yes, when they were intimate it was a little different but overall it really just proved that love is love.

I have enjoyed everything I have read by Ms. Alexander and I hope that continues.

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The Killmores by Martha Sweeney – Review by Robin Rankin

The Killmores (Killmore #2)The Killmores by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Killmores is the second part of the series by Martha Sweeney. There was no letting up on the suspense and action. In this second half.

Laurie and Aiden do not have a boring life. They’re traveling around the world with Cain and Mabel but not staying anywhere long just to try and stay a step or two ahead of Laurie’s paranoia and they do for quite a while. Until they don’t.

There were so many unexpected moments, and they were were perfect for this story. This ended with a happy for now ending but I could see future adventures with Laurie and Aiden.

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Shoot Me: A Lie To Me Novel by Lynda Filler – Review by Robin Rankin

Shoot Me (Lie to Me #2)Shoot Me by Lynda Filler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shoot Me by Lynda Filler is the second book on the Lie To Me series. It had sex, murder, suspense and resolution.

Layla has quite the life in Mexico. She is still writing and finds herself heading from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara which is so different from the laid back tourist town she is use to.

She meets new friends while there and it seems like everyone is somehow connected to one another. That becomes apparent when she runs into people she already knows.

Though there were some heavy moments this didnt seem to weigh on me quiet as much as the first. I feel like the ending could go either way, this could he the end or we could see more of Layla and her case of characters. I hope the latter.

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Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné – Review by Robin Rankin

Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1)Climbing The Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Climbing the Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné is the first book Hart & Cole Series. This book had a lot happen in it, and the author did not skimp on any of the details. It was a lot longer than I would have expected it to be since the time period in the story itself covered such a short time.

Where do I start? Kris is an amazing father, his daughter and son are his life, especially his little girl and it is obvious from the very beginning. He’s also a great husband, not perfect but a lot of women would love to have a partner who did even a quarter of what he does, this woman included. All of this after having a less than stable household as a kid.

The description of Nicole in the synopsis was dead on. I did not want to like her at all. But as we got deeper into the story and learned about her and her life, things clicked for me and I actually could relate to some of the things.

There are two paths you can take as a parent, be like your parents or not like your parents, sometimes you pick the path subconsciously.

The kids are amazing, and I think I fell a little in love with both of them. But as the mom of two daughters I think Nikita grabbed just a bit more of my heart.

Amazing read, but not one you can bang out in a few hours.

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