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Savage Secrets: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 4) by Amy McKinley – Reviewed by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, #4)Savage Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elena Caruso is a beautiful young woman who is running away from her past so that she can keep herself and those she loves safe from harm and for a while it has worked, that is until one day when she receives a communication from someone saying that she has been found. Marco La Rosa is the boss of a branch of the La Rosa family, one of the Five Mafia Families in Chicago and he is as handsome as he is deadly, but the one thing that he has wanted disappeared from his life, but just when he thought he had come to terms with that, she pops back up on his radar and he will do anything to find her.

As Elena starts off her daily routine, she goes through the motions of her life while making sure that there is nobody following or watching her, just like she has done everyday since she left behind everything she knew, she enjoys what she has created for herself. However, as she returns from her morning run, she notices that she has missed calls, assuming it is her boss, she waits until she is back in her apartment, but when she finds that it is the communication she always dreaded receiving, she starts to panic and goes to her plan b, grabbing her pre-prepared bag and everything else she might need, she gets ready to leave the apartment, that is until someone starts banging on her door. It is at this moment that she knows it is too late and that all she can do now is fight her way out, but when she opens the door to an unexpected guest, her brain misfires completely, he is more handsome than ever and all her feelings towards him she tried to suppress rush back in an instant.

Marco has just found out where the love of his life has been since she disappeared and he leaves to retrieve her the first opportunity that he can and when she opens the door and he finally sees her in front of him, it takes his breath away, just like before, however, now she is a woman and does it on a whole new level. When their eyes meet across the threshold, Elena tries to get round him and after grappling for a bit she flees and he has to use every ounce of speed he has to keep up with her. Elena knows she can’t fight Marco, so she does what she does best and manages to get away, but she knows that he will be right on her tail, so she knows the area she has been living in to her advantage and nearly manages to escape, that is until she runs into another assailant who pulls a gun on her and by the sounds of his accent, he is one of the Russian Bratva and the other Mafia she has been running from all her life. As a standoff ensues, Marco rounds a corner to the scene and when Elena is injured, he sees red and kills the man responsible, quickly followed by scooping her into his arms, taking her to safety and looking after her until he can take her home.

Will Elena and Marco be able to overcome the hurdles between them and keep her safe from the dangers which are quickly closing in on her, or will they be ripped apart by circumstance again? This is a brilliant second chance mafia romance filled with danger, secrets, revelations, hard truths and harder choices as two worlds collide in a fiery and violent chain of events, as you are whirled around in the undercurrent of the lives of the Five Families while trying to keep your head above water at the same time as those inhabiting it.

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To be a Fae Guardian (The Realm Chronicles Book 2) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

To be a Fae Guardian (Realm Chronicles, #2)To be a Fae Guardian by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Queen Titania returns as she continues her reign as queen, although there are those who would oppose her, she is still making the decisions which she feels are the right ones with her advisors behind her. After Titania has secured the safety of her realm, she believes that she can have a small amount of time with her family in relative happiness while she recovers from her ordeal battling the creatures who were attacking her people and colonise the realm, however this is not to be when she comes under the scrutiny of the High Council.

A close ally has been brought before the high council and now they have decided that Titania herself must come before them, charged with breaking their edicts twice, however Titania knows that she was in the right to act how she did. Titania states the facts as she knows them and awaits for their deliberation, however their result is not what she hoped for and now she has lost what little freedom she had left.

As the time passes, Titania is observed at all times and she is struggling with not being able to plan for the attack she knows will come, she is also fearful that those closest to her are distancing themselves and she is losing sight of the path she is destined to walk. Meanwhile, she has a feeling that the creatures she defeated are just biding their time until they can return and complete what they started.

Will Titania be able to keep researching and find a way to defeat the evil she knows is lurking beneath their feet, or will she be prevented from doing anything worthwhile because of those of observing her every move and the possibility of those closest to her finding her unworthy of their belief? This is a fantastical tale filled with secrets and deceit as one queen battles to keep her realm and the realm which exists above hers safe at all costs in this action packed adventure across the realms.

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Face the Fire: A Romantic Paranormal Suspense Novel (Moore Family Saga Book 5) by Michele Sims – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Face the FireFace the Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As Bella and Miles return in the fifth book in this series, they are still very much in love and their partnership in the business which Miles has created from the ground up and which she is now a partner of as the Chief Marketing Officer, she begins to realise exactly how much work there is to be done while still keeping the love alive and their extended family happy. Meanwhile, Miles has started a new venture within the business and has begin to see even more success from it, but one of the people involved within it starts to put pressure on Miles when they engage in unbecoming behaviour, it increases the pressure he is already feeling.

As Miles and Bella try to schedule their business lives, they are also trying to do the same with their personal lives, Bella is determined to support Miles in everything he does and to help him build this business, but she is feeling the pressure as well and isn’t dealing with it as well as he is. That is until some information passes across Miles’s desk which pertains to a rival company and their competition with Miles, he knows that he is in the right, but he asks for a second opinion, however, nothing is as simple as it seems when trouble starts to brew.

As things heat up and the trouble increases, secrets are revealed on both sides and amid growing concerns that this rivalry between Miles and his competitors is growing despite all their efforts to avoid any confrontation, events conspire against them and the need for increased security around them is a necessary evil and Bella insists that she will do everything she can to keep her family safe, even if it means putting them before the business, she will not hesitate to do this and Miles understands this completely as he has had to put safety before everything before while he maintains his incendiary secrets which could engulf the family in more trouble than anything else.

Escalations increase and it is at this point that Bella fears the worst will happen and she worries that innocent blood will spill and the ramifications of this scare her, but will they be able to go head to head with the competition without the need for unnecessary violence, or will the danger surrounding those they love thanks to their joint success become too hot to handle? This fast paced romantic suspense will hook you in and keep you caught in the current of the rip tide of events as they unfurl with hints of magic and heat throughout, as the power couple work out the best ways to keep their family safe amid a riot of secrets and revelations which ignite the world they have worked so hard to create.

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A Moore Affair: 4 (Moore Family Saga) by Michele Sims – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

A Moore Affair (Moore Family Saga #4)A Moore Affair by Michele Sims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miles and Bella return in this next instalment of the Moore Saga and it is their wedding day, as they both prepare for their nuptials, Bella insists that she and Miles stay in separate rooms so that their wedding night is more special and as she gets ready in the morning, she is excited to know that members from both Miles’s family, as well as family from both her mother and her father’s side of the family will be in attendance. Thanks to some genealogical research, Miles and Bella used the information to decide on a wedding in her ancestral home of Scotland on a beautiful sunny day filled with heritage, happiness and cheer as they join together before their witnesses in the contract of marriage. Unfortunately, it turns into more of a media centred celebration than expected and the only get a small amount of time alone together during the day and that is only when Bella snatches him away for a bit of time in private, but what she doesn’t expect is that an uninvited guest would turn up and try and spoil the day, however, they are put in their place and the celebrations go on both in public and private.

Shortly after midnight, Miles wakes Bella up and announces that he is whisking her off to Paris in a change of plans which annoys Bella a little to start, however, when she experiences the destination first hand, she is amazed by its beauty and is thankful for the gift. As the honeymoon passes with tours of France and Italy where they get to experience their culture and monuments with as little bother from the paparazzi as possible, however, they both know that it has to end and that eventually they will have to return to work, however, they enjoy the time passing together and allow themselves to be authentic with each other and share their innermost thoughts and feelings with each other without the rest of the world looking in.

When they return, Bella is thrown straight into the life of a celebrity and its many engagements and appearances that the lifestyles entails including tours and achievements which Miles has always dreamed of receiving, but the endless parties and function exhaust Bella and that is exacerbated when she finds out that she is pregnant. Their happiness is short lived when after a career triumph leads to a night of celebration which Bella could do without, especially when their home is taken over by an event, she reaches her breaking point when she is confronted by both exes and fans with less than innocent things on their minds, this leads to her needing to escape and returning to her childhood home so that she has time to breathe. When she arrives there, she is caught up in an accident where a fire destroys her home and if her security team hadn’t notified Miles that she had returned there, things could have taken a devastating turn, but as Bella recovers, secrets and truths are revealed, but will they be able to overcome this new hurdle in their lives, or will it tear them apart? This is another suspense filled romance with a few fantastical elements thrown in a it catches you in a whirlwind of experiences and emotions as the fast paced story flows along.

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The Fire God Tour (Moore Family Saga Book 3) by Michelle Sims – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Fire God Tour (Moore Family Saga, #3)The Fire God Tour by Michele Sims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miles Moore is a young man in his twenties who is living his life to the full as the entertainer Ari, a musician, singer and songwriter with adoring fans all over the world. He has a close executive team who work with him despite how quirks and that includes a new marketing consultant Bella Wahlberg, a twenty something woman who is determined to do her job well, even if her boss gets her name wrong all the time and calls her “Bella the Ice Queen” instead.

As Miles and the team are preparing for his latest world tour “The Fire God Tour” his schedule is packed and his team are busy trying to squeeze in everything that needs doing and are putting in extra hours so everything can be finalised in time. Meanwhile, Miles is preparing and relaxing in his own way and with fast cars, international travel, spending money and of course, women at his beck and call, he is at his happiest, but not everything is going to plan.

Bella is run off her feet between promoting the tour, marketing it and organising the merchandising, she hasn’t had a break, but as she works late with Miles one night, a sudden storm rages outside and this is when they discover what the other each thinks about fire and they are at opposite ends of the scale, Miles is obsessed with it while Bella is terrified of it.

As the tour nears, something is changing within Miles and Bella and although it is unprofessional and they try to ignore it, will they take the plunge as fire meets ice and create something new, or will they maintain their professional exteriors and avoid what they both know is happening? This is a fast paced, romantic suspense with a fantastical element woven in which takes you around the world on a whirlwind of emotional as events unfold before you eyes.

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Playing with Fire: A Genre-blurring, Romantic Suspense novel (Moore Family Saga Book 2) by Michelle Sims – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Act II. Playing with Fire (Moore Family Saga, #2)Act II. Playing with Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cade and Lecia Moore return and they are on tour with Cade’s jazz band as they travel around the world with their son, as they have done for the last five years since they became more and more famous and because of this, their managers want them to extend their tour yet again. Meanwhile, Lecia is tired of all the travelling and their son is missing their relatives back in the USA, so she decides that their time on the road has come to an end and that she wants them to move back and have a stable home near family again.

Cade is disappointed and tries to convince Lecia to stay, but eventually he agrees that their son needs to be around kids his own age, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t miss them terribly when they have gone. As he tries to pass the time without them in an empty apartment and in an empty bed Cade struggles, but when his son falls gravely ill, he drops everything to stand vigil at his bedside with his wife until they know what’s going on.

After all the trials their marriage has faced so far, this next one just might make or break them, but can they work out their differences and band together again to make the decisions necessary to help their son? This is a fast paced romance with thrilling elements within that hook you in and keep you interested throughout as another battle takes precedence and the fight for a normal life continues.

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Seed On Fire: A Romantic Suspense with a baby (Moore Family Saga Book 1) by Michele Sims – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Act I: Seed On Fire (Moore Family Saga, #1)Act I: Seed On Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kaiden and Alicia Moore are a power couple, they are both in their twenties and recently happily married, she is a nurse practitioner and he is a successful jazz musician who live in New York and the world is their oyster. A few months after their honeymoon, they find out that they are expecting and it is a new joy that they now feel and as time passes, they become more and more excited about it.

As they time comes for baby showers and gifts galore enter their house Kaiden is feeling a little overwhelmed as the furniture starts to move in and take over his space, it starts to affect his behaviour, but when it takes a toll on their relationship it makes things a little awkward. As communication breaks down and they try to work things out, gifts continue to pour in and external factors are not making things any easier, but this is the least of their worries.

As the due date approaches, other forces conspire to break their marriage apart and threaten their lives, as well as that of their unborn child, when danger raises its head and causes problems for everyone, but will their relationship be able to stand the test of time and overcome the obstacles in their way, or will things break before they have even had time to begin? This is a fast paced and thrilling romance where there are more ups and downs than a rollercoaster ride and plenty of emotional swings throughout.

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Forbidden Moon (The Shadow Chronicles Book 3) by CR Robertson – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Forbidden MoonForbidden Moon by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Levi and Tasha are back and they are still fighting for their lives, as well as for the lives of their families and friends, as the hellspawn continue to attack their military bases, the vampires and the lycans are putting aside their differences and the allied forces they have created together finally believe they can work together and a truce has been called between the two races. Meanwhile, the hellspawn are becoming stronger and more daring in their attacks, but the allied forces weaponry is advancing at a much faster pace, albeit everyone is on edge and exhausted, they continue their fight against the swarming darkness.

As the battles continue, Tasha is looking into the history of their races to try and figure out their origins and why she has the magical powers within her, this is all while studies are being made into the different breeds of hellspawn and what makes them so strong, as well as unravel the mysteries as to why they are determined to destroy the two mates. On one of their information gathering excursions something goes awry and nearly destroys the bond between them, however, as they frolic under the light of the full moon and relive an encounter from their past in the most passionate way possible, an ancient power returns and a truth is revealed which may just be the key to their survival.

Despite this, the danger surrounding them doesn’t lessen as they recover from one shock after another a new kind of hellspawn emerges and as they attempt to break the connection between Tasha and Levi it just makes them more determined to find each other again, but will they come together in time to stop the Hellspawn plans for domination, or will the world as they know it come to an end? This is a paranormal romance with plenty of action and adventure to keep you hooked as two opposing species come together to fight an intolerable evil which preys on all without discrimination in this addictive fantasy adventure.

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Shake Loose the Border (Thunder On The Moor Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Shake Loose the Border (Thunder On The Moor Book 3)Shake Loose the Border by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will Foster and Maggie Armstrong return and it is the week before their wedding, they are over the moon that it is coming to pass, especially so soon because there happens to be a priest who is passing by, but they are still worried about the Armstrong families reaction to their hand fasting, so the sooner they are married, the better they will feel. So as Will’s mother gets all hands on deck to begin the preparations, Will and Maggie are finding that they have very little time to themselves, an obvious ploy by his parents to make sure that they stay as true to waiting until they are married as they can, much to Wills annoyance.

As they escape for an afternoon together, Maggie comes across the body of Johnnie Hetherington in the woods looking worse for wear and in a state that distresses Maggie, but despite all the betrayals he has been at the heart of, she doesn’t understand why he has been left that way. As Will tries to explain it and settle Maggie’s heart and body to a somewhat normal state, they are interrupted by Sergeant Richie Carnaby arriving to request Will’s presence at his fathers home so that he can question them all about Johnnie, although how he already knows about it is one mystery and the other is who could have done Johnnie in when it is found that the Fosters had nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, word has gotten around that their nuptials have been arranged and so Geordie Armstrong decides to take the matter into his own hands and still believing that he can change Maggie’s mind and get her to see reason and marry Ian Rutherford, he calls together both families to plan a raid on the Foster family and end the blood feud once and for all. As time grows short, the wedding is moved up a day and it is a good job that it was as the Armstrong’s descend on the Fosters and a bloody and violent battle begins between the two families. As the fighting intensifies, Will implores Dylan to get Maggie to safety and see that she escapes, but has to promise that he will follow shortly, however, a certain Ian Rutherford has other ideas and goes onto the attack when he spots Will across the battlefield. When Dylan settles Maggie and promises to return, he goes back, but he can see that the stone is disintegrating and may only have one more trip, so despite his misgivings, he heads back after Will, but what will he find when he gets there and will there be any time for him to say goodbye to Annie, the woman who has captured his heart?

This is another action packed trip into historical Britain and the Border Wars between the Reivers who live there, as blood feuds continue and both love and heartache dog their lives, but as they do a lot of living and laughing in between the two this charming story unfolds as a rollercoaster of emotion plays out over a beautiful landscape.

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Theodore’s Ring: BWWM Action Adventure Romance by Stacy-Deann – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Theodore's Ring: BWWM Action Adventure RomanceTheodore’s Ring: BWWM Action Adventure Romance by Stacy-Deanne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lydia is a young woman who is in love, but when her boyfriend Cam is kidnapped by Efrain, a ruthless man with nothing to lose, his demands are that she retrieves Theodore’s Ring and deliver it to him within seven days, or he will kill Cam and bury him in the jungle. As Lydia is confronted by a masked man who passes this terrifying message onto her, all she can think about is whether he is safe and demands to speak with him before she does anything else, this is when she finds out that Cam has asked Sullivan, an old friend and ex-lover of Lydia’s to help her, she is initially extremely reluctant, but when it is the only condition Cam has, she agrees to it in the end, she will do anything to get him back.

She packs up her things and heads to Casanu as quickly as she can where she meets with Sullivan and despite everything he agrees to help her trek through the jungle and find Theodore’s Ring with her, but her initial misgivings are proven right when he reveals that he has never stopped loving her and intents to use this trip to win her back and so she has to put him straight with a few things, including that what he wants is never going to happen. Meanwhile, they start their journey through humid conditions and closely packed trees and vegetation to retrieve the legendary artefact which it turns out is worth millions of dollars and the reason she is on this mission in the first place.

As the trek goes on, Lydia and Sullivan run into more trouble than they bargained for when three strangers, one of whom rescues her from a close encounter with a King Cobra and between that, battling through the harsh terrain and batting away the unwanted attentions of Sullivan, Lydia begins to realise that she has maybe bitten off more than she can chew with this decision. Will Lydia and Sullivan be able to stay out of trouble long enough to retrieve the ring and rescue Cam, or will they have to dodge more than one bullet to maintain their safety? This is a fantasy adventure full of treasure hunting and danger in a beautiful setting where this fast paced race against time pulls you along with them on this crazy adventure.

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