Standby, by Brandy Ayers

Standby: WQUZ News Book 1

Mira Simpson has a plate so full it’s overflowing. A busy career as the crime reporter at WQUZ in Pittsburgh keeps her hopping with ten-hour work days. Caring for her ill father takes up the rest of her time. In the two years since his diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Mira hasn’t had time for a social life, certainly not for a love life. Add in an overzealous fan making trouble for her, and Mira is in a constant state of stress.

As if all that wasn’t enough, now Chris Noble, the infuriating, and infuriatingly hot, reporter from rival news station WBDD has taken over the open crime reporter position. The two clash heads in the field. But even while he is pissing her off like no other can, Noble is also turning her on. As Mira begins to let her guard down, she learns there might be more to Noble than meets the eye. Can Mira learn to trust her biggest rival? Or will she continue to put her heart on standby?

My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

The combination of professional, career, and “on-air” assignments versus private, personal, and “hidden” life situations make this an entertaining peek at the possible scenarios faced by those who work in journalism and what transpires when the lines dividing the two get crossed.  The friction and tension between the lead reporters is immediate and intense and doesn’t lessen as the story evolves.  I laughed, I grinned, and I smirked throughout their banter and quips.  This was an absolutely charming romantic suspense and a lovely start to what will be a series of stand-alone, yet interconnected, releases.

My rating:  Redbreast

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Legendary, by Laura Harvey

Legendary (Triskaidekaphilia, #1)

Urban legends. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all told them. They fill the role that fairy tales once held—morality tales meant to frighten us into sticking with the herd, obeying society’s rules, and not taking any chances. In most urban legends, once someone transgresses, we know things won’t end well for them.

But what if the bright spark of romance also common to these stories refuses to be snuffed out? What if it bursts into a love that fights for its chance to burn? Can love triumph over evil? Forgive any trespass? Heal any wound?

Set off into a dark wood with a young love that won’t go quietly into the night. Bait a vengeful ghost to find family, and love. Ride along with a hitchhiker who won’t vanish for long. Learn to love a touch that is not human. Find passion beneath the scars. Dive into five tales that speak to the heart of myth and find love that is nothing short of legend.

Featuring new stories by Sara Dobie Bauer, Wendy Sparrow, T. R. North, Aisling Phillips, and Michael Leonberger.

My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This is truly a romantically themed suspense/thriller collection of urban legends.  Each tale brings a different skew on an urban legend.  Revenge, anguish, grief, loneliness, and fear are just some of the threads used to weave the story.  All have a romantic touch which helps drive the plot and each story has just enough reality to make you catch your breath or jump at a noise while reading.

Below is the rating I give to each story and the average makes up the status of “my rating” for the entire compilation.

  • Not Again ~ Sara Dobie Bauer (3.5)
  • She Wore White ~ Wendy Sparrow (4.5)
  • Vanishing Point ~ T.R. North (4.0)
  • La Vie en Rose ~ Aisling Phillips (4.0)
  • The Hook ~ Michael Leonberger (4.0)

My rating:  Redbreast

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Forever Dublin, by Brittney Sahin

Forever Dublin

I once lived in two different worlds—billionaire businessman by day, fighter by night. When the suit came off, the gloves came on.

It’s been five years since I last stepped into the Octagon, since my life spun out of control. I haven’t even so much as gone near a fighting ring. I promised my family I’d never raise my fists again.

But when my best mate, Les, lands himself in trouble with a notorious Dublin crime lord, I must break my promises. I have to do the one thing I vowed never to do: fight. I have to fight to save him and everyone in his life . . . including Anna Drake, the innocent and gorgeous woman Les tricked into rooming with him.

Anna Drake is off limits. She’s innocent and sweet—everything that I’m not. She’s also interning at my company—a lawsuit waiting to happen.

I have to save her, to pull her and Les out of the mess that he’s made. But the more time we spend together, the more I’m falling for her. And the more I fight, the more I crave it. I don’t deserve Anna . . . and yet, without her, I’m not sure if I can save myself.

My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

I am at a loss.  I cannot seem to find the proper words to fully depict all the emotions and senses evoked while reading this story.  I laughed and I cried.  I was happy and sad.  Excited and nervous.  Raw with gut-wrenching heartbreak and utterly lifeless after steamy powerful sex.  If I had not already been “in love” with all things Irish, I certainly would be now.  Adam McGregor has everything going for him and he knows it, and yet he still realizes all that can go awry with every decision that he makes.  And he still battles himself over each and every one of them.  That, to me, is the truest test of one’s character and one sexy trait.  The fighting and pubs and all background environment details were so colorful, I was instantly transported back to my trips to the Emerald Isle.  And I was saddened to leave.  The book left me for wanting nothing.  Except more Adam.

My rating:  Knappogue Castle

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* Cover Reveal & Pre-Order * – Muse, by M. Lynne Cunning


‘Muse’ by M. Lynne Cunning is available for pre-order now!

Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all. The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael. 

With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer’s block she’s been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy. 

For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron… 

Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known. 

But is it actually Lauren’s life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she’s been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately. 

When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish… 

Which life is real and which is fiction? 

**Previously published as Blurred Lines**

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