Dax, by Shannyn Leah

Dax (Bad Boys of Willow Valley #1)

Dax Colyn is one of the bad boys of Willow Valley. A fearless volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic, he makes all the woman swoon and he likes it that way. He keeps people at a distance since his mother died. He doesn’t want to let anyone in, much less a woman he knows he could fall in love with.

Ava Anderson keeps people away, too. Haunted by her tortured past and constantly fearful of the future, it’s only her daughter Olivia and Dax’s dad Rowdy that she’s let in.

But when tragedy strikes, it pushes Dax and Ava together, forcing them both to let go of their fears. They soon learn how hard it is to keep pretending and how easy it is to let others in. Especially when those people are family.

My review:

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

Sometimes it isn’t about the ending, but the journey to get there.  And this story encapsulates that thought beautifully.  Although technically a “clean” read, the sexual want, yearning, and power between the two leads nearly incinerates.  If all “bad boys” were this sizzling, I would carry a hose with me everywhere I go.  Emotions ranged from laughter to heartbreak to suspenseful anxiety and everything in-between.  And I enjoyed every moment of the ride.

My rating:  Redbreast


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Guardian Unraveled, by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Guardian Unraveled (Fallen Guardians #3)

From the scorching pits of Tartarus, a warrior emerges with a deadly need for more than vengeance…

A loner, Dagan, lives with an inexorable thirst he’s kept hidden for eons, even from his fellow Guardians. Until he meets a beautiful, maddening human who awakens in him a hunger that shakes him to his very core, and threatens to shatter his tightly erected shields, exposing his dangerous secret. And wanting her is a path leading to destruction.

Driven to find her missing mother in a shadowy world, Shae Ion refuses to be sidetracked. When she becomes the target for a sinister force, a sinfully sexy and utterly impossible immortal abducts her, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
Stuck in an isolated place with the reclusive Guardian who allows no one close, Shae struggles to control her new burgeoning powers, and is unprepared for the tangled emotions he stirs in her. But passion has a way of obliterating barriers.

However, the road to happiness is strewn with treachery. Nothing is sacred or safe. When a ruthless old enemy resurfaces, and comes after Shae, they are drawn into a terrifying, supernatural battle. And not even Dagan, a lethal immortal warrior who’d lay down his life for her, can save her now…  

My review:

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

I love this series.  I do not believe I can begin to quantify exactly how much I love it.  Absolutely more than chocolate.  And caramel.  (All that buttery, creamy goodness.)  Perhaps even more than Swedish Fish.  (Okay, let’s not go completely crazy.)  Which is certainly high praise.  I geek out on most things mythology related and this twist on Gods and immortality with the addition of archangels and demons kept me enthralled with every page I read.  The larger than life and panty-evaporating Guardians certainly increase blood flow and elevate the body temperature.  I would give most anything to step into this realm full-time.  And the only reason this story did not rate a full “Knappogue Castle” on my scale was due to the fact that a few surprises and reveals were figured out by me.  A fabulous read nevertheless.

My rating:  Midleton


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Breaking Fate, by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Breaking Fate (Fallen Guardians, #2)

An immortal without a soul is bad enough. But when his only tether to remaining honorable is his addiction to bone-crushing pain, it makes Blaéz a dangerously loose cannon.

A Guardian sworn to protect mortals from supernatural evil, Blaéz straddles the edge of darkness as his needs grow. When a good deed brings him to the doorstep of a female unlike any other, one whose touch ignites emotions long lost in the hellish pits of Tartarus, he’s determined not to lose her. She belongs to him. But she’s human. Forbidden. And bringing her into his life may just destroy them both.

Darci Callahan has given up on love.
When a lethally handsome stranger suddenly appears late one night, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the captivating man with the pale, empty eyes—a man who awakens in her a desire she never believed possible. Except Blaéz brings more than unexpected passion to her life, he brings danger.

In this treacherous new world of gods and demons, Darci soon discovers a heart-shattering truth and the twisted games the gods play. Caught in the crosshairs, she’s forced to accept that, sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you have to love them enough to let them go…

My review:

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

Blaéz had my heart in “Absolute Surrender” Book 1 of this Fallen Guardians series and his hold on me tightened as I read his tale.  (Apparently as I age I find I am becoming more enraptured with tortured souls.  Who knew?  LOL)  His angst and issues are fully highlighted and detailed and I loved every moment of the backstory.  The mythology aspect of gods that is woven throughout the read and the inclusion of arch-angels is just heavenly.  What a fascinating follow-up!  

My rating:  Midleton


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Forever Dead, by Sara Dobie Bauer

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)

“Forever Dead” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.

My review:

Vampire falls for vampire hunter is not a groundbreaking idea but this story certainly had me entertained from the opening line to the finish.  I enjoyed the suspense, the romance, the longing, and the depth of characters to give this a polished finish worthy of standing the test of time.

My rating:  Midleton


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Pieces of Gray, by Kelly Moore

Pieces of Gray (4)

Would you risk your life for someone that you love? Would you risk theirs?

Gray Milby was a badass sniper in the Army. She was held captive deep in the jungles of China for two years. She left behind the only man she has ever loved believing that he was dead until now. She risks her life and others to rescue him, returning to the place where her own nightmares come from.

Captain Kell Crew has survived four years of torture, being held captive in a cage. Physically he survived, mentally he will never be the same man that Gray remembers. In order for him to survive again, she has to make the choice of giving him up once more.

A year later they accidently meet again and Kell is drawn to every part of her being. He feels he remembers Pieces of Gray, but how is that possible when he has never met her before? All he knows is that he wants her.

Gray has tried everything to move on with her life and forget about her love for Kell. He forces his way back into her life and she can no longer push him away. Her love for him is too deep. Being with him risks his own life. Their love for each can destroy them both.

Someone else is lurking out there waiting to seek revenge. He just might kill them both.

My review:

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

This story started off at the speed of a fired bullet and never slowed.  The complete joy to heart wrenching pain in split second timing was impeccable.  Such an array of emotions depicted and expressed throughout the tale.  The sole first-person point of view was brilliant.  I felt as if I was experiencing the story events myself.  I can only fathom the depths of how close to home this may relate to those more intimately connected to the military and the changes that overtake those who go through such horrid conditions.  It may be titled “Pieces of Gray” but it left me completely shattered.

My rating:  Midleton


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