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Jingle Spells by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Rhonda Nelson, Kira Sinclair, Andrea Laurence – Review

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Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Jingle Spells is a treasure trove of holiday stories all wrapped together into one magical package!

Featuring stories from Vicki Lewis Thompson, Rhonda Nelson, Kira Sinclaire and Andrea Laurence, this collection centers around the Evergreen siblings—a family of wizards charged with managing Christmas and all it entails!

Naughty or Nice? by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Cole Evergreen isn’t just the oldest sibling of the Evergreen clan, he’s also the CEO of Evergreen Industries. Not to mention he’s a genious. And once upon a time as an MIT student, he fell hard for Taryn Harper—a girl smarter than him! But when he was needed at home, Cole had to drop everything—including Taryn—to pick up the leadership torch and ensure his family’s way of life was preserved. Now years later, Taryn wants some type of closure! And what better way to do it than to prove Cole’s security isn’t up to snuff?

I’m a fan of Ms. Thompson’s work in any format—though preferably the cowboy one!—so I wasn’t sure what to expect with her writing a more ‘enchanted’ type but I enjoyed this one a lot. The characters came to life, and she set up the other siblings well. That Taryn was perfect for Cole was just another fabulous nugget to an interesting concept.

She’s a Mean One by Rhonda Nelson

In She’s a Mean One, Ms. Nelson brings together the once whimsical girl turned serious psychologist, Lark DeWynter and Mr. Christmas Spirit himself, Ethan Evergreen. Charged with ensuring the level of Christmas spirit stays up, Ethan must make rounds to dissuade the negative impact Lark’s more practical reasoning often causes. After several years of talk shows and bantering, Ethan quickly realizes he wants more from Lark than spirited words…only can he convince her to give him and Christmas a shot?

There is nobody who does sexy/sweet romance better than Rhonda Nelson. And this story—though short—is no exception. Ethan is loveable, yet manly. He’s smart and resourceful. And he isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. Lark is smart, sexy and independent. Yet she knows what’s in her heart. A fantastic addition to this collection, for sure!

His First Noelle by Kira Sinclair

Noelle Frost and Dash Evergreen have some troubling history. The two came together despite Noelle being a ‘mixed’ breed born of two rival clans. Though her father is Winter and she was raised with them, she never felt like one of them. But can they move past their history and make a future?

I’ll admit this wasn’t my favorite. Though I liked the characters well enough, there was just something about the insecurities of the ‘strong’ heroine and the secret keeping hero that didn’t set right. But in general it was cohesive with the rest of the stories and moved the plot along.

Silver Belle by Andrea Laurence

The final story in this collection is the only sister, Belle Evergreen. For a long time, Belle’s carried on a secret, no-strings affair with the hunky contractor, Nick St. John. But with Santa gone, Belle is the one in charge of replacing him. Her job heats up and her affair is in the way!

Being the last, this story offered up the chance of being fabulous or perhaps a dud. It came through. While not really fabulous, it was nice. I liked Nick. Belle not so much. I enjoyed her in the other stories, but this one made me feel like she was shallow and ungrateful. And somewhat a user when it came to Nick.

Ultimately, though I would recommend this entire book to anyone!

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About the book…

To protect Christmas, this family of wizards will have to use a whole different kind of magic…

Part of the Winter clan, the Evergreen family is considered magical nobility. While Evergreen Industries in picturesque Gingerbread, Colorado, might look like an ordinary office building, this is where the magic of Christmas unfolds. Above Santa’s workshop, the Evergreens hold court, manage Christmas and, sometimes against their will and better judgment, fall in love. When it comes to love, the Evergreens know that sometimes you have to play a little naughty to get exactly what—or who—you want from Santa.

Celebrate the holidays with Evergreen siblings Cole, Ethan, Dash and Belle in this enchanting collection.

Island Peril by Jill Sorenson – Review

islandperil-jillsorenson‘…hot new read, Island Peril, may  short but it packs a romantic punch!’

Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Jill Sorenson’s hot new read, Island Peril, may  short but it packs a romantic punch!

What started out as an outing for Ella, Abby and Brooke turns into an adventure of a lifetime for Ella and Pual. Pual is sweet, sexy and noble. He’s really a teacher, but in the summer months takes on a job as a guide at the Channel Islands State Park. When Abby and Brooke turn back, Ella agrees to continue with Paul. Only their sight seeing trip turns into a race for their lives…and a chance at exploring the chemistry that’s flared between them.

While I enjoyed Island Peril a great deal, I would have loved for it to have been longer. I almost felt like Paul and Ella’s feelings were such that they might or might not have that happily ever after because of how rushed everything felt. They had no time to really explore. Though this book in essence sets up Abby’s story (remember her in Aftershock), I still would have liked Ella to have had more. Because she was a great heroine—smart, funny, practical. She held her own. And didn’t appear to come in second too much to our hunky hero. But since I am ‘prepped’ I’m off to read the next in this series!

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Official Description:

It started as a girls’ outing to California’s beautiful Channel Islands State Park. When Ella Hammond embarks on a kayaking trip with sexy adventure guide Paul Dawson, sparks fly—but so does gunfire from a boat of drug smugglers.

Now Ella and Paul are on the run, soaked and stranded in a rocky hideout. Ella feels like she’ll never be warm again. Until Paul shares his body heat—igniting a fire between them that’s nearly too hot to handle!

Tempting Alibi by Savannah Stuart – Review

‘…an engaging, sexy romance…’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Savannah Stuart’s Tempting Alibi is an engaging, sexy romance about a girl from a good family and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

When ex-marine turned auto-shop owner, Scott moves in beside Michaela Miller their attraction begins. But while Michaela thinks Scott is standoffish, he’s really tongue-tied around her! The two have been neighbors for nearly a year without much interaction. That changes when the sheriff hassles him for an alibi and Michaela gives him one—that he believes is a lie…

While short, this story is full of rich characters, an interesting plot, and plenty of sensual heat. The two main characters are adorable together.  The pitfalls of a new relationship are present, as well as the view that the hero and heroine are meant to be together.

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Craving Red by Rosalind Scarlett

cravingred-rosalindscarlett It is the night of the snow moon. Sweden, 1790. 
Maiden Kaia is days away from being married to the handsome Leif when her mother suddenly becomes gravely ill. Desperate to save his wife, her father sends his only daughter to the village on his horse to obtain help for her beloved mother.

But Kaia will not be returning home.

Out on the path, wolves emerge from the trees, surrounding her and spooking her horse. Fainting in sheer terror, the next thing Kaia knows, she is being dragged through the snow back to their lair. Shivering cold, half naked and bound, she startles awakes to the feel of warm breath blowing out over her body.

The following day, she realises she sees no wolves around, but does see several other women there. Noticing they are all pregnant, Kaia fears her fate. Her fears are validated when one of them complacently informs her that her initiation is imminent. The moment her scent is ripe, she is to be mated by all males of the pack.

Still worse than that is the struggle she is having with herself upon being presented with so much blatant man flesh walking about, leaving Kaia flustered with the responses of her body which are swiftly summoning forth to betray her. And then, she feels herself drawn to one in particular, Dane, the youngest member of the pack. But she swears she will not allow herself to fall for one of them.

Will Kaia ever escape this primitive place to see her family again? And if she does, will she be able to suppress the primal need she feels awakening in her? Worse yet, will she want to?

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Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro – Review

‘…a rising star in the gothic young adult romance genre! Dark and mysterious, Mala LaCroix’s story will give you chills!’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Angie Sandro is certainly a rising star in the gothic young adult romance genre! Dark and mysterious, Mala LaCroix’s story will give you chills!

Destined to be the next in a long line of ‘witch women’, Mala LaCroix lives a life of gossip and prejudice. And both are only amped up after she finds the body of a young girl floating in her swamp.

Landry Prince has loved Mala from as long as he can remember. Only he’s never had the nerve to talk to her. Partly because of his parents and their strict rules, partly because he’s afraid she’ll turn him away. But when she finds his sister, all bets are off.

Rumors, as well as pressure from family and friends, have him doubting Mala’s innocence. He believes she knows what happened or can find out—especially when he realizes she can see his sister’s ghost as well as he can. But one thing is for certain…dark forces are at work and tragedy on all sides make it hard to be together.

Dark Paradise will give you chills…and possibly nightmares! While I enjoyed the book immensely, I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the first few pages. The writing was, what I imagine, colorful and descriptive of the mystical bayou. Only it didn’t really make sense to me. But I stuck with it and oh, my I am so glad I did! The stories is heart-wrenching and has so many twists and turns. You’ll never peg who the actual murderer is or how Landry’s sister died, but you’ll enjoy the journey. Mala is a sweet, though a bit pitiful and ‘babied’ by some even though she is a strong heroine who just has to deal with a lot. And Landry is fantastic, if only he would stay focused and stop being wishy washy about his convictions to be with Mala no matter what. It’s almost a matter of too little too late when he follows through on his convictions to protect her. Then you have the ending…which isn’t really an ending…that will leave you weeping for the pair and all they’ve been through…and all they will go through as this is a series book and there are at least two more before we see if there’s a happy ending.

Sincerely, while I was lucky to get this copy to review I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read this story if I’d seen it on the shelf. A new author, a not so intriguing/interesting cover. But I would have missed out on a seriously awesome story, though. I hope you’ll give a new author a chance and enjoy this mysterious gothic romance for yourself!

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Dark Sacrifice by Angie Sandro

darksacrifice-angiesandroA GIFT AND A CURSE
Mala LaCroix sees dead people-really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she’s locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn’t know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.

A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH
Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn’t understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces-both human and otherworldly-who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls…

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