* Release Blitz/Review * PIKE by Brenda Rothert

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* Release Blitz/Review * PIKE by Brenda RothertPike by Brenda Rothert
Series: Sin City Saints #2
Published by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc. on January 18, 2022
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four-half-stars

In Sin City, the stakes are high. Bet big and you may win it all—but you could also lose far more than you bargained for.

Indie Garrison is in over her head. Ditched by her husband in the dead of the night, she’s suddenly a broke single mom living with her sister. Sure, she and pro hockey player Pike Morgan got off on the wrong foot in a big way, and admittedly, it was entirely her fault. But Indie’s been fooled by a man for the last time, and no matter how hard Pike tries to break down her walls, she’s not falling for him. At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Pike Morgan is at the top of his game. Being drafted by the new Las Vegas expansion team was ideal for the bearded, blue-eyed NHL goalie who’s only serious about two things: hockey and partying. When he accepts a bet from a teammate, he finds himself wooing a spirited woman who wants nothing to do with him. Once he gets to know her and her young son, though, he regrets his wager. If Indie finds out the truth, she’s going to hate the player and the game.

 

Highly addictive and downright sweet! Brenda Rothert’s second venture into her new Sin City Saints series is a slow burning delight as PIKE meets his match when he least expects it. The characters are endearing and the story is filled with life’s ups and downs in various aspects as love wins out in this opposites attract story.

I highly recommend this book as well as the prior book in the series to anyone who enjoys a hockey player being swept off his feet when love knocks him for a loop and turns him into a new man. Sexy, sweet and delightful.

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Pike
Series: Sin City Saints #2
Author: Brenda Rothert
Genre: Hockey Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2022
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In Sin City, the stakes are high. Bet big and you may win it all—but you could also lose far more than you bargained for.

 

Indie Garrison is in over her head. Ditched by her husband in the dead of the night, she’s suddenly a broke single mom living with her sister. Sure, she and pro hockey player Pike Morgan got off on the wrong foot in a big way, and admittedly, it was entirely her fault. But Indie’s been fooled by a man for the last time, and no matter how hard Pike tries to break down her walls, she’s not falling for him. At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.
Pike Morgan is at the top of his game. Being drafted by the new Las Vegas expansion team was ideal for the bearded, blue-eyed NHL goalie who’s only serious about two things: hockey and partying. When he accepts a bet from a teammate, he finds himself wooing a spirited woman who wants nothing to do with him. Once he gets to know her and her young son, though, he regrets his wager. If Indie finds out the truth, she’s going to hate the player and the game.

 

 

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EXCERPT

“What do you think of the new blocker?” Katz asks me.
We’ve just finished up practice but we’re still on the ice. I smile as I watch Rudy getting hit with rapid-fire pucks. He’s a good guy who dreamed of playing pro hockey but didn’t make it, so he became a trainer instead. His name’s actually John, but we call him Rudy because of his enthusiasm for being the best practice goalie ever.
“It’s okay,” I say, taking off the blocker I’m wearing. It’s a new model Katz asked me to try out in practice.
“You’re not ready to wear it in games yet,” Katz says.
“No way. Me and my blocker are like Smeagol and his ring.”
Katz grins. “I never would have pegged you as a Lord of the Rings fan.”
“Are you kidding? I love that shit. The movies, I mean. It would take me years to get through the books, and I’m not much of a reader.”
“Morgan!” Our head coach, Phil Bear, calls out to me while pointing at someone standing next to him. “This intern needs to see you. Get your ass over there!”
Coach never bothers to learn the names of any of the front office interns. I look over, squinting to make out the face Coach is talking about. I think his name is Shawn, but I’m not confident enough to call him that out loud. I nod in response to him and set my blocker, catcher, and mask on the bench before skating over to the intern at the end of the rink.
I think I talked to Shawn once, and he seemed like a good guy. He’s a college student from what I remember. My gaze immediately shifts to the woman next to him, who is smoking hot. She’s petite, with glossy black hair that falls just to her shoulders in a straight line, beautiful light brown skin, and warm brown eyes. Unfortunately, though, she’s glaring at me.
“What can I do for you?” I ask.
“Sorry to interrupt practice,” Shawn says. “This woman says—”
The exotic hottie cuts him off. “You’re Pike Morgan?”
I grin. “The one and only.”
“You bought a baseball from Vegas Sports Collectors.”
“Yeah?”
“The Roger Maris one?”
“Right.”
What’s this about? I furrow my brow, wondering what this woman has to do with the baseball I just added to my collection.
“I’m the seller,” she says. “They brokered it for a commission. And when my sister gave it to the guy from Vegas Sports Collectors, she didn’t realize I had put my grandmother’s ring inside the case. Can I please have the ring back?”
“There was no ring inside that case.”
Her nostrils flare slightly. I’d find it cute if she wasn’t so pissed off at me for no reason.
“I distinctly remember putting it in the Roger Maris baseball case a few weeks ago. It’s not valuable. I mean, it’s not monetarily valuable, but it holds a lot of sentimental value for me. It was my grandma’s, and it’s all I have left of her.” Tears shine in her eyes. “Can I please have it back?”
“I’d give it to you if I had it, but I don’t.”
“I know it was in there.”
I shake my head. “I already took the ball out of the case it was in and put it in a new one. There was nothing but the ball in that case.”
“That’s impossible! The case has a latch, so there’s no way it opened and fell out on accident.”
I shrug.
“Look, you must make good money, so what’s a little sapphire ring to you?”
“Listen—what’s your name?”
“Indie Garrison.”
“Listen, Indie Garrison—I don’t have it, okay?”
She buries her face in her hands, and the picture tugs on my heartstrings because it looks like she’s crying, but it only lasts a nanosecond. Because when she lifts her face to look at me, the only expression I see if complete and utter fury.
“I’m willing to buy it,” she says in a level tone.
This chick is about half crazy. She’s right—why would I give a shit about someone’s sapphire ring? I wouldn’t care if it was a giant diamond ring. If it wasn’t mine, I’d return it.
If I had it.
“I can’t sell you something I don’t have.”
“So what, it just disappeared into thin air?”
“I have no idea. I paid for the ball and picked it up yesterday, then took it out of the case and put it in my display case. You’re welcome to have the original case back, but it’s empty.”
“Okay…” Shawn tactfully clears his throat and gives me an apologetic look. “You asked me to see Mr. Morgan and you’ve done that, so…”
Indie gives him a withering glare. She may be small, but damn, this woman has some fire.

 

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AUTHOR BIO

 

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.
four-half-stars

* Review * FRACTURED VOWS by Jessica Ames

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* Review * FRACTURED VOWS by Jessica AmesFractured Vows by Jessica Ames
Series: Fraser Crime Syndicate #1
on January 20, 2022
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four-half-stars

Sariah

4 weeks, 28 days, 672 hours—that’s all I have left until my fate is sealed.

I am promised to a monster. A man twice my age. He plans to keep me like a pretty doll, making me move to whatever whims he has.

Trapped, all my choices are taken away apart from one.

A handsome stranger. He tells me his name is Lucas and for one night I'm able to leave my cursed future behind. The pull to Lucas is unexplainable and undeniable. One thing is certain—I have to find a way out of this arranged marriage. I have to claim my life back. And Lucas might be the key.

Lucas

Sariah has secrets. I can see it in her eyes. There's a sadness that swirls within them, a fear of what we're doing. I want to know who put that look on her face and protect her from it. I will burn the world to ashes to keep her safe.
But when the truth is revealed, and I learn she is being forced to wed a man who has a reputation darker than my own, I realise how much danger Sariah is in. I'm not sure the might of the Fraser crime family will be enough to save her life.

Or mine.

*Warning : Contains adult content, reading age 18 +. Graphic violence and dark emotional scenes that may trigger some readers.

 

Gritty, raw and explosive! With the first book in her Fraser Crime Syndicate series Jessica Ames is turning Lucas Fraser loose on the world and showing us a side to him we never expected in FRACTURED VOWS. Their lifestyle is dangerous and ugly, but the love this group of siblings feels for one another as life threatens to beat them down on a daily basis is addictive. I loved Sariah and Luke together and their love story was beautiful, but I really wanted more for the ending. It ended abruptly and I wanted at a minimum to hear how his family faired in the fallout of her association. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces from the Untamed Sons MC series!

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series and would recommend it to anyone who likes a mafia style romance that has strict rules for the family and ugly fallout when tested. I’m looking forward to more to come in the series.

four-half-stars

* Review * CODE NAME: VIRGO by Janie Crouch

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* Review * CODE NAME: VIRGO by Janie CrouchCode Name: Virgo by Janie Crouch
Series: Zodiac Tactical Rescue Unit #2
Published by Calamittie Jane Publishing on January 18, 2022
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five-stars

My code name is Virgo. The stars say I’m practical, honest, stubborn as hell.

Guilty as charged.

Zodiac Tactical is the company that gave me a second chance. We guard, protect, rescue...eliminate the threat when nobody else can. And as a former SEAL, I’m good at those things. Good with weapons, good with missions.

But with people...not so good.

So when a gruesome enemy takes Bronwyn Rourke, one of Zodiac’s newest young recruits—with blue eyes that take up nearly her whole damn face—I shouldn’t take it personally. Shouldn’t allow her to consume my every thought and become my only mission.

They took her because they thought she was alone. Easy prey. That no one would fight for her.

They were wrong.

My code name is Virgo. And I will grind my enemy to dust to bring her home.

 

Explosively addictive! CODE NAME: VIRGO is the second book in Janie Crouch’s Zodiac Tactical Rescue Unit series and backtracks a bit in the story over what we already learned in Wavy’s story in book one to catch us up on Sarge and Bronwyn. The characters hooked me quickly and I was turning the pages as quickly as my eyes would allow to find out what was going to happen in this wild predicament they found themselves in. It’s farfetched but I loved every minute of it!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a group of former soldiers who have united to form a security company that goes where others won’t to rescue when needed.

five-stars

* Review * PLAYING PEYTON by Kat Mizera

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* Review * PLAYING PEYTON by Kat MizeraPlaying Peyton by Kat Mizera
Series: Alaska Blizzard #10
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five-stars

The only thing Professional athlete Ryder Kingston loves more than hockey and sex, is his Bernese mountain dog, Coco. He never imagined there was someone out there who could top that list, until some shocking news changes his life forever.

Peyton Legori swore off hockey players a long time ago. But when her jerk of a boyfriend throws her out, and her brother’s friend is the one that comes to the rescue, she can’t resist. And after one night of undeniable passion, her life will never be the same.

The two are forced to forge a friendship and look to the future, but fate steps in and turns everything upside down. As they navigate the unfamiliar territory, will Ryder be able to make room in his life for a new love?

 

I utterly adored this couple! PLAYING PEYTON is Kat Mizera’s tenth book in the Alaska Blizzard series and it just keeps getting better and better. A big discovery led to Ryder opening up his heart and falling hard for former teammate Donovan’s sister Peyton and I couldn’t have loved their story more. Heartfelt and rewarding!

Ryder is a sweetheart and quick to step in when he thinks he’s needed, no matter what he might have to sacrifice in order to put himself out there. I loved seeing his teammates and core team support system stepping in anytime he needed a nudge.

Peyton is overcoming the poor life choices she made and starting to shine now that she’s out from under the stigma of a selfish boyfriend.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who loves a hockey romance with a whole lot of heart. The teammates love each other and their women hard and it’s super satisfying to see the loyalty and family spirit.

five-stars

* Review * HUNTING THE COLTON FUGITIVE by Colleen Thompson

* Review * HUNTING THE COLTON FUGITIVE by Colleen ThompsonHunting the Colton Fugitive by Colleen Thompson
Series: The Coltons of Mustang Valley #11
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on June 1, 2020
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four-stars

Her business is finding criminals… but can she risk falling for a fugitive?

Capturing Ace Colton is the solution to bounty hunter Sierra Madden’s troubles. The bounty will pay off the vicious loan shark whose goons are after her. Too cynical to buy Ace’s protestations of innocence, Sierra tamps down her growing attraction. But when she’s the ultimate target, she might be forced to rely on the absolute last person she should trust.

 

Interwoven chaos steals the show! With the next to last book in The Colton’s of Mustang Valley series, we are finally getting some insight into getting Ace back home and finding out who really shot his father. The intrigue was high and the characters held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to the final book in the series to shed light on the remaining questions and finish up this great series.

I recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who likes a top notch mystery that spreads across several books as sibling after sibling tries to unravel the secrets and lies as they find their own happily ever after.

four-stars

* Review * STOLEN ANGELS by Rita Herron

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* Review * STOLEN ANGELS by Rita HerronStolen Angels by Rita Herron
Series: Detective Ellie Reeves #5
Published by Bookouture on January 27, 2022
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four-half-stars

Twisting her hands together, she bites back a sob. She only turned her back for a second, and then her daughter was gone. Every mother in town would be hugging their children tighter tonight.

Lara is baking cupcakes when her six-year-old daughter Ava runs to catch the school bus just one block away. Chasing after her, Lara sees the bus tumbling past, and waves. But Ava never turns up at school.

Detective Ellie Reeves is in a race against time to find her––in missing child cases, every second counts. Searching the small town of Crooked Creek, she finds the girl’s bunny in the local park, the toy Ava carried around everywhere. Did Ava ever get on the bus?

While Ellie works around the clock, a local reporter gets a message: There are other missing girls out there. Digging into previous cases, Ellie discovers that another girl went missing on the same day the previous year. How many more could there be?

Ellie is certain that the date means something––and that the person who sent the message is the key. But the community is up in arms, everyone worried that their daughter will be next, and blaming Ellie. The pressure is mounting, and time is running out to bring little Ava home. Can Ellie solve the toughest case of her career––and save Ava––before it’s too late?

 

An intricately woven tale of terror and deceit! Rita Herron picks up STOLEN ANGELS as the fifth book in her highly addictive Detective Ellie Reeves series at a similar timeframe to when the last book left off as a child goes missing and Ellie has to scramble to cover all of the bases in the hunt to find her. The intrigue was high and the emotions were heartstring pulling worthy. I felt that Ellie wasn’t entrenched quite as personally in this book as she has been in all of the rest, but the emotions were solid none the less. Loving this series!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery with a town of characters always jumping into the midst of the drama to help the hunt, or antagonize the situation. Action packed and enthralling as always.

four-half-stars

* Review * MURDER ON PRESCOTT MOUNTAIN by Lena Diaz

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* Review * MURDER ON PRESCOTT MOUNTAIN by Lena DiazMurder on Prescott Mountain by Lena Diaz
Series: A Tennessee Cold Case Story #1
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on January 25, 2022
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five-stars

Could the mystery that’s haunted him for years

Be the break her latest case needs?

Former soldier Grayson Prescott started his cold case firm to bring murderers to justice. Specifically the one who destroyed his life. When his obsession intersects with Detective Willow McCray’s serial killer investigation, they join forces. But Willow falls hard for the haunted investigator—even as danger mounts. Stopping the River Road rapist will save the victims…but will it save their future together?

 

Captivating and on point! Lena Diaz’s latest series is kicking off with a bang of non-stop action and mystery. MURDER ON PRESCOTT MOUNTAIN is the first book in her Tennessee Cold Case Story series and came to life quickly and the twists and turns held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to more in the series!

Grayson’s back story is very compelling and seeing him start up this new firm to not only solve his own cold case, but to help other families who suffer the unknown is very rewarding.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced action story revolving around a mystery or two with a hint of romance.

five-stars

* Review * ALWAYS SOMEONE’S MONSTER by Lani Lynn Vale

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* Review * ALWAYS SOMEONE’S MONSTER by Lani Lynn ValeAlways Someone's Monster by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Battle Crows MC #1
on January 25, 2022
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four-half-stars

A few years ago, when his sister went missing, Haggard Crow turned into something he never wanted to be. A killer.

Even after his sister is rescued a year after she was kidnapped and sold, Haggard ‘Thief’ Crow doesn’t have any plans on changing. He sort of likes the zero fucks given guy that he is now.

Bonus points, he saves women and children from extreme situations, along with his club and real life brothers by his side.
After a horrible marriage, Haggard has zero plans of ever finding a woman again. One-night stands not counting, he adores his life as a single man. There are no expectations. No ‘where are yous’ and ‘are you coming homes.’

The life he chooses to live is a simple one. Until he makes a huge mistake, and he steps over that line between ‘daughter’s best friend’ and ‘a woman he desperately wants.’

Before long, he can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop wanting her. Can’t stop feeling things for her that a man twenty years her senior should never feel for a girl he watched grow up.

After one lapse in judgment, he decides she needs to go. But the funny thing is, he never expected Sophia Madden to fight back. And dirty at that.

 

An exhilarating start to a new series by Lani Lynn Vale! ALWAYS SOMEONE’S MONSTER is dramatic, heartwarming and sexy as all get out, but underneath it all stands a powerful message about standing up for what is right. Vale doesn’t write the most gritty MC romance you will ever read, but her heroes are always alpha with a major twist of sweet goodness that makes them endear themselves to her reader’s heart quickly and easily. I loved the twists and emotional turns of this book and am looking forward to the next in the series!

Haggard is tough and tantalizing and I enjoyed every delightful minute in his company.

Sophia is a sweetheart who keeps getting life’s hard knocks tossed at her time and again, but she perseveres and becomes a stronger person because of it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an alpha hero with a cuddy heart of gold who isn’t afraid to take a wrong turn if it’s for the good of his loved ones.

four-half-stars

* Review * FROM FEUDING TO FALLING by Jules Bennett

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * FROM FEUDING TO FALLING by Jules BennettFrom Feuding to Falling by Jules Bennett
Series: Texas Cattleman's Club: Fathers and Sons #4
Published by Harlequin Desire on January 25, 2022
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four-stars

Falling for his fake fiancée wasn’t part of the plan!

Securing the fortune owed to the Texas Cattleman’s Club is a top priority for its new president, Carson Wentworth. But to get there, he needs to win over rival Lana Langley and unify their feuding families. What better way than through a wedding…or at least a fake engagement? It might even be fun.

Lana has her doubts. They’ve been battling each other so long, how can they make their charade believable for one full month? Perhaps the key is the chemistry raging between them—which could also be their downfall!

 

Fast paced and highly entertaining! FROM FEUDING TO FALLING by Jules Bennett is the fourth book in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: Fathers and Sons series for Harlequin Desire and this enemies to lovers story is sure to please TCC fans. The plot is quick to develop into a fake relationship between the longtime feuding Wentworth and Langley families and kept me watching throughout.

I recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a high powered cast of the Texas elite working their way through business ventures, personal drama and happily ever afters.

four-stars

* Review * JUST ONE SPARK by Carly Phillips

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* Review * JUST ONE SPARK by Carly PhillipsJust One Spark by Carly Phillips
Series: The Kingston Family #4
Published by CP Publishing on January 18, 2022
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five-stars

He’s a playboy rock star living the rock and roll dream...
Until a very real baby scare threatens to bring it all crashing down.

Dash Kingston has learned his lesson and knows his hard-partying lifestyle needs to change. To clean up his playboy image, he needs a fake girlfriend.

There’s just one problem: the perfect woman for the job is a gorgeous blonde who once aroused not just his body but his emotions, sending him running. And leaving her to wake up alone.

For the band’s sake, Cassidy Forrester agrees to play the girlfriend role, but she’s not going to fall for Dash’s charm or sex appeal ever again.

Except this Dash Kingston swears he’s a changed man, and he’s out to win Cassidy over - for good. But only a fool would make the same mistake twice, and Cassidy refuses to let their spark burn her a second time.

 

Sensual, sweet and so very satisfying! JUST ONE SPARK is book four in The Kingston Family series by Carly Phillips and picks up with rock star Dash and the trouble he’s managed to get himself into. We met his love interest Cassidy in Xander’s book previously as Sasha’s BFF/assistant. Sparks flew the minute Dash and Cassidy were in the same room as the other in that book, so we knew we were going to be in for a good time when they got together. I love this family and this series and now that a major seed has been planted I absolutely cannot wait to get Aurora’s story next!

Dash is an interesting character because we are led to believe he’s led this life of fun and debauchery, but we only know him as a loving brother and a down-to-earth guy who wants to change his way of living for the better. I enjoyed him and his sensitive side a lot.

Cassidy was a great secondary character in Sasha and Xander’s story so to see her get her own happily ever after was really sweet.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a high-powered group of siblings working through the simplicities of family life as drama, love and business unravel around them.

five-stars