Taking it All

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Taking it All (Surrender Trilogy, #3)Taking it All by Maya Banks
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I had a really hard time with this one. This was not a situation where ‘love conquers all’ comes into play. I don’t see any woman forgiving her husband for the situation Tate put Chessy in. She could have come to serious harm all because he stepped out for a second to try to reel in a client after promising to put her first. There are just some things in life that are unforgiveable; no factor that would shed a different light on the situation. I’m sorry to say part of it was Chessy’s fault for putting so much trust and faith into Tate after such an extended period of being last on his priority list.

The writing overall was on par. I just can’t get past the storyline and the fact that two to three weeks later everything was all good and they are going to live happily ever after. Taking it All was a very disappointing installment/finale for the series. If you have read the previous two book, you won’t really lose anything by not reading this one.

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Releasing the Demons

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Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1)Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vampires terrorize the world once darkness descends. People are forced to condense their lives to the time between sunrise and sunset or risk becoming one of the vampire’s victims. All of the government agencies now exist for one purpose, to attempt to eradicate the vampires. Little did they know that they were getting a tremendous amount of help from the Knights of the Order of the Senary, an organization comprised of hybrids. Blaze is one such Knight.

As a member of the NYPD, Valerie takes out as many vampires as possible every time she goes to work but she also has to deal with the despair whenever they find another human victim. Blaze and Valerie’s paths cross after a woman is found brutally murdered by a vampire. Blaze is Valerie’s prime suspect but they soon learn they are fighting on the same side and once they team up sparks fly.

L.D.Rose has put a new twist on a very classical paranormal genre. Vampires do not co-exist in a fragile truce with humans and she has half-human, half-vampire heroes who could be bad guys. This is a promising start to a new series with lots of action, suspense, romance, and pain.

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Secret Pleasure

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Secret PleasureSecret Pleasure by Lora Leigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the moment Alyssa, Sebastian, and Shane met, their lives were changed forever. None of them could have ever predicted the pain, suffering, and death that would shadow and threaten them for almost ten years.
At eighteen when she met the cousins, Alyssa was filled with dreams of a life full of a husband’s love and lots of children. At twenty-six, she has lost the will to live and is drowning in despair from everything that has been taken from her. Someone is out to get her and she has no idea why or who it is. When Shane and Sebastian reappear in her life so does her nameless, faceless enemy who seems more determined than ever to destroy her.
Lora Leigh always delivers on steamy romance and love scenes but this time there was also a heavy element of suspense. There are some gaps in the plot and the book ends with readers finding out whom but not really understanding why. However, Secret Pleasure is a solid installment to The Bound Hearts series.

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Return to Glebe Point

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Return To Glebe PointReturn To Glebe Point by Patricia Paris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For fans of the Glebe Point series, this installment introduces us to another member of the Morrison family, Charlie, Justin and Blake’s cousin. Justin and Blake know that something happened to Charlie to bring her back other than a desire to return to their hometown. They just have no clue what it could be since they haven’t spoken to her in over three years. In spite of the mysterious circumstances surrounding her return, Blake and Justin do everything in their power to make her feel welcome and establish a life, even going so far as to getting her set up with her own cupcake shop.

Cooper can see Charlie’s baggage a mile away and desperately wants to continue his carefree, drama free life but something about her draws him like a moth to a flame. They get off to a rocky start but quickly agree that being ‘friends with benefits’ would be mutually beneficial. Slowly but surely, their little romance blossoms into a full blown love story for the ages neither of them were seeking but find they can’t live without.

Patricia Paris has once again delivered great characters with strength and resilience readers will be able to easily identify with.

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This Time Forever

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This Time Forever (Glebe Point, #1)This Time Forever by Patricia Paris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On the best and worst day of his life, Blake finds out he has a son only no one knows where he is. He hires a private detective to try and find him but lead after lead turns into a dead end. When he meets Delaney he starts to feel that life isn’t completely unfair. Little does he know that his past and his present are on a collision course that will irrevocably change his future.

In an effort to protect someone you love, is it okay to deceive another? This is the predicament that is now Delaney’s life. She wanted to do what was best for Ben but ended up falling in love with his father which was not part of the plan. She only wanted to meet Blake to confirm his horribleness but things get really complicated when the private detective Blake hired unveils her secret before she has a chance to.

Patricia Paris has written a delightful cast of characters that have good times, bad times, and some real punches to the gut that will have readers holding back tears. This is a great read for those looking for a contemporary romance with a healthy dose of depth.

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