Wild & Steamy (Includes: Iron Seas #0.4; The Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5) by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, Carolyn Crane

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The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook – An Iron Seas novella of 15,000 words: The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth’s life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay?

Vixen by Jill Myles – A shifter novella of 15,000 words: Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn’t want to choose between both men…it wants them both.

Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane – A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.

The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook
4 Stars
The story started off a little slow and strange for me…I can admit that I started skimming in annoyance. But suddenly I looked up and I was enjoying myself…and I wanted to go back and start the story all over again. I’ve only read one story in Ms Brook’s Iron Seas series, The Iron Duke. I had some non-con issues with the book but I loved the world building and the style of writing. In this story I had no non-con issues…and I thought that it was super sweet by the end. TBH, Ms Brooks just sold me on picking up a copy of Heart of Steel.* Good Job!
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Wanton Fire (Horde Wars #2) by Sherri L. King *spoliers*

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Cinder, Shikar warrior and strongest of the Incinerator Caste, has met his match in Steffy Michanke. He wants her as he has never wanted another and means to have her at any cost. Steffy, a woman with a dark past, wants nothing more than to break free from the sexy being who has vowed to protect her from the creatures that stalk them. Independent to a fault, she vows to deny the love that is promised in Cinder’s fiery kiss, no matter how much she may yearn for it. Danger threatens from every shadow. Love and death walk hand in hand. Cinder and Steffy must join forces. The Daemon Horde is coming.

Wanton Fire is the story of Cinder and Steffy. Steffy is a human DJ who is precognitive and she hears music in her head (nothing more is explained of this). Cinder is a Shikar warrior of the Incinerator caste (this means he can burn anything by touch and he can shoot fireballs from his fingertips). The Shikar is race of humanoids that live near the Earth’s core – in a slightly different dimension. The Shikar police the world gates to keep the Daemon Horde (a race of evil, ugly monsters that feed off of humans) off of the face of the Earth.

The Daemon Horde is getting stronger, faster, and more intelligent. They are developing new powers and getting closer to over-running the Earth.
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The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Mejean Brook

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First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas.

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad in this book. Let me start with the good:
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Gatekeeper (Phantom Lovers #1) by Debra Glass *spoilers*


Evil shadow ghosts known as soul collectors haunted her childhood nightmares, so Nashville PD criminal profiler Jillian Drew did everything possible to turn her back on her psychic abilities. But now her eccentric sister has been abducted and nothing in her criminology background has prepared Jillian for that tragedy-or for Benton Smith, the powerful and devastatingly attractive ghost of a Civil War officer and the only witness to Amy’s abduction. Fearful of the brazen specter, Jillian nevertheless needs him. Benton is her Gatekeeper, a spirit sworn to protect her from the soul collectors, who attack each time she unleashes her long-dormant psychic senses in an attempt to find her sister. Yet she must somehow keep the devilishly seductive spirit at arm’s length, for Benton’s soul is at stake-and succumbing to his desires could have dangerous consequences for them both.

OMFG. This. This shit right here. I can’t even…WTF.

So, let me get this straight. Psychic woman falls in love and has sex with earth bound ghost.

WTF. I can’t even figure it out cause it’s just stupid.

There are SO MANY spoilers ahead. Just don’t read this, lol.
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Candlelight Wish (Wishing For Love #1) by Janice Bennett

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When Phoebe Caldicot loses her much-needed job as an instructress at a select Bath seminary, she knows exactly whom to blame. Sir Miles Saunderton, the elder brother of one of her pupils, is managing, infuriating and the last man she ever wants to see again. As she gazes into a candle flame, she wishes for security. Marriage seems her only option, but where can a penniless ex-schoolmistress find a suitable husband?The rippling water in a silver bowl stills, and Lady Xanthe Simms and her huge white cat Titus see the image of the desperate young lady. But desperation and wishes are what keep life busy and entertaining for the resourceful fairy godmother. With a melodic hum-and the fluttering to the floor of one of her gold-tipped wing feathers-Lady Xanthe sets forth to grant Phoebe the opportunity to make her wish come true. But opportunities are never certainties…

I’m not quite sure what to say. It started off rather cute. I enjoyed the interactions between the hero and heroine. Quite a lot of it was rather funny and I loved Xanthe and Miles as well as Phoebe.

The heroine spends a great deal of time being angry at the hero but their reactions to each other were great…

…But for some reason it all started to get annoying around 60%. I started to get annoyed with Phoebe’s anger. I started to get annoyed with some of Xanthe’s* magic… I wanted to see some “romantic” interactions between the H/h. I wanted to see more long glances and…I don’t know but I wanted more!

All in all, it’s a cute Regency romance and rather funny.

*Note: How funny is it that the fairy godmother is named Xanthe!

Black Smoke (Agent of Mercy #1) by Robin Leigh Miller

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Samantha Wells has lived through more hell in her short life than most. At the age of eight her serene life was turned upside down. Her parents were brutally murdered and Sam barely escaped with her life. But she didn’t do it alone — a soft calm voice led her to safety, the voice of her spirit guide. Disguised by a black mask and the handle Black Smoke, with the help of her spirit guide Sam rescues those unfortunate people who find themselves in the hands of humanity’s worst. Life is good until Sam is called on to assist a small covert military team in recovering a kidnapped scientist in Afghanistan. Lt. Mark Lowe (Kong) is less than thrilled to be placing his team’s lives in the hands of a woman, much less one as beautiful and sexy as Sam. He quickly learns there is more to this woman than meets the eye. She not only infiltrates enemy bases — she’s infiltrated his heart. Kong retreats to safer ground, leaving Sam heartbroken. Distant and unwilling to listen to anyone, Sam delves headfirst into a hell that only Kong can pull her from.

Well this was a total meh fest. The beginning was actually interesting and I loved seeing such a capable heroine. Sam (the heroine) was a solider through and through…which was great. But as the other members of the “team” were introduced…it started to get a little silly.

First we have Sam’s guardian angel who tells her things and scouts for her. Suddenly, the hero Kong is also speaking to voices in his head. Right. Cause that just happens.
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Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island #3) by Nora Roberts

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Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart – and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared – and determined to live without love.

The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference – for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns in her heart. But she’ll need his help – and his powers – to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near, they must take the first steps toward destiny – and come together to turn back the dark…

So…not sure what I want to say about this book. I hated Sam. Hated him. Hated him so much I could not really enjoy the book.

What do you say to a man who leaves you simply because you love him? He left – for 11 years – because how dare this woman love him with her whole heart without any reservations? /sarcasm
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