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Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler by Rysa Walker

5 Hockeystyxxx

Simon Says

Rysa Walker has become a must read for me. A very good friend kept urging me that I was missing something before I picked up Time Bound and he was right. The characters that Ms. Walker develops are very believable and have very captivating personalities that make you love or hate them. Simon Rand, affectionately known as Rat Bastard, is one you hate. Even after this glimpse into the inner mind of this character I really have no real affection for him. He is, a bastard in more than one definition of the word. Simon is a time traveler thanks to his wizardry with the Chronos key and in my opinion, with his personality being a mixture of idiot savant with a touch of evil, he grows up fast and hard and doesn’t have any qualms about who’s rules he breaks. Even the master mind behind the Cyrists, Saul, who plans every move he makes like a chess game he always wins is a little more likable than Simon.

In this novella, we see Simon as a kid before he truly was twisted by the fates of time and crossing times over and over again. His connection with his “friend” Kiernan is just beginning to be explored and it gives me a little bit more empathy for him…..just a little bit though. Especially when we see that his obsession and his determination to find out what truly happened cause him to set the history of a nation spiraling because he jumps before thinking it through. This along with his other experiments with the key as well as his work for the Cyrists, Brother Cyrus and Saul are only just starting though and one can hope that some way we get to see him stumble a few more times. I must strongly recommend that the reader start with Time Bound though to get the full emotion and direction of the series and the dynamic characters Ms. Walker has created. Even Simon, a character that I still haven’t much affection for is an amazing character and his story was a great read that filled in more blanks in the Chronos key world. I was given this copy for an honest review.

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A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss by Stephanie Rowe

A Wyoming Rebels book

4 1/2 HockeyStyxxx

Steen Stockton had put in his time but after 4 years behind bars he wasn’t prepared to deal with not only the pain in his side from saving a young man from the knife that was intended for him but the lack of breath he felt when he faced her again…. The one girl who had changed his outlook on life so long ago.

 

Helping her friend Josie with her vet practice while she was off in Chicago dealing with family matters,  Erin Chambers never imagined more than a few weeks back in Wyoming would bring her face to face with the one man who she not only crushed on but had dreamed of as the one man who would always be there for her.

The last few years had been hell but Erin had made it through and in the end the working vacation had given her the one thing she had wanted her whole life.  Steen Stockton.  Being with the man who had looked beyond the rich girl everyone else saw and recognized that she was a scared lonely girl who only wanted to be a vet and help the animals she had always loved.  Her parents and her ex were only reminders that she had never lived up to their standards but Steen was something else.  He was the one man she knew would accept her as she was.

10 days to be with the one girl…the one woman who kept him going through the last 4 years of being in prison.

Steens’ stint in prison had left him torn and ready to run and hide but finding a connection with Erin again…. And the girl who he knew by hearing her voice alone after all these years.  He couldn’t risk telling her the truth and lose the one thread of hope that had kept him alive when the doctors had left little hope.

Wow.  OK I love Stephanies work.  Always have but I am loving this series even more every step of the way.  The Stockton brothers are victims.  Victims that have banded together through their upbringing and the vows they made to never let a woman into their hearts and homes that would give them the chance to repeat the horrors they faced as kids.  Steen had one of the hardest shells of all after being betrayed by a woman and paying with his freedom because of her lies but with a few spoken words he opens up and not only allows someone in, he allows the one girl who he knew deep in his heart would never hurt him.  If only he could promise her the same.

Erin had battled her whole life but in a way that was so far from the life Steen had dealt with it was hard to believe they were both victims of parental abuse.  Fighting to make a career for herself in a field she loved was hard especially when her ex was not only a carbon copy of her father with his neglect but threw his infidelities in her face. Erin held on by a thread to a dream of a man that would always had her back when she needed it the most.  If only he could see that she needed more from him than he was ready to give.

This story was very emotional.  Sexy romps intertwined with two people fighting to grasp on to something neither believes they deserve makes it a hard book to put down but watching as they make decisions that have the potential to break them apart forever tugs at the heart strings.  Believe me.  Their story is one that will have you in tears by the end…. Tears of both heartbreak and joy that you have to read for yourself to fully understand the struggles of holding on to the love of your life despite the consequences.

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OK for those who know me personally I have been changing a few things in my day to day life, although some not as fast as I would like.  One of those things though that has changed is my delving into more of some time travel ideas since getting hooked on Dr. Who by one of my good friends and some fantasy stuff by finally getting to watch the entire series of The Almighty Johnsons.  (If you haven’t watched check it out… 4 handsome Kiwi brothers who are the current incarnations of the Norse Gods Odin and more!) Thank you Netflix and unlimited internet plan to accomplish this.

Next on my to do list is delve more thoroughly into the Chronos world created by Rysa Walker.  I have read snippets and can’t wait to dig in deeper!  She has a very amazing group of dedicated fans and I have heard nothing but great things about this series!  Check her out in the links below!  Her latest novella Times Mirror just released!  I hope to have a review soon from a friend who is devoted to this series…. if not then hold on for a bit and I will do the honors!!!

You can start out by purchasing Time Bound at places like Amazon or here at http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=hockeyvamp where they ship free world wide!!

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Good Cop:Heroes of Henderson Book 1 by Liz Kelly

Good Cop:  Heroes of Henderson Book 1

Good Cop:
Heroes of Henderson Book 1

4 1/2 Hockeystyxxx

Lolly Duval has plans to make it big as a designer but before she finishes school there are a few things she wants to get a step up on while back in Henderson for the summer. The plan was for those two things to be modifying the new athletic cup she had been working on and the other was her own designs for the upcoming show. Instead she finds herself caught in between two handsome police officers and it isn’t a bad place to be! Sexy and stalwart, and all around good guy, Brooks Bennett had been more than a crush of hers forever but the sinfully delicious bad boy Vance Evans could certainly turn her head if her heart wasn’t already taken. Agreeing to help them both was full of good intent but when the lines get crossed and the summer heat escalates she needs to make a stand and let them both know who owns her heart.

Brooks Bennett, good cop, stand up guy, and Golden Boy of Henderson had major plans of his own. Getting Henderson on the map as one of the best places to live in America was up there along with his plans to run and win the mayoral race next election. Having the right woman by his side was a part of that dream and for as long as he could think Lolly DuVal had been the “right woman”. Taking a leap when he heard she was going to be back in town for not only his sisters engagement party but the summer he made sure he had her on his arm for at least the party if not many more nights during the summer. If Vance had not had his hands on her feet the first time he saw her again things might have been less complicated but of course, the seducer of Henderson, the bad boy himself, was involved and thanks to him Lolly would be part and parcel of both their summers. He needed to step up his game and play by the other book if he hoped to win the heart of the girl who stole his years ago.

Vance Evans was not only the “Bad Cop” he was the epitome of the bad boy! Women were an easy conquest of his but once they were bed he didn’t want anything to do with them. Why couldn’t he just like a woman? He wanted the whole package. He wanted a wife and kids, especially now that he had hit the ripe old age of 30 but he had never been able to like a woman let alone fall in love with one. Lolly was a perfect fit for his plan. Hanging out, playing sports and learning how to appreciate a woman as a friend was just what he needed to get on the right track but when he finds that he wants to cross the line with her and become more than just friends he might lose everything else he cherishes along the way.

My procurement of this book was not totally on the up and up…well that is if the inscription is to be believed. “Shell, thanks for stealing my Good Cop!” To be honest, the book was just sitting there waiting to be claimed and I did qualify to pick it as my prize, I just skipped the line because it was the last one on the table! LOL I am so glad I did! But if you want to send one of these handsome cops after me bring on the cuffs! I loved the sexy and fun banter between Lolly and her guys! Lolly is fun loving, cute and has a smart sassy attitude that I loved! The guys are uuuunnnnnffff! Yummy! Sexy! Fun! And I was honestly back and forth in my dedication between them throughout…. and TBH was really looking forward to a little threesome action! Bennett is just…. well I can’t seem to say, he was awesome, more than awesome! And Vance is… gah! You know… I still am torn. This is why it was such a good book! I know who I wanted to win Lolly’s heart but I to this day continue to waver back and forth! On top of this was the secondary romance of two characters that gave the reader a little more spice since our “Good Cop” was adamant about making things perfect for his love. Yeah. Maybe that’s it! Bennett was perfect! Vance was perfect! OK that didn’t help! Buy this book and help me figure it out! Oh and BTW…. I would totally steal both the Good Cop again….and the Bad Cop too!

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Hidden Prey by Cheyenne McCray

5 Tombstones

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

DHS Agent Landon Walker had been hiding from the world for too long. Dealing with the loss of his fiancee over a year before he knew he had to come back to the living. He needed to start building the relationships with his friends again that he had left neglected for so long. Walking out of his grandmothers house he opens his arms to help a woman running from the demons chasing her and soon finds that her courage and strength is the balm he needs to help heal him.

Tori Cox needed to get away from the abusive relationship she was in. Going home to Bisbee and her parents was the first step in breaking the hold her boyfriend held on her. Walking down the street to find she remembered almost everything from her youth growing up there was helping her accept that she had finally done the right thing despite leaving her belongings behind. Stumbling into a murder in progress she runs for her life and finds herself in the arms of a tall dark stranger….a stranger she needs to protect her from all the people hunting her down.

Stepping away from the attraction he felt for Tori wasn’t an option despite the dangers to both of them. She needed his help, he needed to help her and together they needed to prove to themselves that they deserved to fight for each other. The dangers threatening them are very deadly and there is nothing more important in their fight than to trust in the love they share.

My very first stumbles into the world of Cheyenne McCray were Chosen Prey and Moving Target and with them I was hooked into her books and devoured as many as I could get a hold of. When I heard that the new series, Lawmen, was a part of this same world I was hungry to get my hands on the book! Thankfully I wasn’t kept waiting too long and in a day I had fed my appetite with this hot sexy read. Landon is still recouping from an accident that changed his life but is ready to emerge from his self preservation world of too much work and too much alcohol. The tall, sexy and brooding DHS agent gets more than he asks for when Tori runs into his life. Literally! Tori’s world had always been her music and sharing it with the world but after her relationship runs sour she needs to start fresh. Starting over never was supposed to come with threats to not only her life but the lives of everyone who she had ever cared for. Ms. McCray is brilliant as she wraps you up in Tori’s flight for her life and Landon’s re-emergence from his self inflicted exile from the world. This suspenseful romance is a brilliant ride from start to finish with emotional twists and turns that this reader never saw coming as they fought for their lives, their love and their future together.

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With her new novel, HIDDEN PREY, New York Times best selling author Cheyenne McCray returns to steamy romantic suspense with a high-octane thriller about a woman running from a Mexican cartel and the man determined to protect her.

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Danger

Tori Cox, a talented and sought after musician, heads back to her roots in a small southwest town in Arizona as she flees an abusive relationship. When she arrives in Bisbee, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time—and witnesses the execution of a Federal agent by none other than the son of El Demonio, the head of the Jimenez Cartel. Tori and everyone she loves is now in danger as the cartel comes after her before she can testify.

Desire

Landon Walker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, rescues Tori when he sees the beautiful woman running from members of one of the most ruthless cartels in the world. He sets out to protect her, but soon protecting her isn’t enough. The fire between them makes him want her in a way that he’s never wanted another woman, despite his wounded heart.

Death

Diego Montego Jimenez will do everything in his power to kill the young American woman who threatens his business and family. No one lives to testify against the Jimenez Cartel. Landon isn’t about to let the cartel get hold of Tori. He’ll go to the ends of the earth and back to protect her—and show her he’s never letting her go.

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Hey everyone! Hope things are well with all my loyal followers. I am just getting into the swing of things again and today you will see two new posts as a result. Crossing fingers that more are to come very soon!

Recently I was able to knock one major item off my bucket list! I was able to visit New Orleans! Yes! I will blog more on it later with some pics but will touch on a few things here today. Number one…. It was amazing despite not getting out of the French Quarter and visiting the rest of the city! I was there for the Romantic Times convention and it did not disappoint! Besides taking a walk by myself to the square I met with some new friends and walked to the cemetery suspected to be the final resting spot for Marie Laveau, got a little tipsy during a walk down Bourbon Street, bartered to buy some awesome earrings and stood on a roof top and looked down over it all one night.

Another part of this was the convention itself. Thanks to my room mate Jenni I was invited to lunch with some very awesome ladies! One of the talented women was Sara Humphreys. (Who I just realized used to be on Another World which I watched loyally from the time I was a kid with my Gramma until it went off the air in the late nineties!) Such a beautiful woman and an inspiration to someone trying to lose weight after deciding it was time to make a change in my life…. I won’t say that we were eating some delicious pizza for lunch… but the gracious lady gave me a couple of her books while I was there and despite having about 100 to chose from when I got home one of hers was one of the first couple that I pulled out of the pile to devour. And devour I did! Tall, Dark and Vampire was an amazing read and to my delight I was able to get my hands on a copy of the sequel Vampire Trouble as well. It releases July 1 so be sure to pick it up! I hope you enjoy the brief reviews below of both these tasty vampire delights! Thank you Sara for being so awesome and getting me hooked on this new series!

Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

Vampire Trouble

Vampire Trouble


5 Tombstones

Shane Quesada, Presidium Sentry had been existing. Doing what was needed to protect the current czar’s and those before them. Never did he imagine that the legend was true about a bloodmate and never did he think that he would find his in the form of a feisty newly turned vampire with a turbulent past.

Maya wanted more than working in the bar for her maker. She needed to remember her past, find a way to stop hating the world and have some adventure along the way. Taking a position in another bar with a very different vampire than the ones she was with was a start. Dealing with the visiting werewolf royalty would give her something else to concentrate on other than the continued dreams of her violent past and of the sexy vampire that somehow breached her mind and was now becoming a totally different focus for her. One that she wasn’t sure she could handle.

Leaving the city together, the two escape the threat that is after Maya but find themselves entering a very different threat. One that neither wanted to fight as they give in to the bloodmate bond that would bring them closer to each other than any before. With the incite of a powerful gypsy, they find more than they expected when looking into Maya’s past and with that new knowledge it gives her a new weapon to use against the threat chasing her down.

This is one powerful, heart wrenching and emotional story. As much as I loved Tall, Dark and Vampire I think I lost my heart to Shane in this story. The stalwart vampire had always followed the rules, kept to himself and fought for the Presidium, never thinking of himself or his wants and needs. His connection to Maya is beautiful, their journey emotional and touching as she found a way to release the “demons” chasing her and give in to her desires to be loved by a man and push the terrors behind her. Maya is a strong heroine and she captivated me with her determination and the way she pushed through even after her heart was crushed to do what was right for everyone in their world. I was most impressed with the way she grew and blossomed from a self centered creature to one who was willing to sacrifice for everyone from one book to the next made this book hard to put down. Kudos Ms. Humphreys! Can’t wait to read the next one!

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Angie Fox has long been a favorite of mine and her biker witches series totally is an addiction I cannot live without! Now they are back… all the crazies Lizzie Brown, her sexy shape shifter hubby and Pirate too as they descend on Beverly Hills. Book six in the series is available now…. check out the links and get yours today!!

All that glitters is not gold…

All that glitters is not gold....

All that glitters is not gold….

Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.

She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.

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Highland Dawn by Donna Grant

5 Hockeystyxxx

HIghland Dawn

Moira had thought she would always be alone. Although she was happy to watch the love her sisters had found she knew if she was to fulfil her part of the prophecy she would never have a family or love of her own. There had only been one man she had ever thought of in that way anyway. Dartayous. The Druid warrior who both intrigued and frustrated her.
Dartayous had promised to keep Moira safe. One vow he took very seriously no matter how the woman turned him inside out. He could not tell her why he kept her and every other woman before her at arms length. Why he poked and prodded her instead of pulling her close and letting her know what she did to him.

Sent together to fulfill the prophecy and do their part to help release the fae from their prison they find a young babe who tugs at Moira’s heart but she had a destiny and being a mother was not a part of it and would never be with her heart belonging to the stubborn warrior with her on the journey. Taking a babe along with them will not aid them on their quest but when the woman asks to bring him along with them asks he knows he cannot deny her and say no to the woman he had ever loved, and for an immortal that was a very long time. Arriving at the destined spot they find out the old crones prediction was right and they did in fact have the key to the fae world with them the entire time but there was no easy path to follow when another has plans for Moira. Plans of a man that had already caused her and her family pain and suffering and that included making her the new Queen and taking over both worlds.
Lugus had set in motion his plans but unless the fates could be changed they could be the downfall of both the fae and the human realms forever.

Donna Grant has been a fave of mine since I read her Sisters of Magic series years ago. My addiction to her Dark Warrior series is not a secret either. So too this series, and this, the final chapter in the Druids Glen series. Moira is a strong woman and her heart is the most generous and strongest part of her as she keeps its secret desires hidden even from herself at times then opens it up to not only the man she loves but gives a part of it to another who is not as deserving when she sees his true self beneath the guise he has worn for most of his life. Dartayous is a warrior through and through but the secret he keeps hidden deters him from what he has desired most and the one that could make him happy and whole. Their journey is not easy and they are both tested but when they both are forced to chose it is one path that they both walk down, together and forever. Another great read from Ms. Grant and one I would highly recommend!

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