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No Accounting for Cowboys by Leah Braemel

4.5 Hockeystyxxx

I like to think that I am up to date and on the ball but I’m afraid I have dropped the ball a little bit lately.  One of these little blunders is the fact that I some how missed the first book in Leah Braemel’s series The Grady Legacy.  That didn’t stop me from grabbing up the opportunity to pick up Leah’s latest Carina Press offering No Accounting for Cowboys!  And I am forever grateful that I was able to do this and share my views on the book.  Getting to catch up with Leah in New Orleans was even a bigger bonus!  Romantic Times Convention is a great way to interact with the authors, like Leah, that you love!

But back to the book at hand…. or rather the sexy as hell singing cowboy and his ‘not your typical accountant’ love!  Paige and Jake’s chemistry oozes off the pages from the first moment they lay eyes on each other across the bar!  Getting to know each other is definitely on the menu at the country and western hangout Slick’s!  Both, however, have more than a little baggage along with them thanks to their families and although wanting to dive in and taste the offerings that first night they find a way to put their desires on hold and let them simmer on the burner like the good Texas BBQ Slick’s is known for.  Finding out they will not only be working together over the next little bit only wet’s their appetite and a sampling is definitely what the reader and the two lovers are waiting for but like all good BBQ there is a mess involved and it might take more than a couple of wet wipes to clean it up if the two want to keep on the steady diet of romance, love and sex that brought them together in the first place.  If only their family secrets were in the recipe department and not life changing like the ones Paige and Jake have to deal with.

I absolutely fell in love with Jake.  Strong, sexy, loyal and talented… he is so amazing and I was as broken as he was when the truth comes out about the one thing that meant the world to him!  And Paige was no passive little heroine.  She was awesome!  A definite fighter who had battled and worked her way up from nothing to become a professional and get her degree.  Her little chip on her shoulder gave her an edge that made her fun, sexy and a little snarky!  I loved it!  If you love emotion this book has it in spades!  The tug on my heart when Jake faces the truth about who he really was tore more than a few tears from me and made me keep turning the pages to get over the pain secrets from the past as fast as possible!


Paige Reynolds is a woman who will not let anything stand in her path. Saying she had less than perfect childhood is an understatement and now a certified accountant and with a new job she is ready to prove to herself and anyone else that she is nothing like her mother or her father when it comes to business dealings. Getting the news she was going to be sent out to Bulls Hollow Ranch, the family of the man her father still holds a grudge with, to settle their books after a trusted employee screwed them over will put her in position to prove herself but that doesn’t mean she can’t relax a bit before she jumps in head first tomorrow. Spending a little time flirting with the sexy cowboy up on stage at Slick’s seems to be just what she needed to get her mind off everything piling on her plate. Walking into the office at Bulls Hollow and finding the scruff faced cowboy grinning at her should have her packing her calculator and running but something told her to stay and ride out whatever was coming her way with the man with two names she met only hours before and who already was under her skin.

Jake Grady needed this night off. Needed to shrug off the mess back at the ranch, both with their financial troubles and the rift between him and his best friend Gabe Larson, or rather his half brother Gabe. Shit was piling high. Getting up on stage doing what he had always loved was just the distraction he needed…. Well that and the sexy woman at the bar eyeing him up like a piece of candy. Taking the stage as J T Larson had always been a release for him but also a thorn that liked to prick him when his brother Ben continued to put him down every time he picked up a guitar and tried to show him how much music meant to him. Stepping up and putting himself in front of the sexy lady sure turned his night around when she didn’t shoot him down and had him hoping she would be back the next time his band played… back and ready to do more than flirt with him at the bar. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find her in his own home, or rather his Ma’s home ready to dig into their financial mess and straighten out what was left of Bulls Hollow. He liked the girl in leather but something about the one in front of him made him think he could get to like this part of her too. A girl with two sides just like him would be perfect if only he could talk her into it too.

Paige and Jake find themselves falling. Fast. But the secrets both have carried for their families and now themselves might be too much to over come. Dealing with the impending audit, Paige finds herself embedded in even more secrets and when Jake has to face the truth it causes a divide that not only pulls him away from her but rocks him so hard there might be no coming back for him. Jakes trust and faith in a family he had always found solace in being a part of now pulled out from under him he needs Paige to help him deal but her promise to another is yet another betrayal he can’t deal with. Another reason to leave and not look back. Professional as always Paige finishes her job but leaving the job is one thing… leaving without trying to claim her heart back is another that she cannot give up on without one last try.

Please check out Leah at her blog    Leah has lots of fun stuff there including contests and guest visitors along with a daily post on life in Oshawa dealing with family, friends and some of the cutest little fur babies!

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Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Book 5 in the H & W Investigations Series

4.5 Hockeystyxxx

Shiarra Waynest has doubts about waking up in the vampires arms but now that she has made her decision hopefully things will work out. Well, that is what she hopes after confronting him with her fears despite the myriad of interruptions from his minions while they try and hash things out, add to that she is taken down by whatever is still coursing through her body. Troubled with the circumstances she is floored when Royce decides to send her and her best friend away for her own safety. WTH? Pushed aside just when she had finally given in to their connection?

Landing in LA Shia and Sara are supposed to stay low key, accept the hospitality of Clyde (head vampire of Los Angeles) and keep in contact with Royce in case things change. Yeah, it wouldn’t be an exciting read if any of those things happened. Landing smack dab into the middle of some kind of turf war, they are immediately forced into service (private investigator service that is) and sent out to find out who is controlling a pack of rabid zombies that are attacking Clyde’s vampires. As well they have to deliver a special package to a Goliath werewolf (the name says it all) which may or may not be a death wish in itself. All the while they are dealing more than a few speed bumps including being babysat by a bitchy vampire body guard and having no phone to contact Royce to let him know what kind of a shit storm they landed in. Shia and Sara find help from a couple of unlikely sources, NOT the vampire who was supposed to be protecting them, while they deal with the betrayal, backstabbing and zombie apocalypse invading their California escape but will it be enough when Shia realizes she had been used as a pawn in a much larger and deadlier game.

Right now I want to crawl in Jess Haines brainzzz and pull out the rest of the story. (No this is not a pun on it being a zombie infused book…well maybe) Why? Because not only did she wrap me back up in Shia’s story but she left me hanging….again! What is it with these cliffhanger storylines? Does she not love her readers enough to give them that little bit extra to hold them over until the next book comes out? Ha! I think she likes to tease and taunt her readers with an edge of the seat storyline then leaving off while the danger and intrigue is at its peak! Oh and I won’t even go in to the lack of Royce in this story. For a Team Royce member there was a definite lack of fulfillment in that regard. Seriously, throw us a bone! On another note though there are so many other questions that are needing answers I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Shia’s got another difficult mess to get out of but more importantly she has yet to deal with both her emotions from being tied to Royce and the physical ramifications from whatever is coursing through her blood. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Seriously I can’t wait! I wonder if Ms. Haines would accept a bribe to leave her day job, abandon twitter and get on this asap?!

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4.5 Hockeystyxxx

Kissed by a Vampire by Caridad Pineiro

Alex Garcia had opened his eyes to see a beautiful woman beside him and his ex being held in the arms of another man before succumbing to the haze of pain after being shot. The undercover agent had to have been hallucinating anyway because the woman, no matter that she was beyond beautiful, had the fangs of a vampire peeking out from her luscious lips as she leaned over his still body. She still visited him in his dreams and there was no way he could allow his shrink to know about this especially if he wanted to go back undercover and get off desk duty and back to the streets working for the DEA.
Stacia loved her life as a 2000 year old vampire elder. She had strength, prowess and the ability to control others mentally especially those she had bitten or gifted with her vampire kiss. Moving to Miami to get away from the mess in Manhattan was for the best. No one knew her there and she could find lots of treats to keep her satisfied both in bed and with her other hungers here in the hot Florida playground.
Something about the man in the bar was different than any other she had used her powers on before and he was familiar to her as well. He challenged her, he provoked her and he stirred a desire that no other was able to satisfy. Alex could not believe that the demon haunting his dreams was the same woman stirring a desire he could not get out of his system. Working undercover to flush out those involved with the disappearance of his friends’ daughter and a possible white slavery ring, Alex is distracted by Stacia and frustrated by the lack of leads in the case. Giving in to their desires might satisfy an immediate hunger for both but if they look to find the truth they will realize that there is more to their connection then they ever imagined.
Sweaty, hot and steamy might describe the weather in this book but in this case it covers the intense chemistry and passionate love making of the sexy DEA undercover officer and his vampire lover. Alex is beyond delicious and smoking hawt. I, like Stacia, just wanted to take a bite. Oh and “sigh” he bites back. I slotted a big part of my day for this book because, as expected, I could not put it down. I love Caridad’s books. Her characters are so real and their emotions jump from the pages as you are wrapped up in their passions and their determination to “right the wrongs” they are fighting for. Stacia was not a heroine that I wanted to like in the beginning, in fact I was sure I would be solid in my opinion and still think she was a she-witch in the end but even she crept under my radar and made me root for her in the end. The Nocturne line is one I always try to find time for in my monthly reads and this one did not disappoint!

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4.5/5 Hockey Styxx

Watch Me by Lisa Renee Jones

Stepping Up Series

Meagan Tippan is more than just the producer of a reality dance show, America’s Stepping Up.  It’s her baby and the last chance to prove to everyone, including herself, that she has what it takes and is worth the risk.  One that proved even riskier since the series of mishaps began on set causing rumors to swell and consume the entire cast and crew as well as the media who had glammed on to the news.

Samuel Kellar, head of security, knew Meagan was the kind of woman who could hold her own in almost any situation but things were quickly getting out of hand with the “accidents” and it was his job to get involved and flush out who or what was behind them.  Even if it meant getting closer to Meg than he had expected.  Call it a bonus.

Meagan had a passion for dancing that an injury put on permanent hold but nothing compared to the one which forced Sam to resign from his Special Forces position.  She needed to focus on that passion and this project.  Not failing. And not getting involved with the sexy as sin head of security.  The studio was promoting the curse as a paranormal threat against the show but the danger is real and the danger of falling in love is even more so for Meagan when Sam steps in to flush out the real threat.  A threat to the show, to Meagan and to her very real connection to Sam’s heart.

Lisa Renee Jones is the Queen of taking every day “reality fiction” and creating captivating romantic escapes for her readers.  With her spin on “Storage Wars” as part of the base for If I Were You she created an erotic world of intrigue and emotional revelations for her characters.  In Watch Me, a spin off a reality dance show is the basis for a suspenseful romantic read that kept me entertained from cover to cover.  Sam and Meagan were both intriguing and sexy as hell as they finally give in to the instant chemistry that they had been denying for a while and let it lead them into both a relationship and a passionate love that they both shared.  I loved their banter and deliciously passionate and arousing path they take in finding out the truth about who is out to stop them from sharing a future together and making the show the success they both want it to be. (Free Shipping World Wide)

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