Calliope Sarantos finds Maksim Volkov to be incredibly sexy and the two embark on a no holds barred affair with only a few rules. Their affair is to be about pleasure with no commitment. All that changes when Calliope finds herself pregnant. Maksim agrees to give the baby his name but not himself. He disappears from her life before the baby is born. When he returns, Maksim offers everything he denied before, but Calliope is not sure she wants to take a chance. A tragedy from his past threatens her future happiness. Calliope is not sure she should allow him the chance to potentially hurt her again.
Olivia Gates lands her magic to the Billionaires and Babies series with Claiming His Own. Maksim suffered so much and wanted only the best for Calliope, but instead he only wound up hurting her more. The love between the two was very strong but Maksim’s past interfered. It was uncertain through parts of the book if Maksim would become the hero we love but he redeemed himself in the end, particularly when he learned of his past and his noble intentions. Another great love story to entertain us for the coming cold nights, Claiming His Own by Olivia Gates will take its place as another great read.
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Audrey Stone is a delightfully colorful, full-figured woman and she is finally living her dream, or will be as soon as she wins this year’s Florists’ Show Award. The monetary prize will help pay for her father’s therapy and the hospital contract will help jump start her florist business, The Last Dance. But all those dreams are about to be dashed by her former playmate and best friend, Gray Turner.
Gray was called home from Denver and his own successful business venture to help his failing family business in Accord. His father is bleeding the company dry by giving his employees outrageously expensive benefits and by selling a prime piece of land to Audrey Stone. The land is in the middle of a huge parcel that Gray wants to sell to help salvage Turner’s Lumber. Needless to say, Gray is in over his head with the larger than life Audrey. He would much rather cuddle with Audrey than fight, but a looming family secret demands that Gray find the money to set things right.
This multilayered story, BECAUSE OF AUDREY, is packed with scenarios which tempt readers to keep reading until the last page is savored. Primary characters, Audrey and Gray, have several problems facing them, individually and as a couple, that will entertain readers while the two search for solutions. Also featured are some very interesting secondary characters that are begging for their own stories as well as an adorable dog, Jerry Springer Spaniel. Gifted talent Mary Sullivan certainly knows how to turn a phrase and delight her readers in her latest series set in Accord, Colorado.
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The House of Steele stories are about a security firm run by four family members, and the second book concentrates on the youngest sister. Antiquities are her specialty, and Egyptian pieces are particularly interesting to her. This fascination leads to her becoming entangled in a dangerous assignment, one where her emotions are conflicted time and again. Addison Fox cleverly blends historical facts with her own imaginative ideas to create a challenging adventure for her hero and heroine. Exhilarating escapades and spirited characters make THE LONDON DECEPTION constantly riveting.
Even when Rowan Steele stole some items when she was a teenager, she could appreciate the historical value of something priceless. Now her expertise comes in handy when taking any assignments for The House of Steele, her family’s business that often accepts tasks no one else is willing to try. She has always been a risk-taker, and a possibly dicey situation does not deter her. Her latest undertaking makes her especially happy, as it will let her visit Egypt and explore some of its ancient secrets.
Although Finn Gallagher has his own company that validates the genuineness of an article, he still wants Rowan’s aid in confirming the authenticity of the newest discoveries in Egypt. He is delighted when his offer is accepted and travel plans are made. Both want any artifacts found to be accurately documented and go through the proper channels. However, before they can even begin, physical threats make Rowan and Finn wonder just what is going on.
Romantic suspense stories by Addison Fox are high on adventure plus filled with challenging emotions. There are some secrets in THE LONDON DECEPTION, and each one plays an important part in the futures of Finn and Rowan. Both of these characters are extremely likable, as their personalities are animated and many of their behavioral traits made me smile. Finn give the impression of an easygoing guy, but underneath the calm exterior is a much more complicated man. Since Rowan seems to have changed more than Finn, it was interesting to watch them candidly talk about events in both of their pasts and how they are still affected. The sexual awareness between this couple is very apparent from their first touch, and their desirous feelings are ultimately expressed with a whole lot of steamy heat.
The mysteries in THE LONDON DECEPTION are realistically depicted with much plotting and secrecy. I really enjoy when I cannot tell what is actually happening or know all the people who are involved. Sufficient facts are given to keep me guessing, but not quite enough for me to decide if I am right or not. Addison Fox definitely keep me in the dark for much of the book, and I was completely stunned when every detail is eventually divulged. Two of the Steele siblings have told their romantic stories, and I know the two remaining will also find their lives in plenty of jeopardy before lasting happiness is theirs. THE LONDON DECEPTION is passionately emotional and has one enthralling incident after another.
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Billionaire Jonas Deveson discovers that he is still paying his father’s debts long after his death. But it wasn’t his father that signed that final large check, so it must be his mistress, the housekeeper that induced his father to abandon his mother. Jonas is determined to have his sweet revenge and make Silvia Ruggiero pay one way or another.
Ravenna Ruggiero is trying to tie up her mother’s estate in Paris. After the death of her mother’s lover, Silvia has become destitute. Ravenna is helping by selling off the furnishings and apartment to provide a nest egg for her mother, who is now living in Italy. Expecting a buyer, Ravenna is surprised by Jonas and his claim that everything belongs to him and that her mother has his stolen money. Thinking quickly, Ravenna tells Jonas that she forged the check, not her mother, and she will make reparation. Jonas smugly agrees, informing Ravenna that she will be required to prepare his neglected family mansion for reopening by scrubbing it top to bottom by herself. But it isn’t long before Jonas joins Ravenna at Deveson Hall, supervising building repairs and Ravenna. The sexual tension fairly sizzles when they are near each other but Jonas can not help himself.
Bestselling author Annie West enthralls her readers with her exotic romances. AN ENTICING DEBT TO PAY is the story of a dangerously handsome hero and a bright intuitive heroine who singe the pages with their raging desire for each other. Never has a misunderstanding caused such unbridled emotion as Jonas‘s belief that Ravenna is a thief. Sparks fly and the reader reaps the reward of Annie West’s extraordinary talent.
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A blade and a pendant, both with magical powers, deeply affect two individuals whose lives become intertwined from the instant they meet. The second book in the Demon Blade miniseries once again has a unique storyline with intriguing details and plenty of surprising occurrences. Doranna Durgin is known for creating original stories with very inventive plots, and CLAIMED BY THE DEMON is filled with never-ending imaginative scenarios.
Though Gwen Badura had actually started to look forward to her upcoming vacation, she feels compelled by her pendant to abandon her trip and travel to Albuquerque, NM with no particular goal in mind. When she arrives in the city, it quickly becomes clear an unplanned meeting between her and Michael MacKenzie was not by chance. They both possess items that mysteriously rule their actions, and it seems they might even be able to aid each other in discovering some much needed answers.
When Mac came under the control of a demon blade, his life has not been his own since that fateful moment. Now it has brought him to a city where senseless fighting amongst its residents is constantly taking place, and it is growing increasingly more difficult to keep his emotions separate from those of the blade. Mac and Gwen find themselves caught up in events where none of their choices appear good, and working together just might be the only way for them to stay alive.
CLAIMED BY THE DEMON is a notable good vs. evil story. Those whose intentions are malicious are determined to use hatred between a city’s inhabitants to cause total chaos, and only a few people stand in the way of this plan becoming successful. The theory behind the demon blade concept is extremely creative, and Doranna Durgin makes CLAIMED BY THE DEMON cleverly believable with novel ideas. Many relevant details were revealed in the first Demon Blade book, and its main couple is also featured in this story from time to time. For this reason, it would greatly enrich your understanding to read the books in order.
An abundance of emotional situations arise that cause Mac and Gwen much heartache. Both have lived with distress since he received his blade and she the pendant. Though neither truly wanted the objects, they have tried to do what is right for themselves and for anyone else who might be affected. Much confusion has been in their lives for quite a few years, and I was very happy to see them have someone with whom they could share their problems. The link between these two is powerful and leads to a strong plus passionate sexual bond. Many of the conversations they had are packed with sharp wit, and I liked how they could think of something cunning even under duress. The action is often unanticipated, as dangerous incidents crop up suddenly and without any prior threats. I hope there are more Demon Blade books in the future, as the supernatural world constructed by Doranna Durgin is definitely interesting. CLAIMED BY THE DEMON is an adventurous paranormal tale of the fascinatingly unexpected.
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