Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book Blast for Storm Bound by Dani Harper (GIVEAWAY)


Today I have the honor of again hosting author Dani Harper.  This time she's here to give us a glimpse of the second installment in her paranormal/fantasy-themed Grimm series, Storm Bound.  Keep reading to get a taste of the series thus far and make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win some great prizes like ebooks, a journal, jewelry, and swag items honoring the new release!

STORM BOUND
Grimm Series, Book 2
Kidnapped on his wedding day in the twelfth century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the modern world—and a passionate desire. But to build a future, he must first confront his past…
Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn’t think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room—and in her arms. Yet even after their passion proves to be truly magical, Aidan’s first commitment is to vengeance. Now Brooke must team up with friends and ancient warriors alike—and push her own powers to their limits—to save her love from the wrath of an evil fae.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  |  AMAZON UK  |  AMAZON CA  |  BN

STORM WARRIOR
Grimm Series, Book 1
From the best-selling author of Changeling Moon, this stirring novel of passion and magic launches an addictive new series for fans of paranormal romance.
Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.
Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  |  AMAZON UK  |  AMAZON CA  |  BN  |  BOOK DEPOSITORY

AUTHOR INFO:

Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani recently ventured south with her husband to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children. She is the author of Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn, as well as First Bite, a Dark Wolf Story, and Storm Warrior, the first book in the Grimm Series.


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Book Tour for At Star's End by Anna Hackett (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of sci-fi will find the book I'm introducing you to today an intriguing addition to the genre.  Keep reading to get an exciting taste of At Star's End by Anna Hackett.  Also, make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC and a sci-fi collection of ebooks!

Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End—the last known location of the masterpiece—she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, turn its back on her. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy; a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.
Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like his father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?

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AUTHOR INFO:

I’m Anna Hackett and I write action romance stories to thrill you, excite you and leave you inspired. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals to inspire you with the truth that the possibility exists for all of us to do the same. I love car chases, explosions and spaceships…and of course when the boy wins the girl. Oh, and I’m a sucker for that moment when the team is walking in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder heading off into battle. After reading or writing an awesome action romance story, I’m left energized and feeling like anything is possible. I aim to give the same to my readers.


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Happy Easter!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Tour for Always by Amanda Weaver (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of rockstar-themed romances I'm excited to introduce you to Always by Amanda Weaver today.  This story is heart-wrenching yet immensely satisfying and by reading on you'll get a glimpse of what has me so excited.  Keep reading to get my impressions of this story and learn even more about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2006, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.
Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.
Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.
Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?
EXCERPT:

The room was still dim, only one sad lamp sitting on the floor in the corner, throwing a weak light over them. Justine’s eyes looked huge, sparkling in the shadows of her face. This was a moment, Dillon knew it. After a long afternoon of music and weed, feeling more connected to her than he’d felt to anyone since Ash back when they were kids, this was the moment. If he wanted to, he could set his guitar to the side, lean across and touch her beautiful face. He could kiss her. She’d let him. She’d kiss him back. His heart started beating faster at the thought of it. Kissing Justine. Touching her. Taking her upstairs. It could happen now. In a lot of ways, it felt like it should happen.
But then he heard Rocky’s voice in his head. If Ash was the devil on his shoulder, then Rocky was his unlikely angel, pointing out all the things he’d be better off not doing. Rocky said she was the kind of girl a guy fell hard for and she was. Justine was a girl who changed everything. She’d make a guy be a better man.
For once, he imagined the day after, not just the night before. He imagined trying to be a better man for Justine while still being the guy in the band he’d always been, and he didn’t know how to do it. This thing had taken off, like a rocket lit underneath him. All he knew how to do right now was hang on and try to enjoy the ride before it burned out. He didn’t know how to fit Justine into the picture, not the way she’d need to be with him. He didn’t know much, but he knew Justine was an all or nothing proposition. He wasn’t sure if he could give her his all, not now.
So he wouldn’t let this moment happen. He wouldn’t lean across and kiss her, even though he wanted to. He wouldn’t take her hand and lead her upstairs. Because the rest of this day was worth more than a night of sex. The music he shared with her was too damned important to gamble on a flare of lust. For once, he’d do the right thing, not the rock star thing.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a groupie of rockstar-themed romances I've read many releases over the last year and I can honestly say this has been my favorite thus far.  It's an amazingly in-depth story, both emotionally and in regards to the music world, that completely sucked me in from the very first page to the last.  It realistically depicts the rise and fall of a band, the high cost of fame, and how reaching rock bottom can sometimes be exactly what you need to find true happiness.

Rockstar Dillon's band is just starting to gain fame as this story starts.  He's the brains behind their music, a talented man with pain from his childhood always surrounding him but fueling his talent.  His best friend since childhood and brother in shared pain, Ash, is the lead singer and together they forge a path of sex, drugs, and alcohol.  For Ash, these vices are slowly consuming him but for Dillon he's merely a bystander trying to keep Ash under control but losing his grip as alcohol becomes his favorite way to numb the pain.  The only bright spot during this chaotic time is Justine, lead singer of a band where she is becoming a star in the making.  Dillon's immediately drawn to her and their shared love of music binds them together from the moment they meet.  He's immensely attracted to her as well but knows he's no good for her but can't let her out of his life.  Being friends is difficult but anything else is unthinkable, and as his band and life falls apart he'll need her friendship more than ever.  She'll be the only person to believe in him and help him regain the muse he lost long ago.  She'll ultimately give him the family he never had just by being his friend.  I ached for Dillon from the very start as his mother cared nothing for him and left him to fend for himself at the age of twelve.  He's quiet but says so much through his music or a subtle look or small gesture.  He's extremely loyal which works against him at times but it's also appealing as he can always be counted on to help no matter how much pain he's in.

Justine is an immensely likable heroine who's worked for everything in her life.  Nothing was handed to her and because of that she deserves the fame just starting to come her way.  She loves being on stage and signing songs people can dance to but is stuck in a band helmed by an egotistical control freak jealous of her obvious talent.  Meeting Dillon changes everything for her, both professionally and emotionally, and takes her on a journey of highs and lows that kept me on the edge of my seat rooting for her to succeed.  She loved Dillon from the moment she heard his music and being around him enthralled her even more but his lifestyle leaves no room for her love so the only thing left is friendship.  As her star rises she'll rely on his friendship even more as life and love bruise her confidence and break her heart.  Things come full circle by the end of the story though to put a smile on my face with a truly HEA.

This was an intensely emotional story that goes full circle in two people's lives never pulling punches on the good or the bad.  It makes for a heart-wrenching read that's immensely rewarding for its believability.  The main characters are fully fleshed out and this made for a deep connection to the reader.  The author perfectly balanced vivid depictions of living in the chaos of the music world with the quiet of everyday life.  The sexual tension between Justine and Dillon was palpable which made their friendship heartbreaking at times since it was obvious they were made for each other and it left me rooting for that outcome no matter where life took them.  Ultimately this was an exceptional read that left me exhausted, but oh so satisfied, by the gamut of emotions I went through.  The characters were compelling and I didn't want the story to end but am looking forward to what Ms. Weaver has planned next as this story left me impressed by her talent.

My rating for this is an A+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.
Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.
WEBSITE:  http://www.amandaweavernovels.com/
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/AWeaverWrites
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Weaver/642963329073960
PINTEREST:  http://www.pinterest.com/AWeaverWriter/
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Tour for Line Drive by Erin Lindsey Maurer (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of baseball will enjoy their introduction to Line Drive by Erin Lindsey Maurer as the romance off the field and play on the field are perfectly balanced.  Keep reading to learn more about the first book in the Philadelphia Liberty series along with learning what's next for the series.  Learn my impressions of this book and learn even more things about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win 1 of 5 digital copies of this book too!

Like any good author, Line Drive has been my baby. For the better of the last year, I have been swimming in Mattie and Ashlynn’s story. I love them. They’ve become my dear friends. The Liberty has become my second family. I love this world and I have no intention of abandoning it.
I still can’t believe I am sending Line Drive out into the world, all by itself. In all honesty, I’m terrified. This is my first major publication. This is the beginning of my career as a romance writer, I hope. I’m equal parts excited and scared sh*tless. Throughout this whole process, one thing as surprised me: having your dreams come true feels an awful lot like losing your mind.
I wrote Line Drive with the intentions of it being a part of a series. The Liberty world is full of strong, complex, inspiring characters. I cannot wait to to tell more stories from this world. But, writing Line Drive has been like giving birth. It’s scary...and time consuming. Now that I’m hitting publish, I can finally start looking forward.
My immediate next step is already in progress: I’m plotting out the next tale in the Liberty series. Bases Empty (Philadelphia Liberty #2), will focus on a new relationship between some of Line Drive’s most beloved characters (at least beloved by me!). I don’t want to give it away, but I love Tasty’s readers and bloggers, so I’m going to give y’all a sneak peek.
Bases Empty begins with our favorite blonde realizing that forever is not guaranteed. Nothing is going right for Sophia Franco. Her longtime boyfriend leaves and she slowly wakes up to the fact that her happily ever after isn’t with Doug. She leans on the support of her longtime friend, Nick Christensen. Together, the two agree that broken hearts can’t keep them down.
I’m still in the planning stages of Bases Empty, but so far its a ton of fun. The first few chapters were heart wrenching and just planning them took a lot out of me.
In addition to Bases Empty and some more tales from the Liberty world, I am also planning a trip back in time. I think it would be amazing to explore women’s baseball in World War II. The Philadelphia Belles is something I’m still planning, but rest assured, we will see some of Mrs. O’s and Ella’s younger days.
Outside of the writing world, I am working on launching a crochet shop and a line of custom-made dog treats. I pretty much can’t function unless I’m being creative, so there is nearly always something in the works.

Mattie Duvall is just starting to rediscover his dreams. Signing with the minor league Philadelphia Liberty gives him a second shot at playing professional baseball. What he didn’t expect was to fall for the cider-haired pixie haunting his dreams. Ashlynn Davis isn’t looking for love. She’s busy chasing down her own big dream: finding a way to use her cooking skills to give back to Philadelphia’s less fortunate. The two cannot deny their mutual attraction, or that they’re heading rapidly towards that four letter word they thought they’d never say: LOVE. When secrets from Mattie’s past bubble to the surface, Ashlynn begins to question her position in his life. Can the two put the past behind them in time to race toward a future together? Or is love destined to play second fiddle to big dreams and even bigger secrets?

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  |  SMASHWORDS

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Those who like their romances on the sweet side with very little conflict will get exactly that with Line Drive.  From its too good to be true characters to the perfect dates to their love at first sight, readers are taken on a journey that has a fantasy-like feel in its perfection.

Both protagonists have sacrificed for those they love and become bound by their kindheartedness.  For Mattie, he gave up a pro baseball career to help run the family bakery.  He now feeds both his needs by playing in the minors alongside baking which has fulfilled him until the day he meets Ashlynn.  She's the ingredient that makes him feel whole and the former commitment-phobic athlete now sees his future in her.  He has a secret from his past though that hangs over him which he fears will ruin his relationship before it even starts.  Mattie is a loyal and kindhearted hero.  He's a true gentleman too as he never pushes Ashlynn for more than she's willing to give.

Ashlynn is the perfect match for Mattie as she too is extremely loyal to family.  She's equally kindhearted in that she takes food to her elderly neighbors and gives them the attention lacking from their own families.  She easily gets swept off her feet and quickly knows he's her future through numerous picture perfect dates and sweetly sensual encounters.  She too has obligations from her past that are eating at her and it's shared grief that binds her to Mattie.

From it's sweet to sensual romance to its immensely likable characters I found their path to HEA a heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking, journey.  I would've liked a bit more drama to their story as their romance was almost too good to be true, but a misunderstanding late in the story felt like an afterthought and was too rushed.  Overall though, this was a satisfying story that will put a smile on people's faces and with so many likable secondary characters I look forward to more books in this series.

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Erin Lindsey Maurer grew up surrounded by stories. She made up stories about well everything and often got caught reading under her covers with a flashlight. Today, she is still cooking up tales, with a spicier spin. Line Drive is the first title in her Philadelphia Liberty series, celebrating the boys of baseball and the women they love. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Tour for Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Hello hello! I’m Heidi Belleau, and welcome to the Riptide Books “Straight Shooter” blog tour! Straight Shooter is the third (and final?) novel in my Rear Entrance Video series, and is the story of roommate Austin, a homophobic hockey player with a kinky secret . . . and the Dominant porn star who helps him get his act together. For the next two weeks, I’ll be hopping blog to blog giving you an inside look at the novel . . . and also giving away a prize! Read on for details! Thanks to Words of Wisdom and to all of you for tuning in!

This macho jock has a crooked little secret.
College hockey player Austin Puett is in trouble. Unless he starts treating his flamboyantly gay roommate with respect, he’ll lose his room and his job at Rear Entrance Video. But Austin’s got a not-so-straight secret of his own: nothing turns him on more than insults implying he’s gay—even though he’s definitely not!—and all his old coping methods have stopped working.
Pure desperation drives him to rent a Mischievous Pictures porn flick about straight men tricked into servicing Puck, a male dominant. Instead of letting off steam, though, it just leaves him craving more, more, more, and suddenly, Austin finds himself at Mischievous Pictures Studios for an audition. After all, you can be Gay For Pay and still be straight . . . right?
But meeting Liam Williams, the real person behind Puck, confuses Austin even more. Liam really seems to like him as a person, and Austin likes him back. And while Gay For Pay’s okay, what does it make Austin if he still wants Liam when the cameras aren’t rolling?

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Heidi Belleau has become one of my favorite authors in the m/m genre for her intensely emotional storylines and thought-provoking take on the definition of sexuality and with this book she continues to keep me thinking and feeling.  Throughout the Rear Video series sexuality has definitely taken on shades of grey as each character has struggled with who they are and who they want to be.  This unconventional group of co-workers and friends have slowly banded together as a family accepting each other's differences and been there supporting them unconditionally.  

Roommate Bobby's recent decision to embrace his feminine side has left hockey jock Austin dazed and confused and lashing out.  With his job and home in jeopardy he's forced to confront truths about himself that he's kept buried and that blur the line of what it means to be gay.  His journey of self-discovery is intense and draining, for both him and readers, as his conflicts leave us aching for him.  He's punished himself his whole life, dangerously so at times, in his need to be accepted and to have others proud of him.  The moment he discovers BDSM Master Puck it seems that all his prayers have been answered.  Reality is vastly different from video though and what he thinks he wants couldn't be further from the truth.  Luckily Master Puck/Liam is willing to guide him through the difficult journey to happiness with a heavy hand and a soft heart....along with numerous scorching BDSM scenes.

Throughout this series Austin wasn't the most likable of characters.  There were moments of kindness but also moments of crassness.  Too much time spent amongst athletes took away his sensitivity.  With so much emotional turmoil going on within him now show a young man who's hurting, scared, and vulnerable. I like the Austin we see now as he's showing real humanity.  He discovers who his real friends are and with self-discovery it's as if a weight's been lifted off him and allowed a carefree side to come through.  Helping him find himself is Liam who's older and wiser, but who's a great match for Austin as they're more alike than different in many ways in and out of the bedroom.  On video he's a badass but in real life he's kindhearted and completely understanding of Austin's conflicted emotions and beliefs and supports him unconditionally.  Before long though they both discover that they want more in a grand gesture that left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

From start to finish I found myself fully immersed in this story and its compelling storyline.  Ms. Belleau did a fine job in redeeming Austin but didn't make it easy on him which made for an emotionally draining yet believable journey to self-discovery.  We didn't get to know Liam as deeply as Austin but his presence was commanding and his role imperative to Austin's journey to HEA.  Along with engaging characterizations came numerous HOT sexual interludes heavy with BDSM elements that added to the story's overall intensity.  Ms. Belleau ultimately left me exhausted but immensely satisfied and I look forward to her next release with breathless anticipation.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.

Chat with her on twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
Browse her website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.
Check out her books on Goodreads.
Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
Or contact her using good ole-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau@gmail.com

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Tour for Desperate Match by Lynne Silver (Review & GIVEAWAY)


I'm honored to bring back Lynne Silver today With her fifth book in the Coded for Love series, Desperate Match, which deals with heavy issues but is ultimately uplifting.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book, along with my impressions of it, and make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC too!


Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.  
But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.

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Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find her, let alone hurt her ever again.
Rowan Blacker, is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying atrunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites. 

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Lynne Silver's Coded for Love series continues with this intense read that deals with two scarred souls who are told they're perfect for each other but must discover that for themselves.  Whereas the previous installments dug deep into The Program itself and the evil machinations of traitorous villains, this one takes us on a more personal journey where love helps heal old hurts and makes them stronger than they both ever knew.

Jill suffered bruises, unrelenting fear, and a burying of her self-confidence at the hands of her abusive husband until the day she decides to leave him before he kills her.  Her escape plan has her hiding out on the campus of The Program where she's surrounded by genetically altered soldiers who can keep her safe.  She's the genetic match to a soldier newly installed in The Program who has issues of his home but is kindhearted enough to want to keep her safe.  Her time with him sees her flourishing under his care and attention.  She slowly regains her self-esteem and gains confidence in taking care of herself through the support of individuals seen as abominations.

Rowan grew up on the run because of one man's manipulations.  He always felt out of place because of his deformed arm and felt overly sheltered because of his protective brother.  He's a bit touchy about how people perceive him and his disability and he needed to be Jill's protector to regain his own self-esteem.  He's extremely charming though and willing to take things slow with Jill which made him even more of her hero.  I enjoyed his humor and how he used it to defuse tense situations.  As a disabled person myself, I found his disability dealt with in a believable and positive way which had me fully immersed in his outcome.

Jill and Rowan's relationship evolved slowly as it definitely wasn't love at first sight.  They had to become friends and confidants before morphing into an intensely sensual life-altering connection.  I enjoyed being reintroduced to previous couples as it leant a sense of family to the story which showed these enhanced soldiers as human.  Amongst these positive aspects comes the negativity of Jill's husband who was truly vile and took every opportunity to hurt her and his connection to the crazed religious group looking to infiltrate The Program left me rooting for his, and the religious group's, downfall.  I also found Doctor Wise extremely unsettling in his discrimination toward's Rowan's deformity and leaves me questioning his loyalty from this moment on.  From start to finish I found myself drawn to this couple and their imperfections which bound them together perfectly.  This series continues to entertain and I look forward to the next installment and the continuing uncertainty of the enhanced soldier's futures.

My rating for this is an A-

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.

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