Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder

Posted January 26, 2021 by Marsha in NetGalley, Paranormal Romance, Series, Sourcebooks Casablanca / 0 Comments

In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals…but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York’s criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike.

Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia is determined to help him craft a solid defense…even if she can’t defend her own obsession. Because Joe took out those Russian mobsters for good reason–they were responsible for the death of his beloved foster brother. Those six bad guys were part of the ruthless clan of bear shifters who control Brooklyn’s Russian mafia, so his vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York’s supernatural-controlled underworld, and no friends in a government that now bends to Russia at every turn.

Joe knows that creatures like him only deserve the worst. Darkness. Solitude. Punishment. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever. He’s never wanted anything in his life like he wants Neha, and he’ll break almost any rule to spend a minute alone with her. But when the Russian mob attacks the jail for payback, Joe and Neha are forced to escape. Before long they’re on the run–from monsters who want him dead and from their own traitorous hearts.

Titles in the Third Shift series include – Big Bad Wolf

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One by One by Helen Bridgett

Posted January 26, 2021 by Marsha in Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction, Mystery / 0 Comments

When practicing what you preach is easier said than done …

Professor Maxie Reddick has her reasons for being skeptical of traditional policing methods, but, in between her criminology lecturing job and her Criminal Thoughts podcast, she stays firmly on the sidelines of the crime-solving world.

Then a young woman is brutally attacked, and suddenly it’s essential that Maxie turns her words into actions; this is no longer an academic exercise – this is somebody’s life.

But as she delves deeper, the case takes a sickening turn, which leads Maxie to the horrifying realization that the attack might not have been a one-off. It seems there’s a depraved individual out there seeking revenge, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it … little by little … one by one.

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The Witch’s Awakening by Leigh Ann Edwards

Posted January 26, 2021 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Fantasy, Historical Romance, NetGalley, Paranormal Romance, Series, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

“A witch!”

It’s an accusation Arianna O’Sullivan dreads as she struggles to conceal her abilities from the suspicious villagers in Colonial Massachusetts. Saved from the pillory by a handsome, chivalrous stranger, Arianna senses an inexplicable connection. When she’s given no choice but to marry the charismatic man even after discovering he’s the grandson of an infamous witch-hunter, she fears her powers won’t be restrained for much longer.

Intrigued by the scarlet-haired beauty, Darius Wyndham recklessly weds her and brings her home to his settlement. Falling in love with his wife was never in the plan, and Darius grows suspicious of his new feelings. He never believed in witches, yet he certainly feels bewitched. Or could Arianna be his destiny?

Arianna dares to believe she’s finally found love and safety in the arms of her new husband, but when the spirit of his first wife appears with disturbing clues to her death and long-hidden secrets from their past, Arianna is left questioning everything.

Titles in The Witches of Time series include – The Witch’s Awakening

*there is a slight connection to The Irish Witches series*

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Shadow Falls by Wendy Dranfield

Posted January 25, 2021 by Marsha in Bookouture, Mystery, NetGalley, Owned, Series / 0 Comments

You thought your little girl was safe at summer camp. You were wrong…

The little girl drags her eyes open, realizing she’s starting to fade. She tries calling out—“Daddy?”—using all her remaining strength. But she’s too late and her voice just isn’t loud enough…

When Detective Madison Harper arrives at a remote summer camp in Shadow Falls, northern California, her heart breaks for Jenny, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake with her friends before she vanished. Peering into the silent cabins filled with rows of neatly made beds, Madison knows this idyllic place is hiding a terrible secret.

The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She’ll do whatever it takes to crack this case because it’s the only way back to the son she lost to the care system years ago when she was framed for a crime she didn’t commit.

But with the camp staff keeping tight-lipped and her new partner on the edge of a breakdown, Madison can’t find any truth to her instinct that there is more to Jenny’s perfect parents than meets the eye. Until she discovers a disturbing family portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most?

One thing is certain if Madison doesn’t find the answers soon, the lives of more innocent children will be at risk…

Titles in the Detective Madison Harper series include – Shadow Falls – Cry For Help –

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Her Texas New Year’s Wish by Michelle Major

Posted January 24, 2021 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Multi-Author Series, Owned, Series / 0 Comments

Can you fall head over heels…

And land on your feet?

When Grace Williams topples from the balcony at the soon-to-open Hotel Fortune, the last thing she expects is to find love with her new bosses’ brother.

Wiley Fortune is visiting from Chicago, and the polished attorney has looks, money, and charm to spare. But Grace’s past makes her wary of investing her heart—and risking her job.

Do a small-town Texan and a city sophisticate really have a chance?

Titles in The Fortunes of Texas: The Hotel Fortunes multi-author series include – Her Texas New Year’s Wish by Michelle Major – Their Second-Time Valentine by Helen Lacey (February 2021) – An Unexpected Father by Marie Ferrarello (March 2021) – Runaway Groom by Lynn Marshall (April 2021) – An Officer and A Fortune by Nina Crespo (May 2021) – Cowboy in Disguise by Allison Leigh (June 2021)

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Beyond Grey by Ella Cook

Posted January 22, 2021 by Marsha in Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction, NetGalley / 0 Comments

What if you become an outsider in your own life?

Jennifer Hughes doesn’t have an extraordinary life, but that doesn’t matter – she loves her family and enjoys her job as a teacher. In her eyes, her unextraordinary life is utterly perfect.

But then, in the blink of an eye, Jennifer finds herself cut off from everything she knew and loved, confined to a strange new world, and forced to watch from a distance as her family and friends pick up the pieces.

Can Jennifer hold her perfect life together, even though she’s not living it herself?

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Colton’s Dangerous Liaison by Regan Black

Posted January 15, 2021 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Multi-Author Series, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

The clock is running out to keep her safe.

Can he intervene in time?

By-the-book police chief Melissa Colton prides herself on putting justice before all else. That means work first—and no passionate affairs.

But she finds herself severely tempted when teaming up with hotelier Antonio Ruiz to figure out who’s tracking her.

As the case yields more questions than answers, Melissa and Antonio must resist their growing attraction…and capture the criminal targeting them!

Titles in the multi-author Coltons of Grave Gulch series include – Colton’s Dangerous Liaison by Regan Black – Colton’s Killer Pursuit by Tara Taylor Quinn – Colton Nursery Hideout by Dana Nussio – Colton’s Bullseye by Geri Krotow – Guarding Colton’s Child by Lara Lacombe – Colton’s Covert Witness by Addison Fox

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Someday My Duke Will Come by Christina Britton

Posted January 15, 2021 by Marsha in Forever (Grand Central Publishing), Historical Romance, NetGalley, Regency Romance, Series / 0 Comments

Lady Clara Ashford’s world changed fifteen years ago at the hands of a rogue who took her innocence. Determined never to give in to temptation again, she settles into life as a caregiver for her family. With her younger sister recently engaged and about to embark on a life of her own, Clara feels adrift and without purpose―until Quincy, the new Duke of Reigate, arrives on her doorstep in need of a fake fiancée.

When Quincy Nesbitt unexpectedly inherits a dukedom, he’s determined to do his best by the title. One thing he won’t do? Marry a woman he’s never met just because she was engaged to his older brother. So, he enlists Lady Clara’s help, since he can’t marry another when he’s engaged to her. But as they pretend for the ton, Quincy finds himself falling for real. Now, he just has to convince Lady Clara to take a chance on him.

Titles in the Isle of Synne series include – A Good Duke is Hard to FindSomeday My Duke Will Come – A Duke Worth Fighting For –

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Love on the Winter Steppes by Paris Wynters

Posted January 13, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, NetGalley, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

Can a magical day at the Ice Festival melt this career-focused woman’s heart?

Marketing consultant Qara Whitaker loves her job, happily putting in endless hours and working through holidays. But when her grandmother asks that she accompany her on a birthday trip to Mongolia to visit their family, Qara can’t say no. Packing up her laptop, Qara boards the plane—never imagining that a shared cab ride with a stranger will change her life forever.

Hoping to push through writer’s block, author Benjamin Lacoy hops on a plane to Mongolia looking for inspiration. A chance meeting with a beautiful and intelligent woman whose smile ignites his heart leads to them playing tourists. Sparks fly and Ben is feeling far more than inspiration, yet each time he and Qara get close, she’s distracted by work.

Ben is torn; he likes Qara, but he always promised himself he’d never let work come before family and friends as his parents did. Opposites clearly attract, but can they learn to balance work with love in order to build a future together?

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It’s been… a week, hasn’t it?

Posted January 10, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

Like most Americans (and, I’m sure others across the globe) I’ve spent the first week of 2021 crying my eyes out in disbelief, in anger, in frustration, and, in fear.

I want to say that this is not my America… but I’m no longer certain that statement is true.

I’ve done little more than doom-scroll through Twitter, watched endless, pain-filled hours of breaking news (and then the rewatching of the same).  Not much else happened beyond reacting to the horror unfolding before my (and the nation’s, the world’s) eyes.

But.

I cannot stay in this state of mind any longer.  It’s time to get back to work, back to doing what I enjoy… and that involves escaping into other worlds.  Once enjoyable, right now necessary for my sanity as a way to pass the time, and stop thinking of what is happening to my nation, my home right now.  I am sad beyond belief — but if I continue in this mindset then evil wins, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

I hope you are finding your own unique, individual way to cope with the events of January 6, 2021, and beyond.  As an American I know “we” are better than this, “we” will get beyond what was done – yet, as in all things horrible, we must not forget what was tried, what was done.  Otherwise, we learned nothing.

Take care of yourself today.  Then get back out there and live your life.

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The Secret Network by Marie Ferrarella

Posted January 4, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Multi-Author Series, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

A child brought them together

And led them into a brutal world…

Social worker January Colton agrees to partner with Detective Sean Stafford—but only on her terms. She’ll help him catch a killer, but only if he can protect the little girl in her care.

Once she realizes that Sean is just as committed to keeping the child safe, their connection slowly develops into something fiery…and dangerous.

But with a deadly network determined to finish off this “family unit,” Sean will have to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

Titles in the multi-author Colton 911: Chicago series include – The Secret Network by Marie Ferrarella – Unlikely Alibi by Lisa Childs – Undercover Heat by Anna J. Stewart – Soldier’s Return by Karen Whiddon – Hidden Target by Colleen Thompson –  Guardian in the Storm by Carla Cassidy

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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