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The Lieutenants’ Online Love

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Jenn reviews Caro Carson’s The Lieuntenants’ Online Love

About the Book

The Lieutenants’ Online Love; Caro Carson
Adult; Contemporary Romance; 224 Pages

Harlequin Special Edition; Original edition (May 1, 2018)

What happens when your internet crush…

Shows up in real life?

First Lieutenant Thane Carter has experienced great success as the senior platoon leader of a military police company at Fort Hood. But tbh, his love life stinks. Thane wishes his maddening—and off-limits—new coworker, Lieutenant Chloe Michaels, could be more like his online friend “BallerinaBaby.” It’s complicated, all right—especially when Thane learns that his workplace nemesis and his internet crush are one and the same!

About the Author

Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Now a USA Today bestselling author and RITA™award winner, Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband (who actually is a handsome Texan) and their two children. They live in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatics a fortune on plane tickets.

Jenn’s Review

Typically, I’m on the fence about military romance, as a former Army wife and Army civilian. I love the love stories, but frequently, the [military] lifestyle is romanticized and my enjoyment is killed by the “I’m pretty sure someone’s going to at least get a counseling statement off that…” reality-check in the back of my head. So when I met Ms. Carson at a romance lit convention and had the opportunity to talk to her about The Lieutenants’ Online Love, her personal experience with military law and her attention to detail just on the cover sold me on giving this one a try.

Thane Carter would love to have a life outside his career as a military police officer. Sadly, his only success so far has been with a whimsical online relationship with a woman he knows only as “BallerinaBaby”. His dreams take a downhill slide when the gorgeous woman he meets at an apartment complex barbeque turns out to be the new coworker in his company on Fort Hood. 

Chloe Michaels is fresh out of West Point and already tired of the attitude she gets as a new lieutenant in Fort Hood’s military police force. She’s a woman. She’s a West Point grad. And the guys, especially Lieutenant Carter, all expect nothing but failure and weakness as she works her way into her new position. Only her online friend, “DifferentDrummer”, seems to have any faith in her ability to do her job and do it well. And while he’s there to listen when she needs an understanding shoulder to lean on, she has to be careful about the details of her life. They had an agreement, after all.

Carter and Michaels clash in the office and on patrol, delicately dancing around military regulations as they each struggle with their love-hate relationship. And when Carter discovers that BallerinaBaby is closer than he realizes, the tensions ratchet up several notches.

I blew threw this book in one sitting, then picked it up and read it again the next day. I appreciate Ms. Carson’s respect of military law (and not bending around it to make things simpler), and her attention to the little details. With a background in military law running through my own marriage, I didn’t find myself sitting back and asking Hubby (a former Army JAG paralegal) if something sounded off to him. At. All. 

I’m impressed and working my way through my TBR pile to make room for some more Caro Carson.

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Braking Hard

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Jenn reviews Gloria Joynt-Lang’s Braking Hard

About the Book

Braking Hard; Gloria Joynt-Lang
Adult; Romance; 204 pages

The Wild Rose Press, Inc; 1 edition (February 12, 2020)

Gage O’Neill is an all-around nice guy and an Adonis in coveralls. With a thriving automotive business, a gorgeous girlfriend, and his ADHD under control, life is pretty incredible. But when he loses a loved one, Gage’s perfect world unravels. Prone to bad choices, he’s desperate to quell his rash behavior. Thankfully, hiring a curvy mechanic is the one impulsive decision he’s gotten right.

Eden Sampario is destitute as a result of a confrontation turned violent with her former employer. When Gage mistakenly offers her a job, she readily accepts. But soon she wonders if she made the right decision. Resisting her sexy boss proves more challenging than an engine rebuild. Her only other option? Give in to temptation and risk not only her career but also her heart.

Welcome to Big C’s automotive shop, a place where more than cars overheat.

About the Author

Gloria Joynt-Lang was born in France and raised in various locales throughout Canada. Before she started writing contemporary romance, she worked in the criminal justice system—technically spending time behind bars.

As a Canadian, she’s fanatic about hockey, poutine, and apologizing.

She currently resides in rural Alberta with her husband and their two dogs.

Jenn’s Review

Gloria Joynt-Lang is earning her chops as a sensitive author of neurodiverse characters in romance fiction, with her second book, Braking Hard, which features a strong female lead in a nontraditional career and a male protagonist coping with adult ADHD.

Gage is nothing short of determined. The owner of an auto repair shop in a small Oregon coastal town, each day is a struggle to stay focused on the things he needs to accomplish while managing his employees and a failing relationship. His mentor passes away suddenly, and Gage is sent adrift, trying to find his feet on his own. When he’s forced to fire one of his mechanics, he faces further challenges finding someone qualified. Until he stumbles upon “Ed’s” resume. 

Eden’s life was turned upside down in a moment of violence when her boss makes inappropriate sexual advances and threatens her. She’s lost her job and she’s on the edge of losing everything else. While she’s a good mechanic and technician, finding another job in the career she loves is challenging – men either don’t believe she can do the work, or she’s subjected to demeaning and dehumanizing work conditions as a woman. When she learns that a former teacher has passed away, she makes an effort to attend his wake and runs into Gage.

Ms. Joynt-Lang treats her characters’ challenges with tenderness and honesty in this story that might just have been written about the little coastal town I live in. She nails the quirky nature of the town’s inhabitants and weaves together all the little ways that people intersect in a tiny town. Gage’s struggle with his ADHD is real and honest. Eden’s challenges as a woman in a male-dominated career field are honest. 

Quirky, funny, and touching, I would recommend Braking Hard to fans of contemporary romance. It’s the first in a new series, and I eagerly look forward to the next installment.

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Also by Gloria Joynt-Lang

Beyond Circumstances

Author Interview with Gloria Joynt-Lang for Braking Hard

Divine Challenges

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Jenn reviews Tessa McFionn’s Divine Challenges

About the Book

Divine Challenges; Tessa McFionn
Adult; SciFi Romance; 262 Pages

Tessa McFionn; 1 edition (August 17, 2019)

A handful of days have passed since Kahlym cal Jhuen stumbled upon the beautiful female who altered his entire existence. Strong, fierce, and willing to fight for what she loved, he is powerless against the undeniable attraction. But, the Rimmarian Emperor wants his alluring prize back and with every Thrall enforcer in the Seven Quadrants hot on their trail, Kahlym is running out of options.

Evainne Wagner never thought her Bostonian front door would lead her halfway across the galaxy. Neither did she expect to find passion in the arms of a drop-dead gorgeous space captain. Guess life has a funny way of keeping things interesting. Now, all she had to do was figure out how to control the phenomenal cosmic powers spinning inside her mind without getting killed in the process.

Added to this turbulent mix is a true rogues’ gallery of new allies and old enemies, and only the Goddess knows if love can survive the oncoming storm.

About the Author

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

Jenn’s Review

Tessa McFionn again delivers an exciting, engaging science fiction romance in Divine Challenges. This is book 2 in the Rise of the Stria series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading book 1 first (To Discover a Divine).

Evainne Wagner is still reeling from finding herself in an alien world. More, she’s struggling to adjust to the discovery that she’s a Divine. In this new world, she’s revered, coveted, and hunted. And as far as she’s concerned, these people can take all that and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. She’s falling fast for Kahlym, the leader of a rogue rebellion attempting to take down a long-standing, destructive regime.

Kahlym’s found his heart after all these years of struggle and rejection. His own parents despise him because of a quirky trait – his eyes don’t match. More, he’s finding it increasingly difficult to remain objective where Evainne is concerned. He desperately wants to keep her safe, but to do so, he’ll have to send her far away.

Divine Challenges doesn’t wrap up the series, but it’s a fantastic next stage in Evainne and Kahlym’s story. Tons of action, loads of tenderness, and a heap of steam in this awesome read.

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Other Books by Tessa McFionn:

To Discover a Divine (Rise of the Stria, book 1)

Spirit Fall (The Guardians, Book 1)

Spirit Bound (The Guardians, Book 2)

Spirit Song (The Guardians, Book 3)

Spirit Shattered (The Guardians, Book 4)

The Long and the Short of It All

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Jenn reviews Nancy E. Miller’s The Long and the Short of It All

About the Book

The Long and the Short of It All; Nancy E. Miller
Adult; Women’s Fiction; 182 Pages

September 17, 2019

Ehren Taggert is a new papa to Maggie, a long-haired mini dachshund with years of puppy mill torture in her past. Enter Blaize Montana D.V.M. She deals with the abused, neglected, and unwanted. Her past makes her more than qualified. Ehren finds her intriguing. Blaize finds him interesting but can she open up to him? A horrifying experience, an act of bravery, an injury that leaves Ehren helpless. Can they work through trust issues to become a happy little family of three?

Nancy E Miller lives with her husband and four rescued dogs near St. Louis, MO. She is an adamant advocate for the four-legged companions who cannot speak for themselves. She is the author of Contemporary Psychological Suspense novels Crystal Unicorns, Head Games, Desperate Overtures, and nonfiction, Daffodils.

Jenn’s Review

Nancy Miller is back at it with another fantastic contemporary romance. This one is for all you out there who love animals, featuring a dog rescue devoted to the low-riders in the world. A word of caution though – Ms. Miller gives a frank, critical (and truthful) look at animal abuse and puppy mills. If these things are triggers for you, be aware. 

Ehren’s a confirmed, die-hard bachelor who’s finally getting tired of the constant one-night-stands and shallow, hit and miss relationships. He’s not entirely sure he wants to settle down yet, so when his mom suckers him into adopting Maggie, a miniature, long-hair dachshund with serious issues, he’s out of his depth and drawn into life with another soul to worry about.

A chance encounter with a waitress leads Ehren to Blaize, a veterinarian with a traumatic past and a big heart, who happens to specialize in the hard cases with short legs. Blaize needs to keep her distance – the mysteries and holes in her memory hold her locked in the cycle of PTSD, and relationships are a thing to avoid at all costs.

Except that Ehren and Blaize really click, bonding over more than just Maggie’s difficulties. 

The Long and the Short of It All is yet another feather in Ms. Miller’s cap of deep characters and meaningful stories that go beyond sexual tension. Add in a full cast of adorable rescue dogs, and you’ve got a recipe for a winner. Four stars.

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Also by Nancy Miller:

Desperate Overtures

Shark Bait

Crystal Unicorns

Queen of Air and Darkness

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Sam reviews Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

About the Book

Queen of Air and Darkness; Cassandra Clare
Teen; Dark Fantasy; 912 Pages

Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (October 8, 2019)

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. Their society now teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find there is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of the Shadowhunters before a deadly curse destroys them and everyone they love.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Sam’s Review

This is it. The final battle in The Dark Artifices series. A thrilling end to the trilogy that encaptured my mind so many times. What’s the name of the book you ask? Well, none other than Queen of Air and Darkness

If you were bonded to somebody, but you were forbidden to love them because of it, would you do anything to break it? Even if it meant traveling to other dimensions, losing your family, and defying the rules? For Julian and Emma, this question is a reality. And it could affect the ones they love.

An exciting conclusion to the series, I loved how adverse love interests were. From boys with boys, girls with girls, it is truly inspiring. There were several questionable moments, but other than that, it was good.

There were several slow moments where I got bored. Also, the sudden shifts in point of view were slightly confusing, but those are the only things that I found wrong with the series. I’d recommend this to fantasy lovers of teen ages and people who love forbidden romance.

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Other books in the series:

Lady Midnight (Book 1)

Lord of Shadows (Book 2)

Savannah’s Secrets

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Savannah’s Secrets by Reese Ryan

About the Book

Savannah’s Secrets; Reese Ryan
Adult; African American Romance; 240 Pages

 Harlequin Desire; Original edition (March 1, 2018)

Falling for the boss, or taking him down?

Savannah Carlisle had the perfect plan. By infiltrating the Abbott family’s Tennessee bourbon empire as their events manager, she’d be one step closer to claiming half of the business they stole from her grandfather. Now she’s not so sure. Because sexy Blake Abbott, heir to it all, is simply intoxicating. He’s supposed to be the enemy. But after one long, stormy weekend, she’s pregnant with his child…

About the Author

Reese Ryan writes sexy, deeply emotional romances with family drama, surprising secrets, and unexpected twists.

Past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.

Jenn’s Review

Dive into a steamy read on a rainy day, about love, lies, and other tricky business in Reese Ryan’s short novel, Savannah’s Secrets.

Savannah is a determined woman on a mission. Fifty years ago, her grandfather’s business partner cheated him out of a fortune and stole his recipe for the bourbon that has made the Abbott family wealthy. Or so the story goes. So when Savannah manages to land a job as an event manager for the company, she grasps her opportunity to expose their lies and get what her grandfather is owed. Only, she didn’t count on falling hard for one of them.

Blake Abbott has his own ghosts, and he knows better than to get involved with an employee, but when Savannah is stranded at the office, with the only connecting road flooded between office and her apartment, taking her home with him for the weekend seems like the right thing to do, even if it is a horrible idea.

As the situation becomes more and more complicated, their just- budding love is tested, but is it strong enough to weather the outing of so many lies?

Reese Ryan crafts a sensual love story with humor liberally sprinkled throughout. Well crafted characters draw the reader in for a rollercoaster ride that ends in fireworks.

Savannah’s Secret by Reese Ryan

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Edit Your Own Romance Novel

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Jenn reviews Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel

About the Book

Edit Your Own Romance Novel; Ebony McKenna
Adult; Reference; 157 Pages

Ebony McKenna (May 28, 2017)

A land of pure magic hides between worlds, and Maggie is trapped in paradise.

This practical, step-by-step guide will give your manuscript the structure, pace and the emotional hit today’s romance readers are looking for.

This editing book will be your new best friend. It will show you the best methods for Backburning Backstory. It will make sure your romance novel has The 13 Main Scenes (and what needs to be in them) and show you how to ramp up your powerfully emotional scenes with The Staircase of Turning Points.

Delivered with Ebony McKenna’s trademark friendly and funny style, this book will become your ‘go-to’ when planning, writing and editing your novels for years to come.

The author’s self-published, self-edited book The Girl & The Ghost won the 2018 Romance Book of the Year from the Romance Writers of Australia.

Maggie is dragged out of a wizard’s battle and finds herself in a land of pleasure. But dark secrets taint the days of endless perfection. Secrets that could cost Maggie her life.

As the danger grows, Maggie finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly charming Bertrand Wayland.

Seeking a chance for survival, Maggie follows Bertrand on a daring adventure and finds herself in a land on the brink of war. As a handsome hero shows her unimaginable beauty, his alluring ways draw her deeper into danger.

A deadly enemy approaches. His thirst for blood is stronger than Maggie’s magic. The fate of a world depends on which life Maggie is willing to sacrifice…

About the Author

As a teenager, Ebony lived and worked in her family’s restaurant, which provided much of the inspiration for the Ondine novels. Ebony waitressed, prepared food – and yep – washed dishes. So many dishes.

In the 1990s she worked as an award winning journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers. By day she wrote other people’s stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures. Now she writes novels for a living.

Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son.

She loves gadgets and anything futuristic. Doctor Who and The Goodies have always been TV treats. A weekly trivia night at the local pub allows her to show off her knowledge of 1980s pop music. She recently appeared on the TV quiz show Million Dollar Minute, where she was the reigning champion across 4 nights.

Coffee, chocolate and Facebook games are her worst vices. Playing with her son’s toys is fun and reading to him at bedtime is a joy.

A huge influence was British humorist and author Frank Muir. For sixteen years Ebony and Frank swapped letters filled with family anecdotes and stories. They later met in 1995, dining at The Groucho Club in London. While there, one of her other literary heroes, Douglas Adams, was pitching “something rather exciting and complicated to a couple of suits at the next table.”

Jenn’s Review

I write romance. But I haven’t gotten past the editing stage for a variety of reasons – the kind of reasons that have less to do with not liking my work (out of some sense of false modesty), and more with trying to figure out how the really good authors work their magic (because I’ve also read a ton of tragically BAD romance, too). So when I found Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel, I jumped on it. (Sorry, Hubby. I know my budget for books rivals your budget for gas in the car…)

This little book? I just finished reading through it, did some of the work outlined (I’m mired in a rewrite. Again.), and this book has a permanent home on my writer’s resources shelf, where I can easily grab it.

Draft your book first. Read through it and correct any glaring problems that you can fix first, then let that binder sit for a month or so. Literally. Go draft the next book, have a reading binge. Watch a few seasons of something or other. And then break out your manuscript and this book.

Just working through the 13 major scene cards was a HUGE revelation. This isn’t just story beats for romance, it’s an organization system that allows you to see where your novel is off-kilter, at a glance.

The editing advice in section one is brutally kind and just potent enough to help the quailing writer find their own, ruthless inner editor.

And the staircase of turning points? I’m all in. This is something I’ve struggled with since my first writing course, and Ms. McKenna’s explanation is helpful.

This book is destined for my top recommended reads for writers, and I’m so grateful for this author’s clarity and sense of humor (plus, tons of great literary and film references!).

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The Reflections of Queen Snow White

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Jenn reviews David Meredith’s venture into the world of fairy tale romance with The Reflections of Queen Snow White

About the Book

The Reflections of Queen Snow White; David Meredith
Adult; Fantasy Romance; 133 Pages

David Meredith; 1 edition (January 20, 2014)

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

About the Author

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

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Jenn’s Review

I’ve read some of David Meredith’s work in the past, so when The Reflections of Queen Snow White came across my desk, I figured I’d give it a shot. It sounded like a deviation from the previous works I’ve read by Mr. Meredith (which I enjoyed) and an intriguing idea, so I jumped in. 

King Charming is dead and Queen Snow White is stuck in her grief. With their daughter’s wedding quickly approaching, the bereaved Queen struggles to move forward with her life. 

When the aging queen flees to a seldom-used tower of the castle to get away from the constant demands of ruling a kingdom, she finds herself in her former step-mother’s room, before the magic mirror that fueled the former queen’s hatred for a very young Snow White.

Through a series of reflections in the mirror, we get glimpses of the queen’s life before Charming, their marriage, and their lives together, including a deep dive into Snow’s depression and struggles to conceive a child. 

While I enjoyed the book, I feel the need to warn romance fans that they might be disappointed. Snow’s adventures with the Mirror do lead her to revisit the deep, abiding love story between Snow and Charming, there is no developing romantic relationship happening in this book. It is fantastic as women’s fiction, as it explores the ups and downs of life as well as the difficulties of finding one’s feet after tremendous loss, but the love story has already happened.

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Jenn reviews book 1 in Leslie Scott’s Arkadia Fast series, The Finish Line

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The Finish Line; Leslie Scott
Adult; Contemporary Romance; 368 Pages

The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Champagne Rose) (December 11, 2017)

Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous. For one young woman, it’s navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college. She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel. Guilt, remorse, and pain must be overcome before Raelynn and Jordan can race to The Finish Line.

About the Author

Award-nominated author of Two Hearts, One Stone and the Arkadia Fast Series, Leslie Scott has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. The happier the ending, the better. Currently, she lives and writes amidst her own happily ever after with her soul mate, son, and a domestic zoo. http://lesliescottromance.com/

Jenn’s Review

Leslie Scott brings the high-octane, sizzling romance to her readers in book 1 of the Arkadia Fast series, The Finish Line.

Raelynn Casey comes from a family steeped in street racing, and she’s just returned home from a disastrous attempt at running away from everything she’s known. What else can a girl do when the man she’s loved all her life tells her he doesn’t want her? Problem is, running away only created more problems, and Raelynn isn’t about to tell her family, let alone her adrenaline junkie friends, any of whom would happily rearrange the face of the man who hurt her.

Jordan Slater? He tried his best to pretend he doesn’t want Raelynn, because one of his best friends would be crushed. But he can see the shadows lurking in Rae’s eyes, and with his own past haunting him, he finagles his way past her defenses to get to the painful truth.

As Jordan and Raelynn grow closer, will their love and friendship last when disaster claims the life of someone they both love?

Leslie Scott drives this story forward with emotional and sexual tension that pulls out all the stops. I’d already read book 2 in this series, and I was still swept away with every twist and turn in this plot. Hot contemporary romance at high speed.

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Mahimata

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Mahimata; Rati Mehrotra
Adult; Romantic Fantasy; 480 Pages

Harper Voyager (March 5, 2019)

A young female assassin must confront the man who slaughtered her family, risk her heart, and come to terms with her identity as a warrior and as a woman in this thrilling fantasy from the author of Markswoman.

Kyra has returned to the caves of Kali, but her homecoming is bittersweet. She no longer knows what her place is. Her beloved teacher is dead and her best friend Nineth is missing. And gone, too, is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her train for the duel with Tamsyn–and became far more than a teacher and friend.

Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, Rustan has set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones–and the realization that the answers he seeks come with a price.

Yet fate has plans to bring Kyra and Rustan together again. Kai Tau, the man who slaughtered Kyra’s family, wages war on the Orders of Asiana. Hungering for justice, Kyra readies herself for battle, aided by her new companions: the wyr-wolves, who are so much more than what they seem. And determined to keep the woman he loves safe, Rustan joins the fight to ride by her side.

But will this final confrontation ultimately cost them their love . . . and their lives?

About the Author

Writer, traveler, and full-time working Mom. I’m looking for a way to clone myself. Or, failing that, get a robot to do all my boring work so I can write full-time. I am represented by the wonderful Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. My first book, Markswoman, is scheduled for publication in Jan 2018 by Harper Voyager.

I’m a bookworm – always have been. A few of my favorite writers are Gene Wolfe, Margaret Attwood, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Octavia Butler, Jack Vance, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling (who can’t love Harry Potter?) and – yes – Jane Austen. I love to read and I love to write. Check out some of my stories at http://ratiwrites.com/short-fiction/

Jenn’s Review

Kyra and Ruston are back in the exciting sequel to Markswoman, Mahimata, by Rati Mehrotra.

Kyra is still reeling from the loss of her sect’s leader, saying goodbye to the man she loves, and news that war has become inevitable for all of Asiana. In a brash move, she finds herself the new leader of her sect, with new demands and pressures as she tries to find a balance.

Ruston hasn’t recovered from discoveries about Kyra’s feelings for him (let alone the realization he feels the same way), or the revelation about his parentage. In a bid to clear his conscience, he sets himself in exile and walks away from his own sect to go on a pilgrimage to find answers. He finds more than he bargains for, though, with devastating results.

Mahimata picks up right where Markswoman leaves off, but can be read as a standalone. The elements of romance are stronger than in book one, and I would set this around New Adult due to some sexual content and more intense violence. I loved the intensity and plot, and the twists keep the reader guessing. My only complaint was how abruptly the book ended, but overall, I’d give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Also by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman (book 1 in the Asiana Series)


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