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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Desire at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #5) by Elise Faber

Desire at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #5) - Elise Faber

@faberelise, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Desire at Roosevelt Ranch is the fifth and final book in this series, and we have bad-boy Rex's story. He is hit by cupid's arrow when he stops one night to help a damsel in distress, none other than Tilly from Henry's Diner. Tilly knows all about Rex and doesn't expect anything from him. Rex surprises himself by wanting everything with Tilly.

 

Rex is a bit underhanded in some ways, but I loved that because that is part of his character. He isn't one to flaunt his help, but will do it quietly and without fanfare. Tilly doesn't know quite what to do with this as how he is behaving with her is very different to what she expected. 

 

I am very sad to come to the end of this series. The small town of Darlington with its inhabitants have come alive to me through Elise Faber's writing. There are quirks and witticisms that have made me smile with each book. 

 

The ultimate jewel in the crown, this book has knocked Sam and Haley off their perch and taken their place as my favourite of the series. Sam and Haley remain just half a star behind though!

 

This is a fantastic series that can be read as standalones, but seriously, why do that? Get your mitts on each and every one of these, as recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/12/05/Desire-at-Roosevelt-Ranch-Roosevelt-Ranch-5-by-Elise-Faber

RELEASE BLITZ & #GIVEAWAY - Burn Up (Steel Veins #2) by Jackson Kane

Burn Up (Steel Veins #2) - Jackson Kane

@HotTreePromos, @badboy_JKane, #BurnUp_Release #JacksonKane #HTPubs #mcromance #motorcycleromance #grittyromance

 

She didn't see what was coming.


I shouldn't have let down my guard.


For five long years, I echoed the words honor, loyalty, and brotherhood off my prison cell walls. It's all that's kept me going. Now on the outside, seeing my club all twisted up, all I want is my freedom, freedom from everything—including that brotherhood.

                                                                    

Pres wants one last ride out of me then all my debts are paid.

                                                                    

Bullets, fire, a goddamned army, nothing will keep me from finishing this run! Except for the one thing I hadn't counted on.

 

A girl named Maya.



Burn Up, a motorcycle romance set in the Steel Veins Motorcycle Club, is filled with heat, nail-biting violence, and heart-racing adventure. Burn Up has been reedited, packaged, and is complete with NEW material.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/12/02/Burn-Up-Steel-Veins-2-by-Jackson-Kane

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Marked Yours (Sentries #1) by Elizabeth Noble

Marked Yours (Sentries #1) - Elizabeth  Noble

@elizabethnoble1, #Action, #Adventure, #Romance, #LGBTQ, #ScienceFiction, #Futuristic, 5 out of 5 (excellent)

 

MARKED YOURS is the first book in the Sentries series and it introduces us to a post-apocalyptic world where the rules have changed. Same-sex partnerships aren't seen as any different to any other kind of romantic or love partnership. What is different is you can be chosen from birth to be either a sentry or a slave. To be honest, there isn't much difference between the two, although sentries have the illusion of being free.

I loved this story so much, and am so glad it's only the first book in the series. Nick was trained as a slave, and you learn through his history and flashbacks that the training wasn't all sweetness and light! Todd was trained as a sentry, and his training had the same pattern as Nick's. These two are starved for affection and each can give the other what they so desperately crave.

I would have liked a bit more information about just what it was that Nick and Todd could do, but I also, paradoxically, preferred how this book was about the two of them. How they had got to know each other. How trust was an issue for both of them. How they so desperately wanted the other to be safe.

The ending is perfect for this book, and it is yet another thing I would like to be expanded upon in the next book, or at least somewhere within the series!

A brilliant story that I adored, a series I can't wait to read more from, and a book I have no hesitation in recommending.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=6277

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Regret at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #4) by Elise Faber

Regret at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #4) - Elise Faber

@faberelise, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Regret at Roosevelt Ranch is the fourth book in the Roosevelt Ranch series, and we finally get Henry's story. Henry is Kelly's best friend and has been nursing a broken heart for the last five years. Isabella turns up and asks Henry to cater her wedding, a wedding that is never going to happen.

You find out all the twists and turns that have kept Henry and Bella apart for the past five years, and within pages, you are desperately wanting them to get back together. Of course, the path of true love doesn't run that smoothly in Darlington, Utah, so they have their own problems to contend with.

Both main characters and secondary characters help to make this a fantastic story. All our previous couples make an appearance, even if it's only a quick one. The pacing is smooth and will keep you turning the pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed Henry and Bella's story and have no hesitation in recommending this great addition to the series.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/28/Regret-at-Roosevelt-Ranch-Roosevelt-Ranch-4-by-Elise-Faber

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Shy Girl vs Popular Boy (Forever Love #3) by Jordan Ford

Shy Girl vs Popular Boy (Forever Love #3) - Jordan Ford

@mpearlauthor, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Young_Adult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 
Shy Girl vs Popular Boy is the third book in the Forever Love series, and now the focus moves to Bianca, Cam, and Stacey.

Cam likes Bianca but has a horde of girls who wants his attention. He doesn't think anything of it as he is not interested in them, but Bianca sees it. With her low self-esteem she wonders how he could ever really like her. These two swing backward and forward throughout the book, but it does give them a HFN finish.

Stacey plays a huge part in this book, and although her storyline does impact Bianca and Cam, I felt it almost overshadowed them at times. Don't get me wrong, what she goes through is horrendous, and Bianca and Cam SHOULD be there for her, just like everyone else. It just felt like this story almost matched Bianca's life - pushed to the background for Stacey.

Saying that, I still really enjoyed this story, and can't wait for the next installment in this series that is turning into a family saga rather than 'just' a contemporary romance. This family is intertwined, now and forever, and I sincerely want to continue to find out about all of them!

I have no hesitation in recommending this book, but due to the intertwining, I would recommend you start at book one, otherwise you will miss out!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/27/Shy-Girl-vs-Popular-Boy-Forever-Love-3-by-Jordan-Ford

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Elemental Magick (The Donovan Coven #1) by Jacki James

Elemental Magick (The Donovan Coven #1) - Jacki James

#GRRC, @Jackileejames, #Paranormal, #Fantasy, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Elemental Magick is the first book in The Donovan Coven series. We start off with the Grimoire itself as it tries to ensure it becomes Aaron's. There is instant attraction between Malakai and Aaron, quickly followed by proclamations of love and being soul mates. If you don't like insta-love, trust me, you probably won't like this book.

 

The story itself is fast-paced, quickly moving from one scene to another without a real chance to get to know each character. It flows nicely though, so as long as you're prepared to go with the flow and not dive too deep, you'll be fine. As you might expect, Aaron is a whiz at magic, even though he's a newbie. And at least one of his friends is a latent witch too.

 

This was a brilliant book, full of action both in and out of the sheets. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/26/Elemental-Magick-The-Donovan-Coven-1-by-Jacki-James

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Collision at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #3) by Elise Faber

Collision at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #3) - Elise Faber

@faberelise, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Collision at Roosevelt Ranch is the third book in the Roosevelt Ranch series, and we see Haley and Sam in more detail. Although they have both played parts in the two prior books, I don't think it is absolutely necessary to have read those two. I would still recommend it, just so you get the most out of each story, but they also standalone.

 

Haley has just finished her shift at the hospital, and is exhausted. Sam has just finished his day, and is exhausted. Are you seeing a link here yet? Due to wildlife, they have an accident and Sam realises just how much of a woman Haley now is. For her part, Haley has always crushed on Sam, but he was involved with her sister, so there's no way anything can happen... is there?

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of emotion, of taking the blame for something you haven't done just because it's easier, for always feeling second-best but then realising that the other person has the same doubts as you. 

 

This story is an excellent addition to the series, and if I was allowed half stars, it would be four and a half. Best one of the series so far and highly recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/21/Collision-at-Roosevelt-Ranch-Roosevelt-Ranch-3-by-Elise-Faber

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Desire's Destiny (The Vespian Way #1) by Bethany Drake

Desire's Destiny (The Vespian Way #1) - Bethany Drake

@TRRtweet, #Erotic #Romance, #ScienceFiction, #Futuristic, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

DESIRE'S DESTINY is the first book in The Vespian Way series, and we are introduced to a world very different from Earth. They have their own customs and traditions, just like Earth does. Heather is assigned to the Ambassador as his bodyguard, but that assignment quickly makes her something else.

This is a very fast-paced story, with plenty of steamy scenes. At times I actually felt as though this detracted a little from the main story, but I could see where the author was going with it.

There are still questions left unanswered but this is only book one, so I'm hoping for answers to at least some of my questions in book two.

An intricate and twisted Sci-Fi Erotic Romance with plenty of stories and characters yet to learn about. If you're looking for something to get you hot under the collar, then I can definitely recommend this.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29328
New Release: Bear Necessities by Robbie Cox, Author - November 21st
New Release: Bear Necessities by Robbie Cox, Author - November 21st

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A mission that haunts him, a little girl who needs him, and a stranger who won’t leave him alone.

 

Existing isn’t living, but for Ezra Havlin, existing is enough. Once a member of Para-Force, Ezra was in the midst of the action, adventure around every corner as the paranormal special ops team protected those unable to protect themselves. That is, until one mission went sideways, and a child in his custody was murdered.

 

On the outskirts of Bull Creek, Josh Rayburn discovers a hermit living off the bare necessities of life, if that could be called living. Now, Josh is determined to bring this sullen hermit into the Bull Creek family whether the man wants it or not.

 

However, for Ezra, the past returns with a gut punch when members of the Para-Force team arrives with another case and another child. Can Josh convince Ezra that people are a vital part of the Bear Necessities of life in time to save the little girl’s life?

 

 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Taming My Whiskey (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor #6) by Melissa Foster

Taming My Whiskey (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor #6) - Melissa Foster

@Melissa_Foster, @TRRtweet, #Contemporary #Romance, #NewAdult, #MC, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

TAMING MY WHISKEY is the sixth book in the Whiskey series and finally, we get Dixie's story. She has been there for her brothers and she wants what they have. She wants this perfect, deep love, with roots that go down deep. Unfortunately, the man who raises her temperature is a wanderer, travelling the globe to promote his business (and other reasons).

I love dipping into this world. The Dark Knights and their ladies are always a delight, and Dixie and Jace are no exception. Jace is a strong man, who thinks he has all he needs. He's had his eyes on Dixie for years but hasn't made a move due to her being his friend's little sister. Now she is all grown up (and has been for a while!) and is not prepared to settle for second best in any part of her life.

This was written in the same high-class standard I have come to expect from Melissa Foster, with plenty of quips and snark to keep me amused. Emotions also ride high in this book, from that leaping-off-the-page attraction to the steam that rose from my kindle when they got together.

I adored this story and all the cameos given by the others. I love Melissa Foster's writing, and can't wait to see what comes next. Absolutely recommended by me.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=28793

The Guy From Glamour (The Guy #1) by Skylar M. Cates

The Guy From Glamour (The Guy #1) - Skylar M. Cates

#Contemporary, #GRRC, #MM, #Military, #Romance

 

THE GUY FROM GLAMOUR is the first book in The Guy series, and we start off with a tragedy. Dean is in the army, serving as a Night Stalker, when he finds out his sister has been killed in a car accident, leaving behind a thirteen-year-old daughter, Nikki. He leaves Afghanistan and heads to the US where he meets Anthony. Anthony is Nikki's school Guidance Councillor and also the son of the couple who has been looking after Nikki. The story is basically about Dean, Nikki, and Anthony. They figure out what they're doing, how to work together, and what expectations they should, or shouldn't, have.

I was completely engrossed with this story, loving every word of it. I loved how Dean has his 'tutoring' with Anthony, plus Nikki's easy acceptance of them as a couple. All the characters in this book, whether main or secondary, add something to the story. The pacing was perfect, and I found it very hard to put down.

I definitely want to return to Glamour as there are simply so many characters I want to pair up! Loved this as a first book, and can't wait to read more. Highly recommended by me.
 

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Spider (Rough Ink #2) by M.V. Ellis

Spider (Rough Ink #2) - M.V. Ellis

@HotTreePromos, @debbiereadsbook, @authormvellis, #Spider_Release #MVEllis #HTPubs #KindleUnlimited #RoughInk #OppositesAttract, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

She’s been broken by life. He’s always had it easy. Can they trust each other enough to be the fix they both need?

I used to wonder if there was something wrong with me, because there was nothing wrong with me. I’m a happy, well-adjusted, laid-back guy, or so I always thought. The reality, though, is I’ve been coasting through life, not thinking or feeling, just being.

That is until everything goes wrong, and Emi comes crashing into my life in the worst way possible. Yet for all the drama, angst, and heartache she brings with her, she’s also shown me what it means to be human—to feel, love, and hurt. She’s taught me what it meant to be alive.

She’s so fragile, yet she’s also the strongest person I know—a true survivor. She’s been to hell and back but wakes up every morning ready to fight another day.

And when tragedy strikes and my perfect world falls apart, she’s the one helping me pick up the pieces. Yet each time she needs me to be there for her, she pushes me away.

But I refuse to just walk away. She’s taught me that real life isn’t easy, and if something’s worth wanting, it’s worth fighting for.

TRIGGER WARNING This book contains information about domestic violence and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/18/Spider-Rough-Ink-2-by-MV-Ellis

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Conspiracy of Ravens (Raven Crawford #1) by J.C. McKenzie

Conspiracy of Ravens (Raven Crawford #1) - J. C. McKenzie

@JC_McKenzie, @TRRtweet, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Urban #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS is the first book in the Raven Crawford series, and we meet Raven who is half-Fae and half-shifter. She is living on a knife's edge financially due to her ex-boyfriend and is too proud to ask for help. Instead, she gives up on her dreams and works at a dead-end job.

Her life changes when her twin disappears and two dark Fae Lords enter her life. Her mother has always warned her away from the Underworld, although she doesn't really know why. This means she has a woeful lack of knowledge where this is concerned, which doesn't help when she figures out her brother's disappearance and the appearance of those two are linked.

This was a great fantasy book with plenty of detail given. I will admit to finding the first half of the book a bit slower than the second half. Some parts of it seem to be repeated, but so long as you don't mind that, it's all good. The attraction between Cole and Raven is intense and instantaneous, but Raven doesn't trust it. This book concludes nicely for this part, but also leaves it wide open for the next book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more. Most definitely recommended by me.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29312

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Heartbreak at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #2) by Elise Faber

Heartbreak at Roosevelt Ranch (Roosevelt Ranch #2) - Elise Faber

@faberelise, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Heartbreak at Roosevelt Ranch is the second book in the Roosevelt Ranch series, and this time we get to know more about Miss (Melissa), Kelly's sister. She is married to Rob who had recently had a promotion at work, but the cost of this appears to be their marriage.

I was a bit worried about this book before I started it. Call me sappy but I hate to read stories about a marriage gone wrong although I don't mind if they're already divorced or separated. Consider it one of my quirks! Instead, what I found was a story that had me invested from the very beginning. Yes, Miss and Rob's marriage was in danger. Yes, they BOTH had work to do to put it right. And yes, Rob did make some stupid decision's to do with his career. NEITHER of them was blameless, and it took both of them to see it and to try to work it through.

Celeste was the other woman and all I saw was a woman trying waaaay too hard. Every moment that Rob was thinking about her, he was comparing her to Miss, and Miss always came out first. Rob is married, that doesn't mean he stops seeing other women around him, or can appreciate their qualities. So long as he doesn't touch and doesn't wander, I don't see the problem. I can't remember who said it, but "I can look at the menu, honey. I just don't order anything anymore!"

There are some questions left after reading this, questions that Miss also has, so you never know, they may be answered in future books. I'm sure Miss and Rob will play a part in those, just like Justin and Kelly played a part in this one.

The pacing was smooth and the writing intricate enough to keep my interest. The characters build up from the previous book, and I loved the internal thoughts of both Miss and Rob. This was a great addition to the series, and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/14/Heartbreak-at-Roosevelt-Ranch-Roosevelt-Ranch-2-by-Elise-Faber

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Dread Pirate Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #2) by Shami Stovall

Dread Pirate Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #2) - Shami Stovall

@GoddessFish, @GameOverStation/, #YoungAdult, #Fantasy, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Dread Pirate Arcanist is the second book in the Frith Chronicles, and you return to the world of Volke and Illia, plus the others who are all becoming increasingly interesting as the books go on!

 

It starts with Volke and Illia both wanting to see griffins up-close-and-personal. However, the arcanists are called to action when the eldest griffin male and one of his cubs both go missing. Then it appears two boys have also disappeared. Whilst teamed up with someone Volke didn't really want to be teamed up with, they not only find the boys and the cub, but also find out the male griffin is ill. 

 

The story only gets more involved from there. With manticores, mimics, and kappas, to name just a few, there is magic galore in this book, and I love how Volke is both self-deprecating and yet is prepared to dive headfirst into danger if his friends are in trouble. Master Zelfree has grown on me immeasurably and I would love to hear more from Gillie. 

 

This world is simply amazing, with plenty to keep you occupied. The pacing is once again perfect, and the pages nearly turn themselves! I have loved catching up with this world, and can't wait to continue my adventure there. I just hope Volke leans how to cast without any pain!

 

Most definitely recommended by me, but I would suggest you start with book one, just so you know what has gone on before.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/11/13/Dread-Pirate-Arcanist-Frith-Chronicles-2-by-Shami-Stovall

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Dark One's Mistress (Dark One's Trilogy #1) by Aldrea Alien

Dark One's Mistress (Dark One's Trilogy #1) - Aldrea Alien

@AldreaAlien, @TRRtweet, #Fantasy#Romance#NewAdult#YoungAdult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

DARK ONE'S MISTRESS is the first book in the Dark One's Trilogy, and we start with Clara being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She lives in a village called Everdark and rumours abound that the Great Lord has died, and his heir now rules. If this is the case, then a new mistress will be called upon. Clara is one of those taken and she does everything she can to avoid being the one chosen, but to no avail.

This is a slow-paced book, with plenty of interaction between Lucias and Clara as he tries to prove to her that he is a man of his word, and he won't do anything before she is ready. She, of course, doesn't believe him and spends the first part of the book constantly trying to escape.

Interwoven with that is the constant threat of Lucias' mother and her barbarian bodyguard who want to kill Lucias because of who his father was. Trust me, that actually becomes acceptable the more you learn about the father.

I loved the attitudes of both Lucias and Clara and found it definitely to be a case of if you love someone, set them free. Clara is not a doormat, but is definitely set in her ways and has trouble seeing things from different perspectives.

Due to the emphasis on Lucias and Clara, I did feel that I missed out on some of the other characters. There were also questions raised to which I received no answers. However, this did not infringe upon my enjoyment of this book, and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=22902