Seventeen-year-old Reagan seems like the perfect small-town girl. Dubbed a saint by her older brother, Lincoln, she serves the community, makes straight A’s, attends church, spends her summers working with special needs children, and is a piano playing prodigy.
When you’re the daughter of the mayor and the police chief in a sleepy Kansas town, toeing the line is easier than the alternative.
That is, until her brother’s best friend changes the rules.
Reagan’s been subject to Ridley’s antics her entire life. Growing up, he tormented and teased her, but he kept his distance—until now. When Ridley breaks a promise, late night phone calls and secret rendezvous in the haystacks quickly transform into a reckless, all-consuming love.
Some promises are meant to be broken. Some secrets will not be contained, and sometimes the consequences we render are more than we can bear.
We’re pretty awesome! We both write books. We both live in the Carolina’s (Mindy in South, Michele in North). We like singing in the car, eating white cheddar popcorn, and going on road trips together. You’ll find us sharing a table at a few book signings each year. We have a love of romance, New York, anything sweet, and great books.
Together we’ve written four novels and one novella, with many more in the works. We’re currently working on the Backroads Duet.
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|Dawn L. Chiletz|
|Prae·to·ri·an /prēˈtôrēən/- a skilled warrior serving as the personal guard of a Roman Emperor.
Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door.
When Seamore Productions offers to find him a new bodyguard through a reality TV show, Roman reluctantly agrees. He needs some good press and better security. The last thing he expects is a beautiful, curious cop to get under his skin and into his past. Why can’t he stop thinking about her?
Tough-as-nails detective Reed Manning keeps her secret locked away in her mind.
After being suspended from the police force, she considers trying out for the show. She’s supposed to keep her eye on the cash prize, but her potential boss captures her attention. What is he so desperately trying to hide?
When a single decision can change a life-
Only yesterday, I wrote in a review that there are three kinds of Rockstar novels and I stick to this idea – because The Praetorian by Dawn L. Chiletz proves me right. Like the book I reviewed yesterday
First, I have to say Ms. Chiletz is a “new to me” author and I like her writing. Even if there is a little “but” coming at the end of this review.
The Praetorian belongs to the best of these three groups. The one that gives you all the classic clichés you would expect from a rock star romance and something NEW…
Or in this case several things new. This “thing” with the reality show was new to me in the relation of Rockstars. And then there was the suspense that was added to the story that came from something totally different.
Actually in my mind this is not ONE but a kind of 3in1 story. We have the Rockstar Romance – then the reality show and then there is something interesting that I would like to call “Murder by Death” feel … . Google that and you will come up with a movie I had to think of constantly while reading. Murder by Death is a 1976 American satirical mystery comedy that is closely related tot he stories of Agatha Christie.
Please for the sake of spoilers do not ask me why that movie is running in circles around in my mind – just take my word for it.
My feelings for this book are somehow 100 % positive while I am not happy with the plot development … Strange right ? Can not say that ever happened. Maybe because the author kept my mind spinning and guessing , spinning again and guessing some more. So yes this is a 5 star read with a few buts..
The 5 stars are for engaging the reader so deeply that I did not want to put the book down – so basically the suspense part – which has been a long time for me since I was feeling something like that with a book. But not for the romance part of the book … well lets say there was romance … but this book is no romance novel… as that took the backseat to the rest that was going on.
And then there is this thing about the plot development … The author kept me on my toes from the beginning on … I was (as I said) guessing and trying to figure out things. The story keeps a steady pace and there is a high build up in tension, but then when the reader is offered a solution the book suddenly kind of gets fast paced as if someone had set a final page number and the author suddenly realized she only had like 10 pages to come to an end. I felt kind of sorry for the characters. They were working so hard to get THEIR time and it was somehow cut short.
If I had a free wish, something that I could request from the author it would be the following : (I think she will understand if I tell it this vaguely to avoid spoilers)
Quoting the blurb : Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door…. The secret behind that door…. Gets kind of lost in the end … with all the suspense and everything going on. There was a moment when I felt that that “secret” deserves its own book. I kind of NEED that “secret” to have its own book. So PLEASE consider it – I think there are several readers out here thinking the same. You can contact me anytime if you want to know what I am thinking and why as I do not want to leave these spoilers here out in the open.
And in the End .. thank you for a “late night reading shift” – I could not put this book down …
|February 6th 2018|
| True love never dies.
Megan and Cassidy were childhood sweethearts who thought they would be together forever. Fate had other plans. Soon after they were married, Cass’s life was tragically cut short. Still grieving her soul mate five years later, Megan moves to the small town of Seaside, Oregon, hoping to rebuild her life.
Her first night there, she meets the town recluse, Theo. Withdrawn, guarded, and mysteriously silent since a terrible accident left him scarred, Theo takes an instant and inexplicable dislike to Megan. But as their paths cross again and again, Megan becomes convinced there’s more to Theo than meets the eye. When she discovers the reason for his silence, his nightmares, and especially his pointed dislike, Megan becomes convinced of something far more astonishing.
Is a second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love possible, or is a broken heart the cruelest kind of liar?
|Dear Ms. Geissinger,
A few days have passed since I finished reading Midnight Valentine. And I really needed that time to gather my thoughts and feelings. Let me open with a “Thank you” – from the bottom of my heart … THANK YOU FOR CHANGING YOUR MIND (I can only remember once when I told an author this before and the situation was very similar)… The other option you had was NO OPTION – so please all artists freedom cast aside DON’T EVER DO THAT … no matter how much it tempts you DON’T … please pleas please…
Dear future Readers,
I will not say anything about the story itself because that simply should not be done and I hope that none of the other readers will do it. Yea – you are guessing right – This is THAT kind of story … the one where you should go in blind. I admit I had my suspicions and I was proven right but that actually does not matter.
The one thing I might want to add is that you need to be open to certain views on life – but if you read the Blurb you should have a good guess what I am talking about. Just toy around with ideas OK?
If you read any other books of this author and because of the intensity I would like to mention “make me sin” in this reference, you know what kind of book you will get here. I had one or two of these “it’s hard to breath because my heart is beating so fast” moments here again.
JT Geissinger will present you with leading characters that are broken yet so strong that you can not help but route for them. I loved both characters so much that it was easy to get lost in the story and it hurt when I had to leave them. The story setting was created in such vivid details that it was easy to feel not only a close relation to the characters but also the surrounding.
So please be open to possibilities beyond what is assumed to be predictable or normal and I hope you love the story as much as I did.
4.5 ‘Even In Death’ Stars.
Ava had a tough choice to make betray Calix and his brothers or burn in hell next to her sadistic brother. Being half human/ half fallen she decided to betray Calix and a day doesn’t go by without her regretting it.
But her freedom didn’t last for long being captured by a mad scientist and being injected with a deadly virus haven’t helped her current situation. After months she finally manages to escape and goes to the only place she feels safe the one place where she might not be wanted.
The heart wants what the heart wants, and Calix half incubus/Wrath wants Ava despite her betrayal and the pain that she has caused. After months of starving himself she reappears but not without consequences.
Calix must learn to trust Ava again but ends up forgiving her because she redeems herself on numerous accounts. I didn’t particularly care about these two in the other books, but I have a place saved in my heart just for them.
I loved the chemistry between these two off the charts hot and slightly kinky.
“Death by blowjob? That’s exactly how I want to go.”
There is just something about this series that makes it really addictive. It is action-packed, exciting and you submerge yourself into a world you don’t want to leave. Ms. Lake delivers a great paranormal series with ups and downs for all characters. Gritty, with flawed characters but you can’t help but love. It shows the belly of the underworld with all its twisted glory.
You can clearly feel the bond that the Wrath Brothers have with one another and the connection they have to their mates. It’s like you are part of the gang and are in on the action. I’m going to be honest here I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but I am glad that I did, and I need the other books now.
Out of all the males in the book it is hard to choose a favorite they are all VERY appealing. I l love logan, Gavin and Calix but there is also something about Ferno, Zayne and Xander (kind of feel as if I shouldn’t like the fallen angel) but there are worse things in life.
There were times when I was biting on my nails with what was going to happen next and at 81 % I got so peeved off it was unbelievable. Surly the author wouldn’t cross that line. Sweet baby Jesus all I can say is that she didn’t cross that line. Otherwise I would have gone on a rampage. It’s not a pretty sight when that happens. I become a mini version of the Hulk. I just don’t turn green.
Finally, a series I am up to date on. I really hope to see Denya and Zayne get a book. Zayne so needs some TLC and he is in some serious deep shite.
The Thief by Kate McCarthy
Release Date: April 4th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After years of working in the family business, Arcadia “Ace” Jones has become a renowned car thief. Trained from a tender age, it’s the only life she’s ever known. Longing for a future that doesn’t hold the promise of prison, she makes the decision to go straight and earn an honest living.
But the Marchetti Organisation won’t accept her retirement, forcing her to complete a job so big it’s almost impossible. She’s on a tight deadline but an irritating biker dude keeps thwarting her attempts to deliver.
Kelly Daniels likes to tinker with bikes and cars. He’s content with operating the car restoration business he owns alongside his partners, until an annoying little thief manages to steal a Dodge Charger right out from under his nose.
He gets pulled into her treacherous scheme and they form an unlikely bond. When it becomes a race against the clock to pull off the heist of the century or end up behind bars, Ace and Kelly realise they have more to lose than their freedom—each other.
About the Author:
Kate McCarthy is a USA Today Bestselling author who resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works full time on her writing.
She has two children, two dogs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the world that help keep her sane.
When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.
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Where there’s smoke…
For firefighter Kellan Walker, checking his emotions at the door doesn’t just keep him on the level. It keeps him alive. A gut-wrenching find at the scene of a blaze threatens to blow his ironclad composure, but when the detective assigned to the case is the same woman who put his sister’s life at risk three months ago, all bets for Kellan being calm, cool, or collected are definitely off.
There’s bound to be fire…
Keeping people safe is Isabella Moreno’s number one priority, no matter how tough the case. Working without solid leads and with the gorgeous, broody firefighter who believes she’s responsible for endangering his sister on a previous case isn’t ideal. But someone is hurting women in the here-and-now. Isabella will do whatever it takes to find justice.
As Kellan and Isabella reluctantly team up to catch a criminal, they realize they have more in common than they’d ever imagined. With every move, the stakes grow higher and the passion sizzles hotter, but can they race against the clock and the odds to catch a killer? Or will they lose their hearts—and their lives?
This is first book in the series by Ms. Kincaid and it starts with a bang. It’s been a long time since I read a book with a fire fighter and it was about time that I got round to reading one again. It’s just I’m picky.
Kellan Walker a firefighter in Remington with Station Seventeen with the RFD. A former army ranger more specifically a sniper He’s been compartmentalizing things since his tours overseas. His emotions start to go a haywire when a certain RPD cop is around. Kellan can hold a mean grudge against said cop.
Isabella Moreno is a tough as nails cop. She is totally bad arse and a strong female MC. For months Isabella has had to put up with Kellan’s grudge which isn’t justifiable. What happened to Kylie Kellan’s sister isn’t her fault. For the last couple of months they have managed to avoid one another until a disturbing case brings them together.
After putting a fire out, Kellan stumbles across some photos that point to a prostitution ring and they handed over to the thirty third precinct where Moreno works. Their first meeting is chilly, very chilly that is until Moreno comes around and asks for another walk through, through the burnt down house.
Kellan doesn’t want to help her at first but then caves.
Although they have a rocky start that doesn’t dampen the chemistry that they have together and what I love is that they didn’t act on it straight away. After the elephant in the room that was between them was taken care of did they start a relationship. A physical one to begin with but emotions soon got involved. I love them together they have some similarities between them but also enough differences to make what they have. The sex was sizzling, strong attraction and well I want meself a firefighter.
The story plot progresses naturally and all the loose ends are tied up. Although overall fast paced it did drag in some places that is why I could only give it 4 stars.
But there is also superb character development. Isabella goes from being closed off to trusting specific people in her life. After she lost her cousin to a tragic event she has been living on the outskirts so that no one can get close to her.
Kellan has to deal with the emotions he isn’t sticking to anymore and well we see how he has a tough time but he openly accepts his feelings for Isabella.
I loved the gender reversal where Isabella saves the day.
The writing style is completely different to the book I read before that the transition was pretty easy though. Engaging, captivating and worth a read.
We all have auto buy authors. Over the last year or so, two of my auto buys have been dropped due to cookie cutter romances and well repetitive stories/plots and characters.
Getting to the actual point here is that Ms. Kincaid seems to suit me for an auto buy. I will most certainly be checking out her other books in the future. Just still have a lot of books to read beforehand.