L.D. Rose – Sweet Sacrifice (The Soul Mate Tree Book 9)

REVIEW

This book had great originality but I lost interest when a battle ensued with a snake-like creature and was then remedied with yet another snake. Admittedly, I really don’t like reptiles.

As a romance novel, the pull between Irene and Bash was authentic. Despite the elements that were off putting, the romantic elements were good enough that I was inclined to finish the novel. This is actually saying quite a lot as I really really despise reptiles.

This was the only book that I have read in this series and I felt as if I was missing a critical element.

3 Stars 

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Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

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AUTHOR BIO

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Samantha A Cole – Absolving His Sins

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REVIEW

Finally!! Carter’s story!! :))) Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of this series and there’s a special place in my heart for Carter.  Needless to say, my expectations for this book were high. Samantha A Cole absolutely delivered and met all expectations.

Once again, the author does an excellent job of balancing the romance and the suspense. I love how the history between the characters had been introduced in crumbs throughout the past couple of books. No need to worry, there is plenty of recap in this book that if you hopped into this series, you would have all the information you needed to enjoy the story.

Carter is the epitome hotness and heartfelt. It was going to take a very special female character to satisfy my criteria for what I thought was his perfect mate. Jordyn filled the bill wonderfully. She’s strong and doesn’t fall at Carter’s feet. She’s careful and aggressive at the same time.

My only negative feeling about the book is the fact that we as readers may never read about another Carter threesome. That is a tragedy!

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The book Trident Security fans have been waiting for!

The huntress has become the hunted, in more ways than one. Jordyn Alvarez works for the United States government—a fact no one in authority will admit. She does Uncle Sam’s dirty work. Some might call her an agent, but few know her real title—Assassin.

Trained by one of the best black operatives in the world, she wants nothing more than to add him to the long list of people she has sent straight to hell. But she doesn’t dare get close to him ever again. If she did, she couldn’t be sure her body wouldn’t betray her once more and wind up in bed with him. But with her cover blown, she may not have a choice.

Who is he? He’s a ghost. A man with one name—Carter.

The Trident Security Series:
Book 1 – Leather & Lace (Devon & Kristen)
Book 2 – His Angel (Ian & Angie)
Book 3 – Waiting For Him
Book 3.5 – Not Negotiable: A Novella (Parker & Shelby)
Book 4 – Topping the Alpha (Jake & Nick)
Book 5 – Watching From the Shadows (Marco & Harper)
Book 5.5 – Whiskey Tribute: A Novella (Curt & Dana)
Book 6 – Tickle His Fancy (Brody & Fancy)
Book 7 – Absolving His Sins (Carter & Jordyn)

The books of the Trident Security Series can be read as stand-alones, however, for optimum enjoyment they are best read in order.

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Samantha Cole – His Angel

Samantha A. Cole – The Devil’s Spare Change

Samantha Cole – Leather and Lace

Samantha Cole – Not Negotiable

Samantha A. Cole – Take the Money and Run

Samantha Cole – Topping the Alpha

Samantha Cole – Waiting For Him

Samantha Cole – Watching from the Shadows

Samantha A. Cole – Whiskey Tribute

Thank You Arc to Samantha A. Cole!

 

J.B. Havens & Samantha A. Cole – No Way In Hell (Part One & Two)

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Review

I’m a huge fan of the Trident Security novels by Samantha A. Cole. I’ve read and loved the entire series. I have never read J.B. Havens’ Steel Corps series. I make note of this because I think it is important to be upfront about how I go into reviewing a book.

First item you must know: these two books must be read together. It really is just one continuous story.

Second, these books are much more military based than romance (like the Trident Security). There is only a dab of romance.

Part I

This was a serious deviation from Samantha Cole’s Trident Security.  The story line was mostly military. The military scenes were full of intensity and graphic details. It was a little too gory for my taste. I missed the BDSM club from Trident. There are a few quick vanilla romps and a mere reference to Carter playing at BDSM club. I had a great appreciation for the heat in the Trident Series. I missed it in this book. This is also a multi-perspective book told in both first and third person. This combination is not typical, but I didn’t mind it. I’ve always been a fan of Carter. I liked getting to know Mic. She’s small but mighty.

Part II

This book was a bit more playful as Carter and Mic go undercover together. I prefer books that are fun and flirty. The military and suspense aspects were much more appealing in Part II. The scenes were extremely well thought out and had a lot of detail. The difference was the military parts were more intellectual than gruesome.

LOVED THE ENDING!

Blurb 

No Way in Hell is a novel separated into 2 novellas. Reading Book 1 is necessary for Book 2.

Steel Corps—an elite, covert U.S. military team led by Staff Sergeant Bea ‘Mic’ Michaels, based out of a secure location in Pennsylvania.

Trident Security—a private security agency located in Tampa, Florida, comprised of retired Navy SEALs.

T. Carter—U.S. spy and assassin.

What do they have in common? They all do Uncle Sam’s dirty work.

How did they get started and how did their paths cross? Find out as they prepare to join forces to take down a domestic terrorist organization with one goal in mind—to destroy what these men and one woman will fight to the death to protect—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

No Way in Hell is a two-part crossover novel uniting J.B. Haven’s Steel Corps Series and Samantha A. Cole’s Trident Security Series. While reading both series is not necessary prior to reading No Way in Hell, it is recommended for optimum enjoyment

See Related Posts:

Samantha Cole – His Angel

Samantha A. Cole – The Devil’s Spare Change

Samantha Cole – Leather and Lace

Samantha Cole – Not Negotiable

Samantha A. Cole – Take the Money and Run

Samantha Cole – Topping the Alpha

Samantha Cole – Waiting For Him

Samantha Cole – Watching from the Shadows

Samantha A. Cole – Whiskey Tribute

Thank You Arc to J.B. Havens & Samantha A Cole!

 

 

 

 

Melissa Foster – Tempting Tristan

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REVIEW

This is an amazingly sensational (worthy of repeating similar adjectives and adverbs) combination of perspiration inspiring hot romance and perhaps the most heartfelt gay romance I have ever read.  (And, yes – I’ve read a LOT).

The depth of the love between Tristan and Alex is unprecedented.  Their strength and desire to be everything for one another is tear jerkingly tender. They work hard to be what each other deserves.  As they work towards that goal, they win the hearts of readers.

The book is a dual perspective book, where the chapters alternated between Tristan and Alex.  I often found that I forgot who was narrating the chapter. It seemed like their souls meshed into one.

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Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alpha heroes.

TRISTAN AND ALEX

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault―he leads with his heart, not his head―and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…

Alex has spent eight years in the army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star for the incident that nearly cost him his life―and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is live the life he’s always dreamed of and forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together, the hotter the flames burn. But the closer they become, the more Alex’s walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

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Dale Mayer – Mason Seals of Honor

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REVIEW

This is a quick easy read with a lot of action.  While I included this as a romance book, there’s actually a lot more military action than romance action.  I prefer books where the military action isn’t quite so predominate.  However, I was entertained.

There’s a bit of humor sprinkled in to break up some of the stressful military scenes.  These were my favorite parts.

I liked the female character because she is strong and intelligent, which is in contrast to a lot of Seals books where the heroine is a damsel in distress.

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Kill or be killed.

Part of an elite SEAL team, Mason takes on the dangerous jobs no one else wants to do – or can do. When he’s on a mission, he’s focused and dedicated. When he’s not, he plays as hard as he fights.
Until he meets a woman he can’t have but can’t forget.

Software developer, Tesla lost her brother in combat and has no intention of getting close to someone else in the military. Determined to save other US soldiers from a similar fate, she’s created a program that could save lives. But other countries know about the program, and they won’t stop until they get it – and get her.

Time is running out… For her… For him… For them…

Thank You Arc to Dale Mayer!

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RELEASE DAY: Samantha A. Cole – Whiskey Tribute (Trident Security Novella Book 5.5)

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This novella diverges from the modus operandi of the full length novels of the Trident Security.  Don’t worry – all the heat that’s expected is included.  It’s just of a different flavor.  I really like the contrast to the other books because it highlights the positive similarities and acceptable differences.

With kids in the mix, there’re added challenges for their relationship.  It just forces Curt and Dana to get a little more creative in a fun way.

In the other books, the retired SEALs prove to be incredibly sexy and unbelievably competent.  Here, the team shows how good hearted they are.

As an added note, after reading the book, I absolutely love the title!

Whiskey Tribute

Purchase Link Universal Amazon Link – hyperurl.co/lmlp5u

See Related Posts:

Samantha Cole – His Angel

Samantha Cole – Leather and Lace

Samantha Cole – Not Negotiable

Samantha Cole – Topping the Alpha

Samantha Cole – Waiting For Him

Samantha Cole – Watching from the Shadows

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Samantha A. Cole – Whiskey Tribute (Trident Security Novella Book 5.5)

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This novella diverges from the modus operandi of the full length novels of the Trident Security.  Don’t worry – all the heat that’s expected is included.  It’s just of a different flavor.  I really like the contrast to the other books because it highlights the positive similarities and acceptable differences.

With kids in the mix, there’re added challenges for their relationship.  It just forces Curt and Dana to get a little more creative in a fun way.

In the other books, the retired SEALs prove to be incredibly sexy and unbelievably competent.  Here, the team shows how good hearted they are.

As an added note, after reading the book, I absolutely love the title!

Whiskey Tribute

Pre-Order Available $1.99, Release Date is May 4, 2016

Universal Amazon Link – hyperurl.co/lmlp5u

See Related Posts:

Samantha Cole – His Angel

Samantha Cole – Leather and Lace

Samantha Cole – Not Negotiable

Samantha Cole – Topping the Alpha

Samantha Cole – Waiting For Him

Samantha Cole – Watching from the Shadows

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