Billionaire Security Shifters Now in Print!

Seeing a reviews of shifter romances on the blog may have come as a surprise to some of my readers this summer. Honestly, I didn’t know I was going to dive into the genre and to continue to enjoy what I found.

As you may remember, my first journey into the genre was by reading Lila Jean’s debut The Mountain Lion’s Secretary. Soon after that I read her second book The Grizzly Bear’s Heiress. These two books are in her Billionaire Security Shifter series.

While we are awaiting the release of book three (I’ll let you know if I hear any news about a release date), I have a little surprise for those who love this series like I do:

You can now buy books 1 and 2 in print!

That’s right. You can order both of these books in print to put on your shelves, alongside your other favorite books. Kindles can’t contain these animals any longer!

You can find links to the ebook and print editions below, along with more information about each book and the author.

And in case you missed them and want to know my opinion of the books, here are my reviews:

The Mountain Lion’s Secretary

The Grizzly Bear’s Heiress

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The Mountain Lion's Secretary

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For the shifters at Grizzly Bodyguards & Security, every day is life and death.

Mara Warren is desperate. With no job, a room in her parents’ basement, and a mountain of debt right out of college, she takes the first job she can find: as secretary for the elusive billionaire, Zane Bradley. But her new boss is so much more than she bargained for. With his solid body, sexy-as-hell handguns, and the delicious stubble on his jaw, he’s too good to be true. He says he wants her, but Mara has been hurt before. With her already shattered heart on the line, Mara battles between protecting what little self-esteem she has left and letting herself fall head-first into the arms of the most dangerous man in town.

A rugged mountain lion shifter with a knack for sensing danger, Zane Bradley uses the company name as a decoy to hide his inner animal—and to preserve the privacy his animal demands. As if keeping his company running and his shifter employees in line isn’t enough, Zane’s lion is desperately craving a mate… and it wants Mara Warren. But Zane’s billion-dollar empire is threatened when he catches the scent of the werewolf that killed his brother. The murderer has come back to take out the last surviving Bradley brother, and Mara has no idea she just walked right into the line of fire.

CONTENT WARNING: This is a stand-alone mountain lion shifter romance. It contains smoking hot shifters, lip-bitingly delicious love scenes, naughty language, and a dash of violence to spice things up. Intended for mature audiences.

This is novel has a HEA with NO cliffhanger.

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The Grizzly Bear's Heiress

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For the shifters working at Grizzly Bodyguards & Security, every day is life and death.

Good girls don’t date shifters. That’s what Isabelle Hart’s billionaire father says, anyway. But after an attempted kidnapping nearly lands her ransomed in the back of a van, her father is breaking all his own rules to keep her safe. Now a muscled bear shifter is watching over her until the issue is resolved, and she can’t keep her eyes off of him. With her life on the line and no end in sight, Isabelle’s tempted to break whatever rule comes between her and Ryker Edwards… even if it means her father following through on his threat to disown her.

Ever since his best friend Zane Bradley saved his life ten years ago, Ryker Edwards has used his skills as a grizzly bear shifter to complete nearly six hundred missions and protect the wealthy elite keeping Zane’s company afloat. But when Zane calls him in on his day off, Ryker is floored to discover he’s been assigned a new mission: protect a curvy heiress from armed kidnappers. Right then and there, his bear chooses her as its mate. There’s only one problem: she’s off limits. As Ryker fends off attack after attack, Isabelle’s kidnappers get desperate. They call in help from a dangerous source that wants Zane and his entire clan buried six feet under. When the kidnapper’s identity is revealed, Ryker realizes his devotion for Isabelle may have made her nothing but bait in a sinister war between shifters.

CONTENT WARNING: This is a stand-alone grizzly bear shifter romance. It contains smoking hot shifters, lip-bitingly delicious love scenes, naughty language, and a dash of violence to spice things up. Intended for mature audiences.

This novel has an HEA, with NO cliffhanger.

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About the Author:

Lila JeanLila Jean lives and breathes sexy shifter romances. Six-pack abs and powerful alphas are her specialty, and these growly alphas answer only to the curvy women they love. Her heroines are pistols with a penchant for the wild side of shifter life — after all, a lady needs a lot of sass to handle a shifter lover. No swooning damsels here.

Armed with curvaceous hips of her own, Lila Jean played with her fair share of alpha males before finally settling down with one of her own in a tiny town deep in the mountains. Equipped with an arsenal of dragons, grizzlies, and big cats, Lila devotes her time to creating the absolute best stories for her readers.

All her novels are in a single, massive universe. Buckle in for a wild ride of the sexiest, grizzliest, most gorgeous men you’ll find in the shifter romance genre today.

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#Review: The Wives of Los Alamos, by @t_nesbit

The Wives of Los AlamosTitle: The Wives of Los Alamos
Author: TaraShea Nesbit
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago—and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with a P.O. box for an address in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn’t exist as far as the public knew. Though they were strangers, they joined together—adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, full of the banalities of everyday life and the drama of scientific discovery.

And while the bomb was being invented, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos gradually transformed from an abandoned school on a hill into a real community: one that was strained by the words they couldn’t say out loud, the letters they couldn’t send home, the freedom they didn’t have. But the end of the war would bring even bigger challenges to the people of Los Alamos, as the scientists and their families struggled with the burden of their contribution to the most destructive force in the history of mankind.

The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history, and a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy. (description from Goodreads)

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The Wives of Los Alamos is a book that sat on my shelf for a few years. I originally bought a copy of the book after hearing great things about it. But then I held off reading it due to the use of the plural first person point of view (“We”, “Our”, etc instead of “I”). Turns out that I was hesitating for no reason. After a few pages, I got hooked by the book and the plural first person POV didn’t bother me at all. To be honest, I think one of the strengths of this book was this rarely used POV.

The POV plays a big part in telling the story of this large community of women. While every one of these women is an individual, they also shared many of the same experiences. This is reflected in the writing, along with various other experiences some may have went through. Through Nesbit’s writing each woman has a voice as well as the community of Los Alamos having a voice together.

Aside from how well that all was written, this book is also informative about this time in history. I don’t know many details about the Manhattan Project. I know a little more about it now. But what’s best about having read this book is that it wasn’t overloaded with details. That’s not the goal. The goal was to show the effect of secrets on marriages, families, friendships. It shows how this secretive relocation altered the course of the lives involved and then after, the course of world history. I could have read a non-fiction book that spelled out all the experimenting, politics, and more surrounding the project. But The Wives of Los Alamos made it all human. History shouldn’t always be boiled down to the facts. Real humans were involved, and a book like this one reminded me of that.

If this is what Nesbit has to share with readers for a début novel, I can’t imagine what’s in store for us with the rest of her career.

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You can grab this book from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Author:

TaraShea Nesbit grew up in Dayton, Ohio, one of the lesser-known Manhattan Project locations. Her first book, The Wives of Los Alamos, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indies Choice Spring 2014 Debut Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Her writing has been featured in the The Guardian, Iowa Review, Quarterly West,Fourth GenreThe Collagist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing to graduate and undergraduate students at Miami University.

To learn more about the making of The Wives of Los Alamos, watch an interview on New Mexico PBS, read an interview with the American Booksellers Association, an interview with Omnivoracious, an author profile from  USA Today, an interview with Carolyn O on her blog Rosemary and Reading Glasses, an interview with Barnes & Noble, or listen to an interview on Colorado Public Radio.

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#NewRelease: Raven’s Peak, by @LincolnJcole

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A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.

Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Lincoln Cole was born and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is twenty-nine years old and has been writing novels his entire life. He works in the IT industry developing web applications and writing software.

He is married, has a pugamonster named Luther, and enjoys writing in his spare time.  Writing and telling stories keeps him sane. 

He was inspired to start writing by the works of George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, and Stephen King. He is currently working on several titles, including the follow up to Graveyard of Empires as well as three new series.

Growing up, he worked in the horse racing industry with his grandparents for many years and won an award writing a short story for Hoof Beats magazine while in High School. He had since won the Visionary/Inspirational YA award from Literary Classics in 2015.

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#Review: Shame on Him, by @TaraSivec

Shame on HimTitle: Shame on Him (Fools Me Once #3)
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 4/5 stars

“For Lorelei Warner, being perfect isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. She did what her straitlaced parents wanted: became a lawyer, married her college boyfriend. But since her husband ran off with another man and her career became a nonstop bore-fest, Lorelei has turned to her best friends and Fool Me Once Investigations to find fulfillment and adventure.

When a routine subpoena-delivery turns up a dead body, Lorelei knows that solving the murder is exactly what she needs to boost her confidence…until private investigator Dallas Osborne walks in and takes over the case. Dallas has always rubbed Lorelei the wrong way. It’s aggravating enough that he’s a pompous ass, but he’s also entirely too good-looking.

If she wants to catch the killer, Lorelei will need to loosen up and defy her parents—not to mention the law. And she’ll need to partner with Dallas, working closer (much closer) to the sexy investigator than she ever expected.

Join the feisty Fool Me Once ladies for another fun-loving romp from bestselling author Tara Sivec.” (description from Goodreads)

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Reading this book was a task a long time in the making. It’s the third and final book in Sivec’s Fool Me Once series, a series I’ve enjoyed so far. I’ve been holding off on finishing the series because I didn’t want it to end. But now that I’ve finished the book, I’m glad I did.

This was such a great book to read. As with the others, the comedy was incredibly enjoyable. The characters were classic Sivec characters: Well developed, unique, and loveable. On top of that, there’s a mystery with a surprising conclusion.

I really hope that Sivec continues this series some time down the road. It wraps up nicely with this third book. Each main character has her story and her romance. But the adventures (and sometimes misadventures) they have, I’m sure the rest of their lives would be just as enjoyable to read about.

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You can grab this book from Amazon:

Ebook | Print

And if you haven’t checked out the first two books:

Shame on You (book 1)
Ebook | Print

Shame on Me (book 2)
Ebook | Print

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About the Author:

Image 7Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Find out more:

Website | Twitter  | Facebook
Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

Themed Book Recommendations: Revolutions!

Here in the United States, we’re getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day. It’s a day to celebrate when all those old white dudes signed that piece of paper declaring that we’re tired of taking shit from those other old white dudes in England. It was on that day, July 4th of 1776, that 13 colonies on the path to becoming a country…one of the most powerful in the world. ‘MERICA!

It’s in the spirit of fighting for what you believe in and revolting against a force that’s bringing you down, that I’ve selected a theme for this week’s book recommendations post. I’ve put together a list of books that include large, societal changing revolutions. Some have in your face wars, resistance battles, and more. So are a bit more peaceful, compared to the others. Each has one thing at their core: A search for freedom and independence (even if they don’t all work out that way in the end).

And as always, don’t be shy. Give us your input too! Recommend your own books in this theme or even suggest a future theme you’d like to see.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#Review: The Werewolf Proposal, by @AuthorMFox

The Werewolf ProposalTitle: The Werewolf Proposal
Author: Michelle Fox
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Bitten and hunted by the werewolf who turned her, Audrey found safety and love in Tao’s arms. But now that their enemy is defeated, she finds adjusting to life as a werewolf harder than she anticipated.

And even though passion burns hot and bright between them, she’s unsure of Tao’s intentions when it comes to their relationship.

Is she just another werewolf to him or the mate he’s always wanted?

This is a quick, steamy read. It is not a novel. FYI. (description from Goodreads.)

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This was a quick short read and I enjoyed it. It was one that I randomly picked up while looking for more books in the shifter genre. I’m glad I did.

Even with it being a short story, I feel that I got to know the characters a bit. There was a good balance of character description and the events that took place. There was well-written sex scene in there that added some heat to an already good story. The author was somehow able to get that in there and some regular plot without either element feeling too short. I’m a little surprised by that, for this length. I went into the story thinking the sex would take up a majority of the spotlight.

What I didn’t know until I finished the story, is that this is a short that takes place after a novel where the two main characters first get together. There was enough backstory here for me to get the feeling there was more to it and also that info was enough to help me understand the characters without bogging me down with info. (If I’d read the blurb provided at the beginning of the ebook, I’d have found out this is a continuation from a novel. It’s a different blurb from the one online, but I skipped it thinking I’d read it already. So, that’s partially my bad.) I think this was just fine to read as a standalone story, but I am intrigued enough to consider reading the novel that came before it. The author has definitely grabbed my attention.
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You can grab a copy of this short story from

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Michelle Fox lives in the Midwest with her husband, kids, the occasional exchange student and two sweetly disobedient dogs. She loves fantasy and romance, which makes writing paranormal romance a natural fit. She also thinks her readers rock and always enjoys hearing from them!

In addition to writing, Michelle is the founder of the Wolf Pack, an active Facebook community for shifter romance fans. Plus, she helps run various author coops including Red Hot Audiobooks and Insatiable Reads.

In her spare time, she’s been known to shake her bon-bon at Zumba, make spectacular cheesecakes, hoard vintage costume jewelry and eat way too much ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra for the win!). Readers can reach her at MichelleFoxwrites AT gmail DOT com.

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Themed Book Recommendations: Shifter Romances

Time for another post full of book recommendations. The theme this time is shifter romances.

By now, you’ve probably seen my reviews of Lila Jean’s books. They’re really my first jump into the genre and since then I’ve been wanting to dive a little deeper. Since the book world is FULL of shifter romances, I decided to get the help of other readers to get recommendations of where to start. There’s a lot out there and I can’t weed through it all on my own.

So, here are some books I’ve discovered from searching the bestseller lists (I’ve read the first two, obviously) and others that fellow readers have suggested. While I can’t speak for many of them, I’m sure it’s a great list. Let’s explore shifter romances together! And as always, if you have recommendations of your own, feel free to comment.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!