Worlds Collide by R.J. Scott

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Series: Sanctuary 07

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (121pgs)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (28th June 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: It is the day after New Years and Dale is en route back to Albany in a private jet with Emily Bullen. She is coming back home after turning states evidence on her husband Senator Thomas Bullen.

What no one factored in, not Sanctuary or the FBI, was the lengths Griffin Ryland would go to in the effort to protect himself. When Joseph finds out Dale is in trouble and it is only with the help of his team of SEALs that he can make sure Dale is safe and that Griffin Ryland can’t cause any more trouble.

A snowy New Years, a deserted airport and a hostage situation with people already dead and suddenly the worlds of Sanctuary and the SEALs collide, with terrifying consequences.s2oedcover

Then, two weeks alone at a resort, falling deeper in love leave the two men with decisions to make and suddenly there is the chance to make forever a possibility.

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Featuring Dale and Joseph from The Only Easy Day.

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Review: Dale has the task of seeing Emily Bullen to Albany safely after she turned state’s evidence against her husband. It is supposed to be an easy run, but no one took into account Griffin Ryland’s plan to keep his secrets hidden. Joseph is attending his best friend’s wedding in Albany, looking forward to the following weeks, when he will be spending time with his lover Dale. But, a frantic call in the middle of the night has him jumping to action with his Seal teammates. Neither men has really bared their hearts, and if they get out of the airport alive they will have two weeks of uninterrupted bliss to decide if they have a possibility at forever.

Oh. My. God. Whoop! we see Dale and Joseph again as they reassess their long distance relationship and get a grip on the loose ends of the Bullen’s case. We saw Dale and Joseph meet and begin to fall in love during The Only Easy Day and now we revisit them as they plan to meet up for two weeks of uninterrupted them time. To add excitement we connect with them just days before when Dale is escorting Emily to a safe house and Joseph is attending a teammate’s wedding. Both their worlds collide when Sanctuary needs the SEAL’s back up when a rogue FBI agent decides to silence Emily Bullen permanently and Sanctuary agents are all snowed in.

I loved this story because not only do we have the excitement of thwarting Griffin in his desperate attempts, but we also have Dale and Joseph coming to terms with their relationship; how they feel for each other and what they should do in the future. Dale and Joseph’s long distance romance hasn’t been easy for either of them. Their schedules clash a lot and plans made were broken. so they have only seen each other briefly since they first got together. They both know what they feel for the other and when they meet for their two-week vacation they both plan on telling the other exactly what they feel.

Ahhhh. These people are so romantic in their own macho way and they are surprising sweet together. Joseph has a lot of thinking to do about his future. Not just about his relationship, but also what he wants to do in his work life. Dale is just happy to have whatever time he can have with his sexy SEAL, especially if it involves him naked. These guys still have that explosive spark and they are still macho men. what they feel for each other is clear to see in their actions and thoughts and I can finally sigh in relief as they get their happy ever after.

I have to recommend this to those who love alpha men, facing the future, accepting and receiving deep love, bombs, hostage situations, getting the bad guy and a very satisfying happy ending.  slidesanctuarynew

Forever Promised by Amy Lane

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Series: Promises 04

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Super Novel (350pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (28th June 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Crick has been home from Iraq for five years, Jeff and Collin are finally married, and Shane and Mikhail are quietly making lives better for the dispossessed teenagers who come their way. Everything is right in Deacon’s world, but nothing ever stays the same. 

When Deacon’s best friends, Jon and Amy, answer the call of an opportunity in Washington, DC, Deacon figures that’s life. You love people, and they leave you, and you survive. Even Benny, Crick’s little sister, is close to grown and ready to start her own future. But Benny loves Deacon, and she owes him—she may move beyond The Pulpit and Levee Oaks one day, but not without leaving something of herself behind. And so she offers Deacon and Crick an amazing gift… and a terrifying decision.

Benny’s offer forces Deacon and Crick to dredge up every past mistake and offer of redemption. And not just the two of them—everybody is forced to examine the chances they’ve been given and the promises they’ve made. In a real family, a child is a promise, and to the men and women of Promise Rock, keeping that promise will change their lives forever.

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Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Crick and Deacon have settled together and everything is right in their world. Jeff and Collin are finally marrying. Shane and Mikhail love managing Promise House. Benny and Drew are about to make a big decision in their lives. Kimmy and Lucas receive some devastating news and Jon and Amy are offered a fantastic opportunity.

This is a tearful, happy, and sometimes somber farewell to the guys of The Pulpit and Levee Oaks. As we see them for the final time, we discover what is happening in their lives. This story takes all our favorite characters from Keeping Promise Rock, Making Promises and Living Promises and gives us glimpses into their lives as they deal with the opportunities offered, decisions made, celebrations, and losses. They face everything together and alone, leaning on each other and standing tall, offering support and encouragement as only a family can.

I loved this story. watching everyone come together and be a family of choice touches your heart. I want so much to go into detail, but I want you to discover for yourself the joy, happiness, laughter, fear, anger, loss, devastation, surprise, pure honest to God love and the tears of both happiness and sadness. This book has it all as we visit with the characters as important decisions are made, and we really do visit most of the characters seeing from their perspective what is happening in their lives and it is done beautifully.

We are introduced to some new characters as well from Promise House. One of whom is a close connection to Crick and Benny and one girl who will break your heart. There will be times when you have to clear your eyes of tears, when you try to stifle your laughter and where your heart will swell with love for these characters.

This is a story that must be read, I really can’t recommend this story enough so stop dithering and go and get it. 


Bryce’s Cop by Toni Griffin

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Series: Hot Encounters 02

Author: Toni Griffin

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (150pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (29th June 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2 ½ – 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Question: What’s a vampire to do when he’s arrested by his sexy, straight police detective mate? For Bryce Denahli the answer is simple. Stalk the man.

Question: What’s a vampire to do when he’s arrested by his sexy, straight police detective mate?

For Bryce Denahli the answer is simple. Stalk the man.

Lucas Ford can’t get the vampire out of his head, and after weeks of fighting himself, he tracks the vamp down, causing things to come to a head. Unfortunately, Bryce’s life is put in danger because of Lucas’s actions. Can Lucas reconcile the thoughts and feelings he now has towards a man in time to save the vampire’s life?

Meanwhile bodies are piling up around the city due to rogue vampires who have started to move in.

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Review: Bryce is surprised when he is arrested by his mate, his decidedly straight acting mate .but; he doesn’t let that get to him and decides that he will stalk the man. Lucas can’t get the vampire out of his, especially seeing as he sees him everywhere he goes. He decides to confront the sexy vampire and his actions cause problems for Bryce. Lucas has to get his head around his attraction to the man, before it is too late.

This was an interesting paranormal story, but I found it hard to believe the romance. Lucas was attacked by a rogue vampire and now months later there are more and more deadly rogue vampire attacks. He and his work partner are tasked with finding out where the rogues are coming from and stopping the problem. Bryce is trying to stop a fight in his club when he is arrested. He knows instantly that the cop is his mate and is disappointed that the guy is ignoring him. Lucas has a hard time fighting his attraction to the male vampire and he is confused by his feelings, he isn’t gay. Bryce is happy as he claims his mate, but devastated when he is then rejected. Merrick has to interfere to get the two men together before the worse happens.

I liked the paranormal aspects of this story and was pleased to discover more about the rogues in the city. Bryce and Lucas’ relationship isn’t easy and I like the way that Lucas didn’t fall at Bryce’s feet. Bryce’s stalking was a little creepy and I was disappointed that neither character tried to get to know the other until it was nearly too late. I found it really hard to accept the relationship. Bryce never approached Lucas to try to win him over and Lucas would never have approached Bryce the second time without Merrick’s encouragement. I found it really hard to believe that Bryce just gave up and was willing to die and wouldn’t have even told Lucas it would have caused Lucas’ death as well. It was just wrong. So was Lucas’ abrupt turnaround. he was so deep in denial and then suddenly he was all over Bryce, it just didn’t fit.

I will recommend this to those who love vampires, paranormal, rogues, hot sex, and a happy ending.