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review 2016-12-09 00:00
Lucky 7 Hot Heroes Contemporary Romance Boxed Set
Lucky 7 Hot Heroes Contemporary Romance Boxed Set - Caridad Piñeiro,Sophia Knightly,Tawny Weber,Nina Bruhns,Susan Hatler,Virna DePaul,Kristin Miller
ARC Review: Lucky 7 Hot Heroes Anthology

Lucky 7: Hot Heroes is a great blend of spice, action, laughter and tears that entertains and provides a bit of hidden wisdom on the side. A little wicked behavior, leads to a whole lot of fun in Susan Hatler's Truth or Date. Tawny Weber lends an edgier voice to second chances and broken vows. Sophia Knightly and Virna DePaul supply proof that sometimes love can conquer all. Kristin Miller appeals to the heart with her humour, surprises and heat. Authors, romance and Danger are irresistible mix. With this anthology I scored a major hit.
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review 2015-10-14 02:18
You're in for a treat... review unfinished
Edge of Never: A Unique Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Boxed Set - Caridad Pineiro,Rosemary Edghill,Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Brenda Carre,Ann Gimpel,Pauline Baird Jones,Julia Mills,Susan Scott,Melissa Snark

I was gifted an ARC of "Edge of Never", in exchange for an honest review.

I have yet to read ALL the stories within, but if what I have read so far is an idication of what to expect.... I'm in for a treat. I will update, once I have finished another story within this boxset.

Undead Uprising (A Villalobos Legacy, Part 1: A Wolf Alone) by Caridad Pineiro.... This was my introduction to Caridad's writing & what an introduction! An extremely strong warrior she-wolf, born to be the next alpha, alone with her power, in-love with a human.... I want more of this story & will be keeping an eye out for more.

Lizzie Fair & the Dragon of Heart's Desire by Rosemary Edghill....

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review 2015-07-13 13:32
Just One Night
Just One Night: a New Adult Erotic Romance Novella (Take a Chance) (Volume 1) - Caridad Pineiro

Plot summary:  Nicole and Jase have been secretly crushing on each other for *years.*  Nicole, because she was shy and had some confidence issues.  Jase because she's his best friend's sister (the "bro-code").  They both have to grow a pair because Jase is deploying to Afghanistan.  A bit cliché.  Not bad, but not great either.  Just okay.

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text 2015-05-05 16:03
Romance Novels Set in Mexico
Wild Orchids - Karen Robards
Daughter of Fortune - Carla Kelly
The Book of True Desires - Betina Krahn
Moonlight and Margaritas - Cindy Stark
The Unexpected Honeymoon (Harlequin Romance) - Barbara Wallace
The Fifth Kingdom - Caridad Piñeiro
The Goldsmith's Daughter - Tanya Landman
Hell On Wheels (Southern Series Book 3) - Karen Kelley
All Bottled Up - Christine d'Abo
Breaking Point - Pamela Clare

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I wish you beautiful paper flowers and Marachis to serenade you. 


I gather up a list of Romance Novels set in Mexico to celebrate. 


This list reveals that we have a long way to go in Romanceland in our depictions of Mexico. Drug Cartels and Vactation Resorts reign.  There are a few historicals that tell differnt stories but if you are a writer there are lot of wonderful stories waiting to be told in this setting.  Like everything else. 


None the less, here are fun Romances set in Mexico for your reading pleasure. 


My lists are never in any particular order. 


1. Wild Orchids by Karen Robards (I adore this book.) 


Prim mid-western schoolteacher Lora Harding is in for the summer vacation of her life when darkly handsome American Max Maxwell slides into her rented car in steamy Cancun, Mexico and orders her to “drive” at gunpoint. Max and his men break Americans out of Mexican jails for a living, but his latest job has gone horribly wrong and Max is on the run for his life. Kidnapping Lora, Max takes her on a heart-stopping adventure as he races to rejoin his men and get out of the country before the authorities can catch up to him. Feisty Lora fights him every step of the way, and in the midst of saving each other’s lives the two fall madly in love in this blistering novel of romantic suspense by the “mistress of sizzling sensuality” (Romantic Times).


2. Daughter of Fortune by Carla Kelly


Maria Espinosa should not have survived the 1679 cholera epidemic in Mexico City that killed her parents, already reeling from the loss of their fortune, nor should she have survived an Apache raid on the caravan transporting her to a sister in remote Santa Fe, in the royal colony of New Mexico. Rejected by her sister because she is penniless, Maria struggles to stay alive in a society unaware of impending disaster. A charismatic Tewa Indian named Popé is determined to drive the hated European overlords from the land. Maria’s refuge is no refuge at all. When Mary is taken in by a Spanish ranching family living uneasily among the Pueblo Indians, her beauty and spirit inspire a rivalry between two brothers—one a Spaniard, the other half-Indian. Will she find security and purpose in this harsh land only to lose her heart? In the midst of personal turmoil, Maria discovers a rare talent in this colony of believers. She learns how to carve discarded branches and tree stumps into statues of saints. She also learns the larger lesson: that grace can transform an object of little value into a masterpiece. But trouble lies ahead. Maria can reveal the saint buried in a block of wood. What mysteries lie deep within her own heart?


3. The Book of True Desires by Betina Krahn

Cordelia O'Keefe hoped to convince her wealthy grandfather, Samuel P. Blackburn, to provide the financial backing for her latest expedition, but Blackburn insists that Cordelia first find the "Gift of the Jaguar" for him. So she agrees to track down the three Mayan carvings that are thought to be the key to locating a legendary treasure hidden somewhere in Mexico. It turns out though that Blackburn isn't through with his demands. Not only does he insist on sending his British butler, Hartford Goodnight, on the expedition as his representative, but he also gives Hartford complete control of all travel funds. The last person Cordelia wants trekking with her through the dangerous jungles is a stuffy, sarcastic, and always superior servant like Hartford, but it turns out that the annoying, sexy Hartford is surprisingly resourceful, too. A delightfully sharp-tongued heroine matches wits and wiles with an equally stubborn hero in the latest of Krahn's imaginative late-Victorian historical romances. Laced with a generous dash of humor and expertly spiced with plenty of action and adventure, The Book of True Desires is simply superb. John Charles Copyright © American Library Association


4. Moonlight and Margaritas by Cindy Stark


She wants tonight… 

Elena Porter is off to Cabo San Lucas in search of excitement. Her business is blooming, and she's dumped her controlling ex-husband. An island fling is just what she needs to start living again. 

He wants forever… 

Joe Stephens escaped his stifling corporate lifestyle, preferring to spend his days as a dive instructor. He thinks the sun, senoritas and cervezas will fill the emptiness inside him, but even they fail to inspire the passion he's searching for.  

Will his love send her running for the border? 

Then Elena blows in like a sultry island breeze, and their time together rivals the sizzling Cabo sunsets. By the end of her vacation, Joe realizes he wants more. The only problem is he has fallen for a woman who wants less. If Joe can't earn her trust and prove his love, he will lose her forever.


5. The Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace


A holiday to remember… 


Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss. 


But the honeymoon suite's latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder…she's on a honeymoon for one!  

The chemistry is instant—and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love…in the most unexpected of places?


6. The Fifth Kingdom by Caridad Pineiro


Dr. Deanna Vasquez hasn't spoken to her mother in years, not since the renowned archaeologist abandoned her family in her quest to find the lost tomb of Montezuma. When CIA agent Bill Santana shows up in her classroom with the news that her mother has been abducted by terrorists, Deanna has to help in any way she can.


Bill needs Deanna's expertise to determine the location of her mother's latest find, before her kidnappers do. He fears whatever mysteries the tomb holds could be deadly in the wrong hands. In an effort to make contact with the terrorist cell, Bill accompanies Deanna to Mexico posing as her fiancé—a ruse made doubly dangerous because of the very real heat between them...


7. The Goldsmith's Daughter by Tanya Landman


In the golden city of Tenochtitlan, Emperor Montezuma rules with an iron rod and people live in fear of the gods. Itacate, a girl born under an ill-fated sky, is destined for a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But when her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, she starts to work as his apprentice, a secret she must keep in order to protect the lives of herself and her family. But danger awaits as Spanish strangers invade the city. And when Itacate's work comes to the emperor's attention and she falls in love with a stranger, her life takes an even more perilous turn. Can Itacate change her destiny and survive in this harsh new world?


8. Hell On Wheels by Karen Kelley


Cody Carlisle has a reputation for being a bad ass bounty hunter. She was raised by an alcoholic mother and she has no idea who her father is, so yeah, she had to grow up fast. Her survival depended on it. She doesn’t need anyone, especially a player like Josh Pierce. 

Josh Pierce, ex undercover agent turned bounty hunter. Cody is the only thorn in his side because he’s never wanted a woman as badly as he wants her. Except she won’t have anything to do with him. 

When they grudgingly team up to go after a felon, Josh and Cody find they’re in way over their heads. The Mexican police don’t take kindly to bounty hunters so Josh does the only thing he can do—he lies and tells El Capitan they only want to get married. 

It goes downhill from there…..


9. All Bottled Up by Christine d'Abo


 lesson in seduction that releases lightning in a bottle…


Call center worker Viola White makes a living selling dream vacations. Too bad her own life is a litany of unfilled fantasies. Prime example—the boss she pines for barely knows she exists. Now that she’s won a trip to a Mexican beach resort, though, she vows to shake things up. Instead she winds up alone, empty handed and with a sore toe from the beautiful bottle she’s tripped over.


A bottle that’s purple, gold—and stuffed with over six feet of blue-eyed, black-haired hunk. If anyone could teach her how to seduce her boss, it’s this sexy genie.


Jerod can’t believe his bad luck. Three thousand years of granting frivolous wishes, and now he’s stuck playing matchmaker. A series of sensual lessons later, he finds there’s something different about this shy Viola. Something that tempts him to try to break free of his curse and make a life for himself—with her.


All he has to do is convince Viola that the man of her dreams is a dud. And the right man for the job of loving her is a genie.


10. Breaking Point by Pamela Clare


While investigating border violence in Mexico, journalist Natalie Benoit is taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she needs every ounce of courage she possesses to survive. Chief Deputy US Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty drug cartel. Hearing Natalie's cries spurs his survival instincts. With her help, Zach overpowers their captors and they flee. But past loss and tragedy leave each reluctant to follow their hearts, even as the passion between them reaches breaking point. Now they must fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both...


Do you have good reccomendation for Romances Set in Mexico? Check out my Goodreads list: Romance Novels Set in Mexico

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text 2015-03-12 15:34
Bobcat and Lynx Shifters in Romance (and a Pallas Cat)
Timeless Moon - C.T. Adams,Cathy Clamp
Predator's Refuge (Gemini Island Shifters, Book 3) - Rosanna Leo
Awakening the Beast - Lisa Renee Jones,Olivia Gates,Linda O. Johnston,Barbara J. Hancock,Caridad Piñeiro
Purr For The Alpha (A Paranormal Romance) (Timber Valley Pack Book 2) - Georgette St. Clair
A Kitty in the Lion's Den - Jenika Snow
Bobcat: Tales of the Were (Redstone Clan) - Bianca D'Arc
Sentinels: Lynx Destiny - Doranna Durgin
Tagging Her Lynx - Abby Wood
Bearly Breathing - Lynn Red
Lynx Loving - S. K. Yule

Powerful things come in small packages. I think the small cat shifters are very very cool. I want more! More! I Say! 


Here are some great love stories with the smaller of the wild cat shifters that have made this so!


My list are never in any particular order.


1. Timeless Moon C. T. Adams Bobcat. This series is amazin. 


Josette Monier is a legend among the Sazi. 


One of the most powerful, beautiful, and oldest Sazi in existence, she lives in self-imposed exile.  Her gift of sight is so strong that to be around other living creatures is to be in pain. 


What Josette has experienced lies beyond the scope of the Sazi, for her mate is in love with someone else.  But when her gift of sight reveals trouble for her community, she knows that she has no choice.  She must set aside her personal pain and save her people.  And perhaps save herself and find love again. 


2. Predator's Refuge by Rosanna Leo,  Lynx


A tiger shifter searching for a safe place to hide. A lynx shifter trying to prove herself. Neither expecting the desire that flares between them … nor the danger stalking them. Suspense and passion fill the pages of Predator’s Refuge, Book 3 of Rosanna Leo’s thrilling romance series, Gemini Island Shifters.

Lynx shifter Marci Lennox has worked at the shifter-friendly Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort all her adult life. It’s more a home to her than a job. When her boss goes on vacation, putting her in charge, Marci is thrilled. Finally a chance to prove she has the mettle to run a resort.

Her confidence is shaken when new employee Anton Gaspar appears. One look at the mysterious tiger shifter spells trouble for Marci and for her sex-crazed lynx. Anton is judgmental, condescending, and a little misogynistic. Unfortunately, Marci’s lynx thinks his tiger is more delicious than an oversized bag of Maltesers.

It becomes difficult for Marci to remain neutral near Anton, especially when she learns of his troubling past and unusual family circumstances. However, when dangerous incidents occur on the resort, the lynx woman and tiger man join forces to combat the threat to the lodge and its guests.

Harder still is the quest to combat their explosive feelings for one another. As they explore their mutual passion, they realize the danger at the resort is more insidious than they ever envisioned. Their dreams, their love, and their very lives are at stake.


3. Awakening the Beast by Lisa Renee Jones, Lynx


Enter the darkly seductive world that exists within Nocturne Bites' with tales woven by some of the most spellbinding authors: Lisa Renee Jones, Olivia Gates, Linda O. Johnston, Barbara J. Hancock, Caridad Piñeiro and Lydia Parks. Let them take you on a thrilling ride where you'll catch a glimpse of sensuous, sexy men who share their wildest desires in ways you thought only existed in dreams….

Werewolves, vampires and shape shifters…oh my! Don't be afraid to wake them. They've been waiting for you….


4. Purr For The Alpha by Georgette St. Clair


Cats and dogs don’t traditionally get along, but there’s one pussycat that Alpha shifter Ty Battle wants to set a-purrin’: sexy lynx shifter Karen Padfoot. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible reputation as a player, and she’s scorned all of his advances after one interrupted encounter a year earlier.

When she comes to the Battle compound to plead for the release of her troublemaking father, who stole from the Battle’s warehouse, he’s finally got his chance; she’ll have to work for him as a waitress at his nightclub to pay off her father’s debt. Karen may be hissing and spitting mad, but if Ty has his way, he’ll collar this sexy kitty for good. Unfortunately, someone else wants to cage the feisty feline, and Ty’s the only one who can keep her safe. Will Karen let her barriers down and trust the sexy bachelor with the bad boy reputation before it’s too late?


5. A Kitty in the Lion's Den by Jenika Snow, Pallas Cat 



Maverick Storm is a lion shifter, but he is also a monster. For the better part of nineteen years he was a hitman for some of the most ruthless shifters in the world. He is a cold-blooded killer without remorse. But that isn't him anymore. He is trying to live a normal life, but it seems fate has other plans, especially when his mate is the daughter of his enemy.

Kettah Milokov is a Palla's Cat shifter, and the daughter of the biggest Russian mafia boss in America. Her life is not her own, so she leaves, but can't escape when she runs into her mate, Maverick. He is a heartless killer, and the male nightmares are made of—or so she first believes. Maverick must protect her when she is found, and that means he will have to unleash his lion to keep her safe, and kill his enemy.


6. Bobcat by Bianca D'Arc, Bobcat 


Can Bob Redstone help a shifter woman face the demons that shadowed her youth, or will they both fall while trying to prevent disaster?

On a mission far from home, he finds a sweet vulnerable lady…

Bob is a cougar shifter, one of the elite Redstone Alphas. On a mission for his Clan, he meets a fragile young woman and finds himself drawn to her as he’s never been drawn to a woman before.

A woman with a brutal past…

Serena is a bobcat shifter. Orphaned as a child, she was raised among humans until she was discovered by a Clan of unscrupulous bobcat shifters. Adopted by a shifter couple, she was beaten on a regular basis because she refused to be a mule for their drug trade across the US-Canadian border. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, but when she meets Bob Redstone, she finds him nearly irresistible.

A savage attack…

When their haven comes under siege, they take to the road. Bob has been tasked with keeping her safe, but they’re also on a mission to find a mysterious warrior-shaman who’s gone off the grid. Finding him means returning to Serena’s former territory and possibly confronting those who abused her trust, but they have no other choice.

Can she overcome her past to embrace a future with Bob, or will the evil in her former Clan overpower their fragile, fledgling relationship?


7. Sentinels: Lynx Destiny by Doranna Durgin, Lynx


A lone shifter and a stranger must embrace their deepest fears to defeat a deadly enemy in Doranna Durgin's newest Sentinels romance 


Forced to return to her family cabin deep in the Sacramento Mountains, Regan Adler is determined to keep her visit brief. Voices that drove her mother crazy are now threatening to do the same to her and she can't ignore them. Then she meets Kai…. 


Kai Faulkes is a lone shape-shifter who takes the form of a lynx. He's aware of the danger approaching and must protect his home at all costs. When Regan's soft and sultry voice reaches him, he is thrown into a whole new world of passion and desire. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and Kai and Regan must fight for everything they hold dear.


8. Tagging Her Lynx by Abby Wood, Lynx 


Living in the bush of Alaska, Chloe Barrant wanted to take care of the animals at her wildlife refuge and ignore the times she shifted into a lynx. Even she knew that wasn’t normal. Little did she know that the day she’d turn away the poachers she’d find a male lynx coming to her rescue. What surprised her even more was when the lynx turned into a man claiming her as his life mate.

Granger, alpha of the Lynx clan, would do anything to protect the Lynx. They’d lost too many members to the hunters who preyed on them. Finding his alpha life mate gave him back dreams for the future that he’d given up on long ago.

Chloe didn’t understand how the other Lynx expected her to fill the alpha role within the clan, when around Granger she only wanted to slip into beta role and submit to him. Could she figure it all out in time to save the Lynx?


9. Bearly Breathing by Lynn Red, Lynx


Clea Kellen is the owner of Jamesburg's most popular daycare. And on top of that, she’s a lithe, witty, pointy-eared lynx shifter whose biological clock is tick-tick-ticking away.

She's part-time mama to a gaggle of bouncing shifter babies... but a mate? For Clea? Who has the time! A family? Just a dream. That is, until she catches a glimpse of a golden bear with pale brown eyes, watching her in the distance, and all at once, her stomach gets tied up in the best kind of knot.

Bear-shifting, rogue biker Orion Samuelsson is on the run and nursing more than a little bottled up rage. For years, he’s been haunted by the cruel, brutal leader of his old club, the Dirty Devils. Love? Happiness? All distant fantasies. That is, until he lays eyes on a gold and black lynx-shifter dashing through a river.

On a daycare camping trip, Clea’s whole world – in the form of a giant fir tree – comes crashing down. She dives to cover one of her cubs, sure she’s done for. When she finally opens her eyes, she can’t believe the massive, golden bear standing in only feet away with fire in his eyes and a tree on his back.

As he stares into Clea’s soul, straining under the fallen fir, Orion’s buried desire for a mate, and a family to call his own, burns deep in his heart. Right then, he knows he’s found her. He knows he won’t rest until she’s his, until he possesses her, takes her for his mate... forever.

But, with Orion on the run from his former gang, and Clea’s brain telling her to put on the brakes while her heart is screaming for her to hit the gas, will these two fated mates give in to love... and to each other? 


10. Lynx Loving by S. K. Yule, Lynx


Landon is blown away when he realizes his soon to be sister-in-law, Krista, is the woman of his dreams.

Krista is smitten with Landon from the moment they meet, but is confused by his cold/hot signals and brooding nature.

When the chemistry between them burns out of control during an out-of-town trip, Krista finally realizes the guilt from Landon's past may be an obstacle they cannot breach.

Is Krista the woman who can finally help Landon let go of past haunts? Or will his guilt be the demise of their relationship?


I would love some more! Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Bobcat and Lynx Shifters in Romance.

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