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review 2016-11-09 21:01
Book Review of Falling Star (Combustible Book 2) by Brandy L Rivers
Falling Star (Combustible Book 2) - Brandy L. Rivers,Kathy Lapeyre

One day of hell changed her forever.
Ella Cross wanted to bury her on-screen persona even before her abduction. Being in the spotlight grew worse after the ordeal. She left Raven Star behind to find herself again.
A fresh start.
No ties to her past.
In a small town where only her oldest friend knows who she was, she believes her secrets are safe. But secrets never stay hidden forever. Sooner or later the past always resurfaces.
Then she meets him.
Trent Ward can’t resist his new neighbor. Ella is familiar, but he can’t place why. He knows she’s running from something. As much as he wants to protect her, he wants to unravel her mystery.
Between his demons and her past, Trent may not have the strength to explore the growing connection to Ella.
Will he save her from her worst nightmare?


Review 4*


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.


This is the second book in the Combustible contemporary romance series. I loved it!


Ella Cross is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is a well known actress and goes by the stage name Raven Star. Even before being kidnapped and escaping her captor, she had become tired of the media circus. She grabs the opportunity to get out from under the spotlight and moves to a small town where her best friend from childhood (Mila from the previous book), lives. She was not expecting romance, but when she meets Trent Ward, her new neighbour, the chemistry between them is undeniable.


Trent Ward is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He is a loving, caring man. It doesn't hurt that he's a fireman either. When he meets Ella he's intrigued with his mysterious new neighbour and is attracted to her. However, he also has his own family problems. But, when danger threatens Ella, his protective instincts are triggered. But can he protect his heart?


Having previously read paranormal romances written by this author, I was eager to read this contemporary romance series. I started to read this book and quickly became hooked. The story is told through the eyes of both Ella and Trent, which allowed me to see what they were both thinking and feeling. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion from beginning to end. I am a sucker for contemporary romances with sexy firemen, so meeting Trent's friends and colleagues was a thrill too. Trent's nephew, Blaze, is also a wonderful character and has had to grow up too quickly due to his mother's drug addiction. This made me sad.


This story felt a little predictable as it followed the traditional romantic theme, but there's a lot of heat between the main protagonists which made up for it. The characters themselves felt lifelike and likable. I love flawed characters, as they come alive on the page. This story has several flawed characters, which kept things interesting. I love the way the story unfolded, and some topics (such as Trent's sister's drug addiction) was handled sympathetically. The danger that Ella faces from her kidnapper/stalker lends a bit of suspense to the tale, but I didn't feel that the threat was as immediate as it should have been. Other readers may have a different opinion. However, having said that, I certainly wouldn't have guessed at who the culprit was, as there were several twists and red herrings.


I reached the end of the book (which doesn't end in a cliffhanger) and was left with a happy, satisfied feeling. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Sweet Tooth, as soon as possible.


Brandy L. Rivers has written an entertaining contemporary romance series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow is wonderful. Her characters are lifelike and likable. With her ability to write in both the paranormal and contemporary romance genres, she is one of my go to authors when I'm in the mood for a sexy read.


Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, as well as use of bad language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic contemporary romances full of sexy firemen and determined women. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-06-07 10:30
Release Day Review: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2) by Katie Ruggle


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review 2016-05-14 02:23
Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2) by Katie Ruggle
Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

Ian Walsh is used to riding the line between the good guys and the bad and he’s be in love with Rory Sorenson since they were kids in fact he would do anything for her, die for her, kill for her, defend her to his last breath which he just may have to do in this exhilarating romantic suspense.


Everyone knows that if you need a less-than-legal firearm, Rory is the go-to girl and she’s managed to keep the peace between dangerous factions by remaining strictly neutral until she defends herself against a brutal attack and the readers can’t help but become glued to the story as danger and romance heat up the pages. The chemistry between Rory and Ian is definitely enough to heat up the pages on its own but this relationship has a few obstacles that not only captures readers by the heart but enthralls readers with the intricate dance that Ian has to waltz to get close to Rory and overcome her social awkwardness. The characters are strong, compelling and easily related to, while the plot is fast paced and flows smoothly from beginning to end with lots of suspense and romance.


The relationship itself is worthy of some anticipation filled tension which keeps draws readers in but when the excitement and suspense is added the story really gets things going as the dangers escalates and the things began to unravel for both of the main characters causing them to have depend on each other because the headless body that was found in book one is causing more than enough mayhem as everyone becomes caught in a deadly web of deception.


Rory is quite the character, she provides a refreshingly different personality to the story that guaranteed I wanted to know how things worked out for her as well wanting to get to know her and as for Ian…the opposing sides of his life added spice and just made him sexier.



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text 2015-05-27 15:52
Bid: Bachelor Auctions in Romance
One Night with Her Bachelor - Kat Latham
Uncommon Passion - Anne Calhoun
A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE (Harlequin comics) - Justine Davis,MAYU KASUMI
The Fireman Who Loved Me: A Bachelor Firemen Novel - Jennifer Bernard
Father of the Brood - Elizabeth Bevarly
SEAL Wolf Hunting (Heart of the Wolf) - Terry Spear
Feeding the Fire (The Rosewood Series Book 2) - Andrea Laurence
Courting Callie (Heart of the West) - Lynn Erickson
Goal: A Mate (Bachelor Auction Book 2) - Selena Illyria
Ace Is Wild - Penny McCall

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just bid on your future love? Easy peasey dating? Well, in Romanceland you can! 


The theme of the Bachelor Auction is a popular way to meet or remeet a hero. 


Enjoy these wonderful romances with this theme! My lists are never in any particular order. 


1. One Night with Her Bachelor by Kat Latham


Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales. 

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to. 

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back. 

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?


2. Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun


After leaving a restrictive religious community, Rachel Hill is on a mission to divest herself of her virginity. Newly independent and struggling to establish herself, she’s not looking for anything complicated. She bids on sexy SWAT officer Ben Harris at a bachelor auction, confident he’ll give her the night of her life and nothing more.

But Ben is jaded and detached, living his life in an endless cycle of danger-fueled adrenaline jags, drinking, and sex. When he misses the fact that his bachelor auction hookup is a virgin, he’s shocked by his obliviousness, and by the risk she took. To make amends, Ben offers Rachel all he can: a no-strings-attached sexual education.

Ben’s lessons introduce Rachel to down and dirty passion, but she’s searching for something more profound than sex, and she’s willing to walk away to find it. Ben can’t get Rachel out of his head, but will he come to terms with his troubled past and learn to love?


3. A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE by Justine Davis


Layla Laraway has a smooth-as-silk voice, but when most men meet her in person, they disregard her due to her full figure. Layla's gotten used to the idea that no man will ever fall in love with her, and she's got her work with Alzheimer's patients and her charity work to keep her busy. When she’s accidentally thrown onto the auction block at a charity event, Ethan Winslow bids on her when no one else does. Can Layla get past her insecurities and see that she’s found a good man, or will the love in her heart go to waste?


4. The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard


Set in a California firehouse where all the fire fighters are gorgeous and single, The Fireman Who Loved Me follows the romantic exploits of Captain Brody of Station 52 who inadvertently becomes the prize at a charity “bachelor auction” and is won by a sweet, meddling old lady who turns him over to her husbandless, local TV news producer granddaughter.


5. Father Of The Brood  by Elizabeth Bevarly



Maybe you can't buy love, but in Annie Malone's case, it wasn't for lack of trying! And though the housemother of twelve bids on Ike Guthrie for the sake of her "children," one look at his healthy physique and penetrating blue eyes had Annie realizing that spending the weekend alone with him might not be a sacrifice.



Ike Guthrie didn't know how he got involved in this bachelor auction, but one thing was for sure: though his "buyer" might be unexpectedly sexy, her kids were more than he had bargained for.


6. SEAL Wolf Hunting by Terry Spear


Paul Cunningham has eluded many traps in his long career as a Navy SEAL, but there's no way out of this one. On a rare visit home, he gets "volunteered" for a local charity bachelor auction, and the community is counting on him. Then he discovers that the sexy she-wolf with the winning ticket is Lori Greypaw-the one woman he could never resist. And she has plans for Paul that go way beyond a simple date. For the first time in his bachelor life, this alpha wolf SEAL is going to have to prove his worth...


7. Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence


Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.


8. Courting Callie by Lynn Erickson


Widower Mase LeBow figures Callie Thorne's remote equine therapy ranch is the best place to protect his son. So he's determined to charm her after she "buys" him for a date at the Lost Springs Bachelor Auction. But her insistence on helping his withdrawn boy gets past his defenses…and that can't happen. Falling in love with Callie when he's the star witness in a murder trial would be a huge mistake.


9. Goal: A Mate by Selena Illyria


When you meet your true mate, you’ve got to take the shot... 

Werewolf Pack Princess Kelly is overwhelmed with her new business, trouble with the rival cat shifters, and trying to ignore the attraction to her best friend’s younger brother. By bidding on Brandon in the Bachelor Auction, she thought she was just doing him a favor, saving him from the craziness. But now that she’s won him, her wolf wants to mark him as her mate, and she’s starting to lose control. So when he whisks her away for his birthday weekend, how can she say no? Every kiss distracts her. Each caress sets her on fire. And every whiff of his scent makes her wolf want to take him where he stands. 

As a former hockey player and werewolf, Brandon knows all about being pulled in different directions. And he knows exactly what he’s asking for when he pursues a relationship with the already overwhelmed Kelly. She may be five years older than he is, and the daughter of his pack’s Alpha, and his sister’s best friend and business partner, but none of that matters. There’s only one person he wants to spend his birthday with, and he’s not going to let her refuse. And when Brandon has his eye on the goal, there’s nothing that can stop him... 


10. Ace Is Wild by Penny McCall


When beautiful clairvoyant Vivienne Foster starts having visions of the murder of hotshot U.S. Attorney Daniel 'Ac' Pierce, she ca't just sit back and do nothing. Which is how she winds up at a charity bachelor auction where h's the top attraction, hoping a loaded .38 will make him see the light. Pierce assumes that the woman holding him at gunpoint is crazy. But when she later saves his life, even a skeptic like Daniel has to take notice not that he could ever ignore a beauty like her.


Did I miss your favorite bachelor up for auction? Let me know!


Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Bid: Bachelor Auctions in Romance 

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review 2015-03-15 09:00
Review: How to Tame a Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard


How to Tame a Wild Fireman

Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #4
Jennifer Bernard

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: September 24, 2013
Number of pages: 389

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN     Kobo     ARe


The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel have a rebel among them, and there's only one woman who can put his flames out.

Firefighter Patrick "Psycho" Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she's focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen...until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they'll never forget.

Books just like this one are the main reason I signed up for The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge. I read and reviewed the first 3 books and the novella that started the series and then got sidetracked and this series has been one that has been neglected on my TBR pile. 

I honestly don't remember Patrick "Psycho" from previous books, but he shines exceedingly well in this book. When he gets drunk, while off duty, and decides that the firehouse really, truly needs a hot tub/pool in the backyard and "borrows" the equipment to start digging it, Captain Brody sends Patrick back to his hometown of Loveless, Nevada to help with a wildfire that is threatening the area. There he finds that Lara, a childhood friend helping out, treating burns and blisters.

This book actually started 10 years in the past, with Patrick, his younger brother Liam and Liam's best friend Lara going to get their first tattoos in their hometown of Loveless. Tragedy strikes and lives are forever changed. A family is broken apart, Patrick leaves Princeton behind to become a firefighter, while Lara heads off to medical school to become a family practitioner.

There was some great moments in this book, funny as well as poignant ones. Patrick and Lara had some really great dialogue back and forth and their chemistry wasn't just in the bedroom.  I looked back at my previous reviews and had noted the theme of forgiveness running through the series. That theme is very strong in this book as well. Patrick and Lara both have to learn to forgive themselves for events in the past, especially if they want to have a future together. I remember why I liked this series and gave this book 4 stars.

Source: www.musingsandramblings.net/2015/03/review-how-to-tame-wild-fireman-by.html
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