Tuesday, September 17, 2019

FLAME by Chelle Bliss

Title:  FLAME

Series:  Men of Inked:  Heatwave #1

Author:  Chelle Bliss

Publisher:  Bliss Ink LLC

Publish Date:   09.17.2019

Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  received as an unedited ARC

Received from:  Chelle Bliss

Tour by:  Bare Naked Promotions

Goodreads link: Flame

Date completed: 08.29.2019

Description from the publisher:

Could you love a man surrounded by danger?

Gigi Gallo’s childhood was filled with the roar of a motorcycle and the hum of a tattoo gun.  Fresh out of college, she’s about to start working at her family’s tattoo studio — Inked.  But when she shows up the first day, she never expects to run into someone tall, dark, and totally sexy from her not-so-innocent past.

Pike Moore is a bossy biker with a cocky attitude and an even bigger ego.  He came to Inked to start over.  New town.  New job.  New roots.  None of that included coming face-to-face with the hot chick who spent a week in his bed before she vanished without a trace.

But when Pike’s dark family history catches up with him, can he stop Gigi from being caught in the crossfire?

**City & Suzy's Daughter**


FLAME is the first book in the Men of Inked: Heatwave series.  Each will be a stand-alone suspense romance featuring the next generation of Gallos.  First up is Gigi, City and Suzy’s daughter.  She is a perfect little mix of those two – with his mouth and her heart.

I loved that not only did we have the family relationship, but we also returned to Tiny and the Reapers MC.  Life is full-circle here folks!

There is no mistaking the flaming hot chemistry between Gigi and Pike from the minute their eyes meet.  Even when they are denying it, it’s there.  This is love – pure and simple – the kind that will take a bullet if needed.

Personally, I loved the name for the villain – or am I the only one to pick up on that?  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that DiSantis (the top creep in the book) has been named for our not-so-beloved, slimy, Florida governor (DeSantis).

Never a disappointment in a Gallo book – never has been.  Never will be.  May Chelle Bliss never run out of ideas or family inspiration.

Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Men of Inked: Heatwave Series:

1.      Flame

2.      Burn (coming 12.10.2019)

Also from Chelle Bliss:

·         Enshrine

·         Mend

·         Misadventures of a City Girl

·         Owned

·         Top, Bottom, Switch

ALFA Private Investigations Series:

1.      Sinful Intent

2.      Unlawful Desire

3.      Wicked Impulse

4.      Guilty Sin

Filthy Politics Series:

1.      Dirty Work

2.      Dirty Secret

3.      Dirty Defiance

Love at Last Series:

1.      Untangle Me

2.      Kayden:  The Past

Men of Inked series:

1.    Throttle Me

1.5  Throttled

2.    Hook Me

2.2  Resisting

2.3  Rebound (Night Shift Anthology)

3.    Resist Me

4.    Uncover Me

5.    Without Me

6.    Honor Me

7.    Worship Me

Men of Inked:  Southside Series:

1.      Maneuver  

2.      Flow

3.      Hook

4.      Hustle

5.      Love

Nailed Down series (with Eden Butler):

1.      Nailed Down

2.      Tied Down

3.      Kneel Down

4.      Stripped Down

Takeover Duet:

1.         Acquisition

2.         Merger

Thank you 
for hosting this tour.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A COLD DARK PLACE by Toni Anderson


Series:  Cold Justice #1

Author:  Toni Anderson

Narrator:  Eric G. Dove

Length:  9 hours 54 minutes

Audible Release Date:  12.19.2014

Publisher:  Toni Anderson

Publish Date:   03.25.2014

Category /Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Listenability:  OK  or  NSFW

Received from:  Toni Anderson (as an gifted copy)

Goodreads link: A Cold Dark Place

Date completed: 09.13.2019

Description from the publisher:

Justice isn’t always black or white.  Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system.  Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it.  He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago.  Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law.  She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice.  Is it?

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her.  As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love.  But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.


A COLD DARK PLACE is the first book in the Cold Justice series.  Reading the book blurbs, I believe each will stand on their own and can be read in any order.

Both Mallory and Alex have been scarred by life in big ways.  Finding each other seems to be the first step in finally healing the wounds. 

I loved all of the emotions that the story seemed to pull out of me from fear to laughter and ending with tears.  There was even a gasp (no, not him!) moment.  It had a great balance of mystery, intrigue, hope, fear, romance (even though both don’t date), charm, and steam with a bit of mean-girl drama for fun.

This was the first book I read from Toni Anderson and she has definitely gained a fan.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves the NCIS, Criminal Minds type of TV shows.

4/5 Narration:  Eric G. Dove’s voice is smooth and easy to listen to as your driving or working.  Unfortunately, it’s also easy to let him go into the background if I’m not careful.  While every sentence seems to be read with the proper care, there doesn’t seem to be enough theater to keep me in tune.  Since I know he reads the rest of the series, I have to assume he improves.  I’m looking forward to hearing more.

Note:  While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via Author’s Direct, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Cold Justice Series:

1.      A Cold Dark Place

2.      Cold Pursuit

3.      Cold Light of Day

4.      Cold Fear

5.      Cold in the Shadows

6.      Cold Hearted

7.      Cold Secrets

8.      Cold Malice

9.      A Cold Dark Promise

10.  Cold Blooded

Also from Toni Anderson:

·         Edge of Survival

·         The Killing Game

Barkley Sound series:

1.      Dangerous Waters

2.      Dark Waters

Cold Justice - Crossfire series:

1.      Cold & Deadly

2.      Colder Than Sin

East Coast of Scotland series:

1.      Sea of Suspicion

2.      Storm Warning

Her series:

1.      Her Sanctuary

2.      Her Last Chance

3.      Her Risk to Take


Friday, September 13, 2019

BIG BEAR by Scarlett Grove

Title:  BIG BEAR

Series:  Rescue Bears #3

Author:  Scarlett Grove

Publisher:  Scarlett Grove

Publish Date:   03.30.2016

Category /Genre:  Paranormal Suspense Romance

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

Received from:  Amazon purchase

Goodreads link: BIG BEAR

Date completed: 07.18.2019

Description from the publisher:

The exciting new series from PNR author Scarlett Grove continues!
Quick match ... 

Big, burly woodworker Angus Grant is an ex-Navy SEAL and second in command on the Rescue Bears crew. He’s eager to settle down, so when he finally gets a perfect match on the shifter-human dating site started by one of the crew, he can’t wait to contact her.

Nerdy, introverted bookkeeper Poppy Robins would like to find a man, but when she signs up on the dating site, she doesn’t expect to get an almost-instant text from a bear shifter saying she’s his mate. Still, she’s ready for a change -- and since she just discovered she might be working for the mob, getting out of town sounds like a good idea.

Slow burn ... 

Poppy calls in sick, packs up her pet parrot Malcolm, and heads for Fate Mountain. She quickly learns that Angus is sweet, sexy, and romantic. Falling for him is easy -- but how can she share her job worries when she’s not even sure what’s going on?

Angus knows curvy, bespectacled Poppy belongs with him. But he's reluctant to go too far with a human woman who might not be willing to commit.

Hot trouble 

When Poppy disappears on his alpha Levi’s wedding day, Angus has to do the impossible. Can he track his mate and rescue her from whatever trouble she’s in, make it back for the wedding … and still find time to practice his best-man speech?


BIG BEAR is the third book in the Rescue Bears series.  Each will stand alone, but even better if you read them all and in the order of release.

I love a man who loves what he does.  Angus loves working with wood and he has become a master artisan.  Now, he wants a special lady to share his life. 

I love these stories using the app that Cory has developed to match his friends with their perfect mate.  The adventures and the suspense are perfectly suited for each couple, but also the other couples are woven to each story, making it a community.

I absolutely loved Poppy and her bird.  Angus is big, built, sweet, and sexy – totally sigh-worthy.

I’ll be back soon with Brew Bear!

Rescue Bears Series:

1.      Chief Bear

2.      Wild Bear

3.      Big Bear

4.      Brew Bear

5.      Ski Bear

6.      Geek Bear

Also from Scarlett Grove

·         The Alpha’s Curse

·         Alpha Fated:  Called by the Alpha

·         Beauty and the Bad Bearlionaire

·         Cowboy Bear’s Christmas Surprise

·         Education of a Fae

·         Lion’s Halloween Baby

·         Mate for the Feral Barbarians

Bear Patrol Series:

1.      Commander Bear

2.      Detective Bear

3.      Cadet Bear

4.      Tech Bear

5.      Deputy Bear

Bear Wardens Series:

1.      Bear Witness

2.      Bearly Believing

Billionaire Make-Maker Series:

1.      Dragon’s Fake Bride

Braving Darkness Series:

1.      Marked by the Alpha Wolf (released in three books)

2.      Touched by the Dragon Lord (released in three books)

3.      Desired by the Archangel (released in two books)

Brides of Draxos Series:

1.      The White Queen

2.      Space Dragon

Dark Sun Series:

1.      The Event

2.      Alpha Dragon’s Virgin Bride

Draconians Series:

1.      Alien Commander’s Bride

2.      Alien Warrior’s Mate

3.      Alien Fighter’s Woman

4.      Alien General’s Wife

5.      Alien Architect’s Bride

Dragon Guardians Series:

1.      Kian:  House of Flames

2.      Dax:  House of Flames

3.      Aiden:  House of Flames

4.      Cato:  House of Flames

5.      Storm Harem:  House of Storms

6.      Hanish:  House of Storms

7.      Raiden:  House of Storms

8.      Zephyr:  House of Storms

Dragon Princes of Endor Series:

1.      Taken

2.      Changed

3.      Choices

Elemental Dragons Series:

1.      Fire Dragon’s Baby

2.      Air Dragon’s Baby

3.      Water Dragon’s Baby

4.      Earth Dragon’s Baby

Fate Valley Mystery series:

1.      Hero Bear

2.      Holiday Bear

3.      Celebration Bear

4.      Candy Bear

5.      Baker Bear

MacKenna Family Series:

1.      This Mess We’re In

Midnight Sun Shifters Series:

1.      Bear His Love

2.      Bear His Baby

Mystic Harbor Series:

1.      Unbearably Stranded

2.      Her Two Alphas

3.      Cat Scratch Fever

4.      His Lion Blood

Spirit Moon series:

1.      Howl

2.      Crave

3.      Claimed

Timber Bear Ranch Series:

1.      Boss Bear

2.      Saw Bear

3.      Mountain Bear

4.      Mechanic Bear

West Coast Witches Series:

1.      Warrior, Witch, and Raven