Thursday, July 22, 2021

SIGN, STEAL, DELIVER by Carrie Pulkinen

Series:  Gods of Thunder MC #2
Author:  Carrie Pulkinen
Publisher:  Carrie Pulkinen
Publish Date:   07.22.2021
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Chick Lit
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content.
Grammar/editing:  received as an unedited ARC.
Received from:  Carrie Pulkinen
Goodreads link: Sign, Steal, Deliver
Date completed: 06.28.2021
Description from the publisher:
He may be the god of thieves, but he's not ready for the one who steals his heart.

Calico shifter Kat Gataki has a plan. All she has to do is swipe the key to the underworld so she can get down to Elysium and apologize to her sister for being a royal witch with a capital B.

It should be a piece of cake for a trained cat burglar like herself, but there’s one slight problem. The owner of said key happens to be Hermes…as in…the smoldering hot god from Olympus.

And no one steals from the god of thieves.

That’s what Hermes likes to believe until a trip to Mardi Gras introduces him to the most alluring cat burglar he’s ever seen.

Hermes wastes no time falling head over winged sandals for Kat, but following his heart soon lands him in a mess of trouble that only the Fates could see coming.

Kat has stolen both his key and his heart, and he only has twelve hours to find her. If he fails, they'll both be spending eternity in the underworld.

If you like quirky humor and heroes with heart, you'll love this Greek gods inspired paranormal romantic comedy!
SIGN, STEAL, DELIVER is the second book in the multi-author Gods of Thunder MC series.  Each book in the series has one of the Gods from Mount Olympus finding their true fated mate on Earth.
It’s fun to be reminded that each of the Greek gods are assigned to more than one attribute.  Hermes is not just the Messenger God.  He is also the God of Thieves, the Divine Trickster, The God of Roads, Gods of Flocks, and God of Commerce.  I love when an author does the research to bring great trivia bits into a story, such as Hermes’ caduceus.
When Hermes and the Olympian Gods visit New Orleans, Hermes refuses to act as the Messenger while on vacation.  This is a great opportunity to “meet cute” Kat Gataki.  Having a cat-shifter as a cat burglar is the perfect irony.  Having her steal from the God of Thieves and steal his heart is just icing on the cake.  There is a lot of emotion in why she feels she must steal from him.  I won’t say why – that would be a spoiler – but I will say that I feel for her.  I understand.
I loved this story.  I have fallen in love with all of these gods and goddesses.  This was the first book I read from the series.  Though each book will stand on its own, after reading this one, I’m now greedy enough to want them all!
Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC via Booksprout, my opinions are my own and are given freely.
Gods of Thunder MC Series:
1.      You Can’t Fight Lightning (Lisa Manifold)
2.      Sign, Steal, Deliver (Carrie Pulkinen)
3.      Bad Hera Day (Celia Kyle & Marina Maddix)
4.      Dead Ringer for Love (Julia Mills)
5.      Warrior’s Passion (T.L. Reeve & Michele Ryan) 
6.      Trident True Love (Paisley Tate)
7.      Goodness Gracious, Great God of Fire (Kinsley Adams)
8.      Drunk on Love (Mila Young)
9.      Not His Biker Goddess (Corinne O’Flynn)
10.  Art of the Hunt (Tami Lund)
11.  Hell Hath No Fury (Kerri Keberly)
12.  No Apollo-G Necessary (TL. Reeve & Michele Ryan)
Also from Carrie Pulkinen:
·         Bewitching the Vampire
·         Escorting Jessica
·         Reawakened
·         The Rest of Forever
·         Soul Catchers
·         Sweet Release
Crescent City Ghost Tours series:
1.      Love & Ghosts
2.      Love & Omens
Crescent City Wolf Pack series:
1.      Werewolves Only
2.      Beneath a Blue Moon
3.      Bound by Blood
4.      A Deal with Death  
4.5  A Song to Remember
5.      Shifting Fate (coming soon)
New Orleans Nocturnes Series:
1.      License to Bite  
2.      Shift Happens
3.      Life’s a Witch
3.5 Santa Got Run Over by a Vampire
4.      Finders Reapers  
Shift Creek Series:
Up Shift Creek
1.      Flipping the Bird
Spirit Chasers series:
1.      To Catch a Spirit
2.      To Stop a Shadow
3.      To Free a Phantom


Monday, June 7, 2021


Series:  Duchess’s Investigative Society #2
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publisher:  Helstone Press
Publish Date:   06.07.2021
Category /Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content.
Grammar/editing:  received as an unedited ARC / errors excused.
Received from:  Samantha Holt
Goodreads link: Temptation of a Duke’s Daughter
Date completed: 06.04.2021
Description from the publisher:
Solving a murder is dangerous business. So is falling in love…

Lady Chastity will not stand idly by while her sister is suspected of murder. Since no one wants to help, she’ll take matters into her own hands. The plan? Simple. She’ll disguise herself as a servant and investigate. But when her ruse leads her to the enigmatic Lord Kendall, Chastity soon realizes nothing in her life will ever be simple again…

As much as Valentine would like to ignore the scheming beauty who claims to be a servant, he simply can’t. He needs her. Bringing his footman’s killer to justice would be impossible without her, because the vivacious Chastity can do what he can’t—talk to people and gain their trust. So, he’ll accept the chaos she brings into his life. Accepting her into his heart, however, is another matter entirely…

Fortunately for Chastity and Valentine, intrigue has a way of putting lovers on the path to happily ever after. But first, they’ve got a killer to catch…
TEMPTATION OF A DUKE'S DAUGHTER is the second book in Duchess’s Investigative Society series.  Though each book will stand on its own, I say you don’t want to miss this series.
I don’t know which held me more captive – the suspenseful mystery or the heart-thudding romance.  The sexual tension sparked off the page, and the verbal banter assures a lasting relationship that will be fun, flirty, and steamy for decades.
Lady Chastity isn’t afraid to do some unusual work to investigate this particular case and Lord Kendall has a personal stake in what would normally be beneath his notice.  Together they are wonderful characters. 
This was a delight to read – absolute entertainment as romance and intrigue came together.
Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC via Booksprout, my opinions are my own and are given freely.
The Duchess’s Investigative Society Series:
1.      Secrets of a Duke’s Daughter
2.      Temptations of a Duke’s Daughter
3.      Wagers of a Duke’s Daughter
Also from Samantha Holt:
·         The Angel’s Assassin
·         Buckle Down
·         Christmas Seduction
·         The Crimson Castle
·         Eden’s Fire
·         Heart of a Viking
·         Her Dream Cowboy
·         Her Highland Defender
·         How to Marry a Rake in Ten Days
·         Hunting His Highland Lass
·         Kissed at Midnight
·         Knight’s Captive
·         Love or Loyalty
·         Loving Her Highland Enemy
·         Must Love Lords
·         Not Another Soldier
·         Once Upon a Rake
·         The Rake Who Rescued Me
·         The Sexy Bartender’s Virtual Seduction
·         A Summer Siege
·         Tempting His Mistress  
·         Too Much to Lose
·         Warriors
·         The Warrior’s Reward
·         A Whole New Duke
Bluestocking Brides Series:
Lavinia and the Laird
1.      Amelia and the Viscount
2.      Julia and the Duke
3.      Emma and the Earl
4.      Catherine and the Marquis
5.      Lilith and the Stable Hand
Borderland Legacy:
1.      Borderland Bride
2.      Borderland Beauty
3.      Borderland Betrayal
Cynfell Brothers Series:
1.      Sinful Confessions
2.      Sinful Deeds
3.      Sinful Liaisons
4.      Sinful Cravings
5.      Sinful Possession
6.      Sinful Temptations
7.      Sinful Secrets
Highland Fae Chronicles:
1.      To Steal a Highlander’s Heart
2.      To Dream of a Highlander
3.      To Avenge Her Highland Warrior
The Inheritance Clause Series:
1.      There Are Plenty More Dukes in the Sea
2.      A Rake Never Changes His Spots
3.      Once a Wallflower, Always a Wallflower
4.      All’s Fair in Love and Debauchery
The Kidnap Club Series:
1.      Capturing the Bride
2.      Stealing the Heiress
3.      Taking the Spinster  
The Lords of Scandal Row Series:
1.      The Taming of a Wicked Rogue
2.      The Tempting of a Devilish Lord
3.      The Tantalizing of a Scandalous Rake
One Knight Collection:
1.      One Knight
2.      Black Knight
3.      White Knight
4.      Highland Knight
Regency Fairy Twists:
1.      Wake Me with a Kiss
2.      The Beast Who Loved Me
3.      Dance with Me at Midnight
Rogues of Redmere Series:
1.      You’re the Rogue that I Want
2.      When a Rogue Loves a Woman
3.      Waiting for a Rogue Like You
4.      What’s a Rogue Got to Do with It?
Spinsters Club Series:
1.      Gentlemen Prefer Spinsters
The Wallflower Brides Series:
1.      Married to the Rake
2.      Married to the Lord 
3.      Married to the Earl


Sunday, June 6, 2021


Series:  Prime Time of Life #1
Author:  L.A. Boruff
Publisher:  L.A. Boruff
Publish Date:  04.30.2021
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+
Grammar/editing:  received as an unedited ARC / errors excused.
Received from:  L.A. Boruff
Goodreads link: Borrowed Time
Date completed: 06.05.2021
Description from the publisher:
Rowena Butler never asked to be a time-traveling witch assassin.

Turning forty isn’t as exciting as most people think. There are no fireworks or surprise parties, and I definitely didn’t get hitched overnight. Been there, got the divorce papers to prove it. Nope, none of that.

My welcome to midlife started with being sucked back in time to the 90s.

And that set off a whirlwind.

The one thing my birth mom tried to save me from has caught up with me. I’m the next time-traveling witch assassin.

Don’t get excited, the job comes with a lot of learning curves, mishaps, and having to actually assassinate people. But don’t worry, the people I have to hunt down deserve their karma.

And at least I have a pixie guide through all this. It could be worse. I could still be working retail.
BORROWED TIME is the first book in the Prime Time of Life series.  This series will need to be read in the order of release.
Since I actually lived through the 90s (and earlier) this was a great bit of nostalgia for me.  Back to my Future!!
This is easy to read, but great fun, funny, snarky, and unique set-up.  Excellent characters kept the wonderful plot moving along and kept me intrigued.
A perfect start to a new series.  I’m glad I’m here at the beginning and I’m looking forward to more from Ro and her friends.
Now excuse me while I go contemplate the fact that the 90s is going back nearly 30 years in the past and I was already in my 30s at the time (wahhhhh!).
Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC via Booksprout, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Prime Time of Life Series:

1.      Borrowed Time

2.      Stolen Time

3.      Just in Time

Also from L.A. Boruff:

Academy’s Rise Series:

1.      Hell Fire

2.      Dark Water

3.      Dead Air

Fanged After Forty Series:

1.      Bitten in the Midlife

Lucifer’s War Series:

1.      Devil’s Consort

2.      Devil’s Assassin

Magical Midlife in Mystic Hollow Series:

1.      Karma’s Spell 

2.      Karma’s Shift  

3.      Karma’s Spirit

Shifting into Midlife Series:

1.      Pack Bunco Night

Witching After Forty Series:

1.      A Ghoulish Midlife

1.1 Cookies for Satan

1.2 I’m with Cupid

2.      A Cursed Midlife

2.1 Feeding Them Will Make Them Grow (Anthology)

2.7 A Girlfriend for Mr. Snoozerton

3.      A Haunting Midlife  

4.      An Animated Midlife (coming soon)

5.      A Killer Midlife (coming soon)