Review: Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #9
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 320 
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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She wasn’t ready to lead...

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love...

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger...and to each other.

Review: Falling Sweetly by Aidan Willows

Author: Aidan Willows
Series: Starling Falls #2
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Pages: 271
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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My life has been odd lately.
I’ve been looking for love.
I’m not sure what it’s supposed to look like, but I’ve been looking for it.
Date after date with awful losers has not left me with much hope.
Also, Jacob Jameson, the man I’ve had a stupid crush on, asked me to help him with his restaurant.
I foolishly said yes.
Let the months of awkwardness commence.

The girl I like keeps avoiding me.
My restaurant has been sabotaged.
The reputation that I’ve worked so hard to achieve is in ruins.
So overall, my life is not great right now.
I’m pretty sure Annika Abbott, object of my affections, is the key to reviving my business.
I’m done patiently waiting for her to come around to the idea of us being together.
Now I just have to figure out how to make her fall for me…

Annika Abbott is socially awkward, shy, kind and looking for love. She’s not embarrassed to admit it. She is, however, rather embarrassed by the freak show parade her latest set of dates have been. Annika has often been told she’s too nice for her own good, which is probably how she’s ended up agreeing to work on Jacob’s restaurant with him, after stealthily avoiding her (supposedly) unrequited crush for months.

Jacob Jameson is pretty sure he’s met the girl of his dreams. The only problem is she keeps evading him. Casual stalking seemed to help his brother land his fiancĂ©, however, Jacob is a busy guy and stalking is a hard thing to work into a daily schedule. It’s a good thing he’s efficient. Killing two birds with one stone seems like a solid plan; get Annika to help him create a winning menu at his restaurant and persuade her to give him a chance.

Now, if only he knew how to go about winning the woman’s affections.
Authors Note: 18+ For mature readers only. Book contains graphic language, scenes of a very sexual nature, an extremely passionate but clueless chef, a self-conscious but gifted heroine, an intrusive but loving family, an insane, musical loving best friend, a c*ck-blocking cat and a goldfish who's a really good listener… 

Review: Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: Men at Work #1
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 224
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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Trick…or wicked treat! 

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the "available men" department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

Review: School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Author: Tamsen Parker
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Intermix
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 231
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 3 Stars
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Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he’s eighteen and a senior, he’s still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.

Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn’t forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he’s ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He’ll soon have her begging to be held after class.

As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure...

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Review: Legal Wolf's Mate by Eve Langlais

Author: Eve Langlais
Series: Fabian Garoux #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 113
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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Part of the "Growl" anthology (Also available as a single October 4, 2016!)

In Legal Wolf's Mate, taking on a pro bono murder case isn't a problem for a lawyer who enjoys a challenge. Discovering that his new client is his mate? A tad more complicated. Gavin has no intention of settling down, especially not with a woman accused of murder, but once he sets eyes on Megan, his fate is sealed.

Review: Stud For Hire by Sabrina York

Author: Sabrina York
Series: Stripped Down #1
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Intermix (Berkley)
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 227
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true...

When her sister plans a wild bachelorette weekend at the Double S Ranch, Hanna Stevens is pretty sure she’ll just grin and bear it while the other women get their fill of hot cowboy strippers. After all, Hanna has never met a man who made her really want.

Zack, Hanna’s future husband, offered to marry her and save her family’s ranch from financial ruin, and while she accepted, it was never what you’d call a passionate affair. But when she locks eyes with Logan, Hanna is suddenly overwhelmed by the feeling she’s always craved and never experienced: Pure. Animal. Desire...

Review: Marauder Ramses by Aya Morningstar

Author: Aya Morningstar
Series: Mating Wars #4
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Purchase
Pages: 180
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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An alien warrior breaks all the rules to protect his human mate.

Ramses Ivanov never thought he’d find his mate, but when this alien warrior meets his new partner--a human cop on Earth--everything changes. He can’t resist her soft, sweet voice; or her almond-brown eyes and killer curves. Dating your partner is strictly forbidden, but when it comes to his mate, all rules are meant to be broken.

Elise never really wanted to be a cop, and she certainly never wanted an insufferable, frustrating asshole like Ramses as her partner. The sexy, pink-skinned alien swaggers onto Earth like he owns the whole planet, and he looks at Elise with a cocky grin, like he owns her.

When a terrorist attack exposes Elise to a mysterious gas, the supercomputer that runs Earth tries to kill her. Ramses knows of only one place that he can keep her safe--a planet no one is supposed to land on...Atlantis. He’d go to hell and back to protect Elise, and it turns out that Atlantis is the closest thing there is to hell. Ramses and Elise will have to become much more than partners if they want to survive this ice-cold abyss--freeze to death, or find warmth in each other.
Marauder Ramses is the fourth book in the Mating Wars series, it features steamy sex, thrilling battles, and plenty of romance. All books in this rock-hard science fiction series can be read as standalones, there are no cliffhangers, and happily ever afters are guaranteed!