Wildfire by Anne Stuart – Review by Layna

Her power-hungry husband takes pleasure in her pain, but she’s done playing the victim.

Three years ago, ex-operative Sophie Jordan made the mistake of falling in love—and marrying—her target. Now she’s paying for it tenfold. Her husband might be one of the sexiest men alive, but he’s also a psychopath. She’s been a virtual prisoner, and the time has come for retribution—and escape.

Undercover agent Malcolm Gunnison has his orders: get intel from Sophie’s arms-dealer husband, then kill him. He plans to get rid of her, too, if she gets in his way, but he’s unprepared when she gets under his skin instead. Whose side is she on? And what is she hiding behind those mesmerizing eyes?

Sophie vowed to never fall for another man again, but this sexy undercover agent is different. With danger mounting, can Malcolm and Sophie trust each other—and their growing passion—enough to get out of this operation alive?

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Passion of a Witch by K.D. Friedrich – Review by Layna

In a few weeks, Summer Leery will be mated. For most witches, it’s a time to celebrate, but Summer isn’t smiling. Her upcoming union is one of convenience, not love, contracted between her family and one of the most powerful families in the coven. As always, Summer’s loyalty remains with her kin and the traditions she’s expected to follow. No matter how much she detests her future husband. With her parents off to secure her nuptials, Summer is eager to enjoy her last moments of freedom.

Kian Lancaster’s relationship with his father is volatile. So finding himself at the bastard’s mercy is the last place Kian wants to be. Unfortunately, he has no choice. His mother is suffering from an unknown illness and needs constant care. Care that costs money. Money Kian doesn’t have. With little options, he lets his father pay his mother’s mounting medical bills, knowing the offer comes with a heavy price. Kian must work for his father’s ruthless company. Looking to forget his bleak future, he plans a nostalgic night of liquor and fun in the local woods. Unaware his destiny lurks in the shadows of towering pine.

Summer is shocked to find a human trespassing on her family’s land. More surprising is that the Goddess to all witches demands Summer welcome the cursed intruder. Summer has no time to waste playing host to a foolish human. No matter how handsome. With her wedding weeks away, Kian’s a temptation she can’t afford to entertain. But when her deity makes a decree to bring the male into the supernatural world… what’s a witch to do?

Kian’s about to find out. For the first time in his life, a woman didn’t fall to her knees to please him. Summer’s apathy shackled his lust and refused to let go. Kian knows he should stay away from Summer, but when it comes to this woman, he can’t get enough.

Their attraction is instant, their desire intense. Two hearts forced together by the will of a Goddess. Is Summer strong enough to resist Kian’s charm? Or will she risk it all to taste the power of love?

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Hilo by Claire Donovan – Review by Layna

Maybe there is something special between Adam and me, but that doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed a happily ever after. Love and romance aren’t always forever.

*** Brooklyn ***

I’m a spirited, athletic community college student from New Jersey, traveling to attend my mother’s Hawaiian wedding to a wealthy land developer. If I meet a hunky man who piques my interest while I’m on the beach or in the pool, I might just take a chance…

You know the rest… when I hook-up with a gorgeous bronze surf instructor any caution remaining in me drops straight to the bottom of the sea…

I’m an eager audience for his sweet words. I’m convinced he adores my show-stopping red hair and my unsinkable style, on both land and water…

His lagoon blue eyes bedazzle me so completely that the word regret loses all meaning for me…

Until later that same night when I discover his father is the man marrying my mother…

And that he’s escorting a tall gorgeous blond in a strapless sheath dress to the rehearsal dinner…

And that he still has enough brass in his balls to hit on me at the wedding reception…!

When I feel his molten arms around my waist, my blood heats up so quickly that I vent steam whiter than his dinner jacket into the blue night…

Just who does my new stepbrother Adam Seabrook think he is?

He even makes it impossible for me to scream at him in frustration. How can I, when our lips are locked together as tight as a chowder clam?

My best solution is to put a wide ocean between us. But my plan isn’t dialing down my summery heat even one degree…

My heart argues: Give Adam a chance. My head answers: No stepbrother deserves a first chance, much less a second…

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Reluctant Mate by Lauren Dane – Review by Layna

“I can’t touch you yet. Once I do, it’s over.”

As daughter of the ruling Pack family, Layla Warden is under pressure to settle down. Find a nice wolf mate from a nice wolf family and have nice wolf babies. Layla has other plans, but when you’re a werewolf, biology trumps plans. And when Layla meets Sid, the sex is so intense, so hot, so consuming, it’s more than just a connection. It’s a mating bond.

Sid Rosario wasn’t expecting to find his mate so soon—some wolves never find theirs. Now that he’s found Layla, he’s never letting her go. But lust and desire alone aren’t enough to secure their bond. If they want this incredible happiness to last, there’s one more thing they’ll have to do…

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