Cat's Books: Romance

This is a companion blog on the Romance genre to my theme and troupe list making madness. North American Wordcat: Romance Reader Reviewer, Romance List Maker.Twitter @Catsbookrom, Cat's Books Romance Novel Theme Park catsbooks.net Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cats-Books-Romance/

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars Book 1) A.L. Jackson Free!

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars Book 1) - A.L. Jackson

Sunder lead singer Sebastian Stone is no stranger to trouble.

It follows him wherever he goes.

From his track record, he should have known Shea Bentley would be a problem. But the soft, innocent Southern girl was all he could see. All he wanted to see. Now they’re both drowning in a sea of desire, sinking hopelessly into a world of lust, and their passion refuses to let them up for air.

No matter how much he wants that to be enough…Shea has an inescapable past. One she would do anything to keep running from.

But some secrets never die.

If her history is dragged from the depths, it could tear his world apart. He has to decide if she’s worth fighting the tide or if they should just sink like a stone in the sea.

Skypirate by Justine Davis $1.99 So good

Skypirate (The Coalition Rebellion Novels Book 2) - Justine Davis

A legendary warrior and a slave with dangerous secrets.
Bound by a love neither expected or wanted.

A need for revenge.
Hunted by the Coalition and haunted by his past, Dax Silverbrake is determined that those who conquered his planet, almost completely destroying the Triotian people, will not enslave his young ward. But to rescue her, he must also rescue a woman who wears the notorious Coalition slave collar--a woman whose secrets could destroy what is left of his soul.

An unforgivable past.
Once an integral part of the Coalition command structure, collared slave Califa Claxton hides secrets that could mean her death by rebels and the Coalition alike. Her biggest fear is that the one act of courage which left her collared may never be enough to erase the past or give her a future.

One chance, two souls who need redemption.
An unexpected and white-hot passion might change everything--if they can put the past behind them and risk everything for the rebellion.

Neanderthal Seeks Human By Penny Reid Free! Great Book!

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City) (Volume 1) by Reid, Penny (2013) Paperback - Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty $1.99

Highlander Untamed - Monica McCarty

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance–to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald–a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn’t have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control, and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior.

Blessed with incomparable beauty, Isabel MacDonald is prepared to use every means possible–including seduction–to uncover her husband’s most guarded secrets. Instead Rory awakens Isabel’s deepest desires and her sweetest fantasies. Now Isabel has found the happiness she’s always dreamed of with the very man she must betray, and discovers that passion can be far more dangerous than revenge.

The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath by $1,99

The Duke and the Lady in Red - Lorraine Heath

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

 

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

 

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

Their Alpha Kings by by Theodora Taylor 99 cents

Their Alpha Kings: 5 Crazy Hot Shifter Novels!!! HER VIKING WOLF, WOLF AND PUNISHMENT, WOLF AND PREJUDICE, WOLF AND SOUL, HER VIKING WOLVES - Theodora Taylor


HER VIKING WOLF
When Chloe Adams was four her shiftless shifter parents abandoned her on the side of the road. But now she’s a DIY domestic goddess, and engaged to the hottest alpha in Colorado–-that is until a sexy, time-traveling Viking werewolf shows up to claim her as his fated mate....Wait, what?!?!

WOLF AND PUNISHMENT
Two shifters from opposite sides of the tracks. Two hot nights neither of them can forget.... The truth is, Mag Lonewolf has no business going after a girl like Janelle. But their attraction is undeniable, and he can't stay away...even after they go down in a blaze of lies and regrets. Three years later he storms back into her life, determined to punish the she-wolf who got away for her crimes against his heart. But can he finally put out their flame without getting burnt again?

WOLF AND PREJUDICE
When Rafe Nightwolf’s fiancée, Chloe Adams, disappears under mysterious circumstances, princess-turned-professor, Alisha Ataneq, refuses to let sleeping wolves lie. But what Alisha doesn’t know is Rafe Nightwolf wants her, has wanted her badly for a very long time. And now that his engagement is off and Alisha is finally within reach, Rafe’s wolf won’t let anything or anyone get in his way. Even Alisha.

WOLF AND SOUL
Tu Ataneq and Grady Wulfkonig are the last two shifters on the face of this earth who would ever get together. They're complete opposites--him an uptight former sheriff and her a former party girl. Plus, they have history--ugly history that Tu doubts she'll ever be able overcome. But then she and Grady get stuck together during a blizzard, and the question becomes, can they ride out these storms--the one outside and the ones raging inside their souls?

HER VIKING WOLVES
Tiara Greenwolf, the princess of Detroit, runs away from home, only to have two crazy-hot, time-travelling Viking shifters show up in the small town where she's hiding out. These shifter bros both want her to be their mate, and they are not taking no for an answer. What they want from her is dirty, and completely wrong. So then why is she having such a hard time resisting them?

His Flower Queen By Lena Hart Free!

His Flower Queen - Lena Hart

Lies can be toxic…
Gabe is a shrewd businessman to one of Las Vegas’ upscale resort and casinos. What he wants, he naturally takes—and he wants Nina. Held in a bitter divorce, Gabe finds it difficult to put his trust in anyone. Until Nina. But there’s one person keeping him from having her—his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Gullible and trusting, Regina “Nina” Conners can’t get enough of Gabriel Alexander. He’s smart, sexy and lights a fire in her she never knew she had. Flown out to start her position as the new publicist for a very important client, Nina soon discovers that her fiery relationship with Gabe is ensnared in nothing but secrets and lies…

Caught in a web of jealousy and obsession, Gabe must do whatever it takes to restore Nina’s faith in him or risk losing the woman he’s determined to have.

Neverwylde (The Rim of the World, #1) by Linda Mooney Review

Neverwylde (The Rim of the World) (Volume 1) - Linda Mooney

wo species, bitter enemies, are determined to destroy each other, until they realize they need one another to survive a major catastrophe.

As they race through a nebulous space anomaly in the midst of battle, the Terrans and Seneecians are blown through a wormhole to crash land on an uncharted world. A half world. A world containing the remains of a long-dead civilization.

Lt. Kelen Chambliss knows she has no reason to trust the furred, humanoid creatures, but she and her crew members cannot survive without their help, and the Seneecians cannot survive without theirs. Neither can she ignore the fearsome-looking one called Kyber, with his wicked talons and piercing green eyes.

As they slowly come to realize there is no escape or forthcoming rescue from the barren planet, Kelen learns there is much about the enemy she never knew. Including the fact that Kyber's formidable appearance hides a strong, brave, and caring heart.

 

Review

 

What is here in this book is very good. It is a really interesting world with an enemies to lovers theme.

 

The love comes a little fast and easy but its a high stress survival situation. I like the details of the planet, the hero and heroine are wonderful, and the breakdown of milterary command and how much what mattered before doesn't matter at all now is great.

 

But then the book ends with the group in peril. It is kinda a happy for now but not one I can trust.

 

I was annoyed. I hate serials which this feels like.

Perfect Chemistry (Kinky Chronicles Book 1) Jodi Redford Free!

Perfect Chemistry - Jodi Redford

Leo Martinez and Devlin Hawke—the hottest geeks on the planet. And Sidney Chase’s biggest weakness. Giving in to her secret fantasies about her sex-on-a-stick bosses? Out of the question. Until the night she’s accidentally exposed to the supercharged aphrodisiac in their lab...

Despite their mutual craving for Sidney, Leo and Devlin consider her off limits. The last thing they’d wanted was to scare off their best PA by overwhelming her with their kinky tendencies. Witnessing the arousing effects of their aphrodisiac elixir on Sidney changes everything. Not only is she the answer they’ve been looking for in regards to fine-tuning their formula, she’s the perfect woman for them. And with a little help from one helluva sinful science experiment, they’ll prove that love is far more potent than anything manufactured in a bottle.

Warning: This red hot office romance contains 3 parts sizzling m/f/m menage, 2 parts sexy and sweet geeks, one part wicked bondage and sex toys, and a whole lot of combustible chemistry. Safety glasses required.

Chasm Kindle by Viola Grace Review

Chasm - Viola Grace

Razi has been digging into the past of the Alliance for years, but now she has found the Oefric origin world she has a problem. The world is disintegrating at an alarming rate so if they are going to find the origin of this species, they have to work quickly. Ailan and Eckhar are her assigned assistants and despite their being unfamiliar with dig sites, they have one other trait that irritates her, they claim that she is their own. A fall and interference from a determined AI change her attitudes toward her new mates in a way she cannot deny

 

 

Review

 

This short stories is great for those who have been reading the series as it reveals the origin of one of the species. We also get a poly mating and a  AI. Good stuff.  

Raw Heat by Charlotte Stein Review

Raw Heat - Charlotte Stein

Serena has spent her entire life in the underground, hiding with the rest of humanity from the werewolf plague above. Then she begins taking care of Connor—a werewolf the humans have captured to experiment on, in the hopes of uncovering a cure—and finds her entire belief system shaken.Connor isn’t a vicious animal, hell-bent on the destruction of the human race. He’s kind, thoughtful, and above all—absolutely delicious. The feelings he’s starting to inspire are sending Serena out of control…lewd, filthy, glorious feelings, which could cost her job as a nurse. Not to mention her life.Lust and love between a wolf and a human are strictly forbidden. But for Connor, Serena may be willing to break all the rules…

 

 

 

Review

 

Well, that was dark. This is a grim world where pretty much everyone is awful.

 

The hero and the heroine are shining lights in the world and the heroine's struggle to overcome what she has been taught is compelling.

 

I longed for Connor's point of view as we are so locked into the heroine's and it would have made the world richer (as he knows more than she does).

 

Sexy, emotionial quick read.

The Beauty Bride By Claire Delacroix Free!

The Beauty (The Bride Quest II) by Claire Delacroix (2012-03-30) - Claire Delacroix

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love...The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale...especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her. She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’s past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent
— and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

Fair Game by Josh Lanyon 99 cents!

Fair Game - Josh Lanyon

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

 

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game...

Last Chance Rebel By Maisey Yates 99 cents

Last Chance Rebel - Maisey Yates

The man who ruined Rebecca Bear's life just strolled back into it with one heck of an offer. Years ago, Gage West's recklessness left Rebecca scarred inside and out. Now he wants to make amends by gifting her the building that houses her souvenir store. Rebecca won't take Gage's charity, but she's willing to make a deal with the sexy, reclusive cowboy. Yet keeping her enemy close is growing dangerously appealing… 

 

He's the wild West brother, the bad seed of Copper Ridge. That's why Gage needs the absolution Rebecca offers. He just didn't expect to need her. After years of regretting his past, he knows where his future lies—with this strong, irresistible woman who could make a black sheep come home to stay…

Mastered By Her Mates by Grace Goodwin

Mastered by Her Mates (Interstellar Bride Series Book 6) - Grace Goodwin

Amanda Bryant has been a spy for five long years, but when aliens suddenly appear claiming a deadly enemy threatens Earth's very survival, Amanda is asked by her superiors to accept the most dangerous mission of her life...volunteer to be an alien's bride, to share the strange warrior's bed and then betray him.


Accepting the assignment, Amanda is processed as the first Interstellar Bride and transported halfway across the galaxy to her new mate's battleship where she awakens to discover she has been matched to not just one huge Prillon warrior, but two.


Shocked by her craving for the touch of two dominant alpha males, Amanda attempts to hide her body's immediate reaction to Commander Grigg and his second, Rav. Resistance is futile as her new mates expect to control every aspect of her life, and her pleasure, and neither will hesitate to deliver a thorough and embarrassing spanking should she disobey their sensual commands, or resist a complex and deeply arousing series of medical exams designed to ensure her sexual readiness for their claiming.


Seduced and cherished by two alpha alien warriors who hide nothing from her, Amanda quickly comes to realize that the threat to Earth is very real. When she witnesses a battle with the enemy and the resulting death of a highly respected warrior, she knows she must tell her mates the truth and hope they can forgive her for her duplicity before it's too late.


Loyalties will be tested as Amanda fights the most important battle of her life. How can she protect the warriors she has grown to love and save the people of Earth from making a terrible mistake? Will her human contacts believe her when, with every touch, every look, they will see just how thoroughly she has been mastered by her mates?

 

Review

 

Don't get me wrong. This book is smoking hot. So, if you are looking for that. Click away.

 

The insta mate is hard to take for me and the lack of relationship building.  

 

The world building is interesting but the evil lame humans back home are wearing as is the lack of information sharing on the part of the aliens. 

 

So, not great for me. 

The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan $1.99

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

From the Publisher

The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese women born and raised in China before 1949 and their four American-born daughters. This mother-daughter story achieves more than just a glimpse into Chinese culture and heritage. It is an outline of a number of challenges for women, including social rules, expectations, marriage, food dishes, clothing choices, and raising children. It continues to sell in the education market for courses in literature, writing, women's and cultural studies. I'd recommend it as a way to celebrate women as mothers and daughters as well as survivors.
 

From the Inside Flap

This widely acclaimed bestseller spans two countries and two generations, following a group of Chinese women who meet to play mah jong, invest money and tell the secret stories of their lives. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.
 

From the Back Cover

In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and 'say' stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.