The Krinar Informant by Charmaine Pauls

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Zavir is a guardian. He’s the best the Krinar has. His assigned vocation is to uncover the Resistance movements popping up around the earth, and eliminate them. New information about a fast-growing Resistance camp sends him to Costa Rica, home of the largest Krinar Centre. His informant is a human girl. She wants to make a deal–her traitorous family’s lives in exchange for information–but Zavir doesn’t make deals, and he takes no prisoners. When the time comes to wipe out the secret organization, his pretty, innocent little mole will learn the truth. She made a deal with the devil, and the price is something far more tantalizing than information.

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I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second Krinar novel I have read by Charmaine Pauls. I am so grateful to have received an ARC because I loved this book just as much as I did the first one.

Zivar feels a little darker and more removed from humankind than his alien kin we have met in earlier novels. He and Liv don’t exactly engage in purposeful BDSM play, but he is definitely dominant and expects Liv to be submissive to him. He also firmly believes in punishments when she breaks his rules.

Liv is a fierce heroine who I enjoyed getting to know and would love to read more about in the future. She is kind, brave, loving and protective of her loved ones. This is one couple I would love to read more about one day.

This book definitely belongs in the romance section, but there is also enough science fiction and intrigue to draw in readers from other genres. I would definitely recommend this book to others who don’t mind a little kink with their love story!

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Two Daddies for Olivia (Cloudcroft Ranch #4)

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The moment he sets eyes on Olivia Baldwin, small-town doctor Dan Garcia knows what she needs. Though the desperate, hungry girl was just caught in the act of stealing Lincoln Sullivan’s car, Dan convinces his friend not to get the law involved. Instead, he brings Olivia home with him, promising to help her get back on her feet but also warning the beautiful young woman that any further delinquent behaviour will earn her a thorough spanking on her bare bottom.

Over the coming weeks, Dan is joined in his efforts to guide and correct Olivia by the town sheriff, ex-Marine Gage Collier. While it makes her blush to be bathed and cared for like a little girl and scolded and spanked when she has been naughty, Olivia delights in their intimate attention, and before long Dan and Gage have taken on the role of her firm but loving daddies.

After a job is found for her at Cloudcroft, a nearby ranch which doubles as a kink-themed resort, Olivia’s eyes are opened to the world of dominance and submission, and she soon discovers just how pleasurable it can be to surrender her body completely to her daddies. But when Dan and Gage learn the truth about Olivia’s past, will it change how they feel about their little girl?

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This is the fourth book in the Cloudcroft Ranch series.

Many of the characters we have met so far make appearances in this book, including all the lead couples at some point. I like when the hero and heroine interact with other characters. It creates more of a community feel, where you can step into the universe these characters inhabit. In particular, there is a lot of Linc scenes, which made this lady happy considering he was my favourite Dom.

We first meet Dr. Dan Garcia in Cloudcroft Ranch Book 1 and he makes quite the first impression as a super kinky guy. Take this quote from Breaking Bella, for example.

Neither man smiled as they discussed bowel prep formulas, enema bags, and anal lubricants as though she wasn’t in the room. Her brain grasped for a legal out that would protect the future of her trust and the sanctity of her bottom. Loc 713.

I began reading Two Daddies for Olivia with the expectation that there were be medical play, possibly enema or other anal play, and lots of general kinkiness. The story was surprisingly tame though. There is dominance and dd/lg play between Dan and Olivia, and between Gage and Olivia. There are spanking scenes as well, but nothing outrageous or unexpected.

I enjoyed the premise behind this story more than the actual book itself.

Gage and Dan do not receive equal attention from the author, so I ended up feeling like Gage was a loose string to be tied up, or a third wheel on a date. With the way it played out, I wish his character had been saved for a future book he could star in as he is very interesting and a Dom sheriff is just HOT!

Dan seems decidedly disinterested in ADBL interactions during the first part of the book. He is a dom and is taking care of Olivia both as a service to society, and because he likes to help others. That is why he became a small town doctor after all! If the author had showed his evolution more clearly, or had the Dan admit to himself that his needs and wants were changing in response to Olivia’s presence in his home, I would have been accepting of this apparently sudden change.

Overall, the book was a little boring to me. As I mentioned, the heat level is much lower than I anticipated so that could have been part of the reason. If I had approached the story differently, or if this had been the first Cloudcroft book I read, my reaction to it could have been more positive.

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Dark Sentinel (Dark #28)

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In an explosive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a human woman ignites the desire of her Carpathian lifemate–and of an ancient vampire with a score to settle.

After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.

Andor Katona’s existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.

In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars. . .

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Dark Sentinel is the 28th book in the Dark / Carpathian series written by Christine Feehan. It continues the current arc that is set in the United States.

Lorraine is a kick-butt female lead who doesn’t mess around. She is extraordinarily brave, steady and willing to risk herself to protect others. She is a martial arts expert and readily accepts vampires and Carpathians when Andor tells her this crazy new reality she finds herself in will be permanent.

Andor’s story helps bring many Carpathians around and creates a community feeling to this story. Sometimes these books take place in isolation with the hero and heroine interacting with few secondary characters. In this story, the reader has the opportunity to re-visit many of the recent primary and background characters from recent books, as well as meet more of the monks from the monastery.

Dark Sentinel is a solid book, with well-thought out plots and a nice romance, but it just didn’t do much for me. I will preface the remainder of my blog by pointing out that the Dark series has become hit or miss for me in a big way. I feel that it has been dragging on for too long and that the author should focus on some of her fresher series, but obviously there are plenty of other readers who vehemently disagree with that opinion!

This book served more to whet my appetite for the next one, which seems to be clearly set up between two characters that show up in the background of this story, although that hasn’t yet been confirmed by the author. I hope that those two do show up soon though, and maybe the author will even add a bit of kink into the plot… anything to change it up!

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Breaking in Bella (Cloudcroft Ranch #1)

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After Bella Mikelson wrecks her car while driving drunk, the spoiled twenty-two-year-old faces a difficult choice. If she wants to stay out of jail and keep her trust fund, she must accept a plea bargain which will require her to spend a year working on a Wyoming ranch under the strict supervision of Jackson Sullivan and his brother Lincoln, two tough, handsome cowboys who will not hesitate to provide the stern discipline she has been missing.

Seeing no other way out of her predicament, Bella agrees to the terms, but it is only a matter of moments before her defiant attitude earns her a painful, humiliating spanking that leaves her cheeks blushing and her bare bottom burning.

As she grows accustomed to life on the ranch, however, Jackson’s firm-handed dominance sets her once-hidden passion on fire, and soon she is yearning for him to claim her properly. But is she just a project for him, or is he ready to be the master she has desperately needed for so long?

Publisher’s Note: Breaking in Bella is the first book of the Cloudcroft Ranch series. It is a stand-alone erotic romance novel which includes spankings, sexual scenes including a threesome, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Breaking in Bella was a very interesting read. This book was not at all what I expected, but I still enjoyed it very much. I actually sped through all four books in this series in three days and will absolutely read more if the author writes them!

Bella is a difficult main character to identify with and like. She is spoiled, unskilled, whiny and constantly lands herself in situations far beyond her depth. The author had a tough job to make the reader fall in love with Bella, and I don’t quite think she managed, at least for me. That being said, Bella’s history shaped who she is and this is explained to the reader, and she makes huge strides to better herself throughout the course of the story.

The hero, Jack, is super sexy and so are the others, who happily have books of their own 🙂

The book is billed as a MMf romance but it is NOT. Although there are some menage scenes, the relationship is strictly between Bella and Jack.

There are plenty of sexy spanking scenes and emotional outbursts in Breaking in Bella, but few other instances of BDSM. I was dubious when I stumbled upon this book because of the title, but I was very relieved to find that the dominant characters always treat their submissives – and all women – with respect. The term “breaking” in this case wasn’t used in a sinister manner.

I love western romances. Maybe its because I am a country girl at heart, but something about the mountains and cowboy country just gets me every time.

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Strong Hold (Redemption #5)

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Fight promoter Zack Grayson is on the prowl for a rising star. As the top recruiter of a prestigious MMA promotion company, he wants to take someone where he was never able to go: the top of the professional league. He didn’t expect that someone to be the woman he loved…and left.

Top-ranked MMA amateur fighter Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tyler built walls around her heart when Zack left her seven years ago–and again when her husband turned violent. Now, seeing Zack is nearly enough to send those walls crumbling. But she can’t risk the exposure of the limelight, and she definitely can’t risk another heartbreak.

As Shayla and Zack grow closer, though, business turns personal. And once their passion unleashes, there’s no going back…

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This book had a somewhat different perspective than the others in the series because the heroine is a fighter. The hero is as well, but the previous female leads did not start off in the cage. Beyond that point, the books follow the same general format that all the rest of them have.

I read this book in two sittings although it did not have the same draw as the first in the series did.

There is less cage-fighting in this book than in the past, as least so far as I recall, with more of the story focused on the emotional connection between Shayla and Zack.

Strong Hold is a second chance romance and will likely be followed by the sixth book in the Redemption series in a year or so.

Although there is nothing that I can point to and say this is why I didn’t like the book, it just didn’t draw me in or stick with me. Not one I would read again or that I find memorable.

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All The Breaking Waves (Kerry Lonsdale)

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From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.

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I discovered this book through the recommendations that Goodreads makes on its homepage. Something about the cover intrigued me and I am so glad I decided to click on it and read the description.

I loved it! This book has the perfect blend of mystery & intrigue, romance, paranormal, and familial love. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan, only it is more comprehensive and less focused on a romantic relationship.

For those audio lovers reading this, I fell in love with the narrator (Dara Rosenberg) and would definitely listen to other books she records. Her voice is melodic and she does a great job of performing the different characters. I especially loved her “Nana” voice!

I felt that the plot in All the Breaking Waves is rather predictable but that didn’t bother me at all. I just enjoyed listening to the story unwrap, often lingering in my car a few extra minutes to hear more. In this way, it reminded me a lot of The Alice Network.

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Linus & The Angel (The Wolf’s Mate #2)

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He thinks he’ll be alone forever:
Linus Mayfield has a lot of good things in his life: fourth ranked in the Tressel wolf pack, nice house, decent job, and plenty of friends. What he doesn’t have is what he longs for most – a true mate. His first foray into marriage was a disaster and he’s certain he’ll never be free to love again.

She’ll prove him wrong:
Karly is an Angel, a supernaturally perfect mate for one special werewolf. She’s spent the last 15 months looking for her mate, only to nearly die before she ever meets him. One icy winter night changes both of their lives forever.

When their past interferes with their future, will all be lost in the darkness, or will he find his perfect angel in time? This book contains plenty of claws and fangs, possessive werewolves willing to move heaven and earth for their mates, red hot werewolf sex, a sweet wolf with a heart of gold and an angel made just for him.

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I had mixed feelings to the first book in this series, but decided to give #2 a try anyway. It was not one of my favourites; I couldn’t relate to the lead characters at all.

I appreciate that the author was attempting to write a male werewolf who wasn’t a complete Alpha, but I thought he was completely wimpy. Not my cup of tea at all.

In addition, the heroine Karly is his supernatural soulmate, designed perfectly for him by the Gods. She is the descendent of a werewolf and an angel and will conceive female angels and male alpha wolves with her true mate, Linus.

The soul mate storyline doesn’t bother me, but Karly seemed like a weird Stepford wife. She had no personal aspirations other than to take care of her mate and raise babies. She doesn’t care where they live or what her mate decides for their future, as long as they remain together. I don’t mind Mf relationships in my books (in fact I prefer it), but this went well into the realm of creepy in my opinion.

This is not a book that I would read again or one that I enjoyed. However, keep in mind that you may have a completely different opinion, especially if you are tired of alpha male heroes.

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