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Review – HANDCUFFED BY HER HERO by Angel Payne

Handcuffed by Her Hero (The W.I.L.D. Boys Of Special Forces, #2)


By Angel Payne


Publication date: July 2013

Publisher: Angel Payne Writes

edition language: English

Series: The WILD Boys Of Special Forces #2

ISBN-10: 0988870150

ISBN-13: 978-0988870154

Genre: Erotic

Source: This book was received by the publisher for an honest review


Between a rock and a hard place.
To Sergeant Zeke Hayes, the expression has always been a non-factor. There’s never been a situation he can’t blast, punch, negotiate or smart-ass his way out of, which makes him the perfect fit for his Special Forces battalion–and a natural-born Dominant who’s made a lot of submissives happy from Mt. Rainier to Vancouver.

That all changes when Rayna Chestain enters his world.

A rock.
From the moment Z snatches Rayna from the lair of a South Asian slave trafficker, his inner grizzly roars to life with protective intensity. This is a huge damn problem, because Z isn’t wired to be a one-woman man. Growing up an orphan on the streets of Seattle has taught him that beyond a few hours in a dungeon, trust means disappointment and love leads to agony. But here he is, in the remote wilderness escape he’d promised not to share with anyone, harboring Rayna from a fiend who now wants his pound of revenge flesh from her–in the form of her beating heart. Zeke will stop at nothing to keep Rayna safe, even asking his SFG brothers to join him in the fight to hold his fortress secure.

A hard place.
Sheltering Rayna? Z’s never done anything more right in his life. But wanting her? Dreaming of her body beneath him, bound and surrendering to his domination? It’s the most forbidden fruit he can crave…and the only thing he can’t stop thinking about.

A new beginning?
This is a dead-end canyon that no rifle, bomb or sweet talk will let Zeke escape from. The only way out is to confront the reality of what Rayna has done to him…the mountain she’s moved in his intractable heart.


Zeke is so flawed.  He’s convinced he can’t be the man Rayna needs.  When their friendship takes a turn from the platonic, he makes it clear to Rayna he’s not the kind of guy to make a life with.  But who’s he really trying to convince?

Rayne will take what she can get initially but soon realizes she’s too in love with Z to just be friends or friends with benefits.  She also finds her submissive side really enjoys the right man taking charge.  While they’re trying to figure out their relationship, the brother of the devil who kidnapped Rayna and Sage West is still scheming to get her back to sell her as a sex slave.

Hot, sexy, kinky, romantic and thrilling – this book is everything you expect from Payne!

Rating: 4.0

Heat Index: HOT: Detailed Sex Scenes

Reviewed by: ReadWarrior



Review – SAVED BY HIS SUBMISSIVE by Angel Payne


By Angel Payne

Published March 1st 2013 (first published February 25th 2013)

Edition language: English

Series: The WILD Boys Of Special Forces #1

File Size: 3072 KB

Print Length: 222 pages

Publisher: Angel Payne Writes, LLC (January 15, 2014)


Source: This book was received by the publisher for an honest review


Garrett Hawkins is the most valuable asset to his Special Forces unit—because frankly, the guy doesn’t care if he lives or dies anymore. Since the love of his life, Sage Weston, was kidnapped and killed with her medical unit a year ago, Garrett has turned the shell of his soul into the impenetrable armor of a finely-tuned fighting machine. Being the first tapped for the unit’s craziest missions is just fine by him. The less time for memories, and the agony they carve into his soul, the better.

It’s a plan that works—until one night, deep in the jungles of Thailand, Garrett’s world is upended when memories become stunning reality. The unit is called to rescue a group of kidnapped aid workers, only the head count on the retrieval is unexpectedly doubled. Sage and her teammates, believed dead, are very much alive. Only now that Sage is back in his arms, Garrett doesn’t know what to do. He has changed in dramatic and daunting ways, especially in the darker tastes of his passion. If he touches Sage again, he’ll want to claim her, restrain her…dominate her.

Is Sage’s love strong enough to let Garrett back in not only as her fiancé, but her Dominant? Can she trust that visiting the new shadows of his life will lead her to ecstasy and not ruin? Or can it be that Garrett’s discipline is exactly what her own soul needs to find its way back to life—and love—once again?


A year after the Army declared Sage dead, Garrett still hasn’t moved on.  He’s doing his job, still tough as nails but can’t stop mourning the love of his life.  Sage has spent a year avoiding kidnappers only to be captured and prepped for sale as a sex slave.  Garrett and his team have no idea who they’re being sent in to rescue and he cannot believe it’s Sage and she’s alive.

What ensues is a very realist period of readjustment.  Garrett fears asserting his dominate side because of what Sage was put through.  Sage must find herself and fit back into her old life.

Their external strife isn’t over though and Sage is again nabbed by the same human traffickers.  The action is tense, the love is deep and the sex is hot!  This book is more than a romance, more than kink and more than a thriller, making it a great read!

Payne has again written a book any reader will enjoy!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: HOT: Detailed Sex Scenes

Reviewed by: ReadWarrior


Review – THE CHRISTMAS GAME by Alyssa Linn Palmer

18759172The Christmas Game (Le Chat Rouge .5)

by Alyssa Linn Palmer 

Published December 3rd 2013

Publisher: Alyssa Linn Palmer

ISBN13 – 9780992006563

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Series Le Chat Rouge .5


Alone in London on business just before Christmas, Marc Perron meets an intriguing young woman working at a bookshop. A light flirtation seems to lead nowhere, but the night before he returns to Paris, she knocks on his hotel room door.

Madelaine’s taking a risk, but no one’s ever looked at her the way Marc does, and she’s not about to pass up a chance to get to know him better. When he suggests a game of wagers, she can’t resist challenging him. And herself.

Their matchup is a fiery one and each wager tops the last, the sexual heat between them crackling. Neither want to lose the game, but Madelaine fears she might be losing her heart as well.

Part of the Le Chat Rouge series. (Can be read as a stand-alone.)


Marc Perron struggles with personal relationships, especially the difficult situation with his beloved Sera.  He has no such conflicts with his sexual encounters.  He’s a gifted lover and truly appreciates the woman he is with.  THE CHRISTMAS STORY perfectly sums up his character.  While pining away hoping for contact from Sera, Marc doesn’t hesitate to flirt with Madelaine.  Their brief encounter at the book store she works in is sexy and so loaded with promise that Madelaine can’t resist following up on it.  When she personally delivers his purchase, she isn’t convinced she’s doing the right thing.  Her doubt is short-lived once Marc answers the door.  What follows is a very hot, sexy, fun evening.  What woman wouldn’t enjoy a night with this man? But it’s not just sex.  Marc is smart, well-educated and shows genuine interest in her desires for the future and the inner workings of her mind. It’s no wonder that Madelaine finds herself falling for him quickly.

Palmer is a very good writer.  If you haven’t read the series you’ll enjoy this story without the background.  If you enjoy THE CHRISTMAS GAME, you will find the series grittier with much more complex story development and even more intriguing.

This story was received from the publisher for an honest review.

Rating:  4.5

Heat RatingHot: Detailed sex scenes.

Reviewed By: ReadWarrior

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



Angel Payne

Published November 10th 2013 (first published October 10th 2013)

Publisher: Angel Payne Writes, LLC

ISBN 9780988870

Series The WILD Boys Of Special Forces #3

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

DESCRIPTION from Goodreads

IT’S HERE! Book Three in Angel Payne’s hot, sexy series is the story of Ethan Archer and Ava Chestain, set against the glamorous world of Hollywood’s jet set.

Corporal Ethan Archer has just earned his sergeant’s stripes, and the guys on his Special Forces team decide that a trip to the fun and sun of LA is a perfect way to celebrate. Ethan has other motives for agreeing to the vacation. He can’t forget a magical hour in a North Cascades forest last winter, shared with an indigo-eyed goddess named Ava Chestain, who now calls LA her home.

Ava is a stylist for Bella Lanza, star of the hit nighttime drama “Dress Blues.” When Ethan and his buddies finagle a visit to the set, his reunion with Ava melts the months away—but their time is cut short by Bella, who’s determined to rekindle her own naughty past with Ethan. His efforts to push Bella off are thwarted when the unit is called to secretly cut their vacation short in the name of assisting the CIA on a terrorist plot to destroy the West Coast. Part of the plan? Someone has to get closer to Bella, and Ethan’s the logical choice.

Though Ethan risks his career by telling Ava about the plot, her trust is an impossible gift to earn. Her passion is a different story. As his willing submissive, Ava gives him the fire his body craves and the surrender his soul needs. She’s a dream come true, until the cuffs come off and the sun comes up.

When a terrifying turn of events escalates the terrorists’ plan into reality, Ethan must make decisions that will either kill or save them all. Can Ava trust him enough to stand by him with everything she is…including what could be her last breath?


SURRENDERING TO HER SERGEANT was an enjoyable thrill ride with action, romance and a just the right amount of kinky sex.  I start novels with a military hero or theme with a lot of skepticism because many writers don’t get the details right.  It proved unnecessary with this book.  Payne accurately described the personalities, everyday details and the rank influence on social interactions.  While well done, the military aspect is not the major focus of the book.  Anyone who likes a good action novel, mystery and/or romance will find the story interesting and well-written.  The characters are likeable, engaging and very human.  The action is believable and intense. The love story is touching, realistic, heart-warming and VERY HOT.  With just the right amount of conflict between the two main characters, the story builds tension without overdoing the relationship angst.  The climatic action scene, was shocking but could have used just a bit more detail.  This said, it was still a very good scene.  I look forward to catching up on the first two books in the series.



REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Review – THE PIECES WE KEEP by Kristina McMorris

The Pieces We Keep


By Kristina McMorris

Paperback, 464 pages

Expected publication: November 26th 2013

Publisher: Kensington

ISBN 0758281161

ISBN13: 9780758281166

Genre: Romantic suspense

Source: Received for an honest review


Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.

As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound—and perhaps, at last, to heal.


Kristina McMorris has taken two very interesting storylines and combined them into a great book.  She manages to intertwine the true-to-life story of Nazi spies on U.S. soil with the also real phenomenon of children who have unexplained memories and abilities.  There are many tense situations in this book as McMorris masterfully creates plenty of suspense.  The reader can no better detect Izaak’s true allegiances than can Vivian.  Up to the last pages it’s not clear if Izaak is sincere or not, if Vivian’s love is misplaced and merely a means to his ends or whether he loves her too.  The same is true of Jack and Audra’s story.  What is going on with Jack?  Can anyone figure it out?  Can Audra accept the truth?  Audra and Jack’s association with Sean Malloy is a welcome interlude in their life but is it all it appears to be?

McMorris obviously spends a lot of time researching her books and ensuring they are historically accurate.  Much like those of James Michener, McMorris’s story is rich with interesting fictional characters and situations so the book never becomes a dry tome of days gone by. The historical perspective also lends a heightened air of credibility.  I loved the story while learning a lot.


HEAT RATING:  Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Accidents Make the Heart Grow FonderACCIDENTS MAKE THE HEART GROW FONDER

By Tara Mills

Published May 24, 2013

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

ISBN13 – 9781612177816

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review


Sabrina Eckhart is losing it. Oasis, the restaurant she manages is getting battered by a trendy newcomer, and with everyone looking to her for ideas, you could say she’s under a little pressure. But wait, that’s not all. Her evil landlady has given her until the end of the month to vacate her crummy apartment. And her thirtieth birthday is looming, reminding her of the milestones she’s missed No wonder she’s distracted and driving off the rails…down the sidewalk, and nearly running over the man with amazing glutes.

Jackson Murphy is an avid jogger, and the local television station’s scrumptious news director–if he can keep the job. Unfortunately, he has one year to resuscitate their wheezing news department or the owners are going to pull the plug. His hands are already full even without Sabrina dropping into them. The last thing he needs is to be involved with a publicity stunt.

The road to love is bumpy. It’ll take all of Cupid’s arrows, and a lot of interference from friends, for these two to win the Dating Game.


ACCIDENTS MAKE THE HEART GROW FONDER was a pleasant way to spend several hours with a light diversion.  Mills weaves a cute story of worst case scenarios between Sabrina and Jackson. Sabrina is well written as she could easily turn into a caricature but never does.  The dark cloud that follows her whenever Jackson is anyway near borders on the unbelievable but never crosses into the ridiculous.  Instead, the forces that keep drawing them together prove to have a purpose and that these two should, no must, be together.  Sabrina spoke to me.  She is moderately successful, independent and yet she’s not some polished, self-confident perfect person.  Much like I suspect most women in similar situations, she has let life proceed with little conscious thought or effort on her part to direct her achievements.  She works hard, keeps her life minimally together but never quite finds herself or her happiness.  For some inexplicable reason, being with Jackson gives her the courage to change and be more assertive but not in any way that makes it his accomplishment and not hers. Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t push her, tell her what to do or otherwise try to dictate her life that she is able to grow.  Jackson, well who wouldn’t like Jackson?  He’s sexy, accomplished and nice.  I genuinely liked all the major characters and cheered Sabrina and Jackson on in their life pursuits and romance.


HEAT RATING:  Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Review – SONGS EIGHT SIX by Lisabeth Posthuma


Lisabeth Posthuma

Paperback, 511 pages

Published September 8th 2013

Publisher: Jasper Light Books, LLC

ISBN13:  9780989805902

Edition Language: English

Genre: YA

Source: This book was a personal purchase by the reviewer.


 What if a world beyond all you’ve ever imagined really existed?

And what if choosing it only cost you everything you’ve ever loved?

Cosette Miller had all she ever wanted—Westley Greene. But when the love of her life is caught up in the riptide of a hometown tragedy, Cosette finds herself mourning the loss of the “normal” she’s always clung to and begins to ask what she’s never had to wonder before: What more could there be to life than Westley?

Cosette’s journey for an answer leads her to Micah, a familiar stranger who shows her a world beyond her own where she discovers the super behind all that is natural, and a life of meaning and purpose that she’s never allowed herself to dream of. Once Cosette’s eyes have been opened – she can’t force them shut again.

To know is to face a choice, and no matter her decision—there will be a price to pay.

Due to some mild language and adult situations, the author personally recommends this book for ages 15 and older.


I thoroughly enjoyed SONGS EIGHT SIX.  I’m not the target audience and seldom read teen-oriented fiction but this book came highly recommended.  Posthuma spends a bit more time than I expected developing the characters and setting the scene and I often wondered where the story was going.  Actually, I wondered right up until the end – which was great.  Unlike any story I have read before, Cosette’s is never formulaic.  Yes, there is the dysfunctional family, the “perfect” boyfriend, the teenage girl on the cusp of leaving school and launching into the world and a horrible tragedy.  Posthuma,however, takes all this in new and very unexpected directions.

Westley isn’t so perfect, Micah isn’t the third in some immature love triangle, Bronwyn, Cosette’s sister, isn’t all hate and anger and Cosette is not the stereotypical, empty-headed girl she first appears to be.   There is serious depth to each character and the story as a whole.  There is a strong spiritual element to the story but it isn’t preachy or quite what you’d expect either. 

  I really got drawn into this highly imaginative book. Refreshing, new, unique and other similar words come to mind whenever I try to sum it up.  I highly recommend this novel for teens and adults alike.


HEAT RATING: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: Jeanne Stone-Hunter

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Review – THE PLAN by Alina B.

The Plan


Alina B.

Paperback, 220 pages

Published June 7th 2013

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN 1483649636

ISBN13: 9781483649634

Genre: Romantic suspense

Source: Received for an honest review


 Jane O`Donnel, is a girl from a rich family who tries to prove to herself that she can make it on her own without her family`s help. An unexpected event turns her world upside down and brings the attractive Dr. Smith in her life. She is being kidnapped. Like it wouldn`t be enough, the terrible event brings with it something she could never be prepared for.

Can Jane find out who is behind all this? Could her father have something to do with it? Will she encounter people who don`t want her to know?

Filled with hard decisions, love and hard times, THE PLAN shows how one’s life can suddenly change and never be the same.


 I was unable to finish this book because the language was very difficult to follow appearing to have not been written by a native English speaker, the plot slow moving and simplistic and the book failed to spark my interest through the first 100 pages.

RATING: DNF (Did Not Finish)

HEAT RATING: Hot: Detailed sex scenes, profanity or graphic violence.

REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

Review – GULL HARBOR by Kathryn Knight

17413213Gull Harbor by Kathryn Knight

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published February 22nd 2013
ISBN13: 9781612178363
Genre:Contemporary, paranormal
Source: Received for an honest review

DESCRIPTION (From Goodreads)

 When Claire Linden’s job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.

Max never intended to break Claire’s heart—a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he’s shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn’t surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him…or the fiery attraction that remains between them.

Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she’s facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her—before another tragedy tears them apart forever.


GULL HARBOR is an entertaining romance built around a compelling paranormal suspense. Claire’s trouble childhood, in no small part due to her ability to communicate with ghosts, was contrasted with the real love and acceptance she got from Max in college. She’s never understood his leaving and really doesn’t understand his anger at her now.  Claire works to win the ghost, Maria’s, trust but can she and Max find their trust of one another too?  Claire finally realizes that the ghost speaks a different language while in typical star-crossed lover fashion, she and Max might as well be. Day by day, Claire gets closer to the ghost and to Max.  The parallels continue as Claire and Max fall back into past hurts, mistrusts, and misunderstandings and Claire refuses to allow Maria access.  In both cases, Claire cannot face the pain.  The tensions are heightened with the additional stress of a situation with her father and comatose mother and when a killer targets Claire.   Knight does a good job of setting up all these situations and resolving them until we finally get our Happily Ever After.

This book was received by MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE from the publisher for an honest review.


HEAT RATING:  Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

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