Thursday, June 30, 2022

Smolder by Helen Hardt



Smolder by Helen Hardt

(Steel Brothers Saga)


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She’s on the rebound, and he’s on the prowl. Aurora “Rory” Pike gave up her dream of becoming an opera superstar long ago. Now she’s content to teach music to the children of Snow Creek while helping her family recover from the wildfire that devastated them. After a messy breakup and a ghost from the past resurfacing, she’s examining her priorities…and they don’t include a passionate kiss from womanizer Brock Steel. Brock Steel just watched his skirt-chasing mentor—his cousin Donny—give up his playboy ways and fall hard for Callie Pike, sister of Rory Pike, the most beautiful woman in Snow Creek. Rory just ended a relationship, and Brock makes sure he’s there to pick up the pieces. Physically, that is. Emotionally? Brock doesn’t do emotion. Chemistry between Brock and Rory proves to be hotter than either of them imagined, and it provides a welcome respite, especially for Brock, who’s dealing with a conundrum. As bits and pieces of seemingly unrelated evidence emerge, he must come to terms with the fact that his renowned family may not be the paragon he thought they were.  


Rating: 3.5*

So this is the start of the next stage of the Steele family saga, with the focus shifting to Brock Steele and Rory Pike. Brock is one of the three Rake-a-teers so has quite a reputation with the ladies. There has been a disconnect between the Steeles and the Pikes until recently when Callie and Donny fell in love. So we have Brock who doesn't do relationships and Rory who has just gotten out of a seriIous relationship with a woman. Neither are looking for anything long term but are drawn to each other time and time again.

In amongst the developing relationship, the focus shifts back to the mystery surrounding the Steeles' past and how it is on a collusion course with their present. We start to get a little more of the picture about who may be causing the difficulty and why but with the older Steeles keeping tight lipped, it is getting more and more frustrating for the younger generation to untangle.

I have loved this series and the twist and turns of the saga along the way. I have been surprised, I have swooned, laughed, cried, and had virtually no nails left after most of the series. That being said, I didn't feel as connected with this instalment as I have with the series to this point. What I found with the earlier parts of this series is that all the family were heavily involved in the story so the reader got to really know the characters before we reached their story. I felt connected to Donny and Dale because of their involvement in the earlier parts of the series. I felt as though Brock was parachuted in without much introduction and that I don't really know him as a character. For this reason I have gone back and to on my rating. I did enjoy the story and felt connected to Rory, having gotten to know her alongside Callie. 

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

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Broken Doll by Ruby Wolff


Title: Broken Doll
Author: Ruby Wolff
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2022
Cover Design: Melissa Cunningham

Lies. Betrayal. Two hearts broken. One on the path of revenge. The other finding their way.

Make it out alive.
That was my only goal.
I succeeded.
But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to face the world.
Until Leo…
He’s shown me there is hope.
I can find happiness again.
There is a way.

They thought they broke me.
All they did was create a monster.
One who now has all the power.
Revenge is sweet, but it’s even better when it’s sought justly.
When all is said and done, they will answer for what they did to me, and to Hope.

Can two broken and battered hearts find refuge in each other, or are some wounds too deep to heal?



Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Gamble's Risk by Karen Renee


Title: Gamble's Risk
Series: Riot MC Biloxi Series
Author: Karen Renee
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Cover Design: Karen Renee
Photographer: Golden Czermak @FuriousFotog
Cover Model: Brandon Schlaegel

Gamble clings to two things: the Riot MC brotherhood and a grudge against his sister’s attacker. When his grudge brings danger to an innocent woman, it sends him into a tailspin. Dumping a woman at the clubhouse —as a message for Gamble— enrages the Riot MC brothers, but Gamble risks his life in order to mete out vengeance.

Victoria’s recovery is slow and arduous. He’s determined to help her heal and move on.

After tragedy strikes, the last place Victoria expects to be is in Gamble’s room. She doesn’t want him to see her broken. She definitely doesn’t want his help to recover. He won’t have the patience for a woman whose spirit is shattered. Proving her wrong, Gamble refuses to leave her alone. The more he builds her trust, the more she battles her growing desire for him.

As a public defender, Victoria knows she should stay far away from the outlaw biker. But, the blue-eyed outlaw with a sexy Southern drawl argues with her like he’s opposing counsel. They cannot fight their overwhelming attraction. Their relationship grows and changes until they realize they need the same things.
And each other.

Gamble’s fingers traced soothing patterns on my back. His eyes were fixed on the ceiling. I wanted to ask what he was thinking about, but that was a bad question to ask any man.

His eyes slid toward me. “I told you a little about my parents yesterday.”

I nodded. “Yeah.”

“When I said they were neglectful, I wasn’t joking.”

I leaned up to look him in the eyes. “Believe me, I didn’t think you were.”

His hand came up and guided my head back to his shoulder. “That’s good, Victoria.” After a moment, he continued. “I mention it because there was no man in my life to talk to me about women, and damn sure not about love.”

“Okay,” I drawled. 

“Don’t know if it’s the extreme nature of the shit swirling around us, or if it’s a little like what your Uncle Mick said, but there’s something… more between us than what I’m used to, Victoria.”

I nodded against his shoulder. “I think I get what you’re saying, but what did you mean by ‘what Uncle Mick said’?”

I felt and heard his chuckle. “Said he argued with your aunt the first time he saw her, didn’t he?”

I smiled. “Yeah.”

“Well… I don’t think it’s the conventional way to win a woman’s heart, but then again, I’ve never been very conventional.”

I laughed and tried to roll away, but he held me close. From under my lashes, I gazed up at him. “I didn’t think you wanted to win my heart.”

He gave me a squeeze. “Can’t win you if I don’t win your heart too. Can I?”

That took my breath away. “I don’t know,” I whispered.

His eyes softened. “Yeah, you do know.” He leaned down and gave me a lazy, sweet kiss. “Let’s get some sleep.”

Karen Renee is the author of the Riot Motorcycle Club, Beta, and O-Town series of books. She once crunched Nielsen ratings data but these days she brings her imagination to life by writing books. She has wanted to be a writer since she was very young, but it's taken the last twenty plus years for her to amass enough courage and overall life experience to bring that dream to life. Some of those life experiences came from the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a proud wife and mother, and a Jacksonville native. When she's not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.