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RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

IMG_1012    RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn is the 3rd instalment in the Larson Brothers series. Damien is the youngest brother and is a successful nightclub owner with an illegal poker room upstairs. He is the darkest and most mysterious of the brothers.

Emma, Damien’s accountant, seeks out Damien regarding business and catches her addict brother Ben gambling at Damien’s game. Ben racks up such a debt that he’s willing to barter his own sister’s virtue in exchange for clearing the debt at Damien’s request. Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s deep intensity so she’s not overly upset about being his for the next 30 days, she only feels betrayed by her brother and torn that she wants to help him but in an unethical way. Raw Heat is Damien and Emma’s sizzling story.

I have loved each one of Cherrie Lynn’s books and was not disappointed with Raw Heat. I read this novel in one sitting. “Heat” is the key word here; not for the faint of heart! It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 18, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

IMG_0959     DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton is about a woman who witnesses several murders and can identify the murderer; however, the murderer can also identify her. A thrilling cat and mouse game.

Wow! What a riveting thriller from start to finish, uniquely written to keep you enthralled! This story was so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down. Sharon Bolton is now on my must-read list. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 16, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

IMG_0960      HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules is the first instalment of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones.

Shane Brandon, a corporate Harvard graduate, is summoned home by his ailing father to save the only legitimate scrap of the family empire that’s left from the corrupt clutches of his brother Derek who is deeply involved with the cartel.

Emily is hiding secrets and has relocated to NYC to escape her past and start over. She meets Shane in a coffee shop and the chemistry is instant and undeniable. A second-chance meeting leads to a hot one-nighter which develops into a deeper connection neither wanted or expected. Jobless, and to Shane’s surprise and utter disdain, Emily accepts an assistant position working for Shane’s detestable father. So what exactly is Emily’s angle?

This book was just mediocre for me. For starters, there was no hook. Usually this type of genre opens up with a steamy encounter to bait you before diving into the backstory, but there was nothing, nada. No encounter and not much backstory. The coffeehouse scene was hardly titillating. By about 25%, it started to get better and there were a couple scenes that were steamy but it didn’t last long and started to drag on and become repetitive. On the whole, this book had no verve or appeal. I rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I can say quite confidently that I won’t be reading any more of the upcoming books in the series.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: July 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 9, 2017.

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LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

IMG_0958       LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

Luca is the second instalment of the Ruin & Revenge series by Sarah Castille. A Mafia capo and a police detective lives intersect and the connection and the chemistry is instantaneous and too powerful to deny even though their professions are polar opposites and the danger of being together should be enough to keep apart. Gabrielle lost everything that matters to her and revenge is her only goal. Luca, a mafioso, is after the same target but for different reasons. An alliance is formed and a forbidden love blooms. This book will not disappoint!

I loved this book! It was so much more than I expected. I loved that it had some real meat and took awhile to get going which gave me time to become invested in the characters and see their relationship develop, not just wam-bam-thank-you-mam. This story has some grit, a few twists, and of course, a few smouldering love scenes. Everything this gal loves in a great romance novel. I didn’t read the first novel in this series and therefore feel that this book could be read as a standalone. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: July 3, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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EXPOSED by LISA SCOTTOLINE

IMG_0943     EXPOSED by LISA SCOTTOLINE

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery/thriller about a criminal lawyer, Mary DiNunzio who wants to represent an old friend Simon Pensiera in a wrongful termination case, however, a conflict of interest arises when Mary realizes that Bennie Rosato, her firm partner represents the parent company. Mary must decide which is more important, representing justice and truth, loyalty to her firm, or her longtime friendship with Simon.

Once again Lisa Scottoline does not disappoint. The beginning is a little slow to start but quickly picks up pace maintaining suspense and mystery throughout the rest of the story. This is the first book I’ve read in the Rosato & DiNunzio series (Exposed is the 5th) and quite frankly, didn’t realize it was part of a series until I went to post in Goodreads, therefore you can read it as a standalone novel. Perhaps if I had read the other novels first, I would’ve enjoyed this one more. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 25, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 15, 2017.

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BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

IMG_0904       BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

Marti Trainer is an obstetrician’s wife, mother of three, and a senator’s daughter. After years of being a stay-at-home mom, she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to go back to social work which ends up having an irrevocable and life changing impact on all of their lives forever.

This women’s fiction novel, Best Intentions by Erica Raskin, is a very easy and quick read, has a plausible plot line, and relatable developed characters. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 15, 2017.

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RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

IMG_0937     RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

The premise of this story is about a grieving pregnant widow who falls for the brother of the man who accidentally killed her husband in a MMA cage fight. Rowan Dugas is first introduced to Zane Larson, her all-time favourite musician, at her husband’s funeral by her sister-in-law Savannah who happens to be dating Mike the “Red Reaper,” the famous MMA fighter who took Tommy’s life. Rowan realizes that it was a freak accident, but is torn between honouring her husband’s memory and moving on to being truly happy again.

Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn is the second instalment of the Larson Brothers series. This is not your typical storyline, right? I mean, who would start dating while pregnant and recently widowed? Turns out that Zane is more of a friend and support system then a wannabe lover and one can’t help but root for the pair even though the circumstances are less than desirable. Bravo to Cherrie Lynn who can wrote such a believable story. I totally lapped it up and am now a devoted fan! Can’t wait for what’s next!

This is a standalone novel, but if you want a little more background on how Zane and Rowan first met, I would recommend reading Raw Deal where they are first introduced (to read my 5 star review, visit https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/raw-deal-by-cherrie-lynn/). Cherrie Lynn does a great job of developing the characters so you can read this book without having read the first. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 2, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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