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Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he’s hired by the “Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe”. One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within…

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control– sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion–and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.

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She smiled, a bashful, real, breathtaking smile that warmed my entire body. I gripped the door tighter to keep from touching her and breaking the spell.


“Before you go…I need to ask. This is really awkward, and I’ll pay you for your time.” She cleared her throat. “It’s just for show, for my company.”


I raised a brow. “Sounds great so far.”


She rolled her eyes. “My firm sponsors the annual Masquerade Ball here in Tahoe every year, and this time I promised my new community relations manager I would go.”


She stared up at me like she expected me to say something. Problem was, I had no clue what she was talking about.


“And you need me to…build a stage or…?”


Color flushed her chest. I could almost feel the heat on my skin.


“No, I need you to be my date.” I struggled to keep my jaw off the floor while she backpedaled.

“Not like a real date. It’s just that tickets are sold per couple, so I can’t go alone, and I don’t want to involve Charlie. I wouldn’t ask, but you probably guessed I don’t really hang out with people. There’s no one else for me to ask. We wouldn’t have to stay long and you’ll be paid for the time…”


“Yes.” Without thinking, I placed my finger over her lips to quiet her and be sure she heard me. My heart stuttered the instant I touched her skin, and deep inside of me, my wolf howled. The lights brightened as my pupils dilated and contracted. I blinked hard and shook my head. What the hell… “Don’t pay me. I’ll go because I want to, not because it’ll help your business.”


I dropped my hand, half expecting her to slap me, but she didn’t move away. A fine line creased between her eyebrows. “Are you all right?”


That definitely depended on her definition.


From the depths of my soul, my wolf recognized her. Taryn was my mate. Mine. This cool, distant woman, with another wolf’s child. And yet, maybe I’d sensed it before. Maybe that was why I took this job up the goddamn Mt. Rose highway just as winter was coming in. Had I been drawn to her and her little boy?


I stared down into her eyes, my voice barely a whisper. “If I stay here any longer, I’m not going to be able to stop myself from kissing you.”


Her throat bobbed as she swallowed, but she didn’t back away. Her blue eyes searched mine. “I don’t want to hurt you.”


“You won’t.” I closed the distance between us, my lips claiming hers. Light burst behind my eyelids as I carefully slid my arms around her. Her body was warm right through my clothes, and while her kiss started out tentative, gradually she returned my caresses and her hands glided up over my chest, until I smoldered to have her even closer.


Suddenly, she pushed me away. I let her go, struggling to catch my breath. Her eyes welled with tears. Shit. Had I scared her somehow?


She shook her head. “This was a bad idea.”


“Nothing about that was bad.”


Her fingers trembled at her sides. Without my heightened sense of hearing, I never would have been able to make out her words. “Look at your shirt.”


I tipped my head down and frowned. There were two brown streaks on the front of my shirt, like I’d left an iron on it too long. The heat I’d imagined from her touch hadn’t been in my imagination.


“This is why you don’t like to be touched.”


She didn’t acknowledge me, just took another step away. “I’m sorry, Jared. I can’t explain, just…just go.”


I glanced down the hall. “That’s why you keep your distance with Charlie.”


“Walk away, Jared.”


I shook my head. “I’m not afraid.”


Her eyes narrowed. “You should be.”

About the author:

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

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The first in an all-new futuristic fantasy series from Keri Arthur—the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels.

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe…


I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

CITY OF LIGHTS is an action packed wonder. Tiger was bred to be a type of humanoid soldier to fight the shifters and vampires in the war 130 years ago. She is the  last of her kind. At least she thinks she is. When she is asked to help find the  missing children, she just cannot say No. In trying to find the children, she finds out that she is not the only Déchet out there. She is able to see and talk to the dead, and they help her to solve this mystery. There is more going on than missing children. This is such a good book, and I really like Tiger. I recommend this book to everyone. I give CITY OF LIGHT 5/5 STARS.





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Perfect for fans of Keri Arthur and Bella Forrest, this short novel kicks off a sizzling new series in the award-winning Weird Girls saga as Celia’s sister Taran fights to have it all: independence, hot romance, and enough firepower to torch an army of blood-thirsty supernaturals.

“One of my favorite books series.”—Jessie Potts, USA Today

Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Demons, vamps, whatever—bring ’em on! Only one thing terrifies her: commitment.

Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the incredible ability to split into two separate wolves. But after watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after—despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad.

Unsurprisingly, every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. But in the end, Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers . . . and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with.

Praise for the Weird Girls series

“So much action, so much violence and, oh, the lust radiating off of our heroes . . . I definitely recommend this series for lovers of all things paranormal and awesome.”—Jessie Potts, USA Today

“[With Cecy Robson’s] edgy, witty and modern style of storytelling, the reader will be drawn deep into this quirky paranormal world. . . . Strong pacing, constant action and distinctive, appealing characters—including a gutsy heroine—will no doubt keep you invested.”—RT Book Reviews

“A healthy dose of humor, a heaping dash of the supernatural, and a pinch of mystery all laced with a heavy dollop of action . . . Robson knows how to combine all the best ingredients to keep her readers hooked and begging for another hit.”—Fresh Fiction

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

OF FLAME AND PROMISE follows Taran’s life. The characters and story line are very well-developed. For those of you that have been following this series, this is Taran’s story not Celia’s. This starts another series that follows her. In the story Taran has powers  that were caused by a cursed spell that was cast on them and went wonky. Taran and her sisters each have different abilities. Taran’s ability is producing fire. Also she can cast true light that destroys their enemies, but it comes at a great cost. Once she casts it, the spell drains her and leaves her vulnerable.  Taran is with Gemini who is part of Aric’s pack. Gemini is a different kind of WERE,he has a twin wolf that can separate from him. Hence the name Gemini.  Taran and Gemini are mates, and Gemini wants to take it to the next level and claim her. Taran is afraid that Gemini, even though he said that he loves her, will not let her go. She has seen it happen with her sister Celia and Aric, even though they are mates Aric cast her aside so he can be with a true  were to keep the blood lines untainted.  Now Gemini wants Taran to meet his parent and that is when everything goes to hell. They are attacked, and she is afraid she will be the cause of Gemini’s parents getting killed. During this time she realizes that she cannot live without him. This book has a lot of action and emotional drama. I love these sister and this series and recommend it to everyone. I give OF FLAME AND PROMISE 5/5 STARS.




a tiger's brideWhen at first you don’t succeed—turn to abduction.

It’s all in a day’s work when this Siberian tiger meets the woman he wants.

An accidental kidnapping? Check.

A forced marriage? Check.

A virgin bride? Damn. There go his plans for seduction and here comes the pressure into making her first time perfect. Because everyone knows that’s the one she’ll remember, forever. Gulp.

Add in a plane crash as well as hunters out to capture them and the heat is truly on.

Can this Siberian tiger meet the challenge?


A TIGER’S BRIDE is a rip-roaring, good time. Eve Langlaise does it again, and has us rolling on the floor laughing with this installment of the Lion’s Pride series.  It starts up during the wedding of Teena’s sister Meena. Now Dimitri just wants a woman who can breed his strong healthy children. When he sees Teena he knows now his luck is about to change. She is an exact copy of her sister, except she is more demure than her sister. If she did not have bad luck, she would have no luck at all. Now Dimitri is not scared away by her bad luck, for he has enough good luck to help balance it out. For Teena is his, as in his mate. Now he promises that he will not kidnap Teena, but when he tries to call his henchmen and call it off, no one answers. Now they are on a plane to Russia, and Teena is his new bride. She is overjoyed to be married to Dimitri, now if only he would get to the bedding part. Befor that can happen, they have to survive an airplane hi-jacking, kidnapping and being rescued at a castle. Oh, did I leave out the angry Father who wants his baby girl back.  The life of a shifter with no luck. This book had me laughing and feeling sorry for Teena and Dimitri, because all they want is to be married to their mate and get to the bedding. A TIGER’S BRIDE IS AWESOME AND i GIVE IT 5/5 STARS.





Losing control is unheard of until he meets her.

Leo is the calm guy. The nice guy. The one nobody screws with. So could someone explain that to Meena so she stops driving him insane–with desire.

When Meena literally throws herself at Leo and declares he’s her mate, his first reaction is to deny–and run far, far away. This lion/tiger mix doesn’t do drama and chaos. Problem is, once he sets eyes on her, he can’t help but want the vivacious blonde with plus-sized curves, perfect for a big man like himself.

He wants her even if it breaks all his rules when it comes to women.
Wants her even if she destroys his serenity.
Wants her more than a perfectly grilled piece of steak with a dash of garlic, pepper, and salt.

Thing is, someone else wants her too.

This poor omega is about to have his world turned upside down, which means everyone better watch out because when Leo experiences love, jealousy, and frustration for the first time, he doesn’t just snap–he roars!


WHEN AN OMEGA SNAPS is my favorite in this series! Leo is the Omega of the Pride, and this means he is able to calm others down when they get angry. Even if he has to punch them. This seems to be his method of choice, because it is faster and he doesn’t have to talk much. When Meena is banished from her Pride and sent to Arik’s Pride until everything settles down, Leo is about to have his quiet world shaken up. When she sees Leo she deliberately misses the Frisbee and hits Leo in the head. When she goes to pick it up, she lets Leo know that he is her mate. Well, Leo does not want a mate. For to have one, especially her will create havoc in his nice quiet world. When she is in danger of being kidnapped, he can no longer fight the desire of his mate. he must claim her to so the kidnapper will quite pursuing his mate. Meena has always been teased about her size, and has hurt other men that she has dated because of it. With Leo he can handle her just right. This is such a fun laugh out load book that had me almost falling out of my chair when reading it. I give WHEN AN OMEGA ROARS 5/5 STARS.