In From The Cold by Meg Adams

In From The Cold by Meg Adams
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (147 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Perfect families don’t always start with perfect ingredients.

Professional nanny Claire Iverson has wiped enough noses, butts and spills to qualify for a PhD in raising kids. She knows a toddler with a potty crisis when she sees one, and it’s clear this child’s impossibly handsome father doesn’t, since he’s sound asleep on the flight to Jackson, Wyoming.

Getting burned by her ex-boyfriend left her gun-shy around men, but when it comes to this beautiful little girl, she has to speak up. Just her luck, it turns out the man she just dressed down is her new boss.

Between his roles as full-time CEO and full-time father, Drake Driscoll is exhausted. If he can seal the next deal at his upcoming holiday house party, he’ll have room to breathe. He never expected for his daughter’s new nanny to take his breath away.

Claire hesitates to accept the warmth that beckons in Drake’s arms. But soon their attraction ignites, pulling them in deeper than either of them expected. Into passion that could weld them forever—or burn them to cinders.

In From The Cold was a very special story. It had a nice romance for the main couple who got to each other in a sweet but bumbling way. That was what hooked me at the beginning, but later on it was the tragic drama, and how together Drake and Claire were, that had me unable to put this story aside for a minute.

Claire and Drake stepped on each other’s toes at first. Oh, the sparks were flying, but they both took a few wrong turns before deciding to mend their fences. I actually liked both of these characters because the author gave them just the perfect flaws to make them seem real to me. There had been bad relationships for them both though, and Claire’s heartache and fear caused her to push Drake away for a while. But he liked her because she was so different from the women of his social circle. Claire liked him for who he was and not just for what he had. He just had a difficult time convincing her to take a chance. Then they were drawn into some tragic drama with a little girl and some of Drake’s messed up friends. All in all though, I felt that it all worked out for the best.

This was a great read. The story was romantic for Drake and Claire, and it all seemed real because of the way they acted. Drake was a billionaire CEO, but he was first a father who got overwhelmed trying to do potty patrol. That made him relatable. It was lighthearted, especially in the beginning. It was suspenseful because all the way through I was absolutely certain that something serious would happen with Yvette. The story just kept flowing along at an easy pace until it happened, and then I thought, well I never saw that coming. Most of all I liked the part with the girls and how that all played out. It made the story for me.

This was a lovely story that I greatly enjoyed !

The Mysterious Heir by Edith Layton

The Mysterious Heir by Edith Layton
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (139 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid


In dress, manner, and speech, Miss Elizabeth DeLisle seemed every inch a leisured lady. No one could guess she had been forced to take a position in trade—or that she had come to the Earl of Auden’s estate to entice him into naming her dismayingly disagreeable cousin Anthony heir to a fortune that she then could share.

But Elizabeth had stiff competition for the Earl’s imperious favor…from the schemingly seductive Lady Isabel Courtney and her odious little boy, Owen…from the implacably upright Richard Courtney and his unfortunate honesty…and from the memory of the Earl’s first wife, who had made him despise women who deceived.

Elizabeth knew she could never reveal the truth to the Earl—even when she forgot about gaining his fortune and began losing her heart….

Left with a bad limp from the Napoleonic wars and a broken heart from his deceased wife, Morgan, Earl of Auden, has no desire to marry again. He must decide which of his three great uncles’ male children will be heir to his title and estates. All three cousins are called to his country estate at Lyonshall so he can decide who will be the chosen one.

One is a young schoolboy and his widowed mother accompanies him, eager to either get her son named as heir or grab the Earl as a husband. One penniless young man hopes to sway his true love’s heart with the title. The last is a radical, reckless young man. His family sends his maternal cousin Elizabeth (no relation to the Earl) to accompany him and keep him from ruining his chance of becoming the heir.

There is mystery behind each of the prospective heirs, and hidden reasons why each would like to become the sixth Earl. Anthony and his cousin Elizabeth have been kitted out by their uncle to appear worthy and wealthy applicants for Anthony to inherit. This duplicity worries Elizabeth and makes her act in unusual ways. The interaction between Elizabeth and Morgan is tense at first then sways between tension and guilt then sweet and tender moments with the promise of something deeper.

I haven’t read a regency romance for some time as they tend to read like variations of similar stories. This one however is different. The conflict ebbed and flowed and kept my attention from beginning to end. The ending didn’t really show itself until the final pages, and it was the promise of what was to come and more to the point, how it would come about, that kept my interest. Good book, well written, excellent story.

Sins of the Fathers by Catherine Sue Morgan

Sins of the Fathers by Catherine Sue Morgan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Twenty years ago, Rebecca Bennett’s father raped and killed Jack Conroy’s sister. Adopted and her name changed after the tragedy, Becca is desperately searching for her brother, Kevin, who has vanished. He is, as was their father, paranoid schizophrenic, and the string of rapes that is terrorizing the city started only days after he disappeared.

Jack Conroy, Tulsa Police Department detective, is focused with razor sharp intensity on the hunt for the serial rapist whose violence is increasing with every offense. For Jack, it’s personal; he sees his sister’s face in every victim. Aware of Becca only as a trauma therapist, Jack asks her to aid the investigation by working with the original rape survivors. She agrees, and soon her secrets and her life are on the line.

We inherit many things from our biological parents. Whether it be medical conditions or passed on sins either can be a very heavy burden for some off springs to bare. Rebecca and Kevin are two children that carry their father’s haunting sin every day of their lives. Kevin is being treated for mental illness, the same mental illness that plagued his father. Because of her father’s sin, Rebecca, a clinical social worker, has made it her career to help those that have been sexually violated.

Told in such an intense and gripping fashion, this story moved at such a steady pace that I really didn’t notice how long I spent reading it. The characters were strategically placed about the story but not a clue to who the rapist/killer is. Well maybe Rebecca did give clues when she gave a profile reading of the suspect. I’m just being honest I really didn’t find out until the author actually revealed the name of the suspect. I think the entire plot is very interesting in how the sins of fathers carry on into their children in different ways, and how the rapist picked his victims was a interesting shocker to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. The way she writes is like a reader’s dream…visual surroundings painted so clear, enjoyable characters and a solid thought out plot. Oh and wow I can’t forget the love scene, it was so poetic. The build up of attraction, the intimate touch; this is how a love scene is suppose to be. I enjoyed this story so I’m inclined to read more from this author.

This is a very suspenseful and entertaining read. The writing created a visual that is easy to place yourself in. The characters were described as if they were actual and true people. I enjoyed the attraction between Rebecca and officer Jack Conroy. The secret between them is a very sensitive one and I often found myself wondering how it would play out. However the author did an awesome job in working their issue out. I felt for Rebecca, she is a woman that has a huge kind and loving heart; she wasn’t looking for happiness but she surely did deserve some. Her concern for her brother, her niece and all the women she met through her work and the time she spent volunteering showed her caring spirit. She didn’t have a life of hanging out with the girls, shopping or vacationing, she spent her time in soup kitchens, feeding and caring for the homeless in the area.

The context of rape, murder and mental illness is unfortunately something we see in our world today, but for the author to intertwine such topics into a novel and still have good to over power these unnecessary evils makes for a good read. I must add that I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t much action as I thought there would be when the rapist was caught. Jack was a one man army that took the perp down with not much hassle.

Catherine didn’t just give us a romance story but she built an entirely bigger story around it. Though the subject matter maybe disturbing for some, this is a winning novel that is definitely worth recommending.

Witches & Wolves by Kelly D. Smith

Witches & Wolves by Kelly D. Smith
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Life in the woods is usually fairly quiet, which suits Tory perfectly. She can focus on her witchcraft without the noise of the city or nosy neighbors, and the only visitor she gets is her ex-boyfriend—until late one night when she opens the door to find an unfamiliar wolf who promptly curls up in Tory’s bed and falls fast asleep.

Long used to wolves, Tory lets her be, and has no complaints at all when the morning reveals the wolf to be a beautiful woman. New to being a wolf, out in the woods to learn control and get more comfortable with her new life, Gee eagerly accepts when Tory offers to help her—and she doesn’t seem opposed to any other offers Tory might make.

But not everyone approves of werewolves, and Gee isn’t the only new visitor to the woods…

Living in the countryside can be peaceful. It can also be incredibly dangerous.

I liked how the dialogue was mixed in with the narrator’s descriptions of what the characters were doing. There were enough conversations to tell what was happening, but they always allowed the main storyline to continue moving along smoothly. Given how quickly the plot was paced, this was a smart choice.

The romance in this tale developed too quickly. It would have been helpful to have more hints about why the characters fell for each other so easily as neither one of them seemed like the kind of person who would be interested in that sort of thing. Knowing more about their personalities would have helped me to understand if this was out of character for them or if they both had well-hidden romantic tendencies. As it was written, though, I was never quite sure which one of these theories was the one the author was trying to share with her audience.

The plot twist halfway through the story was nicely done. While I did see it coming in advance, it was still fun to see how this twist was revealed to the audience. I also liked seeing how the characters reacted to it. Their responses to this scene made sense based on what I had been able to figure out about their personalities.

Witches & Wolves is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for a whirlwind romance in a contemporary fantasy setting.

Death Grip by Tracy Sherwood

Death Grip by Tracy Sherwood
Publisher: Schlimmer Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

War hero Kat Hartley is home from the Middle East, struggling to return to her life as a wife and mother. But Kat is locked in a battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatens to destroy her and her family.

Imprisoned by shame after helplessly watching her fellow soldier die in a fiery Humvee explosion, Kat can’t escape his terrified eyes. They haunt her daylight hours and torment her sleep at night. However, Kat is held in the clutches of a darker secret. The doomed soldier was also her lover…and the husband of her now-widowed sister.

Kat will never truly be free until she confronts the guilt over her past. But can she conquer the enemy within that holds her in its death grip? It’s a fight she must win at any cost. Or lose what matters the most.

Corporal Kat Hartley has been back in the US for several months after an IED exploded in Iraq and got her sent home from the war. Her guilt over her lover dying in the explosion is still raw and engulfing her every moment. Despite her best attempts at being the wife and mother her family deserved, it’s just not coming together for her. Kat has returned to find her almost-teenaged daughter angry and withdrawn, and the husband and world she’d left behind even more confusing and upsetting than when she’d been deployed. Settling back into “regular” life is just not what she imagined, and soon it becomes all too much.

This is a very emotional, heart-wrenching story on the difficulties faced by those returning home from war. Kat clearly has PTSD but is unwilling to seek help for it, determined to face it herself. After a near-accident, Kat is forced by her family to start seeking the help she needs. It’s not an easy fight for her and I found myself both drawn into her struggle and desperately hoping Kat could find the strength needed to help herself. I didn’t find this an easy read, and especially think romance readers looking for a happy, soft, pleasant book might not find this particularly satisfying. While strongly emotional, I found it realistic and uncomfortable to read.

The plot surrounding Kat’s grief over her lover’s death is also another sensitive issue. It’s not common for a romance heroine to have had an affair although I do think the author has done an excellent job of explaining Kat’s reasons and the difficulty of the position she’d been in. Even so, it was hard for me to feel sympathy for Kat struggling with her marriage in crisis and the serious issue of lack of communication between Kat and her husband. While they are both clearly to blame for their relationship issues, it has been Kat who was unfaithful, and this lessened my sympathy for her. No one deserves the emotional and physical distress she’d survived, but it was hard for me to feel a strong connection with a heroine who acted in such a manner to the family she’s left back at home. That said, this is certainly how I could perceive the reality of a soldier sent out to fight in the war. Life isn’t easy or clear cut and each decision has its own ramifications. Trying to come home and live a “normal” life is fraught with all manner of problems, and these are clearly and vividly described. The very fact this was such a hard read for me is proof of the authors talent, and perhaps once in a while we all need to be reminded that real life isn’t easy, simple or comfortable. In that respect, this is an excellent book and reminder of that.

A powerful, emotional read, this will not be to every reader’s tastes. I found the characters very life-like and while not sympathetic, I certainly felt invested in both them and the story.

Winter Bride by Caroline Clemmons

Winter Bride by Caroline Clemmons
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rated: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

When Kendra Murdoch’s brother in law murders her sister, she takes charge of her nephew and two nieces. Fearing the man plans the same fate for her, she seeks shelter in Radford Crossing where she opens a café to support her small family.

Determined to be self-sufficient, Kendra shuns all advances from the handsome sheriff as danger hangs heavily over her head.

Butch Parrish battled a snowstorm and a killer to rescue Kendra and the children. He’ll do whatever is necessary to protect the independent young woman who rekindles sensations he hoped were dead long ago. Protecting her, dealing with the town gossips and investigating a stagecoach robbery, Butch has a battle on his hands.

Winter Bride is an action-packed western that combines beautifully with a heartfelt, and not entirely predictable, romance.

Late nineteenth century Texas: its a tough country, and peopled by some seriously tough characters.

Sheriff Butch Parrish is the tough town sheriff, surrounded by some of the types of characters one might expect. He’s not entirely what we reader’s might expect though. He’s obviously dedicated to his job and also quick to step up and be the person to help. We readers find him admirable from the start.

However, the lovely Kendra isn’t one to be swept away. She has her own responsibilities, and more than a little heartbreak and fear to deal with. She isn’t going to be an easy one to save. Kendra is determined to take care of herself and the children she’s inherited from her sister. Her deadly brother-in-law isn’t about to leave her in piece – but this is more than a family battle – because this is the west.

Texas in the late nineteenth century is an adventurous sort of place in its own right; the sort of place that tests its inhabitants. Storms, terrain and isolation all bring the own challenges. A difficult woman might be more than one man wants to take on.

Butch, the sheriff is more than a decent guy, though. You can’t but fall for the big guy, who’s so much more than a heart-throb; big, determined, yet kind. He’s wonderful, apart from his great desire to help, of course. Kendra’s effort to take care of all, on her own, might have been achievable, apart from her brother-in-law’s evil intentions.

Conversations, setting, interaction of the children, as well as the occasional very light touch of humor is all just right!

Winter Bride  offers a real western pioneering flavor. Sorting the large number of characters occasionally slows what otherwise would be a fast-paced western. However, its a small point of complaint. I do think anyone who enjoys a good western romance OR adventure should put Winter Bride right at the top of their reading list.

A Wicked Truth by Joyce Proell


A Wicked Truth by Joyce Proell
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (305 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

The wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle Flanagan and Cady Delafield. Then, honor bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help an old friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about Doyle’s hidden past.

Now mired in tragedy, can they overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that changes their future forever?

Looking for an interesting historical mystery with a side of sweet romance? This is definitely the book for you.

I’ve not read the other books in this series, but didn’t have trouble following the story. I do think I would have had a much richer experience if had already been acquainted with these characters, but I still very much enjoyed what I read.

Cady and Doyle are a deeply devoted couple, engaged when we meet them and obviously utterly smitten with one another. However, secrets surface and problems arise that affect their relationship so all is not roses and sweetness.

There is a very light inspirational tone to this story, but nothing terribly overt or preachy, meaning I think this would appeal to all who enjoy the historical romance/mystery genre. And, honestly, it was quite refreshing to read a book that was all about the story and less about how many ways can we get the couple into bed.

The mystery is about white slavery of a sort, and a prostitution ring. The villains are horrible and my heart broke for the first victim we meet, right at the start. The author’s voice and ability is clear and descriptive, and I felt as if I was right in the room with her. My hands ached to help her and it definitely set up the story in a strong manner.

There were a few places where the story is a bit draggy. After that incredibly intense prologue, we meet Cady and Doyle and while it was wonderful to see them and, of course, we readers need the introduction, it rather put the brakes on the forward movement. The first chapter or two were a bit slow, but once the investigation really started, things got moving again and it was all about turning pages to see what happens.

The author has a rich appreciation for the time and her voice is clear and interesting. She is very good at putting the reader right into the story as opposed to “telling” it, and while this was the first of her books I’ve read, it likely won’t be the last.

Again, fans of historical mysteries with a taste of romance should enjoy this book immensely. Definitely recommended!

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Her Immortal Viking by Adele Downs

Her Immortal Viking by Adele Downs
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (90 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Myrtle

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

Gunnar does dishes! Penny makes a wish and it comes true beyond her wildest dreams. If only we could all be so lucky.

Beautiful Penny Farnsworth is a hardworking waitress and college student trying to make ends meet, but with a student loan hanging over her head and a worthless boyfriend in tow, life is spiraling downward.

Swoon-worthy Miguel, boyfriend and hopeful male model, has it made with Penny. She cooks, cleans, and financially supports him – she evens lusts after him. But when the story opens, Penny has already decided that her “slob and a mooch” of a boyfriend needs to get out of her trailer and out of her life. She wastes no time in throwing his belongings out the door. “Adios, Miguel.”

As a student of literature and mythology, exasperated Penny stands amid the mess in her trailer left by Miguel and looks to the heavens pleading, “Can anyone up there hear me? Will someone help me out?” The author explains, “She asked the questions as if up there held mystical realms where gods, elves, and fairies took pity on human suffering.” Excellent!

Soon, Penny begins to rub the “crystal pendant at her navel” while chanting “Om.” This scene is sure to make any reader smile, but we all know what happens next … Disappointed Penny goes to bed, alone, a little weepy, exhausted, and no better off than she was before.

However, later that night the sounds of banging pots and pans startle Penny out of a deep sleep. She is up and headed for the kitchen with plans of giving her ex-boyfriend a good tongue-lashing for coming back, but instead of Miguel, she finds a gorgeous goddess of a man – and he’s doing her dishes! Meet Gunnar, an immortal who once was a Viking warrior, now cast into servitude as a Light Elf, who has been sent by the god Freyr in answer to Penny’s call.

If you’ve ever dreamed of the perfect man, Gunnar is probably him. He is kind, compassionate, brave, and loyal. He is also beautiful, both inside and out, and his talents are unsurpassed, none more so than in Penny’s bedroom.

On the downside, the romance between Penny and Gunnar felt too rushed for my tastes. I would have preferred more buildup before they found their way to the bedroom. I’m not even sure I had a clear picture of what they were wearing, or know much about Penny’s overall appearance. So, a few more pages adding visualizations would have been especially nice. There were also a few minor formatting mishaps and editing slip-ups, such as some omitted and/or extraneous words, which have a way of proving to your subconscious that you’re reading a story rather than living it.

Plain and simple, this story is FUN! It is a quick read (only 90 pages) and is hard to beat when looking for a lively and sensual tale. If you like romance, mythology, or real-life relationship stories (Miguel) or tales of godlike immortal love (Gunnar), this story should not be missed!

Hearts Akilter by Catherine E. McLean

Hearts Akilter by Catherine E. McLean
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Love, vengeance, attempted murder, and a bomb . . . No reason to panic.

When a medical robot insists he’s having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic maintenance technician, has every reason to panic. There’s a bomb inside him. Since Marlee can’t risk the bomber discovering she’s found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it.

Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently, captures Marlee instead. Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he’s smitten. Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins. But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.

Bombs are dangerous everywhere, but they’re even more deadly on a space station. Will Marlee and Deacon Black be able to diffuse this one before its too late?

Henry was a hilarious little robot. I especially liked hearing him talk about what he thought was happening when he first reported his robotic heart attack to Marlee. It was both a fun conversation and a nice glimpse of things to come. The scenes that included him in any way were by far the best ones in the story. Henry really was the heart and soul of this tale.

The main human characters often made illogical decisions that I didn’t understand at all. I would have like to see more attention paid to why they made these choices and whether my impressions of what kind of people they were based on their reactions to these scenes were actually what the author was intending to show the audience. It was never quiet clear to me if my assumptions about these characters were accurate based on the clues I found in how they did and didn’t handle certain situations.

The dialogue was well done. This isn’t the kind of situation that lends itself to a great deal of talking, so I was glad to see the characters keep their conversations short and to the point. They said exactly what they needed to say and then moved on to trying to solve the problem at hand. This was a smart way to write it!

I’d recommend Hearts Akilter to anyone who likes humorous science fiction.

Saving Her Destiny by Candice Gilmer

Saving Her Destiny by Candice Gilmer
The Mysticals Book One
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (167 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Sometimes the future comes knocking. Sometimes it knocks you into next week.

Fairy-In-Distress team member Duncan Molar’s mission is as simple as it is desperate. Find his missing best friend, banshee Cara Wallace, before an assassin lights the magical fuse that will unlock her scream, wiping out the last merrow colony on earth.

Since the day he rescued her from a fishing net, the near-victim of her very first scream, they’ve been joined at the hip, he helping her with her telepathy, she helping him remember the beautiful side of being a fairy.

When he finds her, the crisis isn’t over, for the unreleased scream could kill her…unless he gets her to a remote location and figures out a way to release it safely. The solution blows them so far apart, Duncan’s back to square one. Doing whatever he has to—including sacrificing his job with the FID—in order to save her.

Because secretly, he’s been in love with her for a decade.

Warning: A determined fairy, a banshee-in-distress, and a djinn that will only make matters worse.

Part banshee, part mermaid. An unusual mixture of genes makes Cara different. Her banshee side is dominant and she takes her job seriously. The Merrow Kingdom of the mer people are her responsibility. As a teenager she makes friends with Duncan, a fairy from the Fairies in Distress unit otherwise known as the FID. Years later Cara is kidnapped when she visits the Merrow Kingdom to give a banshee cry to announce death is coming. Duncan is determined to find her before her cry explodes inside her, a phenomenon that happens when a banshee is unable to do her job.

Both Cara and Duncan have deep feelings for each other, but neither wants to admit it to the other in case their feelings aren’t reciprocated. It takes the extreme danger threatening Cara to bring out the truth, but will it be too late?

Cara is delightful, a typical teenager at first she matures into a thoughtful young woman, who does herself a disservice by overthinking things. Duncan is mature, he’s several hundred years old, and acts as an adult to Cara’s light hearted banter. Their interaction is lovely and I truly enjoyed this book, especially when it got to the spicy, hot bits.

The book has a nice blend of friendship, romance and light heartedness, along with intrigue and danger from another source. Looks like this is going to be a good series.