Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra by Georgette Kaplan

I adore the way Georgette Kaplan writes. Her style is fast, witty and laced with humor and sarcasm. I know her writing can be a bit hit or miss with some readers but I just love it. Her latest book takes us back to the desert for a continuation of her The Cushing-Nevada Chronicles. If you have not read Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse, you definitely want to start there before picking this one up. This is not a sequel you can just jump into.

Easy Nevada and Candice Cushing reunite for an epic adventure full of sexual tension and more danger than an Indiana Jones could ever handle. Our two badass ladies are headed to Sudan to acquire the final skull of the Greek Gods for an unhinged billionaire who wants all the power his money and influence can buy.

As wild as this book is, we find tiny pockets of downtime where Candice and Easy begin to drop their walls around each other. Kaplan slowed the story down just enough to give the reader a hint of romance and focus on character development. You see behind Easy’s mask of deflection and wit. You see why she uses her humor to avoid dealing with insurmountable pain. Her loyalty to Candace in the face of epic danger endures you to her. Candace finds that as much as she misses what her life was like before Easy, she is drawn to the woman and this epic adventure she has been thrust into. A tiny seed of love has been planted in book two.

This series is unlike anything you have read in lesfic before. It’s smart, it’s zany, it’s violent and you just cannot stop reading. I did not want it to end! Such a fabulous read and I cannot wait for the next one in this series.

4.25 out of 5 stars

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Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse by Georgette Kaplan

Indian Jones meets Die Hard. Hot damn this is a good read!

Easy Nevada is one badass mother bleeper. She has zero moral compass! Totally broken, she chunked that sucker years ago. What she is though is a take no prisoners, hilarious, shoot you in the face tomb raider. Easy is smart as a whip and tough as nails. When she sets her sight on something, she’s going to do whatever it takes to make it hers. She is like no other character I have ever encountered.

Quick Plot Overview: Easy has her sights set on an artifact buried in a newly discovered pyramid in Sudan. She plays the part of a journalist to get access to the dig site and meets the gorgeous and super annoyed, Dr. Candice Cushing. She is really annoyed that Easy continues to refer to her as Candy but that is part of the tomb raiders insufferable charm. Candice’s mother is a Sudanese woman, and she wants more than anything to give back this piece of history to Sudan. Easy just wants to rob it! Then one night everyone’s plans are foisted when ISIS shows up to stop everything and kill everyone.

So you can probably guess that this book is one hell of a ride. Understatement of understatements. Crazy, zany, wackadoodle, smart, awesome, badassness! Yeah, it’s all that and so much more. I love Georgette Kaplan’s style of writing. It’s fast, it’s smart, sarcastic and so different from anything else out there. She is one of my absolute favorite writers. While all of her books have been great, this one is out of the park good. I am so ecstatic that this one is a series. I cannot wait for the next adventure with Dr. Cushing and Easy Nevada.

An easy 5 out of 5 stars!

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Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

Under Your Skin by Lee Winter is the sequel The Red Files. If you loved The Red Files, you are going to go out of your mind for this one. If you have never heard of The Red Files, stop her and go buy both of these. You will thank me because these are two of the very best in the lady-loving romance genre.

This time around Lauren King and the Caustic Queen, Catherine Ayers are residing in DC planning their wedding and looking for the next big scoop. Of course, they are going to stumble on to a monster story, one with all kinds of nooks and crannies to keep you on your toes and breathless with anticipation. The best part though is their other moments when planning a wedding that at times seems doomed all the while out of their element in Lauren’s Iowa hometown. It is fabulous to read about Catherine so out of her element in the mid-west.

I loved this book even more than the first one. These two have an amazing banter, witty repertoire and the love just jumps right off the page and melts your heart. This book gives you the feels. I cannot recommend it enough.

5 out of 5 stars

Tinderbox Under Winter Stars (The Tinderbox Tales Book 2)

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to read more about the adventures of Elise and Nessa. I adore these two characters, not to mention you know when you pick up a book by Emma Sterner-Radley it going to be fantastic.

When we left these two amazing ladies at the end of Making a Tinderbox, they were on the move to escape the Queen of Arclid. Fleeing Nightport to head to the bitter colder climate if Storsund. They are hoping to go so out of the way that the Queen and hopefully, her spies cannot find them.

This book is full of adventure and you see and feel Nessa and Elise struggle to find their footing both in their new world. Sterner-Radley describes everything in such detail you can see the setting unfold before your very eyes. Everything is new, so different from what these two ladies have ever experienced. You feel their wonder and trepidation. I tend to pull away from books where there is a lot of world-building because often times the author forgoes the human interaction. Never fear Elise and Nessa’s relationship are still the forefront of this book.

Nessa and Elise are dynamic characters. They just find a way inside your heart. This book has it all, Adventure, intrigue and above all else a fabulous romance. This is one series I will treasure and look forward to Emma Sterner-Radley has in store next.

5 out of 5 stars

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Making a Tinderbox (The Tinderbox Tales #1) by Emma Sterner-Radley

I don’t even know how to start with this one, but I am going to give it my best shot at articulating just how good this book was. One word summary, Wow. I was wowed, amazed, and totally spellbound by Making a Tinderbox. If I could read books like this one everyday life would be truly grand. This is one of those books you find and just turn to mush because it did everything right. It took hold of my heart and a sad as I was that the story was over, I was dazzled by its brilliance as well.

Lady Elisandrine ‘Elise’ Falk has been told by the queen that she is to marry the queen’s brother, Prince Macray in three months time. Elise, not being one to ever want to marry, especially to someone of the male persuasion is undeniably angry at the situation she has been put in. She is literally being locked in a castle until her wedding day. Elise is a character with smart, witty and a ton of spirit. She is never one to hold her tongue and it tends to land her in a heap of trouble.

Nessa Clay is the direct opposite of Elise. A commoner who has worked beside her parents in a small town, taking care of the crops to make ends meet. She is quiet, self-conscious with a bit of a stutter. What draws you to Nessa is that she is both selfless and gracious. A strong, stoic woman that when needed arrises to the occasion. When Neesa meets Elise, and Elise requests her help Nessa goes above and beyond to help the lady.

I think what really sets this book apart from so many others is how multi-layered it is. Sterner-Radley has given you a long detailed story. There are no cutting corners to save space, no rushed ending to warp it. The author takes her time and draws the characters out. Backstories are cleverly crafted, the scenes are set, and you feel the story and see it play out as you read along. What I loved most of all, and I am talking really, really fell in love with, is how the character’s chemistry between each other is just dynamite. It just jumps right off the page! You have sexiness, cuteness, agonizing angst and self-sacrifice all rolled into one epic adventure.

This is a book that has everything I look for and it does it to perfection. Fantastic characters, dazzling dialogue, a delicious plot full of adventure, angst, and romance. You cannot ask for more. Making a Tinderbox stole my heart from the very beginning and by the end I wanted to read it again.

***If I could give this six stars I would. How in the world have I read two books within a ten-day time span that have been this amazing? I have just been giving out 5 stars like nobody’s business.

5 out of 5 stars, but really a six!

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Fearless by Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander is one of my go-to writers. She writes these amazing fun loving books that pull at your heart, bring a tear to your eye and make you laugh as you turn the pages of her story. She is one of the few writers where you don’t even have to tell me what the book is about, I’m going to buy it immediately. Fearless her newest addition is no exception, this book has it all (humor, romance, adventure) and it was a fantastic read.

Falon Whyte is on a cruise ship vacation trying to relax and have an amazing time. The problem is she just broke-up with her girlfriend on said trip. Not exactly what she had planned but the constant fighting had to stop.

Haley Hollis is on her first vacation since undergrad. Holly is a workaholic who takes no time for the fun in life. The problem is her bunkmate continues to hook-up in their shared cabin and Haley has spent most of her vacation sleeping on a poolside lounger.

Neither Falon or Haley imagined their vacation to start so epically bad, and that’s not going to be the end of it either. I’ll let you read about their mishaps and experience that for yourself. What I will tell you it’s a glorious adventure full of romance and fun. Two fantastic characters who explore their past and presents to create the future that they desire. I loved this one!

4.25 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Intaglio Publications

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Pursuit by Jackie D

Super short summary: This book is a dynamic fast-moving adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Pursuit is the second installment of the After Dark series by Jackie D. If you haven’t read the first one, Infiltration, you don’t have to read it, but I would strongly suggest it. Why? First off, both books are really good. Secondly, you’ll miss some of the character and plot backstories.

Tyler Monroe and Brooke Hart are now officially an item, when we meet back up with them they have been together about a year now and recently moved into a new apartment together. In addition to this couple, we also have two new mains as well. Right, so four leading ladies in total for this one. I promise you it totally works.

Caden Styles and Jennifer Glass have a love hate relationship. Their two besties (Tyler & Brooke) are dating and they work together so basically always in each other’s space. This tends to create a heavy amount of tension because these two love to gibe at each other. They land little hits and ramp up the tension. Like a magnet all they need is flip and boom you have one hot couple.

Of course other that two hot romances you have an action packed adventure of good gals hunting down bat-shit crazy right-wing terrorists. I loved that there is a good balance between the two, enough romance for you to swoon and enough action to keep you fully engaged. Great read, you don’t want to miss this one.

4 out of 5 stars

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Huntress by A.E. Radley

You know you have read a fabulous book when you desperately hope that there will be a sequel. Not in the ending was left dangling kind of way, no more than anything you want to read these amazing characters again. This is exactly what the Huntress does, you love every second with this book and more than anything don’t want you time with it to end.

Amy Hewitt is a coffee barista at Tom’s Café. Amy loves the consistency of her job. Is it what she should be doing with her life? Everyone tells her no but Amy loves it none-the-less. Sociology with honors degree is doing Amy a lot of good at this point. One particular plus of her barista job is the chance of meeting up with Cara every day. Cara is a beautiful, professional woman who is drop dead gorgeous. Cara stops in Amy’s shop every morning, orders the same thing and spends a little bit of her time flirting with Amy. Amy lives for this moment of her day, seeing as Cara is completely out of her league in looks and station in life. All of this spins completely out of control when Cara stops showing up for her morning coffee and Amy’s quest to find her lands her in the sights of MI-5’s terrorism unit.

What I can tell you about Amy, an amazing character who is unbelievably endearing. She’s brilliant and empathetic. Her kindness radiates off of her in such an extreme that she can literally tell a stranger she is a fugitive on the run and they will open their home to her. As her quest to find Cara, all hell breaks loose and Amy and her bestie, Kerry, embark on a dangerously epic adventure. They risk life and limb to find the truth. All the while, Kerry and Amy are being chased by Claudia McAllister, a famous analyst who is known for finding criminals on the run.

This book engages the reader right from the very start. It a rollercoaster of zany mishaps that have you both simultaneously on the edge or your seat and laughing till tears fall. The plot is of twists and turns that keep you in Amy’s world of delightful chaos. This book is a fun, lighthearted mystery with just a touch of romance. It was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every second of it!

5 out of 5 stars

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Wendy of the Wallops (The Wallops, #2) by Gill McKnight

Wendy of the Wallops is the second edition to The Wallops series by the amazing Gill McKnight. I was absolutely delighted to find out the ever so klutzy Wendy was going to be the main focus of the book. I can absolutely tell you that Wendy of the Wallops did not disappoint.
If you remember from the last book, Wendy had just come to terms with her sexuality. If you don’t it will be okay this one can easily be read as a standalone, but why on Earth would you want to do that. Wendy is an interesting character. She is serious rule follower that is chock-full of insecurities but a good friend and steward to her community. She also tends to get herself tangled in wacky crazy predicaments. All of this makes for a dang good read full of laughs and zaniness.

When we meet Wendy she has just been assigned to a new case. An informant who has turned on a nasty gang has just gone on the lamb. The London police think that he may be headed to see his daughter who has just moved to the Wallops. Wendy is in charge of keeping an eye on things in town and making a connection with his young daughter. To do so she must begin volunteering a leader for the Girl Guides. This runs in smack dab into the mischievous and sexy Kiera Minsk. Oh, let the chemistry just boil over. Kiera pushes all of Wendy’s buttons but she cannot keep her eyes off her.

McKnight has given us one damn good book. I was thoroughly wrapped up in its awesomeness. A loved every minute and I truly hope to see these characters again.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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In the Company of Crocodiles by Maggie Brown

Let me just say this book is quite well done. Maggie Brown writes a story that just sweeps you away. You literally are thrown into Australia and through Brown’s words you are chased by the crocodiles, you feel the oppressive humidity, you are right there with the characters as they face countless perilous situations.

Vivian “Viv” Andrews served her country for years as an Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer. She was involved in numerous covert operations around the globe, including Afghanistan where she was seriously injured. Viv decides then and there to take a step back and make her life as simple as possible. She lives in the rainforest and grows row crops when she’s not fishing. Her basic necessities are met, and when she needs companionship she visits her few friends in Cairns. Life, as she has known it for five years, is thrown into chaos when she finds a dead man in the mangroves

Claire Walker just happens to show up in her tiny seaside town the same day as the dead man is found. Claire, a behavioral scientist and special agent for a hush-hush government agency that needs Viv’s help to locate a possible ISIS training ground. Talk about throwing your relaxing haven into the crazy zone.

So the story takes off as Vivian reluctantly helping Claire, she doesn’t want to, nope not at all, but Claire appeals to her in a way she can’t deny. You know what it is, yes, attraction. Claire is gorgeous, smart and takes charge. She’s everything Vivian has always wanted in a partner but never had. She will help Claire find the terrorist cell because no matter what she puts her country before her own happiness. What she doesn’t know is that Miss Walker is equally interested in her. Newsflash, Viv is hot and doesn’t have any clue! So the story really takes off as these two ladies trek through rugged terrain looking for signs of a terror training camp. What they find is not quite a bunch of jihadists but that doesn’t mean their lives are not in serious danger.

This two spar throughout the book, ignoring their attraction for numerous reasons. Claire and Vic both respect each other, but miscommunication and assumptions (Viv thinks Claire is straight) keep acting as continuous roadblocks to the path of happy ever after. A little angsty but not overwhelmingly so. All in this book is pretty great. I definitely recommend it! I must say I love when an author makes both of leading ladies strong characters, who can hold their own.

4 out of 5 stars