Some For the Holidays - #TheRomanceZone @NightOwlReviews
“Thank You, Don’t Mind if I Do!”
Why yes, I’ll take one of those. Ooh, and how about one of these. Wait, don’t go—I want one of those too. Sampling … not just for holiday treats.
Yeah, you know, the ones you have to bake ‘cause your family can’t live without ‘em, and the ones your aunt Netta’s gonna be coaxing you to eat when you’re already stuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey. Here’s a no-calorie alternative! Try a new romance--just what you need to be thankful you have an ebook reader in your tired, stressed hands. Yes, ladies, we’re headed into the holidays and your emotional overload is just beginning. You need some time out, you know you do!
So, we’re off. All the way to the newly settled planet of Frontiera. Yee-haw, space cowboys ride again. And this virgin warrior has a heroine in his sights who’s more than just an Earth girl! Which means the ride won’t be an easy one. But it just may be more fun!
Creed of Pleasure; the Space Miner’s Concubine, LodeStar Series, Bk 2 by Cathryn Cade. Sci fi romance. Self-published.
Her mother’s people are renowned for their courage and sensuality, but can her human side go along when she must seduce a man to survive?
Orphaned in New Seattle, Earth II, with only his older brothers between him and the human and alien predators prowling the rough docks, Creed Stark grew into a man with one burning desire—never to cede control of his body or emotions to any living being. Joining a sect of fighting monks, he lived a life of physical control and chastity, until the wild planet of Frontiera called to him to come and mine her treasures.
Now he’s a wealthy man, but still trapped in the solitary life of a frontier miner. That is, until his eldest brother, space magnate Logan Stark sends him a living gift. She’s a concubine, skilled in the art of seduction and giving a man pleasure beyond his wildest dreams ... or is she?
Half-Serpentian or not, in the crime-ridden streets of New Seattle, Earth II, Taara Ravel can’t defend her quirky cousin and herself against an enemy they can’t even see. Then Stark agrees to whisk them away to safety on the new planet of Frontiera—but only for a high price. One the lovely blonde will have to pay with her body.
And then on to an epic tale of intrigue and revenge in another galaxy far, far away.
Spy’s Honor (Hearts and Thrones) by Amy Raby. Self-published.
Rhianne, mind mage and Imperial Princess of Kjall, cannot openly challenge the emperor. Instead, she acts in secret to aid the victims of his worst excesses. But now the emperor plans to wed her to the cruel Augustan, the man leading Kjall’s attack against the nation of Mosar. Soon she will be torn from her supporters and shipped overseas, where she can help no one.
Mosari crown prince Janto is desperate to save his country from invasion. When one of his most trusted spies disappears while gathering intelligence at the Kjallan palace, Janto takes his place and continues searching for information that could save his people. But falling for the Imperial Princess was not part of his plan. Nor was having his true identity revealed…
Now Rhianne must make a choice—follow the path of tradition or the one of the heart, even if it means betraying her own people.
But what’s an earth girl to do when the man who fills her with longing is not only younger, he has something a little extra in his genetic coding?
Alien Admirer, Alien Next Door Series, Bk 2, by Jessica E. Subject. Self-published.
He fills her with forbidden longing…
Widowed for over a year, Sera longs for the company of her younger, sexier neighbor, the one man she can never have—unless she plans to rob the cradle. It’s too dangerous…
She’s the only one for him…
Adam never wanted to settle down…until Sera. But even when her children give him the green light, he must prove age is an alien concept...
Will Sera give him a chance, or will Adam be left in the cold, never more than her alien admirer?
What if you’re the next tasty snack on the menu, and your boyfriend may have to decide between you and his pack?
The Alpha's Mate (Werewolf Romance) by Michelle Fox. Self-published.
When you’re a werewolf, there are always wolves at your door and some of them are up to no good.
Chloe Weiss’ dreams have come true: After years of shunning, she's finally a full member of her pack. Even better, she's mated to alpha, Jackson Swift. However, life on the other side of her happy ending is far from perfect.
Not everyone is thrilled with her status as alpha's mate. Then women start disappearing, torn from their homes and never heard from again. There's a killer in town and the one wolf he'd do anything to have is Chloe.
New wolf in town, and she has no idea why she’s even here!
Whitney (Paranormal BBW Shape Shifter Romance) (Alpha Marked) by Celia Kyle. Summerhouse Publishing.
Thirty and single? Well, getcha ass to the Gathering!
Whitney Wickham is at the darned annual werewolf Gathering all right. Only there’s one problem: she doesn’t belong there. Her sisters carry the Mark indicating they’ll mate an Alpha Pair of wolves, while Whitney does not have that lovely, swirling scar. She’s been hauled half way around the world to be stared at, and not-so-covertly sniffed, for no reason. Unfortunately the gorgeous, drool worthy, magic-mojo-wielding Wardens don’t know why she’s been summoned to the Gathering any more
than she does. Which sucks. But at least they’re hot.
Emmett Greene and Levy Walters are Wardens—keepers of the law and embodiment of the magic of the werewolves. They can never mate, never marry, and never form a lasting romantic relationship. It’s a hard and fast law that keeps their powers pure of outside influence.
Rules are going to be broken.
One look at Whitney, one hint of her scent, and they realize their immovable laws might have to jiggle. She’s got luscious curves, a wicked smile, and a mouth that would make a thousand men weep. No matter the rules, their inner wolves will claim her. The only things standing in their way are the Elder Wardens who will do anything… anything… to keep Emmett and Levy from discovering the truth: the laws are wrong. And being with Whitney Wickham is so very, very right.
From lupines to felines! Take one selfish playboy, turn him into a cat and promise him absolution, after he does one or two little chores. Catnip, right? Not exactly, but you’ll enjoy this touching and humorous tale.
Must Love Cats (The Nine Lives of Thomas Cash Riley series, Bk 1) by Elysa Hendricks. Self-published.
Thomas Cash (TC) Riley is mad, bad and dead. Killed in a one car wreck, the twenty-nine-year old playboy is given one last chance to redeem himself for living a selfish, unfulfilled life and to determine his soul’s final destination.
To help his young daughter recover from the loss of her mother, Daniel Bishop, a widower who dislikes the country and is allergic to anything with fur, has moved back to his wife’s rural hometown to be close to her large family.
Katherine Sinclair, the local veterinarian and the single mother of an adventurous ten-year old son, is wary of the handsome newcomer. Once before she’d given her heart to a wealthy, charming man and she’d ended up pregnant and alone.
With the help of a lonely little girl and a brash young boy, can TC find a way to bring these two damaged people together? Can he remember his past and save his soul in the allotted time?
And can he do it all as a cat?
Sharp and sharper teeth coming up!
Beauty Bites (Biting Love Book 6) by Mary Hughes. Samhain Publishing.
Beauty is skin deep…but the beast goes all the way.
When top Minneapolis ad man Ric Holiday is asked to design a campaign for a quaint little town, his first reaction is absolutely not. Meiers’ Corners is too near Chicago, home of the vampire who turned him as an orphaned boy.
Then the city sends an angel-faced med student with a body made for sin to plead their case. Synnove Byornsson is the ray of sunshine Ric hasn’t felt since he was human.
Armed with determination and a micro miniskirt, Synnove is prepared to crash Holiday’s penthouse cocktail party—and to dislike him on sight. But Mr. All-Style-No-Substance turns out to have a deadly smile, a barely restrained, feral strength, and piercing blue eyes that look at her—not at her cleavage.
Unfortunately Synnove has competition in the form of a sly temptress with a counterproposal. For the first time in her life, Synnove must cash in her genetic lottery ticket and fire back with some sizzle of her own—or her beloved Meiers’ Corners could become the new Sin City.
Warning: Contains a doctor with a bod for sin, an ad exec with a chip on his shoulder, sarcasm, sex, and a cabin full of annoying friends. Secrets are revealed. One heart-stopping, horrific moment leads to the ultimate of happily-ever-afters.
SNAP: Happily Ever After. (The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, Bk 6) by Michele Drier. Self-published. (Late 2013)
Loving Jean-Louis for eternity doesn't mean that Maxie Gwenoch will let him turn her.
Jean-Louis is a vampire, is gorgeous, is the second-in-command of the Kandesky Family of Hungarian vampires, and is her boss at SNAP, the multinational, multimedia celeb gossip empire where she is the VP for International Planning.
She moves to Kiev to build a home with Jean-Louis and finds her future under a cloud from Leonid, a rival from the Huszar family, now living in a bolthole in the ruins of Chernobyl. Will Maxie find safety by giving up her days and joining Jean-Louis in the vampire nights?
All right, lovelies, there’s a whole feast of reads to take you out of your world and into other worlds where danger, alpha heroes and naughty romance rule!
Don’t forget to be home by the holidays!
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.& She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.