Review: Sworn to Love (Hot Cops) by Karin Tabke

The series is called Hot Cops, and this description certainly describes the hero in SWORN TO LOVE. An alpha male in every way conceivable along with extraordinary physical features makes Mateo Juarez an individual other men fear and women want in their bed. Though he is not looking for love, his latest DEA mission has him discovering his heart is not quite as hardened as he thought. Karin Tabke cleverly entwines suspenseful incidents with sky-high passionate encounters to create a sensually rewarding story. SWORN TO LOVE takes you on an erotic journey of lust-filled sex and perilous danger, where emotions are constantly in turmoil.

When the man known as Mateo Juarez is assigned his current DEA task, he has two reasons for wanting it to be successful. The Dumas cartel is selling a highly profitable new drug that is starting to cause havoc in the US, and he needs to work his way into the criminal organization to ensure the distribution of the harmful pills is halted. An event in his own past also causes Mateo to want this group of particularly ruthless men to lose everything. When an opportunity arises for him to make his move, he knows it will be extremely risky but is willing to take the chance in order to stop such a powerful and corrupt group.

The only time Sophia Dumas goes against her father’s demands, she comes in contact with a stranger who makes her wish for a much different life, one where decisions are her own and not someone else’s. But it is not an accident that Mateo meets up with her, as she is vital to his goal in bringing down the empire ruled by her father. Though he has done a variety of things in the line of duty, getting close to Sophia is not only dangerous to his life but it quickly becomes all too personal.

With explosive passion and chilling danger, Karin Tabke makes the fifth book in her Hot Cops series repeatedly jaw-dropping. Sex between Mateo and Sophia is anything but ordinary, and every time they are together is even more heated. Though she was not sexually experienced, since her father keep her isolated from others, she had done lots of reading and really wanted to be with a man of her choosing. As each scene plays out after Sophia and her fantasy man meet, their emotions become entangled with the desire each is feeling. Some of the circumstances this couple ends up sharing are rather shocking, since being involved with a cartel family can cause unforeseen jeopardy in an instant. Not knowing what would happen next had me anxious over the welfare of Mateo and Sophia on numerous occasions.

As an undercover agent, Mateo often has to prove he is just as coldblooded as those with whom he is forced to be around. Yet his inner compassionate nature comes through when his actions are actually hiding protectiveness and not cruelty. Mateo came to wipe out the Dumas cartel, but soon the welfare of Sophia is almost as important to him. The way her life has been controlled by others had her reluctant to believe anything Mateo said, and getting her to trust him is made harder because of all the secrets he must keep. Between drugs and terrorizing criminals, the story has several situations which are realistically depicted with frightening developments and much uncertainty. It was frequently very difficult to catch my breath between volatile escapades. One daring adventure after another brings gripping realism to SWORN TO LOVE.

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: suspense

ISBN: 9781439127353

Page Count: 180

Price: 1.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: karintabke.com/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/lbsaay5

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Review: The Byte of Betrayal by Ashavon Doyon

Caleb loves his online life until he feels The Byte of Betrayal.

A thirty year old fast food worker, Caleb McDonnell lives his life through his online friends. He has found friendship and acceptance and even romance. His real life does not intrude nor does it dictate who can be his friends. When one of his close friends is revealed to be a fake, Caleb feels he can no longer trust and leaves his online life behind. He is left with only his monotonous job.

Nicodemus Rokos knew he had to tell Caleb, his online romance interest, about his friend. He never thought Caleb would leave him by never signing on again. Nico decides he will go to Caleb and hope he will listen. He must have him back in his life.

Ashavon Doyon’s The Byte of Betrayal will tug at your heart strings. Caleb felt so betrayed when he found out his best friend online was a fake that he withdrew completely from his internet world. Nico knew that Caleb was for him and so, he went after him. What he does next is incredibly romantic and we can all only wish we had someone to love us that much. Look for a great story that will pull at your emotions but leave you with a happy feeling? Ashavon Doyon’s The Byte of Betrayal is perfect for you. Pick this one and be prepared to cry along with Caleb and rejoice while he looks for the ability to move on. He picked himself up one other time. Does he have the strength to do it again? Find out in the pages of The Byte of Betrayal by Ashavon Doyon.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-63216-076-8

Page Count: 73 pages

Price: $3.99

Author’s Website:  http://www.ashavandoyon.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5126

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Review: Sawyer (Alluring Indulgence) by Nicole Edwards

With his reputation as a womanizer, Sawyer Walker does not appear to be a man ready to settle down any time soon. Yet it only takes one glimpse of Kennedy Endsley to make him obsessed with bedding her, a reaction that is definitely not normal for him. Nothing he does seems to get her attention, but he just cannot give up his dogged pursuit and decides to intensify the chase. Thus begins a compelling storyline for the latest installment in the Alluring Indulgence series, a book overflowing with genuine feelings and loads of sex. Nicole Edwards has created a heartwarming series about seven brothers and the path each takes to finding someone special. Five have found enduring love, but Sawyer has his work cut out for himself as Kennedy has a very good memory. SAWYER leaves you breathless and panting for more.

How Sawyer Walker treated Kennedy Endsley in high school caused her to not trust the hunky boy because of his behavior. She left Coyote Ridge, Texas upon graduation and returned to her hometown after earning a veterinarian degree. While Kennedy may not have appealed to him when they were teenagers, the changes to her while she was gone definitely tempted him when she returned. Though Sawyer has tried to interact with her for eight long years, she has managed to ignore his every effort.

Kennedy knows what is said about Sawyer and the many women in his life is the truth, and she does not plan on being added to his list of sexual conquests. But his persistence in getting her to go out with him is finally making her think about giving in, yet she fears any involvement with him will only lead to misery, at least for her. Sawyer knows he has changed since those thoughtless days of high school, and he is determined to show Kennedy just how much.

Reading a book by Nicole Edwards can warm even the coldest winter night. The Alluring Indulgence series is exceptionally steamy, and SAWYER takes the heat to new heights. Sex between Sawyer and Kennedy is often experimental, and his delight in discovering her wildly sensual side just doubles the explosiveness of their encounters. Ms. Edwards knows exactly how to describe their intimate moments in order to make them profoundly affecting to both characters along with the reader. Several scenes are especially scorching, and I just had to reread them because of how incredibly they are depicted.

While Sawyer and Kennedy do share plenty of spectacular sex, the feelings they express to each other are often just as overwhelming. Nicole Edwards makes any emotional happenings between these two come across as particularly realistic, where their reactions also deeply touched me. The author is able to put you inside the mind of her characters over and over again, and each time let me know their emotional state at a certain moment. I really liked how the thoughts of Sawyer reveal the feelings that he does not let others see, plus what dreams he wanted to achieve. He made a lasting impression because of one noteworthy incident long ago, yet he demonstrates there is so much more to him in his own book.

The way in which family dynamics are portrayed throughout the Alluring Indulgence series is some of the best around. With so many siblings and with them all being boys, the Walker family has had its share of ups and downs. The setup for Brendon’s book lets me know the anticipation will be worth the wait. I also liked how someone’s treatment of another proved their appeal as a person or showed their undesirable natures. Nicole Edwards can do no wrong when it comes to creating unforgettable characters. SAWYER is sensually riveting and satisfies every romantic craving.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781476790862

Page Count: 320

Price: $5.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: nicoleedwardsauthor.blogspot.com/

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Review: Somebody’s Been a Bad Wolf by Stephani Hecht

Stephani Hecht takes us back to the Wayne Count Wolves with Somebody’s Been a Bad Wolf.

Levine spends his time alone and watches as everyone he crushes on is taken by someone else. He is sure he will always be alone. Then he has an unusual conversation with a member of the pack and resolves to change his ways. When a new wolf walks into the pack house, Levine knows Colt is just who he wants. He sets about catching his attention.

Colt just lost everything and is not ready for a relationship. For some reason, though, this crazy Omega will not leave him alone. And as they spend more time together, Colt finds he is attracted to Levine but is not sure he should act on it.

Levine gets some advice from an unusual source and decides to follow it when he meets Colt. With a little encouragement, he makes his move and the two are off. But Colt is not sure he is ready for a relationship after losing so much. A fun lighthearted read, Somebody’s Been a Bad Wolf by Stephani Hecht is another one of her trademarked delicious books. Enjoy it!

 

 

 

Star Rating: 4 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-77111-949-8

Page Count: 96 pages

Price: $3.99

Author’s Website: http://authorstephanihecht.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/somebody-s-been-a-bad-little-wolf/

Available:  Ebook

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Review: Eddie by Skylar Jaye

Join the fun, games and adventure! Pick up Eddie by Skylar Jaye, where superheroes and super villains abound.

Eddie Goodman is dismayed to find himself kidnapped again. As the only member of his family with no super powers, he seems to be the weak link. His kidnapper this time is Shadow, an unknown super villain, and the circumstances are not quite what he expects. He does find him to be disgusting or truly evil like his previous kidnappers, and with his training as a psychologist, Eddie is convinced that Shadow is not really evil. His conclusion is substantiated when Shadow saves him from some bad guys. He knows he is quickly becoming infatuated with his kidnapper and he knows he must fight that. But Eddie also senses that Shadow is the perfect Dominant and that Shadow, in turn, senses, and wants, Eddie’s desire for submission.

Eddie is kidnapped quite often, but somehow manages to always escape, either through his own wits or with some help. He does find Shadow unique and manages to break down some walls and they begin to talk. Then everything changes. Watching all the gradual well drawn out changes made the reading fun.

Skylar Jaye has an incredible sense of humor and a touch of the absurd as she pens these stories. Eddie is fun to read and we are soon rooting for our favorite superheroes. Looking for a fun romp with two very hot men? Something a bit different? How about something with that touch of humor? Try Eddie by Skylar Jaye and be prepared to be fully entertained.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-62798-723-3

Page Count: 200 pages

Price: $6.99

Author’s Website: http://www.skylarjaye.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5057

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Review: Disillusioned (Swept Away) by J.S. Cooper

DISILLUSIONED has one mystery after another and truths are never easy to confirm.

While reading the first book in the Swept Away series, I became totally caught up in the lives of Bianca and the secretive man named Jakob. Just when I thought something was finally figured out, another set of circumstances would arise that once again caused further confusion. In the second book, the list containing liars continues to grow longer while individuals who are actually being honest are almost nonexistent. What is in fact happening to Bianca is one big mystery, and by the end of the book, I was completely stunned by several of the unpredicted disclosures. Intrigue escalates to sky-high levels in DISILLUSIONED, as J.S. Cooper masterfully takes the reader on a journey of mystifying unknowns.

When Bianca London was previously left on an isolated island, a man was also stranded with her. She has no idea how they came to be there, and he also seems to be in the dark. The man says his name is Jakob and fortunately he knows enough to keep them alive. Bianca has never had much luck with relationships, but the stranger is definitely sexy and tempts her from the start. Being with Jakob all hours of the day and night has her coming to trust him because of all the compassion he shows.

Just when it appears as though their luck is changing, an incident causes Bianca to doubt everything she believes about Jakob. She wonders if he was also kidnapped like her, or whether he might have known much more about the situation and was only pretending to be just as clueless as her. Any future explanations he gives often have few details, so she is not sure about anything related to the abduction or his identity. The new information she recently received about her parents and the corporation where her father worked increases the questions for which Bianca wants answers. But every time she goes in search of explanations, lies are what she finds.

With the amount of uncertainties growing much faster than actual facts, I became more and more immersed in DISILLUSIONED. What was thought to be the truth repeatedly turned out to be just a deception to mislead Bianca. I lost count of the times she was deceived by someone. J.S. Cooper imaginatively planned the occurrences in the second Swept Away book, where nothing is assured except for the story being creatively engrossing. I do not know when I have wanted the next book in a series so urgently, as the last scene caused multiple possibilities.

The behavior of Bianca is usually fueled by emotions, and not always thinking things through does get her into a few risky predicaments. I held my breath during more than one dilemma she faced, as the outcome could have gone in so many different ways. As she tries to discover the details about long ago events concerning her parents plus her recent kidnapping, what Bianca learns only adds to the chaos in her life. Deciding if she can rely on Jakob or if he is also someone who frequently lies to her will take much soul-searching, where her feelings are even more mixed-up because of the powerful sexual pull between them. When she does have sex with him, the moment overwhelms her with lust. Yet misgivings often crop up later and she once again questions his role in their relationship. What is really going on is a mystery I am eager to see resolved. Suspicions are raised in DISILLUSIONED, where practically nothing is as it seems.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1476790992

Page Count: 288

Price: 16.00

Author’s Website: jscooperauthor.com/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/nentpnd

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Review: Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper

Book two in the Sanguine series, Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper, finds our heroes working hard to stay alive and ahead of the enemy.

Gabe Vadas was born to be a vampire slayer. His life, however, did not always follow that path. Not only is his boss a vampire but so is his lover. A unique individual, his lover, Harvey Feng, spends hours working in his lab but tells Gabe little. He had been a vegetarian but now he enjoys Gabe’s blood. But that blood gives them a strange bond and Gabe worries about the changes in their relationship and Harvey’s secret lab activities.

Gabe puts his worries on the back burner when the two are sent to New York City to help the new top vamp clean up the mess left behind by the old one. And what a mess it is. There are more than a few feral vampires found and then there is a doctor trying to create a vampire master race, something very familiar indeed to historians. The trail leads them deep in the past where they discover things that could destroy them both.

Temper Sanguine is Book Two in the Sanguine series. It has some unusual qualities to it that make the reading compelling and exciting. Gabe was meant to slay vampires and yet he is in love with one and is employed by another. Harvey had been a vegetarian, but find Gabe’s blood to be irresistible, something that troubles him. One thing is certain, they make a great team, both in and out of bed. Hot, exciting and more than a few surprises makes Temper Sanguine a book that will have us looking for more and more. Lou Harper has a winner with the Sanguine Series.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 9781619220638

Page Count: 172 pages

Price: $4.50

Author’s Website: http://www.louharper.com/

Buy It Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5040/temper-sanguine

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Review: Think of England by KJ Charles

KJ Charles takes us back in time to 1904 with Think of England, an intriguing tale of deceit and betrayal.

Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends and his fingers as well as his military career in a tragic accident. After hearing some stories, Curtis travels to a remote house party, determined to investigate the rumors that sabotage was involved.

Quite a varied group of people are attending the party, including Daniel da Silva. Curtis finds Daniel quite annoying with his queer ways and decadent affectations. But Curtis soon learns there is more to Daniel than meets the eye and the two form an uneasy alliance. It seems to two have a similar goal and, it turns out, share an attraction as well. The party deteriorates as blackmail, murder and treachery are revealed. Now the two must unite if they are to survive to explore their attraction.

KJ Charles, once again, blows us out of the water with her ability to drag us into a story. The action starts in the drawing room and quickly moves on to less favorable, and more dangerous, locations. Curtis finds himself attracted to da Silva, something that was not at all acceptable in those days. These same people who had a problem with someone’s personal life, also felt they had the right to malign and ruin others, as well as betray in the name of profit. Some things never change.

If you are looking for a book with excitement, new found love, and a story that is distinctive and action-packed, than look no further than Think of England by KJ Charles. KJ Charles is one author who should be on your keeper shelf.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Historical GLBT

ISBN: 9781619221772

Page Count: 197 pages

Price: $4.50

Author’s Website: kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com/

Buy It Link:  https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5040/temper-sanguine

Available:  Ebook

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Review: The Master (The Game Maker) by Kresley Cole

The first book in the Game Maker series was packed with sex and emotions, and even more emphasize is given to these two topics in the second riveting installment. Kresley Cole uses lusty visuals and candid banter to make scenes come alive with jaw-dropping realism. There is no way not to be affected by the skillfully written sexual encounters, as the images envisioned are guaranteed to raise your pulse. THE MASTER is unforgettable eroticism that is without equal.

Life has drastically changed for the woman known as Catarina Marín. Turns out the man she married was nothing like she thought, and now she is trying to not let him find her in Miami. Since leaving the area would probably be wise, she needs some quick cash, and entertaining a very rich Russian businessman seems like the only way to get enough money very fast. Though Maksimilian Sevastyan believes Cat is a professional escort, she has never done anything like this before nor had sex with a stranger.

When she arrives at the swanky penthouse where her client is staying, his first impression of Cat is to make her leave as she possesses none of his usual requirements for a sexual partner. Yet her appearance plus sharp-wit intrigue Maksim, causing him to change his mind. As they talk about the details of the time they will spend together, Cat learns he is into BDSM and will be required to do his every bidding. Even though she wants to refuse, the amount he offers is just too good to pass up. When she agrees to stay with him, the passion and emotions both experience are anything but typical. Cat has certain rules to live by, but Maksim makes her want to break more than just one after their uninhibited session.

With sizzling passion backed by genuine feelings, THE MASTER takes the reader on an erotic journey of discovering the true meaning of love. When Maksim and Cat first meet, neither could have imagined just how much one fervent night of sex would completely change their lives. He is a man with certain sexual appetites from which he never wavers, yet the woman who comes to his penthouse is too enticing to send away. Cat is only pretending to be an escort to get money which will let her stay hidden from the person who haunts her life, but she also feels the powerful pull to the businessman with questionable Mafiya connections. Although his behavior can alter in an instant, she stands her ground and states her opinion when she disagrees with him. Often the reaction of Cat to something said by Maksim is extremely clever and shows her intelligence. While I did laugh uncontrollably at times because of her shrewd comments and his unexpected responses, there are also moments where seriousness almost brought me to tears. Two instances in particular are very moving as they come across with such sincerity.

While the emotional impact of the relationship between Cat and Maksim is exceedingly important, sex is also a vital part of their storyline. Though they definitely have lots of very vividly depicted intimate moments, each instance is always described in a way that is realistic yet surprisingly honest. Kresley Cole makes every second of any sexual encounter some of the hottest ever conceived. Each scene conveys exactly what Maksim and Cat are feeling, thus revealing their thoughts along with their satisfaction. The main characters in the first book are featured, letting the reader know how their plans have moved forward. I really hope the next book is about two characters already met, as they would make things so interesting. Kresley Cole proves everything she writes is outstanding, as THE MASTER is creating at its best.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1476797281

Page Count: 406

Price: 7.99

Author’s Website: kresleycole.com/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/qgfjptk

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Announcing CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Awards 2014

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CataNetwork is proud to announce the winners of our Reviewers’ Choice Awards for 2014. Our reviewers are fortunate to read many outstanding books during the year and it is practically impossible to choose only one per category or one per genre. Thank you to all the gifted writers, please accept our sincere appreciation for sharing your stories and talent with us.

The winners of the CataNetwork Reviewer’s Choice Award for 2014 are…

 

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