Cross Check (Bayard Hockey: Book 2) by Kelly Jamieson

Cross Check (Bayard Hockey, #2)

Title: Cross Check

Author: Kelly Jamieson

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: July 25th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 252

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Bayard Hockey

Shut Out – Book 1

Cross Check – Book 2

Where you can find Cross Check: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A party girl and a clean-cut college hockey player discover that they’re not so different in this sexy, soulful Bayard Hockey novel from the bestselling author of Shut Out and the Heller Brothers series.

Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around—taunting and tempting Ella in ways she never thought possible.

As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways—and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Rape

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A Jot of Blood (The Coventry Years: Book 1) by Katherine Bayless

A Jot of Blood (The Coventry Years, #1)

Title: A Jot of Blood

Author: Katherine Bayless

Publisher: Scry Media

Date of publication: August 11th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 363

POV: 1st person

Series: The Coventry Years

A Jot of Blood – Book 1

Where you can find A Jot of Blood: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Adolescence is hard enough, but add magic to the mix and things have a way of getting complicated in a hurry. Even at Coventry Academy, one of the best schools in the world for the magically inclined, some ‘gifts’ mean nothing but trouble. What do you do when anything—your clothes, your food, the accidental brush of a fingertip—can instantly reveal the dark secrets of your closest friend … or, worse, a mortal enemy?

Coventry may have been Lire Devon’s haven since she was a little girl, but there are some who despise and even fear her rare clairvoyant power. Now, after years of simmering resentment, Lire’s nemesis, a sorceress with beauty, status, and well-connected friends, has thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge will push Lire’s resourcefulness to its limits and beyond—to a place where arcane dangers lurk and the price of power is knowledge too excruciating to bear.

Warning: The contents of this book include one surly werewolf, a snarky invisible prankster, and enough indelicate language to make a succubus blush.

Trigger Warning: Bullying

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A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords: Book 7) by Bronwen Evans

A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords, #7)

Title: A Love to Remember

Author: Bronwen Evans

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: August 29th, 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Disgraced Lords

A Kiss of Lies – Book 1

A Promise of More – Book 2

A Touch of Passion – Book 3

A Whisper of Desire – Book 4

A Taste of Seduction – Book 5

A Night of Forever – Book 6 (review here)

A Love to Remember – Book 7

A Dream of Redemption – Book 8

Where you can find A Love to Remember: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive Earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

Trigger Warning: None

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Mr. Big by Delancey Stewart

Mr. Big

Title: Mr. Big

Author: Delancey Stewart

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: August 29th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Women’s fiction

Number of pages: Unknown

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Mr. Big: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Once upon a time, I had everything: money, power, a multimillion-dollar company, a loving family. Well, at least I thought I had everything. Then my parents died, and I found out my whole life was based on a lie. That’s pretty much the moment when I went numb. Told the world to f*** off and went on a bender of epic proportion, just to see how far I could fall before I hit rock-bottom.

Now I’m back and all I want in this world is my morning—okay, afternoon—coffee. Then one of my employees has the nerve to call me out for cutting the line at the coffeehouse at the company I own. Sure, I’m a little scruffier than usual, but come on, bitching out the CEO? Not a smart career move. Just who does this smart-mouthed ball-buster think she is? And more important, what do I have to do to get her number?

Holland O’Dell may be uptight, but I wouldn’t mind taking her back to my place and ripping off that business-casual blouse/skirt combo and burying myself in her curves. She pushes my buttons, but at least I’m feeling something. And whatever it is, I won’t stop until I get more.

My review:

I was pretty stoked to read Mr. Big when I read the synopsis on Random House’s NetGalley page. I am a sucker for a romance that has a good plotline, a conflicted hero, and a strong heroine. I really thought that I was getting that when I started reading Mr. Big. But, I knew something was off after I read the first chapter.

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My Fair Lover (Legendary Lovers: Book 5) by Nicole Jordan

My Fair Lover (Legendary Lovers, #5)

Title: My Fair Lover

Author: Nicole Jordan

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Date of publication: August 29th, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

Number of pages: 368

POV: 3rd person

Series: Legendary Lovers

Princess Charming – Book 1

Lover Be Mine – Book 2

Secrets of Seduction – Book 3

The Art of Taming a Rake – Book 4

My Fair Lover – Book 5

Where you can find My Fair Lover: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lady Katherine Wilde believes she has crushed any lingering romantic feelings toward Brandon Deverill, who spurned her six years ago. And now that the rough-edged rogue needs polishing to claim his inheritance, she’s willing to strike a practical bargain: Kate will mold the brash privateer into an acceptable English nobleman if Deverill will safeguard her from brigands on a voyage to recover lost family treasure. However, the soul-melting kiss that seals their agreement just may reignite blazing passion. 

Brandon’s fortitude was sorely tested when he turned Kate away from his bed all those years ago. Even a rake such as he wouldn’t seduce an innocent beauty before sailing into battle. But now that he’s inherited a title and must take a suitable bride, he sets his sights on Kate. Though he fiercely desires her, true love is a notion that baffles him–until their adventure turns perilous and Brandon realizes he’d gladly trade his life to save the woman who has captured his heart.

Trigger Warnings: None

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Immortality Experiment: A Virtual Reality Thriller (Territoria: Book 1) by Vic Connor

Immortality Experiment: A Virtual Reality Thriller (Territoria Book 1)

Title: Immortality Experiment

Author: Vic Connor

Publisher: Helvetic House

Date of publication: May 21st, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Number of pages: 406

POV: 3rd person

Series: Territoria

Immortality Experiment – Book 1

Where you can find Immortality Experiment: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Immigrant. Criminal. Genius.

Abandoned as a child and fostered around a foreign city, Nikolay Somov had little hope of a successful life. Then he was wrongly convicted of a heinous crime and all hope was dashed. 

Imprisoned and awaiting execution, Nikolay receives an offer: Go on a mission inside the secret, government-controlled virtual world known as Territoria or die. 

Within the virtual world, Nikolay enrolls in the mysterious Ravenscroft Academy alongside humans, ogres, faeries, and gargoyles. As he continues to explore his new home, Nikolay discovers a conspiracy wrought with inhumane actions, driven by his captors’ boundless lust for power. 

What he thought was a school for the gifted turns out to be something else altogether. Surrounded by avatars, under constant surveillance, and fearing his mind has been infiltrated, Nikolay must escape or never see the real world again. 

This is the second edition of “Ravenscroft Conspiracy,” revised and rewritten with the input from readers.

Trigger Warning: None

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The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin

The Dream Keeper's Daughter

Title: The Dream Keeper’s Daughter

Author: Emily Colin

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Date of publication: July 25th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 482

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find The Dream Keeper’s Daughter: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her young daughter, Finn, her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. She has no idea that the where isn’t the problem—it’s the when. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only ever met in his dreams.

Trigger Warning: Beating of slaves, the beating of a child

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The Warlock’s Nemesis by Alena Des

The Warlock's Nemesis

Title: The Warlock’s Nemesis

Author: Alena Des

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 23rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Number of pages: 780

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: King Series

Mated to the Werewolf King – Book 1 (review here)

The Warlock’s Nemesis – Book 2

Heartless – Book 3

Where you can buy The Warlock’s Nemesis: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The world is devastated by a deadly virus which threatens humans’ very existence. In an alliance with the humans, the witch coven sends Alice as a healer. With resources stretched thin, and with no information on the cause of the sickness, what Alice can do is limited. However, whoever is behind the creation of the virus has another target in mind. Things take a sinister turn as Tannon, the powerful warlock faces his greatest nemesis yet. Will the identity of his nemesis be his downfall? Take this journey as Alice and the warlock join hands to find the solution to the extinction of all species, and fight the enemy who is so far away, and yet so near at the same time.

Trigger Warning: None

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Black Mark’s Resistance (Black Mark: Book 1) by Ebony Olson

Black Mark Series Book 1: Black Mark's Resistance by [Olson, Ebony ]

Title: Black Mark’s Resistance

Author: Ebony Olson

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 23rd, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 184

POV: 1st person

Series: Black Mark Series

Black Mark’s Resistance – Book 1

Black Mark’s Secrets – Book 2

Black Mark’s Heart – Book 3

Where you can buy Black Mark’s Resistance: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Get the #1 bestselling Black Mark Series in an exclusive and complete boxed set, including Black Mark’s Resistance, Black Mark’s Secrets, and Black Mark’s Heart. This collection of steamy and thrilling romance series is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat! 

You’ve never been wanted. You’ve never been loved. You release your emotions by bleeding and having sex. But now, the hottest person alive develops a sudden interest in you. What do you do? 
Mora has never had an easy life. Physically and mentally abused by her mother, she’s never known what being wanted or loved felt like. Her only relief? Sex, bleeding and playing the cello. And now, her new boss, Darius, has shown an interest in her character. Will Darius become another danger in Mora’s life, or is he the absolution she’s been internally wishing for?

Trigger Warning: Child Abuse, Cutting

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Chasing a Legend (Kavanagh Legends: Book 4) by Sarah Robinson

Chasing a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #4)

Title: Chasing a Legend

Author: Sarah Robinson

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: August 22nd, 2017

Genre: Romance, Sports

Number of Pages: 250

POV: 3rd person

Series: Kavanagh Legends

Breaking a Legend – Book 1

Saving a Legend – Book 2

Becoming a Legend – Book 3

Chasing a Legend – Book 4

Kavanagh Christmas – Book 5 (expected publication date: November 6th, 2017)

Where you can find Chasing a Legend: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A top-notch manager and agent, Quinn Kavanagh pictures a life outside of his family’s renowned MMA gym. Beneath his sleek exterior, Quinn has a secret passion for sculpting. But after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, he’s struggling just to walk again, let alone get back to the studio—and it doesn’t help that the doctor in charge of his physical therapy is his childhood crush. Quinn’s always ready for a fight, but the bittersweet sting of unrequited love has him begging for mercy.

Dr. Kiera Finley is determined to make her medical residency a success. Six years ago, she gave in and shared a single passionate night with Quinn. Now she’s just hoping the cocky lover from her past doesn’t derail her plans for the future. Little by little, though, Kiera gets to know another side of Quinn. She knew he was a family man, devoted to his parents and brothers, but he’s also a free spirit trapped in a cage—and only she has the key. To heal both Quinn’s body and soul, Kiera’s tempted to give him a special kind of medicine.

Trigger Warning: Death of a pet

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