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HOT PURSUIT. Book Cover HOT PURSUIT.
REBECCA. FREEBORN
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, mystery
Pantera Press
(28 Mar. 2018)

A missing rockstar, a suspected murderer on the run, and a chase through some of the world’s most romantic destinations

Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of her life abruptly runs out on her.

An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine—far from her dream job.

Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch—her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.

But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?

A kick-ass heroine here in a really nicely written fun story. So our heroine is exiting – still – a bad relationship with a not so good guy, when she finds herself travelling for her work – being a journalist.

Except that her boss doesn’t really think she is suited to the job as her previous career experience (despite her degree) had been in beauty therapy ie hair-dressing, and that was her current writing slot at the mag.

She gets sent abroad to investigate with a really hot camera man and things take the usual course. But are complicated by the rock star she manages to befriend and various shady activities. Nothing goes right, but works out well in the end.

Based in Australia, it makes a nice change of dialect for me, and brings back memories of my visit there too.

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Heroines and Hellions Box Set: some new reviews

Fairy Wings Book Cover Fairy Wings
Heroines and Hellions
Louisa Klein
urban fantasy
Carter & Bradley Publishing
(2 Jan. 2018)

NO DAMSELS ALLOWED!

22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day...or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you're ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS

Be aware before you start reading that a number of the authors claim that the book was published too early and that a: the story included was not the one promised; or b:it is not finished. the do offer the opportunity to sign up for ending or correct story.

  1. Chains of Iron and Silver

by Margo Bond Collins and Erin Hayes

2 of my favourite fantasy authors creat a story where 2 monster hunters, cursed by a demon (family history), meet up to rescue a Fairy Rince captured by werewolves. ow was he? and the werewolf hunter has a pet werewolf? really? clearly a story yet to be told. So there is lots of killing of werewolves by our hunters. fun anf feisty heroins. 4 stars.

see Mistletoe and Mischief and Sin and Silver for more about these 2 hellions. I’m going to read them…

2. On a Red Horse

Monica Corwin

The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse – shock horror – are female! and living as humans…

  • and they are intimate with the Norse gods and the  Greek gods and…

– and guess what? they run a coffee shop Duh?

An interesting take on the topic and fun read.

3. Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

A steampunk novel. I rather like this concept where it is set in the Victorian era, but not, with all the usual paranormal characters/creatures – and a Secret Police wearing Red Capes (not so secret then..). there are several wolf packs living in London but they are not very civilised – only one pack has anyone who can read and write. And the female pack runs a brothel.

So the questions behind this story is why are the packs working together? and what are they doing with all the different scientists they keep kidnapping?

4. No-Body’s Here: Bec Mc Master

5. Demon’s are a Girl’s Best Friend: Heather Marie Adkins

Rather a fun idea – you accidentally are a demon and accidentally have a child and then hide by pretending to human with an obsession with cross-stitch? And don’t tell your daughter what is coming for her? The small fact that her dad was a King in the demon world and that she might have to take his place if he dies?

Oops if you are her daughter. Another nicely written story and I love the cross-stitching mother.

6. Xin: Jade Kerrion

7. Secrets of the King: Gina Watson

8. Frigid: Rene Folsom

9. Dark Crown: Melle Amande

10. Underground Magic: D.D.Meirs

Well this was different, our heroine fights dirty in cages – lots of martial arts here and nasty – very nasty creatures to be fought.

11. Elements: Michelle Hercules

I didn’t like this one quite as much as most of the others. Lots of gods and goddesses and Gaia involved.

12. The Guardians: Elise Marion

Another girl who is half-demon and destined to fight and save the world.

A familiar tale but nicely written and set in New Orleans one of the favourite places for these dark and steamy novels..

13. A Touch of Death: Carly Fall

14. Marked in Shadow’s Keep

15. Jace’s Destiny: Ashley C. Harris

16. Dead Certain: Kim Cleary

17. City Stalker: Maria Monroe

18. Djinn Rising: Christine Walker

19. Fairy wings: Louisa Klein

And London is not what you thought when there is a wizard in charge of hunting down artefacts for the British museum and statues come to life after closing time.

A new author for me, writing a prequel to a series I’ve not encountered. But a nice, somewhat clipped way of writing and a heroine unsure of her powers – but not in this story at least, destined as the world’s saviour for a change.

Love the Mary Poppins bag – just what I want when I travel, o hold luggage and as many pairs of shoes as I want, and all in a bag that weighs next to nothing.

20. Trick of Shadows: Alex Owens

21. Takin’ it Back: Ash krafton

22. Ink: SJ Davis

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Small but deadly

Pint Sized Protector
Bad Boy Inc #2
Eve Langlais
romantic suspense, contemporary
Eve Langlais
(10 Oct. 2017)

Now there is one thing I learnt in Judo when I was younger that being pint -sized myself gave you several advantages when fighting tall and bulky males.

1. They underestimated you. And

2. You could get under their guard and throw them down before they knew it, as your centre of gravity was underneath theirs.

So being pint sized, if you are feisty, is often a good thing.

So enjoyed this feisty kickass pint-sized female story as it had resonations…

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And then we need

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need Book Cover The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need
Nava Katz #3
Deborah Wilde
urban fantasy
Te Da Media

Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do.

Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin's refusal to believe there's corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head... Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she's got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice

And our kicking butt heroine just keeps on giving – great stories and ways to catch those sneaky demons! And keep those hot boys on their toes – not to mention deal with that misogynistic Brotherhood.

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4 Red Hot Heroines

Red Hot Divas Book Cover Red Hot Divas
Mimi Barbour
Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, Anthologies
Sarna Publishing; 1 edition
(17 July 2016)
Kindle

Special Agent Francesca (Award-winning novel) Book #1 – Undercover FBI: Violence, suspense and sizzling romance explode during Francesca’s humorous journey, fighting off the mob! Dr. Sean Collins wants to tame her! Yeah-like that’s gonna happen. Only one thing keeps Francesca motivated. Proving to her mother, the FBI “Snow Queen”, that working undercover is where she belongs.

Roll the Dice Book #2 – Vegas Series: This powerful, romantic suspense about two detectives with differing agendas - yet after the same rapist – will grab you and the continuing conflicts will keep you entranced. Kai, the bald-headed, blue-eyed, purse-carrying cowboy tries to wrestle control from his new partner, gorgeous yet grumpy Aurora, but till the shocking end she fights him… and then things really deteriorate.

Let it Ride Book #6 – Vegas Series: Lisa Jordan’s life changes drastically after she begins work as a detective in Vegas. Her new female partner is a pit-bull. Her sister passes on and she becomes guardian for her adorable, three-year-old nephew. And she sleeps with a millionaire casino owner who’s kidnapped shortly after. Their steamy one-night-stand forces her to take the case… like she has any choice.

This is an anthology set in Las Vegas where the heroines will become known to each other.

Book 1 is about an undercover FBI agent who is a Martial Arts Champion.

Books 2 and 3 are about cops in the Las Vegas Police Dept – in my opinion, the heroine in book 3 was the least convincing.

For me, Mimi Barbour writes heroines as we wished we were. They have long slim legs. They are athletic. They have beautiful hair and are admired and respected by the men they work with, and for. They are loved intensely by strong males who adore babies and small children, and who will protect them at all costs.

There is lots of humour in these stories – see the cops when they become Las Vegas showgirls with blue feathers – and in the ( nice) scenes between characters.

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