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Lawe's JusticeLawe’s Justice (Breeds #26) by Lora Leigh
* This book is part of my personal library*

In Lora Leigh’s scorching new Breed novel, two adversaries are destined to explore the only thing they have in common: an irresistible mating heat…

Diane Broen’s lived to protect her younger sister Rachel from harm. But now that Rachel has been mated off, Diane’s occupied herself with less fulfilling tasks at the Genetics Council–until she’s paired with a new team member, a Breed male notorious for his attitude, and a touch that makes her recoil.

Lawe isn’t thrilled with her either. A lion at heart, he prefers a lair of solitude. When it comes to females, he’d rather snarl than purr. And while fate may have paired them to fight on the same team, neither is willing to admit to the obvious: the mating heat between them is positively incinerating.

It’s only when danger threatens that they make a hotter-than-hell connection–one so explosive it could destroy them. Or, as providence reveals, bind them together, forever.

Diane and her team have been working with the Breed soldiers trying to find an antidote for her niece Amber.  She and her sister Rachel have lost their family and Diane will do anything to keep them safe, even ignore the heat rising inside her every time she is around Lawe.  Ever since he helped rescue her, Diane can’t Lawe off her mind, he’s her mate but she knows that if she gives in, she is going to lose herself forever.

Lawe has never forgotten how he felt when he rescued Diane and realized that she was his mate.  He has stepped back and let her continue to do her job while his team makes sure she stays safe.  He senses her hurt every time they are together; because of his need to protect and her desire for freedom they continue to dance around the mating heat.

I love Diane, she is a strong female lead that is a trained fighter that is lethal and would do anything in the world for her family.  She has been tracking down leads for some teens that escaped the labs years ago; they alone may hold the secret to Amber’s cure.  The odds are stacked against her; she is having to prove herself to Lawe, she has a traitor on her team and she is in a battle against time to find those young adults.

Lawe is your typical alpha male.  He has the breed mentality ingrained in his DNA, mates always come first.  Jonas wants him to take a desk job but he lives for the field, if he can only convince Diane that the best place for her is safe at home.  He can feel how deeply Diane is hurting every time they are together but he just can’t allow her to continue taking jobs in the field.  He has held off initiating the mating heat because he knows they will both be lost with the first kiss and he can’t risk her safety.

The story continues right where the short story An Inconvenient Mate leaves off.  It not only tells the story of Lawe and Diane but it is action packed with glimpses of some of our favorite characters from past books.  I can’t wait to find out if the three they are looking for will be able to help baby Amber, I feel so bad for the little angel.  The ending was my favorite because Lawe finally understands what both he and Diane need out of their relationship.

Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the next one in the series.  I give Lawe’s Justice 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts

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Lover at LastLover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by JR Ward
* This book is part of my personal library*

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

The long awaited book about Qhuinn and Blay is finally here and it did not disappoint.  Qhuinn and Blay have been dancing around each other for years but the timing never seems right for them.  Now events keep pushing them together, will they be able to finally make things work?

Qhuinn has had a hard life and had to grow up at a very early age.  He was shunned by his family because of his eyes but he always found safety and love at Blay’s house.  He is a fighter alongside the Brotherhood now and has a home where he is loved and trusted yet, he still feels alone.  He and Layla have a child on the way; he will finally have his own family.  Before he can move forward though, he has to work through his personal issues.

Blay has been in love with Qhuinn for as long as he can remember but has given up on ever having a relationship with him.  He has moved on with Saxton and things have been good but there is still something missing.  Now that he is free, will Qhuinn be able to overcome his personal issues so they finally have a chance.

Qhuinn and Blay have been friends forever and if it wasn’t for Blay, Qhuinn wouldn’t be here today.  While Blay has made it known that he was in love with Qhuinn, Qhuinn hasn’t been able to admit his feelings.  Over the past year he has been dying a little inside watching Blay and Saxton together, knowing he would never have him for his own.  He has decided that he needs to grow up and get his life together before his young is born.  He and Layla have become friends but she isn’t the one for him but they will still have the family they both desire.

Qhuinn and Blay have several encounters and let me say, JR has written their scenes so well.  They are actually quite HOT together and the reader is provided with enough information to know what is going on between them while still leaving some things to the imagination.  The scene in the clinic was really powerful and I actually ached for Qhuinn when he and Blay got into their screaming match in the training center.  But when Qhuinn finally has his ahha moment, I wanted to cry right along with him.

There are so many moments in this story that evoke emotion from the reader that you are fully vested in these characters.  The book also gives us glimpses of the Band of Bastards, Assail, the shadows and lessers.  Each chapter is full of action or emotion.  There is so much going on in this world that it is impossible not to include these side stories.  We were given just a taste of new plot lines that include Trez, Assail and Xcor and the possible female mates in their futures.  And the all the brothers were present and accounted for.

I loved this book and took my time reading it because I just didn’t want it to end.  I give Lover at Last 4½ Faming Hearts.   4.5 Hearts

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OzOz by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Lionel and Crow and Tim, oh my!

Can Dorothea Gale escape the clutches of foreclosure by making a deal to have sex with three handsome men?

Dorothea Gale is a victim of a bad economy. After losing her job, Thea asks Tim Woodman, the man of her dreams and the contractor who built her home, to help her sell it. He leads her to the powerful William Ozarak, a voyeur, who offers her a deal – sexual submission for one month in exchange for two years worth of mortgage payments. Can she barter her body to prove ‘there’s no place like home’? Or will she lose her soul in the process?

Tim Woodman, who is in the middle of a divorce, isn’t looking for entanglements. Yet he can’t help be drawn to the sexy Thea. If he helps her will he lose his heart? Or did he even have one to begin with?

Dorothea “Thea” Gale is alone, jobless and fixing to be homeless.  She can’t bear the thought of losing the home she had custom built to foreclosure.  She doesn’t realize what she is getting into when she asks an old friend to help her sale it.

Tim and Thea have crossed paths several times over the past few years but the timing has never been right.  Now Tim is back in her life and in the middle of a divorce but he is willing to do anything he can to help Thea, even introduce her to his biggest competitor.

This isn’t your typical Wizard of Oz story so be warned.   Oz is a steamy, sex filled take on an old classic that contains very little actual romance, aside from Tim and Thea’s story.  Thea agrees to Oz’s proposal to do whatever he requests from her for thirty days in order to save her beloved home.  She is allowed to bring one male with her when she comes and Tim seems to be the natural choice for her because she trusts him.

Thea is surprised when she and Tim are joined by two other sexy guys, Lionel and Crow.  She is not used to “performing” before an audience but Oz prefers to watch, rather than participate.  As the days pass, she becomes more and more aware of her sexuality, even though she is still uncomfortable with what she is doing.  If she can just get through thirty days with Oz, her house payments will be paid for two years.

The story is very sexy and not for the light hearted.  I liked the characters involved, even though the story line is a little weak.  Thea is literally in the hands of three sexy men while Oz watches.  Each of the characters has something they are hiding and throughout the story they are revealed.  I loved the addition of Tim’s ex-wife in the mix, that was perfect and definitely stirred things up.  Tim and Thea have the most to lose with their budding relationship on the line but he finds a way to salvage it and Thea’s house in the end.

Overall I enjoyed this story and will definitely never be able to look at the original the same again.  I give Oz 3½ Flaming Hearts.   3.5 Hearts

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