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Gin Lovers #3Society Sinners (Gin Lovers #3) by Jamie Brenner
* I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

After a passionate night with Jake, Charlotte can’t help but wish she was a free, unmarried woman. But when a trip to visit her parents reveals a devastating truth about her mother, Charlotte knows she is trapped in her loveless marriage. When Jake confides in her about a risky business deal in the works, he offers her a way out. But will it be too little, too late?

The Gin Lovers is a six part series about life and times of the twenties during prohibition that focuses on the Delacorte family.  During this trying time Charlotte is learning a lot about herself and her relationship with her husband; she doesn’t like what she sees and starts things in motion to do something about it.

Society Sinners picks up right where book two left off.  Charlotte is exploring life outside of her marriage with hottie, Jake.  He makes her realize what it’s like to have someone love her properly and now she can’t look at her husband the same way.  She starts thinking about the future but after an impromptu visit home, things change and she realizes that she may not be able to make the changes that she would like to.

The longer Charlotte stays married to her husband, the more she starts to hate her life.  She starts making small changes to her appearance, first with a shopping spree with Mae and now a trip to the beauty salon.  She is expected to be the role model for their family and her sister-in-law Mae but in truth, Mae is showing her how to live.

Society Sinners (Gin Lovers #3) by Jamie Brenner * I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Gin Lovers is a six part series about life and times of the twenties during prohibition that focuses on the Delacorte family.  During this trying time Charlotte is learning a lot about herself and her relationship with her husband; she doesn’t like what she sees and starts things in motion to do something about it.

Society Sinners picks up right where book two left off.  Charlotte is exploring life outside of her marriage with hottie, Jake.  He makes her realize what it’s like to have someone love her properly and now she can’t look at her husband the same way.  She starts thinking about the future but after an impromptu visit home, things change and she realizes that she may not be able to make the changes that she would like to.

The longer Charlotte stays married to her husband, the more she starts to hate her life.  She starts making small changes to her appearance, first with a shopping spree with Mae and now a trip to the beauty salon.  She is expected to be the role model for their family and her sister-in-law Mae but in truth, Mae is showing her how to live.

Charlotte knows that her husband is up to something and it can’t be good based on what she found in his office.  She is also starting to suspect that there is more than friendship between him and Amelia.  In some respects I think she would be relieved if there was something going on between William and Amelia because it would let her “off the hook” so to speak.    William is a product of the society during that time period.  He believes in trying to protect his family name and image and that women are meant to take care of the home.

It was nice to see the stories of the other characters continuing and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with the rest of the story, especially how this one ended.   I enjoyed this installment in the series and am looking forward to reading the next installment.  I give Society Sinners 3½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Kitty Steals the ShowKitty Steals the Show (Kitty #10) by Carrie Vaughn
* This book is part of my personal library*

Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world—and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it.

Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game—a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries—than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who’ve set their sights on her and her friends.

All the world’s a stage, and Kitty’s just stepped into the spotlight.

In the latest installment in the Kitty series, Kitty is invited to speak at a conference in London.  She is slated to be the keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies that will bring together people from all walks of life in hopes that they can learn about each other.  Even though everything starts with the best intentions, things begin to go awry quickly and Kitty finds herself in the middle of more than she bargained for.

Kitty and her crew head to London to attend the Paranatural Studies conference even against their better judgment.  They are staying with Ned, the local vampire master, where they learn a lot of interesting things about him.  He arranges for Kitty to meet the other vampires in town but things don’t go as planned.  Kitty is yet again forced to stand up for herself and prove that she is her own person and not the “pet” of a vampire.

The conference holds it’s on surprises from reuniting with old friends to out of control protesters hanging out in front of the hotel.  Kitty attends the different sessions in the hopes of finding more out about the others attending but she finds that it’s just the same information she already has.  She enjoys the session her friend Sergeant Tyler does and is able to reconnect with him afterward.

She meets the local werewolf pack and with their help, meets with the werewolves in London with the different vampire masters.  Kitty is her own person and doesn’t understand why the other werewolves allow themselves to be treated as pets by the other vampire masters.  She fears that in the upcoming war, if the werewolves don’t stand together they will not be able to defeat Roman and his army and there will be a lot of unnecessary causalities.  In the end, she is surprised by how things turn out.

I love this series and have been following Kitty since the beginning.  She is a fun character, that isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and knows how to take care of herself and her pack.  She isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it either.  The last few books have been really action packed but this seemed more like a bridge in the series.  There was still plenty of things going to keep you interested but I think the author used it more to give us more information about the “Long Game”, vampires in general and werewolves in different cultures.

This is a great series in Urban Fantasy that will give the urban fantasy lover the action and strong heroine they need, as well as the paranormal lover the love interest with Ben.  The books can be read as stand alones but I would strongly suggest that they be read in order since there are things going on in the books that continue book to book.

Overall I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series.  I give Kitty Steals the Show 4 Flaming Hearts.

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One Lucky Vampire #19One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.

Who wouldn’t want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He’s barely had time to adjust to his new state before he’s roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First, he’ll put a stop to whoever’s targeting her. Then he’ll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.

Ever since Jake found out that his parents and brother were immortals, he hasn’t wanted any part of it.  When his boss Vincent uses his one turn to save Jake’s life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He changed his name and found a new career, now his family needs his help.  He can never say no to Marguerite so he agrees to help protect a family friend; little does he know he may have found his life mate in the process.

Nicole Phillips is having a round of bad luck; she and her husband are getting divorced, someone has tried to kill her and she is behind on her painting commissions.  Now thanks to Marguerite, she has a sexy housekeeper/cook living with her that she can’t quit thinking about.  She never expected to find love again, especially with an immortal.

I loved Jake because he isn’t your typical hero.  He is perfect physically but he has some deep emotional scarring.  He was hurt by his family when they revealed their true nature when he turned 18 because he had always thought of vampires as monsters.  He doesn’t want to believe that his loving family is the creatures that he has been obsessed with for years.  Then years later, when he is turned into an immortal himself to save his life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He is grateful that Vincent used his one turn to save his life but then again, he was just going through the motions of his life and was ready to die.

I loved Jake because he isn’t your typical hero.  He is perfect physically but he has some deep emotional scarring.  He was hurt by his family when they revealed their true nature when he turned 18 because he had always thought of vampires as monsters.  He doesn’t want to believe that his loving family is the creatures that he has been obsessed with for years.  Then years later, when he is turned into an immortal himself to save his life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He is grateful that Vincent used his one turn to save his life but then again, he was just going through the motions of his life and was ready to die.

He hasn’t had a serious girlfriend in a long time and when he figures out he can’t read Nicole, it takes him awhile to wrap his head around the fact that he may have found his life mate.   He knows he has to tread easy where she is concerned because she is just coming out of a bad marriage with an emotionally abusive man.  Seeing him struggle to protect Nicole is heartwarming, especially when you can tell at times he feels helpless.

Nicole is a smart, beautiful woman.  I love that she is not the “perfect” female like you see in a lot of stories; she has some curves.  She is a gifted painter that is coming out of an abusive relationship.  I also admire the fact that she doesn’t see herself as a victim and sought professional help when she left her husband.  She still wants to see the good in people so when bad things start happening to her, she tries to justify them away.  When Jake moves in to be her housekeeper, things continue to happen and she almost loses him.  Things heat up between the two and they finally start getting to know each other.

Like all Argeneau books this book is packed full of sexy vampires, hot romance and humor.  That is one of my favorite things about these books is that that make me laugh out loud when I am reading them.  They definitely entertain me and I can’t ask for more.  One of my absolute favorite characters is Marguerite.  She is such a fun character and I love how she always finds the life mates of her friends and family.

Overall, this was another great book in the Argeneau series and I give One Lucky Vampire 4 Flaming Hearts.

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