This is my first Clara Hartley book and I was really excited to read it. I love dragon stories and this one sounded awesome. But I have to say it took a bit for me to get into it.
I love Rayse. For a dragon, he takes a lot of crap from his mate. He takes a lot a crap from everyone, but he has his reasons and he does take care of everyone. So I will give him that.
I did not enjoy Constance. She was way to whinny. I understood to a point where she was coming from, due to her past. But dang get over it. I mean Rayse does everything in his power to make her feel safe and she still won’t bond with him. That is the whole point of going to the mating ceremony, to begin with.
So yes I enjoyed the story, but would I have changed the drama of Constance, yes.
Cover Design: Najla Qamber
What happens when your captor becomes your savior?
Mikayla Miller wakes up one morning, bound to a bed, in a farmhouse in Alberta, Canada, with no recollection of how she got there.
When she comes face to face with her captor, Mikayla can’t deny the instant chemistry between them. The man she only knows as Nolan insists he’s her protector, but lives by his own unique moral compass.
As the days turn into months, Nolan’s touch, his words, and the way he looks at her, ignite her body and soul. No matter how hard Mikayla fights their unmistakable connection they share, she begins to fall for him, and a new woman is created in her place.
Back in the small town where Mikayla disappeared, two women reel from a shattering loss. When letters suddenly start appearing from Mikayla, twelve years later, they are left wondering why she’d choose her abductor over
her own family.
Love is complicated, and messy;
but sometimes the heart can’t help what it wants.
For Mikayla Miller, it never was a choice.
After a very quiet dinner where Mikayla and Nolan barely spoke, she’d found a blanket and snuggled up on the couch in the den. With her knees tucked close to her chest, she stared at the snow that seemed as if it would cover the earth for the entire year. In her own world, she was dozing off here and there, as she’d still been recovering from her illness. Hearing a loud clank on the ottoman, she yanked her head back and saw he’d thrown a deck of cards on it. “What the hell, Nolan? After your little tantrum, I need a break from you.”
“We’ve had a break all day, sweetness, and I want to play a game.” His hot and cold personality was more than she’d be able to take in the upcoming months.
“By all means, Nolan wants to play a game, so let me hop up right now and be at your fucking beck and call! Do you always get your way?” Mikayla had shed the blanket and was standing toe-to-toe with Nolan.
Grabbing the cards and placing them in her hands, he replied, “You’re here, so you answer that question.” He sat down across from Mikayla as she started to shuffle. “Wow, you can really shuffle; you could be a Las Vegas dealer.”
Flipping him off, as he was obviously teasing at all the cards that were being flipped by her butterfingers, she gave him the deck to cut. “What are we playing, asshole?” She always insulted him whenever the emotions he stirred in her were winning against her hatred.
“War but it’s modified a bit. For each win, the winner asks the loser a question they have to answer.”
Mikayla raised her brow. “Anything?”
“Within reason, my little sweetness. But no questions I ask are off-limits to you.”
She was tempted to toss her water at him as she spat, “You really are an dick.”
Setting the deck down and giving her half of it, he replied, “Yes, sometimes, but most of the time, I’m gentle and sweet, and I can do things to you if you’d only allow me.”
Her body betrayed her, and she could sense her nipples were hard against the flimsy bra she wore. Nolan was obvious in that he saw the change in her body and winked her way.
Placing down her card, Mikayla watched as he set his down and then she said, “I win.” Tapping her finger against her chin, she teased him, “Um … what to ask you—I know! Is Nolan your real name?”
“Are you going to tell me your real name?”
With his lips turned up, he winked and replied, “This will be a free answer, and that’s a no.”
With the next set of cards, she set down a six, and he set down a seven. “My turn, sweetness. Hmm, are you a virgin?”
Quickly, she responded, “No.”
Next turn, she set down a two, and he set down a nine. “I win again. How many men have you slept with?”
“Two.” Before he could respond, she placed down a five, and he placed a queen.
“Fuck!” Mikayla exclaimed.
“Only if you are lucky!” Before she could respond, he took a swig of his beer, and it was odd to see him drinking. He never had, not since they’d been here together. “Do you orgasm easily?”
She laughed. “I’m not answering that, and are you drunk?”
“Nope, just one beer, that’s it. And you have to answer the question.”
“Let’s just say, my partner works hard but also gets rewarded.” She had planned to elicit as much pain as she could with him; if he was going to give it, she’d give it back as painfully. Mikayla put down a king, and Nolan put down a ten. “Finally. Now, how did you come upon me that night when you kidnapped me?”
“Would you believe fate?” Nolan asked, and with a shake of Mikayla’s head, he continued, “It’s pretty much the truth.”
friends become real on her pages as she creates a world for them. She loves pretty nails, spikey hair and large earrings. Leigh can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.
A Stalker Novel
Authors: Karen Raines & Brittany Crowley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 9, 2018
They say sleeping with your best friend is always a bad idea. ALWAYS.
Especially when one of them is falling in love while the other is shouting out another woman’s name…
Furious, embarrassed, heartbroken… I’m feeling it all. So when a month long
PI contract comes up, I’m jumping at the chance to retreat.
30 days of solitude seems like the answer I need to get my heart in check.
Nothing but a beautiful beach, the suns warmth on my skin… and of course,
staking out a high profile clients cheating wife.
But as soon as I step on that private jet I know I’m screwed, in more ways than
one. He’s there, all cocky smirk and mouth watering muscles… and now I’m
stuck in close quarters with my heartbreaker best friend.
I can do this, I can work with the devil. We’re professionals, the best of the
But when chaos ensues and our lives are on the line, can I count on him to have my back?
Do I trust him enough to let him?
~My Review of Stakeout~
This review is my first for Karen Raines and I have to say I really enjoyed this story. The characters, ALL of them are wonderful. I laughed, rolled my eyes, and worried about them. The story is strong and the romance is hot.
Colby can be a dick at times, but that is what makes him so awesome. Colby and Bri have been friends for years. So when they have one night of passion and Colby yells out her cousin’s name, Bri doesn’t take it too well. As she shouldn’t. But there is a reason for everything, even this.
Bri and her friends are PI’s, which is awesome, and they have a deep stake in a new client. But Bri might have taken a bite out of something she can’t handle. So Colby comes to her rescue, or so he thinks.
Again this group of characters is great, and the story is awesome. Really enjoyed. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review.
A self-confessed reading addict, Karen is usually found
either writing or with her nose stuck in a book. Or Adulting because apparently, she should do that too sometimes!
She’s a lover of wildly inappropriate humour, has an
addiction to swear words and bananas, lands her foot in her mouth daily… but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Karen can be summed up with 5 words:
Friendly, loyal, thankful, funny and above all… Smutty!