Review: The Naughty 9 box set serves up suspense

Because these are all full-length books (what a deal, right?), I have not completed reviews of all the novels. Because I do love Paranormal Romances, I started with A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost. I also reviewed the next two books after this one in the set.

Review: A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost:

Giselle is a ghost hunter for a paranormal magazine. Problem is, she fudged her resume to get the job and has no special talents in locating ghosts. She heads to Savannah, billed as the most haunted city in the world and, conveniently, home to her best friend. In her quest she meets a whole cast of characters, most of whom provide comic relief, including a wizened wizard who likes to be nude to an artiste that is a riff on Pepe Le Pew.

There’s also PI Ry Leland. He denies he has psychic powers to communicate with ghosts, but fate keeps throwing him and Giselle together. Their hormones do a bit of throwing too.

This book had a lot of humor that at times had me laughing out loud. Giselle has an often funny interior monologue. As the book went on, I sometimes got tired of all her asides, but mostly it was amusing. The book dragged for me in parts, and I think this is mostly because the interior monologue got so much play that it made me start to skim.

Giselle was a bit of a challenging character for me to like at times, as she had a propensity for making unwise choices. More than once I wanted to slap her upside the head, figuratively. Ry seemed to feel the same way but he still fell in love with her. Maybe because he wasn’t always the best decision maker either. Their ability to find humor in even dangerous situations keeps them going and keeps the story light.

Overall I found this book entertaining. It wasn’t predictable, even if it was far-fetched at times in the name comedy. I’d give it four cat kisses.

4 cats

Review: Deathblow

I really enjoyed this story of a woman trying to get out of an abusive relationship and the cop who is protecting her. The action kept me reading ,and a lot of threads are drawn together in a way that I didn’t completely guess, although I had a decent idea of how things were going to play out.

The characters were well drawn and likable, except for the villains, of course. The hero and heroine both make assumptions about the other that prove to be untrue and helps build the tension between them as they peel away their defenses with each other. Due the complexity of the plot, I hesitate to say much more for fear of spoiling some of the twists and turns.

Romantic suspense is not my favorite subgenre, but I would highly recommend this book to both those who love the subgenre and those who want to put something different on their reading list. I give it 5 cat kisses.

five cats

Review: One Night to Kill


Just back from a special ops mission and looking forward to some R&R, Max has no desire for a special assignment guarding his commanding officer’s daughter Willow. Willow isn’t any happier about the arrangement. There is instant attraction between the two but both have reasons to keep their hands to themselves.

This novel read quickly and had some nice touches, such as Willow’s occupation and Max’s assumptions about Willow. The tension and chemistry between them is satisfying as the story progresses. The villain wasn’t obvious, although the way the climax played out made me wonder a bit if Willow’s father would’ve acted that rashly given all the precautions he took to set up protection details.

I must admit I’m a tad tired of military heroes with PTSD who are magically healed by sleeping with the heroine. If it were that easy to get over PTSD, the VA would need to spend a lot less money on mental health.

Despite some points that didn’t appeal to me, I appreciate the quick writing style and sexy build up. I give this book three and a half cat kisses.

3.5 cats



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Marisela’s sexy ex lures her into a treacherous underworld of arms dealers, hit men & sinister double-crosses. Has she descended into hell or finally found kick-ass heaven? It’s the perfect setup to break her heart. Again.

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Growing up I had dreams that one day I’d fall in love, marry & start a family. Then one night I was taken. I survived, escaped, I was saved. Eric didn’t see me as damaged. He didn’t see my baby as a monster. He protected me, kept me safe … he saved me.


Everything He Never Wanted by Mary Leo
Billionaire, Antonio Milani, came to London to recover what is his: a rare, signed copy of Oliver Twist. Instead, finds himself falling for the woman he suspects is involved in an international ring of book thieves.

A Girl, A Guy and A Ghost by Patricia Mason
A sexy psychic private eye could help her find a ghost… or turn her into one.

Deathblow by Dana Marton  
Former small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn’t handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, & the only place this hot jock will ever see ‘easy’ again is in the dictionary.

One Night to Kill (Seven Nights, Book 1) by Rita Herron
A military man must use his leave to play bodyguard to the General’s sexy daughter!

Snowbound (The Protector Series, Book 2) by Karen Fenech 
FBI Agent Mallory Burke, injured and on the run for her life, is stranded in a snowstorm with a reclusive and secretive cop she’s not sure she can trust but is falling in love with.

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Carter always had a thing for his best friend Eve. He hired her to boost his business & it’s never run more smoothly. When an opening presents itself, he takes a chance at happiness that could end up destroying their friendship.

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