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Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll (SEALS, Inc. #1)

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Brains before Beauty, that's Rachel Newberry's motto, especially when her quiet, orderly life is interrupted by international rock star, Jaydon Hawke. And true to her word, brains take center stage when she discovers Hawke has a lot more on his mind than beautiful music. Targeted by a madman, Rachel puts her trust in Hawke, a move that may cost both their lives.
Nook, 194 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Mia Dymond, via Smashwords
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Michelle [Helen Geek]
Really didn't like this at all; 1 Star. Let me explain myself. First of all, it give me no pleasure to give any book an author slaved over to create a low rating, but, for the sake of readers who like similar reads, feel I must express my honest opinion.

This book just didn't make sense to me. We have a "rock star", who is really a Navy Seal on super top secret assignment tracking terrorists. His entourage are also Seals. Okay, so "rock stardom" just happens? I'm thinking not.

Another thing - I re
Burned once and unable to forget how much it stung, Rachel Newberry has repeated her mantra of "Brains before Beauty" so much, she is a firm believer that she is unattractive and could never be the object of anyones desire. Fortunately for Rachel she has a close friend whose lust for life has her timidly stepping her toes into an adventure, rather than the boring lifestyle she has surrounded herself with. Her first challenge, go to a rock concert with backstage passes and a bikers bar afterwards ...more
Monique ~ Sinfully
Jun 02, 2012 Monique ~ Sinfully rated it really liked it
Loved this was fun and sexy, with some action thrown into boot!!!

There was great camaraderie between the four man team of....very big, strong, sexy, sizzling with great abs....Alpha SEALs. Plenty of sarcastic humour, mainly between the two secondary character...Max and Cameron (one helluva match that is going to be) and all round banter and LOL moments that had me smiling and laughing throughout the book.

But of course we also have some romance between Jayden Hawke, famous Rock Star/SE
Dec 30, 2012 Nona rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
EBook. December 2012.

I had no idea what this was about, I'm the greedy book hoarder who saw it was free and with a title like Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll who could resist,right? Also I've never read Mia Dymond but this will not be my last. I love a good smooth witty read and this fulfilled all aspects of a great romance.

Jaydon Hawk's a rock star, Navy Seal and a panty dropper not to mention an over egotistical selfish man but turned into every girls dreams, charming and trustworthy while rocki
Lori McD
Good thing this was a FREE ebook! The author has an interesting premise: NAVY SEALS undercover posing as a rock-n-roll BAND! That's a new one on me! I could see CIA or even FBI... but SEALs? Doesn't make sense, even if they're after terrorists.

But this book is so uneven... it's like the author couldn't decide what the plot really was or decided that she had to "fill". And she keeps changing things. Case in point: At the beginning, our Hero makes point after point about the dreamy green eyes of o
Sep 26, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Mr. Darcy's lady {Karinna}
Well the book description really doesn't give away much does it? Let's see if I can review this without giving away anything either!

Jaydon Hawke....Yummers! That is the word I would like to use to describe him. He is a sexy, confident, and a very charming rock star.

Rachel Newberry....Brains. That is the word she uses to describe herself. Although it's true, she is so much more. Gorgeous, intelligent, and talented.

Cameron Tremaine....Firecracker. Rachel's best friend and boy is she witty! Sassy,
This review can also be found on my blog.

Rachel Newberry is not only beautiful, but she's also one of the most sought after architects in the business. But privately she's introverted, boring, and in desperate need of some feather ruffling and fun, according to her BFF and business partner, Cameron. What better way to get the ball rolling than going backstage at a concert to meet international rock star and heart throb, Jaydon Hawke? But first they'll have to flash the bodyguard to get in the do
Feb 07, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Review posted: Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

What’s the best cover for a group of four SEAL’s to be able to travel around pretty much anywhere, with reason, and not stand out? Have one member be a world famous rock star. He stands out, just not in a bad, cover blown, kind of way and it’s his rock star status that helps Jaydon Hawke cross paths with Rachel. She’s on Jaydon’s radar as being potentially involved with a known terrorist that he and his team are tracking and getting close t
When Mia Dymond approached me with a request for review, it was Outspoken Angel, the next book in the series that actually caught my eye. Little did I know that book 1; Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll would turn out to be such a fabulous read and that in order for one to enjoy the second book to the max, one certainly has to read book 1 first to become truly invested in the wonderful, quirky characters that Mia has created in this series.

Rachel Newberry is an architect, sought out by the mega-rich
ツ Renée
May 29, 2012 ツ Renée rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
This was such a fun read. It had a little action, a little suspense, great banter, an adorably intelligent heroine loaded with awkward fun facts, a hilariously feisty blonde she-devil who kept everyone on their toes, and four sexy Navy SEALS who never saw those two coming.

I loved Jaydon and Rachel. Their romance started unconventionally, but it was so passionate and sweet. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end and I cannot wait for the next in this series!
From the moment Rachel and Cameron flash their “goods” in a ploy to get backstage at a Jaydon Hawke concert and then the ensuing “wardrobe malfunction” scene I was hooked. Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll was sexy, had great, funny as hell dialogue, hot guys, musicians and SEALS. I think it’s pretty much got all the bases covered.

Sexy Jaydon Hawke is a world class rock star. He’s also an active Navy SEAL. He’s like a super sexy singing James Bond. His profession as a musician allows him and his te
Apr 18, 2012 Yvette rated it liked it
I liked the plot of the story, but it could have been played out better. BUT, the plot didn't flow, and there was really no suspense. I knew who the bad guy was it was painfully obvious. If the flow of the story worked with the story itself, it could have been better. (view spoiler) ...more
Kat Morrisey
Aug 28, 2012 Kat Morrisey rated it really liked it
Shelves: rockstars
I was waffling between 3 and 4 stars. If I could I'd probably give it 3.75. But since I liked it enough to want to read the second book in the series, I upped it to 4. EDIT: And just an fyi for those with Nooks, the books (of which there are 4 in the series) are 1.99 each at Barnes and Noble (least they are today). I love a good book deal!!*

I won't give a synopsis, just make some general comments about what I liked and what didn't. First, I loved Hawke. OMG. Hot doesn't begin describe it. I als
Mar 02, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I mean who can resist a navy seal who's also a rockstar? Double delish! Plus the banter between Max and Cameron was laugh out loud funny!
Selena Lang
Dec 10, 2015 Selena Lang rated it it was ok
I did not much like this book. the characters were flat, one dimensional. There was no real feeling generated to help you relate to the main characters. Another issue was time...they spent almost none building a relationship. It seemed as if they went from meeting to build a house to it actually being done in the blink of an eye..and yet at the end it indicated they spent hours and hours planning, building etc. none of that was in the actual book though. it just was not well written. i will not ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Sexy , quick read! Jayden Hawke is a rock star with a secret identity he is also a navy seal who is called n with his team by the Feds to go undercover and weed out traoitors and pull intel from them.

Hawkes's newest mission Rachel Newberry may be more then he can handle,sinc she isnot at all falling not the typical pattern of awed groupie,but then again Hawke is binding that he wants more from her than a quick rumble and hoping like hell she is not guilty. Danger, intrigue , hot men and smart he
Anne OK
Feb 19, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
A far reach for my imagination. However, stories starring Navy SEALs always manage to capture my attention. In this story, it wasn't really SEALs that held my interest but a tiny little blonde tornado that stole the show. They say dynamite comes in small packages and Cameron, an interior designer and best friend to the lead female character, certainly proved that in "Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll." I'm going to give Cameron's book a peek because she certainly saved Book #1 for me. Otherwise, thi ...more
So... SEALs undercover to catch a 'terrorist' (who sounds more like an ordinary criminal and only serves as a prop) posing as a famous rock star and his bodyguards. Only I gather they have been undercover like that for many years and will stay like that. Really? And the manager has no clue that they are SEALs. Really?
Btw, SEALs undercover in the US? Really?
And of course no romance novel is complete without handsome and manly firefighters, so at some point they are thrown into the mix as unnecess
Apr 28, 2014 Morgan rated it did not like it
I hate giving this such a rotten score, because I know intimately how hard it is to write a book to begin with, much less keep a series going. As of book 1, the series is dead to me.

Navy SEALs posing as a rock band to seek out terrorists. Far fetched, but I could roll with it for the sake of the fantasy.

Women, who we later find out have to be between 32 and 34, flash a guard to get back stage at a rock concert. One of them is the classic nose to the grindstone worker bee and so far from party gi
Mar 01, 2014 Desiree rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit-reading
I didn't like this book at alllllll!! I quit after 20%, and that was with forcing myself to 'give it a shot'.

For one thing, not a single scene was believable, every single scene seemed contrived and or ludicrous.

The characters; the BFF seemed schizophrenic, the heroine seemed like an idiot, the hero seemed like a manipulative, womanizing, lying, have-to-have-my-way sort of guy (ok, he so he was that way for his missions ... yeah right), and his buddy didn't seem all that capable of doing his j
May 03, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it
Imagine a story with rock stars, Navy SEALS, and covert operations, all wrapped up in a love story. 'Leather, Lace, and Rock-n-Roll' has all of this and more.

Rachel Newberry is a brainy beautiful architect. She's been burned before, and is definitely not looking for a relationship. Jaydon Hawke is the frontman for a rock band. Sexy, hot, smart, completely swoonworthy, he is the total package. But wait, there's more: he's also one of a group of Navy SEALS on a covert mission to uncover a plot inv
Jun 25, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
I'm not sure if this is the Authors debut or not. But this book really wasn't too bad at all. I had trouble getting into the story in the first 4 chapters. For a moment I was thinking.. wait... what?! and had to backtrack to make sure I did read correctly in the first place. After that, as I continued reading, it all started falling into place.

It wasn't great but it wasn't bad either.
This book was too far-fetched, too uneven, and poorly written.

The premise isn't set up with enough detail. SEALS on an undercover mission, that just happen to be a major rock star with all this fame-yet they can still do their jobs under the radar, the Mission is Rachel-yet they don't really know what is going on or how it is happening.

The time line doesn't work at all. Some parts seem to take place within a matter or days, yet the big architectural project has so much progress. The relationshi
Susan (susayq ~)
While I enjoyed this, there were just too many times I found myself wondering what was going on. The story was very disjointed in places and it was sort of unbelievable. I mean, the hero was a Navy SEAL who's undercover persona was a rock star? I giggled about that.

Even with my confusion, I would like to read the next one in the series. I want to see Max tame Cameron :)
Pat aka Tygyr
Jan 22, 2014 Pat aka Tygyr rated it really liked it
Rachel Newberry swore off men and moved. Her coworker and best girl friend - Cameron Tremaine has decided that Rachel needs to get back on the horse. They go to a rock-n-roll concert, but Rachel lost(?) her backstage pass. To get past the huge bouncer, Cameron decides they need to "flash their chests" at him. It works. Cameron gets held up and Rachel runs ahead only to run into the star - Jaydon Hawke whose pants zipper is malfunctioning and Rachel gets on her knees to help out. Turns out bounce ...more
K.N. Lee
Aug 08, 2015 K.N. Lee rated it it was amazing
Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll has all the elements of a fantastic read! Romance, hot men and women, an exciting plot, twists, and a satisfying ending. Mia Dymond shows a skill for capturing the reader's attention from the first page. She then goes on to gripping that reader and not letting go until the very last word. The characters are well crafted and with dialogue that feels genuine. I love Rachel and Hawke's dynamic. It's refreshing to find out that the dreamy male lead has many more layers ...more
Christie Vega
Apr 09, 2014 Christie Vega rated it liked it
It wasn't until maybe the third chapter that I was following the plot. The beginning of the book was a little confusing and I wasn't following anything at all. The main characters of the book wasn't great but the others characters were awesome I couldn't stop laughing with Cameron and Max. The only confusing thing was that Max was the captain of the whole team but everybody was following Hawk. It wasn't a dreadful read but neither it was an awesome one. The other thing that I didn't follow was t ...more
Amazon Freebie 12/12/12

Wrapped up in too much of neat package . . . I didn't connect with the characters they all seemed pretty immature, and not at all hot soldier alpha.. on a more positive note, it was free and wasn't horrible
It wasn't really believable, at all. I didn't get a feel for any of the characters, they were all pretty flat, except for Cameron, who just pissed me off. None of the reactions were real.
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“Rachel returned to the circle of his arms and thought she might possibly combust. Even the summer night breeze that moved the silk against her torso couldn’t cool her. Braced against her car in the moonlight with his shirt fully open this time, Hawke posed as her own personal Adonis, poised for her touch.” 7 likes
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