Breaking Point was an exciting story with a good romance. Natalie Benoit is a reporter on the same I-team (Investigative reporting team) as the previo...moreBreaking Point was an exciting story with a good romance. Natalie Benoit is a reporter on the same I-team (Investigative reporting team) as the previous heroines in this series. She travels to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for a journalist convention, where she is kidnapped from a bus full of reporters, some of whom are killed in front of her. She is taken to a compound where she is locked in a cell next to the man who will change her life – Zach McBride, an undercover U.S. Marshall. Zach was betrayed by one of his contacts to the Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel. They think he stole a shipment of cocaine so they are torturing him to try to get him to tell the location. However, Zach is a former Navy SEAL and he is able to withstand the pain without giving up information. When he hears Natalie in the cell next door to him, he knows they need to escape soon or they will both be dead.
After some rather ingenuous work on Natalie’s part and some skill from Zach, they are able to elude their captors and make their way across the desert to the United States. During this harrowing trek, they get to know each other a little better. Natalie is able to share her experiences from living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. She was attacked by a murderer and almost died then lost both her parents and fiancée in a car crash. She spent the following six years frozen emotionally but finally is ready to live again after meeting Zach and facing death head on. Zach has his own demons, he lost four of his friends during a fire flight in Afghanistan and has never really gotten over his survivor’s guilt. Zack and Natalie have an instant bond even during these intense conditions, the passion and chemistry flares hot between them. They make it to safety with the help of other U.S. Marshals and Marc and Gabriel, but then they have to deal with the aftermath. Zack does not feel like he can give Natalie what she deserves, which is a normal man who will give her the white picket fence and kids. Can she convince him to face his demons and give them a chance despite his job dangers? And will they be able to unravel the mysteries behind her kidnapping in time to keep Natalie safe?
Breaking Point was such an exciting thrill ride! I found the setting and storyline very interesting because there really is a battle going on at the Mexican-U.S. border right now (watch Border Patrol to see how hard these U.S. Marshals work!). The danger Natalie and Zach were in seemed so real, I was biting my nails! Zack was a great hero, he was a tough former Navy SEAL who was able to withstand torture but keep it together enough to help Natalie and him escape when she works hard to create a diversion (yeah for heroines who help save themselves!). He was also a very good, honorable man who treated Natalie with respect and won my heart with the way he called her “angel”. He wasn’t a perfect man, he had his own demons from being in a war zone, battling PTSD and his guilt over his friends’ death when he lived. Natalie was a brave heroine who never gave up even when things seemed pretty grim. She kept her head and helped them escape. She also showed her intelligence by letting Zack lead their escape using his survival and military expertise, not being TSTL like so many heroines who try to act like Rambo and almost die.
I highly recommend Breaking Point if you enjoy action-filled romantic suspense with great characters. Once again Pamela Clare has created a story with an honorable but tough alpha hero and an intelligent and nice heroine. I love how she manages to make the story realistic but still really romantic. The ending made me cry again, more because it was touching and sweet (and not the heart breaking sobs I had at the end of Naked Edge). (less)
** 4 1/2 stars ** Really good jungle adventure romance. I really liked the main characters, they had a lot of depth and interesting personalities plus...more** 4 1/2 stars ** Really good jungle adventure romance. I really liked the main characters, they had a lot of depth and interesting personalities plus a ton of chemistry between them.(less)
Rachel Grant is a thirty-four year old teacher in a small town in Kentucky who causes a big stir when she allows Johnny Harris, a man who was convicte...moreRachel Grant is a thirty-four year old teacher in a small town in Kentucky who causes a big stir when she allows Johnny Harris, a man who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend during their senior year of high school, to work in her hardware store on parole from prison. Rachel was Johnny’s English teacher in high school, where Johnny was the typical bad boy from the poor part of town but she was able to bond with him over a shared love of reading. Rachel does not believe Johnny killed the girl but he was convicted despite a lack of evidence partly because he had a bad reputation as a hell raiser.
Rachel is pretty much Johnny’s only advocate in a small town that hates him. Johnny has a huge chip on his shoulder after spending 10 years in jail and doesn’t exactly try to warm himself to the town or to Rachel. She sees a softer side of Johnny and tries to appeal to that but Johnny tries to push her buttons a lot, mostly by coming on to her. He lets her know he always had a crush on her, even in high school, and he wouldn’t mind living out some of his fantasies about her.
Rachel is not exactly happy with her life as it is. She wants to get married and have babies but is running out of time and feels she might have to settle for the staid businessman she has been dating. When she was a young woman straight out of college, she wanted to go see the world but got stuck at home helping her mother after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has a secret side of her life that no one really sees, a part of her that loves to dream and longs for a man who loves reading as much as she does and will understand that part of her. As unlikely as it sounds, Johnny does understand that part of her which is what draws them together.
Johnny is a leather-wearing bad boy on a motorcycle who tempts Rachel into starting a hot affair. He does have a lot of hidden depths, despite his attempts at hiding them. He had a very bad childhood with an abusive father then spent 10 horrible years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Rachel is very attracted to him but doesn’t see how she can have a future with him and she is running out of time to have the children she dreams of.
Rachel and Johnny start to work out a relationship, where Rachel realizes that if she stays with him she will probably have to leave her hometown because Johnny is so hated there, while Johnny knows he needs to clean up his act and start living more like an adult than a rebellious teenager. They feel deeply for each other and have a very passionate relationship. But as they start their relationship, the original murderer is still on the loose in the small town and starts to stalk and hurt those who get close to Johnny.
This book was a great read that pulled me in from the first page and kept me enthralled until the end. Johnny was really rebellious but I felt so bad for him because so many horrible things happened to him. He was treated like trash all his life, abused by his father, then sent to prison for 10 years for something he didn’t do. He has a nasty attitude when he gets out of prison which is understandable, especially because everyone continues to treat him like dirt. Rachel is one of the only people who continually stands up for Johnny, she tries to make people treat him better which seems to be a losing battle but I like the way she was always willing to go to bat for him. The chemistry between Rachel and Johnny was explosive, there was a lot of sexual tension that eventually led to some hot love scenes. I like the idea of the quiet small town good girl falling for the motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing bad boy who is willing to try to reform a little for her sake – hey he is still keeping the motorcycle. The suspense in the story was interesting but the romance is what kept me reading. I was very impressed with the story, my emotions were really drawn in and I was rooting for Rachel to break through to Johnny (Wayne) Harris and tame his wild side.(less)
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas was a wonderful read. I loved the characters and the storyline. Ella was a heroine who I could identify with,...moreSmooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas was a wonderful read. I loved the characters and the storyline. Ella was a heroine who I could identify with, especially about trying to help out your family and the constant guilt you feel when you can never do enough. She has a very complicated relationship with her sister but she is there for her when her sister needs her. Ella gets a call from her mother saying her younger sister left her newborn baby at the mother’s house and disappeared. Ella knows her mother cannot handle a baby, so she drives to Houston to try to figure out what is going on. Once there, she has to take over responsibility for baby Luke and try to figure out where her sister ran off to, along with finding out whom the father might be. Ella hears that Jake Travis, a rich local businessman, might be the father, so she goes to his office with Luke to demand a paternity test but he denies ever sleeping with her. Despite their rocky first meeting, Jack and Ella have a very powerful attraction to each other from the start. Jack finds an apartment for Ella and proceeds to help her as she adjusts to being a sudden mother to a newborn. Jack falls hard and fast for Ella but she has a lot of problems with commitment due to her bad childhood. Not to worry though, Jack is more than enough of a man to help her through her problems!
Jack Travis was quite a hero – he was sexy, responsible and the type of guy you would dream about having in real life. He loves Ella just the way she is and does everything he can to support and help her. He is a manly Texas man who loves hunting and fishing but he still helps with the baby and putting together a crib. I love the fact that he didn’t want Luke wearing pink socks or having a “girly” bunny rabbit, so Jack bought Luke a nice “manly” toy truck. I love how Jack was dominant and possessive toward Ella but he still gave her time and space to work out her feelings. There were a lot more love scenes in this book than the last two, which was great because Jack was quite a lover – nice and dominant in the bedroom just the way I like them. The whole story was sweet and wonderfully romantic, I loved reading it.
All three of Lisa Kleypas’s contemporary heroines have been wonderful. She manages to write women who I can identify with because I have some of the same life experiences. She does a great job characterizing the various feelings and emotions women go through as a result of bad childhoods and dysfunctional families. All of her heroes have been just amazingly sexy and powerful. I would have a problem choosing between them, but Hardy and Jack would have the top spots. Hardy was just such an overwhelmingly sexy man with a rough edge, while Jack was the sexy, dominant man who was always fun to be around. I can’t wait for Joe Travis’s story, I hope it’s as good as the first three Travis books!(less)
Loved it! The story just grabbed me from the beginning and kept me entertained the entire time. Hardy Cates is such a hot, sexy hero! Haven was a bit...moreLoved it! The story just grabbed me from the beginning and kept me entertained the entire time. Hardy Cates is such a hot, sexy hero! Haven was a bit harder for me to identify with than Liberty was but I still liked her. Her horrible relationship with her ex-husband was hard to see but at least she was able to get out with the help of Her brother Gage who was wonderful in this book too. I enjoyed seeing more of Liberty, Gage and Carrington.
Hardy was a wonderful hero, he was very patient and kind to Haven with her lingering issues. I wouldn't have minded seeing even more of their relationship but at least this book had a lot more romance than Sugar Daddy.
Blue Eyed Devil is getting five stars from me for a great story, a good romance and one of the sexiest, most wonderful heroes I have read about!(less)
**spoiler alert** Sugar Daddy was a very good book. To enjoy this book you should come in with the right expectations - this is not a typical romance....more**spoiler alert** Sugar Daddy was a very good book. To enjoy this book you should come in with the right expectations - this is not a typical romance. Sugar Daddy sends the first 2/3 of the book telling Liberty's life story up to the point where she meets Gage, then only the last 1/3 tells the story of their romance. I really enjoyed this book because the story was very emotional and interesting. Liberty was an admirable person for taking care of her sister from a young age and raising above her humble roots, I just really liked her. I really enjoyed the details about Texas life, they were fascinating for this Pennsylvania girl. Hardy was a big part of her life so I can sympathize with her confusion when he returns to her life after she is with Gage - your first love is a hard thing to get over. I hope Hardy redeems himself in the next book because his actions were selfish and hurtful in this one. Gage was a wonderful hero who treated Liberty with great care. He did everything he could to make her happy. I thought she asked for a bit too much trust by going out with Hardy and kissing him, she should have thought about how she would feel if he did the same thing to her but I think Gage wanted her to be absolutely sure about him and not spend her life wondering "what if" about Hardy.
So read this book for a great story of Texas life and a heroine who rises above humble beginnings with hard work and sacrifice. Don't look for romance until the last part, just sit back and enjoy the story of how she got to that place in her life.
I can't wait to read Hardy's story so I can see if I can forgive his selfishness toward Liberty.(less)
I loved this book. Ty was a very sexy, wonderful and realistic hero. I loved his names for Imogen (Emma Jean, Engine). I really liked Imogen as well,...moreI loved this book. Ty was a very sexy, wonderful and realistic hero. I loved his names for Imogen (Emma Jean, Engine). I really liked Imogen as well, as I could relate to some parts of her personality. I thought they were wonderful together, I loved the idea of the smart, shy, scholarly New York city girl with the manly North Carolinan race car driver. The love scenes were very hot! I enjoyed every second of reading this story and loved the romance so this is a five star for me!(less)
Reilly is an ex-soldier who goes to Sao Pablo, a tiny Central America in the middle of a revolution, on a mission to rescue the wife and baby of his d...moreReilly is an ex-soldier who goes to Sao Pablo, a tiny Central America in the middle of a revolution, on a mission to rescue the wife and baby of his deceased friend because he promised to save them as his friend died from a car accident. He doesn't expect much from his buddy's wife, he knows his friend's tastes ran to stacked blondes with more beauty than brains but he plans on saving both her and the baby no matter what.
Novice Carlie Forest has been in the nunery in Sao Pablo for nine years since she was 17 and her missionary parents were murdered right in front of her. At the nunery she has finally found peace from the nightmares and terror that the outside world brings her. She still hasn't said her vows because the mother superior does not believe that Carlie has a calling to be a nun, she is afraid Carlie is merely running away from life. When fighting gets too close to the nunery, all of the nuns except for Carlie leave for Brazil. Carlie stays behind to care for the pregnant Caterina Mendino, who delivers a healthy baby boy but dies a few days later due to infection. The baby, Timothy, is in danger because Caterina was the step-daughter of the deposed dictator of Sao Pablo and the revolutionaries would kill him merely for being related to the ex-dictator.
Reilly shows up at the orphanage and finds Carlie and Timothy. Carlie tries to tell him who she is, but he believes she is Caterina so she goes along with it so she can stay with Timothy to protect him. Carlie is not at all what Reilly was expecting, instead of a stacked blonde she is a small woman with short brown hair who seems innocent instead of a jaded socialite. As they start their trek through the jungle, Reilly sees how much Carlie loves the baby and how much courage and determination she has, all of which are unexpected.
Reilly, Carlie and Timothy go through a daring, harzard-filled journey to get to the plane Reilly hid away in the jungle. Along the way, Reilly comes to really admire Carlie and fights an intense attraction to her despite the fact he still thinks she is the selfish Caterina. Carlie has to face her fears of the outside world and come to grips with the violence she experienced so long ago. Reilly eventually finds out that Carlie is a novice nun, which puts a big damper on his feelings toward her because he knows she will leave him when they get Timothy safely out of the country. Carlie has to decide what she really wants - the safety of hiding away in a nunery or risking her heart on Reilly, just as Reilly has to decide if he can trust his heart to Carlie enough to risk declaring his feelings and bringing her with him to his home in Colorado.
This was fun, exciting story to read. The setting was exotic and the author does a great job of making you feel like you are racing through the jungle with Reilly and Carlie. The love story was very good, I enjoyed reading about how these two different people came to care for and understand each other. The epilogue was great, they were going to need quite a big house for all of those kids!(less)
Naked Edge is a great romance book from the very talented Pamela Clare. The book tells a wonderful romance story and takes you on a thrilling ride as...moreNaked Edge is a great romance book from the very talented Pamela Clare. The book tells a wonderful romance story and takes you on a thrilling ride as you try to decide who is after the lead couple. The end of the book is amazing and will have tears running down your face because it is so emotional.
Katherine James is a Navajo Indian who works as an investigative reporter in Denver but she grew up on a reservation. She moved to Denver after college because she needed a change of pace from her home where her mother and half-siblings treat her badly because she is half-white. She becomes part of the headlines when a Native American religious ceremony she is taking part in is violently interupted by local police. As a local policeman is accosting her, she is saved once again by a park ranger who saved her life months earlier during a rock fall - Gabriel Rossiter.
Gabe and Kat start to work together to figure out why local police targeted the Native American ceremony which was legal. Gabe and Kat are very attracted to each other but seem to be two very different people. Gabe is an extreme rock climber and skiier who lives life on the edge and uses women for only one thing - sex, no emotions involved. Kat believes she has one man out there who is meant for her, so she does not believe in having sex until she meets him. After having a difficult childhood from her mother's affair, she doesn't want to chance having kids until she is in a permanent relationship. So how can she and Gabe have anything together when she is looking for forever and Gabe is just looking to score? Well, there is a lot more depth to Gabe than it seems. He has closed himself off from love and emotions after being hurt very bad earlier in life, but being around Kat starts to thaw his heart enough to let her into his life.
The danger stalking Kat and Gabe as they investigate a murder and the stealing of Native American aritifacts gets closer and more dangerous. Kat and Gabe are drawn closer as they are forced together due to the danger. Kat has her work cut out for her as she tries to understand why Gabe acts so hot and cold sometimes. She knows she will have an uphill battle trying to win Gabe's heart but she believes he is worth it. Gabe is very attracted to Kat and respects her a lot but he fights his feelings for her. Will Kat and Gabe stay ahead of the murderer with Hunter and Julian's help? Will Gabe give into his feelings for Kat and find his heart again? Will Kat finally find her half self in Gabe?
I really loved Kat in this story. She was a strong young woman who stayed true to her beliefs and knew who she was as a person. Gabe takes a little longer to really fall for at first, but I enjoyed his inner monologues and the way we saw his inner turmoil over his feelings for Kat. He had been dealt a harsh blow earlier in his life that he had to work his way through to be able to love Kat the way she deserved, but she doesn't give up on him. The chemistry between Kat and Gabe is red hot and I think it was even hotter because they don't make love for awhile because Gabe respects Kat's beliefs. When they finally do make love, it was worth waiting for and seemed very special and sexy. There was a special connection between Gabe and Kat that really made me believe in their love. Despite Gabe's initial reluctance, believe me by the end you will trust whole-heartedly in his love for Kat. The end parts of this book were an amazing emotional roller coaster that had me crying then sighing.
Naked Edge is one amazing romantic suspense. Kat and Gabe are wonderful three-dimensional characters who seem so realistic because they have unique and complicated personalities but seem perfect for each other. Kat's Navajo roots and beliefs were nicely integrated into the story in a way that showed the author was familiar with the subject. The romance was wonderful and had one of the best endings of a book I have ever read, the author ripped out my heart then made cry with happiness when it was restored. Very highly recommended!(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I felt so bad for Rachel and Chip as they were just trying to survive. Rachel was running out of money and had no job prop...moreI really enjoyed this book. I felt so bad for Rachel and Chip as they were just trying to survive. Rachel was running out of money and had no job propects. She goes back to the hometown she was run out of after her preacher ex-husband was found swindling parishoners money. She goes back to find diamonds that were hidden away because she is desparate. She asks Gabe Bonner for work at his movie theater but he is an emotional mess after losing his wife and son. He is pretty mean at first but comes around to help Rachel. He has to work through some issues with Chip because he is resentful that his son is dead. Very emotional book with a great ending. I wanted to hurt Cal for his attitude but he feels bad after he realizes he was wrong about Rachel. Very enjoyable story and typical SEP.(less)