So in Kate's book, we see that she's tired of being treated like a kid. She's 23, ready to turn pro in barrel racing, and so sick of everyone thinking of her as Eli and Connor's little sister. Most especially by Jack.
Jack Monaghan is Eli and Connor's best friend, and since they all grew up together, he's basically been a permanent fixture in Kate Garrett's life. This book follows both the "Brother's best friend" trope, and the "friends to lovers" trope and I ate it up with a spoon!
Kate is irritable and grouchy, and being around Jack Monaghan just makes it worse. their easy camaraderie is nowhere to be found, and after a while, Kate realizes that her life needs to change. This prickly, irritable feeling she gets around Jack? It's attraction. She's completely in denial and once she figures it out, she realizes she's been lusting over him for a year or two now. Something else she realizes is that everyone around her is moving forward, and she's staying the same. She's stagnating, and it's because she's afraid. Kate Garrett, who laughs in the face of danger and runs head-long into a challenge, is afraid.
When she and Jack decide to hook up finally, they both decide it'll just be for sex. But of course, neither of them just want sex. They want more. While Jack is finally accepting of this fact, Kate is still in denial. And she's still afraid. Jack doesn't know what to do, but he's not about to give up on her, and even with her brothers standing in the way, she will have to face him sooner or later.
With a side plot that deals with Jack's father, a man who paid him off to keep quiet that he's his dad, the tension is amped up. I found myself really mad at this man, and really hoping to see more of these characters in the next few books, because I just found out that there will be THREE more Copper Ridge books!!!!! Next up is my favorite bar tender Ace, who I've unsuccessfully tried to convince Ms. Yates that he needs a heroine named Laurie ;P
Yates excels at character-driven plots, pulling the reader in, and making you feel everything the characters feels. I believe my exact thoughts upon finishing were, "Damn you Maisey Yates, and all these feelings you make me feel!"
Paige Tyler brings PNR back to its roots with werewolf alphas and insta-lust that you can't fight. And with men likeReview posted on Got Fiction?
Paige Tyler brings PNR back to its roots with werewolf alphas and insta-lust that you can't fight. And with men like these, you won't want to fight it.
This is the second book in her SWAT series, and I think I liked it better than the first! Khaki Blake is a cop who got shot trying to save a woman from a beating. Her backup never arrived, and after a bad breakup with the station's golden boy, her squad turned against her. After the shooting, she begins to notice changes in herself. Her sense of smell is insanely good, she's stronger, and faster. And someone has taken notice.
Back in Dallas, Xander and Gage are pulled into a human resources nightmare. They need a woman on the team, and human resources has several picked out, none of whom can actually do the job, let alone do it with werewolves. After a tense moment or two, Gage suggests if they need a woman to avoid a PR minefield, then he'll pick one out who is a good cop, and who has the talent to do the job of a SWAT officer.
Xander is furious, but when Gage lets him know that there's a woman up north he's been keeping tabs on, and that the woman happens to be a newly turned werewolf, Xander isn't sure what to think. None of the guys have ever met a female werewolf. Will she be as big and hairy as they are? Can she bring something to the table that the men can't? Well, what he isn't prepared for is Khaki. She's not a huge, hulking, hairy she-wolf. In fact, she's anything but. And her scent...he wants to roll around in it! It must be because she's female, right? But why aren't the other guys reacting like he is?
Khaki is so excited to leave behind her jerk of an ex, and a department full of people who won't back up a fellow cop. But a werewolf? Really? She can't be that. Can she?
This book has a bit of a suspense plot, but it's not as action-packed as the first. That being said, I liked it better. Khaki was a great character, she held her own, and dealt with Xander's hot/cold mood swings like a champ. Once they realize that they are each other's "The One," things go a bit more smoothly for them. But I liked that even with the fated mates trope, they still got to know each other and still liked each other because of who they were, not only because of Fate.
I'm really enjoying this author, and this series has pleasantly surprised me. If you want some good PNR, look no further. And for those who don't like heavy on the paranormal, this is easy to fall into, and light on the world-building. Tyler's writing is fun, sexy, and enjoyable. You'll love the characters, and come back for more.
I like the idea of the hero being the guy hired to assassinate the heroine. But she doesn't look like shReview posted on Got Fiction?
I like the idea of the hero being the guy hired to assassinate the heroine. But she doesn't look like she's been funding terrorist groups. Mason Hunt thinks he's taking out the bad guys, but what happens when he realizes those on his list may have been innocent?
This is the first time I've read a romance where the hero is hired to kill the heroine. He's not a hitman, rather he's more of an assassin for the good guys...or is he?
In this spin-off series of The Deadly Games series, Mason Hunt is ordered to execute Sabrina Hightower. But after one look into her eyes, and he just can't believe she's funding terrorism cells. So instead of killing her, he kidnaps her. As he's on the run with her, one of EXIT's other hitmen (I hesitate to use the word hitman, because they also rescue and help. They only take out bad guys) tries to take her out since Mason is obviously running off with her.
But the contact Mason meets isn't someone he's ever met before, so he doesn't trust him yet. He won't trust anyone until he sees proof that Sabrina is truly innocent and the orders to kill her were falsified. If that's true, it turns his whole world on its head. Could you imagine thinking you were a hero, taking out the worst of the worst in the world, only to find out that they could have been innocent?
That's exactly what happens to Mason. Now he's spending his energy on keeping her safe, and finding out what is going on at EXIT Inc. They were supposed to be the good guys, so what it the world is happening?
I liked this. I think the suspense was well-done, and I think the story was a new take on a hero. I know I've seen a lot of hitmen as heroes (I'm looking at you Kresley Cole!), but in that sense, they aren't pretending to be anything but what they are. Here, we have a good guy who maybe isn't as good as he thinks, and I ate this up!
While this is a spin-off series, Ive been told you don't need to have read the other series to read this one. I haven't and I didn't feel I missed anything.
So, if you're looking for a well-plotted, well-written Romantic Suspense, this is a new author to me, and has quickly become an auto-buy.
I didn't rate this one, because while I hated the heroine, I did like the author, the writing, and the plot. I justReview posted on Got Fiction?
I didn't rate this one, because while I hated the heroine, I did like the author, the writing, and the plot. I just couldn't with the heroine anymore. But YMMV (your mileage may vary)
I want to preface this review with the fact that I love Elisabeth Naughton's PNR, and I was very excited to read this. I also have been trying to be easier on heroines in Romantic Suspense, because I tend to get annoyed when they aren't badass. That's not fair, because seriously, if I were in this situation I'd be the pansy TSTL heroine! LOL
But even trying to go easier on the heroine, I just couldn't handle this one. Olivia basically is in a long-distance friendship/beginnings of a relationship with Landon, and she decides to surprise him by meeting him in his hotel in Spain...where Landon is getting ready to bone some other girl.
That is fine in the sense that the two of them really were just friends at this point, and he feels she's too good for him. But part of the problem is that he's really off his game and the woman is actually there to kill him. So he doesn't know this, picks her up and takes her to his room. Olivia then knocks on his hotel room door and they are so happy to see each other...then the other woman walks out of the bathroom, ready for action.
Olivia is understandably hurt, and I'm actually ok with this part. I didn't get to the point where I had to stop reading until she got kidnapped. Because she runs off after Landon saves her butt, she's a target. The operative in his room overheard everything between them, so she knew she could use Olivia to get at Landon. This whole setup works. But Olivia is set up as this too-perfect paragon who is just too good for Landon, and it just felt like she went from liking who he was to being afraid of him. Then when she wakes up in Greece, the kidnappers make her feel like Landon is the bad guy, and they're there to help. AND SHE BELIEVES THEM.
I gave it a few more chapters and then she went from being afraid of him, to wanting to screw him right there in captivity, after he'd been tortured. Her whole personality made no sense to me. I had to call it quits.
Look, if I get kidnapped and drugged, and the man with me is part of the NSA and a private security firm (Aegis), then wouldn't I trust him over the folks who drugged and kidnapped me? I mean, that's common sense. So she gets all huffy and doesn't believe him, then she does believe him...I thought that whole situation was weird.
I try not to be the person who calls the heroine TSTL, but this really was a bad move. Who trusts the guys who kidnap and drug you?
Again, I want to stress that I love Elisabeth Naughton's writing, and I've already bought the first book in this series, but I really hope I like the heroine better in that one.
First off, that blurb sucks. It tells you jack squat about the story. Second, this is 3 novellas in 1 book, but all 3Read this review on Got Fiction?
First off, that blurb sucks. It tells you jack squat about the story. Second, this is 3 novellas in 1 book, but all 3 novellas feature the same H/h coupling. And last, this is a paranormal story.
Basically the heroine is a cat familiar who should be bound to a warlock, but after her last "master" died, he transferred her his powers. She has had free reign for decades and is now being tracked as a Feral by the Council. She has to be collared or destroyed.
The warlock they send in is so powerful she thinks he might be her match. He collars her against her will, and they have a ton of sex. This is what I hated. She wasn't saying she was a sub waiting for her Dom, she was saying she wanted to stay free forever. Allowing her to be collared took her personality away. I hated that.
The next 2 stories were so similar. The problem was that there was sex every other page (yes I get it's an erotic romance, but this was overkill). I got annoyed that nothing would be resolved while they took half the story to have sex.
There's a plot somewhere in all that sex, I'm sure of it. Too bad they couldn't even have a conversation without sex getting in the way.
I've been craving Paranormal Romance, lately. I've even been re-reading some old favorites since it's so harRead this review on Got fiction? book blog
I've been craving Paranormal Romance, lately. I've even been re-reading some old favorites since it's so hard to find something new anymore. But just my luck Cynthia Eden has a new release.
Deal With the Devil is the fourth book in her Purgatory series, and while it can stand on its own, much better than most in a series, I'd still recommend reading at least the first book. Purgatory is a sort of Alcatraz for the Other. I mean you can't exactly just put a werewolf in jail with everyone else. Eric Pate oversees Purgatory, in fact, it was his idea. Unfortunately, though, he's realized that having that many paranormals in one spot, even if they're "contained," isn't the best idea. So while he may have cleaned up the corruption that we saw in previous books, the place is still a simmering pot just waiting for the right moment to boil over.
Meanwhile, the woman his team freed from the last book, from an evil werewolf alpha named Keegan, is still in a cell. Even if it's an apartment, it's still a prison when the doors are locked from the outside.
Ella wants out. She is so tired of being kept a prisoner. Keegan suspected what she was, and he had been using her blood to make himself stronger. Eric doesn't think Keegan is dead, so he's keeping her protected. But to Ella, it's just another cage.
Eric is full of surprises, and even his team, doesn't know what he is. But Ella does. He's her mate. She'd thought she was the last one alive, but her instincts are telling her that Eric is just like her. (I won't spoil it, but it's not what I thought!). This book goes much more in depth into the beginnings of the Others, of all of the Others, and when Ella realizes that Eric's been lying to her, and even lying to himself a bit, she bails.
She holes up and cries her heart out a bit, not wanting to believe he could betray her like that. But his deceptions aren't over. Unfortunately, someone from her past chooses that moment to pop back into her life, and wow, did I not see that coming. This dude is bad news. Obsessed with her, and obsessed with power, he is one badass mofo. But his obsession will be the death of him. Will it be the death of Ella?
I love betrayal plots, and this one was so brilliantly done. As I'm sure you all know from last month's Cynthia Eden binge, I'm a huge fan. No one writes PNR like she does. Her mastery of the Romantic Suspense genre only enhances her action-packed storylines. You can't go wrong with a Cynthia Eden book.
This book is a case of it's not you, it's me. The voice and tone of the author just did not work for me.Read this review on Got Fiction? book blog
This book is a case of it's not you, it's me. The voice and tone of the author just did not work for me. The plot is excellent, the characters are developed...yet the sense of humor and the voice just irritated the crap out of me.
Okay, so we have a very recently retired SEAL lieutenant and his team...they now have sunk everything they own into an underwater salvage company. They're relaxing in the Florida Keys when the woman he can't get out of his head, CIA agent Olivia Mortier, walks onto his island with a job for him. The CIA "gave" some terrorists chemicals but had trackers on them, so they could find who was in charge of said terrorists. But the shipment is dead in the water (literally). I've simplified it, really it's a great plot.
Meanwhile, Leo is ready to go hunt down a certain Spanish galleon that is loaded with treasure. But Olivia needs him, and he needs the money. So he and his team are off to intercept and then deep water dive down to fetch the chemicals. But it's not that easy, of course. The terrorists have commandeered a yacht from a good Samaritan passing by, and they are waiting for further instructions.
The Deep Six guys make it to the location, and there's a yacht just hanging out. They hail it, and the captain says it's all okay, but, Leo and his team aren't certain. Then all hell breaks loose. His ship is sunk, he's got Olivia floating in the open ocean, and he can't keep his mind off of her even though his team is ready to go. Pushing her out of his mind for a moment, he and the guys take back the yacht.
Now the part I had issue with-the sense of humor and voice. This author loves her punny similes. But they're awful. Seriously awful. Mind you I have the dorkiest sense of humor and I love puns. This was bad.
"Wound tighter than a suicide bomber..."
"...leaking out like hazardous chemicals."
"Exploded in his brain like an IED."
"He burst through the door like the kool aid pitcher guy burst through walls..."
They really get worse, and they were seriously ever other sentence. These were some of the better ones, although I don't know a single military guy who would make awful similes like those. (I'm married to a former Airman, so I know a few guys from living on-base for years. I even asked a few about the bad jokes they tell...one guy told me he thought the IED and suicide bomber one were in bad taste...I agree).
The biggest issue that I had with this book is that when Olivia and Leo met, they were both stationed in the Desert, and yet, as an active duty SEAL, he's described as having a bushy beard. NO. Full stop. It's not allowed. His beard continues to feature in his new career as a deep sea diver--well...even his stubble would cause his SCBA apparatus to not seal against his skin. If he'd had a beard on land, and then shaved it before he went in the water, hey that's normal, I get that. But as an active-duty SEAL? It's actually not allowed. I looked it up. The author's note went on about how much she thanked the guys who taught her about deep sea diving, and she lived on a boat in the Keys for a couple of weeks...why put that much effort into getting it right, just to not even get a very simple detail right? Seriously? A full bushy beard? NO.
I am seriously debating whether to try the next book, because on one hand, SUPER interesting characters. On the other...I might get another book full of stupid similes.
Victoria Slade is a divorce lawyer, and since she only ever sees the bad parts of marriages, she's sworn never to marrReview posted on Got Fiction?
Victoria Slade is a divorce lawyer, and since she only ever sees the bad parts of marriages, she's sworn never to marry. Ford Dixon is an investigative reporter, and for the time being, her neighbor. The main reason this book isn't a full 4 or more stars is that these two never actually interact until like a third of the book has gone by. It's still fun and cute and the interactions they almost have are funny, it still kind of bugged me. I wanted them to finally meet, rather than keep thinking about what they hear on the other side of the wall.
This book seriously reminds me of a Rom Com. I could totally see this as a movie!
When they finally do meet, and realize who they are (they saw each other once at a bar, but the fates didn't align for them that night!), it turns out they don't like each other. This is really where the book got fun. Meanwhile, his sister is a struggling single mom who Victoria meets in the hallway. They talk, and it turns out, she's really struggling. More than anyone knew, and she doesn't know who the father is, but knows his name. She wants him to know they have a daughter. victoria wants to take her on as a client, and when Ford finally finds out everything, he wants to help track this guy down.
Ford and Victoria make a good team, and begin to see each other in a new light. It was enjoyable, and you like them.
I'm always amazed how Julie James can write these fun, flirty, witty and enjoyable books without the romantic suspense. She kicks this book off with a home invasion. Victoria hides the entire time, and isn't discovered, but is so traumatized by the event that she moves out of her new home. Wouldn't you think this would be the start of a Romantic Suspsense? I mean with the careers she gives her characters I'm always shocked there's no suspense plot! She goes straight for the character-driven romance, and she nails it every time!
This was a fun and quick read. For any Julie James fan, you're sure to love this one! For anyone new to her writing, this is a stand-alone book, although I'd say you could pick up any of her books and be fine.
This isn't listed as being in her FBI/US Attorney series, but it fits right in, with even a few familiar faces.
This novella opens up with Kat tip toeing out of a dark room, leaving her sexy new husband in the bed. But she'Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog
This novella opens up with Kat tip toeing out of a dark room, leaving her sexy new husband in the bed. But she'd just found out her sexy new husband was planning on a huge betrayal.
Or was he...
Jason actually had been planning on ruining her...or her father's empire more precisely. But then he met Kat. And fell hard. Then she bailed. He never got to explain.
But a year after she left him, a sex tape surfaces, and Kat is pissed that he's blackmailing her over it. But he isn't the one doing the blackmailing.
So who is? Jason doesn't know, but her father has made a lot of enemies. He wants to protect her, and he isn't letting Kat go. Not now that he's got his hands on her again.
With blackmail leading to murder, Kat and Jason are running out of time. But can she ever trust him again?
This is a novella in Cynthia Eden's Mine series, and it fits in well, but without confusion. It's in the Sinful Seconds anthology, and I am definitely glad I grabbed it! I think you can buy it separately if you want, but the anthology is worth the buy. ...more
Saxon Black is my favorite hero from this series. He's tough, he's a bit dark, he's possessive, and he doesnReview posted on Got Fiction? book blog
Saxon Black is my favorite hero from this series. He's tough, he's a bit dark, he's possessive, and he doesn't try to pretend to be anything different...even though his whole life is spent working undercover ops for the FBI.
This book begins with him swaggering into a biker bar, eyes on the office door in the back, ignoring all who get in his way, bringing down the guard, and interrupting an attempted murder. His comment to the man with the gun?
"I like her...How much for an hour with her?"
That isn't exactly reassuring to Elizabeth Ward, the woman strapped to the chair. She has no idea why anyone would want her dead, and she isn't exactly willing to take chances with the man who just tried to pay for her. But he doesn't give her a choice when he cuts the ropes tying her down and drags her along.
Vic, Saxon's brother (and Jasmine's from the last book Mine to Crave), is FBI and he's organized the rescue op. It was sort of spur-of-the-moment, so he called in Saxon since he was nearby. Once Elizabeth is safe in a crappy no-tell motel, Vic tells Sax to keep an eye on her, this is staying under the radar.
Except, someone knows where they are, and tries to finish the hit on Elizabeth. Elizabeth, for her part, has no clue why anyone would put a hit out on her. But when the major players keep turning up dead, keeping her safe gets harder and harder.
Every time they think they have a grasp on the situation, something blind sides them.
But Saxon keeps her safe. And decides that he wants to keep her. He wasn't lying on that first page. He wants her. And he isn't going to let go.
With the story never being predictable, and new twists around every corner, you're kept on the edge of your seat in heart-pounding excitement from the first page.
I asked Cynthia if she was planning on writing Vic's story, because while this book gave Sax and Elizabeth their HEA, the ending left me wanting more for Vic. I'm in luck! Hopefully his story will be out this summer! My luck on convincing her to name his woman Laurie was a little less successful ;P
This isn’t my usual fare, but I like Maisey Yates’ voice, and this had an alphahole hero, who tbh is somethingReview posted on Got Fiction? book blog
This isn’t my usual fare, but I like Maisey Yates’ voice, and this had an alphahole hero, who tbh is something I like.
Charity is the daughter of a conman, and she’s trying to go straight, but she’s not exactly innocent. She’s worked many a con with her dad, and has been since she was born. But she wanted out. At 22, she’s a waitress and doing just fine, except dad conned her into doing just one more job, then left her to deal with the fall-out.
This time, they stole from the wrong man.
No one steals from Rocco Amari, and he plans on either getting his money back, or getting his pound of flesh. The conman’s daughter isn’t hard to find, and he plans on using her. And he does use her, but he doesn’t count on the fact that he ends up…liking her.
Several months after their encounter, Rocco finds Charity in his office, and she’s telling him that she’s carrying his child. What follows is a bargain where he pays for her prenatal care, and he’ll give her child support, but he never wants to see or hear from her or their child again.
All that changes when memories of his lonely childhood in foster care assail him, tugging on a conscience he refuses to acknowledge. So his solution is that they will live together so that the child can have a good upbringing with parents who live in the same house, nevermind that he and Charity don’t get along. They get on well in the bedroom, and that’s all that matters.
But they start to get to know each other, and of course they fall in love, but the biggest problem is that neither one of them knows how to love.
With a baby on the way, how can they live like this? It seems they both have some growing up to do.
In the end, I liked Rocco more and more, and I like how Charity wasn’t just a doormat victim. She really did steal from him, so he’s not wrong to want to exact his revenge. She’s got a temper, and she’s likeable, and the two of them worked well.
It was a quick, enjoyable romance, between a reformed thief and a bossy alpha male, and I liked it. If you don’t mind your alphas a little more on the alphahole side, then you’ll love this one.
Drake Archer owns several casinos, and when he sees a redhead in the bar curl her finger at him, he's shockeReview posted on Got fiction? book blog
Drake Archer owns several casinos, and when he sees a redhead in the bar curl her finger at him, he's shocked and intrigued. He's above the casino floor in his office, looking through tinted glass, yet it's as if she can see him.
Jasmine needs to get into Drake's office. The only way he'll take her up there, is if she can convince him he wants her for the night. Drake is able to ignore her until he sees a big brute of a guy put his hands on her.
After he's saved her, he does bring her upstairs, and right on time, her distraction goes off. While Drake is gone, she runs to his computer. Jasmine is a thief. But when she doesn't actually steal from Drake, she puts both their lives in danger. And Drake isn't planning on letting her go until he figures out what the pretty little liar is into. And maybe not even then.
This book was intense and had my heart pounding from pretty much the first page. Jasmine isn't what she seems, but neither is Drake. Cynthia Eden uses her incredible skill to take the reader on a thrilling, heart-pounding adventure that you won't want to end. With her talent for creating characters you want to see more of, and villains you want to just die already, this is another fantastic addition to her Mine series.
Mine to Hold continues with Cynthia Eden’s Mine series. This series has a darker hero, who isn’t always theRead this review on Got Fiction? book blog
Mine to Hold continues with Cynthia Eden’s Mine series. This series has a darker hero, who isn’t always the good guy. Noah York is just this side of the law…most of the time. Sometimes, he isn’t even in the gray area. He’s a man who gets what he wants.
Meeting Claire Kramer in the last book showed him that he wants her. But she leaves and he doesn’t find her for a while. Several months later, she calls him. She’s desperate and needs his help. She wants a job.
Claire is at the end of her rope. Her past caught up with her, actually it never really left her alone. She wants a job. She has an MBA and has worked in the hotel industry for years, so asking Noah for a job at one of his hotels should be easy. He feels he owes her a favor, and she’s calling it in.
So why can’t she bring herself to walk into the hotel?
This series has heroes who walk the line of possessive/obsessive much more than most of Eden’s other heroes. I think that’s the point though. With a stalker who won’t leave Claire alone, even from prison, and a powerful man who wants to protect her, Claire wonders if love even exists? Or is it varying degrees of obsession?
I think that obsession fascination the heroes in this series have for the heroines is what makes the men so much darker than some of her other men. But it works with this series, this book in particular. I think that there are a couple of unpredictable twists in this book that took me by surprise.
Cynthia Eden is a master of Romantic Suspense. Creating darker heroes, who can’t let go only intensifies the anticipation and the edge-of-your-seat feel. Mine to Hold held me in suspense from the get-go, and didn’t let go, even when you think you’re safe.