SEAL of my Dreams is that very rare breed of anthology where every story is actually good. Really good.
I finally pulled this one out of the virtual piSEAL of my Dreams is that very rare breed of anthology where every story is actually good. Really good.
I finally pulled this one out of the virtual pile thinking that it might be a good refresher for between books – one short from SEAL of my Dreams for each novel read. Well, that didn’t work. At all. I ended up reading this one cover to cover and was still left wanting more.
SEAL of my Dreams has something for everyone. Laughter, tears, suspense and everything in between, and above all, great romance. With eighteen stories all featuring a SEAL hero, you can be forgiven for thinking this might become a little repetitive, but each story is different and fresh.
I was lucky enough to get this one from the publisher through NetGalley, but I am sorely tempted to get my hands on the paperback version. Not only would I be happy to read it again, the proceeds would go to the Veterans Research Centre supporting veterans medical research and I would get to respectfully ogle the cover featuring a real deal SEAL. It’s a win-win.
Suzanne Brockmann's dedication in Born to Darkness was written for readers like me:
"For my readers, who are always willing to boldly go."
I must say,Suzanne Brockmann's dedication in Born to Darkness was written for readers like me:
"For my readers, who are always willing to boldly go."
I must say, this was definitely an occasion where I was 'boldly going', because sci-fi? Not my thing. And to walk away from her magnificent Troubleshooters to pursue a new sci-fi series? My itty bitty heart was breaking. But then again, her acknowledgement was also written for readers like me:
"Last but certainly not least, I want to thank you, my readers, who trust me enough to follow wherever I will take you, and who continue to give me permission to write the stories of my heart."
Ms. Brockmann, I did trust you enough to follow, and you sure as hell didn't let me down. I loved it!
Born to Darkness absolutely had me from start to finish. I love the way Brockmann writes, and I love her characterisations. Along with the excellent suspense, I liked that we had a number of romances going on here, and I actually think that contributed to keeping me enthralled throughout the book. I really enjoy series where we get to see characters from one book to the next continuing in feature roles rather than bit parts, and I'm really hopeful that that's what we'll get with Fighting Destiny.
I can't wait to see more of each and every one of these characters, and the world Brockmann created was fascinating. When's the next one coming out? ...more
**spoiler alert** Hmmm. Not sure what to think of this one. I really enjoyed it - the writing was strong, the action was great, the BOIs were together**spoiler alert** Hmmm. Not sure what to think of this one. I really enjoyed it - the writing was strong, the action was great, the BOIs were together, the romance in the present was great. It's what happened in the past that I had a problem with. And that meant I had a problem with Sophie's character.
I didn't like what Sophie did in the past - marrying Wyatt's best friend six weeks after a hot and heavy session with Wyatt? Really? Not a fan of leading two people on at a time. I found it hard to accept that Wyatt held such a flaming torch for for 12 years after she did that.
Then there's Wyatt and said best friend - brother, really. Did they not talk to each other at the time? And, after being best man at the wedding, Wyatt has no contact with either of them for the next 12 years? That didn't make sense.
Then, Sophie divorces her husband 2 years ago, still has zero contact with Wyatt, then only calls him because she needs his help. I dunno.... None of this endeared her to me.
The fact that I'm still giving this four stars says a lot about the quality of Gerard's writing. While I couldn't understand it, I totally believed in Wyatt's feelings for Sophie, and the story was gripping. I loved seeing the rest of the BOIs and I'm really looking forward to the next book....more
Man, this book is so hard to rate. The writing was great, the suspense plot was tight and compelling, and the characterisations were good. Bu3.5 stars
Man, this book is so hard to rate. The writing was great, the suspense plot was tight and compelling, and the characterisations were good. But.....
This is Romantic Suspense, and the romance part of the story was a let-down. I just wasn't feeling it with Rafe and B.J. Sure, B.J. needed to get over herself in a major way, but I don't think that was the whole issue. For me, this was one of those books where you don't get to see the H/h fall in love, it just all of a sudden is.
Lucky for me, there was a secondary romance that was lovely. I kinda wish this book had been about them rather than Rafe and B.J....more
I liked this one, but it didn't really have anything to set it apart from all the other decent romantic suspense books out there in general, and fromI liked this one, but it didn't really have anything to set it apart from all the other decent romantic suspense books out there in general, and from Cindy Gerard's own books in particular. There is just a sense of 'sameness' about it.
I never got a strong sense of Sam and Abbie, the leads in this one. There just wasn't enough development of their characters, and I have no doubt I'll struggle to remember much about them in next couple of days. It seems that the author was more focused on the action and I like a little more balance.
I also like the idea of seeing all the BOI's together a little more than the reality. Again, Johnny Duane Reed seems to be the only character that is fully developed at this stage. I couldn't pick the other BOI's out of a proverbial line-up, and I'm finding that frustrating. So much potential, so little realisation.
Still, I am enjoying this author's books for the most part. I liked the friendship between Abbie and Crystal and I think Crystal has potential, so I'm really looking forward to seeing her (view spoiler)[and Reed (hide spoiler)] in the next book.
I loved this first instalment in Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series! A word of warning though, it's connected to her Bodyguard series, and you really shoI loved this first instalment in Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series! A word of warning though, it's connected to her Bodyguard series, and you really should at least read Into the Dark first to get the backstory for this one.
Since reading the last of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, I have been despairing of finding anything to compare. I'd often heard Cindy Gerard's name mentioned in conjunction with Brockmann as a favourite romantic suspense author, and while I enjoyed the Bodyguard series, it didn't quite appeal to me as much as the Troubleshooters.
Show No Mercy, though, is exactly what I was hoping for when I picked up my first Gerard book. I devoured this one and enjoyed every aspect. A perfect balance of romance and suspense, a tortured hero, a crew of appealing and tough warriors, a heroine that didn't grate, pages that turned themselves; tears, laughter and a toy dog named Nugget. What more could you ask for? A decent and lengthy epilogue with the chance to see the hero and heroine enjoying their lives? You got it!
I can't wait for the next one. And someone please tell me that Nate gets his own book?
The start of this book didn't work at all for me. Part I takes place 17 years ago when a young Manny (who we've met in previous books) meets Lily in NThe start of this book didn't work at all for me. Part I takes place 17 years ago when a young Manny (who we've met in previous books) meets Lily in Nicaragua during Contra revolution. When Manny sees the sad-eyed Lily at a party neither wants to attend, he sets his sights on her and persuades her to come home with him.
Let me just say this bluntly: The young Manny comes across as a complete sleaze - almost to the point of making my skin crawl. There was nothing hot about him at all, and by Lily's own admission, had she not been in a bad place at the time, she would never have been persuaded.
The two begin a very brief, passionate affair, during which Manny continued to schmooze and coerce Lily with his ultra smooth, confident moves - and then I found out how old he was....... 18!!! Yes, 18, to Lily's 28. I'm sorry, but ICK! Ick, ick, ick. That is NOT the way an 18 year old behaves, no matter how fast he had to grow up. The whole thing made me want to bleach my eyeballs.
Thankfully, Part I only lasts for 64 pages. Part II was a vast improvement. Sure, Manny wasn't exactly the nicest guy to be around at the start, but at least he wasn't still behaving like a lothario. Lily had believed Manny dead these past 17 years, left with his son as a legacy of that brief week together. Manny, unaware of his son, hasn't contacted Lily, believing she betrayed him to his enemy and left him to die.
It's understandable that Manny is less than thrilled to see the woman he believes cost him everything, but when her son is abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Sri Lanka, Lily knows Manny may well be the only one who can get to him before it's too late. She's right.
Along with Ethan and Dallas, they head to Sri Lanka on dangerous rescue mission, and the book is saved. I love a good jungle romance, and this one delivered in spades. The suspense built perfectly and there was action aplenty. I've got to give it to Cindy Gerard, she writes this sort of plot fantastically and I'm more than happy to go along for the ride.
The age difference, now that Manny is 35 to Lily's 45 was a complete non-issue, both in my mind and in the way it never became a focus; and Manny definitely grew into his hotness as a mature adult. I think I'll just pretend the start never happened so I can give it the 4 stars the rest deserves....more
Stolen Heat was a winner in the suspense stakes, but a loser in the romance.
While Pete and Kat were together for most of the book, emotionally they wStolen Heat was a winner in the suspense stakes, but a loser in the romance.
While Pete and Kat were together for most of the book, emotionally they were very much apart - for far too long for my liking. I can understand the reason for this distance - Kat did fake her death six years earlier in the midst of a passionate, if brief, relationship with Pete - but books like this, where open and honest communication would go a long way in resolving the 'misunderstanding', really get my goat.
I did like the egyptian setting in the flashbacks, and the gesture Pete made when he finally understood Kat's motivation (not that she bothered to share it, he had to work it out himself once he got past all his anger etc. etc. yada yada) was nicely done, but not enough to make up for the preceding hundreds of pages of unnecessary angst.
To be fair, I enjoyed the writing, and I even quite liked Pete and Kat. If the thought of an issue that drags on and could be resolved by the hero and heroine actually talking about it doesn't bother you, then you will likely enjoy this one much more than me....more
Once I got over my disappointment that this wasn't going to be Dallas and Amy's book, I found myself quite happy to spend time with Jason 'Jase' WilsoOnce I got over my disappointment that this wasn't going to be Dallas and Amy's book, I found myself quite happy to spend time with Jason 'Jase' Wilson. I don't remember him at all from the previous books (maybe it was a blink or you'll miss it appearance), so I felt like he came a bit out of nowhere, but he ended up being a great addition to the E.D.E.N. team.
Jase's baby-faced, wholesome farm boy good looks mask a hardened warrior who is deceptively capable of looking after himself, and anyone else under his protection. At a loss after the war and heading toward a path of self-destruction, Jase grabs a lifeline and joins his ex-soldier buddy Nolan's security firm.
His first job is personal security for the music's latest biggest thing, Janey 'Sweet Baby Jane' Perkins. This was my first book with a rock-star character, and call me sexist, but I think it would work better for me when the rock star in question was a male. All the skimpy clothing and gyrating on the stage didn't endear me to the character, but thankfully offstage she was as normal as someone in that situation could possibly be.
I wasn't at all jealous of Janey's lifestyle, fame or riches, but I was very jealous that she had a man like Jase in her life!
Given the nature of the storyline, there wasn't too much going on that I was able to relate to on a personal level but I didn't feel detached from the story especially, either. There was action aplenty to keep the reader entertained, with tight plotting and strong writing.
Sadly, my disappointment that this wasn't Dallas's book seems destined to continue for the time being. It's not the next one in the series either, dammit. Lucky for me, Cindy Gerard is providing such entertaining romantic suspense that I don't stay disappointed for long....more
After a somewhat shaky start, I’m really quite enjoying Jaci Burton’s Wild Riders series, now that I know what to expect. This series is actually a loAfter a somewhat shaky start, I’m really quite enjoying Jaci Burton’s Wild Riders series, now that I know what to expect. This series is actually a lot of fun if you go into it expecting a sexy romp and are happy just to go along for the ride and not spend time analysing the over-the-top suspense plot.
Riding on Instinct sees a return to the steam taking centre stage, although the suspense plot (implausible though it may be) is still well done. Shadoe (hate the name) Grayson is a Department of Justice agent about to undertake her first undercover assignment – and it’s a doozy.
Working with the Wild Riders, Shadoe (did I mention I hate the name?) will pose as a headline stripper, using her photographic memory to identify a corrupt DEA agent who is believed to have connections to one of the premier strip clubs in New Orleans. Wild Rider Spencer will be partnering her on the assignment, acting as her bodyguard and lover.
Arrogant Spence doesn’t think the straight-laced, anal-retentive, pantsuit wearing Shadoe can possibly pull it off, but when he challenges her to strip for him, he has to eat his words. Seems like underneath the schoolteacher appearance is one smoking hot, sexy lady – she’s a natural.
The set-up obviously made for great titillation and some very steamy scenes, and the suspense plot didn’t disappoint, either. Spence wasn’t as likeable in the beginning as I remember him from the other books, but he came through in the end, and Shadoe’s character had more depth than her name would have you believe. All in all, a great installment in Burton’s erotic suspense series, and I look forward to reading the next one. ...more
I got a bit of a surprise when I read the first book in Jaci Burton’s Wild Riders series, so I went into this one with the right expectations, and I wI got a bit of a surprise when I read the first book in Jaci Burton’s Wild Riders series, so I went into this one with the right expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. Although I don’t think it quite had the level of heat as Riding Wild, I liked this one better – probably in part because the dialogue was far more natural.
The Wild Riders are a team (or gang) of Government special operatives, made up of ex-thieves and problem children who work hardcore undercover missions (gee, as I’m typing this I am reminded so much of Tara Jenzen’s Crazy series to the point where I feel like I could be confusing the books, although one has muscle cars, the other Harleys!).
If memory serves me correctly, we were first introduced to Jessie in Riding Wild. Jessie has been living at Wild Riders HQ since she was 15 and plucked off the streets by Mac. Eight years later, after much waiting and a little begging, she has finally been given a chance to go on her first op and is teamed up with fellow Wild Riders Spence and Diaz to infiltrate a biker gang suspected of gunrunning.
Jessie is like a little sister to most of the guys as Wild Rider HQ, and Diaz is distressed that the feelings he has for Jessie are far from brotherly. When he realises that Jessie wants him, too, his first response is to run a mile. But you don’t grow up on the streets without learning a thing or two, and Jessie knows how to get what she wants. And boy does she ever go after it! She may ‘technically’ be a virgin, but she sure is confident. Poor Diaz never stood a chance.
I quite liked the plot in this one, even though it was a little far fetched. Jessie, Diaz and Spence are initiated into the Skulls and start playing the dangerous game of trying to determine if the gang is involved in gunrunning for a group of Survivalists. I don’t mind some harmless escapism from time to time, and this one certainly fits the bill.
There was a lot of focus on Jessie and Diaz’s relationship, which Diaz was determined to play as a one-time arrangement, ending it once the op is successfully concluded. He is a tortured and misguided soul who thinks he is protecting Jessie, but she will have none of it. I liked that Jessie was a tough woman who was prepared to call Diaz on his BS, and as I now expect from this author, they were pretty hot together.
This is definitely a lighter style of Romantic Suspense, but if you consider this as in erotic romance genre, then it’s one of the better ones. After a shaky start with the first book, I’m now looking forward to continuing this series. ...more