I didn't expect to like this but I did. Chris and Marcus were meant for each other, they didn't play any mind games or waiting games while the killerI didn't expect to like this but I did. Chris and Marcus were meant for each other, they didn't play any mind games or waiting games while the killer was on the loose but just surrendered to their passion. I also liked the mystery and twist.
There were a lot of breakthroughs for Marcus and I liked the relationship with Diablo (the former killer dog in the previous book). It's a great read over all, my favorite in the series so far....more
This is the book that's totally different from the rest of the series, except for the epilogue in the Tompkinses' VirThe perfect ender for the series.
This is the book that's totally different from the rest of the series, except for the epilogue in the Tompkinses' Virginia home (that's all I'm spoiling here folks).
I rated this 5 stars because my heart rate kicked up and there were really desperate scenes here, like Cindy Gerard presented hopelessness for Joe because he's gone rogue. Despite that, I really liked his determination and this quest for vengeance, but even better is Stephanie being there for him.
He ditched her, told her lies and she fell for it, all because he thought he was protecting her but of course, she couldn't just let him die in that hell hole in Sierra Leone. She's really strong, the experience was an eye-opener for her. No more meek, no questioning, very lax Stephanie. The new Stephanie doesn't take shit from anyone, even Joe.
There's also the unforeseen help from Suah, the kid Joe helped and his connections with guys with big guns, that really got things moving along. It's just Stephanie and Joe with a bit of help from Rafe and B.J..
The unexpected help from Mike "Primetime" Brown and his brother Ty was a bonus since all the BOIs are otherwise preoccupied and can't really assist but it turned out well. The conditions were harsh but they made it, years of training really paid off and they were able to win against the bad guys, and the ultimate Bad Guy.
Stephanie and Joe are finally together again and all the floodgates were opened. Joe's history was shared so we'll know about his brother and Stephanie was really kickass, another heroine to favorite....more
I really don't have a fave guy in BOI, but after reading this story, Luke became it. I really like a man with a good sense of humor. He didn't give upI really don't have a fave guy in BOI, but after reading this story, Luke became it. I really like a man with a good sense of humor. He didn't give up on Valentina's closely guarded fortress and kept making jokes to make her feel at ease, despite the situation.
This books has everything you can expect from a Cindy Gerard book: most of the team assembling, planning, negotiating with bad guys, ammo and explosives, hero and heroine trying to deny what's going on between them (although it's stronger on Val's part, someone big from the US government connected with bad guys, an Asian bad guy, a kidnapping situation, combat (bloody), hot sex, and an epilogue in the Tompkinses' Virginia home.
I know there's still a lot I missed but that's just a summary....more
As usual, I was riveted with this novel and Ms Gerard keeps exceeding my expectations. There is that similarity about kidnapping and victim retrievalAs usual, I was riveted with this novel and Ms Gerard keeps exceeding my expectations. There is that similarity about kidnapping and victim retrieval in Reed and Crystal's story. Aside from that, I'm still glued to the story because it blindsides me everytime.
Didn't really care much for Wyatt because he's always mentioned in passing. Not much character building there because he's not much of a talker like Joe Green, and unlike Johnny Reed. I'm just glad that after 12 years, both Sophie and Wyatt got together....more
Cindy Gerard takes us to Colombia this time and yes, I felt the heat.
Like her other books in the series, this one's packed with action, strategic planCindy Gerard takes us to Colombia this time and yes, I felt the heat.
Like her other books in the series, this one's packed with action, strategic planning, suspense, and taking a chance on love...although at first one of them is afraid, and it's the heroine this time.
B.J. and Rafe have family-related hurts. Rafe grew up in a life of privilege until one day everything changed. B.J. had an absentee father and an alcoholic mother who's passed and out bitter most of the time so let's just say they had it rough growing up. B.J. was really starved for affection, that of her parents' and after all that waiting and heartbreak, she just shut down.
There's a side story here and I want to call them the supporting cast, a relationship in the works. The main story has a lot of players, really powerful ones and it's like they took the bull by its horns. What B.J. did as Brittany Jameson was really impressive and she was damn good at it.
I liked the sex scenes as usual, not too explicit but steamy all the same....more
The end of the Bodyguards series triggers another set of potential characters and with Ms Gerard's parting note, I'm looking forward to another bingeThe end of the Bodyguards series triggers another set of potential characters and with Ms Gerard's parting note, I'm looking forward to another binge read.
This story was what I expected, and more. It's really dark and a bit disturbing but at least the author spared some details on the mind control. I noticed this was a bit laid-back compared to the others and that's just fine. Amy is another kickass heroine who's stronger than she looks. I like that she got back on her feet and studied weapons handling and a badass self-defense (Krav Maga).
She and Dallas are such a pair. Both have a lot of PTSD underneath but they became the persons they needed to be for such a battle. There are new characters here that made me wonder and I can't wait to read the Black Ops series....more
Just when I thought I won't like this that much, I was pulled in by this author's masterful writing and ended up giving this another 5-star rating.
I wJust when I thought I won't like this that much, I was pulled in by this author's masterful writing and ended up giving this another 5-star rating.
I wasn't really interested in Manny's character and couldn't care less because I was waiting for Dallas's story. I guess Ms Gerard is saving the best for last, upping the anticipationg, well it's working and I'm revved up about the next novel.
On to my review... I appreciated Manny and Lily's story. When I read the beginning, it reminded me a bit of Ethan and Darcy's story because of how they met, but with Manny's and Lily's disposition and circumstances, everything was different. It was a whirlwind romance of lust and staycationing in bed but the outcome wasn't a marriage.
There's still a loose end on how Manny was uncovered though, I was hoping we'll read about that but I guess it's not that critical because they can't get back the wasted years. One thinking of the other's betrayal, and the other thinking of the other's death.
So from that loving marathon came a product, who's in Sri Lanka. I don't need to elaborate but I appreciate the armchair traveling I've done. That's what's best about these novels. Cindy Gerard takes us to places not often traveled or advertised.
As usual, the action and suspense really worked for me, and I again felt like I was watching a movie. Though the first 4 books in the series ended in the Garretts' backyard, this one didn't...but there's still the sacred game of croquet.
I'm rubbing my hands in anticipation of Dallas and Amy's story!...more
I wasn't expecting anything from this story about Jason "Plowboy" Wilson and Sweet Baby Jane, the rockstar. This comes a close second to Ethan and DarI wasn't expecting anything from this story about Jason "Plowboy" Wilson and Sweet Baby Jane, the rockstar. This comes a close second to Ethan and Darcy's story. I just noticed that the plot of the 4 stories so far are mostly the same - stalker, prominent person, bodyguard, the farm and fields...
Not saying I'm tired of it, just noticing the similarities. It still works though.
It seems like all of the characters here are unpredictable and the ending is always a croquet game in Wes and Susan Garrett's backyard. Sounds like an irony but there we have it.
Still, I'll read the stories in this series and the Black Ops.
What I like best is the mystery and action. It really kept me on the edge of a thrill ride and as the bodies turn up one by one, the author really distracted me on the clearer picture. Very good writing, which is why I read on. Sex scenes were hot and the intensity made up for the frequency. These weren't written in explicit detail but they're rather sensual and I felt the characters' emotions when they made love.
The usual love angle is falling in love and trying hard not to, but still failing...and ending up in a backyard grill at the Garretts. ...more
So far, this is my favorite story in the Bodyguards series.
I admit I'm a bit partial because the setting was mostly in the not-so-touristy part of theSo far, this is my favorite story in the Bodyguards series.
I admit I'm a bit partial because the setting was mostly in the not-so-touristy part of the Philippines, but it highlighted places, a real terrorist group name (Abu Sayyaf), and of course the accurate Tagalog phrases. I love the story of Darcy and Ethan, that their divorce wasn't a result of a third party, and they got back together after 5 years.
This was an adrenaline rush from start until almost finish. I lost sleep over this book and finished it quickly. A story like this doesn't remain unread for too long, it's that much of a thriller for me that I was engrossed.
When I was reading this, I felt like I was watching a movie. Their chemistry was explosive and I'm a sucker for "knowing the one as soon as you see him/her" types. I can't say this is love at first sight, though this may be classified like that since Ethan knew off the bat he wanted Darcy, and he wanted forever with her, although not in those words. There's no question the lust at first sight also factored in.
They had hot and steamy sex and I could only imagine the setting in Peru, both strangers exploring some foreign land together, no worries, both of them on vacation, and both just felt free...until Ethan's issues, which is every soldier's issue, at least the ones who has seen action, bad ones, and lived through it.
I breathed a sigh of relief only in the end....more
I changed my mind. I'm now giving this a 4-star rating instead of 3, after sleeping on it and absorbing the entirety of the story. I have not admit II changed my mind. I'm now giving this a 4-star rating instead of 3, after sleeping on it and absorbing the entirety of the story. I have not admit I was expecting more sex because the author surely knows how to up the ante when it comes to sexual tension.
The hero and heroine's perspective of each other was unexpected. Both of them tried not to fall in love with each other, and of course, inevitability failed. The only difference is, it's Jillian who faced their challenge head on, while Nolan turned tail and ran...or in this case, sail.
Who doesn't love an alpha female? Jillian acknowledged that she wanted Nolan and she wanted what they have and though she may have reservations, she went out there.
Moreover, she's really strong in the face of threats and she knows her limit when she leaned on Nolan. What made me change my mind though, was the outcome. The author planned it perfectly and the suspects lined up were just that, suspects.
I really liked Jillian cause she's not the usual trust fund baby. She loves her work and is not afraid to get her hands dirty. She gives as good as she got and is just kickass....more
This love story was doomed from the beginning but the challenge lay on how Victoria Vane could make it work, and boy did she ever...make it work!
ThisThis love story was doomed from the beginning but the challenge lay on how Victoria Vane could make it work, and boy did she ever...make it work!
This isn't your normal instant attraction-let's-have-sex-and-get-married type of book. Haley hated Reid as soon as she found out he's a Marine. Sure the sexual chemistry is there and it wasn't easy to ignore. They're explosive together and it took YEARS for them to work things out!
I admire Reid's tenacity but this isn't a perfect world and he's not gonna wait forever. I didn't even connect with Haley but I liked her because of her passion for what she believes in. She and Reid have that in common, even if they argue endlessly about other things.
Ms Vane has other surprises because this is one HOT HOT HOT read! That's all I'm gonna say about those scenes, if you get my meaning. I'm not going to spoil anything. Given my 5-star rating I enjoyed reading this because this was different from the other two. The series gets better, trust me. There were a lot of social and environmental issues and it's obvious Ms Vane put time and effort on research of those.
Bravo for this book and I'm now excited for the next!...more