Let's sit down and talk about something for a minute. That one thing we all think about but don't really talk about. You know the one.
I'm not goLet's sit down and talk about something for a minute. That one thing we all think about but don't really talk about. You know the one.
I'm not going to get into the romance is porn for women discussion. Not gonna do it. But obviously, I'm a girl that likes a good romance. I love the snap and sizzle. The gutting heartbreaks. The push and pull between people falling and fighting. The eccentric families that always seem to surround them. In all its shapes and forms, I love a good love story. And that usually includes some sexin'. There's a frat boy in me that can't deal with blue balls of the heart. I've invested in the back and forth, and there's got to be a reward. A FINALLY. There's a certain way to write a really good love scene, and that's where this differs from porn. There's an eloquence about it. A surgical, precise dance with the words. A way that can turn a kiss into a conversation that has a reader entranced by it all.
Lora Leigh's books don't do that. She just straight up drills you with it. And it becomes relentless. Like a marathon session you have to walk away from because damn it, you're tired, and this is all getting a little ridiculous.
There was a story here. Something. I was intrigued by the mystery and the brokenness of the hero and how does somebody come back from that. And his poor, supposedly widowed wife. I wanted to see how it would all pan out. And I did. But the emotion, heart and sex wasn't done with that precise touch that I love. More like a jackhammer. ...more
After reading the first Steele Street books one after the other, it was months before I got to this one. That being said, it brought me back into theAfter reading the first Steele Street books one after the other, it was months before I got to this one. That being said, it brought me back into the fold easily reminding exactly what I loved about these books. Janzen is an author, much like Cindy Gerard, who can write an action scene. And she does. She doesn't skimp on it nor does it ever sound forced. I love her books because they steal you, and they do it quick. And in ones like this one, you end up in a crazy stitch in the middle of a city in some other dangerous country where the rules are that everyone has a price. It's dirty dealings, steamy nights, and escaping gun fire. So no, there's none of the muscle cars we know and love. BUT there is Dax Killian, who we met in Johnny and Esme's book, Loose and Easy, and whatever was going to happen between him and art dealer Suzi Toussi, was already teeming with sexy tension after their almost encounter at Duffy's in that book.
This one IS a little out there with everyone chasing a woowoo witchy statue that promises immortality, which brings all the freaks who want a piece of it out to Paraguay. Suzi, the art gallery owner we've known for several books from afar, is working a mission for Buck Grant, and is tasked with retrieving it. So is Dax, but his benefactor isn't on the up and up. But with Dax never doubt him, because he's a patriot through and through. His chemistry with Suzi is off the charts, and while there are a LOT of characters and a lot of story to be told, their romance is pitch perfect with the requisite steamy, sweet moments and the epilogue that always delivers.
Oh, and there's the issue of this guy Conroy. This guy Conroy who Dylan and Hawkins are out trying to get. Creed too. This guy who looks a hell of a lot like a certain someone else. A certain someone who is supposed to be dead.
Oh yeah, it didn't take me nearly as long to get to the next book. ...more
Steele Street is FINALLY back as the lost chop shop boy comes homes. With Cutting Loose, Janzen brings the central heart of the book, the original DenSteele Street is FINALLY back as the lost chop shop boy comes homes. With Cutting Loose, Janzen brings the central heart of the book, the original Denver boys' story, to the center with Zach's homecoming. Here we're back in the front seat of a bad ass car, eating up highway across country, and watching the dynamic of Steele Street as it grows and changes with new blood and love, but still remain the same base for some really fun characters with Dylan at the helm and Skeeter right beside him. This book will remind you why you love the series as you watch another one of the boys fall apart for the love of a girl that holds her own, as he drives his beast of a muscle car with awe-inspiring skill, and save the day the way only a chop shop boy can.
You know what, I liked this one. It was different than the others, didn't have the spark of the first four, the thing that sets them apart than otherYou know what, I liked this one. It was different than the others, didn't have the spark of the first four, the thing that sets them apart than other romantic suspense series which is the cars. These chop shop boys can get a girl all a'flutter with their earth-shaking engines and reformed bad boy smoothness, but the last two haven't had that snap crackle pop. This one was different, but it had something.
I've liked Smith since our first glimpse of him with Kid Chaos, and I love that he's a part of SDF now. Bringing new blood is crucial to keeping any series going, and it's easy to fall in love with him. I love how his mind works, he's one of the funnier of the male leads, and his chemistry and banter with Honey is just this side of adorable. This book had a different element to it since they were in South America and not Denver, so it actually had more of a Cindy Gerard feel, whom I love, and I thought it worked it quite well. The introduction to Alejandro Campos was top notch, and that little nod and salute at the end will have you cheering for the next book. ...more
Let me start by saying that I've loved every Cindy Gerard novel i've read so far. The bodyguards series were each a barrel of badass and sexy fun. AndLet me start by saying that I've loved every Cindy Gerard novel i've read so far. The bodyguards series were each a barrel of badass and sexy fun. And the Black Ops have been exceptional. In my opinion, she's one of the best at the whole romance adventure. She writes scenes that travel into the dirtiest and roughest parts of the world and she does it with flair. You believe every part of it, finding yourself in the midst of some seriously corrupt politics, but you love whatever hero you're there with. And the romance never suffers for it. It's sexy, sweet and romantic in the midst of flying bullets, and I have to say I'm a sucker for that.
But this was the first one that disappointed.
I didn't know how much to expect from Wyatt "Papa Bear" Savage to tell you the truth. He was always so quiet through the earlier books, but a couple of pages into this one and I found his voice and I was stoked for his story. Here was a stand up Southern boy living a dangerous life who is tired of the soulless characters he has to kill. And then comes the call from the one woman who can stop him in his tracks, and watching her twist him inside and out had me all in knots. Sophie has this big bear of a warrior in love with her, has been in love with her for years, and to tell you the truth...she didn't deserve him. Ugh, her end of the romance wasn't as strong or believable as his. Their sex felt like all the emotion was on his side, and she was just trying to get her mind off all the intense drama going on around her. I was waiting for a tortured romance, which always leads to sudden, intense sex and a breathtaking connection between two people.
Didn't get it.
At least not with these two. All of the emotion, aside from Wyatt's, fell flat. The ending fell flat between them because of it, and that was a first for me and a Gerard novel. All the boys thankfully are in attendance, and it was a blast to see Johnny and Crystal together since their book was my favorite. Gabe is back at work, and is still a badass. Nate and Juliana get their space, and at least it was tortured and romantic.
I'll read the next, but I'll always be disappointed with Papa Bear's love story. ...more
This one if my favorite of the bodyguards series and rings more like her Black Ops books, which is why I probably love it. That and Ethan. This one haThis one if my favorite of the bodyguards series and rings more like her Black Ops books, which is why I probably love it. That and Ethan. This one had a romance that was different than most. These aren't two people who just met. Oh, no. This one is between Ethan and Darcy, the ex-wife he'd never talk about in the last books. She calls him for help when she gets herself in a nasty pickle, which is actually her getting abducted by a crazy extremist group in the jungle. And who better to save her than her badass former Special Forces ex-husband who just so happens to still be in love with her. Their beginning is told alongside the drama of their current situation, which I really enjoyed. When they finally were on the same page in the present I was already invested in their tumultuous story. As torn as they were, feeling the intense pull that was still there between them. Damn, I love stories like that.
Best parts? Nolan driving the plane. Meeting Manny. The cherry Lifesaver. ...more