This book had a good premise. A mob boss daughter hooking up with an FBI agent to bring down her Mafia, head honcho father and her skivvy, ev3.5 stars
This book had a good premise. A mob boss daughter hooking up with an FBI agent to bring down her Mafia, head honcho father and her skivvy, evil brother was enough to intrigue me. I always enjoy when a relationship develops between twp people despite seemingly insurmountable circumstances.
Throw in a superstar soccer player who the mob wants to kill and uses his family (wife and young son) to reel him in and it was a good story. It just had a little too much back story for me that I really didn’t care about and will admit I skimmed through.
My problem with The Good Daughter was I wanted more of Dave and Marissa. The dynamic between the FBI straight-shooter Dave and the Mafia Princess Marissa is what drew my attention. It’s an interesting combo by definition and I just wanted more of their story.
A vast majority of this book was focused on the soccer star Sandro and his wife Nia who is kidnapped by the mob. Nia certainly showed she was no powder puff and is in fact quite a tough chick while being held captive. I guess kicking soccer balls comes in handy (she’s a soccer star in her own right). She got in some good licks!
It certainly sounds as if the author plans to feature Dave and Marissa in a future book because their story is far from resolved by the end of The Good Daughter so I expect to see them at some point and I will certainly try this author again. ...more
This one is hard to rate. Dark Mercy had lots of potential and the hero Richard was dark, mysterious and certainly interesting as a Dom and part ownerThis one is hard to rate. Dark Mercy had lots of potential and the hero Richard was dark, mysterious and certainly interesting as a Dom and part owner of the new adult Mercy Club. But then I blinked and it was over before it really ever began.
Ricahrd has 8 other very facinating business associates who I am sure will probably be getting their own stories, but if they are as short as this one...well it would be a shame. I will have to reserve judgement on if I will be checking out any more in this series. ...more
A sensuous dancer/business woman and a hot former SEAL - yes Freaky by Nature is Holly and Brett’s story and the third in this series.
Holly is the ownA sensuous dancer/business woman and a hot former SEAL - yes Freaky by Nature is Holly and Brett’s story and the third in this series.
Holly is the owner of a gym cleverly titled Fitness in the Buff(I love the name!), she teaches pole dancing, does a little extracurricular naughty dancing herself on the side as Madame X and likes to sunbathe nude...which Brett has seen first hand.
Brett’s been wanting to get close to the cool Ms. Holly but she’s been keeping him at arms length. So when her health club is vandalized and her life threatened, it provides the perfect opportunity for Brett to be Holly’s shadow and stick to her like glue until the danger is resolved. Not such a bad gig for Brett since he gets to spend time in Holly's company and he doesn’t mind being on hand when she teaches those pole dancing classes.
Holly’s been keeping a secret from everyone and it’s the reason she refuses to let Brett get close. She can sense peoples emotions and sees colours around their auras...so she knows Brett has the hots for her but she doesn’t think he will accept her because of her ability so she keeps him at arms length...well for a little while anyway.
We get lots of Hawk and Rachel and their new little bundle of joy, Max and a pregnant Cameron who is driving her man even more nuts if that is possible (but they’re still my favorite couple) and also get re-introduced to Claire (Brett’s twin sister) and the other member of the team Shadow.
Freaky by Nature was a fun read, just not my favorite in the series to date. ...more
Another great lawyer drama storyline. Archer's in a world of hurt in Silent Witness and the big bad ex-cop has got to rely on Josie and her lawyeringAnother great lawyer drama storyline. Archer's in a world of hurt in Silent Witness and the big bad ex-cop has got to rely on Josie and her lawyering skills to get him out of trouble and keep in out of jail. Really engrossing storyline as we learn a lot about Archer's backstory. I am really enjoying this series by Rebecca Forster....more
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have3.5 Stars
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have any friends and one of her “psychic episodes” could even kill her. It’s a pretty lonely existence for a young woman. Her ability to connect so intensely with a victim of violence so that she feels and experiences everything in real time whether the victim is being attacked, choked, stabbed or lies bleeding to death (and I mean Sam herself bleeds - not sure how that part of the psychic phenomenon works?). Not exactly an easy burden to bear.
It takes everything within Sam to finally decide to go to the police after one particularly bad and violent vision of a woman being murdered. She doesn’t exactly have a good track record with the police, certainly doesn’t trust them based on her past experiences (and with good reason), but she does the right thing and reports what she knows. Needless to say she is met with doubt, becomes a suspect herself based on her knowledge of certain facts and wonders if she should have just kept to herself in her secluded home with her trusty dog Moses.
Brent Sutherland’s a detective investigating a string of murders by an alleged serial killer. He is beyond intrigued by Sam and her story. Her waif-like figure and solemn face that appears to be all eyes has him captivated. He can’t deny that Sam somehow holds the key to helping solve his investigation and can’t ignore that her information is spot on. And he’s undeniably attracted to her and feels an overwhelming urge to protect her.
I think Brent as any cop would be was sceptical about Sam but one of his very best friends Stephan has psychic abilities and he‘d seen first hand what Stephan could do. Because of that relationship, Brent was much more accepting of the possibility that Sam was indeed psychic.
Tuesday’s Child was an interesting read. I wasn’t sure who the killer was for quite some time. I really liked that Sam had a real affinity for animals. She worked at a Vet Clinic and was adamant about rehabbing a wounded and seemingly dangerous German shepherd she called Soldier. Sam and Soldier were in fact each other’s saviors. They aren’t called man’s best friend for nothing. ...more
I downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going onI downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going on. I love when that happens.
Lone Star Justice starts out with a young, 18 year old pregnant Maddie. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks in a small town who after a great tragedy involving her boyfriend’s parents and her dad - is forced (or it was highly suggested) she leave her hometown of Greendale Texas. Due to the circumstances she never revealed to the love of her life Rand McCade that she was pregnant with his child.
Fast forward 14 years and Maddie has certainly made a name for herself. She’s now a respected judge in Oklahoma, has a bright and friendly 15 year old daughter named Brandy and a pretty darn good life. Until one night she discovers her best friend and prosecuting attorney Anne murdered and hanging from a tree in her backyard. Now Maddie and her daughter have started to receive threats as well. Is someone Maddie had a hand in incarcerating exacting revenge? Or is another plan afoot to terrorize Maddie and Brandy?
Thinking the only place she’ll be safe and knowing she needs to secure a future for her daughter if anything should ever happen to her, Maddie knows it’s time to return home to Greendale. Now father will meet daughter for the first time - how’s that doing to go down? I was expecting fireworks when the truth came from both Brandy and Rand - their reactions may have been a bit unrealistic since they seemed to take the news in stride. No screaming or cussing. I would have liked to see Rand punch a wall or two at finding out the news. He had every right to be furious at Maddie for keeping him from his daughter for so long.
Homeboy Rand McCade is now the town sheriff. Never married and he’s never forgotten Maddie or how she left town without a word to him 14 years ago breaking his heart. To say Rand was not exactly excited to see Maddie in his town, bringing trouble with her and stirring up a lot of unresolved feelings is an understatement. He doesn’t clue in that Brandy is his child, but chooses instead to believe Maddie was promiscuous enough to get pregnant shortly after leaving Greendale.
Old secrets come to light as Rand and Maddie finally have to resolve issues about their relationship - amazing what a little communication can do when people actually talk. Maddie put off telling Rand about his new parent status...I thought she should of told him sooner and I wasn’t sure why she didn’t just spill the beans immediately since she had ample opportunity.
Anyway back to action and there is quite a bit of it as Maddie and Brandy continue to be terrorized even now that they're back in Greendale. Little does Maddie realize that she’s played right into her attacker’s hands by returning home to his stomping grounds.
Rand must race to save Maddie and Brandy, the two woman who he loves beyond reason from the hands of a madman when he outsmarts the local cops and kidnaps both girls.
Other than a few minor niggles this was a really action-packed and fast paced second chance at love story. ...more
I think Forged in Fire would make a great kick-ass, action-suspense-military movie featuring today’s top action stars a la Paul Walker, Vin 4.5 stars!
I think Forged in Fire would make a great kick-ass, action-suspense-military movie featuring today’s top action stars a la Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham.
I’ve had this book on my Kindle app for a while and I’m so glad I finally decided to start reading it. A sure sign a book is a hit with me is when I want to keep reading even if it is well past my bedtime. When I should have been getting some well needed shut-eye I was gnashing my teeth at a critical point during a hostage rescue attempt and I just could not stop reading. The alarm clock rang way too early the next morning.
Forged in Fire had me hooked from the start. Did I mention hot, alpha SEALs? There's a lot of heart-pounding action in this book and it takes place over a short period of time (think about how a season of the TV show 24 happens over 1 day).
If you read this expecting lots of romance then you are going to be disappointed. Zane and Beth have an immediate, instant attraction when they first connect at the airport. Yes, there are moments of strong sexual awareness and tension between them (Zane understands why but Beth has no clue how her life is about to be changed), but due to the timeframe this story takes place over realistically Zane and Beth don’t really have a chance to get “too close” except for a dalliance in a hospital supply closet.
A lot is made of Zane and his “special ability”. His “gift” is the reason he immediately recognizes Beth as his mate and the reason he believes her story after she explains what she dreamed is about to happen to Zane and his team-mates on the plane they are about to board enroute to Hawaii - it wasn’t a good dream. We really didn’t get a lot more information about Zane and his family’s “abilities” but maybe that’s to be explained and expanded on in future books since there are several siblings in the Winter family.
There were moments while I was reading Forged in Fire that I was holding my breath, gasped at some of the action and felt my heart racing in my chest. I loved the camaraderie and banter between Zane, Rawls, Cosky and their commanding officer Mac. These hot SEALs definitely held my attention and I hope they all get their own stories. I love when an author makes me care enough about the secondary characters that I want to read more about them. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Beth’s best friend Ginny or Amy Chastain either. I even want to know what happens to them after their ordeal...especially Amy.
The ending was kind of abrupt and there were lots of issues left unresolved. A fair number of authors are leaving us readers with the cliff-hanger endings lately and I assume that’s to keep us wanting more and eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. Some people may not like that plot device - but it works and I’m hooked.
I will certainly be reading the next book in this series Forges in Ice. I understand it’s Cosky’s story and considering his situation at the end of Forges in Fire - I for one can’t wait to see what happens. ...more
Yellow Ribbons has it all...suspense, murder, forbidden love and smoking hot sex...5 Big Stars!
I love it when a little tease of a book compels me to cYellow Ribbons has it all...suspense, murder, forbidden love and smoking hot sex...5 Big Stars!
I love it when a little tease of a book compels me to check out said book further. Loose ID sends out emails about their latest releases and Yellow Ribbons by Caitlyn Willows really caught my eye. I could not stop thinking about this book after I read that teaser. It was that good...now that’s good marketing.
I went to Amazon and downloaded the sample of Yellow Ribbons only because Caitlyn Willows is a new to me author and $6.99 was a little more than I was willing to part with for an unknown quantity. The sample was a bit more intensive than the sample offered by Loose ID and seriously if you can read either the excerpt or the downloaded sample of this book and NOT purchase it, then kudos to you. The beginning of this book is tantalizing, titillating and totally hot! Yowzer!
I must say after finishing Yellow Ribbons...in one day no less, it was a well spent $6.99!
I was totally intrigued by the relationship between Master Gunnery Sergeant “Master Guns”(hee hee) Greg Landess and his Captain Elaine Hollister. She’s his supervisor, he’s her subordinate. They are in the military where fraternization between an officer and enlisted personnel is a big no-no. And yet they are in a relationship and behind closed doors their roles are totally reversed. Ohhhhh my! After the way this book started I was thinking Yellow Ribbons was going to be all about the smexy action (he isn’t called Master Guns for nothing!) behind closed doors. Boy was I wrong since although that aspect of Greg and Lani’s relationship is key - it does not play the major role in this story.
In addition to the tricky relationship issues for Greg and Lani, Yellow Ribbons was an excellent suspense, murder/suicide story including cover-up’s and conspiracy. The focus of military personal fraternization brings Greg and Lani right smack dab into the middle of the investigation. Now they are tasked to enforce the very rule they themselves are breaking and the Commanding General is out for blood and wants names, rank and serial numbers of personnel who are breaking the rules...Yikes!
For me Lani and Greg’s relationship, the secrecy they had to maintain, Greg getting jealous watching other men ogle Lani and knowing there was nothing he could do about it without jeopardizing both their careers and then the dynamic of their relationship in their private lives had me glued to the pages. The fear of discovery and being court marshalled, losing everything they’d ever worked for...had me on tender hooks right along with both Lani and Greg. But seeing them together, their love for each other and their willingness to sacrifice their own career to save the other...these two were so meant to be together. Fraternization rules be damned! And every time they do come together - it was absolutely scorching, smoking hot!
My only complaint...I am sad that I finished it in one day...it was that good! ...more
I discovered this book on Amazon where it got great reviews, checked it out on Goodreads where again there are some really nice reviews. I decided toI discovered this book on Amazon where it got great reviews, checked it out on Goodreads where again there are some really nice reviews. I decided to give this book a try based on the reviews, the blurb and the fact that this book was priced at a measly .99 on Amazon.
I started this book while I was waiting at the Dr’s office one day and I can say that the beginning of Sand (I didn’t get the significance of the title for the longest time) truly has a great hook.
I love me some military men and special forces team-mates Javi and Dallas get into trouble right out of the gate. They are on a rescue mission that goes FUBAR, get captured, tortured and then they escape. I was hooked and captivated and had high hopes for what I thought would be a terrific story.
There’s a lot of action in Sand, but unfortunately for me...maybe too much. I didn’t feel invested in the relationships between Brian “Dallas” Star and the Colonel’s daughter Abigail. All of a sudden, they were just madly in love with each other. The relationship between Javi and Jasmine was a little slower to develop and Jamsine’s eight year old daughter Samantha was cute.
Like I said there was a lot of action, but no real build up or tension and I never felt scared, nervous or worried for the characters and then 2-3 pages later it seemed the conflict was resolved and on to the next adventure.
The ending totally befuddled me and I can honestly say when I finished this book, I was scratching my head and saying WTF kind of ending is this? I tried to scroll past the end of the book, checked the percentage to see if I had somehow missed something? More head scratching ensued. This book just ended almost like it was the end of a chapter. I’ve never read another book with an ending like it. I thought ohhhhh there must be another book and it continues on but I checked the author‘s website and see she has another book, but I wasn't sure if it's a continuation or not? I was totally dissatisfied with how Sand ended and can honestly say I didn’t get it.
The beginning definitely gets a 5 and the ending gets a 1. Overall I give it 2.5 ...more
Once thing you can be sure about this book is that the name fit’s the book to a T. There’s lots of fight and lots of fight!
Years of paranoia, on the rOnce thing you can be sure about this book is that the name fit’s the book to a T. There’s lots of fight and lots of fight!
Years of paranoia, on the run, hiding and looking over your shoulder , always wary and ready for an unknown attack and 18 years later Regan and her daughter Kelsey are finally going to get to put their training to good use.
Regan Miller went on the run as a young, pregnant teenager when her then fiancé, while dying in her arms warned her to “run”. She did and never looked back. Regan didn’t know why she was running, who was after her or why but she knew it was imperative she disappear.
Regan’s always been mistrustful of strangers, hasn’t allowed anyone to get close for fear of being exposed and also because if you don’t allow yourself to love anyone, then when you need to leave in a hurry - no one’s feeling get hurt. Not the ideal way to live, but self preservation is a great motivator.
Regan was one kick-ass, take no prisoners mom. It was amazing the way she was able to defend herself, taking her own licks in the process...but she gave as good as she got...if not better. I guess adrenaline fuelled fear can take you a long way.
Kelsey Miller may have hated all her mother’s lessons, preaching about safely and strangers and paranoia growing up, but she sure put her skills to good use when her neck was on the line.
Add in sexy, “don’t know if I can trust him neighbor” Tyler, Kelsey’s boyfriend Tom and her BFF Savannah and these 5 try to keep one step ahead of multiple attacks and numerous bad guys who won’t stop at nothing to obtain their prize...Kelsey.
The action is fast-paced and non stop and the reasons for Kelsey and Regan being hunted was a secret most of the way through the book. I did have to suspend a little bit of believe, but seriously nothing would surprise me about what governments and scientists are capable of now a days.
This is my first Natalie Damschroder’s book, but it won’t be my last. I’ve got her newest Behind the Scenes on my Kobo Reader now. ...more