My level of enjoyment of POWER PLAY is a case of expectations. The setup of this series is not something I tend to read a lot because it can get on m
My level of enjoyment of POWER PLAY is a case of expectations. The setup of this series is not something I tend to read a lot because it can get on my nerves, and I guess I didn’t realize this wouldn’t be an HEA book for the couple, but one of those love triangles that drags on throughout the series. I’ve made those commitments before with some books, but believe me they’re not my thing. And I wasn’t expecting that from this. I think because of that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I probably could’ve otherwise.
Our heroine Sage is a bit of a workaholic. She thinks very highly of her successful boss, Parker. So much so that she hasn’t realized that all that admiration is actually something deeper. When Parker becomes involved in a business transaction with the Russian mob, his old friend Ryker comes around snooping his involvement and immediately becomes quite taken with Parker’s assistant, Sage. Detective Ryker that is. And Sage finds herself in the middle of a bad situation not only between the two old friends and now sort of enemies, but in the middle of a very bad deal with the bad guys.
As far as the suspense element goes, this is actually really good! Not that it’s suspenseful per se but it’s a good story, kind of like a cop show with a bit of flare for the dramatic. Sage is just naive enough to want to do the right thing and ends up in situations that are a bit precarious. She’s also in between two men that are polar opposites in many ways. One the epitome of refined and successful, and the other the leather wearing, bike riding bad boy. Reminded me a bit of Stephanie Plum in some ways, and the love triangle definitely goes in line with that as well.
I was hoping for a romantic resolution in the end, and we don’t get that like I mentioned before. I’m not sure if I’ll continue and read the next book, maybe if I’m in the right mood for it this time. The story in itself was good so I may pick it up when I’m ready for a good detective book....more
This second installment prequel into the town of Madison and another step closer to finding out what happened to the Bell family. This story3.5 stars
This second installment prequel into the town of Madison and another step closer to finding out what happened to the Bell family. This story is about the sister, Jensen. She’s a badass cop and has been damaged and affected just like Tate was about their mother’s disappearance. Now on the anniversary, Jensen’s emotions run high and her attraction for the new sexy DA can’t be denied any longer.
I always love a strong heroine but in this case, even though Jensen is tough and kick ass, she shows a very vulnerable side of her personality. Dean West has been waiting for over a year to make his move. His intentions towards Jensen are clear. He doesn’t want just one night, he wants to be with her and give their attraction a chance to flourish into a relationship. Maybe his timing was just right this time. He’s just the rock she needs to get through finding out what happened to her mother.
I think the author did a great job of bringing these two characters together. We get enough back story to know that this is not insta-love or even insta-lust. They’ve been tiptoeing around each other for a long time. That always helps me dive in easier with a short story like this. And when they finally came together…it was undeniable and explosive!
Although I enjoyed Dean and Jensen, their connection and their chemistry, I think this story was a bit too short for me to form an attachment to the characters. It was more interesting to see the unfolding of the bigger picture in the story, for me. This felt more like a slice of life type story, even so, a very enjoyable one at that. However, the writing is as always flawless and engaging and I can’t wait to see the final chapter in the Bell family saga, as well as diving deeper into Madison.
The town of Serendipity is always one of my favorite to read! I was always a fan of Sam, but when we got the hint of who his heroine would be in the
The town of Serendipity is always one of my favorite to read! I was always a fan of Sam, but when we got the hint of who his heroine would be in the last book I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. Being that she is the sister of the girl that causes so much havoc in the previous book and in Cole’s life. I have to say Carly Phillips pulled this one off perfectly!
Sam has commitment issues after his ex fiance left him standing at the altar and ran off with his best friend. He can’t trust easily and is not interested in a real long term relationship. He doesn’t even date all that much. But ever since he met Nicole when she came to her sister’s “rescue” he’s been fascinated. But then she left town and went back to Manhattan so he didn’t think anything would come of that lust.
Nicole has her own issues and she decides to leave her life of privilege back in Manhattan and move to Serendipity to start fresh. And giving in to her chemistry with Sam is one of those steps.
Speaking of chemistry, I loved Sam and Nicole together. They were cute and comfortable around each other. Yes, there’s the hot factor too, but the ease they felt when they were together was a pleasure to read. Their relationship developed at a normal pace and I enjoyed going on this ride with them!
I also loved the side story with Macy and Tyler!! There were times when I kept wanting their scenes to go on longer.
Even though I can’t say Sam is my favorite brother, this book was just perfect for him!
This book started out great for me. We have a cop, Justin, who knows he’s gay, just never came out to everyone and hasn’t really had any experiences.
This book started out great for me. We have a cop, Justin, who knows he’s gay, just never came out to everyone and hasn’t really had any experiences. He’s extremely shy around guys he likes as well, and seems to freeze and not be able to speak to them. Hmmm this could be a problem. Of course he has the hots for a sexy EMT, Rock.
Rock is the larger than life type, big muscular, seems very alpha. Of course there’s no way he could be interested, right? Well, turns out he’s openly gay and Justin didn’t know that. At the slightest show of interest from Rock, Justin can’t communicate.
I really liked Rock. He tiptoed around Justin enough to make him comfortable and dealt with all the problems Justin threw at him in a perfect way. He seemed to truly care for Justin. Justin on the other hand, I might’ve wanted to slap on the side of the head a bit. Yes, he has a problem. Which by the way, when it’s resolved the why I was left a bit scratching my head and not believing it. But that’s a different subject. Justin never took life by the horns and tried to take charge. He continually lets things happen to him, instead of him being the one to be proactive.
I normally would’ve liked this combination a lot, from everything … jobs to personalities and physical types. But this particular book fell a bit flat. It would be build up and I was getting excited about something to come, and then it was a bit anti-climactic.
I’ve enjoyed this author in the past, so I’ll definitely read anything I’ve missed, but I don’t think this was one of his best. It was an ok, enjoyable read but it stopped at that. And I was looking for more.
We are going through the Marsden siblings in this spin off series and now it’s Erin’s turn. The only female and the one you would consider t4.5 Stars
We are going through the Marsden siblings in this spin off series and now it’s Erin’s turn. The only female and the one you would consider the straight laced, a bit uptight, one. She’s the Assistant DA, a go getter, professional woman with a lot of drive. But she’s also a good girl to the core. Which is why things are shaken up from the very beginning when she has a one night stand with the town’s bad boy Cole Sanders. Cole is back in town after many years of absence and his past is a bit dark and mysterious. No one really knows much about him. And he’s definitely not the staying and dating kind of guy.
Enter unexpected “complications” in their personal relationship and someone trying to kill Erin. All of this makes for Cole stepping in to protect Erin and finding out what she’s been hiding from him.
I have to admit at the beginning when Cole was ok with walking away from Erin because of the old song and dance (he’s not good enough for her) I was a bit annoyed. When are these heroes going to let the heroines make their own decisions about who is good or not for them?!!?!? *deep breath* But then secrets are unveiled and Cole, the alpha male, steps up and takes charge. And that Cole wants his woman, because now she’s his woman.
The suspense element in this book is light but the story was interesting, even if a bit predictable. I do think that it plays more of a role than in previous books in the series, but I’ve also come to realize that this new spin off has a touch more suspense than the original Serendipity series.
Something I didn’t see coming is Sam’s love interest. The ground work for their book is set in motion in this one and I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about his heroine. I love Sam, so I hope she works out for him.
The family unit and interactions are still very much an integral part of PERFECT FLING, which is one of the things I’ve come to love about the series. As is usual with small town romances, there’s a sense of family that you can feel even with friends and town gossipers. It all helps add to the charm of the stories. Seeing past characters and how they’re doing is always a welcome sight as well.
Oh how I wish sometimes that Serendipity was a real place that I could sneak away to! I have to content myself with reading about it. And there’s no better example than PERFECT FLING. This story had some suspense, some smexy and plenty of emotions. All that wrapped around a set of great characters! What more can you ask for?
There is just something about this series that I always enjoy. The characters and storylines are always fun. They’re not long stories, but usually once I start them I can’t put them down until they are finished. And SNOW BALLS was no different. It got my attention from the very beginning and didn’t let me pull my ereader down.
A few reasons why…I thought JJ was adorable. I just wanted him to be my friend and hand out with me. His character was so conflicted because he’s a little…flaming, for lack of a better word. All fluttering hands, giiiiiiiirl let me tell you about it, and into interior design. Works at the art gallery and on occasion likes to dye his hair pink. Nothing much manly about him, except his size. He’s built like a football player which is why the guys he’s with are always putting him in the dominant role of their relationship. But he wants the opposite, someone to take care of him for a change.
So when Ryan Star shows up, a cop who just moved from New York, and sparks start flying, Ryan decides that he’ll pretend to be very macho to catch Ryan’s attention.
It goes to show that you should always be yourself, but also that thanks to that chance JJ took, he was able to find love and make a difference, not only in his life, but also Ryans’.
Ryan is the hero most women die to read about. All bad ass cop, with some emotional issues and hang ups, the kind of tough guy you want to fix. Except he’s so very interested in JJ even though he made it a rule not to play around with anyone in the vicinity of where he works. See, he got put back in the closet after something bad happened back in New York. And yes, there is just something way too hot about a guy in a uniform with guns.
Their relationship develops slowly and builds on their attraction and trust. I thought they had great chemistry and complemented each other perfectly. And don’t get me started on their physical chemistry because there were no problems in that department.
Now if I could only make one request……PLEASE GIVE JERRY A BOOK. He needs one, he deserves one, I’m dying to read his HEA....more
What can I say? I loved, loved l.o.v.e.d, LOVED this book (yes I sound a bit fangirl-ish). Lets start with tThis review was posted at Under the Covers
What can I say? I loved, loved l.o.v.e.d, LOVED this book (yes I sound a bit fangirl-ish). Lets start with the easy things and talk about the story. This book was by far the best this series has to offer as far as combining a great, slightly romantic suspense, contemporary romance. Mike is back in town to fill in as temporary Chief of Police due to his father’s cancer battle. After his brother Sam is in a car accident, he has to take over an investigation he had started on a cold case that slowly uncovers family secrets.
But that’s just about the slight suspense. What I really loved about this book was the characters. They are both badass, alpha in their own ways and just a bit, or more than a bit, damaged.
Mike thinks he is cut from the same cloth as his birth father, and will leave any woman he’s in a relationship with. So he likes to keep things light and always make sure he can walk away. He’s up front and tells women not to have expectations. And that’s how he gets involved with Cara. Cara is a cop, his brother Sam’s partner. They had a one night stand 3 months ago when he was visiting, and now that he’s back they kind of pick up where they left off with the understanding that things will be casual and temporary.
Cara is, as a I said before, damaged in her own way. Her mom is the victim of domestic abuse and still continues to stay in that relationship. This is one thing that hits close to home for Cara and she’s made it a point to help women that are going through that, to get out of that situation.
But together, they compliment each other perfectly. Their chemistry is off the charts, but they are supportive of each other when they need to and know when to give each other space. Mike is, I can almost say, perfect. I don’t mean there’s nothing wrong with him, but he’s the kind of guy any woman would want next to her. He’s intense, he wants deeply, he loves strongly. He’s very alpha with a touch of sweet. Not the funny guy, but the serious one you know you can rely on. He’s swoon-worthy. And Cara is a strong woman, who has been through a lot and has made tough choices in her life. Just the type of heroine I love to read about.
With this book, we are technically moving on to a second trilogy in the Serendipity world. Yes, this is Serendipity # 4. But it could also be considered book one because we are moving away from the Barron brothers and now have a new family to read about, the Marsden. Mike, Sam and Erin. And let me just say that I couldn’t resist reading the teaser from PERFECT FLING, which is about Erin, and I can’t wait to get my paws all over that one. I loooove a good bad boy.
A new romantic suspense series by Lori Foster, cue squeeeees of excitement!!! After enjoying Men Who Walk thThis review was posted at Under the Covers
A new romantic suspense series by Lori Foster, cue squeeeees of excitement!!! After enjoying Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor so much, I was starting to feel the void of her sexy alpha men. RUN THE RISK delivered on alphas with an exciting story that captured my interest from the beginning and never let go.
I actually enjoyed the change of pace with the type of suspense in this series. This wasn't so much human trafficking and more undercover detective work. Still plenty of suspense, still bad guys who may not really be the bad guys, and quite a bit of action. The twists and turns in the story kept it refreshing and kept me interested. I really couldn't keep up with guessing what would happen. I also enjoyed that people were never what they seemed.
Logan Riske is so hot and delicious. I can totally picture him lounging around, no shirt, jeans hung low on his hips, comfortable barbequeing and drinking a beer. Casual and cool. And extremely hot. He wants to do the right thing, which is why he's still investigating and doing his undercover work. He wants to catch the guy who killed his friend.
Pepper Yates was a bit of a surprise for me. It was almost like having two of her in the book. The original Pepper and the new and improved. I think I liked both in their different roles. First mousy with a hint of bold. Then bold with a hint of vulnerable. She loves her brother and takes risks for him. But she also takes risks with her heart and lets Logan in.
Of course, I always love a good side story and secondary characters. Reese and Alice have a little connection there but Reese (Logan's partner) has a lot on his plate to pursue anything. I enjoyed them both a lot and can't wait to read their book next. Of course, my bad memory, I don't remember Alice but apparently she's from TRACE OF FEVER. Must revisit that book before her story comes out in BARE IT ALL in April.
There are two parts of this book for me. There’s Caleb and his story and romance, then there’s Ben. Lets talk about Caleb first. At the beginning of
There are two parts of this book for me. There’s Caleb and his story and romance, then there’s Ben. Lets talk about Caleb first. At the beginning of the book I thought Caleb was sexy, in a dark and brooding kind of way. He’s a Texas Ranger, willing to do everything to serve his country, even when that requires that he’s away from family.
He is tasked with kicking a “person” off government owned land. He was not expecting to get there and find a woman, let alone a lady blacksmith who has been running her shop from that location for years since her husband’s death. Aurora is not a girly girl, at times she can be worst than a man. But she’s tough and she’s a survivor. She’s probably the best thing that could’ve happened to Caleb to push him out of the funk he was in mentally. A girly girl couldn’t have done that for him, since he kept pushing them away. I can’t say these were my favorite characters in the series, because Brody is still #1, but they are both strong characters and fighters. I love that about them. Caleb was also caring and tender. It was so great to see them both have a chance to take care of each other. Caleb and Aurora are not instant combustion, they are a slow burn.
Then there’s the fact that every step of their relationship and what happens in this story leads them to Ben. And as much as Aurora and Caleb’s romance was great, my heart was all about Ben. We’ve been reading about this poor little boy who was taken from his family home and basically sold into slavery. I’m overjoyed that he is back with his family and that he can start his healing process. At times he broke my heart, and others he gave me hope. I can’t wait to “see” him smile again.
My only complaint about that was that I expected even more emotion when he reunited with his family, but I understand they have to give him time. I can’t wait now for the next one, both because I want to read Elizabeth’s story, whom I love, but to see Ben’s progress.
I have to admit when this book started off I was thinking to myself "How could I be enjoying this, this is oThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I have to admit when this book started off I was thinking to myself "How could I be enjoying this, this is obviously wrong?!?!!". But it was extremely sexy! Olivia opens the door to a cop who just barges in, puts her against the wall for questioning about a guy that they are looking for and that Olivia, as a nurse, had treated. The questioning is a bit more "intimate" than you would think would be appropriate. ;)
This story was extremely short but I really enjoyed it. It was hot and I liked the couple together a lot. Well done for under 30 pages!
Do you have a thing for bad boys? Well then you have to meet Mr. July! Carter James is a local cop and somewThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Do you have a thing for bad boys? Well then you have to meet Mr. July! Carter James is a local cop and somewhat of a town hero and he's been selected to be Mr. July for a charity calendar featuring local hunks. Allison finally lands her dream position being in charge of the account to coordinate the calendar and marketing events for it. But being in such close proximity to Mr. July's oil-slicked body was the last thing she needed.
They broke up a few months back because he was always the first to jump into trouble without a care for his image or his safety. Allison always plays by the rules. But Carter wants her back. He's realized that she was it for him and there is nothing he won't resort to in order to get her back in his life and in his bed.
Talk about a hot and delicious hero! Carter is sexy and funny, charming and caring, with just an extra dose of bad boy. Really...who can resist? This story ended all too soon but I enjoyed every bit that we got. You could feel right away that there were still feelings there so it wasn't at all surprising to see them fall back in each others arms quickly.
With all the sexiness that I see around in this town, I can't wait to get their stories as well. Make sure you don't miss it and read it!
Let me start out by saying that I have not read less than half of the authors in this anthology before pickiThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Let me start out by saying that I have not read less than half of the authors in this anthology before picking this up, so I was very excited to get to sample some new authors! This anthology is more on the mystery side than the romantic suspense, even though there is a romantic undertone to all the stories. Just don't go in expecting a lot of hot and heavy action. I'm giving the anthology in general a rating of 3 stars but there were some stories that stood out, which make this anthology 100% worthwhile. So lets break it down.
Pick Your Poison by Roxanne St. Claire - 3 Stars The story was cute. I see it's part of the Bullet Catchers series, which is a security firm basically. They are hired to serve as bodyguards to a politician but then get fired when they actually do their job on what seems to be a false alarm. Benjamin Youngblood is the agent that had followed a hunch and lost the client so he gets fired. In order to get his job back he wants to prove that he was right and keeps digging into the case. Then he stumbles across Callie Parrish and the pieces start to fall into place, now all he has to do is get the proof. This was pretty good until the ending then it got a little silly. But still very entertaining read.
Nightfall by Laura Griffin - 3 Stars This story was extremely short. When it comes to stories that short is really hard to form an opinion on how good they are, especially when you don't already know the characters from somewhere else. Basically Holly is at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong vehicle. She is mistaken for a drug trafficking player and crashes her van loaded with flowers that she was supposed to deliver for a wedding. Now she's in the middle of an investigation and she doesn't even know it. I had a few eye-rolling moments with this story, especially when she gets rescued by a perfect stranger and when he leaves her alone at his house, she thinks its ok for her to "borrow" his car to make her flower delivery.
Above Reproach by Allison Brennan - 3.5 Stars Now this story I liked a lot better. There's a lot less romance and it's a grittier story. Not all the fluff and humor. A serial rapist is escalating his game and has now killed his first victim. Selena Black is the detective that has been after this guy for a while and she KNOWS who it is. Except he's a highly respected member of the community. She makes mistakes that can cost them the investigation and her past comes poking its little ugly head as well. But all I could think of after I finished this story was that I wouldn't mind reading more about her and her surgeon boyfriend, Gabriel, because he seems dangerous and dirty, and I would love to know what happens next!
Dead Flowers by Lori Armstrong - 4.5 Stars I am kicking myself in the butt right now for not starting to read the Julie Collins series sooner. I have no clue where this short story falls in the timeline but I can say that Julie is my kind of heroine. Kick ass and headstrong. I mean, she starts off the story by describing how much she hates Valentine's Day, she can drink and she even watches Myth Busters! I gotta know more about this PI! She's struggling with following up on a couple of PI cases where she's dealing with cheaters and drawing comparisons with her own relationship, and thinking her boyfriend is cheating on her. I kept going back and forth between wanting him to be found guilty so she could get it on with her PI partner, or wanting it all to have a sweet ending. And I won't tell you which way it goes. I will be reading the rest of her books hopefully soon because I love Julie!
Blood and Roses by Sylvia Day - 3.5 Stars This was the hottest story of the bunch, and even though it wasn't very long I think the story was developed very well. Anastasia goes back to her hometown following up on a lead for her job as an insurance investigator. See, some major jewels were stolen and she knows her mother was the mastermind behind the heist. Of course being back in town somehow translated into being back in Jake Monroe's bed. He's a cop, she comes from a family of thieves. Even though she mostly tries to do good, sometimes she lets things go. And this is why she thought they could never work as a couple. Jake though has no plans of letting her walk out of his life again.
Rebel Rose by Karin Tabke - 3 Stars I started out this story thinking I would love it. I have read this author before, in this genre, as short stories, and loved them all. This one fell a bit flat though. There's been a murder at a frat house party and Detective Cash Cantrell is called in to investigate. The murder is very similar to a case years ago. He only has the victim's friend to help in the investigation. And he's attracted to her. Not only there's an age difference, but he's black and she's white. As much as he wants to fight what's going on between them she is helping with the investigation. The mystery or suspense was ok but the rest fizzled out for me.
A Punishing Night by Sophie Littlefield - 3 Stars Going back to college stories, there's a dead body, male in an all female dorm. Joe Bashir is going back as a detective in the case after having dropped out of this same college a while back. I was scared there would be another cop-college girl romantic interest in this book so I was happy to see it wasn't. While Joe is investigating, his knowledge of school rituals from before comes into play, even though he was originally called in due to his heritage and language skills. Muslim hate crimes rendered Joe's dad pretty much an invalid, affected his own life and now have again shown up in this case. The romance in this story doesn't even come into play until the end of the story but it was a nice addition.
The Housewife Assassin's Bloody Valentine by Josie Brown - No Rating I couldn't get into this story and stopped about halfway through.
King of Hearts by Lorelei James - 4 Stars This is a Rough Riders short story. A bad day in the life of Cam McKay as a cop. He's called in to the scene of a murder/suicide on Valentine's Day. He went to school with the husband. They seemed like such a happy couple just days before. Cam has to deal with the parents, the investigation, and the fact that the reason why this all might've happened is because the husband never recovered mentally after coming back from war. A lot of the issues hit home for Cam. But at the end of the day when he gets to go home, the love of his family pulls him through.
Bobbie Faye's Whacked-Out, No-Good, Really Sucky, Hot Mess of a Wedding by Toni McGee Causey - 3 Stars I can just let that title speak for itself! LOL This story was funny and a bit whacky but it was enjoyable if you like your heroines a bit eccentric, who can't go anywhere without a gun, even their own wedding, and who almost everyone is scared of.
Yes, go ahead and judge this book by its cover, I know I did and was not disappointed. This book is scorchinThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Yes, go ahead and judge this book by its cover, I know I did and was not disappointed. This book is scorchingly hot romantic suspense!! This was my first book by this author and it left me wanting more!
Natalya Trubachev is a CIA operative working undercover in Russia trying to bring down a human trafficking lord. To do this, she infiltrated the organization along with her partner and now Dmitri is sending her to the States to take care of problems with their human trafficking crew there.
The girl that she's assigned to deliver to them turns out to be her twin sister, so she has to find a way to save her and finish her op.
Enter Brandon Moretti. Sexy-as-hell cop working on the disappearance and murder of local strippers, he is posing as the strip clubs' manager.
Sparks fly from the start between these two. Hot.Hot.Hot! And the suspense plot as well as the twists were excellent. "Bad guy"? It actually took me a bit to suspect the correct person.
Start your new year with some suspense and plenty of heat! This book was really good and I can't wait for the next one!
The time has finally come to reveal who the killer is! You can expect If You Know Her to be a nail-biting, edge-of-seat and very sexy read!
This series has a great cast of characters. I can't say there's one that I didn't like, but Nia and Law are MY FAVORITE! They're perfect for each other.
I've liked Law since book one, he's the perfect friend and support for every female in this series. While during book one he was in love with Lena, he was also the best friend she had and the one person she relied on for everything. During book two we see that he's been such a rock for Hope, helping her get out of a bad relationship and giving her the opportunity to start over. So I couldn't help but want to see him finally be happy, with a girl that wanted him. And that was Nia Hollister.
I like that she's not a girly girl, she's very strong and independent and a bit of a badass. I mean she rides a bike, wears leather and has a gun! My kind of girl. I thought from their first meeting in book two that they were explosive together and I can say they didn't disappoint me! At all!
Now onto the suspense. This series has a great storyline and it's full of suspense. This book was excellent, even got me a bit scared to keep reading at times! I started off with a suspect in mind (having gone through a long list of possibilities throughout the series) and I was shocked (and not) when the killer is finally revealed.
I will only say this. Trust your first instincts people! The killer is the person I thought and had as prime suspect in my head at the end of book one. And then I completely forgot about that. Sick, demented, totally unstable. When the backstory got revealed I was shocked at the depth the issues the killer had went.
An amazing ending to the series and job well done for Ms. Walker! This series is a must read for anyone who likes a mystery, suspense and plenty of sexy with all that.
Reason # 546 why you should buy this book: LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! I guarantee it will look really nice sittinThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Reason # 546 why you should buy this book: LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! I guarantee it will look really nice sitting on your nightstand or bookshelf. But seriously, this book is a MUST-BUY if you like your erotic romance scorching hot with a good dose of suspense. You can't go wrong when you put three incredibly talented authors together and let them run wild. And run wild they did!
Arresting Desire by Shayla Black 4 Stars I'm coming late to the Sexy Capers party. This is a series by Shayla Black that I have NOT read. Yes, I know, shocker! And believe me, this is something I will have to remedy shortly. But even, without having read the previous two books I had no problem getting into this story. Jon Bocelli has apparently been working undercover in a mob operation until they were able to crack the case, but the mob boss died in the process and now Jon's brother is in jail for that murder. Jon has to go back now to find some proof that his brother is innocent. And this will put him face to face with Lucia DiStefano, that mob boss's youngest daughter and the object of his lust during his whole undercover work. Not only will he have to ask for her help to save his brother, but he will have to deal with his feelings for her once and for all. And they are hot and dirty! Sexy cop + virgin mob princess = explosive heat!
On Fire by Sylvia Day 5 Stars I don't even know where to begin with this story. The title says it all. End of review. I've only read one other Shadow Stalker novella and it was verrrra hot as well but this one had smoke coming out of ears and sweat forming it was so hot. A series of fires in local business are all hitting home for fire inspector Darcy Michaels. When the crimes are too much for the small town cops to handle it, she calls in the cavalry and Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron and his partner are sent in to investigate. And from page one when Jared met Darcy it was straight to the point "I want you, I'm going to have you". I love strong female heroines and that's Darcy to a tee, but she has such a damaged past that it has made it easy for the wrong people to get close to her. Jared is of course the alpha male that everyone dreams of having, in and out of the bedroom. And even though I thought he would be overprotective and too macho to let her do her job and take care of her issues, he was perfect and gave her the space she needed and the opportunity to show that she can handle her own. Only bad part is that I had the killer pegged from the beginning, but the rest of this story was so good that didn't even take a star away! On Fire had me burning up!
The Unwilling by Shiloh Walker 4 Stars Mica Greer is trying to catch a serial killer. Her only hope right one is a retired FBI agent with a special psychic gift who just happened to be her partner and lover 15 years ago. Colby rejects his gift for all the heartache it has brought him and how difficult it has made his life. But when Mica shows back up in his life asking for help with catching this killer, he has to help her. Whether its because its the right thing to do or because he never got over her and will do anything to be close to her again. If there is one thing that Ms. Walker can do like very few people can is to write a villain that might just give me nightmares. And oh the shudders I felt while being in the mind of this killer. I have new and disturbing images to associate to an otherwise fun song in my head now. Although this story has less heat than the rest, its still an amazing and suspenseful story that will have you glued to every word. As it happens every time I read a book by Ms. Walker, once you start you are sucked in until you finish! And along the way you will go on an emotional roller coaster along with the characters. So great!
This is book is suspense at its best! I loved it! It has enough romance to keep you excited but the actual story is amazing. If you love mysteries, you will love this book!
Our heroine, Lena Riddle, has lived in the small town of Ash, Kentucky for close to nine years. Small community, everyone knows each other, everyone is nice to each other. She works for a bed & breakfast as a chef. She lives alone, with a dog, on the outsides of town, in the woods. And she's blind!
Her peaceful existence is ruined by a woman's scream in the middle of the night. Someone is running through the woods near her house. Someone that's running for their life. But when she tries to get the cops to investigate what she heard, no one believes her.
Well, almost no one. The other disruption to her peaceful existence believes she heard something. Ezra King. He's a city cop on leave after being hurt badly on the job. He went back to his grandmother's home, which he had inherited when she passed away, to try and figure out if he could go back to the force. But he wasn't planning on falling in love.
Very rarely do I find a book where I love both the hero and heroine. I did in this one.
Lena is such a strong woman. When she lost her sight she kept going forward and didn't let that stop her from doing what she wanted, becoming a chef. It doesn't stop her now from living in a house she loves alone. It hasn't stopped her in the past from dating. From being confident. And it's not going to stop her from making the cops take her seriously about the threat that's lurking in the woods. There's a woman out there who's life may depend on it.
Ezra is sexy as hell. He's got the bad boy, cop vibe going. He's one of the good guys. He never belittles her and knows just how to treat her.
And talk about hot! I don't know how they managed it with her not being able to see and him having a bad leg, but *fans self* they were burning up the sheets!
I think my favorite part of this book is the fact that I have NO CLUE who the killer is. Truly. I did the process of elimination as best I could and there's always something in my mind that takes someone off the list. I am at a loss.
What I wasn't expecting was the ending. I guess the killer will run lose for the whole series because we don't get to find out who he is!!! I might've screamed a little. It'll leave you hooked to get the next book because now I just HAVE to know who did it.
Whoever it is, he's a sick bastard. Just be warned of this. There are some parts in this book that are written from the killers perspective, or even worst at times, from the victims. I was a little disturbed by that, but it did make the story more real.
And this being my first Shiloh Walker book I have to say that I love her writing! I will definitely have to get more of her books!
I am sad to say I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It starts off great and then at aboutThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I am sad to say I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It starts off great and then at about 15-20% it just loses me.
The storyline had potential: undercover FBI agent gets discovered and as he's running for his life he ends up jumping in the car of a civilian woman to run away from the mobsters following him. Now he puts her life in danger because they threaten to kill her.
What started throwing me off was when Lucas Vasco, the hero and undercover FBI agent, realizes that the woman he put in danger is the same woman he's been in love with for years. How is that possible you ask? Well there's a girl that he was in a foster home with whom he considers his sister. And she gave him a picture a long time ago with her sister at her new foster home. And he's been MADLY IN LOVE with that girl from the picture ever since. But he was too scared to ever meet her.
So that scenario was a bit weird to me. Now she's in front of him, she has no clue who he is, and he has to protect her. So he takes her to his home in New Jersey. Well... he lives in a castle, which he inherited from his grandmother. Again, a little strange.
But what grated on my nerves the most was Katie, the heroine. I found her a bit annoying, and quite frankly TSTL.
The book does get my attention back towards the end but I had pretty much lost interest. The actual writing style of the author was good and it flowed nicely. The story however was just not for me. ...more
I think I'm not the only when I say that a fantasy of a hot cop pulling you over and then having his wickedThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I think I'm not the only when I say that a fantasy of a hot cop pulling you over and then having his wicked way with you sounds VERRA NICE! No? Is it just me?
Well, that's how this story starts out, which caught me a bit off guard and wondering if I should be liking it or thinking this guy was completely insane! Of course they were role playing, even though he is a real cop, he's been sort of, not dating but more of a booty call.
Olivia Connor was married to a cop, and he died a year ago. She started seeing Vander, a local police officer who has also known her husband, even though they weren't friends. Vander is the epitomy of the bad boy, rides a motorcycle, doesn't "date" women, and he is oh so deliciously bad in the bedroom.
This short story is HOT from beginning to end! Characters are very likeable, and I was definetely liking Vander a whole lot! Can I take him home to play? ...more