Let me start by saying I love this cover for Hot Secrets! I was attracted to the cover right off the bat, and interested in the storyline. This is jusLet me start by saying I love this cover for Hot Secrets! I was attracted to the cover right off the bat, and interested in the storyline. This is just the type of book I go for, so I really wanted to love it. I really did....but I just didn't. There were just too many things that were off for me during the book.
The hero Royce and heroine Lauren meet up right at the beginning of the book and it's go time from there. Their relationship develops pretty quickly, which seemed fine to me, reading about Royce's feelings for Lauren. She sees him as just a one night stand at first, just a hot guy to mess around with, while Royce wants into her life. It was kind of interesting to have a role reversal scene where the heroine actually admits this to the hero, and he's hurt by it. Why you would blurt that out anyways, I don't know? Royce seems like quite the catch romantically that's for sure, while he comes off lacking in the bodyguard role. Royce is acting as potential boyfriend/bodyguard to Lauren, being that he owns a security company with his brothers. Caring about her he wants to protect her from threats that she's receiving and strange occurrences going on, while she's working on a high profile case for the District Attorney's office. But right from the start Royce isn't as vigilant as you'd expect a security expert to be. He dismisses an open window in Lauren's apartment too easily, concluding it must have been building maintenance men who did it. And he never thinks to really check out her apartment afterwards, which a camera had been planted in. There were other issues like this where I thought he was just too careless to be a security expert/protector. And then Lauren seemed too concerned with the press finding out about the threats to her, and not about her actually safety, at one point refusing to go to the hospital after she'd been injured. I prefer a more believable, tougher, sharper bodyguard/hero.
I thought the writing was good overall; I just didn't come to love the characters or their actions. I was glad this was a shorter story, allowing me to feel out this author and see if her writing appealed to me. This was my first book by Lisa Renee Jones, and I would give her another try for sure and probably read the next book in the series. Hopefully the next one will check all the boxes for me.
And a last note: there is a sort of prequel to this series, Secrets Exposed, which doesn't seem to need to be read in order to understand anything in Hot Secrets. There's just a brief appearance by the main characters of the prequel in Hot Secrets. ...more
I loved this book! L-O-V-E-D this book! I loved every page of it. This is the first book I've read by Tessa Bailey, and I plan on5 stars all the way!
I loved this book! L-O-V-E-D this book! I loved every page of it. This is the first book I've read by Tessa Bailey, and I plan on reading anything else she's written.
Derek Tyler is seriously sexy. He's tough, intelligent, rough around the edges, and has strong values. He's also a dominant alpha male and he wants Ginger from the moment he sees her. Ginger Peet is a strong, independent, smart, sassy woman who tries to hide her vulnerability. She's been through a lot, forcing her to grow up fast. She puts her younger sister Willa first and has always been the one to take care of her. Moving to a new city and into Derek's building with her sister turns out to be more of a shake up than she'd expected.
Derek and Ginger together are a perfect match. They mess up with each other a lot while navigating their feelings for one another, but he works to show Ginger he'll be there for her, and she really brings out a softer side in him. As their relationship progresses I love how you just know, no matter what, that Derek is not going to let her go. He will always go after her. He loves her deeply and wants her trust and won't let her run from what they have together.
"Her wildflower scent washed over him. In that moment, he wanted very badly to be the first and last person each day to breathe it in."
He evolves from being rough and at times insensitive with her feelings, to a man she can count on, all while never losing his ultra sexy edge. This book is extremely steamy! Derek's dirty talk and possessive attitude rank at the top of the list. These two characters set the pages on fire!
Derek and Ginger are definitely a new favourite hero and heroine for me. And I loved Willa too. She has a tough exterior and some of the things she said cracked me up. But then you also get to see a little of the vulnerable teenager beneath that toughness. I'm super excited to see that there is a second book adding to Derek and Ginger's story, Protecting What's Theirs, and I must read it immediately! I'm also so glad to see that there are more Tessa Bailey books to devour. Protecting What's His is 100% a keeper for me and makes me wish so much that I could have this in a print copy! Edit: This baby now has a permanent place on my print books keeper bookshelf!...more
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I5 sexy, intense, emotional, riveting stars!
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I could go back and read it and experience it all for the first time once more. Halfway through this book I already knew I wanted to re-read it again soon. Tessa Bailey makes it easy to visualize each setting, the formidable streets and the details of each scene. The darkness, the danger and the light, fighting to burst through the cracks. I felt transported right into the story, and I never wanted this book to end. Risking It All kept me up all night, sleep became an afterthought. I just needed to know what was going to happen next. As 3, 4, 5 in the morning rolled around, I though to myself, Okay, I'll just find a good place to stop for the night. There is NO PLACE that's good to stop! Only my blurry eyes forced me to almost literally drop this book at 7:30am. After finishing up the following night, I knew Risking It All was now on my list of favourite books. And Bowen and Sera are one of my favourite fictional couples for sure.
Bowen is dark, sexy, alpha, unpredictable, and badass with an inner pain that grabs you from the first moment. Getting a look inside his head is exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. All you want is for Bowen to find some kind of peace. Sera is the woman who changes everything for Bowen and offers him that glimpse of a better life. Sera is strong, intelligent, brave and vulnerable. Their chemistry is immediate and hot as hell. If you're looking for a dirty talker who hits the spot and always leaves you wanting more, then Bowen is your man. The brow raising, lip biting steaminess doesn't let up from start to finish.
Risking It All gives you powerful emotion, suspense, sex, tension, violence, captivating characters and true, honest, desperate love.
I had no idea where this story was going to lead us at the end, and when it came I was so excited! I can't wait for the next book in this Crossing the Line series! June is torturously long to wait for Up in Smoke. But I have a good feeling it'll be worth the wait!
"She really had no idea. Not even a clue how thoroughly she owned his thoughts. At first, he counted it as a blessing. If she knew the depth of his obsession with her, she might freak out a little. The more time went on, though, he felt hope bloom that she wouldn't even flinch if she knew. That she might be a little obsessed with him as well. God, he fucking well hoped so."
Troy Bennett is a cop who had recently moved from Chicago to New York to get away from the memory of the death of his partner. Ruby Elliott is a streeTroy Bennett is a cop who had recently moved from Chicago to New York to get away from the memory of the death of his partner. Ruby Elliott is a streetwise, pool hustler. She is independent, beautiful and smart, with a tough outer shell. They lay eyes on each other one night in a bar and the sparks fly immediately. Troy is seriously sexy, and I wouldn't expect anything less of a Tessa Bailey hero. He's strong, possessive, protective and an incredible dirty talker. He sets his sights on Ruby and doesn't intend to settle for anything less than all of her. The heat level is seriously through the roof in this book! (view spoiler)[The empty pool hall scene is something else, let me tell you. The way Troy uses that pool cue on Ruby...wow! (hide spoiler)]
When his case conflicts with her past and the criminals she was formerly involved with, it spells trouble for their relationship. It is intense, sexy and emotional till the end. Loved it! 5 stars!
“His touch, the harsh words uttered from his lips, corrupted her little by little, and she loved it. As if he was calculatedly ruining her for anyone else, any touch beside his own.”
“It’s simple. You’re for me, Ruby.” “I’m for you,” she breathed.”
Great start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new authorGreat start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new author to enjoy! This is a standalone and the first in the Wanted Men series.
Gabriel Moretti is a powerful, born leader who commands respect from everyone around him. He is a definite alpha male and I really enjoyed his interactions with Eva, who happens to be the daughter of his good friend and mentor, Vasily Tarasov. Vasily is also a powerful mafia boss. I thought this would give Gabriel more pause before pursuing Eva, given he was asked to protect her by Vasily, but he throws caution to the wind and decides to worry about the consequences later. Eva is almost an obsession for Gabriel from the start and the progression of their relationship felt real and meaningful despite the short amount of time together. And I really couldn't wait to see Vasily's reaction to their relationship.
There are a lot of great elements to this story: a sexy mafia hero, an innocent heroine coming into her own, suspense, murder, a touch of MC club , and a whole list of secondary characters to love. And I really have to stress my excitement for these men! There are so many interesting, sexy, mysterious, complex, alpha males that I can't wait to read about in future books. Some of them work for Gabriel and some head their own organizations. The author really knows how to write a bromance, which I love. But there is also some tension among the large group of men and it will be fun to see how they interact in future books.
A Love of Vengeance brings love, sex, danger, sexy alpha males, violence and a lot of promise for more in the books to come. I'm excited about this series and I look forward to reading Vincente and Nika's story in book two, The Salvation of Vengeance.
P.S. Am I the only one who really wants to see Vasily find love again too? I can't be! I think he deserves a second chance and I hope there's a possibility of his own book later down the line....more