I admit that I have not read the first books of this series...and it did not affect my enjoyment of this story. In fact, it made me want to immediatelI admit that I have not read the first books of this series...and it did not affect my enjoyment of this story. In fact, it made me want to immediately read the others in this action-packed series.
I can also admit I am not a fan of novellas. I like my stories meaty. Long. Page after page of excitement and spellbinding. But, a novella is a great way to introduce a new-to-me author and a way to see if this series would be something I would want to continue reading.
Island Peril is compact, but provided it all. Great sexual chemistry, enough action to get your blood pumping, and an engaging read until the last page was read. It whetted my appetite for more.
When Ella Hammond takes a kayaking trip with her sister and niece, things quickly turn from good to bad.
The trip is lead by the very sexy Paul Dawson. Picture tall, dark, athletic. Sexy. Charming. He has it in spades. And when Paul and Ella find themselves marooned on a deserted island with bad guys shooting at them, things quickly go from bad...to deadly.
All in all--Island Peril is a captivating tale filled with danger and steamy romance. ...more
Lori Foster is my go-to-author when I know I want something a little spicy, a little on the edge of your seat, and great charaARC provided by NetGally
Lori Foster is my go-to-author when I know I want something a little spicy, a little on the edge of your seat, and great characters that leave me a little breathless.
Dash Of Peril is the story of Dashiel Riske--brother to police detective Logan Riske. (Run The Risk, Book One in the Love Undercover series). Throughout the series we have gotten a peek or two of Dash's character. We know he is in the construction business (insert sexy constructor image here with faded jeans and a low-hung tool belt). And Foster, the pro that she is, has given us a tantalizing glimpse of him...until we are begging for more.
Dash has agreed to help out Lieutenant Margo Peterson in discovering who is behind the abduction of several women and drugging them to use in pornographic videos. But the criminals remain one step ahead of the police department and Margo takes matters into her own hands to find the sick men responsible.
I loved Margo's character. She is a tough-as-nails police lieutenant who comes across as a ambitious, hard-working, and candid. She IS those things, but she is so much more than the visible exterior she presents to the men who work for her.
When a car chase leads to a car crash, followed by a shoot out, Margo is injured. Dash, who had been following her to make sure she got home safe has now been thrust into the madness.
And it is Dash who is able to see that there is so much more to this woman. He lets her be the kick-ass lieutenant she is and supports her strengths. But he is also there for her more vulnerable moments and understands that her vulnerability does not make her weak.
To Dash, Margo is all woman. And he is determined to win her heart.
What I loved about Dash Of Peril: Lori Foster shows the reader that just because a woman sometimes fantasizes about submission, it doesn't make her weak. And Dash is the kind of man who knows what Margo desires as well as what she needs. He doesn't "lose" his man-card when he steps aside to let Margo do her job. Their relationship is in no way intended to be a representation of a D/s relationship. For me, it was about understanding your partner. Understanding their wants, needs, and giving the other a safe place to let your hair down, so to speak. Being naked in front of your new lover is a vulnerable feeling. Baring your soul can be dramatically worse.
Another pleasing aspect of the book was when two characters from Foster's earlier novels made a brief appearance. I literally swooned. I think I may have even shouted out a "YES!" and done a little dance.
Cannon Colter, a secondary character,has street smarts and the innate ability to recognize trouble. And Yvette from his neighborhood is just that with a capitol "T". It is apparent that Yvette has a thing for him, but Cannon has his sights set on fighting with the big dogs in the MMA. Their side-story in DoP is like a preview to Foster's upcoming series, Ultimate. Cannon's story, No Limits, will be the first.
Dash of Peril is a gratifying conclusion in the Love Undercover series and gives us loyal fans something to look forward to in August with Foster's new spin-off series. ...more
I am a huge fan of Cynthia's writing, especially her romantic suspense titles. Mine To Hold is part of a series, but can be rARC provided by NetGalley
I am a huge fan of Cynthia's writing, especially her romantic suspense titles. Mine To Hold is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
The story starts out with an on-the-edge-of-your-seat moment. Sixteen year old Claire Kramer is being held at gunpoint by her stark-raving-mad, lunatic of an ex-boyfriend, Ethan Harrison . He is obviously not stable (duh) as he waves a gun around, demanding to know why Claire has left him. Before she can be rescued, Ethan reveals that he has killed her parents and says, "You can be mine, or you can be dead. Because I swear...you will never leave me for another."
Fast forward nine years later, and Claire is lost everything: her sister, her job, and her dwindling bank account. She is desperate and it is that despair that has lead her outside of York Towers in New York City. She is about to face the man that a few months ago, stirred something deep inside Claire for the first time in a very long time. It is those feelings that make Noah York a very dangerous man to Claire. She has avoided any kind of relationship for the last nine years, but Noah could be the man to break through all of Claire's defenses with just a touch.
Noah York is a dominating man in the Big Apple--his riches made by owning dozens of luxurious hotels around the world. And he is sexy as hell--a playboy who lives the lifestyle, never having a serious relationship of any kind.
But his first glance at Claire Kramer, months ago while in Chicago, has left Noah on edge. He wants her and he is determined to have her. Protect her at any cost. If you are a fan of the dominating, alpha male who speaks his mind, Noah York is right up your alley. His control is on a hair-trigger, something that could easily send Claire running away in the opposite direction.
Claire has been on the run, losing job after job, when word gets out about her past. Ethan Harrison may be behind bars, but his father--an ex-senator big-wig in D.C.--is determined to see Claire ruined. Just as she has ruined his son. Claire's move to New York City is her last hope to get a job, stay employed, and hopefully, move on her with her life.
But someone is the shadows is watching her---and wants her dead.
Noah York is a man used to getting his way, and he will do anything to find out the identity of the man trying to kill Claire Kramer. But the past has a way of catching up with both Noah and Claire. And can Claire risk it all to give her heart to a man with such a violent past?
Mine To Hold is a fast-paced read with action, suspense, and a few surprises as the killer's identity is revealed at its climatic end. Add some sexy and highly-sensual interludes, and you have yourself a very good read that will keep you squirming in your seat. ...more
I have been waiting anxiously for Mitch's story since reading Fever. He was a secondary character that leaped off the pages forMitch Foster. Finally.
I have been waiting anxiously for Mitch's story since reading Fever. He was a secondary character that leaped off the pages for me. He was snarky, a playboy who harbored dark secrets and had a secretive past. What more could a gal lust for, right?
On a side note, the Phoenix Rising series is an addictive read, heaped with suspense and action to keep you reading until the last page. It should be read in order to understand all the facets and players in this complex tale of military machinations and paranormal phenomenon.
Shatter starts out with Mitch locating a woman he thinks is involved with the explosion that left his friends exposed and --ultimately-- altered with strange paranormal abilities. The same woman, who seven years ago, shattered his heart and betrayed his trust.
Halina Beloi found herself entangled in a deadly game. And to protect the man she loved, she left and went into hiding. Now, Mitch is back in her life. But she isn't the same woman she was seven years ago. She's stronger and that fierceness has kicked Mitch on his butt. From the moment these two characters face off, the sexual tension is off the charts and their discord is highly entertaining. Mitch is such a strong character and with Halina, he has met his match.
Now Mitch and Halina must work together in order to find some much needed answers and help those involved in that calamitous explosion years ago. But the past can be a tricky bitch to get over, filled with its own emotional land mines. Watching Mitch and Halina maneuver through their hurtful past as they take on their virulent present makes for an invigorating and addictive read. ...more
Maya Banks is an auto-buy author for me because she writes such addictive characters, and the KGI series is my favorite of hers. She has created a worMaya Banks is an auto-buy author for me because she writes such addictive characters, and the KGI series is my favorite of hers. She has created a world where romantic suspense meets sensual romance and combines to make an enthralling series. The men of KGI are sexy, hard-bodied, smart, and fiercely loyal to the women who love them.
Forged In Steele is the story of how the man known as having ice in his veins, Steele, finally meets his match with Dr. Maren Scofield. Steele has had running fantasies about Maren for a while. She resides in Costa Rica, where she runs a clinic for those who cannot afford health care. She has also treated the men of KGI in the past and each incident with Steele has been brief, blunt, and almost emotionless. He cannot seem to get away from her fast enough.
But when Steele and another teammate are injured during a mission rescuing a young woman, the iceman melts and he finally gives in to the mounting sexual tension between Maren and himself.
Banks shows us a more vulnerable and sensitive side to this enigmatic soldier. And I fell for the softer, yet very passionate side to one Jackson Steele. Maren, too, had no problem falling for his charm. But Steele isn't always suave, spouting poetic words of love--he still has that outer crustiness that attracted me to him in the first place.
While Maren and Steele are separated after their night of bliss, both are trying to figure out if what they had can develop into something more. Steele has never visualized himself as a family man, like some of the other Kelly men, much less have a serious relationship with a woman. His life has always been his team and his job. Can he make such a commitment, knowing that his career has him taking off without notice? Not to mention the high level of danger makes the chances of him returning safe, if at all?
Maren has her own issues when Steele leaves on another mission. And it's one that will affect her life drastically and could have Steele wanting to run in the opposite direction. She is pregnant with Steele's child, even though precautions were taken to prevent it.
Shortly after finding out about the pregnancy, Maren is kidnapped and taken hostage by a deviant crime lord who has no plan of ever letting her go. He claims to want her medical skills while he recovers from plastic surgery that will greatly alter his appearance. But he also makes his more personal intentions known--he wants Maren in his bed. His delusional mind has him believing the baby Maren carries is his own.
Steele and the men of KGI are now racing against the clock to find Maren--and an highly unexpected source comes to the rescue to aid in Maren's rescue.
This man has made a small cameo in the KGI series and he has sparked my interest from the get go. He has his own secret agenda, working for an unknown boss, and walks the edge of the law. He makes no excuses for what he does, how he does it, and his mysterious ways has me wanting to know more about this sexy, unorthodox hero.
But even after Maren is rescued from the mad man, her life still remains in danger.
And Steele will do anything to protect this woman he has come to love.
A gripping, sexually thrilling story that has easily become a favorite of mine in this series. Fans of KGI and Maya Banks will devour it. ...more