As an operative for Taylor Securities and a former Army Ranger, Vic Andrews has seen and lived his share of dangerOriginally posted onThe Book Nympho
As an operative for Taylor Securities and a former Army Ranger, Vic Andrews has seen and lived his share of dangerous assignments. In fact, it's been his identity until now...now that he's falling for his best friend and boss's sister, Gina Delgado. She's a widow with three children and as strong as her attraction is to Vic, Gina's not up for being with another man who's in a dangerous profession.
You can't help but fall for Vic who's every bit a man's man but has his tender side emerge front and center when he gets further involved with Gina and her children. I loved their quirky romance and her sense of humor. She doesn't take any mess from Vic, her children or her overprotective brother.
While the romance has more emphasis, the suspense around the threat to those close to Vic kept things exciting. When events reached a climax, it was impossible to put the book down until I reached the end of the story.
I really liked this story as it blended romance, suspense and humor expertly. The bond between the private protectors at Taylor Security was an added bonus and I'm ready for the next book in the series. ...more
Milla and David Boone were living in Mexico when their six-week old son, Justin, was taken from her while at an outdoor market. Though Milla survivedMilla and David Boone were living in Mexico when their six-week old son, Justin, was taken from her while at an outdoor market. Though Milla survived the brutal attack, her marriage didn't and she spent the next ten years searching for Justin. Now leading an organization that helps find the missing, Milla believes she's finally close to finding out what happened to her son.
I enjoyed the story and there are a few heartbreaking moments as you'd imagine when dealing with the topic of missing children. It was suspenseful even though there were some parts of the resolution I'd thought could have been fleshed out more. The audio narration was good as well. ...more
Quick summary Cassie Christo, a San Diego doctor, returns to her mother's home in Mexico to try to get to the bottoOriginally posted onThe Book Nympho
Quick summary Cassie Christo, a San Diego doctor, returns to her mother's home in Mexico to try to get to the bottom of the explosion that killed her and her stepbrother. She also wants to oust her stepfather from the estate and find the man that provided her comfort during the funeral six-months before. Rio Santana is the man she's looking for but she's unaware that he's an ICE undercover agent working for stepdaddy.
The suspense There's quite a lot going on even though most roads lead back to Saul Flores, Cassie's stepfather. In addition to being a moocher, he lacks a conscience and she's in quite a bit of danger. Rio's trying to balance keeping her safe while maintaining his cover and Cassie creates many extreme complications. He's close to bringing this monster down but her investigation threatens not only her life but his sting and cover.
The romance The chemistry between Rio and Cassie is pretty undeniable and Swan has written some of the most erotic passages I've read in awhile. She creates a vivid picture that leaves a steamy imprint. The foundation for their feelings for each other is just as strong as their passion. If there's any downside it's the romance that gets in the way as Cassie behaves so rashly, so often her intelligence is called into question. Rio's reactions make it difficult to believe he's been undercover for ten years.
The bottom line The suspense and tension lurked behind every page and I was kept off balance throughout the story. I liked the relationship between Cassie and Rio and her conflicts about him were authentically presented, even when it got irritating at times...it was realistic. Where I struggled was with the many TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) moments Cassie presented. Her behavior was beyond naive and she just ended up being irritating. Alternatively, you could applaud her for being strong willed and independent, even if I perceived her differently. It was a good story despite my issues and kept me hooked. 3.5 stars...more
Governor Helen Riley stands to be the first woman president and is on the verge of winning her party's nomination. The man by her side, Sean Mackay, hGovernor Helen Riley stands to be the first woman president and is on the verge of winning her party's nomination. The man by her side, Sean Mackay, her best friend since grade school and chief of staff, is the man she's always been in love with but there are reasons she's kept silent. Little does she know that he feels the same way.
This prequel may be short but I got a clear picture of both Helen and Sean. I liked that we got each of their points of view in the midst of a political campaign. It spiced things up along with a bit of intrigue when unusual events occur up through the convention.
I read this after the first two books and while they stand on their own, there was a tiny set up that I regret not having read. There are also loose connections to characters appearing in those stories so I'd recommend reading this first. It is a fast, enjoyable read. 3.5 stars...more
Quick summary Pediatrician Emory Charbonneau goes to the mountains in North Carolina to train for an upcoming chariOriginally posted onThe Book Nympho
Quick summary Pediatrician Emory Charbonneau goes to the mountains in North Carolina to train for an upcoming charity marathon she organized. The next thing she remembers is waking up, obviously injured and in a cabin with a man she doesn't know. He's mysterious and she's not even sure if he is her Good Samaritan or responsible for what happened.
What works You know early on that Emory's marriage is a bit rocky and that's about it for clues. From there on through the rest of the story, I was off balance in terms of suspects. Brown does a great job of building mystery and suspense, dribbling out information sparingly but consistently. Then there's also the mystery of the identity of the man who is caring for Emory so there's a dual track. I was completely immersed in this story from the onset...12 hours of listening bliss.
Narration At first, I thought the narrator was just okay until after the first hour when I realized Davis was nailing the tempo of the story, proficiently distinguishing a lot of characters and dialects and adding tension. His style was subtle and absolutely effective.
The bottom line Excellent story, great narration and well defined characters provided a wonderful reading experience. Loved everything about it, including a twist that made my jaw drop.
(I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)...more
Quick summary Rowena Murphy, investigative reporter for a major television news channel, is embedded with a unitOriginally posted at The a Book Nympho
Quick summary Rowena Murphy, investigative reporter for a major television news channel, is embedded with a unit in Afghanistan when she’s kidnapped in the middle of the night. A Navy SEAL team is dispatched to rescue her, led by Scott Ranger who actually is the one to first reach her. Six months later, he can’t get her out of his head and she’s launched a search to find and thank him for saving her from what would have been certain death. But she’s got other reasons for seeking him out…Rowena is convinced that the story she was working on got her dispatched to Afghanistan to ultimately end the investigation and her life. Maybe, just maybe she can trust her rescuer to help her get answers.
The mystery and suspense This story moves at breakneck speed. Rowena and Scott first have to figure out if they can trust each other, then who they can work with in their networks that wouldn’t be compromised. If their theories are correct, politicians at the highest level of government are involved. She’s got killer instincts and Scott’s got those SEAL skills so they make a formidable pair. They are a fantastic team. My brain worked overtime trying to keep up with the changing landscape of suspects and motives.
The romance These two obviously felt a connection when Rowena was first rescued by Scott and they didn’t really try to ignore it or pretend it wasn’t there with each other. Both had reasons to believe they wouldn’t make good relationship candidates but were willing to go with it while it lasted. I liked their relationship a lot, especially as their brains connected on a high level, making the romance more interesting. Great couple on so many levels.
The bottom line I very much liked the first book but loved this one. The romance and suspense were pretty evenly balanced here, maybe a tiny nod to the suspense. Things just MOVED! Rowena and Scott were just nicely developed characters without any silliness or protracted issues to bog the story down. There were a few surprises in the end that capped off the mystery and there’s another character I got interested in who Rachel promises has the next story. You’ll just have to read it to know who I’m talking about. I’m enjoying this series and inadvertently skipped the prequel so I’ll be reading that shortly.