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Cards of Love: Nine of Swords

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  98 reviews
They hired me to keep her safe. I never planned to give her a baby.

My job was to do what I do best.
Watch my target. Protect them at all costs. Kill anyone who gets in my way.
My weapon of choice? Anything with a sharp edge.
But the second I see my newest client, I know I'm in trouble.
The pain in her eyes, her sinful body, those sky-high, take-me-hard, spiked heels I can't ig
Published October 23rd 2018
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Elizabeth Neal
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Blade has been hired to protect a young woman who witnessed the murder of her parents when she was but ten. Blade is very good at his job, his weapon of choice one that reflects his name. And then he sees her, Sydney, and now she's a danger to his heart and way of life. He wants to shield her from her past, protect her from the present, and give her a future.

We share one night together, something we shouldn't do given the situation, but neither of us can deny the pull we feel for one another. An
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3 1/2 ⭐'s

I wanted to give this story so many more stars, to be honest. But I couldn't. This story left more questions than answers, for the story that Bella gave it was too short, and I felt like I was missing something.

I know one of the authors took her card and added it to her already growing lists of stories and she just took her already developed characters and went with it, but she warned us and to be honest I didn't feel like I was missing anything. But with this story I did. Maybe, late
Amy Dickinson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Whatever the cause, I like it. He’s my king. I’m his pet. And nothing will change that, even our being apart.”

Okay, I have been looking forward to the Cards of Love series. Bella Love-Wins novella, Nine of Swords, is the second book I have read of this series. Thankfully, I received an ARC of it after requesting one, and again, like Leah Holt’s the Queen of Pentacles, it is a little nugget of tasty romance. I will say that the only downfall to this series is the book type, the novella. For each
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Wow—this book is dark, intense, riveting and suspenseful! This short read was impossible to put down, and it will have you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't expecting the turn this story just took; it has quite an unexpected surprise that is jaw-dropping good! Bella Love-Wins you did it with this twisted, steamy, and dark romance with a deep and troubled character. Sydney (Rowan) Adams and Blade Steele’s story is complicated. Sydney has
Amanda Katherine
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: add-to-bookshelf
If this is how Bella Love-Wins writes dominate male characters, you can count me in for any future reads from her! Another new to me author from the Cards of Love series, and phew! I will be on the hunt for the rest of this story, cause I NEED to know how this all ends up!

Blade is a dominating man in all he does in life, from sex to his job. Hired to protect Sydney, he can't fight the pull to this confident and self-sufficient woman, and even when pull from her main protection, he still finds a
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Blade Steele was sent to watch over her but he never expected the feelings and desires she inspires in him. Sydney Tabitha Rowan "Adams" witnessed her parents murder at the age of ten. Sydney knows how to protect herself from harm. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty either. When she's attacked leaving work she comes home to check through her go bag. She knows someone is behind her but doesn't know his intentions toward her. Blade protects Sydney as no one has before. Sydney doesn't understa ...more
Naughty Mom Story Time
3.5 Stars

Nine of Swords is a very fast paced read. Easily read in one sitting with loads of heat.

Blade is hiring as protector to Sydney and while she shows she can more than look after herself, he’s determined to keep herself as well as claim her as his.

While this was a very quick read I felt like there was too much left out. It’s a novella;however there were too many holes and the ending felt like I, as the reader, was left hanging. Sure it had an ending with an HEA spelled out- it just didn’
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark and dirty romance story with a sexy dominant alpha male and the shy but strong woman he's entrusted to protect. Packed with danger, suspense, secrets, lots of feels and a naughty HEA, Nine of Swords is a definite must read.

I volunteered to review an advance reader copy of this book.
Teresa Lara
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved Blake and Sydneys amazing beautiful short action packed forbidden love story.Is there going to be more?
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good read with some suspense, an alpha protector, Blade and a kick but woman, Sydney. Sydney knows how to take care of herself and has been looking over her shoulder for years and now Blade is hired to watch over her from an anonymous source. He is immediately taken with her at first sight and when he finally makes his presence known, she is against it. He proves himself to her and their immediate attraction flows over. But there is someone still out there wanting to get to her and Blade will ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never quite read anything like this as a storyline before and I am so pleased that I did read this fabulous story.  Bella Love-Wins has exceeded my expectations and then some with this book. Such amazing characters in Sydney who has suffered so much in her life and is always looking over her shoulder and Blade who is hired by a mysterious person to 'protect' her even though she doesn't know anything about it until he corners her in her apartment and saves her from assassins.  Blade has ha ...more
Heather Miller
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book we have Sydney, who has always taken care of herself since her parents were gunned down in front of her. Sydney’s parents are killed in front of her at the age of ten. She vows retribution upon the man responsible for killing her parents. One day, after the training of her life, she completes her mission; however, this puts a target on her back, or so she thinks. Instead, we find that Sydney’s family history places the figurative target on her. While she is capable of protecting and ...more
Cassie May
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
The concept of the cards of love novellas intrigued me, so I decided to read the ones that sounded the most interesting to me. Nine of Swords was one of them and I have to admit, in the beginning I really wanted to put the book down. I was smack dab in the middle of some very explicit thoughts and I prefer my books to be a little less in your face. The book turned out good in the end and I am glad that I did not put it down.
Due to the fact that thi
Rhonda Hicks
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At 10 years old, Sydney watched as her parents were each gunned down, one shot in the temple and one in the chest to both of them in front of the ice cream shop. She memorized every detail of the shooter, down to the tatoo of the word SHOT over his knuckles and vowed she would get her revenge on the man who killed them and destroyed her life. It took ten years for her to exact justice. What she didn't realize at the time was there would be consequences by killing him. Now she was being hunted. N ...more
Christina Concus (Moonlight Novels)
Words can't express how much I enjoyed this book. I do wish that the book was longer so that I would have had more to enjoy.

Sydney Rowan "Adams" has had a life that no child should go through. She however, has came out on the other side one bada** chick. She has kept the promise she made to herself when she was only 10 years old and now she has to continually look over her shoulder for those that are now hunting her. That is until someone hires a sort of body guard to watch over her.

Blade Stone
SBee Reviews
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ Blade’s control ~

For eight long years, Blade Steele has forsaken everything which could shake his focus on his private security job...that is, until he begins recon on his latest protection gig. And Blade already knows he will not be able to stay professional with her, vital when there are very real identifiable threats surrounding her.

Sydney Rowan is the last in the long of an infamous Irish mob family, and she has trained herself to be on guard since her parents were murdered right before he
Serena Worker
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After what happened to her parents, they were caught off guards, but Sydney assures she won’t be even in her home. Somehow, she was, she never expected to react to his touch, or for him to be right about the people on their way to kill her, he saved her, but she didn’t trust him.
He’s going to break down both their walls, she’s already he’s. Sydney can’t believe the attraction, she wants him to take the reins, she wants him to be her master. Sydney has never felt anything as amazing before, and h
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
Raised by her grief she has become a lethal weapon, exacting revenge on those that tore her young life apart. But she is the last of a legacy of bloodshed and violence and now it’s her turn to need protecting from the shadows. An anonymous benefactor has hired Blade to keep her safe but lines become blurred and not everything is as it seems.

This is a short, sexy read that serves as an introduction to a hopefully a new series from this author as it really is just a taster of an intriguing story.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful and sexy...4.5 stars!

Bella Love-Wins brings us a thrilling read with plenty of steam and action in Nine Of Swords. With such a short story, it’s packed with great characterization, emotion, and suspense. The steaminess was spot on and hot and I was left wanting more of Blade and Sydney’s story.

Blade is sent to watch and protect his target. He never expected the strong attraction to Sydney would endanger both their lives. They are thrown for a loop and have to scramble to find a safe
Christina  Fender
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Blade and Sydney’s story. Let me start by saying that this is NOT a stand alone. I did enjoy this story. It’s faced paced, detailed, and hot, but this story is incomplete.

Blade is hired by an unknown party to protect Sydney at all costs. He’s been watching her and breaks into her apartment to help her escape. He takes her away to hide her. They talk a lot. Then they get even closer.

We never find out why so many people are out to kill Sydney or who’s after her. And we never
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great quick read! Sydney has been forced to grow very quickly with the unexpected death of her parents right in front of her as a young girl. Years later she has become well aware of how to protect herself and is always on guard. On night she thinks she has eliminated the danger only to find her life turned upside down all over. Blade Steele gets into her home and forces her to leave to stay alive. Once Blade touches Sydney she knows their is something special about him. Blade has bee ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, so don't let the stars make you think I didn't, that simply reflect the length of this book. God I really think it would have been an awesome book had it been written into a full story. I have so many questions and so much was left unsaid. They was no conclusion and that made this really disappointing.

The characters were great and I really liked the way they interacted. They were very similar in a lot of ways and I really feel that this book needs to be revisited and
She's a Lip Biter
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, so don't let the stars make you think I didn't, that simply reflects the length of this book. God, I really think it would have been an awesome book had it been written into a full story. I have so many questions and so much was left unsaid. There was no conclusion and that made this really disappointing.

The characters were great and I really liked the way they interacted. They were very similar in a lot of ways and I really feel that this book needs to be revisited a
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This wasn’t my first book from Bella and I had hoped the I would find a better story in this one, but I finished with so many questions and unresolved issues, that I am frustrated with this book.

It starts out so promises with Blade being hired to protect Sydney from the shadows. Sydney is the last member of her family and has suffered terrible loss over the years. Blade is forced to speed up his timeline when she is attacked and more men seem to keep popping up with agendas.

Once they reach the
Stephanie Ditmore
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wowza! What a read. I loved it, it's gripping, tragic, full of revenge, just my kind of read and oh lets not forget the totally sexy, hot alpha male we are introduced to in this story. Sydney is out for revenge against the people who took her parents from her and now that she's older her life is having to look over your shoulder every day, be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for anything. Blade, hired to protect her, she has no clue, until they come face to face one day and he's litera ...more
Rebecca Austin
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trsor
Blade Steele has been assigned to protect Sydney Rowan Adams from those who killed her parents in front of her when she was 10 years old.

Sydney has no clue on why she is a target and she must trust Blade to keep her safe. Unfortunately their chemistry is heating up and lines are crossed.

Will Blade be able to keep Sydney safe?

This was a great quick read!

I loved Blade's protective nature and I was definitely disappointed when he had to work elsewhere.

I was completely shocked about Sydney's past b
Donna Smith
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an intense ride! Sydney is a woman who is always looking over her shoulder. She has a legacy she had nothing to do with. Her parents were killed right in front of her when she was ten because they inherited the same legacy. She has made sure she's trained to handle anything and anyone that comes for her. Until Blade. Blade is hired to protect her. He doesn't know who did but he takes her protection personally. He falls for her without even a face to face meeting. Once they do, things move e ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The story had me interested. Blake Steele is sent to protect Sydney from an unknown evil. The same evil that murdered her parents in cold blood before her eyes when she was just 10 years old. Sydney has learnt to protect herself and arms herself with knives - hence the nine swords of the title.

Blake gets all bossy, they fall into bed. He's then re-assigned. She's knocked up (not a spoiler as it's mentioned in the blurb) and the story sort of ends without finding out who the evil person is and ho
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A quick read packed with so much story. Blade and Sydney are a great match. I love how she is so strong after suffering such a tragedy in her her young life. Blade is a man who once he sees Sydney can not deny the feelings he has for her. This story is not only sizzling hot it is also packed full of action from the start. Blade is so protective of Sydney and will do anything to make her life better. The suspense surrounding who is after Sydney and why had me on the edge of my seat wanting t ...more
One Book At A Time
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nine of Swords by Bella Love-Wins is another short, steamy read from the Cards of Love series. The story centers around Sydney and Blade. Blade, an OTT Alpha, is hired to protect Sydney. Sydney, who witnessed the murder of her parents at a young age, must adhere to Blade’s conditions to remain safe.

Yes, it’s a short story that develops fast. Still, Ms Love-Wins develops her characters in a way that you won't feel like you’re missing something in order to fall in love with these characters. The p
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