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Provoke You: A Cole Brothers Novel, Book 2

(Cole Brothers #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Hotel heiress Ela LeBlanc is ready to take control of her life.Waking up handcuffed to a former marine and the news of her step-dad's plans to sell the hotel is just the wake-up call she needs.

With only thirty days to prove he has no claim on the property, Ela has to enlist the help of her sexy as sin bodyguard.When things take a dangerous turn, and Matt becomes the only
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Published December 16th 2019 by HMG, Inc.
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Ga Books LoverX
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was crazy good! I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked it up, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. I have not read the first book in the Cole Brothers series, but you can bet your britches that I will be because not only was this book extremely well written, but it kept me on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE TIME!

Matt is like fine wine, you have to give him time to open up, but could you expect anything less from a formal military man with a few skeletons in his closet
Mom Seeks Smut
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read from Diana Hicks.

Provoke You in book 2 in the Cole Brother series and can stand-alone but, wow was I blown away by this book and how much it drew me in.

Hero is ex-military who takes a job as head of security for a hotelier. He meets heroine Ela and they quickly find themselves falling. The chemistry is great between the MC’s.
Lilly Charysma
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love this series! This seems to be the tag line for all my reviews for Diana Hicks’ books. All is justified when you have an amazing author, that brings the readers great characters and a suspenseful plot.

In „Provoke You” we have another Cole brother – Matt. He meets Ela LeBlanc in ... less than honorable circumstances (for her) and somehow ends up accepting her step-father’s offer to see her to Paris, in exchange for a job as head of security for the LeBlanc empire. Little did he
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a hotel heiress with a drinking problem is targeted for death, a troubled marine hired to babysit has his hands full trying to keep her safe and his heart intact.

“Shit. Dad’s going to kill me.” At twenty-four years old, I was a grown woman. And even though my parents hadn’t bothered to come home or call me in months, this kind of spectacle they would very much care about. It reflected poorly on Dad’s empire, and that was not acceptable.

Waking up with a hangover handcuffed to a sexy former
Kari Hansen
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since her Grandmother passed away Ela has been getting attention for the wrong reasons and now she is in danger of losing the one thing that she truly values. Her Grandmother left her the hotel she owned, and she is determined to keep it more for the sentimental value then the financial value.

Matt is looking to leave his past where it belongs and getting the job as head of security for Ela’s family business is just the opportunity he was looking for. When he finds himself bound to Ela he
Liberty Ireland Historical Graffiti
Loved it! As the second book in the Cole Brothers series, I wasn't sure how I'd do without having read the first book {with that major hottie Derek on the cover} but I did just fine. While certainly linked and probably better read in order, Provoke You stood on its own just fine. It was my kind of book too. Not only a smokin' hot romance but loads of suspense and intrigue, all set in that city full of history and mystery, NOLA. Snark, suspense, and sex abound, all without being extraneous - it ...more
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the second in the Cole Brothers' series, you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, it works well as a standalone. That said, I have read the first book and very briefly met the Cole Brothers before. This book deals with adopted brother Matt and his relationship with Ela.

Ela is the heiress to a fortune, but her stepfather doesn't think that she is ready to take over. All that she really wants is her Father's love and attention, but since the death of her
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is new for me so Provoke You was a first and I’m so pleased I decided to take the plunge. This novel was terrific. I was immediately drawn into the story’s mind blowing intrigue and the suspense and twists that follow are intense.
Ella and Matt encounter unknown dangers while discovering they have a chemistry that can’t be denied.
Wonderful writing and terrific dialogue, and the characters Ella and Matt were great. I can’t wait for more Cole Brothers stories.
I highly this recommend
Isha Coleman
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Courage takes center stage as two strangers risk more than just their hearts to get to a happy ending. Provoke You pulls readers head first into heartstopping suspense. Hicks is a beast when it comes to crafting a puzzle that grabs attention while pulling at emotions. Ela and Matt battle life, love and the unknown with a chemistry that is all consuming and willpower that will make the heart stand up and cheer. Smart and sexy are a good look for what is shaping up to be a sizzling series.
Megan (Ginger Mom)
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here we go . . . another Cole brother I absolutely love.

I enjoyed the introduction Provoke You gave me to Matt's character. We see him as the former Marine, but also as the orphan who lost his family and was taken in by the Coles. Throughout the book, a picture is painted, showing how the Coles love him as one of their own, first with Matt's brothers and later with his adoptive parents.

Do. Not. Get me started about Ela's stepdad. In the beginning, his character is a jerkish nuisance. As the
Sassy Southern
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rosela LeBlanc owns a restaurant and hotel that means the world to her as it has been passed to her from her grandma. Unfortunately for Ela she is also a recovering alcoholic and her step-father, Andre Benoit currently has control of the properities in LB industries as she has never wanted to run the company.
Matt Cole is applying for a job as the Head of Security at LB Industries and is hired by Jennifer to keep an eye in Ela. Jennifer wants Matt to relocate Ela for the next 30 days when she
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provoke You is the second book in the Cole Brothers series by Diana A. Hicks. I was in awe over how the author described Ela LeBlanc's character as a fun-loving but drunk hotel heiress turned clean and (almost) sober while adding a horrible psychological twist. She meets Marine Matt Cole after a slip off of the wagon and discovers he is interviewing with her dad. His mission upon meeting Ela's dad is to get Ela out of the country and to Paris where her mother is at. Unfortunately, things don't ...more
Kate Avery
Rating 3.5/5

Well I definitely felt more of a connection with this book than the first book in the series. I was looking forward to getting to know Matt better because he had an air of mystery about him in Unravel You but I did worry that I would still feel that I had missed out on some of the story like I did with the first book.

Thankfully I didn’t get that at all, in fact I got very easily engrossed in this story and loved all the action that went on. It had a lot more going on than I would
Rebecca Austin
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-sassy
This was such a great follow-up to Unravel You and we got glimpses of what was going on in the first book but this made everything super clear and had me hooked!

I thought Ela was such a great character as it was clear that she had made a lot of mistakes in the past but once she knew what she needed to do she worked hard at figuring out what was going on. She found the strength she needed to get through everything but also knew she couldn’t go about it alone.

I really liked Matt up until a certain
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ela is a young woman who has a complicated relationship with her stepfather, as he pretty much tears her down quite a bit which leads to shooting herself in the foot by drinking, which makes him worse towards her, and it's become a vicious cycle. Now they're at odds, because step-daddy dearest decided to sell the hotel which Ela's Grans gave to her if she ever wanted it, and Ela loves it completely. Matt Cole came to NOLA to get a fresh start, so he could put his life back together, and finds ...more
Ashley Jasper
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I am always on the hunt for a new author that writes a good romantic suspense and Provoke You fit the bill. I have to say, my first book from Diana A. Hicks and for me it was a bit of a mixed bag.

I liked Ela. She was kind and strong willed. A fighter but vulnerable. Willing to put herself and her heart out there. I didn't like the situation she found herself in with with her dad but I was glad she had Matt. To say their first meeting was a disaster is putting it mildly. I enjoyed how Ela pushed
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ela doesn't have the best track record. She has trouble with alcohol before, but not she is one year clean & wants to prove to her step-father that she is getting better. But years of bad behavior are hard to erase and when he doesn't show, it pushed her back to drinking and into Matt. When she wakes up the next day in his place, it takes a long time to piece together what happened. And it only gets worse, because they are stuck together on the day Matt has the biggest interview with her dad ...more
Gwen Shafer
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Diana. I absolutely love her writing. This one is about Ela and Matt. Ela is what some would call a spoiled brat. She is the heir to a large fortune. But her true love is the one thing that she wants the hotel that her grandmother left her the Baroness. But her father has other plans for her. One night she decides to go out and have some fun. She ends up hand cuffed to Matt who is in town to get a job as head of security having an interview with her father.
Things change
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Kelly Graham
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a start to a book, waking up handcuffed to a hot ex marine, lucky Ela.
Ela is a hotel heiress with a liking for partying and alcohol, having stayed sensible and away from the party scene for a year, an argument with her father sends her heading to the bar and waking up to a not very happy Matt.
Matt is attracted to Ela, but is hoping to get a job for her father so she is out of bounds.
Thrown together as Matt becomes Ela bodyguard can he protect her from the threats on her life and will he
Steph Thompson
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I really enjoyed Provoke You, by Diana A. Hicks. This book captured my attention and interest right away. Hicks wastes no time introducing seductive characters and a suspenseful plot.

What I loved: fast paced action, characters with depth, loads of dialogue and sparring between Matt and Ela

What I liked: nice balance of romantic tension/build up, alternating POV

What it lacked: a little explanation in some places, descriptive plot detail

Overall, a sexy, fun can't-put-down kind of read that will
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved Valentina and Derek so much but I'm tempted to say that I adored Matt and Ela just as much if not more! This was an incredibly interesting, edge of your seat, steamy, sexy read! I loved the mystery and intrigue and the descriptive settings -- amazing depictions and well-developed characters sets this author apart from the norm. And then there's Ela's stepdad....heartbreaking story at times but I loved Ela's bravery, strength and courage throughout her journey in this book. Another ...more
Tanja Kezmic
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omgreads
I'll be honest and say I wasn't blown away because I felt like this story had still room to grow and I wanted "more" to happen when the bad guy(s) was discovered. But despite that it was an enjoyable read.

I liked the banter between Matt and Ela who was a firecracker. I loved the way he was fighting his feeling but at the end just couldn't resist her.

Now comes the dreaded wait to see how the next Cole brother loses his heart over a feisty woman.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was a welcome addition to this series. This book easily captured and held my attention with a well crafted story line that was filled with drama, suspense, excitement, passion, danger, romance and plenty of emotion. Matt and Ela were very likable and they shared amazing chemistry. I'm looking forward to book three. This is my independent, impartial review.
Carissa Janes
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good!

Such a fun read! It has a unique storyline, great characters, good backstory, and I found myself smiling and laughing out loud while trying to piece together the mystery. Fantastic read!
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
Matt Cole came to NOLA looking for a fresh start and a new job, what he finds is getting himself handcuffed to the heiress whose company he is trying to land a job at. When things don't seem to be quite right between Ela and her father Matt steps in to protect Ela and help her find out who is targeting her with ill intent. Despite Ela's love of her family Matt thinks something fishy is going on with her stepfather. As things become more dangerous they also become more heated between Matt and ...more
Becky Wise
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provoke me is a fabulous suspense filled read that will pull you in from the very start. I couldn't put this one down. I love Matt. He just has this way about him that you will love so much. Then there is Ela, she is far too trusting yet strong at the same time. After everything that Ela goes through she is one tough cookie. Matt and Ela just have this chemistry that you can feel from the very start. I love how much Matt tries to protect Ela and teaches her to fight back. All I have to say is ...more
Wendy Livingstone
This is the 2nd book in this awesome series and is Matt and Ela’s story. Ela is a hotel heiress and former marine Matt finds himself as her bodyguard. These two are like petrol and a match, but when Ela is in danger Matt will go to any lengths in order to protect her. This is a wonderful story which is filled with danger, suspense, fun, and love. I was totally hooked throughout this addictive page turner, and highly recommend for all.
Cindy Hughes
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I just love the Cole Brothers series! Provoke You is a great second book in the series! Matt and Ela’s story was fantastic! Their attraction was instant and their chemistry was amazing! You get drawn into the story with all the suspense, danger, intrigue, and twists you won’t see coming! I couldn’t stop reading!
I loved this story and I’m sure you will too!
Ashley Carr, LSoR
4.5 Stars

With the second book of the series the momentum doesn’t diminish. Matt a former Marine turn the bodyguard is all deliciousness and he is tasked to guard a hotel heiress. Ela doesn’t want a bodyguard and they get along like oil and water. When Ela is it in real danger Matt goes to great lengths to protect her. from a love-hate relationship blossoms true love in the midst of a dangerous situation. I can’t wait to see the next Cole brother fall!
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Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, is the 2019 Readers’ FavoriteSilver Medal Winnerin theRomance – Suspensegenre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending

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