Review: Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

boyfriend for hireTitle: Boyfriend for Hire

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Paralegal Elle

The hero: Escort Nic

The blurb: I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver. I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years. And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: When Elle agrees to let her friend and soon to be sister-in-law set up her with a date for the wedding, she doesn’t expect Nic. He’s charming, sweet, thoughtful, and thinks she’s beautiful. She’s smitten, but there’s one thing about Nic she doesn’t know…

… he’s an escort. While everything he tells her is true – he does think she’s beautiful – he’s doing a job. He’s been an escort for six years, the lure of the money he makes too much to walk away. He has rules about what he will and won’t do with clients, but he’s never had a client like Elle. She makes him want to throw away his rule book and walk away from his lucrative job. He’s always known he wants the dream life – wife, kids, dog, picket fence – but he never thought he’d fall for a client.

He was wrong. And when he realises that, Nic’s torn. He has to tell Elle who he really is, but he knows that if she finds out he’s an escort, it’s all over before it began. But he can’t help it; he’s drawn to Elle like a moth to a flame and she’s tearing his defences down. She’s making him want to forget the rules he set and the reasons why. Can he convince her she’s not just a job to him?

I loved the characters of Nic and Elle. Nic is the perfect book boyfriend; I mean, the man even cooks! I adored that he loved Elle’s curves, that he didn’t care she wasn’t a stick. I loved Elle wanting to go get her man. Another winner from one of my favourite romance authors.

 

 

 

Review: Code of Honor by Tonya Burrows

code of honorTitle: Code of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Sheriff/HORNET team member Lanie Delcambre

The hero: HORNET team member/medic Jesse Warrick

The blurb: Jesse Warrick used to consider himself a kickass medic, but a teammate’s brush with death has him questioning everything. Now he’s been promoted to field commander of HORNET. How can he lead when he can’t get his shit together? And how can he focus when the sexy new recruit makes him want to break the rules?

Lanie Delcambre can’t seem to find solid footing within the elite hostage rescue team. Worse, the man she’s loved for most of her life is now her boss. She’d kill to act on the chemistry between her and Jesse, but she can’t risk ruining her career.

It was only supposed to be a training mission. No live ammo, no hostages, and no real bad guys—only someone didn’t give the bad guys that memo. When their hotel is taken hostage with half of HORNET inside, Jesse and Lanie are the team’s only hope of escaping alive…

Standalone or series: This is book four in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Another excellent installment in the HORNET series. Jesse Warrick is the team’s medic and he’s just been promoted to field commander because Gabe and Quinn can no longer be in the field because of their medical histories. He’s nervous as hell about leading the team, especially now since Lanie Delcambre is on it. Jesse has known Lanie since they were teenagers and has loved her that long, but his previous three marriages have put him off the institution and his sullen teenage son, Connor, is giving him enough of a headache.

Lanie wants to prove herself to be a valuable team member, but it doesn’t help that she’s in love with its leader. Jesse is the man she’s wanted forever, but she knows she can’t cross that line. But when the team are taken hostage while on vacation at one of Tucker Quentin’s hotels after a training mission, it’s up to Jesse and Lanie to get their men out alive. Jean-Luc is badly injured; Connor and the other trainees are stuck on the fourth floor; and Gabe, Quinn and Harvard are in the hands of the kidnappers. Can Jesse, Lanie and the rest of the team get them all out alive? Will Jesse and Lanie be able to cross the line and have their relationship survive? Make sure you read it to find out…

 

 

 

Review: Stealing Valentine by Madison Faye

stealing valentineTitle: Stealing Valentine

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Valentine

The hero: Jewel thief Dutch Hammond

The blurb: Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I came to rob diamonds,
But now I’m stealing her too

I’ve spent my life taking what I want, even if it doesn’t belong to me. Stealing the infamous Whistler diamonds is supposed to be my last job before I can retire wealthy beyond imagination, and I’ve planned for everything

Everything except for her.

Valentine is like nothing I’ve ever known before. Good, young, sweet, and alluring—with curves and an innocence far more tempting than any vault or priceless art. I didn’t plan on her, and I sure as shit didn’t plan on the diamonds I’m supposed to steal being draped around her neck.

…So I’m taking her too. But when I lay my hands on the gorgeous little tease squirming against me, and with one taste of that sassy mouth, I’m lost. And when I find out she’s never been touched?

Well, that’s something else I’ll be stealing too.

I know she’s off limits. I know this breaks every one of my rules. I know I don’t give a shit about any of that. Claiming her cherry is going to be the sweetest sin. But stealing her heart is going to be the greatest heist this thief ever pulled…

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I adore reading Madison Faye’s books, because you know you’re going to get some hot sex scenes and a nice little twist that will leave you gasping. Stealing Valentine is no different.

Dutch is a thief who’s been conning people for years; first out of necessity, and then because he became really good at it. He’s going to pull one last job worth hundreds of millions, and then he’s going to retire. So he spends over a year working his way up in a company owned by the man who possesses the expensive diamond necklace and earrings set Dutch has his eye on, and the night has finally come to steal the jewels…but when he gets to the room where they’re hidden, he’s shocked to find something he never anticipated…

Her. Valentine is young, beautiful… and wearing his jewels. He barely has time to take in her appearance before the alarms go off, and after she refuses to give him the jewels, he decides to take them – and her – with him as he makes his escape. Once he finds out who she is, his life gets more complicated than he could ever have imagined. Will she be worth the risk of losing everything to keep? Make sure you read to find out!

Review: Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton

lyrical embraceTitle: Lyrical Embrace

Author: Amber Daulton

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Violinist Erica Timper

The hero: Music teacher/firefighter Dylan Haynes

The blurb: Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Standalone or series: Part of the Deerbourne Inn series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was a mixed bag for me. There were lots of things I liked about it, but some things just didn’t work for me. What I liked: the author did a lovely job with the descriptions, although I felt that they were in the wrong places sometimes. It’s hard to tell a story in such a limited amount of words, but this was nicely done overall. I did like Dylan and Erica. The supporting characters were, for the most part, well done. The setting of a small town worked very well. Music was a big theme in the book, and it was clear the author had done her research, for which I applaud her.

What didn’t work for me: I was advised that this was a romantic suspense book, but I wouldn’t have categorised it as such. There was almost nothing in the way of suspense for more than half the book, and when the stalker subplot popped up there was no suspense – everyone, including the reader, knew who the culprit was from the get go. Dylan and Erica’s romance heated up really quickly, which I found a little hard to swallow given the reason for Erica being in town in the first place. There was one scene in which Erica saw Dylan with another woman, and she instantly assumed the worst instead of just asking him about it. The choice of phrasing in the sex scenes didn’t work for me at all and pulled me out of the story.

Did I like this book? Yes. Would I read it again? No.

Review: Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows

broken honorTitle: Broken Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Veterinary technician Mara Escareno

The hero: Second in command of the HORNET team Travis Quinn

The blurb: Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team’s hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno–the curve of her lips, the feel of her body…and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago.

Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis–and the information locked within his damaged memory–no matter the cost. And now Travis’s enemies have discovered his only weakness…Mara.

Standalone or series: This is the third in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Travis Quinn is the second in command of the HORNET team. Injured along with Gabe in a car accident several years previously, he’s still suffering from migraines and blackouts as a result of the head injury he suffered.

Travis has been seeing Mara Escareno, cousin of fellow team member Jesse. He doesn’t know what it is about her that keeps drawing him back, but he once again seeks comfort after a tough mission in her arms, only to be hit with news that shocks him: she’s pregnant. Before he can process it, Mara is kidnapped and it doesn’t take long for Travis and the team to work out it’s because of him. Someone is out to get him, and they’re using Mara as bait.

With not only the life of the woman he loves but that of their baby’s at stake, he’ll follow her to the ends of the earth to get them back safely and find out once and for all who wants him dead. He starts having flashbacks amongst the blackouts, and when the truth comes out – about the car accident, about what he was involved with, and who’s running the show – not only Travis but the entire team will be rocked to the core.

Another thrilling, fast-paced book with smoking hot sex scenes in the HORNET series. If you love romantic suspense, you just can’t miss this series.

Review: Hyde’s Return by Bebe Marks

hyde's returnTitle: Hyde’s Return

Author: Bebe Marks

Year of publication: 2018, The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Salon owner Everly Glenn

The hero: Professional hockey player Hyde Polanski

The blurb: From the time I was a kid, I’ve wanted one thing: To play in the NHL.

And then Everly Glenn moved in next door. From that day on, I was torn between my dreams of being the best defenseman in the league and staying with her. I couldn’t have both. Not when her dream was for a small-town life in Sinclair Valley—the town I’ve always wanted to escape. Not when I had nothing to offer her.

Not when I had something to prove.

I had to choose. I chose the NHL. Now all my dreams have come true. All except one…

***

I’ve been in love with Hyde Polanski since I was ten-years-old

When Hyde returns to Sinclair Valley for his mother’s wedding, all I want is to show him what he’s been missing all these years.

We agree to be together for one week. No strings, expectations, or emotions attached. It’s not about our past, has nothing to do with our future. It’s about finally giving into the attraction between us that’s stronger than ever. It’s about pleasure.

It’s about closure.

Except nothing between us has ever been simple. And closure is the last thing on my mind when one week with Hyde has me once again wishing for forever with him. Except nothing’s changed. Not his reasons for leaving Sinclair Valley. Not my reasons for staying.

But Hyde doesn’t see it that way. Now the NHL’s hottest defenseman has a new goal: To finally win the heart of the girl next door.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Once Tempted series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Every now and then, a book comes along that leaves you begging for more. Leaves you not wanting to finish it, wishing you could go back to the start and read it again for the first time. Hyde’s Return is such a book.

Hyde Polanski and Everly Glenn have been best friends since they were children; Everly was dumped on her beloved grandmother when her professor parents decided they’d rather study dead poets overseas than raise their only child. Living next door was Hyde and his mother; his father is absent, given he has half a dozen kids to different women. Hyde has never had much of a relationship with his father and doesn’t know his half siblings, so it’s just him and Everly against the world.

When Everly loses her grandmother at eighteen, she finally makes her feelings for Hyde clear… and he leaves her heartbroken. He’s off to make his mark in the world of professional hockey and he can only do that if he leaves Sinclair Valley – and Everly – behind.

Eight years later he’s back for his mother’s wedding, and things have changed. Everly has changed. Hyde’s half sister, Agatha, is a happy ray of sunshine who refuses to let Hyde’s rejection of her stop her from seeing him. His half brother, Kingston, is only weeks older than him and the two men don’t play well together. When Hyde finds out King and Everly know each other, he’s left reeling. He knows he made a terrible mistake leaving the only woman he’s ever loved behind – will she give him another chance?

Everly, for her part, is determined to get over Hyde once and for all. She’s loved him for nearly all of her life, but she can’t keep pining over him. So she makes a proposal: they’ll give in to the red-hot chemistry between them for the week Hyde’s in town, and then they’ll say goodbye for good…

… but can they? This book was delicious. It was a slow burning, super hot, exquisitely written romance. There were times where I wanted to grab Hyde and Everly’s heads and conk them together like coconuts because they were being so damn stubborn, but their sex scenes left me needed a fan to cool down! You won’t regret reading this book, so grab it right now and enjoy 🙂

Review: Build by Gillian Archer

buildTitle: Build

Author: Gillian Archer

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Cleaner Rachel Tannenbaum

The hero: Custom motorcycle builder Austin Burns

The blurb: Austin Burns – I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster.

Rachel Tannenbaum – As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet.

One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart — and my little boy’s — if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Burns Brothers series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was a mixed bag for me. There was a lot I liked about it, and a lot that didn’t work for me. Rachel Tannenbaum is a single mother with two jobs; she’s caring for her young son and her disabled mother. One of her jobs is cleaning houses, so she turns up one night at a gig to find the house is occupied by Austin Burns. He and his brothers are well known for their motorcycle business and have featured in several magazines and shows.

When a snowstorm hits, Rachel is forced to stay at the house for a few nights because her car is underneath the snow and needs to be plowed out. She and Austin are attracted to each other, but they bounce back and forth between being hostile and being all over each other. They have sex the first night, and then the next morning Austin is, for lack of a better word, a douchebag. He runs so hot and cold it’s a wonder Rachel didn’t bolt out of there asap. In the second half of the book, though, his character settles down and when he realises how he feels about Rachel, but then she goes and blows a really small incident into a national crisis and completely cuts Austin out of her life. Did he do the wrong thing? Sure. Was it worth not speaking to him again? Absolutely not.

I also didn’t like the constant fighting amongst Austin and his three brothers. Sure, sibling argue all the time, but their fights got physical and nasty. There was a sub-plot about Austin’s parents that was quite deep and could have been explored a bit more.

I did like Austin’s dog, Blue. He lightened the scenes he was in and was a great bonding tool with Rachel’s son. Rachel’s mother was also great, as was Austin’s aunt. I enjoyed the scenes in which Austin and Rachel were together and I do wish their relationship and behaviour hadn’t been so hot and cold throughout the book, but they got there in the end.

Review: Her Double Mountain Outlaws by Madison Faye

her double mountain outlawsTitle: Her Double Mountain Outlaws

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Veterinarian Kennedy McKinnon

The heroes: Tattoo artists Landon Jacobs and Caleb Rawlins

The blurb: Our demons almost destroyed us once. Chased by our sins, our past, and the mob, Blackthorn Mountain was a clean start. A place we could start over, open our tattoo shop, and ignore the rest of the world.

It’s a great plan, except for one little detail: we never expected to find her up on the mountain.

Gorgeous, sassy, innocent, and tempting in that way where she doesn’t even know it. We know two outlaws like us should stay away from Kennedy McKinnon. We know those sweet curves and soft, pouty lips are off limits. But when one night of mayhem brings us crashing into her, there’s not a power on earth that could keep us from her and from claiming what’s ours.

The ghosts of our past aren’t through with us though. There’s a sociopath of a mob prick looking to take us down and hurt everything we love.

But that is not going to happen. Because what’s our is ours. Ours to protect, ours to share. And we’ll fight like hell to keep her safe.

Kennedy’s worried about coming between us. She has no idea that’s our goal. She’s worried about having to choose one of us.

…She’s not going to have to.

Standalone or series: This is book eight in the Blackthorn Mountain Men series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Vet Kennedy McKinnon has moved to Blackthorn Mountain to be near her sister and niece. For the past year, she’s been lusting over the two men who own the tattoo parlour down the road, Landon Jacobs and Caleb Rawlins. But she’s done the whole bad boy thing and she’s not interested in revisiting it, so she ignores the feelings that pop up every time she sees them.

One night, she opens her surgery door to find Landon holding Caleb, who’s been shot. She patches him up, but wonders what she’s getting herself into. She doesn’t want to have to choose between the two best friends, but they soon make it clear she doesn’t need to – they share everything. And they want to share her.

Kennedy finds herself falling under their spell and it doesn’t take long before she’s hot and heavy with them both. But when their past comes calling, will Kennedy be caught in the crossfire?

You know that when you read a Madison Faye book you’re going to get lots of hot, sexy scenes, and threesomes are her specialty. Another great read guaranteed to get your engines racing!

Review: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

honor reclaimedTitle: Honor Reclaimed

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2014

The heroine: Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton

The hero: Former Marine sniper/HORNET team member Seth Harlan

The blurb: Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth’s stability is strained. He knows all too well what it’s like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he’s not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do–especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe’s hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET’s mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge…and death.

Standalone or series: Book two in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book is everything a fantastic romantic suspense should be. Seth Harlan is a broken man. He’s a former Marine sniper who was held as a POW for over a year. Beaten, tortured and made to do some things that would make the average person break, he held on until he was rescued… but he’s never been the same. He understandably suffers from PTSD and nobody wants him anymore – not the Marines, not a woman.

It’s been several years after his rescue but he’s still just trying to survive one day at a time. When Travis Quinn brings him onto the HORNET team, he’s not exactly made to feel welcome. Most of them guys don’t trust him. He’s still finding his place when the team’s leader, Gabe Bristow, asks the impossible: return to Afghanistan, where he was held captive, to rescue another POW.

Determined not to squander the chance Quinn has given him, and wanting to pull some aspects of his life together, he goes with the team… and encounters a redheaded photojournalist named Phoebe Leighton. He doesn’t know it, but Phoebe knows exactly who he is and she’s determined to keep that a secret from him, for reasons that are disclosed. Despite the nature of his visit there, Phoebe makes him feel something he hasn’t felt in years: desire.

In the midst of the mission, Seth tries to bond with Phoebe, but his demons are too much. She’s the first woman to see the man underneath the scars, and she wants to be with him. This book was amazing. The relationship between the two leads was painfully realistic in some places, and not rushed. Some parts of the book were hard to read – the brief mentions of what Seth endured during his captivity made me teary – but boy, was it worth reading. This series is some of the best romantic suspense I’ve read, and this author is one of my favourites.

Review: SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

seal of honorTitle: SEAL of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: Artist Audrey Van Amee

The hero: Former Navy SEAL/HORNET team leader Gabriel Bristow

The blurb: It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If this book is any indication of how this series is going to be, then we are in for hell of a ride! We’ve met some of the HORNET guys through the fabulous Wilde brothers series (and if you haven’t read them, you totally should) and this first book is about team leader Gabe Bristow. Forced to retire from the SEALs due to injury, he’s got a desk job at the Pentagon all lined up through his Admiral father… until he’s offered a job working for a private security firm. Knowing that doing missions is in his blood, he takes it.

His first mission, leading a ragtag team of men who both work well as a team with their individual specialities and antagonise each other, is to go to Bogota, Columbia, to rescue an American businessman who has been taken hostage. If they don’t extract Bryson Van Amee soon, they won’t find him alive.

They soon discover a complication upon arrival in Bogota in the form of Bryson’s younger sister, Audrey, who has arrived from Costa Rica, where she is based. She won’t be brushed aside and is fluent in Spanish, so Gabe has no choice but to take her with him when he goes to interview a potential suspect. When they get taken hostage, Gabe finds he will do everything he can to keep this woman safe. He tries to brush aside his growing feelings for her, but he knows it’s mutual and she won’t allow them to be swept under the carpet. But Gabe has a mission, and they lead very separate lives in different countries. How on earth could they ever make a relationship work?

This book was one rollercoaster of a ride, with hot, alpha males and a feisty heroine who proves she can hold her own. I adore this author’s books and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

 

 

 

Review: Hold Me Today by Maria Luis

hold me todayTitle: Hold Me Today

Author: Maria Luis

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Hairdresser Mina Pappas

The hero: Restoration company owner Nick Stamos

The blurb: At least, that’s what I tell myself when I bargain with the enemy and score a renovation for my hair salon.

The enemy? Nick Stamos, my best friend’s older brother.

He’s got a body and face the Greek gods would envy but his personality needs a major overhaul. He’s surly. A rule-follower.
Did I mention he’s seen me naked?

I may have crushed on him for years, but the only place I want Nick swinging his hammer nowadays is at my salon.

Except, he needs something in return. . . a fake girlfriend.

And I’m just reckless enough to say yes.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Put A Ring On It series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Maria is a wonderful storyteller. It’s clear that she loves to write, loves to create worlds with characters that are relatable and human. I read this book knowing it involved two tropes I don’t particularly care for – best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend and reality TV – and with a lesser writer, I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all.

Nick Stamos has known Ermione ‘Mina’ Pappas since they were kids. Mina has had a crush on Nick since they were teenagers. They’ve never really been friends – his sister, Effie, has been the buffer – but they’ve always been in each other’s orbit. When Mina desperately needs help to create her dream salon, she turns to Nick and his construction company for assistance. But she doesn’t have any money, after being ripped off by the man she hired to do the work, so Nick makes her a deal: he’ll do the work for free if she agrees to fake being his girlfriend to get the paparazzi off his tail, since they’re hounding him after he appeared on a Bachelor-style reality TV show.

The more time they spend together, the more they realise how much fun they have. They go from frenemies of sorts to best friends. Mina’s long buried feelings for Nick surface again, and Nick finally sees Mina in a different light. There are moments of brilliance in this book, some scenes that really stood out. I liked Nick, and I really felt for Mina in some scenes where she’s trying to figure out her place in the world.

If you’ve never read any of Maria’s books, you really should, because this girl can spin you quite the tale 🙂

Review: HOT Justice by Lynn Raye Harris

hot justiceTitle: HOT Justice

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Journalist Haylee Jamison

The hero: HOT team member Dean “Wolf” Garner

The blurb: Dean “Wolf” Garner is the kind of guy who loves hard and leaves fast. From the moment he rescues reporter Haylee Jamison in the Guatemalan jungle, he can’t stop thinking about the dark-haired beauty. His life is too complicated for romantic entanglements though–and not even a woman like Haylee can convince him otherwise.

Haylee wasn’t supposed to be in the drug cartel’s compound, but she was captured while on a mission of her own: find the trail of fake opioids entering the US and halt the operation. Back home in DC, Haylee can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous military operator who rocked her world for one steamy night before leaving. But when she uncovers a conspiracy and finds herself in danger, there’s only one man she trusts to keep her safe.

It’s easy for Wolf to risk his life to protect Haylee and give her the justice she desires. The hard part is taking a chance and admitting what’s in his heart before it’s too late.

Before he loses the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Standalone or series: This is book fourteen in the Hostile Operations Team series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I’ve yet to meet a book by Lynn that I don’t absolutely love, and HOT Justice is no exception! Dean and his team are in Guatemala to rescue ten Americans there on a mission, but when they get to the rescue site there find eleven Americans being held. The eleventh hostage is a beautiful, dark-haired woman named Haylee Jamison, and when Dean saves her from being attached by a captor, she instantly places her trust in him.

The hostages are taken to El Salvador before going home, and neither Dean or Haylee can deny the attraction between them. What starts as a friendly game of pool ends in a night of passion neither of them have experienced before, and it rattles Dean. When they both make it back to US soil, they go their separate ways, much to Haylee’s disappointment.

A couple of months pass and they cross paths again. When Dean realises that Haylee is continuing on with the story that had her in Guatemala in the first place – fake drugs being trafficked into the US, some of which killed her best friend – and that certain high level politicians and businessmen could be involved, he fears for her safety.

When those fears are realised, Dean finds himself willing to do whatever he has to in order to keep the woman he can’t get off his mind safe. But his job is dangerous and not a lot of women can cope with the constant worry and uncertainty… so Haylee must decide whether she loves Dean enough to take a chance on a relationship with him, and Dean must decide if he loves her enough to fight for her. Another gripping installment in an incredible series.

Review: Hosed by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

hosedTitle: Hosed

Authors: Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Game developer and coder/Sex factory manager Cassie Sunderland

The hero: Firefighter Ryan O’Dell

The blurb: He’s bossy, arrogant, and so ridiculously hot he should come with a warning label and a pair of flame retardant coveralls.

He’s also the boy who broke my heart when we were in high school.

I want to move in next door to Ryan O’Dell the way I want to be the virgin gamer geek suddenly in charge of running my sister’s sex toy factory. Too bad both are written in my stars.

Yeah, I’m the world’s oldest virgin code-writing nerd. And he’s the world’s hottest firefighter.

And even though he intimidates the heck out of me, I can’t seem to control my libido when he’s around. Where is my dignity? My self-respect? My panties? Seriously…. Have you seen them? Anyone?

Maybe they’re hiding in his bedroom. With my heart.

Yeah, I know. I’m hosed. So hosed.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This rom-com was utterly delicious and hilariously funny! Cassie Sunderwell is back in her hometown, looking after her child star sister’s sex toy factory, after Savannah finds out her husband has been cheating on her… and not with another human. She’s a games developer who’s shy about sex, so running a sex toy factory isn’t exactly her idea of fun.

Ryan O’Dell is one of the town’s firefighters who happens to live next door with his rather unusual pet: a raccoon (and his name is as funny as the raccoon himself is!). He doesn’t recognise Cassie at first, because it’s been years since he’s seen her, but the more time he spends with her the more he wants her. However, he doesn’t think she’s interested, but it isn’t long before they’re going on dates and being interrupted by the sex toy stealing raccoon.

With a hero and heroine who are both adorable, a small town with supporting characters who are amusing and nosy, a scene stealing raccoon and a romance that will melt your heart, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book and I look forward to the next collaboration between these two authors.

Review: Goodbye Trey by Audrey Ravine

goodbye treyTitle: Goodbye Trey

Author: Audrey Ravine

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Nurse practitioner Jane Seymour

The hero: Ex-Army Ranger/tattoo artist Trey Hicks

The blurb: For soldiers, the fight is not always on the battlefield. Sometimes the hardest wars are waged within.

As a former elite sniper for the Army Rangers, Trey Hicks has learned to thrive under pressure. He fought through deserts, cleared entire Afghan towns, and saved his friend’s lives.

But no pain would compare to the letter received from his his wife—leaving him broken and abandoned. Now she’s the maid of honor at his sister’s wedding.

With the wedding drawing closer, Trey faces the undesirable prospect of showing up alone. The last thing he wants is to face his ex-wife again. Or worse yet, for her see how damaged he still is.

While he ponders his dilemma, fate walks through the door of his tattoo parlor. Sipping an iced coffee through a straw between her pouty lips and curves for days, Jane–overworked nurse by day and party girl at night–is everything his ex wife wasn’t. She’s exactly the type of date he needs to prove that he’s over his ex once and for all.

As their friendship blossoms, Trey realizes there’s more to this girl than meets the eye. Jane may be more than just a date. She could be his redemption.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Healing series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I really enjoyed this book. Trey’s sister, April, is getting married in the Caribbean and while Trey is happy for her, there’s one thing he’s dreading about the wedding – April’s best friend, Kenzie, is his ex-wife. They married when he was in the military and she suddenly decided she didn’t want to be married to a military man, so she sent him a Dear John letter and left him. It broke Trey’s heart, but he never told anyone the truth about why their marriage ended, not even his family.

While reassuring April that he’s fine with Kenzie being at the wedding, he suddenly blurts out that he’s been seeing someone, and April is so thrilled she insists Trey bring his girlfriend to the wedding, which is in about six weeks. Now Trey’s in a quandary; how’s he going to find a girlfriend in such a short period of time?

When he speaks to his best friend, Zac, the latter suggests a woman he had a casual relationship with before he married his wife. Jane Seymour is perfect for the role; she’s beautiful, smart, funny and not looking for a relationship. When Trey explains the situation and offers Jane an all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean, she finds herself unable to refuse. She could use the break from her stressful job, and Trey’s easy on the eyes. They agree to meet up to discuss the terms of the arrangement, and end up having sex in the alley outside her building.

They quickly agree to a casual relationship in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and spend a lot of time together so they can get to know each other and a romantic relationship will seem believable to everyone. However, by the time the wedding actually rolls around, they’ve both developed feelings for each other – but neither wants to admit it because it’s not part of the rules.

At the wedding, Trey realises that all he needed from Kenzie was closure. He’s not interested in getting back with her, even though she feels differently. When Jane stumbles upon them together and misunderstands the situation, she flees back to the US. Will Trey realises how he really feels about Jane in time? Will he follow her home and manage to convince her they belong together, for real? All will be revealed!

I adored Jane. She presented a strong, fierce, take-no-prisoners persona, but underneath was a woman mourning the loss of a loved one whose death affected her entire life. My heart ached for her, because she truly felt she wasn’t worthy of real love, the kind that lasts a lifetime. It wasn’t until she met Trey that she thought maybe she could have what she so deeply desired. My heart ached for her in places as she struggled with her grief and self-worth.

The only thing that bothered me was the self-derogatory term that was used to describe Jane on more than one occasion, not only by Trey and other characters, but by Jane herself. Trey and Jane had the same approach to relationships at the beginning of the book, so I don’t understand why Jane was described in such a manner, or why she thought of herself as such. It went to speak to her low opinion of herself, but it still bugged me. However, it didn’t detract from the story or my feelings for Jane as a character.

Review: Sophie by Kelsie Rae

sophieTitle: Sophie

Author: Kelsie Rae

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Sophie Calloway

The hero: Nathan ?

The blurb: Sophie – Aren’t one night stands supposed to stay in the past? Aren’t they supposed to be with a stranger whom you never have to see again?

Yeah. I thought so too.

And then one of my best friends asks me to be the maid-of-honor at her wedding. Wanna take a guess who the best man is? I’m screwed.

Nathan – I don’t do feelings. I don’t do relationships. And I sure as hell don’t do love. And then I was stupid enough to sleep with Soph. The girl who screwed with my head in ways I never could’ve imagined.

So I left. I ran. And I’m going to continue to run as soon as my best friend’s wedding is over. It’s one weekend. How hard can it be?

Standalone or series: Book five in the Signature Sweethearts series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Sophie is asked by one of her best friends, Indie, to attend her surprise wedding to Rhett in Mauritius and be one of her maids of honour. It’s an all expenses paid trip… except that the man Sophie had a one night stand with a month previously, Nathan, will also be there because he is Rhett’s best friend. The thought of seeing Nathan again has Sophie in knots because he was so much more than just a fling to her, and when he walked out on her he broke her heart. But she is determined not to let him see how much he affected her.

Nathan, for his part, can’t seem to get the woman he’s been thinking about for the last month out of his head, and it bothers him. He’s always refused to entertain the notion of love, or being in a serious relationship, for reasons that are eventually revealed. But there’s something about Sophie, something different, that makes him feel that perhaps maybe she’s worth taking a chance on.

Sophie comes down with a bug just after she arrives, which is inconvenient timing. But the constant, close proximity to Nathan wears her down, and she’s reminded of all the reasons why she fell for him in the first place.

Could Sophie be the woman to melt Nathan’s icy heart? Will he finally take a chance on love with her? There is a plot twist that I guessed fairly early on which made things interesting, and while this is a standalone I think having read the previous book, Rhett, might have helped a lot since it’s obvious that Sophie and Nathan’s story started there.

 

 

 

Review: Unraveling Love by K. L. Donn

unraveling loveTitle: Unraveling Love

Author: K. L. Donn

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Event planner Arden Graham

The heroes: Ex-SEALs/Private investigators Dare Waters and Boston Falco

The blurb: Burned by love, Arden Graham thought she knew where her life was going. As an event planner at Rocky Shores Retirement home in Queens, she enjoyed her life. Bringing smiles to the faces of the elderly brought her joy. Giving them something to look forward to, gave her a sense of purpose.

Being stalked was never in the game plan. Neither was having two bodyguards who liked to boss her around. With Arden in and out of the tabloids because of her charity work for her twin brother’s company, Boston and Dare think they have her figured out.

Falling in love wasn’t the plan.

Boston Falco and Dare Waters have been best friends for more than half their lives. The decision to share one woman came as easily as when they joined the SEALs. Receiving a call from two men on their former SEAL team to protect their little sister, came as a shock. The woman herself was the biggest contradiction they’d ever encountered.

With the help of their former technical analyst, John ‘Tex’ Keegan, the hunt for Arden’s stalker is on. The clock is ticking, twists keep coming, and soon or later something’s gotta give. With no idea who’s on the other end of the revealing pictures and veiled threats, the only question left is; will they be able to unravel Arden’s heart and open her up to love again once all is said and done?

Standalone or series: This is book one of the Damaged Love series and is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha World, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Someone is stalking Arden Graham, the youngest child and only daughter of a rich businessman. Her twin brothers, Tanner and Thompson, ask their ex-military brothers Dare and Boston to find out who the stalker is and be her bodyguards until he is caught.

Dare and Boston are immediately intrigued by Arden; while her public persona is that of a spoilt brat, the real Arden is charming, down to earth and compassionate. She organises events for the elderly who are in nursing homes and don’t always have family visiting them. The residents love her and she loves them back. The two men, who have agreed that they want to find one woman for both of them to love forever, fall in love with Arden pretty quickly, and this only spurns them on to find the stalker.

All is not as it would seem and the sub-plot with the stalker has some clever twists and turns you won’t see coming – just when you think you know what’s going on, something else happens that totally blows that out of the water! Arden finds herself drawn to the two men guarding her body and melting her heart, and when they take her to their home to keep her safe all three of them know this is it for them.

If you enjoy reading menage books with a bit of mystery, then you’ll want to give this one a go 😊

Review: Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

finding alexeiTitle: Finding Alexei

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Waitress Ryleigh ?

The hero: Pro-footballer Alex(ei) Ivan

The blurb: He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective. He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines.

I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month. So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby.

I’m clueless about babies—and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t. With six nieces and nephews and an apparent hero complex, the dude is both sexy and more than capable. It’s a combination that makes it easy to forget we’re just playing house.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: The one thing I love about reading a book by Kendall Ryan is that you know you’re going to read a great book, and Finding Alexei is no exception. Alexei Ivan, known as Alex to everyone, plays pro-football. One night, he finds a woman being harassed outside the topless club where she works as a waitress, and he intervenes. Something about Ryleigh captivates him, and he manages to persuade her to let him give her a lift home.

She lives in a seedier part of town and when he find out she has temporary custody of her roommate’s two month old baby, Ella, Alexei knows he can’t leave them in Ryleigh’s cold apartment. So he coaxes her back to his million dollar penthouse and impresses her with his handling of baby Ella. His sisters have given him six nieces and nephews, so he knows his way around looking after a little one.

Ryleigh’s life couldn’t be any worse. Her parents are gone, she has no other family, and she’s barely keeping her head above water. She can’t afford to look after a baby, but she knows if she doesn’t Ella will go into foster care and she can’t let that happen, not until she at least finds out what’s happened to Andi, Ella’s mother. She doesn’t know who Alexei is – she doesn’t follow sports – but she can’t resist his offer to help them both, nor can she deny the sparks of attraction that fly between them.

When their friendship becomes something more, Ryleigh knows she can’t expect Alexei to take on both her and the baby. When Andi finally reappears and explains the sad reason for her absence, Ryleigh is torn between wanting to follow her head and her heart. Will Alexei finally convince her he wants them both as a package deal, or will she walk away forever? If you love well written romances, this book’s for you.

Review: Tri-Tip by Vanessa Vale

tri tipTitle: Tri-Tip

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Sheriff Parker Drew

The heroes: Veterinarians Gus Duke, Kemp ? and Poe ?

The blurb: It’s been ten years since Parker Drew and Gus Duke have seen each other, but it’s like no time has passed. They were hot and heavy back then and the spark’s still there now. But they’re no longer fumbling kids and they know what they want… what they need. For Parker, that’s giving up control to more than one guy.
Gus is more than willing to deliver because he wants to share a woman with Kemp and Poe. One look and he knows that’s Parker. All three big cowboys are going to give her everything she ever imagined… times three. Oh, she’ll get so much more than just the tip.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Sheriff Parker Drew has returned home to care for her unwell mother, and that means being back in the town where her first boyfriend, Gus Duke, lives. It isn’t long before she runs into him, and the attraction still simmers between them. Their split was amicable; he went to college to become a vet, she a lawyer.

Parker is aware of the Duke brothers’ penchant for sharing their women with other men, but she doesn’t have any idea that Gus is willing to do the same with his two best friends and business partners, Kemp and Poe. When Parker rescues a stray dog, she takes her to the clinic, where she meets Kemp and Poe. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to them, too, and it isn’t long before the four of them are indulging in activities requiring them to be naked.

Parker is not a petite woman; she’s tall and curvy with a high sex drive, so she finds her match in the three men. They’re convinced they’ve found the one woman for all of them, but will Parker agree? Poe has some demons to overcome, and when he does something stupid, he threatens to end their relationship before it ever really begins. Will Parker be able to forgive him? Can she handle the three hot men who are willing to make her theirs? This is another great instalment in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, and I can’t wait to read about the Duke sister, Julia!

Review: Sun Storm by Marlow Kelly

sun stormTitle: Sun Storm

Author: Marlow Kelly

Year of publication: 2017. The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Scientist Dr Marie Wilson

The hero: Ex-special forces soldier David Quinn

The blurb: Dr. Marie Wilson is a scientist on the verge of a breakthrough. She has come to Montana on the eve of a blizzard to prove her small, portable solar panel can generate electricity even in the harshest environment. But when four men invade her remote cabin with plans to kill her, she knows she’s in trouble.

Ex-Special Forces soldier, David Quinn, has had enough of danger and death. All he wants is to be left alone on his Montana acreage to pursue his dream of being a beekeeper. But when his old mentor convinces him to help retrieve a stolen solar panel, he thinks it will be a simple job. But the moment he sets eyes on Marie, he knows their assignment is all kinds of wrong.

Together, they escape. Chased by a businessman with unlimited resources, a gunman and a corrupt police force, they are thrust into the frozen Montana landscape. Can a cynical soldier and a naive scientist learn about love and trust in order to survive?

Standalone or series: Book one in The Gathering Storm series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I devoured this book in 24 hours so it’s safe to say I really enjoyed it! Dr Marie Wilson has spent seven years of her life working on a breakthrough scientific experiment: a portable solar panel that is based on plant technology. If the prototype she’s made works, it could change the world. She’s in a remote cabin in Montana, testing the prototype to make sure it works in extreme cold.

She finally has some interest after spending years being shunned as a pariah in the scientific community, thanks to her ex who stole her previous idea and patented it as his own. Her millionaire father won’t give her a cent, so she’s reached out to everyone she can think of and finally has another scientist interested. However, what Marie doesn’t know is that there is a group of people known as The Syndicate who stand to lose a lot if her technology is validated, and so they arrange for her prototype – and her – to disappear.

David Quinn is ex-Special Forces and he’s part of a motley crew trying to track down a thief who stole something from his mentor, but when he arrives at the destination he finds a terrified woman who swears the invention is her own. After the goons he’s with make threats to harm her, he realises something is very wrong and helps her escape. When David overhears something he shouldn’t, he realises Marie was not the only target. They then spend several long days playing hide and seek with the people trying to kill them both.

What was refreshing about this book is that unlike most romantic suspense books, both the protagonists and the reader know the who and why from the very beginning. It’s all about the chase, and the sizzling attraction between David and Marie that won’t be denied. He thinks he wants to live his days along on his property, and she thinks she can’t ever trust a man again, but it turns out they’re both wrong… they just have to live long enough to realise it.

It was clear the author had done her research about the scientific sub-plot and there was some amusing banter that lightened the book in places. If you enjoy romantic suspense, then you’ll enjoy this book.

Review: Too Wilde To Tame by Tonya Burrows

too wilde to tameTitle: Too Wilde To Tame

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Ballet dancer/teacher/radio DJ Natalie Taggart

The hero: Ex-Army Ranger/Wilde Security owner Greer Wilde

The blurb: For three years, ballet teacher Natalie Taggart has lived across the hall from grumpy, reclusive, sexy Greer Wilde. Save for a handful of hellos and the occasional heated glance, they never spoke to each other.

Until the morning Greer lands on her doorstep, bleeding, beaten, and bullet-riddled.

Greer doesn’t need or want her help. He has only one goal: revenge. And nobody—not his brothers, and certainly not his too-hot-for-his-sanity next-door neighbor—is going to get in his way.

Standalone or series: This is the fifth and final book in the Wilde Security Series, but can be read as a standalone. Do read the whole series, though!

The review: I didn’t want to read this book because I knew it meant my journey with the adorable Wilde brothers would be over! Greer is the oldest Wilde, the one who, at the age of fifteen, successfully sought emancipation when his parents were murdered so he could look after his four younger brothers. He joined the Army as soon as he could to support them and he’s done his best to ensure they’ve grown up with everything he could give them.

But he’s been hiding a secret from them for years, one he can never tell them. He’s also come to the realisation that the murder of his parents was no random act of violence; someone wanted them dead, he knows who’s behind it, and he’s going to get revenge. He won’t breathe a word of it to his brothers because he doesn’t want them involved; he’s still trying to protect them, even though they’re all adults.

When he’s brutally attacked while following his suspect, he manages to make it back to his apartment block but collapses on the doorstop of his beautiful neighbour, Natalie. They’ve never really spoken, but there’s something about her he’s attracted to. She patches him up, with the help of Jesse Warren from the HORNET series (I love all the crossovers in these books and am hoping for some Wilde appearances when I start HORNET!), and finds herself involved in whatever Greer’s dealing with when her nephew goes missing.

Greer’s quest for revenge won’t be sated until he makes the person responsible pay, but Natalie keeps getting in his way. She finally persuades Greer to tell his brothers what’s going on, and they pull together as a family. Greer and Natalie’s lives are entangled in ways they couldn’t have imagined, and since she’s been half in love with him since she first saw him three years previously, it doesn’t take much for her to fall completely. Will her love be enough in the end to stop Greer seeking revenge? Will his brothers be a help or a hindrance? All is eventually revealed, and the last chapter was very satisfying. I have adored this series and only wish there was more to read 🙂

Review: Running Wilde by Tonya Burrows

running wildeTitle: Running Wilde

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Waitress Lark Warren

The hero: Ex-Navy SEAL/Wilde Security private investigator Vaughn Wilde

The blurb: Lark Warren can never stay one person for too long, so when her past starts to catch up to her, she hops the first bus out of DC, steals a new name, and goes deep into hiding in New Orleans. Unfortunately, all it takes is the wrong set of eyes to blow her cover. Enter Vaughn—the man she once let too close to her real self.

Ex-Navy SEAL Vaughn Wilde has one objective: drive Lark back to DC to face charges for identity theft—which would be easier if he could forget the three lust-filled weeks he shared with her before she disappeared. With each passing mile, he can’t ignore the heat still sparking between them…or the fact he has led her enemies right to her.

Lark can’t stay with Vaughn, not when it will put him in the crosshairs of the dangerous man she’s spent the last five years running from. But Vaughn is determined to keep her safe—even if it means she’ll run off with his heart all over again.

Standalone or series: This is book four in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: My love for the Wilde brothers continues in book four of the series. This one is about Cam’s twin, Vaughn. He’s the moodiest of the brothers, the one who seems to keep himself hidden the most. He’s been fascinated by the woman who called herself Lark Warren since he met her in Key West, while his family was there for Jude’s wedding. She’d just broken off her engagement to Eva’s (Cam’s wife) ex and ended up spending several weeks holed up with Vaughn, until one day she simply disappeared.

Vaughn is determined to find her. Since she vanished, he’s found out her name isn’t Lark Warren, or any of the half dozen aliases she’s used over the last five years. He doesn’t even know why he keeps looking, but something about her has wrapped around his heart and he can’t rest until he finds her and knows she’s safe.

When a friend calls to say he’s spotted her in New Orleans, Vaughn bolts down there and eventually captures her. He tells her he’s taking her back to DC to turn her in for identity theft, and Lark – or Sage, as she’s now known – begs him not to. Lark is not the only thing he’s got on his mind; he’s found himself accidentally being pursued by the head of a mafia family, who wants him to do a job. Giuseppe Bellisario doesn’t take no for an answer, so between him, Lark, and whomever is after her, Vaughn’s got his hands full.

He eventually finds out Lark’s identity and when Cam gets kidnapped by the person Lark has been running from for so many years, Vaughn finds himself facing an impossible choice – his brother or his lover? I’m not going to spoil it for you because you have to read it for yourself. I’m just going to say this is another fabulous installment in the Wilde Security series and I’m going to miss them when I finish the last book.

 

 

Review: Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows

wilde at heartTitle: Wilde at Heart

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Coffee shop owner Shelby Bremer

The hero: Ex-Army/computer expert/company owner Reece Wilde

The blurb: Reece Wilde put everything in his life on the backburner to protect his brothers and their struggling company, Wilde Security. With a major contract on the line, Reece can’t afford any mistakes…like getting caught in a red-hot, X-rated moment with wild child Shelby Bremer, who’s more trouble than he can handle. Now he’s being blackmailed. Shelby’s mile-long impulsive streak gets her in more trouble than she’d like to admit. Between her sister’s wedding, her coffee shop set on fire, and getting down and dirty with the groom’s brother, things are definitely coming off the rails. With both their careers and their safety on the line, Reece is determined to keep them both safe…even if it means a Vegas-style shotgun wedding.

But gambling on a wild card-and a wild soul-is risky…and sometimes, it can get a guy killed.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Another day, another Wilde brother to fall in love with! This is Reece’s book; he’s the second oldest and the computer geek of the Wilde brothers. Apart from bankrolling the firm, he also has another company that does software for the military. The contracts are drying up, though, so he’s looking for a private investor and has a billionaire interested.

Shelby Bremer is everything Reece is not. She breaks the rules. She dyes her hair lurid colours and has tattoos and piercings. She owns a bird called Poe. She likes to call Reece different candy names, like Hershey. He doesn’t know what it is about her he’s drawn to, but lusts after her he does. She’s off limits, though; not only is she the kind of free spirit that his potential investor would not approve of, she’s also Cam’s wife’s half-sister. Where Shelby goes, trouble follows.

But Reece can’t help himself, and they get up to mischief at the coffee shop – just before someone burns it to the ground. They get out okay, but then Reece receives an email with a compromising photo of him and Shelby and demands for money. Whomever sent it knows he’s trying to attract an investor, and Reece needs this money to not only keep the software company afloat, but also Wilde Security. His brothers are depending on him and he can’t let them down.

It soon becomes clear that blackmail is not the only problem Reece is facing – someone is also after Shelby, and he can’t bring himself to let her face it alone, so he agrees to her crazy plan and they marry in Las Vegas, where they already are for Cam and Eva’s wedding.

They both have secrets, and when Reece tells Shelby his, it blew my mind. My jaw literally hung open! I’ve never seen it in a romance book before and I just loved it – it made me love Reece a thousand times more. It absolutely worked for his character. The identity of the blackmailer and why they’re doing it eventually comes out, as does the real Reece – a computer nerd who’s happy when he’s creating video games. It’s Shelby who frees him to be the man he truly is, and he knows he can’t ever let her go. But will the woman who thinks she’s completely unlovable be able to love him back? Can Reece help her overcome her insecurities, or are they just too different to work together? You’ll just have to read it to find out!

 

Review: Wilde For Her by Tonya Burrows

wilde for herTitle: Wilde For Her

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: Homicide detective Eva Cardoso

The hero: Ex-homicide detective/private investigator Camden Wilde

The blurb: Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: If I thought book one was good, book two was even better! I utterly adored Cam Wilde from start to finish and I suspect he will be my favourite Wilde brother.

Cam used to be a homicide detective and his partner was Eva Cardoso. He’s been in love with her for five years now, a long time, but has never made a move because she’s his best friend and he doesn’t want to lose her friendship. When she agrees to attend his brother’s wedding in Key West as his date, they run into her ex at the bar. Eva and Preston broke up six months previously because she desperately wants something she’s never shared with anyone before, not even Cam: a family. A home. She thought she’d get that with Preston, but when he made it clear marriage was not for him she ended it.

So it burns when Preston turns up with his new fiancee. Eva drinks far too much and when Cam gets her back to her room safely, they end up in bed and have drunken sex. Eva is so freaked out by what’s happened the next morning that she takes off and goes home without even speaking to Cam.

Things are awkward at first, but they soon manage to sort things out somewhat. Cam’s feelings for Eva haven’t changed, and she needs him too much to shut him out of her life completely. She didn’t come from a great childhood – her drug addict mother made things very hard for Eva and her siblings.

Cam’s got other things to be dealing with – someone has taken out a contract on him. He has to involve his brothers, if only because he has an identical twin in Vaughn, and he hates the idea of Vaughn being mistaken for him and getting hurt. When Cam’s informant turns up dead, time is running out for Cam and his brothers to find out who wants him dead.

Eva becomes involved in the investigation because of the dead informant, and she finds herself terrified of losing Cam. Will she finally let down the walls around her heart to give it Cam and trust him not to break it? You’ll just have to read and find out.

Review: Wilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows

wilde nights in paradise.jpgTitle: Wilde Nights in Paradise

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: ADA Libby Pruitt

The hero: Ex-marine/Private investigator Jude Wilde

The blurb: Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL.

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: It’s been almost a year since I started this blog and what better way to end it – and 2018 in general – than by jumping into a series featuring a quintet of hot brothers! Meet the Wildes: Greer, Reece, Camden, Vaughn and Jude. Bonded by the tragic loss of their parents when they were young, they now run Wilde Security, using all their skills as ex-military (or, in Camden’s case, ex-detective) to provide expertise skills to whatever their clients need.

When ex-Marine Jude’s former CO shows up, he knows he’s in trouble. There’s no way that Colonel Elliot Pruitt would be asking for help unless it was serious. His daughter, Elizabeth, now an ADA, is being stalked. While she won’t take the threats seriously, Elliot does and he only trusts one man with the task of protecting Libby: Jude.

Jude wants nothing to do with the case. There’s a very good reason Libby is his ex-fiancee. He broke her heart eight years ago and he’s sure she won’t want anything to do with him. But her stalker’s getting bolder, and to appease her father Libby agrees to go with Jude into hiding. But the forced proximity only goes to prove the sparks between them never died, and Libby doesn’t take much convincing to fall back into bed with Jude. But the past hangs between them because they never dealt with it, and between it and the stalker, will it be too much for them to overcome? Will they find their happily ever after? This is a great start to what promises to be an amazing series – you’ve got sexy brothers, a feisty heroine, some mystery and a whole lot of passion thrown in. Can’t wait to read about the rest of the brothers!

Review: A Merry Christmas with Judy by K. Webster

a merry christmas with judyTitle: A Merry Christmas with Judy

Author: K. Webster

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Teacher Judy Hollister

The hero: Teacher Kent Kaufman

The blurb: Baby Jesus is missing! Miss Holland is certain the surly, mean-spirited Mr. Kaufman has stolen him. So, she sets off on a snowy night to take back the most crucial piece of the school play she’s in charge of.

But when the weather takes a nasty turn, she finds herself stranded with the wicked, yet handsome man. He’s every bit the grouch she’s used to seeing each day at school.

Until he smiles.
Until he laughs.
Until he slowly lets her chip away at the icy pieces of his heart.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Teacher Judy Hollister is leading the school Christmas play, but when she can’t find the plastic baby Jesus for the manger, she’s on a mission to find it. Told by her fellow teachers that Kent Kaufman, the history teacher who never smiles or interacts with his colleagues, has stolen it, she decides to drive to his home that very night and retrieve it.

She’s lucky to make it there in the snow, and when she gets stuck in the snow outside Kent’s house, he comes out to rescue her. He’s not happy with her showing up uninvited; he’s locked himself away from the world since losing his wife and child five years previously. But the beautiful Miss Hollister is making him feel things he hasn’t felt in a long time, and when she’s forced to remain at his home because of the snowstorm that hits, he has no choice but to interact with her. Will Judy finally melt the ice that’s encased his heart for so long?

A sweet Christmas story set in 1967, this novella is perfect if you want something holiday themed that won’t take long to read.

Review: The Naughty List by Jodi Redford

the naughty listTitle: The Naughty List

Author: Jodi Redford

Year of publication: 2011

The heroine: Restaurant owner Lacey McGuire

The heroes: Restaurant owners Ryan Hollister and Bram Colton

The blurb: Makin’ a list, and rocking it…twice.

Perpetual good girl Lacey McGuire has two Christmas wish lists. One suitable for public consumption…and a private one that’s too hot to handle. Right at the top: wild, wicked fantasies about her best buddies and business partners Ryan Hollister and Bram Colton.

Besides the fact they’re both poster boys for Hunks ’R’ Us, they’ve been there for her through thick, thin and the heartbreak of a cheating fiancé. So what if her boys will never know they star in her sexiest daydreams? In her fantasy world, her heart will never get trampled again.

Ry and Bram are pretty sure Lacey never meant to email a list of some of her raunchiest wants. Particularly the one that tightens their shorts—she wants a threesome. With them. Although they’ve loved her for years, they made a pact to keep Lacey off limits in order to protect their friendship. Now all bets are off. And the quest to give her all she wants—and more—is on.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Make Mine a Menage series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Oh, there was nothing about this book I didn’t like. Best friends to lovers? Check. Hot menage scenes? Check. Happy ending? Check. Lacey, Ryan and Bram have been best friends for fifteen years, a little family of sorts. They all own a bar/restaurant together, and they can’t imagine life without each other in it.

When Lacey ends her engagement after finding out her fiance cheated on her, she thinks she’s doomed to never find true love. When one of Bram’s conquests tells her she’s too goody goody to keep a man, Lacey is determined to prove that’s not true. So one night, while tipsy, she writes what she calls The Naughty List. A list of her deepest desires that she’s never told a soul about. Determined to work on it, she emails it to her work account.

Only to find out the next morning she’s accidentally emailed it to one of her mailing lists, on which two of the recipients are none other than her best friends. The two men mentioned by name on the list, because the last thing she wrote was that she wanted to have a threesome with them. What Lacey doesn’t know is that Ryan and Bram have both been in love with her for years, but never dreamed she’d feel the same way.

It doesn’t take long for their friendship to cross the line, and while Ryan and Bram adjust just fine, Lacey has a tougher time with it. She’s afraid of having her heart broken again and is worried it will eventually end with them, so she makes a pre-emptive move. They’re all heartbroken, but can Ry and Bram get Lacey to see she’s making a terrible mistake? Make sure you read and find out!

Review: Screwged by Madison Faye

screwgedTitle: Screwged

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Accounting department employee Noelle Healy

The heroes: Brock Pierce and Seamus Horn

The blurb: They call us ruthless, and cruel. Filthy rich beyond belief, dominant beyond compare, and we run our company with iron fists.

It’s the night before Christmas, but all is not calm. And all sure as hell ain’t right or bright. See, someone’s been skimming from the company piggy-bank, and selling secrets to our rivals.

Not just anyone though. Her.

Noelle Healy. The new hire. The innocently tempting, forbidden little tease who’s been driving us insane in our need to have her… and we will have her.

Dark hair, wild, fierce eyes, and just enough sass in those pouty lips and curvy hips to drive a man wild. Or two of them.

But someone’s been a bad, bad girl this year, and she’s about to find her stocking stuffed with two somethings much harder than coal. We’ve got some heavy bells for her to jingle, and enough mistletoe to last all night.

Christmas might come but once a year, but the two of us are far more frequent than that. And Noelle’s about to unwrap a bah-humbugging she’ll never forget.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: If you want a menage novella that’s fun and incredibly sexy with a twist, then you can’t go wrong with Madison Faye. Set on Christmas Eve, best friends Brock and Seamus are the feared CEOs of their tech and finance analysis firm. They came from nothing and worked hard to make it the success it is, so when they realise someone is committing corporate espionage and stealing from the company, they’re determined to find the culprit and punish them.

Noelle has worked for the company for a couple of weeks, and after interrogating several staff members Brock and Seamus set their sights on her. She’s not only suspicious, but incredibly attractive, and they decide to use a different interrogation method than they did on the others. It turns out that Noelle is only too happy to capitulate to their demands, and what follows is deliciously hot sex in their office. The culprit is eventually revealed, but will Brock and Seamus get their happy ending with the woman of their dreams, or will they have to put her behind bars? You’ll just have to read to find out!

Review: Unwrapping His Mountain Package by Madison Faye

unwrapping his mountain packageTitle: Unwrapping His Mountain Package

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Holly ?

The hero: Ex-military/mob courier Dane ?

The blurb: Outlaw. Soldier. Villain. Hero. Smuggler for the mob. I’m whatever the highest bidder needs me to be, and I don’t ask questions.

That is, until a freak avalanche sends me crashing over a cliff up on Blackthorn Mountain, and I find out what—or who—I’m really carrying.

She’s innocent and tempting—the blonde and beautiful little captive I didn’t even know I had. Legs for days, curves that beg for my rough hands, and a sassy spitfire attitude that gets my pulse roaring.

The mountain blizzard has us trapped. Just the two of us in an abandoned cabin, on Christmas Eve, with nothing but our body heat to keep warm. I know she’s off-limits. I know the mob boss who’s paying me wants to sell her to settle a debt. But once I’ve had a taste of Holly, there ain’t no way I’m letting that happen.

She came to me by accident. But I found her. I unwrapped her. I made her mine.

The storm wants to bury us. The mob wants to take her from me.

But she’s my Christmas miracle. She’s my pretty little present, and I’m going to unwrap every inch of her with my teeth.

She was never meant for me. But now, I’m keeping her all to myself.

Standalone or series: This is book seven in the Blackthorn Mountain Men series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Dane is an ex-military man who finds himself acting as a courier for a local mob boss. He doesn’t know what’s in the cargo he’s delivering and he’s paid enough money not to ask. When he’s transporting the latest shipment in the middle of a snowstorm up the top of a mountain, he’s involved in an accident and his truck topples over the edge. He’s okay, but when he gets out to check the damage, it appears the shipment he was delivering isn’t quite what he expected.

He finds Holly, a beautiful young woman, is the cargo in question. Shoving his anger aside at finding another human being has been sold to pay a debt, he manages to coax her into the cabin of the truck and out of the snow. They’re trapped in there, but Dane is well equipped for such an event – he’s got an extended cabin that’s big enough for sleep, along with several changes of clothes, food, and portable heating.

They settle in for the night, but the next morning it’s clear that there’s something between them and it’s lust at first sight. Holly is a willing participant and it doesn’t take long for them to find another way to keep warm. Eventually, the snow dies down enough for them to make it to a nearby abandoned cabin, where they hunker down until they can go for help.

But the mob boss isn’t about to let his possession go that easy, and Dane will do anything to keep the woman he’s quickly fallen in love with safe. If you love novellas with instalove and hot sex in them, this one’s for you.

Review: Surprise Package by Donna Alam

surprise packageTitle: Surprise Package

Author: Donna Alam

Year of publication: 2018. The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Marketing employee Izzy (Isobel) ?

The hero: Cabinet maker Greg Hamley

The blurb: Technically, I might be breaking and entering. I didn’t come down the chimney, and I’m no Ho (Ho Ho).But I did get my hands on his . . . Surprise Package.

When I arrive at my remote holiday cottage, I don’t expect to find a hot Scotsman in my bed. I also don’t plan on being snowed in with him. He says I have the wrong address—that the cottage is his. But I think there’s another story. One I’m determined to get out of him.

Meanwhile, we’re stuck. Running out of clothes and sharing body heat. Okay, so that’s just wishful thinking. Because the man is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in pajama pants, let alone touched . . .

~*~

I was man-handled in my bed by a hot brunette. I thought Christmas had come early. But then the snow came, trapping us. Good job we get along like a house on fire. Sparks flying. Fingers burned. We’re hot for each other now, but when the snow melts will we find out we’re just too different to make this work?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: If you want a hot, sexy story that will make you want to move to Scotland right now, then this is the book for you! Donna Alam is one of the best romance authors out there and she doesn’t disappoint with Surprise Package.

It’s December and Izzy has made her way from London to a remote cottage in Scotland to attend a friend’s wedding. Her love life is a disaster and her best friend has cancelled on her at the last minute, but promises to make it up to her with a fabulous gift. She didn’t quite expect the gift he bestows upon her to come in the form of the sexy Scottish man she finds naked in her bed, but given the unremarkable way her love life has turned out, she doesn’t kick him out.

Greg insists that Izzy is in his home and there’s been some sort of mix up, but before they can sort anything out a snowstorm hits, leaving them both trapped in the cottage. They try to fight their attraction to the stranger before them, but it doesn’t take long before lust takes over and they’re indulging in the hottest sex either of them has ever had. In between the bouts of sex, they get to know each other better, revealing secrets about their past.

When the storm finally eases several days later, it’s time to return to the real world, but neither of them really want to go. Will their pasts come back to haunt them, ruining any chance they might have of being together? Will Izzy’s secret destroy everything? Can they actually make a relationship work, living in two countries? You’ll just have to read it and find out! Another scorching hot, five star romance from one of my favourite authors.

Review: Faith by Andi Jaxon & AJ Alexander

faithTitle: Faith

Authors: Andi Jaxon and AJ Alexander

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Certified Nursing Assistant Becca Cunningham

The hero: Navy SEAL Justin McMillion

The blurb: Justin – I originally joined the Navy as an escape, to become more than a country farm boy. Being a Navy SEAL turned me into a man, but one without a life outside the military. I thought that was all I needed. Until everyone around began to find their Happily Ever Afters’. I realized my life was missing love, something I’ve been longing for. All it took was one simple letter from home to remind me that everything I ever needed was right there waiting for me.

Becca – Losing the love of your life before he was able to meet his child was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through. I tried to move on with my life, and find a new sense of normalcy with my daughter and myself. One simple holiday act of kindness has set my carefully choreographed life into a tailspin. I could never have guessed writing a simple letter to a deployed sailor would bring us to a place we can finally call ‘Home’ again.

Standalone or series: This is the fifth and final book in the SEAL’ed series. While it can be read as a standalone (as I did), I think it would be better to have read the four previous books first.

The review: This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There was a lot I liked about it – the premise of the story, in which a young woman left widowed while pregnant tries to make a life for herself and her younger daughter in a new state ends up writing to a military man for whom she falls; her daughter, who was amusing and adorable; the hero and heroine’s mutual desire to find someone to come home to, being two lonely people who just want to be loved.

What didn’t work for me, though, was the pacing and structure of the book. It seemed to jump around a bit, and sometimes it was hard for me to work out what was going on. Justin and Becca went from writing to each other on one page to having sex on the next (it ended up being a dream, which is fine, but you couldn’t have known that until it was stated and it completely threw you). Towards the end, you have them both deciding to take a leap of faith, and then suddenly it’s two years later and we never see them actually meet in person for the first time, which I would have loved to see. There seemed to be some timing issues; when Becca first started writing to Justin there were twins (heroines from a previous book) who were eight months pregnant, but then when Becca has been writing to Justin for three months, they’re still pregnant. Some of the dialogue felt unrealistic, and the heroine had no filter on her mouth, which led to her saying some rather inappropriate things. It honestly read more like a new adult book to me with young characters, rather than the age they were meant to be (30s/40s). I think a much stronger edit would have just lifted this book so much; the authors had some excellent ideas, but the execution was lacking for me. Which is a shame, because I love military romances and I did like a lot of things about it. Alas.

Review: Wrong then Right by Jodi Watters

wrong then rightTitle: Wrong then Right

Author: Jodi Watters

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Waitress/Landscape architect Hope Coleson

The hero: Ex-Navy SEAL/Scorpio Securities employee Beckett Smith

The blurb: Hope Coleson is having a doozy of a day. Fired from her waitressing job? Check. Evicted from an apartment with dumpster-front views? Double check. Bedded by a hot stranger with smooth moves and rusty social skills? Triple X check.

And it doesn’t end there. Her life savings has been stolen and she may or may not have a stalker.

Retired Navy SEAL Beckett Smith doesn’t usually make mistakes. Yes, he drinks a six-pack on one too many occasions. Sure, he prefers to communicate at a level only slightly higher than your average poodle. And yeah, he lost his legendary control and slept with his boss’s little sister, taking her virginity.

Only it doesn’t end there. Alcohol isn’t providing the peace he’s seeking and the woman he can’t forget is suddenly parked on his doorstep. Can Beck open his home to Hope, and still keep his jeans closed? If he has his way. Can Hope get Beck into her bed, and still keep him out of her heart? If she has her way.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Love Happens series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Hope Coleson is waitressing at the wedding of Sam Gleeson and Ali Ross (from book one) when she lays eyes on the most attractive man she’s ever seen. She tries not to focus on him, because her horrible boss is watching her like a hawk, but it seems her mystery man has noticed her, too, because he approaches, leaves a card for his hotel room, gives her the room number and tells her to swing by after her shift is done.

Hope is sorely tempted. At twenty five, she is keen to be rid of her virginity. When the temptation is too great, she goes to the hotel room and has amazing sex with the man, whose name she doesn’t know until they’re both naked. She finds out it’s Beckett, but has no idea he works for the company co-owned by her half brother, Asher Coleson.

Hope and Asher share the same father, but are not close. Turns out Hope’s mother was the maid on the Coleson estate, and was having an affair with Asher’s father. His mother knew about young Hope, but she wasn’t ever allowed in the house and her mother used to keep her locked in a tiny room above the garage, something Asher and his father didn’t know. Until one fateful day, when Hope was seven, Asher discovered her screaming after she tipped boiling water on herself.

By the end of the day, both their mothers were dead. Hope was moved into the house and raised by Rosa, the housekeeper, who looked after both the Coleson kids. When Asher refuses to be groomed to take over the Coleson Creek winery empire, Marshall Coleson turns to Hope. But she, too, is not interested, desperate to lead a life of her own.

When the money her father gave her to go to college disappears from her bank account before she starts her final year, Hope is broke and homeless. She spends some nights staying with her best friend, Valentino, but otherwise sleeps in her car. She’s too stubborn and determined to go running back to her father, and she’s not at all close to Asher, who’s a decade older than her. She’s also been getting threatening text messages, which she’s been ignoring.

Hope is drawn to a house in a good neighbourhood that has gorgeous jacaranda tree in the front yard. It’s her dream home. She parks her car there, and is taken aback when none other than Beckett knocks on her car window one morning. It turns out he lives in her dream home, and when he realises she’s homeless he offers to rent her a room.

When Beckett finds out that Hope is Asher’s younger sister, he finds himself in a difficult position. He’s attracted to her, but he can’t risk Asher finding out that he’s been having sex with Hope. Beckett is also fighting his own demons, and he doesn’t think he can commit to a relationship – but will Hope be able to change his mind?

There were so many things I adored about this book. Even though Hope was a virgin, I loved that she wasn’t afraid to tell Beckett what she liked sexually, and was able to take the lead on some occasions. I loved that Beckett was flawed. He carried very real scars that military heroes do. He wasn’t perfect. I loved seeing their story unfold, two people with baggage able to find each other and make it work. Another excellent instalment in a wonderful series.

 

 

Review: Angels of Belle Meade by Lindsey Iler

angels of belle meadeTitle: Angels of Belle Meade

Author: Lindsey Iler

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Lennox Callahan

The hero: Edric Blackthorne

The blurb: We govern with broken wings, using fear and beauty as our weapons.

Through inherited traditions, each of us are born to play individual parts in our reign. In previous years, the transition has been calm.
Until our generation is unveiled.

Newcomers step forward to wreak havoc amongst us. Secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the dark truth of our town is forced into the light.

Townspeople, prepare to meet your judge, jury, and executioner.

We are the Angels of Belle Meade. We’ll be coming for you.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Lennox Callahan lives in a place called Belle Meade. In the public eye because of her mayor father and shunned by her cold-hearted mother, she only sticks around because of her little sister, Sarah. While out one night with her best friends Emerson, Amilee and Dylan in the forest, she runs into Edric, who’s new in town.

She finds herself drawn to him, but her life is thrown into chaos when she finds out, upon her nineteenth birthday, that she’s an Angel. Together with Amilee and Emerson, it is their birthright to dispense justice in Belle Meade. As they learn more about who they are, Lennox finds herself drawn to Edric, who’s got secrets of his own. Eventually, she comes to learn who she really is, why she was born, and what Edric is. His family, the Blackstones, and the Callaghans have long been enemies, but Lennox doesn’t want to fight with Edric. Quite the opposite.

This was a somewhat dark tale with lots going on, and a twist at the end that you won’t see coming that was very nicely done (although it was resolved within a sentence, which felt a bit abrupt). If you love paranormal romance, this book is one for you to put on your TBR list.

Review: Where Bad Boys Are Ruined by Holly Renee

where bad boys are ruinedTitle: Where Bad Boys Are Ruined

Author: Holly Renee

Year of publication: Out now! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Baker Charlie Walters

The hero: Tattoo artist Brandon Hudson

The blurb: I ate leftover cupcakes and cracked macarons for breakfast.

I was ninety percent sure he simply ate up girls like me.

I was covered in paint splatters, cake batter, and sweat the first time I met him. He was covered in badass tattoos and a smile that seemed to hold a secret I would never figure out.

Rule number 1 was never, under any circumstances, fall for the man who I wrote my lease check to. So, I tucked him away in the “Fantasize Only” compartment of my brain and called it a day.

But he didn’t make it easy. He was arrogant, funny, and the biggest flirt I had ever met. Most of the time, I didn’t know if I was just a game to him.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say he was on a mission to ruin my life. And maybe my heart, too.

Standalone or series: Book three in the Good Girls series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Charlie Walters is an adorable heroine. Red hair, green eyes, freckles for days, she’s finally following her dream and opening a bakery. She’s worked hard for years to save for this, and she manages to find an amazing space to rent at a wonderful price.

The building is owned by the men who run the tattoo shop next door, and when Charlie meets Brandon Hudson, the bad boy of the title, she’s instantly attracted to him. But she refuses to admit it to her new friends, Staci and Livy (the latter being the wife of Brandon’s partner, Parker), so they set her up on a blind date with David, who works with Staci’s boyfriend Mason (Livy’s brother).

David is a nice guy, the type of guy Charlie usually dates, but she can’t stop thinking about Brandon. She goes on several dates with David, but when Brandon kisses her on a group date at laser tag, she knows it’s Brandon her heart wants.

Charlie joins the other five on a camping trip, and she and Brandon share a tent and get up to some pretty raunchy stuff in it. They eventually give in to their attraction, and Charlie allows Brandon to pick and give her a tattoo.

There were lots of great moments in this book; Charlie’s mother was amusing, the bakery was cute, Brandon’s nickname of Freckle made me smile, and the sex scenes were pretty hot. But I couldn’t help but wonder why Brandon was constantly dubbed the ‘bad boy’ – he didn’t do anything particularly bad. Sure, he has tattoos and piercings and owns a tattoo parlour, but heroes in this occupation are not uncommon in romance books. Brandon was actually a nice guy, so no bad boys here.

Review: Her Obsessed Mountain Man by Parker Grey

her obsessed mountain manTitle: Her Obsessed Mountain Man

Author: Parker Grey

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: College student Ruby Dawson

The hero: Ex-Marine/Bartender Jax Stuart

The blurb: I’ve been obsessed with Ruby since the day I saw her.

I’m rough, rugged, and damaged. Ever since I got out of the Marines, all I’ve wanted is to be left alone on my mountain.

Then, she walked into my bar, ordered a cheeseburger and a cherry coke, and before she took a single bite I was in love. Smitten. Completely obsessed with this beautiful, innocent girl.

But I’m not the only one who’s noticed her. My bar’s also the meeting spot for the Iron Diablos MC — and I’m the only man around here who’ll stand up to them.

And I’ll do anything to protect Ruby and make her mine.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Ex-Marine Jax Stuart works as a bartender at a roadhouse where an MC gang known as the Iron Diablos likes to hang out. He’s not fazed by them and they mostly behave themselves. Besides, Jax lives for the nights that Ruby Dawson walks into his bar. She’s young, beautiful, and he’s a little obsessed with her.

Ruby stops in on the way to see her grandmother, and she loves seeing Jax – although she’d never admit it, because he’s at least a decade older than her and doesn’t give her a second glance. But when one of the Diablos, Viper, takes an interest in Ruby and she turns down his charming invitation to have a sordid encounter with him in the roadhouse restroom, Jax steps in to save her.

Once Ruby leaves, Jax notices Viper slips out soon after and he gets a gut feeling something is wrong. So he follows and saves Ruby from an attack by Viper. The police advise Ruby to lay low for a little while, in case of retaliation from the Diablos, so Jax offers to have her stay with him at his cabin, hidden away. He built it himself and it’s the perfect hiding place.

Forced to remain shacked up together, it doesn’t take long for the sexual tension between the two of them to appear, and they’re soon finding creative ways to occupy their time together. But Viper’s not done with Ruby; will Jax be able to save her again?

This is a hot novella that is perfect for when you want something good to read, but can’t seem to find the time to sit down and read a novel length book.

Review: Shamrock by Janie Crouch

shamrockTitle: Shamrock

Author: Janie Crouch

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Chemical engineer/baker Violet Collingwood

The hero: Ex Green Beret/Linear Tactical employee Aiden Teague

The blurb: Every mission has a price. He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he’s forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.

She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her—let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress—even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to confront their fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Linear Tactical series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Just when you think this series can’t get any better, along comes Shamrock. Aiden Teague is my favourite of the Linear Tactical heroes so far – he’s loyal, protective and caring. An ex-Green Beret who speaks six languages fluently, he’s undercover as an arms dealer, trying to catch a traitor, when he notices something different about one of the scantily clad women at the club he’s in. She looks terrified, and when he spends some time alone with her, he realises she’s being held against her will.

He’s determined to get her out, even if it means blowing his cover, but something happens and he’s not able to get to her in time, which weighs heavily on him. When she’s identified as the younger sister of an ex-Navy SEAL he’s worked with before, Aiden knows he has to save Violet Collingwood because things are not going to get better for her. He and his team are able to extract her safely, but they still don’t know who kidnapped her and why.

After her release, Violet decides it’s time she lives her life the way she wants to. She’s a trained chemical engineer, working for her family’s technology company, but her passion is baking. So she decides to open her own bakery in Oak Creek, and pursue a relationship with Aiden. She makes the first move, which I loved, and it doesn’t take long for them to end up in bed together.

Violet sets up her bakery and hires Jordan Reiss, whom we’ve met in the first two books, as her assistant. Aiden trains her in self defence, and Violet grows stronger in every way possible. She’s a wonderful heroine, one who refuses to wallow in the bad that happened to her, instead choosing to take control of her life and go after what she wants.

Aiden starts to wonder if perhaps their age difference of eleven years is too big a gap, and thinks that perhaps Violet would be better off healing on her own, so he ends the relationship, breaking her heart. But she’s determined to make him see she can still grow as a person with him by her side, and after Violet and Jordan are injured in an incident, Aiden realises he was wrong to walk away.

When the identity of not only Violet’s kidnapper but the mysterious Mr Stellman is finally revealed, it’s such a clever plot twist that you won’t have seen it coming. This book has enough action and mystery to keep those who love romantic suspense happy, and a hot, steamy romance to make your little romantic heart sing – and if you prefer your romances less steamy, there’s a version for you, too!

If this book is any indication of how book four is going to be, we’re in for a real treat. Another five star read from this author.

Review: Reckless by Sybil Bartel

recklessTitle: Reckless

Author: Sybil Bartel

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Art gallery owner Princess Calandra Sophia Paradis Spiros

The hero: Ex-Marine/Bodyguard Damian Tyler

The blurb: Bodyguard.

Escort.

Bad boy.

I didn’t come from the wrong side of the tracks. I was the wrong side. Every cliché you could think of, my family embraced. The only advantage I had was being the best looking out of all my brothers. Except when I joined the Marines, looks didn’t count for shit downrange.

I wasn’t active duty anymore, and working for the best personal security firm in the business, my looks were getting me in more trouble than they were worth. I just didn’t realize how much trouble until a princess from a country I’d never heard of asked for me by name. Her request was simple—me, my gun, four days and five parties. But she recklessly failed to mention one crucial part of the assignment… pretend to be her new fiancé.

Now she was about to find out how reckless a bodyguard could be.

Standalone or series: This is book three of the Alpha Bodyguard series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: The third book in the Alpha Bodyguard series is about Tyler, whom we’ve met in quite a few books set in this universe previously. He’s one of the younger bodyguards on Andre Luna’s payroll, but he’s ex-military and more than capable of doing his job.

When Luna calls Tyler to his residential building to meet a potential new client early one morning, Tyler’s wary – he’s the only employee who even knows where Andre lives, and Andre never meets clients at his home. When Tyler arrives, he lays eyes on the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. She’s well-spoken and regal, and he soon learns why – she is a princess of a small (imaginary) nation near the Greek Islands, but has lived in the US for years.

She goes by Sophia Paradis, her middle and mother’s maiden names, but her first name is Calandra. She tells Andre and Tyler that she needs private security for a function she’s having at her art gallery the next night because she’s wearing expensive jewellery. Andre and Tyler knows she’s lying about why she needs protection, but she won’t be drawn into telling them the truth. Since she’s offering to pay an obscene amount of money for the job, which Tyler needs so he can buy his mother – a woman who raised him and his four brothers alone after his father died in an accident when Tyler was a baby – he accepts the job.

And falls head over heels in love with Calandra, as he calls her after she confesses she prefers her first name. Tyler’s never believed in love at first sight, but that changes when he meets her. By the end of the day, he has gotten the truth out of her about why she really hired him; she has a stalker, whose behaviour is escalating. He’s also managed to break every rule of the job and has sex with her in her office, crossing the line from client/bodyguard to so much more.

Calandra has never really gotten close to people because the one person she loved most – her mother – died when she was a child, and she’s afraid that people are only drawn to her because of her lineage. She’s afraid to let anyone into her heart again, in case she loses them, too. She’s never been with a man before, and Tyler is an attractive hurricane of a man who bursts into her life and claims her as his. He takes her to have dinner with his family, and meeting his mother and four brothers is both charming and hilarious. There’s also the usual appearances of other favourite heroes – Collins, Talon, Dane, Jared, and my Viking, Neil.

The whole book, apart from the epilogue, takes place over a forty-eight hour period so if you’re not a fan of a hero and heroine who fall in love at first sight, this may not be the book for you. But this author is one of my absolute favourites and I always enjoy her stories, and this one is no exception.

Review: Beyond the Rules by Anna del Mar

beyond the rulesTitle: Beyond the Rules

Author: Anna del Mar

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Hacker Nina Leon

The heroes: Ex-Navy SEALs/furniture makers Tanner Vazquez, Aidan Black and Balthazar ‘Zar’ Flint

The blurb: When Nina Leon crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana, she’s fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past, desperately searching for the legendary hacker who can help her defeat the ruthless terrorist stalking her. Instead, she’s rescued by three brave ex-SEALs who will do anything in their power to protect her.

Standalone or series: Book three in the At the Brink series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I bought this book because it sounded intriguing and I’m a sucker for menage/reverse harem romances, although this book is much deeper than many other reverse harem romances I’ve read. Nina Leon is a masterful hacker, one of the best out there. She hacks into government websites and databases, because she’s trying to do good for people who are thwarted by the system.

When she stumbles upon something involving a famous billionaire app developer and she finds herself in danger, she runs to find Ulysses, a hacker known for being one of the best in the business – and one of the most well connected. If anyone can help her expose this guy, it’s Ulysses. But when her plane crashes in rural Montana, she’s rescued by three ex-Navy SEALs, each battling their own demons. They live off the grid, in a house they designed with a furniture shop attached, where they hand make their own pieces.

For her own safety, and because she was injured in the crash, she is forced to stay with them until her foe is captured. She learns they know Ulysses, so she eventually turns over her information to them and they act on it. Nina finds herself instantly attracted to one of them, Tanner, but soon comes to understand that they share everything their lives – their home, their jobs, their shop… and their beds.

Tanner, Aiden and Zar are all drawn to Nina’s feisty spirit, her incredibly smart brain, and her beautiful body. But it’s all or none with them, and so Nina must decide if she can accept being in a sexual relationship with all three of them.

All four characters have burdens to bear, and the weeks and months they spend together means they must adapt and adjust. Yes, there are plenty of sex scenes: Nina with each guy separately and Nina with all three. But there’s more to this complicated and unusual relationship than just the sex; it’s whether they can overcome all the obstacles thrown in their path, including their enemies, PTSD, and a vengeful ex and decide if what they have together is something they want for good.

This is definitely one of the better multiple partner romances I’ve read, and I look forward to enjoying more books from this author.

Review: Vow of Honor by Emma Renshaw

vow of honorTitle: Vow of Honor

Author: Emma Renshaw

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Physical therapist Tatum Rothschild

The hero: Gym owner James Ferris

The blurb: I can’t stand Tatum from the second she walks into the room. Everything about her puts me on edge—from her small delicate curves to the smile that she refuses to lose.

There’s nothing she loves more than to piss me off. She’s infused herself in every part of my life, taking away the silence I crave. I’d walk away if I could. If I hadn’t been shot. If I didn’t need physical therapy. If I could resist her.

I only kiss her to shut her up. I didn’t expect it to turn into the hottest moment of my life with our clothes scattered on the floor. The one-time thing turns into something neither of us expects.

When my guard drops and secrets are revealed, I’ll do anything to protect Tate. We have enemies lurking around every corner.

Will my vow of honor cost me the one thing I can’t live without?

Standalone or series: Book three in the Vow series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: James Ferris doesn’t let people into his life very easily. Growing up in the foster system, he found himself caught up in a bad situation doing low-level work for the mafia in Chicago, alongside the only family he’s ever known – Callan and Braelyn, siblings who were also in the foster system. He found a way to get out by faking his death when a job went wrong, but he’s always regretted leaving Callan and Braelyn behind.

He’s started over in Texas, where he has now created a life for himself under a different name. He owns his own gym, has a small circle of friends he’s loyal to, and more money earned through hard work than he could ever dream of spending. He built a home for himself, but is reluctant to form attachments, especially romantic ones.

When James is shot while protecting Savannah, a woman he considers his sister, he’s frustrated to have to do physical therapy. He’s even more frustrated when the therapist assigned to him is useless, so the moment he finds out he can have another therapist, he asks for the transfer. But when he lays eyes on his new therapist, he doesn’t know what’s hit him.

Tatum Rothschild is everything he’s not: warm, open, happy. She’s like the sunshine to his darkness. Their first couple of therapy sessions are awkward, because they don’t like each other, but the ice starts to thaw. The attraction is there from the beginning, but James is determined not to become involved with Tatum. He’s always looking over his shoulder, knowing that the mafia will find him one day, and he doesn’t want to risk being attached to anyone and putting them at risk.

But Tatum worms her way into his heart, and when he decides to forgo the rest of his therapy sessions so he won’t have to see her and deal with the maelstrom his feelings for her have become, she storms into his gym, demanding to know why he’s stood her up. He takes her into his office and then takes her up against the wall, and it’s scorching hot as they finally succumb.

What follows is a romance between two very different people that is at times sweet, steamy and intense. James can’t stop himself falling for Tatum, and she sees the man inside who just wants to be loved. Wants to feel grounded. Wants a home. James really likes Tatum’s quirky family and she adores his friends.

But when the mafia finally track him down, James has no choice but to do the only thing he can think of to keep Tatum and his friends safe: run. Will she ever see him again? Can they help him finally claim the life of peace he deserves? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.

This is the first book I’ve read by Emma Renshaw, but it won’t be my last. A wonderful story with characters you’ll love and a romance worth fighting for, and my little Harry Potter loving heart just adored the HP references.

Review: Hunky Heartbreaker by Kendall Ryan

hunky heartbreakerTitle: 1001 Dark Nights: Hunky Heartbreaker

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Lawyer Valentina ?

The hero: Distillery owner Duke Wilder

The blurb: Everything’s bigger in Texas.

And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite.

Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with.

When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down.

After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get.

Standalone or series: Part of the 1001 Dark Nights and Whiskey Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is a novella set in the same universe as the book Sexy Stranger, which was about Luke Wilder and Charlotte Freemont. This time, the hero is Duke, Luke’s twin brother (Duke is a nickname). The Wilder twins own a whiskey distillery, and when they’re sued by another company because the logo Duke designed is apparently too similar to theirs, Charlotte calls upon her best friend, Valentina, a lawyer from LA, to help with the lawsuit.

Charlotte warns Valentina Duke’s a bit of a player and Valentina is not the least bit interested, because she’s only there for a week, but when she starts hanging out with Duke she finds she’s not immune to his charm. They go out drinking and dancing one night, and end up in Duke’s bed. Valentina ends up spending most of her week with Duke, and the more she hangs out with him, the more she finds herself drawn to him.

This could easily have been a novel, and it would have been nice to see the relationship unfold a bit more, but given the short length of the story the author did a nice job of portraying two people from very different lives coming together to give love a chance. If you want a quick, easy read, this is for you.

Review: Hard Night by Jackie Ashenden

hard nightTitle: Hard Night

Author: Jackie Ashenden

Year of publication: Out today! The author very kindly sent me a copy to read and review

The heroine: 11th Hour executive Faith Beasley

The hero: 11th Hour owner Jacob Night

The blurb: Made up of former soldiers, the men of the 11th Hour play by their own rules to protect the innocent, capture the guilty, and stay in fighting shape for whatever–and whoever–comes their way . . .

Jacob Night, ex-Black Ops, owner of a billion-dollar security company, and leader of the 11th Hour, spends his life completing dangerous missions for others. But there’s one personal mission he has yet to complete: Finding his missing brother, who was betrayed by the woman he should have been able to trust. But when he finally tracks down his brother’s ex, there’s one surprise: she can’t remember a thing.

Faith has no memory of who she is. She can’t remember life before she came to work for Jacob Night, and she’s not sure she wants to. But when she and Jacob are ambushed by men who have come to kill her for sins she can’t recall committing, she has no choice but to face the past. Yet once she does, and Jacob’s identity–and her own–come to light, they may not survive with their lives intact, let alone their hearts.

Standalone or series: This is the third book in the 11th Hour series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is the third and final book in the 11th Hour series, which I’m sad about because I have enjoyed this series very much. For me, this one was the best of them all. We’ve met Jacob Night before; he’s the elusive owner of the 11th Hour. The only people who have seen him in the flesh up to now is Kellan Blake, very briefly, and Faith Beasley. Faith is Jacob’s right hand, running the business on his command.

Faith is a mystery herself; six months previously, she ended up in hospital with no memory of who she was or what had happened. Jacob turned up to claim her as his cousin and whisked her to his house, where she has lived and worked with him ever since. What she doesn’t know is why – Jacob is looking for his missing brother, and intel has it that Faith was his lover. Believing her to be his best lead, Jacob has her under his protection because someone is out to kill her and he’s waiting for her memory to return so she can lead him to his brother.

He eventually finds out who she is and what she’s done, and when Faith learns the truth she is torn. Torn between knowing the truth about who she really is and fighting the feelings she’s had for Jacob since she met him, together they embark on a journey to find his missing brother and learn whether the attraction they feel for each other is real or just another illusion.

With two leads who are both hiding their true selves underneath the personas presented to the world, undeniable sparks that fly whenever they’re together, and hot, passionate sex they can’t stop having, this book will tick every single one of your romance loving heart’s boxes. Don’t miss this book, or this series.

Review: Next to Me by Jodi Watters

next to meTitle: Next to Me

Author: Jodi Watters

Year of publication: 2014

The heroine: Writer Ali Ross

The hero: Ex-military/Scorpio Securities owner Sam Gleeson

The blurb: A woman on the run.
A man afraid of no one.
A plan as old as time.

Hiding from her violent ex, Ali Ross knows the law can’t help her. She also knows someone like Sam can. Fearing for her life, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her safety, and that includes seducing the sexy soldier next door.
It’s the perfect plan. Until…

A woman falling in love.
A man already there.
A past that won’t be ignored.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Love Happens series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Ali Ross has moved to California to get away from her abusive husband, lawyer Danny. She’s filed for divorce and is in hiding until it is finalised. Fearing for her life, she’s moved to a state she has no ties to and, thanks to an unexpected inheritance, can afford to buy a beautiful house on the beach.

She notices the name of a realtor on a bus stop seat, and when she finds out that Donna has a younger brother who’s ex military and runs a security company, she agrees to buy the house next door to him. Her plan is simple: seduce him so that he’ll keep her safe when the ex finally hunts her down. Ali is terrified he’ll find her after living with his physical, emotional and mental abuse for six years. He’s been able to sweep the abuse under the carpet because of his job, and because he has friends in high places who have aided him.

Ali contacts Sam’s company and tries to speak with him directly, but he fobs her off onto other employees. Grady comes to install a new security system for her and they become friends, but Sam doesn’t realise who she is. They meet on the beach when she’s sitting outside, crying. They talk for a bit, and the next morning Ali invites Sam to join her for coffee. He declines, but then asks if she wants to have a beer with him that night after work.

He turns up at her place, and the attraction they both felt bursts into flames and they end up in her bed, having hot, uninhibited sex. Ali’s plan is working perfectly, but it all starts to fall apart when she realises she’s falling in love with Sam. It’s different to her relationship with her ex, because she comes to realise she was never in love with him. Sam is everything she wants, but she knows he’s going to walk away from her when he finds out about her plan and the fact that she’s lied to him about pretty much everything. When he finds out she purposely bought the house next door to him in order to seduce him and have him keep her safe.

Her worst nightmare occurs on both fronts and Ali finds herself in a terrible position. Will Sam come to her rescue?

This book is a wonderful start to what is an amazing series.

Review: A Wanton Woman by Vanessa Vale

a wanton womanTitle: A Wanton Woman

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Nurse Celia Lawrence

The heroes: Mayor Luke Tate and Walker Tate

The blurb: Celia Lawrence can’t show her face in her conservative, small town. First, she discovered her husband in bed with another man’s wife, and then she witnessed both their murders. While she didn’t pull the trigger, small town gossip is not forgiving and everywhere she goes she is chastised for not being woman enough to keep her straying husband at home. Eager to flee her old life, Celia heads to Colorado as a mail-order bride.

As mayor of Slate Springs, Colorado, Luke Tate is expected to set the example. Their small town is hidden away in a remote mountainous region where few women have the courage or desire to tread. As mayor, it falls to him to test out their newly passed law and share a wife with his brother. The truth is, Luke has no interest in a woman of his own, and agrees to a mail-order bride out of duty, not anticipation.

His brother, Walker, is jaded and hard after the death of his first wife. For Walker, loving again is out of the question. But a man has needs, and he’ll eagerly take his pleasure from their new bride while expecting Luke to provide the tenderness and caring a woman expects.

A marriage based on everything but love should be doomed. But Celia, Luke and Walker discover one thing they have in common: desire. Will that be strong enough to survive the danger that follows Celia from Texas? Will desire be strong enough to teach three broken that sometimes you have to risk everything for love?

Standalone or series: Book one of the Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was one of the best menage books I’ve read! Set in the 1880s, twenty-five year old Celia Lawrence finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage with the town doctor. When she catches him in bed with another woman, she’s stunned by what she sees – sex with John has always been boring and only done to fruitlessly produce a child. She’s watching from the room next door, unseen. So when her husband and his mistress are caught by said mistress’s husband, Celia is shocked to find herself witness to their murders.

After testifying against Neil Norman, he is hung for his crime, but it is Celia who is blamed by everyone – especially Neil’s brother, Carl – for Neil’s demise. Perhaps if she’d satisfied her husband, he wouldn’t have strayed. She’s left with no money (after John willed everything to his nephew) and no job (she was John’s nurse) so she signs up to be a mail order bride.

When she is matched with Luke Tate from Colorado, she flees Texas. When she meets her new husband for the first time, she’s amazed at how attracted to him. But Luke is hiding a secret – as mayor of Slate Springs, he passed a law recently allowing a woman to be wed to two or more men. This is because Slate Springs is snowed in for up to five months a year and the males outnumber the females by ten to one. Since Luke has been such an avid supporter, he feels obliged to be one of the first to adhere to it.

Enter Walker, his brother. A widower, he’s not interested in finding another woman to love, but he’s happy enough to have one to share his bed and bear his child. But when he lays eyes on Celia, that all flies out the window. Still, it takes Walker longer to accept this is not just a marriage in name only.

Celia takes the news that she is wed to both men remarkably well, and since she can’t get the vision of her husband and his mistress out of her mind, she wants to know what passionate sex is like. So she’s an eager participant, ready to learn. But when the past comes back to haunt her, Celia may very well never truly find out what it’s like to be in a loving relationship.

The author did an excellent job of portraying characters true to that time. I adored the relationship between the three leads and the sex scenes were incredibly hot. If you love menage, you’re going to want to read this book.

Review: Sharing Samantha by Madison Faye

sharing samanthaTitle: Sharing Samantha

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Programmer Samantha McCue

The heroes: Business owners Reece Jackman and Gavin ??

The blurb: We’ve always hated Thanksgiving. After all, growing up rough and untamed on the streets taught us one thing: there isn’t much in this life to be thankful for. And nothing comes for free unless you take it.

We’re trying to lie low at a prick of a business associate’s holiday party. But when she walks into our world, we know we’ve found something to make more than our stomachs growl.

Fiery red hair, sharp green eyes, pouty lips all full of sass and sweetness, and very much in need of rescuing from her asshole ex. She’s wrong on every level—too innocent, too good for two rough-and-tumble men like us. That and we’re supposed to do business with her entitled, awful family.

But one look at Samantha McCue, and we’re hooked, obsessed. One taste, and trust me when I say we will be coming back for seconds.

Because there’ll be some stuffing on this holiday table all right. And plenty of cream for that sweet pie. It’s the season of giving, after all … and between us both, we’ve got plenty to give her.

F*ck being “forbidden”. For once in our lives, we’ve found something to be thankful for.

And we’ll be damned if we let anyone take her from us.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: The one thing you can be guaranteed when you read a book by Madison Faye is that it will be smoking hot, and Sharing Samantha doesn’t disappoint! This Thanksgiving themed novella has Samantha at her loathed stepmother’s house for the holidays, only because she’s recently unemployed and guaranteed a decent meal. Her equally loathed and incredibly sleazy stepbrother, Martin, is also present, so when Samantha’s ex turns up engaged to the woman he cheated on Sam for, she’s ready to split.

That changes when she is rescued from the most awkward of situations by a hot stranger, whom she later finds out is Reece. Reece and his best friend, Gavin, are there to suck up to Martin. They have a company that provides algorithms to hedge funds to help with trading and acquisitions. Martin’s company has been dangling a potentially big contract in front of them for the last month, so they’re doing their best to ignore their dislike for the man because this contract will be the break their company needs

That goes out the window when they see Samantha, though. She’s perfect. Later that night, she decides to hop into the hot tub attached to the side of the house. She thinks Reece is the man in it, and since they shared some hot kisses earlier she decides to be bold and make a move. It turns out to be Gavin, however, and after she gets past her initial shock and Reece arrives, the fun and games begin.

The three of them spend the night together, and when Martin catches them in the act Reece and Gavin decide he’s not worth it, so they walk out – and take Samantha with them.

Another fun and easy read! If you love menage that’s focused on the heroine, you’ll enjoy this.

 

 

 

Review: T-Bone by Vanessa Vale

t-boneTitle: T-Bone

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Store owner/heiress Ava Carter

The heroes: Ranch owner Tucker Duke and ranch foreman Colton Ridge

The blurb: Tucker Duke is a cattle rancher, but they don’t call him T-Bone because of his steaks. And Colton Ridge? Prime cut. They’re looking for a woman to share, to get between them and give her a double helping of big beef.

Ava Carter might be the new owner of the Raines Seed and Feed, but that doesn’t mean she’s tough as nails. She’s definitely tough and has nails that are freshly manicured. When two hot cowboys set their sights on her, she realizes she doesn’t stand a chance. Why should she?

Standalone or series: Book two in the Grade-A Beef series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is book two in the Grade A Beefcakes series, and the Duke family is back for more action. This time it’s Tucker, younger brother of Landon from book one, and his best friend Colton who are in lust with Ava Carter, best friend of Landon and Jed’s girlfriend, Kaitlyn. The Duke boys like to share their women with their best friends, it seems, so all the books are M/F/M, with the woman at the centre of the relationship (there’s no M/M action).

Ava is interested in both men and she knows they want a ménage relationship, something she’s not averse to, but she wants to make sure she’s in it for the long run. Her billionaire father wants her to marry his right hand man, who’s a jerk, and Ava ran from him – and his money – to start her own life. She finally succumbs to her feelings for Tucker and Colton, and they go with her to confront her father after she finds out he’s been having her followed. He tells her why she must return to the business and marry the man he chose for her, but Ava stands her ground, even after she learns the truth. She makes it clear that her relationship with the two men is not casual and isn’t afraid to walk away again to continue leading the life she wants with the two men she loves.

If you love ménage romances with lots of hot sex scenes, this series is definitely for you.

Review: Tequila Tequila by Emma Hart

tequila tequilaTitle: Tequila Tequila

Author: Emma Hart

Year of publication: Released this week! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Bartender Aspen Camden

The hero: Builder Luke Taylor

The blurb: Don’t sleep with your best friend.

Take it from me. I did it. And it was awful. I-wish-the-tequila-made-me-forget kind of bad.

The problem is, Luke has forgotten. He swears that he can’t remember a thing about that night beyond the trays of tequila shots being set on the tables.

Except I can’t forget. I can’t forget how good his hands felt until I fell over and hit my hip on the dresser, and I sure as hell can’t forget the entire two minutes of tap-tap-squirt.

Awkward. Embarrassing. And the new subject of a couple of dirty lucid dreams.

But I have no intention of telling him what we did. Nothing good comes from telling your best friend he’s the worst guy you’ve ever slept with. Which makes the tequila on my birthday a very, very bad idea…

Standalone or series:  Standalone

The review: Aspen and Luke have been best friends since they were five. Twenty years later, they make it back to Aspen’s place after a night out where they’ve drunk far too much tequila, and then end up having sex. Really bad sex that was over before it began.

The next morning, Aspen thinks that Luke doesn’t remember any of it, so to avoid the inevitable awkward conversation she pretends it never happened. Except she can’t stop thinking about it, and she finds herself wanting to know what it would be like if they were both sober.

It turns out Luke does remember every moment of it, but he thinks Aspen has forgotten it and he’s doing the exact same thing. Trying to forget it. Wondering what it would be like if they were sober.

They spend an awkward couple of weeks pretending to forget, until it eventually slips out and they both realise neither of them forgot about it. And when they can’t stop dreaming about each other, they decide that they will do it again, completely sober, and get it out of their systems.

But once they have sex properly, it’s so good that neither of them wants to stop. But they’ve been so close for so long that they have to decide whether it’s worth risking their strong friendship – what if it doesn’t work out?

Luke’s mother is Mexican, so he has an Abuelita (grandmother). She may be tiny but she is fierce. She’s spent years trying to fix Aspen up with one of Luke’s numerous cousins so Aspen will be part of the family. The scenes with Abuelita are hilarious, and Luke’s entire family is crazy.

When Aspen and Luke decide to start dating, she tells him she won’t put out for him, but caves on the second date. Eventually, they realise that they like dating – and having sex – very much. But can they make it work for good? You’ll have to read it and find out.

Best friends to lovers is my all-time favourite romance trope, so I was keen to read this and it didn’t disappoint!

Review: Cold Cole Heart by K. Webster

Cold Cole Heart FRONT ONLYTitle: Cold Cole Heart

Author: K. Webster

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Natalie Dusana

The hero: Cole Heart

The blurb: I once was a hero. Until she kept me as her captive, tortured me, and killed my brothers.

She bred a monster.

Nothing could stop me from seeking revenge. But it was over so quickly—her easy death a mercy she didn’t deserve.

For a decade, the burning rage of what she did has transformed into something uncontrollable. Something I want to feed. Something I crave to unleash.

I want to make her pay. Over and over and over again.

Finding the evil, spoiled women sates my ravenous, vengeful soul. I hunt. I capture. I destroy. Slowly. So slowly. One, two, three, four, five… And now six.

I’m wicked and sadistic. I am Cold Cole Heart. My mission is death and their payment to me has come due.

Number six thinks she is different. Yet when I look at her, I see them. She will pay. They always do.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Ten years ago, Captain Cole Heart and his team were captured by Egyptian royalty. The woman, Anta, and her brother held them hostage. Beat, assaulted, starved and tortured them until they died, one by one. Of the six SEALs captured, only Cole Heart survived. He managed to escape and slay them all, including Anta.

In the present day, Cole is suffering from severe PTSD. He is made to see a psychiatrist, whom he is having sex with, and he’s able to slip out of her office and stalk women. He sees Anta everywhere; she lives inside other women, and he will have his revenge on her. She died too quickly by his hand; he never got to torture her, like she did him.

He’s already kidnapped, assaulted, murdered and buried five women in the backyard of his secluded home, one for each of his lost brothers. He just needs one more, for him. When he spots her, the woman who looks like Anta, he stalks her for a few months. Eventually, he manages to coax her into his van, where he drugs her.

Twenty-year-old Natalie Dusana has gone from one nightmare to another. Her late mother was a famous actress and left Natalie everything in her will, but after her murder Natalie was taken in by her uncle. When he dies, his adopted son, Alan – Natalie’s cousin – decides he wants the money for himself, so he keeps her prisoner, coaxes her into a sexual relationship, and then turns on her, abusing and violating her. He’s a successful lawyer, looking to be a politician, so nobody will believe Natalie if she goes for help. She tells herself she can make it to her birthday, and then she’ll take the money and run.

But unfortunately for poor Natalie, she’s been taken by Cole. He tells her from the beginning he’s a monster who will kill her, but she knows from her years of living with Alan’s abuse that her best chance of survival is to placate him. She realises pretty quickly that Cole is traumatised, suffering from delusions, and she’s so relieved to be away from Alan that she doesn’t want to run from Cole.
Over time, they form a relationship. One of dependency and desperation to be loved and accepted for who they are, despite their demons. Because of Alan’s standing in the community, however, Natalie’s kidnapping has become a focus of the FBI and they eventually track Natalie and Cole down.

What happens next is something I did not see coming, and when you realise what’s going on, you’ll be cheering for Cole to make good on his promise to find Natalie and get her away from Alan. There is an epilogue set years down the track, so you get to see what happens to them all in the end.
This book has very dark themes that could trigger, so it may not be for everyone, but if that doesn’t bother you and you enjoy dark books, this is a really good one.

Review: Double Bosses by Parker Grey

double bossesTitle: Double Bosses

Author: Parker Grey

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Legal secretary Jenna McAlister

The heroes: Lawyers Kade Chandler and Lawson Marshall

The blurb: They’re rich, powerful, and alpha af. And they like to share.

Kade and Lawson are powerful, demanding, and they always get what they want.

In the courtroom. In the office. And in the bedroom.

What they want? Me. Their secretary. Even though I’m innocent and virtually untouched. Even though I work for them, and it’s absolutely against company policy.

Even though there’s two of them. There’s no way I should give into their rough, rugged demands – both my bosses at once? But then again, maybe I could do with a little overtime…

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Best friends Kade and Lawson work for the same law firm and have just made partner. They share a new secretary, the sweet and innocent Jenna. They’ve been known to share their women in the past, and when Jenna starts working for them, they’re both strongly attracted to her.

Jenna thinks both of her bosses are hot, but never in a million years does she think they’d ever be anything but professional towards her – but then one day, they make it clear they’re interested in her, and that they want to share her. She’s unable to resist them, and so begins a torrid, risky romance. If they get caught in the office, they’ll all be fired.

When a client worth a lot of money to the firm demands Kade and Lawson go to London to help with their case, they’re annoyed because it means they’ll be away from Jenna – until they’re told she’s to go with them to take notes for the legal firm. So they put their plan of claiming Jenna as their own into action, and it begins on the plane in the first class cabin.

This book is full of hot sex scenes and the attention is all on Jenna, so if you love well-written ménage, you’re going to love this book. Don’t miss it!

Review: Tailor Made by Tasha Lewis

tailor madeTitle: Tailor Made

Author: Tasha Lewis

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Artist/event planner Rayleigh (last name not revealed)

The hero: Escort/financial adviser Mason St. Clair

The blurb: Rayleigh
Dating, who has time for that? Between working and my art, I have room for nothing else. That is until my best friend sets me up on Tailor Made: a website where I can design the perfect guy and my dream date. Crazy? I thought so too. Until he shows up and proves me wrong. It’s supposed to be just one night of fun, but in my life, things rarely go according to plan.

Mason
Working at Tailor Made is the perfect arrangement: all the perks of dating without the commitment. Between school, two jobs and raising my sister, I don’t have time for relationships, nor the demands that come with them. Then a client books me for a night out and I know, one night will never be enough. What’s supposed to be a simple date, just a job, flips my world upside down.

Sometimes the perfect fit comes along when you least expect it.

Standalone or series: First in a series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Tailor Made is a charming, sweet debut from Tasha Lewis. When Rayleigh’s wealthy best friend, Kat, decides to prove to her that not all men are jerks by setting her up with an escort, Rayleigh is reluctant to play along until she sees that Tailor Made is not quite what she expected. The client gets to pick the man, his name, what he will wear and what type of date they’ll have. Their time together will go for a maximum of three hours and there’s no sex allowed.

Rayleigh settles on Mason, whose aunt runs Tailor Made. He’s doing it to save money for his younger sister, who’s still in high school, so she can go to college. They lost their parents some years ago, and Mason put his life on hold to care for Shelby, who is a bookworm after my own heart. Rayleigh decides to call her date Robbie, and wants a candlelit dinner. But when Mason comes to pick her up for their date, he sees some artwork she has done on the walls of her apartment, and on a whim he asks if she’s willing to let him take charge of their night.

Instead of a formal dinner, Mason takes her to an amusement park, where they have an amazing night together. They talk about themselves and really connect. They watch the stars together, eat ice cream, and then Mason kisses her, even though that’s against the rules. It seems clear to both of them that there is a spark between them, but since Mason feels obligated to meet his contract to his aunt, he doesn’t want to date Rayleigh while he has other dates as an escort.

Rayleigh really likes Mason, but she’s juggling a lot on her plate, too. Her father was involved in an accident and is left unable to work, so her mother cares for him and her little brother, Rayleigh helping where she can. She works for the boss from hell, who fires her after Ray organises a successful event, and the loss of her job gives Ray the push she needs to pursue her art full time. She manages to find a gallery who offers her an in-house job and is willing to display her art, and finally she takes the steps needed to make her dreams come true.

But her heart wants Mason, too. And she feels like he’s slipping away because of his job, despite their attraction to each other. Can they work things out so they can move forward with their relationship, or will Rayleigh lose Mason forever? This is a tame romance where the hero and heroine do nothing more than kiss, so if you prefer your romances to be less steamy, you’ll love this one.

 

 

 

Review: Have A Heart by Jodi Watters

have a heartTitle: Have A Heart

Author: Jodi Watters

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Interior designer Tessa Johns

The hero: Navy SEAL Jason Reynolds

The blurb: A runaway bride, searching for happily ever after. A Navy SEAL, who doesn’t believe in such things. A bar, in the middle of nowhere, and fate, who’s been awaiting this day.

Tessa
When I left my groom at the altar, I didn’t care where I went, or who I met along the way.
When I walked into a roadside bar in Nowhere, California, I wasn’t planning on staying.
When I sat down beside Jason Reynolds, I had no idea who he really was.
My world turned upside down.
Now all I want to do is save him.

Jason
I tried to ignore her. The beautiful train wreck who’d crashed my pity party.
I tried to fight temptation. Her sweet smile and smart mouth threatened my misery.
I tried to walk away. My blackened soul didn’t deserve her bright, hopeful light.
My team calls me Tin Man for good reason.
Love has no place in my life.

Standalone or series: This is book four in the Love Happens series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I’m not sure that I can write a review that will do this book justice, but I’m going to try. For me, the perfect book is one that you can get lost in. Where you meet characters who claim your heart, have you laughing, drive you crazy and make you cry. A book where, long after you close the last page, you’re still thinking about it. Still thinking about them, the hero and heroine who sucked you into their world.

This book is everything and more. Tessa and Jason stole my heart with their amusing first encounter, their unconventional romance, their witty and wicked dialogue, and the way their lives were so indelibly linked. There were so many things to like about this story. Our heroine, Tessa, has done a runner from her wedding to an incredibly boring man after she finds him having sex inside the church rectory half an hour before they are due to exchange vows. She decides to treat herself to a week in Palm Springs to get over it, only to have her car break down in the middle of Nowhere, a small town in the Californian desert.

She stumbles upon Jason in the town’s only bar, where she proceeds to spill her guts and get drunk. Jason is intrigued by this hot mess of a woman and is attracted to her, but he’s not going to take advantage of her in her current state. After hearing her tale of woe and making sure she gets to a room at the local motel safely (which happens to be owned by his aunt), he leaves her to sleep it off. Tessa finds herself strangely bereft when she wakes the next morning, but Jason hasn’t gone far.

They then proceed to spend the day together, exchanging some of the best dialogue I’ve ever read. Alternating between playful and fun to downright dirty, it’s clear there’s a spark between them. When they can no longer deny their desire for each other, they give in to temptation, and their coupling is so hot it’s a wonder the pages didn’t catch alight.

Jason has already set the wheels of retirement from the Navy in motion, so he’s due to finish up in three months. He already has a new mission: he wants to track down the woman who has been writing to him once a year since he was a child. He lost his father in a violent crime, and every year her letter shows up like clockwork. Her letters are what have given him strength to get through the years sometimes, and he wants to find her in person and see if they might have a future together.

But the latest letter from Matilda has been left unopened since he met Tessa. For the first time ever, a woman has piqued his interest and made the heart he no longer believed he had beat faster. He’s known as the Tin Man for a good reason, but this redheaded whirlwind of a woman might change all that, if he lets her in.

Jason has made it clear there is no future for them, but Tessa finds herself in love with him anyway. The night before she leaves Nowhere, they have unprotected sex and she tells him she’ll let him know if she’s pregnant. She’s not bothered by the notion of creating a little human with this man, and the scenes in which she does the pregnancy tests are cleverly ambiguous, so you don’t actually know if she is pregnant or not for a couple of chapters.

When Jason’s out the military for good, he already has a job lined up with a security firm, but he can’t stop thinking about Tessa. So he seeks her out and they see if maybe that spark is still there. When they decide to try and make something of their relationship, it’s threatened when Jason discovers a secret about Tessa. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are a few twists that were so brilliantly done it left me speechless.

But the love they have for each other turns out to be deeper than any secrets which could tear them apart, and the epilogue was so touching that I cried. I don’t cry much reading books, but this was so heartfelt and beautiful that I couldn’t help it. I also adored Jason’s nickname for Tessa: bud. He started calling her bud (short for buddy) just after they met, in an attempt to keep her at arm’s length and remind them both they’re just friends, but it became oddly endearing to have him call her that, even when they were a couple. This book will stay with me for a very long time, and if you give it a read, it will stay with you, too.

Review: Merciless by Sybil Bartel

mercilessTitle: Merciless

Author: Sybil Bartel

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Brooke(lynn) Barrone

The hero: Ex-Marine sniper/bodyguard Garrett Collins

The blurb: Bodyguard.

Mercenary.

Gun for hire.

I didn’t care what you called it, the end result was always the same.

You paid me for a job, you got results. The Marines trained me to shoot, but life taught me to aim. Working for the best personal security firm in the business was a stepping stone. Put in my time, build the resume, then move on. I didn’t do attachments, on any level.

Until a smoking-hot former one-night stand crossed the street in front of me, holding hands with a kid who was my spitting image. She tried to play it off, deny he was mine. She said she didn’t even remember me, right before she picked her kid up and ran. She thought she’d made a clean escape.

But she was about to find out how merciless a bodyguard could be.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Alpha Bodyguard series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I have never come across another romance author who can create alphas quite as well as this one. Sybil’s alphas are hot, unrelenting, bossy and dominating. I found Collins to be a little softer around the edges than his fellow bodyguards, but that made him all the more endearing.

The story starts three years ago. Collins is back in Miami for twenty-four hours to see his ailing mother and he drops in to see a friend, Dax Tyler, (the brother of the Tyler who stars in the next book, Reckless) at his bar. It’s there he meets Brookelynn, a homeless, bruised young woman who Dax found going through his garbage. He gave her a job and some food, but she doesn’t talk much.

Collins finds himself intrigued by the woman, and when they hear a loud crash out back, they race out to find her surrounded by shattered glass and injured. It’s clear that she’s being abused by someone, but Brookelynn refuses to tell him anything. Despite the fact he’s about to be shipped out again, he follows her after she leaves the bar and sees she’s staying in some seedy motel and using a rusty bike to get around.

He eventually coaxes her into coming to his condo for a meal, and they end up in bed together. Collins will only be gone for another three months, so he offers her his condo and asks her to stay. To wait for him. However, during the night, the man Brookelynn was running from shows up at Collins’s condo, and Brookelynn feels she has no choice but to go with the man she’s been trying to escape for years – but not after taking the keys to Collins’s car.

Collins is determined to find Brookelynn, and he spends the next year looking. Not even Andre Luna can locate her. She’s a ghost. He tries to forget her, but can’t. Three years later, Collins has left the Marines and is working for Andre in Miami. He’s on assignment one day when he literally walks straight past her – and this time, she’s not alone. She has a small child with her. A child who looks exactly like Collins did at the same age.

Now that Collins has found Brookelynn again, he’s not going to let her go – especially now he knows they have a son. He manages to find out Brookelynn has been living with a man who is known for money laundering for a powerful cartel, and this is the man she was running from when he first met her. Getting her away from Nathan Lewis isn’t going to be easy, but Collins isn’t going to leave his son and the woman he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for three years in harm’s way. Oh, he’s plenty annoyed with her, but when he realises the situation she and their son are in, he knows he has to get her out.

With the help of the always cheerful and flirty Talon, the gorgeously dominant Neil, and a few other familiar faces, Collins manages to extract Brookelynn and their boy safely – but not before he is mortally shot. Once he recovers from his injuries, he stays with them in a safe house where he and Brookelynn must decide if they have something between them worth fighting for.

This book has all the hallmarks of Sybil’s delicious writing – hot bodyguards, strong women, incredibly hot sex scenes, and two characters who have a connection that runs deep. Another fantastic book.