Review: The Negotiation by Tyler Anne Snell

the negotationTitle: The Negotiation

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

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

The heroine: School teacher Rachel Roberts

The hero: Police Captain Dane Jones

The blurb: She’s fighting for her life. He’ll risk everything to keep her safe.

When Rachel Roberts is nearly abducted, she makes a panicked call to the one man she can trust. Lawman Dane Jones will do anything to protect his best friend’s widow. Plagued by the guilt he bears over the man’s tragic death and his undeclared love for Rachel, Dane must confront his past in order to stop a madman. Their lives—and their futures—depend on it.

Standalone or series: This is the sixth and final book in the Protectors of Riker County series, but it can be read as a standalone.

The review: Seven years ago, a truck full of prisoners being transported were taken hostage, along with two prison guards. One of those guards was David Roberts, beloved husband of Rachel and best friend of Dane. Dane tried desperately to implement a plan to get David out safely, but the hostage situation came to a tragic end.

Rachel Roberts not only lost her husband that day, but also a good friend in Dane. She never blamed Dane or his colleagues at the Sheriff’s office for what happened, but Dane was so wracked by guilt at losing his best friend that he withdrew from Rachel’s life. Seven years on, they’re virtual strangers, something that saddens them both.

Rachel is suddenly thrown back into Dane’s life when she and one of her students, Lonnie, are almost kidnapped at the school while Lonnie is serving detention. Rachel calls the only man she trusts to help her – Dane – and he comes to her rescue without hesitation or question. Rachel’s smart decision to make the kidnappers think she and Lonnie have escaped outside the building they were chased into while they actually hide means that they’re safe when Dane arrives at the school, but it’s only the start. Someone wants Lonnie and Rachel, and Dane has to find out why before they’re taken.

When Dane is directly threatened by the group who killed the hostages seven years previously he, Rachel and Lonnie are all taken to safe houses. While Dane and Rachel are holed up together, Rachel finally asks the question she’s wanted the answer to for so long: why did Dane leave her? And she finally gets her answer… yes, he felt guilt. But he’s also hiding a secret, and once he finally tells Rachel the whole truth, she knows it’s not just friendship she feels for him.

The kidnappers make several attempts and finally succeed in snatching Rachel, but Dane is not going to lose the woman he loves again, so he’s prepared to do anything to get her back. Eventually, Dane and Rachel come face to face with the criminal who stole the man they loved from them and they learn why Lonnie and Rachel were targeted. Once the battle is over, they’re ready to face a life together.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to hug a hero as much and so often as I did Dane, although I also wanted to tell him he was an idiot for keeping his secret for so long! Rachel was a great heroine, using her brain and showing tremendous courage to keep Dane and Lonnie safe. Although her life was marred by sadness, she was willing to give love another chance, and it was wonderful to see it pay off. Another great read from this author 😀

 

 

 

Review: The Deputy’s Baby by Tyler Anne Snell

the deputy's babTitle: The Deputy’s Baby

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

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

The heroine: Police dispatcher Cassie Gates

The hero: Deputy Henry Ward

The blurb: As the newest deputy in town, Henry Ward is hoping to escape painful memories. Then a rain of bullets brings his history rising up again, throwing Cassie Gates directly into his path. He hasn’t forgotten their night together, seven months ago. And now that he’s seen her–pregnant with his child–Henry knows he’s fighting more than his past. He’s fighting for his future.

Standalone or series: Book five of the Protectors of Riker County series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: There have been some incredibly good books coming out in the Intrigue line as of late, and this is one of them. In the prologue, Henry Ward is at a bar the night before a job interview when he helps Cassie Gates out of an awkward situation. Their attraction is instant and white-hot, and they end up spending the night together, not something either of them would usually do.

Seven months later, Henry has taken up a new job as a deputy. Life has been hard as of late; he lost his partner and the man he considered his best friend and brother in an undercover operation a year ago. He’s moved interstate to start anew, and the beautiful blonde he spent the best night of his life with is never far from his thoughts. She gave him her number, but due to circumstances he never got around to calling her, even thought he desperately wanted to.

He’s settling in to the new job when he meets the police dispatcher who’s been on leave… and it’s none other than the woman who has been haunting him for the last seven months. As if being face to face with Cassie again isn’t surprising enough, it’s not long before he realises she’s pregnant. With his son.

Before Henry and Cassie can even begin to bridge the gap the last seven months has put between them, the entire police department is put under siege. Someone has a vendetta not only against Henry, but the entire department. Every time Henry and Cassie try to take a moment to talk, something else happens! The action doesn’t let up in this book for a moment, and it will keep you awake long into the night because you’ll have to keep turning the pages.

What made this book such a delicious read was the rich layers the author created. I wanted to know about the magical night Henry and Cassie spent together when their son was conceived. I wanted to know how the major twist played out and why the villain was doing it. I wanted to know more about Henry, such a charming and likeable hero. I wanted to know more about Cassie, a gutsy heroine who didn’t back down from a fight and was prepared to give as good as she got to protect her loved ones, especially her child and his father. I wanted to know more about the supporting characters, especially the sheriff and his chief deputy (Billy, whose book is Small-Town Face-Off and Suzy, whose book is Loving Baby – both of which I have, but haven’t read yet). In between the non-stop action was a beautifully nuanced romance, so nicely done and so wonderfully textured. You could feel the magnetic pull between Henry and Cassie as though you were actually watching it play out in front of your eyes, and that’s something that doesn’t often happen.

This is definitely one of the best romance books I have read, period. Don’t miss it. And let’s take a moment to stare at that gorgeous cover, shall we? One of the best Intrigues, hands down 😀

Review: Suspicious Activities by Tyler Anne Snell

suspicious activitiesTitle: Suspicious Activities

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: 2016

Year of publication: Intrigue

The heroine: Security firm owner Nikki Waters

The hero: Security expert/bodyguard Jackson Fields

The blurb: As the newest member of Orion Security, Jackson Fields had a lot to prove. But he never expected his first assignment would force him to break every rule in the employee handbook. Nikki Waters has always put her clients’ protection first…until a nightmare from her past resurfaces. Now Jackson must protect his boss to keep her life’s work from crumbling. She’d headhunted Jackson for his raw talent, and is counting on his determination to make sure she lives another day. He has every intention of keeping her safe—especially when his protective detail turns from professional to personal in the blink of an eye.

Standalone or series: The fourth in the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I enjoyed this book. Of the two Orion Security books I’ve read, I think I liked this one more because I adored Jackson. He was a really interesting character. He’s been shunned by the world at large because his father was a cop killer and very few people are willing to give him a chance. He’s used to being abused by cops over what his father did.

Nikki is willing to give him a chance when Jonathan, one of the three men loyal to Nikki, recommends him for a job at Orion Security. Jackson has to hit the ground running when Nikki’s life is threatened by her former boss, Andrew. Nikki, Oliver Quinn (book one), Mark Tranton (book two) and Jonathan Carmichael (book three) all worked for another security firm that only took on rich clients. One day, a scientist named Morgan Avery came in and begged for a bodyguard because she felt her life was in danger; she had won a prestigious job in London and a lot of other scientists were angry. Nikki, Jonathan, Oliver and Mark all wanted to help (Nikki was Andrew’s secretary) but Andrew refused because Morgan had no money. When Morgan was murdered, Nikki let slip to a reporter what Andrew had said and when it came out in the media, Andrew was fired and his reputation was in tatters. Nikki left the company and decided to form her own security firm, which wouldn’t discriminate against any client because of their financial situation, and Jonathan, Oliver and Mark followed her.

It’s been five years, but Andrew has not forgotten about Nikki and blames her for ‘stealing’ the three security experts from him, as well as the loss of his job and reputation. So he’s going to make her pay with her life. He hires a group of men to murder her, and when everyone realises what is happening Jackson is tasked with protecting Nikki until they can catch Andrew.

What follows is a whirlwind of cat and mouse as Nikki and Jackson do their best to avoid the hitmen and stay alive. They’re attracted to each other, but given they are boss and employee neither of them wants to take it further. When Nikki punches a cop who is abusing Jackson for his father’s actions, he can’t help but kiss her. In between all the craziness, they manage to find time to make out a couple of times, although, like the previous book in the series I read, the hero and heroine do nothing more than kiss. I really loved Jackson; he had a quiet strength to him that was incredibly appealing. Worth a read.

 

 

 

Review: Full Force Fatherhood by Tyler Anne Snell

full force fatherhoodTitle: Full Force Fatherhood

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Kelli Crane

The hero: Bodyguard Mark Tranton

The blurb: Mark Tranton thought his bodyguard career ended the day he watched a client die. Now Kelli Crane—the widow—needs Mark to keep her and her little girl safe. Mark swears he’s not the man for the job, but when the vulnerable beauty is attacked, there’s no way he can deny the woman he failed two years before.

Being around Kelli again stirs something in Mark he could never admit. And spending time with her daughter makes him long to be more than just their personal protectors. But digging into the past riles someone who won’t rest until Kelli pays the ultimate price. Mark refuses to allow that to happen. Even if he has to sacrifice their newly discovered happiness to keep her out of the line of fire.

Standalone or series: Book two of the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Mark Tranton is hired as a bodyguard to look after investigative journalist Victor Crane and his wife, Kelli. Victor is about to publish a story highlighting a charity and he’s been getting threats, so he whisks Kelli away and, at her insistence, takes a bodyguard with them. One night, there’s a fire, and Victor becomes trapped in the cabin. Mark insists he can get them both out, but Victor knows he can’t and so he insists Mark takes Kelli because she’s pregnant. Once Mark learns this, he doesn’t argue, getting Kelli to safety. He tries to go back for Victor, but is too late.

Two years later, Mark has quit the security firm because of his guilt over not being able to save Victor. Kelli has a daughter, Grace, and is preparing to move from the house she shared with Victor when she finds a notebook hidden in his study. Upon examining it, she realises that some of the names Victor had listed for the article on the charity do not match those in the published one, and so she goes to the editor that printed the story after Victor’s death, Dennis. He tells her it’s a mistake and to leave it alone, but the more Kelli looks into it the more she starts to think that Victor’s death wasn’t an accident.

She seeks out Mark, whom she hasn’t seen since the night of the fire, and tells him her suspicions. He says at first he can’t help her, but his guilt gets the better of him and so he agrees to help Kelli look into it. The more they examine the evidence, the more it becomes clear that something is not right with the charity.

It turns out that they are right and one of the charity employees has been doing some very shady stuff. Kelli and her best friend are kidnapped, but Mark manages to save them with the help of Dennis, whom Kelli thought was in on the plot (he wasn’t; he was trying to save Kelli and Grace from being hurt).

If you’re reading this for the action, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re reading for the romance, know that it’s incredibly chaste – the hero and heroine exchange nothing more than a few kisses. But if you keep reading the series, you’ll find out a few books later they’re married and expecting a baby. I found the title for this book to be a bit of a misnomer because there wasn’t really a great emphasis on Mark and Grace, and any role he might play in her life. But what I did love was that Victor’s death wasn’t glossed over; at the end, Kelli says goodbye to him in the house before she leaves. She still loves and misses him, but has realised there’s room in her heart to love someone else. I thought this was really nicely done 🙂