Review: Shelter (The Getaway Series #2) by Jay Crownover

 

 

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About SHELTER:

His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion.

Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling.

He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t.

The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated. Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, that he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses.

Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.

He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.

Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.

Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.

She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.

The man she nearly got killed.

Shelter is a standalone novel, the second book in the Getaway series, which features the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women who dare to love them. These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

Review:

Emrys has been broken since the attack that left her and Sutton with wounds both physical and mental.  Emrys is determine to fix things.  To do that she needs Sutton.  Sutton just wants to forget everything he couldn’t do for Emrys.  In his attempt to forget he nearly loses everything.  As Emrys and Sutton find they need each other to help them cope, their roads still have some bumps ahead.  Can they survive what is to come or will they lose everything in the process?

Ever since I read Retreat with Cy and Leo, I have been craving the next in this wonderfully written series by Jay Crownover.  Jay has a great talent for writing wounded heros.  Em and Sutton are as wounded as they come.  But their journey to get better is filled with sexy times and emotionally potent moments.  This series makes me want to go into the woods and find a sexy cowboy.  Em and Sutton’s journey is a story that will suck you in and won’t let go until you find out if they get their HEA.  I loved seeing the family through their eyes.  Not to mention Sutton’s incredibly adorable daughter Daye.  She is probably one of the sweetest characters in this series.  When reading this be prepared for suspense, sexy times and sweet words from wounded heroes (not just Sutton).  If you have yet to pick up a Jay Crownover book you need this one.  I like to start from the beginning.  So, start with Retreat but I guarantee you will jump right into Shelter.  I can’t wait to get my hands on Lane’s book.  The end of January can’t come quick enough.

 

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I’d been fooled once by the promise of quiet nights and serene days in the sunshine. I believed the brochure when it said I could leave my worries at home and escape to a simpler, quieter kind of life. I let myself be lured in by the picturesque landscape and stunning mountains. I foolishly fell prey to the temptation of leaving my current set of troubles behind in San Francisco while I hid away in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.

I now knew firsthand the glossy brochure that brought me to Wyoming the first time was nothing more than a bunch of pretty, packaged lies. I knew the bar brawl erupting in front of me was hardly the worst thing that could happen here. In fact, the level of bloodshed and violence was child’s play compared to what I’d witnessed the last time I’d stepped foot in this small, quaint town. Well, I hadn’t really been in Sheridan last time I was here. I’d spent most of my time in the backwoods that surrounded the Warner brothers’ ranch, which was still a good forty-five minutes outside of this tiny town. The ranch was where I was currently trying to get to so I could see my best friend.

When I left Wyoming, I told myself I would never come back.

Ever.

I told myself there was nothing here for me but bad memories and heartache. I was a pro at lying to myself, at telling myself exactly what I needed to hear to justify my actions. I could convince myself of anything, like it was okay that my last boyfriend stole my grandmother’s silver when I kicked him out because he needed it more than I did. I had no problem believing that pulling Leo out of the city was the only way to heal her broken heart even though she didn’t want to go. It was easier to distract her than it was to watch her wallow. I persuaded myself into believing what I needed to heal was space and solitude. I held onto that until time passed and I was still a mess. I was sick of my own company and of hiding from everything I was feeling. I was the one who always went out of my way to fix everyone else around me, it wasn’t exactly a shock to learn I didn’t have the skills to repair myself. I spent my days helping others focus on their goals, on doing better and achieving more, so I didn’t have to think about the lack of any ambition of my own. I turned thirty at the end of the year and I was still trying to figure out what and who I wanted to be when I grew up. I’d been aimless for a long time; the only direction in my life come from the fact I knew all the way down to my bones that I had to go back to Wyoming and face off with Sutton Warner.
 

 

 


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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Can’t Let Go (The Original Heartbreakers #5) by Gena Showalter

I am lucky enough to bring to you today, Can’t Let Go.  It’s number 5 in The Original Heartbreakers series.  I love Gena Showalter’s writing.  This next book in the series really hammers home how wonderful Gena Showalter is at writing romance.  Jude and Ryanne’s story is one of the best in this series.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men.  Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off.  The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.

To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away.  She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.

As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future…or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.

Review:

Ryanne can’t keep her gaze away from the very broody Jude.  She knows she shouldn’t want the man with the dark past.  She can’t seem to help herself though.  Jude can’t explain why he can’t stay away from Ryanne and her bar.  With his history, her bar should be the last place he would want to be.  As he becomes her security and she decides she needs to make his life incredibly difficult they are drawn closer and closer.  Can the two of them let go of the pasts that haunt them?  Or will holding onto the past drown any possibility they have?

This series is one of my favorites.  I love how the alpha males are flawed in a very real way and their heroines find ways to rescue themselves and the men they love.  Ryanne and Jude are no different.  Jude is probably one of the darkest characters in this series.  He is so dynamic and complex.  Ryanne is a great foil for him.  She is relentless and unable to be controlled by a man who loves control.  Ryanne and Jude are only one element though.  Their friends/family really make this story entertaining and fun, even when it is series.  These flawed heroes are the best.  If you haven’t started this series it is never too late.  You will love it!  Can’t wait for Brock’s story next!

Review: Beneath the Truth by Meghan March

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes the final sexy standalone set in the Beneath world of New Orleans.

I used to believe there were lines in life you don’t cross.
Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal.
Until I learned people don’t always practice what they preach.
I turned in my badge and gun and walked away from everything.
Then I got the call no one wants, and I’m back in New Orleans.
What I don’t expect is for her to be here too.
Another line you don’t cross?
Don’t touch your best friend’s little sister.
She’s always been off-limits.
Too bad I don’t follow the rules anymore.

Review:

Rhett gets a call he never wanted.  Being away for a year and coming back to horrible news brings him to his knees.  What he doesn’t expect is how grown up his best friend’s little sister has become.  He knows she is off limits for the one reason.  With things in his life spiraling he decides that he needs to control the one thing in his life.  Taking her will be the best or worst thing in his life.

Like every other book Meghan March writes this is sexy, suspenseful and so addictive.  This is the first book I read from this series.  Now, I know I must go back and read them all.  Rhett and Ari were fantastic.  Their chemistry was off the charts.  I loved the inner monologue of these two.  It brought some comic relief to so very troubling times in the book.  Of all the Meghan March books I’ve read I have to say this is probably one of the most suspenseful.  It had you guessing who the villain was and who the traitor was.  Until all is revealed, you are really left guessing.  I will say that you should probably read the books in order.  Their are names of people who are important that I didn’t know.  That didn’t stop me from enjoying this highly exciting, highly sexual and oh so addictive book.  If I wasn’t a huge Meghan March fan before, I would be now.

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Excerpt:

Wham. My heart slammed against my ribs as it sped up about twenty beats per minute.

The heat and delicious woodsy citrus scent radiating from his body did good things to me. Things that made me want to do very bad things to him. I wasn’t a seventeen-year-old virgin anymore. I knew my way around a man, but I had to admit, the hipsters in Cali had nothing on a homegrown Louisiana man like Rhett.

When he spoke, he leaned in so close that I could feel his breath on my ear. “You missed that shot on purpose.”

My gaze jumped from the sexy five o’clock shadow shading his jaw to his piercing green eyes.

“Wha-what are you talking about?” I smacked myself mentally when my old stammer kicked in. Of course he would cause it.

“That shot. You missed on purpose. I saw you adjust at the last minute. Why?”

I swallowed the saliva pooling in my mouth and decided to take the safest exit from this situation. Lying.

“Cue slipped.”

His eyes narrowed on me. “You’re lying and you’re terrible at it, just like you’ve always been.” He reached up and pressed his thumb to my left eyebrow. “You get a twitch right here.”

Oh my God. Rhett Hennessy is touching me. And what’s more . . . he knows my tell. He noticed me!

The fifteen-year-old inside me did a terrible cartwheel at the realization. Okay, more of a round-off. With a tumble in the grass to finish. Whatever.

But outwardly, I was trapped in that green gaze until he decided to let me go—or until I came to my senses.

I cleared my throat and sidestepped him. “Whatever you say, hotshot. I need another drink.”

Focusing on putting one four-inch heel in front of the other without biting it, I escaped to the table and reached for the whiskey glass I’d left behind, interrupting my brother and the waitress. They both stared at me as I chugged the contents.

I’d always wondered what it would feel like to have Rhett’s attention, and now I knew. In a word, it was . . . unnerving.

“How’s the game going?” my brother asked.

“Fine.” Keeping my answer short meant he couldn’t tell that I was lying. Heath wasn’t nearly as observant as Rhett.

“You winning?”

Thanking the Lord that Heath obviously hadn’t been watching, I shrugged. “I guess.”

He glanced toward Rhett and then back to me. “The sister I know and love doesn’t lose at pool. Ever. Even to Rhett Hennessy.”

I lowered the glass to the table and straightened my shoulders. “Like they say, things change.”

He nodded slowly. “That may be true about most things, Flounder. But you’re a pool shark and we both know it.”

Before I could respond, Heath’s attention jumped back to the waitress. I took another ten seconds to gather myself, also known as drinking offensively in my mind, before I crossed the floor to face off against my former obsession.

“You all right, Red?” Rhett asked.

“Don’t call me that. And I’ve never been better.”

His gaze dipped to my feet and dragged up my body. “I can agree with that statement.”

Whoa. Who is this guy with the innuendo? A glance at his empty whiskey glass told me he was drinking heavily as well. Was this the booze talking? Or was Rhett Hennessy not just noticing me, but noticing me?

Either way, I had to play it cool. Or at least pretend to play it cool, since it seemed I might fall short.

“Your turn, hotshot. Better not miss, because I’ll clear the table next time,” I said, but my cocky attitude backfired.

Rhett didn’t miss. He sank his balls and then the eight, ending the game almost as quickly as it started. He returned his cue to the rack and turned to face me, all traces of the earlier heat banked, his expression shuttered.

“Game over.”

What the hell just happened?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry

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Title: The Clover Chapel

Author: Devney Perry

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About The Clover Chapel:

She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.

After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.

Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.

Review: 

Emmy has done one crazy thing in her life.  In one night in Vegas,  she became a wife and an abandoned wife all in one night.  Fast forward nine years and Emmy is a new teacher on her own.  What she doesn’t expect is to see her husband, Nick.  The one that left her so many years ago.  As they try to repair the broken relationship and truly get to know each other, strange break ins keep happening to Emmy.  Can Emmy and Nick work out the last nine years or will forgiveness elude them?

I love this second chance romance.  Emmy and Nick were great characters.  The story was unique and very fun at times.  The story was intricate and intriguing.  I did find it a bit long and more complicated than I think it needed to be.  The romance/second chance portion was practically resolved a quarter of the way through.  There were other plot points that moved the story along but it felt like they weren’t intrical to the plot.  Overall, it was a well written book that was both entertaining and interesting.  I would definitely read another book by Devney Perry

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Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.

 

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Review: Only With Me by Kelly Elliot

 

 

only-with-me_smashLife was great.

I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Colorado Springs SWAT team.

That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and her panna cotta was heaven.

Cue my very traditional Greek family.

Then all hell broke loose.

The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the world she was the better cook.

If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.

Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?

Review:

Nic loves his bachelor lifestyle.  He can screw anyone he wants, whenever he wants.  When he walks into Gabi’s Italian bakery he finds more than just the cannoli appetizing.  They are floored the moment they meet.  Neither have ever felt this way.  But, Nic knows that his mother will have a horrible reaction to her being Italian.  Gabi has her own secrets and worries.  Can the two of them find their way through secrets and family meddling to find the true love that is there?

I loved this story.  This is a fantastic mix of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Good Fellas.  It was funny, romantic, sexy and intriguing.  This story will grab hold and not let go until you have finally saw if Nic and Gabi live happily ever after.  Gabi and Nic will help you believe in soul mates/ true love.  That feeling that you feel for only one person.  One of the best parts of this was how Gabi changed.  In the beginning she is shy and very guarded (which you will find out why) but soon enough she is giving Nic’s very intrusive mother sass right back.  This is a great summer read.  Not quite a quick beach read but definitely one you will want to pick up for a week long vacation.  You will love Gabi, Nic and his family as much as I did.

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My eyes swung over to look at my mother standing there with my aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.

“Shit,” I whispered.

“Oh God. This is not happening. This is it!” Gabi exclaimed as she covered her mouth.

I placed my hands on her shoulders and leaned in closer. In a whispered voice, I asked, “What is wrong?”

Her eyes met mine. “This is her challenge! I thought it was that day in the bakery. That was a merely a test! She’s here to take me down!”

I laughed. “My mother is not here to take you down.”

She slowly shook her head and asked, “How did she know?”

Then we both turned to look at Liza. She took a step away. “You didn’t.”

Liza’s eyes were everywhere. Me, my mother, back to Gabi, back to my mother. “I might have mentioned it that day in the bakery when she was there. But she saw the registration form and asked if you had entered! I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to say.”

“Nicholaus, don’t be rude. Introduce your Gabriella to your Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”

Gabi took in a slow deep breath before turning and facing my mother and aunts.

With my hand on her back, we walked closer. “Mama, this is a surprise to see you here.”

She looked taken aback. “Why? I love to cook, this is a cooking competition. Why wouldn’t I be here?”

“Because you’ve never entered one before.”

The three of them laughed. “Please. Your mama has won more cooking competitions than anyone in this room.”

Gabi swayed, and I tightened my grip on her.

When my mother turned to look at Gabi, she wore a wide smile. “So, with you being a part of our family, I want to make sure you come in second so I’ve brought you some help.”

Oh for shits sake.

“Help?” Gabi asked with a strained voice.

And before our eyes appeared my cousins Sophia and Angie, and just when I didn’t think it could get worse, cousin Maria walked up carrying a giant bag with some rat looking dog in it.

“Um, I don’t think you can have a dog in here,” Liza said.

Everyone turned and looked at cousin Maria. “Are you shitting me? I don’t go anywhere without my Nikky.”

“Gabriella, this is Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”

Gabi reached her hand out to theirs.

“Ahh! You made it!” my mother called out as her best friend came walking up. I couldn’t help but groan.

“Gabriella, this is my very dear friend, Maria.”

I didn’t think Gabi could look any more confused. “Oh, um, another Maria! That’s a lot of Maria’s under one roof.” They all stared at her like they didn’t get it.

They fucking got it.

“All right, well now that the gang is here, Mama you should be heading on over to your station.”

“You’re not coming over there with me?”

Gabi’s head jerked to the side to look at me. Oh shit. What the hell do I do?

I did the only thing I knew to do. I looked for guidance from Liza. My eyes were wide as she motioned to Gabi.

Right. Right. I needed to stay with Gabi.

“Well, Mama, I was planning on helping Gabi and being here for moral support with this being her first competition and all.” Gabi glared at me.

Shit, what did I do now?

Then my mother turned back to Gabi. “First, huh?” My heart dropped in my chest. That’s why Gabi shot me a dirty look. “Well, I better let you get going then. Good luck.”

With a full-on smile, Gabi nodded. “Thanks! You too. And may the best cook win.”

Tossing her head back and laughing before looking back at Gabi, my mother said, “Oh, I will.”

author-photoKelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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Spotlight: Gabe (Silicon Valley Billionaires, #2) by Leigh James

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His Woman. His Family. His Company.

When the going gets tough, the tough get Alpha.

Silicon Valley billionaire CEO Gabriel Betts has finally found the happiness he’s been searching for—in gorgeous, brilliant fellow billionaire Lauren Taylor, the so-called reigning queen of the biotech industry. But when Chinese healthcare mogul Li Na Zhao kidnaps Lauren’s sister in a high-stakes game of corporate espionage, the world they’ve worked so hard to protect comes crashing down. Li Na agrees to trade Hannah for Lauren’s Paragon Laboratories and her help—onsite and in person. In an attempt to keep Lauren safe, Gabe calls in his security-industry professional brothers to help get Hannah back. But when the rescue effort stumbles, Gabe must pick up the pieces to protect the woman he loves…before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

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Leigh James is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a vocal lover of strapping alpha males in movies, books and real life, which makes her three kids roll their eyes and makes her husband feel appreciated.

When she’s not writing, you can usually find her reading or watching Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Vikings (see penchant for alpha males, above). She has a degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire, which is good for deadlines and word counts, and a law degree from Suffolk University with a Concentration in High Technology Law, which is helpful when writing about sexy tech billionaires with legal woes.

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Review: Hard Justice by Lori Foster

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.

 

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Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…

Review:

Fallon hates having a bodyguard.  But, when she lays her eyes on Justice she begins to have a different feeling about having a bodyguard.  Especially one that looks like him.  Justice knows that Fallon is a client and nothing can come of his attraction to her.  As his feelings grow for her, he realizes he can no longer be just a bodyguard anymore.  He wants everything.  Can he break down her walls an get her to trust him before a threat takes her away from him?

I adore all of Lori Fosters MMA books.  Justice is the epitome of for MMA turned bodyguard.  The steaming hot description of him will have your kindle steaming up just for that.  As Fallon and Justice grow closer the wonderful forbidden client/bodyguard romance becomes such the focus that the reader will forget there is actually a reason she needs a bodyguard.  As the suspense and romance are seamlessly woven together the book comes to a climax that is both exciting and steamy.  It isn’t just the relationship between Fallon and Justice that make the book tick.  The families and friends of both Justice and Fallon truly help everything come together.  If you are looking for a great romantic bodyguard book then look no further.

 

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LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster.

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Review: Riveted by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

 

 

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

Review:

Dixie has always believed in an all consuming love.  After many failed attempts she felt a bit defeated.   That is until Church does something no man has ever done.  Her heart falls head over heals for the handsome bouncer.  So, when he asks her to take a trip home and pretend to be his girlfriend she doesn’t hesitant even though she knows it will hurt to let him go.  As Church and Dixie grow closer and more intimate neither can deny how this trip will change them forever.  If they can survive the person that is trying to hurt them can they work out a happily ever after?

OMG!!!  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Jay Crownover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  She has the incredible talent to write memorable and unique characters that the reader will fall head over heels for.  Riveted was no different.  I was initially worried about this book.  I didn’t come in knowing much about either character.  In previous Saints of Denver books, I was at least a little familiar with them.  As I read (and couldn’t put down) this book I completely fell in love with Dixie and Church.  Their story was so different from the others.  Church was uniquely damaged and like everyone Dixie meets you can’t help but love her.  Their relationship was expertly developed and flowed with the sub-story of suspense.  Overall, this is one of the best Jay Crownover books I read.  I can’t wait for the next book.  I suspect it will be yet another stunner.

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Dirty Deeds by AJ Nuest

I am thrilled to bring to you the newest book by AJ Nuest.  In the past, I have reviewed many of her books that have a paranormal part to them.  This one is full of steamy attraction and suspense.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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An Eye for an Eye
As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and staying alive to outsmart a killer has become her most important job of all.

A Game for a Game
Hardened homicide detective Kelly Riordan is convinced Eden Smith is hiding more than she’s willing to admit. Years on the force have taught him that nothing is what it seems, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to investigating the alluring owner of a revenge-for-hire business. But revealing her past could put everything Eden has worked for in jeopardy. And trusting a man like Riordan goes against the very instincts that have kept her alive this long.

Review:

Eden believes in what her business does.  Some people do deserve payback.  But, when a dead body shows up with her business card in her hand she knows things are about to get tough.  Then Det. Kelly Riordan comes roaring into her life.  She knows its dangerous to fall for him.  She knows their chemistry is electric, but with her life in danger and others she loves keep dying how can she not trust him?

This is another great story by AJ Nuest.  I loved Kelly and Eden.  Their banter and attraction was off the charts hot.  The story was sit on the edge of your seat suspenseful.  With the steamy addition of their romance added a wonderful layer to the story.  I did think the idea of the company of Dirty Deeds was wonderfully creative.  Though every time I saw the name I thought of AC/DC’s song.  If you are looking for an exciting, suspenseful story with a dash of steamy then you will want to pick this book up.  AJ Nuest definitely delivers again.

Review: Taken by Surprise by Valerie Clarizio

TGIF!  I don’t about you guys but I am truly happy this week is over.  Its been one tough one.  So, today I get to bring to you one of my favorite indie authors.  You will have seen reviews I’ve done on her Nick Spinelli mysteries.  Today, is a great romantic suspense novel that kept me up into the wee hours of the morning so I could finish it.  For my full review keep reading following the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and relax with a good book.

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Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own. No men needed!

Unfortunately, disaster follows her. Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past. Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping. With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

Review:

Clare surprises everyone including her cheating abusive fiancee by moving to her grandparents home in Upper Michigan.  Looking for a new start.  What she gets is thrown into the midst of small town drama.  She doesn’t expect seeing her best friend’s brother all grown up and very sexy.  As Clare tries to navigate her new job, town and personal life, her old life comes violently back.  Can Clare survive the obstacles to her new life or will everything be taken away forever?

I really enjoy a good romantic suspense book.  I especially like one if the hero is a very sexy cop.  This book definitely filled that role.  The chemistry between Clare and Jack almost set my kindle on fire.  It wasn’t just steamy but on Jack’s part is was very sweet and unrequited since he was a kid.  The real story though was the horrible incidents that continued to threaten Clare’s life and finding out who was responsible doing these things to her.  As the story grew so did the depth and complexities of the culprit.  This truly made things interesting.  You don’t figure out truly who is behind everything until the very end.  I love stories like that.  If you are looking for a great page turner with a sexy police chief you’d want to get arrested by, then look no further.

 

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