Archives for September 2015

REVIEW – Perfect Kiss – Melanie Shawn

Perfect Kiss

4 STARS!

Such a feel good love story … and HOT to boot! ūüôā

Levi Dorsey is a 35 year old Bar Owner/Bartender who spent his childhood looking after his alcoholic Mom, then gave up his boxing dreams to take care of his twin brothers when she died. ¬†It’s no wonder he has never wanted to be saddled with a long term relationship. ¬†Quick affairs have been perfect with him, until he meets Shelby Kellan at a wedding that is. ¬†He shares a hot kiss with her, and still can’t get her off his mind a year and a half later. ¬†It just makes his day when she walks back into his bar.

Shelby is back, but she’s a shadow of the woman he met 18 months ago. ¬†She’s hiding whatever brought her running to her brother’s for a visit, but Levi can tell she’s scared and that someone hurt her. ¬†He offers her a job, and gives her a more private place to stay than her brothers, and lets it be known that he’s there for her if she wants to talk about what’s on her mind. ¬†She doesn’t. ¬†And the two of them spend weeks fighting their mutual attraction for each other.

Can Levi break down her walls and make her trust him?  And could Shelby actually be the one to make Levi want to think about forever?

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REVIEW – Head Over Heals for the Boss – Susan Meier

Head Over Heals for the Boss

5 STARS!

I really fell in love with the characters of this book!

Isabelle Cooper, as an only child, is devoted to her parents. ¬†She’s kind and helpful to all she meets, and she’s secretly been crushing on Devon Donovan since she was 14 years old.

Devon, oldest of 3, has been taking care of his Mom and younger brothers since before he was even a teenager.  He stepped in to protect them from his abusive Dad, and even after his Dad was out of the picture, he felt like he had to look after them and take care of things in their daily lives, especially after the family inherits a fortune from their grandfather.

Izzy’s parents decide to sell their flower shop to the Donovan family and move south to enjoy their retirement. ¬†Izzy is thrown for a loop because she managed the shop and now is being thrown to the wolves in her eyes. ¬†She can’t deal with seeing Devon every day considering how she feels about him.

Devon informs Izzy that he wants her to work for his families corporation instead of at the flower shop so she can put her MBA in Business to good use.  She is hesitant, but decides to try it.  Working with her every day makes Devon finally notice Izzy for the woman that she has become.

Can Izzy convince Devon to give love a chance, or will he continue to only allow himself to only give in to a secret affair that holds no strings to a future?

** Received free from NetGalley to review **

REVIEW – SEAL’s Defiance – Elle James

SEAL's Defiance

4 STARS!

Declan “Irish” O-Shea, member of Navy SEAL Team 10, is in Somalia to take down a¬†rebel group¬†that is taking over villages and killing the locals. ¬†During the mission, things go awry and Irish is injured and left for dead. ¬†Lucky for him, Dr. Claire Boyette had seen it happen and saw where his body landed. ¬†She hid him under brush and debris while the rebels circled around looking for survivors, then when it was safe, took him to her tent in the village she was staying in to tend his wounds and let him heal.

When the rebels arrive in her village, Irish slips out the back and escapes. ¬†Claire and her colleague are taken by gunpoint to tend the rebel leader who was injured in the raid. ¬†After patching him back together, Claire is taken to a tent and left while her colleague is taken somewhere in an SUV. ¬†Luckily Irish followed Claire and rushes in to rescue her as she is about to be raped by one of the rebels. ¬†They manage to make their way to Irish’s camp to safety.

They get intel of where Claire’s colleague may be, and set off on a mission to rescue him. ¬†Read to find out what happens!

** Received free from Elle to review **

REVIEW – Infinite Possibilities – Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite Possibilities

4 STARS!

It’s the continuation of Liam and Amy’s story … still good because it’s them, but nothing can measure up to the first book and them coming alive when they meet each other and fall in love. ¬†You’ll remember that Amy had run off at the end of the prior book because she overheard Liam having a conversation about her and suspected he was somehow involved with whoever is out to get her. ¬†He tracks her down at the start of this one and the reconcile. ¬†She works with him and his security guy to try to put together pieces that she’s remembering, and that things that they are finding out in their investigation.

She finds out big info about her brother in this one that leads us to book 3 to see what will come of what she’s found out.

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REVIEW – Escaping Reality – Lisa Renee Jones

Escaping Reality

5 STARS!

Okay, I admit it … I’m hooked! ¬†From the beginning to the end of this book, I sat devouring page after page wondering what we were going to find out about “Amy’s” past, and what was going to happen to her future.

It starts out with Amy, who we learn used to be named Lara, having to go on the run with yet another new identity because she gets a cryptic message that “they” are coming for her. ¬†She receives a new ID, bank account info, plane ticket, and keys to her new apartment in Denver.

She is instantly drawn to a man she sees at JFK¬†airport, and winds up sitting next to him on the plane. ¬†Liam Stone, a billionaire architect, is a very demanding in-charge type of guy but he shows a softer, gentler side with Amy. ¬†He feels protective of her because he can sense she’s hiding from someone. ¬†He doesn’t take no for an answer and attaches himself to her checking into a hotel across from her apartment and insisting she spend time with him.

They begin a red hot affair that has Amy falling in love with Liam and planning to tell him all of her secrets. ¬†Until she overhears him talking to someone and thinks he’s working with whoever is after her. ¬†She goes on the run again. ¬†Is Liam really a bad guy? ¬†Will he find her and work things out? ¬†I’m running to buy the 2nd book in the series to find out now! ūüôā

** Received free from NetGalley to review **

REVIEW – Liam’s Witness Protection – Amelia Autin

Liam's Witness Protection

4 STARS!

An action packed story of healing and forgiving oneself for what you have to do in order to live, cope and escape life’s perils.

Liam Jones was stopping by the courthouse as a favor to his brother on his way to a few weeks of vacation. ¬†He never expected to hear machine guns exploding in the hallway behind him. ¬†He wasn’t planning to be the only person who could grab the federal witness out from under her bleeding US Marshal protectors and whisk her to safety. ¬†But as U.S. Diplomatic Security Agents, he and his brother Alec were trained to act. ¬†Each killed one of the assassins and Alec got help for the 2 Marshals and 2 Prosecutors who were gunned down, and covered Liam as he got Caterina Mateja out of there.

Cate was supposed to be testifying against crime kingpin, Aleksandrov Vishenko who had held her captive as his personal glorified sex slave for 2 years.  She had gathered as much evidence as she could on all of his illegal dealings before she found a way to escape him.

Liam is drawn to Cate, as she is to him. ¬†But she thinks she’s damaged merchandise who can never feel for a man after the torture she lived through. ¬†Liam shows her that she is still every bit a woman and teaches her that not every man is a monster.

Can Liam keep her safe when Vishenko finds out where they are and makes his move to take her out before she can testify against him?

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REVIEW – Obsession Falls – Christina Dodd

Obsession Falls

5 STARS!

The second book in the Virtue Falls series is riveting!  Edge of your seat suspense!  I did not read the first in the series, yet this one was perfectly understandable as a stand alone book.

It all starts with 29 year old Taylor Summers returning to her childhood home, Wildrose Valley to try to connect with herself and remember her early childhood.  While stopped to sketch the mountains, she stumbles across a kidnapping and a murder about to happen.  She puts herself in harms way to distract the killers from the young boy they are planning to kill.

After hiding in a cave overnight to get away, Taylor makes her way to town and breaks into her old childhood home.  She is cold and starving and needs to find a way to get in touch with the authorities.  When she finds a connection to the internet, she is shocked to see her name in the headlines as having been in on the kidnapping of 9 year old Miles, nephew of rich and powerful Kennedy McManus.  She finds out she is believed to have died in an explosion set by the kidnappers.

Taylor spends months surviving any way she can, trying to figure out how to get her life back. ¬†After many trials and tribulations, she starts a new life in Virtue Falls, Washington as Summer Leigh, a housing concierge. ¬†She makes friends with many in the town, and bides her time until she is able to get contact to Kennedy McManus in a way that she thinks will not put her in danger. ¬†She needs to convince him that she wasn’t in on his nephews kidnapping and get him to help her get her life back.

Weeks go by and finally Kennedy shows up. ¬†He’s been obsessed with finding her for a year now, never believing that she was in on it. ¬†It was only a story fed to the press to keep his nephew safe from the kidnappers in case they returned. ¬†Taylor/Summer and Kennedy join forces to figure out who is behind the kidnapping, murders and stalking. ¬†It leads to an explosive ending that you won’t want to miss. ¬†And just when they think they can have a happily ever after …. will they be able to?

** Won in a Goodreads giveaway from St. Martin’s Press **

REVIEW – How Forever Feels – Laura Drewry

How Forever Feels

5 STARS!

I really, really enjoyed this story! It warms my heart to see a nice guy win!

Maya McKay is out for a Girls Night with her friends when she runs into Jack Rhodes after 2 years of losing touch with him. They have been friends for 4 years, but drifted apart when her husband Will, Jack’s best friend and pseudo brother, cheated on her, ending their marriage.

Maya is so thrilled to see Jack. And he feels the same. He’s been secretly in love with her since the day they met at a party … the night that she also met Will and started dating him. He kept his distance and stayed in the friend zone while she was with Will, and then felt like he had to keep her at arms length when she and Will split. But seeing her again makes him really want to be with her.

They hang out as friends several times while he’s in town for his job, and eventually admit they are attracted to each other, but still keep fighting it since it’s so awkward. Jack is super close to Will’s family, as they took him in as a teenager from a group home and gave him a good life. He’s very devoted to Will’s Mom in particular and feels like he owes her his loyalty. How will they react if Jack were to start dating Will’s ex-wife. Even though Will was to blame in the break-up, his family is still loyal to him and thinks badly of Maya.

Will Jack and Maya decide to take a chance on love or will old loyalties keep them apart?

** Received free from NetGalley to review **