REVIEW – Escaping Reality – Lisa Renee Jones

Escaping Reality


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! 🙂

** Received free from NetGalley to review **

REVIEW – Liam’s Witness Protection – Amelia Autin

Liam's Witness Protection


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


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


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 **

REVIEW – Texas Prey – Barb Han

Texas Prey


Really enjoyed this book!  It keeps you guessing until the end of who the kidnapper is.

Rebecca Hughes has come back to town after years away because her Mom isn’t doing well.  Strange things start happening and she gets spooked and calls her old boyfriend Brody Fields who she heard had just gotten back to town too.  She knows if anyone can keep her safe, it’s Brody.

When Rebecca was 12 and her little brother Shane was 7, they were abducted in the night.  Rebecca escaped a day and a half later, but Shane was never found.  Now that the 15th anniversary has rolled around, she thinks the kidnapper is back to get her again.

Brody gathers the old school gang that they hung out with and gets them to help fit some puzzle pieces together from that night and general time frame to see if they missed anything.  They follow a few leads and figure out who it was.  But will they be able to catch him?  And is Shane still out there somewhere or was he killed years ago?

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REVIEW – His Son, Her Secret – Sarah M. Anderson

HIs Son, Her Secret


I really enjoyed this continuation of the Beaumont Heirs Series!

Byron Beaumont has returned to Denver after living in various parts of France and Spain for more than a year.  His brother’s want him to open a restaurant to go along with the new brewery they have opened.  He’s hesitant, but decides to do it.  He can’t help remembering plans that he and his former girlfriend Leona Harper had dreamed of about her designing the restaurant he wanted to open one day, so he tracks down the firm she’s working for and arranges for her to work with him from the ground floor of designing this restaurant.

Leona Harper can’t help having her breath taken away when she sees the man she loves again, but she’s also terrified he’ll learn her secret before she’s had a chance to tell him.  They have an almost 6 month old son that he knows nothing about.

Bitter family feuding led Leona to not tell him who her father was when they were dating.  When her father came in and destroyed his family’s business and led him to believe Leona had been in on it over a year ago, he believed she had been deceiving him and conspiring with her father, so he left town without bothering to hear her side of the story.  While he felt she had left him to be her father’s crony, she believed that Byron had abandoned her because she had not gone with her father willingly.  Once she had gotten all of her things and left her father’s house with her little sister, she tried to contact him, but his phone was disconnect and he was gone.

Will they be able to get this mess straightened out and be a family for their son?  When her father comes back into the picture making threats again, will they stand behind each other against him or will she bend to his dictating again?  Can Byron forgive her for not telling him about Percy?  And can she forgive him and learn to trust that he won’t up and leave again?

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REVIEW – Maid for a Magnate – Jules Bennett

Maid for a Magnate


This continuation of the Montoros Dynasty did not disappoint!  It was like greeting old friends to see Will, James and Bella again.  A fun read!

After his father’s failed attempt at railroading him into marriage to Bella Montoro, Will Rowling has decided he’s finally ready to put plans into motion to thwart his father’s control over him and go after what he really wants … and most importantly, who he really wants.

Catalina Iberra … former flame, who is now maid to his father.  Cat is not happy now that James married Bella and moved out, leaving her to work for his unkind father.  She has plans to leave as soon as she has enough money put aside to start the fashion line she’s been secretly working on.

Four years ago, Will and Cat had been dating.  When his father intervened, Will broke Cat’s heart by walking away without an explanation.  Several weeks ago, they shared a kiss and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since.  He’s now taking action to remove his father from his seat of power in the company, and wants Cat back.

Cat doesn’t think she can trust him not to hurt her again, so he sets out to prove it to her.  Will he win her over?  Will his father interfere again?  Will she decide to stay and give him a chance or continue with her plans to leave town?

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REVIEW – Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter – Annie West

Seducing His Enemy's Daughter


Loved this book!  I didn’t put it down from start to finish because I was so invested in seeing what all the secrets were that were going to be uncovered, and to see if Donato and Ella could truly have a future.

It all starts with Ella Sanderson being summoned by her father Reg, to meet a man that he had an important deal in the works with.  He had arranged to make her sister, Felicity, marry this mogul because he wanted money and power from him.  Her sister ran off with the man that she loved to avoid her father’s scheming.  Ella is the only sibling that has no tolerance for her father and his nonsense, and finds no problem telling him no.  Until she finds out he’s stolen her brother’s inheritance that he was counting on to fund his current hotel project.

Donato Salazar is a rich, powerful, self-made ex-con.  He’s hard and ruthless, but Ella sees through that to the real man underneath.  Their attraction to each other is instant, and even though she refuses to marry him, he convinces her to keep up the front with her father and to spend time with him.

Donato has a secret.  He never planned to go through with a wedding, he only used it as a distraction to keep Reg occupied while he schemed his plan to ruin the man.  As the time grows near, he feels guilty and tells Ella the truth.  He can’t lie to her, because he’s grown to love her.  She too has fallen head over heals for him, but how can she forgive him using her to ruin her father?

In the end, the truth will all come out … but will it be too much for Donato and Ella to overcome?

** Received free from Annie to review **

REVIEW – Fighting the Fall – Jennifer Snow

Fighting the Fall


After enjoying Walker Adams in the first book of this Beyond the Cage series, it was like meeting up with an old friend to see him show up in several scenes in this book.  This time, it’s Tyson, his hard-nosed trainer’s turn to be front and center.  He’s training for a big fight to defend his championship belt, but keeps getting distracted.

First, actress Parker Hamilton shows up asking him to train her for a movie roll she’s auditioning for.  On her way to being washed up in Hollywood, she is determined to get the lead as an MMA fighter in an Indie film, but needs to get some training FAST!  Tyson has no interest in helping her and sends her on her way.  He soon has to rethink that when his second distraction shows up.  His drug addict brother swears he wants to get clean, but he owes some dealers money and they are threatening his life.  Tyson has to backtrack and agree to let Parker train at his gym because he needs the money she’s offering to pay him to help his brother.

Seeing her in the gym every day is just as distracting as he thought it would be.  When the trainer he has working with her is called away for a family emergency, he has to step in and work with her himself.  He can no longer keep his hands off her, and they grow closer.

Will she win the part that has come to mean so much to her?  Will Tyson win his big fight?  Can they make a relationship work or will he continue to be a loner and push her away?

** Received free from Jennifer to review **

REVIEW – Her Soldier’s Touch – J.M. Stewart

Her Soldier's Touch


Sergeant First Class Colten Taylor retires after 20 years in the army and returns to his childhood home in Phoenix.  He’s heartbroken as he does so, because he’s home to bury his little brother Paul, who finally succumbed to his years of addiction and died of an overdose.  The last of his family is gone.  Or so he thinks.

Rachel Madison is there to pick him up from the airport.  He hasn’t seen her since he left her bed 6 years earlier.  She was best friends with Paul when they were younger, even dating him for a short time before drugs overtook his life and changed him.  He dreads telling her about Paul’s death, but little does he know she has a bombshell of her own to drop on him.  A 5 year old son … that looks exactly like him!

Colten isn’t sure he can stick around and be a father.  He is haunted by his childhood.  An abusive father, a mother that committed suicide and left he and his brother to continue to take the beatings instead of being brave enough to leave her abuser.  He’s terrified he’s going to be just like his father.

Rachel has demons of her own.  She is mad at Colten for walking out on her six years ago, and can’t bring herself to forgive him.  She thinks he’ll always abandon her just like her father did.  Leaving her to be raised by her addict mother.  She figures it’s better to be alone than to be hurt over and over again.

Can Colten overcome his fear and be the father his son deserves?  Can he convince Rachel to take a chance on him even though he doesn’t think he’s worthy?

** Received free from Jo to review **