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Reckless Kiss (Endless Kiss # 1)

By Amelia Wilde

Synopsis

The one thing that obsesses, captivates, and seduces me? Money.

I’m a self-made billionaire, and running my business empire means I’ve got better things to do than bother with women. They can throw themselves at me all they want—I can’t be tempted.

Until my newest executive secretary’s first day on the job.

One glance at her and I forget about spreadsheets and quarterly earnings, because her curves are pure sin. Her mouth is the wickedest distraction I’ve ever seen.

And I swear she’s begging me to f*ck her with those huge, green, innocent eyes.

I’m not just her boss—I’m the CEO of the whole company. I shouldn’t touch her, let alone bend her over my desk and make her moan my name.

And I absolutely can’t possess Vivienne the way I really want to, letting her slake my dark desires.

But I also can’t stay away…

I’m not about to fall for my boss.

Dominic Wilder thinks he can take whatever he wants just because he’s rich and successful…not to mention his chiseled body and intense, dominating glare. Just because he makes me want to climb into his private jet and let him have his way with me right now doesn’t mean I will.

Here’s the thing: I’m not just one of his secretaries…

I’m an undercover FBI agent investigating him, and I’m on the verge of a breakthrough. This mission could make my entire career—there’s no way I’m jeopardizing it for some nice abs and a little whispered dirty talk.

Or even a lot of whispered dirty talk, not to mention his hands all over me, making me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Even one kiss would be too reckless…

Review

RECKLESS KISS sounded like a read that I’d really enjoy, but sadly it fell short of my expectations.  I felt no chemistry between Dominic or Vivienne at all, and to be honest, neither of them won me over, though Vivienne didn’t annoy me as much as Dominic did.

I felt as though Dominic spent the entire story doing two things:
1 – being bitter about how his father became a laughing stock in the business world after he almost ran his business into the ground; and
2 – trying to figure out how he could balance running his business and loving Vivienne at the same time, because apparently doing both is impossible.

I liked Vivienne better, but even she disappointed me.  I was hoping she’d be a kick-arse FBI agent, one who we’d see investigating the case and leading us through twists and turns before uncovering the identity of the person selling the company’s secrets.  Instead, we see her perform secretarial work for most of the story until she figures out who the traitor is at the end, after what feels like five minutes of investigation.

RECKLESS KISS is told in dual POVs and, considering how little time Dominic and Vivienne spent together before declaring their love for each other, I’d classify this as an insta-love.  Apart from my issues with the characters, the story didn’t hold my attention and in a couple of spots I had issues with the timeline.  Going by all the positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, clearly a lot of people have loved this story.  Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.

Reckless Kiss (Endless Kiss # 1)

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Endless Kiss Series

Finding Kyle

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakably evil things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s secretive past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness finally extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

Review

If you’ve read The Last Call and The Wicked Horse series, you will have met Kyle before, albeit fairly briefly.  We learnt in WICKED BOND that Kyle was an ATF agent killed while working undercover to bring down a notorious biker gang, the Mayhem’s Mission.  Even though we only saw him in a few scenes, I was saddened to hear he had been killed.  So of course I was very happy to find out his death was just a cover to protect his identity.  Kyle is now hiding out in a small fishing town called Misty Harbor until he’s called up to testify against the club and a Senator connected to it.  He knows there’s a bounty on his head, but he figures he can handle himself and refuses to go into witness protection.  What he can’t handle is sweet little Jane from across the road who is determined to win him over with her sunny personality and horrible baked goods.

I had to do terrible things to people that, without the immunity the government has provided me, would land me in jail for the rest of my life.  I have so much blood on my hands that it won’t ever come off.

I liked Kyle and my heart broke for him several times, however I was expecting him and his story to be a lot darker than it was.  He doesn’t believe he deserves anything good in his life because of all the evil things he had to do to keep his cover intact, even though he did them for the greater good.  He believes Jane is too pure and innocent for the likes of him, so he tries to keep her away by being rude, but her persistence eventually wins him over and he opens up to her.  Well, as much as he can while keeping his real identity safe.

I’m surprised when an arm wraps around my waist and I’m lifted off my feet, which dangle just above the rocky dirt road as Kyle carries me across.
How gallant.
How very sweet.
He practically dumps me to the grass when we reach the other side.
How barbaric.

I can’t say a lot about Jane because this story was so focused on Kyle.  I can tell you that she’s a very cheery young woman who wants to see the good in everyone and everything.  I liked that she was a little pushy with Kyle and did not give up easily, because he needed to be pushed and pushed hard before he would budge.  For the most part I liked her, but I found her movie quotes to be a little annoying and I think her reaction to learning the truth about Kyle was irrational.  I’m so glad her best friend, Miranda, put her in her place about that.

“Hello, Jane.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I came to see if I could make things right with you.”

FINDING KYLE is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone that comes with a lovely HEA.  Kyle has made appearances in SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED and WICKED BOND, but you don’t HAVE to read those to enjoy this story.  That being said, I would suggest you read WICKED BOND first because he does have a couple of important scenes in there, plus it’s an amazing read.

Finding Kyle

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Connected books where Kyle has previously appeared

Worth The Wait (McKinney/Walker # 1)

By Claudia Connor

Synopsis

Claudia Connor continues her beloved McKinney Brothers with the first in a spin off series, featuring the Walker Brothers.

He broke her heart. When he finds out just how badly, it will break his too.

Nick Walker found the love of his life when he was just nineteen.

Found her.
Loved her.
Lost her.

It’s been ten years since Nick watched the only women he ever loved walk out of his life. Now this FBI Special Agent will do anything to win her back.

But it won’t be easy…

Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick. They’ll have to face their painful past if they want a future, including Mia’s own secret about that day it all fell apart.

Do you believe in second chances?

Review

WORTH THE WAIT is a second-chance romance between Nick and Mia and is the first book in the Walker Brothers series, a spin-off of the McKinney Brothers series.  We first met the Walker brothers in WORTH THE RISK where their sister, Hannah, fell in love with Stephen McKinney.  Nick is in the FBI and is the oldest of five children.  His three brothers are Luke (Special Forces), Zach (Fireman) and Dallas (DEA Agent) and I assume each brother will get his own book in this series.

Nick is a man who carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.  Forced at nineteen to look after his four siblings (aged seventeen, fourteen x 2 and two) after his parents died, he has spent the past twenty-four years second-guessing every decision he ever made.  Did he make the right choice?  Would his parents have done the same thing?  It has taken a toll on him and has affected his relationship with his siblings.  They love him, but the brothers are not overly close and there’s some tension between them that I felt didn’t get resolved in this story.  Nick met Mia soon after starting college and their relationship lasted thirteen years before he ruined it.  Yes, I put all the blame on him.

Mia is a smart and loving woman who gave her relationship with Nick her all.  She loved Nick’s family like her own and was devastated when they were taken from her.  She has the capacity to love fiercely but every time she falls in love, it’s stripped away from her and that was heartbreaking.  Your heart will break even more when you find out she was dealing with her own tragedy in silence while Nick was slowly pulling away from her.

WORTH THE WAIT is told in dual POVs and while it’s a spin-off of the McKinney Brothers series, I think you could read this one on it’s own without any real problems.  That being said, some of this story does takes place in the same timeline as WORTH THE RISK, and you would get a better understanding of what Hannah went through if you did read that book first.  The story switches between past and present quite often, which was hard to follow at times.  But it was nice to see into the past to find out how they met and fell in love, even if it was sad to see their relationship die a slow death.

Worth The Wait (McKinney/Walker # 1)

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The McKinney Brothers Series

Degrade (Flawed Book 1)

by T.L. Smith

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Synopsis

Zeke
One rule, only one rule women need to follow when they’re with me.
Don’t ask for more.
This rule is in place for a reason, you won’t get more of what’s not there to give.

Bexley
He is striking, and he’s all man. He is also the devil, or so I believe him to be. I gave him my heart, not realizing I was doing so. He likes to break me down, so I’m a shell of the person I once was. He’s chipping away at me, bit by bit. Though I’m not as weak as he thinks, and when I can’t handle it anymore, I will come back swinging.
  

My Review

Again T.L gives us strong female characters, Bexley’s old and new girlfriends created an intricate web of support, friendship, humour and ultimate strength for her to find her heart, risk everything, fight her inner demons and ultimately find her true love.

This was simply incredible, Zeke and Bexley belonged together, I was captivated by this story and the mind bending twists that had me gripped to those pages.  The author wove an incredible secretive story that had you wondering who was playing who?  I thought Zeke had control then it transferred to Bexley and then we had other characters playing their part and interfering and causing harm.

Zeke and Bexley, can I say I simply  loved their names, the cryptic scenes within the story were well set and I could imagine Zeke’s house and I wanted to be in his bed.  Their sexual scenes were so hot and intense – fantastic writing.

I really liked how we were introduced to both characters, their attraction formed on the pages and then we were transported a month ahead to their current relationship as such.  I did not feel as if I missed out on any details, the inner turmoil of these characters had me devouring the pages.

A truly wonderful story – LOVED IT!

Degrade (Flawed Book 1)

My rating:  5 Hearts

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Road to Redemption (Dogs of Fire MC #2)

By Piper Davenport

Road to Redemption

Synopsis

Alex ‘Hawk’ James has a sordid and violent past, one that, in part, leaves him the single father of a little girl. His only solace is the world he’s made within the Dogs of Fire Motorcycle Club.

Payton Williams has everything under control. Her neat little world is as she has made it and she’s happy with the life she’s leading. But when a chance encounter with a gorgeous biker upends her tidy plans, she finds herself confronting things she’d been happy to gloss over… until now.

Will Hawk and Payton’s different worlds collide in chaos, or will they come together and heal the wounds of the past?

Will a threat from someone out of Hawk’s past destroy the trust he and Payton are building?

My Review

OK, so I fell in love with Hawk and his beautiful daughter Lily in Road to Desire (Dogs of Fire MC#1), so as soon as I finished book one I went and downloaded book two and by god I have just downloaded book three,  so you know I am going to tell you I LOVE this series.

Also have to say I had  a different picture of Hawk in my brain to the front cover so I went with my guy but the cover guy still rocks!  Loved reading about Dani and Booker again too.

Now, yes there are bikers and its not gritty but these are romantic reads with lots of passion and hot biker sex so I am not disappointed at all.  This series continues to make me believe it is more about the women than the men, the men yes are hot, alpha, protective and just gorgeous but the women to me own these storylines which I love.  The relationship between Payton and her family was one of my favourite parts of this story and the memories and commitments they make to each other throughout some tense, heartfelt and happy moments.

Hawk is stubborn and considering how Lily came to be you would understand his lack of trust but then Payton too harbours her own issues.  I just adored her relationship and connection the Hawk’s daughter.  Now it is all not PG rated, the passionate and imaginative sex scenes that Hawk enjoys kept me turning the pages and what do they say – you need to watch the quiet ones as they can be kinky in the sack, well Payton is definitely out there.

It was funny though, I thought I had the dramatic twist worked out in my head and as to whom was going to be the bad guy/woman but then Piper tricks me – well done not what I suspected.

We get drama, good over evil, interesting FBI connection to the storyline and we also excitingly get to see Hawk and Payton a few years on living life and making new memories with each other.

Road to Redemption (Dogs of Fire MC #2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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No Limit (Armed & Dangerous # 1)

By L.P. Dover

BR No Limit

Synopsis

Murder. Lies. Betrayal.

I deal with those things every day. My name is Jason Avery, one of the best undercover agents in the country. I have yet to fail on a mission, which is why I’ve been sent to Vegas. Countless women have been abducted, tortured, only to show up dead in the middle of the night. It’s my job to find out which sick f*** is responsible. Unfortunately, every lead sends me to a dead end; at least, until Aylee McFadden shows up at my door.

Aylee is a stubborn, headstrong FBI agent and also one of the sexiest women I’ve ever seen with a gun. In joining me, it gives us the leverage we need to get on the inside. She fights me at every turn, but soon realizes there’s more to me than tattoos and a dirty mouth. I can’t get enough of her. Now that we’re in the game, we’re one step closer to solving the crime. However, gambling with money isn’t what the big boys want. They want the one thing I’m not willing to give.

It’s a no limit game, and if I back down I lose everything. I will lose her.

Review

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with NO LIMIT.  When I signed up to review and promote this, I did so because I recognised L.P. Dover’s name, but then I realised that this seemed to be a complete 180 from her books I’ve read before in the Forever Fae and Second Chances series.  And then when I saw the cover, I got really worried.  But I shouldn’t have judged this book by it’s cover, because WOW, I loved it and didn’t want to put it down.  The story was good, the case was thrilling, the characters were likeable and the sex was hot.

There’s a killer leaving his mark on Vegas working girls, with all the victims coming from one high-end escort service.  The Madam has temporarily shut down her business but her girls are still turning up dead.  Jason is called in and goes undercover as a high roller hoping to get inside the group of wealthy suspects.  After months of no luck, the FBI send in one of their agents to help him out.  Enter Aylee, who plays the part of Jason’s paid companion.  Thanks to her assistance and the appearance of an unlikely ally, they’re able to get inside the group and start eliminating the suspects one at a time.  I had my suspicions as to who the killer could be, but I was shocked at how it played out.  Well done Ms Dover, well done.

I loved Jason and Aylee and I thought they were perfect for each other.  Jason’s used to working alone and is therefore not used to having to place his trust in a partner.  And trust is something Aylee is reluctant to give after being betrayed by her partner on a previous case that almost got her killed.  Jason isn’t a violent man, but he has no problem becoming violent when the situation calls for it.  He has a deep sense of doing the right thing, justice and protecting the innocent.  With Aylee being FBI and Jason being an undercover cop, you just know that right off the bat they’ll hate each other.  But as they work together, they start to respect each other’s skills and qualities, and they realise there’s so much more under the surface.  And when feelings of like and love become part of the equation, Jason’s not so keen to use her as bait anymore and will do anything to protect her, even if it means pissing her off.

The story seemed to move very fast at the beginning.  By the middle it seemed to have slowed down, so either the pace did in fact slow down, or I got used to the fast pace and didn’t notice it anymore.  NO LIMIT is the first book in the Armed & Dangerous series, but it mentions characters that have appeared in her Gloves Off series, at least I assume they’re from that series.  After meeting Kyle, I’m thinking I might have to add that series to my TBR list.  In fact, I just did.

No Limit (Armed & Dangerous # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Armed & Dangerous Series

Till Death (Deep Six Security # 1)

By Becky McGraw

BR Till Death

Synopsis

Dave Logan, the owner of Deep Six Security, is stunned when Dallas FBI head, Susan Whitmore, darkens his doorstep accusing him of being the cause of her losing her job, and demanding he hire her. Even as his brain says no way, the Barracuda is a woman nobody can work with, his white-knight complex forces him to offer her a job as his very overqualified temporary secretary.

A wealthy couple who ordered a designer baby which wasn’t delivered contacts Dave for help. To get answers for them, Dave has to get inside an overly-fortified fertility clinic going undercover with Susan as his temporary wife. The situation inside is worse than they imagined, and soon their pretend ‘til death do us part’ could become very real unless the two alpha personalities learn to work together to stay alive.

Review

TILL DEATH is the first book I’ve read from Becky McGraw and I quite enjoyed it.  This is a new series, but I did wonder if the characters have appeared in one of her previous series.  Just the way some of the characters and events were talked about, it sounded like it had happened before and the author was just giving a quick recap into how everyone came to be where they were.

I’m not sure how old David is, but Susan is 36 years old.  She’s super smart (that’s my technical term) and unfortunately for her, has no real social skills.  I liked Susan’s character from beginning to end.  She starts out quite abrasive, and that’s the opinion everyone has of her, but as the book goes on you see she has her reasons for being that way.  A woman has to act tough to make it in a man’s world, yet men can’t stand it when a woman acts like a man, all tough and arrogant.  When a man does it, he’s just getting the job done.  But when a women does it, she’s a total bitch and everyone hates her.  By the end of the book, you see that she’s just another woman who’s been hurt by a man and left broken hearted, but determined to move on.

David is a typical man’s man.  While he respects that a woman can do just as good a job as a man, he refuses to hire them in his security firm, believing they’ll distract his rough and tough men from their assignments.  Hiring Susan temporarily while he tries to find her another job, it turns out that the biggest distraction she causes is to him.  I liked David and he’s definitely an alpha male, both with women and the men that work for him.  Like Susan, he’s rude, arrogant and demanding, and you realise that he also doesn’t have very good social skills, so they’re kind of made for each other.  His business is his baby, and any spare time and cash is used to keep the business afloat and his men employed.

There were a few things that felt unfinished in this book.  Susan hinted at a possible conspiracy regarding the death of her parents, her father in particular, due to a case he was close to closing at the time of his death.  I thought perhaps this would be an underlying story arc in the series, but after she thinks it once, it’s never brought up again.  If it won’t be used in future stories, I don’t see the point in mentioning it at all.  In regards to the surrogacy case, we find out what possibly happened to the mother and baby, but there was no closure for the couple that lost it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It held my attention and I didn’t want to put it down.  I flattened my iPad battery and went straight to my iPhone to continue reading.  The members of David’s team were funny, diverse and interesting, and I’d love to learn more about them if they get their own books.

Till Death (Deep Six Security # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Deep Six Security Series

Beautiful Redemption

By Jamie McGuire

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Jamie McGuire and her Maddox men I absolutely love, I first fell in love with Travis and Abby, I mean who didn’t and I loved reading both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster.

I adored Thomas (TJ) in Beautiful Oblivion so I admit I was really looking forward to this story being his chance to fall in love.  I wanted so much more for him and was really sad at the start of this book that he was a shattered man.

I have to admit I did not really devour the first half of the book as I found it took the two main characters a really long time to connect.  I also felt slightly let down at the end of the book that they literally just admitted they loved and needed each and then the dam book ends.  We took forever to get there and then bam – all finished – I wanted more sex scenes, romance and emotions.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this but found it was more about the whole FBI unit, the case for Travis & Abby and then also the endless yes or no between Thomas and Liis just wore me down a bit.  Both Liis and Thomas had so many hang ups about falling in love again and Liis just could not get over TJ loving Camille, I mean by the wedding weekend I was over it.  We all love someone else before we find the one – Liis just grated me the wrong way.

Just not enough sex and romance but had to read it as hooked on the Maddox family as a whole.

Beautiful Redemption

My rating: 4 Hearts

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The Wolf Within (Purgatory # 1)

By Cynthia Eden

RBTS The Wolf Within

Synopsis

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI’s Para Unit. But as Duncan’s beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing…because Holly isn’t exactly human, not any longer.

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn’t safe, it isn’t controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both.

Author’s Note: THE WOLF WITHIN is an adult paranormal romance. It contains werewolves, vampires, adult language, sexy times, and lots of danger. Please consider yourself warned. THE WOLF WITHIN contains approximately 60,000 words.

My Review

OK this book interested me from the start as it had my two favourite words – FBI & Werewolf. I mean that just says hot men, dominating moves and steamy sex. You get two of those and some quickie sex thrown in. I also joined a new group in Goodreads and their BOTM was Charming the Beast (Purgatory #3) so needed to read books 1 and 2.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, did not devour it. The FBI story is well done, I believe we had to learn all the history of the current team and where they are going forward so we know what the go is in books 2 and beyond. The team dynamic is good, must say Pate and Connor were characters I really liked and think their storylines will be worthwhile.

Purgatory is the name of the prison set up by FBI for Werewolfs and Vampires, obviously they cannot go to human prisons. The Paranormal unit is a division of the FBI and are a mix of Vampires and Werewolfs.

The two main characters Duncan and Holly really only have what I would say is good sex. They seem to get interrupted all the time and when sex happened it was very quick so as I started to get worked up – it was all over red rover.

I really enjoyed the twists and turns and the family connections that was something I did not expect but a great surprise none the less.

Will I read Book 2, yes I probably will as Book 3 sounds actually really good, it is available but I have other books on my iPad calling me so may do one a month.

Onto my next book ….

The Wolf Within (Purgatory #1)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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