Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Hard Compromise (Compromise Me # 2)

By Samanthe Beck

br-hard-compromise

Synopsis

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

Review

HARD COMPROMISE is a romance story that was ten years in the making.

Laurie is a woman who was born on the wrong side of the tracks and is desperate to make a name for herself away from her mother’s reputation.  Despite being nothing like her mother, she believes that’s how everyone sees her, so she keeps everyone at arm’s length and only has one good friend.  Her mother is a horrible woman, threatening what little Laurie holds dear, and I was glad when Laurie finally put a stop to it.

Booker (Ethan) was born into a wealthy family, but he never once acted like a snob or thought he was better than anyone, and I loved that about him.  He’s naturally protective and fills his sheriff role perfectly.  Other than finally convincing Laurie that he is someone she can turn to and lean on, I can’t really say much about him because most of the story focuses on Laurie.  Ethan’s mother was a real surprise and despite her small role, I liked her a lot.

HARD COMPROMISE is a story that I liked, but didn’t love.  The sex between Booker and Laurie?  Hot.  The scene where Laurie opens the door dressed in nothing but a robe and a pair of handcuffs?  Totally awkward and completely hilarious.  Booker and Laurie constantly fighting for dominance in the relationship?  A turn off.  I wouldn’t exactly call this a friends-to-lovers romance, but more of an acquaintances-to-lovers romance.  HARD COMPROMISE is told in dual POVs, comes with a HEA and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Hard Compromise (Compromise Me # 2)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

Buy LinksAmazon | iBooks

Visit Samanthe Beck:  Click Here


Compromise Me Series

Law Man (Dream Man #3)

By Kristen Ashley

17924005

Synopsis

Love is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She’s a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there’s no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can’t fix, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin’s kids, she gets pulled back into the life she’s tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

Review

Favourite moment – Billy tapping his heart and then pointing at Detective Mitch Lawson – tingles and tears.

Law Man is book 3 of the Dream Man Series, although not linked to each other I recommend you start at Mystery Man (#1), you will not be disappointed as characters appear in Wild Man (#2) and then Law Man (#3).

We first met Mitch in Mystery Man and yes I felt so sorry for him when Gwen picked Hawk but knew it was the right decision and then was definitely proven with Mara. Law Man makes me understand that Gwen was never the woman for Detective Mitch Lawson – Mara to me was the perfect woman – Mitch is a Law Man – to protect and my god the way he does it makes me melt, swoon and simply tear up.

Mara became my hero making her BBQ chicken pizza and walking across that breezeway, considering she is so shy she took my breath away. I loved her inner rating system and it made sense when you consider how she was brought up. Mara’s sever determination to give herself a better life and her strength of character when it comes to her two little cousins – pure perfection.

An outstanding moment for me also was Billy’s breakdown and how Mitch makes him realise he can take a breath and live a Dream life as a kid – pure magic.

We are given two beautiful children in Billy and Billie and their love for their Aunty Mara and topping it all off with Billie with her Teflon coating just makes your heart melt as well as Billy’s ultimate devotion to protecting his little sister.

We get operation “Take out the Trash” which was perfect along with “My Mitch” and “Break” – I loved Detective Mitch in Mystery Man and his story is my favourite so far of the three Dream Man series books.

Lovely ending to this story, we see how Mitch, Mara, Billy and Billie all end up – HEA guaranteed

Quote: “If I’m your Mitch, you’re my Mara”

Law Man (Dream Man #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks

Visit Author: Click Here


Wild Man (Dream Man #2)

By Kristen Ashley

 

16076188

Synopsis

She’s about to walk on the wild side . . .

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA agent-and he’s investigating her possible role in her ex-husband’s drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He’s committed to his anti-drug mission, but he’s fallen in love with the beautiful woman who’s as sweet as her cupcakes-and he’ll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who’s determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he’s lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

Review

Wild Man Brock we first meet in Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) as the undercover DEA who protects Gwen when she is kidnapped. I really liked Brock’s character in Book 1 so I was really happy to read his story.

Tessa is the soft and fluffy just like her sweet creations  to Brock’s wild and rough personality and they so fit each other.  I enjoyed the banter between them, the difficulties they faced from not only Brock and his family but Tessa’s past and I must say she had some serious heartbreak.

Brock’s two boys were my favourite characters as was my hero for them being their step dad Dade – what an amazing man he was in the end.

I did not like her friend Martha at all, even when she thawed to Brock but loved how we get to see the other girls particularly Gwen and Elvira.

This series is just getting better with so many characters from book 1 returning to book 2 and I see the hot detective Mitch is in Book 3 so bring it on – love these Alpha men.

This story flowed well, loved the family element this had considering Tessa’s dream to have children and the time jumping through their relationship was perfect.

Wild Man (Dream Man #2)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks

Visit Author: Click Here


Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

By Kristen Ashley

51bpdwwhtdl-_sx308_bo1204203200_

 

Synopsis


Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore…. 

Review

Hawk is one big great Mystery and definitely all alpha man – I loved him.

Gwen has the ability to be stark raving mad one minute, ditzy and girly then next breathe and  all soft and sensual.  So many times my heart broke for her as she fought to break down the walls of not only her heart but of Hawks.  Loved her rambling on about friends and family sometimes to complete strangers and big ass bikers – made me laugh so many times.

Now onto the other Mystery Men – Tack and Mitch – how can one book give us three men we would all want to be warming our sheets.  I really enjoyed the banter between Hawk, Mitch and Tack as it created some really intense but also some really funny moments.

Gwen’s family and friends also provide some great moments along with the drama story involving her sister.

Mystery Man  simply does not stop from the moment Gwen goes storming into a biker shop to find her sister who has sent trouble to her front door – her verbal diarrhoea of moments of pure frustration is really funny.

I also loved Elvira and her “boards” – that chick rocked and her knowledge of all things Hawk!

If you have read Rock Chicks you will be pleased to see that the Nightingale agency makes a cameo towards the second half of the story.

The next story in this series is Dream Man which is Brock’s story, now he helped protect Gwen in a certain situation in Mystery Man so he definitely deserves some sweet love.

We also get a snapshot of Hawk and Gwen into the future – HEA guaranteed by Kristen Ashley.

 

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

Buy Links: Amazon | Ibooks

Visit Author: Click Here


Hope Flames (Hope # 1)

By Jaci Burton

br-hope-flames

Synopsis

When it comes to love, they already know the rules…by heart.
 
Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.
 
That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.
 
When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever…hope.

Review

Both Emma and Luke haven’t had successful relationships, so neither of them is looking for a partner when they meet for the first time.  It’s not long until Luke is suggesting a friends-with-benefits arrangement.  Their dogs get on really well together, so why can’t they?

I found it extremely difficult to like Emma, who seems to spend most of the book thinking about Vaughn⎯her dangerous ex-boyfriend⎯and then comparing him to Luke, trying to find reasons to keep him at arms length.  She thinks about Vaughn several times just in the first 25% of the story, before we finally hear exactly what he did to her at the 54% mark.  Given that Vaughn was mentioned so many times, I predicted that he would make an appearance at some point, even though it wouldn’t fit with the story.  When Luke comes in to save the day, Emma gets upset because she wanted to save herself…so she dumps him.  Apart from her love of animals, I can’t think of anything else I liked about her.  To be honest, I can’t say a lot about Luke because I didn’t find him memorable.  Unfortunately, my dislike of Emma overshadowed his character.

HOPE FLAMES is told in dual POVs, but sometimes the POV would change in the middle of a chapter without any notice, so I’d suddenly find myself confused before I realised the POV had changed.  There is no epilogue, and the HEA comes in the form of a two-page conflict resolution, which was a let down.  When I started reading HOPE FLAMES, I was really into it, but at some point the story slowed down and really started to drag.  For a book that stated out so well, I was left so disappointed by the end that I don’t think I’ll continue on with the series.

Hope Flames (Hope # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

Buy LinksAmazon | iBooks

Visit Jaci Burton:  Click Here


Hope Series

Another Chance

By Kathy Clark

another-chance

Synopsis

Homeland Security agent Luke Archer returns home to Texas on a dangerous mission—a hands-on fight against a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States—yet it’s a chance encounter with his high-school sweetheart that really gets his blood pumping. Luke considers himself a lone wolf who doesn’t need a woman in his life. But as memories of their sweet, innocent affair stir him body and soul, Luke starts to wonder whether he should give love another chance.

A high-powered attorney, Bella Shaw has never forgotton how Luke left her behind in Austin to chase his dreams. But when she’s being totally honest with herself, Bella can’t deny that Luke is the one man she ever truly wanted. Though he tells her that the terrorists are using her land, she’s more worried about defending her heart from the advances of the sinfully sexy lawman. Still, Bella is willing to trust him again—if Agent Archer proves he’s worthy.

Review

Sometimes you can go home again as proven in Another Chance by Kathy Clark.  Some young loves are forgotten but not in the case of Luke and Bella.  They were supposed to have a lifetime together but sometimes people get in the way of those plans.

Luke is a Homeland Security agent that makes his way home to break up a terrorist organization.  This hits home for him because the terrorists are going across his high school sweetheart’s family ranch.  He is forced to come face to face with the only woman he ever really loved.

Bella has made a name for herself. She has reached the potential that her father wanted her to reach. She is a lawyer and a senator.  But after seeing Luke again she longs for something else now.  The only thing she wants to be careful of is her heart breaking again.

Another Chance was a good contemporary romance.  The romance between Luke and Bella was hot, steamy and sweet. They definitely had great chemistry.  Their love story did have a twist in it that I didn’t expect and that made this story fun for me.

I really enjoyed Luke’s family.  His grandmother was everything you expected her to be, but her story had a little twist in it as well.  His brothers, Nick and Justin, added the humour that makes them fun to read about.  Bella’s father took a little more getting used to in order to like him.   He has his ways and he loves his daughter.

Another Chance is about two people that were always meant to be together but had lost their way.

Another Chance

My Rating:  5 Hearts

Buy Links:  AmazoniBooks

Visit Kathy Clark:  Click Here

 

Savior (First to Fight #4)

By Nicole Blanchard

18529435

Synopsis

II thought I put my past behind me.

I lost everything when I testified against my fiancé for the murders of five women. After the jury delivered a life sentence, I ran. I hoped if I could disappear, maybe the horror he caused would, too.

When I return to Florida for the first time after his conviction, I’m determined to face my fears and get my life back. Then, a woman is murdered and I’m the only one who believes her death features the same signature as those I’m trying so hard to forget.

Instinct tells me to run again, but local cop Logan Blackwell has never let a suspect–or a woman–get away. He’s made it his own personal mission to solve the case and he needs my help to do it.

I have no choice once we learn I’m the next target, but I’m not interested in getting close to another man, especially not a sexy former Marine who has secrets of his own.

This is a FULL-LENGTH, STANDALONE, with NO CLIFFHANGER.

Review

Savior is book 4 of the First to Fight series and I really thought I would have loved it more – sadly no – I am left unsatisfied upon finishing.

My favourite two books of the series remain as Warrior and Survivor.

I am sorry but twenty chapters of mystery and it is all over in two pages that end chapter twenty and then we are given a Epilogue kind of left me flat with too many questions in my head for a STANDALONE.

What I loved – the connection between Logan and Sienna was just immediate and I felt it to my bones.  Logan was perfect for Sienna and the Epilogue simply ended beautifully for the characters, thank you for giving Sienna the gift you did, it was like a full circle.  I did find it a bit weird that Logan next caught onto the “secret” considering how alpha and protective he was.

Grandma Rose and Aunt Diane were two characters I loved from the start and their world of B&B made a safe haven for Sienna.  To watch these two women circle Sienna and give her a safe place was a beautiful thing to read and their humour gave light to sometimes dark moments.  Their banter with Logan being the overprotective Aunt and Grandma was fantastic, love seeing a grown alpha man brought to hell by two overprotective loving women.

What left me unsatisfied was the pace which towards the end was too fast in order to wrap up the whole drama and suspense, especially the motel scene.  I mean it was like “wham bam thank you ma’am” and it was all over.  We got no further information.

I have so many questions about  Joseph and Gavin.  Did the killer think Paige was Piper?  Why did he kill off her friends? Was he trying to get rid of them all so she would need him?  I wanted to know more about that fateful night at the nightclub, I was dying to know his side of the story?    After finishing this book I actually went back to the when she was at college and checked some paragraphs in case I missed something as the whole ex Fiancee Gavin was not sitting right with me.

Saviour (First to Fight #4)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

Buy Links: Amazon

Visit Author: Click Here


High-Sided (Armed & Dangerous # 3)

By L.P. Dover

br-high-sided

Synopsis

Wild, reckless, and fast. 

That’s how I raced until a fatal accident on the track ruined my riding career. I had no choice but to leave that life behind; at least, until now. My name is Logan Chandler, one of the best FBI agents in the country. When an old friend calls for help and winds up dead, I take matters into my own hands. In order to do that, I have to go back to my past, back to the racetrack and to the one girl I never thought I’d see again . . . Kassidy Bennett. 

She’s the key to solving it all, but bringing her in could put her in grave danger. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize she was already there. To save her, I have to put everything on the line. It’s a race against time, a race to the death, and only one will make it to the end. 

Review

HIGH-SIDED is a second-chance romance between Logan and Kassidy.  Logan ended their relationship for Kassidy’s own good after he was involved in a terrible accident that took him a year to recover from.  Flash forward eight years, and an old teammate and friend calls him for help because someone is sabotaging the team and they need to figure out who it is.  Logan initially refuses, but when his friend ends up dead, he takes the case on, even though it means having to face Kassidy again.

I loved the first two books in the Armed & Dangerous series, but I have to say that this one fell flat for me.  In regards to the mystery surrounding the team, I thought there were too many holes in the case, most of which involved the villain’s actions.  In regards to the characters, Logan and Kassidy are very likeable, but I didn’t feel a connection with them or between them.  Logan’s attempt to not drag Kassidy down with him all those years ago was noble and sweet, but I felt she forgave him too quickly.  I don’t think anyone can get over eight years of heartbreak after a five minute conversation.  I felt the behaviour of some of the characters to be a little odd, such as the switch in affection from one person to another overnight, and the lack of grieving after the funeral.  It’s hard to get emotionally invested in the characters when their own emotions seem so weak and fickle.

HIGH-SIDED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  The story itself is very fast paced and is ultimately a fairly quick read.  While this one didn’t win me over, having read and loved the previous two books, I would continue on with this series.

High-Sided (Armed & Dangerous # 3)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

Buy LinksAmazon | iBooks

Visit L.P. Dover:  Click Here


Armed & Dangerous Series

Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country # 1)

By Pamela Clare

br-barely-breathing

Synopsis

Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.

Review

BARELY BREATHING is a second-chance romance between Austin and Lexi, who dated through high school only to break up just before Lexi left for college.  Coming home to help her father with some personal issues, she’s forced to face her past while trying to figure out what to do with her future.

I liked Lexi a lot and thought she was a really nice and generous woman despite not having had the best experiences in life.  Her stepmother, Kendra, is a real piece of work and I didn’t like her at all.  While I liked Lexi, when it came to her father I thought she was a bit of a doormat.  He has treated her pretty horribly her whole life and then has the nerve to act all put out because she’s never come home before.  To make matters worse, he blames her for his shitty life choices, and she lets him.  She eventually stands up to Kendra, but she never really stands up to her father, and I would have loved to have seen her do just that.  I liked Austin, but to be honest, I don’t remember a great deal about him.  I remember a lot about Lexi, but Austin has nothing memorable happening in his life, past or present.

I enjoyed BARELY BREATHING, which for the most part was light and easy to read.  I loved the handcuffed-to-the-bed scene, which was sexy at first, before turning awkward, embarrassing and hilarious.  Because it’s the first book in the Colorado High Country series, there were a lot of characters introduced and trying to remember them all was difficult.  It also included cameos from two I-Team characters, but you don’t need to read their stories to understand their inclusion here.  In regards to the climbing and rescue side of the story, it got extremely technical and was hard to follow, even with the glossary included in the beginning.

BARELY BREATHING is told in dual POVs, is the first in the series where each book can be read as a stand-alone, and comes with a nice HEA for Austin and Lexi.  Austin and Lexi’s best friends get the next book, SLOW BURN.

Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

Buy LinksAmazon | iBooks

Visit Pamela Clare:  Click Here


Colorado High Country Series

The Ghost In The Mirror (Samuel Dexter # 1)

By Faith Gibson

br-the-ghost-in-the-mirror

Synopsis

What do you do when you have no memories of your life except the one moment that took everything away? 

My name is Dex and I’m a Marine. Somewhere in the horrors of the sand overseas, an explosion took out not only most of my unit but also my memories of everything that happened before that day. When my memories don’t return, the explosion also ends my career in the military. That one moment costs me everything. 

Starting from scratch sucks. I don’t even know what foods I like or what types of music I listen to. Am I a boxer or briefs man? Do I like women or men? I also have to figure out what I’m going to do with my life from this point on. 

While adjusting to my new life, I start seeing things — things that no one else can see. I think that maybe my head injury caused more than amnesia. When one of my “visions” won’t leave me alone, I have no choice but to believe in ghosts. 

Along with the ghosts during the day, at night I dream vividly of two men. But are these two men merely dreams, or are they memories? When one man steps through the door of my hospital room, I have the answer. This man literally tries to lead me down memory lane, culminating in a searing kiss. Too bad my brain isn’t cooperating, because this man is breathtaking. 

With the help of my sassy grandmother, I begin to rebuild my life. 

I am Samuel Dexter, and these are my stories.

Review

I loved THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR and ended up reading it in one sitting.  We have an ex-Marine and his detective ex-boyfriend.  We have romance.  We have ghosts.  We have PI cases to close and a crime to solve.  We also have one hell of a sassy grandmother.

Sammy Lou?  Oh, hell no.  My name was…was…Oh shit.  I was pretty sure at that point if Sammy Lou was my real name, I never wanted to recover my memories.  Fuck me.

I loved the characters in this story, from Dex to Orlando to Gram to Cindy to Zayden.  There are a few more, but I won’t mention them all here.  Dex is a nice guy who is fairly easy going considering he lost his entire life history.  You’d expect someone in that situation to be filled with anger and frustration, but he’s not.  When he realises he’s not hallucinating and is in fact seeing a real ghost, he makes it his mission to help her.  This mission has him moving on from the military and becoming a Private Investigator.  Orlando is also a good guy that, judging by how he is with his nephew, will make a wonderful father some day.  I also respected the hell out of him when he acknowledged the break-up with Dex all those years ago was completely his fault.  Dex’s grandmother is hilarious and you can tell that’s where he gets a lot of his personality from.  I loved that she was sassy but would always tell Dex off for his sass.  The kids, Cindy and Zayden, are both adorable and sweet, with both of their stories breaking my heart.

How unfair was it that I had known the love of not one but two men in my life and couldn’t remember either one.

Don’t be like me and think that the ghosts mentioned in the blurb are metaphors, because they’re not.  After his head injury, Dex can see real ghosts.  That didn’t phase me though because even though I wasn’t aware it was going to be a paranormal, I just went with the flow.  My only issue with the story is that almost everyone believes Dex immediately when he says he sees ghosts.  No-one thought he was crazy or blamed his head injury, which I thought was odd.

THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR is told mostly in Dex’s POV, but Orlando does get some one-on-one time with the reader as well.  It’s the first book in the series and I for one am looking forward to reading more in the future.  I’m not sure if the future books will focus on Dex’s relationship with Orlando, or if they’ll focus on his PI work.  In this book, one case gets closed, but another two remain open: the cheating spouse and the ghosts living in his boss’s house.  I would like more closure in regards to the missing girls and their families, especially Cindy’s, and maybe we’ll see that in a future book.

The Ghost In The Mirror (Samuel Dexter # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

Buy LinksAmazon | iBooks

Visit Faith Gibson:  Click Here