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Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

By Suzanne Brockmann

Synopsis

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

Review

SOME KIND OF HERO is the first book I’ve read from Suzanne Brockmann.  It was an amazing blend of humour, suspense and romance, and you step right into the action at the very first page.

Shayla is a divorced romance writer and a mother of two teenaged boys.  She’s been ogling the hot Navy SEAL who moved in across the street for months now, so when he flags her down asking for her help, who is she to refuse.  Shayla is a very likeable character because she’s funny, kind and smart.  The only thing about her that irked me was Harry, the imaginary voice of her favourite character in her head.  I eventually accepted the fact that it was just one of her quirks and tried to ignore he was there.

Peter is the hot Navy SEAL Shayla’s been fantasising about for months.  He’s also a newly single father to a teenaged daughter he can’t seem to connect with, no matter how hard he tries.  Regardless of how Maddie feels about him, he loves her, which is proven by how far he’s willing to go to get her back safely.  I loved the emails he sent to Maddie while she was missing; they were so sweet and really allowed her to see that her father was not the bad guy she thought he was.

The story (with exception of the epilogue) takes place in just four days, so I would definitely call this an insta-love.  The epilogue was short and sweet, and the perfect way to end their story.  While this is part of a series, and couples/characters from previous books make their appearances here, it can be read as a stand-alone.  SOME KIND OF HERO is not only told in Peter and Shayla’s POVs, but also in several other characters POVs as well.  This did make it a little confusing, but it didn’t happen too often and it was good to sneak inside the minds of the other characters for certain scenes.

Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

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Troubleshooters Series

Whispered Prayers Of A Girl

By Alex Grayson

Synopsis

A tortured soul meets a damaged family…
A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt about the past keep them apart?
 
Her whispered prayers break her…
At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.
 
Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…
Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’re here, I’m not sure I can let them go.

Review

WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is a beautiful and emotional read that you will definitely need tissues for.  Alex, Gwen, Kelsey and Daniel have all experienced heartbreaking loss, but after being stranded in a snowstorm together for just a few days, friendships are born that help pave the way to healing and happiness.

Alex is a town local, but he became a recluse after a tragic accident robbed him of so much.  He blames himself for the accident and therefore doesn’t think he deserves a happy life, especially one with Gwen and her kids.  Because of his guilt, he spent a lot of the story trying to decide whether he should be with her or not.

Gwen is new to town, having arrived about two years after the death of her husband that left her a single parent to their two children: Kelsey and Daniel.  Gwen is a very patient and forgiving woman, and she needed to be when it came to Alex.  I loved Daniel and his playful personality, and my heart broke for Kelsey and the blame she carries on her little shoulders over her father’s death.

There were only a few small things that bothered me.  We never heard anything about the person who caused Alex’s accident at all.  Were they punished?  Did they survive?  We don’t know, and I thought it was odd that it was never mentioned.  We also never learn what happened to the horse, Bandit, that Alex was training?  Alex and Bandit had an interesting connection, and I wish we’d seen some closure in regards to that.  Finally, I found some of their thoughts and conversations to be a little repetitive.

WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is told in dual POVs and it ended with a lovely HEA for Alex and Gwen.  At this time it appears to be a stand-alone, and I didn’t get the feeling anyone else in this story would get their own book.  But you never know.

Whispered Prayers Of A Girl

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Untouched (Midwest Alphas #1)

By Tabatha Kiss

Synopsis

They told me to stay away from him.
But he couldn’t stay away from me. 

CLAIRE

I’m exiled.
My parents sent me far away from home to be scared straight by ex-cop step-uncle.
That’s when I met my step-cousin, Tobias.

Stay away from him, they told me. He’s a good guy.
If that’s true, then why does he come home covered in bruises?

I followed him one night.
I’m not sure what I was expecting to find but seeing him beat another man senseless in a boxing ring surrounded by adoring fans wasn’t it.

An illegal MMA tournament called The Midwest Alphas. 
Home to some of the most brutal fighters in the country and Tobias is the local favorite to win the whole thing.
But there’s something he wants more than underground fame and glory…
And he’s looking right at me.

TOBIAS

I’m screwed.
Living a double life was difficult enough already.
The last thing I needed was a curious girl like Claire following me around.

Stay away from her, they told me. She’s a troubled girl.
If that’s true, then she and I have more in common than they think.

I joined The Midwest Alphas for more than underground fame and glory.
There’s more at stake here but I can’t focus on winning with Claire’s eyes on me the whole time. She’s a distraction. One that I can’t afford to indulge in.

I want her but I shouldn’t.
I’m supposed to help protect her from men like me but I can hardly control myself around her.
She’s young. Too young.
I can’t touch her. Yet.

Untouched: The ALPHA Edition features nearly 10,000 new words. More blood, more sweat, and more forbidden love, all from Tobias’ perspective. Get into the mind of the Alpha for the first time and learn more about the dark and dangerous underground world of The Midwest Alphas! Book 1 of 3, so you can expect a mild plot cliffhanger.

Review

Untouched was a really enjoyable read and it is told from both main characters point of view which enables you to really connect to them and I also really loved Tobias’s dad Charlie.  Charlie brought Claire back from her troubled ways and enabled her to feel safe and cared for.

Whilst reading Untouched you are given great moments of MMA action with the other bad boy alpha fighters and then some suspenseful moments with heartache involving her step-brother Rick.

Both the physical and emotional scenes between Tobias and Claire are really well written, with great build up and were perfect –I loved them together.  I did also appreciate the author respecting Tobias and him waiting for Claire to recover and turn 18 – Tobias gave her respect when she had been given very little by her family.

Tobias and Charlie create an environment for Claire to recover and want to be a better person along with Amy who was humorous and enlightened you to the world of ALPHA fighting.

Personally for me there is no real cliffhanger at the end of this book 1 of the trilogy and if you are happy where this was left you could walk away.

Untouched (Midwest Alphas #1)

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Catching The Cowgirl (Cotton Creek # 3)

By Jennie Marts

Synopsis

California video game designer Adam Clark knows that, in his business, authenticity is the key. So, for their newest Western adventure game, he and his partners decide to try out Cowboy Camp. Only Adam’s friends never arrive, leaving him a bit—okay, a lot—preoccupied, trying to resist the gorgeous cowgirl who owns the ranch.

Single mom Skye Hawkins is too busy trying to keep her family’s dude ranch out of the red to even think about romance. But she’s having trouble avoiding Adam. He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s funny…and he’s hot! Maybe it’s the mountain air, but she finds herself letting down her guard. And the fireworks are definitely worth it. 

The only problem—they live in totally different worlds. Still, Adam is nothing if not resourceful. Sure, he wants to catch the cowgirl. But more importantly, he needs to find a way to keep her.

Review

CATCHING THE COWGIRL was a sweet and funny romantic read, and I loved Adam and Skye.  Skye is hardworking, strong and independent, but that also means she can be very stubborn at times.  Adam is so easy to like because he’s sweet, geeky and a little bit awkward, but in an endearing way.  He always knows exactly what to say to Skye to make her heart melt, because everything he says comes from the heart.

CATCHING THE COWGIRL is the third book in the Cotton Creek series and, while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely HEA for Adam and Skye.  If you’re after a steamy romance with lots of hot sex, you won’t find it here, because other than some foreplay, everything happens behind closed doors.  But even without the sex, I really enjoyed this story.

Catching The Cowgirl (Cotton Creek # 3)

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Cotton Creek Series

Recluse (Spider Series # 1)

By Jaycee Ford

Synopsis

You were my brother in the line of duty.
My partner.
My best friend.
You were the man who had it all.
Your thoroughness and precision made you a great cop.
It’s what got you killed.
And now I live with the darkening shadows of your memory.
You weren’t here when I needed you to save me.
You weren’t here when I needed help solving the most gruesome murder this town had ever seen.
But most of all, you weren’t here to keep me from falling in love with your wife.

Review

RECLUSE is the first book I’ve read from Jaycee Ford, and despite what I’m about to say below, I didn’t hate it.  Honestly, I didn’t.

The first thing I need to point out is that RECLUSE ends in a cliffhanger, which was frustrating because the blurb makes no mention that it will end that way or that the murder will remain unsolved and continue on.  Without any information at this time, I can only assume that the murder mystery will continue to be the focal point throughout this series until the final book, and at this stage I have no idea how many books that will be.

I don’t have much to say about Wyatt or Grace, because the story as a whole is fairly short and only half of it focuses on them and their changing relationship, so you don’t learn a lot about them.  What you do learn is that Wyatt has spent the past several years filled with guilt lusting over his best friend’s wife, but a year on from his death, he comes to the realisation that his feelings for Grace aren’t going to go away, so he stops hiding them from her.  Grace was a little skittish, but overall, she handled moving on to a new relationship very well.

The other half of the story focuses on the murder investigation, while at the same time introducing us to all the secondary characters.  I had a lot of trouble keeping track of who everyone was, because sometimes a character would be called by their first name, but then they’d be called by their last name, which meant there were too many names to remember.  I also struggled with the love-triangle situation everyone seemed to be in.  Boy A wants Girl A, but is sleeping with Girl B, who really wants Boy B, while Boy C wants to sleep with Girl B, but really wants Girl C, and so-on and so-forth.  It was all very confusing.

RECLUSE held my attention and was a fairly quick read, told only in Wyatt’s POV.  With the exception of the prologue, the story takes place over a six day period.  Judging by the ongoing murder mystery, the books in this series will need to be read in order.  At this stage, I’m assuming each book will be about a different couple, but I’m honestly not sure given how this book ended for Wyatt and Grace.  There was no epilogue and I felt their relationship was not completely settled.  That being said, one could consider what happened between them at the end as a form of closure to their story, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the next book’s blurb to come out to know for sure.  Will I continue with this series?  I think so, but if I do, I’ll be waiting until the entire series has been released.

Recluse (Spider Series # 1)

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Stealing Amy (Disciples #2)

By Izzy Sweet & Sean Moriarty

Synopsis

They grabbed the wrong girl.

They thought I was his wife, not the woman he’s obsessed with.

Ivan Romanov is one of the Russian mafia’s biggest financial backers.

And he’s been destroying my life piece by piece just to get me in his bed.

I never wanted to be in this situation.

Stalked.
Cornered.
Desperate.

I was doomed. About to be forced by a powerful man who was willing to take what I didn’t want to give.

Then he came, a demon in the dark. A dark voice that told me to be a good girl if I want to live…

Review

Making no apologies here I simply loved Stealing Amy, yes it is totally left of centre but I could not put this down as Amy is a sensual woman and Andrew is just all alpha man  This is fast paced, has great humour and continues on with the mystery story that surrounds the Disciples series.

Now to be honest I did not overly enjoy book 1, Keeping Lily, it was too fast paced for me but all reviews I read for book 2 said to read book 1 – I did and I am glad because you need to meet Lucifer before you get to Andrew.  Lucifer is an interesting character and it is great to see him progress further in this next instalment.

Amy and Andrew’s connection both physical and emotional just clicked all the way and then add Amy’s beautifully adaptable daughter Abigail and it just cements itself as a great romance read.  I read this in a day, it gives you everything, passionate sex scenes and then mystery and suspense.

We also return to see Lucifer and Lily who surprisingly felt more together as a couple and I actually enjoyed them in this book and also seeing more of their family.

Jonathan and his interactions with Abigail, looking after her and Amy, he was a favourite character for me in Stealing Amy.  I would also love a story on Simon as I think he will have a strong web of protection around his heart and it will take a special girl for him to lose control.

Quote:  She’s not going to be simply a wife to me or the woman who warms my bed No, she ‘s my possession. My fucking obsession.

Stealing Amy (Disciples #2)

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Stay (WAGs # 2)

By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Synopsis

Can you fall for someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service–is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson. 

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

Review

STAY is book 2 in the WAGs series and once again, Sarina and Elle did not disappoint.  The story.  The main characters.  The secondary characters.  I loved it all.

“I was thinking about what you said yesterday at the store.  About how you’ve never really dated?”
“Oh. That.”
“I don’t know, it seems kind of unfair that you’ve never been on a real date.  I thought I’d change that.”

I don’t know how they manage to do it, but Sarina and Elle have an amazing way of writing male leads that are so easy to love, and Matt is no exception.  He’s funny, sweet and a great father to his two daughters.  He’s also good husband material, despite his ex-wife’s claims and the emotional abuse she dumped on him throughout⎯and after⎯their marriage.  Hailey, having recently gone through a divorce herself, was a great match for Matt.  They both lost confidence in themselves when their spouses left, so I felt they were on equal footing when it came to their relationship, and both knew they had to tread lightly.  I loved their online flirting in the beginning, but my favourite scene was when Matt texted Hailey during their dinner date because she was so nervous.  It was the perfect blend of sweet, endearing and hot.

We got a couple of scenes with the hockey WAGs, who are loyal and supportive, and just a great group of women all around.  A special shout out has to go to Hailey’s best friend, Jenny, as well as Mr Dick.  In fact, if Sarina and Elle are reading this review, I’d like to put in a request for Jenny and Mr Dick to get their own story.

STAY is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  I get the feeling that Matt’s teammate, O’Connor, will get the next book and, judging by his reaction to a certain woman in this story, it should be interesting.  I’m looking forward to it and it can’t come soon enough.

Stay (WAGs # 2)

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WAGs Series

Him Duet (Connected Series)

All I Am (This Man #3.5)

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

A new novella featuring Drew from the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy!

Jodi:
I’ve been revisiting a few old friends. You remember Drew? The dark, mysterious pal of Jesse’s? The cool guy, who kept himself to himself? Yes, him! It’s time for Drew to shine in a brand-spanking-new THIS MAN Novella coming June 18th! I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had going back to my roots, and I just know you’re gonna LOVE Mr Davies. I hope a little something while you’re waiting for THE FORBIDDEN (Aug 8th) will put a smile on your face as wide as mine ☺

I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong . . .

I don’t need a relationship.
I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it—no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy . . . well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life—my real life. That I’m a daddy to an adorable little girl.
My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. And once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?

Review

All I Am, that moment for Drew when he is not looking for something and he finds it in the form of Raya and she too believes if you don’t have anyone, you can’t lose anymore.  Drew’s story is fast flowing and I could have read so much  more on this couple but in some ways it was perfect  as I for one wanted as little of Coral as possible!

How gorgeous is his pigdge? I really loved how the author included Georgia in so much of this story and it was perfect as she was the centre of Drew’s world – it was well thought out and clearly defined the kind of man he now was.

It was wonderful to return to the threesome of Jesse, Sam and Drew and how they still support each other through their 40’s was great to see.  How they supported each other and the humour in realising Drew had finally met his match provided some magic This Man moments.

I certainly did a happy dance seeing Jesse, Ava and the kids, it was like returning home and capturing another glimpse into their lives post the Manor.

Can I say I loved Raya as a character, she was beautiful and obviously just what Drew needed, the age difference for me and her background story provided warmth in allowing Drew to thaw his cold heart with trusting women.

My favourite part was the three men and little lady scene in the car – it had me laughing at a time where my heart was beating out of my chest wondering whether Drew would get his happy ever after.

Drew was one character from the This Man Series who always intrigued me and I am so happy we got to see his life after the Manor.

Quote:  If happiness was a chain, it would be platinum with solid hearts between every link and entwined around my swelling heart.

All I Am (This Man #3.5)

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Sovietnik’s Fury

By V.F. Mason

Synopsis

Vivian
Terrified at what my family wanted to do to me, I ran away from them straight into the arms of a gray-eyed stranger.
The man taught me how to love, creating a cocoon around my heart that nothing could break.
I thought my old life was behind me, but my dreams didn’t come true.
They had found me and manipulated the situation in their favor, destroying my life in the process.
To save the man I loved, I had no choice but to betray him.
He was out of prison now.
He would come for revenge.
All I could do was pray for mercy.

Sovietnik 
Five years.
That was how long I had spent in prison for the crime I didn’t commit.
My life, my status, my woman were stolen from me.
So many people due revenge from for the injustice done to me.
But I’d start with the one who betrayed me the most.
The woman I loved, the only woman who occupied my thoughts all those years, from the moment I’d met her.
The only woman I used to live for.
Vivian.

Warning: 18+ due to sexual content, profanity, abuse, graphic violence, and adult subject matter. Standalone, although connected with Pakhan Duet series.

Review

Firstly, I love the cover, yes I too wanted his beard to run between my legs just like Vivian, wow their passionate scenes were H.O.T.!

Sovietnik’s does have immense fury, anger, betrayal but his ultimate love for Vivian and the need to protect her made him the champion.  The way the author told their love story between the past and present seemed to entwine without breaks, it simply flowed perfectly for me.  I do not normally like going backwards and forwards but I found in this story I was hungry for everything, their history, the plotting and I had questions and all were answered.

Well done to the author, I did not pick The Director, I had a hunch but until it was revealed I was still second guessing myself which in the end provided a great twist.  There are also other great small stories within this suspenseful journey especially with the Sovietnik’s family, Vivian and her sister and parents too that I loved.

The Sovietnik does get his revenge, it is at times dark, raw and gritty but done with total relevance to the story and I was with him every step of the way considering the injustice served to him.  I did also enjoy the friendship with his group of men and I found the Russian mafia story easy to follow.  I also really loved the endless protection and moments of humour given particularly between Vivian, Jake and the Russian men.

I literally picked this up and could not put down, it had me gripped to the pages, second guessing myself and then falling in love all over again with Vivian and the Sovietnik like they did 5 years earlier.

The Epilogue is brilliant and left me totally satisfied with the conclusion to their love story.

Sovietnik’s Fury

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A Change in Tide (Northern Lights #1)

By Freya Barker

Synopsis

What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black?

For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent.
Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay

A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him.
Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.

Review

A Change in Tide is my first book by this author and will not be my last, her writing style, the way she interconnects the characters, their emotions, passion and humour was just fantastic.

As I got towards the Epilogue my eyes started to well with tears, I was simply not read to say farewell to this group of characters, I will be reading this story again and again, it is a beautiful story of hope, family and new beginnings.

The cover is pure and simple Jared, all masculine in that outdoors way, yet someone who would engulf you in a big bear hug and fight your demons.  I also am happy to say I loved that Jared was shy of 40 and Mia was slightly older, it was wonderful to read a mature love story of second chances and changing your life’s direction.

The story is told from both Jared and Mia POV and it switches with ease and we also get an entwining story of Jared’s sister, now I could read a whole novel on her running parallel to this story as so many scenes I was like, I want to know what is being thought, felt and whispered, but that is just me.  The humourous scenes around Jordy and Ole made me laugh many times which provided relief and John was a wonderful character and perfectly included – I was so in his alpha corner all the way.

Mia’s condition is written with heart and soul and it was respectful and as a reader you too were feeling the helplessness and loneliness.  I was with Mia every step of the way in her fighting through and deciding to embrace life again and to go with the flow of the tide.

A Change in Tide was a simply beautiful romantic story and upon finishing the last page I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes – my soul was nourished.

Quote:  But if I truly want a new beginning – a total change in tide – I have to start with me.

A Change in Tide (Northern Lights #1)

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