Thursday, July 31, 2014

ARC Book review: Love is a Battlefield (DreamMakers #2) by Vivian Arend , Elle Kennedy

Available July 22, 2014
ARC ebook provided by author

Years ago it was far easier for Jack Hunter to keep his hands off his best friend’s little sister. Before they’d signed up and done a couple tours of duty, Pepper Wilson had been nothing more than an annoying tag-along brat. Only now that he’s back for good and working to make DreamMakers a success, Pepper’s home from college and determined to push his every button.

The 2nd installment of Dream Makers series by Vivian Arend picks up with Jack Hunter.  Jack is a partner in Dream Makers Inc. A company that helps guys plan fun exciting dates who can't figure it out for themselves among other things. Jack a ex-soldier along with a few other ex-soldiers run the company. Pepper Wilson is the younger sister of one of those ex-soldiers.  She was always tagging along behind her brother but now fresh from college she's all grown up. When Pepper shows up covered in bruising and a black eye Jack sees red! Taking her home with him he starts to realize she's not a little girl anymore. Love this book for many reasons. Seeing Jack and Pepper figure their way around each other was interesting and fun. Pepper is still trying to prove she's an adult and responsible and Jack is struggling with the fact that he's more than just a little attracted to her. Spark fly of course! It's not a simple romance by any means and when weird stuff starts happening to Pepper she's not sure what's going on but Jack's there to help. Fun sexy romance with a little bit of evil person and a jilted ex thrown in to make it even more interesting. You want to read this one for entertainment value alone!

Find out more about the Dream Makers series and Vivian Arend here

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ARC book review: Fast Track (Buchanan-Renard #12) by Julie Garwood

Available July 29th
ARC ebook provided by publisher through Netgalley

Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

Ok if you are a Julie Garwood fan and have read this series you must know that this is the book fans have been waiting for for a long time.  We knew Cordie had a thing for Aiden in previous books but he was oblivious. There's a bit of a age gap there and there's the sister's friend thing going on. In reading the prologue of the book you relive the story of the way Cordie met Aiden. She was 5 and he was 17 and she was a smart cookie even then. In the first chapters i got a little teary eyed with the events that leave Cordie on her own and whirling in grief and questioning her life. Aiden steps in as always to help, but is surprised to find himself attracted to Cordie. After discovering the mother she thought was dead is really alive and had abandoned Cordie and her dad she takes off to Australia with Aiden to get a look at her. This is where it really takes off. Meeting her mother brings on more trouble than Cordie anticipates.  Julie Garwood really pulls you in to many of her well known characters from previous books . Most of which get plenty of page time. Finally! Finally we get to meet Walker. Not sure what i think of him but i was glad she brought him in to the story. As much as we have seen of Cordie she really gets to shine in her story and she shows how tough a woman she really is. She would have to be to go toe to toe with Aiden. As controlled and protective as Aiden is we get to see he sexy sweet and adoring side too. Loved seeing this story develop and for me it fell neatly into line with the previous books in the series and i enjoyed it immensely.  Now i just have to wonder who is anyone is next??? I know i have a few ideas. How about you?

Find out more about the series and Julie Garwood here

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hot Cover Monday! Saved By a Seal ( Hot Seals #2) by Cat Johnson

Available Sept 16th 2014

Hot SEALs, Book 2

Zane Alexander was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but the rebellious bad boy traded it, along with his share of the family fortune, for a Navy SEAL trident and freedom from his controlling father.

Ten years later, Zane’s teammates are depending on him to secure the startup capital they need to open their security company and he’s gambling on his skills at covert operations to get it. For a million dollars he’ll fake interest in Missy Greenwood, the Senator’s daughter his father wants him to date in exchange for the investment.

But when Missy is kidnapped and Zane and his team are sent to Nigeria to rescue her and the others being held, bullets as well as sparks of attraction start to fly. There’s no more faking when the danger and the emotions both turn very real in this contemporary romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson.

Find out more about this series and author Cat Johnsone here

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ARC Book review: Night with a SEAL (Hot SEALs, #1) by Cat Johnson

Available July 22, 2014
ARC ebook provided by author

Hot SEALs Series, Book 1

Ten years of dedication to the Navy taught SEAL Jon Rudnick one thing—he’s not afraid to risk life and limb for his country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy it makes Jon question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the woman he can’t get out of his head.

When Ali’s life is threatened and military rules won’t allow him to intervene, Jon decides it’s time to take back control.

A team of sexy SEALs, a terrorist threat, and an attraction that can’t be denied . . . 

This is the first book in a new series by author Cat Johnson.  Jon Rudnick has been a Navy guy for 10 years. A Navy seal to be precise. It took a lot of work to get where he is and his body has paid the price for it. Home on a break a couple of his buddies, former Navy seals have a get together where he meets Alison Cressly. Even though they know it was a set up by one of Jon's buddies sister he still feels a instant attraction. If Alison's reaction is anything to go by she feels it too. After giving Ali a ride home their attractions sizzles into a quick fast sexual encounter that leaves both wanting more. Jon can't subject a woman to the kind of uncertain life he lives so he walks away. When Ali's life is threatened and all his  Navy Seal training means nothing when he's not allowed to get involved he questions why he kept Ali at arms length and what being a seal means to him.  I liked this book because i felt i could fit in with this group of people. The details of the military situations felt real. I felt the connection between John and Ali but could understand also why Jon held back. You can't spend years in the military and not know that your life is not always your own. Spouse's and significant other's have to deal with that on a daily basis. In the end Jon made the decision that was right for him. To that end a new venture is formed which i am guessing will play into future books in this series. Night with a Seal is a nice base to hopefully a great series.  Can't wait to see where Cat Johnson takes us! 

Find out more about the Hot Seals series and author Cat Johnson here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ARC Book review: Struggling For Justice (Bantorus MC #6) by Debra Kayn

Available now!
ARC ebook provided by publisher

Let's roll…

Natalie Oman's husband murdered his brother before committing suicide, leaving her a widow and struggling for her share of Meghoni Mine. She spends her time avoiding her remaining brother in law and his irrational agenda that someone else murdered both Oman brothers. Finally free from the threats and loneliness that came from her marriage, she's determined to find a place to teach her self-defense classes and move on with her life. The last thing she expects is a sexy biker to validate her dreams and work his way into her heart.

As the Vice President and the oldest member of the Bantorus MC, Federal Charter, Remmy Hollis lives life hard, wild, and free. Summertime means territory wars, beautiful women, trips back to Pitnam, and chaos. Until one rational decision changes the course of Remmy's life. The dangerous web of cover-ups surrounding Los Li—the Mexican mafia, puts a target on Natalie's back. Remmy will bury the secrets and take out anyone who tries to hurt the woman warming his back, even though Natalie's the one lady who deserves to know the truth.

—Each Bantorus MC book features a new couple with their own happily ever after—

This book picks up almost a year after Fighting to Ride book 5 in this series. Natalie Oman's husband was one of two brothers murdered by Los Li, the Mexican mafia. The three Oman brothers own Meghoni Mine. The mine is what sustains the town with jobs. To the public it looks like Natalie's husband killed one of his other brothers then killed himself. Natalie has knowledge no one else does about her husband and thinks that there was a good possibility that's what happened. The remaining Oman brother says no way and wants Natalie to help open a new investigation into the two other Oman brother's deaths. He can't believe it was murder/suicide.  Remmy Hollis is the oldest of the Bantourus guys in Federal MC. He's always gone his own way and enjoyed being single. Remmy comes to Natalie's rescue when he sees a man harassing her in a parking lot. He puts her on his bike and for guys in the MC that place is reserved for a woman for one of two reasons. Either she's in trouble or she's his wife. Natalie certainly qualifies for the first one. As Remmy finds out more about Natalie and her situation he feels guilt and he is attracted more and more to her. He knows that Los Li is responsible for her husband's death but no one can know that. It has to remain a secret because if it doesn't Los Li will definitely be back. Unfortunately Natalie's brother in law won't let it go. This is just one more exciting chapter into Debra Kayn's Bantourus MC series. The series keeps expanding to include a new generation and they are proving to be just as good as the original crew which luckily still pops up in these newer books. Remmy has to struggle with what's right and wrong and with his heart. He never thought he's find someone to love but even though he and Natalie seem like opposites they still seem to fit together quite nicely. Natalie has no idea how a Motorcycle club works but for Remmy she's willing to learn. It's fun to watch the two interact and deal with their attraction and the real danger Los Li presents. The secondary characters take turns stepping into the spotlight as well and give you a glimpse into future situations. Another great addition to the Bantourus MC series.

Find out more about this series and author Debra Kayn here