Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Book Review: Risk No Secrets (5th book in Black Ops series) by author Cindy Gerard

I've really been enjoying The Black Ops series by author Cindy Gerard. I reviewed a couple of the first ones but since then plowed my way thru the remaining books in the series. I don't mind saying that i really enjoyed them all. I think my favorite is Johnny Duane Reed's book which is 3rd in the series called Whisper No lies (green cover) the man has it all and doesn't even realize it. Crystal the heroine to Johnny's hero status is total kick ass. Cindy writes the men as strong characters who are tough as nails but still have their inner demons but she also has some super tough women. All i can say is the last few chapters of Whisper no Lies shows you how Cindy Gerard equalizes the men and the women. I found myself cheering Crystal when she saves herself from 3 bad ass men. lol  Anyway let me get back to the 5th book in this book Risk No Secrets. This one is Wyatt (Papa Bear) Savage's story. To me this story starts out tranquil with Wyatt going home to see his family he hasn't seen in 2 years and contemplating his life. That all ends with the ringing of the phone when a old love from his past calls from El Salvador and needs his help. Of course he goes to help but here's the thing. Sophie is married to his best friend Hugh. At least he thinks she is. He and Hugh both had the hots for her 12 years ago when as CIA operatives they took a Spanish language class in which Sophie was the teacher. They both courted her but Hugh got the girl. So where's Hugh now when Sophie needed help? Old feeling come back and now what? Below is a blurb from the back of Risk No Secrets.


Twelve years of chasing bad guys didn’t erase beautiful Sophie Baylor from Wyatt Savage’s memory. If he had another chance, he’d never let her leave. So when she tracks him down from El Salvador and begs for help, he doesn’t ask questions—he just goes.


Sophie is grateful her daughter survived a kidnapping attempt, but she won’t forgive herself until the girl who was mistakenly abducted is safe. Wyatt is the only man brave enough to take on the mysterious terrorists behind the crime—and the one irresistible man she wishes she had never let go.


Sophie knows Central America’s steamy jungles and sticky politics better than anyone. Yet she refuses to hide in fear. Then she becomes the enemy’s number one target. Wyatt lost her once, and he won’t lose her again—even if he has to fight, kill, or die to save her.

Really what can i say that i haven't already. This was the first time i had read Cindy Gerard and i really have enjoyed the series so far. I look forward to her next release in this series. I give Risk No Secrets 5 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars. Start this series from the beginning with Book 1 Show No Mercy and work your way thru all 5 books. If you like romantic suspense this series is for you.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book review Take No Prisoners 2nd book in the Black Ops series by author Cindy Gerard

Take No Prisoners is the 2nd book in the Black Ops series by author Cindy Gerard. Cindy is a new author to me and this is the 2nd book of hers I've read. Wow the jury is always out when you read the first book in a series right? Top that off with the author being someone you really don't know anything about. If you like the first one your still a little wary about the 2nd one. Well in this instance the 2nd one is just as good as the first. Below is a little bit from the back of the book.

A dangerous attraction . . .

Abbie Hughes no longer trusts men, but despite her cool indifference, her long legs and showgirl face still draw plenty of advances. Between working as a Vegas blackjack dealer, going to school, and keeping an eye on her younger brother, Cory, there’s no time for romance—until the night a sexy, mysterious stranger places a wager at her table.

Spurred by revenge . . .

Sam Lang left Black Ops, Inc. when tragedy struck his family. Although he’s determined to retire his M-16 rifle and K-bar knife to lead a quiet life on his ranch, a vengeful quest will send him on a dangerous manhunt for the ruthless international crime lord who murdered his sister.

. . . Reveals a savage threat they can’t ignore.

Though Sam suspects Abbie is in on a lucrative gem-smuggling deal her brother made with the enemy, their attraction is undeniable. Now Cory is missing, and together they search the wild backcountry of Honduras to find him. With evil on their trail and bearing down, they must trust each other completely or face certain death alone. . . .

There are 5 book in this series and i do intend to read them all. Sam Lang is a man on a mission. He's been trying to get his hands on Frederick Nader. A big time criminal whose a flat out killer. Nader keeps slipping thru his fingers, then one day Sam's life falls apart when his sister and brother is law are killed in a car bomb and Nader is responsible. Back off, the message is clear and sent by Nader. Sam quits the BOI's and goes to his parents ranch. Abbie is a beautiful blackjack dealer with a brother who has a penchant for trouble. Her brother Cory finds himself unwittingly pulled into Frederick Nader's world whether he wants to be or not. Then he goes missing. Sam thinks Abbie is in on whatever Cory's been up to. He inserts himself in her life getting her to trust him and when she finally does and asks him to her home he drops the bomb on her so to speak. Things aren't always what they seem though. Abbie doesn't know anything, but one things for sure Sam is about to find out how tough Abbie Hughes really is. This story is full of awesome action scenes with some romance thrown in and a few laughs and heartwarming moments. What i like about this series so far is i feel the story is not predictable. Your pretty sure the guy will get the girl in the end but how will it get to that ending? Ah now that's the thing isn't it? I like how the black ops team is not all in every book but some are on the peripheral and it makes you wonder whose story is next. There are peaks into possible future stories. To read a excerpt of this book and other Cindy Gerard book click here for a sneak peak. I give Take No Prisoners by author Cindy Gerard 4 and 1/2 Modokker Book Pick stars.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review: Show No Mercy Book 1 Black Ops series by author Cindy Gerard

First off this is the first Cindy Gerard book for me. I had  several of her books on my TBR pile and decided it was time to try one. Ok that isn't all together true. I actually won a copy of her lasted release "Risk No Secrets" from another blog a while back and that got me looking on her website to see if it was part of a series. It was book 5 of Black Ops series. Hmmmm so now we get back to the TBR pile. I went and checked mine out and Yipeeee i had 3 of the 4 books that come before Whisper No Lies. I have to track down book 4 and i'm all set to read the series. This brings all this back to book 1 Show No Mercy. Did you follow me? That's not as important as this book so let me give you a little bit of something to think about with this....

The sultry heat . . .

Only two things can compel journalist Jenna McMillan back to Buenos Aires after terrorists held her captive there just months before: a rare interview with a shadowy billionaire and the memory of the dark and dangerous man who saved her. . . .

Hides the deadliest threats . . .

Bad guys, bombs, and bullets are Gabriel Jones’s way of life. But he’ll never forget the brash redhead he rescued not so long ago . . . or the passionate kiss they shared before he sent her packing.

And exposes the deepest desires. . . .

Now, forced together by a bombing at the National Congress, Jenna and Gabe confront the urgent longings that simmer between them. But this surprise meeting is no coincidence. A ruthless enemy stalks them with deadly precision. The question is . . . if they make it out alive, will Gabe turn his back on Jenna . . . again?

I thought when i read that that this book would open up with her kidnapping and Gabe rescuing her but it doesn't. It starts 9 months after with Jenna still a bit freaked out from the whole thing and trying to get her nerve back. She's a kick ass reporter whose been in tight dangerous spots many times but the whole kidnapping and things that happened have really shook her up. Then there was the man who saved her, Gabriel Jones. Gabe is all man big and tough as steel. He's closed himself off from everything but Jenna does something to him. This book is a romantic suspense with lots of action. What i really liked about this book as it wasn't predictable. There were at least scenarios that came to mine for the end of this book as to what was going to happen and darn if was the one i didn't expect at all. I'm all fired up now to read book two in this series "Take No Prisoners" To read more about this series of book or any of Cindy Gerard's other book click here . I give Show No Mercy 5 Modokker Book Pick stars. If you like military type romantic suspense give this series a try.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book review: Water Bound by author Christine Feehan

Water Bound is a the latest release for Christine Feehan. This is book one i believe will be a series of 6 since there are 6 sisters. The series takes place is Sea Haven. If you follow Christine Feehan you might know that the Drake Sisters series took place there too so you will get to see more of the characters from that series in this new series.  I can't tell you how excited i was to hear that! Let's get start with a little piece from the back of Water Bound.

Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hidden Currents may have closed the Drake Sisters saga—which “brought paranormal romance to a new high”*--but it has opened the door to an all~new series of startling magic, mystery, and the soul~stirring elements of nature….

The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and getting sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy off the coastal town of Sea Haven. Just as quickly, just a miraculously, he was saved—pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. But Lev has no memory of who he is—or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and for the life of his unexpected savior.

Her name is Rikki, a sea~urchin diver in Sea Haven. She has always felt an affinity for the ocean, and for the seductive pull of the tides. And now she feels drawn in the same way to the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger, and their tantalizing secrets will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Oh my gosh so if you followed the Drake sisters series you should remember Lev Prakenskii from Hidden Currents. This book kind of picks up from what happens to him at the end of that book. You get to see some of the characters from that series of course too. Since all the sisters for married at the end of Hidden Currents except Hannah cause her and Jonas already are married and she is expecting you do get to see them some. Jonas is the sheriff so of course he's there is there is trouble. The one amazing thing in this book is Rikki is autistic. High functioning but with sensory problems and she has to deal with her life in a different way than most people. Plus she's had this tragic past to deal with and then comes along Lev. Ah Lev. You think you don't like him to much in Hidden Currents but your not sure because he's kind of kept mysterious. In this book you just end up loving him. You really need to give this book a whirl. It's so well written and you get to see Rikki as a real person who is strong and capable of doing pretty much anything she thinks she needs to. Definitely a good start to Christine Feehan's new series which is called Sisters of the Heart. Six sisters bound by their hearts not blood. No surprise i give Water Bound 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars. You can read more about Christine Feehan books and particularly Water Bound as well as the first chapter by going to her website Christine Feehan.com .

Victoria Dahl giveaway and interview on Seductive Musings

If you'll follow this link by clicking here you can read the interview of author Victoria Dahl and enter a giveaway for a copy of her new release A Little Bit Wild. I've done some reviews of some of Victoria Dahl's contemporary books here on my blog but she also does historicals. Which is what her new release is. If you'd like to check out her website you can that by going to her website by clicking here .
Remember you have to enter at Seductive Musings blog not here. Remember to use my GFC name Modokker and we both get 5 extra entries.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hot Finish/ Erin McCarthy giveaway on Seductive Musing Blog

You can find them on my blog list to the right side of this page or you can follow the link below to enter a giveaway for the first 3 books in the Fast Track series by Erin McCarthy. Her latest Hot Finish is included in the giveaway. I blogged about this book a bit the other day in my review for A Date with the Other Side. http://seductivemusings.blogspot.com/2010/08/guest-author-giveaway-erin-mccarthy.html?zx=652754b4981ef2d4 Click that link and read the interview and follow the rules to enter. Good luck!
Note this not my giveaway rather it's thru the Seductive Musings blog. You have to enter there. Please leave my GFC name Modokker and then both you and i will get 5 extra entries.

Book Review: Killer Secrets by author Lora leigh

Killer Secrets is the 5th book in the The Seals series by Lora Leigh. This one is about Ian Richards Fuentes. Ian makes it seems he is going rogue from the elite ops Durango team. You see his father is Diego Fuentes. Leader of a  drug cartel and all around bad guy. Ian made plans to kill him and Sorrell another bad guy for what they did to his best friend Nathan Malone ( book 1 of  Elite OPS series) and several other nefarious deeds. He had to make it appear he went to the other side and take over the drug cartel from his dad and make everyone think he's following in his dads footsteps. He underestimates his friends in Durango team and one Miss Kira Porter. Kira is a contract agent for DHS ( Dept of Homeland Security) She has a thing for Ian but also she has a mission. Keep him from killing Diego. DHS wants him alive and Ian would like him dead. Bigger threat is a man called Sorrell though. No one knows who he is and what he looks like. What they do know is he's a killer. He is responsible for Killing Kira's parents and her uncle Jason's fiance years ago. Kira became a agent with Uncle Jason's help for revenge. Will she get it? What will happen with Ian and Kira once Ian finds out one of the reasons Kira is there is to keep him from killing Diego. Below is a little blip from Killer Secrets.


As the illegitimate son of Diego Fuentes, Ian Richards faces danger at every turn. Neither his father nor his fellow Navy SEALs knows which side he’s fighting for—or against. Which is exactly how the game must be played…until Agent Porter enters the picture.

Kira Porter, an undercover agent for the Department of Homeland Security, shadows Ian on his journey. She thinks she can see the real man beneath Ian’s bad-boy exterior…but the ever-elusive Ian keeps her guessing at every turn. Is his goal to protect the Fuentes cartel from French terrorists? Or to do his father in for good? The only thing Kira does know is that her attraction to Ian is a time-bomb waiting to explode. With time running out on the Fuentes mission, she and Ian are drawn ever close to the edge of desire—and even closer into the line of fire…
You can read a excerpt by clicking here. You can also find out about all the other books in the series as well as all Lora Leighs other books. If you've not read any of this series I'd start with the first one Reno's Chance( Honk if you like real men ..Anthology). You should also check out the Elie Ops series for related books  FYI Lora Leigh genre is Erotica. Keep that in mind if you are interested in reading any of her books. I give Killer Secrets 4 Modokker Book Picks stars. Lots of great action sexy scenes.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review: A Date with the Other Side by author Erin McCarthy

A Date with the Other Side is not a new book. It came out in the year 2005.  I came upon this book after reading another of Erin's books and decided to peruse her back list. Then i found the follow up to A Date with the Other Side, Heiress for Hire at the local library. Yes i read these books in backward order but at the time i didn't realize it. I have to report though that they are both hilarious. I spent alot of time laughing out loud when i read these books. Below is a snippet from A Date with the Other Side.

Haunted house tour guide Shelby Tucker gets hot and bothered when she stumbles upon sexy, naked Boston McNamara. She knows he’s no ghost, though he does makes her weak in the knees.

That's it? lol Tell you a whole lot though i think. Read a excerpt here on Erin McCarthy's website. Shelby is a divorcee at the young age of 26. She is helping her grandmother out and trying to support herself by giving Haunted House tours thru a series of houses her grandmother owns in Cuttersville, OH. The most  haunted town in America. She walks in on a naked Boston McNamara not knowing he's rented the house from her grandmother for several weeks. Grandma has plans for them. I'll leave it at that. lol Boston is there from Chicago to check in on the factory in Cuttersville.He's not even sure why he's been sent to the middle of nowhere but it feels like it's a punishment of some kind.

Honestly if you want a fun sexy read this is a good place to start. I really enjoyed it and i wasn't sure i would. I read Heiress for Hire first which is the follow up to A Date with the Other Side. Loved it so i knew i had to read this one too. I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars. I can also recommend her Fast Track series. Her next book out is a part of that called Hot Finish. If you like sexy race car drivers try this series out.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Book review: The Search by author Nora Roberts

The Search is the lastest release of author Nora Roberts. This is a lengthy book that is a Suspense romance. It has alot of things going for it. It has alot of laugh out loud parts as well as the suspense and mystery of what's going to happen with the serial killer. While i really enjoyed the book as a whole i felt it was a bit to wordy and had some parts that could've been left out. Fiona is the only survivor of a serial killer 7 years ago and year later that killer murdered her cop fiance and his service dog. He gets caught and put in prison. Fiona moves on and becomes a dog trainer and a search and rescue person. She meets Simon a woodworker when he brings his new puppy to her for training. The whole dog training provides some funny moments and Simons brash no nonsense ways is kind of charming in a way. I ended up really liking him alot. The wordy part comes in all the talking about the training of dogs. There's just to much of that i think. Below is a little piece from The Search.

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life-a quaint house on an island off Seattle's coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare...

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf serial killer, who shot and killed Fiona's cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He's the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon's house, and he's at his wit's end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can't handle. Simon, however, is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he's a rugged and in-tensely private artist, known for the exquisite furniture he creates from wood. Simon never wanted a puppy-and he most definitely doesn't want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to his hormones.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona's life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands...

If you would like to read a excerpt of The Search and learn about other book releases from Nora Robert you can do so by clicking here. While i enjoyed this book it wasn't up to what i was hoping to get from Nora Roberts. I give it 3 and 1/2 Modokker Book Pick Stars. Nora Roberts next release is the last in the Bride Quartet series. Happy Ever After.