Tuesday, October 24, 2017

eARC Book review: Adam (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #2) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available October 31st 2017
eARC Provided by author

Adam Tucker is a man on a mission. After failing to save a troubled teen from drowning, Adam traded being a Coast Guard rescue swimmer for the dream of starting a youth adventure camp in his hometown. Adam is willing to do whatever it takes to help other kids navigate the deep, dangerous waters of adulthood. He’s even bet his twin brother that he can finish the transformation of a boathouse into camp living quarters before the summer season puts their watersports business in full swing. But when the key to winning that bet turns out to be an interior designer who is as enigmatic as she is gorgeous, things get complicated for Adam.

With its soaring mountains and rushing river, Eagle’s Ridge is the perfect place for Jadyn McAllister to stay “off the grid” until things settle down in Miami. No one from her old life would expect her to hide out in a small town, working for cash and keeping her real name—Jane—a secret, but that’s exactly what the FBI told her to do. They also told her to trust absolutely no one, which isn’t a problem until she meets Adam. From the first moment, sparks fly and temperatures rise every time they're together. She’s determined to keep him in the dark and at arm’s length, but the more time they spend together, the more she longs to trust him and hold him close all night long.

With her aura of secrets and her tough façade hiding a vulnerable sweetness, Jadyn calls out to the rescuer in Adam. But he learned the hard way that total honesty is the only way to live and he senses Jadyn is lying to him. But she knows the truth could risk more than her heart – it could cost her life. As the whitewater of danger swirls around them, it will take more than a strong swimmer to save them both…it will take love.

The first Roxanne St Claire book i ever read was a romantic suspense. I was seriously hooked. This book takes me back to when i first fell in love with this author. The series is about 7  friends who have known each other since their time in detention in High School. All spent some time in the military. Adam and Zane Tucker are twin brothers who are running a adventure business together. Adam was a rescuer in the Coast Guard. After a rescue went bad he came home to help his brother and remodel his grandfather's boathouse for at risk kids. Jane (also known as Jayden) comes to Adam for the job of remodeling said houseboat. She's keeping some huge secrets and Adam can tell. Sparks fly immediately. I felt the click myself lol. Seriously Adam and Jane are fabulous together and Adam's family and friends are engaging and fun. There isn't a lot of suspense and action til the end but St. Claire knows how to bring it home.  This is a quick read and in my opinion you'll be hooked into the series by the end wanting to know what happens next.

Find out more about Roxanne St. Claire here www.roxannestclaire.com

Friday, October 20, 2017

eARC Book review: Beyond Forever (O'Kane for Life #2) by Kit Rocha


Available October 24th 2017
eARC Provided by author

Before they were the King and Queen… 

Six years before the Beyond series started, an ambitious bootlegger named Dallas O’Kane caught a very pretty thief named Lex with her hand in his safe. 

The rest is very sexy history. 

In Beyond Forever, follow Dallas and Lex through the turning points in their relationship, from the night he caught her trying to rob him, through his rise to successful bootlegger, to legend, to Sector Leader--with Lex always there, willing to give him the push he needs. 

Beyond Forever is a prequel novella that jumps through time to tell the story of the biggest moments in the formation of the O’Kanes and their King and Queen. It will be far more enjoyable if you’ve already read Beyond Control, and contains spoilers for the entire Beyond series. 

First you need to read the Beyond series to understand what's going on in this novella. It takes you back to before the beyond series begins and then after it's over. Dallas and Lex weren't always together. They had their own separate pasts until those pasts clashed together on one fateful night when Lex robbed Dallas of a fortune and then decided to give it back. This novella fills in the blanks on what happened with Dallas and Lex before the Beyond series started. Very eye opening to the fact that Dallas didn't always seem to know what he was doing. He wasn't always the bad ass he seemed to be. Lex truly made him who he was. A must read for those who had read the series.

Find out more about Kit Rocha and this series here www.kitrocha.com 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

eARC Book review: Nauti Angel (Nauti #9) by Lora Leigh


Available November 7th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Angel Calloway isn't the girl next door. Known for being rude and cursing like a sailor on a bender, she's meaner than the two mercenaries she's followed since she was young. Needing anyone is not what she's about. Or so she thought--until she found the mother she was taken from so long ago, Chaya Mackay, wife to the notorious Natches Mackay.

One night with Angel and devilishly sexy Marine Reece Duquaine was hooked. She nearly blew his head off, and moments later, she blew his mind. He's been after her ever since, wrestling with a desire that fights to consume him. But now he has her in his sights--and is ready to take his shot. 
Unless someone else moves in for the kill first...

I have to confess I have not read every book in this series. I'm missing a few in the middle but i did read Natches and Chaya's book way back when it came out so i knew the history there before starting this one.  Angel is as tough as they come. Tougher than she should have to be. She thought she was abandoned by her mother when she was only three. Now 20 years later she is forced to lay it all out there shocking many. Once the cat is out of the bag though things get crazy when someone also seems to be trying to kidnap Bliss and kill Angel. This is a emotional book for pretty much all the characters. There's a lot of intense danger mixed in although nothing really actually happens until the very end were made to feel like something is imminent. There's a bit of a twist at the end that is actually pretty easy to see coming. Parts are very predictable and if the parties involved actually acted like adults considering the dangerous situation they were in things could've been figured out sooner. Angel kind of is made to have her feelings dismissed at the beginning and a better part of the book. This angered me because between her and Chaya she is still the child in this scenario.  Why should she forgive instantly after all the stuff she's gone through in the past twenty years? Somehow the book still worked for me over all.  If i overlooked the stuff that bothered me. I think it was Duke and Angel that made it for me. Angel is tough and she gives no quarter to anyone for being so. Duke is there for her backing her up in every way. Over all i enjoyed it.

Find out more about Lora Leigh and this series here www.loraleigh.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

eARC Book review: The Wicked Billionaire (Tate Brothers #2) by Jackie Ashenden


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The Tate Brothers were once orphans and they have been raised to do one thing only: protect what is theirs.

As a trained sniper and Navy SEAL, Lucas Tate found the courage to distance himself from the wealthy, wicked patriarch who adopted him. Instead, he’s devoted his life to the elite band of brothers from his unit. So when the widow of one of his former comrades finds herself in apparent danger, Lucas makes it his job to protect her against all enemies. . .and not let her out of his sights.

Grace Riley feels overwhelmed by Lucas's presence, but the cold-eyed marksman will do anything to keep her safe. Soon the special attention he pays her becomes a wild romantic distraction―one that troubles Grace, since Lucas was so close to her deceased husband. Still, how can she resist Lucas’s intense, ice-blue stare? All she knows is that a life without strong, passionate Lucas is one not worth living. Can Lucas can fi
nd a way to honor his former brother-in-arms by saving Grace. . .and loving her, too? 

This is the second book in this series. Book one was OK but the other brothers interested me so i decided to stick with it. Lucas Tate is cold. He went cold because of events in his life while growing up. Feelings became dangerous or so he thought. When he gets a letter from his deceased adoptive father telling him to protect Grace Riley he doesn't want to do it but feels he must. Grace was married to to a friend of his who got killed in the military but was doing something wrong. Having met Grace through him before he was unsettled by her. He refused to look to hard at it though. Now he's stuck with her for the duration. Until he can figure out what's really going on. I liked this one better but of course i wanted to kick Lucas' butt for hurting Grace. It was inevitable. He doesn't know what love it and Grace has her own twisted sense of love as well. It was fun to see them together once they finally let go for a bit. There's some sneaky peaks of the other two brothers and some surprises. Over all a good read.

Find out more about Jackie Ashenden here www.jackieashenden.com

Monday, October 9, 2017

eARC Book review: Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey


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Ava Wright isn't happy to see her high school sweetheart rolling into their hometown a few weeks before Christmas. He's only come back to bury his estranged father, but there's no way she'll be able to avoid him. No one can: he's become a country-music superstar since going solo and leaving Ava behind. 

Jace Morrow grew up believing "money can't buy happiness" was something people said to make themselves feel better. But now he knows it's the truth: no matter how many number-one hits he has, he'll never recapture the magic of singing with Ava. Missing her—loving her—and living with making the wrong choice in life were what made him who he is. 

When Jace is roped into being part of the town's annual Christmas party, he only cares about earning Ava's forgiveness. And though Ava's heart has never healed, she loved Jace too much and for too long to shut him out when he's hurting. As they fall in love all over again, they're both faced with choices for their future…and this time Jace intends to make the right one. 

This a classic second chance story. Jace Morrow and Ava Wright were a young talented musical couple. They had hoped to one day hit it big in country music as a duo. Moving to St. Louis, Missouri they took a first step at getting that when Jace is offered a chance at mega success but without Ava. He takes it leaving Ava in the dust. Now several years later Jace's father dies bringing him back home for a funeral and a chance to see Ava. No real surprises in this story. Jace and Ava were both young when Jace left her but maturity has helped both see that mistakes were made on both their parts. Jace has to work and getting Ava back have no doubts there. It's a nice evening read you can sit back and enjoy with just enough angst and emotion to be enjoyable. 

Find out more about Shannon Stacy here www.shannonstacey.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

eARC Book review:Hot Pursuit (Black Knights Inc. #11) by Julie Ann Walker


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eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

He puts the hot...
Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

In hot pursuit.
Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they're for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can't help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.

Christian comes across as this cultured Englishman. Not a hair out of place, perfect clothes and a British accent. Emily is the office manager for BKI. She is a badass at running other people's lives while she ignores her own. They get on each other's nerves and are constantly sniping at each other until they are forced into close quarters situation when Christian's crazy past catches up with him. The two of them are on the run with 2 other BKI guys and a friend of Emily's. Things get intense quick. There is no room for secrets anymore with 2 bad guys and the press after them they need to get out of England and quick. Christian has been this big question mark for the past few books and what you see is not what you get. Emily has her own secrets and they've shaped her views on relationships. Christian hope he's up to the job of changing her mind. I loved these two sniping at each other and i loved watching them be there for each other. The other guys in this book are Angel, Ace and Rusty who is Emily's friend. There some intense stuff between Ace and Rusty and of course Angel is a huge ginormous mystery. I loved Angel back when he appeared in Boss and Becky's book and i still love him. His story has got to be intense with the hints we've gotten about his past. We know very little about Ace and Rusty is the new guy but they are explosive together. So much going on with the character's in this book but i feel it lacked a little of the action. Poor Christian had to work hard to reach Emily in the end and i think she was over the top a bit. Overall a satisfying book. Look forward to Angel's book and to see what happens with Ace and Rusty.

Find out more about this Julie Ann Walker and this series here www.julieannwalker.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

eARC Book review: Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown


Available September 26th 2017
eARC Provided by Publisher through Netgalley

Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and he's having the time of his life. But after everything he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn't last.
Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

Nash Lamont is dealing with some serious PTSD. His grandmother sends him to his uncle's ranch to hopefully find his way back to himself. Kasey Dawson has been dealing with the death of her Army husband for 2 years. She moved back to her family ranch so that she could get help with her three kids and hopefully mend her broken heart. Then she meets Nash. Somehow falling off and ladder and getting a concussion lands him a chance to spend time with Kasey and her kids in his ranch home. The author mentions at the beginning of this book that this was a very emotional book for her to write. Within the first chapter you can see it's not a lie. Nash and Kasey had some serious hurdles to get to their HEA in this book. Not everyone in the family is on their side. There is of course some secrets as well. The kids give out most of the humor and fun in this story and i loved them all. I have to add that Adam McKay is Kasey's deceased husband and he is killed before this series began and somehow he still makes a heck of a impression in this book. This book was enjoyable. It made me laugh and it made me cry and it even made go download some music that's mentioned in the book. Read it and you'll see what i mean.

Find out more about Carolyn Brown and this series here www.carolynbrownbooks.com