Brecken Kane had been damn good at his job in the military. The experience served him well when he moved into the private sector. Brecken’s new security business is booming, and he’s settling into civilian life. Little does he know his newest client’s request to save his daughter will change everything.
Hadley Gresham knows she isn’t likely to make it out of the jungle alive. She’d distanced herself from her parents after she learned her dad made his money selling illegal arms. Kidnapped by his competitors, she knows there’s little chance he’ll be able to save her.
Luckily for Hadley, her father hires Brecken. He’d never leave an innocent woman behind, let alone the one he quickly comes to consider his. Brecken might be Hadley’s rescuer, but she’s the one who saves his soul.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
I so enjoyed this quick insta-love read, even though it is a quick read it is fast paced and pack full of hot alpha military male, suspense, a feisty female, and some hot sexy scenes.
Brecken Kane who is ex-military and now owns a security company is hired to save Hadley Gresham. Little does Hadley’s father know when he shows Brecken a picture of Hadley Brecken decided then and there he was going to save her and she was going to be his.
Hadley knows she was kidnapped because of her father even though she thinks there is either no way her dad could save her or even forgot about her she still has fight in her. She is surprised when her savior does come for her one glance at Brecken and she is attracted. However, after having to hike miles in the jungle after being saved she soon realizes this is more than an attraction. All I can say is the water fall scene was so HOT.
Rochelle Paige has such a way of dragging you into a story and making you want to turn the pages. This is a short story but it is not short on anything. It is packed with romance and suspense. I do wish it was longer only because I felt a connection to Brecken and Hadley and just wanted more. I am enjoying this series and cannot wait to see what’s next.
I absolutely adore reading – always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.
I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me “About time!”
WARNING: Author believes in soul mates and insta-love, proceed with caution if you’re not a romantic at heart.
Love’s greatest cure is salvation of one’s soul.
Shane Sherman has a problem. Well, two, actually. One has auburn hair and pale-green eyes, and the other? . . . Is a secret. One he doesn’t want to talk about. But all that changes when Sage comes to town.
Sage Sloan is being stalked. So she runs to Trails End and the bravest man her sister said she’d ever met. Sergeant Shane Sherman.
Sparks fly, tempers flare, and bears misbehave as Shane and Sage find a way to coexist in Trails End. That is, until a killer comes to call. Then all bets are off. Shane isn’t about to lose his saving grace.
This is the third and final book in the Reason Series. I highly recommend you read books one and two before “A Reason To Live.”
Rated R for sexual content and language and M for Maxine.
Holy. Freakin’. Hell. This book knocked me on my ass. CP Smith really outdid herself with this one. From a prologue that grabs you immediately with it’s heart wrenching detail and the thick with emotion story to follow, I fear she’ll have a hard time trying to top this one. It’s THAT good people! This tale of two lost souls wondering through life not sure of their next moves will make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, and somewhere in between, it’ll make your heart leap with vast amounts of emotion.
Sgt. Shane Sherman is struggling with life after war, life after death, and what the future holds for a man who doesn’t seem to think he’s worthy of love or life. He’s bitter, he’s callused, and he’s Trails Ends most eligible headcase… I mean bachelor, lol. He fits in well in Trails End, however he’s in limbo between putting some roots down and being a fly-by-night drifter that works odd jobs, very rarely interacts with his peers, and can’t overlook his past. Enter the beautiful and talented Sage Sloan.
This girl fits in so perfectly in Trails End and into the lives of our awesome “First Family” of the town. Mia and Maxine really take a liking to her immediately and I say what’s not to love with her. Sage is a strong female character lead. She’s a therapist for troubled and abused kids, but taking a bit of a leave due to unsettling threats happening to her lately. She goes to Trails End looking for Sgt. Sherman so that he can help her figure out what’s going on and hopefully solve the mystery of the threats. She gets way more than she bargained for and I’m not just talking about Shane. Holy cowz these women of Trails End are relentless.
Maxine is insistent on Sage hanging around Trails End for a while. She always knows more than we do and can predict more for some reason. That woman makes this story and every other story she’s in that much richer, funnier, and more meaningful. I just love this town and it’s inhabitants. I’m going to beg CP to take me there one day! I’m sad to see that this is the last “Reason” book, but wow… what a book this is to close out one of the most memorable series I’ve ever read.
It’s compelling, it’s emotional, and it’s full to the rim with suspense, wit, and sex appeal. The pacing is perfect, the characters powerful and convincing, and the dialogue flows with ease and felt very natural. The build up to the climax was superb and created the right amount of tension to keep me hanging on every damn word. It’s not light-hearted, but not awfully dark either. It’s the perfect blend of anticipation and hope. I loved it and wish I could read it again for the first time!
Check out CP Smith’s other works of art…
Books 1 & 2 in the Reason Series
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.P. Smith is a stay-at-home mom with a keyboard. She’s never serious and lives inside her head.
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
This is the second book in the combustible series and is a standalone you do not have to read Heart on Fire. However, this series is so good you will want to. Brandy L. Rivers has a way of writing strong women who have been through a lot and is trying to overcome it without being weak and dependent on a man.
Ella is tired of being in the spot light 24/7 she needs to get away she takes off to take up residents in a small town near her friend Mila. Ella has secrets that she wants no one to find out. She has panic attacks and tried to handle things on her own but after meeting her neighbor Trent he was determined NOT to let her do it on her own.
Trent is the fireman next door and is drawn to Ella. She is familiar to him but has no idea why but his 9 year old nephew has it figured out. Trent is determined to help Ella get over her nightmares. However, he has his own issues he is working through. Will Trent be able to hlp Ella get over her past even when old ghosts begin to appear.
I enjoy Brandy L. Rivers writing style but this one was one of the best. There is drama but not over the top, suspense that has you turning the pages, and love of a family and friends. I am loving this series just as much as her paranormal series.
A few of my favorites:
“Ella, I’ve been invested since you ran into me at the store. You’re different than any other woman I’ve ever met. We have a connection. No one has ever made me feel this way.”
“She seemed surprised you were with a girlfriend.” “I dated. I don’t think I called any of them my girlfriend. None of them were you. I’ve had sparks, but never fire.”
– EXCERPT –
Ella noticed the condensed milk behind her and set her phone in the shopping cart before turning back. She ran right into a solid wall of man and stumbled back, pulling her hands up in a defensive stance.
He caught her upper arms before she fell and pulled her upright. She jerked away as her breath came in heavy pants.
“Hey, you all right?” His warm baritone eased the building panic, followed by pale blue eyes holding her gaze, calming the sudden fear.
Once her heartbeat slowed, she quickly took him in. Hair as black as night, icy blue eyes, pale skin, full pink lips. The emblem on his uniform struck a chord and the rest of her tension rolled away.
A nervous laugh escaped. “Sorry. I didn’t see you there.”
He ducked his gaze, a slight smile on his lips. “My fault.”
“Mine. I wasn’t looking.” I’m an idiot.
He chuckled. “I’ll admit, I was staring. You look familiar. Just trying to figure out why.”
No, no, no! He can’t know who I am. Shaking her head, she backed toward her cart and closed her eyes. Her heart tried to pound its way out of her chest.
“Sorry. Too forward?” He shuffled away one step and shoved his hands in his pockets. “I wasn’t trying to come on to you. You really do look familiar, and I can’t figure out why.”
She pushed the black frames up her nose and shrugged. “I’ve been in town all of an hour. Never been here before in my life.”
Recognition lit up his face and her heart sank. Maybe settling down was a really bad idea.
“Mila’s friend? Ella, right?”
Nodding, she took a relieved breath. “Yeah.”
“Must have seen pictures of you over at her house.”
“Oh.” A frown pulled at her lips.
He shook his head. “Damn. Hey, sorry. I’m Trent Ward.” He held out his hand, and she took it cautiously.
“Hi, Trent. Look, I’m doing a little shopping now that I’m finally here. I drove all day long and I’m tired, but I need food. I’m sure I’ll see you around.”
Her nervous rambling made him smile. “You will. I live across the street from you.”
“Huh. Have a nice night.” Dipping her head, she grabbed the condensed milk and dropped it into the cart before hurrying out of the aisle.
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her two main series are Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle. She has also written a couple contemporary stories. An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out with new creations she is constantly dreaming up. Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.
Wicked Need (The Wicked Horse Series Book #3) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: April 19, 2016
Rand Bishop’s dreams of Olympic gold were shattered years ago but he’s left that all behind, settling into a new career and lifestyle that would make any man jealous. While he may not be competitively racing down the ski slopes anymore, he’s just as happy getting his rocks off as a Fantasy Maker for The Silo. He’s good at what he does. Damn good. But while life couldn’t be better for Rand, it seems to be falling apart for Catherine Lyons Vaughn, the dark haired, brown-eyed beauty that has captivated an entire sex club. Having spent years degrading herself on her husband’s whim and now left destitute after his death, Catherine has hit rock bottom. With nothing but her body to peddle, Catherine is merely trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh, cruel world. Lucky for her, Rand has taken her under his tattooed wing, and he’s determined to give her a safe life where she can be the woman she was always meant to be. Now all Catherine has to do is believe she deserves the chance.
I received this review copy from the publisher off of NetGalley.
Oh man! Rand Rand Rand!! You secret fulfiller you….scratch that you naughty secret fulfiller you!! LOL Rand has been in a couple of pretty hot and steamy scenes through the series and so I gotta say, I was interested in what he had to “bring to the table” if ya catch my drift!!!
Cat is a hot mess. We saw her demise at the end of the last book and we kinda feel bad for her but do we really??? I mean she was rich entitled woman but then we find her sleeping in her car…SAY WHAT? So I was interested in what the heck happened to go from flowing in cash to negative cash in her accounts.
Rand is a Mr. White Knight and he does his best to try and get through to Cat but she doesn’t deem herself worthy of Rand. Rand goes through a lot as do we the readers. There were times I was giving the stink eye and then I was kinda frowing but then was fanning myself because man can Sawyer serve up the hotness in her novels!!
As much as I loved this book and I look forward to the next novel, I am waiting not so patiently for Bridger because that BROKEN Man has my heart and has since book 1…do you remember that threesome???? Oh wait I mean do you remember how broken he is…LOL
About the Author
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.
*~*~*It’s RELEASE DAY for Bryan & Jase: Something About Himby A.D. Ellis!*~*~*
Jase Rafferty grew up hiding his sexual curiosities—until he meets Bryan Keating. Bryan’s sexual preference is no secret, and being deployed overseas together allows the two men to forge a solid friendship. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but after one lust-filled week, they must go their separate ways.
A year later, a chance meeting gives them one more weekend together, even though they know Jase can’t risk his military career or his family obligations to be with Bryan.
Several years pass before Jase finally accepts the desperate longing in his heart and body. But when fear and hatred threaten to tear them apart, Jase must make a tough decision, one that he isn’t sure he and Bryan can overcome. Together, they must choose to weather the storm or say goodbye forever.
**This is a male/male romance meant for ages 18+ due to adult language and adult situations.**
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
*Wipes my tear and shakes my fist* DAMN IT AD!!!! UGH!! This book!!! So much about this book…the feels, the emotion, the want and the needs of the characters in the book.
I love MM stories and read the short novella about Bryan and Jase a month or so ago. SO when I saw the full length novel, I was stoked. I was keeping an eye on the teasers and knew that the guys were together and there was a child but that was about the extent of what I knew. When I sat down today, I DEVOURED the book. I stopped only when I HAD TOO because Jase, Bryan and Gray NEEDED ME!!! They needed me to read their complex and long love story….SIGH……
Jase and Bryan knew each other when they were in the military. Bryan was out about his sexuality. Jase was always in the closet and afraid to admit his feelings for men…well for Bryan specifically. When the two meet up (AFTER THE NOVELLA) we catch up and see that Jase is still hiding. They guys spend another long weekend end with the “what if’s” playing in their minds. When they lose touch they re-connect at a gaming convention out of pure coincidence. The guys pick up right where they left off.
Jase is trying to find a way to deal with this love of his, how to talk to his son about who he loves and trying to make it work with Bryan. Bryan is stumbling because he is all in so he wants to shout it out at the rooftops that this is his boyfriend but he is trying to be patient with Jase and respectful of his son’s needs.
The story, unfortunately, hits on many subjects that homosexual couples have to endure. They have to deal with judgmental worries from co-workers plus judgement from family members but many harmful world spewed at their children. Love is Love People. PERIOD!
My favorite part of the story is Bryan talking to Gray about bigotry…..
“I used to hide that I like boys. But as I got older I remembered all the lessons that I learned in church and two of them stuck out the most for me. God never makes mistakes, so I know he didn’t mess up when he made me. And God teaches us to love one another. He didn’t say love only the people you agree with or love only those who live that way you think they should.”
You can get a #FREE short story of Bryan & Jase **AND** the new release (the 99¢ price won’t last long!)
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
*Clapping* Well played Alyssa , WWWEEELLLLL PLAYED!!! That right there was what I essentially screamed after throwing my kindle and dropping some major cuss bombs.
As with any story from this amazing author we get to stay connected to “the Society”. The character are all under the rule of King Levi who isn’t mentioned much but he is there .
Our alpha…like real bear alpha is Ian. He comes home to find his alpha murdered so he is the new alpha who is looking to find out what happened to his brother. When he is at the funeral he sees a beautiful girl there. He figures she has something to do with his brother’s death so he is concerned and interested at the same time.
Mara is sad and alone. She has lost her entire family. She is working for a family friend who has left town and left her alone. She likes to visit funerals of people who have no family because like her grandpa taught her “no one should be alone the day they are buried”. She sees Ian but thinks she is imagining him.
Ian’s interest if peaked and after getting to know Mara, thanks to her meddling landlord, they get to spend a lot of time together. Ian cannot deny his need for her and his desire to mate and claim her as his. Before he can do any of that he has to tell her his “truths” about what he is. Mara can’t believe how she is so relaxed and carefree with Ian and then freaks out at how she acts when she is away from him. She can’t help the draw she feels for him either but keeps denying it too.
When the plot EXPLOSION happens and he finds out about Mara and her family plus the bad place they left her with the bad guys….WOW but then……we meet……. the guy in the suit……all I can say is EPIC!
If you are a fan of all of her Chronicle books, you will love the this new series and all it has to offer.
Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
I’m Liam Scott. I had everything. A good job, the perfect house, my dream girl that I was going to marry. I needed her to be mine, but fate had other plans. I watched her fall in love with someone else and my attempts to win her back just pushed her further away.
Left heartbroken, six months pass and fate revealed new plans for me.
Marissa Conner, a coworker and I, share an unexpected night of passion together. Things will never be the same as I realize I can’t walk away from her. Our whirlwind romance is compromised at every turn, testing our strength. Is she worth my job, worth the risk, when office policy is against us?
Realizing Marissa is my new dream do I dare risk my heart again, and with her?
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I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
This is a short story that had me turning the pages. I enjoy F.L. Jacobs writing style. You do not have to read Behind the Computer to read Inside the Office. However, after reading Inside the Office I want to go back and read Behind the Computer.
Liam is trying to get over losing his true love to another. He is even getting rid of the last memory of her when he runs into Marissa. He knew nothing about Marissa other than she worked at the same company he did. There was something there he just knew it and had to pursue her.
Marissa is drawn to Liam but wants to keep their relationship quiet. However, when things at the office get shaken up it could mean they will have to choose between their jobs and their relationship.
I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this book wish there was a little more. Sometimes short stories just aren’t enough and they need to be longer. I enjoyed seeing Liam and Marissa trying to see where things would go while keeping it out of the office gossip mill. The kiss he leaves at her desk daily was so sweet. Loved how Caston Black of Black Hollywood made an appearance. I am excited to see what F.L. Jacob has in store for us next.
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Behind The Computer
About The Author
I am a mommy of two, wife to an amazing man, and
full time employee. Life is crazy and busy! I started writing again during a
group write on a Facebook group. They brought back my passion for writing that
I haven’t felt since high school.
this process was tedious and nerve-wracking, but my amazing ladies and my
fabulous husband have inspired me to take my love for writing to the next step.
current books are Have I Told You, I Won’t Give Up on You, A Very Merry Black
Hollywood Christmas, all part of the Black Hollywood Series. Coming Soon will
be Give Me All of You, book 3 in the BH Series.
Kate Mason at twenty-three, feels as though she has lived through enough sorrow and pain to fill generations of lifetimes. On the outside, she wears a beautiful mask. On the inside, she’s a million, jagged, broken pieces. She blames herself, not only for her parent’s death, but for her brother’s blindness.
For Kate there is no hope of silencing the chaos in her head. There is no forgiveness for what she has done to her family, or herself. There will never be anyone to love her and her shattered past.
Cooper Sullivan recently moved to Malibu and was immediately adopted by a stray black lab he named Sadie. Cooper soon realizes there is something very special about Sadie when she is drawn to a beautiful woman, with a kaleidoscope of emotions that churn deep in her eyes.
Cooper sees Kate’s broken pieces scattered all around her, but he finds himself wanting to show her just how beautiful each piece is. Underneath her mask, he sees an even more beautiful woman, and he wants to help her put the broken pieces back together.
When you are broken you can never be fully put back together. There are always tiny slivers here and there that can never be replaced.
Can Kate finally silence the noise enough to forgive herself and hear the one thing she desires most?
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I met this author at a signing in Houston. We found out we had a mutual friend so I offered a review for her if she wanted. She happily accepted and here we are. I had no clue what the story was or anything I just said “send it to me” and BOOM it arrived on my Kindle the next day….
I liked the premise of the story. Kate and her brother River are in a car accident that killed their parents. Kate has been tormented by the accident feeling that their parent’s death and her brother’s consequential blindness from the accident are her fault. She has been a wreck her entire life. She can’t forget the sounds of the accident and tried to end her life feeling she is not needed in this world.
When the story actually begins Kate meets her neighbor Cooper and his dog Sadie. Sadie can feel the loneliness radiating of Kate and they form a crazy bond. Cooper is also along for the dog/human friendship but is curious about the sad but beautiful woman who lives so near. Kate is a mess about what Cooper is asking from her so she puts it all out there. She is ready for him to leave because when people find out the crazy train she has been on, that is what they do. But Cooper won’t leave and in fact becomes more attracted to this strong and brave but broken woman. The story is them trying to find a way to work while Kate’s brother River is trying to stop the relationship from beginning. Big Brother feels he knows what is best for his sister.
I liked the storyline of Kate’s past because suicide is a tough topic and something that people with depression deal with DAILY. There is never a “you’re cured” button to give to someone. I liked the introduction of the Semi Colon tattoo and what Kate tells Cooper it means. With as heavy as the subject matter of the storyline was, I, the reader, did wish for a bigger emotional attachment. For me the writing didn’t go near as “heavy” as I would have liked to see it go.
Cooper is a great guy but at times I felt his character was a little off. He is super sweet and kind but when he goes a bit alpha, in regards to River demanding they stop seeing each other, it seemed off and out of character for him.
The story also seems to have a lot of side story lines that kind of muddle up the main storyline. I think that those story lines thrown in took away from my reading enjoyment of the main couple.
International Bestselling Author Annalisa Nicole is an “Indie” Adult Contemporary Romance author. She’s been married to her husband since 1996 where she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom to their two teenage boys. She was born and raised in Michigan, but currently lives in California.
She published her debut novel Take A Chance in October of 2013.
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Seth Justice is tall, daring and dangerous. The former street kid from Sydney owns a thriving technology company in Seattle. But he has bigger goals―or should that be ghosts?―that drive him harder. On the verge of selling his business for a fortune, he’s celebrating when Harper Fox, daughter of the buyer, tumbles into his arms. The curvy café owner enchants him with her sassy personality. Soon they move from easy banter to a night of passion that reveals a sweet vulnerability in the soft-hearted woman.
A woman determined to control her future
After a lifetime of her domineering father’s scorn and rejection, Harper dances to her own beat. She has her café and surrounds herself with a chosen family of her eccentric staff and close friends. While she’s mostly content… her heart aches for more. But Harper has been burned before and doesn’t trust easily. That is, until a man with a panty-melting Aussie accent and a commanding stare entices her to take a chance—on him. When Seth takes charge in the bedroom and ties her control in knots, he awakens a need in Harper that leaves her hungry for more.
A new beginning worth fighting for
When an unseen enemy attacks the new life Seth and his brothers have built, the ensuing disaster tests not only his developing relationship with Harper, but also threatens to sever the last remaining bonds with his brothers. As Seth struggles to protect everything and everyone he loves, he has to determine if Harper is his enemy’s target—or accomplice.
Seth was refreshing and vastly different from the people attending her father’s little cocktail party. These people hid behind well-constructed facades. The football players kept close to each other, as if there was strength in numbers. The men in suits, outwardly bored yet underneath excited as any kid, wanting to get a few words with their favorite player. And the wives of her father’s rich clients, eyeing the buffet of testosterone and fantasizing about secret autograph sessions in a motel somewhere.
She sighed and closed her eyes at the superficiality of it all. When had she become so cynical? She snorted softly. Maybe some of her father had rubbed off on her after all. After years of being an unwilling spectator at his events, she hadn’t managed to escape unscathed.
“I’m guessing from that sigh these parties aren’t your kind of thing.” Seth pointed his glass of beer at the crowd.
Damn, she needed to hide her thoughts better.
“That obvious, huh?” Oh, heck, did he think she found him boring? “It’s me. It’s not you, definitely not … um, I mean, you’re fabulous.” She snapped her mouth shut. Awesome, Harper.
His gaze gleamed with silent laughter.
She sucked in a breath and battled on. “You’re right. These corporate gigs aren’t for me.”
“What is?” Seth sipped his beer.
She thought for a second. “Street markets, hanging with friends over a home-cooked meal, seeing a classic movie at the Grand Illusion Cinema in the University district. The interior is original with red brocade chairs and fancy metalwork. Just divine.” Okay, now she was on a roll. “Oh, and I have to have Milk Duds. Two boxes if I’m with someone, because I don’t share.” If he didn’t understand the importance of candy while watching a movie then she’d leave right now. Some things were sacred.
“I get you on the Milk Duds. I have the same with Allens Jaffas lollies.” At her head tilt, he answered, “Aussie candy I order online and have mailed over. I guard that stuff like it’s the crown jewels. My brother Heath tries to steal handfuls when we watch the rugby. Bastard can get his own.”
Ah, they had a meeting of minds.
“I feel your frustration,” Harper nodded, her tone solemn.
Seth studied her for a moment then, after a quick glance around the garden, asked, “Can I tempt you to leave. Buy you dinner?”
“You tempt me a great many ways, Seth.”
She slapped a hand over her mouth.
The big Aussie’s lips kicked up at one corner, and his low chuckle sounded as if Hades himself was amused.
Under the influence of whatever evil genie now controlled her mouth, she’d just have to ride it out.
His invitation was tempting. Why hang around when her father had clearly dismissed her earlier? After all standing before her was a man who intrigued her and had just asked her out to dinner.
Not exactly a hard choice.
“Just what did you have in mind?” Her voice was calm, unlike the flutter in her tummy.
“Dinner, conversation and a chance to impress you with my suave moves and epic sense of humor.”
Hmm, he was laughing at himself, which was damn sexy, but there was a self-assuredness in the way he stood tall and proud that made her pulse skip. That alone should make her wary. She’d met plenty of cool dudes who turned out to be jerks with all the right words.
Still, Seth seemed so…upfront. And that dry humor was an instant hook for her.
“Confident, aren’t you?”
All teasing fled his eyes. He stepped closer, so close she could smell a hint of aftershave—a rich woody fragrance undercut with warm spices.
His gaze locked with hers as he ran a finger down the side of her cheek, leaving her skin tingling in its wake.
She held her breath and waited.
“I’m a man who knows what he wants. Right now, I want to take you to dinner and find out if you’re as intriguing as the idea of getting to know you promises.” He traced the blunt tip of his finger over the edge of her bottom lip. His touch wasn’t light but…firm, commanding, as if he was giving her a chance to feel him before he took possession. “My guess is I’ll be left wanting more.”
Her breath rushed out in a soft whoosh. Tall, daring and dangerous. That was Seth. Damned if it didn’t make her crave him all the more.
Fiona Archer writes erotic romance filled with masterful Aussie alpha heroes and teams them with sassy heroines who limit their submissive side to the bedroom. She lives in sunny environs of Sydney, Australia, and is harassed by a flock of wild cockatoos that take over the back yard each afternoon, demanding their feed. Her favorite hobbies include watching Nathan Fillion on television, shopping for that ever-elusive perfect shade of lipstick, and drinking iced coffee.
Jax Wheeler has been fighting his own demons for as long as he can remember. One of those demons is from his past, a brother who wants nothing more to see Jax suffer. Working closely with the Cincinnati Branch of the VC Warriors Jax never thought he would find someone who could help him ease his pain, but he was wrong.
Having a past of her own, Caroline Fitzpatrick has survived being put into a trance by a madman who wanted to control her sister, a abusive relationship, communicating with the dead, but nothing has prepared her for Jax Wheeler. From the moment she saw him the attraction was immediate, but the attraction was not mutual or was it?
The more Jax tries to stay away from Caroline, the more he finds himself at her door, in her life. All he knows is that every minute he spends with the beautiful school teacher, the more danger he puts her in. His brother’s vengeance of wanting him to suffer has put Caroline in the line of fire and only Jax can protect her.
First and foremost I totally love this series! Some books more than others and this one I didn’t completely fall in love with like I did others. Don’t get me wrong I liked it a whole bunch, but it just didn’t make me fall in love with it. It has humor, wit, and charm, and even some pretty steamy sex scenes. I think if you like this series you’re going to like this book.
Jax is your typical alpha male vampire who has an enormous chip on his shoulders. A chip the size of his ass wipe brother Mika! Of course he can’t be near the one he wants to be near for fear of hurting her physically and mentally. Sometimes I almost felt like he was too serious and needed to lighten up just a little bit more, but I still love him none-the-less.
Usually I fall more in love with the male character then I do the female character. Not in this case! I completely and utterly love Caroline. She’s comical, she’s serious, and despite her tiny frame she’s tough as nails! Caroline is still renovating that old piece of shit farmhouse that she bought and she’s so determined that you just want to hug her and grab a paint brush and help her out. I like the fact that she doesn’t beat around the bush where Jax is concerned. She’s definitely a strong female lead character.
The supporting character cast is vast to say the least. I always love to see some of my previous book boyfriends show up and their better halves. I seriously cannot wait to read Sloan’s book. He’s such a crab ass that I can’t wait to see who takes his ass on!
All is all, it’s an extremely well written book. The pacing is good, the dialogue flowed. I just didn’t feel as connected to this book as I have to others in this series. For me it was good, but not great. I think maybe there wasn’t enough tension built up throughout to make the climax stand out sufficiently. I still can’t wait to read Sloan though… I’m sure that one will knock my socks off!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.
Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!