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Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker (Book 4 Black Knights, Inc.)

Thrill Ride

3.25 stars

This is book four in the series.  While I love a book with a hint of danger, romance, and mystery, I just couldn’t seem to relate to the characters in this installment.  For me, this series was enjoyable until the last book.  I am not sure if I will continue with this series or not, but I certainly won’t be in any hurry for the next book.

I had nothing against rock, but I had major issues with Vanessa.  To be on a special ops team, Vanessa came across as immature and pathetic.  Although she is stubborn and refuses to give up on Rock, her character just wasn’t believable.  I did like how other characters from prior installments resurfaced, which did seem to keep the series real.  The narrator also did a good job at holding my interest.  Had I simply read this book the old fashioned way, I may not have given the same rating.  The ending of this book appears to set the stage for the next installment.

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The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) By Donna Grant

The Hero

3 stars

Owen Loughman has been taken out of commission from his Navy Seal assignment to search for his missing father. Owen is not having a good day.  Getting word that his father had been kidnapped was bad but now he has learned that the only woman that he has ever loved had been employed by his father.  Now, he is going to have to work with Natalie in order to locate his father and also retrieve a secret weapon.  Working with Natalie has proven to be difficult due to the attraction from both of them.  However, both Natalie and Owen are professionals and know that each has a job to do.

I enjoyed the storyline, but there were several issues for me with this book. First of all, this reader just didn’t see the attraction between Owen and Natalie.  Secondly, the book basically left the reader hanging, meaning that now one has to now read book 2 in order to continue with the storyline.  This reader does not like cliffhangers!

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.


The Protector (Sons of Texas #2) by Donna Grant

The Protector

4 stars

This installment starts right where book 1 left off so I highly suggest that you read that one first.  Marine Force Recon Captain Cullen Loughman receives word that his father has been kidnapped.  Cullen will do whatever it takes to locate is dad and bring him home.  In order to do so, he must team up with ex-Air Force pilot Mia Carter, who happens to be a stunning woman.  Mia was the last person to see Cullen’s dad before he disappeared.  The only problem is that Mia is neck deep in trouble dodging the cartel.  Cullen and Mia take the reader on a wild ride in order to locate Orrin.  Both the hero and the heroine are bad asses, but realize that they must trust the other in order to survive.  This is an excellent portrayal of love, loyalty, and trust.  Kudos to Ms. Grant for an excellent plot and  to Ms. Carly Robins who was an enjoyable narrator.  This reader especially enjoyed this installment and is looking forward to more!  Highly recommended!

Thanks to Tantor for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.


John Moody: Navy Seal – The Kola Peninsula Conspiracy by Dick Couch


3.5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by this author and certainly won’t be my last.   Not many authors use their backgrounds to write such as well detailed and thought out plot.  Mr. Moody is actually an ex. Navy Seal so the premise of this book was fitting.  One can only assume that while this is a work of fiction, the author did use his vast skills and knowledge and incorporated into the storyline.

John Moody grew up tough on a ranch in Wyoming.  In order to avoid the rodeo circuit or hard cattle farming, Moody headed to college and then to Seal training in Colorado.  His life coasted along until the Kola mission.   Now, John Moody is in the throes of one of his most dangerous missions.

If you like action, you will like this one.  Joe Barnett is a new narrator to me, and I found his rendition of the story to be enjoyable. Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.




Nowhere to Hide by Lindsay McKenna (Delos #1)


3 Stars

This is the first book in the series, which this reader feels has potential.  Lia was brutally attacked five years ago while serving in the military.  Her distrust of men is warranted due to the attack.  Delos is an international organization formed and run by General Robert Culver and his wife Dilara.  This organization protects their employees and offers security.  Lia is currently working at a school in Costa Rica when a drug lord (Dante Medina aka ‘La Arana – The Spider) demolishes the school and kills teachers and students.  Cav is assigned from the Delos group to protect Lia, who is in imminent danger.  Upon first glance, Lia does not want Cav around her.  However, she quickly decides that she is in dire need of protection since Dante has a bounty on her head.

While Lia is still recovering emotionally from the brutal attack, Cav also has baggage from his childhood.  Understanding the reasoning’s behind both holding back from accepting each other was a requirement in flushing out both characters.  However, their past kept creeping up until this reader was tired of hearing about their issues.  Getting to know and trust each other was an extremely slow process and slowed the pace of the book.  Both of the characters definitely deserved their HEA, but there was less action and little romance.  I will continue with the series and see where the next couple of books takes me.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this book in exchange for a honest review.

Rev it Up by Julie Ann Walker (Book 3 Black Knights, Inc.)


3.75 stars

This is book three in the series.  While I have really enjoyed this series so far, this one seemed to be almost identical to the others.  Jake Summers is definitely a hot and sexy alpha SEAL.  When Jake became too close to one of his SEAL’s sister’s four years prior, he simply walked away.  Now, Jake is finding himself out of a job and moving on to the next chapter of his life.

Michelle (Shell) is raising her son on her own and is an extremely caring woman, especially when it comes to her brother and his command.   Shell has had to make some tough decisions over the years and after a massive break-up with Jake she vows to move on. Shell’s husband died in Afghanistan, and she has been raising her son alone and is determined that he will not lead a difficult life as she has.  Unfortunately, Shell’s brother and all of the men in his command have a 50,000 hit out for each of them due to an arm’s deal that went terribly wrong.  When the dealer’s brother in law gets wind of Shell, he decides to place a hit on her as well,.

Shell’s brother, Frank, ask Jake to step in to protect Shell While the Black Knights resolve the situation. This book had potential but missed the mark.  One instance that I found absolutely stupid and made me wonder as a reader was a particular gun scene where one of the guy’s fires a shot while holding a bear – I mean please give the reader some credit as to the believability of the score.  This is also a plot that has been saturated from not only this series but other books as well where couple separates and then all of a sudden they meet up after a few years and whola there is a child!  I will continue to read the next installment and then make my decision if I am going to continue with the series.

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Slightly Married by Mary Balogh


3 Stars

This storyline is nothing new but is sweet nonetheless.  This is the first installment of the Bedwyn series. Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn made a promise to a dying captail in the French Army that he would take care of the solder’s spinster sister.  However, Eve Morris refuses any help from Aidan even though her world is crashing down on her.  Eve’s repulsive cousin Cecil, is about to throw her and her unusual “house guests” out in the streets without some assistance.  Aidan vows to honor his promise to Captain Morris and weds Eve as a matter of convenience.  Even though Eve is in love with a missing neighbor, she agrees to the marriage in order to save her home.  In the process, both Eve and Aiden realize that the marriage may not simply be one of convenience.

This is a well written and beautiful story of love surrendered.  I have read several of Ms. Balogh’s books and really enjoy how she not only fleshes out the characters but allows the reader to make up their own mind if the characters are worthy or not.

Thanks to Tantor for sending me this audio in exchange for a honest review.


The Way Home (One Eyed Jacks #2) by Cindy Gerard

One Eyed Jacks

4 stars

This was such an emotional read and I was heavily engrossed after chapter one.  From the beginning of the book, this reader immediately knew how the end was going to play.

Jess was tired and emotionally drained from being a military bride.   Four years later the inevitable happened, and Jess was told that Jeff had perished In Afghanistan.  Jess decided to move back to her hometown and began running her parents shop.

Surrounded by family and friends, Jess slowly begins the healing process.  She never wanted to love again until Ty came into the picture. Ty is also returning to their hometown with a broken heart.  However,  Ty convinces her to take a chance on him, even though he is also in the military.  Ty and Jess begin to plan for the future but fate has different plans.

Jess finds out that Jeff really isn’t dead but has escaped captivity and is being hidden by an Afghan woman. Jeff and Rabia are beginning to fall in love.  The love triangle in this book was emotional and was difficult to decide who to root for.  Both Rabia and Jess are strong  characters and bring raw emotions into the picture.  The One Eyed Jacks made a quick appearance, which gives the book the flavor of the series.

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