Category Archives: Romantic Suspense

In Safe Hands (The Safe House #1) By Leslie North

In Safe Hands 2

3.75 Stars

Alexa Volkov has lived a very privileged life but now could pay the price of her mafia boss father. Alexa is in a position that could destroy the Mafia family, including her own dad.  She now has a price on her head and fears for her life.  Ex-NYPD cop Damian Stone was on his way to becoming a FBI agent when his partner was killed in the line of duty.  Now, Damian has taken on another role and that is of protector with an underground group.  Damian hates where Alexa came from but is now her protector and must do whatever it takes so that she can testify.  Damian has a dilemma since Alexa’s father was the man who supposedly killed his partner.

I really enjoyed this short read.  I have read several books by Leslie North and this one did not disappoint.  I will definitely continue with this series.

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.

 

Cutting Loose (Sisterhood Diaries #1) by Susan Andersen

Susan

3 stars

Jane has always had a cool head until she met Dev who happens to be the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Jane and her two best friends had recently inherited the mansion.  To Dev’s defense, he was jet lagged and had two stiff welcome home drinks prior to meeting Jane.  Dev could easily renovate the house in the dark, but he wants to see discuss issues with Jane.  By all appearances, Jane is a very conservative woman until she meets Dev.

The plot was well devised with Jane and Dev each coming from opposite backgrounds.  Jane’s parents were drunks, which scared Jane into thinking that she may eventually turn out like her parents.  Although she wore conservative clothes, she always had wild shoes.  Dev’s family was very devoted but at some level almost too much.  For instance, Dev’s brothers tended to flirt some with Jane and she right back at them – no concern from Dev.  How many men will allow their brothers (or buddies) to flirt with their woman?!

This reader saw some passion between the two characters but not enough wild passion to be believable.  This reader also didn’t care for the narrator attempting to impersonate a male voice.  Overall, an enjoyable read but not sure if this series will remain on my radar.

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

 

A Hunger Like No other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole

Hunger

3 stars

I love a really good PNR book, and this one did not disappoint.  I did not like all of the violence at the beginning, which took me until the middle of the book to really begin enjoying the plot and characters.

The narrator did an excellent job in portraying emotions from both Lachlain and  Emmaline.  The world building in this series is slow, and I hope that the pace does pick up in the upcoming installments.  Lachlain is predestined to have Emma as his mate.  The only problem is that he loathes her family, and she hates him.  Slowly, the two made their way to each other due to circumstances from Emma’s past.

 

Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) by Patricia Bradley

Shadows of the past

3.5 stars

Taylor Martin is a psychology professor and part-time criminal profiler.  The only case that she can’t solve is of her missing father.  For twenty years, she has wondered what happened to him without a trace or any clues.  She is good at her job and knows it.  She does have self-doubt in her personal life where men are concerned.

In walks, or more accurately stalks, Nick Sinclair whose brother is accused of murder.  Nick is in desperate need of Taylor’s help in order to acquit Scott.  Nick’s wife died in an accident years before, and he has absolutely no plans to fall for Taylor.

This was a very slow character build.  Several other characters were introduced so this reader is sure that they will be front and center in future installments.  While the story was very clean (Christian novel), the particular writing style was not for me.   The narrator did an excellent job in switching back and forth between characters.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Dangerous Secrets (Callaghan Brothers Book 1) by Abbie Zanders

Dangerous lies

2.75 stars

I had never heard of this author, but the book sounded intriguing and something that I normally like to read.  The writing was not an issue; nor were the main characters for the most part.  The book started off with a bang, and I was off and running.  Unfortunately, my fast pace run quickly became a show stopper.  The plot suddenly became confusing with this reader wanting more of the fast paced.

Taryn Malone is stranded, broke, and is in desperate need of some help. She is not a woman that would typically need rescuing.  Jake Callaghan has been running the family pub for years, but his SEAL training kicks into overload when he spots Taryn at the bar.  These two had chemistry and worked well together.  What didn’t work well was his brothers interference.  At one point, this reader was actually rooting for the wrong brother!

Both Taryn and Jake are harboring dark secrets that may destroy their relationship or even their existence.  This was a good start to a new series but fell short to the point of possibly not continuing with the series.

The narrator did help to make the storyline more enjoyable.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this read for a honest review.

 

Roped In (Armed & Dangerous #2)by L.P. Dover

roped-in

4.75 stars

I always love an enemy to lover book and this one did not disappoint.  Hadley is a famous country singer and is hiding out from a deranged stalker. Blake is an undercover cop assigned to watch over Hadley until the stalker can be brought to justice.  Of course, Blake is a drop dead gorgeous cowboy and the two hit it off after a week of bantering.

Blake definitely has an attitude but all eyes are now on Hadley.  This book kept me riveted from the moment that I began listening.  The narrator is outstanding and definitely will push me to read more from this author.  Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Morrison by MJ Fields and Chelsea Camaron

morrison

3.5 stars

Morrison Caldwell’s life has had challenges.  He and his brothers were raised by their abusive alcoholic father until Morrison made a life out of playing professional poker.  Known for his one night stands and fast cars, he had no intention of settling down until he met Hadley.  This high roller decided that he needed to protect Hadley from her abusive and savage husband.

Hadley married at 17 to repay a debt.  Her life has been reduced to a slave and does not trust easily due to her situation.  Morrison was very patient with Hadley and wanted to help her and her daughter.  At times, I wanted to shake her so that she could see how well that he was to her.  Slowly, Hadley did begin to trust Morrison.  This reader just had a difficult time seeing the romance between the two, and Morrison’s age was never disclosed.  I also had a difficult time with the return of Hadley’s husband and his compassion after seven years of severe abuse.

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

 

Hidden Summit (#15 Virgin River) by Robyn Carr

hidden-summit

4 stars

Leslie Petruso has accepted a job in Virgin River with Haggerty Construction in order to get away from her ex-husband who just can’t stand that she is avoiding him.  With the help of Brie, Connor Danson is staying in Virgin River until a high profile trial that he is affiliated with is over.  He has changed his identity and is staying at one of the small cabins until his ordeal is over.  Both Leslie and Connor have been burned by love and vow to never fall for anyone again.

The good folks of Virgin River, however, can easily see the chemistry between the two.  Leslie and Connor begin to have deep feelings at the early onset of their relationship.  This reader was rooting for both with the hopes of a smooth transition between being Danny and now Connor.  Being in the wrong place totally uprooted Danny – aka Connor, and he is ready to put his life back together and be reunited with his sister and her twin boys.

This book was more emotional than the others.  While Ms. Carr has been introducing newbies to Virgin River, this one was the most dramatic.  The ended drew to a climax too quickly for this reader – thus the 4 stars.  Connor’s sister’s love issue was left wide open; thus, moving the reader into the next installment.

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

rev-it-up

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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