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Risky Play (Red Card, #1) - Rachel Van Dyken

Mackenzie was on a plane to Puerto Vallarta all by herself. On the honeymoon she had purchased as a surprise for Alton . But Alton had had walked out on her after she had made it up the altar to marry him.yet he still came to work. Mackenzie decided to use the trip as a show of independence and a “ my life isn’t over, it just begun” type of thing. Only now she realized she wasn’t okay. It wasn’t that she just missed them, she missed Alton. Her best friend. They'd been inseparable since birth. Their moms had been best friends. But why had she felt empty on their wedding day even before Alton turned his back on her? Her marriage bust had been national news. MacKenzie told her mom she needed this. To find out who she was without him. She was a total people pleaser.  Than the hot guy who say in the aisle seat asked MacKenzie if she was afraid of flying. She said no she flew several times- but before she had been with Alton but didn’t say that. Than he ordered a good wine. Men who knew wine were her weakness. Vacation had been the only option after getting offered one of the highest salaries in U S soccer. They needed a face to sell ….and Slade wanted to get away from his old team. Also the co- caption and his former best friend who had knocked Chelsea up who had been Slade’s fiancee. Than the plane they were on had engine failure. MacKenzie kisses Slade as the plane bounced lower. Than she said she was Ashley and Slade said his name was Hugo. They had lied to each other about their real names. MacKenzie wasn’t normally reactive as she was a planner. Than” Hugo” asked “Ashley” where she was staying and she said Secrets Resort and he said he was staying there too. “ Hugo” . “” gave “Ashley” a ride to the resort. Mackenzie decided to be the girl pf adventure she had always wanted to be. She was starting with” Hugo”. “Ashley” presence  took away every ache and pain Slade had these past few weeks and just silenced them all. “Hugo” and “Ashley” dived from the cliffs even though”Hugo” was afraid of heights and then he kissed her again while in the water. Mackenzie thought if this was what attraction was supposed to feel like she was completely out of her element. MacKenzie had never been a risk taker until she had sex the first time with a stranger. For once in her life she was out of control. Control was not something Slade lacked it had been an essential part of his training since he was a child. Soccer had been above all else, even family. It was everything until it stopped making him happy. And until it became a job and the money meaningless. Until Slade had been betrayed by those closest to him. “ Hugo” kissed “Ashley” at her door across the hall from his after dinner than they went in her room and had sex-Mackenzie had been a virgin. Maybe Slade had found his other half. Than Slade got a late call-after MacKenzie had fallen asleep- his father died from a heart attack and he told his mom he would be there as soon as he could. Gone was Slade’s biggest supporter and his best friend. The only person who truly understood Slade. Her first sexual partner and the next morning Mackenzie found out he was gone. Matt was Slade’s agent but also his friend and had been since they were sixteen and they had been inseparable every since. Mackenzie told her dad she wanted to go to work at The Blue Service Assistant Company now that her aunt was pregnant she knew there were openings. Her father gave her two months to get her head back together and come back ready to work as his taster at his winery. Mackenzie was to basically do whatever rich people needed done- walk their dog. Do laundry, shop for them , clean etc. than she found out Slade was her client and he was mean and crude to her. Mackenzie had never wanted to believe that she had never wanted to believe she has meant nothing to him but obviously that was true. Slade’s nemesis was the other co-captain on this new team and Matt was both of their agent.They had been at each other's throat for years. Once MacKenzie earned of Slade’s fathers death she knew why he left and he was hurting and very angry.  She started to cook for him and his attitude changed especially when he learned who Mackenzie really was. Not someone who was after him for what she could get. I loved this book- a new favorite.story. An easy ro,mance with just enough angst. I loved Slade and Mackenzie together once he stopped being such a butt to her. I felt so bad when Mackenzie woke up alone in Mexico. Than she believed she had really meant nothing to him. Than she goes to work and Slade just happens to be her client and she was trying to get her head together and he was just so bad to her at first. I was so happy when things turned around. I loved the ending. I just loved the whole book and didn’t want to put it down I was hooked from page one until the last page. I loved the plot and pace.I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

Moonlight & Whiskey - Tricia Lynne

Avery admitted she had a porn habit. She liked watching people have sex. Avery would never be thin but she still wanted to be feminine and sexy in her skin. Just as she was. She had let kat/katia talk into having a Brazilian wax and Kat had made the appointment. Avery had learned to appear asexual - it was the role she had to play as a female engineer trying to make partner in her firm. She had an entirely different woman locked inside her who had a huge set of balls, liked hard rock music, and drank her whiskey neat. She mouthed off with great satisfaction and cursed like a well informed sailor. She had little filter between her brain and mouth and zero tolerance policy on stupidity. Kat and Avery were going on vacation to New Orleans. Kat is like family they had been roommates University Of Texas. Kat was a little famous as she had been a model but a couple of years ago she had moved behind the camera. Now kat and Avery were at their hotel and than someone ran into Avery from behind pushing her into Kat. Avery turned to tell this person to watch the hell where he was going. Than she actually saw the guy and he was really hot. This guy looked like he had done it all and posted bail. The guy’s name was Declan and he offered to take Avery to dinner for almost running her down and  she declined but Kataccepted for her. Avery had met many jerks but after jason two years ago the scars were still healing . Now Avery’s walls were steep and her defense mechanism was razor sharp. But declan didn't back down and didn’t seem to be put off with the shots she took at his ego. Her body definitely reacted to him. They went and Avery felt Declan only7 wanted her as a friend but than he said she should see his bed. They left and flirted some more but than Declan said he had to go or he would be late for for his gig. Than Avery and kat later go into a bar and he was singing in a band on stage, he really did have a gig. Kat talked Avery into going up to declan and talk to him after the gig was over . Than Kat went and talked to the guitarist- Jamie. Avery finally purposely bumped into Declan from the back making him spill some of his drink and as he quickly turned around and than saw who it was and said she owed him a drink. Declan’s band was called Blacksmith. The drummer Matt also flirted with Avery and than she saw a look pass between declan and Avery. Than kat said they should be going. As they walked away Kat said he knows where you are staying. Avery couldn’t sleep and had been thinking about declan so she went outside to get some air. Than declan showed up and they made out but than he stopped and said he couldn’t do this and went to his room. Avery was angry and it brought back memories of Jason. Jason and Avery had sheared smiles at the coffee shop . finally he asked her out.They hit it off and over the next six months they spent a lot of time together.  But he always took her to out of the way places. Avery learned jason was an oil executive and his parents were well known Dallas socialites. Than when Avery asked why she never met his family or friends he said he was expected to be with someone who looked a certain way, lived a certain lifestyle, came from a certain family. She then ended things as she would no longer be his dirty little secret. Avery had given up trying after jason. But she had never felt anything as intense with anyone else as she did with Declan. The next morning she told kat what had happened as Kat had already ordered breakfast for them. Than with breakfast was a bouquet of flowers and a note from Declan saying he would pick her up at seven to go out and Kat had a date with Jamie. After their date and they had returned to the hotel they went to Declan’s room. Declan made it clear he didn’t do the relationship thing when in the tub with Avery. Her quick answer was she was just on vacation. Declan explained he knew he was screwed up about woman after what his mom had done to him and his father. He didn’t believed he wasn’t capable of that kind of love. Avery admitted she had only been with five other men and two had been one night stands. Avery woke from a dream about declan being cruel to her and she grabbed her things and snuck back to her own room. She left because if she stayed he would end up hurting her. Than Declan showed up at her hotel room door very angry.

I loved this book. It was a well written romance with just enough angst and if you believe in fate and soulmates you will love this book like I did.  I loved the pace and the plot. I loved Declan and Avery together and how they interacted together. This was a quick love brought between them Avery thought they were old souls who always found each other. I loved how Avery let herself be her real self with Declan and how she grew. Also she didn't put her real self back into hiding since she left New Orleans. I loved the relationship between Kat and Avery as well as Declan and his bandmates and Sadie- Shauns wife. .I didn’t want to put this down and really didn't and lost some sleep but this book was so worth it.  I loved the characters and ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

Moonlight & Whiskey - Tricia Lynne

Felicity had a six year old son Tyler who had headaches and they were getting worse. Felicity worked at Stinson Automotive had paid better than she expected. She also finally put a deposit down on a rental house by her cousin Lauren. Maybe it would finally start to feel like she was getting her life back together . Life hadn’t been easy since her husband john’s accident and it had became harder after he had passed away from the accidental overdose. After John had died felicity refused to let Tyler see how much she struggled day in, day out to keep a roof over their heads and food  on the table. They were at the doctor's office and Tyler pointed out the Columbus soccer team right wing who had just come through the door- Scott gillie. He was there to see Dr. Bedi. Her boss was a patient man but Felicity needed to get to work. Scott was hot but she had already fallen for a bad boy once and look how that turned out. Then there was an announcement on TV Stinson Automotive had shut down with no notice which meant felicity now had no job. Scott felt he should have been on the soccer field In Toronto. Hopefully Scott’s old friend Dr. Evan bedi would clear Scott to play. Scott’s grandmother Edna was no fan of soccer. But it was Scott’s fault as long ago he traded family functions for practices and games. Soccer was Scott’s life, his love. His manager JD was pushing for Scott to get a Personal Assistant-  P A but Scott didn’t see the need for one. Scott’s life long goal was making the U S Men’s National team . But some nights when he was alone at his apartment he longed for someone there beside him. But not while Scott was at the top of his game. Women were a distraction for Scott. Evan told Scott he had a hairline fracture in his tibia and said three to four more weeks off. Scott’s trainer had only said two. Than Evan said he would see Scott again in a week for a fresh xray. JD had talked to Felicity and offered her a job as Scott’s P A for triple her pay she had been getting. JD said he needed someone like her, someone who can take charge and keep cool under pressure. JD said Scott was independant and liked handling things in his own. But he worries Scott’s doing too much and it’s delaying his recovery time. If Scott was as big as deal as Tyler made him out to be working alongside him could be a gamble. With celebrities often come drama and that was not an environment she wished for Tyler. Felicity was attracted to scott and he to her. But both were determined to do nothing about it. Than Felicity got a call and the duplex next to her had caught in fire and the whole building was being condemned. She would have to figure out a place to stay for three weeks until the new place would be ready. Edna decided felicity and Tyler could stay with them. Felicity felt she didn’t need a man especially not an arrogant soccer player. On the way to Edna’s tyler asked her why she was mad. But Felicity was more furious at the dark cloud they couldn’t seem to dodge. Felicity hoped Scott would treat Tyler more kindly than he had her this morning. Felicity and Scott eventually had sex.

I really enjoyed this book. It showed how strong a promise made to a dying parent can be. It showed goals changin. I loved Scott and Felicity together and how they interacted. I loved how realistic the author portrayed Scott wanting to get back to playing soccer and his fears of being replaced because of his injury. All and all a good easy romantic read. The romantic feelings happened a little too quick for me but that was ok. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book. I wish I could rate this 4.5. I recommend this book.

Good Story and Good Characters

You Had Me At Jaguar - Terry Spear

The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible task—to protect fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting. They're going international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But guard his heart? He doesn't stand a chance.

This was a pretty good story. I really liked both Val and Howard. I liked reading along on their adventure. My only complaint is something that happens with this author. It’s just very wordy in places I don’t think are necessary. When this happens. I tend to skim through a bit. I’d still recommend to anyone that likes shifter books.

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Great Story and Characters

My Favorite Cowboy - Donna Grant

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses—even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey—or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

This is finally the story of the third Harper sibling. He meets his match in Audrey. I really liked Audrey a lot and thought she was a great match for Caleb. She was able to help him start healing in the way he needed. My only issue was the repeated emphasis on how often Caleb (and even Audrey a couple of times) got around. I really don’t like it it when author’s do this. Beyond that, I highly recommend for fans of this genre.

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Eehhh

Seal's Accidental Family  - Leslie North

All her life, Rachel Winchester has fought against the idea that she was nothing but white trash destined for Loserville. Now, it seems all that fighting was for nothing. Sure, she's running a successful B&B and, yes, she finally had her way with a man she's crushed on for forever—Harris McCallister, the guy she's flirted with for years; the guy she's thought about and pined for. She's finally feeling good about the future when—bam—she gets pregnant. True or not, in her world, nothing says white trash more than an unmarried pregnant woman. Worse, her "loving" mother is threatening her over the B&B and the property it sits on, all because of a silly legend about a pirate's buried treasure. Harris doesn't know what it is about Rachel, but he's always been drawn to her. With her brightly dyed hair and sexy-as-hell tattooed body, she's impossible to ignore—and drives him crazy in all the best ways. Finding out she's carrying his baby has him thinking things he's never thought before. Thoughts he brutally pushes away. Returning to active duty as a Marine Raider is what he wants, not settling down and playing house. He'll stick around just long enough to make sure Rachel and the baby-to-be are safe from increasingly disturbing attacks they both believe has to do with an old legend about a pirate's buried treasure. The longer he stays, though, the tougher returning to duty is becoming. But when the time comes to head back to the Marines, he has to make the toughest decision of his life—duty to his country, or life with the woman he loves.

This story was ok. It moved rather fast and although the author precluded to a kind of relationship before the book begins, I still had a hard time feeling the relationship. I’m not sure if it was because it was just a similar plot to another book I’d just read but unfortunately it was just alright.

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Hard-Riding Cowboy - Stacey Kennedy

Megan Harrison is the owner of Kinky Spurs. She’s mortgaged up to her eyeballs and works long days and nights, but she’s living life on her terms, not on her wealthy father’s. She’s done being in the cattle rancher’s shadow. She’s got it all figured out, except for the part that involves Nash Blackshaw. He’s a sexy as hell cowboy whose smile can easily charm her out of her tight jeans. The only problem is—their fathers were business rivals, and Megan and Nash have been taught to hate each other since birth. Nash Blackshaw, a retired professional bull rider, has responsibilities on top of responsibilities. With his PBR career over due to back injury, and his focus narrowed on heading up the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s Guest Ranch, he shouldn’t have time to think about all the ways he wants Megan. But it’s all he thinks of around the sassy and sweet woman. She might be forbidden to him, but Nash wants to take her for a hard, kinky ride. But small towns have a way of spreading gossip like wildfire, and not everyone is happy about their relationship. Especially when Megan drops a bombshell on Nash after one heated night between them. As much as Megan and Nash want to forget the old feud between their fathers and lose each other in explosive passion, they can’t escape reality. They are meant to be enemies, and Nash’s sizzling, dominant touch might not be enough to keep them together.

This was a pretty good story. I really felt for Megan and the problems she faced. I liked Nash a lot too. My only problem was that her father got away with a lot of crap. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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Pretty Decent Read

Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars Book 3) - Kerry Adrienne

For Marco, heir to the lions' throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it's fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary, Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate. Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

This was a pretty decent book. It was a quick read. That said, I felt there was a bit of filler stuff in there that I skimmed through. I did like both characters. However, and yes I get that they’re mates, but I thought it was a bit quick for the “L” word to be dropped. Still, I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Good Story and Good Characters

Penetrating the Darkness - Shiela Stewart

Dusty was determined to keep a small part of himself alive even though he had been changed to a vampire by no choice of his own.He had been kept in this cold cell for months and they were trying to break him. He had stopped to help a young woman and three vampires had been waiting in the trees. He hadn’t even known such creatures existed. The man said he heard Dusty was refusing the blood after torture Dusty gives in.  Than something inside , something unfamiliar pulled at him and made him crave what he couldn’t understand looking at the arm, an alien instinct compelled him to take it. The thirst took over. Once again Amara finds Felicity sitting in the cell. She stepped in and knelt beside felicity. Amara felt Felicity was an angel yet her mother. The Queen-Rajana- treated her like a prisoner. She had gone to all that work to get felicity. Felicity said she just wanted to go down and see the world for a day. Felicity had been brought to the magical world and put in Amara’s care. Amara had done a lot of reading as she knew nothing about kids before this and she was still learning. Felicity was five years old. The Messengers were sent down to evaluate the vampire population and the Censors documented it all. He came in and told Dusty he was going to let him out of his room for a meal with him and his followers. Trinity was a vampire princess who was looking for Chaos- Dusty’s maker. Trinity needed a distraction. Felicity was her and Basil’s daughter and taken by Rajana to another realm. Basil is the vampire prince. Trinity didn’t like quiet , she wanted something to distract her from the pain of her child being taken from her.  Saving Felicity was all she could think of since Rajana had stolen her newborn daughter right after she was born. Trinity’s first attempt to rescue Felicity had failed and she had been Rajana’s prisoner. It had been weeks now since she had been held in the Realm of the Mystics. If it hadn’t been for Starla- their resident witch Trinity would still be in the Realm. Starla needed a break before she tried again. It had been a year since Chaos performed a ritual involving the blood of five innocent young girls to bring back the epitome of all evil- Avadur. The city had been cast in darkness . every human had left, all plant life had died and every evil creature had come to stay in jacob’s Cove. Basil was the love of Trinity’s life and he came up to her and asked her hadn’t he asked her not to hunt alone? They had broke up after he had slept with another woman but they were back together now. Amara rarely saw Felicity used her powers and she had inherited a good deal from her father the prince or so Amara was told. One power was Felicity could cause the wind to appear out of nowhere. Than the room disappeared and darkness surrounded her and Felicity and than they were on the ground with humans. There was a bright flash of light and Dusty hid behind a car. When he dared to look up there were piles of black ash. Than dusty was trapped but the woman ordered the child to let him go. It worried Amara Felicity had so much power which could be dangerous in a new environment. Amara convinces Felicity Dusty was ok.  Dusty said they needed to find a place to hide and be safe and the found a deserted lab. While out looking for food Felicity, Amara, and Dusty run into Trinity and Basil- Felicity’s true parents.

I enjoyed this book. I like the different elements of it. A vampire queen in another realm steal her sons daughter and holds her granddaughter captive since she was a newborn. Than her granddaughter-felicity escapes and seals up the queen in the realm . Than the powerful girl finds her parents who she was told were very bad. Than a bad vampire controlling different types of evil monsters who go to the dark mystics to for power and is to overtake the little girl and her royal parents and so forth. A lot in this book for sure. It did drag some for me at times. I loved Felicity and she really added t this book. I also liked trinity and Basil together and how they interacted with each other. I liked the plot a lot. Definitely a different type of paranormal book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

Pretty in Ink - Ava Blackstone

Olivia/Liv liked to follow her instincts. C J was Olivia’s boyfriend, he wasn’t the perfect boyfriend but he understood her. They were at the tattoo shop- Permanent Ink. Olivia told CJ she was afraid of needles. Than Caleb ward wrapped his fingers around Liv’s arm after her name had been called. Liv had a crush on Caleb when they were just kids. Caleb asked Liv what she was doing there. She couldn’t tell Caleb why she was there he’d be calling her parents right away. Than Liv told C J Caleb was  Rafe’s best friend. Liv tried to remember if Caleb had been at dinner when she told her parents two months ago she had broken up with C J. Caleb wouldn’t have to mention a tattoo C J’s name would freak them out. Than Caleb said he was there working. Liv than homicide in hamburger habit. Dead bodies at Delray’s Deli? Caleb than said he didn’t discuss open cases. Caleb said she didn’t want Liv to do something she’d regret. He’d was returning to where he had seen Liv last and and seen CJ walking and he asked CJ where Liv was and he said the tattoo shop and they were no longer together. Than the tattoo artist told Liv she could open her eyes and see her tattoo and she seen the name caleb on her arm. Liv knew she had been fuzzy when she picked out the tattoo but she thought she had chosen a butterfly or flower. Three months later after liv got the tattoo and she was trying to muscle her life back on track but she still had a ways to go. Liv wrote up a business plan for Designs By Olivia. She got tp the final round in a local design competition. She upped her hours at Hannigan's and moved back in with her parents to save money on rent. Her mother had “ found” her business plan and her father asked her how much she needed and they would loan it too her. Her mom said she was proud of her and said they knew she would make this business a success. Three months later- Caleb hadn’t seem :Liv since the day in front of Permanent Ink. Now at her brothers house he heard her voice. For the last three months she wasn’t at any of her family's functions but now he could see that she was ok and maybe he could get her out of his head. Than jen-rafe’s wife had a woman there for caleb to meet. Her name was Joslyn and before he left that evening he realized Joslyn would be perfect for him and asked her out. Liv told calab Joslyn was the female version of himself and he needed someone to shake him up . jar him out of his routine. Joslyn said she though He and Liv were involved. Caleb said Liv was like a younger sister. Luiv had spent three months avoiding caleb , picking up extra hours at work, even claiming to be sick one time.  Now she had to go to her cousin Ella’s engagement party. She had to hope her family remembered caleb wasn’t actually a Voretti and shouldn’t have to suffer through the four weeks of mandatory wedding “fun” leading up to Ella’s wedding. Caleb entered the room to ella ripping off Liv’s blouse, he gave Kayla his shirt and told Ella he would make sure Liv had a fitting at the bridal shop. Liv told Caleb he had ruined everything but he couldn’t think of anything but her against him- sweet, hot, and necessary. Liv was one of the women caleb was never going to have. Than her parents barged in and mistoke the situation. Than Liv said she needed him to be her pretend boyfriend until after the wedding so everyone would think caleb being on her arm was for him. He was going to say no until he seen the tears. Liv never cried so he ended up agreeing. Caleb knew he had always wanted Liv n=more than he should and she scared the hell out of him. Caleb and Liv went to the bar after he called his friend Ezra help he get off CJ’s balcony. Caleb kissed her and Liv wanted more but he pulled himself away after she had invaded “Fix It Day” at his place when she had heard about his and Joslyn’s date. Then after the kisses Caleb had wiped out every other man from Liv’s memory. Before they knew it the wedding was over and it was the last morning of being a fake couple . Caleb admitted to Liv it just wasn’t going to happen with Joslyn.

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved Caleb and Liv together. I liked the plot but the pace did drag for me at times. I liked how close Liv and her family were and that they made caleb a part of that family. I liked the closeness between Rafe and Caleb. Caleb and Liv were opposite each other but some of it was because Caleb held himself in check because of his parents and how they had treated him while he was growing up and the anger he had pushed so far deep inside himself. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Not For Me

The Billionaire Beast: A Billionaire Romance (The Billionaire Fairy Tales) - Jackie Ashenden

Nero de Santos was as beastly as they come, his only humanity is his interest in computers and his taste for fine art. Not that he particularly cared about being human and it was overrated in his opinion. When Nero had a horrible childhood and had been abused. He had deep scars from his past. He hadn’t left his home in ten years. Nero was looking at his security feed of his front door and the woman standing there very corporate looking , very secretary. Which he expected as she was here for an job interview. In the last six months he’d gone through at least ten assistants and it was getting hard to find anyone who would actually work with him. He preferred to hire the best, but the best wouldn’t even imply. Phoebe Taylor was the woman at his door.  There was something that intrigued Nero about her but she had a two year gap in her resume. Nero wanted what he wanted when he wanted it and if his assistants either couldn’t or wouldn’t do their jobs and assist him 24/7 , than he got rid of them. No second chances. Many only a week, barely a month. Hiring new people was getting old. Money tended to solve most problems in his experience, he could always up the salary he offered again. Being the illegitimate son of Cesare Santis, owner of D S Corporation- one of America’s biggest and richest defense and protection company wasn’t without perks. Nero headed the technology branch of the company. Phoebe needed a lot of money and fast to pay her fiance’s hospital bills as he had been in a coma for two years and she was paying the bills for his care. Phoebe had to stop herself from checking her phone as Charles- her fiance- had developed an infection which was worrying as the immune systems of coma patients weren’t robust. Becoming nero’s assistant would provide the money Phoebe needed. Nero’s office was designed to intimidate anyone in it. It might have gotten to Phoebe if she hadn’t spent the last two years if different hospital waiting rooms , dealing with officious and self important medical staff. Phoebe didn't like her punch-to- the- gut response to Nero. She rarely let people get under her skin, but she had a feeling if she wasn’t careful he could. She better be cautious for the rest of her time around Nero. As Phobe gets to know her boss and the damage from his past, she wants to help him. Nero demands two women and when they are at his home he only kisses one can’t physically respond to either of them and has them leave and goes to  Phoebe.

I really couldn’t get into this book. Nero was just to mean and Phoebe wouldn’t stick up for herself. She would say no them give in why bother to say no? This also dragged for me at time . I just couldn’t finish this it wouldn’t hold my attention. So I am sure others will like this book it just wasn’t for me.

Mixed Feelings

Zachary (Dawn Of The Awakening Book 1) - Raymond Springer

There wasa 911 call when the officers approached the center house there was fragments of glass as far into the street as to where the officers stood.   They crept to the door and after hearing a baby wailing they looked into the window and saw a nude baby boy who appeared to have just been born. Eric was the oldest and most powerful living profit . he woke from his torturous sleep. Years ago he had sworn to serve those who he believed were loyal to an antiquated faith- the Circle of Benediction.  The Circle of Benedictions mission was to destroy anyone with supernatural abilities. Then he said” the child, he is here”. He came out of his dream that wasn’t a dream. Eric went to enzo his evening bodyguard and told him he needed to talk to the Lore now. Eric went to a big table filled with monitors. There was also a conferencing camera. There was one with the Supreme Leaders shadowy figure in it. He only got involved when he felt the need to. Eric wasn’t one of the Lore, he was a trusted advisor. Eric said he wouldn’t be at a crossroads if they could convince him the prophesied child is actually a danger to humanity. He told the lore’s members this was their chance to tell their side of what they knew. If they than had not convinced Eric he would provide them with false information and they won’t know the difference until it was too late.  Eric said he would like to be convinced they were doing the right thing. The Supreme leader said eric knew why they did what they did and what would happen if they didn’t ...Eric said devastation, a cataclysmic event that could have an impact on humanity which they hadn’t seen in thousands of years. Eric said how many do they have to kill? Where does it end? Eric shouted he would be the only one to answer for his crimes if they were in accordance to the Lord's will. The lines they had crossed were clear, and necessary. But the baby was another matter. He knew the prophecies . he wanted to be sure this was the sign they waited for and confirms what they had been doing for thousands of years is valid and true. Eric knew he could be killed for overstepping his boundaries but he was old and had little to lose. The leader said they were given prophecy about him long before his birth.  If any of Eric’s prophecies had failed he would have been dead. Each of Eric’s prophecies had come true. Jacob knew the child had been born and they only had hours that the child must be extracted and protected form the Circle of Benediction. Jacob headed the watchers who were sworn enemies of the Circle Of Benediction who killed many of their kind. Jacob has supernatural powers and uses his fortune to create Rampart Industries to protect others with supernatural powers from the Circle. Jacob does secure the child before the Circle can destroy him.

This would have been a much better read of the editorial errors had been corrected. The odd part was the didn’t really show up until later on in the book. Than this also dragged for me at different times in this book. I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the pilot but this was a common enough thread - some people were different and had to be destroyed because of that- in this case people with supernatural powers and a secret society deem themselves right in  murdering these people even an newborn baby. Si I finished this but at times I forced myself to continue as I said I had mixed feelings. I am sure there are others who really enjoyed this book.

Good Story and Good Characters

Royal Treatment - Tracy Wolff

Garrett now had a new life as the soare instead of the heir. This was supposed to be the best thing that ever happened to him?  Too bad it felt more like a nightmare than a dream come true. He had tried for a month to enjoy this lifestyle but it just wasn’t working for him. Garrett had been to more parties in the six weeks since he had gotten a clean bill of health than the first twenty eight years if his life. That’s saying something considering major galas had been a part of his existence since Garrett could walk.  Garrett feels he is pathetic and not to mention useless now. He was once the man trusted to rule his country but now he can’t even be trusted to be in control of himself or so the anxiety medicine the King’s therapist keep insisting he take. But Garrett does have PTSD. Garrett had been rescued nine months ago. His father the King had decided Garrett wasn’t fit to to be King once he returned from the kidnapping . Kian doesn’t want to be King he had loved the playboy partying lifestyle. Garrett isn’t even allowed in the royal palace when there is serious business going on. That isn’t what his brother Kian says to his face . But Garrett is very aware of how  often he is showed the door. Garrett may have got a couple concussions but his brain still worked better than most. Garrett had been kidnapped and tortured physically and mentally in that time before he was rescued. He’s become a liability someone who can’t even be trusted with palace gossip much less state secrets. Death has to be better than this. Than again, anything does. Because of the distrust form his own family, and the forced idleness and uselessness- that was now his life- in ways was just as torturous as those months he endured in that compound filled with anti-royal crazies. His family, his country think Garrett was a traitor. They think they can’t trust him and there’s nothing he can do to prove otherwise. His life was reduced to basically nothing. No meetings, no public appearances, no charity work. While at the lake garrett sees a feisty redhead arguing with his security detail. Garrett is a prince but his detail  doesn’t follow his orders. Not in the matters of his personal security they do whatever they deem necessary , even if it doesn’t agree with Garrett’s wishes. It was rare for people not to recognize him especially after his rescue and his face had been all over the media. But his woman didn't seem to know who he was. Garrett wanted her in his bed. But now she was checking him out and he couldn’t help remembering how broken he really was. And just how many scars the months in captivity left him with. Sure his clothes cover most of the damage but it’s still there inside and out. She says her name was Lola. lola has her own very successful vintage clothes business. She had come to Wildermer to shop for vintage clothes as she was the buyer as well as the seller of the clothes. Garrett talks Lola into going on one date with him and they are caught on camera together and the media causes a frenzy that was unexpected. Kian suggests garrett pretend to be in a relationship with Lola to gain his rightful title back as the crowned prince.

I really enjoyed reading this book. A different slant on a royals book. As far as I'm concerned Garrett’s father was a butt for how he was treating garrett instead of trusting him. Trying to see how he would manage things after some recovery time. I advise you to read the first book in this series for a smoother read. I loved how Lola understood garrett and what the last few months had cost him. Garrett and Lola have a hot chemistry. I did snicker at times while reading this. I really enjoyed the pace and plot. I would have liked to know more about garrett’s kidnapping and what happened to him and his rescue and recopperation. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Great Story and Characters

Defenseless - Elizabeth Dyer

Georgia had been in the Marine Corp. when she og tout she had planned on getting a tiny apartment in San Diego and enjoy the sun while she figured out what to do with her life but she hadn’t done that. Ethan had offered her a job in the private security sector and she had taken it.  A job she liked and one she was in risk of losing. Georgia doubted she had the patience for one more posh D C assignment. Kidnappers, stalkers, and political plots she could handle. Yappy dogs, Shopping trips to the Circle, and the carefully pinned and tucked exteriors of DC’s political housewives made her twitchy. According to ethan it wasn’t enough for Georgia to keep her clients alive and well. She needs them to like her. Ethan made it clear if she couldn’t make a personal connection with her next assignment she’d be looking for a new job. Georgia used to feel like her job mattered, like the people she worked with made a difference in the world.or Ethan could put her in the office but Georgia didn’t want that.  Georgia hoped Ethan would tell her how will died. There is so much she didn’t know and the Department Of Defense wouldn’t say. So much Ethan wouldn’t tell her. Georgia wasn’t so sure she liked her job now but she needed it.Ethan said they both knew she was an asset to the firm in terms of technical skills she was one of his best operatives.Georgia knew Ethan had been hired because of her dead brother Will. Ethan and will had served together and Ethan had been one of the men to carry will’s flag draped coffin. The last nine months had been a revolving door of uninvited change. She didn’t think she had it in her to start a new career as well. What was she qualified for ? She had no college education She doubted “ excellent marksmanship” and “ experience with explosives” rounded out a resume. She be lucky if she got a job flipping burgers. Ethan had called , instructed when and where to meet him and hung up. Ethan said she wasn’t his first  call or hardly his first choice. He had no one else and had been desperate.. Parker Livingston had made millions on a game he invented called Jungle Jem. but he also had a reputation for being difficult to work with. Unknown to many Parker was also considered a person of high value by the U S government. Parker was the creator of a special app the military used for special ops and was a member of a Special forces group but only as a computer nerd. Due to Parker’s work he is carefully monitored. So Ethan is giving her a seventy two hour assignment. Maybe less if Ryan made it back form NY. withholding facts in this line of work is not only dangerous but criminally stupid yet Ethan gave her as little information as possible. Usually ethan sent her a dossier : photos, addresses, schedules and contacts- details about the job. This time she was given she was babysitting a nerd who wasn’t exactly housebroken” whatever that meant. Ethan also said Parker was a little.. Different. Had his own schedule, his own method of doing things. He was also adamant he didn’t need private security. Ethan also said he was limited to what he could say. Ethan said he didn’t want to have to worry about the safety of a high valued citizen with Parker’s capabilities and clearance. Georgia asked how she was supposed to be successful when Parker had ditched every detail every operative.  Someone is misusing the program of Parkers against operatives with a kill on sight order. Parker and Georgia have hot chemistry. Than an assassin tries to kill Parker and Georgia and they must go on the run with few resources and they have to figure out who they can trust. But they are rarely able to ito interact with others as they fighting for their own survival. Than Parker betrays parker even though it was only ,want to protect her.

I loved this book. I felt it was well written. I was drawn in by the first few pages and stayed that way until the end of this book. I laughed at times while reading this book. I loved the plot and pace. Georgia and Parker definitely had hot chemistry. I loved Georgia and parker together and how they interacted. I loved the role reversal also- a female protecting the male. I did feel we were given too much information on Parker’s invention yet this was still a five rating for me. I loved the action, action and suspense in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Not For Me

Trapped - Amanda Byrd

Miranda was only part human, part vampire and since the scratch part werewolf. Miranda had called on to save and merge two universes. Miranda was also a very successful psychologist. She got to help her patients work past their insecurities, anxieties, and other issues and still be two thirds monster.- mentally and physically.  Teddy loved Miranda and they had been together ten years-they were married. Miranda hadn’t had human blood in over a year. She thought maybe go out and find a criminal for blood. Miranda had went into hiding and only came out to see her patients and animals were bred for slaughter. Teddy and Miranda were going back home to Florida. Miranda had their home custom built and loved it but had to go furniture shopping to add to what they had the movers bring from California. Miranda had earned  a lot in California and had invested some money but also saved money. Teddy and Miranda had rocky times in their marriage but they had worked their problems out as they worked so well together. While they shopped at the furniture store Miranda decided they would get their salesman Norm to their home later to eat him. Teddy would take his truck and would get Miranda had a touch of compulsive obsessive disorder but she preferred to be called highly organized to a fault. Miranda wanted to find a cure from her two monsters. Her monsters let her know her age would quickly catch up to her and she would feel it and die. Right now she was eternally thirty nine. Miranda hated weekly shopping and thought about a grocery delivery service but was too particular and did not want someone else to choose her groceries. Miranda and Teddy were going to London to look at a castle Miranda wanted to buy. This was her first international trip and she was excited. But she did hate flying especially with other people. Miranda took the window seats and Teddy was in the middle seat. Than a woman her built sat in the aisle seat. She hears her monsters hiss and growl and they said that woman was as much a monster as Miranda. They sensed and felt it. Also this would not be the last time she’d see the woman. There was a reason she sat there and nowhere else. Miranda felt a growing sense of dread. This woman always seemed to be right near Miranda even in the short layover at the airport.

I tried and read about half of this book but I just couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t get into Miranda at all or even teddy. I wouldn’t rate this if  I didn't have too, I am sure others will love it but his just didn’t keep my attention or interest and it just wasn’t for me.

Great Story and Characters

Falling For Her Fiance (Accidentally in Love #1) - Cindi Madsen

Dani had about thirty emails in her work inbox about the upcoming retreat. Of course people were excited they got to take their significant others and get in good with the boss. While the company would never call the retreat couples exclusive but the one they had a couple of years ago proved that being part of a duo meant more time with the boss and his wife. Wayne Bridges always bragged about how Bridges Marketing, Inc. was family friendly business.  Medical bills for her grandmother were expensive. Mama was living in Florida and took over Dani’s grandmothers physical care as well as working long hours. DAni was helping as much as she could. When even her scholarships didn’t pay for college family had all chipped in but her grandmother Morales ad put in the most. Wes called and told Dani to tell him he didn’t have to go but they both knew he would even though his sister was having Wes’s ex fiance as a bridesmaid. Wes agreed to go to the retreat with Dani as her fiance if she went to his sisters wedding as his fiance. Wes was Dani’s best friend since college. It had been a long time since they seen each other. Of all the stunts they had pulled this one would take the cake. Dani was Wes’s favorite person to hang out with . Being with Dani was effortless. They liked the same jokes- she just him in a way no one else did. When something good or bad happened Dani was the first person Wes wanted to call, and it had been like that pretty much since they he’d met her. Dani had left North Carolina to be with Steve- her boyfriend and now they weren’t together, He had hurt Dani . Wes had felt the urge to punch Steve from day one, but he’d tried to get along with Steve for Dani’s sake. All of a sudden Dani seemed to be noticing Wes’s body and she always knew he was good looking. Dani decided whens he got back home it was time to put herself out there again and find someone to date. She had been alone to long. Wes borrowed an engagement ring from his friend Paul who’s girlfriend had left him before he could propose. Paul acted a little interested in Dani. Wes had never really liked any man looking at Dani in that way.

I loved this story. It was a fun, easy, read, with just enough angst in it. I loved Dani and Wes together and how they interacted together. Not sure why their kiss in college was so bad yet they had such hot chemistry maybe had something to do with Wes ‘s experience as well as they alcohol. I loved how close Wes was to his family and how Dani was determined to help her mom and grandmother. I loved the pace and plot of this story. I loved the ins and outs of this book as well as the characters and I highly recommend iit. But there were a lot of errors that should be corrected.