Courtney Glass is the wild child that has the worst taste in men and it finally catches up with her. She is accused of murder but she knows it was a setup and she’s afraid the real killer will target her next. The only one who believe her are family and a very attractive detective that grunts more than talks. Can Will unravel the mystery before it leads to Courtney’s fatal end?
This is the second glass sisters book. The first one was fabulous and you can find my review here. Courtney is my favorite of the two sisters. She’s just trying to live her life as a stylist and can’t seem to find a man worth even a penny. When she meets Will she’s attracted and she enjoys teasing him but when he teases back he blows her away. As they fight their attraction for the good of the case, the mystery deepens. I love the suspense. I also like how Courtney deals with her problems by running away. It just feels like a natural thing to do for her. The ending is freaking fantastic, both action and sweetness. I do wish there was more heat though. I think Will and Courtney could have been amazing in that department instead of good. The Glass Sisters series had proven to be a romantic suspense must read! I’m going to go find out what else this author has released.
Ticket to Hide
When punishment and class segregation are the law, no cop can write a ticket to freedom; not even his own. Short months before earning his Ticket of Leave, Constable Joel Agnew has dreams of working as a free man once and for all. In the penal colony of Van Deimen's Land, his prospects and aspirations don't go as high as finding love and romance until he crosses paths with fellow indentured servant Tilly Marsden. Though equally attracted to Joel, Tilly harbors a secret that could have both their passes to freedom permanently revoked.
It was such a nice change to have a historical romance set in someplace unexpected...in this case Van Diemen's land, aka Tasmania. Who would have thought of that? While the culture and living conditions of these early colonists/convicts is grim, the author notes the comparative beauty and freshness of an untamed island environment to the alternative of a rotting London dungeon. Despite cruelty and hardships, Tilly and Joel can still dream of the future and a life together, unless a certain amoral officer ruins everything first.
The Crime and Punishment aspect of the story is both bizarre and quaint, particularly when it comes to Joel's administration of punishment to the helpless Tilly. Stranger still is Tilly's (and the general population of the time) acceptance of such indecent acts as normal, inevitable, and eventually...arousing. It may be old as sin, but sometimes being bad can feel really good, even in the modern world.
Read Her Convict Constable and take your punishment!
Jackie is a big rodeo fan and Simon is an up and coming bull rider. When the two meet its an instant attraction. Simon is from a family with strong Christian values and this affects his outlook on gay romance. However, out of the controlling view of his parents, Simon gives in to temptation and begins an affair with Jackie.
Simon does struggle with his feelings due to his upbringing and at times the angst is a little annoying which is the reason for the three stars. Simon’s character is a little too innocent where relationships or interactions between gay men is concerned. At one point he says he didn’t know gay men could have a life together or be happy together. The innocence is cute but taken a little too far for my liking.
Still, Jackie and Simon’s relationship is a sweet romance with some hot moments. Jackie has his own fears of losing Simon and when Simon is outed to his parents, losing Simon becomes a very real possibility. Simon shows a little growth by standing up to his parents and risking their rejection which I thought is a good thing.
This book gives a little bit of a look at what goes on on the rodeo circuit, so if you like books on rodeo romance, this book is for you. If you like to see your characters grow some this book is for you and it’s one of the reasons I’d recommend it. Also if you read the first book and loved like I did, I'd recommend reading this one too just to catch up with Ryan and Dante. I love seeing them again.
Fiona is an artist working for all manner of law enforcement to draw suspects with such realism. She’s tired of it though, the pain in the eyes of victims, the stories of the hurt. She’s convinced herself to leave all that behind her but not before taking one last case. Jack has himself a serial killer but he can’t prove it and the only woman to survive has a bad reputation. Together can they catch a killer and heal each other?
I’ve only read one other Laura Griffin book and I enjoyed it. This one, wow, fabulous! I love Fiona. She’s an artist who has serious talent with victims and I love her personality. She wants to help but the toll it’s taking on her emotionally is becoming too much. She’s determined to move on but for some reason she can’t resist the sexy, honest good guy Jack. Jack is not giving up. He refuses to let a killer get away with taking so many innocent lives and then they catch a break, a witness. When that witness goes missing he finds out Fiona is literally on the killer heels. The suspense is fantastic. I mean top-notch, edge of your seat stuff. The romance is beautiful. I do wish it had more heat thought. They really have a great chemistry with each other up to a point. The secondary characters are also entertaining. I’m excited to read Fiona’s sisters story.
If you like romantic suspense than you have to read Thread of Fear!
Lori is working a crap job in a crap neighborhood and is just trying to survive until tomorrow. When she refuses the local pimp he beats her up and that’s how she meets Chains. He’s just a hot guy that was nice to her at the dinner she works. Well, right up until he kidnaps her. Chains is a hitman for Killer of Kings and for a man that doesn’t do emotion, he’s having a lot of them for Lori.
Okay, so when Chains kidnaps Lori I was totally curious about how the authors would handle the situation. It actually works really freaking well. Chains is patient with her, giving her the ultimatum to stay with him for a week and then she can go but she can’t try to escape and he promises not to touch her. Normally, I’d scoff at that because let’s face it good guys don’t kidnap girls but like Lori I believed him. He has a way about him that’s almost tender. There’s something about his dominance that’s both gentle and yet scary but also hot. Seriously, he’s the perfect blend of bad boy and attentive lover. I guess you can tell I really like him? Lori has her family to take care of but she’s also tired of her hard life. She’s’ confused by Chains and I love her reactions. She interested and scared and intrigued and scared again. It just works so well for this story. And that first sex scene. Holy &$*^! It is so hot I almost expect to see my ereader smoking. (My husband wants to say thanks to the authors by the way. This book got me so hot and bother that he benefited, lol) The ending is entertaining and intense. I can’t wait to read more in this series!
Shadow is part of Killer of Kings. He’s a hitman who has a problem, his tempting nosy neighbor. Riley isn’t just curious, she’s intrigued and then obsessed with her sexy neighbor. But when she finds out the truth will it destroy their chances at a happy ending?
The beginning is really unbelievable. Riley follows her neighbor to a shady part of the town because she is curious as to why he’s an asshole? Seriously? She’s supposedly street smart from being in foster care and living on the street but her actions make that hard to believe. That said, once Riley and Shadow start talking things get so much better. It’s like a switch comes on behind the words. They’re bonding and Shadow does some crazy stuff to protect her which I think really brought their characters out. Then Shadow is starting to want Riley and Riley wants Shadow but they both have too many trust issues to actually start something. I love the way the author(s) wrote this. I could almost see their hard outer layers breaking. It is beautiful. And that first kiss! Wow, I’m melting it’s so hot. Then Riley impresses the hell out of me by showing her street smarts and then ...… freaks out? It’s like two different characters. She said she has had blood on her hands before but has a meltdown when it happens again. I really wish the authors would have gotten her character straight because I really like this whole story. Shadow stays himself, tough, stoic and broken inside. By the way, I will never, ever, freaking ever, look at a rolling pin the same way! *giggles* There is so much in this book I love and so much that seems off. Gah, I’m so on the fence about the rating. I think I’m going with a three but if you enjoy the other books in the series than I recommend giving Hard to Get a try.
Wow, I had no idea this book was so dark and gritty. I love The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Like love, bordering on Obsession myself (see what I did there). I really want to read Masons story. Okay. Anyway. Right, a review.
Naomi is eleven. She’s the one that finds the barn door in the woods near her house. She’s the one who open said door and finds a crying woman who’s chained to the wall. She’s the one that frees the woman and helps her get to the police where they discover Naomi’s father is a serial killer. How can a girl ever get past her father’s horrible sins?
Boom. My God. This story starts dark and gritty and pulled me right in. From the beginning I love Naomi. Her bravery is just stunning and heartfelt and heartbreaking. There is so much feels in this book! The story shows how she and her brother and her gay uncle is trying to deal with everything. Her mother’s lost her mind and is constantly in a state of depression. As the years pass Naomi finds herself closed off when people find out who she is. Then she falls in love with this big, rundown house near the water. She buys it and quickly catches the eye of the local mechanic (and serious hottie) Xander. Her past keeps her open for a good time but never does she do relationships but Xander makes her want to break that rule. Just when she’s starting to open up, he finds out who her fathers is. Then woman start showing up in the woods near her house. They are killed in the same way her father murdered but he’s in prison, so who’s targeting her now. Wow! The mystery is spot on. I did figure out who it is about three quarters of the way through but I wouldn’t have bet any money on that person being the killer. I just wasn’t positive which makes the suspense that much more intense. I do wish the romance had more heat to it though. Xander and Naomi are sweet together but they needed that punch of heat to really make the romance work. Still, the story itself has blown me away. I think this may be my favorite Nora Roberts book.
If you like romantic suspense than you have to read this dark, intense Obsession.
Shay’s childhood is terrifying and traumatic. Her mother’s murder, foster care, being kidnapped and ugh, this poor girl! She’s spent her adult life dealing with after effects and it seems the past isn’t done with her yet. Elliot is the only man she’s ever really liked but when he pushes to know more about her, she freaks and breaks it off. Then her whole world is turned upside down when the past comes back to hurt her. Will Elliot still be on her side when the truth comes out?
Wow, talking about twisted. The mystery in this book is phenomenal. Everyone has ulterior motives and the reveal is totally intense. I love that! Add in Shay, who’s damaged but trying and Elliot who’s pushing Shy to open up. They make a great couple. I like how patient he is with her trauma and past. The romance is really freaking good too. This is probably one of my favorite books by Shiloh Walker and I’ve read a ton of them. I can’t wait to read more!
If you’re looking for romantic suspense with twists, turns and lots of romance, read Stolen by Shiloh Walker!
I don't know but I've been told;
Sex and guns just never gets old.
There's no place for love in a soldier's life. For Beau Williams, an elite member of Delta Force, long-term relationships are a no-go...until the right woman breaks down his emotional camouflage. It could never work, an oft-deployed military specialist and a grounded, work-obsessed journalist...or could it? Facing danger together brings the illusion of closeness, but for Beau it's one more close call that tells him romance is only for civilians.
Beau Williams and Megan Welles have already met by the start of this book, so it felt like something was missing by not experiencing the initial spark/conflict between them that establishes their relationship. So essentially they are already a couple for the duration of this story which is actually a bit boring despite the overabundance of sex scenes. However, the author is an experienced writer and it shows; the intricate plot is quite enough to keep the story going and the reader engaged, (although the editor deserves a military hazing for letting so many unforgivable typos slip through).
Overall, the book is well written, well researched and with some brilliant flashes of dialogue (my favorite thing!). It's not so much about the soldiers here as it is about the women who make happy prisoners of their soldier's hearts; proving that love can win more battles than any army. A recommended read!
Charlie and Alex have been friends since third grade so it’s only natural when they fall in love. But tragedy strikes turning Charlie and Alex’s world upside down.
I thought Time Will Tell might be an interesting read since it is about time travel so I dove in expectantly. The story is in the first person which isn’t a problem but what is a problem is that the author takes us through Charlie and Alex’s lives from third grade to college. I found this to be a little bit of the long way around the romance even though it doesn't take long. I just don't feel I got a chance to really know them that much. It is when the boys were in college that Charlie loses his grandmother and then his father. He and Alex move into Charlie’s family home that the status quo changes. Charlie is sorting through his father’s things which includes antiques and slowly he becomes erratic. He changes, stops caring about himself. Alex who’s in love with him confronts him and they get into a fight over a watch which Charlie’s father left Charlie when he died. As they fight over the watch, the watch throws them back in time where they are separated. Charlie realizes that he’s throwing away his life and he doesn’t want a life without Alex in it. So, he searches for him. Now, I am expecting a courtship from the blurb of the book and I really don't get that. Charlie finds Alex who is engaged to be married to a woman and more or less seduces him. He doesn’t make him fall in love with him, he just stirs feelings that are already there. The boys get back after some trouble which lands Charlie in jail. Charlie has decided to live his life in the present rather than being caught up in the time traveling which we only actually see that one instance. I am disappointed.
As the book goes on I’m expecting more time travel, or something to come from the past and wreck their happily ever after. I am even thinking one of two of the characters the boys meet as they’re planning their wedding while they’re planning to donate the antiques to a museum to be a problem. But nothing. The story that follows their return is sweet as Charlie and Alex’s love, caring and concern for each other is shown. They both do little things to make each other happy, for instance Charlie is planning the wedding with Alex’s mom and choose colors he knows Charlie likes. Alex learns to dance for Charlie. This is all sweet but not the story the blurb told me I am getting.
I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second but I can recommend Time Will Tell to anyone likes sweet romance with some hot scenes. But if you like a little more conflict this isn’t your story.