As Shiloh seeks revenge, Sydney seeks to do what's right. Each wants a new life, but will trouble or love find them first?
As Shiloh seeks revenge, Sydney seeks to do what's right. Each wants a new life, but will trouble or love find them first?
James Solomon is an FBI agent who works on intuition. His father was an agent, and wanted him to follow him into the agency, since he said that James has good instincts. He works with Agent Lisa Gibson, a married woman who also trusts his instincts. But she's missed too many holidays and birthdays with her husband, so when the head of a pharmaceuticals company is found murdered on the night when a presentation was being made to the board in a small town, she wants to solve it quickly so she can fly back home to celebrate her husband's promotion dinner.
Leo Hannah is a young lab-rat who works in technology for the company. He heads out for a smoke break and meets James, who is taking a breather from interviewing everyone in the company. Seems the videos recorded that night by the omnipresent cameras have gone missing. Leo makes a few seemingly casual remarks leading James to suspect that the guilty party is not the one that Lisa believes it should be pinned on. James is intrigued, but works to fight the allure of the good-looking young man.
Can they solve the crime before James succumbs to his growing attraction? Nope. And in the meantime, it starts to look like Leo might be the murderer. Which means that the Saturday night dinner he made for James, as well as the night they shared afterward, is now going to reflect poorly on James, since he was fraternizing with a suspect. I really liked how James tried to fight his desire for Leo. It was obvious to me, but not to him, that not only did Leo guess he's gay, but that Leo is also, and he's very attracted to the repressed agent who looks so good in a suit. Their relationship develops easily, if quickly, which is why James feels so conflicted when the spotlight shines on Leo as suspect number one. He starts to doubt his instincts, which makes him doubt himself.
Both men carry baggage into the relationship--Leo more so than James. But by the end of the story, you're rooting for them to be able to work things out, since they're so obviously good for each other.
Ex-police officer Keeley Stewart is working for a security agency, providing quiet protection to celebrities who want to be seen as accessible, not protected. She's still hurting from the betrayal that forced her to leave her police job, and not at all happy about being assigned as a last-minute replacement for another agent. Her assignment is to protect a famous telenovella actor from Brazil. She's never heard of him and never seen his show, but here she is, trying to be allowed to get into a trendy London club hosting a "super-fans" event for those who adore him.
Rafael de Almeida is very well aware that it's not his acting talents that have gotten him so far in life. He knows that it's his Latin good-looks, but he's not conceited about it. He's got his sights set on changing the direction of his career. He's still doing the fan-events for the two shows that made him famous all over the world, but they're not in production anymore. He wants to break into action movies on the big screen, and hopes to meet with a famous director while he's in London.
While taking a break from smiling at besotted fans, he sneaks out into the alley behind the venue to take a breather. Since Keeley finally got in and has been unable to locate the man whose startling good looks smiled at her from a cardboard image of him, she contacts her tech-support guy. He tells her the actor used to be a smoker and suggests she look outside. When she finds him, he immediately starts to flirt with her, which offends her, since she hates being underestimated as an agent due to being female. While they're bickering, someone takes a pot-shot at the actor. She takes charge, and the plot takes off from there. They're followed everywhere they go by someone determined that this will be Rafael's last Valentine's Day.
I liked both of these characters, but felt that there was too much stressing how little Rafael has allowed his international fame to corrupt him. He's gorgeous and has fans throwing themselves at him at all time. Since he was brought up poor, and now his fame supports many of his oldest friends along with his family, and he's a man from a very machismo-oriented part of the world, I would expect him to be just a tiny bit conceited. Instead he's always described as being down-to-earth. So there really is no conflict to his romancing of Keeley, other than that she doesn't believe him, since she's been hurt before, and he appears to be too good to be true. She suspects that he's just a natural flirt, which he is. But even after they have mind-blowing sex, she still tries to keep him at a distance. Despite her reservations, they manage to fall in love while keeping just ahead of the killer who is trying to end his life, for reasons not clear until the end of the book. At the end of the story, her gestures to impress him with her love seem a bit odd, considering how much she tried to resist his control over her. But their HEA is assured, now that she's stopped resisting his charm.
Julia is a broken girl. She lost her mother and boyfriend in a house fire. Luke is her childhood friend, or so he says. She doesn’t remember him. When she loses a seemingly simple necklace, Julia’s world is turned upside down. Suddenly there are overwhelming emotions and magic. Oh yeah, she can’t over the fact that there’s magic and she’s a witch. She soon finds out that her boyfriend is alive and trapped in a painting…
That is such a cool story plot! I love most YA because the stories have such unique plots. Typical romance books are becoming very stale lately. I think that’s why I’ve been gravitating toward YA romance. This is a great example of how a talented writer can get you hooked on a genre. I really liked Julia. She’s just trying to get through her life turned chaotic. Her hearts broken over the loses and she’s not really trusting of Luke. I love the idea of being stuck in the painting, that such a unique storyline. Once the magic arrives in her life, it’s like a whirlwind of adventure and danger! This is the first book I’ve read by this author and certainly not the last.
Captured in Paint is a fantastic read that should be on your TBR pile!
Xahara Asher is a SWAT team member--the only woman on the team. So she's used to dealing with over-bearing alpha males. She's very good at what she does. But she needs a vacation, along with some "girl-time," so she heads across the country for a visit with her two cousins, Xaya and Xandra--they call themselves "Triple X" when they get together. And like the besties they are, they talk about everything, but especially, the men in their lives. She promised to leave her gun at home, even though it makes her uncomfortable to be without it. She stops to use the rest room in a bank, and that's when the trouble starts. She hears gunshots and suddenly a man bursts into the rest room. She subdues him, then also the armed woman who followed him in. But one of them got off a lucky shot into her hip.
Jager Cline is deep undercover, working as part of a gang heavily into armed robbery. When he finds two of the henchmen subdued and only one woman, although an extremely attractive woman, holding her side because she's been shot, he's impressed by her abilities, but has to think quickly about how to explain the damage she did--as well as her presence--to the boss. He quickly realizes she must be "law" somehow. He "claims" her, telling the boss that she's "his," knowing that since he's never openly dated anyone, no one will know he's never seen her before. He keeps her at his side, conveniently keeping the bullet in her hip out of anyone's view.
When Xahara first sees Jager, her first reaction is an instinctual one--she's attracted on a level so deep she can't control it. "Sex had grown legs and turned into this man holding her immobile with his devilish blue eyes, brown hair, and extended goatee and lips she was desperate to try on hers." The plot is interesting, but the some of the best parts are when Xahara is together with her cousins--I'd love for there to be a couple of sequels, to give the other two their HEA also. Also, despite the fact that there are only a few actual sex scenes, the entire book is like foreplay, with off-the-chart steaminess between these two. And the dialogue, liberally peppered with swear words and slang, is spot-on for how men talk when they're together--so it's not surprising that's how Xahara talks to Jager, since they're in the same business. My only complaint is that Jager nicknames her "Dove." That didn't seem very accurate to me--but then, in the SWAT teams, everyone gets a nickname--and often they make no sense. Typical alpha-male stuff. Good thing Xahara knows how to handle that--and boy, does she handle that!
Dr, Emma McKenna is an archeologist who specializes in Ancient Egyptian artifacts. She's fascinated by the sarcophagus of a female who must have been noble, because of her intricate sarcophagus and where she was found in the tomb--but she's unknown. What has caught the eye of the public is that her heart, X-rayed through the canopic jar, holds her heart, but split into two pieces, yet perfectly-preserved--so she's the "heartbroken princess." Emma is doing her best to figure things out--even delaying the return of the mummy to Egypt--because she feels a personal connection, and a driving desire to understand more about the princess mummy.
Dr. Tarek Ibrahim appears in the museum display while Emma is answering school children's questions about the mummy. Emma feels immediately drawn to him, which makes her clumsy and tongue-tied. We learn in other chapters that he feels the instant same connection with her. But her boss stops by to remind her he isn't paying her to chat with anyone, so Tarek leaves. Emma decides that since she has no other plans for Valentine's Day, she's going to stay late and continue her research. But when the power goes out, she heads upstairs to investigate, and that's when the mummy decides to get up and stroll around. Tarek reappears, and the chase is on.
I liked Emma, because she's smart and devoted to her life's work, so that means she's not used to talking to drop-dead gorgeous men. And when she does, she expects them to be bored with her scientific jargon. Tarek isn't, which confuses her. They finally escape from the museum that has the mummy walking around sucking the life force out of the few people who are still there. They realize they are falling in love, but much harder than they should be--could they be possessed? By whom, and why? The story unfolds gradually, as we learn the answers to those questions, and Emma and Tarek share a few steamy moments in-between being menaced by mummies. This is a cute Valentine's Day romance for people who have always loved Ancient Egypt and the odd burial customs. Plus there's nothing like a mutual menace to bring a couple closer.
I'm a huge fan of all of the old Black and White mummy movies with Boris Karloff! I didn't think that Tarek's character was given much weight--we never learned much about him, except for he's a dentist and he was "taken over" by the male mummy while on a tour of the pyramids. And the relationship between Emma and Tarek seemed really forced. I realize they're both acting out the desires of the two mummies, but what happens after that? Do they still have a connection? Or was it all the "others?" This is hinted at in the middle of the book, when they kiss, then both pull apart, embarrassed by the intimacy they've just shared. Doesn't seem to point to a HEA to me. But like I said, others might enjoy this for the mummies and the "insta-love."
Vivian Hayes is one very lucky woman. She has two men who adore her--twins, though not identical. Since the genres listed older woman, the twins must be younger than her. They're all committed to their relationship, which involves love as much as great sex. Ever since her mother remarried years ago, Viv's been lusting after her step-brother Noah. They had a kiss once, and she's tried to avoid him ever since. She's already got two men so why complicate things? So she told Noah they needed to do alternate Christmases with her mom and step-father. This is her year to show up with her twins in tow. Much to her chagrin, Noah is there this year also. Now what? Can he convince her that it's fine to have a harem of three? And what will her guys think?
This was an easy read. The writing was smooth, and characters were clearly described. I found it odd that Vivian's mom and step-father are not only fine with her bringing her two men into their house for the holidays but they're both aware of how Noah feels about her. Indeed, her mom encourages her to give him a chance to be a part of her life. How...enlightened. Vivian's job is at Cowan Enterprises, run by Sabine, who values Vivian highly. They sell sex toys, but also run parties where employees, called Kitty Cats, dress seductively and weasel important secrets out of rich and powerful men. Her escort business is actually an information collection agency, and "her database could ruin the lives of many very powerful men." What does she use this information for? We don't really find out. But the whole idea struck me as rather sexist--kind of a Playboy club run by women who delight in using men--only occasionally having sex with them.
There's a sub-plot about Vivian's mom who has a soft spot for some cats who've been living in a barn that the town owns by default, after the owner died. There's a group of rich powerful men who want to knock the barn down to build something else, and Vivian is enlisted to help her mom help the cats. How? With a Kitty Cat party, of course.
I wanted more focus on the sexual relationship enjoyed by the soon-to-be harem of men that all want Vivian, with no jealousy, no possessiveness, and no touching of each other. Although considering that two of them are brothers, that would be weird and gross. There are frequent and inventive sex scenes. The one I was waiting for, the three-way penetration scene, was described from Noah's point of view, not Vivian's. What? A woman gets to have three hot men at once, and I only read about how much the new man in the group enjoyed himself? I felt cheated.
Matt is in charge of keeping an important witness safe. Josh is that witness. Together they avoid danger, survive the chaos and find themselves growing attracted. In a world of bullets and death, can these two men find their happy ending?
I love romantic suspense so as soon as I read the blurb for this book, I scooped it up. The beginning definitely didn’t pull me in. It was very boring and felt like more of a layout for the characters background then the start to the story. It also doesn’t make sense why Matt would bring Josh to his house for protection. I didn’t think that would be standard police protocol. That said, once the action kicks in, everything perks up. Josh in now a witness and Matt is determined to keep him safe. I really liked Matt. This line sums him up: “At the job, I work. I’m gay but it doesn’t change how I treat people or how I want people to treat me.” I liked their relationship. It was a great tension and a perfect pace in terms of romance.
Under His Protection was a great romantic suspense read!
Loyda is accused on killing her boss. The only help she can get is from Al, who wants her to help him clear in name in exchange. Once together, they face dangerous obstacles and unexpected attraction.
This is the third book in the Bad Boys of Space series and I had no problem following along. Blackmail, yes, Loyda has the guts to go for it. She needs his help and will resort to anything she can to get that help. I liked her. She had a great personality. The chemistry between her and Al is really steamy. Now they have the government chasing them, killers on the loose and trying to solve the mystery of the ‘bad guys’. This is a really entertain read. I liked the scifi aspect with the mystery and the romance. It all blended seamlessly. I’m definitely going to read more from this author!
Ellie is in trouble and the only man that believes she’s innocent is Detective Bernard. The Butcher of Broadstreet is on the hunt and they are in his sights…
I loved this book! It combined steampunk, romance and suspense. Ellie was fantastic! I loved her spunk and personality. Steampunk women tend to relate to me the most in the historical setting. Bernard was sexy but gentlemanly. Together they have to figure out who the murderer is and stop him. I loved the mystery and suspense. It was blended so well with the romance that I couldn’t stop reading. The steampunk world was also very cool and well described. This is the second book in the series and I had no problem following the story line. I can’t wait to read more!
Rhys needs a second in command and he’s chosen Remi. The problem is, she says no. He’s got to convince her to join his team and a trip through hell might close the deal but the romance is something neither of them expect.
I haven’t heard of this author but once I read that blurb, I knew I had to give it a try. This is a cute, unique romance. Rhys isn’t exactly a bad guy but he’s not an angel in either. In fact, he works in hell. Trying to recruit Remi to join him really made me like Remi. She isn’t swayed by his sexual attraction, at first. It is interesting seeing the business side of hell. Their romance is hot, a little cliché but it’s sure to get your warmed up for your significant other. The world building is really well done and if you haven’t read this author yet you should give her a try!
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