My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Today’s new release is an action-packed and suspense-filled mystery and romance that finds Lou Sparks as the newest diver in a remote Rocky Mountain town’s search and rescue operation. Lou moved across the country, far from her controlling family and an annoying ex and is planning to immerse herself in her new job. While she’s training hard and trying to fit in with the team, it seems that every time she slips up, it’s in front of her handsome but stoic boss, Callum Cook, who hardly ever smiles and certainly not at her. We first met Lou and Callum in the introductory novella to this series, On His Watch. You can find my review here.
But then Lou discovers a corpse during a diving exercise and is anxious to help local authorities solve the riddle of his identity. Staid Callum, with his cautious personality and OCD tendencies, reluctantly agrees to help, if only to keep Lou out of trouble. When it soon becomes apparent that Lou is being stalked and the stalking incidents escalate, Callum is forced to admit his attraction to his new recruit and his need to be the one to see that she is safe.
The cat and mouse game continues and Lou, Callum and local authorities try to figure out who would want to harm her and how it’s connected to the murder she uncovered. It’s a fast-paced, suspenseful read with some twists and turns along the way.
I received this book as an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This new release is a quick, cute read about a young woman who owns and operates a cupcake business out of a food truck and is saving to buy her own bakery. She’s crushing over a gorgeous guy who buys gelato from the truck next to her everyday and finally literally “falls for him,” getting chocolate all over his expensive shirt.
Their lives are suddenly intertwined when it turns out that Natalie’s neighbor was Eric’s grandmother and left him her building and Natalie the garage where she can park her truck. And rather than sell the building, Eric decides to give up his job and not work with his wealthy family and open a bakery in the building, even though he has no baking experience whatsoever. So Nat and gorgeous guy Eric work out a deal where he lets her use his kitchen to do her baking and she will teach him to bake and start a bakery business in the building she really wanted to buy.
But just when things are well between the two of them, Eric’s family interferes and misunderstandings ensue, but it’s a romance, people, so you know things will work out, right?
I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley to review.
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I haven’t done a romance review in awhile and I’m glad I had this one to read and review right now, because I really liked this fun and sexy book that’s the first in a new sports series by Violet Duke. I would have given the book five stars but I felt the beginning was a little slow moving and the ending brought in some unusual events that didn’t seem to mesh with the rest of the story.
That said, all the chapters in between are fabulous fun in a story of brilliant network sports analyst Jackson Gray being asked to mentor newly hired sideline reporter Leila Hart in this football oriented story. Jackson immediately senses that Leila is hiding a keen understanding of the game and he can’t imagine why.
The two begin a very flirtatious and fun working relationship, both vowing they won’t allow their attraction to turn into anything more. And Jackson admits he has some deep, dark secrets, as well, which we find out about late in the story. Sports and romance, what could be better?
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of my favorite authors, Cindy Gerard, is a master of the sexy, action-packed alpha male novel and she proves it again with her new book, releasing today! Former special ops turned government contractor, Bobby Taggart meets a beautiful Israeli while on assignment in Kabul. He knows she’s working hard to get his attention but he can’t figure out what her end game is. And soon it doesn’t matter as he finds himself falling hard for the sexiest woman he’s ever met.
But when Talia Levine uses him to lead her elite organization to find and kill a man that the Americans wanted alive for questioning, Bobby can’t believe he’s been played. And when he gets back to the hotel room where they’d had some extremely hot nights, there’s no trace of her.
Fast forward six years to when Talia and Bobby meet up by chance right before the embassy in Oman that they’re in is bombed. Forced together to help each other escape, Bobby soon finds that Talia’s young son was kidnapped and the bombing was targeting her in retaliation for the assassination her organization committed six years earlier. She is nearly hysterical when her son’s bodyguard is found murdered and she knows who’s taken her son. Bobby is still furious with her for what happened years ago when she put a tracker in his phone, but he sympathizes with her fear for her son — a son that is just about the right age to be his…
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a fun and fluffy February read! Veddy British, which always throws me a little with the slang and also the monetary denominations. But, it’s okay, I did figure out snogging all by myself!
Erin Cochrane lets her friend, Bex, convince her to use an online dating service after Erin’s fiancée, Tyson, breaks up with her. They’d already set a date and he came home from “working out” to find her trying on her wedding dress and decided he couldn’t deal with commitment.
Moving on, Erin goes on a few really, really lame dates, one to Pizza Hut where the guy suggests she only order water and not a thick crust pizza because he’s paying and thick crust is extra! And another date, although gorgeous, wants her to help him stalk his ex-girlfriend. Erin’s at the point of closing down her online account when one more response comes in from a very nice sounding photographer named Joe who wants to meet her. He asks her out for dinner and a movie then later decides he doesn’t want to do the movie cause even though they could cuddle, he’d rather spend more time talking to her (swoon!) He’s gorgeous and famous and sweet and attentive and isn’t put off by her crazy over-the-top mother, Delia, even taking mom to an awards show in lieu of Erin when she gets sick. You just know he’s got to be too good to be true, right?
But, no, this is a HEA all the way with a little angst, lots and lots of humor and not too high of a heat level that I think even your mom or grandma would laugh and enjoy it! A very solid four-star fun February recommendation! This book releases today, February 4, 2016.
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