A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, yet parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.
Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.
With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life—to help this woman who left him in the dust
I'm completely hooked on this series, just can't get enough. It is a great mix of military life, suspense, action, romance, and friendships.
Liam and Rachel met in the Hot Zone, and the attraction was clear, but Rachel was cautious. Now, six months later she needs his help, because of a serious case of treason, that has come to her attention. And the action takes off. Not only are they running from attacks against them, they have to find out, and soon, who is the culprit behind the mess they life is turning out to be.
Liam and Rachel have amazing connection, that is more than just physical attraction. Liam is as good as they get, when it comes to heroes. Rachel is independent, stands for herself, and don't let anyone mess with her.
I love how Mann lets us see more into the secondary characters' lives as well. Brandon and Cat were so sweet together, I was rooting for them all the way. The way they accept each other, as they are, and respect each other, are ready to fight for what they have, just melts your heart.
The camaraderie of the PJs, the family feeling, how they are willing to take care of each other, protect each other, is a beautiful thing. And all the information and inside to the service dogs and therapy dogs was absolutely intriguing.
The suspense side of the story wasn't as intense as in the other books of the series. There was action, but mostly the focus was setting on the scene and on the building relationships.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
The risks ex-cop Sam Petrie has taken have turned his life into a train wreck. So he has nothing to lose by doubling down as the elusive Svetlana Ardova’s unwanted bodyguard on a potentially deadly trip to Italy.
Ever since the McClouds rescued Sveti from certain death, her crusade against modern slavery has blazoned a bulls-eye on her chest, but when one of the threats against her almost hits the mark, Sam’s protective instincts go into overdrive. Every lethal obstacle and trap they encounter ups the stakes—and the undeniable heat between them.
Now they’re spiraling in on a deadly and explosive secret—one that could either redeem them or destroy them . . . and the closer they get, the shorter the fuse . . .
The book jumped right into a middle of the story, and I have to admit, since this is the first book for me in a long running series, I felt a bit lost at the beginning.
The tone of the story is dark, tense, and even crass, making the atmosphere gloomy, edgy and aggressive. The characters seem to bring the worst out of each other, electrifying the playing field, leading into fierce and fiery encounters.
When Sam and Sveti finally come together, after years of crushing on each other from the distance, the lovemaking is raw and primitive. The past history, fears, and insecurities push the sexual encounters to be an emotional playing field, and on occasion, into a power game. When trust is nearly impossible to Sveti, but safety is what she craves the most, Sam comes across as a biggest threat and greatest temptation.
The hunt for the truth, justice, and rectitude is violent, bloody, and gory. The tension is constant, the threat seems to be coming from all sides, and the battle to keep Sveti, not only safe, but alive, is an overwhelming task, when battling with the intense feelings Sam and Sveti bring out in each other.
I was blown away by this story, it surely got an emotional response from me, from one end to the other. It was hard to put down, addictive with its gloomy world
~ Four Spoons
Shannon McKenna is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous romantic thrillers and several novellas. After a bizarre assortment of jobs, from singing cocktail waitress to medical secretary to strolling madrigal singer, she decided that writing hot romantic suspense suits her best. She lives with her husband and family in a small seaside town in southern Italy.
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When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest.
Along the way, she meets three women from Igor's past. As Igor's story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?
The plot and idea of the story was intriguing and curious, with all the secrets, the past life of Igor that was revealed little by little, and the romance that developed between the attractive and helpful stranger Max and Lacy, and the seemingly endless groups of people, mafia and different governments, that didn't want all the devastating secrets to be revealed and were after Lucy and the manuscript.
There were lots of possible tourist interests pointed out and introduced in the story, as well as the interesting food culture of the central Europe and the different countries. Lots of cultural input drizzled into the tale.
The suspense and romance left me a bit cold. I felt detached of the characters, and didn't get the attraction between Max and Lacy. The dialog was stiff and odd at times, and the intensity of the suspense not really there.
~ Two spoons and a teaspoon on a side
HE'LL TAKE ANY MISSION, THE RISKIER THE BETTER...
The haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn't see the damage, how could she be expected to know he'd break her heart?
SHE'LL PROVE TO BE HIS BIGGEST RISK YET...
Amelia Bailey's not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing...but there are anything but usual circumstances.
Utter chaos and lawlessness all around them, after an earthquake destroys an island of paradise.
I was pulled into the exiting, devastating story from the page one. The rescue attempts after the earthquake are heartbreaking and agonizing. The story is told from several points of view, by the medical staff, military personnel, rescue dog handlers, and the victims. The picture of the devastation, sadness, and despair is raw and real, the feelings of misery and sorrow are tangible. In the midst of all the gloom, three couples have to face their own past, their own pain, failures, and memories. When nothing but sadness is all around them, they find the beauty and joy in connection, love, and passion. In a beautiful way, the author manages to put a little humor into the dialogue, despite the dire surroundings
Just when you thought, the worst is over, and they might survive, the terrible crimes and actions of human traffickers puts their future happiness in danger again, with force that puts lives in danger, facing the unthinkable.
Captivating and intriguing story, that kept me clued to my Kindle. Fascinating twists and turns in the plot, several touching story lines twined together, making an unforgettable, compelling story
~ Five spoons!
In America's last wilderness, there are no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he's seen, he's definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she'd meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be anything more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she'll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both...
Alaskan wilderness, fight against Russian mobsters, and against all the odds romance mixed into a fascinating story.
The characters were charming and attractive, but still a rather realistic group of people, with flaws, fails and problems. Nick and Samantha has the connection, and attraction, in Las Vegas, and can't forget each other after the fling. Meeting up again in Alaska, trying to get to know each other better, is not easy. They keep highlighting the differences between them constantly, ignoring the common facts, interests, and possibility of compromises. The feelings between them grow slowly, or at least they are slow to admit them to themselves. At times they both seem a bit shallow with their priorities. The one thing they are in agreement of, is the hot passion that is burning between them. The events of loss, sorrow, and danger bring them closer together, and they learn to function as a team, while fighting for justice against the Russian mobsters, and trying to solve a murder.
The suspense in the story builds up slowly, as they gather information and evidence of the crimes committed. But once the action gets going, the story intensifies, the tale gets more speed, and things get interesting.
I enjoyed the group dynamics of the story, the Alaskan wilderness, and the action towards the end of the tale. While the beginning of the book is a bit slow going, it also shows how the characters learn to interact with each other, grow and learn to compromise, as their feelings for each other deepens. While the book is part of a series, it is a stand-alone novel, though arising an interest to the rest of the series
~ Three spoons with a teaspoon on the side
The government trained her to kill…
Briar Jones has lived most of her life in the shadows, carrying out secret ops to eliminate some of the United States’ most dangerous enemies. She’s devoted her life to serving her country so when a faceless enemy targets her and kills someone close to her, she’ll stop at nothing to bring them down. With her life in danger and critical intel leaked during an off-the-books op, she has no choice but to go on the run with a disturbingly sexy man she barely knows. While in hiding they learn that the agency responsible for turning her into a lethal weapon is now out to destroy her. What they don’t know is why, or who has set her up. As they unravel the mystery Briar must trust this near stranger in order to stay alive and expose whoever is behind the plot. She never expected to lose her heart in the process.
Now it’s coming after her…
Matt DeLuca has survived devastating loss and risen to become commander of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. When a top-secret mission goes awry and he’s tasked with protecting Briar, the last thing he anticipates is falling in love with the beautiful and deadly assassin. But now intelligence officers are dying and Briar’s name is at the top of the hit list. With her life at stake they race to end the threat and clear her name, battling the shadowy killers sent to silence her forever.
Gripping tale of suspense, action, black ops, and conspiracy theories, mixed with an amazing love story.
The prologue gives a great insight to Matt, and the loss and pain he has suffered. I fell for Matt in the previous books of the series, he is such an all around good guy, the perfect hero material, it's hard not to like him. The connection and curiosity between Matt and Briar was first introduced earlier in the series, and I have been looking forward to this story! It didn't disappoint. The attraction burns hot, the passion between them is scorching. But at the same time it's somehow so tender, loving and caring, protective, it just melted my heart.
The action is riveting, and heartfelt, as people close to Briar, and her operations, starts to die in mysterious ways, and as the government goes after Briar, the hunt for the truth is on across the country. The exploit for truth is explosive, tense, and fierce. Operatives are dying in a domino effect, while Briar and Matt are on the run, fighting to stay alive. I loved that Alex and the Titanium gang was called to help, I always enjoy to visit with the friends from other series. The tension in the story keeps building from the start, the web of lies, secrets, set ups, and illegal actions are endless, while the culprit is well hidden in his position of power, and slippery to catch.
Yet another dazzling suspense tale from Kaylea Cross, where intense action is mixed with the enticing love story, highly recommended
~ Five spoons!
Book 8 of the Fatal series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force...
As a new year dawns in the capital city, dual scandals rock the Metropolitan Police Department—and Lieutenant Sam Holland is right in the middle of them. Chief Farnsworth is catching heat for the way he handled a recent homicide investigation, and Detective Gonzales is accused of failing to disclose an earlier connection to the judge who decided his custody hearing.
When Gonzo's fight for his child turns deadly and he has a shaky alibi, Sam must defend two of her closest colleagues. All while her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, settles into his new office at the White House.
Nick begins to wonder if the president is using him for a political boost, and his worries mount over a complication in the plans to adopt Scotty at a time when Sam is being put through the wringer by the always-rabid DC press corps. As the evidence against Gonzo piles up, Sam suspects someone is gunning for her—and her team.
I have followed this series since it first started, and it still, at book 8, has the same pull as it did at the beginning.
Fast paced murder mysteries, chasing the bad guys, the dry humor and wit of the cop squad, mixed with absolutely swoon worthy romances of several different couples. Stories that make me laugh out loud, sigh, and bring the tears into my eyes. You feel the emotions of the characters - frustration, fear, anxiety, love, adoration, and devotion.
But as always, Nick and Sam are in the main focus. Over the series the love, affection, and passion they have for each other has just grown. It is rare, raw, deep, and tangible. The way these two know each other, and understands each other, is beyond amazing and touching. And their love and care for Scotty, who himself is the most adorable 13 year old you have ever met, is so genuine. Together these three make a such a family unit, you cherish every moment with them.
They have a big group of family, friends and colleagues around them, and we get glimpses into some of their personal life, love and tragedy as well.
This time it is the closest to Sam, who seem to be targeted at different kinds of tragedies. Sam is doing all she can, to try to piece it all together, solve the different mysteries, while the family is adjusting to the new life of vice president.
The story moves fast, and you get the viewpoints of the events from several different angles. Reading the Fatal series is like visiting old friends for me, a true pleasure
~ Five Spoons
Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…
Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…
A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?
I absolutely loved that Liam is a chef, no surprise there. I liked the food aspect, the starting off on the food truck again and the routines it involved, working it out, finding what they could do with it. Intriguing, interesting and fun.
Liam and Carmen had a believable connection and attraction, it was endearing how they took care of each other during the crisis in their lives from the beginning. The body image and food issues that Carmen had were real, but workable, and Liam was willing and able to tackle the issues. Once again a story that shows how important open and honest communication is in a relationship. There were times when they made me smile, and sigh, and at times go 'did he really just say/do that'. Definitely an engaging story, that get a reaction from the reader.
The big families around them were both fun and stressful. Liam's mom's reaction to their relationship was at first a surprise to me, but realistic, in after thought. I get that Rosa, Carmen's cousin/best friend, was a total opposite of her, but I also got the feeling that she was jealous of the relationship, not a very loyal friend, and was working against Carmen towards the end, I was not a big fan of Rosa.
Just a Taste is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel, but it did make me curious of the other stories. The author writes well, and the flow of the story was pleasant and the people were realistic and charming.
Even though the ending was satisfying, how they both found the balance in the new situation of their lives, I wasn't ready for it to end, I wanted more. Captivating story, with real life issues, an interesting theme, big families, and hot romance.
~ Four spoons
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
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Chelsea Turner barely managed to survive at the hands of a psychotic stalker. She is still fighting inner demons when circumstances force her into hiding with the one man she's desperately trying to avoid: sinfully handsome, confirmed bachelor, Blake Harrington.
As Blake Harrington's boat explodes, killing two of his closest friends, he is certain it wasn't an accident. Convinced he's still in danger, Blake pulls Chelsea into hiding with him and turns to his old college friend, Special Agent Nicholas Braun, for help.
As Blake, Chelsea, and Nicholas search for answers, they find someone is ruthlessly determined to keep secrets buried. As they discover a trail of lies and deceit, will they be able to expose the truth before more lives are lost?
A charming group of characters, who find themselves in the world of trouble, with their lives in danger.
The story continues where the previous Trail series book ends. To get more out of this story, I would recommend to read it first.
The turmoil after the attacks is still heavy in their minds, as they try to gather their lives again.
The book is riddled with characters, friends, with intertwined story-lines. They are young, successful, and charismatic. Love interests, romances, fears, and disappointments are part of their life.
Then tragedy hits again. The suspense intensifies as the story unfolds. New threat and danger seems to be behind every corner, keeping the momentum high.
The attraction between Blake and Chelsea is alluring. They get to know each other, share about their lives and dreams, while on the run, before moving into a more intimate relationship. You can see how the characters are growing and developing, as the story goes on. After several life and death situations, they re-evaluate their life, set priorities in different order, embracing life and love.
The story gets a bit scattered with so many characters, with points of views, and their own storyline in the book.
~ Three spoons
When it came to star athletes, it didn't get any hotter than Cole Carson. The starting quarterback for the Miami Thunder had game both on and off the field. But when he met Julianna, he knew that he’d have to bring more than just the status quo to the stunning, single mom’s already-hectic life if he had a chance of winning her heart.
Life had tackled Julianna Perez with some pretty harsh hits, but she’d take them and more if it meant providing her ten-year-old with a safe and stable environment. Living by her to-do lists and focusing on Anthony’s needs, the breathtakingly beautiful single mother never acknowledged her own until they were brought to the surface by a sexy football player.
A commanding captain on the football field, Cole knew how to take the lead in every situation and he wanted to be the solution and more for his newfound love. But will he be able to navigate through the complexities and realities of being with a single mom, no matter how badly he wants to right her world? Will Julianna trust Cole enough to let him into the stable life she created and protected for Anthony and for herself?
With love on the line, Cole and Julianna will both be forced out of their comfort zones in…Daring Attraction.
Alluring, spellbinding, and blazing romance, a true keeper of a story, that you will want to read again and again, to reach that magic of the tale once more.
When Cole and Julianna meet, the attraction is immediate. The connection is strong, and visible even to others around them. Cole has lived his life hard, playing on both in the field and out of it. But when he meets Julianna, everything changes.
Julianna feels the pull, the appeal and charm. But her life has been hard, and taught her not to trust, and she holds off, to protect herself and the life as she knows it.
But Cole has a goal, and it is not just to get Julianna to bed, he wants it all, mind, heart, body, soul, forever - cause "She was his love song". *swoon*
The friendship they form is delightful. Cole's patience and control, to wait for Julianna to be ready for a physical relationship, is endearing. They get to know each other, spent time together, and form a bond beyond the lustful thoughts.
The passion between them, when the time for that arrives, is scorching hot, off the charts and then some. There are fantasies, to-do lists, and curiosity to be fulfilled and boundaries to be crossed. But with the sweet friendship and connection they have formed, and with the feelings they have for each other, the lovemaking is beautiful and spellbinding.
In Melanie Shawn's books you feel like you are reading the story of your best friends, the characters are down to earth, real, charming, and likable. The life of a single mom was realistic, the connection Julianna and Anthony had, is admirable, as well as was the bond between Anthony and Cole. How Cole made the choice to partake in parenting for Anthony, was a moment to cherish, as was the whole conclusion of the story.
I wanted the book to just continue, not because it wasn't satisfactory or I needed more for the story to be complete, I just wanted to stay in the spell of the tale for a bit longer. It was just so... Good. Hah.
~ Five spoons!!
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved, and want to read again.
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story
3 Spoons - Good story, but not much that stood out
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me
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