English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a Top Secret government program, is missing—and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night.
Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend’s baby sister. But Georgie’s not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male—and very dirty—thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have.
When someone threatens Georgie’s life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her.
Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he’s about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond
Oh this one was indeed a hot mess!
An alpha male, who is insecure of his worth as the man to the heroine.
A princess of a wealthy Texan family whom is an English professor, trying to prove she can cuss like a sailor when mad. I felt there was just something a bit off with the characters. Something that wasn't quite believable.
The sexual attraction was strong and steamy. Had been that way for years. The rest of the relationship developed within two days, that was just covered with 'they talked about everything'.
The suspense had great possibilities. The tension at the beginning of the tale was building, and I was expecting a great action. That never came. The situation was solved another way.
A story that had huge potential, that was cut off into a novella. It felt a bit rushed, so three spoons for this novella.
The bodies pile up… and the game goes on... In New Orleans, the bodies of murdered homeless teens have started washing up on the shores of the Mississippi River. For detective Deveraux "Dev" Gautier, these killings are way past being personal. Each one of these kids is a resident of his shelter – a kid who got a chance for a second start. And Dev’s only lead is held by the infuriating and undeniably sexy woman who flirted with him, kissed him, and then tried to ruin his life…Investigative TV reporter Reghan Connor stopped believing in heroes a long time ago. But when she discovers a potential lead in the case, she can’t sit idly by. Even if it means working with a man who hates her… and who still makes her knees weak with need. But now, everything Reghan believed in is about to be turned upside down. Because sometimes the whole story hasn’t been told. And while the good guys are willing to die for their beliefs, the bad guys are willing to kill…
This story took a hold of me from the page one, and kept it till 'the end', it is addictive and well written. Mallory Kane is a new author for me, and this will not be the last book I read by her!
The connection between Dev and Reghan is complex, the attraction and pull towards each other is tinted with distrust and leeriness from the past actions and experiences.
While Dev is trying to protect Reghan from the threats and malice, they have to work together and learn to trust each other, despite their history, to survive and save others from the serial killer. Dev didn't believe in love because of his childhood, Reghan had lost her faith in heroes, because of her past. When their eyes open to see the true self in each other, behind all the walls they had build, they find a connection that is true, genuine, and passionate.
The mystery of the killer who attacks towards people Dev care about, was intense with several surprise elements in the plot. And even though I did figure out pretty early on, who might be the culprit, the suspense of the story kept the interest high.
Truly engaging storyline with intriguing setting, highly recommended with four big spoons and one tea spoon for a good measure!
Julieta’s stalker doesn’t play by the rules
Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.
…but neither does Ivan.
Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his
Tension and suspense is high in the story, while Red Stone's 'viking' Ivan is trying to find who is stalking Julieta, the lady he has had intense, but hidden, feelings for over two months.
The story is told by his, hers and the villain's point of view. The villain is tormenting Julieta with disturbing, frightening text messages, until he feels forced into a more direct attack. The author paints a picture of a creepy, sick villain, that made my skin crawl, the scare factor definitely in place.
Ivan calls himself 'relationship challenged', he has never allowed himself to fall for woman. But he is helpless with the feelings he has for Julieta. It is definitely swoon worthy, when Ivan turns into a possessive protector, but at the same time showing his tender, caring side to Julieta. The way he wants them to get to know each other better, before deeper physical intimacy, is commendable.
Julieta is strong, independent woman, capable taking care of herself, and stay strong within her big family. With Ivan she finds out she can also be vulnerable and sensile, without losing herself.
The story has heart-raising suspense mixed with adorable, steamy love story with plenty of deep emotions. It was a quick read, but mainly cause I couldn't put it down before the end, four big spoons with a tiny teaspoon added for this one!!!
Even though the book is #9 in a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, but I do recommend the whole series if you like to read romantic suspense stories!
I was provided ARC copy of the book by publisher for honest and fair review via Net Galley
This story comes out on Monday 1st of September, pre-order link below!
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.
Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.
After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?
Seaside Dreams is enchanting, sweet and steamy love story.
Bella and Caden's attraction is immediate and intense, and they have little power to fight against it. The way their relationship is built up, is enjoyable and fun to read. Bella and Caden are both building up new lives for themselves, facing the challenges of the new jobs and location, and now also the demands of new, strong attraction and possible relationship.
Caden's son Evan, is in that awkward place between being a child and young man, with all the angst, trials and tribulations fourteen year old faces. The storyline with Evan is real and easy to relate to.
But Seaside Dreams is more than just the love story. It's also endearing picture of lifelong friendships, and what a cornerstone those are in our lives. The secondary characters are vital part of the story. The love, support, and 'know-how' of those forever friendship is priceless.
Melissa Foster writes beautifully grafted stories, where the characters are real and authentic. It is easy to identify with their life, feelings, and challenges they face.
Seaside Dreams is delightful, satisfying, and entertaining story, highly recommended ~four spoons!
The last man she ever wanted to see…
Might be the only one who can save her…
Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!
Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.
But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.
Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.
But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.
I read all the critical reviews before downloading this book, but I decided to give it a try anyway. And I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it.
The suspense is constant, tension building up with the wait game the villains are playing. Odd, unexpected factors playing into the plot on every turn. Hot military guys coming into rescue, while desperate chef is trying to help -- it wasn't only 'OMG what is happening' suspense, it made some comical situations. And the fact that Evie, the chef, was baking in the midst of it all, too funny, since I'm a chef and that's what I do when I have too much on my mind and life seems out of control...
The romance was a roll-a-coaster. Matt and Evie's childhood friendship, high school drama, small town living, were all playing parts that while brought them together, also held them apart. Both of them were at the crossroads with the professions, and future together seems unattainable. The attraction between them was electric. dynamic, rousing. But at the same time there was something so sweet, adorable in their love to each other.
Yes, at some points the story could have been a bit more 'packed' together and there was some repetition. But over all I enjoyed the story. Four spoons for this book one in the series!!
I can't wait to get to know thee other team members of the HOT better, and read about their adventures and HEA.
Former Marine and newest Red Stone Security employee Alexander Blue is still adjusting to the civilian world after a decade spent at war, but when he sees someone in danger, nothing can take away that intrinsic need to protect. After stopping a would-be mugger, Blue finds himself being bandaged up by a sensual local artist in her Key West condo. He never expected to stay the night, even if it is on her couch. The mysterious Mina gets under his skin in a way he never thought possible. When it becomes clear that her mugging wasn’t random and she’s being targeted by deadly men, Blue has no problem stepping into the role of protector.
Tired of being coddled and treated like a child, Mina has tried to distance herself from her family. When danger finds her, she’s forced to turn to the sexy stranger who she feels a strong, unexpected connection with. In him she sees glimmers of herself; a little broken, withdrawn and wary of the world. Soon she learns that the biggest threat might not be from the men trying to kidnap her, but from the quiet warrior who poses an immediate risk to her heart.
I read the first seven books of this series what feels like ages ago, but this was one of those series, that I actually still remember after some time, and was delightfully surprised when I found new book had come out.
Sinful Seduction is not really that at all. I thought the attraction and chemistry between Alex and Mina, even though hot and steamy, was also adorable. With the insecurity they both felt with their feelings for each other, intensity of those feelings is tight. Alex's protectiveness towards Mina, how he takes care of her in the life threatening situation, and supports Mina in the events of the story is swoon worthy. Like it was said in the story 'true All-American Hero'.
The action and mystery is sharp and vivid, with enough twists in the plot, that keeps the reader on the edge, guessing.
It was a quick read, but enjoyable, with great intensity level of suspense and sweet romance, just how I like it ~ four spoons!!!
Jerry Mansko, a fun-loving Paramedic/Firefighter is in physical therapy for a major injury to his leg. His therapist, Sara Acosta, fascinates him from the first time he sees her. But there's something unavailable and even a little dark about Sara. When she walks out on a date with him he checks her apartment to ensure she's OK. But Sara's not there ... and the words written on the walls in blood indicate a mystery far beyond his abilities to solve. Can Jerry find Sara and convince her to let him in to her life?
What a refreshing setting this book has. I've liked Jerry since the book one, and was looking forward to his story, and this didn't disappoint.
Jerry is fun, easy going guy. And when Sara is in trouble, Jerry tries his best to save her, rescue her, even though Jerry feels he's way over his head with the mission.
Without giving away anything on the plot, that is full of surprises, twists and turns, the man hunt in the story is grueling. The suspense, tension of the danger is constant, and will keep you absorbed in the story.
The attraction, love, Sara and Jerry have for each other is so sweet and endearing. The way Jerry fights for their relationship made me want to cheer.
The story is interesting, and like said, with so many new aspects in it from chapter to chapter, it is hard to say much, without giving something away and spoiling the element of surprise. But this whole series is something that has just gotten better by each book, and I can warmly recommend it to all fans of romantic suspense!
Four spoons for this story and the whole series!!
Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He and his Team 3 roommate drive up to Sonoma County from Coronado to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.
Nick only vaguely remembers Devon Brandeburg, his sister’s best friend, but boy has she grown up. Last time he saw her was five years ago when he graduated BUD/s and completed SEAL qualification to obtain his Trident. Sparks begin to fly between the two of them, but not in the normal way for Nick. The woman wants nothing to do with him.
Devon Brandeburg has created a small financial fortune through her success in real estate. Her career is her main focus, but a closely guarded secret is her total lack of experience with men. After all, who needs them? Especially when their testosterone-stuffed egos suck all the air out of the room, like Nick’s does.
Nick’s sister requires two things of the both of them as her dying wish. 1. Nick and Devon must find a buyer for the nursery together, not allowing to her nasty winery owner neighbor next door to get his hands on her piece of heaven. 2. They date at least five times before she passes on.
What starts as a deathbed promise turns out to be a hot affair neither one expected. Nick becomes Devon’s teacher in her journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something he’s never allowed himself to want, and now knows he needs
This story created so many emotions in me.
There was joy and amazement for the SEAL brotherhood, the fascinating and alluring way they take care of each other, always stand by each other, support each other. And this spills over also for the best friends and siblings.
There was charm and cheer for the new love. Blazing, sizzling love that was growing between Devon and Nick. And the sweet, delicate connection between Marc and Sofie.
There was sorrow, heartbreak, and anguish at the death of Sofie.
And grief, anger, torment with Nick's response for it. Even though it was expected, in a way, from other points of the story.
But at the end Devon and the story took me by surprise, in a positive way.
It was an emotional roll-a-coaster, this one, but enjoyable indeed, four spoons!!
Emma is marrying Craig, and Vivian is marrying Hawk. A dream come true for all of them. But their lives wouldn't be complete without a great surprise and a good shock. Too bad the night ends in devastation for someone.
A little novella to the Edge of the Heat readers, where we are invited to witness the double wedding.
The story does not go deeper than that, there isn't that much suspense, but we do get a glimpse to the wedding extravagance.
And there are few hints of things coming in future books, cause the story doesn't end here at the double wedding.
But it does end with a cliff-hanger about Jerry. I don't like cliff-hangers, they are a huge turnoff for me. Just my opinion, nothing against the author.
But I did enjoy being part of the wedding, so three spoons for the free novella!
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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