Tyler Rexall never considered being anything besides a Navy SEAL. But a mission-gone-wrong has ended his career in the Teams, leaving Tyler handicapped, his self-identity obliterated. Returning to his hometown of Louisa, Virginia, Tyler wallows in despair. He has no idea that the young woman showing up on his doorstep with a dog holds his future in the palms of her hands.
Katie Crowley’s lifelong crush on the formidable “T-Rex” hasn’t waned one iota in the last decade. Seeing him beaten down and handicapped arouses her determination to help him, even as she’s being terrorized by a desperate man who is getting bolder by the day.
Can Katie convince a proud man like Tyler to accept that a service dog can change his life? Unfortunately, she may not get the chance or the time to heal him as her heart demands, not when her stalker returns for a final encounter
The author draws clear images of the adventure in my mind.
I could see the small town, Louisa on my mind, as well as the kennel Katie is running, the homestead Tyler was staying in. But not only that, I could see the images of the past terrors in Katie's life, and the war memories of Tyler's.
The pain and adjustment Tyler were going through was touching,
As well as was the romance between Tyler and Katie. It also held a note of innocence, that was refreshing.
While I wish there would have been a full length novel for Tyler and Katie with more insights into their lives and things developing in the story, this novella was a great introduction to the series, and I enjoyed reading it. All the characters were highly likeable, and I'm looking forward to reading more about the Navy SEALs in the series. Four spoons!
Proceeds from this story benefit www.hero-dogs.org
Former Marine sniper Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity, but he can't escape the tortured memories of the woman he left years ago. Then an undercover assignment in Miami puts him close enough to touch her - if only she weren't under suspicion.
When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking her employers with arms smuggling - and worse - she realizes the only person she can trust is a stranger with hauntingly familiar eyes.
As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, they must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people - starting with them.
Sophie and Jack's story is addictive with heart-raising action, and bittersweet romance.
The suspense is tense, with constant action and danger to life, it kept my attention. The multilayer plot, with traitors, moles, drug lords with their militants, leeks within the agency - the story has all the elements to bring up the heat, the strain of suspense, and make it incredible, fasten-your-seat-belts ride.
The love, connection between Jack and Sophie was built long time ago, in their teens. Now, in a strange situation with Jack's new face and name, Sophie feels the familiar connection with an apparent stranger. With their memories from the past running in their minds, the dangerous, life threatening situation they are in, doesn't weaken the strength and power of their commitment and love that rekindles.
What a read, it kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails! Absolutely fab read for all romantic suspense fans, highly recommended with five spoons, and an eager mind to get the next one in the series into my hands!
It was supposed to be a sexy calendar shoot to raise money for K-9 service dogs. Photographer Georgie Flynn never expected to break all her personal rules and jump into bed with one of the hunky men posing. And after their steamy night together, she certainly never expected to see him again…despite their powerful connection.
When she's targeted by a stalker and possible bomber, Georgie finds that her gorgeous one-night stand is the only one who can help.
Brad Lawson, an FBI operative, and his K-9 bomb sniffing partner are assigned to protect the pretty photographer--and this time, he’s determined to keep things professional. He just didn't count on their explosive connection rekindling. But with a deadly threat on the horizon, will he be able to keep his body’s demands in check and complete his mission?
The book has interesting and thought provoking premise. No one would think they end up being watched for terrorism when they have been victimized himself with burglary.
The tension, pressure, and strain growing as the story develops, kept me glued to my Kindle through this novella.
When you put an alpha male romance hero with a K-9 dog, it is highly swoon worthy. The connection between Brad and Zander was fascinating and well described.
More so than the connection between him and Georgie. It was hot and steamy, no doubt, but the real emotional bonding beyond physical attraction was lacking.
Also the dialog at times was a bit tense, not really natural and flowing.
But overall I enjoyed the story, introductory book to the new series K-) Rescue ~three big spoons with a teaspoon on the side from me.
A SEXY STRANGER
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again—let alone need him to rescue her . . .
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk his team’s lives to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy—until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. He needs her—even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in. This might be the end for both of them—or one hell of a beginning.
I enjoyed this novella immensely. It is filled with fast paced, nail biting military action, danger, thrill, and bittersweet, steamy romance.
All the characters were easy to like, their emotions and thoughts were clearly explained, and I could picture the Afghanistan mountains, the village, the rescue in my mind. The military life, lingo, and the difficulties of relationships while deployed sounded real and accurate.
The chemistry between Josh and Grace is instant, hot, and raw. The memories of their first meeting three years ago playing in their minds, the pull for each other is strong, despite all reasons not to surrender to it.
The author's voice was clear, energetic, and the story took hold of me from the page one. It is a novella, so I read it at once, just couldn't put it down until the end. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series, that comes out the beginning of October. Four big spoons & teaspoon for this book one of the Alpha Ops!
After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn’t trust—but she’s determined not to let her mother’s death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she’s certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles—even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.
Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he’s spent his life protecting those he loves. He’s used to being in charge and making things right, and although he’d give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable—until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.
Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn’t take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn’t even realize she had—and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?
Love in Bloom is well written series, telling heart warming love stories of big families and their friends. Stories that make you feel good, and makes you want to fall in love all over again.
With Romancing my Love there's a typical romance book setting, with the rich CEO / owner of the resort and waitress down on her luck in life.
Pierce is 100% Braden; tall, dark, handsome, rich player. Until he meets Rebecca and falls instantly in love. He is loving, caring, and passionate man, who wants to give his all to the relationship, protect and provide to the one he loves.
Rebecca is in the weakest and most vulnerable place in her life. She has lost everything in life, and to fight back, she holds on to her pride with stubborn hold, because it is all, she thinks, she has left in this life.
It is a sweet, steamy, tale of insta-love, trust, acceptance, and compromise. Pierce and Rebecca find their happily ever after with very little turbulence. Rebecca's grieving for her mother was touching, her struggles of pride and compromise trying. There wasn't that much drama, that wasn't created by Rebecca's stubbornness and pride. Pierce's support to her, being her cornerstone despite her resistance, was admirable.
It is a light, feel good love story, where you get to spend some time with the lovely Braden family, three spoons for Pierce and Rebecca's story.
One by one film students are finding themselves in familiar scenes from Psycho, Rear Window, Notorious, Frenzy, Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Dial M for Murder--the final scenes, in fact, for the roles of the characters they are unwittingly playing.
The killer, a promising filmmaker, is meticulously recreating some of the most memorable murders in movie history.
But why? Why go to such elaborate extremes just to kill a few film students? Is this about more than just murder? Does he agree with the philosophy of the murderers in Rope that "Murder is--or should be--an art, and as such, the privilege of committing it should be reserved for those few who are really superior individuals?"
Does he see himself as a superior artist blurring the lines between fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, life and art?
If he does see himself working on a masterpiece worthy of the master himself, he's met his match in Hitch.
Kelly "Hitch" Reville is a student putting herself through film school by working as a crime scene videographer for the Lake County Sheriff's Department in north Florida. Of all the students in the North Florida University School of Film and Television, she is the most knowledgeable about and appreciative of her favorite director and nickname sake Alfred Hitchcock. Most everyone knows her nickname has something to do with him, but only her fellow film students can truly appreciate the fact that the only female filmmaker in the NFU program is referred to exclusively by the first part of the macabre master's name--she is Hitch without the cock.
From crime scenes to the classroom to a small deserted island for a weekend wedding, Dial M for Matrimony is a thrilling whodunit with a fascinating film motif that pits genius against genius in the fine art of movies and murder.
The tension builds, as students in the film program at the college are murdered, and the murder scenes are set up as Hitchcock movies. All they know is, that the murderer has to be one of them, or someone close to them all. "Who dunnit? Was it you?"
The story is lathered with movie history, and filming details. The camaraderie of the students seems fragile, their behavior immature, or are they just nervous about the fact that any of them could be the next victim? With several love triangles in the place, lots of money to inherit, many motives for murder are in place, keeping the question of guilt vital.
If you love film history, tedious details of cinematography, Albert Hitchcock movies, and murder mysteries with a bit of young adult romance on the side ~ this story is for you, three spoons from me.
Carlisle’s dream of attending culinary school goes up in flames when she accidentally burns down her landlord’s shed while cooking ribs for a contest. Winning the cook-off would have provided enough money for tuition. Now she needs to win to replace the damaged building. Carlisle resigns herself to putting her future on hold while dealing with the problems of the present.
The hot fire chief who puts out the fire makes it clear she’s used up precious resources with her carelessness. He’s furious that she’s wasted his time when he needs every second to track down an arsonist who is escalating dangerously.
The far more serious problem is that Carlisle’s small fire draws the attention of the arsonist who doesn't like anyone stealing the limelight. He comes after her with a frightening single-minded focus. Can Carlisle save herself and their budding romance from the flames of a maniac?
Interesting setting in this novella, with an arsonist burning down buildings in the small town, seeming to direct his malice towards the fire chief and those close to him. The suspense starts to run high, when it comes clear, the arsonist is someone close to them all.
Carlisle and Chet, don't seem to get along on the surface, even though they both admit to themselves the attraction is there. At the same time Kelly and Mike have no problem to flirt.
Despite the suspense of the arsonist, several life and death situations, the story is light and humorous, drizzled with clean and fun romance, perfect read at the end of a long day, I will give it three big spoons with a teaspoon on the side.
For Cat Nichols, someday was finally here. Going away to college meant a fresh and new start for the girl who lived locked away in a prison of insecurities. She was ready to experience new things and meet new people. But she wasn’t ready for him…
Jace Butler had experienced things that no person should have to. Trying to come to terms with his past and live in the present was a constant struggle for the man whose demons lie dormant beneath the skin of his rippling body and sexy smile. But when she walked into his life, the chance for a better life came with her…
After finding each other, Cat and Jace also find that both past and present issues are trying to ruin their chance for a better future. Issues that will have to be dealt with for once and for all…together or apart.
What an incredibly powerful, beautiful story that touched my emotions on all levels.
Yes, it is different from the once Melanie Shawn has written before, but no less vivid or fierce.
Cat is such a fun and witty character. Even though, or maybe because, she sees herself as ugly and socially awkward, she won my heart from the page one. I adore the 'list' she had in her head, and her pi poems.
Jace is an ex-marine, very task oriented, 'here and now' type of person. Until he meets Cat, who wins his heart and mind with the first look.
Both Cat and Jace have had a turbulent, abusive childhood in their own way. They had to learn to fend for themselves early on. They both have wounds that will take time to heal, false truths that will take time to unlearn. The way they take down the protective layers of their hearts and past, revealing the hurt and abuse themselves faced, you can feel their pain, the hurt they carry inside.
Together they are so sweet and adorable, it took my breath away. The development of their feelings and relationship, how the trust is built between them, is intense and raw.
When Jace's past came to cause problems in the present, it was heartbreaking. How Natalya and Cat's mom mirror each other, was eerie, suddenly making it seem that, what Cat and Jace had to deal with in the past, wasn't so different at all.
Melanie Shawn writes some of the best 'girlfriends' I've read, and they deliver here as well. The Andy girls and Evelyn are loving, caring, protective, and how they introduce life to Cat is endearing. And Annabel is my new hero!! Charismatic cast of characters all around in the story, well, except Natalya, who doesn't get any sympathy points from me, either.
Jace and Cat's story will continue in the future books, but the ending was satisfactory for this part of the story, where their relationship stands now.
The story is told in first person, by both Cat's and Jace's point of view.
Don't shy away from the book because it is in the New Adult genre, I'm glad I didn't.
When a story has you smiling, laughing out loud, in tears, and hurting from the pain the characters feel, I wish I had more than five spoons to give ~ this powerful story just set the bar very high!
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He’ll risk his life in order to protect her…
Seven months after being brutally stabbed, FBI agent Roanna Punto has overcome her PTSD and is ready to return to undercover work…at least what she’s made everyone believe. When the Southern California Violent Crimes Taskforce recruits her to take out a cult leader, Ronni believes getting back in the field will put her demons to rest, but her new partner? He’s the one man she can never trust.
Former spec ops soldier-turned-DEA agent Thomas Mann lives every day with the guilt of having let a killer hurt Ronni. Now she’s on his SoCal turf…and he’ll risk his life in order to protect her. But can he ignore his fantasies about his sexy new partner and do his job?
When their passion ignites while undercover, the truth Ronni’s hiding puts their mission in jeopardy and tests their partnership. Can they learn to trust each other while deceiving the enemy? Or will their cunning foe lure them into a dark and deadly trap?
I love Thomas, loved him in the book one, and I was looking forward to his story.
He is funny, caring, protective, alpha male, with 'emo' side to him. His crazy nicknames, easygoing nature, and constant movie quotes make him entertaining character. His feelings of guilt from the past drives him to try being a superhero with a cape.
Ronni carries her own baggage from her childhood, to the last ops, she was on, when she got stabbed. At times she comes off as delusional as Adam, when her childhood mixes with the reality of the new cult.
The romance between Thomas and Ronni is fun, passionate, and true. That part I enjoyed most about the story.
There's not much action in the book, but lots of undercover investigation, trying to figure out the crimes of the cult. Interesting insides into the everyday life of the cult, and the beliefs of the members.
The story almost lost me at 45% mark, there was some repetition, and the storyline was just not moving forward. But overall an interesting read, and Thomas and Ronni deserve three big spoons with a little teaspoon on a side.
Jace Cooper always hated Fox Creek. Guilty by association, he took the blame for a crime committed by his friends one wild night four years ago. Recently paroled, he returns to his hometown, unsure of why he came back.
With most of the town pulling up their welcome mats and closing the door on him, he has to find the one reason he wants to stay. Was it the familiarity? Was it his desire to rekindle broken relationships with family and friends? Or was it Annie Martin, his ex-girlfriend he left broken hearted?
Reunited for the first time after all of those years, they discover intense sexual passion, igniting new feelings Jace has never felt before. Is it lust, or is Jace Cooper falling for Annie Martin?
He must make a decision – stay in Fox Creek and act on what he is feeling, or go to a different town where no one knows his name or his past.
Interesting, different kind of setting in this novella.
The author paints a picture of the adjustments Jace faces, as he is paroled after four years in prison.
I admired how Jace took his responsibility, even though he was guilty only by association.
The judgement from the small town at his arrival, the difficulties to find a job, start over, puts Jace's patience to the test.
Annie was the girl he left behind during the teenage years, breaking her heart, and hurting her family. When Annie and Jace meet again, the attraction and connection is still there, and they don't hesitate to act on it.
This was a bitter sweet, sensual novella. It was well written and gave a good foundation to the rest of the series, where Jace and Annie's story continues. Even though it has a 'happy-for-now' ending, it was satisfying enough, and the story doesn't feel interrupted at the end. Three spoons for this 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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