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review 2017-07-22 16:44
Her Sheriff Bodyguard (Harlequin Historical) - Lynna Banning

The historian in me took the one word "Asprin" and felt a little jarred out of the story of a suffragette who has a stalker trying to kill her. She meets with Sheriff Hawk Rivera who decides she needs a bodyguard and follows her to several cities to try to keep her safe. They try to fight the attraction but things are complicated.

Interesting but there were times where I found Hawk overbearing and occasionally dismissive of Caroline. Probably period correct but I didn't feel the romance.

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review 2017-07-20 07:38
Absolution by Kaylea Cross
Absolution - Kaylea Cross

After years of hunting him, Luke Hutchinson is this close to catching the terrorist he helped create. But with the man targeting women in Luke’s close circle, Luke isn’t about to take any chances…Especially not with the woman he’s loved since forever. He’d protect his ex-wife by any means necessary, yet Emily is fighting her own battle against a deadly enemy no one can protect her from.


This series has been quite a disappointment from the start, so it’s no surprise the final instalment was disappointing as well.

There were once again big problems with the pacing and narrative flow, the suspense was mostly non-existent, I disliked the initial “trigger” for the suspense where the hero took the heroine close to the terrorist in order to protect her (are you serious?!), and the final reveal as to the reason for all the hatred and resentment, anti-climatic and rather idiotic, if you ask me.
The romance was a bit better than the rest, because we didn’t have to go through the let’s-get-to-know-each-other phase, since the main characters were exes and still deeply in love with each other. Still, it was nothing to write home about, except the fact it involved an older couple, and dealt with the extra hurdle of Emily’s disease.

But, it’s finally over (it certainly didn’t warrant an entire series, IMO), the bastard is dead, everybody is nicely coupled up, and I can move on.

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review 2017-07-18 06:40
Relentless by Kaylea Cross
Relentless - Kaylea Cross

I simply couldn't finish.

For a book with such a title and blurb, the pace sure was plodding. For those 32% that I bothered to read, nothing happened. The heroine mooned over the hero, the hero mooned over the heroine when he wasn't mooning about his loss of coordination because of his injuries, they met in Vancouver, went for a stroll, he never bothered to tell her she might be in danger because the terrorist that started it all was still alive and said terrorist put a bounty on her head...
I understand protective, but to outright not tell her the truth was too much.

And since nothing really happened, no incident, no attempt at her life, not even a hangnail, and everything moved at the pace of a drunk snail, I simply stopped caring.

I'll still read the next, and final (Hallelujah!), book in this series, though. Mostly because I want to make sure the terrorist bastard is really dead. Better safe than sorry.

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review 2017-07-17 06:57
No Turning Back by Kaylea Cross
No Turning Back - Kaylea Cross

After receiving surveillance photos of herself, Samarra Wallace grabs her tech, and disappears into the streets of Baghdad, no knowing who to trust. But when she receives a photo of her cousin, bound and surrounded by terrorists, Sam knows she needs to contact someone, unfortunately it's the man she turns to who doesn't know whether to trust her or not.


This is officially getting ridiculous. This series now exists only for the series sake. The main suspense arc could (and should) have ended in the previous book, but guess what, we still have two hot guys, and the big honcho, Luke, to cover, so let's stretch the terrorist plot as far as it can go.

There were holes in the plot you could drive a truck through (its predecessor was no better, mind you), the chemistry between the leads was non-existent, the heroine was rather incompetent for a CIA analyst, and the hero more or less an asshole. The final straw was how easily Sam forgave Ben for what he said in the hospital.

I don't mind suspension of disbelief, but this one was asking too much of me.

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review 2017-07-16 16:53
Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross
Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross (2014-09-11) - Kaylea Cross

During her yearly visit to her Lebanese father, Bryn McAllister is injured in a bomb attack at the US embassy and, along with her father, kidnapped and left for dead in a cellar in a Syrian village.

Luke Hutchinson knows who kidnapped his son's best friend, Bryn, and is determined to end the bastard's reign of terror once and for all. But first, he needs Bryn and her father rescued, and then he'll need the girl's help, providing security in the form of the very man who saved her.


This wasn't as creepy as its predecessor as far as the suspense went, and the heroine was as far from annoying as she could get...But still, it didn't really work for me.

Once more, as the first wave of danger (again, somewhere in the first ten chapters) passed, the pacing got plodding again, and the gist of the story got lost in the (once more very iffy) romance.
I liked both Bryn and Dec, but couldn't help but get merely friendly vibes off them. The whole "romance" was to be just a by-product of the dangerous situation, transference, and hero-worship on Bryn's part. I didn't really feel sexual sparks with them, and what they called love, smelled more of simple affection than anything truly life-altering.

Also, for a series, this didn't really "connect" with the first book except by a few characters. One of them, being the larger-than-life Luke Hutchinson, who is sounding more and more like an asshole, and I truly hope he manages to redeem himself before his book is due.

As far as suspense is concerned, it was once more the saving grace of the entire operation. Gripping and intense, nail-biting and chilling. Although I was rather disappointed it didn't end when the story did, which means we're stuck with the terrorist until Luke's book. I'm rather skeptical of the fact, since I don't know what new plot points it could bring, since we already know the important bits.
Also, as far as the pacing went, this would've worked better as a short story, keeping the suspense arc a lot more condensed without the rather cheesy and implausible romance throwing the wrench into the wheels as soon as things started moving a little faster.

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