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review 2018-01-17 10:30
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Tempt Me - Carly Phillips

This is book #3, in the Bodyguard Bad Boys series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Austin was not looking for anything at all.  He had a bad experience with his ex-wife, who still wants to extort him even now.  Having the hots for the nanny seems so cliche', but he cannot seem to keep hands or mouth off the amazing woman who watches his beloved daughter.

 

Mia has something haunting her from the past that is coming after her with a vengeance.  She feels safe with Austin, but to put his child in harms way is not acceptable.  Will love be the ingredient that makes this better?

 

Like all the books in this series, this one has hot hot hot sexy times.  The characters are amazing, and there are conflicts that make the solution feel worthwhile. I loved the pace, banter, and sparks that were a-flyin'!  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-01-16 14:28
Tempt Me (Bodyguard Bad Boys Book 2) (Ba... Tempt Me (Bodyguard Bad Boys Book 2) (Bachelor Bad Boys) (Volume 2) - Carly Phillips

Austin Rhodes works at Alpha Security.  He is also a single dad to his six year old daughter, Bailey.  After being burned by his ex-wife, Austin has sworn off women in general.  Too bad his daughter's live-in nanny has caught his attention.  Austin knows that on paper, it's hands off of the nanny, too bad his brain keeps having other ideas.

Mia Atwood's life hasn't always been rosy.  She grew up in the foster care system but has never felt like part of a family.  The last employer she worked for was arrested for some shady business that Mia witnessed and then testified against him.  All Mia longs for is to be part of a loving family.

The more time Austin spends with Mia, the more he can't get her out of his mind.  The problem is, is that Mia is starting to feel the same way!  When danger from Mia's past comes back into her life, Austin steps up to protect her.  He also finds that he wants to have her in life in every way possible.

I really enjoyed these two characters.  Austin is just perfectly delicious!  He is an alpha, bad a$$ bodyguard, who is the perfect dad to Bailey.  Mia is a sweet, caring woman who just wants to belong somewhere and together these two are just wonderful.  When the two of them finally do get together, they are just explosive.  After having danced around each other for so long, you knew when they finally did get together that they were just going to ignite!  Overall, this was another great addition to the Bodyguard Bad Boys series.

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review 2018-01-09 12:13
Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
Brazen Virtue - Nora Roberts

Mystery writer Grace McCabe, fresh from a book tour, is bunking with her sister in D.C. for a few days, alarmed at the fact that after a nasty divorce, Kathleen let her son with his father, moved across the country and makes her living as a phone-sex operator.

When she comes home one night and finds her sister murdered, Grace's first thought is, Kathleen's ex-husband did it. But then another phone-sex operator, employed by the same agency as Kathleen, turns up dead...


This book was yet another let-down. The heroine came across as too much of a self-absorbed airhead for my liking, the hero didn't get enough space to shine, the killer was once more relegated into the sidelines...

There was too much going on, mostly revolving around the heroine, instead of focusing on the suspense and in the end the one thing that was interesting about the story was brushed under the carpet, while the rest (mostly ballast) got the spotlight.

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review 2018-01-09 06:59
Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts
Sacred Sins - Nora Roberts

A killer is plaguing Washington, D.C., strangling women with a priest's amice and leaving notes about their sins being forgiven. The police is stumped, so they reluctantly engaged the help of psychiatrist Dr. Teresa Court.

As the tension over the murder case rises, sparks fly between Tess and Detective Ben Paris, but soon they're not just sparks of animosity.


I already read this one in 2011, gave it three stars without writing a review, and completely forgot about the story. On this second re-read, it loses a star, but I'm pretty sure that I'll still forget about it, since it was quite a disappointment.

I liked the premise, the suspense (what there was, that is), and I liked the killer's mind. Unfortunately, he was relegated into the background, overshadowed by the two protagonists and the drama around their budding "relationship".

I didn't like neither Tess nor Ben. He was mostly an ass with a chip on his shoulder about shrinks (rather understandable, but they cannot all be the same) and she was a bleeding heart convinced the killer needed help and healing. She seemed not to care much about the killer's victims or the fact the guy was a killer, she just wanted to help him.
So I wanted to smack them both, I didn't buy their romance because of their different opinions and stands on quite a lot of things...

The only saving grace was the aforementioned killer (pity, he didn't appear much), the final surprise when his identity was revealed, and Ben's partner Ed, the gentle giant.
I'm quite looking forward to his story.

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review 2018-01-05 13:42
A Hero to Come Home To by Marilyn Pappano
A Hero to Come Home To - Marilyn Pappano

Carly Lowry had lost her husband to the war in Afghanistan and she cannot imagine letting any other man close enough to break her heart. The only company and solace she needs, she gets from her fellow Army widows. Then Dane Clark walks into her life, and maybe Fate is offering Carly another chance of being happy and getting the best of life.


I came to know the little town of Taallgrass, Oklahoma in the short story A Family for Christmas. I liked Ilena, the Army widow determined to continue with her life, even after losing her husband, so I expected all the members of the Tuesday Night Margarita Club (all Army widows) to be just like Ilena. Sure, they've lost the men they loved, but they weren't afraid of living their life after their husband's death.

Unfortunately, this story proved me wrong with its prologue in which Carly was so far removed from a human being accepting her Fate (a whole year after her husband's death, mind you), it made me queasy. She improved quite a lot throughout the story, but there were always moments that made me roll my eyes...Like her refusal to pack her husband's stuff two years later, stubbornly wearing his favorite perfume, even though she didn't really like it, refusal to make any changes to the house...Until she met her hero.
Who was even worse with his pity party about his lost leg. At least you're alive, you ass!

Yes, maybe this review is making me appear heartless or at least cold-hearted, and yes, I understand people grieve in different ways, but did we really have to be saddled with an unable unwilling-to-move-on heroine and a self-pitying hero with body-image issues?

They got on my nerves so much (him more and more as the story progressed, while she improved) that I couldn't have been bothered to enjoy their "romance". Which felt rushed at least judging from the ending. They worked better as friends, IMO.

There were other problems with the story that cannot be overlooked: the two side-plots involving one of Carly's friends who should've killed her spoiled, self-centered bitch of a stepdaughter and buried her in their backyard instead of turning her other cheek as the good book teaches, the rancher, who lost his wife because she couldn't live without her legs (talk about selfish), that had a one-night stand with another of Carly's friends (I don't know why, I guess it will serve as background for their book), and the whole praying, churchgoing, bible-reading-in-the-evening shtick. At first it pissed me off at the publisher for not warning unsuspecting readers, but then I just skipped those parts.

I liked the premise, and it had its brighter moments (when the heroine wasn't bemoaning her lost husband and the hero forgot about not having a leg), but overall it was quite a disappointment.

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