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review 2017-02-06 12:26
{ARC} Book Review: Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon
Guarding Mr. Fine - HelenKay Dimon

So Guarding Mr. Fine was my first HelenKay Dimon book and I can say that it didn’t disappoint but didn’t wow me either. Although it has all the things that I want (the bodyguard setup, the one night stand, some mystery twist… you get the idea) in an Adult Contemporary Romance book, it still fell short especially in the romance department.

 

So what happened was, we’ve got two hot guys (Rick and Seth) who met in a bar one night and ended up having a one night stand without even knowing each other’s names.  The next time they met, they were in the Consul’s office and both had the shock of their lives when they found out that they’ll be closely working with each other, Rick as the Consul and Seth as the bodyguard. Then these things ensued: conflicted feelings arise, plenty of sex, angst here and there, and a race to solve a murder mystery.

 

I love the mystery, I love the drop dead gorgeous characters and the fact that they already owned their sexuality, and I love how the mystery was crafted. But as I’ve said earlier, the romance was quite meh. It just felt so fast-paced for my taste that I really didn’t get to enjoy its development.  And near the end, there’s the usual angst that didn’t exactly improve my opinion of the romance. It got resolved fairly quick considering the extent of the issue that caused the angst.  But anyway, Guarding Mr. Fine was an okay story overall and you don’t need to read the first 2 books in the series as it’s a standalone. I’d definitely consider reading some of Dimon’s other works in the future.

Source: waywardkitsune.com/2017/02/arc-book-review-guarding-mr-fine-by-helenkay-dimon
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review 2017-02-04 17:09
The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon - My Thoughts
The Talented Mr. Rivers - HelenKay Dimon

The Talented Mr. Rivers gives me everything I expect when I pick up a HelenKay book.  There is an intense, hot, steamy connection between the main characters, dangerous action that threatens the MCs, a few twists and turns and a fun and clever supporting cast.  Oh, and some fun banter too.

I had one problem with this book and I know it's probably just me and I can't figure out why, but I had SUCH a problem with the names of the main characters.  Hunter, the bodyguard/agent/tough guy and Will, the younger of the two, the college grad, the almost studious one, the youngest, supposedly oblivious sibling of a vicious crime family.  I kept getting their names mixed up.  I'd read Will and be surprised that it was Hunter and vice versa.  It was very annoying and lasted through the whole book.  I've never come across this specific problem before.  *LOL*

Sexy, steamy suspense is what HelenKay does and it's so much fun to read.  Her characters are always wonderfully larger than life and always flawed in some way or another.  :)  Except for Seth, I've not seen a single flaw in him yet.  Maybe in the next book, his story, Guarding Mr. Fine.

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text 2017-02-03 01:06
My favorite of the series
Guarding Mr. Fine - HelenKay Dimon

Like the first two books in HelenKay Dimon's Tough Love series, Guarding Mr. Fine is a sexy, sexy read. Seth was a favorite character of mine in the first two books, so I was looking forward to his story.

Seth is all gruff and snark, but that's mostly just to keep people from getting too close. You know the type -- the lone wolf alpha male, the person that just can never see themselves falling in love. All the while, secretly hoping they find their other half. Yeah, that type.

Rick is more 'go with the flow' than Seth is and is also sees no problem with them mixing business and (much, much) pleasure. For him, it's a win-win. Rick is in Munich to investigate the death of his predecessor, and he's purposefully playing up inexperience in hopes that people will let down their guard.

Seth and Rick first meet in a club in Berlin, where they have a very hot and anonymous encounter. What are the odds that they would be working together in Munich just a couple days later? Well, that one bit of hotness can't be contained to that club encounter and soon, Seth and Rick are heating up the sheets, and each other, again.

Guarding Mr. Fine is my favorite of the three books. I just love Seth. Smart, sexy, and as much as it chagrins him, hopeless against one geeky Rick Fine.

I found I liked the suspense story-line more than I did in the previous two books. It was a little less over the top (not a lot, but I still liked it more). We're dealing with arms dealers this time, rather than human trafficking and it kept me guessing a little bit. Also, both Seth and Rick are damaged by their work and events growing up. They carry scars inside and out, but still they go on and do what needs to be done and pretend they can do so without those pesky emotions getting in the way (silly boys).

So, if you are in the mood for a fast-paced, super-sexy, romantic suspense story, look no further than Guarding Mr. Fine!

Recommended.

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ARC of Guarding Mr. Fine was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Guarding Mr. Fine
Guarding Mr. Fine - HelenKay Dimon description

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Seth Lang is sent to Munich to play bodyguard to the U.S. consul general. Babysitting a desk jockey isn't Seth's usual MO, but when he sets his eyes on Rick Fine...Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome and the man he had a sexy encounter with three days prior, Seth goes from annoyed to intrigued.

Rick Fine had been sent undercover to find out what really happened to the previous consul general. He is going to need all the help he can get and when it turns out his bodyguard is someone from his past things start to get interesting.

But with Rick keeping a huge secret from Seth and danger at every turn. These two will need to put their issues aside and learn to trust before it all comes crashing down around them.

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I enjoyed this book immensely. This is the third book in the series but can be read as a standalone with no issues. The writing was great. The pace moved along nicely. It had some twists and turns (though to be honest it's pretty obvious who the baddie is right from the start). The back and forth banter between the heroes was great. The sexy times were hot. Both main characters were likable guys. The secondary characters were interesting (I'd LOVE to hear more about Alec and his brothers).

Overall just a really enjoyable read. Two thumbs up from yours truly.

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text 2017-01-31 12:35
January 2017 Wrap Up
Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb
Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala
March: Book Two - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
Lowcountry Bordello - Susan M. Boyer
Switched - HelenKay Dimon

Started the Romance Bingo and Pop Sugar Reading Challenges this month. Participated in Bout of Books cycle 18. Participated in #24in48 read-a--thon.

 

 

1. My Writing Professor by Nicolette Dane (Romance Bingo - New Adult square) - 1 star

2. My Friend the Bride by Nicolette Dane (Romance Bingo - Wedding Bells square) - 1 star

3. Sarah Sunshine (Montana Romances series) by Merry Farmer (Romance Bingo - TSTL square) - 1 star

4. A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden (Romance Bingo - Urban Fantasy square) - 3.5 stars

5. Heir to a Desert Legacy by Maisey Yates (Romance Bingo - Interracial couple square) - 1 star

6. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (Diseases and Disasters Challenge) - 4 stars

7. Apprentice in Death by JD Robb (Pop Sugar Challenge) -  4 stars

8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - 3 stars

9. The Lady's Scandalous Night by Jeannie Lin (Romance Bingo - Insta Love) - 3 stars

10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - 2.5 stars

11. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan - 4 stars

12. Long Gone Girl (Romance Bingo - Second Chances square) by Amy Rose Bennett - 2.5 stars

13. Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot #4) (Romance Bingo - Love is Murder square) by Susan M. Boyer - 4.5 stars

14. March Book 2 by John Lewis et al - 5 stars

15. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Romance Bingo - YA) - 3 stars

16. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan - 5 stars

17. Switched by HelenKay Dimon (Romance Bingo - Blown Away square) - 3.5 stars

18. Sweetheart in High Heels by Gemma Halliday (Romance Bingo - Headless Woman) - 2 stars

19. An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin (Romance Bingo -Historical) - 3.5 stars

20. Double Love by Francine Pascal (Romance Bingo - Twins) - 1 star

21. A Sport of Baronets (Romance Bingo - Regency) - 3.5 stars

22. The Secret of Yellow Death by Suzanne Jurmain - 2.5 stars

 

 

Challenges Update:

GR/BL Reading Challenge: 22/150

Library Love Challenge: 10/36

Romance Bingo: 14/25

Pop Sugar Challenge: 8/50

 

Ratings Breakdown:

Avg Star Rating: 2.9 stars

Avg Non-Fiction Rating: 4.25

Avg Fiction Rating: 2.65

 

Final Thoughts:

I am enjoying the bingo and getting a lot of short books off my electronic TBR. The beginning of the month featured A LOT of 1 star books, mostly freebies from the NOOK store.

 

Pop Sugar challenge is kind of on the back burner for now. The fact I knocked out 8 out of the 50 prompts was more than I had hoped for (5 being the goal). Not as hard as I thought it would be, plus I am learning to like audiobooks!

 

Library Love challenge is going great; thinking I should have gone for the top level (50+ books), but may stay at the current level (36+ books) for now. I also got in 11 hours of volunteer time at the library, despite a constantly changing school schedule that saw my son out of school more than in school.

 

I picked my top five books to add to the post.

 

 

 

 

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