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review 2019-04-18 23:47
Book Review for Defiant The WASP Team Book 2 by Leah Ashton
Defiant (WASP Team #2) - Leah Ashton
Title: Defiant
Series: WASP Team Book 2
Author: Leah Ashton
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 18, 2019
  • File Size: 1877 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Leah Ashton (April 18, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07PPT679D
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • arc copy provided for honest review 
  • 5 stars
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Wrong Place. Wrong Time. Wrong Man – yet he made her feel so right.


A prim and proper high school teacher


Recently divorced Bethwyn Banfield just wanted one out-of-character night on the town, and the tall, dark, tattooed stranger she meets is not what she was looking for. But their instant, electric attraction is undeniable.

The cop with a bad boy past
WASP Team Undercover cop Damon Nyhuis has spent two years infiltrating the notorious Notechi Motorcycle Club, doing whatever it takes to remain in deep cover. But when he sees his high school calculus teacher in a bar looking as hot as she did thirteen years ago, the last thing he is thinking about is his job. And that turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
A race through the desert
Kidnapped and dragged to the middle of nowhere, Beth and Damon must escape the murderous Notechi – but to do so is only the beginning of their ordeal. The desert is vast, desolate and unforgiving, and the Notechi are right on their heels.
Their passion as hot as the sun
In the cool of the desert night they run, but in the lethal heat of the day they must rest – and quickly, lust becomes so much more.
First, they must make it home. But then – can there really be a future for the teacher who wants her own family, and the cop who makes certain he’s always alone?

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Let's start to say this is a brand new author for us and we really enjoyed our first read by them.The story had great characters's and the story started off with a bang and right from the onset had you enmeshed right into the suspenseful plot. 
Beth a school teacher is feeling a little bit lonely after learning her ex is moving on decides its time for her to move on as well and decides she is due for a night out.
Damon has a crush on Beth for years and see's her out in a bar and decided to make his move and play out  all those fantasies he has had of her for years but, Damon has secrets and without willing draws her into his tangled web secrets. 
This couple had some major chemistry and they sizzled together for sure but, things are complicated and they are trying to save their lives but,can't seem to keep their hands off one another just making the situation even more complicated but, a whole lot of fun. lol
I always pick a favorite character and for me it is going to be Beth. I loved Beth from the onset of the story just because she surprised us at every turn with her actions and deeds because she is nothing like we expected.I found her to be sexy, smart,level headed and easy to love because she was full of so much kindness and love.
Damon we found him to be broken and someone who never has been able to move on from his past and even though he has risen above it he feels he is no good for anyone let alone an angel like Beth.We will say that we liked how Beth got him to start examining his life up to this point and perhaps he could be capable of more life changes because he has been surrounded by such utter chaos for sometime now as well as being surround by such filth of humanity that it is starting to effect his personal life where he decides he is not deserving of more.
Overall the plot was filled with tons of suspense and drama and an undercover operation that goes a rhy but, two people find love where neither expected under the most horrendous circumstances.And the saying holds true for this couple that you can find love in the most usual places.The story had the perfect mix of romance and suspense and drama and the story did keep you on a bit of and edge the entire time to keep you glued to the pages to the very end.
The story did not end with a cliffhanger but, the story is not over yet because there are a lot of unanswered questions  and a mystery to be solved and a mole to undercover.
As a first time reader I would definitely read more in this series to see what happens next.
His gaze flicked back to her. Again, it did all those things to her insides that a man like this wasn’t supposed to do.
“Well,” Beth said, irritated – with herself, mostly. And unfairly, at him, for not being the man she’d needed to meet tonight. “What do you want then?”
Something shifted in the man’s gaze, and there was a hint – a hint – of a curve to his lips. Nothing more – she couldn’t imagine this man being the type to smile easily.
Immediately she realised her mistake.
“That’s easy, honey,” he said and stepped closer.
Which was actually really close, because they were both standing in the space between two bar stools. If she took a deep breath, her breasts would touch the cotton of his shirt.
Beth held her breath. To avoid touching him? Or in anticipation of what he was going to say?
“I want you,” he said, his voice a pitch lower now. Rough and intimate. “I want you, and I think you might want me too.” Another pause. “Do you?”
How had he known to ask that?
How had he known if he’d told her she wanted him, she would’ve been out the door and into an Uber before he could blink?
But he hadn’t told her anything. He’d asked.
She was falling into his gaze again. His sexy, confident gaze. Oh, he knew. He did. He was cocky, and he had swagger. He had all of that, and he possibly – probably – used this line on a new girl each week. Maybe each night.
But did it matter?
He’d asked and given her control, and damn if that didn’t make this even sexier.
Because it was sexy, to stand here beneath the appreciative gaze of this man. To feel his heat so close. To be drawn to him by the zing of physical attraction, and to just know deep down inside her that he wanted her. More than that, he wanted her bad. His gaze had moved from her eyes now to explore her face, then down, down, to explore what he could see of her body, given how close they stood together.
Which was pretty much just her breasts, although only now did she realise how conservative her outfit actually was. Would it have killed her to have popped open a few more buttons? To flash a bit of cleavage?
Not that this man seemed to care.
She didn’t even care that he didn’t want her for her intellect, or her personality, or all those things that should matter – did matter – most of the time. All of the time, actually, for Beth. Except tonight. Except now.
She didn’t even know his name, he didn’t know hers, and she honestly didn’t care. He was all wrong in every possible way, but then all of tonight had turned out wrong – and the way this man was making her feel felt so good. Felt so right.
Like despite what she’d told herself, he was exactly what she needed.
But, she realised, it was still hard to actually say the words she needed to say.
She swallowed, then licked her lips.
That snapped his attention back to her face, specifically to her mouth.
Oh, wow. The way he was looking at her, the way he wanted her, it was impossible to resist.
She leant forward, deliberately letting her body brush against his, her nipples tight and hard behind the lace of her bra. She stood on tiptoes so she could murmur in his ear.
“Yes,” she said.
He turned his head, and now they were so close they were practically kissing – their lips almost perfectly aligned. “Yes, what?” he prompted, as if he had to be sure.
She closed her eyes. She needed to be sure, too.
Did he know that? How could he?
“I want you,” she said, barely more than a whisper.
But clearly, it was enough. It was all he needed.
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RITA® Award-winning author Leah Ashton writes fast-paced romantic suspense and smart, modern contemporary romance. All her books feature strong heroines, deliciously heroic heroes and swoon worthy happily ever afters.


Leah lives in Perth, Western Australia with her gorgeous husband, two amazing daughters and the best intentions to meal plan and have an effortlessly tidy home. When she’s not writing, Leah loves all day breakfast, rambling conversations and laughing until she cries. She really hates cucumber. And scary movies.


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text 2014-07-29 16:05
Congratulations to the 2014 RITA Award Winners!
The Sweet Spot - Laura Drake
Why Resist a Rebel? (Harlequin Kiss) - Leah Ashton
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished - Sarah MacLean
Off the Edge (The Associates) - Carolyn Crane
Five Days in Skye - Carla Laureano
Crazy Thing Called Love - Molly O'Keefe
The Firebird - Susanna Kearsley
Claim Me - J. Kenner
Take Me, Cowboy - Jane Porter

This weekend San Antonio, Texas overflowed with Romance and its writers at the annual Romance Writers of America Conference. 


The Rita Award is recognizes excellence in published romance fiction.


I love to go over the results and see which books I have read and which of my favorite authors have been honored. I also find new writers. Good stuff. 


Congratulations to the 2014 RITA Award Winners! 


Best First Book Winner


The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake 


Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.

James "JB" Denny doesn't stay where he isn't welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can't work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?


Short Contemporary Romance Winner


Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton 


Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her "no romance at work" rule….But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling "cut" on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her—and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away…


Historical Romance Winner


No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean


A rogue ruined . . .He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution. A lady returned . . .Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows...that he is no killer.A scandal revealed . . .It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.


Romantic Suspense Winner


Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane 


For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past. 

He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend. 

They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts. 



Inspirational Romance Winner


Five Days in Skye: A Novel by Carla Laureano



Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.


Contemporary Romance Winner


Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe


Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.
Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.


Paranormal Romance Winner


The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley 


Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof.

But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.


Erotic Romance Winner


Claim Me by J. Kenner 


Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.
I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.
But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.


Romance Novella Winner


Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter


When Jenny Wright’s fiancé leaves her standing at the altar in a Vera Wang bridal gown she can’t afford, she’s humiliated and heartbroken. To have Marietta hero bull riding champ Colton Thorpe witness her shame – makes the rejection even more devastating. 

Jenny and Colton grew up in the same rough neighborhood and they both left home right after school to pursue big dreams. Now they’re both back, with Colton as the celebrity chair for the 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo, and Jenny in disgrace. 

Sexy, rugged Colton didn’t get to be a national champion by chance. He’s a man that takes risks and goes after what he wants. During the rodeo weekend, Colton makes it clear he wants Jenny. Flustered but flattered, Jenny finds it difficult to resist his charm. But what happens when the rodeo ends and Colton leaves town? Will she dare to dream again?

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text 2014-07-27 23:53
It's Monday
Why Resist a Rebel? (Harlequin Kiss) - Leah Ashton

Maybe not where you are yet, but believe me, it's here. Coffee is being consumed as I deal with a HUGE puzzle. A whole weekend went by and I didn't read one book. Given that reading five in a weekend is quite normal for me, I'm wondering if I've been possessed by illiterate aliens???


Or it could be that I'm both tired and obsessed.


I made a big call at the end of last week. The book I've been working on (off and on) since January sucks. All those words have to be thrown out because I wrote to a stupid plot. Convoluted plots that don't let you empathise with a character don't work for contemporary romance. And no, there's no tweaking possible. It's start over time.


The core idea remains "wow!" but I've obsessed over the weekend how to use it.


I now have a glimmer of an idea that I'm going to chase hard but not talk about. Sometimes ideas are like genies. Give them a chance to escape their bottle and they're gone forever.


I did get The Guardian Weekly read (just before Sunday dinner!) and I read a lot of advice on how to be an author -- because clearly my approach has flaws!


Hopefully I'll get some books read this week and can share some reviews. In amazingly wonderful news, fellow West Australian author Leah Ashton (she is so nice) just won a RITA for her "Why Resist a Rebel?". Proof that sometimes good things happen to people who definitely deserve them!


Happy Monday! and now I have half a year's writing to catch up on. Yikes!

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Beware of the Boss
Beware of the Boss - Leah Ashton Review Posted on HarlequinJunkie.com

Grayson Manning lives in his own protective bubble. So much so that when he’s running on the beach with his dog Luther, he ignores everyone and everything else. That means he never notices the distinct woman who sits on the sand every day – observing the water, reading a book, even when Luther drops his ball at her side and wants her to throw it. Read More
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A Girl Less Ordinary (Harlequin Romance) - Leah Ashton Seriamente, perché "A girl less ordinary" diventa magicamente "Ti prego non spogliarti"? Perché? PERCHE'?Santi numi della letteratura, incarnatevi in qualche Jinn e spiegatemi questa cosa!!E' un titolo completamente (e inutilmente) fuorviante: a me ha subito fatto penare ad un romanzo un po' squallidino in cui protagonista assoluto fosse il sesso. E invece manco per niente!Non è un libro candidato al Nobel per la letteratura, sia ben chiaro.. Ma nel suo genere non mi è affatto dispiaciuto: gradevole per passare un paio d'ore senza dover attivare tutti i vostri neuroni.. Insomma, se siete stanchi, avete bisogno di fare una pausa e leggere qualcosa di carino.. Io consiglio (e poi ha un prezzo super, quindi..)!! :DDunque, mi/vi evito la parte in cui la parte lamentosa di me ha il sopravvento e critica la prevedibilità della storia. Sì, ok, implicitamente l'ho fatto con queste righe, ma conoscendomi, potrei andare avanti per ore XDAlla fin fine il romanzo nasce come storia d'amore ben dichiarata, non si nasconde dietro nulla.. Quindi non l'ho vista come una cosa fastidiosa e/o penalizzante per la lettura. Ero ben conscia di quello che mi aspettava quindi nessuna brutta sorpresa.. Anzi, forse mi ha anche piacevolmente stupito in positivo.La storia è carina e all'80% mi è piaciuto anche come è scritta. Non mi è piaciuta al 100% perché la Ashton inserisce TROPPO lo stream of consciousness di Ella.. Insomma, o sei un narratore esterno o interno.. Non puoi mescolarmi in modo pasticciato le due cose! Che nervi certe volte! Questi inserimenti di commenti/pensieri della protagonista ogni tanto ci stavano pure.. Ma seriamente, sono presenti in modo esagerato ._.A tratti è anche ironica, l'autrice.. E ciò mi ha sorpreso (chissà perché, ma non me lo aspettavo ç_ç).. Brava! Chissà che non mi prenda voglia di leggere altro di suo.. :DIl fatto che il romanzo fosse estremamente breve (meno di 180 pagine e il libro è assai piccino) è stata un'arma a doppio taglio: da una parte, elemento gradito e indispensabile, in quanto mi ha fatto scattare la scintilla per iniziarlo quando mi ero ripromessa di smaltire prima un po' di letture, dall'altra però un po' una limitazione perché la storia si svolge troppo frettolosamente, molti elementi avrebbero potuto essere sviluppati meglio e ogni tanto l'autrice mi ha dato l'impressione di risolvere in caciara alcuni elementi..Mi sono piuttosto piaciuti i protagonisti: Jake, nerd smanettone a capo di una compagnia di telefoni e milionario grazie ad essa e Ella, che da ragazza sfigata si è re-inventata ed è diventata una consulente di immagine.. e mi è piaciuto anche come entrambi vengano presentati, con relativo background e simili.. Ma c'è la nota dolente (con me non può quasi mai mancare :D); alcuni elementi mi sono sembrati davvero troppo forzati e qualche cliché avrebbe potuto essere evitato senza troppi traumi per la storia.. Poi non so, a volte Jake e Ella mi sembravano affetti dalla doppia/tripla personalità, sinceramente!!Ah!! Quasi dimenticavo! Mi è piaciuto il fatto che pur essendo una storia pensata per un pubblico femminile, il sesso non è tirato in ballo così a casaccio. Insomma, mi piace quando c'è, ma il fatto che sia contestualizzato lo apprezzo di più!Vabbé, me la smetto di lamentarmi ed elucubrare su questioni futili.. Promosso! :D(Sono una novellina nel genere, quindi non so valutarlo rispetto ad altri dello stesso genere.. ma mi rifarò!!)PS: Mi piacciono le copertine scelte dalla Harlequin Mondadori.. Coloratissime e allegre!
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