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review 2017-04-23 05:25
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Mountain of Evil: Trident Security Omega Team: Prequel - Samantha A. Cole,Eve Arroyo

This novella is a bridge between the original Trident Security Series and the spin off series, Trident Security Omega Team. While it is not necessary to read this prequel before the Omega Team series, it will give the reader more insight and background of the new operatives of Trident Security and their support team.

 

The new team has six men and one woman.  They are sent out into the wilderness to prove their "ready" status to their agency.  While out there, a girl goes missing.  Can this team find her and all get home safely?

 

This was a short jaunt into the new series about the team created by the Trident Security owners.  I loved how the author brought all the team members personalities into it.  I especially enjoyed some of the foreshadowing into books to come.  I cannot wait for the next installment in the Trident Security Omega Team series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-04-18 07:03
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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the sexy, standalone novel, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, on sale for $1.99 in the eBook format for a limited time only! Grab your copy today at this amazing price!

 

 

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About ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE:

 

There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

 

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

 

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

 

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

 

There is such a thing as . . .

 

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .

   

 

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His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.

 

                “What?” she asked.

 

                “Waiting for my apology.”

 

                “Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”

 

                He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.

 

                I am the boss of you.”

 

                Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”

 

                Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.

 

                He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.

 

                And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.

 

                He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.

 

                No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.

 

                And sexiness.

 

                It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.

 

                That, or it was all just wishful thinking.

 

                Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.

 

                But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.

 

                She should have just emailed him.

 

 

 

Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in the Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Elle & Archer already have a pain filled past, before the fact they work together. If she avoids him, well who can blame a girl? Hardest part about all of it is she wants to see him everyday.

Archer just wants Elle to stay put and let him protect her for once. Can he talk her into letting him wear the pants in this relationship? He just really wants to hold her for like ever.

If you have never had the feels before, this book has brought it - Game On! I loved how the author takes you through their relationship and churns out a love story that is practically epic. So endearing, and the man is completely charming. These characters just make you feel it all.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.  

   

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review 2017-04-13 15:23
Review: Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security #1) by April Hunt
Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security) - April Hunt

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Heated Pursuit

Alpha Security #1
April Hunt
Romantic Suspense
Forever
October 25th 2016
eBook/Paperback
274
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The first in an all-new romantic suspense series from debut author April Hunt, perfect for fans of Julie Ann Walker, Lora Leigh, and Rebecca Zanetti!

 

TROPICAL HEAT

 

Penny Kline didn't come to Honduras on a pleasure trip. She's here to rescue her kidnapped niece, the only family she's got left. What she didn't plan on was walking into a covert ops mission---or being wrapped up in the hard-muscled arms of Rafe Ortega. The cool-as-ice operative's touch may get her all hot and bothered, but no man can have a hold on her heart until her niece is home where she belongs.

 

Even in the tropics, Alpha Security operative Rafe can take down the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Hostage extractions. Clandestine missions. Those are the things he's been trained to handle. Relationships? Not so much. But one look at this strong, sexy redhead and he's seized by a fierce urge to protect her at all costs. Now Penny and Rafe will have to up their game because they're about to go into a master criminal's lair without backup, and the danger---and passion---is about to explode . . . 

 

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Heated Pursuit is book one in the Alpha Security series by April Hunt. I picked this one up; because so many others raved about this book. I feel like I read a completely different book than what everyone else read. When I finished this one. I was like “Finally! It’s over!” 

 

I won’t go so far as to say I hated it, but it did have too many things that bothered me. It also had some good stuff too, so there were positives and negatives, but it just didn’t work out for me as I was hoping.

 

What I liked:

 

– I liked the Alpha Security team.
– I liked that action and suspense.
– The last 20% of the book.

 

What I Didn’t Like:

 

– The start. It wasn’t a great start or introduction to the novel. I was a little puzzled and confused in the first few chapters.

 

– Penny. I had so many issues with our heroine. I never felt her character and she shouldn’t have been on the Op. It just didn’t feel like she was qualified or ready for this type of deal. 

 

– In the beginning of the book she gets picked up by men in fatigues and hoods, so how does she know WHO these mystery men are? How does she know about the Alpha Security team? Yes, one of them is her brother and she knows that he is part of something, but how can she be so familiar with all the others; especially since she has been estranged from her brother for a long time (family issues). Question after question just from the first few pages.

 

– Next. The guys decide it’s a good idea to send a non-trainee undercover. (I was not feeling this; especially when she does some stupid things that almost blow their cover.) She was informed that their would be bugs everywhere in this bad guy’s house and in every room and what does she do?

 

– Their where at least two incidents where she almost blows their cover. The first time she get’s to their room and was about to get into it with Rafe about something. (Don’t remember the something) This something would have blown their cover sky-hi. How does Rafe save them? Well he kisses her and then they have mind blowing sex and then she realizes she was about to blow their cover. This is just one of the incidents in the book. Ahhhhh!

 

– Rafe and Penny have been in the jungle on the run for two days now. They somehow end up getting hot and heavy; kissing, clothes coming off, him about to go down on her. Can we just say, ewww! Almost sex, no clean clothes, no shower, no teeth cleaning. Totally turned me off. The only thing that stops this from happening is that he sees a bandage on her leg that he didn’t know about. 

 

– Last, I never got a romance. Ya, these two have lust and boy is it combustible, but I never felt it go deeper than that. 

 

Heated Pursuit wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t for me. I may or may not give the next book a try. It had some good things going for it, like the Alpha Security team and suspense, but when the lead character doesn’t appeal, well you have a hard time enjoy the book. 

 

Rated: 2 Stars

 

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Blitz - Cristin Harber's ONLY series
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The 5* series that brings suspense, love, heart & heat into an impressively explosive combination!

 

OnlyForHim 


About ONLY FOR HIM:

Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey--close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He's the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She's artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland's "I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford" support group.

I can't say no. The girl's had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

 He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother's gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn't know her power over him. She's the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell--though he won't.

I'm stronger, bigger, more of a man than he'll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I've taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray's embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it's just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at... But, given that I didn't see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either. 

Only for Him. Only series, Volume One.

 
 
 
 

Only for Him (Only #1)Only for Him by Cristin Harber 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 This is the story of Grayson Ford and Emma Kingsley. Since they were kids, and now Emma wants more. Finally, she thinks Gray does too.

Gray is involved in every sport and Emma is in the arts. No one would ever think they belong together. No one but Emma. Then Gray suddenly shows interest.

Gray is her brothers best friend, and if she is honest - hers too. Emma just wants a chance for him to notice her. When he takes her to a school dance, she is warned off by his coach and they leave. At his house, however, they encounter his horrible father. The reason he keeps everyone away. He was not supposed to be him and it is an awful surprise.

After that, Gray avoids her and Emma thinks all her chances with him are gone. She fights for him and for another chance. When they decide against all odds to spend some time together, it goes really well. Even if there is a secret he is hiding. Later on, Gray goes into the military and we see a bit of present day in the book too. We find out where Emma is working as time goes on and how she reacts to news of Gray and his unit. This story had me on the edge of my seat and I loved every minute. I cannot wait to read more since this is only book 1 in the Only series.  

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About ONLY FOR HER:

The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!! First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

Only for Her, Only Series.  Volume 2.

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Only for Her (Only, #2)Only for Her by Cristin Harber 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Continuing story of Grayson and Emma. Please read in order with her ONLY series. This is book # 2, and Grayson is on his way home after an injury where his team was taken out. He heads back to where he came from.

Emma gets a call out of the blue and it is hi. The love of her life. Grayson. He has a friend do him a favor and get her phone number. And then he gets the shock of his life. She is not at school. She is in town.

Grayson rushes over to see her at her new home. Then she gets the shock of her life. He is alive and in person! Up close and personal they see the sparks are still flying and the chemistry between them still sizzles. There is so much to say but how do you say after all this time?

Their story is bittersweet and yet makes you feel hopeful at the same time. Can he get back into living like a normal civilian? Will he return to the military? What is in the future for them? Can they learn to be a family?

All these questions and more are answered as you read the books in this series. Such an amazing couple that against all odds - fights for one another when it comes to it. I am loving the character development and progression. I love it and give it 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

***This ARC copy was given free for the purpose of reviewing from the publisher and author. My honest opinion is my own, and does not speak for others.  

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About ONLY FOR US: 
 
The third installment of the Only series. Must be read in order. 
 
Grayson and Emma. First love. True love. And… they have a daughter. Abandonment is his curse. He left his woman, survived his team, and missed the moment most precious to a father. Until now. 
 
I didn’t know you were killing yourself with work. I didn’t know you’re raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would’ve kept me from you.
 
Love needs to heal all, or they won’t survive the collision of their separate lives. Emma must reach deep into her heart that is barely hanging on and find forgiveness. Grayson, wrecked with PTSD-filled nightmares, must prove that he’s here to stay and able to rebuild his family against all odds. 
 
I need to say I love you. But what I mean is I love you–in a way that defies definition and exists only in a world that you and I are in. 
 
Only for Us, Only series.  Volume 3.
 
 
 
 

Only for Us (Only, #3)Only for Us by Cristin Harber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Continued story of Grayson and Emma. This is the 3rd book in the Only series. Should absolutely be read in order! This is another incredible series from the amazing Cristin Harber.

Grayson is completely devoted to Emma. He gets to meet his baby girl in this book. He cannot wait to hug her or hold her and his wistful longing is very sweet to witness. This is the book where I felt I would love to have this as a movie - so we could see the expressions on their faces.

Emma is very afraid even though she knows she is doing the right thing. She wants her little girl to know her father. She knows she is still in love with Gray and her siblings will have to just adjust. They want to defend her - but honestly - Gray would too. He is just trying to put them on even ground again.

Despite problematic people trying to interfere, they are solid and you feel that in this book. Their story is not over and there is yet another book coming for the Only series. I cannot wait - this is a book after book series that makes you hungry for the next installment. I am seriously starving!! It totally deserves the 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP rating given!!

This ARC copy was given free for the purpose of reviewing from the publisher and author. My honest opinion is my own, and does not speak for others.

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About ONLY FOREVER:

The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.

Only for Us, Only series.  Volume 4.

 
 


Only Forever (Only, #4)Only Forever by Cristin Harber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grayson and Emma are meant to be together. This 4th book in the Only series is as good as the first! Grayson and Emma have a daughter, and are building a life together.

Gray starts this story with discovering Emma worked at a strip club. He is there with friends trying to investigate. She is there "in" and has information that can bring the club down.

Emma, scared out of her mind by the owner of the club, and Gray being there - is not sure what to do next. She begs Gray not to leave her there alone.

Gray must get past the owner, her brother, her best friend and those who work at the club to see Emma in private. With so many obstacles in the way, can her help her like he promised?

Gray is trying to find a job, and be a new father. They plan to tell their daughter who he is in her life. Getting nervous for something like that is normal.

A quick, yet satisfying read. Author, Cristin Harber does it again! The ONLY series is just good, and every romance reader should pick up a copy! 

***This ARC copy was given by the author, publisher, and publicity source. My honest opinion is my own and does not reflect others involved in copy distribution.



About Cristin Harber: 
 
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

 

 
 
 
 
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Cover Reveal #2 - Mountain of Evil
 
Mountain of Evil: Trident Security Omega Team - Prequel
 
 
Between new clients and governmental contracts, Trident Security has grown in leaps and bounds. To accommodate the increased caseload, they’ve added a second team to their Tampa headquarters. After hiring seven “best of the best” from military and law enforcement backgrounds, they’ve put together a cracker-jack group of six men and one woman. But before they are turned out to handle their own missions, they must first prove they are a cohesive and capable unit.
 
Dropped into the Rocky Mountains, the Omega team has minimal supplies and two days to make it back to civilization. But what they find in the wilderness turns a training op into a real one. Will they all make it back alive?
 
 
***This novella is a bridge between the original Trident Security (TS) Series and the spin off series, Trident Security Omega Team. While it is not necessary to read the original TS series or this prequel before the Omega Team series, it will give the reader more insight and background of the members of Trident Security.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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