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review 2017-02-28 17:56
Shake & Bake - Abigail Roux

This was wonderful & funny, I miss Ty & Zane wish she wrote more of them.

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review 2017-01-24 03:03
Begin anew
Deja Vu (Titan World Book 0) - Cristin Harber

This is a book from the new Titan World series.  This is where series that are alike come together with those of the Titan series, created by Cristin Harber.  If you are already familiar with the Titan series, this is going to be a joy for you.  If you are as of yet unfamiliar - I am curious, where have you been?


James has had a lot of business with the CIA.  This one is new to him since he cannot prevent himself from being attracted to Allie.  His job is not to get to know her, but to help her stay hidden.


Allie just wants her memory back.  She did not know she would have the hots for the doctor that seems to understand her.  If only the sparks would stop flying....


This series is incredible!  All the Titan related novels are full of heat, intrigue, sexy times, and of course, suspense.  I really loved that this book started with a fast paced story and ended with a bang.  True to form and really drool worthy.  I am very excited to read the rest of the Titan World!  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2017-01-09 04:30
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected - Jason Hanson

I'll admit the cheese-factor of the title caught my eye, but it was this, from the summary, that made me put the book on my wishlist:

In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. 


Ooh, practical skills knowledge!  You know me, I'm always interested in learning new skills, even if I might never use them.


As a practical handbook the book is chock-full of useful knowledge, both of the common sense and not-so-common sense variety and I'd recommend it to anyone.  Some of it does come across sounding a tiny bit paranoid or back-woods survivalist, but that's really only because most of us live by the odds (as in, what are the odds of that happening?!).  But as anyone who has been in a disaster would say, it only needs to happen once.  Most of the best information in this book is about being aware of options and strategies.


Oh, and learning how to pick locks; and escape duct tape and zip ties.  You can never have too many skills, y'all.


A couple of things dimmed the appeal.  There's an ever so slight prevalence of self-promotion.  It's never blatant, but the few sources he supplies are, I think, his own websites (and to be fair, not to sell anything - videos and freebies).  He does tell you what brands of deadbolts are better than others (Kwikset = bad) as well as a few other recommendations of what to look for in security.  But there's a bit too much "I" for my personal tastes.


I don't know who is running the editing circus at Penguin, but Hanson should be pissed.  There are more than a few silly, embarrassing errors throughout the text that a primary school kid could catch.


As a last note, if the sub-title doesn't give it away, this book is primarily aimed at Americans, although some of the stats are international and all of the skills and strategies are applicable to everyone.  But Hanson loves his guns (he doesn't advocate owning them though).  Look past that though and you'll find a lot of everyday, practical advice for keeping yourself and your loved ones safer.

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review 2016-08-14 04:45
Impress me
The Talented Mr. Rivers (Tough Love) - HelenKay Dimon

This is the 2nd book in the End Of The Line series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading these in order.


Will inspires lust for Hunter the second he meets him.  He is sent to take down Will's siblings, not get sidetracked by their little brother.  He ends up working with him, but fighting himself and temptation.


Hunter is a badass bodyguard wrapped in hot man candy.  Will finds it hard to fight his attraction to him.  Right from the beginning he has made his heart beat harder.  Can they find common ground?


This series is just a joy to read.  I have a hard time putting the book down.  I love the banter, the heat, and the characters.  I cannot wait for the next book!  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2016-05-06 08:03
Blog Tour w/Review - RISK OF EXPOSURE




by Emmy Curtis

Available 05/03/16

Book #6 – Alpha Ops Series

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Forever Yours



He is a trained professional—but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss’s daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance—don’t make contact. And especially don’t take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie.  But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.


Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can’t risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret—and her heart—and partner up, or lose everything in a split second . . .


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He reached for her.


You can stop right there.” Her voice startled him. He dropped his arm to the covers.


I was just going to shake you awake. You’ve been snoring like a bear,” he said, swinging his legs out of bed.


She ignored his insult, such as it was. “You were supposed to wake me when it stopped snowing,” she said, also climbing out of bed and seemingly not caring a whit that she was totally naked.


He sat still, taking in the sight. Her nipples puckering in the frigid air, her tight muscles moving in glorious efficiency toward the bathroom. “It was your watch. Technically you should have woken me.”




Don’t you forget it, love.” He stood and got dressed, having dug out his Under Armour thermals from the kit bag he’d brought.


She poked her head around the bathroom door. “What? Don’t forget what?”


That I’m an ass. You’ve blackmailed me into helping you, and someone as well trained as you knows that isn’t a recipe for success.” He finished tying his laces.


She shrugged. “I trust you.”


You shouldn’t. I have a healthy regard for self-preservation and even I don’t know what I’ll do if you get in the way of that. So you’re much better off not trusting me for anything. Just a friendly PSA.” He knew he sounded like a dick, but he just couldn’t help himself.


I’m not worried. If you piss me off, or if you’re in the way of my self-preservation”—she punctuated with air quotes—“or my mission, I won’t hesitate to shoot you.” She disappeared again.


There’s one problem with that, love. I’ve got your gun.”


She didn’t reply, but he heard the unmistakable sound of a shotgun being charged. “Fair enough,” he said, trying not to smile at her resourcefulness. “What else have you got in there?”


Hairspray,” she said.


Awesome.” She was such a smart-arse. His sister would love her. He made a mental note that no matter what, they would never, ever meet. Ever.


She came out of the bathroom as if she’d come through a Tomb Raider portal. She wore a white snowsuit that matched his, a white knife strapped to her thigh, a white holster holding a white handgun under her shoulder, and a white shotgun on a white strap over her back.



I’m sorry. The CIA gave you all that gear but couldn’t give you a sat phone that worked? What the fuck?” Jesus. This was why he was in the private sector now. One too many times he’d been put in a sketchy situation without the right equipment. That didn’t happen anymore.


She shrugged. “I guess they thought snow was more likely than the need to use an emergency phone?” She frowned, though, as if she was only just now considering that herself.



(used with permission from the publisher)





Risk of Exposure (Alpha Ops, #6)Risk of Exposure by Emmy Curtis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 6th book in the highly acclaimed Alpha Ops series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. This is a great series, and those who read in order will find it is easier to understand and enjoy.

Malone "Mal" and Abby meet when he cannot take just watching her anymore. He sets up a chance for her to rescue him. She takes the bait.

Abby is a CIA agent keeping watch on the Russian/Ukraine border. Her father does not know she is a fully trained field agent. He sends Mal to watch over his daughter.

The banter is so much fun in this book! The pace moves along nicely. I love the heat between these two. They really are a match with a great HEA!

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review only.

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Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.

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The Alpha Ops Series:

(while books in this series are loosely connected, all function as standalones)


Dangerous Territory- Book 1- novella –only 99 cents!

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Over the Line- Book 2

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Pushing the Limit- Book 3

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Blowback- Book 4

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Compromised- Book 5

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