Tag: romance with suspense

Teasing the Princess by Nana Malone

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Book: Teasing the Princess

Series: Royals United #2

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 8 January 2019

Main characters: Roone Ainsley, best friend to the king and sent to protect Jessa McLean, the ‘lost’ princess. Jessa McLean, successful and savvy PR guru, who’s unfortunately used to having her life turned upside down.

Plot: Jessa is once again fleeing the only home she knows. This time however, she’s determined to get some answers and to find out once and for all who her enemies and who her allies are.  She won’t think about Roone and his deception – it hurts too much. She resolves to head straight into the eye of the storm – she’s heading for the Winston Isles and the source of all her trouble.

Roone knows he’s blown his chance with Jessa – but he couldn’t disobey a direct order from the king. He’s resolved to find Jessa, make her see sense and maybe one day she’ll be able to forgive him for his deception. He just has to find her first and keep her safe…

Why you should read it: if you read and enjoyed (and you should have read it first)  Royal Tease, you’ll know what a doozy of a cliffhanger it ended on. I was dying to read what would happen next – Jessa was such a badass! If you felt for Roone, then you need to read on to see what happens to him. The dialogue was punchy and the plot didn’t drag – it moved along nicely and each page was exciting and a delight. I also enjoyed the peripheral characters who appeared in the other Royals series – I love them and their realness and the multiple points of view weren’t at all jarring.

What you may not like: I’m not sure really. There was A LOT going on in the book and with so many characters involved, you may need to jog your memory a bit on past plots and character references – it wasn’t a big deal though. I thoroughly got caught up in the action and went with it! I was rewarded with an exciting and satisfying read. I totally recommend it.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read for the holidays – it was just what I needed.

 

Bad for the Boss by Talia Hibbert

Book: Bad For The Boss

Series: Just For Him #1

Author: Talia Hibbert

Main characters: Jennifer Johnson, social media expert, trying to advance her career. Theo Chamberlain, head of the company and completely bowled over by Jennifer.

Plot: Jennifer Johnson has always been a good girl. She’s scored a promising role at a successful company and she’s determined to do well and keep her head down. Doing well however, does not involve lusting after the big boss.

Theo Chamberlain is master of everything he surveys and likes it that way. When he sets eyes on Jennifer, he doesn’t expect to feel so much, so quickly. His urge to simply get to know her transforms to that of protector when Jennifer becomes the target of an unknown enemy. He’ll keep her safe. Or die trying…

Why you should read it: This was a surprise of a book. It starts off as a simple office romance, but it’s packed with intrigue, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Jennifer and Theo – older men are hot, but I also enjoyed his character. He wasn’t afraid to show Jennifer who he was. The scene where he helps her with her hair is so touching – if only a guy like that actually existed!

What you may struggle with: Not much. It’s a very English story but a universal one I think – with some Caribbean patois thrown in – so you may not ‘get’ every reference, but the story is a strong one and so action-packed and I doubt it’ll slow your enjoyment.

Rating: 4/5 for a sexy and absorbing tale.

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

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Author: Elisabeth Naughton

Series: Repressed #1

Main characters: Samantha Parker, chemistry teacher and unwilling returnee to her hometown of Hidden Falls. Ethan McClane, a psychiatrist and also a native of Hidden Falls who doesn’t count on falling for the chemistry teacher.

Plot: Samantha Parker is back home in Hidden Falls trying to sell her late mother’s house. Once her business is finalised, she has every intention of getting the hell out of there and heading back to California.
A series of events designed to intimidate her happen in quick succession, and Sam’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

Dr Ethan McClane is back in town to take on a special case concerning a troubled young man. He has his own share of unhappy memories from the town and can’t wait to get out of dodge before the town gossips put two and two together. But he didn’t bank on meeting Sam. She captivates him from the beginning and it’s not just the myriad secrets she’s guarding either. He wants to know her, and when he finds she may be in danger, he’s fixated on keeping her safe.

Why you should read it: oh my goodness! This was high octane intrigue with some steamy romance thrown in. Piecing together the clues was fun and I couldn’t put the book down. Sam was strong, determined and vulnerable in many ways. I felt for her and she does the best she can.
Ethan is a complex character too. Their chemistry worked for me and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for all the secrets to emerge.

What you may not like: there’s some pretty gruesome scenes in the book and a bit of violence but other than that, it was exciting, romantic and engaging.

Rating: 4/5 – for a good old suspenseful yarn and a damn good romance thrown in too!

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Book: Moonshot

Author: Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romance/suspense

Release date: 4 July 2016

 

Basic story: Ty Rollins was just 17 when she first laid eyes on Chase Stern. Having always admired him from afar, she never dreamed he’d actually play for her beloved Yankees.

As a ballgirl – and daughter of a baseball legend, Ty lives and breathes the sport. Her family is the Yankees, her home the stadium. Chase has a bad reputation and Ty’s father is determined to keep them apart.

Chase has made his fair share of mistakes. Mistakes that got him transferred clear across the country. He’s ready to realise his dream of playing for the Yankees and needs to stay clean and sober if he’s going to keep his spot on the new team. Meeting Ty throws all that up in the air. She’s beautiful, talented and sure to spell trouble for his new leaf. Convinced she’s the one, he wants to come clean to her father and the public, but Ty isn’t convinced her dad wouldn’t kill him.

The years pass and things take a sinister turn. Women start dying – and at first there seems to be no causal link, but that’s not the case. Is it a manic fan, or is there more to it? Ty and Chase are about to learn that their love comes at a cost…

Why you should read it: Calling all sports fans! This one’s for you. I know less than nothing about baseball, but the book is so descriptive, I felt as though I was in the dugout observing it all. It’s evocative and well written. The story has a strong narrative running through it and the passion between Ty and Chase is strong.

What you might struggle with: For me, the pacing of the book was slightly off – in the sense that the last half was rushed in some ways. The end was neatly (a little too neatly) wrapped up and some scenes could have been expanded on. I felt that so much time was spent setting the scene at the start, that the overall development of the story towards the end suffered. It’s an enjoyable read, but maybe not as interesting a read to a non-sports fan.

Rating: Because I love the author’s fearlessness and her ability to create original characters in new and interesting settings, I give it a solid 3/5. I liked the characters and was keen to get to the bottom of what happened.

Moonshot is out now!