Tag: romantic suspense

BLOG TOUR: To Love a Prince by Nana Malone

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Series: Prince duet #2

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 21 May 2019

Main characters: Ariel Scott, security expert trying to figure out who wants her lover, Prince Tristan out of the way. Prince Tristan, close to getting everything he wants, but still with so many secrets…

Plot: Ariel is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Tristan’s enemies. He won’t open up about the secrets he’s keeping, therefore she’s resolved to take matters into her own hands…with the Queen’s help.

Tristan has Ariel back in his life and he’s keen to keep it that way. The secrets of his past must out, but he wants to hold on to Ariel for as long as he can. Once she knows the truth, he’s sure she won’t want anything to do with him. He just needs a little more time.

Ariel knows that Tristan isn’t being completely honest with her, but she’s willing to let that slide for now. She has a killer to find and needs to identify the members of the Guard who aren’t loyal to the Crown. She’s closing in on the perpetrator(s), but as one mystery is solved, another pops up in its place. Will she manage to decipher them all before another attempt is made on the man she loves? Time is running out…

Why you should read it: My goodness! This book had action, romance, lovers’ spats and intrigue in spades! I loved the multiple POVs and really enjoyed the insights from the other peripheral characters. This instalment had a lot of ground to cover and the secrets and lies kept coming. I loved the mystery and the burgeoning relationship between Ariel and Tristan. The misunderstandings were done with, so the pair were working on building their trust in their future and their relationship. The book was hot, hot, hot. As a couple, there was mutual respect and the female characters ran the show in this book!

What you may not like: Not much to hate on here. It was full of action, the angst was low, it was just good, old-fashioned romantic suspense that kept me turning the pages and desperate to get my fill!

Rating: 5/5 for a truly satisfying end to the duet – and a doozie of a segue into Zia’s adventure. I’m so ready!

Dirty, Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan

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Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #3

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 14th August 2018

Main characters: Ellie Coudrey, currently suffering from retrograde amnesia, Levi Jackson, the man who wants to be there for her. Always.

 

Blurb:

I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .

Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my apartment. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.

I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.

Levi Jackson is my fiancé’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.

I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed.

I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. Sometimes, it’s the very thing that can destroy us.

Why you should read it: I am a huge fan of Lexi Ryan, and I really enjoy a good amnesia trope, so this book did not disappoint! We last met Ellie in Ava and James’s story, Straight Up Love, and we were tantalised by all the clues and plot breadcrumbs that were left behind. Dirty, Reckless Love picks up some time after that, and the reader has to keep up with all the action, the flashbacks and the secrets, quite quickly. The story unfolds steadily and I kept reading, desperate to get to the bottom of all the family intrigue. The chemistry between Ellie and Levi was palpable. His love for her is no secret and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Ellie? Poor Ellie doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. She’s not sure who to trust or which memories she can actually rely on. Her journey is an interesting one and I felt for her. I did. However, at times, I did think she treated Levi as a crutch and really could have been a bit more considerate of his feelings.

What you may not like: The book, like its predecessors, deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, which you may or may not like. There are some themes (such as abuse and drug taking) that may disturb some readers. As I mentioned before, Ellie is a little bit naive and thoughtless in her reliance on Levi at times, that made me think she was taking advantage a wee bit.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly exciting, sexy and intriguing story. I particularly enjoyed Jackson Harbor’s connections to New Hope. It felt right revisiting some loved characters!

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Blog tour: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

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Series: Winston Brothers #5

Author: Penny Reid

Release date: 30 July 2018

Main characters: Simone Payton, logical thinker, on assignment for the FBI in her hometown. Roscoe Winston, youngest of the Winston clan, and hellbent on avoiding Simone at all costs.

Blurb:

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Why you should read it: Come on people, it’s Penny-fricking-Reid, of course you should read it! If you follow my reviews, then you’ll know how much of a sad fan girl I am about her! I haven’t really read this series in orders – I tend to dip in and out of it when I need a damn good read and this one fell into my lap when I needed a particularly good read. It didn’t disappoint! The narrative was engaging, quirky and as always, it was smart as hell. Simone and Roscoe were complex and interesting characters – their inner monologues gave insight and also humour – and I couldn’t put the book down until it was done. The intense attraction between Simone and Roscoe really was palpable – it was a slow-burning seduction and I had to fan myself quite a bit during this read! I also enjoyed the role reversals, where Simone was the more worldly character and she took the lead. Hot! It also had a lot of pathos, heart and damn well made me cry in places. Like proper, full on blubbing!

What you may not like: I usually try to play devil’s advocate in my reviews, but I’m truly struggling here. I appreciated Penny Reid’s treatment of the heroine – I know some authors are afraid of writing about non-white characters in case they get it ‘wrong’ and I get it – some people have done it well, while others have done a horrible job! Simone was a multi-faceted character, who was just getting on with her life. There were no lazy stereotypes and hopefully, authors like Penny Reid and Tiffany Reisz will inspire other authors to not be so afraid of writing about POC.

Rating: 5/5 for a truly wonderful, exciting and engaging read. I forgot how much I love this series.

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Release blitz: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

DOUBLE DOWN by Alessandra Torre is LIVE!

The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet…

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

*Note, this book is the second and final book in the All In Duet. It should be read After Even Money.

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Release blitz: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

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Even Money is LIVE!

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From NYT Bestseller Alessandra Torre comes a suspenseful and seductive duet…

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless hook-ups.

He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started. Rumors spread. Stalking commenced. Someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love.

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Blog tour: Deceived by Elisabeth Naughton

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Book: Deceived

Series: House of Sin #2

Author: Elisabeth Naughton

Release date: 15 May 2018

Main characters: Natalie James, Luciano Salvatici

Blurb:

Some doors were never meant to be opened…

I made a fateful mistake. I should never have peeked behind the doors into his forbidden world.

But I did, and now I’m a prisoner. Trapped by the man I thought I loved. The man I once foolishly trusted. The man who, despite his lies and deception, I continue to crave.

He can melt my resolve with one rough, whispered demand, and I feel myself giving in to the desire he still stirs inside me. And yet, if I want to survive, I must find a way to escape. Because if I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll be consumed by a shadowy world that will ultimately destroy me.
Lost forever in his wicked House of Sin…

Why you should read it: This is the second book of this exciting series and if you enjoyed Forbidden, you’ll be dying to know what happened to Natalie when she woke! The pace of Deceived was good – the sparks were flying between Luc and Natalie – honestly, their lack of effective communication fuels a lot of drama and misunderstandings that may have you shouting at your kindle. The action is constant and although there are lots of questions still to be answered, we find out a lot about who Natalie and Luc are as characters – I like Luc much more in this book. He is well-rounded and determined to keep Natalie safe at all costs. It’s a very sexy read – the majority of the book is simmering sexual tension due to the pair’s standoff. HOT.

What you may not like: There’s a lot of discord in the book – so if you’re looking for a lovey-dovey book with insta-love, you’ll be disappointed. This is erotic suspense with complex characters and there’s still so much to learn. There are baddies aplenty and intrigue at every turn. I want more!

Rating: 4/5 for an exciting and frustrating read! I need closure on this series!

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Author Bio:

Before topping multiple bestseller lists – including those of the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street Journal – ElisabethNaughtonHeadshotaward winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

Elisabeth has penned over thirty books and continues to write in multiple genres. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have earned several award nominations, including three prestigious RITA® nominations from Romance Writers of America. In 2017, REPRESSED, the first book in her Deadly Secrets series, won the RITA® for best romantic suspense.

Her work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as being filled with “deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion.” Kirkus calls her “a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it.” When not dreaming up new stories, Elisabeth can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home, wrangling two needy cats, or chasing after one very rambunctious Dalmatian.

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Quickie review: Company Ink by Kat Colburn

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Book: Company Ink

Author: Kat Colburn

Release date: 13 January 2018

Main characters: Dani Wallace, talented, if a little jaded coder/saleswoman. Dan Kelly, enigmatic new VP of The beleaguered company Dani works for.

Blurb:

Office intrigue takes on a whole new meaning in this story of love, friendship, and the secrets hiding behind boardroom doors…
The Company has a rule about falling in love on the job.

I’ve never been one for rules. But I need this one. I need this rule to remind me why I can’t be with Dani Wallace.

I need this smart little foul-mouthed fighter by my side more than I need her in my bed. I need her to close this massive deal. She thinks it holds the key to her escape from cubicle hell and another shot at the life she always wanted.

But there is more riding on our success than she can possibly ever know.

So I’ll keep my hands to myself and my secrets safe for one more day.

But now I can’t stop wondering what my best friend has on beneath her conservative suit. I can’t stop imagining the things that sharp mouth of hers could do to me if I leaned back in my chair and unzipped my pants. And I can’t stop pushing our flirting too far.

I’m trying to remember the rule. But some rules are made to be broken.

Why you should read it: This was an absorbing and very intriguing story. I was asked to review this book and went in with no expectations or preconceptions. What I got was an exciting, slow burn of a story which kept my interest and entertained me. The dialogue between Dan and Dani was sparky and funny and I loved their dynamic. Both characters had a lot to give but circumstances and past experiences made them hesitate. There are a lot of secrets so be patient as the story unfolds at a steady pace. It was a very impressive book considering it’s a debut novel!

What you might not like: I loved it so can’t really criticise it at all. It was well edited and I loved the characters, the suspense, the premise of the story and the romance.

Rating: 4/5 for a very funny, very impressive debut. I look forward to reading much more from Kat Colburn.

 

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!

Blog tour – Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett

Book: Sugar Rush

Series: Sugar Daddy #2

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release date: August 16th, 2016

**Contains slight spoilers if you haven’t read book 1, Sugar Daddy.**


Main characters: Sela Halstead, (the heroine) Beckett North (the hero) and Jonathon Townsend (the villain of the piece)

Plot: Sela is left reeling after her admission to Beck resulted in him calling her a liar and throwing her out of his life. Devastated and realising that she may have lost the best thing to ever happen to her, she returns home to regroup.
Beck can’t believe he was taken in by Sela’s lies and actually allowed himself to fall for her. Left in the silence of the apartment, Beck considers the possibility that Sela wasn’t lying. If she was telling the truth, how will he ever get her back?

Sela is still committed to getting justice for what happened to her 10 years ago and maybe, with Beck’s help they can bring JT down once and for all…

Why you should read it: If you read and loved Sugar Daddy, how could you not want to read on after that cliffhanger? Sela has been through a lot and is set to go through more before she’ll make peace with her past. With Beck, she’s finally experiencing some stability and a loving relationship she never thought she’d have.

What you may not like: Book one was a roller coaster and Sela was a force to be reckoned with. She was hellbent on revenge and focused on the goal. In Sugar Rush she’s less self-sufficient and makes a truly daft decision that could jeopardise everything. Being with Beck has dulled her murderous intentions, but it’s also made her more dependent on him. She’s a bit of a damsel in distress in this book and I’m not sure I liked the shift in her character. That said, we’re left on another cliffhanger at the end and I’m keen to see how she’ll get out of her predicament.

Rating: 3/5 for this continuing story. It lacked the intensity of Sugar Daddy, but left me dying to know how this will all end.