Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

TWISTED TRUTHS (Blood Brothers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti-Review,Excerpt and Giveaway Tour

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TWISTED TRUTHS
Blood Brothers #3
by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 14, 2017

You can’t escape the past . . .

Noni is desperate. Her infant niece has been kidnapped, and the only person who can save her is a private detective with too many secrets to count–and more enemies than he can name. A man who walked away from Noni without any warning a year ago, a man who broke her heart. But with Talia’s life on the line, Noni needs his help now more than ever–and this time, she won’t take no for an answer . . .

The moment Denver Jones sees Noni, the memories come rushing back. The fire in her eyes. The determination in her voice. The danger of having her in his life. Denver had to push her away once, but now with vicious criminals threatening Noni and her niece, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But enemies from his past are circling, and they’ll use anything–and anyone–to get to Denver.

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REVIEW: TWISTED TRUTHS is the third and final instalment in Rebecca Zanetti’s contemporary, adult BLOOD BROTHERS slightly paranormal, romantic suspense trilogy focusing on three blood brothers-Heath, Ryker and Denver Jones- who own and operate The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency. This is Denver Jones, and Noni Yuka’s story line. TWISTED TRUTHS can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series, in order, for cohesion and backstory as there is an on going and connected premise throughout. The BLOOD BROTHERS is a spin off from the author’s SIN BROTHERS SERIES. Several character cross-over for familiarity.

SOME BACKGROUND: Years earlier Dr. Isobel Madison aka Sylvia Daniels, and a covert government agency used experimental DNA to make the perfect super soldier-a genetically enhanced warrior. The continuing trope ventures into another direction as another ‘family of brothers’ is brought into the fold. All of the brothers are ‘created’ in one way or another; they are experiments of Dr. Isobel Madison-a woman who is determined to destroy that which she made by making a stronger, more viable soldier. On the run, these super soldiers and their blood brothers, stay one step ahead of Dr. Madison, and Sheriff Elton Cobb, Madison’s lover and the man seeking revenge for the death of his brother.

Told from several third person perspectives including Noni and Denver, TWISTED TRUTHS focuses on the rekindling romance between super solider and private investigator Denver Jones, and home-business entrepreneur Noni Yuka. One-year earlier Denver was working in Alaska where he met our story line heroine but when his assignment was over Denver walked away in the middle of the night, never saying good-bye to the woman he loved. Fast forward to present day wherein Noni’s three month old god-daughter has been abducted by a drug running MC, in the hopes of selling the child to the highest bidder. Desperate and no where to turn Noni begins an internet search for the man she once loved only to unintentionally reveal his whereabouts to the people back home. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Noni and Denver as they begin a search for Noni’s missing three-month old godchild while trying to stay one step ahead of Dr. Madison and Sheriff Elton Cobb.

The relationship between Noni and Denver is one of second chances but we know very little about, and are given limited access to their prior affair. I struggled with Noni’s demands to be ever-present when danger is near-there are a few ‘too stupid to live’ (TSTL) moments that are cringe worthy and questionable. Noni needs closure but reconnecting with Denver opens old wounds for our leading couple including Denver’s belief he is incapable of love. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

TWISTED TRUTHS is a story of adventure; a journey of suspense, action, friendship and family. No man is left behind; the brothers, related or not, stand behind and together in an effort to take down the man and the woman who destroyed all of their lives. The premise is engaging but faltered with a presentation and story line that felt repetitious-almost déjà vu in a sense that we have read it several times before. The romance is hot and seductive; the characters familiar and energetic. TWISTED TRUTHS is the final instalment in this particular trope of the author’s BLOOD BROTHERS and SIN BROTHERS series. We had previously been introduced to other genetically modified children, potential brothers and young soldiers-I am hoping the author is prepared to reveal their stories as well.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Deadly Silence
Lethal Lies
Twisted Truths

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Slowly, numbly, she shrugged. “I knew you were dangerous and relentless in pursuing somebody,” she whispered. But a killer? Her search for him had held a romantic element, and she knew it. This guy was all edge—no romance. “Am I in danger?” Her voice quivered, but she had to know.
“Yes.” He didn’t move. Didn’t even seem to breathe.
She blinked. Rapidly. “From you?”
His eyes darkened. “No. The only thing I’m capable of breaking is your heart.”
Cold swam through her. The arrogance. “You think you broke my heart?”
His lip twisted. “I know I did.” His tone was low with what seemed like self-hatred. Dark and raw. “I’m sorry.”
Those words. She’d needed those words and hadn’t realized how badly. “Thank you,” she said, going on instinct. “Then how am I in danger?”
“I’m in danger, and anybody close to me is free game for an enemy who will keep coming until I’m dead. Until everything I care about, everything I dream about, is taken away and I want death.” He looked back down at the computer, intensity pouring from him.
Whoa. Okay. Denver didn’t have one bit of hysteria in him. His words scared her, but curiosity still rose up. “Who?”
“Irrelevant. As soon as we get Talia back, you have to forget me. Now. Back to Richie.”
She could live forever, and she’d never forget him. Not for one second had she been able to pretend he didn’t exist. But he was right. They had to find Talia, but he still needed to explain more. She had a right to know everything. “I have files on everything.” She threw her pack at Denver, and he easily caught it before it smashed him in the face.
He didn’t so much as frown. “Thank you.”
She swallowed. They were in the same room. After a year of hurting for him, he was right there in solid form. More than solid. She hadn’t imagined his hard body or intense charisma. He owned every room he walked into with no effort. She’d never met anybody like him, and here he was. Her body tingled, her heart ached, and her mind spun. Yeah. Denver was definitely there. “What now?” she asked, her eyes gritty and her throat scratchy.
“I’ll do some research.” Slowly, numbly, she shrugged. “I knew you were dangerous and relentless in pursuing somebody,” she whispered. But a killer? Her search for him had held a romantic element, and she knew it. This guy was all edge—no romance. “Am I in danger?” Her voice quivered, but she had to know.
“Yes.” He didn’t move. Didn’t even seem to breathe.
She blinked. Rapidly. “From you?”
His eyes darkened. “No. The only thing I’m capable of breaking is your heart.”
Cold swam through her. The arrogance. “You think you broke my heart?”
His lip twisted. “I know I did.” His tone was low with what seemed like self-hatred. Dark and raw. “I’m sorry.”
Those words. She’d needed those words and hadn’t realized how badly. “Thank you,” she said, going on instinct. “Then how am I in danger?”
“I’m in danger, and anybody close to me is free game for an enemy who will keep coming until I’m dead. Until everything I care about, everything I dream about, is taken away and I want death.” He looked back down at the computer, intensity pouring from him.
Whoa. Okay. Denver didn’t have one bit of hysteria in him. His words scared her, but curiosity still rose up. “Who?”
“Irrelevant. As soon as we get Talia back, you have to forget me. Now. Back to Richie.”
She could live forever, and she’d never forget him. Not for one second had she been able to pretend he didn’t exist. But he was right. They had to find Talia, but he still needed to explain more. She had a right to know everything. “I have files on everything.” She threw her pack at Denver, and he easily caught it before it smashed him in the face.
He didn’t so much as frown. “Thank you.”
She swallowed. They were in the same room. After a year of hurting for him, he was right there in solid form. More than solid. She hadn’t imagined his hard body or intense charisma. He owned every room he walked into with no effort. She’d never met anybody like him, and here he was. Her body tingled, her heart ached, and her mind spun. Yeah. Denver was definitely there. “What now?” she asked, her eyes gritty and her throat scratchy.
“I’ll do some research.”


 

 

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Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccazanetti.com

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Nauti Angel (Nauti #9 : Nauti Girls #5) by Lora Leigh-Review & Giveaway

NAUTI ANGEL (Nauti #9: Nauti Girls #5) by Lora Leigh-Review and Giveaway

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NAUTI ANGEL
Nauti #9 / Nauti Girls #5
by Lora Leigh
Genre: adult, contemporary,erotic, romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017

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Angel Calloway is no saint. But when the rough and reckless mercenary shows up in Somerset, she makes a lasting impression on the young Mackay girls, especially Bliss. Their mother Chaya, on the other hand, plans on keeping a suspicious eye on Angel. As the wife of the notorious Natches Mackay, she can tell when her family is being played.

Former Army investigator Reece “Duke” Duquaine can’t help but be curious about the mysterious and sexy new woman in town, and he’s determined to uncover Angel’s secrets. And though his desire for her threatens to consume him, when Duke has the truth about Angel in his sights, he’ll have to take his shot…

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REVIEW: NAUTI ANGEL is the fifth instalment in Lora Leigh’s contemporary, adult NAUTI GIRLS, and the ninth instalment in the author’s NAUTI erotic, romance series focusing on the Mackay family of Somerset, Kentucky. The Nauti Girls is a spin-off/companion series to Lora’s NAUTI series focusing on the next generation of the Mackay cousins and siblings. This is mercenaries for hire Angel Calloway, and Reese ‘Duke’ Duquaine Mackay’s story line. Angel Calloway is the missing and presumed dead daughter of Chaya Mackay (Natches’ wife); Duke is Rowdy, Dawg and Natches’ cousin. NAUTI ANGEL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but if you are interested in Natches and Chaya’s back story, and the events leading to the loss of Angel ‘aka Beth’, their story begins in Nauti Dreams (book 3 of the NAUTI series.

SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately twenty years earlier government agent, interrogator and profiler Chaya Dane, while on assignment in Iraq, had been captured and tortured by the Iraqi army. Hours later Marine sniper Natches Mackay would rescue the woman with whom he would fall in love but not before discovering that Chaya’s daughter Bethany had been brought to Iraq by her ex in a botched attempt to destroy his wife. An explosion at the local hotel would kill Chaya’s three year old daughter leaving Chaya a shell of her former self.

Told from several third person perspectives including Angel and Duke NAUTI ANGEL follows several paths including the building romance between Angel Calloway and Duke Mackay, and the acrimonious reunion between twenty three year old Angel Calloway aka Beth Dane, and her mother Chaya Mackay-a reunion that finds our heroine struggling to acknowledge the truth about the woman she believes abandoned her own daughter twenty years earlier. Angel, along with her mercenary partners Duke Mackay and his brother Ethan Duquaine, and Angel’s foster brothers Tracker and Chance, have found themselves guardian and protectors of Natches’ daughter Bliss, a young fifteen year old girl who recognizes a kindred spirit in our story line heroine. What ensues is the battle to protect Bliss Mackay from an unknown threat; the growing but tumultuous rekindling relationship between mother and daughter; and the building love between Angel and Duke-a relationship forged through battle and blood.

Angel Calloway aka Bethany Dane knew hardship from an early age: surviving a hotel bombing, gun shots, stabbings and an attempted rape, Angel, along with her foster brothers and the family that found her amongst the bombed out ruin of an Iraqi hotel, would become well paid mercenaries for hire, something Angel has trained for all of her life. Meeting her biological mother, a woman Angel believes to have abandoned her eldest daughter and left her to die, finds our heroine struggling to be accepted by the family her mother has chosen to love.

NAUTI ANGEL reunites a large number of the original NAUTI series characters and couples including Rowdy, Dawg and Natches Mackay, their spouse, wives and growing families, as well as Rowdy’s father Raymond Mackay, and chief of police Alex Jansen.

The world building continues to focus on the Mackay family dynamics; the close knit group of extended cousins and siblings, their connections to Somerset, Kentucky, and the on going struggle to protect one another against outside forces.

NAUTI ANGEL has all the feels of a welcome back hug; the familiarity of the Mackay cousins, their over active sexual desires; and their awe-inspiring and intimidating heroics as they contemplate, calculate and set into action a series of plans designed to take down, and take out the evil penetrating the safe guards of the Mackay family lands. The premise is heart breaking as one woman struggles with issues of abandonment, and the inability to trust beyond her inner circle-falling in love is something new when she loses her heart and her soul to Duke Mackay; the characters are familiar, colorful and charismatic; the romance is passionate, erotic and intense. NAUTI ANGEL is an energetic and touching story of family, friendship and love.

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The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas #1) by Donna Grant-Review and Book Tour

THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO (Heart of Texas #1) by Donna Grant-Review and Book Tour

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THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO
Heart of Texas #1
by Donna Grant
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genre: adult ,contemporary, romance

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’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays―even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.

Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby―and the inescapable longing in his heart―off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?

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REVIEW: THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO is the first instalment in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult HEART OF TEXAS romance series. This is Navy SEAL Clayton East, and accounting clerk Abby Harper’s story line.

Told from several third person perspectives including Abby and Clayton THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO follows Clayton as he returns home, a few weeks before the Christmas holidays, to take over the family’s struggling ranch in the face of his father’s recent stroke, cattle rustlers, and a significant amount of missing money from the family’s business coffers. With the arrest of a local juvenile, Clayton East will come face to face with his future in Abby Harper-the woman with whom he will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Abby and Clayton, and the potential fall out as the investigation into the missing money and the theft of the cattle places Abby and her family in the line of fire. Clayton’s Navy SEAL training will be called into action as the take down of the people responsible requires more than one or two good men.

Abby Harper is the legal guardian to her two younger brothers, Caleb and Brice, and struggles to make ends meet including feeding two hungry and growing teens but her sixteen year old brother Brice is caught in a war not of his making that will target everyone he knows and loves. Clayton East’s memories of home are saddened by the long ago death of his older brother, and our hero never intended to return to Texas or take over the ranch. Meeting Abby Harper helps to lighten Clayton’s soul but uncovering the people responsible for the near destruction of the family ranch is secondary to keeping Abby and her younger brothers safe. Clayton offers Abby and Brice a second chance thus allowing our hero to get up close and personal with our story line heroine.

The relationship between Abby and Clayton is one of immediate attraction but Clayton battles his need to protect and care for the woman he will come to know as she struggles with two adolescent boys, and everything it entails. Physical and personal threats against Abby and her brothers push Clayton forward in his plans for a happily ever after, inviting the Harper’s to live at the family’s ranch. The $ex scenes are limited but passionate and seductive.

We are introduced to Abby’s younger brothers Caleb and Brice, as well as Clayton’s parents Ben and Justine East, ranch manager Shane, and local sheriff Danny Oldman. The requisite evil has many faces including some familiar faces to our story line couple.

THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO is a story of family, friendship, romance and love; betrayal and jealousy. The premise is intriguing and entertaining; the characters are colorful, charismatic and real; the romance is provocative and energetic. THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO is a romantic tale of two people fated to fall in love; of two families connected by circumstance; of one couple’s happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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The Vengeful Thief (Stolen Hearts #5) by Mallory Crowe-a review

THE VENGEFUL THIEF (Stolen Hearts 5) by Mallory Crowe-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 24, 2017

Peter Slade never thought he’d be coming home. But after his family is put in danger because of his past misdeeds, he has to reconcile with the son he abandoned years ago .

But his son has been in good hands. Liv Morgan has never been the nurturing type, but when hard times forced her to move in with her best friend and her orphaned nephew, she found herself being the adoptive mother to a troublemaker with a heart of gold.

Liv has no idea what trouble really is. When Slade rolls back in town and is ready to reconcile with his son, Liv finds herself walking the thin line between the estranged father and son. And as she’s more and more drawn to Slade, she realizes that if things go wrong, it will be more than just her heart breaking.

But Slade came back for a reason. His family is in danger. Liv might think that keeping him away will protect her heart, but he wants her body safe too and to do that, he’s going to have to stay close. Liv is about to learn that revenge has never been this sexy..

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REVIEW: THE VENGEFUL THIEF is the fifth installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary, adult STOLEN HEARTS romantic suspense series. This is security specialist Peter Slade, and veterinarian technician Liv Morgan’s story line. THE VENGEFUL THIEF can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Liv and Slade) THE VENGEFUL THIEF begins the next chapter and series arc in the author’s STOLEN HEARTS romantic suspense series. Peter Slade was one of the ‘bad guys’ in the original installments. Forced ‘servitude’ came with threats against the people he loved but his release from service meant a greater threat back home, and Peter Slade found himself back where it all began but with more to lose than he could have ever imagined. Enter Olivia ‘Liv’ Morgan, Slade’s son’s ‘second mother’, and the woman with whom he would fall in love. What ensues is the quick building relationship between Liv and Slade, and the potential fall out when Slade’s past targets everyone he loves in Laurie Falls.

Ten years earlier, Peter Slade left Laurie Falls in the hopes of protecting the people that he loved but leaving meant ‘dying’ to ensure there were no direct connections between him and the family he left behind. But the past has come back, looking for revenge, aiming to destroy the only family Peter has ever loved. Liv Morgan knows a thing or two about the ‘bad boy’ having escaped a relationship that was doomed to destroy her life. Finding a family to love in Laurie Falls meant a second chance that included helping to raise her best friend’s nephew-a little boy who never knew his father but would never want for love. Meeting the man who she believes abandoned her best friend and son, Liv is unable to explain the palpable sexual attraction, an attraction that makes her a target in a game of vindictive revenge.

The relationship between Slade and Liv is one of immediate attraction but Liv’s acceptance of Slade’s ten year absence comes with trepidation, anger and heartbreak. Slade ‘died’ to protect his sister and his son but returning to Laurie Falls has placed a bigger target on the people he loves. Meeting Liv Morgan finds our hero looking towards a future-a future that will include his son, and a new prospect for a happily ever after.The lone $ex scene is passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

We are introduced to Peter Slade’s sister Melissa, his ten year old son Josh, as well as the return of Slade’s partners in crime Tristan and Gage, and Scot Hart and Toni Murray (The Reluctant Thief #4). The requisite evil has many faces including small town mobster Tiger Thurrond whose power has infiltrated the local police.

THE VENGEFUL THIEF is a quick read; a story of family and friendship; betrayal and revenge; forgiveness and love. The premise is engaging and action packed; the characters are colorful, dynamic and real; the romance is quick to build towards a happily ever after.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
The Cocky Thief
The Beautiful Thief
The Dangerous Thief
The Reluctant Thief
The Vengeful Thief

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Falling Into Right (Redemption County #2) by Sharon Kay-Review and Giveaway

Falling Into Right (Redemption Count #2) by Sharon Kay- Review and Giveaway

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FALLING INTO RIGHT
Redemption County #2
by Sharon Kay
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic, suspense

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How do you recover when life kick-boxes your soul?

Becca Gable is fighting to stay on her feet after a series of crushing losses. She’s always been the good girl until the events of the past year push her to make a mistake she can’t take back. Now, her corporate finance job and her fiancé are gone thanks to her newly-acquired criminal record.

Shane Marlow survived an IED blast during his service in Iraq—but half his team did not. Physically healed, he returns to his home county as a K9 officer. The scars of loss run deep and though local folks admire him, no one truly gets him—until Becca literally lands in front of him.

Their bond of shared tragedy evolves into a connection both fiery and healing. But a stalker decides that Becca’s crime should stay front and center. As the unsettling episodes reveal that no part of her life is secret, Shane is all that stands between her and the enemy.

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REVIEW: Life is full of ups and downs. When it comes to downs like traumas or bad mistakes with nasty consequences such events can be life changing. Either it can invite more bad events that follow or make you second guess some things about yourself. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the pity party tirade of “why me?” Who would’ve guessed that bad events can lead two people together? For Shane and Becca that seems to be the case.

I really enjoyed Shane and Becca as a couple. Perfect amounts of red hot attraction and deep emotional intimacy that would cause any bystander to have to look away. When it comes to opening up about their traumas or mistakes, they both showed tremendous compassion and understanding to each other it really gives you the feels. Which brings me to my favorite part of the book. I felt like it was an emotionally a huge turning point in the book. Shane was on Redemption Hill alone with his dog, Denver having a beer due to a bad day of old demons riding him. Becca joined him later. More discussion and feelings about their pasts. I must say it was the most romantic part of the book. Aside from the emotional stuff, the physical love scenes are as much enjoyable and did not disappoint. Especially the scene where it happened on the stairs in Shane’s house because they could not make it to his bedroom upstairs. All this happened all because they met in the funniest way possible.

Throughout the book, Becca has a stalker wreaking havoc on her life. I have to admit it was a little easy to guess who the stalker was. Though I admit that it kind of pissed me off that the stalker was not letting Becca’s mistake go like she was undeserving of happiness she found with Shane and that the mistake should be held over her forever or something. Quite frankly the way of thinking of the stalker was quite sick.

With Shane being a mystery in the first book, it was great to see Shane get a book as well as a chance to get to know him. You get to see cameos of the characters from the previous book and it is great seeing them again. Again like the previous book, I really liked this book and look forward to who is next to get their story told.

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The Deathbrew Affair ( The Lethal Webs #1) by Nancy Northcott-a review

THE DEATHBREW AFFAIR (The Lethal Webs #1) by Nancy Northcott-a review

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The Deathbrew Affair: Lethal Webs #1
(The Lethal Webs series features two spies, ten adventures, and one steamy romance.)

He’s the King of Control Freaks.
I’m the Queen of Winging It.
Together, we’ll save the world….
Unless we kill each other first.

I’m Casey Billings, an American operative in the London office of a covert, multinational agency. I’m working with an MI5 officer, Jack, Lord Bainbridge, to bring down a bioterrorist who plans to unleash a pandemic. We’re posing as newlyweds to infiltrate the community that’s a cover for the bioweapons operation. Unfortunately, we don’t play well together, and not only because of Jack’s distracting, off-the- scales hotness.

I grew up poor in a mill town, and he’s an aristocrat with more money than a third-world country. Besides that, I fly by the seat of my pants while Jack lives by his plans for every contingency and takes charge of everything. Including me. Or so he thinks.

Basically, we’d like to strangle each other. But we have a pandemic to stop first.
Then all bets are off.

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REVIEW: THE DEATHBREW AFFAIR is the first instalment in Nancy Northcott’s contemporary, adult THE LETHAL WEBS romantic, suspense series focusing on American Operative Casey Billings, and MI5 agent Jack, Lord Bainbridge.

Told from first person point of view (Casey Billings) THE DEATHBREW AFFAIR follows the contemptuous relationship between American operative Casey Billings, and MI5 agent Jack aka Lord Bainbridge as they are paired together in a multi-national undercover operation battling time, a potential pandemic, biological terrorism, and one another. Lord Bainbridge comes from royalty and represents everything Casey Billings hates and loathes but pretending to be a married couple throws Casey into the deep end of a family embattled in their own quagmire with several questionable business proposals including a possible connection to Jack and Casey’s current investigation. What ensues is the fake marriage to lovers trope that focuses on the take down and recovery of a biological weapon; the slow building love relationship between Casey and Jack, and the potential fall out as the players in a game of international bioterrorism begin releasing their product a little at a time.

THE DEATHBREW AFFAIR is an intriguing, engaging and exciting story line of family, partnership, power and greed. Lord Bainbridge is a take charge kinda of man; a MI5 agent who requires order and control, and Casey Billings’ impulsive and carefree behavior wreaks havoc in our hero’s well ordered plans. While Casey struggles with the memories of a mission gone wrong; Jack is desperate to convince Casey that what happened remains in the past. The premise intense and moving; the characters are colorful, sassy and passionate; the romance is a slow build to a potential partnership in the future. Nancy Northcott’s THE DEATHBREW AFFAIR is an energetic, action packed, and thrilling introduction to the author’s THE LETHAL WEBS series.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Broken Rebel (Lawless Kings #2) by Sherilee Gray-a review

BROKEN REBEL (Lawless Kings #2) by Sherilee Gray-a review

Broken Rebel

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 10, 2017

They used to be best friends…but now, all they do is fight each other at every turn. She’s loved him since he saved her from her evil stepmother all those years ago. He’s sworn to never love her for fear of tainting her innocence with his criminal past.
What do you do when the one person you love is the one person you can’t have?

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REVIEW: BROKEN REBEL is the second installment in Sherilee Gray’s contemporary, adult LAWLESS KINGS erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for King Agency doing personal protection and security, private investigation (corporate and domestic) and high-risk fugitive recovery, missing persons and kidnapping investigations. This is King Security tracker Neco Malik , and King Agency receptionist Ruby Styles’ story line. BROKEN REBEL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous installments is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual first person points of view (Ruby and Neco) SHATTERED REBEL looks at the friends to lovers relationship between King Agency employees Ruby Styles and Neco Malik. Growing up on the mean streets meant Neco was all about protecting the people whom he loved including his childhood friend Ruby Styles. The early years were never good for our leading couple but Ruby suffered at the hands of the people who were tasked with loving and caring for our younger heroine. Fast forward to present day where Ruby finds herself on the outside looking in as the man she has always loved looks beyond the woman to see the child within. Hoping to gain respect and their trust Ruby sets about proving she is just as capable as the men she works for at the King Agency by seeking employment somewhere else. But Ruby’s life is about to get a whole lot worse when our heroine is targeted but an unknown source. What ensues is the building love and fracturing relationship between Ruby and Neco, and the potential fall out when the past come back, looking for revenge.

Neco Malik struggles with his attraction to the woman that calls to his heart. From an early age Ruby saw Neco as her protector and her Superman but Neco believed himself to be the villain, and in doing so, sets about to destroy our heroine’s heart. Ruby’s love for Neco never wavers in the face of our hero’s less than stellar actions and attitude, including his attempts to dissuade Ruby through intimidation and threats.

The relationship between Ruby and Neco is a friends to lovers, back and forth friendship wherein Ruby believes that to be accepted she must prove herself worthy by walking away and never looking back. Neco’s need for Ruby is palpable but his treatment of our heroine is questionable including the push and pull of sexual attraction. Saying that, Ruby knows how to push Neco’s buttons as well, including going rogue as she sets out to meet up with a potential threat to her life. The co-dependent relationship between Ruby and Neco borders on heartbreaking and problematic. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Hunter King and his fiancee Lulu Frost (Shattered King #1), Hunter’s older brother Van King, and their guardian Raul Esposito; King Agency employees: former police officer Jude Wayland, and ex-navy SEAL sniper Zeke Stanton. We are introduced to Ruby’s roommate Scott, PI Harry Hains, as well as Neco’s mother Celeste Malik. The requisite evil has many familiar faces.

The world building continues to look at the camaraderie between the King Agency employees, most of who have known one another for most of the lives. The simmering relationship and attraction between Ruby and Neco is apparent to everyone but Neco refuses to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

BROKEN REBEL is a story of family and friendship; of one man’s struggle to move on from the past, and one woman’s need to be accepted for the woman she has become. The premise is engaging and emotional; the characters are broken, colorful and charismatic; the romance struggles in the face of unrequited love, perceived notions and one man’s battle with his demons.

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Wild Justice (Delta Force #3) by M.L. Buchman-Review & Excerpt

WILD JUSTICE (Delta Force #3) by M.L. Buchman-Review & Excerpt

Wild Justice

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About the book:
Release Date: ebook October 17, 2017
/ Paper release July 2017

DELTA FORCE
The best counter-terrorism force on the planet.

SERGEANT DUANE JENKINS
• Elite Delta operator—explosives just make him grin •

AGENT SOFIA FORTEZA
• Top Intel Analyst for The Activity—thinks data is sexy•

The team must face their toughest mission yet: take down a massive human-trafficking ring and a corrupt Venezuelan spy agency—without leaving a trace.

Sofia and Duane.
In common: black sheep of extremely wealthy families, renegades against the status quo.
Differences: tactician vs. explosives expert, thinker vs. pure warrior.

Together: fight to keep their team alive, and their love.

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REVIEW: WILD JUSTICE is the third installment in M.L. Buchman’ contemporary, adult DELTA FORCE military, romance series focusing on an elite group of men and women known as the Delta Force. This is ‘The Activity’ Intel Analyst and helicopter pilot Agent Sofia Forteza, and Elite Delta Operator Sergeant Duane Jenkins story line. WILD JUSTICE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story line is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Duane and Sofia) WILD JUSTICE focuses on the latest assignments of the Delta Force team known as ‘The Unit’, including the take down of a child trafficking ring in the seedy underbelly of Caracas, Venezuela. WILD JUSTICE takes the Team from the Venezuelan jungles to the vineyards of Oregon and back as newest Delta Force Team member Sofia Forteza finds a place she hopes to call home. What ensues is the building relationship between Elite Delta Operator Sergeant Duane Jenkins, and The Activity Intel Analyst Sofia Forteza, and the planning, setup and destruction of one of Venezuela’s hottest illegal commodities-child trafficking.

The world building focuses on the set up and take down of the evil that preys on the innocent and the young; the elite team of The Delta Force unit; and the camaraderie and friendships that continue to grow within the team. There is plenty of banter and light-hearted humor interspersed amongst a story line that focuses on the world’s most prevalent evil. Throughout the story, our heroine struggles with her family back home in Oregon-a family that borders on the psychotic with delusions of power and greed. A visit will bring everything into perspective including her relationship with our story line hero.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Kyle and Carla (Target Engaged #1), Richie and Melissa (Heart Strike #2) as well as The Unit’s resident sniper Chad, CIA operative Fred Smith, and Colonel Michael Gibson. Like all of M.L. Buchman’s military, romance stories and series WILD JUSTICE is awash in technical jargon, military lingo and acronyms, luscious visuals, and heart stopping action. The requisite evil has many faces but no one person in particular.

WILD JUSTICE is a comprehensive, smartly written and exciting story line. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the characters are real, honorable and inspiring; the romance is sensual and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. M.L. Buchman’s writes an intense series focusing on the elite members of the US military and its’ secret organizations.

Reading Order and previous reviews (NOTE: there are a number of short stories not included in the reading order)
Target Engaged
Heart Strike
Wild Justice

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Excerpt courtesy of ML Buchman

The low hill, shadowed by banana and mango trees in the twilight of the late afternoon sun above the Venezuelan jungle, overlooked the heavily guarded camp a half-mile away. But that wasn’t his immediate problem.

Right now, it took everything Duane Jenkins could do to ignore the stinging sweat dripping into his eyes. Any unwarranted motion or sound might attract his target’s attention before he was in position.

From two meters away, he whispered harshly.

“Who the hell are you, sister? And how did you get here?”

“Holy crap!”

He couldn’t help but smile. What kind of woman said crap when unexpectedly facing a sniper rifle at point blank range?

“Not your sister,” she gained points for a quick recovery. “Now get that rifle out of my face, Jarhead.”

Ouch! That was low. He wasn’t some damned, swamp-tromping Marine. Not even ex-Marine. He was ex-75th Rangers of the US Army, now two years in Delta Force. And as an operator for The Unit—as Delta called themselves—that made him far superior to any other soldier no matter what the dudes in SEAL Team 6 thought about it. That also didn’t explain who he’d just found here in the perfect sniper position overlooking General Raul Estevan Aguado’s encampment.

It had taken him over fifteen hours to scout out this one perfect gap between the too-damn-tall trees that made up this sweaty place and, with just twenty meters to go, he’d spotted her heavily camouflaged form lying among the leaves. It had taken him another half hour to cover that distance without drawing her attention.

Where was a cold can of Coke when a guy needed one? This place was worse than Atlanta in the summer. The red earth had been driven so deep into his pores from crawling over the ground that he wondered if his skin color was permanently changed to rust red.

Why did evil bastards like Aguado have to come from such places?

More immediate problem, dude. Stay focused.

The woman’s American English was accentless, sounding flat to his Southern ear. Probably from the Pacific Northwest or some other strange part of the country. But there was a thin overlay that matched her Latinate features—full-lipped with dark eyebrows and darker eyes, which was about all he could tell through her camo paint. The slight Spanish lilt shifted her to intriguingly exotic.

But she wasn’t supposed to be here. No one was.

“Keeping you in my sights until I get some answers, ma’am,” Duane kept his HK MSG90 A2 rifle aimed right at the bridge of her nose—a straight-through spine cutter if he had to take her down. It would be serious overkill, as the weapon was rated to lethal past eight hundred meters and they were whispering at each other from less than two meters apart. With the silencer, his weapon would be even quieter than their whispers, but he hadn’t spent the last sixteen hours crawling into position to have her death cry give him away. If she so much as squawked as she went down, every goddamn bird in the jungle would light off, giving away his presence.

She sighed and nodded toward her own rifle that rested on the ground in front of her.

He shifted his focus—though not his aim—then let out a very low whistle of appreciation. A G28. Even his team hadn’t gotten their hands on the latest entry into the US Army’s sniper arsenal yet. Not quite the same accuracy as his own weapon but six inches shorter, several pounds lighter, and far more flexible to configure. A whole generational leap forward. Richie, his team’s tech, would be geeking out right about now. The fact that he wasn’t here to see it almost made Duane smile.

“A Heckler & Koch G28. What’s your point, sister?” He drawled it out for Richie’s sake, who’d be listening in on Duane’s radio. Then the implications sunk in. If his Delta Force team couldn’t get these yet, then who could? Whatever else this woman was, she would be tied to one of the three US Special Mission Units: Delta, SEAL Team 6, or the combat controllers of the Air Force’s 24th STS.

Or The Activity.

That fit.

The Intelligence Support Activity served the other three Special Mission Units. If she was with The Activity…that was seriously hot. It meant she was both one of the top intel specialists anywhere and a lethal fighter. And that meant that she’d been the one to put out the call that had brought him here. That at least answered why she was in his spot. It also said a lot that she hadn’t taken any of several easier-to-reach locations that were almost as good.

“It is about time you caught a clue. Welcome to the conversation.” She picked up her rifle as if his wasn’t still aimed at her. Very chill. “You are being a little dense there, soldier.” At least she got the branch of the military right this time.

“Hey, they don’t call me ‘The Rock’ for nothing, darlin’,” Duane lowered his barrel until it was pointed into the dirt. “They actually call me that becau—”

The moment his weapon was down, he suddenly was staring down the dark hole of the G28’s silencer.

“Uh…”

“The Rock certainly isn’t because you are a towering black movie star. It must be for your thick head.”

Duane swallowed carefully, unable to shift his focus away from the barrel of her weapon to see if the safety was on or not.

“He spells his name differently. He’s Dwayne ‘The Rock’ with a w and a y. I’m more normal, D-u-a-n-e T-h-e R-o-c-k.” He made it sing-song just like the theme song from The All-New Mickey Mouse Club that he’d been hooked on as a little kid.

“M-o-u-s-e,” she gave the appropriate response.

He couldn’t help laughing, quietly, despite their positions—him still staring down the barrel of her weapon—because discovering Mickey Mouse in common in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle was just too funny.

“Normal is not what I need here,” the woman sighed and there was the distinct click of her reengaging the safety on her rifle.

“Only thing normal about me is my name, ma’am.” Always good to “ma’am” a woman with a sniper rifle pointed at your face.

“Prove it,” she turned her weapon once more toward the camp half a kilometer away through the trees. Her motions were appropriately slow to not draw attention. However, it was too even a motion. A sniper learned to never break the pulses of nature’s rhythm. She might be some hotshot intel agent—because The Activity absolutely rocked almost everything they did—but she still wasn’t Delta, who rocked it all.

Duane breathed out slowly and spent the next couple minutes easing the last two meters toward her. Having the camp in view meant that one of their spotters could see them as well, if the bad guys were damned lucky. He and the woman both wore ghillie suits—that’s why he’d gotten so close before he spotted her. The suits were made of open-weave cloth liberally decorated with leaves and twigs so that the two of them looked like little more than a patch of the jungle floor. He’d dragged his on backcountry jungle roads for twenty miles to make sure he smelled like the jungle as well. Having a jaguar trounce his ass wouldn’t exactly brighten up his day.

Even their rifles were well camouflaged except for either end of the spotting scopes and the very tips of the barrels. If he hadn’t recently been lusting over the new specs, he wouldn’t have recognized her HK G28 at all in its disguise.

Getting into position as a sniper took a patience that only the most highly trained could achieve. A female sniper? That was a rare find indeed. The two women on his Delta team were damned fine shooters, but he and Chad were the snipers of the crew. A female sniper from The Activity? This just kept getting better and better. He’d pay a fair wage to know what she really looked like beneath the ghillie and all that face paint.

“Maybe you and I should go to the party as a couple.” At long last he lay beside her, close enough that he would have felt her body heat if not for the smothering sauna of his ghillie suit.

“What party? And we’re never going to be a couple.”

“Halloween. It’s only a couple weeks off. We could sneak in and nobody would see us in our ghillies. People would wonder why the punch bowls were mysteriously draining.”

“And why the apples were bobbing on their own,” she sounded disgusted. “What I want is—”

“Let’s see what y’all are up to down there,” he cut her off, just for the fun of it, and focused his rifle scope on the camp below. He was a little disappointed when there was no immediate comeback, though there was a low muttering in Spanish that he couldn’t quite catch but cheered his soul.

The general’s camp was a simple affair in several ways. The enclosure was a few hundred meters across. An old-school fence of wooden stakes driven into the ground, each a small tree trunk three meters high with sharpened points upward. Not that the points mattered, because there razor wire was looped along the top. Guard shacks every hundred meters—four total. The towers straddled the fence. Not a good idea. The structure should have been entirely behind the wall to protect it from attack. Unless…

“You got a name, darling?” Lying beside her, Duane could tell that she was shorter than he was. Her hands were fine, but her body was hidden by the ghillie so he couldn’t read anything more about her looks.

“Yes, I have a name.”

“That’s nice. Always good to have yourself one of those,”

about the author

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ML BuchmanM. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.

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