Review of Bane (Bad Boys of X-Ops #4) by Rie Warren

Bane

Who can tease better?

 

Genre:  Military Romance, Suspense, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 221 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The highly anticipated final book in the bestselling Bad Boys of X-Ops series is here!

High stakes.
Low margins.
And everyone wants the woman I’m teamed up with dead.

BANE
Swagger, strut, snarl. Three things I can do with both eyes closed. Oh, and shoot the shit out of tangos. I always do my job, whether it’s patching up a fellow operative or taking down a serious threat. Apparently this time my job is to babysit Baby Spy.

We’ve followed the Los Reyes de Guerra cartel to the drug-trafficking capital, Mexico City. Our orders? Get in with the guerrillas and ultimately take them down. There’s only one problem—I have another set of mission directives linked to Kiki AKA Baby Spy.

Should be easy enough. Except it seems I’ve developed an unhealthy attraction to Kiki, along with an inconvenient conscience. She’s a wild woman with an unforgiving attitude that definitely makes me bone hard for her.

Nothing is as it appears, least of all Kiki Damage.

KIKI
Yeah. They call me Baby Spy. I’m fully aware the entire T-Zone team blames me for narking out a previous mission gone wrong. So, I can’t understand why the powers that be assigned me to this op. Or maybe I can, which just makes my situation even more dire.

I know Bane wants me, but I’m beginning to think he has an ulterior motive for keeping me close. And it’s not just the panty-melting hot sex with the big, gruff, silent killer. There’s something incredibly vulnerable in the way Bane watches me, like he’s looking for one last saving grace.

None of that matters now. When the situation heats up, I find out Bane’s real mission. I may have fallen in love with him, but it’s already too late. This entire web of lies goes a lot higher than any of us ever imagined, and my neck is only the first one on the line.

Bane includes a special series epilogue from the badass women: Jade, Tilly, Blaize, and Kiki.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Bane’s special mission puts him in a very conflicting spot and because of that he’ll need to dig a little deeper to find out the why before he even contemplates completing his assignment. With the stakes rising on their joint mission he won’t have to dig far.

Kiki “aka Baby Spy” is a handful. She loves teasing Bane to the point I almost hurt for him. But she’ll risk losing at her own game once he decides he’s through with her pleasurable torture and ready to lead the games instead of being played by them.

Blaize is her bossy self and thankfully she is, because their mission is FUBAR. With all the team members working together against more than they ever expected there is definitely no limits on the action. They’ll divide and conquer.

Bane wraps up the Bad Boys of X-Ops series with a bang! Everything I wondered about throughout the series is learned and the bonus epilogues from the women’s points of view was like putting a pretty bow on the already nicely wrapped box.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed with this one. It does wrap up the series quite nicely, but the story itself didn’t fully pull me into it’s grasp. There were parts that were narrative and described something that had happened instead of describing as it was happening. It doesn’t happen that often, but for such a quick read it sure seemed as if it did.

My Favorite Moment: The Christmas Party is pretty hilarious. From the gag gifts to the ones people actually thought out, each was perfect for the one who opened it.

Jenn 4 Heart 

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Review of Fearless (Rescue Squad #2) by Kimberly Kincaid

Fearless

Sometimes You Need A Little Sassy In Your Life

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 368 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The Temperature Is Rising…

Firefighter Cole Everett’s life revolves around the firehouse. Committed to saving lives–and to the guys who always have his back in the most dangerous moments on the job–Cole’s focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new “guy” is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a whole lot curvier in all the right places . . .

Savannah won’t let anyone extinguish her dream of fulfilling her family legacy and becoming a top notch firefighter–and she’s happily surprised when strong-willed, sexy Cole is willing to give her the chance she deserves. Concentrating on the job isn’t always easy when the heat between them flares higher every day, but Savannah won’t give up–not even when one of Station Eight’s veterans seems bent on trashing her reputation. To stop a string of possible arsons, Savannah and Cole will need to eliminate every distraction–but can they let their love go up in flames?  

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC this book free from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cole is the epitome of a dedicated fireman. He keeps his emotions locked behind a face of steel. No one, not even his family at Station Eight, would ever imagine all the emotions he’s hidden over the years. Only Savannah can create cracks in his otherwise stoney exterior and oh how nice it is to see what’s underneath. Best part is when that exterior finally breaks into a million pieces and he spews everything to the one person who can tell him what he needs to hear.

Savannah is determined to fulfill her family legacy without doing it on their coattails. She survived the training, now she just has to survive being a rookie under Cole’s leadership. She’s sassy and her mouth often opens without the consult of her brain, but she’s fiery and I absolutely loved her.

The intense attraction between Cole and Savannah scorches the pages. How they are at the station versus not is like night and day; from car accidents and putting out fires to stolen T-shirts and sizzling showers.

Fearless is book two in the suspenseful and sexy Rescue Squad Series. With a potential arsonist on the loose, a relationship that defies fraternization house rules, and a hint of blackmail there is never a dull moment. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

My Favorite Moment: It wasn’t a big moment or even a giant turning point, but there was something about a simple text behind a half-wall that made me smile.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Blog Tour – Review of Forbidden Fling (Wildwood #1) by Skye Jordan

Forbidden Fling

Kissing the Enemy

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 314 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Forbidden Fling is a maze of family deceit, betrayals, and control.

Ethan has him own personal demons, ones he’s lived with and bared the guilt for. Now that he wants to do something for himself things just won’t go his way. Between his controlling family, the guilt of his past, and a woman who controls his future without even knowing it Ethan is on a downward spiral that only he can climb out of.

Delaney never wanted to go back home, but when the bar she and her sisters technically own is threatened to be demolished she has no choice. With limited options she does the only thing she can; hold her head up high and be the woman she’s meant to be. The only thing keeping her sane through the storm though is the one man she shouldn’t even trust, let alone be seen with.

“The art of nailing a stud.” Her laugh bubbled through the air and seemed to untie knots inside Ethan he hadn’t realized were gnarled. “You are a dirty little flirt.”

“It’s actually more of a suggestion, less of a flirtation.”

The chemistry between Ethan and Delaney was written on the pages, but it never came fully to life. Although there are sparks here and there the entire book is all about them needing to stay apart, they don’t even spend that much time together as a couple, which made it hard to see them as one.

The ending is abrupt. In all honesty the ending pretty much sucks. It’s like Ethan and Delaney finally come up with an idea of a plan and that’s good enough to end on.  Several intense and problematic situations were created throughout the story, but there weren’t too many solutions or even confrontations to make them seem solved and therefore a lot of things felt unfinished, including the relationships between Ethan and his family. Not to mention the outcome of the bar makeover. An epilogue would have been really nice.

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Full Heat (A Brothers of Mayhem Novel) by Carla Swafford

Full Heat

Bring On The Heat!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 221 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested—but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.

Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips—and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got. 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Mary Jane Parker co-owns a motorcycle shop that is having to pay protection money to a local gang. When she decides enough is enough she is asked to go talk to the President of The Brothers of Mayhem motorcycle club to get protection against the local gang. While trying to get the President to agree they discover that the owner of the motorcycle shop has been killed for not paying the dues.

Storm Ryder is the new local President of the Brothers of Mayhem MC. Storm is having a hard time adjusting to civilization after being in prison for talking the fall for the club. When this woman walks in to discuss protection his interest is peaked and he cannot take his eyes off of her.

Dang, this was a very intense read. I was on the edge the entire time I was reading just trying to discover what was going to happen next. Between Storm trying to do what’s right for the club, his father trying to interfere and discovering the truth about Storm and why he is the way he is had me on a reading binge! This is the second book in the series and I cannot wait to find out where this roller coaster takes us.

Mindy 4 Star 

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Review of His to Protect (A Fireside Novel) by Stacey Lynn

HTP

HOT, Protection Mode!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 236 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

A warm home for broken hearts, the Fireside Grill serves up hope and healing in equal measure. Stacey Lynn’s sensual, deeply emotional series heats up as a jaded restaurateur falls hard for a woman who’s hiding from a damaged past.

Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.

After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Declan James is the owner of the Fireside Grill. His dreams were to open the restaurant, have a happy wife and live happily ever after. Those dreams came crashing down when his wife took off and broke all trust within Declan for any other woman.  Trying to move on and keep his restaurant in business is what keeps his head up high. One thing he needs to do is try to catch this person that keeps coming in the alley and making a mess.

Trina Wilson decides after one too many trips to the ER that it is time to leave her abusive husband. When the time is right she gets her dog and her car and makes a run for it. Trina knows that her husband will be looking for her since he is the senator’s son and wouldn’t want something getting out to the public. Trina runs into this hunk of a man in the alley while she is trying to feed her dog some dinner.

Declan instantly feels drawn to protect Trina the minute he meets her. He can tell she has been abused and is running from something. Since she does not know anyone in town Declan offers to help her by giving her a place to stay. Once he learns why and who she is running from he decides to help her with anything that she needs. One thing they did not count on was falling in love with each other.

This is the second book in the Fireside series. I loved the first one and this one is no different. You have no choice but to fall in love with these characters. They have such big hearts for each other and everyone that they love. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the series takes us!

My Favorite Moment: I really love this entire series so far!

Mindy 5 Heart 

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Review of Her Survivor (A Black Eagle Ops Novel #1) by Vonnie Davis

Her Survivor

Kitten vs Big Guy

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 228 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending.
After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.

Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Dustin needs time to heal from not only his injuries, but a divorce that made him feel like less of a man. His ex couldn’t handle his injuries or his new prosthesis and she was supposed to love him. If she couldn’t get past it, how could he ever expect anyone else too. But then he meets Kelcee and she is not one to give sympathy. She’ll drive him insane and he’ll enjoy every minute of it.

“She had a way of making him feel ten feet tall. To a wounded warrior, that meant a helluva lot.”

Kelcee may have only ended up in Texas due to being in Witness Protection, but she loves her new home and all the people in it. Even the rude scarred man she can’t seem to stop thinking about. When her past finally catches up with her she’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves.

“Out! Something about you grates on my nerves!”

“What? My scars?”

“Oh, get over yourself. So you have scars. BFD.”

Their stubbornness is equally matched, but so is their love. From their sarcastic remarks to their unbridled passion Dustin and Kelcee collide in a way that will capture your attention and your heart.

Her Survivor is a heartwarming, laughter filled story with hot sex and bullet flying action. I enjoyed all of the characters. Each one brought the story to life in their own way. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Black Eagle Ops Series. JJ and ZQ both deserve to find a little sunshine in their lives and in their hearts.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I loved it when Dustin called to apologize for anything inappropriate he may have said and she decides to just create her own little humorous response. It was moments like that which made me fall in love with them.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour – Review of For Her Protection (Personal Protection #1) by Amber A. Bardan

For Her Protection

Trust or Illusion

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 190 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.

Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize’s mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she’s more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can’t afford.

She doesn’t want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. Surrounded by enemies, she’s not sure if Connor is a man she can trust.

Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn’t be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. He’ll win her trust, preferably one orgasm at a time.

With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there’s only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Charlie wants to do right by her father, but taking over his company hasn’t been easy. It seems everyone is against her at every turn and nothing she does is ever good enough. Someone is making her an easy target for everyone’s hate and she’s determined to find out who the traitor within her company is.

Connor is assigned to watch Charlie. Be a ghost and shadow her to keep her safe. But when she gets the wrong idea and propositions him he’ll think her desires match his own. His life was probably much simpler when she didn’t know she had a bodyguard, but now that his role is known he’ll use it to every advantage he can to stay close to her.

“I told you once, I don’t play games. I want you, Charlie, and I’ve only just begun to have you. The sooner you figure that out and stop fighting me, the sooner you can just enjoy it.”

There’s just one problem with Connor wanting to stay close to Charlie…she no longer knows who to trust…and that includes him.

In For Her Protection tempers will flare, emotions will ignite, and passions will explode. The suspenseful plot will keep you wondering what will happen next, while the fiery chemistry between Connor and Charlie will keep you glued to the pages.

My Favorite Moment: With how much I hate shopping I have to admit that when Charlie goes shopping I loved every minute of the torture she put Connor through. But oh how he turned the tables on her.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Excerpt:

She came right at him.

Connor leaned back in his seat. Shit. You’d think five-years in the job, he’d have more discretion.

But what red-blooded man wouldn’t stare at her?

She weaved between tables, hips swaying, full-fucking-irresistible cleavage peeking out from her blouse.

He kept his eyes on his glass, even if his peripheral was having a feast.

“Hi.” Her voice was as lush as the rest of her.

He’d fucked up. She’d noticed him watching and now there’d be a confrontation. If he was compromised, then he’d be forced to take matters to the next level.

He looked up.

Mother-fucker.

Jet-black hair flowed over her shoulders. He’d seen her tug that hair from its ponytail and fluff it. Cheeky, attention-seeking minx. It hadn’t been so bad from over there. He hadn’t been able to smell her as he did now. He hadn’t known she used vanilla scented shampoo then. His fists curled. But her hair wasn’t the problem, even if he kept imagining it curled around his fist. The problem was her wide, almond-shaped eyes the color of butter warming in a pan, melting his brain.

“What?”

She flinched, smile slipping, then reached to her front. He tried to stay still, damned hard work, because she reached between those magnificent tits and pulled out a bill. “I’ll give you ten dollars if you kiss me right now?”

He glanced at the money in her hand. Un-freaking-believable. “Do I look like a gigolo to you, woman?”

“No, I imagine the scowl would be terrible for business.” She laughed, the husky sound of it had his muscles clenching. “But I saw you looking at me, and I really need you to kiss me, so if the money’s offensive, would you just do it for free?”

Kiss her for free?

It’d cost if he kissed her—no way out of that, but he’d be the one paying.

She held his gaze, then sighed and squeezed the bill back into her top. “Never mind, I must have misunderstood.”

Her big eyes went soft and sad.

Fuck, did she do that on purpose? Did anyone ever actually say no to her?

He scooted back his chair. Well, if was a kiss she wanted, he’d damned well show her how it’s done.

Her lips parted as he rose, and her head tipped back. She gulped. He was used to that. Little women like her realizing they’d bitten off more than they could chew. She probably hadn’t noticed when he’d been seated that he’d have over a foot on her.

Maybe he’d have gone slow, moved in gently, if she hadn’t demanded that last part—right now.

The cheek.

He took a step. She swallowed again. This time he let himself take in the sight of her curves—he let his gaze trail all over her.

He reached for her shoulder, but the next thing he knew he’d buried his hand in that hair he’d been fantasizing about since he clamped eyes on her.

 

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