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Review of Hot Shot (Last Shot #2) by Kelly Jamieson

“Occupying  Vagistan!”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 235 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Marco has been interested in Carrie since the night they met at his Tequila tasting. Their friends hooked up and got engaged, but Carrie just doesn’t seem interested in him. As a matter of fact she pretty much seems to hate him, but that won’t stop Marco from figuring out why.

Carrie doesn’t want to be defined by the fact that she’s a model so when Marco tries all the typical lines on her she pretty much runs as far away from him as possible, but when he comes up with a plan for their friends she can’t help but participate.

Surprise party planning causes Marco and Carrie to spend more time together than she would have liked, but when her niece goes and does something that forces them to spend even more time together there’s only one determined outcome…they’ll slowly learn things about each other and closer and closer they will become until they can’t bear to be apart.

Hot Shot is a fun read about fierce determination. Damn, but Marco is one determined man! It’s about insecurities and pasts that continue to haunt their presents. It’s about overcoming preconceived notions and bumbling comments. It’s about love and how it sneaks up when you least expect it to. It’s another great book by Kelly Jamieson and I look forward to book three, Long Shot.

“You’ve deduced my dastardly plan to debauch you.”

“Oh wow. That was a good sentence.”

He choked. “Glad I impressed you with my words.”

“Oh, you’re impressing me with more than just words. Those hands…God.”

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Review of Bound By Temptation (Bound by #2) by Trish McCallan

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“Hands to themselves…sure…piece of fucking cake.”

 

Genre: Military Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 164 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Dumped and disillusioned…

Emma Janssen’s perennial good luck has run dry…
First there’s the weekend of heated sensuality she’d shared with Lucas Trammel, followed by three months of humiliating silence. And then there’s her testy new home, which is slowly nickel-and-diming her to death. Add in a band of ruthless killers hot on her tail, and her perfect life is in a nasty meltdown. Even so, the very last thing she needs is Lucas racing to her rescue. She’d given the man her love once and he’d abandoned her. She’s not about to let him close enough to hook her heart for a second time.

Deadly and dangerous…

Lucas has been lying to Emma for years…
As a special operator with ST7, life has taught Lucas to hold his Navy credentials close to his ballistics vest. It doesn’t pay to let civilians know what he does for a living. When one hot as hell weekend threatens to become more than a three-night stand, Lucas takes a giant step back. Emma is the kind of woman a man marries. But she’s a civilian. Civilians and black ops don’t mix. So he bails on her. He’s convinced he’d made the right call…until he finds out she’s in danger. The thought of a world without Emma? Wasn’t going to happen, even if that means kidnapping her himself.

Driven and Desperate…

Injured pride is all good and well until it gets you killed…
Emma isn’t stupid. After narrowly escaping an abduction thanks to Lucas’s timely intervention, she accepts his protection. But as the days drag on, and their passion rekindles she finds herself fighting two battles—one against the unidentified killers intent on taking her life, and one against the sexy Navy SEAL determined to steal back her heart.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Three nights of passion. Two hearts falling. One too scared to follow through. Three months later Lucas finds himself unable to walk away from her again. Emma needs his help whether she’ll admit it or not and he’s giving it regardless.

Lucas is a SEAL, his life is hard, deployments are sometimes long, and he would never put someone he loved through waiting around and wondering what ifs. So he walked away from Emma and convinced himself every day he’d done the right thing. That is until he finds out Emma is in danger then he becomes hell-bent on protecting her.

A ransacked house, an unfeeling detective, a dog with her life on the line, an attempted kidnapping and all this because of something Emma knew nothing about. The one thing she did know was that she wasn’t safe, but letting Lucas help her was like stepping in front of the firing range. She’d loved him and he’d disappeared without so much as a phone call. And not even that heartbreak could convince her body that she no longer loved him.

The sexual tension is beyond thick and when it finally breaks it’s like a dam cracked and its water is suddenly feeding the desert. The action and suspense had my eyes glued to the pages; definitely never a dull moment.

Bound by Temptation is a non-stop suspenseful rush. Who’s after Emma? What do they want? What the hell just happened? And I can’t forget the…can y’all please just freaking kiss already!?!?

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Kill Without Shame (ARES Security #2) by Alexandra Ivy

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Never Give Up

 

Genre: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 352 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again…
 
Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Lucas broke Mia’s heart when he went off to the military leaving her alone to pick up the pieces. She rose above all and not only took over her father’s business, but had been steadily expanding it. Everything changed the moment Lucas walked back into her life with a determination she’d never known before.

Lucas had never gotten over leaving Mia, but he thought he’d done what was best for her. He didn’t want their different backgrounds turning her into someone she wasn’t. When an old friend winds up dead and he discovers it’s linked to Mia he’ll drop everything to protect her and find out what’s going on.

Mia is strong in every area of her life except when it comes to Lucas. No matter how strong and high her walls are he walks through them like they’re nothing. Lucas is almost funny in his determination. He’ll plant himself right in the middle of Mia’s life…and house…and not give a second thought to it until he knows she’s safe. Together they are a constant whirlwind of determination and passion.

Kill Without Shame is another fantastic book in the ARES Security series. It pulled me into the story and held me there until the final page.

My Favorite Laughable Moment is when Mia describes all the things Lucas’ ostentatious Porsche probably does.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Hers to Heal (Black Eagle Ops #2) by Vonnie Davis

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Risking It All

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 277 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In this powerful, sensual romance from the author of Her Survivor, a broken woman meets a shattered warrior—and discovers a passion strong enough to heal each other’s deepest wounds.

Navy SEAL Reece Browning sacrificed body and soul in the line of duty. He survived torture at the hands of America’s enemies, but lost his career and his voice in the process. Traumatized and desperate to get his PTSD under control, Reece escapes to Eagle Ridge Ranch. Under the big Texas sky, he finds peace, a renewed sense of purpose—and a woman who makes him feel like a man again. Her smile lights up his dark days, and her caress helps him forget the night terrors.

Ex-Marine Gina Wilson also bears painful scars: emotional wounds inflicted by men she once trusted with her life. She has fought hard to overcome her demons and build a good life for her daughter, and Reece is too intense, too damaged, too raw to let into her heart. Yet she’s drawn irresistibly to his steely gaze and heated embrace. No one else understands what it’s like to suffer in silence. And when Gina’s daughter is threatened, it’s Reece who risks everything to save the day.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Reece has a lot of demons plaguing not only his dreams, but also his days. He’s so used to the illusions that slither out of walls that they don’t affect him as much as they once did; it’s almost as if he’s accepted his reality. What he cannot accept is how much his new therapist affects him.

Gina went through a traumatic experience that left many scars on her mind and heart, but Reece and his muteness calls to her womanhood and she not only wants, but needs, to get through to him.

One thing about Reece I loved was that once he put his mind to something he went all in. He wanted Gina and her daughter in his life and nothing could stop him from winning their love. Although after his first meeting with Piper I’m pretty sure she was the one who claimed him. That girl was adorable and I almost felt sorry for anyone who got in the way of what she wanted.

Hers to Heal mixes rollercoaster emotions, PTSD, humor, and a little kick ass kind of suspense. The beginning had me laughing, which pulled me right into the story. There’s the Black Eagle Ops activity within the storyline and it was like I knew something bad was going to happen, even expected exactly what it would be, even found myself holding my breath when I knew it was coming, but then once it did play out it wasn’t as bad I’d imagined it would be. Thank goodness! But damn if I didn’t still get a little misty eyed.

My Favorite Moments all involved Piper. That girl just made the book for me. Not to mention I loved the phrase “crayon-whipped”.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of Welcome Home for Christmas (Hero’s Welcome #4) by Annie Rains

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When A Lie Becomes Truth

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 185 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The bestselling Hero’s Welcome series continues with a juicy Christmas romance, a short novel set in Seaside, North Carolina, where the bustling military base keeps this small town stocked with dedicated, lovable heroes.

Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days a year, Allison Carmichael doesn’t mind being single. It sure beats dating another loser, and it keeps her heart safe. Then there’s that three-hundred-and-sixty-fifth day: Christmas Eve, the traditional time her entire family gathers together—and gangs up on her, demanding to know when she’s going to get married. This year, she swears, is going be different. And that’s why, at a charity auction she’s throwing on-base, she buys herself a man.

Sergeant Troy Matthews insists that he’s not for sale. His time is, though, and he’s happy to donate it. Happier still when he learns the identity of the winning bidder: the redhead with the killer good looks and smart mouth who runs the veteran’s center. Allison needs Troy’s help to fool her family into believing they’re an item, and he’s all too happy to indulge her. But by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, their little charade is working a little too well . . . because Troy’s falling head over heels.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Allison hasn’t had much luck in finding the right man. As a matter of fact her mother can always tell what’s wrong with them right from the beginning, but she never listens. Now she just wants to be single and not have her family scheduling a dating intervention. In order to do that she buys Troy at an action to act as her fake boyfriend.

Allison had caught Troy’s attention from the first time he’d met her so when she proposed her crazy arrangement idea to him he agreed. He got to spend time with a gorgeous woman who he’d wanted to spend time with and all with no strings attached, what could be better than that.

I loved Troy! Even when he wasn’t trying he was the epitome of a gentleman. He was there for her. He took care of her. And when it mattered most he stepped up instead of running away from his feelings.

I’ve been enjoying the Hero’s Welcome series very much and hope there’s more to come.

My Favorite Moment involved an awkward moment with a purple woman pleaser. Of course the second appearance of said purple woman pleaser was a lot more interesting.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Excerpt:

“So there’s one thing I now know about you. You’re a good liar.” Allison folded her arms at her chest.

“Good, maybe. But I value honesty. Sometimes lying to someone is for their own good, though. A little white lie never really hurt anyone. Here’s one for you,” he leaned in closer and lowered his voice, “I have absolutely no interest in dating you, either.”

Her cheeks flushed.

“And I don’t think you’re the most beautiful woman in this room, and the thought of taking you out does not appeal to me whatsoever.” He shook his head. “Nope, not one little bit.”

She smiled. “Now I know two things about you. You lie well and you’re a smooth talker. So, do you agree to my proposal?”

Troy could just say yes, but he was enjoying engaging her in a conversation. “You know, when I was kid, Christmas was always magical. I’d sit with the toy catalog and create this huge, mile-long list of the things I wanted. I never got so excited about a pencil and paper.”

“Did you get everything on the list?” she asked.

“Usually.”

“So your family had money?”

He nodded. His family practically owned the town he’d grown up in. He didn’t know what it felt like to want for something until his cousin Dale had died in 9-11, the deciding factor in him joining the military. “I figure the more money raised for those kids, the better their Christmas will be.”

“That’s my goal. I want this to be the best Christmas Mercy’s kids have ever had.”

“So, if I have to take you out . . .” He trailed off, smiling at her.

“We’re just going to talk. Have a meal or something together. No kissing, no handholding.”

Troy held up his hands. “I’m an honorable guy. I don’t force myself on women. Truth is, I usually have to fight them off.” He winked again.

“And you can’t act like that when you meet my mother.”

“Like what?” he asked.

“All flirty and charming. She’ll never believe that I’d fall for someone like that.”

He tried not to take offense because no matter what she was saying, she was attracted to him. He could see it in her dilated pupils and the way her chest rose just slightly under her racing pulse. “No? What kind of guy exactly would you fall for?”

Allison looked around the room. There was still a nice-sized crowd laughing and mingling. Christmas music filled the merry air. “I wouldn’t fall for any kind of guy right now. That’s why I’m pretending with you.”

 

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Review of Adam (Of the Archers #1) by Lena Bourne

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Love At First Kiss

 

Genre: Military Romance, New Adult

Book Length (Est.): 234 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

**Full length and standalone new adult romance novel.**

One week spent together in a secluded cabin. Two people scarred by their pasts. Can a chance encounter lead to love? Or is it just a moment in time, insignificant once it passes.

Taylor has just returned from a romantic vacation with her boyfriend. But instead of an “I miss you!” text from him, she gets one that’s clearly meant for another woman. Which is the only reason she lets a hot stranger kiss her on the sidewalk. It’s the one and only time they’ll ever see each other, so why not?

Adam is used to living life on his own terms, from leaving home at 16 to join the military, to returning now, eight years later, to take care of his mother. After that, he’s packing up and leaving again. The last thing he planned on was falling in love with a girl at first sight. But there she was, and now Taylor’s all he can think of.

They may be perfect for each other, but they both have pasts that will not stay buried, no matter how much they want them to. And when Adam’s dark past comes crashing between them, one week seems like a very short time. Even if it is a week of love, pleasure, and belonging like neither of them has known before.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

One overly frustrated man. One crazily upset woman. One life changing kiss.

“All I ever lost is returned again in that kiss, along with the gift of al I ever wanted.”

Adam is mad at the world. He wanted out of the military, but he didn’t want it to end the way it did. He doesn’t enjoy being back home and around his family, but then again he’s never enjoyed that. Then out of all the gloom he sees a woman with a sadness in her eyes that he can’t help but want to kiss away, and so he does.

Taylor wants to believe that text was for, but she knows it wasn’t. No matter how she tries to twist it in her head or how her ex tries to spin it…she knows the truth, deep down she knows. And knowing will give her the strength to risk everything on a simple chance. A chance to find the mystery man who kissed her into oblivion.

Adam is a back and forth ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ type of story. Taylor can’t seem to make up her mind on what she wants or who she wants a life with. It’s a yo-yo of emotions. Add in all of Adam’s family drama, which I will warn you does not get solved in this book, and there’s just a whole mess of stuff going on. I only give the warning because it’s labeled as a standalone and yes Adam and Taylor’s story is complete, but there are things that happen in Adam’s family that are left incomplete. With how much emphasis is placed on his family you’ll want to know what happen; I know I did. You’ll more than likely have to read the next book in order to find out more.

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Lionheart: a Beauty & the Beast Retelling by Fran Seen

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A Tale As Old As Time

 

Genre: New Adult, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 237 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

An Arab-American soldier and a stargazing woman connect in this high-tech Beauty and the Beast retelling.

In an attempt to pay off her family’s debts, Lula answers a Craigslist ad for a job opening at the formerly vacant Bluegrass Manor. A stern and brooding man offers her the job, but there’s a catch—Lula isn’t allowed to look at him. No one in the manor has ever laid eyes on Mr. Rahim’s face. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyone—security footage relays on a constant loop in his office.

Everything Lula isn’t meant to notice about Mr. Rahim intrigues her: the cadence of his accented voice, the stoutness of his build, and his self-imposed prison that mirrors her own.

Lionheart is a romance of huge stakes that asks one question: Is love enough to mend a broken soul?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Alo is a wounded vet, not only physically, but mentally. He wanted to hide away and watch the world through a monitor. It was safer that way. Uncomplicated. That is until he hires a new maid who intrigues more and more as he watches her. It is a little creepy stalkerish, but as you get know him it’s easy to understand and dismiss.

“I was a total pervert. I watched Miss Fowler move around the manor like she was my favorite movie on repeat, monitoring her each day with renewed interest, picking up on details I hadn’t yet noticed.”

Lulu has a problem, she sacrifices herself to others even when they don’t ask. She thinks she needs to take care of everyone in her life, that she’s somehow responsible for them, but in return all she gets is heartache and unneeded stress. Problem is, she can’t seem to help herself.

Lionheart is a slow paced and endearing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes two broken people and puts them together to make them whole and content while overcoming their own insecurities.

I’ve read similar books to this before and I’ve read it done it better. There’s no passion, nothing to draw you in and hold you captive, it’s more of a slow calm with an occasional hiccup of excitement. I wanted to only give it three stars, but there’s this part in the book when Alo has a discussion with someone, which includes a bat, and it pretty much made the entire book better for me. That and the texts. They were entertaining and sometimes quite funny.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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