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#Review of In Walked Trouble (Under Covers #2) by Christina Elle w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @entangledpub @entangledpublishing @christina_elle1 @CElleAuthor @_christinaelle

In Walked Trouble

by Christina Elle
Under Covers #2
Publication Date: July 31, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Suspense, Contemporary, Romance

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With a deadly target on his back, DEA agent Luke Calder’s plan is to drink away his impending demise. Except instead of getting blessedly drunk, in walks a woman with a much deeper story than she’s leading on. And he definitely wants to know more. Especially when he learns she might have intel he needs. He’s not cool with lying to her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And what starts out as simple surveillance turns into so much more.

Cassandra Stone is having a bad night. Her boyfriend’s been cheating because she’s not “adventurous enough” in bed. So, she does the next logical thing—she goes in search of a dark, dangerous one-night stand. Instead, she finds smoldering eyes, deep dimples, and the killer smile of a guy who won’t leave her alone. Damn him. He says and does all the right things, making Cass believe that good men still exist. Until she learns why he took an interest in her in the first place.

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Entering his room, he found Cass sprawled across the bed, facedown, her head and feet hanging over the sides, snoring.

Crossing his arms, he stood there a minute and took in the sight. That quick his temper subsided and he almost laughed.

Luke approached the bed and leaned over her to slide his arms under her shoulders, trying to twist her toward the pillows, but she grunted and resisted. She tipped forward, making most of her weight shift toward her head, causing her to skim down the other side of the bed. Luke grabbed her hips before her head landed on the floor and pulled her back up. She swung a straight arm back, landing a sharp blow across his cheek.

“Goddamn it.” He bit back the sting and planted a knee between her legs, giving her hips a swift tug. She chose that moment to roll over with ailing arms and legs. Her parts tangled with his, knocking him over, making him face-plant into her breasts. She mumbled something in her sleep and swatted at his face. His ears rung from the impact, so he shook his head to clear it. Cussed a few more times. Then rolled onto his back and stared up at the ceiling.

She continued to snore, but it was softer now. More deep breathing with a tiny snarl. It was cute. Sort of.

Bending an elbow, he propped an arm behind his head, closed his eyes and thought about what it would be like to have Cass to come home to every night. Someone who would lose her mind if anything happened to him. Someone constant. His.

An arm flopped across his stomach, making him suck in

a sharp breath. Her head lulled onto his shoulder and a knee hitched across his lap. She snuggled in like she belonged there, fitting his body perfectly. Her head nuzzled into his shoulder and her warm breath tickled his ear as she relaxed against him.

He draped an arm around her and pulled her closer, savoring the moment. It hadn’t escaped his attention that he was acting like a total sap. Cuddling? Since when did Luke Calder cuddle with a woman? Especially one he hadn’t had sex with.

Whatever. It felt right to have her body pressed against his. Plus, she could use someone to just hold her, and he could use someone to hold.

The arm across his stomach tightened as she suctioned herself even closer to him. Not sure he could have managed to slide a piece of paper between them, and he was okay with that. Luke squeezed her a little tighter, loving the feel of her there. He placed a kiss on her forehead, and he closed his eyes, just as she let out a loud buzz-saw snore.

This book.  It’s her SECOND book.  Yes, only her second.  I felt like I was reading a very seasoned author when I finished it.  This book is romantic suspense but let me tell you, there is plenty of humor in it, too.  Just re-read the excerpt above and that’s not even one of the funniest moments.  For me, the funniest moments were when Luke was talking with his other agents.  Between Ash, Tyke (OMG, his story is next) and Reese, their banter is very realistic and not forced.  You could tell that these guys were friends first and agents second.

Cass is one of those heroines that cared too much.  Her students were her family and I can only imagine what she went through on a daily basis dealing with inner city kids that didn’t understand that they could get out.  But with that much caring, her antics were laugh out funny at times.  I know, we shouldn’t laugh but the way that Ms. Elle wrote them, you couldn’t NOT laugh.  She has a heart of gold when it comes to those kids.

The three grandma’s…*shakes head*  Too much.  Just too much at times.  But they were exactly what Cass and Luke needed.  Of course, I haven’t read Ash’s book so I can only imagine what they were doing in that book, too.  Speaking of the secondary characters, Ms. Elle took her time fleshing them out.  They were never overbearing but enhanced the suspense and romantic threads throughout the book.  In fact, while reading this one, I could feel like Tyke, in a way, was screaming for his own story and we get that one later.

The suspense element is good throughout.  It dealt with drugs and gangs which are still very prevalent in our schools today.  Ms. Elle did a great job not dumbing anything down for us and spoke very matter of factly about it.  I felt sorry for them at times and the ending made me cry.  Speaking of the ending…DON’T ever do that to me again, Ms. Elle.  My heart can’t take it.  Just don’t.  You are evil.  Love you!  The action scenes were spot on and expect some serious smexy times, too.

Run.  Don’t walk to get this book.  Ms. Elle will surprise you with your dialogue, humor, action, pacing, and characters that you will become invested in that you will laugh and at times cry for them.  Perfection in my book.

 

 

ABOUT CHRISTINA ELLE

Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.

When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.

Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.

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#Review of Force (the Force Duet #1) by M. Malone & Nana Malone @minxmalone @nanamalone

Title: Force
Series: The Force Duet #1
Authors: M. Malone & Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Blurb
I am the shadow that haunts the night. I am a hunter, a protector…a force for good…I am Jonas Castillo.
For years I’ve existed on the edge of the dark, protecting innocents who can’t protect themselves. Until… her. Jessica JJ Jones. The bane of my existence. A bright light in the dark.  The crack in my armor. A loud, argumentative beautiful crack in my armor.
But first, there’s a more immediate concern. JJ is running scared. And to protect her I might have to break the vow I made years ago.
Book 1 of The Force Duet. Book 2, Enforce, will release on 8/29/17

 

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The elevator doors slid open and Jonas stepped into the entryway. It was dark and quiet, the only sound coming from the direction of Matthias’s room. That kid never slept no matter what time of day it was, but he also didn’t ask questions. So he was off the hook.  Then he stepped into the living room and was confronted with a tight, toned ass in
skintight leggings.
All the parts of him that had been asleep fired to life. Jonas sucked in a deep breath as JJ shifted her position at the window, the globes of her ass bouncing slightly with the movement.  His dick tried to follow her. It should have been a welcome diversion. Hell, at least he wasn’t depressed and feeling the sting of failure anymore. But this was JJ. The woman lived to torment him. So as spectacular as that ass was, it was the last thing he wanted to see in the middle of the night coming off a tough case.
“Why are you still awake?”
It came out harsher than he’d intended, but there was no need to apologize. JJ didn’t offend easily, probably because she thrived on insults and could throw out verbal daggers with the best of them. As he’d expected, she merely turned her head slightly to acknowledge his presence before turning back to the night sky, dismissing him.
“Why can’t you mind your own business?” she asked in a deceptively sweet voice.
Never mind that just a few moments ago, Jonas had wanted nothing more than to climb into bed without having to engage anyone. Now he stepped farther into the room,
instinctively drawn to her. There was just something about Jessica Jones that he could not resist. It was sick in a way, but he got off on fighting with her. That smart mouth and those killer curves were the perfect combination to make his dick hard while simultaneously pissing him off.  
It was a heady combination.
“What would be the fun in that?” Jonas asked, speaking truthfully.
She turned from whatever it was that was holding her attention outside and eyed him with a sneer. “I would ask if you had a hot date but that’s doubtful. Jackasses really
aren’t in this season.”
Now that hurt.
“Women love me.”
She sniffed and slid him a sidelong glance.
“Frankly, I don’t see the appeal. But then again there are people who like candy corn and peeps. There’s really no accounting for taste…or lack thereof.”  “Hey! Candy corn is awesome.”
Jonas might have to rethink his taste in women if she was dogging on candy corn. How could you not enjoy something that was pure high-octane sugar? 
“You’re probably just too bitter to enjoy it.”
Her eyes flashed and for a moment there was something behind the look that made him regret his choice of words.
“Too bad for you, you’ll never have a taste.”
Her words carried a hint of hurt with them and he wanted to bite off his tongue. They snarked at each other and played fast and loose with their words, but he would never actually want to hurt her. It bothered him that he even could. In his mind, JJ was as invincible as her comic book character namesake, and finding a chink in her armor was both disturbing and endearing.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean anything by that.”
“Whatever. You’re probably right. I’ll leave the sweetness to you. I just happen to like my men a little bit…stronger with a hint of a bite. Same way I like my whiskey.”
Wow, just wow.  I knew going in that this was going to be a hell of a ride.  A sexy ride, too.  But never did I see the ending like that.  M & Nana know how to leave you hanging with your mouth open when it comes to a cliffhanger.  Oh yes, there is a cliffhanger but trust me, you will NOT throw your reading device.  I have the second book in the series but I haven’t started it yet.  I read their first series, Shameless and every time they left me hanging but it was a good hang.  I craved the next book and the final book was a complete OMFG!  I never saw the ending coming and I have a feeling that Jonas and JJ’s story will be just like that.
Let me back up a bit.  This duet is a sort of a sequel to the Shameless trilogy but it can be read as a standalone.  M & Nana have created a world that I love, characters that make me smile, cry, laugh, and fall in love with.  Oskar, Matthias, Noah, Lucia, and Rafe are back.  Jonas is one of the team members of Blake Security and JJ is Lucia’s best friend.  I won’t go into detail about the set up of the world but if ex-assassins, guys that have blood on their hands and they are trying to do right, then these two series are not for you.  That said, once you read Jonas’ back story, you might cry a bit.  JJ’s is just as sad but it is what ultimately brings them together.
There are bits of suspense in the book and they are great.  What I loved about this books is the trope itself…enemies to lovers.  JJ is not one stay put for long and Jonas is wanting to stay put for once.  He’s jealous of what Lucia and Noah have and wants that with JJ.  Too bad JJ doesn’t get the memo.  Their banter, bickering, loving and sweetness is tough to beat.  M & Nana have done a wonderful job developing them as more complex than they seem.
I can’t wait to read how their story plays out in book 2.  I have not worries going in because M & Nana have never steered me wrong in their writing.  I’m just wondering which team member they will pick next.  😉
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M. Malone
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
Nana Malone
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
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ARC #Review of Ethan’s Daughter (Templeton Cover #7) by Rachel Brimble! @RachelBrimble @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards

Ethan's Daughter

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There’s safety in solitude…isn’t there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!

 

Aug 2017

You are going to be disappointed with my review.  I usually fan girl all over Ms. Brimble but today I’m not.  Why?  Because I don’t need to anymore.  She is one of my all time favorite authors.  She always delivers the goods and I can say that since I’ve been reading her books from the very beginning.  So my question for you is, are you reading her?  If not, why?  She writes emotional, tender, at times snarky with characters that you can easily relate to.  Yes, relate, too.

Leah is a nurse and Ethan is a writer.  Daisy is his daughter and she is in school.  Nothing hard to understand about the characters so far.  Ethan was married before and the mother/wife left without a backward glance to her own daughter.  It happens.  Leah is a nurse and has friends there in town.  She is estranged from her family because of something that was done a while back, but then again, sometimes you need to back away from your family every once in a while.  I do and it’s not because I don’t love them but sometimes they can be stifling.  I need my space.  Ethan needs his space, too but didn’t count on Leah to keep pushing and pushing.  Daisy is a character on her own.  She’s not a plot device or overly cute.  She has wants and needs just like everyone else.

What separates this book from the rest of the books in the series?  A couple of things actually.

  1.  The suspense is racked up in this one.  It’s subtle but you can feel it.  Breathe it.  It’s palpable.
  2.  There are a couple of subject matters that are not for the faint of heart.  Domestic abuse, abandonment and somewhat of a mafia thread.  Anna, Ethan’s ex, is in way over her head.
  3.  I didn’t have to watch for the connection between Ethan and Leah.  It is there from the start.  🙂
  4.  CAT is back!  CAT is back!  See the book Finding Justice…just saying!  She’s still a badass to me.  And one of my all time favorite heroines.
  5.  Just when you think the book is finished, Ms. Brimble decides to throw you a loop and then BAM!  I was floored and I don’t easily get floored too often.

This is the 7th book in the series and yes, I’ve read every single one and I’ve loved each one in its own way but I have to say that this one of the best in the series.  It delivers for me everything that I like in a book.  Plus, Cat!  Anywoos…

I’m also very sad that this particular line is going away for Harlequin.  I’ve been reading it for too many years and I have many authors that I read because of it.  Ms. Brimble doesn’t have to worry about me NOT reading her but I’m sad that there is only one more book in Templeton Cove.  January 2018 can’t come any sooner.

Do yourself a favor and pick up anything that Ms. Brimble writes.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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