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Happy Book Birthday & #ARC Review of Eagle (a Linear Tactical novel #2) by Janie Crouch @janiecrouch #romanticsuspense

 

 

Title: Eagle
A Linear Tactical Standalone
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Finn Bollinger.
Military codename: EAGLE.
A single dad, a warrior, a hero.
For Charlotte Devereux he’s also the man whose heart she broke years before. And now, he’s her only chance for survival.
When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with an undercover mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field. 
But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad news. 
Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.
And can in so many more ways than he thinks.
When Finn’s undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, he’ll have to depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive. But everyone has a breaking point.
He’s fighting for what’s right.
She’s fighting just to survive… 

This book had all the feels.  Childhood sweethearts, second chance romance.  Add top-notch suspense, a plot that is plausible yet heartbreaking at times and Ms. Crouch has just moved up my ladder of all time favorite authors.  I’m not going to lie though, I’m still new to her books but with this series, I’m sold.  She brings the heat, the friendships, the love and just the right amount of suspense that I love in a romantic suspense book.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m a romantic suspense junkie.  I cut my teeth on Cherry Adair, Julie Miller, Tom Clancy, and the entire roster of Harlequin Intrigue authors throughout all the years but Ms. Crouch just flat out delivers in this series.  Her secondary characters are wonderfully written and not intrusive.  Charlie and Finn are a couple that just NEED to be together.  They complete each other and they know it.  Ethan, Finn’s son, is just the icing on the cake for them.  He’s cute but super important to Finn and Charlie’s relationship.  She needs a chance and he needs to trust again.  Ethan is the link.

If I had one complaint about the book is that I really needed some closure on her job status.  I would go any further than that but I felt it needed to be addressed.  There is so much about the book that I could talk about.  Topless bars, Aiden and his book ties into this one and we get to see Annie and Zac again.  *swoon*  Yes, I’m still in love with him.  I love Finn, too but there is something about Zach.  Charlie is such a kick *ss heroine.  She never gives up and I loved that.  She could have many times but she didn’t.  Finn didn’t give up either.  He just needed to have the answers before he could fully commit.

Overall, I just loved this book and the series.  I can’t wait for Aiden’s book next.  This series just gets better and better.  And don’t worry.  Each book is a stand alone.

 

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USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.
Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, book 2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery @MimiJeanRomance

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, book #2

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a humorous, standalone mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, Book 2. (Yep! It’s a standalone. The boring title is just to mess with you!)

HOW MUCH LONGER CAN HE KEEP HIS SECRET AND HIS FAVORITE HUMAN SAFE?

Michael Vanderhorst has always been a lone wolf. Or lone vampire? Whatever. Point is, this ancient gentleman vampire is obsessed. She’s quirky, a horrible dresser, and the cutest librarian he’s ever seen. The question is, why her? In four hundred years, no one has ever captured his attention like this. He must find out, which is why he just signed on as her new assistant.

The problem is, she has no idea vampires exist or that she’s just broken one of their laws. As the leader of his territory, Michael has been ordered by his council to turn her or kill her. “Over my dead body!”

To overturn the ruling, Michael needs the council on his side, and right now they’re asking him to hunt down and execute five hundred vampires no one can seem to locate. Unfortunately, his assassin days are long over, and he’s not so sure he can go back to killing.

But with Miriam’s life on the line and their unusual bond growing stronger each day, will he dust off the old sword or give her the bite that will make her his forever?

 

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Y’all this book.  This series.  I don’t normally read comedic mysteries with a dash of romance but Mimi sold me with the first book in the series.  Michael was a hoot then and he’s even better in this book.  Lulu is back, too.  I didn’t know what to think about her until the end.  Mr. Nice is just as hilarious, too.  His obsession with “Fanged Love” is right on the money and let’s not forget about Miriam.  I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see much of her in the book until the end but it was worth it.

This book was a bit darker in some of the content but I liked that.  It explained a bit more of the world that Mimi is building and Viviana, Michael’s new assistant is perfect in the book.  I really liked how Ms. Mimi made her a central character in Michael’s work.  Plus, I just loved her.  She’s a badass but in a very quiet way.  Plus, I visualize her as:

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Anyway, as the blurb says, this is a stand-alone and Mimi lets you know what happened in the first book without the info dump.  I truly forgot how much fun that book was but in a sense, this book wasn’t has fun, just better.  The characters were more fleshed out, we get closure on some things but the last line in the book is a doozy.  I expected it and no, I’m NOT happy that I have to wait until next year for the conclusion but I’m patient…somewhat.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone.  It’s that good and there isn’t all the romance, foul language that comes with most books.  This is a departure for Mimi but that’s what makes this series so great.  She wrote it tongue in cheek with a bit of vampire, family issues, and an awesome mystery that hooks from beginning to end.  Pick it up.  Buy it for your grandmother.  She’ll love it.  Trust me.

 

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About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant – is ON SALE

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a Horribly Sunny Mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant.

NOBODY MESSES WITH HIS LIBRARIAN. . .

Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.

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#Review of Hot Winter Nights (a standalone Heartbreak Bay novel) by Jill Shalvis! @JillShalvis #contemporaryromance

ABOUT HOT WINTER NIGHTS (a standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

EXCERPT

It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.

It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.

Think, man.

Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.

Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never — Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.

He was naked and completely uncovered.

And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.

What. The. Hell.

Don’t kill me when I admit that this is the first book I’ve EVER read by Ms. Shalvis.  As you know, I can be so slow when it comes to reading the “bigger” known authors, so getting the opportunity to read it and review was an honor and a treat.  Ms. Shalvis did NOT disappoint me at all.  Now I understand all the fangirling, swooning, sheer love and love of her writing.

Lucas and Molly are a match made in heaven.  Since I didn’t know them from the other books, Ms. Shalvis does an excellent job of giving me tidbits of their relationship together and their relationships with the other characters in the book along the way.  I love it when an author doesn’t forget that they might have new readers to their work and need a little bit of information when we jump right into a series.  The secondary characters are top notch and she does a great job of letting them do their thing to move the story along but know when to fade them to the background.  If I had one complaint is Molly’s brother Joe.  I’ve never been a fan of the overbearing brother when it comes to the heroine but I also understood where he was coming from.  Due to a lack of judgment on his part, he was still paying for a mistake that he made when it came to Molly, so he was doing it out of trying to make amends but still…At times, he and Asher really needed to back off.

Molly is such a bright heroine.  Nothing gets her down and it becomes evident that she is exactly what Lucas needed in his “dark” life.  He just really never stood a chance and he knew it.  The banter between them is golden.  I don’t think I’ve ever really belly laughed while reading a book in a long time.  Plus, I just loved how Molly strung him along when it came to the opening of the book.  Priceless.

The suspense element in the book is spot on, too.  It doesn’t overpower the romance and at times, it’s actually funny.  Ms. Shalvis blends the sexy times, suspense, and the emotional extremely well.  Why have I never read her before?  I totally get why other people say that she is the ultimate comfort read.  I settled in and never stopped reading.  I was hooked and I will not make that mistake again when it comes to Ms. Shalvis.

If you are looking for a great comfort read but a trully terrific author, look no further than Ms. Shalvis.  I have gotten on the train and I don’t plan to get off.

 

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ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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