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Happy Book Birthday to Battle of the Bulge (OHellNO #4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Review #contemporaryromance @MimiJeanRomance

Battle of the Bulge

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes BATTLE OF THE BULGE, Book Four of the OHellNO Series. (A Standalone.)

“Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.”

MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things: my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem—bulky equipment. Let’s just say there’s a reason my nickname is “the Bulge.”

But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life-or-death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who distracts me at every turn and hates my guts…

MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk.

Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice—guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might strangle him myself.

Still, something about the way Mitch keeps looking at me makes me think there’s more to his story. It’s almost as if he’s trying to drive me away. But why?

I’ve read this entire series and it just gets better with each book.  But what really sets this one apart is that even though the “bulge” is talked about all throughout the book, this is a sweet romance that relies on the characters and their dialogue instead of the smexy times.  Sure the smexy times are more at the end of the book and its hawt, but we really get to know Abi and Mitch.  Plus, come on, no one writes a rom-com like Ms. Pamfiloff.  I couldn’t help but giggle throughout most of the book.  The “enemies to lovers” trope is perfection when Ms. Pamfiloff’s writes it.  Sure, sure, I’ve read other books using the same trope but Ms. Pamfiloff is the queen in my opinion.

So why did I like the book?  Easy, I just pictured Ian Thorpe as Mitch.  And yes, I do watch the Olympics, especially swimming.  *sigh*  I remember the battle between the Aussies and Americans.  Gary Hall, Ian Thorpe, Janet Evans, etc.  Most fun I’ve ever had watching the Olympics.  But I digress…okay, so it’s the characters, Abi and Mitch.  Abi and Mitch are very well thought out and well-written characters.  You get to know them, their thoughts, reactions but more importantly how they relate to each other.  You can also relate to them as real people.  Abi with her issues and Mitch with the ongoing threat to him and why.  It was interesting getting into Mitch’s head when it came to swimming and why it was so important to him.

Abi is just pure fun and joy.  I loved that Georgie and Sam played a big part in this book.  You need to read book #3 for them.  Oh man, I missed them and it was great to see Tass and Elle from the first two books, too.  I forgot how much fun Elle and Tass really are the geekiness is still strong with those two.  LOL!  Plus, getting the real story about Georgie and Abi and the deep love that they really have for each other.  And I can’t forget Sam.  The banter between Abi and Sam is classic but you can see the real respect that they have for each other.

I’m not going to spoil how the book plays out but I highly recommend that if you are looking for a fantastic enemies to lovers story, look no further than this book.  In fact the whole series.  The books can be read out of order so don’t worry about that.  I can’t wait to see the next book in the series.  Leland, hopefully, will continue the story about the photos and how he ties into Mitch.

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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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Other books in the series

Smart Tass (Book #1)

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes SMART TASS, a new Romantic Comedy.

He’s the hot quarterback all the girls want.

She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on.

And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly…

My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin.

But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball? I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman.

So what’s my plan?

It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…

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Oh Henry (Book #2)

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes OH, HENRY, Book Two of the Ohellno Series. (Stand Alone Story w/ Teaser for Next Book.)

SHE’S GOT ME BY THE FOOTBALLS…

My name is Henry Walton, and though I’ve been called many things throughout my life—tree trunk, moose, walrus—I am now six foot five, solid muscle, and the hottest defensive end in the NFL college draft. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for: fame, women, and glory.

Just one problem: I’m suddenly in a bad slump. And it started the moment I got dumped by Elle, the nerdy goddess with thick glasses, a smokin’ hot body, and a genius IQ.

So what gives? We only dated for a few weeks, and it’s not like I’ve missed her. (Much.) Regardless, all the facts point to one conclusion. Elle is my lucky nerd-charm.

So call me superstitious, but I have to get her back before I lose everything. Even if she’s the last girl I should want and she now hates my guts.

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Digging A Hole (Book #3)

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy.

He’s the meanest boss ever.

She’s the sweet shy intern.

They’re about to wreck each other crazy.

My name is Sydney Lucas. I am smart, deathly shy, and one hundred percent determined to make my own way in the world. Which is why I jumped at the chance to intern for Mr. Nick Brooks despite his reputation. After ten failed interviews at other companies, he was the only one offering. Plus, everyone says he knows his stuff, and surely a man as stunningly handsome as him can’t be “the devil incarnate,” right? Wrong.

Oh…that man. That freakin’ man has got to go! I’ve been on the job one week, and he’s insulted my mother, wardrobe shamed me, and managed to make me cry. Twice. Underneath that stone-cold, beautiful face is the evilest human being ever.

But I’m not going to quit. Oh no. For once in my life, I’ve got to make a stand. Only, every time I open my mouth, I can’t quite seem to muster the courage. Perhaps my revenge needs to come in another form: destroying him quietly.

Because I’ve got a secret. I’m not really just an intern, and Sydney Lucas isn’t my real name.

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Happy Book Birthday, #Review & Excerpt from Shamrock (a Linear Tactical novel #3) by Janie Crouch @givemebooksblog @janiecrouch

 

 

Title: Shamrock
A Linear Tactical Standalone
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 4, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Every mission has a price. He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he’s forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring. Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her–let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress–even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to face their deepest fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

 

 

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Violet knew what she wanted. No more being passive. No more agreeing to what might, in fact, be good for her but wasn’t what she really wanted.
“You respect me,” she said gently. 
The relief flashed and Aiden’s hazel eyes. “Yes. I have nothing but respect for you.”
“Thank you,” she whispered, trailing her fingers through his thick hair. “And thank you for getting me home safely last night. And like I said before, thank you for getting me out of that hellhole a month ago, for figuring out that I was in trouble when to anyone else it just looked like a normal part of that situation.”
His brows furrowed. “You’re welcome for all those things. But there’s no need—” 
She put her finger up to his lips. “I just wanted to say it one more time to make sure I’d been clear. Because now I’m done saying thank you. And I think you better take me inside. Otherwise, Mrs. Mazille and her neighborhood watch might get quite an eyeful with what I’m planning to do to you.”
There was only so much a man could take. A line where he snapped. A great deal of his Special Forces training had been spent learning how to push that line as far back as possible.
But when Violet’s fingers reached for the hem of the T-shirt covering her body and began pulling it off, Aiden found his line very clearly.
How do you write a review about a book that surprised you, shocked you and left you breathless all at the same time?  Yes, Shamrock did that to me.  Now, I read a bunch of romantic suspense/thrillers but I will have to say that Ms. Crouch is fast becoming my favorite author in the genre.  Just when I think, okay, the woman in peril.  Big, hunky, military man to rescue her and then the HEA, Ms. Crouch surprises me.
Her characters have so much depth to them.  They are not cookie cutter.  The hero’s bleed, have real fears, actually have emotions and fear falling in love, just like everyone else.  Her heroines are just the same.  Violet stands out for me, though.  Younger than the others but forced to grow up a bit faster, she is no shrinking violet.  Pun intended.  I loved watching her grow as a person throughout the book.  Never weak but needed the nudge that she was already strong.  Aiden kept his distance and I actually liked that.  He understood that she, Violet needed to do things on her own and work it out for herself.  He didn’t need to “rescue” her and it was beautiful.
That said, I wanted to slap the crap out of her brother Gabe at times.  Look, I get the whole, I left the SEALs to raise you but sometimes the heavy hand is just too heavy.  I can’t wait to read his book with Jordan has his heroine.  Talk about someone that needs to tell the town to just shut up.  Wow!  Anne is a warrior queen in the scenes at the end.  Wow, just wow!  And Charlie is there, too for the friendship and understanding that Violet needed.
The guys at Linear still crack me up at times.  Gavin is an absolute hoot and Dorian is still mysterious.  The suspense element was right on target.  I never figured it out and it was worth it in the end.  The twist is almost legendary.  However, I will warn you that what Violet goes through in the beginning isn’t for the faint of heart.  It is necessary, however, for her later growth in the book.
Y’all, you need to pick up this series.  Every book is a stand-alone so you can jump in at any time.  I’ve read all of them and I can’t wait for the next 3.
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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 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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