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#Review of Temptation and Treachery (a Dangerous Desires novel) by Sahara Roberts w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @sahararobertstx @SaharaRobertgsBK @sahararoberts @entangledpub @entangledpublishing

Temptation and Treachery

by Sahara Roberts

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Andres “Rio” Rivera became his ICE profile years ago. Cold and calculating, he never promises anything beyond right now. But when he ends up with a canceled flight and a shared hotel room with the secretive Celeste Patron, the fire behind Celeste’s buttoned-up exterior melts every barrier. He may only have her for one night, but that’s long enough to make her every fantasy come true.

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Excerpt Three:

“Come on.” Kari led them back to the infirmary, taking her time with each step. “I’m going to try putting the pieces together myself. Stop me if I’m off track.” They walked away from the edge of the clearing. “I figure you didn’t just meet Rio yesterday.”

Celeste kept her expression neutral.

“In fact, from the way he was acting, I’d say the last time you saw him was three weeks and two to three days ago.” She held up a finger. “Well, three to four, since that was a day ago.”

It shouldn’t surprise her that Kari had figured things out on her own. Did everyone else know? Did they realize he’d played her for a fool? She closed her eyes, wondering if everyone in the chow hall was laughing at her, even know.

“Oh, come one. When you two were together there was so much sexual tension in the room I thought I’d end up pregnant.”

Oh damn, she’d hoped she’d been wrong about that.

“There’s no reason you can’t pick up where you were back then.”

Celeste’s gaze snapped to Kari. Did she mean sex? If so, no. She shook her head. They wouldn’t be picking up there. She’s been seduced for one reason, and one reason alone. To get the Ayala cartel.

“Rio’s an intense guy, and the way he looks at you…” She looked over and winked. “Well, as long as he doesn’t launch himself off the ceiling fan, you should be good.”

 

This my first read by Ms. Roberts but I will definitely go back and read the other books in this series.  Why?  Because the book and the team are just that good.  I know, I say that about a lot of books but this book has so many tropes going on, a plot that is plausible, characters that you will love, and a swoon-worthy ending.

Let’s start off with our heroine, Celeste.  Talk about clueless when it comes to her dad.  I realize that might be a stretch but considering what her dear daddy did, I don’t think so.  Most cartel/mafia daughters really don’t a clue.  It’s bred into the genes that the females are left alone when it comes to the “business.”  It’s sweet NOT and Celeste is just shocked when she is kidnapped by the team.  Of course, the reunion with Rio seemed like the ultimate betrayal.  I honestly, didn’t think so.  They met, had sex and then left each other.  It’s like they were handing out business cards with the promise to call each other.  But if I had something that kinda bugged me about her was her blogging.  I know, I blog but it just seemed to be thrown in without much to move the story.  I did, however, understand the whole “other persona” when having a one night stand.

Rio is just…*sigh*  The whole alpha thing works for him and in this book.  I usually don’t like the over the top alpha in romantic suspense but with Rio, I fell hard.  He’s sweet but so focused on the cartel that when he realizes that Celeste is “part” of it, he didn’t hesitate to pull her out.  What ensued in the aftermath is what really captured my attention.  These two had a lot to go through with trusting each other, realizing that both of them had some growing to do and let’s not forget the BIGGEST shock of Rio’s life.

I realize that the Cartel storyline is somewhat overdone but Ms. Roberts makes it plausible.  Another thing that she brings to the table is her writing.  It flows, its honest and I love how you don’t have to read the other books in the series for this to make sense.  The interaction between the other team members is just great.  I will have to say that the twist at the end I didn’t see coming and it was great.  Celeste and Rio had to decide what really was important for themselves and each other.

Overall, I loved this book and Ms. Roberts.  I will definitely look for more of her work and especially this series.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Sahara Roberts caught the writing bug early in life. She enjoys writing Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance. Her days are filled with international trade issues (the legal kind) and her evenings writing steamy romance. She is currently working on the fourth novel in the Dangerous Desires series and plotting a contemporary romance series.

When she’s not at her usual hangout, Savvy Authors, she enjoys socializing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and her website, or watching APB, The Blacklist, and The Walking Dead (Following Daryl). Sahara lives in South Texas with her husband and a very spoiled cat. She enjoys cooking, baking, and cake decorating, but she would certainly prefer to have someone else do the dishes.

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Series #Review of The DeLuca Family (Watch Over #1, Safe Guard #2, Deep Dark #3) by Amy Reece! #TheDeLucaFamilySeries @AReeceAuthor @HEAPRMore

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Melanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man.

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Detective Finn DeLuca is stuck at home recovering from a hit-and-run accident, and has plenty of time to wonder about the woman two doors down. There’s something mysterious about the beautiful brunette, and he’s determined to get to know her.

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 Of all the stories about the family, this one is the cutest.  CJ, the cat, is just too much in the book.  I loved, just loved the notes that passed between Finn and Mel in the beginning.  It’s how they kinda got to know each.  Plus, there is Fluff, the dog.
I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom.  Mel has some issues to overcome like self-image, having a true relationship with a man, sexual feelings and then being overwhelmed by Finn’s family.  She’s never really lived up until she meets Finn.  Mel is the one person in the book that had the most character growth to achieve.  Ms. Reece wrote her beautifully in that sense.  You get to watch her get out of her shell and live a little.  Plus, it helps that Finn’s sister, Cara (LOVE HER, LOVE HER) is right there to help.
Finn is a dream.  He’s not as heavy-handed as Hugh but protects what’s his.  Mel is his and he won’t let anyone stand in his way.  I especially liked how we met him.  He’s had a string of bad luck but he is not one to dwell on it.  He picks himself up and works through it.  His relationship with his partner Chris is great, too.  His family is hilarious.  Loving, honest and funny but at times can be overwhelming to anyone, not just Mel.
I NEVER saw the suspense element coming.  When all is revealed, I was shocked.  I kinda had an idea but I just couldn’t figure out the “why”.  I love when an author does that to me.  Bravo, Ms. Reece.
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SAFE GUARD by Amy Reece
The DeLuca Family #2

Hugh DeLuca wants to settle down and start a family. But the only woman he wants—the one he can’t get out of his mind—doesn’t seem the family type.

She’s Christine Hart, a tough-as-nails police detective, and she happens to be investigating a mob murder at one of his construction sites.

As Chris’s feelings for him start to show, Hugh struggles to keep his distance. He’s afraid the savvy cop will break his heart, that she’ll choose her career over him—or worse yet, her deadly job will take her away forever.

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 OH.MY.GOSH!  This book.  It has all the feels for me.  Strong heroine, strong hero.  Great plot and a bit sexier than the rest.  In fact, I will admit that Hugh and Chris are my favorite couple so far in the series.  Sure, sure, I liked the others but there is just something about this couple that had me from the get-go.  I liked the dancing around that they did in the beginning with the does she like me/does he like me.  I know, it sounds a bit junior highish but trust me, it’s great.
These two have met previously as Chris or Chrissy as Hugh calls her, is Finn’s partner.  I liked her in the first book and LOVED her in the second.  She’s strong, stubborn and will not take Hugh’s heavy-handedness or over protectiveness in stride.  She fights for her job and also her love for Hugh.  Sometimes, I just had to giggle when it came to her getting all copish on Hugh, too.  Another thing is how she gets along with the girls in the book.  There is a true friendship with Izzy, Cara, and Mel.
Hugh is just terrific in the book.  He loves Chris to distraction and he’s oldest sibling protectiveness gets in the way of their relationship.  But that makes Hugh who he is.  Once he finally figures out that Chris needs a partner in life, not a protector its perfection.  It takes him awhile but he finally gets there.  And let’s not forget that he uses his dog, Bob in his wooing of Chris.
The suspense element in the book is great, too.  We really get to see the partnership between Finn and Chris grow.  Plus, she’s just a bad**s!
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  You won’t be disappointed.

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What a tangled web we weave.  I loved this story.  The thread about Janey’s paternity and Izzy’s reluctance to reveal who it was is great.  Mac is a guy to die for.  Really he is.  And Izzy?  I really felt for her in the end.  Such a strong woman and raising a child on her own.  How these two reconnected is awesome!!!!  I mean, in a mall of all places.   I would have freaked out but Izzy didn’t.  Oh no, not our Izzy.
Izzy is the sister that is a mystery up until this book.  I like how Ms. Reece kept her a bit of secret until now.  Izzy is subtle in the other books, but she is so much more here.  Her dynamic with Hugh in the business is at times humorous but also strong.  They play off each other perfectly.  Ms. Reece also does a great job with letting us know how Izzy feels about being a single mother.  It’s hard.  At times, frustrating but Izzy will do anything for Janey.
Mac just cracks me up at times.  The second chance at love trope here is perfection.  Ms. Reece does a very nice job of getting them together early but uses some real-life obstacles to get in their way of true happiness.  It’s real life.  Getting to know a person again.  Finding out you’re a father and balancing a new career while wooing the woman that you love.  Ms. Reece does an excellent job of weaving it all together.
The suspense element is great in the book.  You get Finn, Chris, and Mac working together and at times, it has its problems.  Finn isn’t too thrilled with Mac being in Janey and Izzy’s life and it spills over to the job at hand.  I get that and we see Chris getting them to play nice in the end.
I would be remiss not to mention the DeLuca family has a whole.  I LOVE this family.  Every last one of them.  If I had to pick, Cara is my favorite and we don’t even have her book yet.  She’s a teacher, strong, very opinionated but I sense a vulnerability there that I hope Ms. Reece explores.  She’s been burned before in love and I don’t think she has quite gotten over it.
Don’t miss this series.  I will be the first one to pre-order the next book when it comes out.  You should, too.
The whole series. Trust me.

MEET THE AUTHOR:
Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA Romantic Suspense).

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Evolution of Us by D. Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @dkellyauthor @deekellyauthor

Title: The Evolution of Us
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2017



Blurb
They say most people meet the person they will marry while in high school. Balancing one another perfectly, Holly Ryan and Declan James were together through most of
college—until their relationship blew up, leaving Declan with more questions than answers.
For the past two years, Declan has tried everything he can think of to earn Holly’s forgiveness, but even if he manages to help her let go of the past and give them another chance at happiness, she still has a secret. Not to mention, she can’t get over the revolving door of women he seems to have coming in and out of his apartment.
Declan is desperate to prove to Holly she’s the one for him and isn’t above using his celebrity status or enlisting the help of their friends to win her back. All’s fair in love and war, right?

 

As you know, I’m pretty picky when it comes to New Adult but I wanted to give this author a chance.  I glad that I did.  I really liked this book.  Sure, sure, second chance romance in New Adult is pretty typical but Ms. Kelly gives it a fresh spin.  What I mean by that is that there isn’t much angst.  Which I hate.  The book is told in the past and the present.  You get the whole story.  A fresh idea, I know.  Especially in New Adult.

These two, Declan and Holly are meant to be together…forever.  Too bad no one told Holly that.  Having known each other since they were 14 and to their breakup, their journey to being back together is great.  I liked how Declan really stepped it up in his pursuit of Holly once again.  It’s not like she made him work for it but she is one stubborn lady.  In that sense, I really wanted to scream at her.  She still loved the guy but wouldn’t see past the miscommunication that broke them up in the first place.

Declan is hilarious.  And frustrating.  Having his friends help him win Holly back is good but I could have used a little less of it.  It made him seem weak at times.  But the pursuit…I loved it in the end.  He’s not the perfect boyfriend but he’s still perfect for Holly.  One of the big things in this book that I LOVED is the character growth that Holly and Declan go through.  I know, it doesn’t happen too often in the genre but Ms. Kelly makes it work and swoon-worthy in the end.

Overall, I really liked Holly and Declan.  Sage and Baxter are a hoot.  Trust me on this one.  Secondary characters that actually enhance the story, not bring it down.  This is a stand-alone, too.  Even if you don’t read New Adult, you would like this one.  Swoon-worthy in the end and the angst is left at the door.

 
 
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D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com

 
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