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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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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Shameful (Shameless Trilogy #2) by M. Malone & Nana Malone! @minxmalone @nanamalone

 

Title: Shameful
Series: Shameless Trilogy #2
Authors: M. Malone & Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Blurb
I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I am a liar, a protector…a killer…I am Noah Blake.
And now that she knows my secret, she hates me.
The guilt and shame I carry around is bad enough…But seeing the distrust in her eyes, that will kill me before my enemies do…

 

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Then she was kissing him again and not with the gentle hesitancy he’d expected. She gripped his hair in both hands and devoured, sucking on his bottom lip with a carnal growl that sent most of his blood racing south. Noah groaned as he hardened instantly and Lucia purred when she felt his arousal. The little vixen had the nerve to slide her legs up and around his waist, squeezing tight and ,rocking against his length.
“Lucia,” he breathed warningly.
“Yes. Did you need something?” She batted her eyelashes innocently. It was supposed to be innocent anyway but everything she did was sexy.
“Everything. I need everything from you.”
Something snapped in him and he was suddenly intensely grateful they were already on the bed. They fell back onto the covers in a tangle of arms and legs. He couldn’t get his mouth everywhere he wanted to at once and the urgency drove his need higher. Lucia bucked under him when he took a big mouthful of her breast, sucking hard through the fabric of her T-shirt.
“Need more,” he growled and then pushed her shirt up and pulled the lacy cup of her bra down so he could get at what he wanted.
“Yes, that feels so good,” Lucia whispered.
Her mouth fell open as his tongue swirled around the delicate point. Noah couldn’t have stopped if he’d tried. He couldn’t get enough of the taste of her skin. She whimpered his name several times before he gave her a break. When he pulled back, her nipple was hard and red as a cherry. Lucia’s eyes followed the movement when he licked his lips.
“Noah! Take this off,” she demanded.
He loved hearing the need in her voice, and her eyes glittered when he helped her sit up and pull the shirt off. At his first sight of her in nothing but panties and the lacy black bra, the swells of her generous breasts overflowing the cups, he almost broke down and begged right then and there. She was a goddess walking amongst mortals. Oblivious to his internal thoughts, Lucia pulled at the hem of his shirt.
“I’m the only one undressed. I’m feeling a little lonely over here.”
“We can’t have that.” Noah yanked his T-shirt over his head and threw it on the floor.
Lucia sighed and wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him down into her embrace.
“I really was lonely, you know. For so long all I’ve wanted was for you to see me. For you to let me love you and give you the family you’ve never had. I’ll be your family, Noah. Me and, hopefully one day, our children. You’ll never feel alone again.”
His world stopped spinning and he pulled back to see her face. “Our kids?”
It shouldn’t have been a surprise. He knew Lucia wanted children and a traditional family. Wasn’t that why he’d hated watching her date so much? Because he’d known that one day she’d find some guy, marry him and pop out a few adorable babies. It had torn him up to imagine his Lucia round with another man’s baby.
But the idea of fathering her children hit him like a ton of bricks.
He came from the streets and had very few memories of his own father. What the hell did he know about any of that? He’d seen so few functional relationships that it was almost laughable to think he could suddenly be husband and father material. Lucia needed a man who could do both. He looked down at her all flushed and glowing with love in his bed. What had he ever done to deserve the love of a woman like this?
You don’t deserve it, the insidious voice in the back of his mind whispered. She has no idea what you are truly capable of.
“Noah? What’s wrong?”
He hadn’t even realized he’d pulled away until she spoke. Lucia crossed her arms, covering her breasts. Noah’s mind raced as he was assaulted with images of what the future might hold— Lucia holding a beautiful baby with his dark hair and her gray eyes. Lucia happy for a while until she figured out that Noah would never be the man she needed.
Lucia leaving him.
“Nothing. I need to check on things. Stay here.” He kissed her forehead softly when she started to speak. “I’ll be back.”
He could feel her eyes on his back as he knelt to grab his shirt off the floor. It felt like a laser drilling a hole through him and it only made him move faster. He needed to get away. Away from expectations and the love shining in her eyes. He had a job to do. He would never be the man Lucia truly deserved but he could be the protector she needed. All this emotion was enough to make him forget what was truly important, keeping her safe. Emotion made you soft and he couldn’t afford that.
Not with Lucia’s life on the line. 
Dear Lord above.  This book.  This series.   Did I mention that I normally don’t read trilogies until the last book is out?  There is still one more book to read and I can’t wait.  Noah and Lucia are a couple that at times make you swoon, then piss you off, then make you swoon again.  The banter between them is above any that I’ve read in a long time.  It’s real, relatable but above all, sweet.  Yes, sweet.
The authors have labeled this series Misadventures and I would agree.  There is action, suspense, miscommunication, comedy, sexy times but above all heart.  Noah and Lucia are real people.  Sure Noah isn’t all the good, according to him but in Lucia’s eyes, he is despite what has already happened in the first book.  In fact, when these two FINALLY have their “talk”, regardless of what has happened or will happen, they will not give up on each other.  Too much history between them.
I love the plot arc in the series.  The ending is a loud audible GASP at the end.  The authors know how to end a book in a trilogy.  I can’t believe that I have to wait until the end of the month for the ending.  Plus, I must know about Oskar, Matthias and the rest of Blake Security.  The men that work for Noah are really fleshed out without being intrusive.  However, they are crucial to the plot, romance and overall arc of the book.
Run, don’t walk to get this trilogy.  I HIGHLY recommend getting the free prequel.  The books stand alone (somewhat) but the prequel is a must.  
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When I started to read this book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  What caught my eye was the hero’s name.  Noah.  My all time book boyfriend’s name is Noah.  As in Noah Clayborne (Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood).  I knew with a name like that, the book would be good.  It’s just not good, it’s AWESOME!  
As with any trilogy, the books must be read in order.  If you read my review from above, you’ll understand why.  The ending to this one left me gasping and going “Oh Hell NO!” but in a good way.  I never expect that and I quickly devoured the next book.  And yes, that ending left me breathless, too.  You know how you think you have figured out the plot and then the authors throw you?  Yep, they have done it with this book and I’m sure that when it is all said and done, I will be breathless again and crying at the same time.
Most people know that I don’t really like trilogies until the last book is out.  Well, I’ve made the exception with this series.  It’s hot, funny, relatable, suspenseful, characters that I love (even the secondary characters) and the writing is spot on.  I’ve read Nana Malone before and love your books.  M. Malone, this is my first time reading your work and I’m loving it.
I can not recommend this series highly.  I just wish I didn’t have to wait until the end of the month to find out how it ends.  And then, I’ll be a hot mess because I don’t want to say goodbye to Noah.  *sigh*
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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.