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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
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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