Book Review: Royally Endowed

 

 

 

 

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

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Ellie

But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.

Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.

My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.

There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.

“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”

And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.

I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.

Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”

There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.

And Logan’s watching me again.

Watching my mouth.

His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.

I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.

And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.

Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.

MY REVIEW

Royally Endowed is the third book in Emma Chase’s Royally series.  They are all standalone that are interconnect and you don’t necessary have to read the others but I would to really enjoy all the characters and storylines.  The entire series takes place in present day but with a fictional country thrown in the mix.

This is hands down my favorite book of this series.  I’m guessing because I found Logan and Ellie much more relatable. These two didn’t have the easiest upbringing and I found them more honest, real and raw then the other couples.  You can clearly tell in the other books that Logan and Ellie have an attraction to each other but aren’t acting on it.  You ask yourself again and again, Why not?  Royally Endowed answers this question and does it with a beautiful build up.  Logan and Ellie’s story takes place over many years and really shows you how well these two know each other and are beyond meant to be together.

Logan didn’t have an easy childhood and he signed up for the military two years before he should have been allowed.  However, his hard work and dedication led him to become one of the king’s most trusted bodyguards.  He is assigned to protect the new princess’s sister in America and Logan quickly finds an attraction to Ellie but she is just a senior in high school and he is just a bodyguard.  But Ellie never sees Logan as just a bodyguard, she actually craves his company and friendship.  As the years roll on, Logan continues to be her protector.  When these two can’t manage to stay away from each other anymore, fireworks go off and they risk everything for each other.

Favorite quote from Royally Endowed:

I would die for her. Kill for her, live for her. The vow echoes through me with every beat of my heart. She is the most important person in my life. She has been from the beginning, and she always will be. There will never be another.
I don’t know if I’ll be any fucking good at love. I’m not quite sure how it’s done. But for her, I’ll learn.  And I’ll do my damnedest to get it right.

Everything about this relationship seemed real and I think it was the pacing of the book that sold it right along with the honesty of these character’s feelings and emotions.  The tension between the two over the years made for easy page turns.  This story is definitely a slow burn and you literally can’t get enough.  It was delayed gratification at its finest.

I have loved Emma Chase’s stories since Tangled and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Royally series.  Logan and Ellie are a must read and if you want a love story with a slow burn pick it up today.

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Book Review: The Wright Mistake

 

 

 

A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.

He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.

The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.

A second chance might destroy us both.

Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.

 

The Wright Mistake is by far the best of this series.  It is emotional and gut wrenching at times.  If you read the other books in the series, you are well aware of Austin’s problems and that he had a relationship with Julia.  We didn’t know any details but it ended poorly.

Both Austin and Julia have heavy emotional baggage to deal with from their pasts.  Unfortunately or fortunately, however you make look at it, these two have all the charts chemistry.  Clearly, they want to be in a relationship but these issues they have are difficult and extremely relatable.  More than likely, we have all known someone or been through their issues ourselves.  I love that KA Linde didn’t sugar coat any of this and made her characters suffer.  If she would have provided an easy solution and a HEA quickly, this book would have been a DNF.

Julia and Austin’s journey to mend their hearts and minds is definitely not to miss.  I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough because I wanted the best for both of these characters.  KA Linde left the best for the last with the Wright brothers but I can’t wait to see what is in store for the Wright sisters!

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Book Review: Sin by Emma Hart

 

 

 

Damien fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.

Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.

And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.

I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.

He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.

Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.

Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.

One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox…

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)

 

MY REVIEW

Sin was everything you expect from Emma Hart: flaming hot chemistry, witty banter and dialogue and characters that you spend page after page reading about and can’t get enough of. Damien and Dahlia couldn’t be more opposite in their personalities. Dahlia is smart, witty, open to love and emotionally ready for what could be a fully committed relationship. She was lucky to have parents who adored each other and it resonates with her to this day. Damien had the opposite. He was part of and witnessed the destruction of his family and the supposed love his parents had for each other destroy everything he holds dear. He is calculated, cold and closed off…until he meets Dahlia.

The story is well paced, the plot line doesn’t lag and I adored not only the main characters but the secondary as well. Fergus and Abbie had me in stitches. Family dynamics play a huge part in this story for both Damien and Dahlia. Honestly, I was expecting more from Damien’s story with his father and he being so adamant to purchase her bar. I was waiting for a massive family secret to drop and threaten their relationship but it didn’t. The ending was a bit anti-climatic because there wasn’t a huge conflict. But I still enjoyed reading this story and I can’t wait to see what Hart has in stock for Damien’s sister Perrie.

 

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She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Book Review: Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken

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Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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“You want to do this right now?” He was still whispering as he slowly extended his large perfect surgeon’s hands out to the spider, and suddenly, I realized how this would end.

The spider would bite him.

Thatch’s bite would get infected.

And he wouldn’t be able to do his job.

Or pay off his student loans.

Leaving him in debt.

On the street.

Naked.

Dead.

Thatch was going to die.

“Wait!” I slowly lowered my body to the floor. Fear pounded in my ears as I held out my hands and Charlie lumbered onto my palms. It tickled. It would be nice if I weren’t so terrified of spiders.

Shaking, I walked over to the bucket and gently set him inside, this time, right side up so Thatch could transport him later. Just as I pulled my hands away, something sharp dug into my skin.

“Mother fu—”

Thatch grabbed me just before I collapsed against the floor, hands shaking and pain searing through my right thumb.

Before I knew what was happening, Thatch was carrying me over to the couch. Soft pillows met my back as he grabbed my thumb and held it close to his face.

“Am I going to die?” I whimpered. “Because the Discovery Channel [PS1] said tarantula bites feel like bee stings—they’re liars from the pit of hell!”

Thatch narrowed his eyes at the puffy red mark and then slowly dropped my hand to my side. “You’ll live.”

“Well, that’s encouraging. Don’t I at least get a sticker? A sucker? For saving your life?”

“You?” He chuckled and joined me on the couch. “Saved my life by getting bit by a tarantula?”

“Keep up!” Talking was at least distracting me from the throbbing pain. At least it had dulled a bit, though the fact that I had spider venom in my hand made me cringe. “If it bit you, you wouldn’t be able to do your job.”

He seemed thoughtful. “You mean I’d finally get a vacation where I’m allowed to sleep for longer than three hours?”

“Well, when you put it that way,” I grumbled, and tried to cross my arm, then hissed as pain exploded down my hand.

He grabbed it again. “At least the venom is weak, it’s really just the puncture wound from the spider’s fangs that causes the swelling.”

“Well, that’s disappointing on so many levels. I save your life and I don’t even get to turn into Spider-Man.”

“Tough luck, maybe next time.” He winked.

It was nice.

Sitting with him on the couch.

My legs on his lap.

My eyes focused on his mouth.

Abort! Abort!

I quickly looked away but not fast enough—he caught me staring where I shouldn’t have been staring, and I felt like a complete loser for still lusting after him the way I was.

What was it about Thatch?

Other than everything?

He was brilliant. Hardworking. Gorgeous. And he fought spiders on behalf of a girl he’d dumped.

Damn it.

“This leads nowhere,” he said in a hollow voice. “You understand that, right?”

It was like he’d just handed me the world’s happiest balloon and then popped it with a giant needle.

I was utterly defeated and deflated.

Even though I knew going into this there was no hope of us getting back together, I’d officially turned into that sad, pathetic clinger.

I’d always made fun of “those girls.”

And now “that girl” stared back at me in my own stupid mirror.

I let out a long sigh and nodded slowly. “This is strictly business, Thatch. You know how important this class is to me, how important getting my MBA is to me.”

He looked away, his jaw clenched. “Parents still MIA for the most part?”

I nodded.

“And the reelection, I imagine your dad wants you to join his mayoral campaign again?”

A sick feeling grew in the pit of my stomach.

To my parents, I was a trophy. Something shiny and pretty they could trot out to gain votes from families who appreciated their having taken time out of their busy lives to sire a child.

Granted, I knew my parents loved me.

They just loved me in their own way—the only way they knew how.

“I have to graduate,” I stressed again. “The job market’s fierce out there, and an MBA will help with that. The sooner I graduate, the sooner I can start my own life away from all of this.” I lifted my hands into the air.

This just happened to be a mansion.

A huge mansion.

With three interconnected swimming pools.

A tennis court.

Two movie rooms.

And a bowling alley.

I think I’d prefer anything but this. If I could choose to live in a dump with my parents and we’d be a family or I could have a mansion and scarcely see them.

I’d choose the dump every time.

“I’ll do my best to help you.” He lifted my legs off his lap. “But first, we ride.”

I blushed. I couldn’t help it.

“You can’t do that anymore,” he whispered, his blue eyes piercing. “You can’t blush when I say things like that.”

“Sorry.”

He muttered a curse and walked away. I could have sworn he adjusted himself near the door, but I was too busy hiding behind the couch to fully commit to ogling him.

“Where’s your bike?” he called over his shoulder before turning around.

“In the garage. It’s kind of dark now, though, let’s ride tomorrow after work.” I totally said it without stuttering or blushing.

“Fine.” He looked exhausted.

“Don’t forget the spider.” I pointed at the bucket. “And don’t let it loose in nature. We can’t have that bastard procreating with another, smaller spider and creating zombie spider babies that take over the world.”

He just stared at me like I’d lost my mind.

And then shook his head as a smile played across his face. “You’re entertaining, I’ll give you that.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.”

“It was meant to be one.”

We froze, both of us smiling at each other.

“Sleep,” I whispered. “You’ve got a busy day tomorrow.”

“Yup.” He gripped the bucket in one hand; the muscles in his forearm flexed. “Take some ibuprofen and ice the spider bite. If you feel any muscle weakness or tightness in your chest, let me know and I’ll prescribe you something.”

“Ah, the power of the pen.”

He rolled his eyes and waved with his free hand. “See you tomorrow morning at eight, Austin.” He hesitated in the doorway. “Be sure to wear something work-appropriate.”

“Oh, so you want me to wear a bike uniform?”

He flipped me off and quietly shut the door against my laughter.

 

My Review

So I didn’t read the first book in this series….which honestly is shocking consider I have read everything by Rachel so after Cheater’s Regret, I will be picking up Cheater very soon. I’m not a huge fan of cheating storylines but this is more a story of a man correcting a mistake and knowing and accepting that he screwed up even if he thought it was for all the right reasons.

Austin wants revenge on Thatch for ruining their relationship and it is fun to watch her get back at him. Some may call it childish but honestly, she just had her heart broken and she is trying to cope with it the best she can. Thatch catches on quickly and he also realizes he made a horrible mistake and wants her back. Watching these two dance around each other made me laugh out loud at times. Sometimes, I wanted to hit both of them up side of the head and scream, “You too need each other!”

Cheater’s Regret was an enjoyable second chance romance and Austin and Thatch’s chemistry and witty banter made the pages fly by. I look forward to going back and reading Cheater, the first book in the series.CheatersRegret-AN

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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Book Review: Swear by Adriana Locke

Title: Swear

Series: Landry Family #4

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance

Release Date: May 15, 2017

 

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Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford

Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he

was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled

from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could

never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even

prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his

arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the

night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have

let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

 

 

 

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It’s impossible

not to smile that he remembered my drink of choice. It’s also hopeless to

pretend that the boyish grin he’s flipping me doesn’t melt away some of the ice

around my heart.

Still, I

don’t want to play nice.

“I already

had coffee today. But thank you,” I say politely.

“No

offense, but you are kind of irritable this morning. Maybe you could use

another shot of caffeine.”

“You think

I’m irritable now? Keep it up.”

“You never

were a morning person,” he laughs. “Some things never change.”

“And some

things do,” I point out, giving him a look. “Seriously, why are you here?”

“I have

business with Violet. Remember?”

“That’s

bullshit anyway, but she’s not here. You’ll have to come back later.”

“Is that an

invitation?” he laughs.

“Did it

sound like one?” My arms cross over my chest and I’m aware it makes my boobs

look bigger. As his eyes drop and catch the top of my cleavage, his gaze burns

a trail on the ascent back up to my eyes.

Satisfaction

paints a smug look on my face and desire burns in the apex of my thighs. As

discreetly as possible, I clench my legs together to quell a bit of the ache

that’s beginning to throb under his observation.

When our

gazes meet, his is crackling. He lifts a single brow. “I damn sure hope that’s

an offer to come. If it’s not, we have a problem on our hands.”

“No, you have a problem on your hands,” I

say, shrugging. “It has nothing to do with me.”

“It could.”

 MY REVIEW

I have been patiently waiting for my time with Ford since the beginning of the Landry series. Adriana Locke didn’t disappoint at all. Ford is the Landry for me. He seems the most down to earth, grounded and real. A life of privilege is never something Ford wanted and growing up in it was hard for him. He didn’t know exactly where he fit into the Landry dynasty and he wasn’t certain if he should at all. He wanted something more and he decided to enlist in the military. The only problem is he left the love of his life at home: Ellie Pagan.

Now it is ten years later and Ellie is back in Savannah and after a chance encounter, Ford knows exactly what he wants. Ellie. Even if she doesn’t want him. He is a man on a mission and he wants Ellie’s heart.

Ellie has never truly gotten over Ford and although she has built a life to be proud of…it is missing one thing….someone to share it with. So when Ford pops back in, Ellie has a hard time keeping her wits about her. She doesn’t want the pain of another broken heart but Ford isn’t willing to stop until he has her again.

If you haven’t read the Landry series, go now….purchase them all and enjoy a family saga that makes your heart swoon and laugh out loud. The Landry family shouldn’t be missed. You will enjoy every page and Ford and Swear are the perfect ending to the Landry men.

Also, I told Addy that Ford would be loved by all…..I was right!

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

 

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

 

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

 

 

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Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

 

 

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Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…

 

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“If anything happens to her, we will hold you and the agency personally responsible.”

“Nothing will.”

Her father scowled. “Ms. Silver swears you’re ca­pable.”

“That I am.” Though Justice spoke to her father, he didn’t look away from Fallon, and she shivered at the deepness of the voice that stroked over her skin like a warm caress.

“She also said you were a professional fighter,” her father continued.

“Was once,” Justice agreed. “I fought with the SBC, but I don’t compete anymore.”

“SBC?” her father asked.

“Supreme Battle Challenge. Best known fight orga­nization there is.”

Ah, a fighter. Fallon gave him another quick glance. She supposed that explained the damaged ear, crook in his nose and the outrageous hairstyle. “Not a boxer,” she guessed.

“Mixed martial arts, so kicking, grappling, submis­sions, but yeah, I’m a pretty good boxer, too.” He jok­ingly threw a few shadow punches, then, with a glance at her dad, quickly sobered. “Not to brag or anything.”

With a critical eye, her father said, “Admittedly, you’re not what I expected.”

“You were looking for Rocky Balboa? The one in the later movies, not the first? He did get slick in the last few, huh? That’s not me, though. Never will be.”

Such an outpouring left her father stymied for a mo­ment. “Well, my wife and Ms. Silver did suggest that you’d be able to blend in.”

Fallon remained on the last step—and still Justice towered over her. She smiled up at him. “That was my stipulation. That you be able to blend, I mean. I didn’t want a bodyguard to be super conspicuous. But seeing you now, I can’t imagine you blending in too easily.”

He crooked a brow. “Why not?”

“You’re rather large to blend.”

“Depends on where we go, right?” He took her elbow and very unnecessarily helped her down the last step. “Bar, club, steakhouse—no one will pay much attention to me. In this house?” He looked around as if a little put off by the grandeur. “Or a fancy party?” He rasped a big hand over his beard stubble. “I can shave, spiff up a little and force myself into a suit, but that still might not do the trick.”

MY REVIEW

I loved this book. I was so intrigued by Justice in the first book in this series.  I couldn’t wait to see how his story unfolded. Justice is a former MMA fighter who has now joined his buddy Leese at Body Armor where he serves as a bodyguard.  Justice is still pretty new to the business and has only just started his career.  When he receives his newest client, a 24-year-old woman whose parents insist she needs protection every time she leaves the house, it wonder why but knows it is his job to just protect.

Fallon Wade has been sheltered her whole life but her parents really ramped it up after a tragedy in their family over five years ago.  She puts up with it because she feels responsible for their pain.  However, she has had enough and wants to experience life a little and convinces her parents to let her out.  In walks Justice and Fallon is shocked.  He doesn’t look like her normal bodyguards.  She doesn’t understand how Justice can blend in anywhere, as he’s 6’5″, with crazy hair and insanely hot.

Justice is immediately drawn to Fallon because she is so kind and beautiful.  She isn’t pretentious at all and she has such joy from the small things that normal people overlook.  Fallon is extremely private and Justice wants to know more especially once he meets her ex-boyfriend who clearly has caused some of Fallon’s issues.

There is a suspense plot running in the background of their story and you are trying to guess who is responsible through the whole book.  The best part of the suspense plot is all of our old favorites show up.  It is great to catch up with Cannon, Armie, Denver,  and Stack.  It also looks like Miles will be joining the agency as well.  Not to mention that Sahara Silver, the owner of the agency, needs a hero as well.  I really enjoyed the second installment of this series and look forward to more from the Body Armor agency.

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Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.

Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.

He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.

There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.

Even if I might want him. Just a little…

 

 

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.

She’s another story.

 

Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.

I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.

Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.

Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.

If only I didn’t want her.

 

 

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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00027]My name is Carly Porter… And I’m really good at bad decisions.

How do I know this, exactly? Well, not including the time I accidentally bleached my eyebrows or sprained my ankle changing a lightbulb…

I had sex with my best friend’s brother.

Zeke Elliott has been a thorn in my side for eleven years. A very sexy, very tempting, very freaking annoying one. With big…hands.

And now my clitoris has a crush on the guy.

Seriously. I can’t look at him without my vagina performing accidental kegels. Which would be fine, but he’s Cain’s brother. I hate him. He’s off limits, right?

Right.

My Review

I so enjoyed Carly and Zeke. These two were absolutely hilarious and seemed so real. These two “accidentally” sleep together. Zeke is her best friend’s brother and her they have been frenemies for the past 11 years. I imagine these two have been antagonizing each other for years. When they sleep together, these two can’t stay away from each other. Zeke is handsome, real, and absolutely funny as hell. He doesn’t put up with Carly and can be as mouthy as she is with him. Their banter is my favorite part of this book but Zeke’s past is standing in the way. He is reeling from his fiancee cheating on him but Carly has never been anything but honest. Carly wants the whole thing including the happy ending. Can these two make it work? Pick it up…you will laugh so hard and the pages will fly by.

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“Don’t blame me,” he says. “You’re easy to rile. You rise to the bait every time…Like a pretty little piranha.”

“Did you just—” I spin, the wet cloth in my hand, and stare at him.

He’s holding my cake. And he’s bitten into it. The frosting is on his nose.

I respond the only possible way. I throw the cloth I’m holding at his face. It’s a damn good shot, because it opens up mid-air and covers half his face, leaving one of his eyes uncovered.

Brooke coughs and looks away.

“Thanks.” Zeke wipes his face off with the cloth and chucks it back to me. “I needed that. The damn frosting gets everywhere.”

“My frosting,” I shoot at him, turning the tap back on. “My cupcake, my frosting, your karma.”

“You two are exhausting.” Brooke sighs, joining me at the sink. “You either need to be separated on a permanent basis, like three-year-olds, or just have sex.”

My stomach loop-the-loops. “Unless he comes with batteries, I’m not interested.”

“I don’t need batteries,” Zeke offers, his sexy grin now an even sexier smirk. “It’s pretty easy to keep going when you’re being prayed to mid-fuck.”

“Why? Because you’re a god?” Brooke asks dryly. “How original of you. That’s never been used by a guy in the history of ever.”

Well. In all fairness, I might have begged to a deity once or twice when we…Never mind.

Not thinking about that.

“Can we not talk about sex?” I look around the room.

“Why?” Cain grins. “Aren’t you getting any?”

I look him dead in the eye and say, “I don’t need any.”

Zeke snorts. “People always need sex, Carly.”

I turn my attention to him and raise my eyebrow. “No. People need oxygen and water and food. You don’t even need sex to make babies now. Your point is moot.”

 

 

 

 

 

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