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Review: Deep Cover (Love Over Duty) by Scarlett Cole

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ARE THEY IN TOO DEEP?

Ex-Navy SEAL Cabe Moss always comes when called to duty―at all costs. Even though the death of his fiancée nearly destroyed him, Cabe won’t let his past interfere with any work that has to get done. When his latest task pushes him to team up with FBI Agent Amy Murray, a fierce beauty with the undercover skills to match, Cabe must admit that, for the first time in years, he wants to do more than just complete their mission together…

Amy was born ready for this assignment, but working side-by-side with the the strong, silent, and frustratingly professional Cabe seems to be the biggest challenge of all. But when the sparks begin to fly―and the stakes rise to dangerous heights―the only thing Amy is left worrying about is how she can resist him. Their lives may be in danger, but their hearts hold the biggest risk of all…

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My Review

Deep Cover is the third book in The Love Over Duty Series and is an interconnected stand-alone novel. Deep Cover follows the story of Cabe and Amy. Cabe is the guy you can always count on when you need him. When called to duty, he’ll never let you down. When his fiancee passed away, it nearly destroyed him. He will face his biggest challenge to date when he gets paired up with FBI Agent Amy Murry. Even though Cabe may appear to be the strong, silent type, there is more to him than meets the eye. The stakes are high and sparks are flying all over the place. Will Amy be able to resist Cabe? Will they be able to keep things professional and solve the case?? There’s only one way to find out…..

Deep Cover is my first book by this author and overall I thought it was an ok read. I was really intrigued by the story-line and the characters. I wanted to know more, though I will admit, the first part of the story did move at a slower pace than I would like. Since the story is not told from the first person point of view, I will admit that I was distracted. With so many characters and the different pov type, I found it hard to concentrate on the story. 2nd & 3rd Person POV is something that I personally struggle with, but do try my best to overcome.

Anyways, I liked Amy and Cabe together. Amy was smart and witty. She challenged Cabe and made him want to have a life again. And Cabe was an alpha male with the biggest heart, even when he seemed closed off and wanting to keep things professional. Together, I thought these two meshed well and was looking forward to seeing how their story was going to play out.

Deep Cover is one of those stories that I think will be a hit for some and a miss for others. For me, I thought it was an ok read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. There was a few issues with the story that made it a little hard for me, but in the end, I’m glad I didn’t give up on Amy and Cabe’s story. I loved the danger and suspense that Deep Cover had to offer and appreciated the light drama associated with Amy and Cabe’s romance.

As I stated before, this is my first read by this author, and while it wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’d still opening to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Heart of Glass (Fostering Love #3) by Nicole Jacquelyn

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The next standalone novel from Nicole Jacquelyn about love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Henry Harris was living his dream as a staff sergeant in the Marines. When he’s killed in action, his devastated family is in for one more shock: he had a daughter they never knew about.

Morgan Riley has been raising Etta on her own, and that’s always been fine by her – until Henry’s brother Trevor arrives on her doorstep, willing to do anything to help and make up for his brother’s mistakes. Their attraction feels wrong, but Morgan can’t seem to turn him away.

Trevor is suddenly in too deep. He has always wanted a family, but Etta and Morgan come with complications. Yet as Etta brings them closer together, Trevor begins to imagine giving Morgan and Etta the life his brother never could. But he wonders if Morgan will ever learn to trust another man with her heart, especially a man whose last name is Harris.

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My Review

Heart of Glass is the third book in The Fostering Love Series and follows the story of Morgan and Trevor. While this book is the third in its series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. When I first picked up this book, I was floored by the prologue. I wanted to know more about Henry and the reason he stayed away from his daughter. To then find out he was killed in action….well, lets just say I was shocked. Then we meet Morgan, and we see that she’s struggling. She’s trying to do the best that she can with the cards life has dealt her, but it’s not easy. And when Trevor shows up, he is a complication that Morgan just doesn’t need. Trevor wants to right all the wrongs his brother committed, but truthfully, I think Morgan would be happy if he stayed away. As time goes on, Morgan and Trevor start develop feelings for one another. Feelings that seem so wrong, but just can’t be ignored….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It was definitely a quick one and I was able to finish it in just a few short hours. When I first started reading this book, I was hooked right off the bat. I was intrigued by the story-line and wanted to know more. Morgan wasn’t the easiest character to love or connect with for me. But, I did appreciate her determination, strength and independence, even if she was stubborn most of the time. And Trevor…well, he was impossible to not fall in love with. He is a total family man–nothing is more important to him. He’s devoted, sweet, understanding and just totally perfect. Together, I thought these two made an interesting pair, especially with their history.

I also really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics. You could tell that Morgan loved Etta more than anything in the world and that there is nothing she wouldn’t do for her. You could also tell that she was very protective of her other family members and would try to help them out of any situation. And Trevor’s family, while they weren’t perfect, they meant well and you could tell just how much family meant to them.

I did have some issues with this series. As much as I enjoyed Trevor and Morgan together, I was left wanting more from them. Their situation was definitely one of insta-love and for me, it just didn’t work. For their type of story, I needed more emotion. I need more build up. I wanted to really see them fall and fight for each other. Don’t get me wrong, there was some romance and sexy good times, but for the most part, it was light on the romance. This story was definitely more family centered, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t what I was expecting to be the focus. My only other issue was the angst, or the lack there of. I really, really missed the angst. It was pretty much nonexistent and that is one of the things that I have come to know and love from this author.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I liked the overall theme of family and how important it is to have them around/in your life. Heart of Glass is sweet story, but just left me wanting more. And while it’s not my favorite in this series, I’m still glad I checked it out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Girl of His Dreams by Janet Nissenson

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He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams.

Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.

But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin.

Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.

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My Review

The Girl Of His Dreams is my first read by author Janet Nissenson. It appears to be a spin off of the Splendor Trilogy, but I do believe it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

I thought The Girl Of His Dreams was a fun and entertaining read. I thought Jordan was a really interesting character and loved getting inside of his head. He was your typical young doctor that had the world at his feet. He could have any woman he wanted, yet he couldn’t stop thinking about his married patient, Tessa. So, when he goes off to Maui for a vacation, he’s hoping not just for some fun in the sun, but also to get over his crush. All is going to plan until he meets Aubrey. He is immediately drawn to her and if he didn’t know better, she could be a dead ringer for Tessa. Aubrey is everything that Jordan could possibly want: young, beautiful, smart and most importantly, available. Has Jordan finally met the woman of his dreams?

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I enjoyed the pace and the story-line. I liked Jordan and Aubrey together. I thought they matched each other well and had great chemistry….they certainly burned up the pages together. I liked seeing these two interact and grow as a couple. Jordan certainly wasn’t perfect, but you could tell that his feelings for Aubrey were genuine and you couldn’t help but root for him to get his happily ever after.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

 

Review: The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst

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An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…

It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.

But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?

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My Review

The Start of Something Good is the first book in the Stay Series by Jennifer Probst. This book follows the story of Mia and Ethan. As a former Special Forces Paratrooper and bodyguard, he’s seen his fair share of pain and drama. So, when he finally makes his way home, his wounds are far deeper than people imagine. He hides out at the family farm so he won’t have to deal with people and the town he once lived in. All is going to plan until Mia blows into his life and turns everything upside down….Being in the country for the summer is the last on her mind. But when a client needs help with his teenage daughter, she has no choice but to help. Only the farm is no place for an uptight and quick tempered Mia. She butts heads with Ethan from the moment they meet. To say they don’t hit it off would be an understatement. Their disdain for one another is completely palpable and leads to a passion that neither one of them can deny…

I’m going to be totally honest with you, I didn’t really like this book in the beginning. I had a really tough time with it. I didn’t really like the characters and had a really hard time connecting with them. Mia was your total cliched city girl: snobby, stuck up and acted like she was better than everyone else. Ethan had his own share of issues and thought he had Mia pegged from the very beginning. I found him to be a bit arrogant and didn’t like his behavior towards Mia. He wouldn’t give her a chance even when she was trying to do the right thing. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes this behavior in characters works for me, but I think in order for it to work, I’ve got to find something in the beginning that makes me want to invest in them and sadly, it took a while for it to happen for me. I had a few times where I put this book down and honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to finish it, but I’m happy to say that I did finish and I’m glad that I stuck it out. The characters did end up winning me over. Once they got over themselves and stopped fighting, I saw the redeeming qualities in them that I was looking for. I felt their passion and pull and wanted to get to know them better.

I actually really liked Chloe, the girl that Mia was looking out for. She was 19 and wasn’t perfect. She made a lot of mistakes and was sent to the farm to hopefully learn from them. I enjoyed getting to know her and there was definitely more to her than what meets the eye. Don’t get me wrong, she definitely acted immature at times, but I felt like her father didn’t see her as an adult at all. He wanted to make her life fit with his agenda and it just frustrated me to no end.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It was a little rough in the beginning, but won me over in the end. It is a stand-alone, enemies to lovers romance. I loved the small town feel of this story and think that there is a lot of great potential there. The old couples from the B&B were a hoot. I loved how they were up in everybody’s business and was entertained by their matchmaking skills.

Even though this book wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m glad that I checked it out and gave it a chance. I think this series has a lot of great potential and would open to checking out more from it in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

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My Review

All the Little Lights is a stand-alone young adult novel. It follows the story of Catherine and Elliott. From the moment Elliott spots Catherine. He can’t stay away. As outcasts, they form a friendship and an unforgettable bond. But, when tragedy strikes and Catherine needs him, Elliott is forced to leave town and leave her behind…..When Elliott is finally able to return to Catherine, things are different. They are different. Elliott is determined to win her back, despite Catherine’s unwillingness to forgive him. Just when things appear to be moving in the right direction for Catherine and Elliott, the town is once again hit with tragedy. Only, this time, Elliott is the suspect….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the story-line was unique and intriguing. The characters were interesting and I liked that Catherine and Elliott were the outcasts. I wanted to know more about them, their story and the overall plot. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded the story and couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

However, I did have some issues with this story. One of the biggest ones was the pacing. At times, the pacing just lagged and I found it hard to keep focused. At times, I found myself confused and unsure of what was going on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like to try to figure things out when I’m reading and sadly this story left me feeling a bit lost at times.

All the Little Lights will be one of those reads that is a hit for some and a miss for others. While the plot was intriguing and had some good twists, the pacing threw me off. Even though I didn’t love this book, I’m still glad that I gave it a chance and checked it out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Undercover Billionaire (Tate Brothers #3) by Jackie Ashenden

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The Tate Brothers were raised to protect what is theirs…

Navy SEAL Wolf Tate is on a mission of vengeance. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to infiltrate the lair of his arms-dealing enemy—and rescue the mother he never knew. To do this, he’ll need more than his father’s fortunes or his brothers-in-arms. He must find a way to kidnap his enemy’s daughter for leverage. There’s just one problem: She is also one of Wolf’s closest friends—and the only woman he’s ever loved…

For years, Olivia de Santis has been waiting for Wolf to take her in his arms and make her dreams come true. But she never imagined that he’d sneak into her bedroom one night…and take her as his hostage. Olivia knows she should resist him—and stay loyal to her own family. But how can she deny the burning justice of Wolf’s mission, and the blazing desire in his eyes—even if giving into the heat of the moment can put her in grave danger?

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My Review

 

“He wasn’t the guy in the photos he’s sent her, cradling a gun or looking hot in a uniform. He was a living, breathing man who was laying right beneath her and she was touching him and it was real. It was all real.”

The Undercover Billionaire is the third book in the Tate Brother’s Series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book starts off with a bang and had me dying to know more. I thought this book was well written, and intriguing. I easily finished this book in one day.

Overall, I thought The Undercover Billionaire was a good read. I loved the suspense and intrigue. I enjoyed Wolf and Olivia together. I though they had some great chemistry and I enjoyed the push & pull between them. Not only did this book have a lot of delicious steam, but there was also some great twists along the way.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Getting Hotter (Out of Uniform #8) by Elle Kennedy

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A good bad boy is hard to find.

Seth Masterson has been lusting over Miranda Breslin since the moment he saw her on a Vegas stage. Now that he’s been asked to watch out for her as she opens a dance studio in San Diego, he’s all over it, figuring it’s his chance to get her in his bed. Except the stubborn single mom seems determined to deny their crazy-sizzling sexual chemistry. In typical SEAL fashion, Seth makes it his personal mission to prove her wrong.

Miranda got over her attraction to bad boys about the time one of them knocked her up at the age of eighteen. Seth’s mocking gray eyes and military-buff bod, though, are pure and utter temptation. And when a flooded apartment forces her and her twins to move in with him, she can no longer resist the urge to set off some serious fireworks between the sheets.

But give him her heart? No, thank you. Any involvement with Seth will be strictly physical—and temporary. So when Seth decides permanent is what he wants, Miranda must steel her defenses before she does something incredibly foolish…like fall in love.

Warning: This book contains a bad boy SEAL who knows what he wants and will go to any lengths to get it. Expect some graphic language, hot sex, seduction, hot sex, dirty talk, hot sex, a little man-on-man action, hot sex. Oh, and hot sex.

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My Review

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I loved the synopsis of this story and couldn’t wait to dive in. Getting Hotter hit the ground running and had me totally intrigued by Miranda. I loved her dedication to her work and how her children were her number one priority. I thought that Miranda and Seth had some really good chemistry and I loved the tension that sparked between them. However, I did have some major issues with Seth. Seth, while he was sexy and determined, I didn’t really love the way he went about pursuing Miranda. He had the worst attitude when it came to children, and I couldn’t understand why he would bother chasing after a woman that has kids. Like I get that he is hot for her, but if he’s not interested in all that comes along with the woman, he should move on to someone who is more his speed. I should note that after the halfway point, Seth does try to redeem himself. He does try to improve himself and show Miranda that there is more to him than meets the eye; that he wants more from her than just in her pants…

Getting Hotter is the 8th book in the Out of Uniform Series and can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. This book was a quick and easy read for me and is definitely one that you can read in just one sitting. Getting Hotter is one of those reads that is going to be a hit for some and a miss for others. I enjoyed the story-line and really liked Miranda. Seth does try to redeem himself in the end, however, I was just left wanting more.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*