Genre: Contemporary

WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

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WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya BanksWith Every Breath by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #4
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

 

Eliza Cummings loves her job with Devereaux Security Services (DSS) and the men she works with and, lately, she has even come to love the women some of those men have married.  But Eliza has been hiding a big secret that made her the woman that she is.  An unexpected phone call tells Eliza that her time with this secret is now over and, to keep those she loves safe, Eliza will have to say goodbye to all she knows and take actions that will either get her killed or jailed for life.

 

Wade Sterling is a man who knows all about secrets and walking the line.  While some of Wade’s business is above the board and very public, there is also certain areas that Wade keeps in the dark and very secret.  Just lately, Wade has had dealings with DSS and, while he generally likes all of those he has met, there is one agent who lives to drive him up the wall.  Wade knows what is causing the friction, but for now he hasn’t had a way to get Eliza to be in the same room with him long enough for them to clear the air and admit to the real reason.

 

Eliza hates lying to her bosses, partner, and co-workers, but she does so willingly to keep them safe and to get her away on her mission before they can figure out something is seriously wrong.  What she doesn’t know is that she hasn’t been as convincing as she believes, and now Wade is on her tail.  It’s only days until Eliza will be face-to-face with part of her past that destroyed so many and will need to enact her plans.  The last thing she expects is to find herself kidnapped by Wade and taken to a stronghold.  Wade is determined to find out just what is going on and whatever it is, is all but killing Eliza by the looks of her.  When Eliza finally breaks down and tells all, Wade is just as determined to keep her safe and will pull out any stops needed to do so—including pulling in the DSS team.  Eliza has tried to tell everyone about the monster about to be freed, and even with them all saying they understand, she knows that they don’t understand the full extent of it.  Just as the plans are put into action, Eliza realizes from another phone call that they have all underestimated the acts of a madman, and she has to put it on the line to save an innocent.  The question is, will Wade and the DSS team learn about what has happened before it’s too late to save Eliza?

 

A woman with a dark secret in her past ends up teaming up with a man well accustomed to working with the dark and the secret.  Eliza and Wade have to come to terms with not only the threat to Eliza, but also their attraction and the passion that arises from it in With Every Breath.  I have wondered about Eliza’s background since the series started and what I discovered as I read had me even more impressed with the woman she is.  I knew that something was up with Wade from the moment he first appeared, because he had shadows all over him, and I loved how easily he promised to put it all aside for Eliza’s love.  Being the strong man that he is, I have no doubt that he will take care of the darkness around him so nothing affects Eliza and their life together.

 

I absolutely loved how fast the DSS team came once they understood what was wrong with Eliza and how they fought to keep her safe from the nightmare come true that threatened her.  I found the suspense kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next, and the passion between Eliza and Wade was hot enough for steam to rise off the pages when let free.  There are many types of love, and I believe that most of them are seen in Eliza and Wade’s journey from friend-enemies to lovers in With Every Breath.  There was little question in my mind as I closed the last page that I would be Joyfully Recommending Wade and Eliza’s story.  While I would recommend you read the series in order, I believe that you could easily read this book out of order.

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

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More Than Anything by Kimberly LangMore Than Anything by Kimberly Lang
Series: Magnolia Beach #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary


 

I love small town romance stories and for some reason they always make me want to end up there. That was the case with Magnolia Beach. I have only read one other book by Kimberly Lang and I enjoyed it so much I had to read More Than Anything and already I am wanting more of this series.

 

Shelby Tanner is running the Bay Breeze marina when at 3:00 am she receives a call that one of her tenants who is renting space at the marina has drifted away from the dock. At first Shelby believes it to be a prank but sure enough when she looks outside there is the boat and of course the occupant doesn’t know how to drive it so she goes out to help. When she comes face to face with Declan Hyde she only has two things on her mind, one is to figure out how his boat got loose and two is to go back to sleep. Over the next few days she notices how attractive he is even though he needs a haircut and a shave, but while getting to know him she can’t deny the attraction that burns between them. Shelby knows he’s leaving so why not have a little fun while he’s here. It’s not like she is going to lose her heart, or is she?

 

Architect Declan Hyde is out of a girlfriend and a job but as they say out with the old and in with the new. Magnolia Beach is just a four month stop on his way to Miami for a new job after the New Year. He’s been catching up on reading, Netflix, and enjoying this time off even though he hasn’t gone into town much. After meeting Shelby the night his boat went adrift he was more than intrigued by this beautiful woman and it’s not going to be easy to get so close with her with her family around, but Declan is up for the challenge because he can’t get her out of his head. He won’t make any promises and she won’t beg him to stay but as the time draws near for him to leave and the closer they become he wonders if in fact he’s making the right choice.

 

More Than Anything has everything I love in a small town romance. It was filled with love, warmth, and a sweet building romance I never wanted to end. The characters were just so damn likable especially Shelby and Declan and I’m not just saying that because they were the main characters. They were wonderfully written and showed growth throughout the story. Even the secondary characters wormed their way into my heart because while this story wasn’t about them, they also showed growth that already has me wanting to learn more about them.

 

Declan and Shelby had a nice, sweet and slow romance. I loved that they took the time to talk and ask important questions such as what they really wanted in the long run. Declan believes he worked hard to get that job in Miami and wants that life but I noticed once Shelby got him off the boat and around to meet people he was fitting in and slowly making Magnolia Beach his home even though he didn’t want to believe it.

 

More Than Anything is the third book in the Magnolia Beach series but don’t worry readers this could definitely be read as a standalone, but after reading this I am going to purchase the previous books because that’s how much I really did love More Than Anything. The best laid plans are often the ones that don’t follow the plan and that really came across in this story. While Declan had his life planned out and was used to being alone he never thought that one woman could have him second guessing his plans. With all this talk about plans, plan to pick up More Than Anything and not because I’m Joyfully Recommending it but because you won’t want to miss this capturing and heartfelt romance.

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

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TAKEN by Cynthia EdenTaken by Cynthia Eden
Series: L. O. S. T. #5
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Suspense

The LOST series by Cynthia Eden was one of those series in the beginning that I wasn’t sure if I was going to read or not, but once I got started I was hooked and started looking forward to every single book just hoping the release dates wouldn’t be too far apart. Taken was a phenomenal addition to this series and I loved every moment of it.

 

Bailey Jones is a survivor of a serial killer who is known as the Death Angel. She was held captive and tortured for days when she hears the screams of another victim and tries to help only to be left for dead. After being found barely alive she informs authorities that the other victim got away, but they don’t believe her since there was no evidence supporting her claim. Now months later Bailey reaches out to LOST to see if they can find this mysterious woman and she is paired with new LOST agent Asher Young. Asher comes off as dangerous, but there is something about him that makes Bailey feel safe. The more that they look for this woman the closer they get but danger isn’t far behind them.

 

Ex-SEAL and LOST agent Asher Young might be fairly new to the team, but he is damn good at what he does. After meeting Bailey for the first time he knows there is something about her that calls to him and makes him want to protect her. But since she is a client and is still recovering from what the Death Angel did he knows he should be hands off, except that is getting harder and harder. Asher knows he can protect her and as things start occuring once they return to the site of where it all happened he believes that Bailey was telling the truth and just maybe the Death Angel has unfinished business with Bailey.

 

Taken gave me chills from the very first page, it was thrilling, heart pounding and had me double checking my locks. Bailey and Asher were such great characters. I loved how Ms. Eden had them bond over their abductions. Bailey from the start was a good person not only because she wanted to find this missing woman but she has been saving her money just to hire LOST for the job. Asher’s past was a bit on the dark side but I couldn’t get enough of him and the protectiveness he showed with Bailey.

 

I loved the whole serial killer idea that shapes this series and thought Ms. Eden put a very real spin on this story. I found the suspense build up was worth the wait and couldn’t wait to find out who the Death Angel really was. The romance was just on the okay side but I really found myself focusing more on the mystery and letting romance take the back seat, don’t get me wrong Bailey and Asher did have some hot scenes but I just wasn’t that focused on them.  The one issue I did have was the overuse of the word “lovers”, it was just mentioned so many times when it didn’t need to be. I understood that’s what they were or what they were going to end up being to one another but I did like how their relationship really started to become more to both of them.
After finishing Taken, I had trouble finding a next book to begin because all I could think about was how wonderfully written and invested I became in this story. For those who love a good romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the very end you won’t want to miss Taken.

 

SEAL OF A LIFETIME by Virna DePaul

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SEAL OF A LIFETIME by Virna DePaulSEAL of a Lifetime by Virna DePaul
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
 



 

Mitch Trenton is a Navy SEAL who was injured while on the battlefield, and he is determined to get himself back with his team.  Being shipped back stateside for recovery, Mitch is about to meet another physical therapist who has gained a reputation for getting people back on their feet.  Mitch is all set to put in as much hard work as needed to accomplish his goals, but he is struck sideways after meeting his new therapist and the instant attraction that appears.

 

Paige O’Kelly has worked hard to gain her reputation as a physical therapist and is about to try for the job of her dreams at John Hopkins.  But for now, she has been assigned a new patient who will need her help to be able to walk again unaided, much less go back to active military duty.  When Paige meets Mitch, she is struck by his good looks, cocky attitude, and she automatically says no to his date requests.

 

As their sessions go on, eventually Mitch wears Paige down and she does agree to a date.  One thing leads to another and Paige realizes that she is attracted to Mitch and, because of their situation, knows she must either end their professional or their personal relationship.  Mitch agrees to a new therapist rather than lose Paige.  But all is not paradise when Mitch pushes his new therapist for approval to be activated back to duty, and Paige’s dream of working at John Hopkins is put at risk by their relationship.  Paige knows she is risking everything when she questions Mitch’s active duty approval by the therapist, but she’d rather lose Mitch than have him hurt or even killed by moving too fast.  It takes serious heart-to-heart talking and airing out all of the hurts and possible betrayals but, in the end, Mitch and Paige learn just what love and trust really mean.

 

A physical therapist and an injured Navy SEAL will travel the rough and tumble road to true love in SEAL of a Lifetime. I felt for Mitch and how he was single-minded in his goal at getting back to his team.  I also felt for Paige for how she was trying so hard to keep her professional ethics while working with Mitch, and I loved how she finally had him transferred to another person when their relationship turned romantic.  My heart broke for both of them as they were hit by betrayals and rough bumps on achieving their respective professional dreams.  But I really loved how they were able to work through it all and find their way back to each other and their love.  SEALof a Lifetime proves that not all journeys to love are bright and shiny.  Sometimes it’s hard and gritty and full of potholes, but if it really matters, then you can find a way.

 

TOO WILD TO TAME by Tessa Bailey

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TOO WILD TO TAME by Tessa BaileyToo Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary


 

Too Wild to Tame is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series and the road trip is underway with Aaron and the rest of his siblings. In the first book, Too Wild to Handle, we learn that Aaron was let go from his previous political job and has to make a stop to try to get a new one with a new senator, but don’t worry if you haven’t read it Bailey tells the complete story in Too Wild to Tame with lots of details.

 

One thing I can say about Bailey’s heroes is that they are smoking hot! Aaron was everything and a bag of chips. He comes off as a playboy but after meeting Grace you can really see how into her he is even though he doesn’t want to mess up his new position with her father. From his first encounter with Grace, right away I could see the chemistry that they had and I have to hand it to Grace for holding out as long as she could with Aaron. Grace went through a big ordeal a few years ago and it was covered up by her father and his people. She just wants to do the right thing and not forget what happened, but since the ordeal happened she isn’t treated like the daughter of a senator but as a prisoner.

 

Too Wild to Tame had an interesting plot from the beginning and only kept getting more interesting as it progressed. Both Aaron and Grace are different as night and day but when they come together they weren’t just heating up the pages but they started to build a good emotional bond. Aaron tells Grace over and over that he isn’t a good person but Grace has begun to see a different side of him. I loved her beliefs and how she wanted do the right thing but I also loved how much she believed in Aaron and I think he needed that. While Grace tended to have surprises for Aaron along the way Aaron stood by her and not only helped her with her dreams and plans but showed her things her family didn’t which was really touching.

 

I love a good dirty talker and Aaron was just that! Bailey sure knew how to turn the heat up and yet still make the romance blooming between the two main characters shine. The more of this series that I read the more I find myself enjoying it. Too Wild to Tame is filled with laughs, heart and unforgettable characters. The more I get to know the Clarkson’s the more I want to road trip with them because nothing is ever dull with them and I’m really looking forward to their next stop and what is coming up.

ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa

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ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Jill Shalvis

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BOARDED BY LOVE by Toni Aleo

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BLUE LINES by Toni Aleo

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BREAKING AWAY by Toni Aleo

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MIDNIGHT QUEST by Lisa Marie Rice

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I’M GONNA LOVE YOU by Virna DePaul

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HARD TO BREAK by Bella Jewel

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TRYING TO SCORE by Toni Aleo

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RUSHING THE GOAL by Toni Aleo

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FOOLPROOF LOVE by Katee Robert

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