Genre: Suspense

KEPT by Maya Banks

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KEPT by Maya BanksKept by Maya Banks
Series: Enforcers #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Hayley Winthrop is more than a struggling artist.  She is in New York and trying to fulfill her father’s last wish of her attending a prestigious music school.  While it was also her dream, Hayley never expected to fulfill this dream.  Hayley is struggling and working two jobs to pay the bills, because her father was taken-in by a life insurance salesman, and the money was all but nothing when Hayley went to claim the insurance policy.  Hayley has been house-sitting, but now is hunting for a decent apartment that she can afford.  In New York, that is all but impossible.  When the last lead she had turned out to be a bust, Hayley left the building and went to head home only to be stopped by the manager with news that there was an unexpected opening that she could afford.  Shocked, but so happy, Hayley snapped it up.

 

Silas Goodnight knows that he isn’t a good man by most definitions even though he is very good at his job as an enforcer for his boss.  Silas’ background has left him very cynical and distrusting of most of the world, yet when he sees a beautiful young woman leave his building all but in tears, his first impulse is to call the manager and find out what was the deal.  Then in an act that shocked not only his manager but also Silas, he quickly made an apartment available in his building and right next to his at an unbelievable rent.  Silas has lived pretty much alone and with no one around him, yet there was something about that woman that pulled at him and made him want to provide for and protect her.

 

Hayley learned that she had her neighbor and the owner of the building to thank for her new apartment, and she thanked him by baking for him.  What Hayley didn’t know was that every night when she practiced, she gave Silas a thank you in the gift of her music.  Silas and Hayley are slowly falling into a relationship and as Silas learns of why Hayley is working two jobs and is later hurt coming home one night, he makes sure that Hayley is not only made safe, but that she receives what should have always been hers.  However, Silas’ dark and dangerous job threatens to destroy everything when Hayley is targeted.  In order to keep her safe, Silas does something that could destroy Hayley and their love faster than any enemy.  Can Silas realize what he has done and find a way to fix it and keep Hayley safe before she gives up on her dark and dangerous lover and leaves him forever?

 

A sweet young woman in over her head meets a man just on this side of the underworld, and an unexpected romance is the result in Kept.  My heart went out to Hayley as her circumstances came clear, and I was hoping that she could find a way to continue with her dream.  I knew that Silas had a warm heart, even if it was dented all to heck and back from the previous books in this series.  I wasn’t surprised to see Silas turn his world upside down when she first sees Hayley and responds so harshly to her.  I really loved watching as Silas and Hayley fell in love and worked around the barriers between them.  The entire time I was wondering when and how Silas was going to tell Hayley about his job.  What I have to admit was how Silas handled the threat to Hayley from his enemy because of what he had seen happen in that exact same situation.  I was really happy to see that once again this group of dark, dangerous, yet lovable men, grouped together to keep a much loved woman safe and to bring their “brother” to his senses.  Kept is a wonderful contemporary suspense with a touch of the darker side of New York.

 

UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne Calhoun

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UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne CalhounUnder the Surface by Anne Calhoun
Series: Alpha Ops #4
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Suspense


 

When I stared Under The Surface by Anne Calhoun I originally thought this was the first book in a new series but it turns out this is the fourth book in the Alpha Ops series. Since I haven’t read the previous books I feared that I would be lost but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel that way and was glad this could be read as a standalone.

 

Eve Webber was a former cocktail waitress turned business owner of Eye Candy which caters mostly to the female population due to the hot male employees. Eve has been looking for a new bartender since she had to let the last one go since he didn’t follow the rule not to mess with the customers. When “Chad” walks into Eye Candy looking for work Eve is attracted to him and figures it’s only a matter of time before she gets him in bed, but she has other important things going on in her life, like an old friend who wants to launder money through her business.

 

Detective Matt Dorchester is used to undercover assignments and is damn good at his job. He has all the skills that will pass for being a good bartender, but what he doesn’t expect is the attraction he feels for Eve. He knows she is working with them but the police department doesn’t fully trust her so keeping an eye on her is what he plans to do. The more time Matt, aka Chad, spends with her the harder it is to keep his cover, but all bets are off when someone starts threatening her life. Now trying to keep Eve safe and out of harm’s way is his new mission but if she lands in between his sheets the lines might blur.

 

I really liked Eve from the beginning. She’s smart, funny and quick on her feet. With her background I wasn’t sure what kind of heroine she would turn out to be but I loved her and it only made her more likable. Matt was a little on the quiet side and more serious but he had to be because of his line of work. I love how dedicated he was not only to his family but his job. He showed strength in so many ways and he was the complete opposite of Eve’s character.

 

Since this was a romantic suspense the love scenes were a little dialed down, but that didn’t matter because the story really entranced and had me not wanting to put it down. Ms. Calhoun focused more on the romance that was building instead of the suspense which I was okay with. The romance starts off on the slow side with a few heated kisses and cute banter but once these two got started the chemistry started to flow and the passion started to rise.

 

The secondary characters also stood out in their own way, but I wasn’t really focused on them while reading Under The Surface. I’m pretty sure The Alpha Ops series main focus will be the men and women of the police department protecting the hero/ heroine from whatever is in store for them. Already I’m looking forward to see where the Alpha Ops series will go and who will be next to find their happily ever after.

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.

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.

 

HONOR BOUND by B. J. Daniels

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HONOR BOUND by B. J. DanielsHonor Bound by B. J. Daniels
Series: The Montana Hamiltons #6
Published by HQN Books Genres: Suspense
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I have never read a book by B.J. Daniels before but when I read the blurb for Honor Bound I thought it sounded like a book right up my alley. I had no idea I was starting on the sixth book in The Montana Hamiltons series and I figured I could just jump right in and not feel lost but that wasn’t the case for Honor Bound.

 

The oldest daughter to presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, Ainsley has always been the responsible child out of her siblings. While scouting out locations for a commercial she has come to realize that she has a stalker who has been following her for months. His presence leaves her feeling vulnerable and yet she still can’t shake the feelings coursing through her. While checking out a spot for the production company she feels he’s there but when a rock slide happens she couldn’t be more grateful that a handsome cowboy has saved her life but what Ainsley doesn’t realize is that this is just the beginning of what is about to come.

 

Sawyer Nash is on medical leave from the FBI after being hurt on his last job, he’s bored out of his mind but isn’t cleared for active duty yet. As a favor to the Sheriff he has offered to keep an eye on Ainsley. When he shows up on location they mistake him as an extra and Sawyer decides to go with it since it will be easier to keep her in his sights. The more time he spends with her the more his feelings grow, but when things start happening around the ranch he will do anything to keep her safe including blowing his cover even though she might end up hating him in the end.

 

This is one of those series that should be started from the beginning as I said before. While this story was new and gave hints on what happened in the previous books I still didn’t get the full effect of what was going on or what this family had been through prior to Honor Bound. There were two different stories going on that kind of mushed together towards the end but it turned out they weren’t connected.

 

As far as the characters go I liked them but it was hard getting a read on them and their feelings. Sawyer and Ainsley didn’t spend that much time together yet they were falling in love which I didn’t completely understand. There was literally one date and for me one date doesn’t say “hey come fall in love with me now”. Another issue I had was there were too many people having voices throughout the story. Not only was it Sawyer and Ainsley, but Sawyer’s ex-girlfriend/undercover FBI agent, Ainsley’s mother and father, the stalker, and so on. Was this why the romance portion was cut short? I believe so. Yes, so much was going on in Honor Bound but I didn’t need to hear from everyone every single time.

 

I also found this story to have a lot of drama, I swear if it wasn’t the stalker, it was a murder and jewelry thieves. Don’t even get me started on Sawyer’s ex-girlfriend who drugs him with sleeping pills so he misses a date. For a FBI agent she was crazy and they should have taken her badge for the shit she pulled. Not only did it stop Sawyer from doing his job, that she knew about mind you, but also put Ainsley in danger.

 

Overall, I found Honor Bound just an okay read. Would I have felt different if I read the previous five books in this series? Maybe, but I don’t think so. As far as series goes I will have to pass on going back and starting The Montana Hamiltons from the very beginning.

 

MIDNIGHT QUEST by Lisa Marie Rice

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HIS UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Avery Flynn

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STAR CROSSED by Emma Holly

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TANGLED by Kate Douglas

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AWAKENED by Kate Douglas

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BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

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NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

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SHADES OF TEMPTATION by Virna DePaul

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SHADES OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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SHADES OF DESIRE by Virna DePaul

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TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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HUSH by Cherry Adair

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PERSUASION by Brenda Joyce

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DEADLY DANCE by Dee Davis

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ICE COLD by Cherry Adair

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