Genre: Suspense

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. Ayres

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. Ayres

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IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. AyresIrresistible Force by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue Novel
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyTanya

Shay Appleton has not had an easy or calm upbringing.  But she has taken charge of her life and is now moving forward with plans for what to do next.  She has her Prince Charming (ok so he is a German shepherd) and has retreated to a place where she has always been able to think.  All she has to do is to get rid of her stalker ex-boyfriend (yet another mistake in her life) and back to work.  Prince is the best thing that has ever happened to her and she will do whatever she has to, to keep him when suddenly James Cannon shows up at her doorstep claiming she stole him.

 

James Cannon is former militaryman and has been searching for his best friend and partner for a month.  When he is lead to the secluded cabin where Shay is staying he knows he has found Bogart (Prince).  What he doesn’t count on is the woman who has him, or her accusations that he tried to have Bogart destroyed and abandoned him.  But, he definitely is attracted to her grit.

 

The more the two spend time together it is obvious that the dog isn’t the only thing drawing them together.  But, when suddenly Shay seems to not only have a stalker but someone who means to do bodily harm to her can they work together, and trust each other so they are stronger, or will the past come back to haunt one of them?  Danger seems to come from multiple sources in Irresistible Force but the author has done a fine job in showing how a growing love can conquer all.  Action packed with a cute canine and a hot alpha man, what more can one ask for in a story?  Therefore this is a Joyfully Recommended Read for me :)

 

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

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NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie MoffettNo Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael #6
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Not long ago, Lexi and one of her best friends, Elvis Zimmerman, stopped a madman and cybercriminal intent on using a special high school and the internet to bring down part of the U.S. infrastructure.  While they stopped the current mission, Johannes Broodryk, said madman, got away.  But right this minute, Lexi has a much more dangerous mission to complete—a dinner with her parents and her new and only boyfriend.

 

Dinner doesn’t go quite as planned, unless you are expecting bullets with your salad.  As that nightmare becomes clear, Lexi discovers that Johannes Broodryk isn’t about to accept defeat from a couple of young geeks.  He is issued an invitation that Lexi cannot refuse: to solve his clues and to save the life of Elvis, who has been kidnapped.  With Elvis’ life on the line, Lexi sees no other way than to go on this hunt, even when her boyfriend, Slash, is adamantly against it.

 

Lexi is now off on a mission with the help of the U.S. government and her own team of Navy Seals.  The government wants Broodryk and his latest attempt to destroy the U.S. and other nations brought down.  Lexi is going to save Elvis and if she can also bring down Broodryk at the same time, then it’s a double score.  On her hunt, Lexi comes to respect all that it means to be a Seal and sees herself and the Seals as a team as she places herself and them in danger to solve the clues that will get her to Elvis.  It all comes down to who has the best moves, Lexi and her Seals or Broodryk and his assassins. When it comes to who is smarter about computers and the internet… Do you really want to vote against Lexi and her friends?

 

When a self-addressed girl geek must decide to rescue a friend or stay safe, there really is no question of going after the friend—especially if her name is Lexi Carmichael.  In No Woman Left Behind, Lexi and all of those around her will learn just how far good friends will go to keep those they love safe.  While I could see why Slash was so against Lexi taking up the challenge of rescuing Elvis, I was very happy to see how this first fight between Lexi and Slash worked out.  I have loved watching Lexi grow during the previous books in this series, but I truly believe that she grew the most during her adventures in No Woman Left Behind.

 

Not only did Lexi accept that she was putting her life in danger, but also that both she and Elvis could be killed at any time.  I really enjoyed watching as Lexi came to know the Seal team that was assigned to her and then seemed to just automatically put them within her friend-shield to keep safe, if possible. She really didn’t care that they were trained to be in dangerous situations; If she saw a way to lessen the danger then that was what Lexi did.  There are so many places in this book that I would love to discuss in detail, but, in the end, I decided that anything more would just give too much away.  All I can say is, I read this book in one sitting and did not regret the lost sleep.  There are many aspects of love within Lexi’s adventure this time, she’s surrounded by deadly danger, and there’s just the right touch of humor to keep things from getting too tense.  I can’t recommend this story enough, even by Joyfully Recommending it as a must-read—for those who have fallen for Lexi and for those who love military stories—No Woman Left Behind has something for everyone, I believe.

ICY CONTROL by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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ICY CONTROL by Elizabeth LapthorneIcy Control by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #8
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Robert Stevens is an agent with the Agency and right now he and his partner, El, are working on a stolen painting case.  Rob has known Sally for the majority of his life and has always tried to protect her.  That includes from himself, his dangerous life, and the love he has had for her for most of his adult life.   However, now Rob has been convinced to contact Sally and see if she has any connections that could help them locate the painting.

 

Sally Langtry is an artist and while she might seem fragile, she has a backbone of steel when needed.  Sally always has time for Rob, and she looks forward to each time he shows up at her place. Even if most of the time it is with food to make her eat while she is wound-up in her art.  Sally is very happy to see Rob the day he appears at her door early on a work day, and she is amazed when he tells her what is going on and then asks for her help.  Sally never thought that Rob would ever show her that part of his life.

 

The day that Rob asks for Sally’s help is a turning day in their relationship in more ways than one.  It is the day they can no longer ignore the feelings between them and passion explodes before either realizes what is going to happen.  The painting is soon discovered and, upon examination, the mystery on why this particular painting was stolen starts to be revealed.  As Sally and Rob investigate these new clues, they face deadly danger while trying to figure out how to clear the painting from all other attempts to take it.  Rob is facing his worst nightmare as Sally has been threatened because of the danger of his work.  But Sally is there to show him that their friendship and love is stronger than anything that might threaten him.  The question is, can Rob come to terms with any future threat that Sally might face because of his work, or will he let it destroy their love just as it is beginning?

 

A savvy agent and a dreamer artist finally acknowledge their love amid the danger in Icy Control.  I found that the title totally described Rob and his attempts to keep Sally free of the danger that surrounds his life.  I really enjoyed watching as Sally tore down each of his ideas about what she could face and if she could handle his love.  I really wasn’t surprised when their passion totally exploded the first time that Rob asked for Sally’s help in a case.  I found that Rob and Sally were the perfect team in many ways as their story unraveled. I had to smile as the perfect way of keeping the painting safe in the future was put into place.  Rob and Sally have many, many loving years ahead of them with Rob making sure that Sally eats while in the middle of an artistic masterpiece—not all has changed now they have their love.  Icy Control takes love ignored and danger to a new place as love is found and control is lightened up in order to protect against future danger so love can be free to grow.

FULL CONTACT by Sarah Castille

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FULL CONTACT by Sarah CastilleFull Contact by Sarah Castille
Series: Redemption #3
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMelissa

Sia O’Donnell has been secretly lusting after underground MMA fighter Ray “The Predator” Black. As a tattoo artist she uses him as her favorite muse. She never expected to discover that the whole time she’s been watching him, he’s been secretly watching her too. Now that they’ve connected they both have to put the secrets of their pasts behind them in order to find a future together. But when Ray’s past comes back to haunt them, can he save Sia before his past destroys his future?

 

Holy Cow!! I’ve never read Sarah Castille before and I have to say, I’ve been missing out!!  Full Contact had it all! Super steamy, full of suspense and just enough teases for future books to keep me wanting more! My only complaint would be that I had to suspend belief a bit for Ray’s past but I could easily get beyond that. I’ve just added a new “not to be missed” author to my list!

BURNING INTENSITY by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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BURNING INTENSITY by Elizabeth LapthorneBurning Intensity by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #7
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Eleanor Williams, known as El to her friends and co-workers, is an agent for the Agency. She and her partner, Robert Stevens, are usually brought into cases that are going to be difficult for one reason or another.  Just now, El and Robert have been given the job of conducting an interview with a criminal who is believed to have been part of a painting heist from the National Gallery. As the interview and facts become clearer, El knows that they are going to need insider help, and she turns to an ex-boyfriend, James.

 

James Waters is a part time gentleman thief with connections that no one in the Agency could ever hope to have. He and El came together for a brief and explosive time, and then her work tore them apart. James is amazed to answer his door to find El there after all the time that has past. However, once they talk, it’s like they were never apart.

 

Passion interrupts before El has a chance to tell James about the case that has brought her to his door.  When they do get around to talking about the case, James agrees to team up with El to locate the missing painting. Locating and following the clues takes James and El from one situation to another, until they finally go with their instincts and follow the clues to the painting itself.  All of this happens while they overcome the bridge of time that was between them and learn just how strong their love really is.

 

A lady spy and a gentleman thief team up to locate a stolen painting and rediscover a passion that could have been lost with time.  Burning Intensity brings El and James back together to solve a crime against the National Gallery of England.  I really loved watching as El and James rediscovered their love and then moved it forward all while tracking down a missing painting.  Their journey was filled with suspense and passion from start to finish. Burning Intensity takes you along the discovery of love while giving you just a touch of suspense.

HER WILD HERO by Paige Tyler

HER WILD HERO by Paige Tyler

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MAKE YOU MINE by Jackie Ashenden

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IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

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DARKER THAN DESIRE by Shiloh Walker

DARKER THAN DESIRE by Shiloh Walker

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RUNNING FROM THE PAST by Katie Reus

RUNNING FROM THE PAST by Katie Reus

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