Genre: Suspense

TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki Duncan

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TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki DuncanTaste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan
Series: Sensory Ops #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Greycen Craig has been in the Federal Witness Protection program for the last five years and was pretty much a model witness until she heard about attack that injured her sister and placed her in the hospital.  Greycen might have been able to walk away from her sister in order to save her, but there is no way that she won’t go to her sister’s side now—even if it means putting herself in deadly danger by leaving the program.

 

Liam Burgess is an FBI agent who is known for being the sensible one and all that, but there was one memorable time when Liam not only went crazy, but has spent the last five year trying to find the woman who brought out the unexpected in him: the woman he met and married, and who disappeared all within 24 hours.  When a lead tells him that a recent hit-and-run victim could be just connected to his mystery woman, Liam makes it is mission to go there and wait to see who shows up.

 

Greycen never forgot those wonderful hours in Liam’s arms and why she had to leave him without word and disappear, but she was totally amazed to find him in her sister’s room. The same shock seems to find Liam, but for a different reason. He thought he could handle what Greycen did to him just by being in the room—a very wrong assumption, he quickly finds out.  Greycen ends up telling Laim everything. Liam offers the help of his team to not only keep her safe, but to end the nightmare once and for all. At first, Greycen declines and lets herself be persuaded to accept the offer instead of trying to protect both her sister and herself alone.  However, when Greycen sees just how full Liam’s life is, she takes an action that will place her in even more danger, unless Liam can get to her first.  The next few hours will decide just what Greycen and Liam’s future will be, and if they will be able to stay together and safe, forever on the run, or forever apart and alone.

 

Two souls found and recognized each other instantly only to be torn apart by murder. When given a second chance, can that hope of love finally get the chance to happen, or will it be denied forever?  Liam and Greycen will discover this answer and many more in Taste Me Deadly.  Liam and Greycen could not have been more different, and yet it was clear that they were soul mates, and they just needed the chance to fulfill that destiny.  It didn’t surprise me at all that Liam stepped right in to take control of the situation and protect Greycen and her sister.  Greycen might have been a free spirit, but when she loved someone, she would do anything to protect them, even if it meant running from them.  I really enjoyed watching as Liam slowly helped Greycen overcome her fears, and he showed her that they belonged together.  When the final answers came clear, and the entire events of the night that changed Greycen’s life became clear, I discovered that I had figured out part of the answer, but not all of it. I have a feeling that Liam and Greycen’s life will be full of unexpected and wonderful things.  Taste Me Deadly is a great suspense story that proves once again that depending upon those you love is always the best way, even if it’s a recent loved one.

SWEETER THAN SIN by Shiloh Walker

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SWEETER THAN SIN by Shiloh WalkerSweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker
Series: Secrets & Shadows #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Adam Brascum runs the family tavern which in itself temps Adam, who is a recovering alcoholic from his teens.  If Adam was totally truthful to himself on why he turned to alcohol and then to women, it was to make himself forget his involvement that night long ago when people died and others disappeared, and a small, sleepy town began to lose its innocence.  Now the town seems to be giving up the secrets from that night, but Adam still doesn’t know exactly what happened to the young girl he secretly loved and who disappeared that night and who is presumed dead.

 

Lana Rossi has lived on the run, constantly looking over her shoulder since the night her life turned to hell.  Lana always tried to help anyone in need when she could and trying to help a fellow student escape a horrible situation changed her young life forever.  Lana does not remember exactly what happened that night or how she ended up far away from home. But she has been watching events in Madison ever since—once she got herself clean. Recent events make it so that Lana must return and find out the truth of that night, and she knows exactly who to begin asking her questions to.

 

Adam catches a glimpse of a young woman who just appeared in town and something makes him follow her.  Shock doesn’t describe Adam’s feelings when he realizes its Lana. Anger quickly follows, and then those hidden feelings begin to come back.  Things are tense as Adam and Lana, in their own ways, try to find out the truth and keep her appearance a secret.  Madison, Indiana kept many harmful secrets for years, and several more are going to out into the open as Lana and Adam reveal the secrets of what really happened the night that Lana and others disappeared.  The real question is who will survive the revealing of those new secrets and if the passion that burns between Lana and Adam will be given a second chance to fulfill a future together?

 

On a night that twisted many lives, two of those left twisted are determined to find the answers of that night and also find passion along the way in Sweeter than Sin.  Life certainly wasn’t nice to either Adam or Lana, however, I was very happy to see them both find the truth and each other.  My heart ached for both Adam and Lana as their stories unraveled, showing all they had been put through.  When I learned the identity of the man behind part of the misery, I was shocked and mad when comparing his life against Adam’s and Lana’s.  As that fateful night became even clearer, I found yet another shock I had not guessed and won’t tell you about here and ruin the surprise.  The truth is coming out about the nasty underbelly that threaded through Madison, and I can tell more surprises and shocks are to come.  However, I already know that Adam and Lana will be just fine, and that their strength that will help each other through whatever may be revealed next.  Sweeter than Sin is a must read for suspense lovers—full of twists, turns and best of all a deep love was found between two of the people whose lives were trashed so young.  I can’t wait for the events that will be revealed in Madison, Indiana.

COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren DaneCount on Me by Lauren Dane
Series: Georgia, Petals
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Caroline Mendoza grew up in Petal, Georgia with a normal family until the day her mother was murdered and her father was convicted of it.  Caroline never believed that he did it, unlike some of the other members of her family.  Now, sixteen years later, Caroline is an attorney, and she is back.  Caroline has a multiple game plan now: to become reacquainted with her younger siblings, put her life back to normal, and to clear her father of the murder charges.

 

Royal Watson is a homegrown boy in Petal; he now runs his family’s ranch which he has turned into an organic enterprise.  Royal recently accepted that the woman he loved would never be what he wanted, and he has gone on with his life.  He is seriously surprised when he bumps into a sexy woman who seems familiar and then realizes it is Caroline.  Royal knows that all the boys will be after this vivacious woman as soon as it gets out she is here to stay, and he isn’t about to lose his advantage.  So starts his plan to convince Caroline to date him.

 

Caroline has always thought that Royal was a hunk, although he was a couple of years ahead of her in school.  Now this same guy she dreamed of back then wants to date her.  As Royal and Caroline begin the “getting to know you” stage, Caroline is also following clues about what really happened when her mother was murdered, while getting to know her brother and sister again.  Petal is a small town with a long memory and, as Caroline is coming to find out, with some long standing prejudices in certain places.  As time goes by, Caroline and Royal are falling in love just as it seems danger is targeting Caroline. Royal will do anything to make sure that nothing is allowed to hurt Caroline in any way, even when it means forcing a few harsh truths at people.  The truths from long ago are coming out now and. once they are known. will Royal and Caroline have a chance to continue the loving journey of discovery they have begun and just how will Caroline’s family come out on the other side?

 

They say you can never go home. Caroline proves them wrong and discovers love in Royal while righting wrongs done in the past.  Count on Me brings Caroline home with a long list of things she wants to do.  Falling in love wasn’t on that list, but I found that Royal was all about making an addendum to that list.  I loved watching as Caroline and Royal went down that bumpy road of romance and managed to keep their love and humor with each new issue.  I will say that there is one character that I have liked in the past books that I really wanted to slap in this one.  Of course, Caroline handled that much better and again showed Royal and others just why she was so special.  I loved that Caroline and Royal found each other and were able to come out on top even with all the nastiness that came from Caroline’s search for a killer and to reconnect with her siblings.  Count on Me is a book that will pull on your heartstrings in so many ways.  It has great touches of humor, passion, suspense, and best of all, justice, all while two hearts find each other and become one.

AWAKENED by Virna DePaul

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AWAKENED by Virna DePaulAwakened by Virna DePaul
Series: Belladonna Agency #2
Published by Bantam on July 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Jo

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.   Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold—unless Barrett can find her first. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.   Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Soon a seething underworld of strange desires threatens to engulf them all. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her as the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

Barrett Miles is an ex-soldier who now works for the Belladonna Agency, a super-secret agency who is dealing with both rogue vampires and other vampires who believe that humans are just for food and profit.  Barrett started out on a mission to break down a ring of human kidnappers and stumbled across the worst type of human trafficking and to make it worse, this was very, very personal.  Barrett will do anything to save the young girl she just saw online on a vampire blood website.

 

Nick Maltese is also an ex-soldier who working as an undercover sniper and a former lover of Barrett’s.  When she shows up out of the blue and requests Nick’s help, he has a ton of questions and a ton of guilt concerning what happened at the end of their time together.  But he wasn’t about to tell Barrett no, after all he still loved her.

 

Barrett and Nick begin working as a team, even though Nick also had his own mission concerning rogue vampires.  When the various threads began to show that maybe, just maybe their missions might merge together in certain aspects, the danger becomes worse than it was to begin with.  Nick and Barrett have pinpointed a new blood club that is about to open as being a heck of a lot more than that and its owner has a lot to answer for.  The grand opening of the club is about to happen and Nick and Barrett plan on making it an opening no one will ever forget in the vampire world.  Help comes from very unexpected corners as does the danger – when the final battle is over just who is going to come away with a future and who is going down in flames?

 

Two stubborn ex-soldiers and lovers come back together to defeat a vampire threat to humanity in Awakened.  Nick and Barrett have a lot to get past before they will have a chance to see if this time their love will have a chance at a future.  There were several times I wondered if Barrett and Nick would come out together as the danger came closer and the pressure to succeed more intense.  I could feel the desperation that Barrett felt at not fulfilling a promise she made and I could also feel Nick’s determination to keep Barrett safe – even if the payment for that was to lose her.  However, both of these lovers had a bedrock of strength and trust that overcame even the truth on Nick’s actions to keep Barrett safe while they were both still in the service.  The suspense had me page flipping while I was cheering on Nick and Barrett as their passion surged forward.  Awakened is full of suspense, passion and enough danger to keep you glued to the pages until you learn just who comes out okay and who is behind the various threads and are paying for it.

LONG FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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LONG FOR ME by Shiloh WalkerLong For Me by Shiloh Walker
Series: Secrets & Shadows #3
Published by Macmillan on May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 80
Reviewed by Jo

In Long for Me by Shiloh Walker, Christina Bell remembers what it was like to be part of a loving family. The youngest of the Bell children, she simply cannot believe that her dad, or anyone else she loves, had a hand in her mother’s disappearance. She’s looking forward to moving on and spending more time with her sexy best friend, Guy Miller, who she is starting to see in a whole new light.Their attraction sizzling and love deepening, Christina feels confident in her life and ability to handle what comes her way...But when Nichole’s body is found—and the mystery of her death slowly reveals itself—Christina is left not knowing who to trust. What if Guy, her one true desire, proves to be her biggest danger?

Christina Bell, a florist, is the youngest of the Bell siblings and the one who has always believed that whatever happened to their Mother, Nichole, she was not harmed by anyone that Christina knew and loved.  Now that her Mother’s body has been found and they finally are able to put her to rest, it’s leaving an even bigger question – who killed her and why?  Christina knows that several people in town believe that she lives in her own world more often than not, but Christina knows that she has a very good hold on her life even with all the knocks life has given her.  Christina’s one non-family person who has always been there for her is her best friend, Guy.  And just when did he get so sexy?

 

Deputy Guy Miller has had it bad for Christina, his Tink, and he knows that she needs him more than ever now that her Mother’s body has been found.  The hard part is that Guy wants Christina to need all of him, not just her best buddy.  But Guy is holding a few secrets of his own and he isn’t sure that when all the answers come out about what happened to Nichole that he will ever get what he wants most – Christina in his arms forever, just like that one stolen night when their passion came to life.

 

Christina knows that Guy will protect her without over doing it like her brother and sister are apt to do.  Guy totally understands her and maybe, just maybe it’s time to explore the passion that Christina tried to forget and that Guy never could.  While Guy and Christina are working at overcoming the self made barrier that keeps their passion from flaring, the investigation on Nichole’s death is gaining speed and the clues are leading Guy to an answer that he hoped was very wrong.  Guy knows that he has to find out if his fears are correct and goes to speak to the one man who can tell him, but doing so just might be the one thing that will tear Christina from Guy forever.  The Bell siblings have finally overcome the disappearance and death of their Mother and have found love.  But once Guy tells them the final answers and just what had to be done to get them, will that destroy the love that Christina and Guy have finally accepted and are learning to cherish?

 

A young woman who has let flowers and her best buddy ease her from a frightened and scared girl into a loving woman and the deputy who wants that same young woman for his own find a way to have it all in Long for Me.  Christina lost so much as such a young age and that was only part of the reason she would rather deal with her sketches and flowers than people.  Guy has protected and been what Christina has needed for the majority of his life and just when it looks like he might get it, a horrible truth about his past just might tear him apart from his friendships and his love with all the Bells.  I have to say I alternated cheering, smiling and shuddering as I read about the journey that Christina and Guy traveled.  So many times I wondered if their happy ever after would actually happen and when the final answer on what actually happened to Nichole came clear and it was Guy who had to tell the Bells, I was sure heartbreak was in the pages.  Yet the long time friendship and passion between Guy and Christina was more than enough to overcome even that.  Long for Me was heartbreaking in several places and still filled with passion and just the right touch of suspense to keep things moving along to the best ending.

 

I am so happy that now all of the Bell siblings have been able to let their pasts go and have found that golden ring filled with love.

BREAK FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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BURN FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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SAVAGE REVENGE by Shelli Stevens

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KILLING LUCAS by Dominique Eastwick

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