Genre: Suspense

ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

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ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. DrakeUltimate Courage by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

Elisa Hall is good at starting from scratch. Leaving an abusive relationship in her rearview, she packs everything she owns into the trunk of her car and heads for refuge with her friend in Hope’s Crossing, North Carolina.

 

Alex Rojas returned from his second deployment as a Navy SEAL to find his condo empty and divorce papers on the breakfast table. Now he’s building a life for himself and his daughter at Hope’s Crossing kennels training younger dogs and handlers to search and rescue, struggling to adjust to life back in the States and as a single father.

 

When Elisa shows up at the kennels, it’s obvious she’s running from something. Luckily, the dogs and trainers at Hope’s Crossing are more than capable of warding off trouble. And with every minute he spends with Elisa, Alex becomes even more and more determined to protect the woman he’s certain he won’t be able to live without…

 

Ultimate Courage is a passionate love story filled with fiery emotions and adventure.  Piper J. Drake continues her True Heroes series in style with Ultimate Courage.  I seriously cannot get enough of this series and the characters within.  As a reader I felt like I was returning home to the family as I read through the pages.  I LOVE these people and the dogs!

 

Ultimate Courage opens with our heroine Elisa Hall on the run and in the need of help.  Our hero Alex Rojas is ex-military suffering from PTSD while single parenting his rambunctious daughter Selena “Boom” Rojas.  Elisa and Alex’s paths cross and are forever changed.  These two are like magnets once they connect there is no pulling them apart. Their chemistry is on fire and as they explore it the pages get hot, hot, hot!  Speaking of chemistry there is another character that enchants the reader and that would be Souze.  Souze is a German Shepard Dog that is rehabilitating at Hope’s Crossing Kennels.  Souze is having trouble rehabbing but he may just be perfection for Elisa and Alex.  I love their journey together throughout the book.

 

I love the themes throughout the book. Ultimate Courage features strong family connections whether by blood or by choice.  The connection between the men of Hope’s Crossing Kennels and the people that surround them is powerful.  They are all a force to be reckoned with.  Ultimate Courage is also about survival.  You can feel such hope while reading.  All of the characters are struggling with different levels of issues and they are surviving the best they can while leaning on each other.  I love this!

 

If you want a thrilling, heartwarming read then Ultimate Courage is a MUST!  Drake redefines the action hero with the strong, sexy, sensitive men of her True Heroes series and the dogs they train! I am Joyfully Recommending Ultimate Courage! I cannot wait for the next book!

REDEMPTION by Kate Douglas

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REDEMPTION by Kate DouglasRedemption by Kate Douglas
Series: Intimate Relations #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Lola Monroe is a receptionist at a modeling agency.  That is, until she is fired for arguing with her boss on whether a certain model scammed the agency—a model who just happens to be her friend and roommate.  However, except for the worry on income, Lola has no regret leaving that job.  It is just the first of the life-altering changes that will come to Lola in the next day or so.

 

Ben Lowell is a soldier who has been hiding from himself and his family because of a past action of which he couldn’t face the outcome.  But after several years, Ben has to face the destruction he caused.  First, he has to find his younger brother, something easier said than done. Ben doesn’t locate his brother right away, but he is sent to his girlfriend, and when he goes to introduce himself, he comes face-to-face with Lola and her sister—An interesting start to say the least.

 

Lola knows that a face can hide all sorts of things and while Ben isn’t one of the beautiful people she sees in her daily life, for some reason she allows Ben into her house.  Later, Ben and Lola get closer when she learns just why Ben is really here and what happened all those years ago.  Now firmly in Ben’s corner, Lola is surprised to find herself falling for the rough and ready soldier.  Just as it appears Ben might be able to begin the next part of his life without any guilt, Ben discovers that he is being watched and so are the girls.  Ben has no idea why he should be under watch or why the FBI is going to get involved however, what he does know is that nothing is going to harm Lola or her sister or anyone else in his personal circle.  As the facts become clear, the threads unravel not only why Ben is being watched, but that a good friend has also been mixed into the nastiness unknowingly.  The plot is becoming clear and Ben is just the man to make sure all the bad guys are caught and that all his friends and especially Lola, his love, are safe when the dust clears.

 

A soldier with a guilt ridden past meets a down-to-earth woman just as passion and suspense descends upon them in Redemption.  I loved how Lola gave it to her petty little boss when he suddenly decided to change facts, because there was money involved.  I also loved how she also helped Ben as he came to make things right after running for many, many years.  Ben might not have acted honorably on a certain night, but he is finally ready to set the facts straight and move forward with his life.  Ben and Lola might have been an unlikely couple at first for me, yet I came to love them together as the book rolled along.  As I turned the last page and found out not only the entire truth that tore Ben and his brother apart, but also just who was behind the danger to Ben and the others, I wanted to see the next story right away.  Besides hoping who the next couple will be in that book, I also want to see how the first two couples are doing.  Redemption is an unusual love story with a second chance thread that has touches of suspense, passion, brotherly love and, of course, a great love story.

INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

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INTIMATE by Kate DouglasIntimate by Kate Douglas
Series: Intimate Relations #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Jacob “Jake” Lowell is a well-known photographer who is hunting for the perfect model for a new assignment he has.  The client is a friend, but also a wealthy person who is in the process of kicking-off two new projects.  One of them is very intimate jewelry and Jake knows exactly the type of model he needs, if he can just find her.  He is down to his last agency when lightning strikes and she appears in front of him.

 

Kaz Kazanov is a model with great business sense, but when something happens that could have gotten the boss behind a shoot in trouble, somehow it ends up with Kaz losing not only that modeling job, but also her modeling agency.  Kaz is beyond furious when she storms out to see her roommate, totally missing the other person in the room.  Kaz is wondering what she is going to do when she gets a phone call with an offer that could be the answer to her job questions, if she can trust such good fortune.

 

Jake and Kaz immediately take off to get to the winery where the pictures will be taken. It doesn’t take long before they feel attracted to the other and with the atmosphere that happens for the shots to get the correct feeling that attraction quickly moves to passion.  However, while this is going on, some strange accidents and messages begin to happen.  Jake is afraid he knows where they stem from—a very dark secret from his past—but he can’t figure out how could be behind them or why.  Life is definitely fast-moving and so is the romance between Kaz and Jake, and it seems like everything both of them come into contact with professionally is turning to gold.  Yet, just as the jewelry kickoff is about to happen, the very reason Jake and Kaz met, hurtful misunderstanding places both Kaz and Jake into deadly danger.  Time is of the essence and Kaz’s life is in the balance.  Will Jake be in time?

 

What starts out as a horrible day turns into a blessing and then a romance when a model and a photographer just click a shoot in Intimate.  I could tell it was just meant to be when Jake walked into the same agency that Kaz was about to go storming out of.  I thought their romance was just like a dream during their original shoot and loved watching it as it went along.  When I learned of Jake’s past background, I hurt as he was forced to live it again, but I cheered when Kaz accepted all of him.  Another cheer happened when Kaz and Jake won the day and came out the winners—both personally and professionally.  Intimate has a quiet erotic feel that just wraps around you with the additions of humor, friendship, and suspense.

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn KellyDeception Island by Brynn Kelly
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

A stolen boy 

A haunted soldier 

A cornered con woman… 

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who's nothing he expects…and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he's made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan's ticket to freedom. But when she's snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary.

Yet as scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they're double-crossed, they'll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined…because in this deadly game of deception, it's their lives—and hearts—on the line.

Brynn Kelly makes a smashing debut with Deception Island!  This pulse-pounding romance will leave you breathless and aching for more.  The adventure begins from page one and never lets up as two lost characters find their true selves within the arms of each other in Deception Island.

I could not get enough of Rafe and Holly!  Both used to living life on the edge with enough secrets to set the island on fire find romance amidst the most harrowing experience.  Kelly has created the perfect storm of danger, desire, and character depth with Deception Island.  The story is rich in action as well as heady emotion.  Rafe and Holly are such complex characters. Their lives have not been easy causing them to turn into warriors used to fighting alone but now are forced to trust another.  I felt such compassion for both of them and the circumstances that landed them in this situation.

Kelly delivers a Joyfully Recommended Read with Deception Island! I MUST HAVE more of Kelly’s superb action romance! The only unnerving thing about this book were the creepy crawlies and don’t even get me started on the sharks! I know it’s an island I expected them but I didn’t anticipate the screaming I would do as they appeared on the pages.  Ms. Kelly definitely gave new meaning to breathtaking romance for me! I highly recommend Deception Island!

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

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EXPOSURE by Kelly MoranExposure by Kelly Moran
Published by Self Published Genres: Erotic, Suspense

Raven Crowne could not believe her luck.  A representative for Hoan Dwell, a well-known and mysterious photographer, wants to showcase his work in her art gallery.  But, there is one catch, Raven must agree to have dinner with him.  Grudgingly, Raven agrees because loner by choice, she does not allow anyone to get too close other than her best friend from college, Noah Caldwell.  Raven is shocked to discover that the covert Hoan Dwell is no other than Noah.

 

Noah Caldwell has been secretly in love with Raven since the moment they became friends ten years ago.  However, Noah has never told her about his true feelings for fear that his past would cause her physical harm.  Unable to deny his desire to have her any longer, Noah proposes a deal that Raven could not refuse – a month long affair in exchange for an exclusive showing of his renowned artwork in her gallery.

 

Exposure is a must read type of novel.  From start to finish, I was deeply captivated by thrilling suspense and sensual romantic affair.  I just had to know how the storyline would unfold.  Would there be a ‘happily-ever-after’?  What would become of Raven and Noah’s friendship once the intimacy lines were cross?  Would Noah’s secret past cause harm to Raven?  These are all the good mixtures of a spectacular novel and will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat with breathtaking anticipation.  Raven and Noah are a dynamic couple that will have you rooting for them to overpower and eliminate the baggage from their past; but, most importantly, for them to find happiness with one another.  The chemistry between them is off the charts and the sexual encounters will have you fanning your flaming face.  Kudos to Kelly Moran for writing such an emotional, sexy, and suspenseful storyline.  I Joyfully Recommend getting your hands on Exposure.  You will not be disappointed!

HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

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EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

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DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Maya Banks

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MINE TO TAKE by Cynthia Eden

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CAPTURED by Jennifer Chance

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PRELUDE TO A RUMOR, Part 2 by Melissa Schroeder

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A LITTLE HARMLESS RUMOR by Melissa Schroeder

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CIPHER by Moira Rogers

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HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa Schroeder

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

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MALACHIM by Naima Simone

MALACHIM by Naima Simone

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PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell

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FIGHT THE SHADOWS by Caridad Pineiro

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