Genre: Suspense

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
reviewedbydani

 

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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MIDNIGHT QUEST by Lisa Marie RiceMidnight Quest by Lisa Marie Rice
Series: Men of Midnight #4.5
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

 

Morton “Jacko” Jackman is an ex-Navy SEAL who now works for ASI, a top security firm who works worldwide for its clients.  He has just come home from an assignment more than ready to see his love, Lauren, after being away.  Jacko is hoping to ask her to marry him, because he really can’t think of a future without her in it.  However, before he has a chance to do more than have a great night together, his world comes crashing down when he learns that Lauren is pregnant.

 

Lauren Dare is a graphic designer who does book covers, among other things.  Lauren met and fell in love with Jacko, and they have been together ever since.  While she worries when Jacko is gone in his assignments, she knows that his work is what he was always meant to do.  This time, she is waiting for him to come home, because she has wonderful news to tell him—at least she thought so until Jacko reacts as he does.

 

Jacko has never wanted children, and when he finds out that Lauren is expecting, all of his fears come forward forcefully.  Jacko knows that before he can work around to being a father, he needs to learn about his life, his mother’s past, and his father.  To do this, Jacko begins a journey that first leads him to a place he never wanted to see again—his hometown—and then to a surprising discovery of his mother’s family and an even more surprising discovery.  When Jacko heads home, he is ready to step up and be the man that Lauren and his child will need.  But his journey has had another effect which will bring deadly danger to Jacko and Lauren.  A fierce battle will finally answer the last of Jacko’s questions in the open and will give both Jacko and Lauren another piece to their future.

 

A quietly dangerous man seeks answers about his and his parents’ pasts when facing parenthood in Midnight Quest.  Jacko only knows the bad about his mother and never knew anything really about his father, so when he finds out that he and his lover are expecting a child, he begins a journey to learn the truth and quiet the night terrors.  Lauren has always been supportive of Jacko, and that doesn’t change when he disappears after learning about her expecting their child.  I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed in how Jacko handled things and that he just took off without any word to Lauren.  Seeing Lauren having to hold things together and hoping that all would end well and that their love would bring Jacko back had me really wanting to shake him more than once.  I also felt that this story was centered only on Jacko and Lauren was there as background only.  No, I never doubted that Jacko loved Lauren deeply, or that he would come back to her just how he treated her after her announcement.  However, I will give him points for taking control when the danger that followed him home hit hard, threatening both their lives.

 

I have really enjoyed the Midnight Man series, but I had to admit that I was mostly disappointed in this short story.  Midnight Quest is a man’s hunt about his past while hoping for his future with his lover.

 

HIS UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Avery Flynn

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HIS UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Avery FlynnHis Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn
Series: Tempt Me #1
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Elle Olsen is a stylist for a top department store, and she is trying to find something that her current client would agree works for him.  Who would have thought a financier and one of the world’s top bachelors would be so hard to style.  Elle has no idea that her client has another mission besides being styled— like to kidnap Elle and force her to go back to a past nightmare.  After all, most people believe that Princess Eloise of Elskov died long ago.

 

Dominick Rasmussen has worked undercover as part of the Elskov resistance ever since the coup that destroyed Elle’s family and put her on the run.  Dom  may not be a citizen of Elskov officially, but that has nothing to do with finding the princess and helping her take her true place back on the throne of Elskov before her next birthday,  which is only a few days away.

 

Dom knows that time is not on their side, especially when the mastermind behind the coup is out to make sure Elle does not make it to Elskov on time.  Elle has no desire to return to the land that destroyed her family, but a few days with Dom does two things to Elle.  The first is it shows her that she wasn’t forgotten and left alone as she has always believed, and the second is it shows her that love can happen even at the most unconventional times and ways.  Danger has followed Elle and Dom to their safe house and, after an attack, it takes all both Dom and Elle have to get Elle on the throne safe and sound and to defeat the person who destroyed Elle’s world in the first place.  All Elle has to do is believe in Dom and the impossible and be the same feisty woman who took the world by the hand and became a top stylist when she had nothing at all to believe in.

 

Secrets, betrayals, and unexpected passion take two seemingly mismatched people and shows them love can top all in His Undercover Princess.  I was as mad as Elle at first when Dom took her—that is until I understood what was behind it and saw just how Dom felt for Elle from the instant they met.  I also had to feel for Elle in all that had formed her over the past several years and totally understood her stance on becoming the princess once again.  Watching as they found love while circumventing the danger that surrounded Dom’s mission and Elle’s life told me that it would take one heck of a battle to stop them.  That battle happened, but it was Dom and Elle who came out on top.  I really loved how Elle turned the tables on Dom and how they both found a way to let their love burn bright.  His Undercover Princess takes royalty, passion, and danger to the highest level while bringing Dom and Elle together to right past wrongs and to give them a happy ever after against all odds.

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 MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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SHADES OF TEMPTATION by Virna DePaul

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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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UNDERTOW by Cherry Adair

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VEIL OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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