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SWEET REWARD by Christy Reece

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SWEET REWARD by Christy ReeceSweet Reward by Christy Reece
Series: Last Chance Rescue #9
Published by Random House LLC on 2011-12-27
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Miranda

WHEN RISK IS THE REWARD—LET THE DANGER BEGIN Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR—for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia’s back, and as a team, they’re as compatible as fuel and fire—blowing off tension in each other’s arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither have been before—to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.From the Paperback edition.

Jared Livingston likes living life on the edge. His job as an operative for Last Chance Rescue gives him the adrenaline rush that he needs. However, his recent case hits a little too close to home. His ex-wife’s baby is kidnapped and she calls on Jared for help. It seems babies are being nabbed from all over the world. Mostly taken from junkie mother’s but Jared’s ex doesn’t quite fit the profile for she is happily remarried and a successful doctor. 

Mia Ryker ex-Last Chance Rescue operative now runs her own rescue business in Chicago. When a drugged out mom comes to her for help she cannot refuse. Mia knows what it’s like to be at the hands of predators and she will do whatever it takes to get that baby back even work with the sexiest most stubborn man she’s ever met. 

Jared and Mia team up to bring down the man responsible for the kidnappings. Sparks fly as these two share barbs and close quarters. Jared doesn’t like it when Mia must go undercover for the mission but who is he to stop her? The feelings she evokes within him are confusing and it’s best to ignore them. However, when Mia and Jake take their sparring to a whole new level this adrenaline junkie has a big problem letting his woman put herself in harm’s way. Too bad he doesn’t have a choice. 

Christy Reece’s Sweet Reward is a passionate and vivacious thrill-ride! I really love this book! I feel like I’ve been on an epic journey after finishing it. The hero and heroine of Sweet Reward are really exquisite. Jared the sexy hero is really a block of ice at the beginning. He is so afraid to express or even feel emotion. Mia is almost an open book showing all of her emotions as they happen. Both have lived extremely different lives but their haunted pasts are driving them. Mia and Jared have each experienced great hurts in their lives but they strive to save others from hurt. Of course, Mia see’s what she’s doing as helping others where Jared see’s it more as satisfying his need for danger. 

Jared and Mia really balance each other out. I love how she doesn’t back down or behave the way Jared wants her to. Jared believes he can go through the rest of his life without developing any love strings but Mia is making that difficult. She really turns him inside out and I love it! My favorite part is their `I’m sorry’ conversation! I just loved it so much I totally fell head over heels for Jared then! Jared and Mia definitely do not have an easy-peasy relationship. These two will have to work for everything they get including bringing down the mastermind behind the kidnappings. The case is dangerous and really amps up the tension between Jared and Mia. I just loved seeing Jared become vulnerable and to watch as he slowly opens himself up to emotion. Sweet Reward is a superb dramatic feat with a harrowing and unforgettable finish.

A LADY AWAKENED by Cecilia Grant

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A LADY AWAKENED by Cecilia GrantA Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
Published by Random House LLC on 2012
Genres: Historical
Pages: 362
Reviewed by Miranda

In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . .A Lady Awakened. Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee. Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?

Mrs. Martha Russell is left in quite the predicament following her husband’s death. Her husband’s will is very detailed. If she is pregnant and the child is a boy Martha inherits his estate, if the child is a girl, she retains a portion of the estate while the majority goes to his brother Mr. James Russell. If she is not pregnant the estate goes to Mr. James Russell. Mr. James Russell has a horrible reputation as a cad and manipulator. Martha cares about the people living on her land and refuses to allow him to bring harm to these people. 

Mr. Theophilus Mirkwood has been exiled from London. He expected the country life to be boring but oh what a surprise he received when he meets Mrs. Martha Russell. Mrs. Russell’s proposal is downright wicked and tempting. 

Martha has a month to conceive and she engages Mr. Mirkwood in a deal for his seed. If he can impregnate her in time she will pay him a hefty sum. Martha’s not hard on the eyes and Theo is ready for some fun. He never expected this duty to be a difficult one but Martha isn’t exactly keen on experiencing pleasure. Can Theo take Martha to new heights or will she keep him firmly grounded? Let the battle of wills begin. Theo and Martha’s journey is wild and unique. Can these two unlikely allies find love?

The premise of A Lady Awakened really intrigued me. I was interested in the plight of a woman desperate enough to get pregnant that she would hire a man to help her. Unfortunately, I had trouble getting into the story. For me it is a bit slow. I wanted things to happen faster. A lot of the story is uncomfortable because of how uncomfortable Martha is regarding sex. I never felt the powerful connection I wanted to between Theo and Martha.

NIGHT MOVES by Stephanie Tyler

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NIGHT MOVES by Stephanie TylerNight Moves by Stephanie Tyler
Series: Shadow Force #4
Published by Dell, Random House LLC on 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 353
Reviewed by Miranda

Anything can happen under the cover of darkness. Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive.Teddie knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other—and simply surrender.

Kell Roberts hasn’t been the same since his last mission. He feels like he let those he cares about the most down in the worst possible way. Now he finds himself back in the thick of things over the Mexican border. Kell and his friend, Reid, are on a mission to assassinate a drug lord when a beautiful young woman runs right into the most crucial moment of their mission. 

Teddie Lassiter watched as her family was gunned down. Now she is looking for revenge in Mexico. Teddie is tired of living a false life in the WITSEC program. After losing all the people she’s ever loved she would have at least liked to cling to her passion for photography but that was ripped away from her as well. Teddie is on the trail of those responsible but finds herself double-crossed. Now she’s on the run for her life. 

Kell and Teddie’s paths cross in the most unlikely way and now they are stuck with each other. Each have their issues with trust but they are forced to trust one another if they want to survive those hunting them. Their Night Moves better be good if they want to get out of this alive. 

Night Moves is a wild and passionate thrill-ride. Kell and Teddie absolutely sizzle in Night Moves. This is my first Shadow Force novel and I can tell you I am definitely going back to read the first three! Stephanie Tyler has filled Night Moves with intense action-packed sequences, highly emotional scenes, and a one-of-a-kind couple that will knock your socks off. I could not get enough of Kell and Teddie. Both of them have experienced such tragedies; it amps up the emotion so much you can’t help but pull for this couple. These two have much in common but have to work really hard to find common ground. I like the fact that they are not immediately attached at the hip. I feel their progression was a natural one. It’s not necessary to read these books in order but I think I would have enjoyed the portions about the rest of Kell’s team more if I had read the previous books. Ms. Tyler gets things rocking and rolling fast with her high-octane action and her sensuous couple in Night Moves.

SWEET REVENGE by Christy Reece

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SWEET REVENGE by Christy ReeceSweet Revenge by Christy Reece
Series: Last Chance Rescue #8
Published by Random House LLC on 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 404
Reviewed by Miranda

Jamie Kendrick went on a trip to hell at the hands of Stanford Reddington, a monster protected by money and power. Now, asking for Last Chance Rescue’s help, Jamie makes plans for her revenge. And Dylan Savage, one of LCR’s most skilled operatives, is given an assignment he despises but can’t refuse—to train the lovely Jamie but thwart her revenge plot at all costs. With tender ruthlessness, he pries open her most intimate secrets, and the attraction they’ve both tried to deny explodes into a scorching love affair—an affair that Dylan has to end. Months after Jamie stormed away from Dylan and LCR, the two meet again—at the home of Stanford Reddington. In the grips of hurt, anger, desire, and undercover danger, Jamie and Dylan will risk more than broken hearts: they’re risking everything to stop an evil fiend from destroying more lives, including their own.

Jamie Kendrick was kidnapped by the vicious Stanford Reddington. She narrowly survived being sold and sexually tortured when the Last Chance Rescue team saved her. Now Jamie wants a little revenge. Reddington runs a human trafficking ring and she plans on bringing him down but she needs a little training first. Jamie goes to Last Chance Rescue for help. Dylan Savage, the operative who pulled Jamie out of that hellhole, and hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind since, is assigned to train her. This assignment is twofold for Dylan. He is also supposed to find out what information Jamie is withholding and convince her to quit her quest for revenge. Easier said than done. It doesn’t take Dylan long to realize what a headstrong woman Jamie is. He may have to pull out every trick in the book to convince her to back off. Perhaps, seduction is in order. 

As Dylan attempts to get close to her secrets, she gets closer to his heart but how will Jamie handle being misled? Will she dive head first into danger or run as far from Dylan Savage as she can get? Reddington must go down and Last Chance Rescue will do whatever it takes to put him out of business. Who will get to Reddington first: Jamie or Dylan?

This is my first Last Chance Rescue book, what a great series I’ve been missing! Sweet Revenge is a seductively thrilling novel. The action and emotion are piled high in this kick-ass story. I adore Jamie’s stubborn bravery. She has been through something that could totally mess up a lot of people and she handles it like a pro. Her determination to take down this horrid criminal is admirable and wraps the reader up emotionally. Dylan is the sexy stalwart hero but it was hard not to be angry with him while he’s hiding his intentions from Jamie. However, he does make up for it. Jamie and Dylan sizzle together. The scenes between them while training are rife with sexual tension. Christy Reece’s Sweet Revenge is a sweet and spicy suspense filled treat!

THE VIPER by Monica McCarty

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THE VIPER by Monica McCartyThe Viper by Monica McCarty
Series: The Highland Guard #4
Published by Random House LLC on 2011
Genres: Historical
Pages: 406
Reviewed by Miranda

The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force of legendary warriors, battle for land . . . and love. Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king’s coronation—and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain’s king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce’s head, and for this she pays a terrible price: Losing her daughter and her freedom to her husband’s vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul—and her body—to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella’s gamble to save her daughter—but also her heart.

Lachlan “Viper” MacRauiri is known among his peers as the man who will do anything for a price. He has the ability to get in and out of sticky situations better than most among the Highland Guard. That is why he is sent to retrieve Countess Isabella MacDuff from her husband’s castle so she can coronate Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. Lachlan was also supposed to get her daughter as well but it was an impossible task. Distraught over leaving her daughter behind Bella is not so easy to get along with yet there is an undeniable attraction between Lachlan and Bella.

Bella never imagined how bad it could get if she were ever caught by Bruce’s enemies. Now, after finding herself living in a metal cage hanging from a tower, she knows far too well. Betrayed by those she cared for, Bella is reluctant to trust anyone much less the man who led her into this predicament. She will have no choice if she ever wants to see her daughter again. Can Lachlan and Bella fight their way through the Highlands and find her daughter before it’s too late? Will passion ignite or will their stubborn demeanor’s keep these two apart?

The Viper is a fast-paced thrilling adventure featuring an outstanding romance. I’m so in love with Lachlan and Bella. These characters are both so strong and have such integrity. Lachlan’s back story is heartbreaking. I truly feel for him and what he’s been through. His attitude definitely makes sense now. Bella is the perfect woman to show Lachlan the love he deserves. Watching these two fall in love is simply fantastic. It’s one of those romances that make you all gooey inside. The Viper takes the reader on an edge-of-your-seat ride. There are tons of intense moments that make you gasp and pray for the safety of your favorite characters. This can be read as a stand-alone novel. Monica McCarty is keeping her Highland Guard series fresh and filled with sensationally romantic characters. I will be eagerly anticipating the next addition! These Highland Guard warriors are hot hot hot!

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