Publisher: Signet

HOT PURSUIT by Jo Davis

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HOT PURSUIT by Jo DavisHot Pursuit by Jo Davis
Series: Sugarland Blue #2
Published by Penguin, Signet on 2013-12-03
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo

In Sugarland, Detective Taylor Kayne is always ready with quick wit and a quicker smile. But he’s about to meet a woman who will make him want to take his sweet time.... Taylor is a laid-back, smart-aleck kind of lawman. He’s also a man’s man, as well as every woman’s private fantasy. But years ago, he was part of a botched hostage situation that ended with him being hailed as a tough-as-nails hero—even though the pain, fear, and shame from that terrible day still haunt his every moment. Cara Evans couldn’t care less about Taylor’s pain. In the moment he became a so-called hero, she lost someone she dearly loved. Yet neither of them is prepared for the instant, undeniable attraction that flares between them—or the danger that’s soon hot on their heels.

Cara Evens plays in a rock band and travels around playing the music she loves at various clubs and bars.  Cara is one of the lucky ones, the band is actually her band and she is wealthy enough that she can afford to do what she wants and enjoys and be able to pay her band mates.  Cara has come to Sugarland to play some gigs but she is on a mission to track down one man and find out the truth about a night that changed her life forever.  The man is a cop and the event was a domestic situation that killed her beloved sister.  Cara has the man in her sights and now is the time to act.

 

Taylor Kayne is a Detective with the Sugarland police force but not long ago he was with the Los Angeles police force.  But during one hostage situation when everything went disastrous when instead of getting the hostages out alive, it became a blood bath, changed all that.  Taylor might have been called a hero, but his nightmares and guilt were so heavy he couldn’t stay in Los Angeles.  So he took up a friends offer and transferred to the Sugarland police force.  A fresh start is just what Taylor needs if only his internal pain and guilt will allow him one.

 

Cara has no problems finding Taylor and follows him some to get an idea of his habits and how he lives his life.  What she finds just doesn’t seem to equal what Cara was told about how Taylor was a cop who would play fast and loose with lives.  When Cara and Taylor finally meet up face to face the passion shocks both of them.  When a murder hits really close to home, both Taylor and Cara are shaken but for very different reasons.  The truth that both Taylor and Cara have been keeping inside of themselves comes out and it’s touch and go whether the budding love they have found will be able to overcome those secrets.  However, it becomes very apparent that the mastermind behind both their deepest sorrows has not counted on just how hard Cara and Taylor will fight for what they have found.   Everything comes to a head and a trap is laid out to catch the man who tried to ruin both their lives.  The question is will experience and love win the day or will murder once again rule the day?

 

One horrible event changed two lives forever but can the love they found together be enough to help them solve the mystery on what really happened and get their happy ever after? Cara and Taylor learn all about betrayal and passion in Hot Pursuit.  I have to admit that I struggled in the first part of the book on being able to get behind Cara and Taylor but once they met in person the book just came alive for me.  I could understand where both Cara and Taylor were coming from and how that one horrible day brought them to Sugarland and the answers they both needed.  Their passion quickly changed to love and I loved that even with everything that was happening with them, they still made sure that a young mutual friend had a chance to connect with family and get off the streets.  Another thing I really liked was that both Taylor and Cara seriously fought for each other and their love when things were really dicey and survival wasn’t an automatic certainly.  Hot Pursuit is full of suspense and passion with just enough day to day situations that had you thinking all the characters could be someone you would see on any street.

DARKNESS HUNTS by Keri Arthur

DARKNESS HUNTS by Keri Arthur

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DARKNESS HUNTS by Keri ArthurDarkness Hunts by Keri Arthur
Series: Dark Angel #4
Published by Penguin, Signet on 2012-11-06
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur returns to the enthralling Guardian World—and a twilight realm of danger and desire… Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the reapers, collectors of souls. What she can not yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering women and draining their blood. Now Risa must summon her gifts to find him, even if it means putting her own life in danger. But Risa needn’t look far. The killer knows who she is. He tells her his victims are infected by darkness and he’s fated to destroy them. Fascinated by Risa, he engages her in a sinister game: the chance to save the life of his next victim by deciphering his series of clues. In a race against time, she enlists the help of the reaper Azriel. But as an attraction between them grows, so does the fear that the stranger’s motives are only part of a larger, more dangerous stratagem—one that that has lured Risa and Azriel into the dark.

JoyfullyRecommended

Half Aedh, Half Werewolf Risa Jones is back with her own personal Reaper Azriel by her side.  Risa’s Aedh powers allow her to walk through the grey realm.  Unfortunately, her latest trip through the gray fields puts her head-to-head with a psychotic serial killer.  This killer wants to play a game of cat and mouse with Risa.  All Risa needs is one more person trying to kill her or get her to work for them! Her plate is kind of full in that arena what with her own father trying to manipulate her.  Risa rarely knows who she can trust but she better find out fast or this could be her last trip to the fields.

The Dark Angels series is better than ever in Keri Arthur’s Darkness Hunts!  Ms. Arthur heats up the story as Risa and Azriel are facing their feelings for each and at the same time battling evil.  I love that we finally get some insight into the character of Lucian, Risa’s sometimes bed mate.  There is so much happening in Darkness Hunts it is bloody impossible to put the book down before the end.  So many times I was shouting at the book, OMG! Not only does Darkness Hunts ply you with out of this world action but it makes the reader sizzle with its unending passion. 

Keri Arthur’s Darkness Hunts is powerful top-notch urban fantasy storytelling at its best! Arthur’s extensive world and character building makes her a standout in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal genre.  Risa Jones is the kind of character that keeps readers coming back for more. Prepare yourself for edge of your seat thrills and thirst-quenching desire as Risa Jones takes on her latest adversaries in Darkness Hunts.  

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