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BREAKING AWAY by Toni Aleo

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BREAKING AWAY by Toni AleoBreaking Away by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #5
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Sports
reviewedbydani

 

I’m going to go all fan girl here and scream, Phillip is the man!! Breaking Away was more than enjoyable and omg, he ends up with Reese?!!! Not only was I shocked but I was pleasantly surprised at their pairing. I liked Reese in the previous Assassins books and knew it would take someone special to really catch her eye.  Phillip was just the man for the job. Neither are looking for anything serious, each for their own reasons. Reece was deeply hurt by an ex, Phillip is busy raising his niece, Claire and needs to focus on her needs. As Reese teaches Claire to dance, these two ladies really connected. Things get a bit complicated but they can’t stay away from one another, which made Breaking Away an even more enjoyable read.

 

While the relationship between Phillip and Reese is a big part of the book, it wasn’t just all about them. I loved the blossoming relationship between Phillip and Claire, he loves her and really wants the best for her. Phillip and Reese start to get closer and that’s truly when their relationship starts to progress and really take off. It’s during this time that Claire starts accepting Phillip as her guardian and begins to start feeling a deep bond between them. Claire was a typical teenager who is  hurting from the loss of her mother as well as having just had her whole life uprooted. Phillip made sure she knew she was loved and wanted, that made me love him even more.

 

Reese and Phillip as a couple are hotter than hot. They steamed up the pages and had some of the best chemistry I have read in the Assassin series. What started off as just sex grew into much more. I loved that Ms. Aleo had Phillip be the first to fall in love because normally it’s the heroine who falls first. There were many moments where I started to fall for Phillip right alongside Reese. He just did and said some of the sweetest things which was nothing like the Phillip I got to know from the previous Assassins books. In prior books, Phillip came off as a player, so it was a nice change to see him in such a postive light.

 

Reese did have her annoying moments but she finally came around. Thank god because if she didn’t want him I would have gladly taken him off her hands. Phillip had this confidence about him that grabbed me from the moment he was introduced in prior books and I really liked that he was unsure of himself with Reese and how to move forward.

 

Hands down Breaking Away was a great addition to an already amazing series. Each book in the series is a little different depending on the characters situations, which each title being a unique read. Ms. Aleo brings her characters to life and gives them real problems that people face with every day. Phillip losing his sister and having to raise a teenager all while playing for the NHL was damn impressive, but what really stood out was how hard he was trying to make her life better. I’m glad Claire will be receiving her own book in time because I can’t wait to see how she turns out and who will be her love interest.

 

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.

 

I’M GONNA LOVE YOU by Virna DePaul

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I’M GONNA LOVE YOU by Virna DePaulI'm Gonna Love You by Virna DePaul
Series: Home to Green Valley #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

 

Anna Kincaid has escaped a serious health issue and because she never knows when something might change that, she has decided to live life at full strength ahead.  So, she opened an eco-adventure company to give others the same thrills she is looking for.  Anna loves her job and company, but she also is still striving forward in accomplishing her personal bucket list.  One of those items brings her up close and very personal with one of the sexy O’Neill brothers from Ireland.

 

Brady O’Neill is the second oldest of the five brothers.  Brady is the only brother who has been married and lost it all.  He made the decision to move to California and help his oldest brother with a new restaurant as one of the co-owners.  Brady believes that he is ready to move on, but is he really ready to accept the chance at loving and losing yet again?  That question becomes front and center when he meets Anna in a way that brings his passions alive again.

 

Anna wants Brady and her to go at a rushing speed, while Brady wants to slow things down when he learns exactly what she wants.  Brady discovers that he buried an important part of his life when he married, and Anna is torn between jumping in with no holds barred and taking the time to get it all right.  Brady watched as reckless risks harmed his family’s restaurant in Ireland and, because of that, he points out things that might have the same risks in Anna’s business.  Anna continues to wonder about her push and pull relationship with Brady when the health threat from her past rears its ugly head again.  As Anna and Brady learn more about each other, secrets and misunderstands might just be able to tear them apart.  Both Anna and Brady discover just how important trust is when beginning a serious relationship as the secrets are revealed and the misunderstandings are resolved.  Anna and Brady are finally ready to go forward, hand in hand, towards their future filled with the passion for adventure and each other with their eyes open.  Their future is looking brighter than ever, and so is their love.

 

A woman racing toward the next adventure and a man trying to find a way to go forward again discover the true meaning of love and trust in I’m Gonna Love You.  I had to laugh at the way Anna and Brady met and was a bit surprised at the rush of that evening.  I enjoyed watching as Brady showed Anna that the best part of being together is discovering each other.  While I understood the reason behind Anna’s rush in life, I was worried that she might take one risk too many and felt sorry for her when the past came to call.  I loved how Brady not only found the strength he needed to move forward with Anna, but also to show Anna that life was just as good, if not better, when done at a normal pace.  Even with the misunderstandings that can happen during the beginning of a relationship, I quickly came to see that Anna and Brady had something that would not only last, but grow stronger as the years went on.  I’m Gonna Love You is a book about discovering love and taking the steps necessary to keep it strong and growing, even when life throws you a curve ball.  Yet another excellent book in this series.

 

HARD TO BREAK by Bella Jewel

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HARD TO BREAK by Bella JewelHard to Break by Bella Jewel
Series: Alpha's Heart #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic
ReviewedbyNikita

 

Quinn Peterson lives and breathes Pixie Wheels, her father’s automotive shop.  Since her mother’s death, her father has become an alcoholic leaving Quinn to run the garage.  Unfortunately, it is in major debt and a hot shot race car builder has set his sight on buying the shop.  Quinn would rather die than sell it; however, her drunken father has other ideas.

 

Tazen Watts is a well-known custom race car builder who acquires financially troubled local garages around the country to accommodate his clienteles’ demands.  His latest conquest is the Pixie Wheels garage.  Instead of the usually smooth transition, Tazen is experiencing uncountable physical and emotional difficulty with the pervious owner’s daughter, Quinn.

 

Will Quinn and Tazen be able to resolve their differences before they destroy each other?

 

I am on the fence concerning Hard to Break.  Whereas, the plotline is intriguing and the overall writing style is excellent; I struggled bonding with Quinn and Tazen.  For a huge portion of the book, I could not stand either one of them.  Even though from the history aspect, I understand Quinn’s attachment to the garage; however, she comes over as a spoiled brat who whines all the time.  Likewise, Tazen’s general attitude towards a woman’s workplace really worked my nerves.  Bottom line he is an inconsiderate jerk with no regards to Quinn’s feelings.  Nevertheless, in the end Tazen makes it all up to Quinn in a big way that somewhat softened my heart towards him.  Overall, Hard to Break is a passable read.  With that said, I still look forward to future reads from Bella Jewel.

 

SLOW BURN by Pamela Clare

SLOW BURN by Pamela Clare

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SLOW BURN by Pamela ClareSlow Burn by Pamela Clare
Series: Colorado High Country #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
reviewedbydani

 

 

I have read a few of Pamela Clare’s I-Team books and I just love her writing, but I had no idea that she had a new series out so when I saw Slow Burn I knew I had to read it. The blurb just sealed the deal because it just sounded like something I would like and oh boy was I right. It looks like the Colorado High Country series is just the opposite of the I–Team series, it’s more of a romance and less suspense but Ms. Clare still won me over and already has me wanting more.

 

Victoria Woodley is back in Scarlet Springs, Colorado for her best friend Lexi’s wedding. There is a week of activities planned before the big day and the more time she spends with Eric, the best man, the more she falls for him. Since she was recently hurt by her ex she has sworn off men but there is something about Eric that calls to her. Victoria knows she is only there for a week and then has to return to her real life, but she can have a good time with him when she is there or will she end up getting hurt again?

 

From the moment Eric Hawke met Victoria he knew he wanted her but he knows there is more to her than meets the eye. When his best friend warns him not to get involved with her because she just went through a hard time Eric is desperate to know what happened, but every time it comes up someone always interrupts them. Falling for Victoria wasn’t a part of his plan, after all he is pretty busy running the fire house and being part of the search and recuse team. He knows that she is leaving in a week but that’s not enough time to fall in love, right?

 

Victoria and Eric were the dream couple, they fall in love when neither is looking for it. Their romance grows naturally, moving from burning chemistry to an everlasting love. Watching it unfold was the best part of reading Slow Burn. I enjoyed every minute of getting to know these two characters and watching the changes and growth they both went through. Eric might have had a playboy reputation but when he comes to realize she is everything that he didn’t know he was missing was swoon worthy and had me rooting for them all the way.

 

The secondary characters weren’t center stage yet they still held a presence that had me wondering who they were and if they would be getting their own stories in the future. Since I haven’t read the first book in the Colorado High Country series that is definitely something I will be rectifying as soon as possible. Ms. Clare has a way with writing descriptions, they were so vivid I felt as if I was in Scarlet Springs and participating in all the outdoor activities the wedding party were taking part in. The town and the people had me wanting to pack up my life and move their as soon as possible. They were all close, stood together and were welcoming to newcomers.

 

Slow Burn was low on drama and high on emotions with just the right amount of hot, sexy and sweet. Slow Burn is a stellar read that I highly recommend, Ms. Clare’s characters do not disappoint and I’m already eager for the next installment in this series.

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