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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.

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

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MAGIC BINDS by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Paranormal


 

 

Kate Daniels and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are getting closer to their wedding day and, of course, just when you want and need things to be uncomplicated, it is anything but.  First off, her father has captured a demigod and is slowing killing him so that he can rule the world.  Then there are threats against a pregnant woman and her later newborn, which put the current Beast Lord at odds with Kate and Curran.  And there are the normal ups and downs with Kate’s business and with teenage angst and the person they requested to marry them is driving Kate up the wall with his questions and planning.

 

If all of that isn’t enough, then Kate is told two different predictions by a Witch Oracle, one of which says that if Kate and Curran carry out their marriage, then her city will burn, and she will lose her lover forever, and we aren’t talking about the second one so far.  Kate isn’t about to let fate tell her she can’t marry the man she loves, and she starts figuring out a way to change this prediction.  She learns that the one person who would have knowledge of how to stop her father and save those she loves and her city, however, there is one small problem: This person is dead.  Like that is going to stop Kate and Curran once he learns about the prediction.  Love and war are but two sides of a coin, and it will take both to get Kate and Curran to the altar.  Working together and with help of the guild, Kate and Curran do indeed change the outcome of their marriage, and what a wedding it is.

 

No one said that getting married would be easy, but in Kate and Curran’s situation, it is not a case of bridezilla or even the mother-in-law.  In Magic Binds, Kate and Curran will fight fate itself in order to have the wedding they have been working towards for the last several years.  Oh wow!  I could not believe the very twists and turns that Kate and Curran had to go through just to say, “I do”.  I was expecting it to be anything but a walk in the park, but even with that expectation I was amazed at how crazy it got.  I loved how Kate was beyond determined to have Curran and her marriage go forward and then to save her city from burning.  I have always loved Curran and how he gave up so much for Kate and their love and now how he runs the guild and those mercenaries who work there.

 

I know that the main battle or, worse, an all-out war with her father is in the future and maybe not all that far down the road, but I also know that Kate and Curran and their friends make one heck of a team when they all band together even with their disagreements that happened along the way.  There was so much that I wanted to talk about here, but once I started, I had to delete it because it went way too far.  What I will say is that for Kate lovers, this is a must-read and even if you haven’t followed the series, this book could get you hooked and not have you feeling like you came in several books down the road with no clue.   I honestly can’t wait until the next book, and I bet you won’t be able to either once you finish Magic Binds.  All of this is to say that I Joyfully Recommend this book as a must- read and a keeper.

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

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More Than Anything by Kimberly LangMore Than Anything by Kimberly Lang
Series: Magnolia Beach #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary


 

I love small town romance stories and for some reason they always make me want to end up there. That was the case with Magnolia Beach. I have only read one other book by Kimberly Lang and I enjoyed it so much I had to read More Than Anything and already I am wanting more of this series.

 

Shelby Tanner is running the Bay Breeze marina when at 3:00 am she receives a call that one of her tenants who is renting space at the marina has drifted away from the dock. At first Shelby believes it to be a prank but sure enough when she looks outside there is the boat and of course the occupant doesn’t know how to drive it so she goes out to help. When she comes face to face with Declan Hyde she only has two things on her mind, one is to figure out how his boat got loose and two is to go back to sleep. Over the next few days she notices how attractive he is even though he needs a haircut and a shave, but while getting to know him she can’t deny the attraction that burns between them. Shelby knows he’s leaving so why not have a little fun while he’s here. It’s not like she is going to lose her heart, or is she?

 

Architect Declan Hyde is out of a girlfriend and a job but as they say out with the old and in with the new. Magnolia Beach is just a four month stop on his way to Miami for a new job after the New Year. He’s been catching up on reading, Netflix, and enjoying this time off even though he hasn’t gone into town much. After meeting Shelby the night his boat went adrift he was more than intrigued by this beautiful woman and it’s not going to be easy to get so close with her with her family around, but Declan is up for the challenge because he can’t get her out of his head. He won’t make any promises and she won’t beg him to stay but as the time draws near for him to leave and the closer they become he wonders if in fact he’s making the right choice.

 

More Than Anything has everything I love in a small town romance. It was filled with love, warmth, and a sweet building romance I never wanted to end. The characters were just so damn likable especially Shelby and Declan and I’m not just saying that because they were the main characters. They were wonderfully written and showed growth throughout the story. Even the secondary characters wormed their way into my heart because while this story wasn’t about them, they also showed growth that already has me wanting to learn more about them.

 

Declan and Shelby had a nice, sweet and slow romance. I loved that they took the time to talk and ask important questions such as what they really wanted in the long run. Declan believes he worked hard to get that job in Miami and wants that life but I noticed once Shelby got him off the boat and around to meet people he was fitting in and slowly making Magnolia Beach his home even though he didn’t want to believe it.

 

More Than Anything is the third book in the Magnolia Beach series but don’t worry readers this could definitely be read as a standalone, but after reading this I am going to purchase the previous books because that’s how much I really did love More Than Anything. The best laid plans are often the ones that don’t follow the plan and that really came across in this story. While Declan had his life planned out and was used to being alone he never thought that one woman could have him second guessing his plans. With all this talk about plans, plan to pick up More Than Anything and not because I’m Joyfully Recommending it but because you won’t want to miss this capturing and heartfelt romance.

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.

 

HARD JUSTICE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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HARD JUSTICE by Elizabeth LapthorneHard Justice by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #12
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Paranormal


 

Layla Collins is a witch and an investigator, and Benedict Jackson is an assassin and a wizard.  They have been put together as a team by one of the Council members to try and locate the rot that has infiltrated the Council and that has been responsible for the death of several of the colleagues and the framing of one of Benedict’s best friends.  Being magical does not help when working with any form of technology and when you calculate the heavy passion which is hyping their auras, it’s going to be a miracle if they can actually get the computer to give them any information before they fry it.

 

However, they do manage to get a major lead, which will start connecting the dots on who is behind the rogue wizards and witches and behind the deaths of so many others.  As Layla and Benedict follow the clues, they face danger with each new answer.  The suspense is almost as fierce as their passion.  When the clues prove that this is bigger than they imagined, Benedict and Layla call in some high-powered help and personal friends who together resolve the final clues and capture a person who can name names about who is behind the corruption in the Council and also in the Tribunal.

 

Passion and deadly suspense will bring together a sexy witch and a powerful wizard as they work fast to undercover corruption that has been behind several deaths in Hard Justice.  Layla and Benedict have been attracted to each other prior to becoming a team, but once that happens, it turns that attraction to intense passion that neither can ignore.  I was impressed at how they could burn so hot and then turn to the matters at hand to fulfill their mission.  Talk about pressure under fire.  While Layla and Benedict didn’t totally end the rot that was behind everything, they did put a major kink in it and give the Council member who hired them vital information to do so.  I really enjoyed watching just how well Layla and Benedict were together both professionally and as a fledgling couple.  Hard Justice is a fast-paced story full of hot passion and deadly suspense that moves along the overall plot arc in this series.

 

TOO WILD TO TAME by Tessa Bailey

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