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UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne Calhoun

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UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne CalhounUnder the Surface by Anne Calhoun
Series: Alpha Ops #4
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Suspense


 

When I stared Under The Surface by Anne Calhoun I originally thought this was the first book in a new series but it turns out this is the fourth book in the Alpha Ops series. Since I haven’t read the previous books I feared that I would be lost but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel that way and was glad this could be read as a standalone.

 

Eve Webber was a former cocktail waitress turned business owner of Eye Candy which caters mostly to the female population due to the hot male employees. Eve has been looking for a new bartender since she had to let the last one go since he didn’t follow the rule not to mess with the customers. When “Chad” walks into Eye Candy looking for work Eve is attracted to him and figures it’s only a matter of time before she gets him in bed, but she has other important things going on in her life, like an old friend who wants to launder money through her business.

 

Detective Matt Dorchester is used to undercover assignments and is damn good at his job. He has all the skills that will pass for being a good bartender, but what he doesn’t expect is the attraction he feels for Eve. He knows she is working with them but the police department doesn’t fully trust her so keeping an eye on her is what he plans to do. The more time Matt, aka Chad, spends with her the harder it is to keep his cover, but all bets are off when someone starts threatening her life. Now trying to keep Eve safe and out of harm’s way is his new mission but if she lands in between his sheets the lines might blur.

 

I really liked Eve from the beginning. She’s smart, funny and quick on her feet. With her background I wasn’t sure what kind of heroine she would turn out to be but I loved her and it only made her more likable. Matt was a little on the quiet side and more serious but he had to be because of his line of work. I love how dedicated he was not only to his family but his job. He showed strength in so many ways and he was the complete opposite of Eve’s character.

 

Since this was a romantic suspense the love scenes were a little dialed down, but that didn’t matter because the story really entranced and had me not wanting to put it down. Ms. Calhoun focused more on the romance that was building instead of the suspense which I was okay with. The romance starts off on the slow side with a few heated kisses and cute banter but once these two got started the chemistry started to flow and the passion started to rise.

 

The secondary characters also stood out in their own way, but I wasn’t really focused on them while reading Under The Surface. I’m pretty sure The Alpha Ops series main focus will be the men and women of the police department protecting the hero/ heroine from whatever is in store for them. Already I’m looking forward to see where the Alpha Ops series will go and who will be next to find their happily ever after.

ROCK STEADY by Dawn Ryder

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ROCK STEADY by Dawn RyderRock Steady by Dawn Ryder
Series: Rock Band #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary


 

I haven’t read much of Dawn Ryder’s work but I just recently started her Unbroken Heroes series and loved it so I wanted to try her Rock Band series. Rock Steady is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the previous one, but I didn’t fall in love with Rock Steady like I hoped I would.

 

If you’ve read the previous book, Rock Me Two Times, you are familiar with the characters, but it if you are like me and starting in the middle you are just getting to know everyone for the first time. I have to say I had a hard time warming up to them and actually understanding them. In this story we meet Ramsey who comes off as god’s gift to women. He gets drunk and sleeps with a groupie only to discover she got back at him by taking him to get a tattoo of cherry blossoms. To me this sounded a little far-fetched, I mean could it could happen? Sure, anything is possible but getting a tattoo would sure as hell sober me up pretty fast.

 

After the whole getting the tattoo thing he meets up with the rest of his band, Toxsin and they agree he needs to get it fixed as soon as possible (duh) and they look for a tattoo shop that is open twenty four hours and there Ramsey meets Jewel, who will be his tattoo artist.

 

Jewel went to college and graduated with a marketing degree but she loves art so she is working in a tattoo shop. She is damn good at what she does, but her boss has a say so in what jobs she takes. When the band walks in the shop looking for someone to cover up the cherry blossoms on Ramsey, Jewel takes the job and covers it up with a bad ass tattoo. The next day her boss lets her go because he is jealous that she did the tattoo and didn’t call him which totally pissed me off but she gets a better opportunity. Ramsey offers her to go on tour with him and the band to expand the tattoo over the next four weeks and Jewel agrees. Sparks start flying between them, but Jewel is hesitant to get involved with Ramsey because of his reputation.

 

Honestly, this characters or the storyline did nothing for me. I didn’t understand them or their way of handling things. One minute Ramsey is a total womanizer and then the next he acts like a savior. His personalities were giving me whiplash through the entire story. Jewel I found a little on the annoying side, but I did appreciate her characters fire and drive to want to be the best and make it on her own no matter the cost.

 

As far as the Rock Band series goes I think I will have to pass on the upcoming books and stick with the Unbroken Heroes series. I may not have totally fell in love with Rock Steady but that doesn’t mean others won’t.

WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan Frampton

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WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan FramptonWhy Do Dukes Fall in Love by Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #4
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

Ah, my first Megan Frampton book and while I have been meaning to read one for a while now I’m so glad that Why Do Dukes Fall in Love was my introduction to the Dukes Behaving Badly series. After reading this one I can guarantee I will be heading back at some point to start from the very beginning.

 

Newly windowed Edwina needs to find work because her late husband has left her and her young daughter with nothing. Michael the Duke is looking for a secretary and he really doesn’t care who fills the position as long as they are competent. When Edwina shows up for her interview he notices right away that she is attractive but he quickly dismisses that because he isn’t looking for a wife.

 

The characters were likable and just jumped out at me from the beginning. Michael was such a grouchy Duke at times but I really enjoyed the journey that Frampton took him on. I enjoyed the little changes, from the man who wouldn’t say please and thank you, to him saying it all the time without having to be reminded. Both Michael and Edwina are very different in personality but they do have being outspoken in common. They are also both very bright and that really showed when they were conversing.

 

Of course Michael came off as a big sourly grouch but underneath that he was a good guy. I really liked how he took to Edwina’s daughter and took the time to get to know the both of them. Little by little the relationship between Edwina and Michael starts to shift and things start to get heated between them. I enjoyed that sometimes they just couldn’t keep their hands off one another yet it didn’t affect their working relationship at all.

 

This story was funny and really sweet, and although the story lacked some deep emotional parts I didn’t find it taking away from the entire read. There were a few unexpected events but I found them welcoming and honestly couldn’t see the story without those parts. If you’re looking for a fun and light read I would suggest picking up Why Do Dukes Fall in Love.

UNDEAD AND DONE by MaryJanice Davidson

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UNDEAD AND DONE by MaryJanice DavidsonUndead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson
Series: Undead #15
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal


 

Queen Betsy, the leader of all vampires, aka Elizabeth Taylor, no not that one, has managed to slip and slide out of one disaster after another ever since she was turned by a pack of vampire Fiends several years ago.  With the help of her beloved, well most of the time spouse King Eric Sinclair and his minion Tina, the Queen was revealed just as the prophecy foretold and the vampire population rejoiced. Well some of them might have, maybe.

 

They have secretly been living with Queen Betsy’s best friend Jessica in her mansion along with zombie doctor Marc and a human who sees ghosts, as well as a revolving door of werewolves and other unusual people.  The latest is the best of all, Betsy’s half brother BabyJon who is mostly human.  And as long as everyone in the mansion keeps their hands off Betsy’s shoe collection the world will be safe.

 

The bane of their non-existence is Queen Betsy’s other half sibling, yes, their daddy is a ho, is Laura. The Antichrist.  That’s right, the daughter of the devil is related to the Queen of the vampires.  Small world, go figure.  Laura has made several attempts to destroy her sister, but she’s also deeply religious and sometimes feels guilty for her actions.  After recently losing her birthright to Betsy, yes that’s right her sister is now the Queen of Hell too, all bets are off.  Laura has announced to the world that vampires exist.

 

The decision to agree to an interview with a local reporter backfires on Queen Betsy big time.  The vampires are up in arms and coming to town. Betsy’s allies the Wyndham werewolf Alpha family are furious too with her announcement. A mermaid with a doctorate who speaks for the underwater citizens isn’t happy either, though in all fairness she never seems to be cheerful to Betsy.  In essence, all Hell is breaking lose, yes, it’s laughingly true.  Trying to appease the masses and fix this mess may take more than Betsy can accidentally conjure up.  Then again, don’t ever count the Queen of Hell and the Vampires out.  At least until the next shoe sale at Jimmy Choo.

 

The Undead series reaches a fitting ending with a gathering of the entire irreverent, outrageous cast of characters. The Antichrist has played her last hand and Betsy’s left holding the bag in Undead and Done.  Profane, ludicrous, the list goes on in this highly addictive laugh out loud storyline where an improbably young woman became Queen of the Undead and the world has gone sideways ever since.  Undead and Done wraps up a truly wackadoo, yes it’s a word, wonderfully inventive, seriously entertaining series.

WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan

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WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie JordanWhile the Duke was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Series: Rogue Files #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

When Poppy Fairchurch meets the Duke of Autenberry for the first time she is working in a flower shop. With her parents gone and her raising her younger sister, she believes in happily ever after’s and hopes that one day the Duke will take notice of her. On the days that he comes into the shop she takes extra care of herself in hoping to turn his head, but one day after his purchases the Duke is confronted by a man and a fight breaks out. Poppy rushes to the rescue and interferes almost getting herself run over by a carriage when she is saved by the stranger who was fighting with the Duke. She is introduced to the Duke’s family as his betrothed, but sooner or later the Duke will wake up and she has to come clean about how she really knows him and her feelings toward the Scot who is slowly claiming her heart.

 

Struan Mackenzie lost his mother which was the only family he had left. He sets out to meet his father only to find out he passed and his step brother, the Duke, wants nothing to do with him. When Struan confronts the Duke outside the flower shop things get a little heated and the Duke ends up in a coma. Struan doesn’t believe this woman to be his step brothers soon to be wife and not only because she is a shop girl but there is something about her that intrigues him to dig a little deeper. The more he digs and gets to know Poppy the more he starts to fall for his step brothers soon to be wife. What will happen when his brother finally wakes up? Or will Struan claim the fearless Poppy as his own?

 

After Reading Sophie Jordan’s Devils Rock series I was interested in picking up one of her historical romances because the Devils Rock books were just so good. While the Duke Was Sleeping came at the perfect time and as soon as I received it I dived right into a fun new world that contained a witty and sassy heroine and a Scot with a sourly attitude that kept me wanting more. From the moment these two are around one another they rub each other the wrong way but there is something deeper simmering under the surface and when they had their first kiss it was explosive. I think maybe I even gasped right along with Poppy at that moment. I couldn’t wait to see how she would react because little by little she finds herself wondering more about him and what his touches would feel like. And these two have more than a few moments to know exactly what they like from one another.

 

I liked how Struan was at war within himself about liking Poppy and yet not wanting a long term commitment with her. While I did enjoy this story I did feel like it lacked in originality. This story was almost a carbon copy to the movie of While You Were Sleeping with all the same set up with just a historical twist added in. While reading I was just waiting for something more to happen to set it apart from the movie, but that never really came.

 

I did like the characters and they were honestly the best part about While the Duke Was Sleeping. Sometimes Struan’s pursuit of Poppy was downright hilarious and yet at times it came off as a little creepy. For more than half the book I felt as if he were perusing her just to get back at his step brother and other times it felt as if he was really interested in Poppy. While the Duke Was Sleeping contained humor, romance and a story that reeled me in, it just didn’t hit me on the emotional level that I was looking for.

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