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Review ~ Lethal Consequences (Aegis Security #2) by Elisabeth Naughton

By : Heather Coulter
Three months after rescuing Olivia Wolfe from danger, Aegis Security operative Landon Miller still can’t stop thinking about her, even though she’s off-limits in every way possible. Knowing he’s leaving Aegis and returning to the DIA soon, Landon decides it’s time for their flirty online relationship to end. But Olivia can’t stop thinking about Landon, either. On a whim, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to surprise him in Barcelona—and arrives to find a sexy redhead in his hotel room.

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Landon’s would-be one-night stand is really a member of the Red Brotherhood, a terrorist group targeting Landon for information on a lethal bioweapon. And now Olivia is unwittingly ensnared in their deadly plot, too. Forget escaping emotionally unscathed; Olivia just wants to make it home alive. Yet to survive, she’ll have to put her trust in the very man who not only broke her heart, but whose lies now threaten both their lives.

In the second book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s popular Aegis series, heart-pounding suspense stirs up deliciously sizzling romance.
I was first introduced to Elisabeth Naughton’s writing when a friend recommended her Stolen Trilogy; – I now highly recommended that series to others. While I have read (and enjoyed) the majority of the installments in her paranormal series, the Eternal Guardians, I prefer her suspense writing. 

The author did an amazing job with this second full-length novel of the Aegis Security series. Both Olivia and Landon were written with such a heartrending impact that I felt their anguish. Even during those seemly meaningless moments the undertones spoke of distress and loneliness. Mixing suspense with romance must be handled skillfully - ensuing proper balance is maintained. This is not a fairytale romance…the characters are put through hell (a few times). 

The author hit the target with this story. 

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own. 

Review ~ Someone Like Her (K2 Team #2) by Sandra Owens

By : Heather Coulter
Known to the K2 Special Services team as Romeo, ex-Navy SEAL Jake Buchanan may spend his downtime living up to his nickname, but there's one woman who sets his heart racing like no one else can: Maria Kincaid. Unfortunately, his boss - her brother - has made it crystal clear that she's off-limits. Jake doesn't do commitment, while Maria is the type of woman who deserves a promise of forever. Yet Maria finds herself drawn to Jake, the man who stares at her with a desire she wishes he'd act on.

Still haunted by her horrific childhood, Maria goes searching for the father she's never met and stumbles into a nightmarish experience. With her life in grave danger, she reaches out to Jake, her brother's second-in-command. Jake figures he can help Maria without giving in to temptation. But some things are easier said than done.
Maria’s desperate need to discover her heritage puts her in immediate danger. Maria Kincaid has an extremely overprotective older brother, Logan – an ex-Navy SEAL. But instead of contacting Logan when she finds herself in trouble she reaches out to his second in command, Jackson ‘Jake’ Kennedy Buchanan. No other woman, except Maria, could have a man nicknamed Romeo rushing from the bed of a willing woman toward a “woman her brother had put off-limits by threat of death.” 

This was my first Sandra Owens’ book. I love that the author freely allows emotions to radiate from her characters. While watching a movie/show you can view a character’s body language; it becomes part of the dialogue. In a book, it is more difficult to depict a character’s body language, but this author comprises descriptive scenes that enhance the dialogue. I have not yet read the first book, Crazy for Her, but I will be reading Logan’s story soon. 
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls #1) by Melinda Leigh

By : Heather Coulter
While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant's youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it's not a random act?and neither were the murders.

Already devastated by her neighbors? violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant's impending return to deployment.

But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.

Bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.
It had only been a year and a half since Lee and Kate Barrett made the decision to relocate their family to Scarlet Falls, a sleepy New York Suburb. With a colicky baby at home, the couple decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary and limit their time away from home with a quick dinner out. After dinner, while walking to their car Lee gets as uneasy feeling, as a reader I shared that edginess.
“There was absolutely no reason for the unease brewing in his gut.”
Melinda Leigh put this reader on edge waiting for that pivot death moment.

The death of Lee Barrett brings his distant siblings altogether for the first time in a while. Hannah Barrett, a corporate attorney, is a little uptight expect for the few flirty moments she shares with the sexy Detective Brody McNamara. McClellan ‘Mac’ Barrett, the biologist, is the family renegade with a troubled youth. I am looking forward to discovering more about this mysterious man and meeting the woman that will bring him out of the woods. Then there is Grant Barrett, career Military Major, who takes emergency leave to care for his recently orphaned nephew and niece. He rushes home to civilian life without even taking time to decompress.
“It wasn’t about him and what he wanted anymore. The kids had to be considered first in each and every decision.”.

Ellie Ross’s daughter Julie frequently babysat for the Barrett children including the night they were murdered. As neighbors Ellie and Grant often cross paths but when Ellie’s family is threatened it pulls them even closer. Ellie’s grandmother, Nan, is a hoot with her shotgun ready to take on the world. I

Melinda Leigh flawlessly delivers a twisted mystery that kept this reader guessing. I have set a side vacation time to return to Scarlett Falls in June 2015 to see how much trouble Hannah can get into.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Wolf's Fall (Alpha Pack, #6) by J.D. Tyler

By : Heather Coulter

A top secret team of wolf shifters, the Alpha Pack are former Navy SEALS that use their Psy powers to take on the world’s greatest predators. But while each member is loyal to the pack, it can be hard to deny the call of desire…

Still tormented by his recent captivity, Alpha Pack commander Nick Westfall isn’t sure he’s fit to lead—especially when he meets the one woman he can’t claim without reliving the torture he endured at the hands of a rogue vampire. 

Vampire princess Calla Shaw has seen her own share of heartbreak, but she can tell that the wild attraction she and Nick feel for each other could turn into something significant—if only he’d let it. But Calla isn’t about to give up on her mate without a fight.

Time is running out, not only for Nick to claim his mate, but for Calla and her coven. A vampire war is on the horizon, one the Alpha Pack can’t hope to win if their leader can’t pull himself back from the abyss…
Be sure to first read Cole's Redemption...Nick's experiences largely carry over into Wolf's Fall.

I was overall disappointed with this book. It should have been the strongest story, since it was the Alpha Pack commander, Nick Westfall's, story. However, I felt that the trauma he suffered was not given the attention it deserved - it was too quickly brushed aside.

I liked Vampire princess, Calla Shaw's, character - her strength and willingness to love a man she knew that she may never be able to claim was amazing.

With four more stories coming soon...I hope that the series can get back to the brilliance I saw in the beginning.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Not Quite Forever (Not Quite #4) by Catherine Bybee

By : Heather Coulter
The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?
Romance author, Dakota Laurens, meets sexy emergency room doctor, Walter Eddy III, when the hotel double-booked them in the same conference room. These two individuals are not your typical starry-eyed lovers. Dakota thinks HEA only exists on paper and Walt has some commitment issues.

As expected the story progresses quickly, writing flows evenly and evolves naturally. The most impressive thing was how remarkably she handled Dakota’s forgiveness of Walt’s abandonment – the delivers it with exactness.

Not sure which character's story is next...but it will be on my tbr list.
Disclosure: This book was provided to by the publisher for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Razed (Barnes Brothers, #2) by Shiloh Walker

By : Heather Coulter
Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother's wedding have him thinking maybe there's a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist...for her.
Keelie Jessup first appeared as the 'villain' in the series opener, Wrecked. Lucky for us readers Keelie failed in her attempt to breakup Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes.

Zane, the eldest Barnes brother, is an oddity - in the of best ways. His determination to love Keelie is apparent in every word written about him. I love that his is clumsy, yet confident. And those sexy glasses...Yum!

Their scenes are written with precision - generating heat and passion!!!
"Locked together with him, her breathe caught, hitched -- and the bliss exploded through her, flooding her every pore, overtaking her entire being."
Long-time fan of this author, I love that she ventures into any/all genres. Her ability to take ordinary individuals and make them into extraordinary couples - never disappoints.

I will say the Zach and Zane names drove me crazy; the names were to similar - keeping them straight was impossible. I had to really concentrate on which was in the current scene.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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