Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: Collision Point by Lora Leigh

Collision Point by Lora Leigh

Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s, February 27, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day, Charleston

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Book Length: Full length

Heat Level: 2 Flame

Rating: 3.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 


Riordan Malone is more than a bodyguard. As an Elite Ops agent, he’s ripped, raged, and ready to rumble—a true warrior, inside and out. But no war zone can compare to the battle in Rory’s heart when he lays eyes on the only woman he’s ever loved—and thought he had lost forever. . .

As the daughter of a crime lord, Amara Resnova has endured the cruelty of her father’s enemies—and has tried to escape that world ever since. Now, she must reach out to the one man who saved her life, even if she’s never forgiven him for breaking her heart. But Amara is tougher today than she was then. She’s also more desirable to Rory—and dangerous to love. Can he protect her from her father’s enemies without surrendering to his own passions…or will love seal their fate for good?

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This is the first book I have read by Lora Leigh, and I enjoyed it for the most part. Thanks go to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for the chance to read and review in advance of publication. Collision Point is an action-paced romantic suspense novel that walks the edge of erotica.

Ms. Leigh writes fantastic suspense scenes that had me nibbling on my nails, waiting to find out what would happen next. It quickly drew me in, and I had a hard time putting it down. This is a plot-driven story, and for anyone who loves hot, steamy sexual scenes, there are plenty of those.

Regarding the characters, I never truly became vested in either of them. I would have liked more inner thoughts from both of them. The relationship was all about sex with very little emotional connection between the pair, so as a romance this book didn’t work for me. At times, the sexual scenes seemed out of place. I found myself flipping through them to get onto the action. I’m sure other readers may not agree because reading is very subjective.

What did work for me, is the high suspense and the startling surprise at the end when I found out who the villain was. I could feel the heroine’s pain at this realization. If I were to give two ratings for this book, I’d give 5 Gold Crowns for the suspense and 2 for the romance, hence my 3.5 rating.

If you love high suspense with a great “who done it” and lots of sexual scenes, then you will enjoy Collision Point. While the romance didn’t work for me, the suspenseful aspect of this novel kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat and made it a worth-while read. Happy reading!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron

Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron

Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, February 20, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day, Georgia

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Thriller

Book Length: 338 pages

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

The predators become prey in a breathless novel of revenge from a USA Today bestselling author.
Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.
Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.
When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.
As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.

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I always know I’m in for a treat with a new release from Rita Herron. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, I eagerly agreed to read and review her newest romantic thriller.

As with all of Ms. Herron’s books, the characters are real and flawed, the plot is intriguing and there’s plenty of emotions running high. One of the things I enjoy most about her books is the suspenseful scenes. She has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last.

Korine’s character is engaging, and I quickly became vested by her backstory. Her determination to not let fear rule her life is admirable. She is a strong female character and compassionate as well.

Hatcher’s character is dream-worthy. He has plenty of demons from his past, but he doesn’t allow them to stop in in his relentless determination to find the killer. There is good depth to his character that explains his actions.

While the romance is secondary in Pretty Little Killers, it’s still strong and adds a lot to the story. The suspense in this book builds as the tale of mystery and intrigue unfolds. Ms. Herron does a fantastic job of keeping the true villain under the radar until the climax. I never suspected a thing. There is a huge surprise involving Korine at the end that totally blew me away.

If you enjoy a novel with plenty of high suspense with a great “who-done-it plot,” then you will absolutely love Pretty Little Killers. This is a stand-alone novel. Happy reading!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Review: Ace of Spades by Sandra Owens

Ace of Spades by Sandra Owens

Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, February 6, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day, Miami

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Book Length: 301 pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

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Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And getting casual with his partner is a fantasy he can’t shake…
Taylor Collins has feelings for Nate, too—and though they run hot, her best friend on the team is strictly off limits. Until a spark in his eyes says, Go for it. But reaching out could prove to be a bad move now that they’re working closer together than ever, and on the most dangerous case of their careers.
An investigation into a brutal series of murders is stirring up bad memories for Taylor, and neither she nor Nate can imagine how close to home it’s going to hit. When it does, Nate will risk everything—including his heart—to keep Taylor safe.

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I originally found Sandra Owens’ historical romances several years ago and fell in love with them. When she started writing romantic suspense, I hesitated before reading her first novel for Montlake in her K2 series, but since that time, I have fallen in love with her contemporary books as well.

When I received an invitation to read and review Ace of Spades, I eagerly accepted, and I have enjoyed this fantastic romantic suspense novel even more than I enjoyed the other two books in her new Aces & Eights series. That’s saying a lot because I loved both of them!

Taylor Collins’s character pulled at my heart-strings. While her character type isn’t my favorite arch, Ms. Owens does such an excellent job of developing her character, I easily fell in love. Taylor has such a big heart. She is so determined to give children a better start as she was given by foster mother. By the end of the book I absolutely loved Taylor.

Nate Gentry is a great hero. Of course, Ms. Owen’s yummy description of his attributes had me fanning my face. His loyalty to his brothers is amazing. He took on the responsibility of raising his two younger brothers when he was only a child himself. My heart ached for him and his gut-wrenching feelings over his mom and what he believed she had done.

The chemistry between Nate and Taylor is sizzling from the first page. I loved the emotional connection that grows as they work together to solve the murders. Their romance is a friends to lovers story and a moving one.

If you want a story that will hold your attention from the first page to the last, and one that will touch not only your heart, but your soul, then you will love Ace of Spades. I highly recommend this amazing book; you do not want to miss this one. Happy reading!