“Physical Forces” – DD Ayres

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2UAjj3J

3rd Person Dual POV. Romantic Suspense set in FL.

Heroine: Pet Detective, Macayla finds & rescues lost pets.

Hero: Australian Search & Rescue K9 Operator, Oliver.

I liked most of this series. This didn’t feel like the strongest ending. I enjoyed the story, but the story beats were a little off and Oliver was almost an Aussie caricature.

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“The Conspiracy” – Kat Martin

AMAZON Link: https://amzn.to/2Ro16cj

Book 1 in a new series: 3rd Person, Dual POV (with a smidge (<5%) of other POVs)

This felt like a book of two halves. International and Domestic

The first half was Harper (Heroine) roping in Chase (her Brother’s former best friend who runs a security company) to track down her missing brother in the Caribbean.

The second half all took place in the US.

Then we have all the tropes, Brother’s Best Friend, Girl Next Door, Unrequited Love, Fish out of Water, Bodyguard etc etc.

The ebb and flow of Harper and Chase’s relationship, on again off again for *reasons* was good, but expected within this sub-genre. Although I’m not sure his grovel was enough.

It was just *A Lot* to be crammed into this story, is it the downside of book 1 in a series? Possibly, it felt like I was meeting not only the character base of this new series (the team at Maximum security), but maybe the characters for another series (the other Garrett brothers)?

I did like the attention to detail for 1) the International section, how travelling round Caribbean Islands & rescue ops in Jungles work, having to exchange money is a PITA etc 2) How Harper’s job/company/employees are impacted by the search for her brother. Although having $$$$ and private jets sure come in handy.

It just felt like it could have been “snappier”. The best analogy I can give is; If this were a film I might have gotten bored, but if it were a TV series, I’m sure I’d be happy with the ground work being done.

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“Elijah’s Hope” – S Doyle

Releases today: AMAZON LINK https://amzn.to/2Rf8GGp

S Doyle is a Sub-Genre hopper who I willingly follow. Plus, this cover!!???

ELIJAH’s HOPE is Bk1 in a new series. 3rd Person, Dual POV. It was SUPER Fun to realize this was set in the same world as Bad Assassin (now called Lover to Enemies).

Think “Love Island” meets “Alaskan Gold Rush”.

The Premise is Four Alaskan Oil Riggers. One Contest. Four Blind Dates. It starts out almost as a lark. In order to entice some women to Hope’s Point, these guys set up a dating contest for 4 women to win an all expenses paid trip to the middle of nowhere Alaska.

The men’s expectation is that they’ll experience some high jinx then send the ladies off on their way. As there’s limited accommodations there, the 4 women will all arrive at different times, with little to no overlap. This plan runs the gammit of “well thought out” to “Really?”. Like not telling the women what apparel they should bring with them for the weather…

All the guys are social mis-fits. Elijah is former army, He’s broody, views himself as unlovable, has a fractured relationship with his mom and a past he doesn’t talk about, but was incredibly formative in his view of women.

Elijah believes it’ll be 2 weeks of fun before they both go back to their “Real Lives”. Elijah’s winner is Shelby from Louisiana. From the moment you start her POV you know she is running from something. You know she wants to run away from her “Real Life”, It’s spoilery to discuss what/why she’s running from.

The first book in a series, whether it’s interconnected like this one or not, always does a lot of the heavy lifting for the world building. So we meet all the 4 ‘bachelors’ get a sense of who they are and their personalities.

This was a great read. Not as comedic as Bad Assassin/Lover to Enemies, but more nuanced. The revelations of both Elijah and Shelby’s back stories is done without flashback, but via reflection.

The Squee moment for me was getting to see Zeke & Eve pop up throughout the storyline.

CW/TW discussions of rape, sex work, deployed military situations.

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“Year One” – Nora Roberts

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2NcYJ69

As someone who has read only 1 Nora Roberts before. All I knew was people think she’s an excellent writer. Now I concur.

This book is NOT A ROMANCE, but this book is Deee-Licious.

Post apocalyptic/Distopian plus some supernatural/paranormal. Walking dead sans Zombie, plus Magick. It reminded me a little of the TV revolution (where the world loses electricity, but people work together to survive).

I. LOVED it. It made me laugh, cry, worry, etc. There’s tension, angst, joy, love, sorrow. It’s delicious. I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I’m trying to figure out when I can slot book 2 into my reading schedule.

BUT – It is NOT a Romance, nope, definitely not.

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“Nightchaser” – Amanda Bouchet

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2Lnkvn2 Releases Jan 1 2019
At time of posting Kindle Price: $5.68, Paperback: $5.98

Nightchaser was everything I hoped for and more. The analogy of Star wars meets Robin Hood is a good one. Sci-Fi/Fantasy awesomesauce.

Space set vigilantes working against the “Big Bad”.
Our intrepid crew has their own tragic pasts, but have generated their “found family”.
Our Heroine has big secrets as well as a big heart, both of which she reveals sparingly.
Our Hero isn’t quite who he wants us to believe he is, on multiple levels.

The full rollercoaster of human emotions is here, even if they’re set in an alien world.

The world building we saw in The Kingmaker Chronicles is shining bright again in this new series and even though this book is just released, and was one of my most anticiptated 2019 releases, I am EAGER to get my inky fingers on book 2.

This is definitely the 1st book in a series, there is a HFN, but if you stopped here we will not be getting the whole story.

ARC received from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

My 2018 5 Star Reads

I had 15 5 Star Reads in 2018 which is pretty good. It’s hard to explain why a book gets a 5 star over a 4 star, something intangible, something that moves me. Often it’s a byproduct of the moment in time that I’m reading it., but the commonality I can find is, it either made me laugh, or think, a lot, and that I end up recommending it frequently.

Did I have any overlaps with you!?

If you click on the picture of each book, it’ll take you to the Amazon buy link.
Wishing You Happy Reading in 2019!

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“Sleight of Hand” – Julie Rowe

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2DS9rwR

3rd Person Dual POV.
Romantic Suspense.
Heroine: Ex Army medic, now CDC Nurse Joy
Hero: CDC Doctor. Curmudgeonly hero Gunnar.
These two are an odd-couple. He’s so acerbic that only Joy’s military training can give her the wherewithal to deal with him.

Turns out they are both suffering from PTSD. His from his Doctor’s without borders service. Her’s from her time in the military.

One of those situations where they are rare combination that works well together where any other pairing would be catastrophic.

3rd book in the series, can be read as a standalone, there is a longer arc across the series. I enjoy the visits by characters from previous books and truly can’t wait for book 4.

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#CurrentRead “Destiny’s Surrender” – Beverly Jenkins.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2qot5IN  2nd book in series.
3 book series currently $1.99 each

3rd Person, Multi-POV (Mostly MCs).
Historical Romance.
Drew is looking to finally settle down after sowing his wild oats. One of those Oats has grown into a sweet baby boy unbeknownst to Drew.

Billie (Wilhemina) is Drew’s favourite whore from San Francisco. When the life of her child is threatened, she turns to Drew for his sanctuary.

Sweet, Straight shooting (literally) and Sassy, I loved Billie. Destiny Ranch is a favourite place to visit. Can’t wait to finish Noah’s book too.

#CurrentRead “Unspeakable” – Elisabeth Naughton.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2SyRgk3 Also in Kindle Unlimited with Audio.

3rd Person Multi-POV (Mostly MCs). Romantic Suspense
Hero: Vineyard owner with a secret sideline. Heroine: Legal Investigator, Former Cop

Another McClane Sibling, another adventure. When Rusty McClane gets drawn into the case of a missing teenage girl Harper Blake has to investigate his role in her disappearance. What she discovers could lead to her reinstatement on the force.
Rusty’s been leading a double life, Vineyard owner by day, Vigilante by night. Saving others has meant sacrificing his family life, but doesn’t he need to be rescued too?

#CurrentRead – “Faceoff” – Stephanie Kay

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2PrWWu6

#FinishTheSeries “Faceoff” Book 4 in #SanFranciscoStrikers series. Can stand-alone, but expect previous characters to show up.

3rd Person. Dual POV

Heroine: Chef. Hero: hockey player. these two have been dancing around each other throughout the series and now they get their turn. She’s had her full of athlete boyfriends, can he change her mind?