December TBR

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December already (actually mid-December, but… ok)? Time flies by my friends! Everybody is out looking for presents, shopping for anything they may or may not need, traffic jams, people being late because of that, ladies in supermarkets with nervous faces…

But also the joy in seeing our loved ones, in spending time with family and friends, the children smiling all over town, Christmas and best wishes flying around. That’s December!

Since I will have time away from the office, I’m taking on yet another ambitious TBR. I also have two announcements towards the end of my article, so stand by and bear with me until I lay my books to read in December:

  1. Strictly Surgical Mila Mesa (Doctor/Patient, #1)
  2. A Dark Inheritance by Erme Lander
  3. Shake Up: An Edison Bay Romance by Joyce Palmer
  4. Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink (The Stone Series #1)
  5. Mistletoe by Sarah Stein
  6. Erase by by J.Y. Barris
  7. Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell
  8. Stepping Stone by Dakota Willink (The Stone Series #2)
  9. Dolphin Magic by Jennifer Brasington-Crowley
  10. The Final Year Project by Mehana Usha Rani
  11. Mountain Wolf Protectors Complete Series by Emilia Hartley (Mountain Wolf Protectors #1 To #4)
  12. Dolphin Song by Jennifer Brasington-Crowley
  13. Frede and Santa by Leen Lefebre
  14. A Wedding At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Two Love Lane #2)
  15. F Is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders by Piu Marie Eatwell
  16. The Staff of Fire and Bone by Mikko Azul
  17. Tell It Like It Is by Stanalei Fletcher (Northstar Security #5)
  18. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Cloud Bay #3)
  19. Girl Unseen by Athena Daniels (Beyond the Grave #3)
  20. The Duke by Katharine Ashe (Devil’s Duke #3)
  21. Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl
  22. Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible by Gregory V. Diehl

So these are my 22 books of December. Since putting this list together I have received three additional book review requests, which I hope to add in between these ones. I feel more confident than ever since my mood is improving with every good book I read.

I was mentioning about two announcements earlier. The first one is regarding a new book promotion company called Infinity Book Tours for whom I am making a little bit of promoting. If you want to know more about them, read my article here or follow the link in the promo box on the right side of this blog.

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Second news is that I am co-hosting a readathon with a new friend of mine, The Bookish Fairy. She has created some time ago the Tackle That TBR readathon and this year she has invited me to co-hos with her. This is a great opportunity to follow up on all those long lost books on our TBR pile. We have an event page set up on Facebook (enter here) and as well a Twitter account @tacklethatTBR. I hope you’ll join us for a ton of fun, readingwise, during the holiday season.

Ok, time to wrap up this article! Let me know which books you plan on reading this month or what your plans of December are in the comments below and talk to you soon!

 

Happy (WINTER) Reading!

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Audiobook Review: Stepping Stone

Author: Dakota Willink

Narrators: Lacy Laurel, Jeffrey Kafer

Series: Stone, Book Two

Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Dakota Willink, LLC

Released: Nov. 15, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The story of Krystina and Alexander continues in Stepping Stone, book two of The Stone Series.
Krystina Cole is flawed and damaged from a traumatic experience. A relationship with Alexander Stone will never work. She knows that her capacity for love is limited, and that only she alone can repair the pieces of her shattered heart. But Alexander is everywhere she turns. In her mind. In her heart. And in her soul. She cannot deny him. He is her addiction and she is unable to stay away.
Alexander Stone has accepted the inevitable. If he wants to hold on to Krystina, he must bare all and release the secrets in his past. There were risks, but she is worth it. No woman has ever affected him the way that she did. She is the sunshine in his darkness. The lightning to his thunder. She is his angel.
Bound by their passion to be together, Alexander and Krystina fight to let go of their pasts. Together, they embark on journey of self-exploration, relying on trust to be their ultimate bond. Falling completely into one another, there finally seems to be a beacon of hope for their future. But as they test their boundaries of desire, fate takes an unexpected turn, threatening their only chance at survival…

Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.
Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.
In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.
Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.
Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.
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Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.
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Jeffrey Kafer is an award-winning Audiobook Narrator and professional voice actor. Spanning over 350 titles, he specializes in Romance, Thrillers, Sci-Fi and more!

 

 

I definitely liked this second book better than the first. Enough to give it a higher rating, for sure! I have started listening to “Stepping Stone” immediately after finishing “Heart of Stone”. It’s not just the cliffhanger, but the curiosity of seeing how they will manage to reconcile their issues, or better yet, his issues.

Yes, “Stepping Stone” is more about Alex, but also Krystina has a lot to accept and deal with when it comes to our gorgeous male character. It’s his chance to open up, his chance to put his life and his heart in the hands of his significant other. It will not be easy, but as they say… baby steps. Their relationship will become stronger and stronger until past will come back and haunt them. Funny is that, as they come together as more than sex partners, their enemies will unite as well.

And this is what I liked about this book (praise to the author for that). While Alex and Krystina grow as a couple when it comes to trusting each other, their experiences sexually speaking also grow. Even professionally speaking, they will evolve: Krystina as a team leader and manager and Alex, by accepting his past. These lovely combinations between all aspects of life are so well intertwined and well handled in these chapters.

It is impossible not to mention the similarities between this series and “Fifty Shades of Grey”, where also in the second book we find out about Christian’s past and where he and his partner test the boundaries of pain and pleasure. Some might say it’s bad, others might say it’s not. I’m of the latter. Since there are tons of books that speak of different society classes and rankings, as “Hunger Games”, I can accept there will be books that are similar to “Fifty Shades”. But if the author comes with something new, then it’s perfect.

I believe Dakota Willink did do something wonderful with the series. I had a great time listening to book no. 2, as well as with the first one. In regards to the narration, I have almost the same comments as previously. For me, there is a big discrepancy between Alex’s tone, interpreted by Jeffrey Kafer and the one interpreted by Lacy Laurel. However, this time she did a better job with the voice inflations, as I did not hear the same intonation synopsis.

All in all, great! 5 Stars J

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November Wrap Up

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Hello everyone and welcome to another TBR on my blog! Warm hugs and wishes on such a cold weather (at least on my part of the world)! This article was supposed to come live a week ago but I’ve been spending my time catching up to my engagements for some blog tours and lately I’ve been dealing with a nice cold. But here I am, wrapping up the last month of autumn (again, in my part of the world).

In the month of November I was supposed to read the amazing amount of 22 books (see my TBR article here), out of which I’ve actually read 15.  Not my best month at all, since 4 out of these ones have been in audio format. I don’t know, I’ve been missing out on all the reading and I’ve missed my Kindle App also. Here is the list of the 15 titles with links to my reviews:

  1. Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding (Whiskey Witches, Book 1)wrapup11
  2. Rimrider by L.A. Kelley (Rimrider Adventures, Book 1)
  3. Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding
  4. A Heavenly Christmas by Patrice Wilton (A Heavenly Christmas #1)
  5. Bound by Shadows by Reily Garrett (McAllister Justice #2)
  6. Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean (Lake Lanier Mysteries #1)
  7. Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington (The Five Syndicates #1)
  8. Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (Moonchild, #1)
  9. Someone to Love by Patrice Wilton (A Heavenly Christmas #2)
  10. Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae
  11. Soul Bound: The Warrior by Jas T. Ward
  12. Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko
  13. Intimacy On The Plate (Extra Trim Edition) by Olga Petrenko
  14. November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson (Bad Bloods #1)
  15. The Sweetheart Mystery by Cheryl Ann Smith (Brash & Brazen #4)

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As for the results of the Tome Topple Readathon, let’s not get into that. If you are interested though, follow this lovely link (I will not tell you that I had a week off from work, because then I would have to stick my head in the sand of embarrassment and fury! )

There are some books that kick the passion out of a reader’s mood. But I am back loving those pages and I am currently reading “Indiscretion” by Hannah fielding. Yes, I am talking too much about it and taking too long to finish it, but I’m getting there.

I did however manage to update some of my long overdue reviews, so if you’ve seen me update the status of a book on Goodreads or Amazon but is not included here, it’s because those were some old titles read but not reviewed. I still have a few to post, but those ones will have an article on my blog also.

December is here, a new month, with new challenges. Until my next article, let me know what you have read in November and which was your favorite book.

Happy Reading!

Audiobook Review: Fragile Chaos

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Author: Amber R. Duell

Narrators: Bradley Pittman & Jamie Lee-Lewis

Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

Publisher: RadiantTeen Publishing

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

 

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

 

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

 

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

 

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

 

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

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Bradley Pittman is a producer and freelance musician living and working in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in audio production from Georgia State University in 2016. Though he most commonly works on musical projects, he began self-producing audiobook chapters in 2015 as a way to unite his love of studio production with his love of literature.

 

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Jamie-Lee Lewis, aka Jaylew, hails from the island of Jamaica. Since a small child, she’s always had a hyper imagination. She enjoys writing and telling stories, singing and composing songs, entertaining and edifying, playing different characters as well as creating them through drawings, and finding the beauty and fun in everything she does. She is currently a professional and passionate Youtuber.

 

 

First off, I love mythology and all that comes with this subject. To combine mythology with present times is risky if not more. One has to be very skilled with writing, so that the story does not flow into ridiculous. But, with this book I felt the joy of reading about gods and their wars and passions for humans.  The author did a great job describing the plot and intertwining mythological aspects with our mortal lives.

The story plunges directly into action. We don’t get a moment to spare and I felt quite attracted from the first pages. Theo’s stubbornness is what’s driving the book for now. But once Cassia enters, her stubbornness will match his. They will form a great team (and maybe more?) and together will find a way to balance their relationship.

The characters are a match to each other. The attraction between them is visible from the first moment they lay eyes on each other. However, Theo has bigger plans and worlds to fight for. He doesn’t need to worry about a mortal.  Cassia didn’t ask for this, she is as bothered by the situation as he is. But she will try to adapt. They both will try to adapt and face the consequences. The dialogue brought a smile to my lips more times than one and it adds to the good time spent reading it.

Other great things are: the audio format and the world building. The narrators did a great job as well. Their voices were perfect for the characters and they complemented each other quite nicely. I would recommend this version as is more captivating, but the book can quite well do it too. As for the world building, it was amazing and truly mythical.

I had a great time, I loved the story, loved the characters, the narration, the writing. No point in giving less than 5 stars. Hope you’ll enjoy it too. Happy Reading

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by RadiantTeen Publishing. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Release Blitz: To The Duke, With Love

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TO THE DUKE, WITH LOVE
Amelia Grey
Series: The Rakes of St. James Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Once destined to marry a peer, Loretta is now forced to be a recluse—until she meets the Duke of Hawksthorn—He never walks away from a challenge.
To the Duke, With Love
There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
–A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady
Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn, is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St. James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating—and unexpectedly intoxicating—obstacle: The intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.
Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother—a gentle, good-natured soul—should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet…until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well…
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Griffin, one of the Rakes of St. James, needs a chaperone for his sisters. Esmeralda is the one he wants. She arouses more than his curiosity. As a chaperone, Esmeralda considered herself too sensible to fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met London’s most notorious rakes.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, Amelia Grey read her first romance when she was thirteen. She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.
Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award, and she has also won the Aspen Gold, and Golden Quill awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan. Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.Coming December 5, 2017 Amelia’s second book in her new Rakes of St. James trilogy, To the Duke, With Love. If you missed the first one, it’s still available at your local bookstore or e-retailer.
Watch for Amelia’s third book, It’s All About the Duke, coming May 29, 2018. You can email Amelia at AmeliaGrey@Comcast.net
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Audiobook Review: Heart of Stone

Author: Dakota Willink

Narrators: Lacy Laurel, Jeffrey Kafer

Series: Stone, Book One

Length: 14 hours

Publisher: Dakota Willink, LLC

Released: June 29, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined…

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn…

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.
Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.
In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.
Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.
Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.
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Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.
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Jeffrey Kafer is an award-winning Audiobook Narrator and professional voice actor. Spanning over 350 titles, he specializes in Romance, Thrillers, Sci-Fi and more!

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

 

Fifty Shades of Grey meets clubbing – you’ll understand more later in the book. If you are a fan of the series, you will for sure like “Heart of Stone”. Book one is quite amazing and even emotional at times. Both characters chatter unknown waters and this first part is an introduction and accommodation to their lifestyle.

Krystina Cole’s wish to put in practice her marketing diploma lands her a job with Stone Enterprise, not before knowing the rich businessman. Book one concentrates on how their romantic relationship evolves, from the moment they meet until they reveal their almost all their deepest and darkest secrets.

I mostly appreciated how the author has left Krystina with a part of her independence, even if her struggle to comply with Alex’s wishes is visible. They both try to meet half way, once they realize there may be more between them than one night stands. The backstory is there, each having their own drama, or their own issues to face or fears to conquer.  I loved how the feelings transcend the written pages and how their relationship builds up. The alternation between our female character’s POV and the mace character’s is refreshing as well.

There were some items that did not stand well with me.  The way Alex wanted to call Krystina for her full name and not Krys, but she could call him Alex was one of them and there may be a couple of really small items. But the major item for me was the narration. The male voice interpreted by Lacy Laurel comes in contrast with the actual male voice of Jeffrey Kafer. While his seems more dangerous and strong, Lacy’s is more kind. This was confusing at times.

All in all, I’m going with 4 stars for the audio edition of the story. This is for sure an intense series, with some elements that are definitely not for the light hearted. Let me know your thoughts on it, I myself, am going to the next part J Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Book Review: Shake Up

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Title: Shake Up: An Edison Bay Romance

Author: Joyce Palmer

Published: September 1st 2017 by KDP (first published March 11th 2011)

Source: ARC received from Book Unleashed

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Motivations and tenacity collide in this passion-filled Edison Bay Romance by Joyce Palmer.

Shake Up is a contemporary love story packed with a myriad of emotion, plenty of sensual detail and an abundance of humor.

Lacey Parker’s new position with the DEA earned her career independence. Will vocational freedom be worth the sacrifice of her former boss, the only man she ever loved?

Sheriff Jonathan Parker is less than thrilled with his wife’s new job and the boundaries she’s imposed upon him. He witnesses the danger she faces while trying to take down a brutal drug-dealing killer. He must resist the urge to protect his woman. A concept he finds almost unbearable.

While sexual compatibility alone is not the basis for a healthy relationship, the insatiable lovers struggle through their perspective emotional preconceptions to function as equal partners while an unstable admirer attempts to sabotage their delicate family foundation.

˃˃˃ A hero with a protector complex and his feisty, risk-taking heroine mix it up in this high-spirited love story.

Lacey, a gifted marksman and law enforcement professional, is tired of the sheriff (who happens to be her husband) assigning her to ‘the safe zone’. Like most cops, she wants to see some action. It is obvious to her the only way that will happen is for her to change agencies, and that’s exactly what she does. She never expected, though she should have, her overprotective husband’s meltdown as a result of the deal. Fate intervenes, and for the sake of their family, the couple is forced to learn the meaning of compromise.

˃˃˃ There’s plenty of trouble to be found in the booming beach-bordering town, Edison Bay.

Whether Lacey’s out with her girlfriends at their favorite hangout, Barney’s Pub, horny as all get out when John slips in beside her, or skinny-dipping at night on a public beach with said friends, and her husband shows up just as a bunch of randy cops are stripping down to join them, or at The Shoot Out, her father’s gun club, when her undercover target crosses her path, the woman has no problem finding trouble.

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My Review:

I loved this story quite a lot. It has quite nice characters, both knowing what they want and doing what it takes to achieve it. Yes, it does have some issues, in my opinion, but it is a very enjoyable read, that will stir some of those romantic feelings.

A protective husband, a much determined wife, these are our main characters and they are quite a couple. When Lacey is accepted as a DEA agent, you can imagine how furious her husband had become. Especially since his protective nature wanted her as close as possible. His possessiveness becomes unbearable so Lacey needs some time away to figure things out. When divorce becomes an issue, John realizes they may have bigger problems than he thought. In parallel with their issues, we have undercover agents trying to capture a big time drug dealer. Who’s a husband supposed  to deal with that?

Lacey started as a confident woman, but later in the story she proves to be weaker and always in need of a savior. I appreciated the connection Lacey and John shared and his willingness to do what it takes to recover their marriage. This comes in contradiction with the image of a DEA agent, willing to fight crime. Their love life is quite intense and the way the author describes it is weaved greatly in the story.

Beginning was great and action packed and the characters seemed very strong and developed. But towards the end, the book becomes predictable and it reduces the action part of the story. However, the focus is more on the main characters and how they find common ground.

Even if there may be some items that did not stand quite well with me, I cannot give this book less than 4 stars, as it made me feel good, it made me feel emotions and it kept me focused on both levels – the relationship between the main characters, but as well the case waiting to be solved by the agency. I can’t wait to read more about the other characters and more by this author. Hope you like it as well! Enjoy J

About the Authorjoyce palmer

 

A native Floridian and Christian conservative, Joyce Palmer is an avid reader who loves stories of romance. She has no problem writing in her favored genre, sensual/erotic romance with wide-open bedroom doors. She finds the open honesty of the matter refreshing. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America, Passionate Ink, and Savvy Authors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English from SNHU.

For over 30 years, Joyce has been happily married to her personal hero with whom she shares a construction company. They live in southwest Florida where she writes fast-paced contemporary erotic romance with feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Joyce believes her characters are enhanced and their humanity further developed through intimate and explicit sexual detail. There is always a happily ever after, and all romantic relationships in her stories are heterosexual and monogamous