Review: BREAKING OUT PART 1 and 2 by Michelle Diener

Title: Breaking Out Part 1 and Breaking Out Part 2

Author: Michelle Diener

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Reviewed by Amy

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I first read Breaking Out Part 1 by Michelle Diener several years ago as part of an anthology. I loved it and hoped she would write more in the story. Well, to my delight, she then wrote Breaking Out Part 2! I just finished reading both of them and if you like paranormal stories, these are for you. They are shorter stories and can be read in just a couple of hours. The perfect time for a little getaway from reality.

Diener writes such unique stories that you get lost in quickly and Breaking Out Parts 1 and 2 are not different. We meet several “inmates” at a facility that are trying to, well, break out. They have enhanced abilities and are sick of being science projects. The characters are fascinating and the pace is quick and keeps you turning pages. If you are looking for an original, fast paced, paranormal romance story, give Breaking Out 1 and 2 a read.

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Review: ENDURING LOVE by Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn, and Adrienne Giordano

Title: Enduring Love (Steele Ridge, #8)

Author: Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC Received from Authors

Reviewed by Amy

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What an entertaining short story that is part of the Steele Ridge series! Enduring Love gives us a snapshot into Eddy and Joan Steele’s relationship. For those that have read the other books, this one answers the question of why Eddy has been a recluse for so many years and given up his family for the better part of 20 years. It’s a quick read and keeps you turning pages!

Reading this series has made me realize I want to be Joan Steele for my kids. She is one hard core mom who gives unconditional love to her family. She doesn’t let fear stop her from protecting her own, no matter the cost. She always stole the scenes in previous books and am so glad she has a story of her own.

We don’t know much about Eddy from the past books – just want his family mentioned or thought of him, so I was excited to read about him. My heart hurt for the family that missed out on him for so many years, yet it warmed when I learned the truth and how things ended. The beginning scene was absolutely priceless and I couldn’t have imagined a better story for Joan and Eddy. The authors nailed it with Enduring Love. Absolutely fantastic.

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Review: DEFENDING JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Title: Defending Justice (Justice Team, #6)

Authors: Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Authors

Reviewed by Amy

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Defending Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano is the newest book of the Justice Team series, but can be read as a stand alone. Evans and Giordano are magical when they collaborate and the Justice Series is a must read for any romantic suspense fan. Each book has its own plot, new main characters, but past characters usually make an appearance!

Defending Justice is all about Jackie and Beck. They met a dozen years ago in college, had an amazingly hot spring break fling, and now defense attorney, Jackie, is trying to keep FBI agent, Beck, out of prison for murder. Quite the predicament they find themselves in. What I love about this story is how Evans and Giordano walk us through the process along with the characters. I always enjoy the mystery of solving a case, especially when a character is wrongly accused. The writing is so easy to read and it had me flipping pages almost faster than I could read them.

The romance between Jackie and Beck is sometimes a little awkward given their current attorney-client relationship, but was one that was rekindling and I couldn’t wait until the case was over. Beck was much more in tune with himself and his feelings while Jackie struggled to be tough all the time – it was a role reversal in my opinion and a fresh change from typical romance books. The ending scenes were some of my favorite because they happened once the case was over and just tied the book up nicely.

If you are looking for an entertaining romantic suspense, give Defending Justice a read. You will be thoroughly entertained from beginning to end!

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Review: SPICED by Jamie Farrell

Title: Spiced (Misfit Brides, #6)

Author: Jamie Farrell

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received by Author

Reviewed by Amy

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If you haven’t read Jamie Farrell yet, you are missing out. She writes wonderful stories filled with humor, heartache, passion, and hope. Her characters are always unique and I love living life with them. Spiced is the latest in Farrell’s Misfit Brides series and as you can imagine from the title is deliciously sassy and entertaining! Pepper and Tony, the main characters, had me both laughing and tearing up at times. They are both such fighters but even the best fighter can feel defeated sometimes.

Pepper and Tony are two people I did not imagine working out as a couple based on my idea of what a romance hero and heroine should be, but I should not have doubted Farrell’s storytelling. Spiced just goes to show that what one thinks they need in life to feel safe and secure and what their heart needs can be different things. I ached for what Tony and Pepper were going through personally as they battled demons and feelings of failure and inadequacy. The story of these two characters alone was amazing. When you put the two together into a romance, it was fan-freaking-tastic.

One of my favorite things about the book was watching Tony interact and handle Pepper’s family and Grandmother. What a riot they all were! That alone kept me turning pages. I like my romance books to have some heat physically and Farrell didn’t disappoint. The intimacy between Tony and Pepper was hot, perfectly timed with just the right amount of show. Farrell has quite a talent at balancing out the sweet and sexy scenes.

I have read the other books in this series and loved seeing many past characters in Spiced! What a treat especially my favorite couple – Will and Lindsay! I also give Farrell a thumbs up for picking Tony’s career. So much fun. If you like contemporary romance that is light-hearted, makes you laugh, sexy, and leaves you with a smile on your face, give Spiced a read!

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Review: FATAL THRILL by Misty Evans

Title: Fatal Thrill (SEALs of Shadow Force, #6)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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Fatal Thrill by Misty Evans is the sixth book in the SEALs of Shadow Force series with an exciting adventure that takes the reader to abandoned castles in Ireland, follows a romance between two characters that are seeking the love of their families, and a team of highly trained operatives come together to help a woman they only knew through one of their own. Fatal Thrill is much more than just suspense. It is a mystery that you can’t put down because you find yourself thinking and want to help the characters along in their journey.

Jon and Jaya are the main characters in Fatal Thrill that readers met briefly in Fatal Vision. At the beginning of Fatal Thrill, Jaya is seeking Jon out to give him some great news and ends up at Rock Star Security. From there she meets many of the characters we have read about in previous books in the series, but she also gets alarming news that her brother has been kidnapped. From that moment, she receives the full weight of Shadow Force International’s resources. Jon and Jaya, along with several others embark on a journey to free her brother that will have you flipping pages.

Evans does such a fantastic job of writing stories for her characters. I rarely feel as though I have read the same story before from this author, and I have read all her books! Fatal Thrill is really all about family. The family that Jon and Jaya has lost and they so desperately want it back but feel time has slipped through their hands. While on their quest, they learn that family isn’t always blood relatives, but it is the friends and teammates that surround you. I truly loved this aspect of the story. Jon and Jaya are so loved.

The romance between Jon and Jaya was awesome because it wasn’t the typical boy meets girl and goes through some crap wondering if they are going to make it. They already knew each other when we first start the book and they stick together from beginning to end. They are supportive of each other and so in love. The ending of Fatal Thrill as it relates to their romance is absolutely perfect!

If you are looking for a romantic suspense that will take you treasure hunting in Ireland with the talented SFI guys and gals, give Fatal Thrill a read. You will love it!

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