Review: THE NEGOTIATOR by HelenKay Dimon

The Negotiator by HelenKay Dimon was everything I expected and more! For those that have read the other books in the Games People Play series, this one features Garrett and Lauren. We have followed Garrett in The Fixer and The Enforcer where he stole many of the scenes! His snarky and sarcastic personality was a little softer in The Negotiator. That has a lot to do with Lauren and the circumstances surrounding her.

Dimon had me sucked into the story from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the very end. Even in such a short story, the mystery had time to develop and we had the chance to watch a romance unfold and fall in love with the characters. The chemistry between Garrett and Lauren is intense once they act on it! Lauren is the perfect match for Garrett. She challenges him because she is quite strong and independent herself. I hope we get glimpses of them through future stories.

I enjoyed the roles that Matthias and Kayla from The Enforcer played in this story. Garrett and Matthias are quite entertaining together and with Kayla and Lauren being best friends it made sense to see them as much as we did. If you are looking for a murder mystery story set around the holidays with an amazing romance, give The Negotiator a read!

Title: The Negotiator (Games People Play, #2.5)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

Review: DEADLY HOLIDAY by Misty Evans

In Deadly Holiday by Misty Evans and Amy Manemann, Cooper and Celina just want to spend an evening celebrating with family and friends. Unfortunately a drug cartel leader happens to get in the way of that. Luckily the Southern California Violent Crimes Taskforce (aka The Avengers) are ready to save the day as always.

I have loved Cooper and Celina since the first story in the SCVC Taskforce series, Deadly Pursuit. It’s so much fun to read about them in later books. Evans and Manemann write an entertaining novella that packs quite a bit of action into such a short story! Sprinkled throughout are the sexy looks and quips and sweet baby giggles that will warm your heart!

Evans and Manemann are able to show the love between Cooper and Celina in the way they work together and respond to each other. It’s a love that has matured over time which is great to see. The ending of the story is just perfect, too!

If you are looking for a holiday novella with a bit of suspense, give Deadly Holiday a read!

Title: Deadly Holiday (SCVC Taskforce)

Authors: Misty Evans and Amy Manemann

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

 

Review: MISTLETOE ME, BABY by Katie Reus

Mistletoe Me, Baby by Katie Reus reminds me of a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie with an added MA rating for the insanely hot love scenes. It has the adorable characters that are just so good down to their core with a tragedy that causes challenges in their budding romance. It leaves you with so much hope and joy in the end – all the aspects of a great story.

Miranda and Nolan are the best of friends, but they both secretly want to be more than just friends. An opportunity presents itself to Nolan and he takes advantage of it by sweeping Miranda off her feet. They have great chemistry doing daily mundane activities, but they are dynamite when the bedroom door closes.

Reus writes a passionate and heartfelt romance between these two friends to lovers in a novella format. It’s quick, but builds up nicely, and keeps the reader interested and flipping pages. If you like hot, sexy, Christmas stories that will entertain you from beginning to end and bring out many emotions while reading, give Mistletoe Me, Baby a read.

Title: Mistletoe Me, Baby

Author: Katie Reus

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

 

Review: SWEET CURSE by Misty Evans

Kali Sweet is one incredible supernatural. Each story I read about her tops the last one. Just when I think Kali needs a break, Misty Evans throws Kali into yet another between good versus evil. Although, sometimes in Sweet Curse, it’s hard to tell the difference. So much is going on in Sweet Curse, that you have to read each and every word or you get lost. There are angels, demons, shifters, vampires, blood slaves, goddesses, witches, and many more things to keep straight! Kali also excels at outsmarting even the most powerful that you have to watch how each work is spoken between the characters. It’s quite the adventure!

Kali is head of the Bridge Institute, an organization that protects humans from supernaturals and brings order. Although, it seems the Bridge Institute is also protecting a whole lot of supernaturals these days. Archangel Michael is the main “villain” in Sweet Curse, which if you read the Witches Anonymous Series, overlaps just a bit. And how about an angel for a villain? And not a Fallen Angel, either? Evans doesn’t always give us typical villains in her stories.

As with the other Kali Sweet books, we see a whole lot of love and friendship happening, whether it’s romantic love between Kali and Rad or family love with Kali and her friends like Di, Cole, or even Dru. Kali is one awesome vengeance demon (which she keeps in check most of the time) who loves humans and wants to do the right thing by all. I love that about her, but I will admit in this book, it was fun to see her demon come out and play a bit. In Sweet Curse, we side of Kali we haven’t seen before. It is both scary and fascinating.

If you like fantasy, give Sweet Curse a read. It is the fourth book in the series, and while it is great to read books in order so they build on one another, I think this one could be read as a standalone. Evans does a nice job with backstory to catch the reader up to speed for the important pieces of the plot. If you haven’t read a fantasy yet but want to give one a try, give the Kali Sweet series a try. They are fantastic!

Title: Sweet Curse (Kali Sweet Urban Fantasy, #4)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Fantasy

Source: ARC Received from Author

 

Review: FULL THROTTLE by Julie Ann Walker

Are you ready for an adventure that takes you to the Malaysian jungle with the president’s daughter, a few terrorists, and an ex Army Ranger? That is where you will find yourself in Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker, another book in her Black Knights, Inc series! If you haven’t read this series, I encourage you to do so. While each book has it’s own plot there are characters and an ongoing plot that runs through each book, so reading from beginning to end is best.

President Thompson’s daughter, Abby, is kidnapped. Secret Service agents are down. It’s Carlos and the BKI boys to the rescue! Carlos and Abby have been friends for almost a decade but haven’t been in touch for many of those years. Yet, when they reconnect, it’s as if they never had that break in time. The chemistry between them as friends amazing. Their big love scene was absolutely off the charts hot. There is just so much respect for one another that it is the whole package.

Walker pens another fantastic romantic suspense story that is unique and individual to the characters in Full Throttle. As with other books in the series, we also get a side romance story with another couple. Dan from BKI and Penni, a Secret Service Agent hit it off from the beginning. That big question with them is whether Dan can overcome the pain of losing his wife a few years back and open his heart up to love Penni. We’ll find out in Too Hard To Handle.

We are introduced to the SEAL team that is part of the Deep Six series in this book which makes me even more excited about another series of Walker’s. If you are looking for a story that will give you action, love, brothers-in-arms, bad guys, and heroes, give Full Throttle a read.

Title: Full Throttle (BKI, #7)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Borrowed from Library

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