Review: SWITCHED by HelenKay Dimon

Switched by HelenKay Dimon was a gripping, fast paced romantic suspense novel with one challenge after another for hero Aaron and heroine Risa. Who knew an innocent little office Christmas party would turn into such an explosive disaster full of betrayal and evil? It was amazing how Dimon was able to pull the good in people out of this story and by the end of the book, I felt a lot of hope and love.

Aaron is a security expert for a company that is hosting it’s office Christmas party. Risa is not supposed to be at the party but ended up in the building for another reason and ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was mistakenly almost kidnapped and it is Aaron that comes to her rescue. Oh and he is also the guy that didn’t call her back after their last date. That sure was a comical aspect to the story. Add in a lovable assistant of Aaron’s named Royal and there are three characters that have your attention right away.

In Switched, Dimon does a great job of providing us an original plot, smooth writing with great action scenes and the perfect build up of romance. I found the honesty and realistic actions of her characters to be fresh and unexpected. The ending to the story was fantastic because the “who done it” part was truly a mystery to me including the reason of the plan. Switched keeps you guessing and on edge the entire time so that you can’t stop turning pages. I love that in a book!

If you are looking for a contemporary romance with clean language and a modest amount of descriptive intimacy but a powerful punch where the action and adventure awaits, give Switched a read.

Title: Switched

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Kindle copy won in a giveawa

Review: RUN THE RISK by Lori Foster

In Run the Risk by Lori Foster, Detective Logan Riske is determined to solve the murder of his best friend. Following up on a potential lead, Logan goes undercover to get information from Pepper Yates. Pepper is hiding from a crime boss and is undercover herself. No one would suspect that plain Sue Meeks, an apartment manager, is actually the drop dead gorgeous Pepper Yates. When her new tenant and next door neighbor moves in, Pepper can’t help but notice he’s hot, but she knows she has to keep him at a distance just like everyone else. Will Logan be able to get Sue/Pepper to open up to him? Can Sue/Pepper resist the temptation that is Logan Riske?

Pepper definitely picked the wrong career for herself! She should have gone into acting. Her transformation into Sue Meeks is nothing short of amazing. Everything she did from her appearance to her demeanor was done to divert attention away from her. When she finally breaks her cover, Logan is shocked by the confident sexy siren that emerges.

The chemistry between Pepper and Logan starts out at a low boil but by the end of the book it’s at a raging boil. There are some interesting love scenes between Sue/Pepper and Logan, mainly because of the rules she sets for their entanglement. Once Pepper throws off her disguise, she more than makes up for lost time with Logan.

There is a lot of intrigue in this book that makes for an interesting plot. Not so much as to who committed the murder but as to who knows what. The only people that seem trustworthy until the end of the book is Logan and his brother.

Run the Risk is the first book in the Love Undercover series by Lori Foster. Always a guaranteed good read, Foster once again delivers with sexy leading characters and an intriguing, suspenseful plot. Readers who love romantic suspense should give this book a read.

Title: Run the Risk (Love Undercover, #1)

Author: Lori Foster

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Checked out from library

Review: SWEET SERENDIPITY by Jamie Farrell

I just finished Sweet Serendipity by Jamie Farrell with a happy sigh and big smile on my face. Wyatt and Skye are not like any other couple I have read about given the fact they grew up together. This isn’t a typical friends to lovers story. Skye didn’t even like Wyatt most of the time they were growing up! And I totally would have felt the same way as Skye because I don’t always want my husband’s “help”. Add in an adorably accident-prone 9 year old boy and you have an engaging and sweet story that allows you to escape reality and get away to Hope Falls for a bit.

Wyatt and Skye’s romance starts out pretty rocky and memories keep surfacing for each of them as the week goes on – some good and some bad. I adored Wyatt’s nephew Nicholas and how he added to the love story in bringing Wyatt and Skye together without them even realizing it. Things would have gone a lot different if he was not in the story. The intimate moments sprinkled throughout the story had you pulling for both of characters to give into love they held for each other.

Farrell always surprises me with her stories. They are new, fresh, and adorable and Sweet Serendipity is one of them. I don’t always know I am reading a book by Farrell. Each book she writes is so completely original and her characters are so different from her last story. That combined with her great storytelling is what keeps me coming back for more books.

I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story for you, so just know that Sweet Serendipity is the perfect contemporary romance novella with the right amount of sweet and heat for the story and characters. I haven’t read any other Hope Falls Kindle World stories, but after this one I am going to check them out. It sounds like a fun and magical place!

Title: Sweet Serendipity (A Hope Falls novella)

Author: Jamie Farrell

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received from Author

 

Review: LETHAL GAME by Katie Reus

Lethal Game by Katie Reus is every romantic suspense lover’s dream. Hold on while reading this one because it is action packed, filled with suspense, drama, intrigue as well as passionate, sexy romance. Reus does a great job of weaving an original plot throughout the book while balancing not one, but two romances.

Graysen is ex-CIA who has come to his friend and founder of Red Stone Security with a government contract and a job request. See, Graysen wants to win back the heart of Isa who also works for Red Stone, but she really doesn’t want anything to do with him. Being forced to work on a job together will require Isa to spend time with Graysen. I can’t say I fell in love with either of these characters at the beginning, however, as the story continued, I was treated to more layers of their personality and really really wanted things to work out for them.

The added romance between Carlito, a police detective and Emerson, a Red Stone employee was a bonus. They were loosely tied to the overall plot connected with Emerson and Isa and while I enjoyed watching their love story unfold, I would have preferred more of Graysen and Isa. I haven’t read the last few Red Stone books so it could be that the fans wanted an Emerson story and this was the best way to include that in the final book in the series. Regardless, their story was truly engaging and heart warming.

As with all of Reus’ stories, we are treated to great writing, a unique plot with descriptive action scenes, and intimate scenes that make you squirm. The best thing about a series is that many of characters from previous books make an appearance. From the owners of Red Stone Security to their wives and even discussions about other characters made for a great ending.  If you like romantic suspense, definitely give Lethal Game a try.

Title: Lethal Game (Red Stone Security, #15)

Author: Katie Reus

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from NetGalley

Review: WILD KISSES by Skye Jordan

Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan is a sexy, passionate, heart wrenching, yet incredibly lovely contemporary romance story. I have always enjoyed Jordan’s stories but some resonate with me more than others. I am a sucker for a bad boy who is really a good guy down deep. I am also a sucker for a heroine that doesn’t play games in her relationships and takes control of her own life. Wild Kisses had both of these which made me fall insanely in love with both Trace and Avery.

Trace is an ex-con who is also a contractor hired to renovate an old bar into a beautiful cafe and bakery for Avery. He is working hard to shed his image of being a bad boy. Avery is back in town after a failed marriage and trying to move past the lonely life she has known for so many years. These two strong characters are dynamic when together. They both have a lot of compassion for their family and friends and are incredibly driven in their business worlds as well. From the moment Tracy and Avery acted on their attraction to one another it was explosive. The chemistry was off the charts and their passion was undeniable.

Jordan is a fantastic writer developing interesting plots, deep and lovable characters and love scenes. They are written in a way that you are physically feeling what the characters feel. Your heart bursts with joy or pain. You have to catch your breath after the love making scenes (and squirm a little while reading). I don’t know anyone that can read her books and not feel what the characters are going through. When I was reading Wild Kisses, I was pulled into the story so completely that I lost track of time and where I was.

In addition to Trace and Avery, the addition of JT (an ex-con that causes quite a bit of trouble for the pair), Zane (Trace’s brother) and George (Trace’s father), really rounded out the story well. They pulled in separate plot lines that added to Trace’s character and set us up for another interesting book in the series. Jordan’s writing is so smooth and she moves from one scene or character to the next flawlessly.

Something I love about a series is that you get to know many supporting characters that re-appear in each book. Delaney and Ethan from Forbidden Fling showed up often, which was entertaining. Even a villain I wish Skye would really do something with, Austin Hayes, showed up a few times. I loved going back to the town of Wildwood to be a part of the cafe and bakery makeover and see what was going to happen to the old bar that was such a downer for the town. It filled my heart with joy.

I can’t say enough good things about Wild Kisses. I just loved this story so much. The action, the characters, everything. It is one of my absolutely favorites of Skye’s and Trace and Avery are now a favorite couple of mine. It’s a book I can see myself reading multiple times. If you are looking for a sexy, hot, contemporary romance with a fantastic plot and engaging characters, give Wild Kisses a try.

Title: Wild Kisses (Wildwood, #2)

Author: Skye Jordan

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

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