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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Review: FACING FIRE by HelenKay Dimon

Title: Facing Fire (Bad Boys Undercover, #3)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Reviewed by Amy

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Facing Fire by HelenKay Dimon is a fast paced, action packed romantic suspense. It follows Josiah from the Alliance and Sutton, a PI who stumbles across the Alliance while going after the same target as the group – Benton. He is an evil son of a gun and one that I despised more than most villains in the books I read.  Josiah and Sutton’s romance is back and forth but so dynamic due to the undeniable chemistry. It was quite a rush of a book. I was a bit tired after reading it.

If you have read any of Dimon’s other books in the series, you know the Alliance is a tight knit group backing one another up. In Facing Fire we see that so clearly with Sutton being tossed into the mix. I love watching a group of people stand together and fight evil. That’s what this team does. They sacrifice so much to protect so many.

Josiah is an interesting character. He has so much angst in him that it came off the pages while I was reading and was almost a bit too much at times, but then I can’t imagine going through what he has. Sutton is the perfect partner for him. She pushes him when he needs it, let’s him be when he needs some alone time and wants him for exactly who he is. She isn’t asking him to change. He need that strong companion. Dimon did a very nice job with their romance as well.

There are a lot of surprises in Facing Fire for the characters which adds to the excitement of the book. While we get Benton’s point of view, we don’t get the whole picture so we are just as surprised as the characters. Normally I am not a fan of the antagonist’s point of view, but Dimon does just enough in Facing Fire to show Benton’s crazy. Dimon does a fabulous job with the ending to the story as well. I was quite pleased!

If you like romantic suspense, give Facing Fire a read. While it is part of a series, each book is connected by characters while they each have their own plot. It’s a great story!

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Review: THE PRETENDER by HelenKay Dimon

Whew! The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon is a fantastic romantic suspense / mystery in the Games People Play Series. I was sucked in from the beginning and could not put it down until I knew who was the guilty. My emotions were all over the place with this one. I love that we get to follow the clues along with the characters in this story.  Along with the murder mystery, The Pretender follows the romance of Harris and Gabby. Two very flawed characters looking to fit somewhere and with someone even if they don’t realize it.

The pace of the story was spot on and I found myself hanging on to each word. I felt like I couldn’t read it fast enough yet I had to go slow enough so I didn’t miss anything. Harris and friend Damon come to Tabitha Island to keep the heat off Gabby, who is falsely being accused of killing her sister by her uncle. Of course, they come in undercover sort of. Sparks fly between Gabby and Harris in a primal, physical way and eventually in an emotional way. They take a different path to love then a lot of people. The intimate scenes are smoking hot! Dimon does a fantastic job with the show of those scenes.

As with any series, I adore characters from past books and Wren (from The Fixer) is always a presence in any of the books in the series. The scene near the beginning with Wren, Emery, and Harris was fantastic. It shows so much of each of their personalities. Just perfect. I was glad to be introduced to Damon, another Quint Five member, and hope to read a book about him in the future.

If you are looking for a romantic suspense and/or mystery book that will catch you from the very first page and won’t let you stop thinking about the characters until after you finish the book, give The Pretender a read. While it is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand alone with its own plot.

Title: The Pretender (Games People Play, #3)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble


Review: SINCE LAST CHRISTMAS by Jeffe Kennedy

I recently finished Since Last Christmas by Jeffe Kennedy and all I can think about is that I want more. It was so hard to put down! Since Last Christmas is the 3rd book in the Missed Connections series and follows Amy and Jon (and a little of Brad). I enjoyed the fact that the characters are not your typical romance heroes and heroines. They seem more like regular people – almost like I was listening to Amy tell me about her past few months over drinks or something. The characters seem human. They have their quirks and flaws.

Amy has her life planned out, or at least her next year. She knows just how she will be proposed to. How she will spend the next few months of her life. Everything will be perfect. Until it’s not. When things don’t work out the way she expects, she is lost. But is quickly found by someone she never thought about.

Kennedy is such a fantastic storyteller. Since Last Christmas is interesting, the pacing is on point, and I just fell in love with the characters and their lives. The romance between Jon and Amy is so awesome to follow. It was fun to hang out with them and I really want to be friends with the Fab 5!

Getting to catch up with characters from past books in the series is always wonderful and I look forward to the next few stories with Ice and Julie. Missed Connections is an amazing series and while it is enjoyed more (in my opinion) by reading in order, you can read any of them on their own. If you are looking for a contemporary romance that is different than many you read about, Give Since Last Christmas a try!

Title: Since Last Christmas (Missed Connections, #3)

Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Copy received from Author




Emily Leigh is quickly becoming an auto-read author for me after just two books! Cross Country Christmas was a fun holiday novella that takes you from Georgia to Washington in a few days but with lots of emotion, laughter, and love. Who doesn’t want to go on a road trip with a hot, sexy, Country Movie star?

In Cross Country Christmas, Gracie needs to get out of town and wants to head home to Seattle for Christmas. With the grounded flights due to weather, she opts to rent a car and drive there. Country Movie icon, Kale, needs to get to Montana ASAP. With one last rental care available, the two decide to share it and the road trip begins.

Leigh does an incredible job of developing interesting and lovable characters in this story with a unique plot for each character and weaved together effortlessly. Even the scenes we think will be typical cliche romance are done with a twist and entertain even the hardest core romance fan. It’s a fresh story, one that I wasn’t quite sure how it would end.

It was hard to put down but so easy to get lost in Cross Country Christmas from the very first page and is everything you want in a holiday novella. Give it a read!

Title: Cross Country Christmas

Author: Emily Leigh

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon