2 Reviews of MADDEN by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

We have two reviews for you today! Candy and I both read Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. Madden is one of the books in the Celebrate: A Love Brother’s Anthology. As we read more of the books in the anthology you will see the reviews here and on our Facebook page.

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Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is a captivating novella with a unique plot and charming characters. While it is short in length it packs quite the emotional punch. The inclusion of the Amish community was fascinating. I don’t know much about their beliefs so this aspect of the book really captured my attention.

As for the characters, I instantly fell in love with both Abigail and Jacob. They each have several layers to their personalities and I felt as if I had known them my whole life. I was pulled into their emotions from the very beginning. My heart broke for both Abigail and Jacob as I followed them along on their journey.

In addition to the heartbreaking moments there are some sexy hot intimate scenes that will have your heart racing right along with Jacob and Abigail’s. Given how innocent Abigail was, it was so sweet the way Jacob loved her. Almeida and Aubrey are so good at transporting the readers into the scenes with their writing where you physically feel the characters’ emotions.

If you are looking for a contemporary romance novella with fantastic characters, a heartbreaking plot, passionate intimacy and a joyful ending, give Madden a try. It has it all.

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As a young man, Jacob Madden walked away from everything he knew, including his family and the girl he loved. Growing up Amish, Jacob knew he wanted to see the world and he couldn’t accomplish that in his community. Now Jacob, a Special Forces operator with the A.W.E Crew, has returned home to say goodbye to his dying mother. What he didn’t plan on was running into Abigail Wyse, the girl he loved as a teenager. Like Jacob, Abigail has walked away from their Amish community and is slowly finding herself in the bigger world. Abigail is just as shocked as Jacob is to run into each other. Will they find happiness with each other a second time around?

I think almost all romance readers love a second chance romance. There’s just something about a couple being reunited that makes for great story telling. Almeida and Aubrey have added their own spin on this much beloved story line. The novella starts out with shy hesitation on the part of the main characters but it doesn’t take long for the heat to turn on just like you would expect from these authors.

The novella is also an emotional rollercoaster. Jacob has learned that his mother is dying and hopes to say goodbye. However, because he chose to leave the community he has been shunned and banned from contact with his family. The chapter where he visits his family’s farm and speaks to his father will rip your heart out. I can not imagine being cut off from your family like that.

Madden is part of the A.W.E series but it can be read as a standalone without any prior knowledge of the Countermeasure/A.W.E worlds. This sweet second chance romance with just a touch of heat will leave you craving more from Aubrey and Almeida. If you love contemporary romances or military romances be sure to check this story out.


(Amy and Candy voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.)

Two Reviews of GATOR by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

Another double review coming to you today! Candy and I (Amy) both read and reviewed Gator by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey and here is what we thought about it…

Review by Candy

30230607Gabriel “Gator “ Moreno receives a phone call from his childhood friend, Manny Cortez asking Gator to return to Florida to protect his baby sister. While Gator gave up his criminal leanings and became a Navy SEAL, Manny stayed in Florida, living a life of crime and now he has ticked off the El Rey drug cartel. Gabe can’t say no to Manny so he heads down to Florida to see what he can do to help out his friend.  Alysa Cortez never imagined that Gabe would return to Florida or that she would still have feelings for him after all these years. Angry at Gabe after she assumed he turned on Manny when the two got arrested as teens, she really isn’t happy that Gabe is back in town. Will Gabe be able to protect Alysa? Can the couple work past their issues and years of separation to find true love?

I am always excited when I get my hands on a book by these two authors.  I always know I am in for a well researched book with strong characters and a lot of heat. Gator is another example of the fantastic writing this duo produces.

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Amy and Candy talk about ALTERNATE CONNECTION by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

Candy and I have a treat for you! We both read Alternate Connection by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey and had a virtual conversation about it. We thought this would be a fun way to tell you all about it. If you want to read our formal reviews you can jump over and read them on Amazon here: Candy’s Review / Amy’s Review. This is a long conversation, but Alternate Connection was a long book.

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Alternate ConnectionWhat was your overall reaction to the story once you finished?

Candy: I had a massive book hangover when I was done. To Russia With Love will always be my favorite because I got to watch that being role played back in the day. I think this is a very close second. Chris and Cecilia have written am amazing book! Action, suspense, romance. It’s all in there.

Amy: I was overwhelmed. Chris and Cecilia pack so much into their stories and there are so many plots and storylines converging. They were all excellent, though. My favorite story line was Nathan and Rachael’s though. I wanted more of that for sure. The authors know how to keep the reader on the edge and flipping pages for sure!

What was your favorite part of the book?

Amy: My favorite parts were with Nathan and Rachael in the cave. It was what I was looking forward to since I knew Alternate Connection was going to include their story. And probably Chapter 12 with Trevor and Cassandra not exactly agreeing on something. 😉 Continue reading

Joint Review: PAYBACK by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

We are bringing you another joint review today! Candy and I read Payback as part of Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey’s newsletter. Yes, they provide free short stories to newsletter subscribers and then publish them. How cool is that? Want to get in on the action? Sign up here.

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Review by Candy

In Payback, Trevor and Cassie Bauer are working hard on a case, spending hours upon hours in front of their computers. As the saying goes, all work and no play makes for a boring life. Trevor suggests a walk through a nearby park and a movie. After some prodding,  Cassie agrees and while on their way to the movies, they grab some ice cream. Cassie puts on quite a show while eating it and Trevor decides that a little payback is in order when they get to the movies. Just how far will he go to get back at his wife?

11705509_835401953224208_4441194331447308691_oAll I can say is WOW. This quick short story will have you squirming in seconds. If a normal love scene is a small campfire,  Almeida and Aubrey dump a can of gasoline on it and then skip away leaving you wanting more. It’s that hot.

Trevor is in full Alpha Geek mode in this short. He knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. There is  great narration about how Trevor has learned what Cassie likes and how he uses all of the tricks to exact his payback. It is the perfect cocky response to a situation that readers have grown to love and expect from Trevor.

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Joint Review: ROAMING PLEASURE by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

Candy and I (Amy) have a joint review for you since we both read Roaming Pleasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey! This short story was actually part of the exclusive content that Almeida and Aubrey offered in a couple of past newsletters. If you are interested in reading their stories before they are published you can become a member of the C&C Wavemakers, an ARC reader group who receives advanced copies of their books in exchange for honest reviews. This invitation is only open to newsletter recipients, so subscribe now! The next book comes out in a couple of months.

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Review by Candy


Roaming PleasureIn Roaming Pleasure, Cassie Bauer is traveling on business to consult on a case at the CIA, leaving Trevor at home to hold down the fort. The first day Cassie is gone, Trevor immerses himself on a case for the NSA but once that is done, he suddenly misses his wife even more acutely. Everything in their home reminds him of her. He can’t look out the window without thinking of her. He can’t go to their favorite pub without missing her companionship. Trevor is just miserable. A late night commercial on TV gives him an idea and Cassie finds herself on the receiving end of some steamy international texts.

It’s no secret that I am a stalker, I mean, huge fan of these authors. Almeida and Aubrey are one of the best authors out there in romantic suspense  Their passion for their craft flows through every word they write, leaving readers demanding more.

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