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Review: HOT WINTER NIGHTS by Jill Shalvis

Title: Hot Winter Nights (Hearbreaker Bay, # 6)

Author: Jill Shalvis

Category: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Reviewed by Amy

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I know when I pick up a Jill Shalvis story I will be thoroughly entertained with a fun storyline, hot chemistry, and witty dialogue. Hot Winter Nights was no different.  I have been reading the Heartbreaker Bay series a bit out of order, but they are still so much fun. In Hot Winter Nights, Molly and Lucas are center stage for the readers and their romance and personal challenges are quite engaging. 

Molly works at Hunt Investigations behind a computer. She is excellent at her job but wants to be out in the field. Problem is, her boss and her brother don’t think she is ready and would like to keep her safe. Lucas is recovering from being shot weeks ago and is going stir crazy at not being able to get back into the action. What a perfect time for him to tag along with Molly on an unsanctioned (by her boss) case of the “Bad Santa.” 

I love romantic suspense stories so I was glad Shalvis added a touch of it to Hot Winter Nights. While it is still very much a contemporary romance, the bit of suspense makes the story so much more interesting to me. She does a wonderful job weaving he romance, personal struggles, and investigation plots together. 

Most that read Shalvis’ books want the hot romance and they will get it in Hot Winter Nights. Lucas and Molly have undeniable chemistry, a relatively easy going relationship and just work so well. They feed off one another and it makes you wonder how they survived this long without one another. 

If you are looking for a contemporary romance story with a bit of suspense, give Hot Winter Nights a read. You will be hooked and ready for more books in the series!

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Review: MAN HUNT by Misty Evans

Title: Man Hunt (Spies of Shadow Force, #1)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC Received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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Man Hunt by Misty Evans is the first in the Spies of Shadow Force series as they form their Nemesis group. It’s fantastic! I am a big fan of anything spy-related so I was glad to see a series like this get started. Evans writes spies so incredibly well.

Ryker and Mia are such interesting characters from the beginning. They both have their secrets, but what spy doesn’t? Evans knows how to pull at a reader’s heartstrings, even when she writes big bad spies and SEALs. Just add in an adorable little boy and a dog who wants to be loved. 

Ryker and Mia are forced to work together to bring down an international criminal under the newly formed Nemesis division of Shadow Force International. What makes this story so interesting is that it is Mia’s first undercover operation and she and Ryker have only just met in person a days before they embark on the mission There are a lot of things that can go wrong. Will they get the job done? 

What did I like most about Man Hunt? The different plots that unfolded throughout the story. The overall mission was fresh and new as was going with Mia on her first mission. The romance between Ryker and Mia that developed was fun because they had to pose as a married couple. Evans writes some hilarious scenes between the two and also some very touching ones. I laughed a lot, I yelled a few times, and I felt my heart speed up with action and suspense. In the end, I finished the story with so much hope and a full heart. I can’t wait to read another Spies of Shadow Force book! 

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Review: SEARING NEED by Tracey Devlyn

Title: Searing Need (The Kingstons, #3)

Author: Tracey Devlyn

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC receive from Author

Review by Amy

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What a fantastic story! Searing Need by Tracey Devlyn is an entertaining romantic suspense story filled with danger, romance, the great outdoors (of course), Kingstons and Steeles! You also get to experience a little camping while reading this book, a bit of Cost Rica, experience cocky Reid Steele and do a little yoga to relax. Who wouldn’t want to read this book?

Riley is an amazing botanist that comes up on a man camping in he forest while working. This man is on Steele land. Why is he here? Her curiosity gets the best of her and she starts to stalk, study, and eventually interact with him. Coen is a special forces soldier looking for a little rest and relaxation after a terrible mission and was granted it courtesy of the Steele brothers. At least he was until Riley came storming into his life. The romance between Coen and Riley is entertaining from the start. I always love it when I can’t imagine the two characters together when they meet and by the end I can’t imagine them apart.

In addition to the mystery that is Coen, Riley also receives a few visitors that bring lot of crazy with them.  Devlyn is a fantastic story teller. She comes up with such interesting plots and the descriptions she provides makes the reader feel as though they are in the story. The emotions each characters are feeling are so real and raw, too. Devlyn’s characters are always so fascinating to me and I often learn a lot! It’s why I love her books so much!

If you are looking for a unique romantic suspense story filled with mystery, intrigue, a few Steele boys, romance, and a whole lot of danger, give Searing Need a try!

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Review: DEADLY TARGET by Misty Evans

Title: Deadly Target (SCVC Taskforce, #9)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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Get ready to hold on for this blockbuster of a hit with Deadly Target by Misty Evans. I know this book isn’t on the big screen but it sure should be. I felt like I just watched an intense movie that had me covering my eyes at some scenes and yelling at the characters during another. Evans delivers an emotional, complex, exhilarating story that will have you glued to the pages so you don’t miss a thing. In addition to all the betrayal that is going on in Deadly Target, we are also in the midst of a passionate love story between the two main characters…and perhaps another. It’s got everything I love in a good book.

When I have to set a book down because a scene is just about to get real and my emotions can’t quite handle the upcoming action or raw emotion, I consider it a job well done. The fact that Deadly Target could affect my emotions to the point I had to take a break, speaks volumes of Evans’ story telling ability. I love that I am affect physically when I read this book. Deadly Target made heart beat quicker, tears in my eyes threaten to overflow because of what I was reading. It’s that good.

Victor Dupe is the Director of the west coast FBI and Olivia Fiorelli is a US Marshal, who introduced to us in Deadly Holiday. They are a couple that you instantly love from the beginning. Their interactions are easy going and the chemistry is off the charts between these two. Evans does a fantastic job with their love story and I am so glad that Victor finally gets his love story!

If you are looking for an intriguing, sexy, romantic suspense, give Deadly Target a read. It stands alone, so if you haven’t read any of the other SCVC Taskforce books, you won’t be missing anything. And if you have read the other books in the series, you definitely won’t want to miss this one!

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Review: TASTING FIRE by Kelsey Browning

Title: Tasting Fire (Kingstons, #2)

Author: Kelsey Browning

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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Tasting Fire by Kelsey Browning is such a good story. It’s entertaining, suspenseful, funny, sexy, and hard to put down. Cash and Emmy are a great couple and their journey to happy ever after is filled with undeniable chemistry and respect for one another. Browning also takes each reader on a journey of self reflection. Having Emmy look at her life throughout this story has caused me to do the same. I felt a little lighter in spirit at the end of Tasting Fire.

I have always enjoyed Browning’s contemporary romance books filled with humor and sexy times. She can always make me laugh, but I have really enjoyed her romantic suspense books as well. This story was unique and not at all what I expected when I started the story, which I loved! The twists and turns where exciting. The action scenes were well written, and the medical side of the story was fascinating.

Tasting Fire has so much going on which makes the reader hang on every word so they don’t miss a thing. I enjoyed the many aspects of this book – some very serious, incredible scenes that made my heart hurt, other playful ones, and still others with so much passion I felt warm and happy all over.  That’s what makes this book so great!

If you are looking for a romantic suspense story that will capture you from the first page, take you for an emotional ride, and leave you feeling happy and hopeful, give Tasting Fire a read.

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