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Review: INNOCENT TARGET by Katie Reus

Title: Innocent Target (Redemption Harbor, #3)

Author: Katie Reus

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

Reviewed by Amy

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Innocent Target by Katie Reus is a wonderful romantic suspense story that pulls you in from the beginning and holds your attention until the very end. I really enjoyed watching the romance between Axel and Hadley because it was so different than expected. I haven’t read the other books in the Redemption Harbor series yet, but I sure want to after meeting the other characters in the story.

Axel was a mystery to me and I loved learning about him with each page. I was really trying to figure out how he would end up the hero. Reus did not disappoint and really made it happen. Hadley was sweet and innocent yet wants to be seen as a strong, independent person. She and Axel were an unlikely couple, and I enjoyed the differences between Axel and Hadley. The romance stole the show for me in Innocent Target just because the characters were so interesting to me. Reus does a fantastic job with her stories and she is a must read for any romantic suspense fan!

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Review: RISK by Misty Evans

Title: Risk (SEALs of Shadow Force, #7)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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One thing I love about books is being taken away to a world that I know nothing about. In Risk by Misty Evans, we are whisked away to Tennessee to spend time with superstars, royalty, and a few villains. But, have no fear, because Rock Star Security sends Noah, one of the newest of the their bunch along with his older brother Asher (who lightens up every scene), to guard Silent Risk, a royal horse, and on yeah, Noah gets to face the woman he proposed marriage to many years ago. Fun times!

I love Evans’ imagination when it comes to her plots. They are unique, fun, and rarely take you in the direction you would expect. She does a fabulous job of intricately weaving in several plot lines together and tying them all up at the end with this one. Risk gives us a taste of what it is like to have horses and service staff! The interesting characters Evans writes are so interesting that I want to meet them all! In Risk, I adored the way Jena saw the good in people and Noah was the opposite. Their romance was a sweet one to watch but I found myself “talking” to Noah often. He just needed a little extra help I thought. I am glad it turned out the way it did. They are a powerful couple.

In addition to the adventurous story and lovable hero and heroine, I really liked seeing Beatrice handle everything she does so effortlessly. Asher brought humor to the story and I always like to see Zeb in action. He is great! I am looking forward seeing what comes of the little seeds Evans planted that elude to future stories with a new project headed up by the President. If you like romantic suspense stories, give Risk a read. It is sure to entertain you from beginning to end!

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Review: GRAVE SECRETS by Skye Jordan

Title: Grave Secrets (Manhunters, #1)

Author: Skye Jordan

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

Reviewed by Amy

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Grave Secrets by Skye Jordan is the first book in the Manhunters Series, and it is excellent. If you are a romantic suspense fan you will enjoy it! Even if you aren’t but have enjoyed Jordan’s other books, this one is worth the read.

Grave Secrets features the romance between Ian and Savannah. Ian is the newest member of the Manhunters team and is thinking this op in Hazard, Montana is a joke. He is used to neutralizing threats from around the world. Now he is after some small town counterfeiters?  What a joke. Savannah is a single mother who is trying so dang hard to get out from under the control of her abusive ex-husband. Too bad he is the sheriff and controls the entire town. When Ian and Savannah’s paths cross things heat up and you are in for quite a ride.

Jordan does a fantastic job with the plot of Grave Secrets. It is unique, well written, and exciting for the reader. It is filled with moments that have you sneaking around with the Manhunters and even on a high speed chase in he snow! Talk about an adrenaline rush. I love it when books bring out real emotions in me.

The romance between Ian and Savannah was easy and relaxed. Something Savannah desperately needed in her life. As with all of Jordan’s books, the intimacy was so well done between these two. I adored Savannah’s 5-year-old son, Jamison in this story. He provided such light to the scenes he was in and really connected with Ian. Grave Secrets is a book filled with romance, passion, suspense, love, and hope. If you are looking for these things in your books, give it a read.

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Review: ENDURING LOVE by Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn, and Adrienne Giordano

Title: Enduring Love (Steele Ridge, #8)

Author: Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC Received from Authors

Reviewed by Amy

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What an entertaining short story that is part of the Steele Ridge series! Enduring Love gives us a snapshot into Eddy and Joan Steele’s relationship. For those that have read the other books, this one answers the question of why Eddy has been a recluse for so many years and given up his family for the better part of 20 years. It’s a quick read and keeps you turning pages!

Reading this series has made me realize I want to be Joan Steele for my kids. She is one hard core mom who gives unconditional love to her family. She doesn’t let fear stop her from protecting her own, no matter the cost. She always stole the scenes in previous books and am so glad she has a story of her own.

We don’t know much about Eddy from the past books – just want his family mentioned or thought of him, so I was excited to read about him. My heart hurt for the family that missed out on him for so many years, yet it warmed when I learned the truth and how things ended. The beginning scene was absolutely priceless and I couldn’t have imagined a better story for Joan and Eddy. The authors nailed it with Enduring Love. Absolutely fantastic.

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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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