Review: KING OF CLUBS by Sandra Owens

Title: King of Clubs (Aces & Eights, #2)

Author: Sandra Owens

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley

Review by Candy

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Undercover FBI Agent Court Gentry has what he thinks is a perfectly good life. He enjoys his job and gets to work with his brothers on a daily basis. The only thing really lacking in his life is a woman he can love. Six years ago, Court met what he thought was the perfect woman on spring break. Lauren Montgomery was everything he could want and even though they had only spent a week together, Court knew he was in love. Without any explanation, Lauren broke off things when she returned home. Now Lauren is back in his life since her best friend is his sister in law. Lauren thought she was doing what was best for Court by protecting him from her violent ex-husband. Court doesn’t see it that way and is determined to protect Lauren from the scum bag this time around. Will Lauren allow the Gentry brothers to keep her safe? Will Court and Lauren get a second chance at love?

The Gentry brothers should be classified as lethal weapons. I thought Alex was potent book boyfriend material but Court might just be a slight bit more potent. Owens has created a powerful hero in Court, with his love for Lauren and his strong moral code.

Lauren’s story was hard to read especially when Owens wrote about her marriage. Lauren was so innocent when she met Stephen, her ex, and he treated her so cruelly. What she suffered through that ended when Stephen landed in jail broke my heart. I loved how Lauren put her life back together after that encounter and has become a successful and strong woman.

The chemistry between Lauren and Court is intense. In the previous book, Lauren and Court spent their time snapping at each other. In this book, once they admit they still have feelings for each other, all bets are off. Court certainly knows how to make Lauren happy both inside and outside the bedroom.

King of Clubs by Sandra Owens is the second book in the Aces and Eights series but it can be read as a standalone. Just like the first book, Owens has created another hot alpha male hero who will stop at nothing to protect his love interest. If you like contemporary romance or romantic suspense, this book and series would be a good read for you.

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Review: JACK OF HEARTS by Sandra Owens

In Jack of Hearts by Sandra Owens, FBI agent Alex Gentry is working undercover to bring down the notorious Alonzo family. Using a biker bar that he and his 2 brothers own as cover, Alex befriends Ramon Alonzo, son of the drug lord Alex is looking to take down. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting Ramon’s beautiful cousin Madison Parker. Madison can’t stand her creepy cousin but she maintains family ties to keep her mother happy. When bad boy Alex keeps Ramon’s unwanted hands away from her on more than one occasion, Madison finds herself slowly falling for Alex. What will Madison do when she finds out who Alex really is? Will Alex be able to get the evidence he needs to bring down the Alonzo’s?

This book should come with a warning label. Caution: Your new book boyfriend is inside. My. My. My. Owens has created a drool worthy character with Alex Gentry. Alex is honorable, loves his family, is perfect gentleman to Madison, and drives her crazy in the bedroom. The gifts that Alex sends to Madison will have you sighing in delight at his romantic side.

Madison is a strong character and every bit Alex’s match. Having just opened her own business, she stands her ground on more than one occasion when Ramon wants to use her bookstore for nefarious purposes. Her only weakness is her mother, which is why Madison doesn’t just blow off her sexually harassing cousin.

The suspense portion of this book is really good. Obviously the reader knows who Alex is and we get to see him slowly gather evidence against Madison’s family. An additional plot line has him trying to figure out who killed Madison’s father, who was an award winning investigative journalist.

Jack of Hearts is the first book in the Aces and Eights series. Owens has created a fabulous world with the sexy Gentry brothers that has me looking forward to the next books in the series. If you love romantic suspense, this is a great book for you.

Title: Jack of Hearts

Author: Sandra Owens Author

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC via NetGalley