Review: MISSING JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

I can’t get enough of the Justice Team Series by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano. Missing Justice is the latest book by the duo writing team and features Taylor, an FBI agent and Matt, a Private Investigator. What starts out as professional competitors and a one night stand turns into a phenomenal story and adventure.

Evans and Giordano always come up with unique stories to tell with several layers and plot lines to keep the pages turning. In Missing Justice, the main plot is a missing wife and child of a United States Senator. Eight years after Justice Greystone (The Justice Team founder) gave it a crack as an FBI agent, Taylor starts working on it since there are new developments. As Taylor starts her investigation she runs into Private Investigator, Matt, and finds out the the senator has hired him to complete the investigation. Should they work together or against one another? The sparks begin to fly.

I absolutely love the way Evans and Giordano write their books. The reader gets to follow leads and work out the mystery alongside the characters which includes the emotional highs and lows that are part of any missing person case. It makes you feel as though you are part of their team helping them solve it.

Along with the amazing plot, Evans and Giordano really up the sexiness of the romance in Missing Justice. Matt and Taylor slowly fall in love with one another throughout the entire book and it shows in small moments whether it’s the hand holding or the passionate love scenes or the heart wrenching scenes where emotional walls are torn down. One aspect of their romance I loved is that they didn’t really leave one another. They worked through their issues without much physical distance.

Missing Justice can be read as a stand alone like all Justice Team books, so if you are looking for a fantastic romantic suspense story, give this one a read. You will love it whether you are a first time Justice Team reader, or have read them all!

Title: Missing Justice (Justice Team, #7)

Author: Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Authors

 

Review: THE FIXER by HelenKay Dimon

Mysterious. Sexy. Powerful. Emotional. So many words describe The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon. This contemporary romance with suspense elements focuses mainly on the characters with little procedural details of the cold case investigation. The book has a more serious tone to it with intense plot lines. Get ready for your heart to be tied up in knots but also filled with hope at the end.

The first meeting between the mysterious Wren and persistent Emery was a treat. Not one that I thought would turn out well, but one that captures our attention. Dimon does an outstanding job writing these characters that are so complicated. As the story moves along, more layers of both Wren and Emery are exposed and keeps the reader turning pages. The dialogue between Wren and Emery is absolutely fantastic. Wren is a man of few words expecting others to take what he says without challenge, whereas Emery challenges him every step of the way. She is able to break down those walls to his heart and make him a bit more human.
Supporting characters area always great in books and I think Garrett (Wren’s second in command) stole the scenes he was in. He handles Wren so well and his sarcastic humor lightens the mood and balances Wren out. I would have loved to see more of him. The Fixer is a book that will cause your heart to ache for Wren and Emery when you learn their stories, but will also have your heart racing with excitement when they get to know each other passionately. This book has it all. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with suspense and mystery elements, give The Fixer a read. It is one that will stay with you long after you finish it.

Title: The Fixer (Games People Play, #1)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: HER REBEL HEART by Jamie Farrell

If you are looking for an explosive, fun, contemporary romance story a little bit redneck and a lot military hot, give Her Rebel Heart by Jamie Farrell a read. Who would have thought a hillbilly physics professor who is a star in her field and an ace Air Force pilot would be so entertaining to read about? This author tells the most fantastic stories about characters and situations I have no idea hot to relate to, yet, I am fully engaged in each story. Her Rebel Heart was no different.

Kaci is a woman in a man’s world of academia and science. She loves what she does and wants all of her students to know they can make a difference regardless of their gender. Oh and she also wants her ex-husband, Ron, a chemist, to leave her the heck alone. I love how different Kaci is from many other romance heroines. She can turn on sophisticated charm or the redneck at the drop of a hat.

Lance is biding his time for his next deployment while trying to get over his ex-fiance who left him. He is restless and just wants to get away. He is not interested in jumping back into a relationship, but after one kiss from a hot, sassy, southern girl named Kaci, it may not be completely up to him.

Her Rebel Heart is such a fun book. Sure, there is flirting, intimacy, and heartbreak as all romance books have, but the back and forth between Kaci and Lance is unpredictable up until the very end. The pranks they plan on one another and the challenges they dish out are what keep the reader turning the pages. From pumpkin chucking to stealing hearts, Kaci and Lance are falling hard.

Farrell does a fabulous job in Her Rebel Heart of balancing out the romance in the story along with the personal demons that Lance and Kaci are fighting themselves. The story will entertain you from beginning to end. If you are looking for a fun, sexy, sassy, romance, give Her Rebel Heart a read.

Title: Her Rebel Heart (Officer’s Ex-Wives Club)

Author: Jamie Farrell

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received from Author

Review: LAST DANCE by Jeffe Kennedy

Pure deliciousness. That is what comes to mind when I think about Last Dance by Jeffe Kennedy. Her very hot contemporary romance story is sure to set your heart and body on fire. This is the first in a series titled Missed Connections about five girls/friends. In Last Dance it’s Charley that is out to just scratch an itch only to wind up finding so much more.

Kennedy knows how to write a story that is sure to scorch the pages, while developing amazing characters with real flaws that make you want to shake them or be them. Mr. Mystery in Last Dance is dreamy and sexy and makes me look at carousels in a whole new way. I was just as intrigued by the hero as Charley was. It was quite fun reading this story.

In addition to the romance building between Charley and Mr. Mystery, we are introduced to a very fun group of friends who already appear to be very different from one another. I seriously can’t wait to read each of their stories. Last Dance is a fantastic way to start off the series to keep readers wanting more.

Kennedy delivers an incredibly romantic and sexy story told from the point of view of someone a little  jaded when it comes to love and a lot sassy. I really enjoyed the first person point of view in this story. Sometimes I find love scenes written in first person are hard to get into or feel, but Kennedy nails it (no pun intended) in Last Dance. It’s just as sensual and hot as it would be in third person.

If you are looking for an erotic tale that will grab you from the beginning and keep you flipping pages, give Last Dance a read.

Title: Last Dance (Missed Connections, #1)

Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received from Author

Review: WHAT IT TAKES by Shannon Stacey

I always love camping with the Kowalski family and in What It Takes by Shannon Stacey, it was great fun to see it from an outsider’s view. Laney is the newest heroine of the series, recently hired by the Northern Star Lodge to help out around the new campground and assist Rosie in taking care of the lodge. She is also fresh off a divorce and trying to find herself this summer. Ben, the local paramedic and best friends to Sean Kowalski (Yours To Keep) ends up spending a lot of time around the campground and lodge this summer.

While the romance between Laney and Ben was not my favorite of the series, it’s was still an entertaining read and fantastic by contemporary romance standards. This romance starts out slowly and while the book moves along at a great pace, I was frustrated with Laney putting the breaks on the relationship so much. I adored Ben and how he handled it though. He is so easy going and every woman’s dream really. Stacey does a nice job writing an original romance in the midst of the annual Kowalski family camping trip. While Ben and Laney could have easily been overshadowed by the Kowalski reunion, that didn’t happen.

In this story, we are also treated to a side story between Sean and Emma and their current challenge in their marriage. It’s amazing how a simple worry can cause such an emotional pull. Stacey does a fantastic job bringing all the Kowalskis back together and giving the reader to catch up with them all a little. Complete with lots of doom, post it notes, and dirty scrabble! It was so much fun!

What It Takes is a great story to extend the Kowalski family stories for all those that love them. If you are new to the series, this is a fun one that will have you falling in love with the family and will make you want to go back to the very beginning of the series. It’s is a story filled with everything we love in a contemporary romance – love, family, friends, kids, sexy scenes, camping, and ATVs. Pick up your copy now, but be warned, once you start, it will be hard to put it down until the every end.

Title: What It Takes (Kowalski, #10)

Author: Shannon Stacey

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

 

 

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