HE TAKES WHAT HE WANTS.
From the moment that billionaire casino owner Drake Archer sees Jasmine Bennett, he’s obsessed. Consumed by desire for the mysterious redhead, Drake will do anything necessary to claim her. Yet as desire rages between them, danger is stalking ever closer. Drake’s past isn’t dead, and the ex-Special Forces agent will soon have to face the ghosts he left behind.
SHE’S HIDING SECRETS.
Jasmine isn’t who she pretends to be. She’s a woman on a mission—and she’s supposed to be stealing secrets from the mysterious Drake. Falling for him isn’t on her agenda, but when lust and love tangle together, all the rules get broken.
AN ENEMY IS CLOSING IN…
When Drake learns of Jasmine’s betrayal…all hell breaks loose. He knows that he should turn his back on her, but it’s too late for him. He can’t let her go, but he can teach her a lesson. No one betrays him…not without paying a heavy price. Drake will destroy all of the enemies on his trail, he’ll bury his past, and he’ll teach Jasmine to want only him…just as much as he craves her.
Well… I guess my first impression of this book needs an explanation.
It was Cheesy!! A wanna be erotica book, that only bordered erotica, and at the same time totally cheesy talking about who’s pleasuring whom… Just over kill in that department. And, everyone had a hesitant stutter! For example, but not a quote: “Are you…Are you sure you want to do this?” And last, a woman who keeps saying she’s not a whore, but meets a guy by trying to get him to sleep with her as a diversion. Well… First impressions you know. Don’t get pissed when that’s the impression you want to leave in the first place… Yes, there is a lot more to this story than I am letting on, but that was MY first impression of it all.
Sooo, besides the great big cheesy BS that ran through this story, it was actually a great read! I wish the meanness and scariness of some characters were played out more. They seemed just a sociopath, not psychopathic as they were supposed to be. So our main guy was the one with issues, not the villain.
This book was the third in a series about some men that did black ops together. These men are now very successful & rich meeting women they have to save. The first time they love someone. Drake in this book, owns casinos & clubs. He has an enemy who wants to crush him.
Jasmine is a nomad doing odd jobs as an information thief. She’s working for someone who wants her to steal Drakes info. off of his computer. She gets caught, but she gets there by giving the blatant impression she’s asking for the invite, plus says so directly to Drake, that she wants to sleep with him… I mean geez! Only because later she’s mad he thinks & treats her like she’s a whore. Her term not mine.
This all sounds negative, but besides my above quirks, it was a very entertaining action packed book! I will definitely read more. BUT PLEASE! Please quit the constant stutter & “pleasure” overkill.
The note on the kitchen table shatters Jay Wentworth’s world into bits. Ellie is his lover, his soulmate, his best friend…she’s the woman who stood by him through the aftermath of a horrible explosion, the woman he’s planning to propose to. He’d do anything for her…except let her go. With his fierce protectiveness kicked into overdrive, he teams up with Ellie’s Hotel Serafina boss, billionaire Wyatt Christiansen, to find her. Ellie is family at the casino and they take care of their own.
Ellie is devastated when her secret past finally catches up with her. It was stupid to think she could bury the mistakes of her youth and find happiness with a good man. Leaving Jay rips her heart to shreds, but it’s the only way she can protect him from the dangerous people she once ran with. And deep down, she fears he’ll never be able to forgive her for hiding her past from him.
The closer Jay gets to the truth about Ellie, the deeper he plunges into danger. He’ll move heaven and earth to save her, but if she can’t trust in Jay’s love it might be too late for both of them.
Ellie & Jay are now living together. Jay has plans to ask her to marry him, when she receives a call from an old boyfriend. This old boyfriend who has just gotten out of prison tells her that she has to help him rob the Serafina or he will expose her past. She runs, gets into some trouble & is quickly reunited with Jay… Like mega quick. Then from there, it’s all about saving Ellie, setting up and catching the would be thieves & Ellie coming to realize that she deserves Jay… Because none of these books about people with past issues skip all of the inner turmoil & self doubt! It’s all inclusive…
I started to read this a while ago & got sidetracked by other books… This was a short approx 200 pages & was really good. It moved fast & was resolved quickly without making out pull out your hair. Even when you start to! I would love to work at the Serafina, where everyone has your back no matter what & they would do anything to help you without the judgement.
Great author & I will continue with her series!
Some secrets are worth dying for…
Military historian Trina Sorensen has a nearly impossible task before her: get recalcitrant but tempting former Navy SEAL Keith Hatcher to reveal what happened during a top secret Somalia op five years ago. Recent history isn’t usually her forte, but the navy wants an historian’s perspective and has given her the high security clearance to get the job done.
Keith isn’t just refusing to tell Trina about the op, he’s protecting a national secret that could destroy the lives of those he cares about the most. But not wanting to talk about a covert mission doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in spending time with the sexy historian, and the first time they kiss it’s explosive.
When the past comes pounding on Keith’s door, he’ll do anything to keep Trina safe… Anything, that is, except tell her the secret that could get them both killed.
The third book in Grant’s Evidence series, Withholding Evidence is a short novel – approximately 50,000 words/150 pages.
4.5 out of 5!!
Yet another series I happen upon that is too good to not have known about!
Trina shows up at Keith’s condo to ask about his time in Somalia. Since he was a SEAL, he has sworn not to talk about any of his missions. Trina is a military historian working on base with a high security clearance, so she feels he should answers her questions… He won’t but he thinks she’s a cute little librarian type & chases her…
When he finally convinces her they should get together/date, his house blows up… That’s when the true action starts.
I loved this book & the hinted back stories sound really good too, so I do have to read them!! My only complaint was that maybe it was too fast & too short… BUT in the fewer pages of this book, it definitely still told a really good story!!
Washington, D.C.—capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows . . . vampires far older than the nation itself.
A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for a hundred and fifty years. But long-laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary, but Washington, D.C. will be his.
Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey has been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.
Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all . . .
As Duncan is cleaning up a mess left by the previous vampire lord in Washington D.C., a woman walks in to the embassy to ask where her best friend is. The last time Emma has seen her was when she was headed to a party with vampires. Because of the things Duncan finds out about the previous lord, he agrees easily to help Emma.
Later while investigating all of the prior lord’s properties, the vampires find a dead body buried in the backyard… Things start moving quickly from there…
I know I keep repeating myself when I say I love this series & I have no clue how it got past me the first time around! I am very thankful for the re-release! YAY!!
I can see it coming though! A point where I wait in misery for the latest book of the series! It could be a long time!! Aden is out now, but then what?!? AHHHHH!!! It’s too good & I am too impatient.
The writing is excellent with very descriptive scenes, like tossing the keys on the counter & the noise it makes, without sooo much overkill it gets boring! I was never bored. EVER!! It’s a fast paced, action packed, & awesome vengeance book!! There isn’t an “Oh, I forgive you because I am a great person & I’m better than you not to stoop to your level!” It’s an “Oh YA!! I’m going to hunt you down and KILL YOU!” book!
Kind of refreshing having a series that doesn’t get all “explainey” as to why the characters were thinking this way & now we have to explain the steps of forgiveness & why you chose the way you did series!! Not an overkill on inner dialog either! LOVE IT!! Deep dark, with not so much of the grotesque descriptions some authors want to shock you with & it’s own format, not overplayed like some series can be! GREAT!!
Not much more to say except… DON’T MISS OUT!!
Gray werewolf Tom Silver is determined to find the wolves who have been attacking local livestock. While tracking the pack through the Rockies, a blizzard forces him into a remote cabin where he hears a plane crash nearby.
When he discovers the sole survivor is a beautiful female werewolf/coyote shifter mix, bound as a prisoner, he knows it’s his duty to hide her. Now, they are both at risk as a search ensues for the missing prisoner.
Will Tom be able to protect this beautiful stranger while tracking down the wolves responsible for terrorizing the local livestock?
God! I wanted to love this book! Terry Spear was one of my favorite shifter authors!
The story was great!!
Elizabeth comes to the Rockies to do an article for a newspaper back home in Texas. She is 1/2 red wolf & coyote were… She is also there to get evidence from her a friend about her hater uncle who wants to kill her because of her coyote half. She suspects he killed her parents. Her hotel room gets broken into, she gets pushed down a ski slope & kidnapped.
Tom Silver is an Alpha gray wolf. His brother is the pack alpha. He is also a ski patrol dude (like my terminology?)Anyway, he is working when Elizabeth gets hurt, already having a thing for her & he’s hunting for a few wolves with no scent who are stalking their territory…
Then she runs… Fate has it, she’s back. They are stuck in a cabin together in a blizzard & the story is great…
This story is good… could have done without the coyote bombshell & made it totally separate, but NOOOO!
Otherwise, this book was truly good…The descriptions were great, the storyline great, HEA great… The revamping of characters make-up?? TOTAL BOMB!!Why ruin a good thing! It’s like making vampires part zombie… DON’T DO IT!! AHHHHH!!
I am crushed! One set of wolves now has coyote DNA! I HATE coyotes!! The issue was well addressed in the book, but still, I hate them! They remind me of Hyenas!! Have you heard them? They sound like them too! Coyote loners sneaking in doggie doors in California tearing up small dogs in your house (people I baby sat for), eating your small lost dog or your cat, or treeing your cat so high you can’t ever get it down, a coyote luring your dog out to play, so it can get ambushed by the others… I’ve seen & heard it! Ruins the romanticism in the coyote all together. It totally killed my perception of one whole breed of wolf in this book! I swear I almost cried! Coyotes are NOT beautiful like wolves!! Women can pass as coyotes & get away with it. Strong Alpha pack leaders… No WAYYY!! Sorry!!
After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.
Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.
Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape. Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can’t deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland’s most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it’s too late?
I’d say more of a 4.5 read, but I did stay up until I finished it, even though I have to be up in 4 hours! Sooo points & Kudos for this book for sure.
Years ago, Robbie Boyd was held prisoner by Robert Clifford. Clifford’s sister, Rosalind would watch the prisoners, especially Robbie. Thinking she was doing good, she hid food for them to find while performing hard labor. This backfires causing someone’s eventual death.
Six years later, the Highland Guard raid a village & take a couple prisoners. One is Clifford’s son & the other his sister, who is extremely beautiful. Their good fortune is that the Guard can hold them hostage to force Clifford to sign a truce. Rosalind is still in love with Boyd after all these years & her and her nephew are dragged through Scotland evading the English after them.
This was a very intense read & there were several conflicts in characters. The English were hated by the Scots, so even English blood was hated. No matter how little sense that makes & what side of the war you were on. There was a ton of inner dialog, but it was told in the third person, so it <b>did not</b> read like schizophrenic babble like first person books with as much detail as this one.
Boyd acts on his temper, while Rosalind acts out of love & loyalty for her family & the trust in the good side of people, which made them compliment each other very well.
I never felt lost & I haven’t read this whole series. I think it’s perfectly OK to read these out of order. Although there are tiny <i>hints</i> of back stories, each is individual & can be taken almost as a stand alone novel.
Monica McCarthy’s books are based off of truths full of fiction, but she does so much research, you almost have to read the author’s notes in the back to fully appreciate the story. It’s like a secondary epilogue.
Great book, great series. I would only drop a 1/2 a star because it was sooo dammmnnn looongg! LOL!! And I would get a little antsy for the end.
In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.
An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.
Kirby comes home to find her best friend & her best friend’s boyfriend murdered. Her best friend was torn apart. When the police take her into protective custody things go from bad to worse & she escapes.
A panther shifter, Doyle, arrives in Australia with a couple of members of the Damask Circle to save the witches on a psychic withes list who are yet to be murdered.
Doyle tracks down Kirby who is on the run from an attempt to kill her & they hide and they search for to save the other witches on the list.
This was a pretty good story. There is a lot of action happening without a ton of down time. It isn’t very intense, and I found the uncomfortable moments glided over rather lightly, which was surprising.
Kirby has issues that took 95% of the book to get through. Seriously!
I did find that this book could have taken place in any town in any country & lacked a certain descriptive ora. No biggie. It just made a VERY light read that was easy to get through.
Even though this book was the 2nd in the series, it read as a stand alone. I liked this book & may continue the series, but it isn’t one of those that grab and pull me under all night, so I’m late for work kind of book.
Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…
Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn’t buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.
Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?
Brady has been friends with Molly since they were kids. She has loved him forever. When he picks his brother’s girlfriend, Jessica, up from the train station, he falls in love with her. His brother, Chris, announces their engagement & Brady is crushed. He approaches Jessica and (Molly overhears) tells her he wants her. She crushes him & he loses himself for 12 years avoiding his Family & Molly until Molly hunts him down on a mission when his brother is killed.
Come to find out this is all spy missions & information passing & the web of people involved is huge. Most of the book, they are planning for a funeral & trying to find out what happened to his brother. There are twists everywhere.
It’s a fast paced book & I had to find out what happened, so I couldn’t put it down. The who is solved, but the what exactly, why and how was kind of left to broad. It didn’t make sense. It had much more potential but dropped short of excellent.
One bit that bugged me was a part about hanging knives with fishing line. So strange. I think a mattress tented with a table over a person would solve that issue rather than a complicated flipping of a chair and table. Actually it was the lack of description & broad explanation that made it a bad scene for me. Then, it was over quickly, with a generalized wrap up. You’ll know what I mean after you read it for yourself.
It is a good book. Worth the read. I just had a couple problems with a little bit of the description & plot.
Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin…
Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family’s ruin. Upon the earl’s death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil’s bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée out of the Cabots’ lives for good.
An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.
Honor is the oldest of four daughters living with her mother (who is going senile) in her step-father’s (who is dying from tuberculosis) house with their step-brother. Complicated. Soo, this step-brother, who will be the next Earl as soon as his father dies, is engaged to Honor’s old friend who she now loathes. Monica is jealous of Honor’s having everything. When the step-father dies Monica has convinced Augustine the step-brother to turn them out into the country, so they cannot spend all of his inheritance on dresses.
Honor could care less about the money, but wants her mother to be provided for. Back then senility was a form of craziness & the family was trying to hide it from the ton. No one would marry the girls if they knew they came with a crazy mother.
Honor has a plan. She’s convincing George, a bastard son of a prince, but a rich business man, to lure Monica away from Augustine, so they have time to find husbands before they are turned out. It backfires because Monica wants Augustine & Honor loves George…
This was a great story & pretty original from what I’ve read, because it’s not truly an HEA romance. You are left wondering at the end about certain things & if the HEA of finance will come. There is also a set up for Grace’s book, which comes next.
I liked it, because it got really emotional & I wanted to slap the crap out of Monica, and I hate how the ton have to maintain a certain emotional state in public, not folloeing through with behavior others deserve the execution of wrath unto them. Oh well!
If you like historicals, this is a good one.
When Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising, she knows just which spokesperson to pitch: gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling. She has followed his career since college and knows he’s perfect for the spot, even though it’s common knowledge his famous family doesn’t do product endorsements, ever. But Erica knows Johnny’s weak spot, and she’s confident she can use it to gain his trust and seal the deal.
Quarterback Johnny Spurling is running out of time. His father’s health is failing, and there’s one last thing he’s asked Johnny to do—settle down and produce a son, before it’s too late. Which means Johnny needs a new kind of girlfriend. No more casual hookups or high-maintenance divas. When his sister-in-law claims to have the perfect candidate, he urges her to set up a postseason blind date.
Then Johnny meets long-haired, long-legged Erica and can’t resist her outrageous proposal—or her. So he decides he’ll do the commercial and have one final, hot-as-hell fling before settling down. They set the ground rules, then proceed to break every one of them as fun turns to the kind of true romance that just doesn’t end with the final touchdown—and with luck, never ends at all.
Erica is a low man on the totem pole in her advertising agency. Because of some bad treatment by an advertising exec. she gets a chance to pitch a commercial for the Superbowl. No one thinks she will be able to get Johnny to be in the commercial, but he agrees. Then, he wants to date. BUT… because of the bad situation through her agency, Erica thinks it’s a bad idea to date him. They see each other secretly…for a while.
It was a while before you found out what really happened at her work, and that bothered me because I started to doubt Erica & not like her.
This was a cute little story. A story of the famous guy who likes the little peon girl, so it’s a fairy tale for her. Sweet, with ups and downs & finally a HEA with a vindication..