5/5, Contest, review copy, Romantic Suspense

68120323From the back of the book:

TWO BRILLIANT AGENTS

FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She’s walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can’t ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.

ONE DREAM TEAM.

Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease…professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they’re reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims’ deepest, darkest fears for sport – but their investigative skills aren’t enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.

BUT CAN THEY CATCH A KILLER WHOSE WEAPON IS…

DEADLY FEAR

Having read Cynthia Eden’s paranormals and loving them I had high expectations for DEADLY FEAR. I wasn’t disappointed. So often when I read a romantic suspense the balance tips heavily in one direction or the other. DEADLY FEAR is almost even, in my opinion, on  the romance to suspense ratio. I believe that this was helped by Monica and Luke’s previous relationship. They knew each other and knew that they were attracted to each other before the story in the book began. The suspense in DEADLY FEAR was heart pumping. I loved the little snippets we were given from the killer’s point-of-view. I was completely surprised when the killer was revealed. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series, DEADLY LIES and DEADLY HEAT, when they are released in 2011.

the book girl gives DEADLY FEAR a 5/5

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5/5, review copy, Romantic Suspense

65832576Summary from Carina Press site:

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford—especially when the bodies keep piling up.

I’ve read Ms. Force’s previous romance novels and loved them, so I was very excited to get an advance copy of FATAL AFFAIR. I was immediately captivated by the story. I read the entire book in one sitting. (My back was killing me when I was done!) This is a romantic suspense and from the very outset I was trying to figure out who the murderer was – I didn’t figure it out until maybe a page or two before the reveal. To me this is the mark of a fantastic suspense novel. I hate when I know who the bad guy is early in the book. The relationship that develops between Sam and Nick is fantastic. It happens very quickly, but didn’t feel out of place. The two have a shared history which made it believable for them to fall in love at the pace they did. This book was on the long side (411 pages on my computer), but didn’t feel long at all when I was reading. FATAL AFFAIR is a very fast paced, action packed book that left me wanting more. There is one secondary character (Sam’s partner) that I hope gets his own book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!!

the book girl gives FATAL AFFAIR a 5/5

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Marie Force is guest blogging at the book girl tomorrow…so make sure to come back and check it out!!

4/5, Paranormal Romance, review copy, Romantic Suspense

53000402From the back of the book:

Death

Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal soul for endless existence.

Wraiths

Secretly, inexorable, they are infiltrating our would, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Segue

Adam Thorn founded the Segue Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

Twilight

This is the place between life and what comes after – a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

I received this book from the publisher and wasn’t sure if it was a right fit, but I always give the books I receive a chance. I am so glad that is my policy. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!! From the minute I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. This book takes on a different view of the paranormal, one I hadn’t read before. SHADOW BOUND is a fantastic combination between romance, urban fantasy, and suspense. The love story between Adam and Talia is full of twists and turns that get the heart pumping. Talia is a complicated character. She has spent her life knowing that she was different and struggling to fit in. Adam lived a charmed life until his brother changed into a monster, now he is devoting his life and inheritance to making sure that his brother’s time of Earth comes to an end. This isn’t something he takes lightly and the author did a fantastic way of portraying his struggle. I could feel his pain. There were a few times when the book moved a little too fast and I had to reread to understand exactly what had happened. But, all in all this was a great book! I can’t wait to read more by this author!!

the book girl gives SHADOW BOUND a 4/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, puchased book, Romantic Suspense

40724916From the back of the book:

HE’S AN ELITE NAVY SEAL LIVING A RISKY DOUBLE LIFE.

SHE’S THE GORGEOUS REPORTER HOT ON HIS TRAIL.

Nick Devane’s life is one big classified secret. Until Kaylee Smith busts his covert world wide open, threatening to blow his cover. Digging around where she doesn’t belong could get them both killed – especially when the beautiful journalist uncovers top-secret information that could set off a global disaster if it falls into the wrong hands. Nick can’t let that happen, even if he has to battle deadly mercenaries and an irresistible attraction that is all-consuming.

Kaylee didn’t expect her search for her missing ex-husband to lead to this sexy and dangerous warrior. Now she’s teamed up with Nick on a mission that takes them into deepest Africa – and into the middle of a massive government cover-up. With rogue agents hot on their trail, Kaylee’s going to unearth all Nick’s secrets. Before they both vanish without a trace. Before the passion burning between them sets off an explosion no one may survive…

Stephanie Tyler can write some very hot heroes! Nick is my favorite so far. There is a real depth to his character and it added so much to the story. For me his background made all the difference in the character and story. Kaylee is one tough chick and the perfect woman for Nick. I can’t really think of anything in this book that didn’t work for me!

the book girl gives TOO HOT TO HOLD a 5/5!

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3/5, review copy, Romantic Suspense

53034099From the back of the book:

A COWBOY LIKE THAT COULD BREAK YOUR HEART…

Fleeing her latest love life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown’s transition to rural living isn’t going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a farm – but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she’d never make it through her first Wyoming season.

BUT HE COULD SURE KEEP YOU WARM AT NIGHT, TOO…

Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch…he’s ready for love, and he wants to go the distance…

Then the two get embroiled in their tiny town’s one and only crime story, and Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible…

This book is more of a romantic suspense than a straight romance. The crime story that Libby is trying to solve is just as important as the romance. Luke is a dream guy. He is kind to everyone in town and takes care of aging parents. Libby tries to resist him, but doesn’t do a very good job at all. There are some comedic moments along with the suspense. The book has a colorful cast of characters – like any small town. I really liked the romance that blossomed between Libby and Luke.

Here’s what I didn’t like about the book. The “mystery” is easily solvable. I could tell who the bad guy was almost from the beginning. A lot of what happened felt like it was just put in to keep the crime a part of the story, but didn’t do much to move the plot along. There are a lot of red herrings – to the point that I found a few absurd.

the book girl gives COWBOY TROUBLE a 3/5

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5/5, Romantic Suspense

no-limitsFrom the back of the book:

The Heat is On . . .

Simon Baptiste’s latest SG-5 mission just went south in a major way. It seems like a good time to take care of some business back home in Louisiana. Simon knows it ain’t going to be pretty. He’s got old enemies in Bayou Allain who won’t exactly roll out the red carpet. But Simon’s first night back is more than he bargained for. Not only has the homestead gone to hell in a hand basket, but there’s a half-naked woman hiding inside it—a woman whose face Simon knows all too well. It’s Michelina Ferrer, the sultry spokesmodel for her family’s Ferrer fragrance empire—and Simon’s been staring at her picture on a billboard outside his Manhattan apartment for weeks…

And It’s Only Getting Hotter . . .

Micky Ferrer came down to Bayou Allain looking for her old college friend, only to discover that Lisa Landry has been missing for days. As soon as Micky starts asking questions, someone runs her car off the road. She’s hiding out in the old Baptiste place when Simon shows up—and he’s the hottest thing she’s laid eyes on since she got to town. Simon agrees that something strange is going on and that Lisa’s disappearance may be tied to it. As he and Micky search for answers, the sweltering heat makes it hard to keep their heads straight or their hands off each other…even as they unravel the small-town secrets that some people are willing to kill for…

I started reading this during the 24-hour read-a-thon and couldn’t stop. My kids ate dinner a little later than they are used to because I continued to read while I cooked. Micky has led a charmed life, but it hasn’t made her happy. She rebels against everything that her father wants her to be. Simon has a past he would rather forget and a life that is suited to his loner persona. These two couldn’t be any more different in some ways and any more the same in others. There being paired together was perfect. From the first moment you can “feel” the chemistry between them. There is also a lot to be said for the suspense in this book. I’m not normally a romantic suspense reader (I think a lot of times either the romance or the suspense suffers), but this was an amazing combination of the two. I don’t think that either the romance or the suspense suffered or took a backseat to the other. I can’t wait to read more by Alison Kent. (In fact right after I finished  No Limits, I ordered more books.)

the book girl gives NO LIMITS a 5/5

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