Category Archives: Romantic Suspense

Savor the Danger, by Lori Foster


Release Date: June 28th, 2011

What happens when you wake up naked–and in bed– with the woman you have been pining for; for a year, but you can’t remember how you got there?  Ask Jackson Savor.  Our favorite cowboy from the previous Novels When you Dare and Trace of Fever, Jackson Savor is a hard edged, yet honorable man of mystery and intrigue.  I know, it sounds cliché, but I loved Jackson and his “Darlins”  He could hog tie me up and have his wicked way with me all he wanted.  Apparently, sweet and innocent Alani as well.

Alani Rivers, Trace’s sister, and victim of sex traffickers in the first novel, has learned some tough life lessons.  No longer the sheltered, pampered little sister, she is struggling to be a grown woman, and overcome her past trauma’s.  Why Jackson is the man that stirs her blood, she doesn’t know, but she wants him.  When she wakes up after the most memorable night of her life and see’s the burning questions in Jackson’s eyes she is distraught and devastated when he bolts from the room and gets violently ill in the bathroom.  Alani can’t take the regret she sees in Jackson, and she takes off, leaving Jackson to fend for himself.

Point here:  Alani was a virgin before she made love to Jackson.  I really felt for her situation.  She is confused, upset, humiliated angry and yet her body is burning for more of Jackson. What’s a confused, angry girlie girl to do?  Shop of course!

Jackson figures he bumbled the morning pretty heavily, and isn’t sure how to fix it.  After his head stops pounding he makes his way to Alani’s house and proceeds to lie on her porch and wait for her to come back home.

After his violent episodes in the bathroom, Jackson figures out he has been heavily drugged, and cannot remember anything from the previous day and night.  So he begins looking for truth, and goes in search of Alani.  Together they try and piece together who is out to get Jackson and Alani, and fighting the attraction between them.

“Don’t make me chase you, darlin”

Suddenly her casual, comfy sundress felt insubstantial.  Around Jackson, she needed a damn suit of Armor.

The concentrated scrutiny left her fidgeting, too warm and vulnerable.

In a rough whisper, he said “God’s truth, darlin’, I don’t mean to ride roughshod over your feelings, but I need to see you again” and before she could react to the hunger in his tone, he added, “I don’t suppose we could put this little confrontation on hold long enough for me to appease my curiosity?”

This novel was fantastic.  I loved Jackson and Alani.  It was fun to see Dare and Trace, and their protective and alpha maleism when it came to Alani.

There were a few twists in the story and a few new characters were introduced.  Arizona, and Spencer.  Whom I believe will probably be the couple for the next novel, and I can’t wait!!

Write faster Lori Foster, I’m eating up these awesome alpha’s who walk that edge so well!

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Inside, by Brenda Novak


From the Publisher:  Release Date June 21st 2011

Virgil Skinner served fourteen years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s finally been exonerated, but he can’t escape the gang he joined in order to survive. They’ll do anything to keep him from telling what he knows. And if they can’t get to Virgil they’ll go after his sister and her kids.

The California Department of Corrections needs someone to infiltrate another gang, one that’s taking control of the state’s most notorious supermax. Virgil’s the perfect candidate — and he’ll do it in exchange for his sister’s protection.

Assistant deputy warden Peyton Adams is opposed to having Virgil in her prison. How will she protect him if things go bad? Besides, she’s attracted to him; she might even be falling in love with him. That makes her all the more desperate to keep him safe — and it gives him someone else to lose

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This book captivated me from the very start. My first Brenda Novak novel, and if all her other books are as good as this one, I will be starting her back list right away!

I haven’t read a prison novel quite like this one before. Our hero, Virgil spent 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. After his exoneration, he is “recruited” for an inside job as an informant on gang issues at Pelican Bay given his extensive background in prison and a member of “The Crew”.

Peyton, our heroine is a Chief Deputy Warden at Pelican Bay Prison. I liked her, but something about her irked me. She felt almost too idealistic, but I admired her will to change things inside prisons.

What I liked about this book, were the flaws of the characters. The tortured hero and his survivalist attitude, his reservations about any affection shown to him, his gruff and secretive manner. Always looking over his shoulder and trying to decipher ulterior motives in everyone around him.

If you are a lover of novels featuring hero’s who walk the line, and are tortured and flawed, then you will enjoy this novel.

The ending/climax was pretty surprising as well. I hope we see more of a certain “Crew” member in the second book!

The Ideal Man, by Julie Garwood


Release Date August 9th, 2011

from the publisher:

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly

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This was my first Julie Garwood novel. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.

My first reading loves are thrillers/crime drama and Paranormal and Romantic Suspense. The premise of this novel sounded wonderful, but it was heavy on the relationship and lacking in the suspense and plotting.

Julie Garwood writes very well, I enjoyed her descriptions of people and places, it wasn’t an overly wordy novel, which I like. I can’t entirely put my finger on why this novel bothered me. Our heroine Ellie is a prodigy, gorgeous and the best at what she does, trauma Surgery. She didn’t have any flaws that were portrayed, other than being a doormat for her family.
The hero Max,was OK. Nothing particularly awesome about him, he was sexy, gruff and demanding.

The climax of this story was over and done with in two pages.
There were two congruent villains. One, a creep who has been stalking her since she was 11, and the new hit man after she witnessed an FBI agent getting shot.

It was too much. Had the plot just been about one or the other and explored further it would have been better. As it was, I felt disconnected to the heroine, and only slightly sympathetic to the beating she received from her stalker when she was 12. The hit man plot was a joke for the most part.

I would likely read more by this author, but probably not after I read more reviews.

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster


From the publisher:

Release Date May 31, 2011

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF VENGEANCE AND DESIRE

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he’ll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man’s dirty smuggling operation. It’s a perfect scheme—until Coburn’s long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn’t who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn’s downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent…

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3.5/5
We first meet Trace in [book:When You Dare|9758743] after his sister is rescued from Sex traffickers by Dare. Driven by his need to rid the world of these vile scumbags  who sell women to the highest bidder, he goes undercover and infiltrates a sex trade organization.

He proves himself invaluable and capable to the boss Murray, and finds himself in a right hand man position.

Our heroine Priscilla was a conundrum for me.  On one hand she portrayed the fierce ass kicker; and on the other hand, she played the virginal, sheltered, but mouthy woman.  I felt like she was a schizo.

While I loved Trace, I didn’t love Priss. There were multiple instances of the classic “too stupid to live” that just annoy me in books.  Where the heroine defies common sense and charges into the fray and will most likely end up dead if she isn’t saved by someone else :insert eye roll here:

The plot was OK, it wasn’t a suspense plot, more of a “will they kill him or not” plot.  There were a few twists coming you don’t see until the end, and that was interesting.

I enjoyed seeing Dare and Molly, Chris and Matt, the dogs and Alani and Jackson.

I don’t want to go into much more, the writing is solid, I enjoy the way Lori Foster tells a story.

I also like the way she did Trace and Priss’s romance/love.  It didn’t feel rushed, even though it was only a few days they were together.

When you Dare, by Lori Foster


Date of Sale : April 26th, 2011

From the Publisher:

The tougher they are, the harder they fall…

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he’ll take the mission he’s offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who’d had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare’s tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she’s uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all.

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status: Read from March 27 to 29, 2011

YES! Lori Foster is BACK! I’ve read a lot of books by this author, most I liked, some I didn’t. The ones I didn’t like (Impetuous, My Man Michael) are kicking up dust to this new series of uber sexy alpha men. Look, Look at the sexy cover! DELICIOUS!

Dare Mcintosh, a mercenary on a mission to rescue his best friends sister from the human traffickers of Mexico; stumbles upon a beaten, dirty and disheveled woman in the same holding shed as Alayni (the sister) His honor won’t allow him to leave her behind, so he rescues her as well. Complicated situation to say the least.
Dare is my kind of Alpha hero. Although He did seem a little too perfect, it worked for the story. He can boss me around in bed anytime!

Drugged and damaged, Molly Alexander comes to in the back of a strange van, with a scorchingly hot man in front of her, scared out of her mind, she struggles and kicks him in the face in an attempt to escape, and thus her introduction to Dare is complete.

Molly lacks self confidence in her appearance, but at least she didn’t fall victim to the Plain Jane gets the Hot Hero “just because” syndrome. Dare falls in love with all of her, especially her guts and brains (oh and the breasts… he’s a breast man LOL)

Molly Alexander is a Romantic Suspense author who has no idea why she was kidnapped.

This is a lighter romantic suspense novel, and was more relationship based than suspense based. Still, it was well written, and the characters were well drawn. I felt that the relationship aspect was done up right, with Dare not pressing Molly into a sexual relationship, and leaving it all up to her to decide when to take it to the next level.

While not extremely complicated in plotting, and I figured out who the villain was about midway through, this was still a good read. Nothing overly new, but good nonetheless.

I can’t wait to read the next one “Trace of Fear”

Breaking Point, By Pamela Clare


I-Team Novel #5

Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

Review Below.

Release Date May 3rd, 2011.

From the Publisher:

Denver journalist Natalie Benoit and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride find themselves captives of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Working together, they escape through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun. They fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both

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I was lucky to be able to read an Advanced Reader Copy.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

It’s no secret to those who know me, that I love Pamela Clare and her I-Team Novels. She is an extremely talented author, who writes about real life issues through her journalistic series. This latest installment Breaking Point will have fans on the edge of their seats.

Zach Mcbride is one scrumptious male. I mean, just look at the cover! He is smokin’ hot :grins: {Jed Hill as Zach McBride = WIN!!!}

Zach is an honorably discharged former Navy SEAL, with a tortured story. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be on the front lines of War. I can only thank those who defend our country from harm, and hope I am never put into a position that Natalie, our heroine, was thrust into.

Natalie Benoit, a transplanted New Orleans Reporter now working for the I-team {3 years} has a secret grief. She has never told any of her colleagues or friends of her time during Hurricane Katrina, and the events that lead to three significant deaths in her life.
Deciding it was time for a vacation, she and Joaquin {The I-team Photographer} travel to Mexico to the SPJ Tour. While on a bus of other journalists, they are hijacked, and everyone aboard except for her are shot, while she is kidnapped. Thus her horrifying journey begins.

Zach is captured after being betrayed by a fellow operative and offered up on a silver platter. Tortured by the Drug Cartel, he is one day away from death when they bring Natalie into the fray. At once, he has a new reason to survive, and thus, the escape begins…

Thrown together, escaping together, and on the run for their lives; they battle an intense attraction and mutual emotional turmoil.

One thing I admire about Ms. Clare is her writing skills. You are right there with Zach and Natalie. You feel like you are on the run with them. You feel what they feel, you see what they see. They are real people, and not just fictional characters. THAT is impressive.

I won’t go into the climax and plotting much more.
The latter half of the book was just plain old awesome. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I gaped in shock at a particular scene involving a (view spoiler)

I enjoyed the ending and epilogue.

Why didn’t I give this book 5 stars you ask? Well, to be honest, and Ms. Clare, I hope you don’t take this too personally, but I thought Zach and Natalie had too much sex while on the run. Especially at one point in the story where they were almost found and then immediately they are going at it with animal intensity. While I understand the thought behind the action, or actually the lack of thought on Zach and Natalie’s parts :grins: I just felt like if it were ME (and thank god it wasn’t!) the last thing I would do at that moment was have sex!

Also, Natalie never dealt with what happened after she used a brick, and at another point in the story, a Gun. I felt this aspect of the story should have been addressed.

However, those were my only qualms. I-Team fans will love Zach and Natalie.

And to end on a positive note, the scenes at the end with Joaquins photographs and between Julian and Marc were some of the most touching I have ever read. Thank you for allowing us to be present for those moments

Naked Edge, by Pamela Clare


I-Team Novel #4

4.5/5  I-Team Novel #4
What a great and riveting book. It felt authentic, Pamela Clare really did her research on Navajo and Indian Culture (I think!) Kat was a strong, virtuous, fierce, survivalist heroine. Gabe is a Hardened, adrenaline junkie who doesn’t believe in love, just sex. I thought the book was well written, interesting, and gut wrenching especially towards the end. I cried. The plot wasn’t all that complicated, but the whole book was interesting. So that made up for the lack of twists and turns… sometimes I don’t want a bazillion twists 😛

The epilogue was great, and I just want to commend P.Clare on her continued writing of breastfeeding, home-births, midwives and natural childbirth. It is a pleasure to read

Unlawful Contact, by Pamela Clare


I-Team Novel #3

4 Stars!!I-Team Novel #3

This book was great. Pamela Clare is an extremely talented author. Her writing is concise, eloquent, and easy to read. Her characterization is fantastic. I found myself rooting for a convicted felon to actually not get caught when he escapes prison. I mean, not many authors could pull it off, but Clare does.
After the opening (which was so super sweet) to 12 years later and I found myself thinking “My god hunt, what the hell happened to you!” His is not a happy history. I felt for him despite being angry with him for his choices. I liked Sophie for the most part. There is some steamy sex in this book… I would have liked to see more happen to the Rawlings, I can only hope they got theirs…
You can tell the author was a journalist, and this is still a passion for her.

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