Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Unexpected by Lilly Avalon


Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn't get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.

An unlikely bond with her former best friend's ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she's been missing—what she's been needing. Alina's never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what's on the other side?

Only one way to find out.



 



I'm just going to dive right into this review this time. The synopsis is pretty on track, no reason for me to put it into my own words. Plus, I just have too much to say about this one. Too. Much. But before I let loose on all of that, there is one thing that you should know. This book isn't ... bad. I gave it three stars, so there must have been something that I liked about it, right? Well, there are. Just not enough for this to be one of those "holy crap, you have to read this or you are dead to me" books that I enjoy so much. 

I liked how the story was written, with the switching POV's. Not every author can pull that off and it was almost seamless with Lilly Avalon writing it. I also enjoyed the twist on cheating. Cheating at the beginning of a romance novel is not a new thing but Avalon took an interesting path to get to that point and an interesting way of wrapping the story up in it. Basically, the bones of this story are great.

Unfortunately, that's it on the high points for me. For this, you'll need to buckle up and bring a snack, because I have a lot of things I want to go over. Well, the first thing that I noticed is that the main character, Alina, is supremely immature. This girl is 22 and the way she handles things, talks, even sex ... seems immature. Somehow, this chick made talking dirty seem immature. I don't know what her deal is. Her character comes off as being a bit scattered during the first part of the story due to all of the bad things that just keep happening to her but even through that, I found her to be a bit ignorant, not genuine and once again, immature. To be honest, both of the main characters were super shallow and I don't mean conceited ... I mean their character had no depth. There was no grit to either of them, even with all of the things going on in their lives. I didn't relate to Alina at all ... not even as a woman. No connection whatsoever. 

Since I brought up characters, we need to chat a bit about our twenty-something Ryan. I'll just list off his attributes for you:
1. Sexy
2. Sweet
3. Protective
4. The perfect gentleman
5. All muscle-y and hunkalicious
  6. Good with children
7. Perfect with a girl's parents
8. Knows how to cook
9. Knows his way around a woman's body
10. Ready to settle down and have children
11. Good manners
12. Doesn't mind cleaning

Here's the deal. This Ryan character is human unicorn ... you hear all of these stories about guys like this but no one has ever lived to see one. I mean, I like reading about dudes like this ... the ones that can do no wrong but come on! Let's be realistic, he's got to have at least one flaw to make him seem real and this dude did not have one. 

About a quarter of the way through the book, I kinda realized why I was so disengaged from this story. It's because the book feels like it's talking AT you rather than enveloping you and drawing you into the pages. It was monotone. There were no ebbs and flows to emotions or things happening in the book ... I mean bad stuff happened in the book to where you should be thinking "DAMN!" but instead, it went right over my head as I tried to search for another connection. It felt one-dimensional. I would have enjoyed more of a struggle, any kind of struggle. One of them could have screwed up dinner at least. Something. While the bones of the book are great, things seemed to work themselves out entirely too quickly. Any time one of the characters needed or wanted something, it miraculously happened. But that goes back to needing a true struggle and some grittiness within these pages.

The last thing is the ending. Ugh. You know how sometimes when you are blowing up a balloon and you're almost done but somehow that slippery bastard slips out of your fingers and does that screaming fart across the room? The ending was like that. It was building up to something great and then BAM! it's over. It was a bit disappointing to have it end just like that but it is what it is. 

I don't know for sure what to think about this book, now that I've written all of this. I just feel a big meh about the whole thing. Which is unfortunate but that's how it is sometimes. And it's worth saying that I'm definitely in the minority on my views for this one. Unexpected has received pretty high ratings on Goodreads, so it is worth you looking in to, at the very least. Well, on to the next book.

* I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review *



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Friction by Sandra Brown


A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?



 



I literally just had to pry this one out of my hands so that I could write this review. I won't waste time making up my own little summary for it, I just want to dive right in to my review while the story is still so fresh on my mind. Before I say anything, if you know me, then you know that I'm a big fan of Sandra Brown. I have been for quite a while and for a number of reasons but the most important reason is that this talented lady has written a crap-ton of books and not one of them read the same ... they are all unique and somehow she is always able to surprise me in the end. Each time I read a new one from her, I always think that it is THE best book she's ever written and that no other would ever be able to top it. Well, that's what I think until I get my hands on the newest one. And then THAT one becomes the best book she's ever written. It seems to be a vicious cycle. Anyway, what I was trying to get at is that this one (Friction) is the best one that she's ever written. In the history of ever. 

Let's see ... I know I need to discuss character development and all of that but it's Sandra Brown. Of course it is going to be amazing but I'll go over them a bit anyhow. Mostly because I want to talk about Mr. Sexy Texas Ranger Man. That's what I call him at least. But first, the heroine of the story needs to have a moment ... Holly is ... pure. That's really the first word that comes to mind. This lady was an amazing lawyer and now she has temporarily taken up a judgeship with an election coming up for a permanent seat on the bench. Holly is honest to a fault even when she doesn't want to be, she is clearheaded, she isn't one to be bullied and she is as sweet as could be. She's basically one of those "perfect" characters that I HATE reading about. No one likes perfect. It's a fact. But Sandra Brown took that perfect lady that comes in a perfect package and made her seem personable and someone that you wanted to be around. And it takes a lot for me to feel like that for a character because I like the screwed up ones so much. 

Enough about Holly, let's move on to the shit-kicker (or cowboy boots for all of you city folks out there) wearing hottie. Dear, sweet, baby Jesus. Crawford. Oh, Crawford. This guy won't take shit from anyone. He commands authority in such a way that even I was ready to go out there and check out those phone records he wanted. He acts like a mean badass but in reality, he's a softie. He loves his little girl with abandon and anyone close to him has no reason to fear for anything because he protects his own. And that was sexy as hell. I could really go on and on about him but it's already starting to get awkward. 

I liked all of the other characters as well and not because they were good guys but because they were just written so realistically. You can't always pick out the good guys with Brown and if she can pull the wool over my eyes with multiple characters in one book, well, then she's a genius. 

The plot ... so many things to talk about but I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say this, true to Sandra Brown form, it is a fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat wishing for more. I was so excited to read this one that I just flew through it and now I'm having reader's remorse. I wish I had slowed down and relished it a little more than I did. Oh, well. Can't get that back but I will tell you this, I'll be reading Friction again and it will be soon. I miss my hunky Texas Ranger. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane #8) by Elizabeth Hoyt


HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.



 



Lady Phoebe Batten has been living under a rock and not by choice. Her brother, the Duke of Wakefield, has kept her close to home because she's his little sister and because she is blind. He wants to protect her and keeping her close (and under guard) is the only way he can think to accomplish that task. Phoebe sees things a bit differently. She resents her guards, she resents not being able to do things on her own and she doesn't understand why her brother is so very protective of her. But thank goodness her brother IS that protective because Phoebe's guard, Trevillion, saves her life and then Phoebe finds herself not resenting the protection quite as much ... as long as it is only Trevillion is the only one guarding her.

I've long been a lover of these bodice rippers. I can't seem to get enough of them. I've read one other book by Elizabeth Hoyt and so I knew what to expect ... well written characters, a thought out and full plot and a story that I would be drawn to. That's exactly what I got and I wasn't disappointed in the least with this one. The characters were sweet ... you can't help but love Phoebe and the strange thing is ... I felt absolutely no sadness at her blindness. You know how you may not feel bad for someone but you are empathetic to their situation? I didn't even have that ... Phoebe is a strong character and it would be a disservice to feel sorry for or empathetic towards her in any capacity. The character herself will just not put up with that. She was written as a strong leading lady and that is exactly how she came across. I really enjoyed getting to know her within these pages. I also loved Trevillion ... he may not be my absolute favorite hero but I liked him. I thought that he balanced Phoebe out and it made for a sweet story without any hitches. 

The storyline was interesting and pretty quickly paced. Historical Romance novels are usually just a tad ... descriptive and sometimes very long winded. I caught a whiff of that in the middle of this one ... the descriptions became just a little too long, so since I'm incredibly impatient, I skipped ahead a bit. But it was just a paragraph or two and funnily enough, I found myself going back and reading those paragraphs anyway. 

All in all, a pretty awesome book in a good series. I like how Hoyt brings past heroes and heroines back into each subsequent novel just to let us know that she hasn't forgotten about them. I really appreciate it when an author does that in a series. Anyway, I'll definitely check out other books by Hoyt in the future because she never disappoints. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Review: At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey


Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.







Mia believes that being a virgin is simply an inconvenience. She doesn't agree with the connotation of being a virgin and she will be more than happy when that part of "growing up" is done and she can focus on more important things in her life. So she decides to auction her virginity off to the highest bidder. Her bestie helps with drawing up a contract that includes several stipulations, the very most important being this is a one night situation ... nothing permanent will come from it and she will not have contact with the highest bidder after the act is over. Little does Mia know that this one little auction could change everything that she thought she knew and everything she thought she was. 

The idea behind this book was quite intriguing ... auctioning off your virginity? Pretty interesting. You know, this is the first book I've read by Brenna Aubrey and it most definitely will not be the last. I really enjoyed just about everything about this book except one thing, but I'll go over all of that later. 

The characters were some of my favorites that I've read this year. I felt an instant connection with Mia and her best friend Heath. I could understand where she was coming from due to her background and I found myself being super empathetic to her situation. Actually, I think that I enjoyed Heath's character about as much as I enjoyed Mia's. I'm really hoping that there is maybe more about Heath in the following novels ... it would be disappointing if there weren't because I would love to read more about this interesting fellow. Now on to the hero of the story ... Adam Drake. Dear, sweet, Adam Drake. Without giving away any spoilers ... the first scene with him in it is PERFECT. I just died and I knew that he's one of my favorite leading males of all bookish times. I just really liked everything about him and I hate to say anything more because you just need to experience this interesting man for yourself but I'll just say this ... you won't be disappointed and you better have room on your book boyfriend list for this dude because he will most definitely be on it. 

The storyline was fast paced (thank you, very much!) and it kept my attention quite well. Actually, I just chewed this book up like some ADHD riddled weed-eater. I was completely useless at home ... dishes didn't get done, laundry was piled up ... I was a total waste of space for about a day. But it was completely worth it!! I'll read this one again and probably soon.

OMG!! I totally forgot to talk about the one thing that I didn't like!! It's that this book isn't over ... there is more to the story and it's in the next book! Ugh. So incredibly frustrating!! There being a second book isn't really a bad thing ... it's just plain mean to break up a story (hint, hint all you authors out there!).



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions #2) by Chanel Cleeton


The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancĂ© cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?



 



I'm not going to do the little blurb thing at the beginning of my review this time and that's mostly because it says it perfectly in the summary provided for the book. And partially because I know that I would ruin some surprises that happen. And these surprises are awesome. Well, maybe not awesome for the characters but it's pretty awesome for the reader. 

I'm gonna be really honest right now. The author did contact me about doing a review for this one and I was a bit so-so about it because I have this unwritten rule about never starting a series in the middle. I can't do it. I want to read all of the books so that I don't miss anything. Anyway, so when Cleeton asked me to read this, I was on the fence. I didn't immediately respond to her because I just wasn't sure. But the blurb kept calling out to me. And I knew at that point that I had to pick this one up. 

Man, I've never been so glad that I broke my own rule. The book throws you into the life of the main character, Blair. This poor girl is suffering through law school and one of her teachers is an ass. A cute one. From the very first page, you could almost feel the sparks coming off of these two characters. The pull between them was so incredibly realistic that it leaves you wanting more, even when you're in the middle of an interaction with them. I loved how both Blair and Gray were written. You know, this teacher/student love affair thing isn't a new subject, by far. But this author brought something else to the table with this plot and I can't put my finger on what exactly it is ... maybe it was how Blair and Gray behaved around each other, maybe it was how realistic it felt or maybe it was because these two characters became something I held close to my heart. As cheesy as it sounds, Blair and Gray were endearing. You couldn't help but love them for their own little quirks and issues. Basically, I love them. In case you didn't know. I'm going to move on now because this is on the verge of being awkward.

The storyline ... I think I already covered that ... it wasn't the same old teacher/student, naughty, taboo book. No cliche's or tired story lines for Playing with Trouble. It was just great. I'll definitely be putting this author on my list of favs and I guess I'll have to start stalking her book release dates like a weirdo. You need to pick this one up. Shoo, shoo ... go do it now. You can thank me when you're done reading it. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Month9Books Fall Books Preview & Giveaway

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are sharing the
Month9Books Fall Books Preview!
Check out these amazing titles coming from Month9Books this Fall!.
They look amazing!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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 SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels
“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series
“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites
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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
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"Jenkins brings edge-of-your-seat adventure to this intriguing new world. I can’t wait to read more!”~ New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George

"Wow....WOW, WOW, WOW! I have no words to describe how much I love this book. Jenkins writes characters who are just so easy to love, and when you love a character it makes the book so much better. And I loved all the characters. Zo, Tess, Joshua and Gryphon. Gryphon is definitely my favorite - but who wouldn't love Gryphon? Of course I do have a soft spot for our heroine, Zo." ~Bri, Blogger @ Once Upon A Twilight

"Nameless destroyed me in the best way possible. The romance was subtle, but written beautifully. The plot was very intriguing and the pacing was spot on. I loved the entire cast of characters, every single one of them added to the story. Trust me when I say you should preorder it, add it to your TBR, request it from your library, do whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands because if you are a YA fantasy fan like me you need this book in your life!" ~Bridget, Blogger @ Dark Faerie Tales

"NAMELESS is epic storytelling at its best. My mind is still reeling from the world that I have just been immersed in and I don't want to leave it. Can I please have the sequel NOW? Because I need to know what happens next but in the meantime I'm just going to re-read it again and again. Is it that good, you may ask? Hell yes!!! And you will think so too. Trust me." Nancy, Blogger @ Tales of A Ravenous Reader

"To say that I love this book is an understatement. It completely blew me away! I am so happy that I took a chance on it. NAMELESS is one book that you can re-read over and over again and it will still feel fresh! I cannot wait for the world to read it and fall under the NAMELESS spell. Because that’s what I feel like I am under, a spell that has me trapped in Zo's world and won’t let me out! I don’t want out!"~Damaris, Blogger @ Good Choice Reading

Jennifer Jenkins
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com

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 “Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur.
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Lovers of mythology will enjoy this coming-of-age adventure and be surprised by the believable, "true story" of the Minotaur.”~ School Library Journal
 
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Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.
He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.
Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.
His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.

He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.

When not writing, he works as a school teacher.
Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: Power Play (Risky Business #1) by Tiffany Snow


Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .









Sage works her ass off for her boss, Parker. But she wouldn't have it any other way. Some people see her as a lowly secretary but that isn't the case. She's the executive administrative assistant to one of the most powerful men she's ever met. And it doesn't hurt that he's not hard on the eyes. Every day is almost the same until a take-no-shit, hot ass detective walks through the door and straight into Parker's office and then all bets are off. 

I am always looking for new romantic suspense writers to obsess over and I think that I've found one. I absolutely blew through this book. I just couldn't put it down. I don't think I could point out even one thing that I didn't like about Power Play, actually.

All of the characters are realistic and easy to love/hate. I really didn't have any "meh" feelings about any of the characters ... it was either I couldn't get enough of them or they were horrible and I hated them. And as much as I can't stand love triangles ... I ADORED reading about this one. Man, the back and forth between Parker, Ryker and Sage was just awesome and the sexual tension between all three was damn near palpable. Shit. I don't see how the author could drag that out from the beginning to the end of the book and make it still feel authentic, but she did. 

The storyline itself moved very quickly (which I loved). Sometimes, I can see why the author is trying to write circles around descriptions or dialogue but that can get old very quickly. It's appreciated when the author can just cut to the chase and write so that the story flows smoothly but doesn't get hung up things happening in the story. 

The only thing that I didn't care for was that damn ending. Was there anything technically WRONG with the ending? Well, no. The problem is that it ended and the next book isn't out yet and so I have to sit and (not so) patiently wait. Which I'm not very good at. I'll be chomping at the bit to get my hands on Risky Business #2 and I'm hoping that it's soon because I love me some Parker and Ryker.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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