Review: Loving the Wounded Warrior by Adriana Anders

Reviewed by Sara

Adriana Anders has a way of using her novels to discuss very real societal issues, while also providing the escape many readers look for in a romance novel. Loving the Wounded Warrior is an example of this particular skill.

Kurt is a man left broken by his military service and the loss of a friend and fellow marine to suicide. He is pushing this same friend’s empty wheelchair up a mountain when he is nearly run off the road by O’Neal. O’Neal isn’t just the baby sister of Kurt’s best friend, a girl he crushed on, but she was also the intrepid high school reporter whose article on a concussion Kurt received due to football, led to the derailment of his college football career.

O’Neal has always been curious. Looking for the story in others’ experiences has helped her to avoid her own issues. She has trouble processing physical affection, is emotionally blunt, and has a career that she loves in theory, but is failing at in reality. Once she discovers the man with the wheelchair is Kurt, she’s even more curious than she normally is and she can’t let him or his story get away. [Read more…]

Review: Total Bravery by Piper J Drake

Reviewed by Sara

On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, Mali is studying the ugliness of human trafficking. While interviewing victims, she becomes the focus of a dangerous group determined to keep their criminal activities quietly expanding. When she calls her sister’s paramilitary group, Search and Rescue Corporation, for help she reaches newest employee Raul.

Raul and his trained German Shepherd, quickly and efficiently save Mali, but she is still in danger and Raul is the best able to keep her safe –or at least that’s what he’s telling himself. Keeping Mali safe from a increasingly dangerous threat is proving difficult, but keeping himself from falling in love with the beautiful, smart and courageous researcher is proving to be the hardest part of his new job. [Read more…]

Review: Torpedo by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a relatively short read. My first from Joanna Blake, it’s full of angst and young love. Not too young though – they’re in their early 20s but think and talk like they’re teenagers. Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Jackson is the high school football player that didn’t peak during that time. He actually went on to do something valuable and note worthy. He joined the Navy. While stationed on a ship, there was an explosion and Gabe was injured. Going home to recover, Gabe’s care-taker is none other than Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Peterson. Tabby’s the girl that Gabe had a crush on in high school. Once, he’d even tried getting it on with Tabby, but she was smart enough to say no. [Read more…]

Review: Second Chance Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by Liz Isaacson which is the nom de plume for Elana Johnson. I’m not sure if under the Isaacson name, Johnson will exclusive write inspirational/Christian/clean romances but this is that kind of story. I’ve read quite a few very good stories with those themes so I was very hopeful and really looking forward to this one.

The first book in her ‘Three Ranch Rivers’ series, the title Second Chance Ranch pretty much describes the underlying theme of this story. It’s the second chance at romance for both Squire Ackerman and Kelly Russell. [Read more…]

Review: Casualties of Love by Denise Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and I was a tad bit nervous before I read this – you just never know with new authors. It’s a theme that’s as old as time – friends then lovers with a little ‘I love you enough to save you from yourself’ thrown in for good measure.

Jessica and Tyson went to West Point together. Members in both of their families served and they both wanted to continue the tradition. During their time at USMA, they started as friends, good friends that had each other’s backs, and later moved on to something a bit more intimate.

Told primarily in flashback, there’s a simple goodness about Jessica and Tyson that I really enjoyed reading. The conflict is a bit underwhelming and stems around this secret that Jessica’s kept from Tyson but it gets the job done. [Read more…]

Review: The Luck of Love by Serena Akeroyd

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read this author before. Menage Material, the first book in her ‘La Belle sans la Bête’ series, is splendid. I’ve re-read it a few times it’s so good. A Menage Made on Madison, the first book in her ‘The Federation’ series was decent enough that I didn’t write off the series. I’ve had a few misses, but the hits have outnumbered them.

This is the 3rd, yes I’m keeping score, book I’ve read (not all by the same author) with the following content and no warning. If you’re going to put it in a story, I don’t care but warn me first, please. [Read more…]

Review: Her Survivor by Vonnie Davis

her-survivorReviewed by Shelly

I can’t remember the last time I read a satisfyingly good SEAL story, so when I saw the blurb on this story, I think a hooyah might have escaped my lips. This is my first Vonnie Davis story and I was really excited by a few things – 1) content 2) new author as I’m always looking for another good author to read 3) in your face alphaness (yeah, that’s a word). [Read more…]

Review: Perfect Chaos by Nashoda Rose

perfect-chaosReviewed by Joanna

Georgie was sixteen when Deck, her brother’s best friend and military team leader, paid an awful visit to tell her family their son, her beloved brother, was dead. Sweet Georgie went crazy, hurtling off the rails in her grief. In the following years, Deck kept close to her sassy new persona, pulling her out of trouble and saving her ass on multiple occasions. He made a promise to Conner to look after his baby sister, and especially to not let her date guys like them. Well, that dog just ain’t gonna hunt.

Georgie sasses Deck (she calls the big guy “Sweet Pea”) but deep down has always had a thing for him. But he’s as hard as steel, inside and out. He’s never going to yield to what she really wants, so she needs to cut him off. [Read more…]

Review: Ethan’s Promise: Men of Mercy by Lindsay Cross

ethans promiseReviewed by Joanna

Unloved loner military man falls for intelligence specialist on a protection mission? Yes, please. Ethan has to train Kate for field work including all sorts of physical combat. She wants to learn, but she can’t work out where all these feelings are coming from every time they get up close and personal. Sexy feelings. Mmm.

Ethan’s black ops and his team is about to deploy, but disaster strikes (from Ethan’s PoV) when he’s told he can’t go with his men. He needs to take some R&R and his boss won’t take no for an answer.

To relax, our hero takes a job with a private security firm, providing protection for a senator’s daughter on her wedding day. For story reasons, the security firm also hires a female bodyguard for the job. Enter Kate. Kate’s been shafted by her job with the CIA and aside from the fact she’s not a field operative, she’s perfect for the role. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

fly with meReviewed by Shelly and Joanna

Joanna: Jordan, a statuesque business woman on a hen do in Vegas meets Noah, a lonely fighter pilot. They grind and kiss on the dance floor, but she decides against a one night stand and leaves him in the bar and goes to bed alone. Poor Noah is left to listen to his buddy, appropriately call-signed Easy, hook up with two of the other bridesmaids all night long.

This book is dual perspective so we get to hear from Noah as well as Jordan. So anyway, the next day, wound-up Noah searches Jordan’s hotel to find her by the pool and they have foreplay during a get-to-know-you conversation in a cabana. As you do. Then that night they get to screw properly. And a lot. [Read more…]