Along Came a Rogue

Along Came a RogueMajor Nathaniel Grey is a man that does what he wants and when he wants, but when his best friend is injured he will drop everything and come to his side. Grey will be tasked to bring home Thomas’s sister, Emily, and Grey will stop at nothing until he accomplishes that task. Grey will be shocked by Emily as she was not the girl he had remembered.

Emily remembered a time when she was young and foolish, and helplessly in love with her brother’s best friend. With marriage Emily changed and had become harder especially with the accidents that kept happening around her. Emily will want to get away but Grey will make it difficult for her to leave his side.

Along Came a Rogue is the second book to the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really liked this book.

Nathaniel is a womanizer but he was one you still liked because he drops everything to help a friend. I wanted Nathaniel to find that happiness and to trust another. I liked that he did drop down his guard to truly start to care. I liked how Nathaniel is persistent and does not give up. Emily’s character was a young woman who was in trouble but she was doing the best that she could in her situation. I liked that she was a fighter but that made her heart harden. Letting others in was harder for her. She will have a chance with Nathaniel but she has to let herself love again and to trust.

The person behind the accidents is pretty easy to guess but there will be a surprise regarding the person who is helping the villain.

I am reading the third book next.

Fighting Dirty

Fighting DirtyArmie Jacobson has wanted his best friends sister for many years but he has kept away. He didn’t think that he was good enough, then he will find himself playing protector to Merissa and things will start to change. He will find out that the woman he has wanted for years, wanted him as well. But there will be a problem and Armie will have to protect Merissa from being hurt when his past comes out.

Merissa “Rissy” Colter has loved Armie for years but she was always seen as a little sister. Then something changes. They will kiss and Merissa will become aware that Armie wants her, but he is still distant. Merissa will not let Armie go which means she has to pursue. Though Merissa will have a problem when accidents are happening around her and Armie’s past comes back.

Fighting Dirty is the fourth book to the series Ultimate by Lori Foster. I loved this book. So far, I’ve loved this series. Though as always I am a Lori Foster fan and I really loved that she went back to the stories with fighters, like the ones in SBC Fighters series. In this one she even brings back several of the main characters from the SBC Fighters series and Jude from the book Jude’s Law.

Alright, so Armie’s character is fantastic. He was not your typical hero. He was loud and known for his sexual exploits. But then he worked for kids and was sympathetic towards them. He was someone you could count on. Merissa was a woman who did the right thing and was just living her life. I liked Merissa but I wanted her to either take the chance and get closer to Armie or step away. Well she does take that step with Armie which I loved. Together they were perfect for each other because they completed each other. Armie was not that outrageous and Merissa was not that shy.

The problems that occurred were due to Armie’s past and Merissa’s. Armie’s past I had wondered about since the beginning of the series. I had a couple guesses and one of them turned out right. I liked that Foster will resolve the issue which helps Armie move on. Merissa’s problems weren’t from that long ago in the past, more towards the present. I thought that the problems they faced were well developed and it made me want to know more.

Lori Foster is continuing with the series but the next book comes out in January of 2017. So I have a bit of a wait but I have no doubt I will enjoy it.

Hard Ever After

Hard Ever AfterBecca was ready to get back to work but she was scared, especially because the hospital was where she was attacked. But she wanted to get on with her life and be happy with Nick. Though that happiness will be threatened when she starts to see the man that had hurt her.

Hard Ever After is the final book to the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye, though there are some spin off books which I can’t wait to read when they are available to check out. I absolutely loved this book. It was really fun going back to Becca and Nick who started the series and that they were going to get their happy ending with everything that had happened. Though the danger wasn’t over quite yet.

I loved how Laura Kaye wrote Becca. She had been a strong woman but when everything calms down its like Becca finally feels the impact of all that had happened. She becomes weaker, sad, and shaken by what had happened. She felt real. Though the fighter in Becca is still there and that will be shown at a critical moment, I was cheering for Becca when that happened. So Nick’s character is reliable and strong but he is also scared. He doesn’t want anything to happen to Becca especially now when they are so close to be truly happy.

Alright, so Laura Kaye wraps up the story in a nice little bow which is sappy and a little too perfect, and I loved it anyways. I loved that all these characters had that happy ending.

So the Raven Riders series who were mentioned in this series will have their own now and the first book just came out in April. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading this series. Then there is a continuation of one of the characters from Hard Ink, which is Detective Kyle Vance who helped the men. Well he will have his own story coming out this month. So I wouldn’t have to wait too long.

The Suffragette Scandal

The Suffragette ScanalMiss Frederica “Free” Marshall was a woman who had started her own paper that was written by women and for women. She will quickly find that she had made an enemy and one man will be there to help her.

Edward Clark wanted revenge against his brother for what James was going to do to Stephan. He will find himself helping out Stephan’s employer who was another target of James.

The Suffragette Scandal is the fourth book from the series Brother Sinister by Courtney Milan. I really loved this book.

Free’s character was really fantastic. She had been mentioned early on and had a small part here and there through the series but it was now her turn. She was a woman who wanted to change the world. She was making sure that women had a voice through her paper. She was fearless with all that she did but she wasn’t completely fearless as the things that she had done gave her nightmares at times. Then there is Edward’s character that is out for revenge against his brother who had abandoned him at war. Edward also wanted to set things right for the men who were his true family. Now even though Edward’s character was pretty cruel at times with his blackmail schemes he will show that he is someone who wants more when it comes to Free.

Free and Edward would not have worked if he had been a nobleman but he had renounced that title, at least for now. She falls for the man that Edward had become. Now they have that insistent mistrust when dealing with each other but that will change when feelings start to get involved.

The villain in this piece was certainly James, Edward’s brother. He was not the most evil villain but he was definitely a bad guy especially with what he will attempt to do to Free and what he did to his own brother.

I will be reading the Stephan’s story next.

Into the Fire

into the fireJamie Kincaid’s cousin had died three months ago and she wanted answers. She will find Nate’s best friend, Dillon Gaynor, and demand answers. But Jamie will find that answer will not come easy as Dillon is not cooperating, she will also find strange things happening around them.

Into the Fire is a novel by Anne Stuart. This was a book that you will remember. It was dark and there were cruel characters, and situations where bad things happened to these characters. The situations that were written about were actually messed up. I liked the book overall just not every situation the characters were in.

Anne Stuart writes about dark and tough situations that the characters have to endure. There are sometimes no heroes in the book, the hero could be classified as a villain. Dillon would definitely be considered a villain, even though yes he is the hero of the story. He was not a nice guy, he was tough and cruel and actually treated Jamie like crap most of the time. It pissed me off because I liked Dillon for the hope of him being a better guy. There were parts of the story that you saw Dillon as a better man but he never took that extra step to really get rid of his cruelty towards others. Jamie was someone I wanted to cheer for but she was still a little naive as she still wanted Dillon. She was like an addict and Dillon was the drug. Again there were parts that when they were together it seemed right, it was just not a sweet romance.

I think those who have read Anne Stuart would like this book because they know her style of writing. Just be warned this is not a cute romance story.

Whitelaw’s Wedding

Whitelaw's WeddingManda Munroe was privileged and had been a spoiled young woman but she had changed when the man she loved was killed in a car accident. Tragedy will follow her until her brother hires a bodyguard who will marry Manda to draw out the stalker.

Hunter Whitelaw had been friends with the Munroe’s for years. He will receive a call from his friend Perry who was asking for help. Hunter will readily agree to act as bodyguard and husband to Manda so he can stop her stalker.

Whitelaw’s Wedding is the fourteenth book from the series Protectors by Beverly Barton. I was surprised by this book. There was more to this book than it appeared to be. First thoughts were that it was going to be a romance between a spoiled girl and seriously gorgeous man. Well Hunter is described as big and gorgeous but he was also filled with mistrust. Not so much that he would not be able to be with another woman but I would say that his ego was bruised. Now Manda had grown up from her spoiled ways. She had learn hardship and heartbreak and there was a fear that followed her.

Thoughts on who the person could be were several people. I was actually nearing down the suspect and thought that I had guessed right but I was wrong. I should’ve realized that my guess was too obvious. You had to look a little more closer to discover the person that did not want Manda to have any happiness.

I would be definitely up to reading more from Beverly Barton, either from this series or her other novels.

Seduction Becomes Her

Seduction Becomes HerDaphne Beaumont was struggling to keep her family together when a sizable inheritance comes to her brother. Their future seemed to be looking up. Daphne will have a problem when she gets stuck in a cave and a man will come to her rescue and will have to marry as they were stuck together for two nights. At first she is outraged but will find that Charles Weston was an intriguing man.

Charles Weston had come to Cornwall to track down a murderer. He will be sidetracked when he will find himself being married after two nights stuck in a cave with her. He is not heartbroken about the decision and will be intrigued by his new wife and will make it his mission to show her that they could make it work.

Seduction Becomes Her is the second book to the series Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee. I had read the first book to the series a while back and thoroughly enjoyed the story. The second book was also very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series which I have already checked out of my library.

Daphne was a strong woman with a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She will get help from Charles who will end up marrying her but I like that she keeps him at a distance for a little. Of course you are happy for their chemistry which is explosive when they take that second step. From the first book Charles seemed like an enemy but turned out like to be a good man. You continue to see him as a good man in the second book. He is charming and very good in his seductive ways but an all around good man. Though he was a man who was tormented with what he had done and what he needed to do about his brother Raoul who was still out there.

Busbee is continuing the theme of supernatural. Like the first book Nell had vivid nightmares of people being murdered over the years since her accident. Daphne will not have dreams but will see ghost who will be helpful in surviving a dangerous threat that will be after her. I liked how the ghost interacted throughout the book and that Busbee gave the setting of the old house with secret passages which helped create the scene.

The villain is obviously Raoul who had survived and continued to murder. He is a vile men who will keep going if he was not stopped. There will not be a happy ending for Raoul as it should be with villains.

I am continuing the series with the third book.

Confessions at Midnight

Confessions at MidnightCarolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, was never going to love or marry again, but thanks to a book she was ready for passion. The man who would show her that passion was none other than Lord Surbrooke.

Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke, had wanted Carolyn for too long and will see his chance to get her in his bed. Daniel will have to work hard to seduce the woman as she does not fall at his feet like so many others. As Daniel sets out to seduce he will also play white knight as someone is after Carolyn.

Confessions at Midnight is the second book to Mayhem in Mayfair series by Jacquie D’Alessandro. I was excited to read Carolyn’s story after reading the first book. I wanted to know more about her and hope that she opened up and found some love. I really liked this book. D’Alessandro writes her character to be entertaining and I really like this group of friends. They are all a little different whether it is social class or in appearance but they are the best of friends.

Carolyn was getting back into the world but she was scared and didn’t want to dishonor her beloved late husband. I liked that she found that great love but I loved it when she became stronger and started to live again. Daniel is a womanizer but he is a considerate one. He does not harm anyone and is considered a very good seducer yet when it comes to Carolyn, which is kind of funny. He does make it his job to get Carolyn and he wouldn’t have to wait too long.

The passion that was between Carolyn and Daniel was explosive and it kept going which will lead to love. It was clear that Daniel loved her, he just didn’t want to admit it. Carolyn took a little more time to get it in her head.

The accidents that happened were looking to be aimed at Carolyn. The murders that happened were making Daniel look very suspicious. The villain is trying hard to ruin some lives but with Daniel and Carolyn they are hard to bring down.

I am rereading the third book, Seduced at Midnight, but then I will be going to the fourth and final book, Tempted at Midnight.

All The Queen’s Men

All the Queen's MenCIA Black Ops John Medina is a legend among those in the field and has a new mission he must complete. To get close to his target he has to enlist the help of Niema Burdock who he worked beside five years ago. Not leaving on the best terms John will have to work hard to get her to agree to the mission.

Niema Burdock had stopped living her life once her husband was killed on a mission. She has recovered but was not prepared to have John Medina back in her life. She will be tempted and agreed to come back to the life, but she will be tempted in a new way when working close to John.

All the Queen’s Men is the second book to Linda Howard’s series CIA’s Spies. Linda Howard is a storyteller and a very good one at that. I was captivated with the story. I was quickly brought into this book with the tragic beginning which gave a quick insight to the two main characters and after that I only wanted more.

Reading the first book I knew that I would want to read the second for the sole reason of John Medina. I wanted to know more about this man who was an enigma. He was a hard man and one who has been trained to survive on these missions that are almost impossible. In the beginning of the book I found John a hard man but one of compassion. As the book continues he is still that hard man but he has some humor and a lot of sex appeal when he is squaring off with Niema. Now Niema’s character was one I instantly gravitated towards. She was a strong woman but very weak in parts of the field that she needed to survive. She grows stronger when facing this new mission which also gave back her life in a way. She has been like a ghost just walking the earth since her husband was killed, now she has a chance to live once again.

The bad guy is stated in the book but I didn’t necessarily hate him even though he was an arms dealer. I kind of liked him especially when Howard shows his soft side which is also his liability.

To finish off the series I picked up the third and final book, Kiss Me While I Sleep which I will be reading next.

Born Wild

Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5)Eve Edens knew that her accidents weren’t just accidents but no one believed her at the police station. She will go to the one group that she knew could help her even though seeing Billy always breaks her heart. She still loves him even with twelve years between the last time they had been together.

Billy “Wild Bill” Reichert could not help be angry with the woman who had broken his heart but to see her in danger he could not just stand by. He will help her find out who is the person harassing Eve and get closer to her than he had in twelve years which will make him realize how much he still wants her.

Born Wild is the fifth book to the Black Knights Inc series by Julie Ann Walker. I was waiting for their story because I knew it was coming and although this story was predictable with certain parts of the, especially with how Eve and Billy were separated, I enjoyed the book.

Eve has been a character in the series but mostly on the side as Becky’s friend and something else when it came to Billy. I liked that Eve had progressed throughout the series and she became stronger and could stand up to those who were manipulating her. Billy was a wild card but a good guy and one who could hold a grudge. I liked that he was someone you could count on and was good at his job. Now in the midst of it all there is that sexual tension which had been there all along will explode as danger comes closer. There will be fireworks when Eve and Billy finally get to be together again after twelve years.

As I said above it was predictable with who was doing the manipulation to keep Eve and Billy apart but I was surprised with who the person was behind the attack on Eve. Walker does a good job at keeping us focused on the most likely suspect while the actual one was able to be undetected until the very end.

Well as I have now gone through five books from Julie Ann Walker I am going to take a break from the author let the books build up.