Unguarded by Tracy Wolff

Unguarded was actually a surprise to read. Tracy Wolff’s summary on the back cover was very general but as you start to read there is something not right with the main character and then you find out…

Rhiannon Jenkins plans events and is getting better as she is in the job but now there is a problem. A man who is ten years younger is needing her help for a party but he is stiring something inside of her.

Shawn Emerson is known for his graphic novels and has made his fortune that way. He dates but stays uncomplicated until he gets a look at his events planner. He wants her so he flirts but there is not a lot of emotion he is getting from her and he wants to know why.

Tracy Wolff is creative in the sense she does not out right tell you what is wrong with Rhiannon but lets it slowly unfold. This story is really about a woman’s emotional battle to let a man back into her life after three years of not being intimate with a man because of her rape.

The story hits to the heart and you feel invested in the character and caught off guard how the story will impact you as it is read.

His Secret Agenda by Beth Andrews

“Dean Garret is about to break the number one rule of undercover work. And it’s all because this new “boss” is as pretty as a professional cheerleader and has a do-gooder’s heart. Who can resist that combination? Still, Dean suspects Allison Martin is hiding something behind her dazzling smile. That something being the runaway mother and son he’s been hired to find.

To get the job done, he needs to gain Allie’s trust. Only, the lawyer-turned-bar-owner isn’t cooperating. But she can’t remain immune to his good ol’ boy charm and sexy drawl forever. Because Dean never fails. And he’ll do anything to solve a case. Even it means he has to break all the rules.”

This book pulled at your heart strings as you learn about what each character has gone through. Dean and Allie are both rememorable and dynamic characters that you want to see good things happen to. It kills you when you read that Dean gets close to Allie and still ends up betraying her but there is always a bright light when love is involved.

His Secret Agenda was a very fast read with a charming plot and dynamic characters. Beth Andrews brings a group of lively characters to the pages in this enjoyable book.

Tempting with “Riley” by Lori Foster

Lori Foster brings another Tempting man in the series of Men to the Rescue in “Riley”. The strong, determined ex-swat is on a mission to protect Regina “Red” Foxworth by showing a few moves on and off the mat.

“Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her.  Or why the police woun’t take her concerns seriously.  So Regina gets a guard dog-make that a four-pound guard Chihuahua!-and signs up for self-defense classes.  But defending herself is not on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat.

With Regina vulnerable beneath him on his gym floor, Riley breaks out in a possessive sweat.  He wants her, but first he has to protect her.  She needs him more than her don’t-muss-my-hair style of defense and that ridiculous so called dog.  Riley is ex-Swat and his new life as an evidence tech hasn’t softened his lethal training one bit.  But Regina isn’t quite the princess she seems, and she’s about to catch him off guard!”

Regina is a kind person and great reporter but she is starting get scared for her life.  Getting a guard dog was the first step of the solution.  The second was training with Riley for self-defense.  Of course her attraction was getting in the way.

Riley loved the chance to be with Regina and now with the threats he wasn’t letting her leave his sight.  Training her wasn’t enough so he decided to have her move in with him, to protect her.  And Riley is only to happy to spend some time with her.  As the two of them started living together the passion was flaring and the threat was trying to be discovered but there were still things unanswered.  The idea of love between the two and a framed photograph in Regina’s draw of the senator.

This book was another great book of Men to the Rescue.  I loved the characters of Regina and Riley, nice to see them back in their own book.  Regina and Riley were adorable together but Butch, Regina’s four pound chihuahua guard dog, was a new fantastic part of the book.  Getting the description and the behavior of the dog I visualized him perfectly.  Butch was fun to read about and a good factor to bring Riley and Regina together.

Dark Dream by Daphne Clair

“The engagement shocked them all.  Meredith had been Michael’s girlfriend for years, and althought he hadn’t formally proposed, she’d always understood they would marry.  She was stunned speechless, then, to meet his fiancee!  Simon, who’d known Meredith all her life was quick to intervene.  “Congratulations!” he ventured heartily.  “Not ten minutes ago Meredith consented to be my wife, too.”

It was a believable enough lie.  Everyone had hoped that Simon would marry again to make a proper home for his son-and Merry had a crush on him once.  But that was not basis for marriage!”

This book by Daphne Clair was a quick, entertaining, and engrossing tale of two people that came together in a lie but that would not be the thing that held them together.  I really liked Meredith’s character.  She was young, full of life and found soon after that she was falling for Simon.  All her feelings for Michael had disappeared.  She loved being a family with Simon and his son, Ben but she wanted one of her own.  Simon was against it and said later on when everyone had time to adjust.  Meredith did do as he said and took her pills but one night she forgot and that was all it took.

Happy with her newly state of pregnancy she was afraid of what Simon would say, thought maybe he would be happy.  As she told him the news he became furious and their relationship took a turn.  They were no longer connecting as they had.  Meredith didn’t know what was going on, she of course didn’t know what secret Simon was harboring which was causing this rift.

As a traditional romance novel things worked out.