Last Hope

Last HopeRafe was born poor and he raised himself up from the gutter. He had become a mercenary and with his latest job he was looking for something that a woman had clutched in her purse. Rafe will be torn. He will want what Ava is carrying but he will want her and want to save her.

Ava’s best friend is being held hostage and to make sure she survives Ava has to play the part of mule to these criminals. She will be in way over her head but she had no choice. But things just might get easier when she meets Rafe who will offer help.

Last Hope is the fifth book to the series Hitman by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick. I liked this book but at times I have it say it was a little over the top with one or two scenarios. Although that didn’t stop me from finishing the book.

So the character of Ava was someone who would do anything for a friend, which I liked. Though because of that loyalty it gets Ava into trouble. When Ava was first introduced she was timid and scared but you could tell she was tough. She shows ability to adapt when she teams up with Rafe. Now the character of Rafe. I liked Rafe’s character. He was a good man and a tough man. He was someone you wanted on your side. I liked that Rafe didn’t just drop everything for Ava. He had to keep going with his mission but he adjust what needed to be done.

Throughout the book you knew that there had to be a budding romance, and there certainly was one between Rafe and Ava. I don’t mind these scenes but sometimes you want a little more plot so you really get to know the characters. Though that is the theme with this series and Clare does a good job.

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The Perils of Pleasure

Since reading the second book of the Pennyroyal Green series I was able to locate the first book of the series, The Perils of Pleasure.

Colin Eversea is ready to be hanged for a crime he did not commit. For Colin it is almost as bad watching the woman he love be married to his brother. But thanks to a note Colin will be saved from the hangman only to be taken capture and ransomed.

Madeleine Greenway was ready to ransom her hostage but everything goes wrong when a gun is turned on her and her hostage saves her life. Madeleine and Colin will work together to find out who wants her dead and to right the wrong for Colin.

Going after Julie Anne Long’s first book of the series the pieces that were missing from the second book clicked into place. At first I wasn’t brought into the book right away then Colin got the message to stumble and with the action that follows I was hooked.

Long brings these characters to life with her details and the feelings these characters portray which is essential to the story. Reading the book I was on Madeleine’s side and did not want Louisa to keep Colin’s heart. Long brings it a close thing until the very end of the book. To me Long is almost more of an adventure story than romance but once she puts those scenes in there is no doubt.

Pennyroyal Green series will be one to look out for.

Fire and Ice

Reading now my third novel from Anne Stuart I have come to realize that she writes romances but they have a tendency to be dark, as a thriller and mystery should be. Now I don’t know if this follows all her books but it seems certain this is the case in the series Ice and others like the House of Rohan.

Jilly Lovitz is a typical California girl except she is a genius, done with high school and college by eighteen. Jilly has a weakness though and he has bright red hair, tattoos and dangerous if crossed. Reno was her crush as an adolescent but nothing has changed. Now with danger breaking down the door he will be the only one to save her.

Reno is a dangerous man and a has a new mission, protect Jilly at all costs. He doesn’t want to be around her as she makes him forget she is off limits. When he first saw her he was intrigued but was told to stay away. Now he is all that is left to protect her from the thugs who are after her.

Fire and Ice is the fifth book to the series Ice. This book held no quiet moment for the characters as there was nothing but gun fire or brutal attacks. For me the plot was one you wanted to keep reading even if there was a lot of violence and cruelty in the book. The character Reno held the most cruelty at times which made you want to hate him but as Stuart gives him a voice through the book you understand his motive.

I was intrigued right away with Fire and Ice but felt I had missed a little interaction that was in previous books. For me the story was already in process but you still could understand the story and characters. I am interested in going back to the beginning to find out more of the committee.

Savor The Danger

Savor The Danger is the third book to Lori Foster’s series Edge of Honor.

Alani Rivers knows terror and never wants to feel that again or trust men again but one weasels himself into her life. Jackson Savor is a sex minded individual who only thinks that when Alani is around and is flattered, she finally has enough and gives in. The only problem now is that Jackson doesn’t remember their night when they wake up together. Alani is hurt and confused but gets over it and needs to find out what has happened to Jackson.

Jackson Savor waited for the day that Alani would give in. Finally it has come and he has no memory. It is disturbing he has no memory of the night. He must bring in Trace and Dare to have them help with his memory, he will also use Alani to give him details that only make her blush hotter. Jackson knows getting back into bed with Alani will be a pleasure for him.

Waking up in bed and no memory of the night was priceless. I loved how Foster starts off the book as there is humor and wit which goes along with Jackson’s character. I also loved how he was just a very sex minded man but only when it came to Alani.

The character of Alani was perfect. She became stronger and gave into the side she had been hiding. I liked how she was strong when standing up to her brother, it shows she has backbone and not to be messed with.

The villain wasn’t expected but an interesting twist. Never underestimate characters as they usually surprise you. There are two new characters also coming in Spencer and Arizona. Finishing up the book I looked up the series and was happy to see Foster is not done with the series and Arizona will have her chance as the main character along with Spencer. Can’t wait for their story. Hopefully their’s wouldn’t be the last in the Edge of Honor series.

Trace of Fever

As with the first story of the series Lori Foster gets the action going quickly in Trace of Fever with heated characters and a very dangerous situation. Trace will bring in the action with his co-star Priss but it wouldn’t be an easy road.

Trace Rivers hates all kinds of monsters and Murray Coburn is one of the best but why is Trace working with him? Trace is undercover as a bodyguard under the name Trace Miller. He has to act the part which makes him sick but he needs this monster put away for his sister and anyone like her. Trace was in the mist of his mission but didn’t expect Coburn’s daughter.

Priscilla “Priss” Patterson has one thing on her mind and that is revenge. Stepping into Coburn’s hell is not easy but in order to move on she has to end this monster. Priss thought it would be easy but the unruly bodyguard was not what she expected. He ignited everything in her body but she couldn’t stray from her mission even though Trace makes it very difficult.

From everything that happened with Trace and Priss it made you melt as Foster creates an erotic romance which will have you wanting more. It was frustrating at times that you wanted to not hate Trace but very much thought he was in the wrong with some of his actions he does. Then you have to remember he is playing a part. His character is flawed but fantastic at the same time with how he is able to protect his sister and friends. I appreciated that Trace did trust Priss enough to let his guard down some.

I liked also how Foster created Priss to be multidimensional. She was a great character who is in a situation way out of control. Her story was compelling with her mom and you wanted her to get her revenge no matter the cost.

The character Murray and Helena were frightening and Foster created them so you had no choice but to despise them. The drug which is created is an interesting addition and I liked how Foster was able to turn the tables on Helena.

Finishing up the book I quickly knew I had to pick up the next one with Jackson and Alani. I couldn’t wait to read what situation they were going to be put in. Overall Edge of Honor series is jump off the seat steamy and you only want more from Foster.

When You Dare

Wow! That is the only word for the first book of the series Edge of Honor. Lori Foster starts with a bang with When You Dare and will not stop until you finish the book. The summary of the book got my interest but it wasn’t pulling me to read it like so many of Foster’s books but once you start there is no stopping. I kept reading in one sitting from the first page to the very last.

Dare Macintosh is a professional mercenary and is on a mission to find his best friends sister who has been taken. Dare accomplishes his mission but is now strapped with another complication. He picks up Molly who was there with Alani but Molly did not fit the right image to human trafficking. Dare knew she would not survive so he took her as it was the right thing to do. But Dare has questions and only this woman would be able to tell him.

Molly Alexander was taken. Her body hurt, her mind not clear. She still had no idea why all she knew was she was safe with this man named Dare. Molly knew the one thing she had to do and that was to find out who would kidnap her. As a writer she had a few enemies but none she knew that would go to this extreme. Molly will put her trust into Dare as they faced her attackers and the attraction which sizzled between them.

As I read the book I was in awe of how much I really liked the story. The characters were hard edged, complicated and multidimensional. The plot as well had many quirks that made you smile and fantastic twists that you could see happening but you get so wrapped up into the story you only concentrated on the subject at hand.

Dare, wow. He was fantastic. I loved his sexual tension, his macho tendencies and his love for his dogs and friends. Chris who was a friend was delightful. He was quirky and just right. As with Molly she was incredible with her strength through the entire plot. As the reader you cheered her on.

The villain was not clear or at least suspected but Foster did a good job at giving subtle hints and wrong misdirection. Along with multiple characters who could be the bad guy. And the villain was obsessed in a quiet way which gave plot mystery and a really good betrayal.

I was interested to know if Foster would give Alani her own story and happily I found out she will in the third book. This looks to be like a series which will hopefully continue with many more but no one knows except the author. Pick up and enjoy When You Dare and once you are done get ready for the second book with Trace in Trace of Fever.

Finding Foster in “Unexpected”

Through my usual browsing of the stacks in the library of the fiction section I come across a new author, Lori Foster.  I have never heard of her or seen any of her books but I thought to try one of her novels.  On looking at the cover of  “Unexpected” I was intrigued by the image and hot pink color of the book.  Those who say “don’t judge a book by its cover” are right but sometimes it happens.  If I see something visually appealing I will pick it up and examine further, that is the idea of marketing.

“In this deliciously sensual novel, bestselling author Lori Foster creates an unforgetable heroine in Ray Vereker, a female Rambo with quick reflexes, sharp instincts, a hot body, and a bad case of morning sickness…”

After reading that small insert I wanted to know about Ray and the other leading character Eli Connors.  After reading the first few pages I could not put the book down.   I was intrigued by Ray’s character.  I liked that she was a very strong, independent woman who didn’t need any help, well at least according to her.

Eli’s character was just as strong and had his own dynamic attributes to combine with Ray, which makes good reading.  The scenerio is that Ray is hired by Eli to get Jeremy, his brother, out of Central America.  Both of them make it there with the help of Buddy who was an old mercenary friend of Ray’s.  Through bumps in the road and an unwavering attraction between Ray and Eli they come to Central America and rescue Jeremy but the troubles do not stop there for Ray and Eli.  There will be another bump in the road that will have to be shared with the two of them and family.

Overall I thought that this book was something new and refreshing to read.  I am looking forward to continuing reading her books, starting with a series of five books named visitation: “Say No to Joe?”, “The Secret Life of Bryan”, “When Bruce Met Cyn”, “Just a Hint: Clint”, and “Jamie”.   I am hoping that this series will be enjoyable as “Unexpected” was.