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Release Day Fast Burn by Lori Foster

March 20th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, comes FAST BURN —the fourth standalone novel in her Body Armor Series!

For the men of the Body Armor agency, the only thing more dangerous than the job they do is the risk of losing their hearts. FAST BURN is now available! Don’t miss Brand and Sahara’s epic story. Grab your copy today!

 

 

FAST BURN Synopsis:

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when she needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

 

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And don’t miss the first standalone novels in the Body Armor Series!

UNDER PRESSURE
HARD JUSTICE
CLOSE CONTACT

EXCERPT:

“Brand Berry is here to see you.”

Surprised, Sahara glanced at Enoch, her right-hand man and very good friend. “Brand is here?” She imme­diately felt flustered. Absurd. “I wasn’t expecting him. Did I miss a meeting?”

“No.” Enoch lowered his voice in a conspiratorial way. “He said he only needed a minute of your time when you were free, and since you’re free right now—”

“Yes, of course. Show him in.” Even as she said it, a tiny unfamiliar thrill ran through her.

She’d made a point of surrounding herself with some of the finest male specimens on the planet—professional fighters that she’d turned into prime bodyguards, each of them in high demand. It was her vision for Body Armor, to get rid of the stuffy Men in Black clones and offer in­stead real men, with real muscles, certifiable machismo and lethal ability with or without a weapon.

No, she didn’t fire the previously established body­guards; that would have been disloyal to her brother, who’d hired them. She simply reassigned them to the more boring cases, and overall they were happy with that.

Anything to do with a celebrity, a dignitary or a poli­tician her elite team now covered.

She desperately wanted to add Brand to that team.

Thinking she’d have a minute, she was just circling out from behind her desk when Brand stepped in around Enoch. Instead of waiting in the guest area, as a client would do, he must have been hovering right outside her door.

Her toes curled in her high heels.

Enoch was on the small side, five-two, slight of build, with average brown hair and eyes. It was his keen in­telligence and attention to detail that made him so per­fect at his job.

But his size didn’t really matter when he stood next to a man who made most everyone seem small, her in­cluded. Brand was a big and badass professional MMA fighter with a solid steel frame of muscle all wrapped up in a cocky attitude.

Faded jeans molded to his thick thighs, going well with his running shoes and an ancient Aerosmith T-shirt that stretched over his chest and broad shoulders. Re­flective sunglasses pushed to the top of his head made his golden‑brown hair messy. Darker brown eyes held her captive as he murmured, “Sahara.”

Leaning a hip against her desk, she drank in the rug­ged, virile sight of him. “Be still my heart.”

Wary exasperation rooted him to the spot.

Yes, she always spoke her mind. Why not? She was the boss and her employees knew her interest in them wasn’t personal. Of course, Brand wasn’t yet an em­ployee.

Putting her hands together, her fingers extended to frame him in a square, she remarked, “A photo of you looking just like that could launch my new line of ad­vertisement.”

He crossed his arms. “Advertisement for what?”

“Bodyguards with ability and sex appeal.” He’d look great on a billboard, maybe with a gun in his hand. She could already see it. Maybe she should ask Enoch to keep a camera at his desk for occasions like this?

When Brand just stood there, his expression amused, she smiled. “Tell me you’ve come to give me good news.” She’d been after him for a few months now to join the agency, constantly throwing out bait, trying to reel him in. He’d nibbled, but he wasn’t caught. Not yet.

“I came to talk about that, yes.”

Elation conflicted with disappointment. There were times when she hoped they could take a different path from employer and employee, one more personal, in­timate.

Even…sexually satisfying.

But in the end, the business came first. Always.

She hadn’t given up hope for her brother, and when he finally returned, he deserved to find the company thriving.

She’d put her heart and soul into making that happen. There was no time for anything else.

 

 

 

 

About Lori Foster:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.

 

 

 

 

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Review: To Love and Cherish by Lauren Layne

March 18th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Pocket Books

Series: The Wedding Belles #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable…until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

My Thoughts

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a couple years now and had never quite made it to reading it. However, after reading several other Lauren Layne books and loving each and every one when I was browsing my to read books and saw it I jumped right on it.

I have to say Lauren Layne never ceases to amaze me. I have loved each of her books that I have read despite them all being very different from each other and this one didn’t disappoint either. It seems like no matter if the book falls more on the humor side, the heart tugging end or just the sizzling hot end of the spectrum Lauren Layne is the master of them all. Alexis and Logan immediately sucked me into their story and I fell in love with Logan especially. I wanted to tell Alexis to wake up to what was right in front of her and yet I can also see why she was hesitant to risk the friendship she already had with Logan. I hadn’t read the first two books in this series so all I had to go off of was what we see in this book and still Logan stole my heart. I definitely want to go back and read the first two books in this series and highly suggest this one to anyone who loves a great heartfelt romance.

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Other books in the series

To Have and To Hold

For Better or Worse

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Review: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

March 5th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: July 15, 2009

Publisher: Avon

Series: Night Huntress #4

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

My Thoughts

I’m so torn about this series. I love Bones, Spade, Vlad and everyone so much but I honestly have a hard time stomaching Cat’s character. I get she’s had a hard life but her whining, self pity and constant jumping to the worse conclusions about Bone who she’s supposed to be so in love with is getting old. I love Bones so much and wish he had fallen in love with someone else.

That said I love the world building of this series and like I mentioned above all of the supporting characters so this still gets 3.5 stars. If I mentally muted Cat the story was more bearable though the knock down, mean fights between Cat and Bones also kind of grated on me. I know Cat blames a lot of her issues on pills but all that angst and ridiculousness was stemming from somewhere inside her. Yes Bones can be overbearing but I felt like his actions stemmed from love vs Cat’s which stemmed from mule headedness. So yeah, I still side with Bones in this book for sure.

Who really made the book for me though was Vlad. He’s snarky yet despite his gloom and scary doom reputation he has an amazing heart and I can’t wait to read his story! So while this book didn’t have the same hold on me that book 3 did I am still looking forward to the other books in the series.

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Review: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

March 1st, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received as a gift

Publication date: December 20, 2008

Publisher: Avon

Series: Night Huntress #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and vampire lover Bones are caught by Patra, the wife of his sire Menchares, skilled in black magic and thousands of years old. Her name honors her mother Cleopatra. Patra unleashes a storm against their allies and families, ghouls and vampires. But Menchares still loves her.

My Thoughts

I thought book 1 was meh, book 2 was really good but this book had me captured from beginning to end. There is a lot going on and it felt a tad darker and more violent than the first two books but I still loved it and really had a hard time putting this book down to do other things. I love all the supporting characters and enjoyed seeing all the parts they played except for Tate. I really wish he would just get killed already. His infatuation was kind of cute at the start and I felt bad for him but at this point I’m just like Bones, please just kill him and put me out of my misery of listening to his numb-skullness. Other than that though I’ve become hooked on this series and can’t wait to get the stories of some of the other characters as well.

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Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

February 27th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: October 30, 2007

Publisher: Avon

Series: Night Huntress #1

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

Flirting with the Grave…

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

My Thoughts

If you saw my review of One Foot in the Grave you know I accidentally read that first. Oops, that’s what happens when you don’t look a series up online and just grab a book off your TBR bookshelf. I am glad I read book 2 first though because I really enjoyed it and it left me wanting more. In comparison this book was ok. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it and the romance was a little too insta-love for me. I really dislike books where the characters fall in love so easily and quickly. I like seeing relationships build from something other than lust. The storyline is interesting and I love Bones but this book didn’t blow me away so I’m glad I had read book 2 which had hooked me enough into wanting to start book 3 right away.

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Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

February 23rd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: April 29, 2008

Publisher: Avon

Series: Night Huntress #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again.

My Thoughts

I had a friend who has been telling me for years I need to read this series. I ran out of books I wanted to read on my Kindle so I started going through my TBR bookshelves at home and came across this book. Little did I realize that this was book 2 in the series but honestly it didn’t seem to make that much of a difference. I just thought Cat’s romance with Bones were going to come about in flash backs until my friend told me she was horrified that I skipped the first book.

Still I loved the story line and seeing Cat and Bones come together and figure out if they were going to be able to make things work. Cat’s mom is kind of irritating and yet it almost becomes humorous and she sort of became that family member you love to hate.

After finishing this one I did decide to go back and read book 1 but I have to say I enjoyed this one more so.

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Review: Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

February 20th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: May 25, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin’s

Series: The Hathaways #4

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

He is everything she wants to avoid…

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.

She is not at all what she seems…

Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

My Thoughts

I’ve been constantly told that if I love historical romance I need to read Lisa Kleypas so when I found myself at a loss as to what to read next I pulled this one off my TBR shelf. I didn’t realize that it was book 4 in the series but I didn’t feel confused or lost at all though I especially want to go back and read Poppy and Harry’s story.

I loved Catherine’s character and my heart broke for her when we find out what her background is. It was fabulous seeing her hold her own with Leo and then seeing the chemistry zinging between she and Leo. I liked Leo’s character but I wasn’t in love with him. Perhaps if anything maybe that’s where I’m missing out starting off with book 4. I didn’t feel there was much growth to his character that we see other than references to what a wastrel he used to be. Maybe we see him overcome that in previous books but it did feel like something was missing there. One of my favorite characters though is the pet ferret that adopts Catherine. He really stole the show in every scene he was in and he made me laugh out loud at times.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and seeing Catherine and Leo come together. It definitely made me fall in love with the family and I need to go read Harry’s book next because he has really intrigued me.

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Review: Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan

February 15th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Free Kindle Monthly Read

Publication date: February 1, 2018

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About the book

Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She’d confess her situation to her friends—if it wasn’t for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: “I’ll tell them what you did.”

Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table—much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor’s window box.

Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can’t keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect.

My Thoughts

I wanted to like this book I really did but it took awhile for me to get through it because I kept starting and stopping it. I found it hard to like Tabitha even though I felt horrible for her and what her husband was putting her through. She’s the type of mother I hope I never become no matter how hard of times I fall on. I felt like she was more worried about her reputation, what others thought of her and then hanging out with this new guy more so than she worried about her kids. I can’t imagine being a mom and not taking care of my kids health no matter how little money I had, especially when several people reached out to offer help. It just boggles my mind.

Then we finally find out what is going on with her husband and then I really want to throw the book at both of them. They deserved each other with both being so self-centered and caring more about what they were going through than what they were putting their kids through. It really was unbelievable and after dragging on and on and on the climax is over quickly and I found myself in disbelief that it ended so quickly. I felt like half the book could have been cut and I felt cheated at the end.

I honestly only kept reading in hopes that Tabitha would finally snap out of it and realize that she needed to start acting like an adult but sadly I didn’t feel like she ever did. Not a favorite read by far.

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