Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: The Chase (Justifiable Cause #1) by Adrienne Giordano

Book Blurb:

Hard-driving attorney Jo Pomeroy is as determined as she is sexy—in other words, a major pain in NYPD Sergeant Gabe Townsend’s butt. Working together on a high-profile task force charged with busting sales of counterfeit goods has been rocky from the start. And Jo’s penchant for trouble is as difficult to ignore as her spectacular legs.

The world of knock-offs isn’t as frivolous as it appears. The purses are fake, but the danger is all too real—and Jo seems hell-bent on putting herself in the middle of it. Her investigations have uncovered valuable leads for Gabe’s team, but they’ve also drawn the wrong kind of attention.

Now, she’s on the radar of a mysterious smuggler not afraid to use violence to evade the law. At the risk of their lives—and their hearts—Gabe and Jo must find him before he finds them.

My Review:

In The Chase by Adrienne Giordano, two strong characters and some great action kept me intrigued and turning the pages!

Gabe is a police sergeant, Jo is a lawyer.  Together they are working on a counterfeit task force that is starting to become very dangerous.  As the heat between Jo and Gabe escalates, so does the danger.  Gabe is determined to keep Jo safe, and Jo is just as determined to be very involved in the investigation.  Will they get the job done safely?  If they do, what can come of their feelings for each other, and the passion between them?

I loved the passion between Jo and Gabe!  There is not only great chemistry between them, there is tension and conflict and it all works well together.  Jo and Gabe felt real, and their interactions were realistic to their circumstances.  They are both strong, determined, and dedicated to their jobs.  I couldn't wait to see if they'd be as dedicated to each other!  The play between them was perfect for this plot!

I enjoyed the suspenseful part of the plot.  It is a unique story line, and the action and danger are woven well with a romance.  I felt like it all blended together for a great read.

I'd recommend this well paced book to any romantic suspense reader!  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, The Evasion.

5/5 stars

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: Snowflake Bay (The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2) by Donna Kauffman

Book Blurb:

There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…

Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…

As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now? More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…

Something old might just become something new…

Includes a DIY wedding project!

My Review:

I really enjoyed being back in Blueberry Cove in Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman.  It is a place I'd love to be, and Donna's descriptive writing makes it easy to envision and easy to feel the cold winter weather!

Fiona is back in her home town of Blueberry Cove to start her business fresh, and do what she wants to do.  As she tries to settle in, she is also planning her sister's Christmas wedding.  Fiona is busy, and the last person she expects to run into again is Ben, her brother's friend.  The person she always secretly loved.  He is an unexpected complication in her new life, because some feelings really don't go away!

Ben is back in Blueberry Cove temporarily.  He has family issues and a family business to deal with, and is definitely not looking for any other complications!  Suddenly though the Fiona he's always thought of as just his friends little sister is looking like so much more.  They have a history of teasing and name calling, haven't seen each other for a long time, and these new feelings are ruling Ben's mind.

As they both struggle with issues past and present, a new kind of relationship starts to form.  With angst, family interference, and the chance of a future so remote, will they take that leap of faith and take a chance on each other?

Watching Ben and Fiona together as adults was an interesting journey.  I liked that they already knew each other, and they have more in common in the present day than they think.  Both of them are dealing with big life changes and uncertainties.  I really liked both of these characters. They are both strong, independent, and caring.  I liked learning about who they were and their current circumstances, their feelings, and how they were each trying to cope with such big, real life issues.  I will be honest and say that I found it a bit much that there seemed to be a lot of fixation on elements of their past relationship as young teenagers, and I felt like parts of this got blown way out of proportion and took over too much of the story of Ben and Fiona.  This was a bit distracting and I felt like it took away from the adults they are now.  However once this was put more on the back burner, the plot was easier to fall back into and enjoy their journey to the future, what ever it might hold.

I really liked Fiona's family, I felt like they really showed strength, loyalty, and love.  They made me want to be part of this family!  They are all very much a part of Fiona and Ben's story, and I liked how these characters are woven into the plot.  They are all strong secondary characters and I can't wait to read more about Fiona's sister Kerry!

Snowflake Bay is well paced and Donna's writing is smooth and easy to read.  Not a typical Christmas book, Snowflake Bay is a great winter time read to curl up with that I'd recommend to any romance reader.

3/5 stars

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: All Wrapped Up (Pine Mountain #5) by Kimberly Kincaid

Book Blurb:

Talk about a hot lead…

Christmas is coming to Pine Mountain—and it has a way of stirring up memories, good and bad. Nick Brennan may manage the Double Shot bar smooth as good whiskey, but his past is a hot mess. When he runs into a burning building to save a little boy, some people start thinking there’s more to his heroism than holiday spirit. And then the local reporter assigned to the story turns out to be gorgeous Ava Mancuso, the girl who got away.

Ava knows what it’s like to have a past. But the changes she’s seen in Nick since she knew him do more than set off her natural curiosity—his warm eyes and gruff charm have her instincts fired up. Still, all the chemistry in the world doesn’t erase history, even when Nick invites her to his little sister’s mistletoe wedding. Does he have a heart under all those secrets? Or is this going to be just another Christmas past?

My Review:

In All Wrapped Up by Kimberly Kincaid, two lonely people running from their past reluctantly find heat with each other...but will it last?

Nick has a past that haunts him, one he keeps hidden and doesn't talk about to anyone. He is physically and emotionally scarred. Pine Mountain is where he's escaped to, and the last place he expects to run into Ava...a love from his past, one he's never forgotten. Ava has her own past that haunts her present, her own secrets she holds close. Working as a reporter in Pine Mountain, the thing she expects to find out is that Nick is the hero of the story she's trying to write. A reluctant hero. The reappearance of Ava in Nick's life after 7 years opens up old wounds, but at the same time starts to heal some of them... There is something about Ava that draws him in and makes him feel again. Slowly they rekindle a romance that never really died out. Trust is a fragile thing though...and when it's broken can their relationship survive it?

Ava and Nick really grew on me through out All Wrapped Up. I liked how Kimberly drew out their stories long enough to keep me intrigued, but not too long to feel frustrated. I felt like the backgrounds of Ava and Nick were given at the right times to further the plot. I wasn't too sure about Ava and what she was doing...I felt like she could have been a lot more open with Nick. I did like how Kimberly dealt with this issue though and how it was written, the meaning behind it. She really made me think about underlying meanings and looking deeper than the surface. Nick is such a tortured hero, I didn't know if he could ever move on. Ava was good for him though, even if it took them both a while to figure this out. As the story progressed I really found myself hoping they could find their happily ever after together, but I did also have my doubts. I liked the growth of these two characters. It was slow and steady all through all Wrapped Up, and I never really knew how things would end.

Kimberly introduces some great secondary characters who are on the periphery but add so much depth and feeling to the main plot. All Wrapped Up is part of the Pine Mountain series, a place I enjoyed returning to, but it is a strong stand alone.

I found All Wrapped Up to be so much more than a second chance was about healing from the past, trusting, moving on, and looking outside of your own perspective to a hopeful future.

I'd recommend All Wrapped Up to any contemporary romance reader.

4/5 stars

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Ghost of You (Phantoms #3) by Kelly Moran

Book Blurb:

The safest place is with the guy she doesn't trust...

It's no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike...and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they're on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It's her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face...

My Review:

Ghost of You is a well paced paranormal romance that at times gave me chills, made my heart beat faster, and at the same time filled me with hope.  Because it's not only Sammy who needs closure...

Sammy and the Phantoms team are in her home town for their latest paranormal investigation and it will prove to be very frightening.  As the past comes rushing back at Sammy, the future also beckons.  

Cain, a psychologist and part of the Phantoms team, is someone who Sammy dislikes immensely.  The feelings she has are palpable.  I immediately was intrigued and wanted to know more about Sammy and what was provoking her to feel this way.  Cain has no idea why Sammy feels the way she does, but the tension between the two of them is starting to become so noticeable that they are told to play nice together if they want a future on the show together.  That little push might be all they both need, because the unexpected attraction and emotions are almost as overwhelming as the nightmare they are walking into in Sammy's home town.

As trust is slowly built between Cain and Sammy the suspense of the paranormal aspect of Ghost of You also picks up.  At the same time they might be finding close to answers though, Sammy is suddenly the target.  Will they stay safe, find the answers they need, and be able to face their feelings for one another?

Kelly writes this plot in a way that makes it very believable and very scary at times!  I liked how I didn't have all the answers right away, and as she drew me further into the story I found out more at just the right times.  I really liked Sammy and Cain.  They work well together and look out for one another.  They have to tread carefully on a personal/professional line, and I was interested to see how they'd do this since there was so much animosity on Sammy's part for part of the plot.  Kelly made Sammy and Cain realistic, their feelings were believable, and she made me really care for them and feel for them.  I like them together, they have to work to get to the future and this is a good thing.  Kelly blended this paranormal plot very well with the romance side of things, and it all fit together well.

The paranormal suspense part of the plot of Ghost of You was creepy and evil at times, making Ghost of You very unsettling at times.  Through this, Kelly managed to keep me interested, wanting to know more,and wanting resolution.

I loved all the secondary characters, seeing other members of the Phantoms, as well as getting to know more about Sammy and her family.  This especially really added depth and more understanding to who Sammy was.

I'd recommend Ghost of You to any romance reader who likes paranormal suspense that will give you goose bumps!

4/5 stars

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: Playing It Close (London Legends #2) by Kat Latham

Book Blurb:

Where do you go to escape everything when you're one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn't exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that's made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he's shocked to learn she's taken a job with his team's new sponsor. As the Legends' captain, he'll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they've told in the past.

My Review:

From the beaches of Venezuela to the rugby pitch in London, Kat Latham took me on a romantic adventure in Playing It Close.  Smoothly written at a great pace, Playing It Close had all the elements that capture me in a romance...humor, heart ache, just the right amount of conflict, hope, love, great characters, and a great feeling in my heart.

Tess and Liam both just wanted to get away...away from 'real life', the spotlight and their troubles when they head to Venezuela separately.  Neither expects to find the perfect holiday romance and lose a little piece of their heart.  To Tess, it can only be a holiday fling...and when she sneaks off in the night, Liam is not sure he'll ever see her again.  Especially since neither of them were honest about who they really were.  Rugby, London, and Tess's new job bring them unexpectedly back together again.  Tess is determined to keep things professional, even if everything inside of her flares to life around Liam.  Liam is determined to have more with Tess.  After that brief time with her, he knows he wants more.  But lies of omission can take their toll and hurt them both.  Will those ruin what's just getting started?

Tess and Liam make a fantastic heroine and hero.  Tess is so realistic and easy to relate to!  It was easy to see her in my mind, to understand her, and feel what she felt.  I liked how she carried on, even through hurt and embarrassment, after the mess of her last job.  I liked how she was able to lose her inhibitions even if it was just on holiday pretending to be someone else.   She did what so many women would do!  I really like Liam also!  I liked how he was with Tess, how they were together.  He is a strong character in more ways than one...and so easy to picture in  my minds eye!  Tess and Liam are both still hurting, and seeing them come together again, the push and pull of the newly forming relationship was believable.  They both still had issues to work through, and I liked how they helped each other do this without even really realizing it.  The way they both react when all the truths come out was hard to read because I wanted these two together!  Seeing if they could work through it and how kept me intrigued.  Tess was very admirable!!

I loved all the secondary characters, but the ones who stand out the most for me are Charlie (Tess's cousin) and her Dad.  They were hilarious!  They kept the entertainment up for me, I just loved them.  As funny as they were, they also felt real...and beneath the jokes and unintentional embarrassing comments, they both had a lot of depth to them that shines through.  They are both an integral part of Playing It Close and added character and even more depth.

Playing It Close is a romance with so much more, it is a very well rounded book.  There is definite heat and chemistry between Liam and Tess, but that is just one aspect of the plot.

I loved the settings...both in Venezuela and London.  Kat paints a vivid picture of both places.  I could feel the water on me on the beach...but in London I could hear all the voices and accents.  I could smell the pitch, hear the crowds, and see the men!!  Kat made me feel like I was part of this world and it was a great time!

Playing It Close is book 2 in the London Legends series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone.  I'd recommend Playing It Close to any romance reader!

5/5 stars

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Her Secret Protector (Secrets of Cherry Lake #3) by Roxanne Snopek

Book Blurb:

Cherry Lake’s official photographer has a problem. The boudoir photos Carrie Logan used to do, long ago and far away, have come back to haunt her. So she turns to Ethan Nash, the mysteriously gorgeous guy with big dogs and a bad attitude, for help containing this secret and the scandal it will cause. 

Ethan takes one look at the photo of young Carrie and his harsh cyber-security specialist exterior begins to melt. For some reason, he feels the need to help this beautiful photographer. He’s pretty sure she’s stuck– once something’s on the internet, it’s there forever- but he offers her his assistance anyway. There's something about her he finds irresistible... 

What Ethan doesn't realize is that he might need Carrie's help far more than she needs his... Will she prove to be the one he needs? 

My Review:

Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek proves secrets never stay secret and love can be found at the most unexpected time!

Small town judgment and dysfunction play a big role in Her Secret Protector...Harmless boudoir photos are suddenly causing way too many problems!  For me this was a big part of the big as the romantic journey of Ethan and Carrie.  Roxanne made Cherry Lake and the people there feel very real, but not a place I'd like to be.  I didn't really care for the judgmental, non-forgiving attitude of a lot of the residents there.  The made Her Secret Protector good because I felt like I was right there in the midst of things a lot of the time!  It also made me feel like a big deal was being made out of nothing though, and that was frustrating.

Ethan and Carrie are unique main characters, each with their own secrets they are both trying to run from and trying to hide.  Ethan is very much a mystery man for much of the story, and it was much more difficult to get to know him.  There were parts of Carrie's background I felt I would have liked to understand better so that I could better understand where she is today.  Carrie was easier to get to know.  The attraction that Ethan and Carrie have for each other is immediately obvious, even when Carrie is a little nervous when she first meets him.  I liked the way their relationship grew and the little bumps along the way.  I enjoyed watching these two characters grow and become more accepting of themselves through out the book.  

Carrie's family dynamics add a very interesting thread to the plot, and I liked how this family carries over from book to book in this series, but all in their separate ways.  We learn a little bit more about them each time.

Although a lot of Cherry Lake irritated me as I read, Roxanne did a good job of bringing the hidden gems and goodness to light of a small town also.

Her Secret Protector is part of the Secrets of Cherry Lake series.  Roxanne ties it in nicely with the previous books without making you feel like you're missing something if you haven't read those.  Well paced and easy to fall into the story of Carrie and Ethan, I'd recommend Her Secret Protector to any romance reader looking for a quick, quirky read!

3/5 stars

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cover Reveal - Vivid by Jessica Wilde

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Title: Vivid
Author: Jessica Wilde
Cover Reveal: Sept 17, 2015
Release Date: Oct 11, 2015
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Merrick Thatcher went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. He fought to protect his country, his family, and the men standing at his side, but it wasn't just being a soldier overseas that changed him. He watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment.

Badly injured, blind, and angry, he's done with war, but now he’s fighting his own battle. So, he’s waiting for it to end, spending his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him.

A story about two flawed souls finding love amidst the grief. A love that shines vividly, even in the dark, and discovering that sometimes being broken is how the light gets in.
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Like many other foundations, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides assistance to injured soldiers as well as their families. SOWF also focuses on one of the most important challenges those families face; 'getting to their hospitalized loved ones as quickly as possible'. With grants immediately provided to the family, they can travel to be bedside with their loved one, especially for those crucial first days. SOWF also provides a scholarship program, family services (including clinical social workers, scholarship counselors, and family services counselors). With on-going support and helpful counseling to all families of fallen members in every branch of the military, they are able to help in all the ways that count. The SOWF was highly recommended to me by a recent veteran who served in Iraq. Therefore, I am thrilled to be able to help them in any way possible. Every little bit counts.




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I live in Morgan, Utah with my husband, beautiful daughter, and a couple of spoiled pups. If I'm not deeply involved in writing my next book, then I'm probably reading in the safety and quiet of my closet. I love yoga – which I now practice regularly – playing hide and seek with my daughter (only to have my hiding spots revealed by one of the pups), and I love Fruit by the Foot, Twizzlers and Peace Tea. These are great ways to bribe me into revealing secrets about what's to come.
I have an unhealthy obsession with Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory. I also enjoy talking about them, so if you like them, too, come find me.
Writing has become an enormous part of my life and every book I write holds a special place in my heart.  If you read one of my books, I hope you have the same experience.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: Midnight Fire (Men of Midnight #4) by Lisa Marie Rice

Book Blurb:
Jack Delvaux is alive
Summer Redding thought the blindingly handsome jock who'd loved and left her years ago had died in the Washington Massacre. She grieved for her lost golden boy as the rest of the country mourned their dead—until she comes home to find a very alive Jack Delvaux waiting for her with a devastating secret that turns her life upside down.
No longer the carefree man he was in his youth, this Jack is dark, hard and dangerous; a fifteen-year veteran of the CIA hungry for answers…and hungry for her. The rich, good-looking charmer who broke her heart once before would have been easy to resist, but this man, this powerful man? Summer needs him, and he knows it.
When Jack's mission uncovers evidence of government involvement in the Massacre—and plans for another attack—he's primed for revenge. But he has more than vengeance to live for now, and when Summer's life is threatened, it's nearly Jack's undoing. Someone taking shots at his woman? That's a dead man walking.
My Review:
In Midnight Fire by Lisa Marie Rice, I was quickly submersed into a world of intrigue, political corruption, and an unexpected second chance.
This series is superb, and Midnight Fire is no exception. Midnight Fire easily picks up a plot thread from the conclusion of Midnight Secrets, and takes us into Jacks' world. Jack is supposed to be dead, but when Summer recognizes him and finds out his story, she is drawn into an evil side of the world right along with him. Summer and Jack have an old history together, but it's one Summer has never forgotten. It took her a long time to get over Jack, and she is determined not to be drawn to him again. Soon they are racing against time together to stop a plot that will destroy everything they know... And as this is happening, Summer is seeing the man Jack is now, not the young man he was all those years ago. Things start to heat up quickly when not only do they recognize the feelings they both have, but suddenly they both find themselves in imminent danger. Jack will do whatever he can to not only stop the terror, but to protect Summer. Will they be able to? Will they get that second chance?
Jack and Summer are a powerful hero and heroine, and they make Midnight Fire an exciting read. Summer and Jack have a past together, and they are brought together again in Midnight Fire. I liked the maturity of both of them and how they dealt with things, from their relationship to the events taking place in Midnight Fire. They are a realistic couple, and the big bumps in the road of their relationship are realistic after what they had in the past. I liked seeing Jack today, and reading about the changes in him through Summer's eyes. He is edgy, a bit dark, intense, and a man on a mission! Summer is just as determined as Jack to do right, and the adventure the two of them are on is heart stopping. I felt like Summer and Jack could be a good couple, they seemed to balance each other well - the chemistry and feelings are definitely there!
I liked the dual POV's that Lisa Marie writes with in Midnight Fire, this gives a well rounded perspective of what is happening through out Midnight Fire. Midnight Fire is very suspenseful. I didn't have a clue about the enormity of the plot or what could potentially happen right away, and this created a fantastic build up, amping up the anticipation of what's to come. It is the type of plot that you don't see coming and there is the feeling that something like this could really happening, so the little niggle of fear sure gets the heart pumping! I liked how Lisa Marie created a strong suspenseful plot along side a strong second chance romance. It is a good blend, especially with these characters.
Summer and Jack are definitely the main characters in this book. You will see characters occasionally from other books in the Men of Midnight series, and I would recommend reading at least Midnight Secrets (#3) prior to Midnight Fire since we meet Jack's sister and see some of Jack in Midnight Fire.
Very well paced with a captivating plot, I'd recommend Midnight Fire to any romantic suspense reader.

4/5 stars

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Flirting With Fate by Jerrie Alexander release blitz and review!

Flirting With Fate
by Jerrie Alexander
Series: A Noble Pass Affaire Novella
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Misty Dietz
Release Date: September 15, 2015

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.

Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.

Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.

Logan's willingness to support her, to help her right this wrong, touched her heart. For him to agree so easily spoke volumes. He was doing this for her. Deep down she'd known it for years. Had she and Logan been in love all this time and ignored or refused to admit it? Had fate given her the chance to answer that question?
"Thank you." She slid her hand across the table palm up. He wrapped his fingers through hers and squeezed.
"Let's get to it." Logan asked for the bill, signed it, and then stood.
She took his hand and walked to the elevator. The doors had closed when Elle remembered Nicki's request. "What do you think Nicki wanted?" Elle laughed when his right eyebrow lifted. "Besides your body."
"My money. I suggested that I might be disappointed in my current investment strategy."
"Smart. You should call when we get to the room."
"No. Let her wait. After Liam and Alana turn them away, I'm willing to bet that I'll become a serious target."
"If they come after you, anything you learn can be used against them. Right?"
"Right." Logan slid his card key into the door lock.
"Then I hope that works, even if it requires exposing you to that female piranha."
Logan glanced over his shoulder. "I'm touched that you'd worry about me."
"You misunderstand. I worry that you'll fall under her spell and slip up," she said, walking past him into the suite.
His laugh followed her. She loved the quick and hearty sound. It made her knees weak as hell.
"Okay, smart girl. Get out your laptop." He pulled his cell from his pocket. How could he switch from oozing sex to serious detective mode in the blink of an eye?
Elle set her laptop on the bar, turned it on, and waited for it to boot up. Logan was still on the phone when the program loaded. He winked at her. That simple gesture sent her heart dancing in her chest.
"What's your email address?"
She answered him and then retrieved a coffee pod, dropping it in the dispenser and pressing the on button. Not that she needed the caffeine. Her nerves were already spring boarding around her body like a kid on a trampoline.
"Fix me a cup too, please."
"What do we do next?" She selected another pod and waited for the first cup to finish.
"My friend is sending a program for me to install on your laptop. It's top of the line and should open your stolen files." Strong hands slid around her waist, pulling her close.

I am really enjoying the overlying theme of the Noble Pass Affaire novellas, and Elle's win of a week at Castle Alainn is no different - with the action, mystery, and heat that Jerrie weaves into the story.

Elle and Logan have known each other for a long time, but Ella is like the forbidden apple to Logan.  She's his best friends sister.  Off limits.  When Logan ends up trying to keep Elle out of trouble for her brother, the heat between them is finally acknowledged and it's smoldering!  I liked that once Elle and Logan finally recognized their feelings they didn't play games.  The speed of their new type of relationship was believable because of the history they have, even if it is through Elle's brother.  They are both loyal and honorable people, I loved the dialogue between them, and I felt like they made really good main characters in Flirting With Fate.

As they are exploring this new type of relationship, Logan also suddenly finds himself helping Elle on her mission...which is proving to be very dangerous.  Can he help keep her safe and find the truth at the same time?  I enjoyed the suspenseful part of Flirting With Fate, because Jerrie weaves in some very unexpected plot twists into it.  I liked that she caught me off guard, and managed to give Flirting With Fate a very unique flare!

Well paced and easy to read, Flirting With Fate is a great novella to escape into that I'd recommend to romantic suspense readers.

A student of creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband and two wonderful children. Her love for romantic suspense inspires her to write alpha males and kick-ass women. Her characters weave their way through death and danger to emerge stronger, because of, and on occasion, in spite of, their love for each other.  If they’re tough enough, they live happily ever after.

Jerrie lives in Texas, denies having an accent, thrives on sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for her heroes and heroines. She loves to hear from her readers. Find a complete list of her books at or contact her at