Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Missing Justice (Justice Team #5) by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Book Blurb:
A one-night stand and a missing child put these two on opposite sides of solving a murder.

A rising star at the FBI, Taylor Sinclair has a perfect close rate on cold cases. When the bones of a senator’s murdered wife turn up eight years after her kidnapping, the case lands on Taylor’s desk, putting her in the crosshairs of the media—and the killer. Success will solidify her career at the Bureau, but a provocative one-night stand with cocky PI Matt “Mad Dog” Stephens could ruin it.

Matt’s on the hunt for the killer as well, along with the senator’s still-missing child, and believes joining forces with Taylor will get them both the answers they need. He’s determined to get the sexy agent to work with him—in and out of the bedroom—but Taylor is convinced the senator is a murderer. Matt is just as certain he’s innocent.

With a child’s life on the line, Matt and Taylor must plunge into the world of undercover ops and a dangerous attraction that could prove fatal to them both.

My Review:
In Missing Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano, Taylor is where she wants to be in the FBI working cold cases.  Her most recent case challenges her both professionally and personally.  Not only is the case a political hot bed, but it brings her in close contact with Private Investigator Matt...  Someone Taylor has a personal and professional history with.  The connection and attraction between them is palpable to the reader from the start, but with them on apparent opposite sides of the case Taylor is working on, she is trying very hard to maintain a distance from Matt and not cross any lines. 
When the unexpected happens and Matt and Taylor end up working together to solve a case and find answers, as they become closer to each other so does the danger.
Missing Justice is a fast paced, suspenseful romance that pulled me in and held my interest.  There are unexpected twists, multi layered characters, and lots of emotion in Missing Justice.  Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano pull it all together smoothly and for the most part believably.  I really liked Taylor and Matt.  They are mature dynamic characters with backgrounds that have really shaped who they are today.  I liked how they were together both professionally and personally, and I felt part of the journey they were on!
The suspense is edgy, the mystery kept me guessing, and the romance felt real in Missing Justice.  I really liked the secondary characters with their contributions to the plot, they really made this story unique!  I loved getting to know some of them a bit too!
There are some surprises in the conclusion of Missing Justice, and for me some of it happened a bit too fast, felt a bit unrealistic, and left me with too many questions.  That piece of the plot left me a little less satisfied, but overall I really enjoyed Missing Justice and would recommend it to any romantic suspense reader.
4/5 stars
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Home at Last (Sanctuary Island #6) by Lily Everett

Book Blurb:
Home is where the heart is...

Marcus Beckett left Sanctuary Island after his mother's funeral, and he hasn't been back since. Until now. Needing a change from the high-risk, high-stakes life of a bodyguard, Marcus makes a solitary life for himself running the neighborhood bar in his hometown. His only mistake? Seducing and then dumping the town's sweetheart, Quinn Harper. Marcus knows he did the right thing—a good girl like Quinn has no business with a broken man like him. But now no one will come to his bar, and he's watching his last chance at a peaceful life go up in smoke. So when Quinn proposes a fake four-week courtship, he can't refuse...even though he knows it's a bad idea.

It's a romantic charade that will buy Quinn time to distract her mother and father from their own martial problems—and will help Marcus welcome back some paying customers besides. But what begins as an engagement of convenience slowly transforms into a deeper connection, one that heals both of their hearts...and ignites the simmering passion between them. Could it be that pretending to be together is just what Quinn and Marcus needed to give their real love a second chance?
My Review:
Home at Last by Lily Everett took me back to Sanctuary Island and all that it is, but it was not as easy to fall into this story as it was the others about Sanctuary Island.  Many of the situations and actions of the main and secondary characters were not really believable which made it difficult for me to feel the pull into this book as I did the others in this series.  Having said that, the feelings and emotions that the characters were experiencing felt real and as Lily Everett wrote them, I could feel along with the characters.
Quinn is very open, easy to get to know, and seemed very young!  Marcus is a mystery man for the most part, and I liked finding out his story over the length of the book.  It is a very heart felt, touching, heart breaking story that really made me feel for him!  They seem like an unlikely couple, and despite the odd happenings they find themselves in, I hoped somehow they could find a HEA.
In Home at Last, I liked the feeling of finding love, but at the same time facing the struggles of relationships.  All kinds of relationships from family, community, to a couple made up Home at Last, and they all linked together well.
As I read Home at Last it did grow on me and I did feel a range of emotions, but it's not my favorite of this series.  Home at Last can be read as a stand alone in this contemporary romance series.

3/5 stars

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Review: Fatal Love (Shadow Force International #3.5) by Misty Evans

Book Blurb:

Girl or boy? Find out what Cal and Beatrice are having in this Shadow Force International Worlds novella! And meet Connor and Sabrina - two SFI members who must overcome their inner demons in order to find love in the middle of chaos.

Once upon a time, former Navy SEAL Callan Reese risked everything to protect his estranged wife from the enemies who wanted her dead. Now reunited and expecting their first child, Cal’s past makes Beatrice a target once again.

When Beatrice is kidnapped by a desperate woman bent on revenge, Cal must put everything on the line in the most dangerous mission of his life to keep her and their unborn child alive.

Full of pulse-pounding intrigue and a whole lot of heart, FATAL LOVE is a passionate thriller that’s sure to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

My Review:

In Fatal Love by Misty Evans, Cal and Beatrice are ready to welcome their baby into the world.  Nothing goes as expected though, and this fast paced novella is packed with mystery, suspense, danger, hope and love.
I was quickly absorbed in Fatal Love.  With a focus on Cal and Beatrice and the impending birth of their baby, the story of Sabrina and Connor is woven in seamlessly also.  I liked the way they were made part of this! 
Told from multiple POV's, Misty Evans made Fatal Love feel real, especially if you've been following this series.  This novella is the perfect length for the story being told.  I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next Shadow Force International book!
I'd recommend reading the rest of the series prior to Fatal Love, and recommend them all to any romantic suspense reader!
4/5 stars
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