Review: Brody by Mindy Harbin

Brody is a romantic suspense featuring a woman, Xan, in the witness protection program and Brody, who is hired to help protect her. The attraction between the two sparks quickly even though they both are guarded, especially Brody who feels it’s a conflict of interest to become involved.

There are a number of hot sex scenes, of the more gritty variety–including an anal scene, which I always like to mention because I am not a huge fan of anal play. Because Ms. Harbin’s style of sex scenes wasn’t my favorite, the middle of the book dragged for me; I just wasn’t into the frequent sex. Might work perfectly for someone else though. 🙂 And I must admit that testosterone-fueled guy interaction is tedious to me, but Ms. Harbin writes it well.

I liked the last few chapters the best. I didn’t see all the twists and turns coming, and that made me like the book better and glad I slogged through the middle. For me, I give this book 3.5 cat kisses. If you like gritty sex and macho men, it could easily be a 4 or 4.5.

3.5 cats


Brody “Brutus” Jackson isn’t your average small-town mechanic. The shop where he spends his days doubles as the headquarters for the mercenary group he works with. They jokingly call themselves the Bang Shift because the government contracts they take are the less savory ones, and they’re all just shady enough to do what’s necessary to get the jobs done. As far as Brody’s concerned, it’s the perfect arrangement for a man with no memory of his past, and no hope for the future.

Under FBI protection, Alexandria Collins and her son have been in hiding for ten years. When it’s time to move again, her piece of crap car breaks down and the man giving her a tow is the biggest, hottest guy she’s ever seen. She is determined to ignore the need her long-neglected body hungers for. After all, the last man she showed interest in put a gun to her head.

Brody thinks the skittish Xan is sexy as hell, but it’s not her hot body that has him rocked to his core. He knows her from somewhere, and in his line of work, that’s a dangerous thing. Following orders have never been this hard, but he will protect her at all costs … even if what she needs protection from is him.

About the Author

Mandy Harbin is an award-winning, bestselling author of several books across multiple romance genres ranging from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. She is also the number one bestselling author in teen romance under the pen name M.W. Muse with her popular Goddess Series. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader’s Crown and RWA Passionate Plume finalist, and has received Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She studied writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned several degrees, and even pursued an MBA until she realized becoming an author did not have to remain an unfulfilled dream. Mandy is a PAN member of the RWA and lives in a small Arkansas town with her non-traditional family, and although she is a direct descendant of British royalty, they refuse to call her princess. When she’s not penning her latest book, you can find her hanging out online where she loves to connect with fellow readers or stalking Mickey Mouse at Disney World.

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Review: One Day Soon an entertaining, quick read

One Day Soon by Edie Hart is a quick read that mixes a bit of suspense with a blooming romance. When realtor Lexi witnesses a murder, she soon finds her life threatened by the group of thieves behind the shooting. Enter Detective Jonathon Burgess, who is assigned to the case and in charge of protecting Lexi. He also happens to be the best friend of Lexi’s overprotective older brother, who is currently deployed.

The story is straightforward and not terribly original, but it did its job of keeping me entertained. The attraction between the two smolders to the end. The bad-guy reveal had an element of surprise. Overall, this is another novella by Ms. Hart that is a good read. I give it four cat kisses.

4 cats

After Lexi witnesses a murder, she becomes a target for a cold-blooded killer.  Will Burg, the detective assigned to her case, be able to keep her safe?

While checking out a house for a showing, realtor Alexandria Edwards stumbles upon a savage slaying. Now witness to a murder, she soon becomes the target of a cold-blooded killer.

Jonathan Burgess,, Lexi’s brother’s best friend, is the detective assigned to protect the sexy blonde. Burg has always thought of Lexi as a little sister, but seeing her all grown up has turned his innocent thoughts into forbidden fantasies. Will Burg be able to keep Lexi safe while also keeping his growing feelings for her in check?

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After doing a favor for her boss, Tessa ends up being a mistaken target and falling for the sexy cop determined to keep her safe.

Tessa is having one seriously bad day. After agreeing to dress as a cheesy mascot at a convention for her boss, her clothes get stolen, she gets chased through a sinister parking garage, and her apartment gets broken into and turned upside down.

Gray, an off-duty police officer, can’t resist the sexy legs he sees in costume at a hotel convention. When he catches sight of her running for her life through a dark car lot, he’s determined to find out what her story is and ends up promising to keep Tessa safe…even if that means taking her home with him.

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Meet Edie

Edie Hart was born in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she now resides with her husband, two children, dog, and three cats. After spending her childhood making up stories in her head, she finally decided to put them on paper. What came of it was her first novella, One Bad Day. Edie is a die-hard romantic and believes that everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally–both in print and real life.

Edie also admits that “Edie Hart” is a pen name and an alter ego to an otherwise boring wife and mother. Edie is 20 pounds lighter, loves to skydive, travels to foreign places, and is a total sex kitten as compared to the uninteresting other half who is none of those things.

In reality the counterpart of Edie is a lackluster 40-something-year-old, whose main goal is to keep The Big One (The Boy) from torturing The Little One (The Girl). This week he hit her in the head with a 12-pack of Juicy Juice. Last week he left ravioli handprints on the back of her white T-shirt. The week before that he told her she was adopted and she believed him.

To learn more about her, and find out what The Big One and The Little One are up to, visit her via her website http://www.ediehart.com.

Review: The Naughty 9 box set serves up suspense

Because these are all full-length books (what a deal, right?), I have not completed reviews of all the novels. Because I do love Paranormal Romances, I started with A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost. I also reviewed the next two books after this one in the set.

Review: A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost:

Giselle is a ghost hunter for a paranormal magazine. Problem is, she fudged her resume to get the job and has no special talents in locating ghosts. She heads to Savannah, billed as the most haunted city in the world and, conveniently, home to her best friend. In her quest she meets a whole cast of characters, most of whom provide comic relief, including a wizened wizard who likes to be nude to an artiste that is a riff on Pepe Le Pew.

There’s also PI Ry Leland. He denies he has psychic powers to communicate with ghosts, but fate keeps throwing him and Giselle together. Their hormones do a bit of throwing too.

This book had a lot of humor that at times had me laughing out loud. Giselle has an often funny interior monologue. As the book went on, I sometimes got tired of all her asides, but mostly it was amusing. The book dragged for me in parts, and I think this is mostly because the interior monologue got so much play that it made me start to skim.

Giselle was a bit of a challenging character for me to like at times, as she had a propensity for making unwise choices. More than once I wanted to slap her upside the head, figuratively. Ry seemed to feel the same way but he still fell in love with her. Maybe because he wasn’t always the best decision maker either. Their ability to find humor in even dangerous situations keeps them going and keeps the story light.

Overall I found this book entertaining. It wasn’t predictable, even if it was far-fetched at times in the name comedy. I’d give it four cat kisses.

4 cats

Review: Deathblow

I really enjoyed this story of a woman trying to get out of an abusive relationship and the cop who is protecting her. The action kept me reading ,and a lot of threads are drawn together in a way that I didn’t completely guess, although I had a decent idea of how things were going to play out.

The characters were well drawn and likable, except for the villains, of course. The hero and heroine both make assumptions about the other that prove to be untrue and helps build the tension between them as they peel away their defenses with each other. Due the complexity of the plot, I hesitate to say much more for fear of spoiling some of the twists and turns.

Romantic suspense is not my favorite subgenre, but I would highly recommend this book to both those who love the subgenre and those who want to put something different on their reading list. I give it 5 cat kisses.

five cats

Review: One Night to Kill

 

Just back from a special ops mission and looking forward to some R&R, Max has no desire for a special assignment guarding his commanding officer’s daughter Willow. Willow isn’t any happier about the arrangement. There is instant attraction between the two but both have reasons to keep their hands to themselves.

This novel read quickly and had some nice touches, such as Willow’s occupation and Max’s assumptions about Willow. The tension and chemistry between them is satisfying as the story progresses. The villain wasn’t obvious, although the way the climax played out made me wonder a bit if Willow’s father would’ve acted that rashly given all the precautions he took to set up protection details.

I must admit I’m a tad tired of military heroes with PTSD who are magically healed by sleeping with the heroine. If it were that easy to get over PTSD, the VA would need to spend a lot less money on mental health.

Despite some points that didn’t appeal to me, I appreciate the quick writing style and sexy build up. I give this book three and a half cat kisses.

3.5 cats

 

 

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Stop in the Name of Love by Nina Bruhns
When an undercover cop must cozy up to a suspect’s pretty neighbor, things don’t go as smoothly–or seductively–as he’d hoped when she tells him she hates cops and wants nothing to do with him or his damn assignment.

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Red Rock Rises (The Red Rock Series, Book 1) by Taylor Lee
A fiery former undercover agent, as tough as she is beautiful , fiercely independent, she is the Rock. Few see the vulnerable woman beneath. No one messes with Red Rock until she meets the handsome Police Chief.

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Dirty Little Secrets by Julie Leto
Marisela’s sexy ex lures her into a treacherous underworld of arms dealers, hit men & sinister double-crosses. Has she descended into hell or finally found kick-ass heaven? It’s the perfect setup to break her heart. Again.

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Saved by Lorhainne Eckhart
Growing up I had dreams that one day I’d fall in love, marry & start a family. Then one night I was taken. I survived, escaped, I was saved. Eric didn’t see me as damaged. He didn’t see my baby as a monster. He protected me, kept me safe … he saved me.

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Everything He Never Wanted by Mary Leo
Billionaire, Antonio Milani, came to London to recover what is his: a rare, signed copy of Oliver Twist. Instead, finds himself falling for the woman he suspects is involved in an international ring of book thieves.

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A Girl, A Guy and A Ghost by Patricia Mason
A sexy psychic private eye could help her find a ghost… or turn her into one.

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Deathblow by Dana Marton  
Former small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn’t handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, & the only place this hot jock will ever see ‘easy’ again is in the dictionary.

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One Night to Kill (Seven Nights, Book 1) by Rita Herron
A military man must use his leave to play bodyguard to the General’s sexy daughter!

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Snowbound (The Protector Series, Book 2) by Karen Fenech 
FBI Agent Mallory Burke, injured and on the run for her life, is stranded in a snowstorm with a reclusive and secretive cop she’s not sure she can trust but is falling in love with.

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BONUS Novella: Secret Identity by Jill Sanders 
Carter always had a thing for his best friend Eve. He hired her to boost his business & it’s never run more smoothly. When an opening presents itself, he takes a chance at happiness that could end up destroying their friendship.

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Review: A little bit mystery, a little bit naughty fun… Undercover Kitty by Edie Hart

Undercover Kitty by Edie Hart is a quick, fun read. Cory goes undercover at a strip club as a waitress to discover who killed her sister and several other women who work at the club. Jason, a former cop, is posing as a bartender to do the same as a favor to his cousin, who owns the club. The two have immediate attraction, but neither tells the other they are undercover at the beginning.

Ms. Hart’s style is very crisp, which makes this a quick read that I finished in one sitting. The only downside the the snappy pace is that the relationship development felt rushed. I would have liked to see a bit more meaningful interaction between Cory and Jason and not the overarching focus on physical attraction.

Overall, this was an entertaining read with interesting characters, a good mystery that wasn’t too obvious to solve, and some spicy sex scenes along the way. I give this book four cat kisses.

4 cats

Cory West is determined to find out who killed her sister, even if that means dressing as a sexy kitty and working at a strip club. Will the sexy bartender distract her from finding the killer before it’s too late?

Excerpt:

The bar would be closing soon, not soon enough for Cory. She loved her boots, but her feet were killing her. She worried her feet would go on strike if she had to wear the pinching things much longer. She hadn’t taken a break all night and the small of her back was twinging.

After doing a quick check of her tables, she headed for the back door and a breath of fresh air. She glanced over at the DJ booth. Music was pounding throughout the club, but the DJ was nowhere to be found. That was strange. Where could he be? Cory passed the booth and made her way to the door.

After pausing by the ladies room while a customer pushed open the door and entered, Cory noticed the DJ making his way to the back. He made a beeline for the women’s dressing room, glanced around and darted inside. Curiosity told her to move her ass. There was a murderer loose and it could be him.

She waited a few seconds and then started to make her way to where he’d disappeared. Before she could get to the doorway, the sexy bartender came around the corner from the direction of the bar. He glanced at the dressing room and then at her. There went her chance to figure out what the DJ was up to. Cory stopped where she was. The bartender made his way over to her. He was tall in the dark hallway. She backed up a few steps until she felt the wall behind her.

The sexy man continued to invade her space and leaned one arm against the wall next to her head.

“Hey,” he said. In the darkness, she couldn’t see what color his eyes were.

She glanced over toward the dressing room and he leaned in closer. She caught the light scent of outdoors and mint and her stomach flip flopped.

“Um, hey.”

“You must be Cory,” he said close to her ear, his warm breath blew her pink wig hair slightly.

“Uh, yeah. And you are?” She tried to keep an eye on the dressing room door to see who was in there with the DJ.

“Jason.” He leaned in closer until they were almost chest to chest.

Her heart pounded hard and her legs began to quiver. There shall be no hooking up, Cory. Must find killer. Then maybe a hook up.

She licked her lips and tried to focus.

From the doorway came the sound of approaching footsteps. She tried to move around Jason to see who was coming, but he leaned in and pressed his lips against hers.

The moment their mouths touched, Cory was lost. Flames pooled in the bottom of her stomach and lower.

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About The Author:

Edie Hart was born in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she now resides with her husband, two children, dog, and three cats. After spending her childhood making up stories in her head, she finally decided to put them on paper. What came of it was her first novella, One Bad Day. Edie is a die-hard romantic and believes that everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally—both in print and real life.

Edie also admits that “Edie Hart” is a pen name and an alter ego to an otherwise boring wife and mother. Edie is 20 pounds lighter, loves to skydive, travels to foreign places, and is a total sex kitten as compared to the uninteresting other half who is none of those things.

In reality the counterpart of Edie is a lackluster 40-something-year-old, whose main goal is to keep Bacon Boy from torturing Gator Girl. Last week he left ravioli handprints on the back of her white T-shirt. The week before that he told her she was adopted and she believed him.

To learn more about her, and find out what Bacon Boy and Gator Girl are up to, visit her via her website, Facebook, or Twitter:

Wednesday Words: Guest Angela Smith has some beauties

I’m happy to welcome Angela Smith to share some of her favorite words with us today. She’s also got a new release out this week.

Punctuate. What is it about this word that makes it one of my favorite words? I love the way it sounds, the way it flows, and the way it fits with practically any sentence. Punctuate incites feeling, not only because it can denote a question, an ending (as in a sentence) or a hyper sensitive feeling with an exclamation point, but it can also detail a pause in a sentence, a feeling, a remark. Punctuate can also offer description, as in trees punctuating a creek or even gravy punctuating mashed potatoes (or maybe that’s just because I’m hungry).  Punctuate sounds pretty when spoken and can mean meaning things. The root word, punctum comes from Latin and means point and dot.  If you think about it, punctuate can make many points while dotting many sentences.

My next favorite word would be ricochet. Don’t ask me why. It’s pretty. Say it aloud and tell me what you think. Ricochet is one of those words that, when spoken, doesn’t sound quite English. And maybe that’s because the word comes from French etymology. When I hear the term ricochet, I usually picture a bullet, but it can give action to so many things. Spoken words can ricochet back to you! Ice can ricochet from a roof! Paper thrown at a basket can hit an object and ricochet. It’s a pretty word and, used appropriately, can create emotive responses and actions in a sentence or story. It’s a word not used often enough, in my opinion.

My third and final favorite word is foist.  Another pretty word when spoken and one not often heard or spoken. My ears perk up when I hear it. It just has a nice one-syllable cadence, although the earliest form might not have been used in a nice sense. First known to be spoken in about the 1540s, according to my research, and from Dutch etymology, foist meant “to take in hand” and the earliest form was used in Dutch to cheat at dice by taking a loaded dice in the palm and introducing it into play, according to Online Etymology Dictionary. But now? A romance writer can use the term foist for many terms!

Whether spoken or written, words are beautiful and hold power that many weapons never will.

 Blurb:

Hollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin’s wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

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About the Author:

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

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