Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome: Book 2) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Publisher: Kensington Books, Zebra

Date of publication: August 30th 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Series: Scorpius Syndrome

Mercury Striking – Book 1

Shadow Falling – Book 2

Justice Ascending – Book 3 (expected date of publication: January 31st 2017)

Book Synopsis:

Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her trust in her fellow man had gone from shaky at best to nonexistent. Her mysterious rescuer wants to convince her he’s the exception. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .

My review:

Oh. My. God.

I LOVED this book. Forget that it is the 2nd book in a series. Forget it. This book is that awesome.

Raze, oh where do I start with him. He is so bad that he’s good and he oozed sex appeal. What appealed to me about him was that he was 100% devoted to his family and those who he considers family. Even when he got sick with the Scorpius Syndrome, he was still a complete badass.

Vinnie (or Vivienne) Kennedy was a mess when she was introduced. She is dealing with the aftermath of her kidnapping by the President. She was also infected with Scorpius Syndrome and her brain is all wonky. To the point where she is seeing hallucinations of her dead schizophrenic stepmother and she believes that she can read minds (or can she??). She doesn’t have a filter. I laughed out loud when she told Jax, Lynn and Trace that Raze had a huge erection because she wouldn’t have sex with him.

President Atherton and Vice President Lake were creepy. I got chills when I read their scenes. I can’t wait to see both of them get what they are due.

The main storyline was great but I called what would happen with it. Not that it took away from the story in any way. I did like the 2nd storyline and the way that the author wrapped that up was great. The 3rd storyline annoyed me for some reason. The Reverend was sneaky. I don’t understand why Jax didn’t shoot him the first time Vinnie told him that he was up to something.  But then again, I can see why he didn’t.

The ending was great and it was left open for Trace and Sami’s story. Which I can’t wait to read. Now, I have to read the first book and I will be all set.

How many stars will I give Shadow Falling? 4/4.5

Why? A great romance/post-apocalyptic book!! This book was jam-packed with sex and action and it was written so that you didn’t get sick of the book or its characters.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age? Adult

Why? Lots of sex that includes some light BDSM. Also a lot of violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

My Fair Princess (The Improper Princesses: Book 1) by Vanessa Kelly

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Publisher: Kensington Books, Zebra

Date of Publication: August 30th 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Genre: Romance

Series: The Improper Princesses

My Fair Princess – Book 1

Book synopsis:

First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending? 

My review:

I have mentioned in other reviews that I am a huge fan of historical romance. I love to be able to immerse myself and pretend , for a little while, that I am in Regency England. Something about that period fascinates me to no end. When I got My Fair Princess to review, I was very excited about reading it.

The book lived up to the internal hype in my mind. The author was spot on with the sayings and with the attitudes of the ton. The rigid rules that society lived by and the way they dressed were spot on. It is amazing what was considered awful and life ending back in that society is normal in these times.

Miss Gillian Dryden is a prime example of what I stated above. She is the illegitimate daughter of the Prince of England. Her mother had made a bad decision, slept with the Prince of England, got pregnant and decided to keep the baby. It didn’t matter that she got married to an Italian count, the stain of what she did followed Gillian around.

I liked Gillian’s character. She was spunky, outspoken and she was unpolished. Even though her mother was a Contessa and her stepfather a Count, she wasn’t brought into Italian society because of her birth. So she didn’t have the social graces that most girls of that period did and I loved it. It was very refreshing to read her scenes because she spoke plainly.

But there was a downside to her character that I didn’t like. She was stubborn and didn’t listen to reason (or Duke Leverton). She took risks that put people and herself in danger. But it did make for an interesting read.

The Duke of Leverton (or Charles Valentine Penley). Oh where to I begin with him. He has an iron facade and nothing got to him, except Gillian. Seeing his facade starting to crack and then for him to not be “Perfect Penley” was great.

I wish I could say that the rest of the story was as great as those characters. There was some promise when Gillian met Letitia and her husband but that petered out. She gets a couple of bad nicknames (Doxy Duchess was one) and they all decide to vacation in the summer. I would have loved to see that triangle work its way out. Even the subplot of the smugglers were eh. I figured out who was helping them about halfway through the book.

The ending was cute and I loved the epilogue.

How many stars will I give My Fair Princess? 3

Why? I loved that it was a historical romance and the author definitely did her research for the time period. The story just didn’t jive, storylines were left up in the air (the Letitia/Gillian/Charles/Letitia’s husband one) and I was left feeling very “Eh” at the ending….as cute as it was.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Adult

Why? Lots of sex and some mild violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia

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Publisher:

Date of publication: December 11th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Kali, a crippled mage who longs to run from the painful memories of her deceased father, travels to Whitewater City to meet with a powerful healer. When her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous bandits, she is left in the company of a single sentinel, Stonewall, a man with nothing left but his chosen name and his faith in the gods. Together, they must survive demonic creatures, bloodthirsty nomads, and a strange magic never seen before.

But trouble brews in Whitewater City. Sentinel Commander Talon struggles to keep the mages captive as Eris, a shape-changing mage, prepares for an escape of her own. Meanwhile, Milo, a new sentinel, must decide if the path he’s chosen is the right one after tragedy strikes his squad.

Catalyst Moon: Incursion is the first book an epic fantasy series, with notes of romance that introduces an old world where magic is new...and rebellion is on the horizon.

My review:

This book was interesting for me to read. This was  a society who feared mages and ket them sequestered from the other people. I was fascinated by it.

The story was great. A mage is getting transferred from old bastillion to a new one and her envoy gets attacked. Desperate to protect herself and the sentinels, she does magic through her bonds. She ends up transporting them far away from the scene of the battle.

If the author continued writing the story from Kalinda’s perspective, it would have been boring. Adding Gideon/Eris story would have completed the story. But when I got into Milo/Flint’s issues then it became confusing and dragged the story down.

I liked Kali and Stonewall’s characters. I liked that the author did a slow burn for the romance instead of Instalove. I didn’t feel them as a couple, at all. Because the romance was later on in the book and she was taken away from him before they could bump uglies. I’m not too sure if they did have sex. The scene where they were in the inn and making out didn’t say if they did or not. I went with no but I could be wrong. It was vaguely written.

The book ended like I thought it would. There was no huge twist and I saw what happened from a mile away. With the way the book ended, there was no doubt that there is a 2nd book coming.

How many stars will I give Incursion? 3/3.5

Why? A wonderfully written story that was a quick read. A little predictable at times and a little vague (see above) at times. But definitely keeps you focused on the book.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Teens on up

Why? Violence and maybe sex that was very vague.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Skin Trade (Jake Brogan Series: Book 2) by Michael K. Murphy

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Publisher: Michael K. Murphy

Date of publication: July 20th 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series? Jake Brogan

Deadbeat – Book 1 (review here)

Skin Trade – Book 2

Book synopsis:

Jake Brogan, retired US Army Special Forces, is hunting for his daughter’s killer. But in the course of his search, he comes across a mother whose young daughter has been kidnapped by a ring of human traffickers whose tentacles reach all the way to the corridors of power in Washington. Jake agrees to detour from his search in order to help recover the woman’s daughter. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he is going up against a vicious cartel with seemingly limitless resources and a willingness to destroy anyone who gets in their way. The problem for the traffickers is that they don’t realize that they have messed with the wrong person.

My review:

Back in February, I reviewed Deadbeat and loved it. When I got contacted by the author to review Skintrade, I was excited about reading it.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Jake was his usual badass self and was continuing his search for Donnie. While he was in Nashville, he meets Heather. He finds out that her daughter was kidnapped by human traffickers. Jake decides to look for Kelsey after he hears that the local cops aren’t doing squat about it. That sets in motion a series of events that proves how badass he is.

I have a bit of a book crush on Jake. This guy is unflippingbelievable and in my eyes, he walks on water. He is the total package for a book crush. I mean, who else can walk away from being captured by mercenaries and turn it around on them? Jake can!!!

There was very little of Randy in the book but that’s OK. I dealt with it. I did get to meet Grey and Russ (hopefully there will be more Randy in his next book!!!).

The ending of the book was perfect. All I have to say is that everyone got what was coming to them. EVERYONE got what they deserved.

How many stars will I give Skintrade? 5

Why? This book was an action-packed, no hold bars read right from the get-go. It was a very fast read that kept me totally engrossed until the ending (and a little aggravated that Donnie is still skulking about)

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? A lot of sexual situation and a ton of violence

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Highland Temptation (Highland Knights: Book 3) by Jennifer Haymore

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Publisher: Random House Publishing-Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: August 23rd, 2016

Genre: Romance

Where to find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Jennifer Haymore’s sweeping Highland Knights series is perfect for readers of Maya Banks, Monica McCarty, and Sabrina Jeffries–and as the saga resumes, one of Scotland’s most steadfast warriors shields a broken beauty while she soothes the pain in his soldier’s heart.
 
When Lady Emilia Featherstone discovers that her despicable father has been scheming against the crown, she turns to the Highland Knights for protection–and retribution. Spirited away to a safe house on the outskirts of London, Emilia is surprised to find herself sharing close quarters with a soft-spoken, musclebound Highlander. Before long, curiosity gives way to an alarming attraction. Emilia has learned firsthand from her father that men are not to be trusted. She just never met one so honorable and loyal, so powerful and, yes, tempting.
 
Ever since Waterloo, Colin Stirling has struggled with memories that haunt him night and day. Driven near to madness, he no longer trusts himself with meaningful relationships of any kind. At least in this temporary sanctuary, Colin can withdraw from the world–that is, until his stunningly gorgeous charge learns the full depth of his pain. In Emilia, Colin sees a kindred spirit with battle scars of her own. He also senses a chance to heal . . . and to find love.

My review:

I am a sucker for historical romances. I love the period clothes, the courting of the women, the description of the ton, love it all. I love the Scots from this period. Every single book that I have read, they are bad boys and I love it.

This book was no exception to that. But I wouldn’t class Colin as a “bad boy“.  He has PTSD and survivor’s guilt after fighting with the English Army at Waterloo. Emilia is his kindred spirit. She had been abused by her father and carries internal and external scars. Colin and Emilia touched my heart because of what they had gone through.

The story was good. Who doesn’t like a little mystery and intrigue with your romance? I know I do!!!

The only thing I can even complain about with this book is that it is the 3rd book in the series. This is not a standalone book. The characters from the old books come into play here. They talk about what happened in previous books. Which annoyed me.

How many stars will I give Highland Temptation? 3.5

Why? It is a great book, very well researched but lagged in some spots. Also, the fact that it was the 3rd book in the series.

Will I recommend it to my family and friends? Yes

Will I reread it? Yes….after I read the other books first

Age range: Adult

Why? Sex scenes (which were very tastefully done) and a couple of scenes where Emilia is beaten like a horse.

Part of a series? Yes, it is Book 3 in the Highland Knights series

A Highlander’s Heart (Highland Knights, Book 0.5)

Highland Heat (Highland Knights, Book 1)

Highland Awakening (Highland Knights, Book 2)

Highland Temptation (Highland Knights, Book 3)

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Old Dark (The Last Dragon Lord: Book 1) by Michael La Ronn

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Publisher: Ursabrand Media

Date of publication: August 19th 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: The Last Dragon Lord

Old Dark – Book 1

Book synopsis

He’s a supreme dragon lord at the height of his power, but there’s a conspiracy brewing. 

Old Dark is a viperous dragon lord who rules the world with brute force. For two hundred years, he and his dragons have terrorized humanity, forcing it to pay tribute or die. 

Dark’s palace of blood and bone sits on caverns of treasure. He’s stockpiled all the world’s magic for his own personal use, making him akin to a god. 

There is another dragon in Dark’s inner circle who wants Dark’s power and fortune for himself. And if Dark doesn’t stop his own overthrow, he’ll suffer a fate far worse than death. 

But Dark won’t fall easily. There’s a reason the ancients called him Dark the Wicked…

Old Dark is a different kind of dark fantasy, told through the eyes of a blood-thirsty dragon. Readers who like antiheroes, the Age of Fire series, and Smaug from Lord of the Rings will love this heart-pounding story of power, revenge, and true evil.

My review:

This book was good.

Told from the viewpoint of Old Dark, it embraced how society perceives dragons and runs with it. Greedy, vicious leaders who won’t hesitate to destroy a village to make a point. Loved it!! Not too often that you read a book that 100% supports the bad guy.

What I loved is that the author refused to kill Old Dark. Instead, he had him cursed in an attack. That curse went wrong and he fell asleep for 1,000 years. While he was asleep, humans, elves and dragons were coexisting rather peacefully. Dragons were no longer feared and they worked with humans. Elves can use magic and magic defines their whole society. Human and elves can marry and have children. There was a downside. Magic was being drained from wells faster than it could replenish itself.

This is where Miri Charmwell and Lucan Grimoire were introduced. Miri is a professor in the Department of Magical Sciences. He is running for governor. They get thrown together when he discovers a dragon tomb in the middle of the Ancestral Bogs. He needs her to help him discover whose tomb it was.

I didn’t care for Lucan or Miri’s characters at all, at first. Miri grew on me. Lucan comes across as a jerk and the author did nothing to dissuade from that impression.

I loved the latter part of the book. Not going to give anything away but it was great. The ending was perfect. I can’t wait to read the next book!!

How many stars will I give Old Dark? 4

Why? Loved the story. Like I said above, it was delicious and a breath of fresh air. Miri’s character was a little naive and Lucan’s character was a bastard. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a cliffhanger (as you all know, I hate them).

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teen on up

Why? Some sexual situations, lots of violence but nothing too gory

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Skies (Sharani Series: Book 3) by Kevin L. Nielson

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Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of Publication: August 15th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Series: Sharani Series

Sands – Book 1

Storms – Book 2

Skies – Book 3

Book synopsis:

For the Rahuli people, the world has just gotten a lot bigger.

Gavin, now the leader of the displaced Rahuli, grows increasingly frustrated with the members of the so-called slave “rebellion.” The former slaves are frightened by the Rahuli’s war-filled history, but the their warrior ways might be the only thing to stop the Orinai from slaughtering them all.

Meanwhile, Lhaurel is held prisoner by the Seven Sisters, the mysterious and ruthless mages who rule the Orinai. Cut off from her magic, she is forced to travel to the Orinai capital under a threat against the Rahuli. But, despite their promises, the Sisters have no intention of letting the Rahuli live.

Their armies march toward the Rahuli once again. To defend his people, Gavin must earn the trust of the former slaves, or nobody stands a chance against the approaching horde.

Can Gavin defeat the Orinai, or have the Rahuli entered a fight they cannot win?

My review:

I am going to start off this review by saying you need to read Sands and Storms first. Skies is not a standalone book. I made the mistake of not reading Sands and Storms before reading Skies and I was so confused that I ended up stopping reading Skies, buying Sands and Storms, reading them and then restarting Skies. Which is why I didn’t have my review ready on the date it was released.

Lhaurel’s character really progressed from the first 2 books and I felt awful that she was shut off from her powers. I also felt bad that she was held captive by those creepy Sisters. Now, when I think of Sisters, I think of kind little nuns in their habits. From what I gleaned about these Sisters, they are the opposite. They wear tight-fitting clothes, filed their teeth to points, and were generally bad ass bitches that no one wanted to mess with. I loved it. I did like Talha. She seemed the most easy-going out of all the sisters.

The other storyline focused on Gavin and his band of RahuliGavin is having a hard time being the ruler and trying to keep the peace with the head of the village. Brisson kept reminding Gavin of the hardship that the Rahuli are putting on his people and Gavin keeps reminding Brisson that his people could help. It’s a stalemate until Gavin decides that he has had enough and forces Brisson to accept him as an equal.

Not going to go too much into that storyline but I was impressed with how it ended up and I loved the twist at the end. Absolutely freaking loved it. There were hints pointing to the twist but I was still surprised when it came.

Lhaurel’s storyline was a little more complicated but none the less just as enthralling. I did like the waking dreams and the end of her story was totally not what I was expecting. I honestly thought that it would go another way.

The author did leave it open for a 4th book. But no cliffhangers. He wrapped up each storyline in a way that it definitely closed the door on that story and opened a new door for the next story.

How many stars will I give Skies? 4

Why? It’s a wonderfully written, thoroughly engrossing book with vividly written worlds and characters.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? Violence but otherwise, it is a very clean book.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski

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Publisher: AmazonCrossing

Date of publication: August 1st 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Series: Teodor Szacki

Entanglement – Book 1

A Grain of Truth – Book 2

Rage – Book 3

Book synopsis:

Bestselling Polish crime by award-winning author Zygmunt Miloszewski.

All eyes are on famous prosecutor Teodor Szacki when he investigates a skeleton discovered at a construction site in the idyllic Polish city of Olsztyn. Old bones come as no shock to anyone in this part of Poland, but it turns out these remains are fresh, the flesh chemically removed.

Szacki questions the dead man’s wife, only to be left with a suspicion she’s hiding something. Then another victim surfaces—a violent husband, alive but maimed—giving rise to a theory: someone’s targeting domestic abusers. And as new clues bring the murderer closer to those Szacki holds dear, he begins to understand the terrible rage that drives people to murder.

From acclaimed Polish crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski comes a gritty, atmospheric page-turner that poses the question, what drives a sane man to kill?

My Review:

What drives a sane man to kill? That question could be answered by looking at today’s headlines. “She cut me off“, “He cheated on me“, “She grabbed the last pair of socks in the discount bin” as a few examples. I mean we have all heard them. What the author did is backtrack from the murder and examined the circumstances.

Seeing that this is the 3rd book in a series, it could very well be a standalone book. There were a few references to past books but other than that, this book was its own animal.

I did not like Helena (Hela’s) or Teodor’s characters. Hela came across as a spoiled brat and Teodor came across as a cold, very unfeeling person. When he was comforting people, there was this edge to him and it made me uncomfortable.

The plot was fantastic and it was fast paced. The two storylines meet up towards the end of the book. The way that the author did it was great!!! I couldn’t put my finger on the murderer/vigilante. It could have been anyone. The big twist at the end was a surprise.

How many stars will I give Rage? 4

Why? While a very gritty, very fast paced mystery, I felt that the author kept the identity of the murderer/vigilante under wraps for too long. Other than that, it was a great read!!

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Adult

Why? Sex, a very descriptive scene (well 2 scenes) where you find out how to kill someone with lye balls, another descriptive scene where a man gets throat raped by a pole and some mild language.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Brain Storm (Death Investigator Angela Richman, Book 1) by Elaine Viets

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Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Date of Publication: August 2nd 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: Angela Richman, Death Investigator

Brain Storm – Book 1

Book synopsis:

The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.

It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered…and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.

My review:

I have never been disappointed in a book before I started reading Brain Storm. I had such high hopes for it by the Goodreads descriptions and then all the 4 and 5-star reviews. I was like “Yes, this is going to be awesome to read” and it was for the first few chapters.

I enjoyed reading about Angela’s job, the community where she lived and her friends. The author did a great job setting up her backstory. Then the misdiagnosis and stroke happened and this is where the book took a nosedive. We got to read all about Angela’s recovery and her hallucinations. Which in itself wasn’t a bad thing but there was so much going on in the backstory!!!

Like the Angel of Death working at the hospital, the little boy dying because Dr. Gravois testified before the insurance company that he didn’t need treatment and the romance between Monty and Kate. The focus, instead,  was on Dr. Tritt and the accusations that he killed Dr. Gravois. Which was silly.

The ending was anticlimactic and I didn’t have that “Aha” moment when the bad guy was caught. Because said bad guy didn’t show up until 3 chapters before the end.

There were some redeeming qualities to this book. The author knew how to make a character come off the page and she knew how to make you care about the main characters. Which is huge in a book.

How many stars will I give Brain Storm? 2

Why? While vividly written with characters that came to life, the plot fell short. There were so many red herrings that when the bad guy showed up, at the end of the book with very minimal foreshadowing, it confused me.

Will I reread? No

Will I recommend to family and friends? No

Age Range: Teen on up

Why: Minimal violence, no sex and some pretty gruesome descriptions of a car accident.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Protect Me (The Donovan Family, Book 6) by Margaret Watson

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Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: November 11th 2015

Genre: Romance

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – Book 1

Watch Me – Book 2

Find Me – Book 3

Trust Me – Book 4

Cover Me – Book 5 (review here)

Protect Me – Book 6

Save Me – Book 7

See Me – Book 8

Book Synopsis:

Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating. 

Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment. 

Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star. 

But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him. 

My review:

This book is electric, right from the get-go.

Mia Donovan is what my mother in law would call a firecracker and I loved it. I didn’t expect any less and would have been disappointed if the author wrote her any other way. Even the way she introduces herself to Finn was gold. I loved it!!

I didn’t care for Finn’s character at first. I get he’s an Alpha male and thought he could protect himself from his stalker, but still. To take the risks he did the first day was stupid and he didn’t listen to Mia. Made me want to slap and shake him.

I was shocked at how fast they had sex. They didn’t even know each other a week. The more I thought about it, it made sense. They were together 24/7, no breaks and they were attracted to each other. I liked that they entered the relationship as adults. Except for the no condom sex and taking each other’s word that they were clean. You couldn’t pay me any amount of money to do that with someone I just met.

Mia being undercover was a hoot and I giggled when she became an airhead. It cracked me up. I laughed every single scene.

Finn’s issues with his ex wasn’t funny. He let her put his name through the mud and all because he’s a nice guy. I will say that it reminds me of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard saga going on.

The stalker’s identity and the end of the book was a little bit of a shock to me. The stalker wasn’t who I pegged. I wasn’t expecting the book to end the way it did. I did get a little misty-eyed at it !!

How many stars will I give Protect Me? 4

Why? A great, fast-paced romance that pulls out all the stops. Mia and Finn were perfect for each other!!

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? Lots of sex and some violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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