Are the boys really bad?

Assassin Next Door Book Cover Assassin Next Door
Bad Boy Inc #1
Eve Langlais
romantic suspense
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(31 July 2017)

A killer with a white picket fence. Suburbia, a great place for a man with secrets to hide—while investing in some solid real estate. The biggest drawback? Neighbors. In this case, a neighbor with sexy curves and a bright smile. Good thing she’s not his type. Single moms with annoying exes are on the do-not-date list. Stay away. Calvin wants to; it’s just not happening. He can’t help but find himself drawn to the chaos next door. And when danger threatens his suburban lifestyle, this assassin doesn’t hesitate to act. Killing people is easy. Domestication, on the other hand, terrifies him.

 

What a great name for an organisation of guys – plus 1 gal – who are assassins for hire – or ‘problem solvers’ as they put it.

With a cover story of being international real estate agents – which reminds of the real estate agents in my area called, wait for it, Hot Black Desiato.

So just who are the bad boys here? The BBI guys? Or the corrupt police they are happy to kill?

And should we like these bad boys who are American dreamboats? Well, they don’t kill women and children and do try to kill just bad guys. But being a UK citizen, I prefer my law enforcers not to use guns, but find myself conflicted as these are really good guys at heart… and protective of those who need it.

So a story I really enjoyed with good story-telling and style and a series that is clearly going to run through the guys and gal (see review of Pint Sized) and which I will read.

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Guard the Blood?

Blood Guard: A Mission Novel Book Cover Blood Guard: A Mission Novel
Mission
Megan Erickson
romance, contemporary, supernatural, suspense
Loveswept
(12 Sept. 2017)
Kindle

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

I’m afraid this book didn’t do it for me. I was bored and didn’t complete it. A tired story-line.

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When to trust a stranger?

Evidence of Trust Book Cover Evidence of Trust
Colorado Trust
Stacey Joy Netzel
romantic suspense
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
1 edition (31 Mar. 2014)

Having grown up under the excessive expectations of her CEO father, Brittany Lucas is as resistant to authority as the mustang she’s training for her boss. It’s a fault that lands her in more danger than she bargains for while camping in the back-country of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Ranger Joel Morgan is used to having the upper hand in all his cases—until he runs into the headstrong blond while investigating disturbing incidents of poaching in the park. Brittany’s imprudent lie of omission awakens ghosts in his past, making the sizzling attraction between them unwelcome. As he searches for evidence he can trust her, the monster mutilating wildlife turns his sights on Brittany, and Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life. EXCERPT: Five minutes later, he rode back into Brittany Lucas’s camp as she threw a couple pieces of wood on the campfire that’d been nothing but banked coals when he left. She brushed off her hands before bracing them on her hips. “Now what?” He dismounted to unpack his gear. “I’ll be camping here with you tonight.” “Ranger Morgan, let me assure you, I have every intention of leaving in the morning.” “And until then, I’ll make sure you stay safe.” “I don’t need you to babysit me,” she insisted, irritation flooding her voice as she sat by the fire. Ignoring the fact she’d heard him earlier, he met her stare over the top of Nobel’s saddle. “You got a gun?” Her gaze faltered. “No.” “Well, the poacher does, so I’m staying.” That shut her up, until he tossed his sleeping bag inside her tent.

Poaching of moose and other animals in mountains of USA. Rangers trying to stop. Horse Farm for holiday riding with some horse taming by the horse whisperer.

Bit chick lit even though billed as a suspense story, the suspense was very light.

 

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The Unwelcome Gift

Marriage Pact Book Cover Marriage Pact
Michelle Richmond
psychological, mystery, suspense, contemporary
Michael Joseph
July 27, 2017
432

Alice and Jake are the perfect couple - sort of. On the day of their wedding, a stranger offers them the chance to join a mysterious group, known as The Pact. With its promise of a lifelong marriage of happiness, Jake and Alice are persuaded to accept. The goals of the society seem sound - and the couple are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, sense of community and like-minded couples. But then one of them breaks the rules. Alice and Jake are about to discover that, like marriage, The Pact is for life. The members will go to any lengths to ensure nobody leaves - until the marriage of their dreams becomes their worst nightmare. Under The Pact, 'Til death do us part' has a whole new meaning. . .

A story that gets darker as it develops.

So here is the fairly typical West Coast USA couple. Well educated, good careers with some previous experimentation, living together in a bijou house in a nice neighbourhood. Marriage seems the next and logical step.

And a friend introduces them to this ‘organisation’ that started in Ireland, which aims to help people have better marriages and fewer divorces.

Strangely, to join the organisation you have sign a contract, and then are given a very large book of rules of behaviour. The rules are very precise and specify minutiae – as an example, if your spouse rings you, you must answer within 2 rings. Now you may ask, what happens if you answer in 3 rings? And how would the organisation know? Which is where the story starts getting creepy. Apparently they do know. And you will be ‘reported’ and ‘dealt’ with.

The story is told by Jake, who is a counsellor and therapist, and it is his marriage to Alice that is examined in the book.

If you are married, or about to be married, there are definitely some elements of this story that you might want to think about. How often do you talk to your partner properly? Not just about day to day chores and work. How often do you surprise them with a gift? For no reason other than that you want to?

The statistics about divorce are horrendous and also those about how often marriage counselling fails. So the idea of (self) help and how to make a successful marriage appeals. But, I suspect, that what works for some couples, works for them alone, just because they are who they are, and not someone else. So don’t copy their behaviour!

Which is why I don’t think that the concept of the Pact was useful as an idea from the cult leaders. Who clearly had the wrong sort of psychological training…..

I really like the story and got more and more horrified as the story went on. And the final chapter was completely unexpected.

 

 

 

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Can China be Broken?

Break Me Book Cover Break Me
Corrupted Hearts #2
Tiffany Snow
suspense, romance, contemporary, military
Montlake Romance
14 March 2017

Just a few weeks ago, computer prodigy China Mack’s typical night in involved Endor Star Wars pajamas and a sensible bedtime. Now she’s dating gorgeous tech guru Jackson Cooper—one of Forbes’s Top Ten Eligible Billionaires—much to the Twitterverse’s delight.

Turns out, going from socially inept hermit to poster girl for geek chic has its challenges. China’s relationship gets even more complicated because her role heading the top-secret Vigilance program—where she’s partnered with Superman clone Clark Slattery—makes her a target. And when ruthless businessman Simon Lu plans to co-opt Vigilance software to blackmail government and military employees, he’ll need China’s cooperation—willing or otherwise.

But not every enemy is so easily identified. Some hide in plain sight, in very high places, and mistaking foe for friend could be the last mistake China ever makes…

China Mack re-appears in this next book in the series as the manager and leader of a group, rather than a follower and finds it trickier. Especially, as her habits interfere with her work and she is often forced to forego her precious rituals. For someone with OCD this is very upsetting…

She is involved with 2 men and finds herself meeting the President of the United States in a somewhat unusual situation. Spies, treachery and conspiracies are essential in this story but it is told with a deft touch of humour and we really bond with China as she struggles to make sense of her new situation.

I live Geeky girls and China is no exception. Can’t wait for the next inst

 

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