Small but deadly

Pint Sized Protector
Bad Boy Inc #2
Eve Langlais
romantic suspense, contemporary
Eve Langlais
(10 Oct. 2017)

Now there is one thing I learnt in Judo when I was younger that being pint -sized myself gave you several advantages when fighting tall and bulky males.

1. They underestimated you. And

2. You could get under their guard and throw them down before they knew it, as your centre of gravity was underneath theirs.

So being pint sized, if you are feisty, is often a good thing.

So enjoyed this feisty kickass pint-sized female story as it had resonations…

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Nature Vs Nurture

Unloved Book Cover Unloved
Katy Regenery
romantic suspense
Katharine Gilliam Regnery;
1 edition (16 Sept. 2017)

My name is Cassidy Porter...
My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.
Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.
To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.
I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.
It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.
Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...
Unloved.
**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

An interesting twist on the murderous genes dilemma. Nature Vs Nurture?

Of course, in articles, there is some scientific discussion of the X variant that that causes an MAOA deficiency that then links to violent behaviour according to some studies.

This is also known by some as the ‘warrior gene’. Which of course, was very useful when we lived in small tribes and needed to defend ourselves against others but in today’s society, not so much. And adding this genetic trait to a soldier is a bad move.

But other scientific studies have linked this gene to serial killers or mass murderers and this is an on-going controversy.

There is evidence that psychopaths / sociopaths make up a significant proportion of the prison population – but what causes a psychopath? Are they born or made? And this is the underlying issue that this story centres around. If they are born then our ‘hero’ must remain unloved and isolated from any population that might cause this gene to function. But our hero hasn’t demonstrated the typical childhood behaviour of a psychopath – the animal killing etc – so does he really have this gene?

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Ooh, a six-pack

Latvis Security Services Book Cover Latvis Security Services
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, military, mystery, suspense
Kindle

Enjoy 5 military romance books in this discounted bundle.
Currently FREE with the Kindle Unlimited Program or $0.99.
All full length books. No cliffies!

ROUGH RIDER
Rebecca Jones grew up working in travelling carnivals. She likes the work, the freedom, and the sense of family that the carnival workers provide, especially since she’s become a single mother. Recently, however, she’s grown concerned for the safety of her daughter. They’ve gone to numerous towns now, but each time they set up shop she sees the same man. And each time he seems fixated on her daughter. Independent and direct, Rebecca tries to handle it on her own, but she can never seem to corner the man and no one else notices him. When she spots him trying to lure her daughter away she contacts Latvis Security Services for help.

MODEL EXPERIMENT
Andrea Chin is a fashion designer who, despite her small size, attracts a lot of attention, sometimes from all the wrong people. When one man crosses the line and begins stalking her and her models, she needs the help of Mads Latvis’ detective agency. Mads assigns her a bodyguard in the form of Dwayne Kingston, a big, burly, and boyish army veteran with a surprising amount of charm.

HIDDEN LIAISONS
After dozens of letters between them, genius scientist Baroness Natalie Vladimirovich finally gets to meet American private detective, Jai. The only problem is, Natalie doesn’t actually want to meet Jai in the flesh. She prefers to keep men at a distance—a decent letter writing distance, for instance. But then Natalie’s cousin Mads, Jai’s boss, drags almost his entire detective agency overseas in order to protect his relative from a deranged stalker. So now Natalie’s castle home has been invaded, thoroughly disrupting her experiments. Worse yet, her mind has also been invaded … and her heart.

HOPE & HYPOTHERMIA
Gwen Dahl towers over men not only in physical size but also in strength. When Jamie Hardy shows up in her small town, Gwen is shocked that he’s immediately and obviously interested in her. From Jamie’s perspective, he can’t understand why Gwen doesn’t see what he instantly sees in her. When Gwen’s brother Gawain is trapped outdoors in a life-threatening storm, Jamie gets to see Gwen’s real strength in action as together they race to save Gawain. But can he get Gwen to put aside past hurts and trust him with her heart as much as she is trusting him with her life?

HOME
Mads Latvis has sacrificed a lot in his life, to take care of the people he loves most. Over the years, he’s helped every person he’s been able to, in order to somehow atone for not helping the people who mattered most—his parents, who were stolen from him as a young child. But in his quest for revenge, Mads has becoming increasingly obsessive and lost, attempting to push away those now closest to him. Willow Millier is willing to go in order to keep the man she loves safe from all harm even if she has to stand between Mads and all his enemies, within and without, past and present, in order to bring him home again.

So the Carnival comes to town, with a trick horse rider, rides, and clown shows, and a creepy child stalker.

There are very different characterisations of the PIs/Bodyguards that makes these 5 books an interesting read. Her style is easy and flowing, and the stories move along with romances for all of course.

#1. Darren is a reclusive person and his client is Rebecca who is a trick horse rider with the Carnival, and who also has a daughter who is being stalked.

This story shows how they connect and how Darren shows off his own rodeo skills and acquires a daughter, who he teaches to dismantle and re-assemble a motor-bike.

#2. The irrepressible Dwayne, hulk and jokester falls for a dress designer Andrea and shows off his muscles. One of his favourite things to do is to sling Andrea over his shoulder and carry her around. And she loves it!

#3. Jai the ex-army doctor meets his pen-pal Natalie, who turns out to be not only brilliant but awkward and also, rather unexpectedly, Mad’s cousin, with whom he was very close growing up. And not only does it turn out that Mads is a Count, who speaks 8 languages – at least – but he also has a Scottish castle, is a psychiatrist, and a romantic matchmaker.

#4. Jamie, the model lookalike is the last of Mads’ employees to find his match and he falls for an ex-army girl who is taller and heavier than him – and really the complete opposite of his erstwhile fiancée – and turns out to be great fan of camping.

#5. Alongside all the other romances runs the one of Mads and Willow the florist who has the shop downstairs.

Willow it seems, had a very difficult past life. She was a wayward teenager and spent some time n a cult with a charming and manipulative leader – now in prison. This leader send her regular mail which leads to Willow and Mads spending significant time together for their attraction to be acted upon. Note – this story is sexually explicit and features some fetishes.

Each novel features a reason for the agency run by Mads to undertake protection work alongside the romance stories.

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Cat Sanctuary?

Crazy Cat Ladies: Forgive Me
Sanctuary Lake #2
Lori Whyte
romance, paranormal, suspense,
11 Oct 2016
kindle

The Crazy Cat Lady boxed set lets 9 new purr-fectly wild romance stories out of the bag. There’s something to scratch the itch for every reader; comedy to suspense, sweet to deliciously scorching. We hope you enjoy these paw-some tails from New York Times, USA Today, & other authors.

The Vet & the Geek (Gone Geek #2) Sidney Bristol, NYT & USA
When veterinarian Raul is reunited with his lost cat he gets more than he bargained for in Miranda, the sassy woman who wipes the floor with his subpar gaming skills. But Miranda doesn’t know if Raul is flirting with her, or if he’s the stalker she’s lived in fear of for years. Is he the crazy cat guy of her dreams, or does he want her—dead or alive?
Mr. November by Melanie Ting
Marty Devonshire is the feared tough guy of the Vancouver Vice hockey team, yet he’s afraid to make a move on petite Elaine Salang. It will be up to the entire team—& Knightley the cat—to convince Marty to take a chance on love.
Cat Scratch Fever, L.C. Alleyne
Inspector Rafael Montigue detects the scent of a potential mate during a delegate meeting. Kristin Wallin is working undercover to bring down the Brazilian Minister’s drug ring. When terrorists attack, Rafe exposes his panther shifter identity in order to protect Kristin, but she surprises him with secrets of her own that make him look like an innocent kitty cat.
Decker & Joy: A North Pole Unlimited Romance, Elle Rush
Jaded P.I. Decker Harkness must track down a missing prototype if he wants a shot at a corporate security contract. Sexy cat shelter manager Joy McCall has her own investigation running - she needs to figure out who broke into Kitten Caboodle and made off with her foster kittens. They'll have to work together to get the happy ending they both deserve.
Cats in the Cradle, Jerri Drennen
Being accused of murder by the red-haired beauty, Beatrice Dailey, a woman known to be the crazy cat lady in the neighborhood, somehow kick-starts Sam Littman's floundering career. Soon he finds himself writing her as the main character in his novel—but as fact & fiction start to blur, Sam & Beatrice tumble headfirst into something most unexpected.
Forgive Me (Sanctuary Lake #2), Lori Whyte
When a neighbor's cat deposits a severed finger on Rachel Connor's doorstep, the last thing she expects is that it'll bring Grady Randall back into her life. He shattered her heart when they were teenagers, but she finds herself turning to him when a menacing stranger shows up at her door. Can their reunion & reignited attraction survive the night or will the murderer strike again?
Sanctuary, Sukie Chapin
When Indiana finds her life is in shambles & her exotic cat sanctuary on the verge of bankruptcy, her only hope rests in the capable hands of a tall, dark, & bearded stranger. Jake’s on the hunt for the only good thing left in his life his lost lion Loki, but he never expected his search to lead him to beautiful, anguished Indy & her dilapidated refuge. As their attraction grows fiercer than the lions they love, Indy & Jake must decide if they can overcome old wounds & fears to find sanctuary in each other’s arms.
Mr. Hot Stuff, Abby Cheshire
After eight awful & all too memorable blind dates in a row, all Lily wants is to stay home with a good book & her five cats. But when her latest rescue cat Captain Kitt goes klepto & steals a set of keys that belong to the hunky fireman in the neighborhood - Lily may be closer to a perfect match than she ever imagined.
Dress Blues, Lisa Carlisle, USA
When Vivi Parker volunteers at a fundraiser for a cat shelter, she’s stunned to run into Jack Conroy, the one man she couldn’t have, but never forgot. While they served in the Marines, any relationship between them was off-limits. Years later in Boston, the rules have changed. But so have they.

There are 9 stories in this Anthology and I shall be reviewing each separately.

For me this was the one story that read as a pot boiler in this set. I skipped large sections to see if it got any better.

Frankly I doubt if a: she would have got permission to run a cat ‘hotel’ in a garage; and b: whether any cat owner would want to leave her cat with her in those circumstances. Cat ‘hotels’ are expected to have nice cozy rooms, heating, day light including an outside run and so on… even TV. See this example where there are wrought iron designer cat beds in individually decorated bedroom suites, gourmet menus and grooming services, a choice of music, and team members whose sole job it is to come in and entertain the feline residents.cat-bed cat-hotel

And the first thing I would have done is link the garage to the house with a covered and lit walkway!

 

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