Corrupted Hearts #2
suspense, romance, contemporary, military
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
Wrong Question: Right Answer
#3 Bourbon Street Boys
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, military, mystery, suspense
(23 Aug. 2016)
As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette “Toni” Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they’re catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop.
Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother’s best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she’d come to see as family, she walked away—straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.
For the past decade she’s tried to keep her feelings for Lucky platonic—he’s her friend, her colleague, and he’s got his own past to deal with. Free of Charlie but unable to shake his memory, Toni finds herself feeling vulnerable and unable to deny her attraction to Lucky any longer.
She’s always thought that kiss was her first mistake, but now she’s wondering whether the real mistake was running away.
Now when I started reading this I wasn’t sure if a: I liked Toni; and b: this was as good a book as the previous ones. It certainly wasn’t as amusing.
But as I read on, some humour started to appear and Toni became a much more sympathetic character when her back story emerged. I became interested in her and her relationship with Lucky.
This was a more serious storyline with abusive relationships to be thought about and how you might react, and the impact of prison on your personality and behaviour.
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, suspense
October 4, 2016
Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old computer prodigy China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. But then things start to get a little unpredictable. Jackson Cooper--her company CEO--assigns China to a dangerous and highly classified government defense contractor project. And, her sixteen-year-old runaway niece suddenly arrives in town. And then there's her sexy but oddly unsettling new neighbor, Clark....
A rather different heroine here – small, with glasses that keep slipping down her nose and an IQ over 170. Yes a bona fide genius – in computing and who finished 2 UG degrees and 1 Masters at MIT by the time she was 19 and was snapped up by a very prestigious software firm.
So we start to learn about China. China also has some OCD issues and loves routine – each day and night is programmed into its activities and food. Now China and I would so get on, as I totally agree that Firefly should never have been cancelled. I really liked that TV programme. And she likes so many other TV and Sci Fi that I like too.
So when I started reading this book I was immediately inclined to like the story as I liked the main character and how she was drawn up. I also liked her mathematically brilliant niece and know one or two people myself very like these characters from my interaction with MENSA members.
I did like the story line too and thought it moved fast and was complex enough to hold my attention and sufficiently detailed and in depth that I bought the next book in the series.
Children of criminals, romantic suspense
April 14, 2016
Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world. Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton - gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart. But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret - and won't let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor's identity, before it's too late.
A heartrending story about a girl who finds out that her father is a killer and abuser of women.
When she was 11 she stumbled across his ‘den’ and helped his latest victim escape. But her mother didn’t really escape his personality and continued to obsess over him, even when he was in gaol and even though he had been a wife and children abuser too.
So this story tells how the girl copes with being a famous person for her actions. So famous that a book and a movie was made about her.
She finds a way to cope by looking at life through her camera and never settling down – wandering through locations – until one day she finds a house that she falls in love with, and a dog.
And the community takes her in.
And then another serial killer emerges who is a copycat of her father and seems obsessed with her.
This is one of Nora Roberts best stories in my opinion. Not so much for the concept but for the way it is beautifully written and how you empathise with Naomi and her desire to put her childhood behind her and how she learns to trust again.
Love Released: Women of Courage Part 2
Women of Courage
romance, romantic suspense, historical
Love Released Book Two is the second in a series titled Women Of Courage. The serial tells the story of Cora Williams and Sheriff Virgil Carter as their relationship develops. The serial is best if the books are read in order. RIVETING AND REVEALING! The past stands between them, but a strong abiding love bridges the gap. Violence and crime intrude on the quiet town of Gibbs City, Missouri when a citizen does the unthinkable, but Sheriff Virgil Carter is determined to uphold the law at all cost. Cora Williams reaches out to an abused child whose tiny heart is capable of great love and innocent acceptance. Cora must decide if she can tear down the invisible walls she’s erected to protect herself and love greater than her fear. There is no sorrow love cannot heal and no challenge that does not bow to an act of courage. Love often comes like sleep, softly, quietly and unexpectedly. You just have to close your eyes and dream.
The story continues. And now we find out what really happens in the dry cleaning shop on pay day and just what crimes are being committed under the oh so demure and law abiding exteriors of many of the inhabitants of this small town. The town is seething underneath!