Whatever it Takes (Grey Justice)

Whatever It Takes (Grey Justice, #2)Whatever It Takes by Christy Reece

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another well-done romantic suspense, with lots of action and an almost inevitable love story. Resistance is there, but it is overcome by Eli Slater, a very engaging character. His family legacy is not a pretty one, but he is doing his best to overcome it. Kathleen Callahan is a security professional, now working for Grey Justice, after a life that is more sad than anyone’s should be. Eli has his sadness, too. Kathleen has something he wants, her skills to protect the most important things in his empire, his two young daughters.

When it turns out that everyone in the immediate group is in danger, Grey, Kennedy and Nick also come in to help. There is an HEA, one that no one in the group, except perhaps Eli, could have seen coming.

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Nothing to Lose (Grey Justice)

Nothing To Lose (Grey Justice, #1)Nothing To Lose by Christy Reece

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surprising first entry to the Grey Justice series. When the ideal marriage ends because of a murder, the best friend almost dies and the lovely widow disappears, the story goes end over end. Reece brings it all back into focus, however. She weaves a tale of an evil empire, a bad papa, clueless mama and lots of bad henchmen.

There are, of course, a few white knights, and boy, do they come through. A shadowy justice organization, a mysterious couple at the head, a team of operatives who can do or find almost anything, and some real bad guys – all make for a ripping romantic suspense. I hope the series continues past book 2, Whatever it Takes. These guys are fun.

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Worth It All (McKinney Brothers)

Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers, #3)Worth It All by Claudia Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another McKinney brothers novel, with a great cast. This one involves JT, the youngest brother who has been living in California since shortly after the car accident that changed his life. He is now a biomedical engineer specializing in prostheses with artificial intelligence.

He sees a beautiful waitress in the local diner and finds that she has a 5 year old daughter with a prosthetic due to a congenital imperfect bone issue. He offers to make a special prosthetic for her and, along the way, is captivated by both mother and daughter. She is wary of involvement with men and has her sights set on working multiple jobs so that her daughter will never want for anything.

JT has to find a way to get her to trust him, while he also lets some of his own baggage go. There is, of course, the requisite mob scene disguised as a McKinney family dinner, and that’s always a good thing. Good one.

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Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors)

Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)Montana SEAL by Elle James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of a new SEAL series by Elle James. Hank Patterson has been injured in combat and lost a good friend. When his father is attacked on the road by a sniper, he comes home to help. Sadie McClain, Hank’s high-school girlfriend who made it big in Hollywood, is also home, trying to escape a particularly persistent stalker.

Hank offers to guard Sadie while she’s in Montana, knowing he wouldn’t fit in with her Hollywood life. She accepts, both of them knowing they want more. The attacker becomes more and more daring, finally causing a major upheaval in all their lives. Discovering the identity of the attacker leads Hank and Sadie to realize that they don’t want to be apart. Good start.

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The Reluctant Duchess

The Reluctant DuchessThe Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent romantic Victorian mystery. Lady Meredith had been brutally murdered two years earlier. Her cousin, Lady Sara, has been receiving letters that mention Meredith and Sara is terrified. She is not a shrinking violet in conversations, even though she suffers from an inability to control her panic in crowds. The Duke of Rossmayne was Meredith’s intended and extended an offer of assistance to her family after her funeral. Sara takes him up on his offer, to both their surprise.

When he arrives home from India exhausted, he finds that Sara has called every day. When he meets her again, he is shocked to find that she doesn’t bow to his every command as he is accustomed to. He finds it annoying, then amusing, then charming and then impossible to live without. Meanwhile, the letter writer is becoming more and more open about his connection to the murder, and his obsession with the deceased. When his letters turn to Sara, Ross knows that he has to keep her safe – forever.

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Rescued by the Ranger

Rescued by the RangerRescued by the Ranger by Dixie Lee Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent entry to what I hope is a new series by Brown. Garrett Harding is on medical leave from the Army Rangers, and he finds in his father’s desk a letter addressed to him. He only has vague memories of his mother, and none since he was five years old. The fact that this letter was hidden does not sit well with him and he goes up to a small town in the mountains to meet with his aunt.

He is bombarded by strange and seemingly random dangerous and unfriendly people and events. The one bright spot is a beautiful redhead who manages the bar, and ….. oh wait, she doesn’t like him either. There is a twisty but good story line here, with humor, and with lots of room for more entries. Garrett has a brother, and three step-siblings, for example.

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Justice for McKenzie (Badge of Honor #1)

Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, #1)Justice for Mackenzie by Susan Stoker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good beginning to the Badge of Honor series. Daxton Chambers is a real-life Texas Ranger, currently working on a multi-agency task force. They are all searching for a serial kilker, who buries his victims alive. Unfortunately, the killer also has fixated on the team as well as on his victims and has knowledge of the team’s members and their families.

Mckenzie Morgan works for a local charity and meets Daxton briefly at a fundraising event. He is taken by her and coincidentally runs into her again in the company of one of his law enforcement buddies. Accustomed to the “badge bunny” type, they are both surprised by a woman who knows who and what she is, and while she finds them handsome, she has no illusions as to her level of attractiveness to these alpha males. She is wrong, however.

Daxton has just met the woman of his dreams and doesn’t want this killer anywhere near her. He takes precautions but the killer is one step ahead. The conversations between Dax and Mack are so emotional that it was hard to read. Well done.

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