Besiege (SAI)

Besiege (SAI Book 4)Besiege by Lea Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book introduces the SAI Chicago office, and its leader, Hank Coleman. While attending a benefit at the Chicago Art Institute, Hank helps a woman who has stumbled in her evening gown. This is the backdrop for a romance, and also an SAI mission. When Hank finds out that the lady is his co-worker’s best friend, he begins his campaign. It is truly a campaign, and Hank handles it as though she is an objective to be met and conquered.

The young lady is Stazi, an art conservator who can’t believe that this huge hunk of alpha male is after her. When her best friend tells her that Hank is for real, they begin an odd romance, mostly because she is being followed by a Russian mobster. That is the beginning of a twisty story and an even better romance.

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One Taste of Crazy (One Taste)

One Taste of CrazyOne Taste of Crazy by Amanda Siegrist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The police in St. Cloud have a thing going on with Young’s Accounting. All three of the ladies, Zoe, Rina and now Dee are with three of the local detectives, two happily married. Sauer has pretty much fallen in love with Dee without a word. He’s too shy to even ask her to dance at Ben and Rina’s wedding. Dee is loud, brash and has no filter and she pushes Sauer away regularly. She’s an excellent secretary to the head honcho and keeps the entire office on its toes.

She does not, however, want to “date” – ever. She remembers her mother’s sad life and doesn’t want to replicate it. So she keeps herself away from relationships and just indulges in casual sex. Sauer won’t accept her constant refusals, just walks away knowing that he is not interesting enough for her. He doesn’t know that she really does like him, but is leery of taking a chance.

A murder is consuming Sauer and his partner Newman because they have run out of clues in solving it. When Dee is attacked in her home, Sauer goes total caveman and the walls finally break down between them. There is an ugly obsession story here, but a happy ending. (Dee finally finds out what Sauer’s first name is, but I won’t tell you).

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Shelter for Adeline (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #7)Shelter for Adeline by Susan Stoker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new take on a physical limitation. Adeline is a marketing specialist with a great eye for graphics and a case of epilepsy. She has turned her beautiful pet Coco into a service dog. In truth, Coco did it himself, alerting her to a seizure before she even realized what he was doing.

She is on a luncheon blind date one day and Coco alerts her to a coming seizure. She begs the blind date to help her to someplace quiet and private and he refuses, saying he can’t handle it. Luckily, Dean from the local Fire Station Seven is in the diner and sees her and helps her. They find each other attractive. Adeline is wary since she has had so many problems with men who don’t want to deal with her seizures. Dean is different. So begins the romance.

We meet some of the firehouse crew again, including Penelope, Cade, Chief and the others. There;’s also a softball game with rampant cheating by both firefighting heroes and law enforcement heroes. The story has a lot of humor and a lot of empathy for Adeline. I was cheering for her during the restaurant scene with the hostess and the manager.

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Murder in the Bowery (Gaslight Mystery, #20)Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Molloy family, including the extended members, are at work on a new case. Gino and Frank are visited by a young man who hires them to find his little brother. He tells them that he and his brother were sent out to Minnesota on the Orphan Train, and he had gotten lucky working with a man who owned a general store. Now that the man had left him the store, he wanted to share his good fortune with his brother whom he hadn’t seen since they were split up years earlier.

Frank and Gino begin work and soon find that there are many more layers than the young man has told them. This story takes place with the backdrop of the newsboys’ strike, an actual event that stopped the sale of two very popular papers owned by two very famous men, Hearst and Pulitzer. The Newsboys play a large part in the story and in the solution of the mystery. This one involves a very ugly story in a very ugly family, as well as a good guy dressed in black.

I see a future story with the man in black; at least I hope so. There is also a new venture for Sarah, a maternity hospital for poor girls who have nowhere to go.

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Dallas Fire & Rescue: Tempting Fire (Kindle Worlds Novella)Dallas Fire & Rescue: Tempting Fire by Caitlyn O’Leary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

O’Leary here takes to telling the stories of the six Avery sisters, Drake’s siblings. Using the canvas of the Dallas Fire and Rescue Kindle World, Chloe Avery will be saved by her best friend, a man who is now a Dallas firefighter.

Word reaches Zarek of what’s happened to Chloe and he arrives home after not having been back for years. There is a story there, too but that’s for another day. Chloe has dropped into a combination of depression and PTSD and, with the hindrance of some members of the Avery family, Zarek will take her back to Dallas with him to help her get out of her head.

There is a pretty quick resolution here, and the story could actually have gone one a little longer. However, the visits from the Avery family make this story a little crazier and a lot better – for Chloe and for us.

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Above and Beyond (Serve and Protect)

This is the first in Shay’s new series, called Serve and Protect. The Marino siblings are all dedicated to the Secret Service, military, and medicine. Nick Marino, the main agent on the President’s Protection Detail, is asked for a personal favor by President Manwaring: to protect his sister and her twin sons after some credible threats reach her.

Isabelle is a young widow and is not inclined to accept the restrictions Nick will place on her. The team has also decided to guard her covertly so that the people threatening her will continue and they can be caught, instead of going underground again. Nick is torn because he is more and more attracted to the young mom but he has aimed to become Deputy Director of the Secret Service and the relationship will put an end to that. Isabelle has a lot to say about that, though.

In Shay’s hands, the romance and the danger become more and more urgent, and a true conspiracy is uncovered. The siblings make appearances throughout the book, as do the magnificent Marino parents. I look forward to seeing them through the series.