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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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: HACKED (Kindle Worlds Novella)Special Forces: Operation Alpha: HACKED by Sue Coletta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The author provided me with an ARC for my unbiased, honest opinion. This is a fast-paced thriller set in the world of white-hat hackers, as well as in Susan Stoker’s SEAL of Protection world. This means that they hack for good, kind of like Robin Hood. The female lead here, Shawn, is a white-hat who has been punished by her small-town police department employer for publishing photos of the police chief in a compromising position.

You gather that he is a creep but nevertheless, she has been sent to punishment camp in Pittsburgh where two gentlemen walk into the conference room. One of those is a detective who hates Shawn because of a past interaction, and one is Tex (John Keegan), SEAL and member of Wolf’s team. Tex has a real world problem for the team and most of the hackers in the room immediately question what they are doing. Shawn does not, but immediately gets to work. Tex realizes who she is and begins to work with her. It seems that certain cars and SUV’s with onboard computers are being hacked, and Tex and Detective Odin (great name, BTW) are tasked with finding the hacker as quickly as possible. People are dying and the powers that be want to keep it quiet before there is a country-wide panic.

I was not a fan of Shawn’s methods, but the problem is solved in a heartbreaking way. I want to know more about the handsome detective who is in love with Shawn (kudos to Coletta for this breakthrough) and also about her best friend and the cheating fiance. Please write another!

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Alone Before You (Before You, #1)Alone Before You by Claire Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. This is not first of a trilogy,but the first part of a three-part serial. I’m generally not a fan of serials, unless all parts are available in a set at the same time.

The beginning of this story is chilling, showing you how the female protagonist grew up. She is mistreated and abused and somehow emerges alive. However, she is not intact. She is mistrustful and detached, friendless and solitary. She arrives in a new town, ready to continue her solitude. The younger folks in the town befriend her, and she slowly begins to thaw.

Her character is well-drawn, and her new friend Heather is also interesting. The men, Gabe and Colt, may need a little more development and I feel that they will play a large role in the inevitable showdown with Gwen’s past.

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Clues of the Heart (Baytown Boys)

Clues of the Heart: Baytown Boys SeriesClues of the Heart: Baytown Boys Series by Maryann Jordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad entry in the Baytown Boys series. This one is about one of the Baytown Girls, Katelyn McFarlane, who grew up in Baytown, and the private investigator Gareth Harrison, the new man in town. Katelyn has been stuck for years since her childhood sweetheart was killed in Afghanistan.

Gareth challenges her to begin living again, and to maintain her memories while creating new ones. Oh, by the way, Jordan crafts a nice little mystery along the way, giving the PI and his new assistant something to sink their teeth into.

The small town’s everyday doings are a large part of this series, and you can see how much the author appreciates those little things – Pirate Days, the American Legion, small town shops, and businesses.

Good one.

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