The Darkest Hour (KGI #1) by Maya Banks

The Kelly Group International (KGI): a super elite, top secret, family-run business that handles jobs the US government can’t. Qualifications: Military background, high intelligence, and a rock hard body…

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive.  Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond…until he receives an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

There is nothing I like more than a good hero saves the girl and they ride off into the sunset together forever. lol Maya Banks did not disappoint! Ethan is so lost in the beginning until someone gives him a glimmer of hope to get his “dead” wife back. So what does this Ex-Seal do? Yeah, he goes and saves his lady, but can she ever forgive him for the past that she is starting to remember…

It was a little slow at first, and there are many twists, but I WILL be finishing this series soon!

Four stars from me

Redemption River: Men of Mercy by Lindsay Cross

Hunter James didn’t want or need redemption.

Until one mission turns his world upside down.

He left Mercy to fight for his country and escape a broken heart. Years later, he is hard. Cold. A man without mercy. Part of an elite Task Force, he tracks a brutal terrorist to his home town. And runs into the woman who betrayed him…

Evangeline Videl was destroyed when Hunter left. Determined to move on, she finds another man, but discovers too late the monster hidden beneath his smooth smile. Struggling to find the conviction to live, Evie finds her life spinning out of control.

Then Hunter returns…

Forced to band together to find the terrorist before its too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…
***This is a stand-alone love story. It is book 1 in the Men of Mercy series.***

This was a free book I downloaded thanks to an ad on Facebook. The blurp had me really wanting to read this one. This is a new author for me. She writes VERY detailed, however, that is sometimes needed when writing a book that has a lot of twists and turns. I found myself liking the characters even if I did get frustrated with the back and forth. I am woman that once I make up my mind, I usually don’t waffle around. (side note: There is nothing wrong with a strong woman deciding to give the love of her life a second chance) It seemed like she would change her mind every other paragraph and that just gave me whiplash.

I have been drawn to military books lately so I had high hopes for Hunter. The only time he felt real to me was when he went hunting for the bad guys in the woods. Evie just couldn’t decide whether she had a backbone or not (and it only seemed like it showed up with Hunter)

I gave it three stars because I like my heroines just as strong as my heroes!

That being said, I am not convinced to read book 2.

Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan

Seven sisters…and a legacy of magical secrets.
Bestselling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town’s annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn’t mind working in the undeniably eerie house — not if it means getting closer to Kate. There’s something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.
When an earthquake cracks the mill’s foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed and that it’s coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters’ powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever….

This book is not a new book but one of my absolute fav reads to reread. Book 2 in the series of 7 sisters (the first one is good just not one I have reread) Matt and Kate take you on a journey of new love, intrigue, and a trip to shadow worlds in a battle of redemption and forgiveness.

Once you pick up these sisters you will not be able to put them down!

5 stars from me

SEAL the Deal by Kate Aster

Take one desperate real estate agent… add a Navy SEAL who radiates sex through his pores… toss in a corpse, a pair of stilettos and a handful of friends, and watch the sparks fly…

Lieutenant Commander Mick Riley, a member of the fabled SEAL Team Six, can’t pull his eyes from Lacey Owens at the funeral of his mentor. Yet she is the type of woman he wants to avoid – the kind that gets him thinking about settling down, spawning kids, and finding lower-mortality employment.

Lacey has her own reasons for avoiding Mick. Tired of living in the shadow of her financial mogul sister, this real estate agent has tossed ethics aside to succeed in today’s beleaguered housing market. Her no-fail plan to land lucrative listings? Crashing the funerals of wealthy corpses with the hope their heirs will need to sell their homes.

But when their circles of friends collide, Lacey can’t avoid Mick’s rock-hard abs and a smile that melts her into a pool of hot wax. Friendship blossoms and passion simmers… even as she struggles to conceal the unethical business plan that brought him into her life.

This was a free book for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story pulled me in, kept me captivated. The only problem I had with it was the author spent so much time developing the “other” characters that it was hard to remember who the book was about. It didn’t really end either but I am guessing its because this is the first in a series.

I HATE it when authors do that, unless you are a fast “releaser” please don’t leave your readers hanging because if they read as much as this girl does, they will forget about your characters.

4 stars from me

Maximum Force by Tawdra Kandle

These are the men of the 94th ID. They fight with honor, they defend their nation and their brothers fiercely, and when they love, they do it with single-minded passion.

Max Remington has never been anything but a soldier. The oldest son in a family that served our nation for generations, he’d never considered any other path. The army is his life, his home and his one true love.

Until he meets Samantha Crewe.

Part millennial flower child, part spunky free spirit, Sam was raised by parents who encouraged her to express her feelings and embrace peace. She’s quick to love and open to just about any new adventure . . . but Max might be her biggest challenge yet.

When these two clash, expect immediate combustion . . . of the very hottest kind.

Even though this was a short read, it was an interesting story and kept my mind occupied. I would read it again. Hot and steamy, Max is the man that every woman is secretly looking to find!

This is a new author for me and a free read right now so I was pleasantly surprised. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me

Bait and Switch By Kendall Ryan

I’m a rescuer. It’s in my DNA.

Stray dogs. Stray women.

But this one doesn’t need rescuing.

She needs something real, but I never keep the ones I rescue.

I could let her go… but I can’t watch her walk away.

I’m an ex-Navy SEAL, and I never give up on a mission.

Bait & Switch is Book 1 in the new contemporary romance series Alphas Undone, which will each feature a new couple.This is a standalone full-length novel.

This was a shift from how Kendall Ryan normally writes her books and as I was not fully on board in the beginning it was a really good book. Took me about 4 hours to read (uninterrupted). Its a stand alone or the first in the Alphas Undone Series. (Currently two out in this series)

Nolan, ex Seal has a complicated love life and commitment issues.

Lacey, has a dark past that she is running from and scared to share.

Together can they work past their issues and insecurities to cultivate this budding new love?

Don’t blink or put this book down!

How do you celebrate?

Good Morning! I hope today finds you awake and rested from a great nights sleep. Today we celebrate Veterans Day. What does that mean exactly? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of inter national relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. – With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we re modeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations. ”

WOW! I love this and not sure I have ever looked up the why behind Veterans Day (other than the obvious) I am a history lover. Combine that with the love of my country and I am in heaven.

When I was a lil girl I can remember sitting on my grandpa’s knee, while he told me stories about how great our country was. He looked at me straight in the eye from as early as 3 years old and said a lot of brave people sacrificed so we could live in this great country so I had two choices I could love it too or I could leave. Now that I am older I understand that what he meant is we as Americans are not perfect by any means, however, I would rather be here than anywhere else.

SO if you woke up in the greatest country in the world Thank a Vet! Without these brave men and women who go into the military we would not be where we are now.