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.

Could you sacrifice it all for true love?

That’s kind of a heavy question for a romantic at heart, but lets explore this concept just a bit more. I recently re-watched all of the Star Wars movies, and I couldn’t help but think that most of the trouble was caused by people that thought people should just fall in line with little to no explanation. (Side note if you are training, mentoring someone and they ask you a question it is YOUR JOB to answer them. If not someone else just might and the results could be catastrophic.)

The first movies (1-3) tell the story of a boy who did not grow up in the ways of the Jedi’s but they were pretty sure he would be the one to restore balance to the force. He meets his true love but they were forbidden to marry. Anakin decides to risk it ALL of love, setting into motion events that no one sees coming. (Darth Vader is born, arguably one of the BEST villains ever) He looses everything: Padme, his children, and his grandchildren are even now affected by his decision. My question is what would you risk for true love?

In a day where people fall in and out of love like they change their clothes, giving your all seems like a thing of days past.

For the sake of argument, lets say you met THE ONE. I mean toe curling can’t breathe without them love. Then someone tells you, you can’t be with them, could you walk away and leave them and sacrifice your happiness? I wonder if Anakin knew what would happen, the devastation he would cause, if he would still make the same decision.

I will tell you I consider myself a pretty strong woman, but I do not see myself walking away for any reason other than my son…

 

Possessive Daddy by B.B. Hamel

I want my stepdaughter.
I know it’s wrong.
But my marriage is just a business deal and nothing more.
I don’t care if I’m a bad man.
I’m going to make her call me Daddy.

I refused to get involved with Julia Hall at first. She couldn’t pay me enough to be her pretend husband.

Then I caught sight of my future stepdaughter and the word “yes” slipped off my tongue.

I need to keep my hands off sweet Sydney. Taking her could ruin everything. Not to mention, she’s twenty years younger than me. Maybe I’m messed up, but when she parades her tight little body around the house, I can’t stop thinking about tasting every inch of it.

I know she wants me too. She gives me those bedroom eyes every day, even though we both know it’s so wrong.

I don’t care if this ruins everything; I can’t resist her anymore. I know she’s waiting for me to sneak into her room in the middle of the night. I’ll open the door, step inside, and whisper in her ear:

You belong to Daddy now.

Possessive Daddy is a dark romance with steamy scenes and bad language. It’s only recommended for readers 18+. 

If you are only looking for hot steamy scenes, then this is your book. If you actually enjoy reading and getting into a story then this book will be disappointing. It was a nice distraction and a very short read but the book felt rushed with no depth.

2 stars from me

Now if we are rating hot factor it would be a solid 4 fires for me. (I think I will start adding hot meters to every book from here on out!)

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

Relationship Goals

When you were younger did you plan your future? Always know what you wanted to be? What did that look like for you?

I remember as a little girl looking forward to a time when I would meet someone, fall in love and be together forever… (I just knew I was gonna marry Luke Skywalker)

Then I became a teenager and that changed a lil bit 🤣 the only thing that stayed consistent was the thought of being excited to have my very own family a man that loved me a house full of kids and a soccer mom van.

About a month before i got married, I saw a young couple walking in the aisle together heads bent giggling about something. Pushing my buggy past I remember thinking, I can not wait to get to do that with my husband. Before you call me naive for thinking that all couples go to the store together all the time, I know life happens. How amazing though, to be so in love that doing the little stuff together matters.

Now that I’m grown, I am still drawn to watching couples at the store or sitting together at a restaurant. My grandparents sat side by side at the cafe with his arm around her (and my grandpa was the BEST) and when walking together, he made sure he was close for what he called just in case. (Which I can appreciate now because I’m a total klutz)

I guess my point is this, if you are lucky enough to be in love with a great person take time to the little things (go to Walmart, hold their hands, sit in the rockers at Cracker Barrel, laugh like no one is watching) Because let’s face it there a million people who would gladly trade places with you. Treat each day like a gift instead of a chore. Share an adventure, even if it’s just on the front porch!

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