Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: Close to You (Fusion #2) by Kristen Proby

Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five years old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want...or so she thinks.

After spending the last 12 years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.

Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?

Landon and Cami always had a thing for each other. Of course Cami never knew that her feelings were reciprocated. Too young for him at the time, Landon hid his feelings for Cami well. But now after suffering a career ending injury, Landon has returned home...and it’s time to get the girl.

These two characters fall into an easy romance, but with their established background it works. Of course at first Cami is weary of Landon’s intentions, and she’s not quite sure if it’s him she can’t trust or herself.

Close to You has everything you expect from a Kristen Proby novel. It’s full of sweet and sexy. Her men aren’t uber alphas, and the women are pretty strong and independent. There was however a moment toward the end that left me questioning a few things, and honestly, I wish the story was a bit longer to explore the feelings that would have been aroused by the situation. Overall though, this was a good addition to the Fusion series.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Hell Breaks Loose (Devil's Rock #2) by Sophie Jordan

Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .

Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.

He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.

Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.

Sophie Jordan has seriously turned up the heat with her Devil’s Rock series.

Reid has escaped prison. Freedom isn’t what he’s after, he wants revenge. There’s just one problem, he never expected Grace Reeves to cross his path. Grace is the president’s daughter. And when a brutal gang kidnaps her, she has no choice but to trust the one man who promises to get her out of there safely. But first thing’s first, Reid wants the guy responsible for his incarceration, even if it means hanging on to Grace for a little while longer.

This story had wow factor. Reid is not the hardened criminal that you may think he is. There is so much more to him. This man has integrity and heart. And I rooted for him the entire time. I wanted to see him get an HEA because he truly deserved it.

Grace has spent her life in the political limelight, a tool for her father’s aspirations, and she’s finally had enough. When she’s released, she plans on exuding her newfound independence, all thanks to Reid. For once she’s truly connected with someone. Someone who can see beyond the fa├žade she puts on for the public. She can just be her.

But first, they both need to make it out alive.

Hell Breaks Loose was one heck of a read! This is not your normal pairing, but I sure did cheer them on. Once you get to know Reid and his plight, you can’t help it. And he and Grace are a perfect match. But how are an escaped convict and America’s First Daughter supposed to get that happily ever after? Guess you’re just going to have to read this one to find out.


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