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I really enjoyed this story. P.J. and Cole make a great couple and the deserved their HEA. Fair warning, this book contains sensitive content involving P.J. getting raped during a mission gone bad and her vendetta against the men who hurt her.
P.J. is a sniper for one of the KGI teams led by Steele. KGI (Kelly Group International) is a private company that performs Ops like hostage/kidnap victim recovery & intelligence gathering among other things. She used to be on a SWAT team but after her team turns on her for trying to do the right thing, she left and joined KGI. Although her team with KGI is like family, P.J. has always kept herself apart outside of work and is extremely private. Because of this, she's extremely surprised when, while hanging out at a local bar after a mission, Cole shows up wanting to join her and hang out.
Cole is also a sniper on the same KGI team as P.J. They have a friendly camaraderie in the job but things have never gone further. Cole has been attracted to P.J. for a while but never acted on it. He finally decides to see if he can get closer to P.J. and follows her home after the end of a mission.
P.J. is surprised to find that Cole has any interest in her outside of work and is even more surprised when he seems to be flirting with her. She tentatively responds and things spark between them. They end up at P.J.'s place and have one glorious night together. The next morning P.J. is having second thoughts about getting involved with a team member but they're called out on a mission and there's no time to talk things out. The mission end up putting P.J. in to a dangerous position and when her team can't get to her, she's drugged and raped. She's rescued by her team but once she gets back to the US she goes off on her own, attempting to quit KGI (although Steele doesn't accept her resignation).
For 6 months, P.J. is gone and no one can find her. Cole goes nuts and searches everywhere for her. When they finally find out where she is, Cole and the team goes after her and manages to get to her in time to help at a crucial point. P.J. had spent her time going after the men that were responsible for what happened to her and hadn't wanted to bring her team and KGI in to a questionable situation that would risk their reputations and their jobs. Cole and the rest of the team aren't about to get pushed away and insist on helping her bring down the last man when he is supposed to be at a meeting in 3 weeks to broker a deal (for his business of child sex slaves). Although the authorities want him brought in alive for the info they can get from him, P.J. wants him dead because he's a slimeball that tortures women and children for his own perversions and if he makes a deal with his info he'll go free to do more harm. Regardless of this issue, she's been injured and so she agrees to go back home with her team to recover.
Cole is patient with P.J. but he also very steadfast in his assertion that he cares for her and wants them to be together. P.J. ends up staying with Cole while recovering and they start to work things out between them. Cole has a bit of a stuggle convincing P.J. that their relationship is worth trying for. P.J. eventually agrees and they have a few days of being together and getting to know each other and even have their first date. It's sweet and nice to see. Cole sees P.J. for who she is and he wants her for who she is. He does realize he'll have to restrain his impulse to protect her though because she'll never accept coddling. Because of this realization, Cole agrees to help P.J. meet with a contact when she thinks she might have a lead on the bad guy. Unfortunately things turn bad and Cole and P.J. are both put in danger. It takes some effort, but P.J. is able to triumph. P.J. and Cole recover and proceed in to their sweet HEA ending.
I really liked this story. There are some dark parts but sometimes you have to see the dark to appreciate the dawn. I really liked Cole and P.J. and was so happy with their HEA (their light after the dark). While I think the story's balance was a little more tipped towards the action/suspense story-line, the romance part was definitely there and the parts where it came out were sweet and endearing (esp when Cole was so sweet with P.J. when she had problems getting past her rape). As always, the secondary characters are great and after this book I'm really looking forward to reading Steele's book (which I'll be starting on ASAP). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
* note - They changed to a new narrator. He's alright but his male voices aren't the best. He puts a southern twang on some of the voices (which makes sense since they're from Tennessee) but sometimes with the twang the voices are a little nasally. It's nothing that ruined the story or anything but I hope he does better on the men's voices in the next book.
This was a very good story. I liked Penelope very much and Bourne wasn't too bad either. I thought they made a good couple and I couldn't help rooting for them to get together. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I may try more of her work in the future.
Penelope is the oldest daughter of 5 and becoming a spinster at the ripe old age of 28. She had been engaged to a Duke but he loved someone else and their engagement was broken in a scandal that caused Penelope to have trouble finding another suitable husband. She has had a few other offers but has been wanting more than the normal arranged marriage. Unfortunately she hasn't found more and now finds herself with none.
Bourne is a Marquess who lost his parents at a young age. His guardian then convinced Bourne (as soon as he came of age and inherited everything) to wager everything he could that wasn't tied to his title on a game of cards...the winner of course was the guardian and Bourne was left with next to nothing. Bourne swore revenge and to get back everything that was stolen from him. Bourne has remade all the money many times over through his partnership in a gaming hell but he still looks for any way to get the rest back.
Part of what Bourne lost was a large amount of land that's adjacent to his titled lands. These are worth a lot of money but Bourne's ex-guardian wont sell them. Eventually, Bourne finds out that the lands were lost in a card game to Penelope's father who attached them to her dowry. Bourne and Penelope used to be neighbors and very close friends as children. When Bourne lost his parents, he and Penelope were separated and then after he lost everything Penelope didn't hear from him again. Penelope isn't thrilled to find that her father is pushing her to marry and that he's attached Bourne's old property to her dowry. She doesn't want to have a stale, boring marriage but instead wants adventure and possibly love. Penelope's father doesn't care, he just insists that she get married to help her 2 unmarried sisters find husbands and not be affected by her old scandal and possible spinsterhood. Penelope isn't happy about this and escapes out of the house in the middle of the night for air and to think. She happens upon Bourne and he makes it quite clear that he's going to compromise her in order to make sure there's no choice but for them to get married immediately.
Penelope isn't thrilled with the new, hard man that Bourne has become. She's also pissed that he wants to push her in to marriage because he wants the land and not her (but does have to concede that all her suitors come for her dowry and not her). Penelope and Bourne come to an agreement so she'll cooperate and are quickly married. Part of their deal is to make their marriage look real so there wont be any scandal and her sisters will be able to find good husbands so Bourne and Penelope do spend some time together pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Things between them are rough at first and this isn't helped by the fact that Bourne has a lead on a method of revenge but it would take someone else down as well. Bourne is willing to use it but Penelope finds out and makes her displeasure with this known. This presents an problem because as Bourne and Penelope become closer they're held apart by his need for revenge. Things don't go easy for the pair but I liked the way things turned out and Bourne and Penelope do end the story starting their well deserved HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Bourne and Penelope very much. Bourne was a bit of a jerk at first but it was understandable for a man that's been consumed by revenge for almost a decade. The story was engaging and I couldn't help rooting for Penelope and Bourne to work things out between them. I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Raven and Jonah and their story was one I enjoyed. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.
Raven rather sweet woman that works as a car mechanic that does great work in restoring classic cars. She's a few weeks away from turning 21 years old. She had a prostitute of a mother who never showed her any caring or touched her if she could help it. Raven's father wasn't around and is a big crime boss that everyone in Vegas fears.
Jonah is an undefeated UFL fighter that's getting ready to fight the championship fight. He's a good guy but is a man-whore who never sleeps with the same woman twice (it's a rule). He loves fast cars and gets in to restoring cars in his spare time. It's this hobby that introduces him to Raven.
Jonah has an old (non-running) Impala that he wants to get running and restored. He goes to Guy's garage and Guy just happens to be Raven's boss. He assigns her to work with Jonah at his place restoring the Impala and there's an attraction right off the bat. After a few sessions of working on the car at Jonah's place, he's decided he likes Raven and wants to see more of her. This is something big for him because he's never dated anyone, he just sleeps with them and never sees them again. Jonah invites Raven to a BBQ at his place (along with a bunch of his friends) and she's unsure about his intentions. Everyone else does pretty good at figuring out that Jonah's attention has been well a truly caught though and an jealous wannabee tries to cause some trouble for Raven. Thankfully, Jonah stops this before it goes too far and makes it very clear to Raven that he's in to her. She is in to him as well and so when he invites her to stay she does.
Raven hasn't really dated much and is...well, lets just say she's very innocent when it comes to guys. The first night they spend together is no sex but Jonah still pretty much moves her in with him right off the bat. Raven is actually ready for more quickly but Jonah ends up holding back, worried that once they have sex he'll lose interest like with all the other women. Before too long Jonah realizes he's being an idiot and things escalate between them, solidifying them as a serious couple pretty quickly (within about a week). Around this time is when her father, who hasn't been in her life at all, suddenly drops the bomb that since he made Raven, he owns her and is now going to claim her to live out her life as a high class hooker for him. He basically threatens everyone she cares about and since he owns the local cops she doesn't have many options. Jonah is faced with some hard choices and he's willing to do anything needed to save the woman he loves. They go through some tough times and don't get through unscathed but they come out alive and together and end the story starting their HEA.
I enjoyed this story very much. Jonah was really good hero, pretty much everything a alpha male should be...protective and tough yet totally gone on his woman. Raven was a pretty good heroine but she had her moments. There were times I'm almost term as TSTL but yet at times she came through brilliantly (usually at the last moment) so overall I found I liked her. This was a really good story and I'm planning to read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
This was a very good prequel to the LoTU series. It was an interesting take on how the Demon Lords escaped hell and why (and how) Pandora's box was created. The romance between Geryon & Kadence was intriguing. I kind of wished there was a little more time to explore it more but I will say that although the ending was a bit on the bitter-sweet side, they did end with what I'd term as a HEA. Now I'm really looking forward to reading the LoTU series. I'd recommend this story. :D
This was a really good story. I liked both Jessica and Sed and rooted for them to get back together from the moment they broke up. This was a very good addition to the series and gives more attention to the other characters and showing the band dynamic.
Jessica is a law student and currently works as an exotic dancer for extra cash to cover what the financial aid and scholarships don't cover. She is beautiful and men are always fawning over her but she has no interest in them and just wished they'd leave her alone. The only man she wants is Sed. They were engaged 2 years before but when she got in to law school he demanded that she give up her dream of being a lawyer and just be there for him and whatever he wants. Jessica was heartbroken by Sed's lack of caring about what she wanted and decided to leave, hoping until the end that Sed would stop her but he didn't.
Sed is the lead singer of Sinners, a very popular rock band. He lives the rock lifestyle and basically sleeps with tons of girls…usually more than one at a time. This seems to be mostly because he can’t rouse enough interest in messing with most girls unless he makes things interesting with multiples. The one girl he's never had that issue with (and who he still loves) is Jessica but they broke up 2 years before. Sed didn't believe Jessica when she threatened to leave him...too caught up in his own overblown sense of worth to even think it was possible she could leave him. Sed couldn't accept that he was responsible for Jessica leaving but he never got over her and still misses her.
Brian and Myrna (from book #1, Backstage Pass) are getting married and the story begins just as Sed and the band are getting ready to head out for Brian’s bachelor party. Brian’s actually not too hot on being there but the guys are determined to have a last night of fun with Brian before he’s married. They find a table but things quickly go to hell when Sed recognizes the dancer as Jessica. Sed freaks, throwing his coat over her and trying to pull her off the stage and away from the other men’s gazes. He demands to know why she’s working there and isn't happy when she tells him she works there for money for school. For some reason Sed gets pissed at Jessica for not coming to him for money for school but I don’t see why she’d ever go to him for money since he demanded that she give up law school for him. In his anger, Sed goes a little overboard and pisses Jessica off and she stalks off. Because of the ruckus at the strip club, Jessica gets fired and also gets kicked out of her apartment because she didn't have any money to pay rent. Jessica goes to yell at Sed for ruining her life again but runs in to Myrna and they talk. Myrna talks to Jessica and when she finds out that Jessica is homeless and out of work, she offers Jessica a job as her assistant for her research project. Jessica isn't thrilled about having to deal with Sed but agrees because she’s desperate. Sed is shocked to find her there and also not thrilled about her being on the tour.
Despite their mutual enmity, it doesn't take long before their attraction (and jealousy) spikes, driving them in to each other’s arms. The sex is great but Jessica is still hurt and angry about the past and doesn't think Sed respects or cares about her. She tries to hate him but I think what she hated more was that she still wanted him and couldn't hate him. Sed realizes just how much he’s missed Jessica and he doesn't care if she hates him, he wants her back in his life anyways and he’ll work on improving her feelings towards him. They agree to a purely sexual relationship for the 2 months that Jessica is supposed to be working for Myrna (although Sed does plan to convince Jessica to like him and want to be with him again). The problem is that the rest of the band pretty much hates Jessica because of how hurt Sed was after they split and she doesn't understand why she’s so hated. It seems like they blame her for Sed acting like a jerk after they split up but this wasn't fair because Sed's actions should be on him and not her. It also doesn't seem like everyone knows the reason why Jessica left Sed (him wanting her to give up on law school and not caring about her wants and dreams) so it's not always easy for Jessica. She tried to keep Sed at a distance but as she spends more time with him and sees him dealing with his band mates and the issues that confront them, she starts to realize maybe he's not such a bad guy after all. It takes some time for them to work past their problems and there are outside issues that need to be taken care of as well, keeping Sed and Jessica quite busy and mired in some sticky drama. As things improve between them, Jessica starts being more supportive of Sed and they become a pretty good team which helps them deal with the issues confronting them. Their path to happiness isn't smooth but they do get their well deserved HEA in the end.
I really enjoyed this story. Jessica was a pretty good heroine and she wasn't perfect but I had no real complaints about her and liked her. Sed could be a bit of a jerk at times (esp about their earlier breakup) but he has a sweet heart and while tough on people, usually has their best interest in mind. They made a great couple once they got together and I loved how the story ended (so sweet!). I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D
This was a pretty good story. Brian and Myrna were both good characters that I wanted to see get together. This story has mild BDSM elements (mostly bondage, toy use and a bit of spanking/paddling). Also, there is one m/f/m menage scene. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm already planning to read more of the series.
Myrna is a psychologist that specializes in human sexuality. She teaches as a professor at a University in the Kansas City area and likes her job. Myrna used to be married but he was an abusive jerk that left Myrna scarred both physically and emotionally. She divorced him and when he wouldn't leave her alone he ended up in jail (after almost killing her). Myrna moved to a new town, changing her name and making sure to leave no leads that could be used to find her again.
Brian is the lead guitarist for the popular rock band, Sinners. He and his friend, Trey (the rhythm guitarist for the band), started the band when they were kids and struggled for years until they got their first record deal and then more until they actually made it big. Now things are going great for them but Brian is a bit of a romantic and tends to fall in love easily and gets his heart broken quickly. When the story begins, Brian is drunk from drowning his sorrows over another girl screwing him over (by sleeping with the lead singer, Sed).
Myrna has just given a lecture at a conference about her teaching methods for her human sexuality class and just wants to go to her room and to bed when she spies some men in the lounge that aren't like the normal attendees of the conference. The men look like rockers and considering that men like that turn Myrna on she takes a closer look and realizes it's none other than her favorite band, Sinners. She loves the whole band but Brian is her favorite as she loves his playing. The band is bored and so they're happy to have Myrna sit with them and she has to fend off a couple of advances (from band members other than Brian) but has fun sitting and talking with the band. When she decides to retreat to her room, Myrna makes an offer to Brian that he misunderstands (which is kind of funny) but it gets them spending more time together. They end up spending the next day together and Brian is happily surprised that when they're having sex, he starts to compose music in his head. Considering that Brian has had writing block for months and hasn't been able to write any new songs he's thrilled and so is the band. Brian gets Myrna to stay with him through the weekend but eventually they have to split up so Myrna can go back to work and Brian can continue on tour. They're apart for about a month when Brian decides he can't take not seeing her and he calls Myrna, asking her to come see him. Myrna has missed Brian too so she happily agrees.
While on the way to visit Brian, Myrna gets the news that a grant proposal she put in for (about the sexual behaviors of groupies) had been accepted. She'll need to find a band to travel with for 3 months to do the field research and she's hoping that maybe Brian and the band with be ok with her coming along with them. Considering her ability to act as Brian's muse, the band is all for her coming with them and Brian is thrilled to have the time with her. The main issue becomes Myrna inability to accept love or be constrained by a relationship. Her Ex used "love" as a weapon, trying to control her and get extra chances he didn't deserve by using the word love. Also, he tried to keep her from divorcing him so she felt tied to him in a bad way so now she freaks at the idea of marriage to another. Brian falls quickly for Myrna and is convinced it's true because he couldn't get over Myrna quickly like most of the girls in the past. Brian wants to win Myrna and get her love in return but he quickly realizes there will be problems there. Brian can't use the L-word with Myrna and she refuses to see their relationship as anything long-term, even when she eventually allows him to call her his girlfriend. Myrna has feelings for Brian in return but she's too scared of repeating her past so she has issues even admitting the feeling to herself, let alone anyone else. Brian tries to be patient and does pretty well for the most part. Myrna and Brian have to work past her issues as well as a few other problems that arise but they get through things alright and end the story starting their HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Myrna and Brian and rooted for them to get together. I got a little frustrated with Myrna's issues, they were understable to a point but sometimes I felt she hid behind them a bit much so I was very glad she got her head on straight. Overall, I liked the story and was happy that Brian and Myrna found their way to each other in the end. I'm planning to read the next book in the series ASAP. I'd recommend this book. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked Makayla and Max and their story was good overall.This book had light BDSM in it, mostly just bondage and a bit of spanking. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I may try more of her work in the future.
Makayla works in admissions in a hospital but has an EMT certification and graduated pre-med at the top of her class. She grew up with an abusive father and when he was gone, her and her mother and sister had a rough life until her mother met her stepfather who was a kind man. Makayla is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life as she likes helping people but isn't sure if med school is how she wants to go.
Max (aka Torment) is a MMA underground fighter. He has his own fight club but likes the underground circuit and hasn't made an effort to go legit. His day job is running a large company though and he's very successful. Max keeps most people at a distance and shares very little of himself but things change when he meets Makayla.
Makayla agrees to help her BFF, Amanda, sell tickets for an underground MMA fight. She sees someone that she thinks snuck in without paying for a ticket and goes in chase. Soon she finds out that the man is Torment, a fighter and also the owner of the club. Torment seems interested in her but Makayla doesn't think that he's actually attracted to her. While there, Torment finds out that Makayla is a certified EMT and asks her to work in the club. Due to her background with an abusive father, Makayla has big problems witnessing violence and tends to puke when she sees violence so she refuses. Makayla was already pretty broke but when a debt collector starts harassing her over student loans that should still be on deferment (and apparently went off deferment years earlier than it should have without her being notified) her situation got much worse. With the threat of having her paychecks seized and her parent's home foreclosed on, Makayla is desperate to make some extra cash. When Torment shows up at her work and takes her out for lunch, trying to get her to work as a medic for the fights Makayla isn't sure if it's a good idea (especially with her aversion to violence) but agrees figuring she can not watch the fight and stay in the first aid room unless needed.
While convincing Makayla to work for him, Torment also starts coming on to Makayla but since he's also trying to get her to be his medic, Makayla convinces herself he doesn't want her that way. They spend some times together but Torment doesn't share much of himself, concentrating mostly on finding out about Makayla. Because of this, when something happens that causes Makayla to be confronted with Torment's real name and the fact that he's rich and a successful businessman, Makayla is freaked about this thinking she doesn't really know Torment/Max. They do manage to get past this but there are a number of issues that they have to work through. To be honest, I liked Makayla but in a way she was TSTL in some of her actions and in general doesn't seem to do very well in the decision making area. I felt bad for Max at times because she was rather wishy washy. Max was a lot to handle so I could understand some behavior like this but eventually enough is enough. I was happy that she pulled herself together in the end. There are some major difficulties between Makayla and Max and things don't go smoothly for them. Thankfully they do manage to make it through their problems and Makayla and Max end the story starting their HEA.
Overall this was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Makayla and Max. Neither of them were perfect but I was happy with how things came together for them in them end. I'm curious enough about Amanda and Jake that I'll probably read book #2 in the future. I'd recommend this book. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Ridley and Jackson and their story was an enjoyable romance with a bit of action. This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.
Ridley is in to plants and landscaping and has dreams of starting her own landscaping company. Ridley and her twin, Raine, grew up with a single mother that wasn't around a lot so they mothered each other and have always been there for each other. Ridley hired a man named David to find her father but then David died and weird things started happening. When someone broke in to her apartment she left town to stay with her sister for a while.
Jackson is a widower with 2 young sons that he loves dearly. He's also a music producer and tried dating after his wife died 3 years ago but had very bad luck. Jackson has decided he'll never look for permanent again and just dates with no strings attached.
Ridley gets to her sister's home in Virginia. She hadn't been there before but Raine sent her the alarm code info and where the spare key is. Unfortunately for Ridley, Raine's head of security had convinced her to change the code since then so when Ridley arrived she can't get in. She was very tired and hadn't eaten decent since she left for her sister's place a couple of days before and ends up passing out just as Jackson's 2 sons show up in her yard. Jackson's sons get him and Jackson, his brothers and some friends that were over visiting come to help as well. Ridley wakes up to a bunch of strangers but Jackson seems nice and thinks she's Raine, asking her why she's back early from her 2 week trip. Ridley wants to hide and Raine had changed her last name when she started modeling so there wasn't a lot to connect them so she lets Jackson and his friends think she's Raine. She accepts the offer of a place to stay the night since she's locked out. They try calling a locksmith but it's a holiday weekend and so they get no help there. Ridley tried calling Raine but can't get a hold of her so she decides to stay the night and then go to Raine's house as soon as she can.
Jackson has always appreciated Raine's looks but had never been attracted to her as a woman but suddenly he finds himself very interested. Unfortunately for him and Ridley, he makes a couple of jerky comments that put them at odds at first. Jackson does apologize though and he and Ridley get to a happy place where they're comfortable being around each other. They both have an attraction and want more but hold off. Jackson holds off because he usually goes only no-strings attached and he's not prepared to give more. Ridley holds off because she doesn;t like lying to Jackson and doesn't want to sleep with him while he doesn't know who she if. She does tall him part of her story but not everything at first and things do grow between them. Jackson's brother Nicholas makes some problems for Ridley though due to a love/hate thing he has going for Raine. Despite those issues, Ridley and Jackson do come together, at first saying it's just for the night but soon realizing they can't let go and extending it further. Unfortunately there is some drama that causes problems for the couple as well as some danger to Ridley. Thankfully they come through things in one piece and get their HEA in the end.
I enjoyed this story very much. Ridley was a really good heroine, I liked her very much. Jackson was a good hero but he did drop the ball at a crucial time which caused problems. I would have liked a bit more grovelling from him to get back in Ridley's good graces. Still, it was a very good story and I'm glad I read it. I'll probably read more of the series down the road. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
Overall this was an alright story. It's hard to me to review because it was more sex than plot and ended in a cliffhanger. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this I'm unsure if I'll try more of her work in the future. (Thank goodness this was an Amazon freebie)
Rena is a historian that apparently specializes in symbols especially concerning the tarot cards. She was given an ancient set of tarot to research and she determined they were from Graelen Scott's family. Hoping to discuss with him some of the things she's found in the cards, Rena goes to see him.
Graelen is a witch, one of 4 brothers (2 sets of twins) that are all witches. They are the focus of an ancient curse that they all fear. Their powers have a dark taint to them and if combined, their powers could cause great damage. Due to their fears over the curse, Graelen and his brothers all live in far apart locations.
To be honest, there wasn't a lot of details about the curse but these's something in it about women being their downfall so the brothers distrust women. When Rena shows up, Graelen feels that she's the woman that the prophecy told about and he treats her like an enemy from the beginning. The fact that he's attracted to her is just more damning in his eye. Rena has no idea why he would have a problem with her and tries talking to him about things she found in the deck of tarot cards, things that told the story of the family curse. Rena is very attracted to Graelen but tries to focus on her research...at first at least. They're at odds for the first part of the book but that doesn't stop the in bed action that goes on...frequently. While this is going on, Cash (Graelen's twin) shows up and causes more issues just as Graelen is starting to believe that Rena may not be his enemy and may be able to help him. The story ends with Graelen realizing that Rena is supposed to be his and asking her to stay. She agrees but only for now so the story ends with a HFN, pretty much giving us a cliffhanger for both the romance and non-romance plot lines.
This was a really good story. I liked Eleanor and James and their story was very good with some and unexpected twists that kept me interested until the end.
Eleanor is a young woman with an agenda. Her parents have both died, leaving the family with little money. Eleanor's sister went to London to have a "season" and try to find a husband the year before but returned troubled and later killed herself. When Eleanor found out the reasons for her sister's actions she was determined to make the guilty party pay, even if she has to go to London and make him pay herself.
Swindler is an inspector with the Scotland Yard. This is his dream job because he has a deep passion for seeing justice done. He was orphaned young and grew up in a group of child thieves (growing up with Luke, Jack and Fannie from the first 3 books). Swindler has remained close to his childhood friends to this day. Swindler has had an infatuation with Frannie since they were young and thought when she married Sterling (in book #3) he'd never find a woman for himself.
Eleanor knows the man who was responsible for her sister's plight and when she gets to London she starts following him, looking for info so she can proceed with her plan of revenge. She happens to be following him late at night in an area of town that's not necessarily safe for a lady alone when she's almost accosted by some other men who think they can carry her off for some fun against her will. Swindler was sent to follow the lady by his boss and happens to be close and save Eleanor from being taken against her will. Swindler is following her because Lord she was following got rather freaked out by her following him and asked the Scotland Yard to look in to it. Swindler didn't think she could be a real threat to the Lord but does his job. After saving her, he decides it's easy to keep an eye on her if he plays court on her. He goes to see Eleanor the next day and is rather distressed that his normal reserve has escaped him. He finds that Eleanor affects him greatly and he doesn't want to worry about his case so much as getting closer to her. Regardless of his concerns, Swindler pays court to Eleanor and they end up spending much time together. He's very surprised to find that the more time he spends with Eleanor, the more his previous infatuation with Frannie disappeared until he can only think of Eleanor. Eleanor wants to trust Swindler with what is going on but fears that he'll stop her or report her and she won't be able to do what needs to be done. She grows to care about Swindler a lot though and wishes things didn't have to go the way she's sure they will.
To be honest, there's a rather unexpected twist that comes in to play...a couple twists actually. Something unexpected happens and it brings about other things but I can't really talk about it without revealing a very important twist. Lets just say that things are difficult for the 2 MCs because of their lies in the beginning but that doesn't mean they didn't develope true feelings for each other. I understood Swindler's reasons behind his actions and liked the way he handled things. Eleanor was a very good female lead and I liked the way she was with Swindler and in general. Regardless of their shaky start, I enjoyed seeing them work their way to something together that could last and seeing how the crime drama part of the story played out as well. Overall I thought the story was very interesting and engaging and I loved how it ended and seeing them get their HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story. The MCs were likable on their own and I loved seeing them get together. The story was really good with enough intrigue and suspense to keep things interesting. Overall I really liked this book and I think it's my favorite of the series so far. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :D
This was a very good story. I liked Frannie and Sterling and liked seeing them get together.
***Alert, this might be considered spoilerish because I tell a secret os Sterling's***
Frannie was an orphan (at least she believes she is) that grew up with a group of child thieves (2 of which were Luke and Jack from books #1 & 2). Her childhood friends have gone on to better lives and so has she, now working as a bookkeeper for Jack’s Gentleman’s club. Her friends are very protective of Frannie but she sometimes feels smothered by their attempts to keep her safe. Her only passion is a home she’s opened for orphaned or homeless children.
Sterling is a Duke (the brother of Catherine, heroine from book #1) who was travelling around the world for years (before he got his title) and only recently returned. He is having issues with his sight getting worse as he ages and he fears that in a few years he'll be blind (that was the spoiler). Sterling left to travel while he still had good sight but that didn't sit well with his father which caused a rift between them. Unfortunately, they weren't able to work things out before his father died. Sterling knows it’s his responsibility to marry and sire an heir before he goes blind but he doesn’t look forward to it.
Frannie meets Sterling at Catherine’s wedding. There’s an attraction between Frannie and Sterling but Frannie’s friends are circling protectively and try to keep them apart. Regardless of this, Frannie and Sterling end up chancing upon each other in the library. Sterling flirts some, not realizing just how inexperienced Frannie is with the relationships between men and woman. He ends up propositioning her to become his lover and Frannie surprises herself by saying she'll consider it. Frannie is attracted to Sterling but doesn't want to be with someone who won't marry her so she eventually says no. Sterling accepts this for the time being but plans to pursue her further. In the meantime, Jack and Swindler go about trying to warn Sterling off...with their fists. Sterling doesn’t let that deter him and intends to see Frannie again regardless of the objections. He understands that Frannie’s friends don’t want her to get hurt and he doesn't intend to hurt her but he’s not thinking about how her heart could be broken. I think he thought that if he made it understood it was only supposed to be temporary that her heart wouldn't get involved but that’s before he really knew her.
Sterling and Frannie encounter each other a few different times and in the process he begins to learn more about her. He realizes just what a sweet and caring person she is and just how much love she has to give. As Sterling gets to know Frannie more, he learns more about her work with needy children and thinks even more of her because of it. He realizes he can't marry her and that she doesn't want to be a Duchess so he wants what he can get with her. He knows soon he'll have to marry some appropriate Lady to sire an heir on and he’s not looking forward to it. Sterling is sure whatever woman he marries won't be thrilled about his failing eyesight and he doesn’t look forward to what is sure to be an unhappy future. He knows he should start looking for his future wife but keeps putting it off. Sterling and Frannie grow to care for each other and eventually Frannie decides she wants Sterling regardless of their future and their physical relationship finally comes to fruition. It’s nice to see Frannie’s goodness rub off on to Sterling and it was nice seeing Frannie get some enjoyment in life. There are some difficulties and danger that have to be faced by Sterling and Frannie and it’s not easy for them. Thankfully they manage to come through alright and end the story with a HEA.
This was a very good story. I liked Frannie (she was a really good heroine) and Sterling and liked their story. I didn't have any particular complaints about the story. It was pretty good and was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I’m planning to read the next book in the series. I’d recommend this story. :)
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