Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekend Ramblings #17


It's been forever but, I thought it was about time for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ! Are you ready?

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!

This week's rambling topic is...

*Book Covers*

We've all heard the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover". But lets face it.. we all do it! Okay... maybe not you but I do for sure. Haha. The cover is the first thing I see when I'm looking for a book to read. If it's not appealing, there's a 95% chance that I'll be skipping over that book. 

In my years of reading I have seen some complete duds. I may or may not have busted out laughing and rolled my eyes a time or two when I come across a pretty atrocious cover. Mean.. I know. But why in the world would you throw a random baby head... yes I said HEAD... onto a historical western cover?! 😳 It makes zero sense. 

But I have also seen some GORGEOUS covers! I love covers that stand out from the rest. Covers that are bright and colorful. Covers that automatically suck you in and have you reading the synopsis for the book in hopes it'll be something you'll love. 

Over the years, I have also seen some of my favorite books get new covers. Some are better than the original cover and some have me not wanting to update the book because I don't want the gorgeous cover to disappear! I want to keep it forever! Haha. 

That's what happened today as I was on the hunt for my next book. I was sad to discover that the covers that drew me into a particular series had been changed to something else. Something that has this series blending in with most of the books on the market these days. It no longer stands out. There's no more bright colors, no more eye catching scenery, nothing that makes me want to grab the books and devour them. 😞

I understand that authors update their covers periodically for marketing and other reasons. But I don't think I'll ever understand why they would take a gorgeous cover that catches a reader's eye and switch it out with a plain, boring cover that has people, like me, skipping over it because it blends in with the hundreds of thousands of books out there. 

And yes, I know that I'm only one person. I know that what appeals to me, might not appeal to other people and vice versa. That's one of the things I love about book lovers. We each have out own opinions, our own likes and dislikes. We are unique and different. But I think we all have, at one time or another, felt the same way that I'm feeling right now about book covers. 

So, now that I have all that off my chest, lets get down to some questions. I want you to ramble with me! 😉

What kind of covers do you adore? What kind of covers make you cringe? What is the most random, off the wall cover you have come across that has you doing a double take and asking, what?! Do you judge a book by it's cover like I do?

Inquiring minds want to know! 

Also, if you have an idea for a Weekend Ramblings post, send it my way! I'd love to hear what you guys would like to discuss! 
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Relentless by Rebecca Deel


Synopsis:

A friend's desperate plea launches Piper Reece on a quest to bring down a crime boss. But bringing a killer to justice will take more than determination. When she's attacked, Piper realizes she needs a defender as relentless as he is deadly. Good thing she knows the perfect man for the job.

Fortress operative Liam McCoy returns home from an extended missions with one goal in mind--winning Piper's heart. His protective instincts kick into overdrive when she's thrust into the crosshairs of an enemy with roots in her past.

Trained by the best in the business and with skills honed in the hottest firefights, saving Piper will test Liam to his limits. He'll need every ounce of cunning and courage to survive the battle and explore a future with the woman of his dreams.

My Review: 5 Stars

It's been 3 years since Piper Reece has had any contact with people from her home town. But when she receives a call from her ex-boyfriend telling her that he's in trouble and it'll be up to her to help bring down a Mob Boss, she's thrown back into a world that she does not want to be in. She just hopes that along the way, she doesn't lose the man that she's been falling in love with. 

Liam McCoy and Bravo have been on a month long assignment and, now that he's home, he can't wait to see Piper again. It's been way to long since he's seen or talked to the woman that he's been falling in love with. But when he stops by her work to see it's closed early, the back door is left ajar and her purse sitting in the alley, he knows something is terribly wrong. 

Liam knows time is of the essence. He has to find Piper before it's too late. Enlisting the help of Bravo and fellow Fortress Security tech guru, Zane, Liam hits the ground running and won't stop until Piper is back by his side. 

But their problems are just beginning. Not only is Piper's past coming back to haunt them, so is Liam's. They'll have to work closely with Bravo and the Texas team if they have any chance of making it out alive. The more obstacles Piper and Liam face, the more they fall in love with each other. They can't see their lives without the other in it. They will fight tooth and nail to get the HEA they deserve.

Oh my gosh! You guys! I am seriously loving this series! I'm to the point that I don't even read the synopsis of the books... I just buy them and start reading. I absolutely adored Piper and Liam! They love fiercely and are extremely loyal. There isn't anything they won't do for those they love. Once I started their story, I could not put it down! It was SO good! 

Ms. Deel has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list. I find myself devouring her books the moment I find out about a new release and then not so patiently waiting for her next one. I know whatever she releases will definitely be giving me a break from reality. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! If you haven't read anything by her yet, I just have to say, you are definitely missing out! If you're a fan of romantic suspense then I highly recommend her books!

And what do you think of this casting? Me? I love it! But I may be a bit bias... ;) Hehe.


Content: Mild violence. Clean... just swoony kisses!
Friday, February 15, 2019

Shadow Rescue by Rebecca Deel


Synopsis:

After nearly dying on her last mission, Fortress Security operative Samantha Coleman is more than ready to return to the job she loves and prove she's still able to protect herself and her partner, Joe. But when an undercover mission in paradise turns deadly, Sam must face her worst nightmare to save the soldier she loves.

Operative Joe Gray has wanted Sam from the moment he laid eyes on the medic. After almost losing her on a mission gone wrong, Joe is ready to lay everything on the line. Before he can launch a campaign to win Sam's heart, his team is tasked with smoking out a murderer. When Sam is abducted, Joe vows to rescue the woman he adores or die trying.

My Review: 5 Stars

Sam lost her parents when she was young and ended up in the foster care system. Things happened to her that makes it hard for her to trust people. It's hard for her to open up and let people in. But for some reason, when it comes to Joe, those feelings of distrust and unease are nowhere to be found. She hasn't felt this comfortable around another person in a long time. He makes her feel grounded and safe. Her feelings for him only get stronger over time. She has tried to get the operative to take a chance on them but, even though his feelings are just as strong, he always pushes her away. 

But everything changed when Sam was shot and almost lost her life during a mission the Shadow team was on protecting their team leaders now wife.  

Joe would never have forgiven himself if something happened to Sam and he missed his chance to show her how much she means to him. He's determined to not let another minute go by without telling her the truth. He can't imagine his life without her in it. He knows there's things in her past that she struggles with and he only hopes that she'll trust him enough to open up to him. He wants to protect her in every way that he can. 

While the Shadow team is on an undercover mission in paradise, Sam and Joe grow even closer. They decide that it's finally time to give their relationship a chance to see where it can lead. But while on the hunt for a murderer, Sam's past comes back to haunt her. Now she must face her ultimate fear in order to protect the man she loves. 

But Joe refuses to fail the woman he loves. He wasn't there to save her when she was younger but he'll do whatever it takes to save her now. He will risk everything to get her out of the enemies clutches and back into his arms where she belongs. Nothing will stop him from protecting what is his. 

*dreamy sigh* 

I loved this book! I have been curious about Sam and Joe's story since their appearance in Shadow Guardian. It did not disappoint! I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. Joe was so good for Sam! He was her protector but knew when she needed to do things on her own. He was there to have her back no matter what but didn't hinder the things she needed to face. They balanced and grounded each other, both knowing just what the other needed. They were perfect for each other.  

I am seriously loving both the Fortress Security and the Otter Creek series! I'm not going to lie... I am constantly checking Amazon looking to see if the next book has been released yet. I have to constantly remind myself that writing takes time and I need to be patient.... but that still doesn't stop me from looking! Haha. 

I am so glad that I discovered Ms. Deel! She quickly became an autobuy author for me. I don't even read the synopsis first... I just one-click these babies! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

As for my casting... I think they're kinda perfect. What do you think?!


Content: Mild violence. Clean romance.. just swoony kisses!

Under Fire by Rebecca Deel


Synopsis:

Fortress Security operative Matt Rainer races to a friend's side when she is attacked. Determined to keep her safe, the medic appoints himself as Delilah's bodyguard. Within hours, he foils another attempt on her life. Soon, they find a connection between events in Otter Creek and Delilah's past. Now, Matt has a two-pronged mission: discover who wants Delilah dead and convince the candle shop owner to trust Matt with her heart.

Wicks owner Delilah Frost never thought the Fortress medic who caught her eye would have to protect her from danger. After several attempts on her life, Delilah faces reality. Someone wants to kill her. When she falls into the killer's trap, her only hope for survival is the Special Forces soldier in the enemy's crosshairs.

My Review: 5 Stars

When Delilah Frost lost her father to cancer at the age of 14, her life changed drastically... and not for the better. She was verbally abused and bullied throughout high school by her family and the majority of the people in town. Once she graduated from high school, she left her home town of Harmony and never looked back. While in college, she decided that enough was enough. It was time to take her life back. She worked long and hard to get to where she was and she refused to let her past hold her back.

Needing a fresh start, she moves to Otter Creek and opens her very own candle shop, Wicks. She never imagined that the small town would welcome her with open arms. For the first time since her father passed away, she has friends and feels like she belongs. She knows that Otter Creek is where she's meant to be. Now if she could only catch the eye of the handsome medic, Matt. ;)

Matt Rainer has had his eye on the beautiful candle shop owner since he arrived in Otter Creek with PSI. He's been working to get past the friend zone for awhile. When he receives a call from Delilah telling him that she has been attacked by an intruder in her home, his protectiveness kicks into overdrive. He doesn't know who is behind the attack or why but he knows that he will do everything in his power to make sure Delilah is protected and taken care of. 

If the attack isn't enough, Delilah receives a call from her stepfather telling her her mom is dying and is requesting she come home to see her one last time before it's too late. To say she's torn is an understatement. She hasn't been home since she graduated high school. She's no where near ready to face her past, but she wants to see her mom. When Matt informs her that he's going with her, along with his teammate Cade and his wife Sasha, she knows that with them by her side, she can do it. 

But when trouble follows Delilah to Harmony, she'll have to accept reality. Someone is out to kill her and isn't afraid to hurt others along the way. It's going to be up to Matt and Bravo team to stop the enemy before it's too late. But protecting their family is what they do. The enemy won't know what hit them. 

Oh my gosh! You guys! I have been dying for this book to be released! I was going through some serious withdrawals! Haha. So when I received an email stating Under Fire was live, I squealed, did a happy dance, and one-clicked this baby! I couldn't wait to read it! I was NOT disappointed! I was sucked in from the very beginning and got mad when real life got in the way of my reading time! I loved this book! And it was so fun to catch up with everyone in Otter Creek! 

I know that this one just came out but I can't wait for the next release! Ms. Deel has become an auto-buy author for me. I can't wait to see where she takes us next!

And of course we can't forget my casting! *dreamy sigh* I adore these two! What do you think?


Content: Mild violence. Clean romance... just swoony kisses!
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Honeymoon for One by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

Is there room for two on this honeymoon for one?

Piper Wyatt's Christmas wish is to get promoted to manager at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. Not only does the promotion mean more money, but it means more time with her son and proof that she's not such a disappointment after all. 

Jace Petersen, successful owner of a national chain of sporting goods stores, finds himself alone and miserable on what should have been his honeymoon. That is until he literally falls onto the lovely Piper Wyatt. He's intrigued with this woman who can fix a car in high heels. Too bad for him, he makes a horrible first impression, and Piper's not allowed to mingle with the guests. 

While Piper tries her best to steer clear of Jace during his stay, she can't help but notice he's not the man from their first meeting. But is he worth risking her promotion? Jace hopes so because he’d love nothing more than to kiss Piper atop the Falls on Christmas day to see if the legend is true. Will they both get their Christmas wishes? 

Find out in this charming Christmas tale about finding love in the most unexpected place, a honeymoon.

My Review: 5 Stars

Piper only has one Christmas wish this year... to get promoted to Manager at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. It means more money, better hours but most importantly it will give her more time with her adorable son, Finn. What she didn't wish for was an obnoxious guest who seems determined to make her lose her promotion.

Jace needs a break from the disaster called his life. After his wedding that never happened, he finds himself alone and miserable on his honeymoon for one at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. Who can blame him for getting drunk and being completely obnoxious to the Assistant Manager on duty?

To say Piper and Jace got off on the wrong foot would be an understatement! Who goes around yelling at people one minute and then literally falling on them and telling them they are beautiful the next minute? Can we say epic fail when it comes to this first impression?

But neither Piper nor Jace are immune to the unexplainable connection between the two of them. How can this be happening now? And why is this happening now? With her promotion hanging in the balance, the health of her high school mentor, Miss Anna Cate, deteriorating and proving to the world that she is not a failure, there is just no time for the added distraction of Jace.

But Jace has never met anyone like Piper before. She is feisty, speaks her mind and can fix cars like a boss. He would be a complete idiot to let her slip through his hands. All I can say is that Jace will definitely have his work cut out for him! But he is bound and determined to show her that his first impression is not the real him.

Can Piper overcome her insecurities and take a leap of faith? Can Jace get her to see that she's been selling herself short and that there's more to her than even she realizes? And most importantly will these two finally get the HEA that they both deserve?

*dreamy sigh*

How can I express how much I loved this book?! It was seriously the perfect read for me! I fell in love with Piper, Jace and the adorable Finn from the very beginning! The bantering back and forth, the antics of Finn, the cameo appearances by some of my favorite characters, the legos and lightsabers... it was all AMAZING! Once I finished reading it, I was ready to pick it back up and read it all over again! It was THAT good!

This should come as no surprise that Jennifer Peel has done it again! She sucked me in from the very first page and kept me up way past my bedtime finishing the book! Oh how I loved Honeymoon for One! It's the perfect read for any season!

And now... can we just take a minute to admire these two?! I think they make the perfect Piper and Jace! I'm in love! What do you think?!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Shadow Guardian by Rebecca Deel


Synopsis:

While on a diplomatic mission, Mercy Powers is attacked and taken hostage by terrorists. Although a team of black ops warriors rescues her, Mercy's troubles are just beginning. The terrorists aren't giving up, and now she and her family have a bounty on their heads. But having already survived a devastating loss, Mercy has more reason to live than ever and refuses to surrender to a group of men determined to destroy her new life. Instead, she turns to the warrior who captured her heart for help.

On an overdue break, Fortress Security operative Nico Rivera and his team of Shadow warriors are called to duty to rescue the president's niece. With his team at his back, Nico snatches Mercy from the hands of a deadly terrorist group. After returning home, the danger to Mercy escalates. Nico searches for the enemy, but instead of learning answers, he finds more questions. When the hunt leads him to Capitol Hill, Nico takes on the Washington elite in his quest to protect Mercy. With time running out, he must uncover the power behind the plot before the woman he adores pays the ultimate price.

My Review: 5 Stars

Mercy Powers was on a diplomatic mission in Mexico for her uncle when she's kidnapped by terrorists. She is interrogated and beaten but knows that if she gives them the information they're after, she'll be of no use to them. She'll just have to stay strong until she can figure out a way to escape the terrorists. 

Nico Rivera and the Shadow Unit had been on a much needed break for a couple of days when they were tasked to rescue the President of the United States niece. They were successful in getting Mercy out of the hands of the Scorpions but their troubles are just beginning. 

Once they return to the US, they receive word from Zane that Mercy has a bounty on her head. The Scorpions are desperate to get her back. With the attempts being made on her life and her house being trashed, Nico becomes even more determined to protect Mercy. There's just something about this beauty that intrigues him. She lights up the darkest parts of his life. 

Mercy can't remember the last time she felt this safe. She knows that Nico and his team would sacrifice their own lives to protect her. She's determined to do whatever she can to help figure out why the Scorpions are after her. Both Nico and Mercy have too much to live for to let the Scorpions win. No one will rest until the Scorpions are dismantled completely and Mercy is safe. Once that happens, then they can look to the future and their HEA.

*dreamy sigh*

This book. This book right here... wow! Where do I start?! Talk about being sucked in! Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I may or may not have forgotten to eat while reading.. ;) I absolutely loved Nico and Mercy! They were perfect for each other and balanced each other out. I am hoping the rest of the Shadow unit get their own books! And of course seeing other characters from previous books was an added bonus. :) 

I am SO glad I discovered Ms. Deel! I have devoured her books over the last month and have to admit that I'm sad I'm all caught up! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

I have to say that I seriously adore these two for Mercy and Nico! What do you think?!

 

Content: Mild violence. Talk of rape but nothing happens. No swearing. Clean romance.. just swoony kisses!

Nominated for a 2018 Swoony Award, vote here http://bit.ly/2CWYB9U 
Monday, February 11, 2019

No Regrets by Rebecca Deel


Synopsis:

While running an errand, Sasha Ingram finds herself the victim of a crime. An elite team of black ops warriors rescues her, a team that includes the man who makes her heart rate soar every time she sees him. Sasha believes the danger is past. But the attacks escalate, threatening her livelihood and life, and the body count rises. If Sasha and Cade fail to uncover the identity of the person targeting her, they'll lose the love of a lifetime as well as their lives.

Fortress Security operative Cade Ramsey is fascinated by the woman who owns Otter Creek's coffee shop. With a bad relationship in his past, Cade hesitates to try again, but he can't fight his attraction to Sasha. Before he acts on his interest, Sasha is taken hostage, and Cade and his teammates spring into action. Despite a successful rescue, the danger to Sasha mounts, and Cade vows to protect the woman he's falling for. When he and Sasha are snared in the killer's trap, Cade's black ops skills and experience may not be enough to save them.

My Review: 4 Stars

Sasha Ingram is the owner of Perk, Otter Creek's coffee shop. She has had her eyes on the handsome Cade Ramsey since he arrived in Otter Creek. She has done everything she can think of to get the man's attention but to no avail. He never stays in her shop long enough to say more than two words to her. 

Cade Ramsey has faced down insurgents, built and defused bombs as his teams EOD man. But when it comes to talking to the beautiful coffee shop owner, he gets all tongue-tied. He's had his eye on Sasha since he arrived in town and it's time to man up and finally ask her out. 

Before he gets the opportunity to ask her out, Cade and Bravo team are called out on a hostage situation. The hostage? Sasha. Cade needs to put his feelings behind him so he can rescue her from whoever took her. Once she's safe he'll do everything in his power to make sure Sasha gives him a chance to win her heart. 

Little do Cade and his team members know that this is just the beginning of their problems. Someone is targeting both Bravo and Durango. They're going after the people they love trying to make them vulnerable. The Fortress Security teams will need to band together to bring down the enemy and make their families safe again. 

Along the way, Sasha and Cade realize that there's something between them and they both will do whatever it takes to give them the HEA that they both have longed for. 

I really enjoyed Sasha and Cade's story. This was a face paced book both in action and romance. Sasha and Cade really balanced each other out. She has spunk and goes after what she wants. He is definitely an alpha male who will protect the woman he loves no matter the cost. This is a fun addition to the Otter Creek series. 

This was actually the first book I ever read by Ms. Deel... yes it's book 11 but I didn't feel lost at all. By the end of the book I was intrigued about the other characters and their stories. So I grabbed book 1 and the rest is history! I'm looking forward to more books by her! 

And of course we can't forget my casting! What do you guys think? 


Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean romance.. just swoony kisses!