Saturday, July 31, 2021

Shadow Guardian by Rebecca Deel


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!
Friday, July 30, 2021

Vendetta by Rebecca Deel


Seven years ago, Marcus Lang made a choice that cost him everything, but he rebuilt his life and became a vital part of Otter Creek. Although his past isn't dead, Marcus will be if he is unable to stop one man's quest for revenge. If he fails, his life won't be the only one forfeit. He will lose the woman he longs to make his. Pursued by a threat he can't escape, Marcus refuses to let history repeat itself no matter the cost.

Paige Jensen excels at refereeing teenagers and raising funds for the community center. But someone sees her as a problem that must be eliminated. As the danger escalates, she realizes the enemy won't stop until she's dead. When the man she loves won't allow Paige to face the threat alone, he becomes a target.

Desperate to end the violence before more innocents are hurt, she and Marcus appeal to Fortress Security for aid in defeating a foe with a long reach and deep pockets. But their nemesis doesn't work alone and is ready to spring his trap.

My Review: 5 Stars

Marcus Lang has a past. A past that very few people know about. He moved to Otter Creek six years ago for a fresh start. As pastor for Cornerstone Church, he has grown to love not only the small town, but everyone one in it. Sure there are people who don't make life easy, but it's nothing compared to what he's running from. As long as he can keep his secret from falling into the wrong hands, he can see staying in Otter Creek permanently. 

Paige Jensen runs the Community Center in Otter Creek and she loves everything about her job. She knows that the work she's doing is extremely important. The only drawback is she's the only full time employee. For several months she has been trying to prove to the City Council that she needs another full time employee but they refuse to even entertain the idea. They claim there's no money in the budget and unless she gets her grandma to sell their B & B, there won't be any money anytime soon.  

While working late in the Community Center, Paige is attacked and almost killed. Had it not been for Marcus checking up on her, she wouldn't be walking away with just bruises and a concussion. But when a body of one of her teens is discovered in the Community Center and another attempt is made on her life, Marcus has to wonder if his past is finally catching up to him or is there another player in the game that they don't know about.

With the help of Fortress Security and Durango, Marcus and Paige are put into protective custody until they can figure out who is after them and why. One thing is for sure, neither one of them will be going down without a fight. It took them years to admit their feelings for each other and with their new found love, they are determined to get their HEA. 

I have been extremely curious about Marcus's story for awhile now. It's hinted at in previous books that he has some kind of secret and I thought I knew what it would be, but I really didn't see this one coming. It was fun to learn more about Marcus and the woman who finally captured his heart. Paige is just what he needed. They balance each other out perfectly. Their story is a friends to lovers and it's really sweet. I loved that they got each other and knew what the other needed just by looking at them. This is definitely one of my favorites in this series! 

I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when I'm finished reading these series. I see a serious book hangover in my future! Hopefully Ms. Deel will be releasing more soon! There are still so many people I want to know about! :)

And let's just take a minute to admire these two. I love them! What do you think?

Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean romance... just swoony kisses!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Resurgence by Rebecca Deel


Fortress operative Adam Walker knows hardship and pain, specializes in navigating behind enemy lines, and never leaves a man behind. When the Special Forces Marine is asked to rescue a woman who helped save him, he doesn't hesitate to lay his life on the line to return the favor. Although Adam believed his past was buried, he learns the enemy has risen from the ashes. Danger stalks not only Adam, but the people who mean everything to him, including the woman he loves. To destroy his nemesis for good, the Marine must take Veronica into the enemy's lair.

DEA Agent Veronica Miles is used to working alone in enemy territory for weeks at a time. But on this mission, something goes horribly wrong, and she's taken captive. Held prisoner for days, Veronica is rescued by an operative she once aided but returns home to suspicion and accusations from her co-workers. Forced to surrender her badge and weapon, Veronica has no one to turn to except the man who saved her life. Together, she and Adam will have to face their worst nightmares and defeat a foe obsessed with revenge. This time, failure will be fatal.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

Adam Walker was undercover in an organization that was ran by one of the biggest drug kingpins. When one of his own betrays him and leaks the information to the head of the organization, Adam finds himself a prisoner and is tortured for several days. 

When Veronica Miles stumbles upon information regarding Adam's capture, she reaches out to one of her contacts at Fortress Security with everything she knows. They come up with a plan to rescue him and bring him home. But with everything that Adam endured, it's going to take a while to recover. 

Through mutual acquaintances, both Adam and Vonnie have kept up with the others progress over the last year. Although they have never met, and neither of them know the other has been keeping tabs, they have grown to care for each other from afar. So when word spread that Vonnie was in trouble, Adam jumped at the opportunity rescue her. After all, if it wasn't for her, he would be dead. 

Once Vonnie is rescued and returns home to the US, they discover that her mentor had been killed in a car accident. Vonnie doesn't believe it was an accident. When emails start coming in incriminating her as a traitor, she knows that she's being setup but by who and why? 

If Vonnie is going to uncover the truth, she'll need the help of Adam and his friends at Fortress Security. As they work together to bring down the person responsible for everything, Adam and Vonnie get to know one and another and grow closer together. It isn't long before their feelings turn into something more. But when an enemy from the past resurfaces, they know they will need to bring them down before they can look to the future and their HEA.

*dreamy sigh*

Guys! Can I just tell you how much I enjoyed Adam and Vonnie's book?! It was fast paced and sucked me in from the beginning. I loved seeing Adam get his HEA. If anyone deserved it.. it was him. I loved seeing characters from the previous books working together. They really are family. I can't wait to start Jake's book!

Ms. Deel is an amazing storyteller! I know that once I start one of her books, I'll be sucked in and will not get one thing done until I finish the book. I am so glad I found! There's just something about finding new authors you adore! I can't wait to read more by her!

I absolutely adore these two for Vonnie and Adam! What do you think?

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Deadly Game by Rebecca Deel


Following a desperate call for help, Rowan Scott finds her sister bleeding out and her niece missing. As the owner of a coffee shop, Rowan doesn't have the skills to navigate a world of shadows where nothing is as it seems and one mistake will cost her everything. With few clues and her niece's life on the line, Rowan turns to a friend experienced in combat and subterfuge. He's her only hope to bring her niece home before a murderer strikes again.

Tasked with a special assignment in a terrorist hotbed, Fortress CEO Brent Maddox doesn't have time to take on another project. But when the woman who captured his heart asks for help, Brent can't refuse. The Navy SEAL is no stranger to tough missions, but none threatens to melt his iron control until Rowan and her niece end up in the hands of his enemy. Brent vows to rescue the family he has claimed as his own from the hands of a ruthless killer, no matter the cost.

My Review: 5 Stars

Rowan Scott is the owner of Coffee House and has had her eye on Fortress Security's CEO, Brent Maddox, for about a year. She couldn't be happier when she discovers that he's had his eye on her as well. But the night of their first date, Rowan's world changes forever. 

Her sleazy brother-in-law is in business with some shady people who had no qualms killing him and his wife and kidnapping their daughter, Alexa. Rowan is all the little girl has left and she'll stop at nothing to bring her niece home safely. And in order to do that, she's going to need to place all her trust in Brent.

Brent has several different critical missions going on at the same time. The last thing he needs is to add another one into the mix. But when Rowan and Alexa are the mission, he will do everything in his power to keep them safe and bring the little girl home where she belongs. 

But that doesn't mean it's going to be easy. Several outside forces are at play and pulling the Fortress Security operatives in all different directions. But when Brent claims Rowan and Alexa as his own, Brent's team will go above and beyond to make sure he gets his family and a HEA.  

Wow! This book is awesome! I had the hardest time putting it down! I found myself sneaking in reading whenever I could. I was curious about the woman who would capture Brent's heart and Rowan did not disappoint! She's an extremely strong individual that will do anything for those that she loves. She'll be their rock in times of need. Her and Brent really balanced each other out. And I loved Alexa's interaction with Brent! Talk about melting my heart! It was the cutest thing ever! 

I am still really enjoying Ms. Deel's books. They just keep getting better and better! I can't wait to read the rest of both series!

As for my casting... I love these two! What do you think?

Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean... just swoony kisses!
Monday, July 26, 2021

Romance on the Reef by Jess Mastorakos



It’s pretty hard to stay away from her when she moves in right next door…

I’m the jokester of the group. I always have that one-liner that lightens the mood, even in the darkest of moments. It's just who I am. It's who I had to be. I lost my wife eleven years ago when I was on my first deployment, so now I’m just trying to keep things light.

And because of that, I refuse to put my heart out there again while I’m a Marine. It’s not worth the risk. What if I’m gone and she needs me? Nope. Screw that.

So when a beautiful single mom and her daughter move in next door, I’m going to fight that attraction tooth and nail. Good thing Maggie doesn’t want to be with me any more than I want to be with her. Her late husband was a Marine, too. And there’s no way she’ll let her daughter go through that again. Or herself.

But we run in the same group of friends and now we share a wall. It’s not going to be very easy to keep our distance.

And we need to.

It doesn’t matter that sparks fly whenever we’re together. It doesn’t matter that her daughter is just as much of a book-nerd as I am and we get along great. And it definitely doesn’t matter that the three of us are somehow turning into a family without meaning to.

Because we both know what it’s like to lose the one you love, and that old saying about how it's better to have loved and lost than not loved at all? We disagree.

My Review: 5 Stars

Dreamy sighs, swoons and all the heart eyes! Y'all. I just can't with this book! I have definitely found my new favorite in this series!

PJ has intrigued me from the very beginning. Between his witty one-liners and his grumpy façade, I have been dying to know what makes this man tick and see how that special someone would break through his ever present barriers. If you've been reading the series since the beginning, then you know PJ doesn't do warm and fuzzy. 

I have loved Maggie and Bree from the moment they were introduced in Promises at Pyramid Rock. These two were thrown the ultimate curveball but that hasn't stopped them from living their best life. The bond between this mother and daughter is beautiful and unbreakable. I was curious to see how the dynamics would change when that special someone came along. 

And this is where the dreamy sighs, swoons and heart eyes come in. 

I absolutely adore Maggie and PJ! Even though they are surrounded by some pretty amazing people, no one really sees them. No one except each other. I loved how in tuned they were with each other and how they seemed to know what needed to be said at the exact moment they needed to hear it. These two make the perfect team in life and in love. 

Y'all. I have to say... PJ has met his match in Bree. These two are absolutely adorable and they crack me up! She is full of sass and has no qualms firing back at PJ when he delivers one of his famous one-liners. I loved seeing their relationship develop. It was seriously the sweetest thing. I couldn't get enough of these three!

If you haven't guessed already, Ms. Mastorakos has another hit on her hands! And y'all, there's a reason why she's one of my favorite authors. I love how she can transport you into her books where you eat, sleep and breathe her characters stories. I know that when I start one of her books, I better have my schedule cleared because there is no way I'm stopping until I reach the end. I can't wait to get my hands on her next book baby! 

Now. Can we please take a minute to admire these two? I. Am. In. Love! What do you think?!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

In Plain Sight by Rebecca Deel


On the heels of a life-changing diagnosis, concert pianist Darcy St. Claire is on a quest to reinvent herself. While renovating a Victorian house and opening a restaurant, she becomes the target of a killer. As the attempts on her life intensify, Darcy grows more determined. No murderer is going to chase her from her home and destroy her new dreams. But more than her livelihood and life are at stake. She could lose the man she loves.

A favor for a friend lands Delta medic Rio Kincaid in the center of a murder investigation, a crime the killer doesn't want solved. As the danger to Darcy escalates, the Delta warrior vows to protect the woman whose music pulled him from the edge of darkness. When the enemy's desperate ploy snares Darcy in his trap, one wrong move will cost Rio everything--his life and the woman who captured his heart.

My Review: 5 Stars

When Darcy St. Claire received the medical diagnosis that would change her life forever, she decides she will not let it get her down. She has so much life left to live and she's determined to make the most of it. 

Moving to Otter Creek to open up a deli that specializes in wraps was just what the doctor ordered. She has always loved cooking and experimenting with food in her spare time. She just hopes the folks of Otter Creek will give her a shot. 

Rio Kincaid has been in Otter Creek for a few months. He sees all of his teammates meeting and falling in love with their soulmates and he can't help but be a little envious. What he wouldn't give to meet that special someone and be able to spend the rest of their lives together. 

When fellow Fortress Security operative, Trent St. Claire, asks if Rio will keep an eye on his sister while he's away for a mission he readily accepts. He knows that a distracted operative can be dangerous and cost other's their lives. He'll do whatever he can to make sure Trent's sister is safe. 

But when they discover the previous owner of the house was murdered and someone has been breaking in to the Victorian home, Rio knows none of it was a coincidence. He'll  need not only the help of the Otter Creek Police Department but the help of Fortress Security and his team, Durango, to figure out who is behind everything and why. He has fallen for Darcy and there is no way he will lose her now. She has saved him more times than she will ever know. Now it's his turn to save her. He is determined to give them a HEA together... if she'll have him. 

This should come as no surprise to you guys but... I loved this book! Darcy and Rio were amazing! I loved that Darcy was feisty and could hold her own. I also loved the Rio always wanted to protect her but knew that he couldn't treat her like a fragile piece of China. He knew her limitations and did his best to let her handle things... to an extent. He is, after all, an alpha male who would do anything to protect the woman he loves. 

I loved seeing the other couples in previous books. That's one of the things I love about reading a series based in a small town. It's always fun to catch up on their lives. I also loved seeing the setup for Trent's book. I can't wait to read his story. I have a feeling he is going to fall hard! Hehe. 

The more I read this series, the more I fall in love! The books just keep getting better and better! I can't wait to see what Ms. Deel has in store for us next! I can already tell you I'm going to be sad to see this series come to an end!

And let's just take a moment to admire these two... *dreamy sigh* I think they are perfect!

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

Wheels of Justice by Rebecca Deel


After losing her home and business in a flood, photographer Claire Walker relocates to Nashville, determined to rebuild her life. Two men kidnap Claire in the middle of the night in a scheme to force her captive brother to divulge classified information. When she escapes, Claire calls the one man who can help her evade the kidnappers and save her brother.

Navy SEAL Zane Murphy had his career mapped out until an IED changed his life forever. A warrior to his bones, now he hunts terrorists in the corridors of cyberspace for Fortress Security. Although he hasn't been in the field for two years, Zane can't refuse a plea for aid from a missing operative's sister.

When he's accused of betraying his fellow operatives, Zane vows to clear his name, unmask the real traitor, and protect Claire. The SEAL calls on friends and an elite Delta unit to assist in the mission to save Claire's brother. With time running out, Zane has no choice but to take the woman who captured his heart into the enemy's stronghold.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Claire Walker relocated to Nashville after her home and business flooded. Being an in demand photographer has it's advantages. She can do her job from anywhere. 

While her brother, Adam, is away on one of his missions for Fortress Security, Claire is kidnapped. In her line of business it pays to be observant and pay attention to details. Her only thoughts are to get away from Thug One and Thug Two. Once she escapes their clutches, her only move is to call Zane Murphy, the one person her brother insisted will keep her safe at all times. If her brother trusts him, then she'll trust him... no matter what. 

While in the military, Zane Murphy's team was hit by an IED leaving him the sole survivor... and in a wheelchair. But he is a SEAL to his bones and can't see himself doing anything else. He loves his job as communications expert and tech guru at Fortress Security. He might not be able to protect his teammates while fighting along side them in the field, but he will do what ever he can to keep the operatives and principals in the field safe from behind his computer screen. 

When he receives a call from Claire informing him that she's in trouble, he doesn't have to think twice about protecting her. He will do everything he can to make her safe and keep her out of the hands of the jerk who's holding her brother hostage. 

But one look at Claire and Zane knows he's in trouble. There's something about Claire that has drawn him in. For the first time in a long time, a beautiful woman is looking at him and seeing the man that he is... not the man in the chair. He doesn't dare believe that someone like Claire would ever fall in love with him. But Claire is a rare gem and one that Zane doesn't want to let go. If they can rescue her brother and get out of the enemy's clutches alive, he will do everything in his power to show her that he can be worthy of her. He will treat her like the treasure she is for the rest of their lives.  

Wow! All I can say is WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! I had the hardest time putting it down! It took my kindle falling and hitting me in the face a couple of times before I would put it down for the night. I kept telling myself... just one more chapter. Haha. And of course I just had to wake up earlier than usual just so I could finish the book. 

I have loved Zane from the very beginning and was dying to read his book! I knew it would take one special lady to capture his heart and Claire is absolutely perfect! She is a feisty little spitfire! Oh how I loved seeing her protectiveness come out when people weren't treating Zane the way he deserved to be treated. These two are definitely a favorite of mine! 

I am really loving these series! And I am so glad I stumbled upon Ms. Deel. I haven't been able to put her books down! I'm looking forward to reading more by her!

I have been dying to cast Claire and Zane! I absolutely adore these two! What do you think?!

Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean romance... just swoony kisses! 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Best Served Cold by Rebecca Deel


U.S. Marshal Stella Grayson always wanted to be a cop, but after an ambush, she's framed for murder and forced to surrender her gun and badge. Targeted by law enforcement and a killer seeking revenge, she may lose everything she values, including her freedom and the man she loves.

Recently returned from a mission, Delta warrior Nate Armstrong's plans for a slow campaign to win his girlfriend's heart are derailed when Stella is arrested for murder. Nothing will stop him from proving her innocence. Accused of detonating a bomb, Nate calls on his Delta teammates for aid in unmasking the killer before more people die. But the enemy is determined to accomplish his goal and Stella stands in his way. When the marshal is abducted, freeing her may be Nate's final mission.

My Review: 5 Stars

U.S. Marshal Stella Grayson and her partner Deke Creed have been tasked with finding a mole in their office. Their boss, Ty, doesn't know who he can trust so everything has to be done off the books. In the midst of their investigation, Stella is attacked and her boss killed. Things just went from bad to worse. The only people she knows she can trust is her boyfriend, Nate, and his team. 

Durango Team member Nate Armstrong has just returned from a long mission and can't wait to see his girlfriend again. When he receives a call in the middle of the night informing him Stella has been attacked, he drops everything to race to her side. He doesn't know what's going on but he'll do everything in his power to figure it out. 

When ballistics come back on the murder weapon and it's registered to her, she's placed under arrest and booked. Nate knows that Stella would never do the things she is being accused of doing. If they are going to figure out who is behind framing her, he will need not only the help of Durango but all of Fortress Security. 

But the closer they get to figuring out who's behind the leak and the killings, the more danger arises. Will Stella and Nate be able to stop whoever is behind everything before it's too late? One things for sure, they won't go down without a fight. They are determined to get their HEA. 

I'm not going to lie. I was hesitant to read this book. The synopsis and the first page let me know that this was going to be intense. I am loving this series but I don't want to get burnt out on reading them in one straight shot. But once I got going, I didn't want to put it down! I stayed up way too late and woke up way too early just to finish it. I'll definitely keep reading. There are so many characters that I want to see get their HEA! I can already tell you I'm going to be sad when this series ends!

I'm not sure if you can tell or not but I am still loving Ms. Deel's books! There are lots for me to catch up on!

And what do you think about this casting?! *dreamy sigh*

Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean romance.. just kisses. 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Payback by Rebecca Deel


A mission from his past threatens his future.

A stalker has his sights set on art history teacher Ivy Monroe. Still recovering from a relationship with an abusive former boyfriend, she's determined to win this fight over fear and intimidation. No one has the right to cage her again. When Ivy is nearly killed, she takes refuge in the arms of the one man she trusts.

Elite Delta sniper Alex Morgan now trains bodyguards for Fortress Security. When his father is shot, the feds are convinced Alex is guilty of attempted murder. Determined to clear his name and find the shooter, he travels to Washington, D.C. with Ivy and his Delta unit.

He learns someone leaked information from one of Durango's missions and now he and his unit are targets. Worse, Ivy is in danger. Battling his family and the feds, Alex and his friends race the clock to unmask the shooter before he strikes again. When Ivy falls into the hands of the enemy, nothing will prevent Alex from saving the woman who owns his heart.

My Review: 5 Stars

Ivy Monroe moved to Otter Creek to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend. But even though she's in a new city and he's in jail, she still lives in fear. She no longer trusts men and shrinks away when ever they are near.

While in protective custody with her cousin, Del, she meets Alex Morgan. She can't explain it but there is something different about him. He's calm, quiet, and fiercely protective of Ivy. He's the only man she feels comfortable around.

Alex knows that Ivy has been put through the wringer by her ex-boyfriend and now suffers from PTSD. While some look at her and see victim, he looks at her and sees a fighter, a survivor. He just needs to help his angel see what he sees.

Just when life is getting back on track and moving forward, Alex's past comes back to haunt them. A visit from the FBI has him going back to Washington, D.C. to a family who disowned him 15 years ago when he decided to join the military. Ivy refuses to let him face his past alone. She will stand by his side and will be his rock when he needs one the most.

But when the threat gets too close to Ivy and Durango, Alex will do everything in his power to keep everyone safe. For the first time in his life he has too much to live for and he refuses to let anyone stand in the way of his happiness and his happily ever after.

*dreamy sigh*

Oh my gosh! You guys! I absolutely LOVED this book! Alex and Ivy are my new favorites! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing they are! They have both been through SO much and if anyone deserves a HEA it's these two! They are perfect for each other! One of my favorite parts was the charm bracelet... super cute! And that proposal... *dreamy sigh* I'm not going to lie... I read that part 3 times! Haha.

I am so glad that I started this series! The books just keep getting better and better! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books. I'm also looking forward to reading the Fortress Security series. I'm definitely intrigued by all these side characters and their stories.

I'm so glad that I discovered Ms. Deel. I have been sucked in to every single one of her books I have read so far. Gotta love adding more authors to your go to list... ;)

Not going to lie... this casting was a bit tough! I had the hardest time trying to find Alex. What do you think?

Content: Mild violence. Talk of abuse. No swearing. Clean romance.. just swoony kisses!
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Midnight Reckoning by Rebecca Deel


Her sister was a world-class jewel thief. But she crossed the wrong person and now Sophie's baby may pay the price.

Sophie Valero has spent her life living down her last name. In a family of murderers, thieves, and con artists, she's the black sheep. As the owner of a legitimate business, the toughest challenge she faces is helping customers find the right herbal supplements to enhance their health. But when she's attacked in her home, Sophie is given 72 hours to find what her sister stole. The price of failure? Her son's life. Since the retired cat burglar can't go to the local police, she turns to the one man who might help her. If he can forget she's a Valero.

Secret Service Agent Micah Winter stopped for a cup of coffee and left with a bullet in his leg. The gangbanger who shot him left in a body bag. Now Micah is home on medical leave with a contract on his head. The last thing he wants is to protect a beautiful jewel thief. Yet within minutes of seeing Sophie again, he has no choice but to offer his protection.

Micah and Sophie team up to locate the items her sister stole while staying one step ahead of the gang determined to kill Micah and the local law committed to pinning jewel thefts on Sophie. Micah vows to neutralize the threats to Sophie because the federal agent has fallen hard for his cat burglar. But the deadline is hours away and a killer is closer than he thinks.

My Review: 5 Stars

Sophie Valero comes from a long line of con artists and thieves. She has spent years trying to distance herself from her family name. She refuses to follow in their footsteps. But when her twin sister steals priceless jewelry, Sophie has no other option but to return it back to it's owner.

When her sister and brother-in-law are killed in a car accident and the people her sister has stolen from comes after Sophie, she will do whatever it takes to keep herself and her unborn child safe.. even if that means turning to Micah Winters, her brother-in-law's brother who can't stand the Valeros. 

The last thing Micah needs while he's healing from a gunshot wound to the leg is getting mixed up with Sophie. If it wasn't for the Valero women, his brother might still be alive. So to say he's shocked to see her standing on his doorstep with a letter from his brother stating that if anything happened to him and his wife she is to find Micah and have him protect her, is an understatement.

After discovering Sophie is pregnant and learning more of what's been happening, Micah is determined to protect her and her child. Somewhere along the way he realizes that Sophie is nothing like her family. She is strong, independent, and beautiful.. and Micah finds himself falling in love with her. 

But when more than one enemy is after both Sophie and Micah, the only option they have is to team up with Fortress Security to find out who is behind all the threats and to stop them before it's too late. Sophie and Micah have too much to live for to let the bad guys win. They are determined to live happily ever after.

Wow! I absolutely loved this book! Sophie and Micah are definitely a new favorite! I was hooked from the very beginning and I had a hard time putting this book down! I found myself sneaking in reading whenever I could, staying up past my bedtime and waking up earlier than usual to finish it! Sleep is overrated when you find a good book! 

I discovered on the author's website that, while all the books in both of her series are standalones, a lot of the characters overlap and there's a certain order that they can be read in. Hence the reason I started the Fortress Security series. I will read the rest of the books in the order she has suggested. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by Ms. Deel!

As for my casting... I absolutely ADORE these two! What do you think?!

Content: Mild violence. No swearing. Clean romance... just swoony kisses!
Sunday, July 18, 2021

More Than Second Chances by Sara Jane Woodley



My life as an NFL quarterback was everything I thought I wanted... Married to a beautiful model, on the verge of winning a championship, and making more than enough money to look after my mom and grandpa.

It was perfect… until it wasn’t.

And now that everything’s falling apart, I’m returning to Aston Falls.

It’s been ten years since I’ve been back to my small, quirky hometown. Ten years since that fateful night when I told my best friend’s sister I loved her. Right before I left her.

I broke Grace’s heart that night, as well as my own. I had no choice.

When an accidental run-in forces us back into each other’s lives, I do my best to keep my distance… but I can’t.

Will Grace ever find a way to forgive me for what I did?

Because all I want is a second chance.

My Review: 5 Stars

There's no greater feeling than grabbing a book and being instantly swept away to a place where the world around you ceases to exist. These are books that I will treasure always.

From the very first page, I was transported to Aston Falls where I not only fell in love with Grace and Nicholas, but I fell in love with the entire town. Oh how I wish I could live there! Between Morning Bell Café, Sweets n' Sundaes, Sam's Sled Tours, the playground, the hiking trails, it had the perfect small town feel.

Grace and Nicholas quickly became favorites of mine. I loved how real they were. They were easy to relate to, loving, intelligent and were not afraid to let their vulnerable side show. Their journey from forgiveness, to friends, to more may have been a hard one, but it was absolutely beautiful.

Y'all. I loved every single minute of this book. I had the hardest time putting it down and found myself sneaking in reading time whenever I could. I was literally counting down the hours until my lunch break because I was dying to know what would happen next. I absolutely adored this book!

An amazing book always has amazing side characters and this one definitely had them. I loved getting to know Austin, Ella and JJ. They were always there when Grace or Nicholas needed them and would do anything to help them. I cannot wait to get my hands on Austin and Ella's story. I've already preordered that baby. August 31st can't get here soon enough! This is one of those times that I have to remind myself that writing actually does take some time.

This is my very first book by Ms. Woodley and I already know that it won't be my last. I am extremely excited to see what she has in store for us next!

And I am absolutely loving these two! What do you think?!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Crosscheck by Rebecca Connolly


He’s a hard hitter, she’s a straight shooter. Can they stop the sparks from flying? Do they want to?

Zane Winchester is a beast on the ice, known for racking up penalties and delivering hard blows. No one would suspect the complicated nature of his personal life, or just what it entailed. And no one, not even him, would have suspected what one unexpected encounter with a remarkable woman would do to his life.

Mara Matthews is a regular woman with a regular job and a regular life. Then she meets the father of one of her little students, and regular becomes the last word to describe her life. Zane is intense, funny, charming, and drop dead gorgeous; he shouldn’t pay any attention to someone like her. But Zane isn’t giving up, and Mara doesn’t want him to.

My Review: 5 Stars

Ever since I started the Northbrook Elite series, I have been dying to read Zane's book. I was crossing my fingers that I would love it as much as the first book in the series. Y'all I'm happy to announce that I loved it more! It may be because the single parent trope is one of my favorites or it may be seeing a big, bad hockey player melt when it comes to his little girl. Either way I loved this book! 

I absolutely adored Mara, Zane and Hope! Seriously you guys.. they are amazing! Their love for each other is strong. They made it so easy for me to root for them from the very beginning. Hope was seriously the cutest! I loved how she had everyone wrapped around her finger. She definitely helped make this on a favorite of mine. And lets not forget all the swooniness going on. I. Was. Dying! WOWZERS! Once again, this girl was a big ol' puddle of goo. Y'all I never wanted their book to end. I finished it a couple of hours ago and I'm still playing out scenes I wish were in the book. Haha. And let me just tell you. That epilogue?! LOVED it! It was just what this girl needed! *dreamy sigh*

One of my favorite things about this series is that everyone seems down to earth, real and easy to relate to. The close friendship between them all is another added bonus and it really showed in one scene of this book. They don't even think twice about rallying around each other when one of them is in need of anything. They stand together like brothers. 

Another great addition to this series! I already know this will be one that I read over and over again. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Crossing my fingers that the other books are just as good. 

Ms. Connolly really knows how to write a great contemporary. I've loved the ones I've read so far. I'm also looking forward to reading her regency books as well. Several of my bookish friends love them! 

And of course we can't forget my casting. I think this is the first time I haven't followed the descriptions to a tee. I'm not going to lie. I'm so not a fan of man buns! But if anyone can pull it off, it's him. *dreamy sigh*

Monday, July 5, 2021

Poweplay by Heather B. Moore


He’s ready to quit his pro-hockey career. She’s doing everything to keep her career afloat. And neither of them have time for distractions.

Jax Emerson, legendary forward for the Chicago Flyers, is ready to throw it all away when he uncovers the truth behind his NHL contract. The last thing he needs is more media attention, or his father to get involved in his contract, or a beautiful woman apologizing once again for an accident.

Meg Bailey didn’t think her life could get any worse, until it does. Time is running out before her business is forced to close. When Jax Emerson offers a solution, she knows that by accepting his help, she might be getting in too deep. And deep is not a place her heart is prepared to go.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

Confession. I was hesitant to read Powerplay. We learn in Faceoff that Jax comes from money. I'm not quiet when it comes to my dislike of billionaire books and my refusal to read them. I may or may not have searched for the word billionaire before starting this book. And yes, I can see some of you rolling your eyes at me right now. But I'm happy to say that once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. I had to bargain with myself to get certain things done in order to spend the rest of the day reading. 

From the moment we met Meg and Jax, I knew they were going to become favorites of mine. They were both independent and strong but were also vulnerable and easy to relate to. As for their witty banter and their chemistry? WOWZERS! Talk about sizzling and swoony! One can't help but have a silly permagrin on their face while letting out little dreamy sighs. It's hard not to root for these two and feel all the feels! 

One of my favorite parts of the book is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. No book is complete without amazing side characters. My only complaint is that the book just ended. Y'all, I hate that! I know I'm going to see them again in the other books but man! You can't leave me hanging like that. It's just mean! Haha. I will definitely be continuing on with these series. It's fun and giving me that much needed break from reality. 

It's been a few years since I've read a book by Ms. Moore, and I can't figure out why. I always love her books. I guess I better start catching up on them, eh? 

And I'm not going to lie. This casting was hard. Okay.. okay.. he was the hard one. Haha. But I love them! What do you think?

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Faceoff by Rebecca Connolly


She isn’t supposed to want him. He isn’t supposed to want her. But wanting each other is inevitable.

Clint McCarthy has finally achieved his dream of playing for a professional hockey program, and is eager to make his mark with his new team. While getting settled in his new city, he happens across Bree Stone, whom he has known for years, with their respective brothers both being in the famed Belltown Six Pack. But for the life of him, he can’t remember Bree ever looking so attractive. Or being so captivating. Or taking over his every waking thought.

In the middle of her graduate degree, Bree has no time or desire for working on her dating life, or lack thereof, but the impossibly handsome Clint McCarthy coming back into her life makes everything complicated. She shouldn’t be focusing on him, or on them, not when her professional future hangs in the balance. But once she hears about Clint’s past with the Northbrook Hockey Elite program, and where that program stands now, Bree just might find a way to make her career, and a future with Clint, come to life.

My Review: 5 Stars

Confession. I know absolutely nothing about hockey. I have never even watched a game. The closest I got was watching an episode of Leverage that featured a hockey team. But that didn't stop me from enjoying Faceoff.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that loves when a book can sweep you off your feet and give you that much needed break from reality. That's exactly what happened while reading this book. The friends to lovers trope is becoming one of my favorites. There's just something about that friendship turning into something more that has this girl letting out all the dreamy sighs. I may or may not have had one of those permagrins while reading. 

I adored Bree and Clint. Their fun, easy going vibe made it easy to relate to them. I enjoyed watching them strengthen their friendship before moving on to something more. I loved that they were willing to support each other in every detail of their lives. Big or small, they were there for each other. They did what ever it took to make sure they were both happy. And the chemistry between these two?! Off the charts from the very beginning. All I can say is... that first kiss?! WOWZERS!

Can we just take a minute to appreciate all the side characters?! Loved them! In my opinion they were the extra icing on the already perfectly iced cake. I can tell you that I will definitely be reading the Belltown Six Pack. And am I the only one that wants Penny to have her own book?! She would definitely be a fun one to read about! Haha.

Y'all believe it or not, this is my first book by Ms. Connolly and I can already tell you it won't be my last. I have no clue why I waited so long to read one of her books but I'm definitely glad that I did! I can't wait to read more by her. 

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

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel


How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days

• Break off all contact for ninety days.
• Stay away from social media.
• Remember all the things you liked to do when you were single and revisit those activities.
• Think carefully about starting any new romantic attachments.
• Wine, lots of wine. No, don’t. It could end badly.
• Be mindful of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.
• Remind yourself it takes ninety days for your mind to switch gears and picture your life in a new direction.

Presley Benson thinks she found the perfect plan to get over her ex-boyfriend, Jackson Montgomery. All she needs is ninety days. There’s a problem, though. Jackson Montgomery is the newly appointed vice principal of Riverton High School where she teaches drama.

And oh yeah, he wants her back.

So what’s a girl to do? Stick with the plan of course.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Y'all. I just can't even with this book! I'm definitely a sucker for a good lost love romance and this book fit the bill perfectly!

Presley and Jackson are pretty much the "It" couple. Everyone loves them and knows that they are destined to be together. But out of nowhere, Jackson breaks up with Presley and crushes her heart into a million pieces. 

Determined to pick herself back up and move forward with her life, Presley and her best friend, Capri, devise a plan that will have Presley thinking, "Jackson who?" in ninety day. What could possibly go wrong?!


Y'all. Never underestimate a man in love. He will do anything and everything to win back the heart of the woman he loves. After all, failure is NOT an option! 

I absolutely LOVED Ninety Days! It has everything that makes an AMAZING book! The feels are definitely real my friends! You will laugh out loud, get teary eyed, growl in frustration, let out little dreamy sighs and cheer our hero and heroine on as they figure out what's most important to them and strive to achieve their happily ever after! 

Ms. Peel has done it again! She was able to suck me in from the very beginning and not let me go until the very end! I love all the journeys she takes us on and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! 

And of course there is no way I can forget my casting! These two just scream Southern Charm to me! And I love them! What about you?! 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Narcissistic Tendencies by Jennifer Peel


He wants her future. She can’t forget her past.

Psychologist Kate Morgan loves her job evaluating clients for the matchmaking service Binary Search. That is, until the one and only Nicholas Wells becomes a client and the new face of the company. Now Kate must take on a new role as his relationship manager to “fix” the actor-turned-writer-and-producer—not to mention egotistical, possibly narcissistic celebrity—and save Binary Search’s reputation.

Once upon a time this would have been a dream come true, but older, wiser, and live-within-her-rules Kate knows more than she would like to about narcissists. Annulment is an ugly word and one she can’t or won’t forget. But is Nick the man he says he is on paper or is he the man she sees before her eyes? An adoring father with a generous heart who’s willing to smooth out some of his rough edges for the right woman, making her think who’s fixing who?

Can this Hollywood playboy and reluctant matchmaker make the ultimate connection?

My Review: 5 Stars

Serendipity - the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Magical - beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life.

Kate Morgan will never forget her serendipitous moment with her childhood crush, Nicholas Wells. That magical moment would bring her through some of the toughest times in her life. A moment that will always be hers and hers alone. She never thought that their paths would cross a second time. But working as the Psychologist for Binary Search has brought her face to face with the man again.

When Kate meets with Nick, she sees all kinds of red flags. He's not what Binary Search needs but it's a done deal. He's the new face of the company. Now she will need to become his Personal Relationship Manager and make sure he doesn't do anything that will bring the company she works for down.

While spending time with Nick, his daughter, Skye and his dad, Jack, Kate finds herself extremely confused. Not only does he seem to be one person on paper and another person in real life, but she realizes that connection she felt with him all those years ago is still there. And that just cannot happen. Nick breaks all her rules and she refuses to let herself get hurt a second time.

There's no denying the chemistry between the two of them. She's doing her best to stop all his efforts but Nick's not making it easy. She finds herself opening up to him and letting him in. On top of that, she's developing a friendship with Skye that has her wishing for things of the past.

But just as Kate starts to let her guard down and really let Nick in, she's blindsided. How could she have let this happen again? There were rules in place to stop her from falling in love with someone like Nick. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Now she has to decide if she's going to let him go, pick up her broken pieces and move on with her life. Or if she's going to let all her walls fall, grab on tight to what's in front of her and fight for their happily ever after.

Oh. My. Gosh! You guys! All I can say is WOW! What a roller coaster ride that was! The feels were definitely real my friends! Kate and Nick are definitely favorites of mine. I found myself routing for them from the beginning. I know some people will probably say they found themselves really disliking Nick, but I didn't. There was just something about him. I knew there was more than meets the eye and I couldn't wait to figure out what. I loved watching their relationship develop and seeing the walls come down on both sides. These two really were perfect for each other.

I have to say that one of my favorite parts of this book was watching Kate and Skye's relationship develop. They both had lost a lot in their lives and their hearts were broken. As they got to know each other and spend time together, they were able to help each other heal and fill a void that was missing in both of their lives. Their bond was special and beautiful.

Narcissistic Tendencies is a perfect ending to an amazing series! I loved seeing the characters in the previous books playing a role in this book. We are able to see what they've been up to since we left them. It was icing on the cake for me as I got to see all of their happily ever afters continue on. I'm not going to lie... I'm kinda sad to see this series come to an end! But it's definitely one that I will be reading over and over again! If you haven't read these books yet then I highly recommend you add them to your TBR list!

I have been a Ms. Peel fan from the very first book of hers I read and I don't see that changing anytime soon! She is a very talented author! I look forward to seeing where she takes us next!

And let's just take a moment and stare at these two. I may be a bit bias but I think they are perfect! What do you think?! 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Statistically Improbable by Jennifer Peel


According to Binary Search’s matchmaking service, Meg Dawson’s and Zander Grainger’s odds of ever having a successful relationship are statistically improbable. Meg has run the numbers and knows the probability, but for some reason she can’t quit thinking about her coworker, and self-proclaimed eternal bachelor, Zander.

To make matters more interesting, Zander approaches her with an unusual proposition. He’s in need of a pretend girlfriend. Meg thinks this could be the answer to get him out of her system; and maybe knock the arrogant man down a few notches in the process. But what she doesn’t realize is, there is more to this man, something he carefully hides behind his arrogant exterior. And when her feelings begin to be anything but pretend, she knows the odds of getting hurt are more than probable.

Will they let the odds overcome them, or will they find that all the reasons they are wrong for each other are exactly what make them a perfect fit?

My Review: 5 Stars

Statistically Improbable. That's what the Binary Search says. But against all the scientific evidence, Meg still finds herself drawn to Zander. She doesn't know what it is but she just can't resist his pull. Maybe it's his charm or his gorgeous face or just him. But whatever it is has her going to goo whenever he's around. 

So when Zander asks Meg to be his fake girlfriend to keep the unwanted women away, she has to stop herself from instantly saying yes! Guys like him don't fall for girls like her. She has to keep her heart safe. But this is a chance to prove science wrong. It's also the perfect chance to bring the King of Arrogance down a notch or two. Zander won't know what hit him... 😉

On the outside Zander is the eternal bachelor, the center of attention, the best friend.. pretty much anything anyone needs him to be. He's got to be in order to keep his secrets locked up tight. He's always been good at hiding the real him. There have been very few people who have ever been able to see past his façade. So when the feisty, sassy, beautiful Meg adds herself to that list, it scares the crap out of him and he does his best to keep her at bay. 

But with all the chemistry and fireworks between these two, it proves statistically improbable to fight against the inevitable. These two bring out the worst and the best in each other. This is all new territory for the both of them. Zander is bound to make mistakes and say the wrong things, but he will not waste a second to make things right between them. It may take some time, but Meg will prove to Zander that if anyone deserves a happily ever after, it's them. 

*dreamy sigh* I absolutely LOVED this book! I have wondered about Zander ever since we first saw him in His Personal Relationship Manager. Some people loved him, other people didn't. But if you really paid attention to him, you would have realized that there was more than meets the eye. What he was on the outside, was not who he is on the inside. He's a diamond in the rough. And it took just the right woman to make him shine. And Meg was that woman. These two were absolutely perfect for each other! 💗

I know I say this all the time but I swear Ms. Peel's book just keep getting better and better! Just when I think I have found my favorite, she releases a new book and I end up changing my mind. I think I have finally come to the conclusion that I will never have just one favorite book of hers. It's impossible! I seriously cannot choose! Do NOT make me choose! Haha. 

And this casting! *dreamy sigh* I don't care what anyone thinks... these two are perfect in my opinion! 😉

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Re-reading Adventures of a Book Dragon!


Book Dragons! Do you remember a couple of months ago when I said I was going to dedicate an entire month to re-reading my favorite books? Well, I decided that July was going to be that month! What better way to celebrate my birthday month than by doing something I love!

Now which books will I be re-reading? I'm glad you asked! Here's my list... 😉

Statistically Improbable by Jennifer Peel
Narcissistic Tendencies by Jennifer Peel
One Choice I'd Never Make by Remi Carrington
Heart Thief by Taylor Dean
Stone Silence by Taylor Dean
Believing in You by Jess Mastorakos
Romance on the Reef by Jess Mastorakos
More Than Second Chances by Sara Jane Woodley
Faceoff by Rebecca Connolly
Powerplay by Heather B. Moore
Rebound by Sophia Summers
Crosscheck by Rebecca Connolly
Midnight Reckoning by Rebecca Deel
Payback by Rebecca Deel
Best Served Cold by Rebecca Deel
In Plain Sight by Rebecca Deel
Wheels of Justice by Rebecca Deel
Deadly Game by Rebecca Deel
Resurgence by Rebecca Deel
Vendetta by Rebecca Deel
Shadow Guardian by Rebecca Deel

Ambitious? Yep! Am I going to read them all? No clue! But I'm definitely going to try! Haha. And P.S. I may or may not be adding more depending on my mood while reading certain books... 🤣

So. Who are my Book Dragons that love to re-read favorite books? Will you be joining me in my Re-reading Adventures? What books do you want to re-read this month?

Happy reading my fellow Book Dragons!