Review: Bound To Him (The Billionaire’s Beck and Call #2) by Delilah Fawkes

Title:Bound To Him
Author:  Delilah Fawkes
Publisher/Year:  Delilah Fawkes 7/13/13
Length:  206 Pages
Series: Billionaire’s Beck and Call #2

Overview

Sometimes you have to make a deal with the devil…

Isabeau is happier than ever, loving and living with Chase Drake, her husband and dominant master. But when her younger sister, Lucy, shows up at her doorstep, she knows trouble is on the horizon.

Their brother Alex is in deep again with a bad crowd, but this time, Lucy doesn’t have the money to bail him out. Alex’s life is on the line if he doesn’t pay soon, but since he’s in jail, it’s up to the sisters to come to his rescue.

When Chase Drake’s old friend and fellow dom, Maxwell Pierce, comes to visit, he is instantly enchanted by the beautiful, fiery Lucy Willcox. When he overhears her confessing to Isabeau that she needs money in a hurry, he offers her a job on the spot, as his personal assistant.

He’d come to Chase for a recommendation, because his personal assistants have duties that are… quite unusual. If Lucy takes the job, she’ll be at his beck and call, 24/7, bound to him, and all that the job requires. But with her brother’s life in jeopardy, threatened by a dangerous mobster, she’s desperate enough to sign his contract, no matter what the small print says.

What Lucy doesn’t expect is that she’ll enjoy it… and that saving her brother may mean putting everything on the line, including her heart. 

My Thoughts

Well, we got an interesting start to this series. watching Isa and Chase begin an unconventional relationship both in the office and out. When their relationship ends in the first book at a proposal, it’s lovely to see that they may get their happily ever after. Little does Isa know, her past and family are going to come around and rise up in her life in an unexpected way, and the journey that we watch unfold is a bit similar to book 1, yet with a far darker twist.

It’s on the night of a small dinner get together when a friend of Chase’s comes over – Max – an equally handsome and sexy powerful man, yet one who’s unattached at the moment as he shares similar interests that Chase does. When the door bell rings and the expectation is that it’s Max a tad early for dinner, we’re surprised to see Lucy, Isa’s younger sister coming in hysterics. The reason we learn is that their brother has gotten himself into trouble that even Lucy can’t fix. Ever since Isa moved out to take care of their grandmother, Lucy has been trying to keep their brother out of trouble, or clean up his messes when he gets into trouble often, but this time he’s gone too far.

We watch how Lucy is in a fragile moment, Isa comes in and tries to ease her misery. We watch how Chase wants to protect his new family, and how there’s an instant connection between Lucy and Max. She doesn’t know what he has to offer, but they both feel a spark when they first look at each other. Lucy’s looking for a job to help pay off their brother’s debts, and instead of just Chase jumping to find a solve, Max offers a reprieve, however unconventional it may be.

The path this story takes us down is quite expected from this point forward. We have an innocent who knows nothing of bondage and doms, but she knows sexual attraction and is willing to do what she needs in order to save her brother. The consequences of this agreement, Lucy agreeing to be Max’s assistant means that he’s going to show her the world, tangibly, physically, emotionally. And that’s what she needs even if she doesn’t realize it yet.

When it seems like things are going well and that Lucy will be able to dig them out of the hole that Alex has gotten them into, tragedy strikes and Alex is beaten to an inch of his life in prison. All because the man that he conned felt that he was due more money and retribution faster than anyone could provide it.

Lucy jumps to work on a solution, and Max is by her side the entire time. They confront the powerful man and his gang that have traumatized Alex, and confront him with a payoff or a trade to get Alex’s safety. Of course, Isa and Chase are not far behind and they devise a plan of their own, without cluing in Lucy and that means we’re about to experience fireworks in a bad way.

Drag races, Gang beatings, cons, death on the horizon, and perhaps some FBI like objects all come to a head when we get to the peak of where this story goes. There’s no lack of excitement here, but there’s also a point when we realize that passions are higher as well than had previously been expected. How this story ends isn’t uncommon or surprising, but elements of the story make for a quick and exciting read. I’m really intrigued where a book three can go, given that this one seemed to tie up a bunch of loose ends, even from book one. So, that means that I have to jump into the next one and see where we go. Maybe there’s someone that we’ve yet to meet that needs to experience a bit of sexy control. Enjoy!

Review: The Billionaire’s Beck and Call (The Billionaire’s Beck and Call #1) by Delilah Fawkes

Title: The Billionaire’s Beck and Call
Author:  Delilah Fawkes
Publisher/Year:  Delilah Fawkes 1/4/13
Length:  198 Pages
Series: Billionaire’s Beck and Call #1

Overview

Isabeau Willcox is just the temp at the front desk, so when the mysterious, sexy and notoriously ill-tempered CEO, Chase Drake asks her to be his executive assistant, she’s sure there’s been some sort of mistake. However, Mr. Drake wants her, and Mr. Drake always gets what he wants. 

When she enters his employ, she agrees to be at his beck and call, to be his, but what exactly does that entail? When he punishes her for breaking his rules by bending her over his desk, she realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for. 

Isabeau is introduced into Chase Drake’s world, learning about his darker side, including his secret sex dungeon and deliciously naughty toys that spark her imagination and make her knees weak. He shackles her and makes her his slave, bringing her to heights she never imagined. But when he asks to make their arrangement more permanent, she remembers how quickly he’s dismissed previous assistants, and wonders if she can give him the trust he craves. 

A bad boy business partner, a dangerous secret, and Isabeau’s conflicted heart threaten to end it all before it’s even begun. Suspenseful action and a romance that will leave your heart, and other places, aching for more weave throughout this story of two different lovers from two very different worlds. 

My Thoughts

What we have here is what i’d consider an intro level D/s story – which scratches the surface of what we need to itch, without really getting too deep. We start off this story with Isa, our leading lady, as she’s temping at the office of a very demanding billionaire named Chase. He’s got an reputation, but she’s willing to see past those rumors in the hopes that there’s something more.

It’s on that first day working that there’s a spark between them, she brings out his Dom side which makes him very uncomfortable because he sees her as more than other women, as something more precious and he’s afraid to tarnish that. Isa though feels compelled to push him, to get a reaction out of him because Chase is able to wake something up in her that she’s never felt before and she needs that more than ever these days.

We spend the bulk of this story watching Mr Drake bring out the darker side of Isa, take her to levels of pleasure that she’s never known or experienced before, all while showering her with the luxuries that he’s used to because he wants her in his world. While doing that, she’s introduced to his family and a few others in his circle, one of whom is Lex Smith, his business partner. The way that he is around her gives off a vibe that makes her uncomfortable and we get to see how that plays out when Lex does things that are capable of ruining the business. He tries to get Isa to choose him over Chase, and he tries to steer her in the wrong direction, but we get entertained in watching how that plays out.

There’s a chase, embezzlement, heartbreak and a ‘red room of pain’ in this first installment that draws us in quickly to bring this first book to a close. We’re taken on a path that you wouldn’t expect, and it’s a fairly fast journey from what we usually see in D/s stories, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not as enjoyable anyway. For those that like a lighter dom story – enjoy this one!

Review: When He’s Wild (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: When He’s Wild
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 3/21/21
Length:  248 Pages
Series: Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #3

Overview

The third and final book in a Walker Security trilogy featuring Adrian Mack…He was dirty, then he was bad, now he’s just plain wild. Like all the men of Walker Security, when he fell for his woman, he fell hard. Some might call his love for Priscilla a weakness, but you might as well call her a weapon.You hurt her, vengeance is coming and his name is Adrian.

My Thoughts

I was waiting long and hard for this final installment in Adrian’s story, knowing that there was so much uncertainty going on in both his life and Pri’s life. To quickly run back through the series, Pri’s the ADA who’s prosecuting Nick Waters, the king of the Devils, a motorcycle gang that killed, trafficked, raped etc etc. He’s in jail now, and Adrian is the star witness as he was undercover in the gag as part of an FBI sting. Pri’s slowly learning that more and more people that are close to her are ‘in bed’ with Waters, and that means that no one’s safe, and everyone has something to lose.

Adrian and Pri got closer than they should have, forming not just a physical relationship as a means to cope with what they’re going through, but there’s a deep emotional connection that’s blossoming as well. The challenge is that Adrian feels that his secrets will drive her away, and he uses that as a means to push her as far from him as possible. Lucky for us, she’s a bit stubborn and knows what his game is, and we watch how this plays out.

We start this third installment with Pri meeting her parents with the hopes of getting them under Walker protection and fleeing the country for their safety. Walker’s crew is outside the restaurant keeping tabs on her, while a few are inside as well to be close. When it’s Logan, Pris’ ex that shows up instead, we know that this isn’t going to end well. Logan threatens her again if she doesn’t drop the case, and then tries to rape her, when Pri uses the good advice that Adrian gave and shoots Logan in the foot.

From there, we’re on the run again, heading to New York now, the home of Walker. It’s a roller coaster knowing that theres a premium hit on both of them, and that means that no one is safe. We don’t know when someone’s going to come after them, and we can only hope that they have enough time to see the trial come to fruition. Of course, that never happens, and Waters is freed from jail…and that means that all bets are off.

We know that Pri wants to have the right thing happen, with Waters going to jail for good, but we also know that route means that they’ll never be safe since Waters has long reaching arms. Adrian wants him dead and that’s the road that we’re afraid to go down. On the other hand, Deleon, Water’s right hand man is still on the loose after he some how escaped from book 1’s shooting and he’ll continue to come after Adrian and Pri.

The roller coaster continues here, with Adrian doing his best to push Pri from his home, and it’s funny to watch Savage come into play in this story with his words of wisdom. We saw how Savage’s own life and relationship was overly complicated so we can only hope that his voice of reason is enough to get Adrian’s head on straight before it’s too late and more people die. It’s exciting, there are faked deaths and fights to the death, and how this ends up, and at who’s own hand is anyone’s guess. I hope you guys check this series out and enjoy!

Review: Insatiable by Opal Carew

TitleInsatiable
Author: Opal Carew
Publisher/Year:  St Martins Press 2/14/12
Length:  288 Pages

Overview

A tantalizing new erotic romance from author Opal Carew that dares to ask:

How far would you go for a taste of ecstasy?

Crystal never dreamed her engagement would end this way. With her fiancé breaking her heart the day of the wedding…and his best man stepping in to mend it. Now she’s about to embark on her dream honeymoon with the sinfully sexy best man. But when the groom shows up determined to win her back, she ends up in a highly unusual situation…on a honeymoon for three. Caught between two gorgeous guys—each determined win her hand by showing her the most pleasure—Crystal has an impossible decision to make. Who will she end up with once the honeymoon is over? And how can she follow her heart when it belongs to two men at once?

My Thoughts

I’m usually a fan of Opal Carew so it was nice to discover a book from years and years ago that I hadn’t read. While the summary teases a bit of what we’re to expect, There’s so much more to this story than meets the eye.

Yes, we’re introduced to Crystal on the day of her wedding, she’s getting ready for the big ceremony and all the fanfare that lies ahead. Her fiance’s best friend Evan comes by to calm her nerves a bit and to share a little bit of what he’s been feeling for years. This is something that the summary doesn’t share. Evan’s been in love with Crystal for a long time and while he knows that she’s going to marry his best friend, he owes it to himself and to her to share how he feels in case that has an impact on her decision to go through with the wedding. So of course, it’s that moment, when Evan admits his feelings to Crystal and they ’embrace’ – that’s when Brent sees them and decides that he can’t go through with the wedding. Crystal is left at the altar, and Evan swoops in to help get her away from it all.

This leads to an afternoon of passion that neither expected, and as a result, to a honeymoon trip filled with all sorts of heat and chemistry. They realize that maybe there is something to explore and that’s where our story takes us – on that journey, watching as they learn about each other more and more, see how they are beyond physically connected and able to give the other what they need. until brent shows up.

You’d imagine that this would be a tough situation right? Crystal now has to choose between her fiance and someone that she may have stronger feelings for, and instead of forcing a choice right then and there, we watch the beginnings of a threesome develop, as they vie for her attention, and realize that sharing a woman plays right into a fantasy that these guys have had for ages.

We see this get naughtier and naughtier as the pages go on. There’s an introduction of a sexy neighbor that’s down the lane from them who brings out things in Crystal that she never knew were there. It inspires passions amongst everyone that this book ups the ante with steam.

Add to that a complete new couple making this a group thing rather than just a threesome, and then there’s the notion that there’s interest from Brent to Evan, something that he never realized or explored, but we watch how these men also explore what’s possible with each other.

So, in my opinion, this story is less about the relationship and more about the group sex and kink that they get into, but what’s my opinion here right? We do know that there’s a choice to be made at the end of all this, if it’s Brent or Evan and Evan knows that it’s going to be Brent, even if he did leave Crystal at the altar. He just knows that he’s not willing to go out without a fight, and that’s where we’re finding the ending of this story. A choice to be made, an interesting turn of events, and some very very sexy times had by all. Enjoy!

Review: The Lie (The Charade #1) by Stella Gray

Title: The Lie
Author:  Stella Gray
Publisher/Year:  Stella Gray 2/23/21
Length:  390 Pages
Series: The Charade #1

Overview

The world knows Ford Malone as the heir to a real estate fortune. 

But to me he’ll always be my best friend.
The guy who saved me from my bullies back in school.
The man I’ve secretly loved for years.

When he needs me to be his plus one at a family event, I agree without hesitation.

Imagine my surprise when he announces our engagement.

As usual, I’ll play along.

Nothing has to change except the way we behave—the way we touch—in public.

But his private touches change everything.

Soon the crush I’ve hidden for so long is threatening to swallow me whole.

If I tell him how I feel, it could ruin our friendship forever.

But if I don’t, the lie will ruin me instead.

My Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed every other series of the Zoric family and I think that we all were waiting to see how Emzee’s story would play out. We know her as the youngest – the little sister to Stefan and Luka, and we watched how the elder siblings entered into marriages based on contracts and not on love, only to have them turn into more than they ever could have imagined. Each story being more complicated than the last, but we see now that they are all happy, and expecting children of their own.

So fast forward now to Emzee. She’s always been a bit different than her siblings – really a bit goth, a bit of a loner. She’s marched to her own tune, and now that she’s trying to find her footing in the world that her father left in shambles, she’s managed to build a great charity, grow her friendships with her sister in laws, and try to stand on her own two feet. She’s even managed to keep her best friend from High School in her life – and that friend is Ford Malone. The boy who helped keep the bullies away from her when rumors spread as a teen, and now they have this type of friendship that outlasts relationships and trauma of life.

We find ourselves in an interesting situation, where Emzee is at a family event for Ford, his mother’s birthday party and while she’s maneuvering her way around the event raising money for her charity, she quickly finds herself in the crosshairs when Ford’s mother continues to hound him about getting married to his new ex-Claudia and Ford pulls her into the mix. In the form of his ‘girlfriend’.

Yup – so that’s the path this story takes – watching yet another fake relationship come to the forefront. Ford needs his mom off his case and he knows that Em will do anything for him. She’s never said no, and it’s because she’s had a crush on him from day one and he knows it. Emzee always thought she was good about hiding it but nope!

The journey from there out is one where we watch this lie take all sorts of forms. Ford needs Emzee to do all the girlfriend type things, and she needs to do her best not to lose her heart in the process. It becomes harder and harder when there are so many conflicting moments between them. Ford brings Emzee to all these events to play the dutiful girlfriend and then he muddies the water with moments of romance and sensuality. Emzee thinks that at times there’s more and then he does something or says something to remind her that she’s nothing more than a pawn.

The challenge with a lie is that something will either push the lie into becoming true, or something will happen to make everyone get hurt. We watch how both happen simultaneously. There are moments when we believe that both are leaning to each other – that emotions are becoming real, that connections are real, and then the rug is pulled out from under them when secrets come out. The hiccup in all this is that now the relationship has turned into an engagement, and yet another contract marriage is born – where they are going to stay together for a year in order to get Ford’s family off his back,……but what we have come to realize is that the other shoe is going to drop with even more secrets.

Those secrets being another underlying plot line that is a result of what the Zoric’s father did with the family business. You’ll remember in the previous series, we watched how the family learned that their father was involved in trafficking the models and now that the agency has gone clean, apparently there are people who are not thrilled with the lost revenue. Namely the Russian Mafia. They’re after the family for money and the Zoric’s don’t really have that kind of cash laying around.

When Ford’s family somehow learns about the mafia being after Emzee’s family, a deal is put on the table which turns the entire trajectory of our story on it’s head. All the hope that we had for the future is now dashed, and what that means is that there are too many players involved for any type of positive outcome. Now sadly we have to wait 2 more months for book 2 to come out and we’ve literally been left on a ledge that needs pulling back from and I have to wait it out. So….on that note…i’ll find something else to ease my anxiety for the meantime and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Emzee, her family and for Ford. enjoy!

Review: My Beautiful Sin (Fallen Saint #2) by J Kenner

Title: My Beautiful Sin
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 1/26/21
Length:  372 Pages
Series: Fallen Saint #2

Overview

Everything Ellie thinks she knows is about to change.

Despite his dangerous past, billionaire Devlin Saint finally has Ellie Holmes in his life—and in his bed. Yet shadows still cling to Saint, obscuring his dark secrets and the confidences he swore never to reveal. 

An investigative reporter, Ellie is certain the man she loves hasn’t told her everything. And when she starts receiving anonymous warnings about Devlin, she vows to investigate. Soon it becomes clear that Devlin isn’t the only one with things to hide, and the more Ellie learns, the more she realizes that loving Devlin is dangerous.

His touch is her sin…

My Thoughts

We spent the first installment of this series watching as Ellie was trying to find the answers to all the questions that changed the trajectory of her life through the death of her parents, her uncle….what ended up sending her down a path of self destruction, especially as the boy that she loved up and left her. Fast forward several years and she’s found him again, although he’s not the same man, he dangerous and he’s got secrets, yet what we saw from them is that they are both willing to accept each other at face value since there’s a once in a lifetime love that’s between them.

Once Ellie came to the self realization that she couldn’t live without Devlin, and that she was willing to accept that he had secrets, that he was dangerous, we also watched her realize that she owed it to herself to find answers. The challenge though is that those answers would likely lead her to uncover information that she wasn’t ready to process and that Devlin really didn’t want her to know. He was willing to let that be the situation, but then he also felt that he owed it to allow Ellie to see every part of him.

What unfolds in this second installment is a story that’s quite the roller coaster for EVERYONE involved. We know that Ellie’s best friend and cop Lamar doesn’t like Devlin and doesn’t trust him. When he’s brought into the circle of trust to learn who Devlin truly is and what he’s done, that really puts pressure on everyone because we don’t know what the fallout will be. We know that as a cop, Lamar is bound by law to do the moral thing, but that would mean hurting Ellie and that’s something that would come at a price.

Along with that story line, we watch Brandy, Ellie’s best friend live her life. We learned about her past and how it’s prompted hesitation with men, how she’s never quite been able to get over being raped and the circumstances that fell afterwards, but we see the thriller author Christopher show patience and caring and we have hopes for the future for them.

That’s Ellie’s side of things – we also get to see how Devlin’s side of the house responds to the budding romance and how they are now so intertwined. We know that Anna has her story with being part of Devlin’s past and how she’s now a safe space with Devlin. No longer a threat to Ellie and we watch how that friendship helps Ellie get to the bottom of all her questions. There are things that Anna seems to be tied to and information that she has about Devlin’s past that make her uncomfortable, but how that plays out is anyone’s guess.

Then there’s Ronan – the guy that rubs Ellie the wrong way on so many levels, and a girl named Reggie that she can’t quite place but feels that she should. Seeing the two of them makes every situation that more uncertain and that’s not good for anyone’s livelihood.

Throughout this book we watch the roller coaster that is Ellie and Devlin’s relationship. We watch them fight tooth and nail to get answers and find their way to be happy together but we also watch them self destruct and do whatever they can to push each other away. There’s someone who’s trying to scare Ellie away from Devlin we think, threatening her with the notion that he’s not sharing everything with her and while she knows he isn’t, she’s not plussed by it. But when someone tries to kill her, several times, there are more questions than answers behind who’s doing what. Add to that a data breach from Devlin’s company and everyone’s on edge.

Unexpected information is uncovered, and paths that we thought would lead to answers lead to more questions. Everyone that we thought was on the right side isn’t and those that we were willing to forgive their sins were potentially not worth it. At least we have heat and passion between some of our couples to help glue this story together and where we net out at the end of this second book is a place that we hoped we’d never get to. When too many of the wrong secrets are revealed to the wrong people, we know that NOTHING good can come out of it. I’m worried for what this means for everyone and who’s going to survive the rest of the story. So on that note, we have to wait until May I believe before we see the resolution and I don’t know how i’ll wait. Enjoy!

Review: Destroyed With You (Start Security #5) by J Kenner

Title: Destroyed with You
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 12/15/20
Length:  334 Pages
Series: Stark Security #5

Overview

Former sheriff Winston Starr doesn’t think about the past. That dark day when he lost the sweet, innocent woman he’d loved, dead because of his mistake in a mission that had gone horribly wrong.

Now an operative with Stark Security, he’s left Texas behind, focusing only on his work and closing his heart to love even as his soul screams for revenge against the scum that killed his Linda. When old friends reveal new evidence, Winston learns that not only is Linda alive, she faked her death in the ultimate betrayal.

But things are not as Winston believes, and he soon finds himself on the run with the woman who ripped his heart out. Now, the only thing stronger than his rage is his desire for the woman who destroyed him.

My Thoughts

We loved Winston for all that he did for Emma in the past when they knew each other and we now that his past is haunted. There are things that he’ll share and parts of himself that he’ll keep closed off because he’s lost too much in his life – as is the case it seems with everyone who’s in the SSA world. We know that he went under cover for SOC to take down the Consortium and in doing that he lost his wife. Linda was killed in a car bomb and that broke him more than he could have ever fathomed.

So fast forward a few years when Winston gets a call from his old boss at SOC with some interesting information. Linda isn’t dead – and she’s actually an assassin. This means that everything that Winston though he knew about life and her was a lie, and while he didn’t reveal who he truly was to her, he eels that her lies betray even more.

This story takes us on the journey that Winston takes to not only find the truth but to give himself some sort of resolution and closure to what he considers to be one of his biggest mistakes ever.

What they both come to find is that nothing is what it seems. They both believe that they are working assignments for the good guy but quickly learn that perhaps no one is good -everyone is dirty and can be bought for the right price. They go on the run to find answers, knowing that it means they’l have to spend time together and hopefully reveal the truth of what their pasts truly was and figure out what that means for their future.

They played each other in the past and they play each other now still. There’s a huge question of who’s going to get hurt in the crossfire and who’s going to come and save them. Because the first part of the assignment takes them to Texas, we see Noah come back into the mix a bit. The tech whiz who haw more tricks up his sleeve than any one else out there. We also know that Emma will play a role here again as well since she was close with Winston over the years and even knew Linda.

They go from Texas to LA, and are forced to kill, lie, cheat and break into a vault all in the hopes of getting answers. We all know where this is going to end up, but what we get in the meantime Is a story of fact finding and finding a path back. I think that it’s really sweet how they slowly let their walls down but still have so much fear of what the other can do to hurt them again. There’s a chemistry that’s undeniable between them and while it’s just for this assignment that they agree to let things play out, it at least come out in a hot and steamy manner.

And in true J Kenner form, we have an intro to our new leading couple for the next book – Reny a new agent for SSA and Abby who’s Nikki’s partner for her tech firm. So all that in hand, i’m excited for the next installment of this series. Enjoy!

Review: Wrecked With You (Stark Security #4) by J Kenner

Title: Wrecked with You
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 5/26/20
Length:  338 Pages
Series: Stark Security #4

Overview

He never wanted a partner. And then she came along.

After more than a decade chasing shadows, Antonio Santos finally has a lead on the hiding place of The Serpent, the elusive villain who kidnapped him as a child and murdered his mother and uncle. But in order for Tony to get close, he’ll need access to an exclusive private island-where he can only enter with a woman on his arm.

Antonio goes to Stark Security to call in a debt … then walks out with Emma Tucker on his arm. A loner, Antonio isn’t interested in having a partner. He just needs a female. But the striking redhead’s skills soon impress him. More than that, her lush body and beguiling self-assurance tease his senses in unanticipated ways. 

A longtime operative with deadly skills, Emma resents being arm candy for someone else’s agenda. But the more she works with Antonio, the more she admires his razor sharp intelligence and formidable prowess. And when the island’s games push them over a sensual cliff, she can’t deny his talents in the bedroom, too.

As passion rises on this island playground full of lust and danger, they both fight the growing attraction between them. But with danger racing toward them from both on and off the island, they soon realize that more than their hearts are at stake. Because unless they can trust and rely on each other, they also risk losing their lives.

My Thoughts

I’ll be honest when I say that i’ve spent too much time away from this series to really remember the guys that we get to focus on. As I eased myself back into this one though I quickly remembered a few things and it reminded me the value of this spin off series. We have yet another story that’s got a dark side in it’s past – on the parts of both of our main characters.

We start off with Antonio the leading man who was a part of Deliverence and now is in between gigs while he follows his quest to get revenge for the man that ruined everything that he had going for him in his life. The man who murdered his mother, his uncle, who kidnapped him and who put him on the wrong path. He’s being recruited by SSA and Stark wants him to be a part of the tea, but he won’t do it until he’s able to get his past resolved. lucky for him though, Stark owes him a favor and with that comes resources and a partner.

Enter Emma – the older sister of Eliza whom we met in the previous installment with Quincy and we get to see more and more why she’s so tough and protective. We know that her backstory with her sister isn’t a good one – they had to do just about anything possible to survive once they got away from their abusive father, and what’s interesting here is that there’s a link to Tony’s story that we don’t learn until the last third of this story.

Emma is being recruited by SSA as well, and we get to see how she’s afraid to lose her freedom from the jobs that she works now. She was part of an off the grid government agency that basically did the same work as SSA and she’s got skills that people need.

They’re teamed together to help Tony find The Serpent – the man who ruined his family and who needs to be taken care of. This quest to find him takes our two leading characters to a resort island that’s all about sex and debauchery and while it’s no surprise that’s the environment that they find themselves in, it’s the entertainment there that keeps this story flowing.

Tony’s only reason to be there is because of someone he met on the dark web who said she has information on The Serpent. so we spend the first bits of time at the resort watching our duo try to track down this woman with information. They get into several interesting situations where they think they’re on the track to the right person and end up with just a good time with nothing to show for it. The hitch to all this though is that we see them develop a deeper attraction towards one another which is inevitable and of course that also means that we have to see if they’re willing to be honest and open up about their pasts for this to become something more.

They quickly find themselves in dicey situations where they are led astray, into a trap, into another trap, multiple people die and then they are back at square one with little insight into what’s what. While they’ve failed their direct mission, we also watch them fail at trust. When intel is shared that makes Tony question everything about Emma, we see that they definitely are too fragile to survive and that means that they go their separate ways. It’s only SSA that brings them around again although the path to discover what is an entirely different story.

True to J kenner form, we get anxiety and fear, vendettas and blood lust, the need for freedom and a desire for control. Add to that some insane chemistry and heat, some great toys to play with at the resort, and a means to open oneself up both figuratively and literally – and well we have an amazing book 4. I can’t wait to get into book 5 and see what’s next for this crew that keeps expanding. Enjoy!

Review: When He’s Bad (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: When He’s Bad
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/15/20
Length:  197 Pages
Series: Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #2

Overview

He was dirty. That’s how Priscilla met him. She was all about just how dirty he was and, in fact, had to be. Now, he’s just plain bad. When you cross a man like Adrian Mack, you find out just how bad he can be. Priscilla started out as an enemy, became a lover, and now, she is his obsession. 

Lies. Secrets. Enemies that appear they are friends. The passion and danger just won’t stop coming. 

My Thoughts

No one is safe, and anything that was a secret before isn’t one now. Where Adrian thought he could be safe for a few moments turns out to be right on the radar of the assassins and now an FBI agent has been murdered in front of them, and they’re fighting for their lives. Deleon found them and that doesn’t bode well.

We start this second book off on such a roller coaster. Adrian and Pri are running for their lives again, literally. Now running to a secret cave that Adrian had as a backup safe house in case something compromised the safe house cabin that his father had set up all those years before. Adrian believes that his brother Alex, the dirty agent also in the Devils was the one who shared the cabin’s location but that means nothing especially since Alex is dead.

Walker comes to the rescue in a sense and we’re back at another safe house with Blake, Savage and Lucifer. They’re trying to come up with a plan that keeps Adrian safe and alive, while also protecting Pri and her entire staff. At the same time, they’re watching every move by Pri’s family since there’s a connection to Waters that’s unbelievable. Pri doesn’t want to believe that her family is involved, but it’s become clear that Logan, her ex-fiance is the one that brought her family into the fold and the one that that’s going to be the ruin of them.

Throughout this story we watch the relationship between Adrian and Pri grow stronger. They clearly have feelings for one another that outshines anything that they’ve felt before, and that’s also a problem since it makes them both a target. Pri’s afraid that it’ll compromise the case and that means another delay if they take her off the case or if there’s a conflict. Adrian’s worried that she won’t be alive to follow the case through and the Walker team have endless more concerns.

What we find throughout this story is that anyone that we thought was good likely isn’t. We’re forced to question everyone in Pri’s office and everyone who’s put themselves into that world since they all seem to be a bit suspect and a bit dirty. I”m excited to see how it plays out.

Along with all that angst and fear though, we get the expected chemistry and heat that I’ve come to know and love from our author Lisa Renee Jones. There’s a chemistry that’s almost desperate between them and it makes for some intense steamy scenes since they’re always afraid that the moment is their last. I really hope that something good will come out of the situation, but we all know that more people will end up dead before that happens.

Also, true to LRJ form, we now know that Lucifer will get a story and she’s introduced Mason, another Walker guy who will no doubt get his own story too. I’m excited to see how things evolve since this is one of my favorite string of series. Enjoy!

Review: Last Kiss (First and Last #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Last Kiss
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 2/27/18
Length:  384 Pages
Series: First and Last #2

Overview

SHE KNOWS SHE’S IN TOO DEEP.

WHO CAN SHE TURN TO WHEN THERE’S NOWERE LEFT TO RUN?

Emily Wayborn does not fully trust the dangerously handsome Reeve Sallis. But Emily knows that he is the one person who can give her what she needs—even if it comes with a cost. Reeve is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets—and as she continues her quest for answers, someone is making sure she doesn’t find them. . .

Now, as an unknown enemy closes in, Emily is second-guessing everything she thought she knew about Reeve—and herself. Is Emily’s irresistible attraction to Reeve worth risking her own life for? Meanwhile, time is running out. . .

My Thoughts

I REALLY love this duet – not only is it steamier than much of what i’ve read by our amazing author lately, it’s also got more twists and unexpected turns than we could have imagined. We left off from the first book learning that Amber was actually alive – and that means that the great moment that we saw between Reeve and Emily is likely to crumble fast. He loved Amber and knowing that she’s alive should change things.

What we learn quickly from there on though is that every thing that Emily thought that she knew was wrong. Reeve actually knew who she was from the moment they first met. Amber had talked about her on and on and praised her and Reeve had known her name and her image long before Emily caused their paths to cross. This of course means that he feels betrayed and we have to spend much of the book watching Emily convince him otherwise.

At the same time, there’s the question on how Amber is alive and what needs to be done to keep everyone safe since we know that Micha is still after her, and then we wonder if Emily needs to be kept safe as well. Thankfully Joe is there to watch out for her but that raises flags as well.

If that weren’t enough, we keep flashing back to memories from Emily and Amber’s years together which helps us better understand the motivation behind who they each became. We also watch the implosion of Chris Blakely, the man who crushes on Emily to this day and makes Reeve jealous but also the man who was really close to Missy, Reeve’s ex who died at his property. That makes us wonder even more who’s behind everything and what’s going to happen.

They’ve forced into hiding at one of Reeve’s islands, and as a result of being there, we also see Amber push Emily further and further away from both herself and Reeve since she’s threatened and wants him for herself. The problem though is that Reeve continues to profess his love for Emily – a love that’s deeper than anything he’s experienced before, but Emily won’t do that to her friend, so she tries to walk away. That ends up with another death / murder and we’re left with everyone going their separate ways because that’s how they have to deal with their pain.

Joe becomes something even more important to Emily’s life now that everything’s transpired and frankly I think that I like him even more now …..maybe even for her. We’re left at a point of massive heartbreak and depression and there’s really no time in this book to resolve it all. So…you can imagine why I loved it so much – since every time our unrequitted lovers came together, it exploded with the sort of naughtiness and kink that we love, but yet we see that they’re never quite happy and content with their place in life. I’m sad that we only had this second book to close their story, but at least we got it all done here. Enjoy!