A LOT LIKE LOVE, CUTTING LOOSE, Elle Kennedy, Julie James, Norah Wilson, Romantic Suspense, SILENT WATCH, Tara Janzen, THE MERZETTI EFFECT
Life has been, as Regin would say, cray-cray lately, so I haven’t been updating as often as I’d like. I have been reading, though (Kindles can go anywhere, right?) and have been on a romantic suspense kick lately (likely because of my friends at the I-Team on Facebook). What’s not to like about kick-ass women, badass men and hot sex?
So…. reaching back into my memory bank, let’s see what I’ve been reading…
SILENT WATCH by Elle Kennedy centers on an FBI agent, Blake and the victim of a serial killer, Sam who lived through the attack. Blake and his partner feel that Sam can get through to the only other survivor and help them catch the killer, so they bring her out of hiding. Of course, everything goes sideways (how suspenseful would it be otherwise, right?) and Blake has to protect Sam as he tries not to fall in love with her. This was a fast read, and a departure for Elle that I very much enjoyed.
After hearing about Tara Janzen, I popped over to Amazon and found one in my recommendations, CUTTING LOOSE. This is the eighth in a series, and although now I want to read them all, it wasn’t a hindrance to me as a reader coming in so late in the game. Our hero, Zach has been deep undercover for the CIA for eight years and now finds himself mixed up in an international game of espionage because of a tiny item with incredibly sensitive information encoded in it that happens to be in the possession of a beautiful, sharp-shooting, Montana born and bred, New Mexican school teacher, Lily. What’s supposed to be an easy in-and-out job of retrieval turns out to be a protect and flee situation with people from all over hot on their tail. Of course, being a romantic suspense, there’s no question the two will fall for one another, but it is a fun ride through twists and turns to get there.
Next, we have A LOT LIKE LOVE by Julie James. This one comes after SOMETHING ABOUT YOU and focuses on Nick McCall, an FBI Agent in the Chicago office specializing in undercover work. It had been almost a year since I read SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, and I think A LOT LIKE LOVE stands alone without any troubles (you *should* read SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, though, it’s great). Okay, so back the story… Nick gets drawn into an open investigation as a consultant for a junior agent but ends up right in the middle, posing as heiress and wine store owner Jordan Rhodes’ boyfriend in order to plant listening devices in the office of a known associate to a big baddie. What’s supposed to be a one-night deal ends up lasting weeks and the fake relationship grows. There are great characters, snappy dialog and I feel like I’ve learned about wine (bonus!). I’ve read all four of Julie James’ books and I really, really hope there’s more to come 🙂
And now, the Vampire Doctor. I don’t typically read vampires, honestly- I used to, but then grew tired of the repetitiveness of the genre. This book however, was anything but more of the same and I’m really hoping the sequel that was teased at the end comes out soon. So, what the heck am I talking about? THE MERZETTI EFFECT by Norah Wilson. This book centers on Dr. Delano Bowen, a doctor researching the viral genetic mutation of vampirism, and Ainsley Crawford, an ER nurse who ends up becoming his research partner and so much more. There’s a lot I could tell you that might just be too spoiler-ish, so I won’t, but I’ll tell you this: I love this new take on vampirism and am looking forward to more of the series.
Well, now I’m off to finish Chapter 6 of Speeding before I have to get ready and go to work (yay late days!). Happy reading!