Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Title: Everywhere and Every Way
Author: Jennifer Probst
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Billionaire Builders #1
Main Characters: Caleb and Morgan
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Gallery
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels,New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with the first in an all-new sexy romance series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!

Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?

My Review:
This is the first book in a new series and I'm here to tell you right now to get in on  the ground floor of this one. I loved this book so much. 

Cal is the oldest of three sons. He's the one that stayed home to work with his father (his extremely difficult father) in the family construction business. The business is VERY successful, but Christian (the boys father) was never open to the changes the guys wanted to make...so Tristan and Dalton left. But now Christian has died, leaving the business to the three sons with huge stipulations. They all have to live and work together and turn a profit over the course of one year. 

The main problem is that the three brothers haven't been on speaking terms in years. Cal is the construction guy. Dalton is the real estate guy. And Tristan is the woodworking artist. They all have VERY different ideas about how the company should look. But they're on a timeline so they have to make this work or else lose out on their family legacy...something none of the boys want to happen.

To add even further complication to the matter is Morgan. She's a high-powered designer who comes in and handles building projects for her clients from start to finish. Pierce Brothers are the best, so she wants them on her very high profile job. Cal has no desire to build a vacation home for rich snobs that will rarely visit and enjoy it. He has other more meaningful projects already lined up. But Morgan won't take no for an answer and she sabotages all his other projects. As if things weren't tense enough already at Pierce Brothers, this doesn't exactly set them off on the right foot for their six month project.

This book is written in pure Jennifer Probst style. There are tons of funny, laugh out loud moments. Morgan is charmingly imperfect, despite her efforts to appear otherwise. Cal is pure alpha and all he wants to do is mess with Morgan's pure white facade. There are fabulously emotional moments and witty moments sprinkled throughout the story. I loved the home-building setting. From Morgan's interesting decorating style to Tristan's amazing woodworking skills, there were great visuals created by the author throughout the story. 

I loved reading this first novel and cannot wait for book #2. The heroine for that book was introduced in this one. Where the heroine in this one was all white and perfection, the next heroine is all black and attitude...and her back story played against the brothers is going to make for a fantastic read. I can't wait!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Wicked Love by Michelle A. Valentine

Title: Wicked Love
Author: Michelle A. Valentine
My Rating: C-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Wicked White #3
Main Characters: Tyler and Avery
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Montlake
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
All Tyler Mercer wanted was to make music—until he met Avery Jenson. The beautiful new girl in town turned his head and struck a chord in his heart. But when their one night of passion results in devastating tragedy, Tyler hits the road, leaving behind his dead-end hometown and the girl he knows he’ll never forget.

After her father was caught embezzling, Avery’s comfortable life in the city was blown to bits. But meeting Tyler helped to pick up the pieces and eased her into country living. She just never expected the handsome musician would add to her heartbreak by walking away without a backward glance.

Now, three years later, rock star Tyler’s come back, hat in hand. He’s found fame and fortune as a member of Wicked White, but it’s all worth nothing without Avery’s love. Can she forgive him for leaving when she needed him most? Or will the ghost of their past keep them apart?

My Review:
This book REALLY did not work for me. And honestly, I'm debating between giving it 2-3 stars, which is huge because I just don't give 2 star reviews to books that I'm actually able to finish reading. But very little about this book worked for me. So, now the debate is how to write a review that gives a possible reader information about whether they want to try it or not. 

Something to know going into this book, especially if you've been reading the series. The first 60% of the book takes place in the past...three years before the series. That was so confusing to me because Tyler isn't a member of Wicked White and that first 60% reads a lot like a YA novel. At one point, I honestly stopped reading to look up the book and make sure it was part of the series that I remember, because there's nothing at the beginning to tell you that this is the past. First...*grrr*

The other really major flaw is that most this book is written VERY passively. I don't understand how this book made it through editing. So much of the action takes place off the page. That creates a separation for the reader and for me made it impossible for me to connect on an emotional level with these two characters. I simply didn't care about them. Add to that...their actions are extremely immature (note the YA feeling from before). By the 75% point, I found myself skimming the book, just wanting it to be over. 

And then there's the end...which was just bizarre. Events happened that made me question WTF? There was drama at the end that was completely unnecessary. BUT there was also drama at the end which should have totally been there, but was nonexistent. Everybody was happy, happy/love, love when there were serious lies told and abandonment issues from both characters. And they were completely okay with it? I don't think so.

I honestly don't get it. I've read several other books from this author that were fantastic. This is definitely not her normal quality of work. As a writer who has struggled through problem books, reading this one hurt because I have a feeling it wasn't easy for her to write and unfortunately that shows. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

At Any Cost by Mandy Baxter

Title: At Any Cost
Author: Mandy Baxter
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: US Marshals #4
Main Characters: Nick and Livy
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Zebra
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Fast, cunning, and driven, he'll do whatever it takes to nail the most violent federal perps. But she is the one danger he'll never see coming… 

She can't remember when she wasn't afraid. She can't go to the police. And "Olivia Gallagher" is only a day away from fleeing her Idaho wilderness life before biker gang leader Joel Meecum finally catches up with her. So keeping her rugged new neighbor at arm's length is the only safe play. Until Livy can't resist one last hungry chance to feel alive…

For U.S. Marshal Nick Brady, taking his vacation next door to Meecum's ex-girlfriend seemed the smartest way to find him. But suddenly, nothing is making sense. How could this feisty, straight-talking brunette ever get mixed up with Meecum's brutal crew? And why is he breaking his oath and getting so close that all he wants is to keep her safe? Now as the clock ticks, Nick and Livy's only chance at escape may be the one they can't survive…

My Review:
Hmm, a bad boy Marshal. I liked that Nick was a bit of a rebel. In fact, he's so passionate about doing his job, at the start of this book he's been put on mandatory vacation. No more going off what he's been ordered to do...at least according to Nick's boss. Nick has other ideas. In fact, as a new lead comes in about a notorious MC just as he's leaving the office, Nick sees it as kismet. He can spend this month off chasing down that lead in Idaho. 

That lead is Livy. Livy is hiding out in a ski resort in Idaho. Four years ago, she made enemies of the MC. Ever since she's doing everything she can to stay safe, alive and off the radar. But then Nick moves in next door and for the first time in four years, Livy is tempted to live a little, take risks. She has no idea that she should fear Nick just as much as the shadows in the dark. 

I've loved every book in this series. While this wasn't my favorite of the group, I did still really enjoy reading the book. I loved the fact that Livy is a world class skier. That adds so much more dimension to her character. I wish she had gotten Nick onto the ski slopes with her. 

There's a slight twist to the suspense story line. I called it WAY early in the book and I think that affected how much I enjoyed that aspect of the story. In fact the suspense story line overall fell a little flat for me. There was never any doubt who the bad guy was and it was even announced in the book when he was coming after her. That knowledge definitely took something away from the need to turn the page. 

Also there wasn't a lot of conclusion to the story, so I was left with questions. What happened to Nick's job? He went WAY off the reservation, despite bringing in the bad guy. He was already in trouble. What about Livy's skiing. Already she was mourning possibly leaving Idaho. Would Nick move there? The book just kind of ended. I needed a little bit more to be satisfied. 

So, while not 100% positive on this one, it should still be noted that I enjoyed reading the story overall. And that cover? Rawr...serious gorgeousness right there. It makes me think I need this one in print. ;)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan


Title: Sleepless in Manhattan
Author: Sarah Morgan
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: From Manhattan with Love #1
Main Characters: Jake and Paige
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase


Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces a sizzling new trilogy about three best friends embracing life—and love—in Manhattan 

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone. 

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

My Review:
Yay...a new series from Sarah Morgan and I really, really like it so far. At the center of this series are three friends who all live in Manhattan, Paige, Frankie, and Eva. Paige is the pragmatist...she's the brains and the risk-taker of the group. Frankie is the pessimist. She's grown up with a mother who believes in the happily ever after and is willing to go for it with any guy. And then Eva is the dreamer and romantic. 

At the intro of this book, they are all working for a NYC event planner and the sudden cut of 50% of the jobs at the company means they are all out of jobs...so they start their own concierge company. 

Paige is the heroine of this book. During childhood, Paige almost died several times because she had defective heart. That's fixed now, but no one in her life has gotten the clue...they still want to protect and help her. This includes her parents, older brother Matt (she and her friends all live in his building), and Matt's best friend Jake. The thing is Jake has always been the one who hasn't over-protected her...on the surface. What she doesn't know is that Jake is protecting her from HIM. Jake also doesn't believe in love. His mother abandoned him when he was 6 and that's left a mark on him. 

And even though things aren't quite comfortable between Jake and Paige (because she told him she loved him at age 18 and he's tried to put her off that path ever since), this is very much a friends to lovers story and I'm a huge sucker for those. I love that they have this grand history between them. They "get" one another as only true friends can.  

I loved the whole friend dynamic of this little group. They do movie nights together, friends nights at Jake's family Italian restaurant, and with the girls all living in Matt's building they are always interacting. Both Matt and Jake have VERY successful businesses that they've built in NYC, so there is that aspect, too...VERY wealthy bachelors abound. 

I cannot wait for Matt and Frankie's book which comes next. There's a glimpse of it in this book. But I've also ordered a print copy of this book because I want to read about Chase and Matilda (who had a novella previous to this story which is included in the print release). 

This was a fabulous start to this series. I'm definitely excited to read more!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beta Test by Annabeth Albert

Title: Beta Test
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: #gamers #2
Main Characters: Ravi and Tristan
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Carina
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Player vs. Player. Fight!

Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he's just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.

Tristan Jones isn't really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.

Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi's shocked to see Tristan's sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He's less shocked to learn his handsome colleague's prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn't struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they've even begun?

Book Two of the #gaymers series

This book is approximately 64,000 words

My Review:
ooh, this is a fantastic story about enemies to lovers or opposites attract. Ravi and Tristan start to work at Space Villager at the same time, but they've never gotten along. 

Ravi is the fun-loving artist that everyone likes, who may or may not be a LOT more relaxed about things like deadlines and timelines. Tristan lives his life by lists and graphs. If he has a task to do, there are at least 10-12 spreadsheets breaking it all down by task. Tristan lives his world by highly structured rules and parameters. Ravi does not. So when they are put to work on a joint project, things get tense quickly. But they manage to make it through without killing anyone. Now the project just has to go through the reveal in Seattle. 

The problem...everyone involved with that reveal comes down with food poisoning after the celebration party for the finalizing of the project. Because Ravi and Tristan got into a fight, neither one of them ate at the party. They are the only people left to drive the displays up to the con and get it all set up. Road trip. It will be a bet to see who survives. 

I LOVED this story. These guys couldn't be more different, but they have one huge thing in common. Being gay has caused huge problems between them and their families and they both are dealing with all that throughout the story. I love how this is a slow build between them. Because they are on a road trip, they have to learn to be civil to one another and that means that they begin to see other sides of the other person that they wouldn't have guessed were there. They certainly never thought they would become attracted to the other. 

The characters are fabulous and I definitely connected with Tristan better. He's just so socially awkward. I like how that evolved throughout the book. Ravi shows him how to relax a tiny bit and that allows his coworkers to relax around him. Although I detested the position Tristan's parents continued to put him in and how they didn't see what they did to him after his brother died. Having that tie between the two men really made their romance work. On the surface they have so little in common, but as they delve deeper and deeper, they find they have everything in common and they also find a safe place within the other. I loved that. 

Note: I also really love the world this book is written in. It's fun to see a glimpse inside the gaming world, and I loved the art aspect that Ravi brought to the book. 

I highly recommend both this book and the first in the series. While they both easily work as stand-alones, they are both worth the time and effort to read. Great male/male romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Double Dare by R.L. Mathewson (audiobook)


Title: Double Dare
Author: R.L. Mathewson
My Rating: B-
Narrator: Fran Jules

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Neighbor From Hell #6
Main Characters: Darrin and Marybeth
Release Date: 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Marybeth still couldn’t believe that she’d survived this long with a friend like Darrin, but somehow she’d managed to beat the odds and not give in to temptation and smother him with a pillow while he slept.

Of course some days were more difficult than others…

For twenty years he’s been biding his time, waiting for the right moment to make his move and now that it was here…
He couldn’t seem to stop screwing up. 

Author’s Note:

Every NFH novel is written so that it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book with the exception of this one. When I started writing Double Dare it wasn’t meant to coincide with The Game Plan, but it does. So, if you haven’t read The Game Plan, you may want to wait until after you do so that you can fully enjoy this book.
My Review:
Overall: 3.25
Performance: 4.25
Story: 2.5

This is a hard one to rate. I started out listening to the audiobook and was enjoying it, but I didn't have time to meander through the rest of the story when I could read it so much faster, so I opened the book on my kindle. I did NOT enjoy reading it. It was difficult to follow and a LOT of the story was a repeat from The Game Plan, because the stories take place at the same time. I'll be honest, I skimmed the rest of the book, feeling less and less happy with it. BUT I've listened to all the other books on audio so assumed that was my issue. As a result, I didn't write this review until I had time to finish listening to the audiobook. And while I did like it better in audio (Fran Jules uses different voices to help keep everything straight and when reading the book rather than listening to it, all those details get jumbled because there aren't enough dialogue tags and emotional motivation behind the actions), this book still was a little bit underwhelming. 

So now I'll do a quickie review of the story....MaryBeth and Darrin have been friends with benefits for years. He's in love with her and plans to marry her. MaryBeth thinks differently.  While I could understand her motivation, I had to agree with Darrin...she never really believed it either or else she wouldn't have done it for so long. 

There were a lot of things to love about the story. I loved that Darrin is a twin and how much his brothers Aiden and Reese played into the story. I also really liked how close MaryBeth and Jake are as brother and sister. The whole story with Darrin's mom thinking that both he and Reese are gay was brilliantly funny, especially knowing the cousins responsible. 

I also really thought there were some amazingly sweet moments between Darrin and MaryBeth. He was a great character. I just hated her choices in the story, because they felt a little off.

And like I said, there were some real problems with the writing that made the book difficult to read. If you want to read this one, I'd definitely recommend the audio file over reading it. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring

Title: This Road I Ride
Author: Juliana Buhring
My Rating: A

Genre: Biography
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Links to Purchase

Story Overview:
Juliana Buhring had been mired in a dark hole of depression after the death of a man she loved, and when an acquaintance suggested they honor his memory by biking across Canada, she thought, “Canada? Why not the world?” And why not alone.


She had never seriously ridden a bicycle before. She had no athletic experience or corporate sponsorship, but with just eight months of preparation, Juliana Buhring departed from Naples, Italy, in July 2012 aiming to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. She set out believing she might not ever return, but that she had nothing to lose. Over 152 days, Juliana’s ride spanned four continents and 18,060 miles. She traversed small-town and big-mountain America, Australian desert expanses, South Asian rainforests and villages, and Turkish plains. She suffered innumerable breakdowns, severe food poisoning, hostile pursuers, and the international longing for a good Italian espresso. When she crossed the finish line into Naples before the end of the year, she officially became the fastest woman to cycle the world (beating prior men’s records, to boot).

Accomplishing what she never thought she could, buoyed by the outpouring of support from friends and strangers, Juliana rediscovered herself. In the process she proved that there are no extraordinary people—there are only people who decide to do extraordinary things. 
My Review:
Disclaimer: I am NOT a bicyclist, but my husband is. As a result, I've found a love for the sport. Every year we watch the Tour de France and about six months ago, he drew me in with a documentary film about the first unsupported Trans America bicycle race. In that race was a woman rider who honestly stole the show. We loved her. She was snarky and fun as she goaded the Italian men who said she shouldn't be there because she didn't have the experience. Well, a few weeks after that I was looking at books on NetGalley and found this book and showed it to my husband, because he loves to read books like this. He was the one who recognized the author as the woman from that race...so I requested the book. 

I'm so glad I did. Most of you that read my reviews know this isn't my normal genre to read. Although I do read a lot of biographies for reference with my own fictional writing, I don't normally review them. But this book is worthy of a review just because it was a phenomenal book. I'll admit. I'm a fiction reader. As a result, I usually slog through non-fiction books and honestly rarely finish them. I finished this book within twelve hours of starting it...and read it in the middle of my normal work/life day...so I was pretty much reading it every spare moment I had. I definitely recommend it. 

Juliana Buhring does not have the normal endurance cyclist's history. In fact, when she set out on this adventure, she'd only been riding a bicycle as an adult (building up her endurance and not just for casual rides) for a few months. So for her to set out not only to circumnavigate the world, but also to set the record for doing so was absolutely crazy. 

But she had her reasons. 

A year and a half before, a man she loved who was also an extreme adventurer died when a crocodile attacked him in his kayak. There are flashbacks throughout the book of discussions she'd had with him over the years. He also led a not-normal life and they'd had lots of philosophical discussions about those choices. Ms. Buhring also has a different background just because she was raised in a cult until the age of 23 when she escaped. Over the years, she was abused, shunted from country to country, and rarely had anyone from her family who loved her there to support her. The cult regularly separated families for the good of the cult and this began for her at the age of 4. 

Her stories are heartbreaking, but they help to explain how she could survive this journey. She's tough...incredibly so, and from reading her story, I would guess that she doesn't make connections easily which is why it was so devastating to her when her friend died so suddenly. 

The book is completely engrossing and entertaining. She's an incredible writer. It's broken up like a daily journal with little vignettes and stories from her daily observations. But sprinkled throughout are philosophical discussions about life and what it means. There are moments when she's incredibly depressed and at rock bottom of her ability to go on, but those are tempered by days of beauty and resilience which prove to her why she needs to keep going. I loved reading the book and getting to follow her on her journey. 

I definitely recommend the book...for bicycle enthusiasts, people who like to read biographies, or for anyone that likes to read about the human spirit and its ability to overcome immeasurable odds. She overcame and wrote an inspiring book documenting her journey.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Reason to Believe by Gina Gordon


Title: Reason to Believe
Author: Gina Gordon
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: White Lace #2
Main Characters: Grace and Ben
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Grace Nolan is doing her best to conform to the rigid corporate world and put her history as a paid escort behind her. And even after seeing the worst that men have to offer, she still hasn’t given up on finding love with the right guy. But right now, Grace could use a distraction to take her mind off her nonexistent love life. The trouble is, giving fashion advice to a former fling with rock-hard abs and a bad-boy attitude isn’t exactly what she had in mind.
 
After working his way up from cameraman to vice president of an adult media company, Ben Lockwood is floundering. While he reevaluates his future, he asks the most poised and polished woman he knows to make him look respectable. Ben even swears off sex, which makes spending time with Grace pure torture. It’s only a matter of time before they give in to the heat—but unless Ben confronts what his heart has been denying, they may both get burned.

My Review:
This is not your typical romance because this is not your typical hero and heroine. Grace is a former escort (nice word for prostitute) and Ben is VP at White Lace...a company that produces pornography. He's also starred in quite a few of the movies, too. Flat-out...they are both broken and neither truly believes a happily ever after will ever be possible for themselves. Who would want someone with that kind of past? It's not something that most prospective partners could overcome, especially when there are almost always reminders that happen every time they go out in public. 

But the two are best friends with another couple, so they are always thrown together. Neither one sees the other as a possible relationship prospect although they had an incredible night of amazing sex six months ago that neither can forget. It should also be noted that neither one has had sex again since that night...not something that either is used to. These are two people who are normally VERY sexually active...much more so than the average person.

I thought the set-up for the story was really creative. Ben and Grace connect and understand one another better than most people would just because of the similarities in their backgrounds. I liked that tie between them. I also loved how protective they were of one another. Both characters experience hardships throughout the story when their past comes back to haunt them. While it's easy for them to back down and say, yes they deserve that kind of treatment, I loved that the other fought back and said no. For that reason, the story was really an interesting read. I liked seeing their viewpoints change and evolve as they got deeper intwined with the other character. 

There were moments throughout this book where something fairly significant happened and then the story would only have a line or maybe two of follow-up to that event. That made the book feel like it wasn't fully flushed out. This could have been an amazing emotional book, but it fell just a tiny bit short of that because the author didn't fully take the time to explore the events happening and all the reactions to that. 

Note...one of the things that I thought the author did brilliantly was bring in the college intern and speaker's aspect into Ben's story line. That's one of the things that always caught him up...his lack of education. Seeing that he still had something valuable to share about his art was awesome. 

While the book wasn't perfect, I did enjoy reading it and look forward to more from this author. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKey Dimon

Title: Mr. And Mr. Smith
Author: HelenKay Dimon
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Fisher and Zach
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
 
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .
 
Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

My Review:
Seriously...talk about a book that fulfills my happy reading places...this is it. 

The book begins with Fisher coming home to his house to find that his secret boyfriend has been taken. The boyfriend is secret because Fisher is a top secret operative that no one knows is gay. His team doesn't know about his boyfriend. His boyfriend doesn't know about Fisher's secret life. Everything about Fisher is a lie, but someone has discovered the truth...about where he lives and exposes the vulnerability that he's involved with someone else. Someone that Fisher won't standby and let get hurt because of Fisher's job. 

But everything is not as it seems...throughout this entire book filled with tons of twists and turns. I LOVED THAT!

And wow, did I love these two guys. For Fisher, he's been deceived in the worst way, but he still can't hate Zach. Then there's Zach willing to give up absolutely everything to keep Fisher safe. So freaking good. The conflict was amazing in the middle of all these high-stakes spy-like scenarios which made this book so fabulous to read. 

I really did love it...although the story did lag a bit in the middle. The need to see what happened kept me voraciously reading through those parts just waiting to get to the "good stuff". I enjoyed the book. I loved both Fisher and Zach and the entire scenario that got them to this point. I loved Nathan and Seth, both other members from Fisher's team. Their little quips were hilarious and I loved how easily they accepted the "change" in Fisher's sexuality. 

While I didn't love every single minute of reading it, I would definitely reread the book again AND recommend it to others. I enjoyed it a lot. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.