Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Until You by Denise Grover Swank

Title: Until You
Author: Denise Grover Swank
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #2
Main Characters: Lanie and Tyler
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Never settle down. Ever.Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn't need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie's life has been missing a little something---and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can't refuse.

Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it's pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling---until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.
My Review:
I really enjoyed the setup of this book. Lanie and Tyler are both part of a wedding party and have instant chemistry. She's only living in town temporarily (a month). They fight it at first because neither one wants to complicate their lives and they aren't looking for a relationship (either one of them), but the draw becomes too tempting, so they decide to ride the sexual tension until they get tired of the super hot sex. You can see exactly where this book is going...

Seriously, while the twists and turns with the plot in this one were crazy (see, what happens when you keep secrets...darn NDA's), I really enjoyed reading this book. Denise Grover Swank has an easy to read style that most definitely keeps the reader engaged. I enjoyed both characters and LOVED the side-plot with Tyler's little brother, Eric. 

The story was good, the twists were fun, the whole premise was slightly unbelievable, but I'm good with putting a little bit of reality to the side to be able to wholly immerse myself into a book that I found thoroughly entertaining. I liked it. 

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

No One But You by Brenda Novak

Title: No One But You
Author: Brenda Novak
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Silver Springs #2
Main Characters: Sadie and Dawson
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: MIRA
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.

Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else see she has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

My Review:
I missed reading the first book in this series, so all I knew going into this book was that I traditionally like Brenda Novak's style of writing. This book has an interesting premise and two main characters who are in a really bad place in life. 

Dawson was just released from prison after being acquitted of murdering his adoptive parents in a horribly brutal way, but no one in this small town believes in his innocence. But he's back home on the family farm, trying to rebuild his life especially so that he can bring his adoptive sister, who is mentally handicapped, home from the state institution.

Sadie is in the process of trying to gain her independence from her ex-husband, who is also a cop in this small town. He's a bully and she's worried that he's about to become abusive because his actions are escalating. She has to make more money, so she answers Dawson's ad for a companion for his sister. Sadie is naturally leery of what she's walking into at Dawson's house, especially as everyone is warning her not to do this, but she doesn't have a choice. 

This is a hard book to read just because both Sadie and Dawson are one is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Sadie's ex is a cop...he's above the law and no matter what happens, Dawson is seen as the bad guy...he killed his parents. This small town has tried and convicted him, no matter what the courts have said. Then there is the chemistry between them. There is no way that the two of them becoming romantically involved is a good idea. Things are already so complicated just by Sadie working for him. 

With every turn of the page, the dread builds, because the reader can see the bad turn that is on the horizon. But it's like watching a car wreck, you can't look away. It's just made even harder because as the reader you care about these fictional people. 

I really enjoyed the book. And I really like the premise of the series. I don't think the books are closely tied at all. Their tie is that one of the characters in each book lived at the Silver Springs boys ranch. And of course the books are written by Brenda Novak, so the story telling is incredible. I can't wait to read more in the series. 

(And note...these covers have a very 'women's fiction' vibe to them. I'm not a big women's fiction all, so I was a bit worried going into this book. No worries...if you enjoy Brenda Novak, you will like this book. I'd consider it her traditional contemporary romance style.)

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

Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

Title: Second Chance Season
Author:  Liora Blake
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Grand Valley #2
Main Characters: Garrett and Cara
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Return to Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy with a family duty meets an ambitious city girl with even bigger goals and who shows him just what he’s been missing.

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her boyfriend of ten years, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance journalist—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to “country” as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.

Second Chance Season, book two in the Grand Valley series, is a charming, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Jennifer Probst and Kristan Higgins.

My Review:
We met Garrett in the first book in this series so I already knew his backstory...he had to give up the family farm when his dad died unexpectedly when he was only 21. He'd had a full academic and sports scholarship to college that he also let go. Now, he works at the coop and everyone in town agrees that he deserves so much more. He's the guy who's always there for every other farmer and rancher in town, but he doesn't have his dream...his own plot of land. It's a heartbreaking story. 

Cara is a freelance writer from a wealthy family. She's on the cusp of changing her life. She broke off her engagement to the guy she was "supposed" to marry and left her job at the newspaper to do more meaningful writing as a freelancer. Her first assignment is reporting on the changes in the landscape of the Colorado farmer and she's in Hotchkiss for 2 months to do her research on the piece. She meets Garrett pretty much immediately and the chemistry is off the rails. 

There are so many reasons I love this book. I live in ranching country in Texas and our introduction to Garrett in this book is his monologue about how you can read a guy from his truck. This is my life...LOL. There is so much about the ranching/farming community and the way people think that Liora Blake just absolutely nailed. I found myself reading passages from Garrett's pov to my husband just because they were so spot on and so funny...Braden talking about the hunting chick...pure gold. Hubby asked if the author was a guy...seriously a high compliment there. 

The characters in this series are so engaging. I loved every one of them...from Cara with her being out of her depth to the old farmer, Gerald, who I fell in love with in only a few pages. She writes believable, relatable characters that I thoroughly enjoyed spending my time with. I had no idea how the author would fix things so that Cara and Garrett could find their HEA, but I adore what she did with them. The book was amazingly good!!

Note... where Liora Blake really excels is her breadth and depth of knowledge for all things farming. The little tidbits that came through the text gave this book an air of "so much more" than a normal romance. I felt immersed in this world, but it was never done in the cheesy 'aw shucks' style that drives me insane when authors take on a country themed book. 

And now I'm salivating with need for Braden's book. His scenes...I love this gorgeous, grumpy curmudgeon and can't wait to read his book. The glimpses into the conflict between him and his heroine were gold. I already adore him. I just can't wait to see how she deals with his grumpy self. It promises to be another fantastic read. Come on October!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I had to order a print copy for my keeper/reread shelf because I adored this book and will definitely want to revisit it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Called Out by Jen Doyle

Title: Called Out
Author: Jen Doyle
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Calling It #3
Main Characters: Jack and Lola
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Jen Doyle is back with another hot and heartfelt home run of a contemporary romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything. 

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material. 

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it. 

This book is approximately 100,000 words 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

My Review: 
Every time I go into one of these books, I kind of expect this to be the time that Jen Doyle lets me down...not because I want her to, but just because this entire series has been so good and that isn't an easy level to maintain. BUT she did it again. I adored this book and fell in love with Jack and Lola...seriously...LOVED THEM!!!

Both these characters have an angst-filled background. Jack was the child of a very well-to-do family. His parents are cold and callous and he was basically raised by the help. Knowing that he's their offspring, he's always been really hard on himself. He tends to keep himself apart from others and really doesn't connect. The exception to that is Nate, his former best friend until last year when he slept with Nate's fiance and got her pregnant. (But don't judge the book by that one act...there's so much more to that story that just made me fall in love with Jack more.)

The other main character in the story is Lola. Lola is a widow. Three years ago, her Army Ranger husband was in an accident that killed him leaving her as a single mother to their four boys...three of which were 1 yo triplets. She also helps manage and works in the family restaurant with her brother Deke. To say she's a little overwhelmed with her responsibilities is putting it mildly. 

The other main thing to know about this set-up...Nate is one of Lola's absolute best friends, and she downright hates Jack for how he hurt Nate. (There are a lot of dynamics at play within this tight-knit group of friends that is just one of the many reasons this series of books are all so good.) So, needless to say, Lola is pretty ticked off about the sizzling chemistry she has with Jack. And Jack is trying to get back on Nate's good side so that Jack can play pro ball again...the entire league hates him for what he did to Nate. The only way to recover from that is through Nate. If Nate can get over it, so will everyone else. Although, sleeping with one of his best friends that Nate has warned Jack off of probably isn't the best way for that to happen. 

But guess what happens when fate and true love come to got it...there are some HUGE fireworks in this book...AND some really sizzling sexy scenes. Everything about this story and the characters worked for me. I loved them all so much. I loved how Jack kept doing all the wrong things with the boys, but his heart was always in the right place...the puppy scene absolutely killed me. 

It's an absolutely great book that's part of a great series. You can easily read any of the books as stand-alones, but they are all excellent so I wager once you read one, you'll want to read all three of them. 

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pucked Up by Helena Fielding (audiobook)

Title:  Pucked Up
Author: Helena Fielding
My Rating: B
Narrator: Joe Arden

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Sports #2
Main Characters: Miller and Sunny
Release Date: May 2013 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen. 

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

My Review:
Overall: 3.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 3.0

This is one of those books. Overall, I enjoyed listening to it...with one major exception. I really did not like Sunny, especially as the book went on and she didn't change her attitude at all. Miller deserves so much better!! He's such a nice guy with incredibly rotten luck. Sunny was too immature, and he really needed someone better...who could actually respect him. Because as this book is written, I cannot accept that their HEA will ever last past the next online photo blowup. Ugh...seriously.

But I did LOVE Miller's character and thought the narrator did a fabulous job. The entire book is told from Miller's pov and I LOVED that. While this particular book didn't work for me, I am really enjoying the series overall, so I did grab the next one in the series. I just hope the couple is better matched than they were in this one.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: Deliciously Bitter by KB Jacobs

Blurb for Deliciously Bitter

Can her love erase his scars?

Three years ago, my perfect life ended. I got trapped inside a burning Army MRAP and watched my friends die. I was the only one to survive, if you can call this survival. 

Now I’m the beast of nightmares. Horrific scars mean I don’t leave my house...ever. 

But my best friend made sure I continued to live when all I wanted was to give up. I owe him everything, and now he needs me for two weeks. 

Two weeks with strangers who I’ll never have to see again. I can do this. I can ignore the stares and revulsion.

But what I can’t ignore is the stunning beauty next door who sees past my scars. 

She’s Hollywood royalty. I’m a recluse, a hermit. Her life is glamour and paparazzi. My life is NOT. No matter how much I want her, I’m no good for her. 

Beauty and the beast was a romantic fairy tale, but this is real life and she deserves better...

Not only is this the cover reveal for the final book in the series (which is so good), but they also redesigned the whole series of covers. YUM!

Hmm, I'm suddenly feeling the need for an ice cold Naked Brew...

Olive Juice by TJ Klune

Title: Olive Juice
Author: TJ Klune
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: David and Phillip
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

My Review:
Okay, right up front you need to know this is not a typical book, and the author has been adamant that no one spoil anything about it. That makes it very hard to discuss this book because so much of the story is tied up in how it is written. eeps.

So instead of talking about the story, I'll tell you about how it made me feel. Throughout so much of the book, it was simply incredibly sad. The book is told entirely from one character's point of view and he's in a dark place...a place he's been for six years. His depression and sadness flow beautifully throughout the story...and I know that sounds odd, but this is a book that is written in such a haunting manner. The character is devastated and that flows through every word, every emotion on the page. 

While that aspect is beautiful, it's also a very slow book. There is a TON of introspection and passive remembrance in the book. For me, as a reader, that's not my favorite method of story telling. I like dialogue and action and the lack of that pulled me out of the emotionally upheaval of the story at times.

Not that I didn't shed tears...because I did. 
And not that I didn't feel for these characters...because my heart broke for them. 

The book is different. The story telling is uniquely TJ Klune, who is quickly becoming one of the most innovative writers of the modern era. While at times, I didn't like the way the story was written, I applaud him for doing something so different and so eloquent. He does it beautifully. It's definitely another winner. Just know going into it, that this book is like nothing that you've ever read before. And for that, I think TJ Klune is incredible. 

And he made me cry...authors who can do that always earn my respect.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blade Bound by Chloe Neill (audiobook)

Title:  Blade Bound
Author: Chloe Neill
My Rating: A
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #13
Main Characters: Merit and Ethan
Release Date: April 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House… 

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.5

The end of this series. I've looked forward to this book so much, but at the same time I've dreaded it because I wasn't sure if I was ready for this series to end. But the author really did an amazing job with how she ended the series. 

This series has always had this unspoken character in it...Chicago. And Chicago plays a HUGE roll in this book. And I kind of love that Chloe Neill did that because she took this amazing series and just made it epic for the end. I loved that. 

So this features the wedding. All the good things are happening for Merit and Ethan...and it is good. I love how they've grown and evolved throughout this series. For their relationship, they are in such a GOOD place. They love and respect one another and that comes through in everything. It's everywhere else in their lives that keep having issues. But they stay in a happy place, so I'm okay with whatever happens as long as that continues. Also, there was a HFN resolution for Jonah in this one that I kind of loved, too.

And I really don't want to say anything else about it, because this is the finale. I don't want to spoil anything about it. You need to know it's going to be good. It's a great finale. All the various story lines are taken care of. All the characters show back up. Everything is tied up with neat little bows and where things go in the very end are better than brilliant. I'm happy. 

And note...if you listened to this in audio like me, message me. There is a single page in the back of the physical book that isn't in the audio about things to come and you WANT to know what it says! I promise... 

I'm so excited.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One Night with Rhodes by Eden Finley

Title: One Night with Rhodes
Author: Eden Finley
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: One Night #4
Main Characters: Blair and Garrett
Release Date: May 2017
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Blair Rhodes considers himself an equal opportunity player. He knew from a young age that he wasn’t entirely straight. Ogling his best friend’s older brother was the first thing that tipped him off. But Garrett Erikson is off limits. Always has been. Garrett is as straight as they come.

Garrett’s reputation as a womaniser precedes him, but it’s not who he is. Not even close. And when Blair turns up on his doorstep, heartbroken over a breakup, Garrett knows it’s a bad idea to go drinking with him.

One night is all it takes for everything to change.

For the past ten years, Garrett’s denied his desires to everyone, including himself.
And as much as Blair wants to be the guy Garrett needs, he needs to protect his own heart. Like his ex-boyfriend always told him: “Never mess with the straight ones. It only leads to trouble.”

My Review:
Wow, I really, really loved this book. I haven't read any of the rest of the series so I had no idea what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked it. 

The story covers six years. The title may say "one night", but the relationship between Garrett and Blair is much more complex and long-lasting than it sounds. See, Blair is bisexual and he's come out, but right after he came out, his boyfriend dumped him and he never dated another guy (at least not that his friends and family knew about) so they all just assumed his bisexuality was only a phase. So, he's out...but not really, because it's not a thing that anyone even talks about and he never mentions it. 

Even deeper in the closet is Garrett. He's terrified about anyone knowing that he's gay. In fact it took many, many years for him to even admit it to himself. The thing that pushed him to even consider it was his attraction and one-night hook-ups with Blair, his little brother's best friend. Yes, that was plural...hook-ups...because Garrett is in a game of give and take with Blair. He has a night of weakness with Blair and then he rebuilds his walls, not wanting to accept reality. 

It's painful to read...for both Garrett, who's in so much denial. And for Blair, who is on an emotional roller-coaster because he really likes Garrett...and is worried for his mental stability. And really, Garrett is not in a good place mentally. 

There is so much emotion to this book. I absolutely love that. I also really love how long the book and relationship covers 6 years in these men's lives. Just because of that depth in time, I could really believe the validity of the HEA when it happened. 

I also have to note just how sexy this book is. For Garrett, this is all new and forbidden. There's a taboo sexiness to the entire book because of that, plus he's a virgin when it comes to men...again, seriously sexy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the very first page until the last. In fact, I was really sad when it ended because the book was so good. The story does cover 6 years and the rest of the romances within this group of friends are happening in the background (all those other romances are m/f) so now I'm really interested in going back and reading the other books in this series...must find some time to do so! 

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart

Title: The Darkest Corner
Author: Liliana Hart
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Gravediggers #1
Main Characters: Deacon and Tess
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s first book in her suspenseful Gravediggers series, featuring an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise...

Solomon Lange is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Solomon Lange ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Solomon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Solomon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

My Review:
This is the first in a new romantic suspense series by Liliana Hart. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book. It's about the Gravediggers. They are a group of 5-6 guys who have been "brought back to life" after being condemned as rogue agents. They are part of a shadow operation to bring down terrorism throughout the world. They just happen to run their operation from the mortuary in this tiny Texas town outside Dallas. 

Okay, straight're going to have to suspend some disbelief on this one. Five burly guys working in a mortuary in a town of 3500 people...yeah, that's not suspicious at all. LOL. So...go into it knowing that some of the details aren't quite realistic.

This first book features Deacon. He was the first gravedigger brought back to life, and Tess, the woman who runs the mortuary. Although these guys have been part of her mortuary operation for two years, Deacon has never given any hint that he wants more. And Tess hasn't really become suspicious until one night an unknown dead body shows up on her embalming table. Suddenly everything is thrown into upheaval. Tess has to be brought into the "know" or else she's become expendable. Something that none of the guys are okay with. Deacon claims her as his to protect and bring in.

The book was interesting and entertaining. There was enough going on in this first book to keep it moving, even though a lot of the story was the complex set-up of how all this organization works. I'm anxious to see how the series plays out. I really like the entire group of guys. They come from all over the world and many different special ops groups. Like I said...interesting and a good start. I'm ready to read more and would definitely recommend this one.

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