Friday, October 23, 2015

Exposed by Ivy Stone

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Title: Exposed (Unguarded, #1)
Author: Ivy Stone
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 13,. 2015

One explosive encounter brought them together. One infatuation led to a love like no other. One secret tore them apart.

As head of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau in Manhattan, Chief Detective Mason Cole walks in the line of fire every day. Between dodging bullets and braiding his daughter’s hair, Mason is tormented with haunting memories that refuse to relinquish control over him, no matter how hard he tries. After a bust gone wrong, he’s thrown for a loop by a woman who will fill his life with more chaos than ever before. Lindsey Jenkins is a self-made woman. Bold and independent, she lives unapologetically in a life of deception. That is until her facade is threatened by a force stronger than anything she’s ever felt before—love. Leaving their hearts unguarded could lead to destruction. Even worse, it could expose them both to a war they never saw coming. In a city coerced by corruption and treachery, what happens when your greatest passion becomes your biggest weakness?
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Lindsey Reaching the bottom of the steps, I spot Alison’s one-night stand in the doorway. Roamyn’s voice echoes through the hall, deep and pissed off. “Who the hell are you?” “Jake, what are you doing back here?” I ask, not giving the guy time to answer Roamyn. Mason stills when I use Jake’s name, his body rigid and expression pinched. Jake glances between Mason, Roamyn and myself. “The lady asked you a question,” Mason, steps up beside me, posture tall, chest out, and I roll my eyes at his macho attitude. He actually looks pissed off. It takes me all of a second to realize why. He thinks Naked Guy is here for me, not Alison. The thought he might be jealous has me grinning for the first time this morning. “Um, I forgot my wallet,” Jake croaks out, his voice breaking as both badass detectives shoot him looks that could kill. Turning to me, Mason folds his arms over his torso. “Lindsey, the boy forgot his wallet.” My eyes bulge at the unspoken insinuation he’s throwing at me. Ali appears beside Roamyn, but before I can rip Mason’s judgmental ass a new one, she pipes up, “Wow. That was an asshole move.” All eyes land on Alison and all three men appear thoroughly confused. I lower my hand to my hip and the other out in front of me. “Okay, hold up right there.” I aim at Mason, “Jake here, looks all of eighteen years old. I’m no cougar. So you can take your judgment and shove it right up your ass.” “Seriously?” Ali’s voice cracks through the lasers of annoyance I’m shooting into Mason. Amused, she points between Jake and I. “You actually thought Lindsey would bring a guy home? To her place?” Ali scoffs and Mason grimaces while scrubbing the stubble shadowing his face, obviously regretting his insinuation now. Roamyn turns to Ali accusingly. “Wait, so he was with you then?” “Well, yeah, he sure wasn’t screwing Miss Uptight over here.” She nods in my direction. I roll my eyes. “Real mature, Alison.” “Um, excuse me but–” “What?” Cutting Jake off, four sets of pissed off eyes glare at him. He shrinks back. “Look, if I can just grab my wallet, I’ll get out of your hair.” “I’ll get it, hold on,” Ali murmurs as she disappears down the hall.

About The Author
"Mother. Lover. Dreamer."
Ivy Stone is an Australian author and self-confessed lover of alpha males and happily ever afters. Getting lost in a fictional world is how she discovered her passion for writing. When she isn’t daydreaming up new romantic stories she’s likely to be found spending time with her family. Ivy’s debut novel ‘Exposed’ is to be released on October 20th 2015. This is the first instalment in the Unguarded series. Ivy loves to hear from her readers, you can visit or contact her here:
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My Review:
My Rating: B
Overall, this was a good book. I enjoyed the characters and the setup of the story. I loved the whole cop team of Mason, Roamyn, Cassidy, and Elias. There are a lot of scenes with this group and I'm hoping there is more stories for the rest of them. I especially love how it seems like they all agree that there are shades of grey in what's right and wrong. Not a single one of them got on a high horse about what these two sisters might be up to. They look at the facts and the personalities and do their best to protect the sisters. 

For Alison and Lindsey, things aren't quite so easy. They've been caught in the middle of right and wrong for a lot of years, most times falling closer to the side of wrong. Both these girls (and Oliver) have been caught up in this world, and are paying the price for it. In this particular story, they've been caught up in a mafia war, but they are more caught up in it than anyone else really realizes...because the Morino family (note: I think I have the mafia family name wrong, but I can't remember exactly what it was) is who pulled them out of the trenches and homelessness when they were just teenagers. And although the two girls have been trying to get free from the family, it's just not that easy.

I loved Mason and his love and dedication to his little girl. I loved Lindsey just because of how strong and tough she is. I wish we could have seen her more as Ghost, because it sounds like the girl has epic kick-butt skills. I loved the little glimpses of side-story we saw with Roamyn and Alison and am dying of curiosity about what exactly has gone on between them. 

I do have an issue though with the book. I thought the story, the set-up, and the characters were phenomenal, but I did have some issues with the author's style of writing. And note...this is not a critique that she's a bad writer, because she most definitely is not. It just wasn't to my taste. The author has a lot of flowery language, imagery, put it simply...words. There are long passages in the book that just don't seem to take the story anywhere. In fact, that's something that was really missing in this book. While there is a LOT of mental description and again...flowery language, there is not much scene-setting and descriptions. As a result, a lot of times I felt a bit of a disconnect with what was happening on the page...and sometimes even confusion about whether the words meant something was really happening or if it was just a mental musing by one of the characters. Several times it took me out of the story and made it hard to get fully immersed in the action happening.

But regardless of that, I did enjoy this book. It was a good read.

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

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