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Undertaker by Nicole James

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The Evil Dead MC is back in book 7 by Nicole James.  I have enjoyed the series to date and have been waiting for this book to come out.

The setting is hot and sultry, just like the main character, Undertaker.  Of course an MC would have a leader named Undertaker, not that we ever find out why he was named that! What we do know is that he is leader and is alone and has been for a long time.  As the leader, which he takes seriously, he doesn’t have much time for himself.  But when a young woman under their protection is unable to move forward, they find a person to help her.  The person is Dr. AJ Carter, a woman from his past.  Now Undertaker has two women who are problems.  Holly who is traumatized, but needs to move on and Dr AJ Carter, who he would like to help move on - his body and his bed. 

As always the MC has to protect their own and trouble does follow them. Undertaker by Nicole James is a HOT, MC read!

 

Maxwell by Nicole James

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Maxwell by Nicole James is the second book in the Brothers Ink series.  Jameson’s career has taken off and lots of people come to the shop to be inked.  Maxwell works there, but he knows that it is not his whole life.  He is interested in helping Pops out at the gym and helping adolescents get off the street.  Until Maxwell meets Melee.  She is from the Thai restaurant down the street delivering the ordered food.  Melee was mesmerized by the designs on the walls of different tattoos, but as she was deaf unable to speak with Maxwell.

Now, he needs to learn sign language and convince Melee to meet him.  But the Thai culture is all about respect for their elders and parents.  Melee’s father does not like any of the O’Rorke boys and does not want her to have anything to do with them.

The struggles of Melee and Maxwell show the difficulty of understanding people and their cultures.  Both of them are in love with the other, but neither of them can change.  Aunt Tan visits and helps Melee find her independence, but is it enough?

Maxwell was a good read.  I was surprised by some of the choices by both characters which added enjoyment to reading the book.  

Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki

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Hunt for Evil is the first book in a new series (ICE)  by Amy Jarecki.  The International Clandestine Enterprise (ICE) is an organization that is a secret.  It is staffed by a number of elite soldiers with varying skills including espionage.  Logan Rodgers, a Navy SEAL Commander due to a mission met Olivia Hamilton a spy for M16.  Neither is really impressed with the other.

Move ahead a few months, they both find themselves as members of ICE and training together for a mission.  The mission is one that is very dangerous and could have huge ramifications for both Logan and Olivia.  Together and separate they have to depend on their own inner core and each other to survive.

ICE, the newest series was part thriller and part romance.  I enjoyed the characters, the settings and the dangerous mission.  Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki is a great start to a new romantic thriller series.

The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries is the fifth book in the Sinful Suitors series.  To me, she is one of the best historical romance writers currently publishing.  I enjoy her books and find the characters interesting and quirky.  Having said all that, this particular novel might not be my favorite.  I think because I did not really like Baron Fulkham, however that did not stop me from reading the book and being hopeful for a “proper ending”

This novel is set up with an actress portraying a princess.  Monique Servais has been offered a solution to her growing problem of her grandmother’s dementia.  If she would but act like Princess Anne of Chanay during a difficult negotiations then her grandmother would be taken care of for life.  

What would be the problem since Princess Anne of Chanay is pretty reclusive?  The problem would be the Baron Fulkham recognized her from a performance he saw years ago.  He could never forget her.  So the spymaster is curious as to what is happening?  This starts the stories twists and turns.

The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries was a good read.  

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan

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My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan is a pygmalion story in reverse.  Lady Katherine Wilde is a beautiful lady of the ton.  She has found her way through all the pitfalls available, but not yet found love.  Brandon Deverill has come into a title, but being an American, he needed some tutoring before he began his new role.  Katherine takes on the task in trade for Brandon helping her find the wreck of a ship that took her parents’ life.  However, Katherine and Brandon know each other from 6 years prior.  Katherine had a wicked crush on him and offered him her if he would just stay.  Obviously, it failed and Katherine was crushed and determined not to let a man decide her fate again!  Brandon had other plans including capturing Katherine as his wife, but no need to love her!

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan was a good story.  I thought Katherine and Brandon were good together and I enjoyed their relationship.  The book was a fun read.

Surrender by Joan Johnston

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Surrender by Joan Johnston was a interesting read. The survival part of the story about terrified me. The strength of the characters and the story line are what makes this novel interesting and draws the reader in. 

Taylor and Brian were sweethearts in high school, until she broke it up suddenly. Brian was hurt but moved on. Taylor continued to push men away from her, whenever she began to be feel to out of control.

Taylor was flying the plan and Brian was the spotter for the smokejumpers, when the plans engines quit. It did not restart and there was no place for the plan to go. Together they jumped and things got even more difficult. Oh - and they still love each other, but neither knows about the other’s heart. 

This is the first book I read in the series called Bitter Creek. This was book number 11 and I did not feel like I was missing information and enjoyed the characters. Surrender by Joan Johnston was a good book. 

Zander by Maryann Jordan

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Zander by Maryann Jordan is part of a new series called Heroes at Heart. This is the first book.  

Miss Ethel took in a number of boys as a foster parent after her husband died.  She gave them love, manners, discipline, and hope for the future.  Many stayed with her until they graduated or found a living.  Zander is the oldest of the boys that continue to come by and check in with her.  One of the things she has taught Zander is that, “The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.” 

After the military, he bought and renovated a bar, naming it Grimm’s for the fairy tales that Miss Ethel used to teach him to read.  Zander’s bar is a bit rough and he doesn’t allow behaviors to interfere with the patrons.  It is in this context that an incident occurred that Zander feels guilt for.  The woman hurt has no identification and is seriously hurt.  It is from this premise that the story morphs into a story that is reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty….with a twist.

I am late coming to Maryann Jordan and her series, but I feel strongly that this particular series is going to be awesome and I am looking forward to reading the stories about the other “Heroes at Heart.”  Zander by Maryann Jordan is a good read!

 

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