Book Review: Protecting Kyleigh by Elizabeth Brooks

When Kyleigh Taylor walks into a restaurant to pick up her last paycheck, about a dozen of her former co-workers are murdered by a gang of drug runners, and Kyleigh is injured. And traumatized. At the hospital, two police detectives are anxious to speak with her. One of them has a soothing voice, and the more he speaks with her, the more comfortable she feels around him. His comfort is exactly what she needs and craves.

From the first moment Detective Jordy Mitchell sees her, he feels a connection, a need to protect her. Sharing an experience of PTSD helps form an instant bond. Jordy knows he should stay away from her—otherwise, he risks the case and his career. Now Jordy has to deal with his angry police captain, Kyleigh’s grudge-holding ex-boyfriend, and a drug-running thug with one thing on his mind: find Kyleigh and kill her. Mitchell knows she’s the perfect woman for him—he just has to keep her alive long enough to prove it to her.

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I really enjoyed this romance suspense story. The opening started with a bang. Kyleigh was heading into her old job to get her last paycheck, and the restaurant was gunned down by thugs. I felt for her when she lost her good friend, died right in front of her eyes. I thought the author did a wonderful job with plot and setting. There wasn’t any boring moments at all; I could picture everything vividly like a Lifetime movie.

I liked Kyleigh and Jordy getting to know each other, but I’m not going to lie, I loved Rodriguez getting to know Kyleigh’s best friend better. Maybe because those two had flaws and were more relatable. Kyleigh was a Mary Sue and Jordy was a Gary Stu. I loved the scenes when the detectives hung out with the ladies, especially at the gym.

Two things that annoyed me: 1) when everyone dismissed Kyleigh’s panic attack at the bar after seeing a guy walk in 2) the detectives being okay with going to a “secret” spot where one of the thugs knew the whereabouts. I felt like the detectives really dropped the ball on providing safety for Kyleigh. If Jordy was thinking like a cop, instead of a boyfriend, then he may have been more responsive of potential dangers. But, if the characters were thinking logically, then the author couldn’t have written an interesting story 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Book Review: Rendezvous With Danger By Sharon C. Cooper

***I received this book as a gift***

Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA counter-intelligence officer, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s seeing the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man she vowed to love forever that has her running for cover.

Former U.S. Special Operative, Quinn Hamilton, left the world of covert operations after the love of his life died in his arms during a black op. Three years later, he still loses sleep wondering if maybe he could have done something more to save her – until Alandra shows up on his doorstep. With her lies and betrayal, he wants nothing to do with her, yet, his heart won’t cooperate. It’s not until unknown enemies come after her that he must decide if he can leave the past behind and protect the woman he’ll always love. Will they survive this last mission and rekindle the love and passion they once shared?

17451144I loved this 18 chapter book. I said it once, and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge fan of Sharon C. Cooper. Her writing style manages to flow naturally with great description. She focuses on characterization, setting, dialogue, and plot to the point that readers can get lost in the story. I could see this book as a blockbuster hit.

My favorite lines: 1) It had been three long years. If she were still alive, she would have found some way to contact him. Wouldn’t she? 2) “I’m too old for this crap.” 3) He really did like Alandra, but she should have stayed dead.

 Imagine being separated from someone you love because of something you can’t control. That’s what happened to Quinn. He thought his wife, Alandra, was dead. Imagine his frustration and relief to find out the truth. I thought his friends Malik and Wiz were nice additions to the story. They brought some comic relief.

The author did a great job of portraying sizzling sexual tension between Quinn and Alandra. A couple of scenes, I blushed. Alandra was a lucky woman! The author also managed to have suspenseful moments. The entire time I worried about all the characters’ safety. She had enough red herrings that will have readers guessing who’s after Alandra and who wants her dead. It was fun getting some insight from the bad guy (or woman).

There was a nice twist at the end.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Dangerous Ally By Michelle Grey

Lacey Jordan is expecting dinner, and hopefully, an engagement announcement. Not her own, of course. After two serious screw-ups, she’s all but sworn off relationships. When she arrives at her father’s house to celebrate his future happiness though, he’s nowhere to be found.

As the hours pass, the worst scenarios Lacey’s mind can conjure send her rushing into action. However, reality proves even more frightening as she discovers that her father’s recent scientific breakthrough is one that people would kill for. To make matters worse, the source of the information is the one person she’d hoped to never see again.

Caleb Mansfield, her father’s former protege and her former lover, needs Lacey’s cooperation, and the very trust he’d stolen years before. But Lacey can’t be certain if Caleb’s working with her or against her.

Running out of time, she has nowhere else to turn. As the trail leading to her father narrows, Lacey becomes a target, risking her life to save him. Too late, she understands that with Caleb back in her life, she’s risking her heart as well.

17085485I loved this 38 chapter book. It opened up with the mystery: where is Lacey’s dad? He’s missing from dinner and so is Spencer (her soon to be step-brother). Since he doesn’t like the man dating his mom, did Spencer kidnap him? Or did it have to do with BioTech? I liked that there was no clear cut answer right away–that upped the ante.

Lacey misses her dad and is nervous about the waiting game she has to play while the cops investigate. I couldn’t even imagine if a loved one went missing. Not knowing if they’re alive or dead. Not being offered a ransom to possibly get them back. In Chicago, Caleb hears about his career idol’s disappearance, so travels to Manhattan, Kansas to help out. I loved his and Lacey’s dynamic. They used to date six years ago; he broke her heart when he left, thinking it was for the best. The tension was interesting to read. She had to learn to trust Caleb again. I rooted for them to get back together (I’m a sucker for romance and second chances).

My favorite scenes: 1) Lacey helping Sam with the adoption process 2) the kidnappers holding Bill hostage 3) when Caleb first arrives to help 4) when Caleb asks Lacey what’s wrong in the hotel room

All throughout the book, I tried guessing who the culprit could be. The ending was awesome because I never expected that person. It was a cool reveal. The story was a fast read. The author was great with dialogue. I was invested in the characters’ dilemmas because the conversations were realistic and their body language helped paint the full picture.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby