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New Release/Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

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New Release/Review: The Thing About Love by Julie JamesThe Thing About Love by Julie James
Published by Berkley on April 18th 2017
Pages: 368
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Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

The Thing About Love is the first Julie James book that I have read and I am somewhat conflicted about it. I like books that have depth, complexity & especially strong female characters as well as male characters who are not just Alpha God-like GQ models!  Certainly, FBI agent Jessica Harlow is a well-established operative as is John Shepherd and the key ingredient to their relationship is that around six years ago, they were at the Academy together.   Back then, they only had three things in common; they both came from Chicago, were the brightest candidates in their class, and they appeared to dislike each other, intensely!
Harlow and Shepherd are assigned to a case that requires them to work undercover as business partners who travel to Florida, with plans to open a new restaurant, in order to prove that the local Mayor is corrupt.  The case takes up around 60% of the book, around 400 pages and provides ample opportunity for the two characters to quibble endlessly with each other and this banter, coupled with continual sarcasm gradually becomes the essence of their mutual attraction.
“The Thing Called Love” is, for me, a charming romantic comedy, rather than a whirlwind, intensely passionate romance that is so often found today.  The love affair creeps up on the couple, with plenty of reminiscing from both points of view, to their early days as recruits where they saw things quite differently. Julie James uses a deft hand to highlight these differences before turning them into positives to be cherished.  This was a slow burn and while I love the current Romance genre, Jones has written a pleasant love-story, full of sass and sarcasm but lacking the spice I have come to expect in a 21st century romance.   – Reviewed by Morilyn

Review: Sin for Me (The Devil’s Music #1) by Lisa Marie Perry

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Review: Sin for Me (The Devil’s Music #1) by Lisa Marie PerrySin for Me by Lisa Marie Perry
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on February 21st 2017
Pages: 240
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Fans of Empire will love Lisa Marie Perry’s stylish, addictive novels of passion, drama, and seduction. The high-powered men and women behind Devil’s Music have made their fortunes building the hottest label in hip hop, but it’s the action behind the scenes that’s seriously steamy.
For Dante Bishop, music died the night he found his father’s body next to a syringe of lithium. Ditching Atlanta, Dante jumped on his Harley and left the family business to his sister. She became the heart and soul of Devil’s Music—until the board, including Dante’s ex, masterminded a takeover. Years later, Dante’s doing something he never thought he’d do: returning to Georgia to put his songwriting skills to good use. Reuniting with Chelsea Coin only sweetens the deal.
As the perfectionist COO of Devil’s Music, Chelsea doesn’t dwell on the past. If she did, she’d never forgive herself for betraying the Bishops in a corporate power grab. Now Chelsea needs help to save the company, and Dante’s a nonnegotiable part of the arrangement. Still brooding and hot as hell, Dante wastes no time stirring up unfinished business—and carnal memories Chelsea would rather keep buried. She’s come too far to risk everything on a man. But for desire this intense, she might just enjoy the sexiest mistake of her life.

 First let me start of by saying I hated giving this book 3 1/2 stars but the first half of the book just drug on and on and I was so lost.  There are so many different characters in this book sometimes its hard to keep up. There was so much drama.  Did I say DRAMA??? That’s what I kept asking myself, WTF!

By time you get to the middle of the book you finally get to the heart of the story. Dante Bishop is in love with Chelsea Coin but Chelsea lied over and over again and Dante couldn’t get over the lying so he left the music business and Atlanta to start over but when Devil’s music is in trouble Delilah Bishop goes to her brother Dante to help bring Devil’s Music back alive, little do you know the plans that Delilah really has since she was forced out of her fathers business and wants back in. Just a couple things that has me wanting book two. Delilah is CRAZY!  I want to find out how crazy she can get. I’d like to see what more happens between Delilah and Dante because there scenes in the book are off the charts HOT! I’d also like to see what transpires between the other key players of Devil’s Music. – Reviewed by Catherine

SIN FOR ME by Lisa Marie Perry has left me pondering for days about what to say about this book, the plot of the story was good, but the characters in this book (for me) were very shallow and self centered, they  used sex to get what they wanted and there are several times where they are cheating (for me that in book bothers me).

For the first half of this book I thought the story was about Delilah and her plot to get back her fathers company, Devils Music, but then about halfway through the main plot of the book switches to being about Delilah’s brother Dante and his need to first get revenge against his ex Chelsea for the way they broke up and then his need to win her back and pick up their relationship where they left off when they split up.  I just really don’t know what else to say about this book that will not sound bad, as the story line in the book was good just needed a little more substance to the characters. -Reviewed by Kendra

New Release/Review: Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake

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New Release/Review: Absolute Trust by Piper J. DrakeAbsolute Trust by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes,
Published by Forever on December 20th 2016
Pages: 320
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LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALLAfter multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .
When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.

Review

Absolute Trust is the third installment of the True Heroes series by Piper J. Drake.

Brandon Forte has returned back to his hometown with an idea of opening a kennel for military service dogs that have seen their share of combat and loss. As Brandon takes a walk with Haydn, a military service dog who lost his owner and one of his limb, he runs into Sophia Kim. The one woman that he’s always loved from far. But when someone from his past targets Sophia, he’ll do anything to protect her. But who will protect him from her?

Sophia’s day started off bad, but when she spotted Brandon and his service dog, Haydn, her day seem to brighten… until her car became a ball of fire as she get’s pushed onto the sidewalk. Now she’s under Brandon’s protection until they can figure out who’s behind the attacks.

Absolute Trust is an interesting story as I got to know Brandon and Sophia. Their chemistry was simple and friendly, but as they spent more time with each other the chemistry begun to ignite into passion that would not be denied. In addition to the incredible spark between these characters, I really enjoyed seeing Haydn the service dog feel at home with these two. I love their interaction with him and seeing that he was well loved. Also having dual point of views was easy to follow. The one thing I found frustrating was having Brandon’s name constantly switching between his first and last name throughout the book. – Reviewed by Julianne Knutson

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