Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Precious Embrace

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Precious Embrace (Embrace, #2)
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A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnate career.
When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.


Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too. 


****This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****
Ali has made her share of mistakes. Two failed marriages and two beautiful little boys into life she has decided that it’s time to focus on her family and give up hoping for the fairy tale romance and happily ever after. Johnny can’t get Ali out of his mind since they spend an amazing time together at a friend’s wedding in Hawaii. When the opportunity comes for him to transfer to a detective position in California, he packs his bags and is on Ali’s doorstep. It turns out he couldn’t have come at a better time.
I read this book as a standalone. I do recommend reading book 1 because the very beginning you felt a little like you were starting a few chapters in, but it wasn’t anything you couldn’t figure out over time and didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story. However, I will be going back because I can’t wait to find out more about the other characters! Ali & Johnny are great characters and very relatable. The writing was smooth, causing you to get lost in the story. The suspense wasn’t something I expect and was a pleasant surprise. One of the best romantic suspense I’ve read in a while.


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When I Find You

When I Find You (Trust No One, #2) 
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Dixie Lee Brown continues her heart-racing Trust No One series with a sexy veteran determined to protect an innocent woman on the run.
As a former Marine, Walker could find a needle in a haystack. But when he's asked by the U.S. Marshals to track down a nanny fleeing from the mafia, he's sure she'll be more trouble than she's worth. Especially after the sexy little thing clubs him and leaves him for dead. Walker's stunned by her courage—and her curves—and can't help feeling drawn to this damsel trying to dig her way out of distress. He'll find her, and when he does, it'll take more than the mafia to tear him away.
Darcy Maddox never expected to be running for her life. But when it suddenly looks like foe may become friend, Darcy's faced with a choice: Go it alone or trust a man she just met—never mind the way his touch gets her heart pounding. The choice seems simple enough until she realizes it's not just her life at stake—it's her heart. 


****This book was part of a blog tour I received an ARC for my honest review****
Darcy is a nanny, she took a job with a family and by the time she found out they were mafia, she was already in love with the children and wouldn't leave. When her boss sends everyone away, Darcy stays for one more night and ends up seeing the man who may have killed her boss. Now people want her dead and she is on the run for her life. Walker gets a call for a job to find a girl who the mafia is trying to kill, he has to find her and keep her safe. Walker is trying to help Darcy, but she is not sure if she can trust him. With the strong attraction between the two of them they are both off balance. Can Walker keep her safe, will the two of them give into the fiery passion they feel or will the mafia catch both of them? This book hits the ground running, the first pages are full of action that grabbed my attention and kept me immersed in the story. Darcy is sweet and loving with a strong backbone and a tone of fight. Walker is a bit of a broken hero, he has a past that haunts him, but he also has a sensitive side that is adorable. I loved Walkers take charge attitude because it was tempered with knowing when to allow Darcy space and when to force the issue. The plot was interesting there are so many twists and turns that I gave up on guessing and just enjoyed the ride. When I Find You is a great romantic suspense novel, make sure you have plenty of time to read it once you start it you won't be able to stop till the last page is read.  

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