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Recent Review: Under His Protection by LaQuette

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/under-his-protection-by-laquette-10368-b

Blurb: They can escape their enemies, but not the desire between them.
Prosecutor Camden Warren is on the fast track to professional nirvana. With his charm, his sharp legal mind, and his father as chief judge in the highest court in NY, he can’t fail. Nothing can derail his rise to the top… until an attempt on his life forces him to accept the help of a man he walked out on five years ago.

Wounded in the line of duty, Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson wants to ride his new desk job until retirement—not take a glorified babysitting gig with more risk than it’s worth… especially not protecting the entitled lawyer who disappeared after the best sex of their lives.
The threat against Camden’s life is real, but their passion for each other might prove the greatest danger they’ve yet to face.

Review: An enjoyable suspense story, with a second chance romance.
Camden, (an assistant district attorney (ADA)) and Elijah, (a policeman recovering from a sting gone bad) met on a blind date 5 years prior. Both had a great time, but Cam was/is on a career path that does not include dating a cop.
Fast forward to the present. Cam is a target of a fringe group and guess who’s assigned to protect – (and *serve*) – as they are holed up together☺).
The attraction is still there, but both men have to get over the past hurt, especially Elijah. They do so relatively easily, which is refreshing.
The story is well written, interesting and with a lot of heated moments. The secondary characters, mostly Elijah’s family are fun; Cam’s parents, not so much (I’m glad Cam made his own decision in the end).
Overall, it’s a good, quick read. I would definitely ready more from this (new to me) author.

3.75 stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: A Body in the Bathhouse by Brad Shreve

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43719899-a-body-in-a-bathhouse?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: On the verge of bankruptcy, private investigator, Mitch O’Reilly takes any gig that comes his way, while running his Eye Spy Supply shop in a forgotten Los Angeles strip mall. After two tours in Afghanistan, Mitch’s life amounts to operating his store, coping with his fun-loving sister, Josie, and scoring with anonymous men he meets online. That changes when he gets a break. A beloved comedy scriptwriter is murdered at a bathhouse, and Mitch is hired to prove the innocence of the club custodian. Adapting from a two-bit gumshoe to a high-profile sleuth proves more challenging than he expected.
As if Mitch didn’t have enough to deal with, charismatic bathhouse operator, Trent Nakos, enters his life. After a heartbreaking past, the manager is the definition of a man the brooding P.I. actively avoids.

Following leads from sprawling mansions to sketchy hoods is demanding but becomes more troublesome when deadly threats jeopardize the biggest opportunity of his career.

Review: This is more of a mystery with a dash of romance thrown in – I liked it! The story was entertaining, with bits of humour (sometimes dark ☺), a good mystery with interesting, and good, but flawed characters (Mitch especially).
Mitch is trying to keep his business from going bankrupt when he lands a job that could get him more clients. During his investigation of the murder, he meets Trent, the man whose innocence he needs to prove. Their interactions were definitely not romantic; Mitch was sometimes abrupt, bordering on rude, while Trent seemed a bit of a nitwit. What I really enjoyed was the mystery – the misdirection, the possible choices for the murderer and the way I had to follow the whodunit story through Trent’s POV.
As for the romance, or lack thereof, I do hope that in future books both MC’s interact more.

3.75 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: A Dance Too Far by H. L. Day

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Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44027062-a-dance-too-far?from_search=true

Blurb: Valentin Bychkov, rising star of contemporary Russian ballet, appears to have everything: wealth, talent, success, and a face and body to match. Not that anyone can get close. Bypass the entourage and there’s still Valentin’s sharp tongue and acerbic wit to deal with. He may give his body freely, but his emotions are kept tightly locked away.
Max Farley’s life is a simple one. All he’s interested in is work, drinking, and picking up the latest in a long line of one-night stands. The way he chooses to live may not be to everyone’s taste but it suits him down to the ground. He’s never met anyone who’s made him want to confront the demons from his past. Until now.

A show in London brings the two together. Lust brings them closer still. But if rumors of Bratva connections turn out to be true, then dangerous men wait in the wings. One dangerous man in particular, who’s used to people following his orders without question.
Difficult choices need to be made on both sides. Valentin and Max need to stop playing with fire and let each other go, or face the consequences. But letting go isn’t that easy where love is concerned.

And some things are worth the risk.

Warning: This book contains a snarky ballet dancer with an aversion to clothes, a little too much wall sex and an overabundance of Russian heavies.

Review: Overall, a good romantic suspense story, but for some reason I didn’t really warm to either Max or Valentin. Max was a bit of a ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ type, but without the charm; Valentin was a cold, haughty type, also a bit charmless. I think I may have (unfairly) compared this book to previous H.L. Day books where the MC’s are a bit more fun.
Anyway, back to this book. It’s well written with glimpses into the ballet world and a bit of mafia mayhem (Russian) thrown in. The prose is engaging, and I did enjoy the wit and banter between the characters. Max’s backstory was a little disturbing, and frankly I wasn’t sure about the whole affair with the teacher when he was underage. But it did explain he was wired to not do relationships.
I think I was expecting a lighter, more humourous story – that is on me. It’s a good story and anyone looking for complex characters a hard fought HEA will love this book.

3.75 stars out of 5


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Dark Romance: Creature (Bureau #3) by Kim Fielding

 

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39779972-creature?from_search=true

Blurb

Alone in a cell and lacking memories of his past, John has no idea who—or what—he is.

Alone on the streets of 1950s Los Angeles, Harry has far too many memories of his painful past and feels simply resignation in facing his empty future.

When Harry is given a chance to achieve his only dream—to become an agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs—all he has to do is prove his worth. Yet nothing has ever come easy for him. Now he must offer himself and John as bait, enticing a man who wants to conquer death. But first he and John must learn what distinguishes a monster from a man—and what a monster truly wants.

Review: This is a total departure from what I usually read, in a good way. The atmosphere is decidedly 1950’s noir which is fit the theme of the story.
John is a being that has been held in a cell for an unspecified length of time. He thinks he is a man, but knows he is not quite human. He also knows that people – the few that he has met – are scared of him.
Harry is a man down on his luck, unable to be the one thing he wants, a member of the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs. He is made an offer of a trial assignment with the organization – bait a criminal into custody – and he would be considered for a permanent job. Harry finds out that John is the bait and has to overcome his initial revulsion. As he interacts with John, his initial revulsion turns to pity and then to a sort of friendship. Al the while, we see John become more human and eventually, lovable.
It is an interesting story. I liked the setting, especially like the lack of technology (no mobile phones, GPS, internet), I felt I was watching a black and white film. Even though it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I’ll likely check out the rest of the series.

3.75 stars out of 5


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