Review Stay With Me (Wait For You #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stay with MeTitle: Stay With Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait For You #3
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

My Review:
I didn’t really like ‘Be with Me’ so I was a bit antsy starting ‘Stay with Me’, but I needn’t have been because I loved it.

I really warmed to both Calla and Jax, and I loved how he was so protective of her and so accepting of all the baggage she came with. Not only that, he helped her deal with her demons and start feeling her worth.

Calla has a ton of insecurity as a result of all the scars she has from a childhood fire. In the main I felt this was really well written, though I felt Calla gave up the DermaBlend too quick. For someone who has been plastering herself in make-up (to hide a prominent facial scar)to give it up after only two weeks of knowing Jax was a bit unreal.He was very accepting of her scars, but didn’t pander to her insecurities and he helped her be brave. I loved him for that.

We get to see a good bit of Tess and Jase, Cam and Avery, which I loved. I’m also intrigued to read Roxy’s story next, as she appears to be a character with many layers.

The only part I was frustrated over was Aimee, with two e’s and one i. I wanted to bitch-slap her so bad, and couldn’t understand why Jax just didn’t tell her he was with Calla and get rid of her. Instead he allows her paw at him, and allows her into his home in the early hours of the morning. I cringed reading the scene where Cam & Avery, and Tess & Jase arrive into the bar to see Aimee all over Jax. I really felt Calla’s embarrassment and I wanted to throttle Jax for letting her down so badly. When Calla rightly got upset, he couldn’t understand it and threw her inexperience back in her face. I didn’t like that aspect to his behavior, and it felt out of character for him. He did that a few times when she got upset, and it was insulting to her intelligence. Just because she’s inexperienced doesn’t mean he has a right to belittle her feelings. I felt he was way out of line.

But he redeemed himself in the last few scenes, where he told her how he felt in front of her friends. Epic. “I fell for you before you even knew my name” he says at one point and I almost cried.

The story is evenly paced, and another classic JLA page-turner. Tons of swoon-worthy romance, witty dialogue and there’s plenty of the hot’n’heavy stuff too. Superbly written as usual. Highly Recommended.

Review: Know Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez

Know Your HeartTitle: Know Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Far North #2
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance

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Blurb:
He is the one she couldn’t remember. She is the one he couldn’t forget…

After being unexpectedly kicked off a movie set, her part given to a younger actress, Savannah Payne flees to her holiday house in Bounty Bay. There, in her little hideaway managed for her by her older cousin, she’ll be able to lick her wounds privately, and prepare for an audition of a lifetime in L.A. Only her cousin has rented the place out to an old friend for the next month. A friend whose knowledge of the law means she has no easy way to evict her stop-the-heart sexy tenant. He tempts her, challenges her, and sees to the heart of who she is with knowing ice-blue eyes.

Glen Cooper has woken up and smelled the decaying roses. Working in his father’s law firm is murder on his creative heart. A month in New Zealand’s sub-tropical Far North without the distraction of family and work is what he needs to finally complete writing the book he’s worked on for years. He hadn’t anticipated the woman who’d haunted his university days arriving on his doorstep, demanding her house back. But the distraction of her close by must stop. With a literary agent’s deadline approaching, he has to ignore his growing attraction to Savannah or his dream may never become a reality.

Something about Glen stirs Savannah’s blood and the slippery memories of a quiet young man she glimpsed in the background of her tumultuous teenage years begin to return. But how can they make the sacrifice love requires when she has one foot out the door—ready to walk away from him a second time?

My Review:
Know Your Heart is another amazing read from Tracey Alvarez and I’m happy to bring you my review today as it’s the official publication date. Happy Release Day Tracey 🙂

This book really appealed to my creative side as both leads are involved in the arts.

Savannah Payne is an accomplished actress who is going through a bit of a rough patch. Having lost a coveted part in favour of a younger model, she decides to lick her wounds at her newly-acquired holiday home in Bounty Bay. It’s only when she arrives that she remembers her cousin Nate has already rented the place to one of his old college buddies.

Glen Cooper was pushed into the family law practice though it’s not what his heart craves. At this point he is fed up with his life. A literary agent has expressed interest in a work of fiction he’s been penning for a few years so he takes time out of the rat race to focus on completing the book, in the hopes of pursuing his dream as a full-time writer. Now, I can totally empathise because I recently made a similar decision myself, so I was intrigued to read this story.

Glen is an obnoxious ass at the start and I really didn’t like his attitude towards his landlady. I was totally Team Sav. But as the story unfolds we learn there is history between the two, although Sav doesn’t actually remember. I quickly got on board the Team Glav train, and by the midway point I was rooting for them as a couple.

The addition of Glen’s teenage nephew Tom added depth to the story and how both mains related to him was heart-warming. Tom is dealing with self-confidence issues in part due to a fragile relationship with his father and the consequence of his parents recent separation. I enjoyed his character enormously.

We also catch glimpses of Lauren, Nate and Drew who featured in the first Far North series and I love when series do this. It’s always great to catch up with other familiar characters.

As is typical of Tracey’s writing style, both main characters are complex, with their fair share of flaws, though they experience personal growth as the story develops. Beautifully crafted. Fantastic dialog between them as well, with plenty of humour, and a healthy dose of romantic moments.

There is absolutely nothing I can fault in this book. I loved all of it – the writing, world building, characterisation, plot and pacing.

In summary: Another captivating read from the very talented Tracey Alvarez.

This review will feature on my blog on release day. http://myyanabookobsession.com

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Review Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OppositionTitle: Opposition
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Series: Lux #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review:
An epic ending for an epic series.
This book had so many awesome twists and turns and it was action-packed and fast paced from the get-go.
Katy and Daemon have been separated at the start of the novel, but the love he feels for Katy is so strong that it overcomes the natural pull of his own race and they find a way back to each other.
A united team, they are stronger as a couple than as individuals and in Opposition we really see how far they have grown and matured. The compelling, witty banter still exists, but they are both secure in their relationship and each other. It’s a joy to read.
Forced to form a tentative bond with their sworn enemies, they don’t only fight for their own future, but for the future of mankind.
The ending is perfect, though bittersweet. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Katy and Daemon yet, and just like when I finished the Covenent Series, I’m almost heartbroken.
Another incredible series from Jennifer L. Armetrout, and I loved it.
Highly Recommended.

Review Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OriginTitle: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Review:
Holy alien babies, this book is explosive!
The lengths the DOD will go to are finally revealed in Origin, and it all starts to make sense. We learn more about Luc, and Blake’s true nature is out in the open. JLA, you’re right – Karma is a tool.
Daemon will burn the world down to get Katy back and don’t we just know it. Always thinking of others, always the protector, he goes charging into the thick of it to save Katy. Daring, brave, stupid, it’s complete Daemon as we’ve come to know and love him.
Archer reminds me a little of Leon/Apollo from the Covenent Series, but I adored him and look forward to seeing how his character develops.
Vegas, oh wow, Vegas tears the whole world apart in so many different ways. I’m not going to spoil it, but those scenes are insane.
I was heart-broken at the ending, and praying all wasn’t as it seemed.
I tore through this book in hours, unable to put it down. I know I’ve been fan-girling all over the place about Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I seriously love her writing style and I’m in awe of her creative genius. I hope some movie production company is optioning her work, as both the Covenent and Lux series would make epic movies and I’d die to see them on the big screen.
Superb. Highly Recommended.

Review: The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The ReturnTitle: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: New Adult Paranormal
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Blurb:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

My Review:

Yesterday I helped reveal the cover for The Power, Book 2 in the Titan Series, so I felt it was fitting to post my review of The Return today.

I was on a countdown for this book and I often find where I’m anxiously anticipating something it doesn’t live up to my expectation. Thankfully, in the case of The Return, it did.

I loved how JLA wrapped up Sentinel for Alex & Aiden, but was heartsick for Seth, so this book was the perfect remedy.

Seth has undoubtedly been affected by the choices he has made over the course of the last couple of years. The burden weighs heavy on his shoulders. Enter Josie, daughter of Apollo, and things start to get interesting. She shares some physical and personality traits with Alex and Seth is floored at the start. However, as they get to know one another he begins to develop feelings for her, in a way he has never felt before. Seth continues to harbor horrific guilt over Alex, so much so that he often finds it difficult to even say her name. I really felt for the guy.

One of the reasons why I loved the Covenent series so much was Jennifer’s ability to seamlessly blend action, adventure, and romance. The Return was a little light on the action in the first half, and I would have liked a little more. That said, it didn’t dent my enjoyment.

I loved the fact that Deacon, Luke, Apollo and Marcus all feature in this book. It was so great to catch up with some of my favorite characters.

The writing, as usual, is sublime. 

An excellent read – for fans of the Covenent series, or as a standalone series. My only problem now is this: I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!

Review Be With Me (Wait for Me #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Be with MeTitle: Be With Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for Me #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

My Review:
I really enjoyed Wait for You and Trust in Me, and even though I knew Be with Me wasn’t a story centered on Cam and Avery I was eager to read it. I’ve been fan-girling about JLA for the last few months, so it pains me to write this review because I was very frustrated with this book.

I’ll talk about what I liked first. The writing as ever is superb. I loved that we got to see Cam and Avery some more and those scenes lifted the story for me. We were introduced to Calla and I like her, which is good considering I know the next book is a story about her life. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like a series that didn’t center on the same main character all the time, but I have to admit that I’m loving that aspect of it now. Not only do we get to see other characters, we’re still kept connected with the original characters, so bonus points for that.

I liked Teresa/Tess as an MC, though I wanted to slap her on many occasions for being such a bloody doormat. Now I can understand it to a point given her past, but the amount of times Jase kicks her to the kerb,and she willingly takes him back was ridiculous.

Onto Jase. I quite liked the sound of him in Wait for You but I hated him in this book. He’s a total douche for the way he treats Tess, blowing hot and cold on a near daily basis! I get that he has issues, but that’s no excuse for the way he treats a girl that he professes to care about. Quite literally, he made me want to hurl. He also seemed so arrogant about his looks and his ability to attract women who he never even kisses – oh please, give me a break. Though to be honest it’s what they say about hookers, and if the shoe fits…..

The scene where they finally got together properly made my blood boil. I actually felt like throwing the book at the wall, but I persevered, the whole time thinking WTF? in my head. I don’t want to give too much away, but he’s dumped Tess again, she has a near-death experience and then he’s all up in her and she lets him!! Previously he is all like ” it has to be the right time to do it” and now he couldn’t care less about that. Uugghh.

I felt this plot was very weak. I predicted everything that happened, and I mean everything. So there were no surprises to add to the anticipation.

Overall I was disappointed with this book, but because I absolutely adore Jennifer I’m giving it three stars. I won’t be rereading this one.

Review Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OpalTitle: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

My Review:
The ante has really been upped in Opal, and the action is fast paced and super-intense. It’s great to finally see Daemon and Katy together, but all those interruptions when they try to hook up?!! Aahh, finger-nail biting stuff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – JLA writes romantic suspense like no other, incredible,agonizing,edge-of-the-seat stuff.
We get to meet Dawson in Opal and he’s a changed man; broken and a shadow of his former self. He’s devastated that Bethany is still in the evil clutches of the DOD, and he wants to lead an immediate charge, but Daemon and Katy persuade him to stay his hand. Tad bit unbelievable, because you just know if the tables were reversed, and it was Katy who was lost to Daemon that hell on earth wouldn’t stop him from going after her. I would’ve liked to have understood Dawson a little more, but we really only catch glimpses of him.
Dee and Katy’s friendship is challenged beyond all limits in Opal and it’s heartbreaking, though completely believable.
Daemon is still a snarky,jerk at times but he’s so romantic and so protective of Katy, that you just can’t help loving him. I want me some Daemon Black please.
That cliff-hangar ending. OMG. I was just grateful that I’d waited till now to read this series so I could delve straight in. Otherwise I would literally have been tearing my hair out.
In summary, another gripping read from the writing powerhouse that is Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Review Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OnyxTitle: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

My Review:
Another fast-paced addictive read from JLA. I hadn’t totally connected with the characters in Obsidian, but got totally hooked in Onyx. Daemon is easier to like in this book, and you start to get a glimpse of his real personality. I completely distrusted Blake from the start, and was screaming at Katy to back away. I was disappointed in her, that she choose to believe him over Daemon, and though I understood her logic at the start, I felt it dragged on far too long. Katy felt the pull between them was only down to the connection, and that was reminiscent of Alex’s view that her attraction to Seth was all down to the Apollyon connection. (Covenent Series)
The suspense is really cranked up in Onyx, particularly in the second part of the book and I had a hard time putting it down.
JLA writes romantic suspense so well, and I was literally tearing my hair out at times, but in a good way.
A brilliant read, worth checking out.

P.S Does anyone else think that the guy on the front cover so does not do Daemon Black justice? DB in my head is way, way hotter. Don’t get me wrong, the model is fit, but doesn’t quite match up to the description of DB, in my opinion.

Review Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Trust in MeTitle: Trust in Me
Author: Jennifer Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for You #1.5
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU, this is the story of Cam and Avery’s sizzling romance as you’ve never seen it before, told exclusively from Cam’s perspective…

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up – he can’t get this feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. What will it take to help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

My Review:
This is Wait For You from Cam’s perspective, and I loved it. He’s even more sweet and endearing, if that’s possible. It never felt boring, even though we’re reliving some of the same events. We also get a few new scenes which weren’t in Wait For You.

I didn’t like that Cam calls Avery ‘sweetheart’ publicly and I don’t like that he calls her ‘Shortcake’ in private, after Strawberry Shortcake. That’s just insulting, and again, doesn’t feel natural for Cam to say this in my opinion.

All in all I loved it though. Another fantastic read from writing powerhouse JLA.

Review: Hide your Heart (Far North #1) by Tracey Alvarez

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Title: Hide Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Far North
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance
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Blurb:
Love will bring them together. Distrust will tear them apart…

Alexandra Lauren Knight has reinvented herself in the safety of her rural New Zealand hometown to become Lauren Taylor. She’s cut all ties with her past as a former model whose ex-husband turned out to be ruthless in both the boardroom and the bedroom. While Alexandra allowed other’s expectations to propel her into the spotlight, Lauren prefers the safety of anonymity; restoring classic cars with her brother, and snuggling with her four-year-old son.

Nate Fraser, a burned-out photojournalist, plans to fix up the property next door to Lauren and sell it as a celebrity retreat. Always on the move, Nate is only comfortable with short-term assignments and even shorter-term relationships. But it’s not just his buyer’s tight deadline or that the restoration is far beyond his expertise which turns a short-term project into an ordeal. Nate’s plan of travelling the globe is in jeopardy—created by the intensity of his growing feelings for Lauren and her little boy.

As the sparks of passion ignite between them it reawakens Nate’s long forgotten dream of having a home and family. Lauren must find a way to trust Nate not only with her secrets, but with her heart—before her safe haven is exposed and she can no longer hide in the shadows.

My Review:

This is book one in Tracey’s new Far North series and as a massive fan of her Due South series I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

Hide Your Heart tells the story of Lauren and Nate. Lauren is an ex-model hiding from a troubled, dark past. She will do everything to protect her young son Drew, including ignoring her growing attraction to hot newcomer Nate.

Nate is a photojournalist who has purchased the nearby house as an investment. Taking time out from his busy career, he plans on fixing up the house and selling it to a developer who intends to use it as a celebrity retreat.

Lauren, naturally, isn’t happy about his plans as she is desperately trying to shield herself and her son from that world. As their paths intertwine, she finds it harder and harder to deny her feelings for him. The attraction is mutual and Nate is also trying to avoid giving into his heart. Nate’s plan for the future is to travel the world taking photos and he has never entertained notions of tying himself down. Until Lauren.

As the story progresses both Lauren and Nate are on a journey of self-discovery. Learning to trust in themselves and each other is a challenge they embark on together.

This book is written in Tracey’s usual enthralling style and the words flow beautifully on the page. The setting is again a small rural community but it’s evocative and visual and I found myself wishing I lived there. Sigh  🙂 The characters are complex and well written and I was definitely rooting for Lauren the whole way through. Her son Drew is an adorable character and so desperately in need of a father-figure. I was hoping that Nate wouldn’t let him down.

The only slight issue I had with this book was I felt the pacing was a little slow in the first third. However, thereafter I was drawn in and it galloped along at a great pace.

If you are a fan of Tracey Alvarez’ Due South series, or you like well-written contemporary adult romance, then I highly recommend this book.