Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Review: Gunner

Gunner Gunner by H.J. Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Trainwreck




Title: Trainwreck
Series: Soulless Kings MC #6
Author: Andi Rhodes
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2022


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Trainwreck…

I don’t like to talk about my past or my family’s history. It’s depressing and an unwelcome reminder of the monsters who walk among us, but the people responsible for my family’s destruction keep popping back up.

I’m now in a position to do something about it. I have the Soulless Kings MC at my side and, like me, they won’t simply roll over and ignore what’s happening. When my sister returned, I vowed to take down anyone connected to her disappearance, and I’m making progress. But, like a cockroach, more keep crawling out of the woodwork and forcing me to remain entrenched in their filth. That’s why, when the sister of one of our own comes up missing, I take it upon myself to save her or die trying.

Sylvia…

I grew up in the Black Savages MC, but it was my sister who was treated like their princess. I wish I could say I wasn’t jealous, but the fact of the matter is, I was. And then all hell broke loose. Right was left and left was right… nothing made sense. My sister married into another MC and I was left alone to pick up the pieces.

I tried like hell to do just that and while I found some sense of normalcy, the pieces never quite fit. One tragedy after another follows me, knocks me on my ass until I simply can’t stand back up without help. And when he shows up to play savior, I have no choice but to trust he can get the job done. I also don’t seem to have a choice when my heart decides to jump into the mix and confuse everything.








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I stop pacing in front of the couch and lock eyes with him. “Can I ask you something?”
“You can ask me anything.”
Crossing my arms over my chest, I begin to tap my foot, needing to expel energy somehow.
“Why did you offer to let me ride with you to Arkansas?”
Trainwreck shoots up from the couch and closes the distance between us, his own anger flaring.
“Seriously?” he asks incredulously. “That is what this is about?”
I nod sharply and he narrows his eyes.
“Because it’s the right thing to do,” he says with conviction. “Because it’s a long fucking ride, even split over three days, and that’s hard on anyone. Because we’re going to take out one of the evilest cults there is, and who knows what will happen on our way. Because…” He pauses and takes a deep breath before expelling it. “Just because.”
What he says makes sense, and they’re all good reasons, yet…
“But I’m not your ol’ lady, or even your girlfriend.” I shake my head in disbelief. “I’m just some chick you rescued from a psycho.”
“Why does this bother you so much?” he counters. “Can’t I just be a guy who’s trying to do something nice for you?”
“No!” I shout. “Nice guys don’t exist. Horny guys do, stupid guys, assholes, pricks, only-want-one-thing guys.” I shake my head. “But nice guys? I have yet to meet one.”
“Jesus, you have a warped view of the world.”
“And how do you not with everything you’ve seen or with what happened to Trinity?”
Oh trust me, I do,” Trainwreck tells me. “But I don’t let it stop me from living.” He takes a step closer to me. “If my offer pisses you off this much, I rescind it.”
My stomach bottoms out. Huh. I thought that’s what I wanted, but now that he’s said the words, I realize it isn’t even remotely close.
“Sylvia, I told you before, I’m always going to do what I think is right. And again, I’m sorry if I upset you, but I can’t help who I am.”
My face falls, and heat creeps into my cheeks. I rub my temples, trying to rid myself of a forming migraine.
“Shit,” I mumble and stare at the floor. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to go off on you. Bad habit I guess.”
“Sylvia, look at me.”
I try to look at him but can’t bring myself to do it. Trainwreck lifts my chin with two fingers. My eyes dart away, trying to focus on anything other than him.
“Sylvia.” His tone holds a hint of warning, or maybe it’s promise. “Please look at me.”
Finally, my eyes land on his face and he smiles.
“Is it so hard to believe I’m nice?” he asks as he shifts his hand from my chin to cup my cheek.
I nod, my mouth suddenly filled with cotton.
“I suppose you’re right, to a degree,” Trainwreck admits. “I’m not your typical nice guy. I do bad things and enjoy every second of it. I have a dark side.” He nods toward his bedroom. “An obsessive side. I can’t rest until my target is taken down.” He rubs his thumb over my cheek, and I lean into his touch. “But I would never treat you like anything but the amazing woman you are. I am nothing but a nice guy where you’re concerned.”
I pull away from him to avoid leaning closer. “You don’t even know me.”
Trainwreck drops his arm and shoves his hands in his pockets. “I know you’re sexy as hell regardless of if you’re in sweats, a fancy dress, or jeans and a hoodie. I know you’re smart and strong and more than capable of taking care of yourself. I know you don’t let much get you down. You’ve got this quality that some might call bitchy, but not me. It reminds me that you have a backbone and don’t need me. Which is good because if I’m ever going to take a chance on a chick, she’s gotta be able to stand on her own two feet. I don’t want someone who is only with me because she needs me. I want her to be with me because she wants me.”



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Andi Rhodes is an author whose passion is creating romance from chaos in all her books! She writes MC (motorcycle club) romance with a generous helping of suspense and doesn’t shy away from the more difficult topics. Her books can be triggering for some so consider yourself warned. Andi also ensures each book ends with the couple getting their HEA! Most importantly, Andi is living her real life HEA with her husband and their boxers.

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Something Right




Title: Something Right
Series: The Blisswood Brothers #1
Author: E.H. Lyon
Genre: Contemporary Small-town Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2022


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It wasn’t in my plan to take care of my teenage sister, but with our parents now gone, I move back to the town I left 12 years ago to do just that. My sister is full of attitude and doesn’t miss the opportunity to remind me that I’ve traded off my corporate office for small-town antics or that Brooke Rivers, of all women, is living next door with an adorable three-year-old kid who may just wrap me around her finger—the kid, I mean… okay, the mom too.

But it’s complicated.

It involves a weekend way back, in a bed Brooke and I never left—the memory of me hurting her, and the moment Brooke got her chance to hurt me too. In her head, she’s built a giant wall between us. In my mind, I’m determined to tear it down. And as luck would have it, I need her cookies for the high school bake sale, and she needs my skills at putting together her daughter’s new playhouse. Soon we are exchanging favors, and even better, our clothes are ending up on the floor in the process.

But she’s adamant that there is too much at stake for us. And when a twist of fate hits us, unexpectedly revealing a secret, I’m beginning to think that she may be right, or just maybe what she and I have may finally be something right…







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My sister comes to my side to pick up a sponge, which surprises me. Normally, I need to ask her three times to help clean up the kitchen.
But the moment she opens her mouth, I realize it’s too good to be true.
“Brooke and Rosie come back today from visiting her grandparents,” she reminds me, and she flashes her eyes at me.
Just the sound of her name causes a thrum somewhere within me.
“And?”
“You can’t avoid her forever.”
I shake my head to myself. “I’m not avoiding her, she just happened to be away since I moved back.”
My upper lip twitches from the thought of seeing Brooke again. Back in high school, she was the cheerleader every guy wanted. I was the lucky one to call her mine. Christ, she could bend like no other too. Being with her was a dream… until we imploded.
“Don’t screw it up. Brooke is really cool. She lets me babysit Rosie, and I need Brooke happy so she can teach me her pasta recipe since I can’t keep eating pizza.”
“You don’t know anything about it, Lucy,” I state, as I’m not sure what Lucy would understand about my romantic history.
“Please,” she sneers. “Your homecoming king and queen photo hits my eye sockets every day on entering the school. I know you two had a thing.”
A thing is an understatement.
First love, inseparable days, unrealistic plans of a future that were too good to be true. Her caramel-brown hair wrapped around my hands and her blue eyes bright with love for me.
A thing doesn’t even cover the surface.
“Doesn’t matter.” I hear the somber in my tone.
It’s been four years since I last saw her, in the only way we know; her under me with her eyes piercing me, asking me for something more. Again in our twenties, we reconnected for an instant and acted like two insatiable people clueless to the impossibility of a future.
“Well, figure it out, because her car just pulled up and we have a casserole dish to return. I’m not doing it, so you have fun with that situation.” The satisfied look my sister gives me tells me she’s enjoying this.
Looking out the window to the driveway next door, I see the small blue SUV park, and I know my time has come.
But that’s the thing—I’m ready, or at least I think I am.
Because Brooke Rivers is the only woman who I would want to make squirm again. Who, despite the way last time went down—and hell, that was a rollercoaster of crazy—I still can’t keep her out of my mind.
And if there is anything about my new way of life that I can’t try to avoid, it’s the complication of running into my ex, because it’s just impossible to avoid one another in this town.
“Don’t do anything I would do,” I say as I move to leave and see that Lucy has conveniently grabbed the dish for me while I was thinking about the hundred ways this all could go.
“Me? I’m perfectly behaved.” Her sentence is dripping with sarcasm as she holds up the glass oven dish.
I gently pull her ponytail before taking the dish.
Heading out through the garage, I’m thankful that my dark long-sleeve shirt and jeans are the right outfit for running into your ex. As my feet begin to walk in the direction of her driveway, my adrenaline spikes, because her silhouette alone does something to me.
Her sunglasses are on top of her head, her hair down well past her shoulders in natural waves. Her jeans are a perfect fit, showing me the curve of her ass that I want to squeeze, and an olive-green sweater that brings out the blue in her eyes, with her lashes fluttering.
My worst fear.
She gets more fucking beautiful as time passes. Her glow is different from when we last saw one another, only better, more gentle, pure radiance.
Our eyes meet, her pink lips part, and her breath cuts as she stops in her tracks.
God, I hope her mouth curves up into a smile.
“You knew this was coming.” I have to offer her a gentle grin.
Her face is frozen, but inside I’m screaming, Smile for me, you know you want to.
“Grayson…” she begins, but the squeal of a tiny human in the car breaks our locked gaze.
A reminder that we are two very different people now.
That pinch in my stomach reminds me that she’s a mom, and I’m the guy who broke her heart over reasons that are no longer valid.
“You really want to do this reunion now?” She breathes out, and I hear half-amusement, half-annoyance in her tone.
“Yeah. Yeah, I do.”






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Complication




Title: Complication
Series: Rock Stars & Romance #6
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2022


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Roscoe Perry is perfectly content with his life as it is. Living the life of a rock star, he’s got everything he could ever want: friends, family, music, women, and freedom. In the middle of a tour, Roscoe makes a quick trip home for his sister’s wedding.

Sienna Baxter has had a crush on Roscoe since she was fourteen, but he was five years older than her, and she wasn’t even a blip on his radar. While it’s been years since she’s seen Roscoe in person, Sienna has followed his career. And one look at the man can still send her heart racing.

So, when Roscoe approaches her at the wedding and turns on the charm, Sienna fails to resist him.

It was supposed to be a night of fun before Roscoe heads out to finish the final leg of the tour with his band. But when he returns, there’s one unexpected complication.

One that threatens the life he’s grown to love.





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A.K. Evans is a contemporary romance author of over twenty published novels. While she enjoys writing a good romantic suspense novel, Andrea’s favorite books to write have been her extreme sports romances. That might have something to do with the fact that she, along with her husband and two sons, can’t get enough of extreme sports. 

Before becoming a writer, Andrea did a brief stint in the insurance and financial services industry and managed her husband’s performance automotive business. That love of extreme sports? She used to drive race cars! 

When Andrea isn’t writing, she can be found homeschooling her two sons, doing yoga, snowboarding, reading, or traveling with her family. She and her husband are currently taking road trips throughout the country to visit all 50 states with their boys.


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Black Heart




Title: Black Heart
Series: Black's Bandits #5
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 25, 2022


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He’s untouchable. Unbreakable. She plans to destroy him.

Former CIA agent Ian Black has done terrible deeds. Sacrificed his honor and reputation for God and country. He’s a fighter and a survivor. His mission is to rid the world of scumbags who prey on innocent people.

No price is too high, and no one crosses him. Not for long, anyway.

But then Natasha Oliver walks in, threatening to expose the one thing Ian thought dead and buried: his heart.

Natasha’s innocence was ripped away years ago when she was thrown into prison for crimes her parents committed. Now, as the assassin Calypso, she intends to hunt down those responsible for what happened to her.

Including Ian Black. Getting involved with him is madness, but she made a vow - and she will do whatever it takes to keep it.

Until she discovers that the line between hate and love often stands on a razor’s edge...

**Start reading the Black’s Bandits Series today and enjoy an action-packed, seriously romantic and steamy-good-fun military romantic suspense. Each book can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers or cheating and a guaranteed happily-ever-after ending!







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He dropped the bag on the end of the bed and strolled into the bathroom. Steam curled up from the tub. Natasha leaned back against the rim, eyes closed. She’d found bubble bath—probably the housekeeper’s doing—and her body was hidden from view. All he could see were her collarbones above the bubbles. Her eyes opened slowly, languidly. Ian perched on the edge of the tub. She arched an eyebrow.
“You think because we slept together once there are no boundaries?” she asked him coolly.
Her tone pleased him, mostly because it meant she was feeling normal again. He’d wondered about her when she’d turned green a few minutes ago. He’d thought she might puke on his shoes for a second, but now she looked perfectly healthy. Perfectly, sarcastically, Natasha.
He put a finger in the water and trailed it through the bubbles before blowing them off his hand. “I’ve seen the goods, angel. You ever hear that saying about toothpaste?”
She blinked. “What saying?”
“You can’t put it back in the tube.”
She snorted and closed her eyes again, clearly not bothered by his presence. “Which means now you get to walk in on me naked whenever you please?”
“So long as you’re in my house, sure.”
“You’re a bad man, Ian Black.”






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Lynn Raye Harris is a Southern girl, military wife, wannabe cat lady, and horse lover. She's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM Ⓡ SERIES of military romances, and 20 books about sexy billionaires for Harlequin.

A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband, one fluffy princess of a cat, and a very spoiled American Saddlebred horse who enjoys bucking at random in order to keep Lynn on her toes.

Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling" - and have sold in excess of 4.5 million copies worldwide.

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