Aug 23, 2016

With Every Breath by Maya Banks Review

With Every Breath
Slow Burn #4
By: Maya Banks
Releasing August 23, 2016 

A mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.

#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with this fourth book—a mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.

Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she’d nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest, shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza's only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.

Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules, a law unto himself who answers to no one. He’s never professed to be a good man, and he’s definitely not hero material. Wade never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control. He took a bullet for her and the result was more than a piece of metal entrenched in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did rid himself of the woman with the courage of a warrior and who thinks nothing of putting her life before others.

But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the fool woman has never been afraid of anything. And when she tries to run, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished fa├žade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn't going to play the protector. She was damn well going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.

Eliza Cummings is the hard core Alpha women of DSS (Devereaux Security Services), Eliza has fought hard for her well deserved position in the company as Dane's partner. But when the evil man, whom used mind control to use Eliza as a pawn and a cover, while he torched and murdered other women, is released from jail,
Eliza knows that she cannot allow him to live, but also doesn't want to get anyone in her life caught up in her mess, so she says nothing to know one, even when Wade Sterling gets in her face about trying to get out of attending their friends art exhibit, Eliza doesn't crack, even though he is the one person she has feeling for…its just a shame he hates her.

Wade Sterling is obsessed with Eliza Cummings, but she just brushes him off, even after taking a bullet for he. But Wade is alarmed when Dane asks him to check on her before her impromptu "vacation", and finds her packing a huge arsenal. But she refuses to tell him what is going on, and Wade is shocked to see fear in Eliza's eyes!  And despite her pleading and head start, Wade goes after Eliza. After all he is not going to allow Eliza to give up, even if she doesn't feel like she deserves to live, after what she has done.

WOW! Maya Banks continually blows me away with this Slow Burn series! And even though it is a romantic suspense based book, I absolutely love the psychic abilities angle to these books; The author manages to write it in such a way that these psychic phenomenon is acceptable.

If you have read any of the other Slow Burn books before, you would have met both Eliza and Wade's characters. Now when it came to Eliza, I would never have thought that she would have had such a devastating past; but it doesn't surprise me that she is determined to protect her friends! Wade's character was a bit of a mystery, but you can tell he honestly cares and wants to protect Eliza and for that, you can't help but love him. Now don't worry, you also get an update on all of the other DSS couples, even though they don't feature as heavily in this book.

The writing is detailed, clean, smooth and everything I have come to expect from Maya Banks. The plot is well thought out and detailed and I think the author has managed to capture the true human nature of the public, with how they treat Eliza's character, even though she was just a teenager when this happened to her.

Once again Maya Banks has truly blown me away with the whole Slow Burn series, but especially with With Every Breath! And I hope that this series never ends.

I give With Every Breath 5 stars!

“Baby,” he whispered, watching as her eyes became cloudy and then shiny with tears when he murmured the endearment. As though she mattered to him. Didn’t she understand she was the most important thing in the world to him? No, she didn’t. Not yet. But she would. “Lay your burden down. It’s time to let someone carry it for you.”
He’d said it before but this time it seemed to really register with her and hit home. For a brief moment there was a spark of hope and so much yearning in her eyes that he automatically squeezed her tighter in his arms.
She wanted to lean on him. He’d seen that in her eyes right before defeat registered and with it her loss of hope. She truly believed that no one could help her, even if she wanted it. How to make her believe in him? How to make her believe that there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her, to alleviate the pain and guilt in her eyes, to permanently remove those bruising shadows?

Maya Banks is a multiple #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen!

Hero of Mine by Codi Gary Review

Hero of Mine
Men in Uniform #
By: Codi Gary
Avon Romance

The men of Alpha Dog, a second chance program for at-risk teens, work hard and play hard. And when it comes to protecting the women they love . . . nothing stands in their way.

Danielle Hill used to live on the wild side, until a surprise pregnancy forced her to get her act together. Now her whole life revolves around her young son, and she will do anything to keep Noah’s heart protected, even if it means avoiding the Marine who makes her want to be oh so bad . . .

Tyler Best loves his family, his friends, and his life, and he plans on living it to the fullest after nearly losing it. But Tyler didn’t bank on running into a beautiful blond with blazing green eyes and temper to match his. Tyler always thought he wasn’t ready to settle down, but Dani and Noah make him rethink his playboy ways . . .

Only just as these two start to build something, a shadow from Dani’s past comes back to haunt them. But Tyler will do anything to keep her and Noah safe . . . anything.

Tyler Best is many thing; Marine, Dog trainer for the Alpha Dogs program and a player! He doesn't think he is ready to commit to more than a one night stand, but when he met Danielle Hill at the dog shelter, he was drawn to her, even if it did go against his list of hook up no's! No Single Mom's.

Danielle's whole life revolves around her son Noah and he work at the dog shelter. But when Tyler rescued Fugly (aka Duke), from being put down by the assistant vet, Tyler turned from more than just a playboy; but Danielle doesn't trust her own judgement.

Despite both of Danielle's and Tyler's misgivings about a relationship, that is exactly what happens…until Danielle's past comes back to haunt her and nearly destroyed everything.

Codi Gary is one of those authors whose writing I find magical! Seriously, I think I fall in love with everyone of her leading men; her writing just finds a way to wiggle into your head and captures your heart, and I for one LOVE IT!

Now when it comes to Tyler, he is so much more than a player, he is still devastated over the loss of his dog Rex; but doesn't stop his determination in getting all the juveniles through the Alpha dog program and out of trouble. Tyler's dedication to Noah is just like his (step) Dad Gareth's dedication to Tyler when he was a child! It really is a wonderful thing to see. Now not to be out done, Danielle's character is spunky, feisty and you can't help but love her.

This book is awesome and as a women, whom grew up with a stepdad, you never really realize just how much your step-parents do for you, but this book really did strike a nerve with me and I think that what really amazing books do, So I thank the author for that!

I give Hero of Mine 5 stars!

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.