Book Review: Bound To Danger by Katie Reus

Bound to Danger - A Review

Title: Bound To Danger
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

A strong, intense plot, Bound To Danger is a romantic action novel just the way I like it. Big action scenes, coupled with a steamy attraction between the two main characters, made this novel an enjoyable, intense read. Maria, the heroine of the story, was a refreshing character, who’s reaction did not seem forced, but flowed naturally, no matter what the situation she found herself in. Cade, her hero, a trained operative, a well crafted alpha male character with a tender and caring side, was balanced by the Author just right, without loosing his credibility as a strong warrior, protective of the woman he loves.
This is my first experience with this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Fierce and romantic, action packed, and steamy, this romantic suspense novel, is just the right thing for a hot summer night. I am looking forward to reading more from Katie Reus.
This book can be read as a stand alone novel, but I am surely going to pick up the first book in the series, and will read the next one.

(Copy of book provided by Netgalley – thank you)

Here is a list of what other book reviewers are reading this week:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Moss

On The Fence by Kasie West

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Rescue Me – A Flash Fiction Love Story

Rescue Me - A Flash Fiction Love Story

His eyes.
It had been his eyes, I had fallen in love with. A mixture of endless blue, with a hint of sadness, that made me want to reach out to him, heal whatever scars he had lived in his relatively short live.
I held my breath, every time I saw him, hoping, wishing and longing for that, what was not supposed to be. After all, I was his boss, he worked for me.
But the quietness of his gentle being had broken something free in me, a boldness that surprised me. I had to take a chance. the hell with the consequences.
I broke all of the rules, and broke through his shell, with every moment we spent together, one  brick of the thick wall he had built, to keep everyone out, at a disappeared, until he stood in front of me, raw, open, vulnerable, but the strongest man I had ever known.
His passion and boldness came as a surprise, a welcome one, the sadness in those blue eyes changing to a loving confidence, as he became for me, what I thought I would be for him.
A healer from past scars, my shelter, my rock.
Rescuing me.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

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http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/stuck/

Loving Mother

Loving Mother

kindness
benevolent love
protectress of those in your care
tenderness and ultimate
compassion

This poem was inspired by my connection to the Mother Goddess, in her form of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion. The poem is written in the form of cinquain.

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http://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/whats-your-angle/

http://www.cherdoontheflipside.com/2014/07/friday-whyday-once-again.html

 

 

 

Have a blessed day!

Gratitude Summer Edition

Gratitude - Summer Edition

Where ever you go, go with all your heart – Confucius

Gratitude is one way to be present wherever you are, and while I try to live in Gratitude, I do fall short of that goal to be present within it more often than I would like. So every once in a while I post here, what I am grateful for. Maybe you can join me, and all of the other wonderful people of this blog hop, and feel inspired to live a little more in gratitude.

Celebrate The Small Things - Summer Edition

I am grateful for the many books I have been reading over the last few weeks. Most of them have been absolute gems, and I am so grateful for the time I have been able to spent reading them. And sharing them with you all.

I am grateful that the rains have stopped. We had a very wet summer this far, and while it is wonderful that we on this side of the country do not suffer the drought that California has to deal with, there is a point where it gets too much. Finally, the weather has settled back into its normal rhythm here. I am grateful for that.

I am grateful for ranch dressing. Call me weird, but ranch dressing is that little something that makes me enjoy more raw veggies. And we all should eat a lot of veggies. A little dab of ranch and a pile of vegetables and I am happy camper. I am easy to please.

I am grateful for music. I usually start my day listening to my favorite musicians, more often than not 30 Seconds To Mars. There is something about music that can inspire, get you moving, motivate, and dare the impossible. Great music and a cup of coffee, a perfect way to start the day. Oh, and of course a slice of cake.

Now it is your turn? What are you grateful for?

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http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/the-odd-trio/
http://wriculent.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/odd-trio-redux/
http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/2014/08/celebrate-small-things-august-1-2014.html

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Once Perfect – A Book Review

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Title: Once Perfect
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publishing Date: October 7th 2014
Rating: 2/5 Stars

“Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.”

While the premise of the book is quite promising, and I was looking forward to a steamy romance, I was instead confronted with a main character I could not connect with. Considering that the book is written in first person, a connection to the character from which viewpoint is written, is essential. That was not the case here. A flat story line with predictable circumstances added to my frustration. I would not recommend this book. The only reason I am not given it 1 Star is because I have read too many romance novels who try to copy the style of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Author did not do that, and attempted to find her own voice. That is commendable.