Deadly Intentions (Hardy Brothers Security #1) by Lily Harper Hart

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Deadly Intentions is the first book in the Hardy Brothers Security series by author Lily Harper Hart.


Amazon Description: Are second chances worth the risk?
Is a childhood crush something that can ever be fully realized?
James Hardy has everything he has ever wanted in life. Almost. After years spent in the military, he has opened his own security business and employed both of his younger brothers in a world he not only embraces, but enjoys. He likes the adventure. He likes the excitement. He certainly isn’t looking for anything more — until she walks through his door and changes everything.
Mandy Avery has harbored a crush on James Hardy for as long as she can remember — and her memory stretches far. She goes to the Hardy brothers out of necessity, but as soon as she sees James she realizes that old feelings aren’t so easily shoved to the side.
James wants to keep her safe. No, he needs to keep her safe — even though he isn’t exactly sure why. Someone is trying to hurt her, and that’s not something he can tolerate. She’s grown into the type of woman he’s drawn to, though, despite his own rule that dating clients is forbidden.
Mandy wants to find out who is threatening her, but being around James is more than she can bear. Something in her very being is propelling her into his arms — even though she knows her heart is at risk with every kiss.
James eventually gives in — and immediately regrets his rash actions. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. He’s not willing to give her up — and he’s more than ready to die for her if that’s what it takes to keep her safe.
She’s unsure of their future, but Mandy can’t fight his pull. She’s lost — even before he’s ready for her to find him.
When things come to head, will James be able to save the only woman he’s ever really cared about? And will Mandy have enough faith to believe that what he’s offering is real?


James Hardy became a Marine right out of high school. He served a few years before leaving and starting a security company with his brothers Grady and Finn. One of the people that comes in for help is their little sister’s best friend, Mandy Avery. James hasn’t seen Mandy since he left.

Now she needs their help. She felt like she was being watched. And then someone tries to run her over twice in the courthouse parking lot. Someone broke into her home and went through papers in her office. Someone is out to get her. The police don’t believe her. They think she’s just making it up for attention.

James takes the case and gives her the “friends/family” discount, which is free. He starts crashing at her place to make sure she’s safe since her apartment is a break-in waiting to happen. When he sees the outline of someone standing on her patio during a rainstorm, he decides to move her into his place until the perp is caught.


I liked this book. Mandy is definitely my favorite character. She is sassy and real. She has no overt sense of the world owing her anything. She doesn’t want to be a bother to the brothers but does feel she’s in danger. Man, does she lay into James a few times and it is funny to read what she’s saying.

I read this book in a couple sittings. I wanted to read it straight through in one but alas, tiredness won out. There’s action, adventure and intrigue in this book. The person I suspected of everything is NOT who it ended up being and it really shocked me when I found out who it really was causing all the issues!

I like the author’s writing style. There were a couple small punctuation errors but other than that, her book was perfect in editing/grammar. Everyone who’s read my reviews before knows that editing/grammar/punctuation are a huge thing to me as a bad editor can lead your book downhill. That is not the case with this book and I was glad. I have several of the next books in the series and I can’t wait to sit down and read them as well.


Deadly Intentions Purchase Link

99 cents on Kindle

245 pages

Started: 11/25/16

Finished: 11/26/16

Purchased: 12/27/2014

Purchase Price: Free

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A Missing Heart by Shari J Ryan

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Amazon Description: I’ve made mistakes. Some of those mistakes have ruined lives, including my own.

Because of this, my past is something I have kept to myself, so when I found a woman who also wanted her past to remain hidden, it felt like the universe was pushing us together.

It turns out the universe had nothing to do with that.

If a person’s past doesn’t exist, the present may not unravel the way it should.

I found out the hard way, when I learned that my wife is not who I thought she was…living with a past I should know about. Her continuous self-destructive behaviors let me know she clearly has a plan—possibly one I never should have been a part of. I keep trying to save her, but she’s making it hard.

Now, both of our pasts have simultaneously rolled into the spotlight—colliding head-on, and causing the present to come crashing down on top of us.

I learned that since our pasts are part of who we are, they will always be the foundation of our present and our future.

The question I have is, will either of us walk away in one piece?

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AJ and Cammy/Cameron are teenagers. She ends up pregnant with AJ’s child and informs him hours before the birth that she’s giving the baby up for adoption but not by her own choice. Her parents are forcing her to give the baby up. AJ is in the room for the birth. He has no say in the adoption as his name was never listed on anything and Cammy always told everyone she didn’t know whom the father was. She admitted it in the birthing room, one their daughter was born but it was too late. AJ walks out, mad at the world. Cammy is asked by the adoptive parents to name her and she names her Everything, Ever for short. There is a reason she named her this but I’m not going to spoil that part. In order to find out this reason, you’ll just have to grab the book and read it. 🙂 I promise you it is worth the price and definitely worth the time reading this emotion wrenching book.

Things come full circle but there is a LOT of stuff that happens in the thirteen years that Cammy and AJ aren’t talking or friends until she just pops up out of the blue one day.

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A Missing Heart is AJ’s story. If you’ve read A Heart of Time then you’ve already met most of the characters that pop up in this book, except a few who are new. Just like A Heart of Time, A Missing Heart will slay your emotions. While reading this book I was laughing and crying, happy and sad and angry. Shari will put you through an emotional roller coaster with this book but what a wonderful roller coaster it is and definitely one that you should take a ride on.

I love Shari’s books. That’s no secret. She will kill you emotionally while reading a book before pulling all the pieces back together. Definitely give A Missing Heart and A Heart of Time a chance and read them. Read her other works if you love these books. I promise you’ll be addicted like I am!


99 cents on Kindle

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344 pages

Purchased: November 19, 2016

Started: November 19, 2016

Finished: November 20, 2016

Gabe (Alvarez Security #1) by Maryann Jordan

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Amazon Description: Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland.
Gabe Malloy, dedicated to his brothers, spent his weekends with cheap booze and easy women. When some of his friends finally settled down, he wondered if he would ever find the woman of his dreams. He just never expected to encounter her in an alley.
Jennifer Lambert worked as a social worker for the city and would often take food to the elderly residents in her building. One night, in an alley behind a restaurant, she was startled by a tall, handsome man wanting to assist. Giving him the cold shoulder, she left…but dreams of him followed her long into the night.
Gabe knew the independent Jennifer was a woman worthy of knowing, but convincing the beauty that she needed him was the challenge. Raising her young brother plus the responsibilities of the elder center, had kept her from looking for love…but she took a chance on Gabe.
Now that he found her, can he keep her safe when someone threatens her and those she loves? Calling upon his brothers, Alvarez Security races to save her before it is too late.


We first meet Gabe and some of the others while they’re on a rescue mission. Fast forward to when they’re out of the Special Forces and are in a security agency together. Each of the men that work there are alpha males but get along well with each other since most of them had served together. While providing security at an event, Gabe goes outside to get away from the starlet that had been driving him nuts. In the alley, inside the dumpster no less, he finds what he thinks is a young female but turns out she’s all woman. It’s almost instant love for him but Jennifer has different plans. She thinks of him as a giant and he thinks of her as a pixie. Which, imagining their size difference, I can see it. Lol

Jennifer is a selfless person, taking care of her younger brother and working as a social worker helping the elderly. She lives in a building which acts as a home for some of the elderly. She does what she can to help out there, take care of her brother, and handle her other cases at the DSS. Gabe begins stalking her in a way and she finally gives in and goes out with him. He knows he wants forever but is willing to take it a day at a time for her benefit.

Jennifer ends up being assaulted when it should have simply been a scare/threat to give up the building the center was in for the elderly . This along with other important parts of the book I shall not divulge leads up to interesting twists I didn’t really see coming. There were good guys I thought were bad guys and bad guys I thought were good guys!


This book has action, adventure and romance. And plot twists. Several plot twists. This was, hands down, one of the better books I have read in a while. Once I started reading, i read it all in one session. No breaks. Straight through. I couldn’t get enough of this book.

I love Jennifer. She is my kind of woman. Smart, sassy, don’t take no crap from anyone kind of woman. Gabe is a no-nonsense alpha male who finds himself accommodating himself to Jennifer’s pace and her life, including her brother who he comes to love just as much as Jennifer herself.

Some of the scenarios in this book, I can see happening in real life and I’m sure they do. Extortion, kidnapping, murder, assault. And not just the bad things either. There are the champions for the people that can’t take on their cause themselves out there.

The authors writing pulls you in from the beginning. There are a few editing errors but nothing that interrupts the flow of the story. I can see how Maryann Jordan is an award winning author and how this book. is a silver medal winner for Readers Favorites.

Definitely a book I would rate 5 stars and gladly do so.


99 cents on Kindle

397 pages

Purchase Link: Gabe (Alvarez Security #1)

Purchased: 11-14-2016

Stared: 11-15-2016

Finished: 11-16-2016

*I purchased this book for 99 cents*

#Rev (GearShark #2) by Cambria Hebert

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#Rev is the second book in the GearShark series by Cambria Hebert. This book continues Drew and Trent’s story. If you are against M/M romances, please discontinue reading and find another book to check out. 🙂


Amazon Review: Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.
A line has been drawn.
Indie vs Pro
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.
What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?
Resolve of steel…
Stubborn will…
And a heart that refuses to give up.
It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.
So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?
His answer?
Both.


This book picks up where #Junkie left off. Trent trying to break up with Drew and Drew not accepting it. They have to fight hard for their relationship. There are so many people against them, but the ones that matter want them to be together and be happy. Romeo, Rimmel, Ivy and Braeden all accept them and have known there was a pull between them for a while.

Ivy and Drew’s parents, Trent’s mom and more are unaccepting. But there are WAY more accepting people of them. Trent and the family devise a plan to get back at the four guys who jumped Trent. Drew does his own hacking thing and takes care of two of them. Trent and Drew end up doing an article for GearShark once they come out to Ron Gamble, who accepts them and thinks it would be good for both of their careers.

Trent hands over the reigns of Omega to Jack and then walks away from Omega.


There’s a lot that happens in this book. I laughed and cried and could SEE everything playing out like a movie in my head as I read this book. And let me tell you, it was HOT, SEXY and STEAMY! I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in one sitting and just couldn’t get enough.

Not only was like a movie while reading, the dreams that I had were just as HOT. Let’s just say, I want a Drew and Trent. LOL If you like the underdogs and are pulling for them, this is a book to read. This book does have some descriptive sex scenes so if you’re not into it, don’t read.


564 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

#Rev Purchase Link

(I read using Kindle Unlimited)

#Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert

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#Junkie  is the first book in the GearShark series by author Cambria Hebert. This series coincides with the Hashtag series. Same characters in this series but this isn’t a traditional m/f book. This IS a GAY romance so if you have issues with that, please don’t continue reading this review or read this book only to knock it.

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Amazon Description: Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.
His high of choice?
Cars.
The faster, the better.
He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.
So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules?
You gotta be hungry…
You gotta have balls…
And you can never back down.
What’ve we learned here at GearShark?
Drew is all of the above.
We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood.
Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.

Check out the full feature article inside…

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I loved all the characters in the Hashtag series. I was excited when she announced she would be doing a continuation but focusing more on Drew and Trent. I have NOT been disappointed in this book.

Drew is Ivy’s brother. (Ivy is from the Hashtag series.) He lives in the house with two couples: Rimmel and Romeo and then Ivy and Braeden along with Ivy and Braeden’s daughter, Nova. He’s always felt like the fifth wheel but he loves them each nonetheless. Drew is a street car racer. He is fast and has been winning since he crossed into Maryland’s state lines.

Trent is the president of the Omega fraternity. He took over when Zack was dethroned in the Hashtag series. It’s been two years and the rep of the fraternity is finally looking up after all the hard work Trent and the other brothers have put in. There are two candidates to become the new President since this is Trent’s last year at the collage, Jack and Conner (Con). He hasn’t backed either one yet, waiting to see who deserves his support.

Trent and Drew are best friends and have been since sitting next to each other in Screamerz. They spend a lot of time together with Drew’s racing and working on his Mustang to keep it race ready. Romeo ended up getting Drew an appointment with Ron Gamble, to talk about joining his pro-racing team. Only Ron thinks that Drew is too “green” to go that route, instead wanting to start a new form of “legal” racing but with far less rules and more like the street races that Drew partakes in.

Things are going good for a while before shit hits the fan. And when I say it hits the fan, I mean it hits the fan. Things blow up between Trent and his Omega brothers and then between Trent and Drew.


I can’t wait to start reading the second book in this series. #Junkie did not disappoint me. I’m not normally into the M/M romances but since Cambria Hebert is one of my favorite authors, I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so glad I didn’t pass up on this book. It was HOT and SEXY. I don’t know how she pulled this off but she did.

I  loved this book MORE than the Hashtag series books! And that’s hard to do because I loved them! Drew and Trent’s story brings to light some issues that gay people in the world have issues with. Society is progressing and having more acceptance of gay people but I can imagine that some of the stuff in here does still happen in today’s society. Which is sad in it’s own right.

I read this book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. I didn’t WANT to put it down.


$3.99 on Kindle

542 pages

#Junkie Purchase Link

(I read this book using Kindle Unlimited.)