Man Law by Adrienne Giordano

 

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Man Law: Never mess with your best friend’s sister. The sister rule was Man Law, and Man Laws were about the only rules Vic followed.

 Vic Andrews is a security consultants for Taylor Security. His best friend Mike owns the firm and they do contract work overseas in high risk areas. Vic lives by Man Laws and doesn’t get emotionally involved with anyone but his team and Mike, he doesn’t want to have anything that will make him loose his focus when out on the job.

Gina Delgado is Mike’s sister. A young widow with three kids she is afraid of getting involved with someone like Vic. Her husband was a firefighter and she can’t risk another relationship with someone who has a dangerous job and she doesn’t want to involve her children in what could be more hurt.

They can’t deny the attraction they have to each other and a handful of wild nights of sex makes them realize that neither one wants to risk the hurt or entanglement of a full blown relationship.

When a job overseas goes wrong for Vic, those he loves become targets in a vendetta against him and what he has fought to avoid comes crashing to his door.

This book strikes the right balance of action and romance. I love watching the change in Vic and really felt for him. He had a hard life and thought of emotions and of love as messy and to be avoided at all cost. To see him break down walls was a big part of the story line. I read this book in a day, it kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. The characters drew you in and you connected with them.

This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone book. I enjoyed it so much I purchased the first in the series.

Book provided by author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 stars

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About the Author

 

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

 

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 Book Summary:

Security Consultant Vic Andrews lives by his Man Laws:

Never mess with your best friend’s sister
Never get caught
Never get attached

But he can’t deny his irresistible attraction to Gina Delgado, a young widow with three kids and plenty of strings attached. Even so, having a physical relationship doesn’t mean they’re “in a relationship.”

Gina lost her husband to tragedy; she is not getting emotionally involved with another man in a dangerous profession. Sleeping with Vic is just stress relief.

Until one of Vic’s assignments goes wrong and the target selects Gina and her kids for revenge. There’s nothing Vic won’t do to protect Gina and the children–the family he realizes, too late, he wants. He’ll accomplish his mission but will he have lost his only chance at true love?

 

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Book Review: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha

22910314 This is book 5.5 in the O’Kane world and I’ve been reading them since the beginning. You can read this one without reading the rest and be fine with the story but you would lose SO MUCH backstory and color in this world that I wouldn’t recommend it. This is a gritty dystopian world unlike most others that I read and the O’Kane world has a darkly erotic edge to it.

Beyond Possession takes place not much time after the previous book and it’s a relief to see that Zan is doing well since he was shot in that one. Zan’s the hero and one of the main focuses along with Tatiana, who is not a name we’ve seen much previously. Tatiana is the daughter of the previous ruler of Sector 4 who was majorly corrupt, which puts her on edge with the others who live in the sector. She worries others will only see her as the daughter of the corrupt leader and not the business owner and skilled craftperson that she is.

Zan has had feelings for Tatiana for a while now so when Dallas – the current leader of Sector 4 – asks him to get closer to her for political reasons he has no issues with this. She is extremely hesitant and doesn’t know what to do with him or his interest in her.

“What do you need?”
A thousand things, but nothing as much or as hard as this. “Someone who gets me. Who doesn’t want me to be anything or anyone else. What do I want?” He drew her closer. “I want it to be you.”
“I want it to be me, too.”

I’m a big fan on this series because it’s so different from pretty much every other series I read. The world is very gritty and dark and I find their different sectors fascinating. The novellas are a favorite of mine because they fill in the small details in between the big, important details. The back story of the individual people in the sector in the smaller novellas is a nice way to showcase couples. Zan and Tatiana were sweet in the typical O’Kane fashion – with a sharp edge.

3.5 stars

~Melinda

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

 

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It started with a war, as most things do. A war called the Heartland War, which involved the Pro-Life army and the Pro-Choice army. Since neither side won a compromise was made called The Bill of Life in which a human life could not be touched from the moment it was conceived until the child reached 13. From the ages of 13-18 a parent may retroactively ‘abort’ a child. That child was unwound. The technicality was that the child was still kept ‘alive’ by being used as donated parts.

Conner, 16, is a troublemaker, and discovered  by accident that he was going to be an unwind. He found that his family booked a vacation but he didn’t find a ticket for himself, he found the unwind orders instead.

Risa, 15, a ward of the state with a potentially gifted career as a pianist, discovers that she is to become an unwind due to budget cut backs and having reached her potential, which wasn’t far enough as far as the board was concerned.

Lev, 13, knew all of his life that he was to be tithed as an unwind. His family is religious and told Lev that he was chosen by God to be a special gift and he looked forward to his 13th birthday and to go to harvest camp.

These three unlikely children come together by accident, two escaping their fate and one a willing candidate going to his, and end up on the run, trying to hold out as long as they can before being captured and send to harvest camp. They meet other runaways, each with their own stories for becoming an unwind and some are sad and scary.

This is a very creepy and horrific story and it does it in a way that isn’t gory, it’s more of a psychological horror that grips you. Children retroactively aborted and used for donor parts. Every part of the child is used and so is considered alive but in a divided state. The other part of this story is about the lack of organ donors and how doctors who used to actually try to save lives, now just transplant parts to people willing to pay. While this may sound good in practice, some unwanted side effects occur that no one really thought about.

The thought of doing this is the creep factor. You really don’t know what actually goes on in the harvest camps and that is another thought that is planted in your head. The fill in the blank visuals that make you cringe. Kids in the book ask themselves the questions but they don’t really want the answers.

There have been cases in real life about people being abducted and having a kidney removed, people selling their kidneys for money. This is a relatively new phenomenon and this book makes you think of the possibilities of how far some people will go.

While I did enjoy it, it did bog down in a few places and there is one character in there I wanted to strangle I hated him so much, but over all it is a book that makes you think. This is the first book in the series.

4/5 stars

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The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft

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Penny Swallow wakes to find herself in a hospital with no idea of why or how she got there.   All she ever wanted to do is dance and now that chance has been taken away from her. The main part of this book isn’t did she jump or was she pushed, the book is about recovery and discovery.

This book is about relationships. The ones we try to forget, the ones we push away and those who don’t let us go no matter what. Penny, forced through her injuries, lives with her mother and is forced to deal with their strained relationship and dreams, which were lost on both sides. As much as Penny strains and pushes to get back into dance her damaged body forces her into other things.

There is a deep pain in here, one that makes you ache for Penny and the lost of her control. Her anger and hurt get pushed aside and allow her to change and to grow in ways she didn’t expect. She learns to find a life outside of dance and in one last twist, she has one last dance, one that is heartrending.

This is a beautiful, haunting book. The feelings that the writer captured in Penny’s head of dance were powerful, the writing flowed as she made Penny dance. You could almost feel it yourself. The style of writing was deep, lyrical and layered. It went into not only dance, but eating disorders, physical recovery and what people think of us.

There is just so much I want to say about this book but am lost for words. It touched me in many ways and I was in a flood of tears by the end of it, and I don’t cry easily at the ending of a book.  This is a book that will stay with me for a long time and is one of the best books I have read this year. If I could I would give it more than 5 stars it was that incredible.

5/5 stars

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