Revealed to Him by Jen Frederick

25497060 Summary: Handsome and tough Jake Tanner, a veteran and the owner of a successful security firm, never lets his past hold him back. Despite his prosthetic hand and foot, women swoon over him—and with him between the sheets. Yet Jake feels bored and restless…until he’s hired to protect a beautiful writer whose life is in terrible danger.

Self-imprisoned by the fear of the anonymous stalkers who threaten her life, video-game writer Natalie Beck now only dreams of the world outside her pink-bedecked apartment. Trusting people again is off-limits. But the more time Jake spends with her, the more his professional commitment evolves from simple duty to scorching desire. While deeply sensual sparks ignite between the two, the danger outside circles closer. Will Jake’s intense devotion be enough to save Natalie? Or will she turn away from the one man willing to do anything to save her?

This is the third Kerr Chronicles book. I wasn’t in love with the first one but I really liked the second book – both were about the same couple. This one visits a new couple and I loved them so much, both together and individually. Jake Tanner is one that we’ve seen in the past books. He runs his own security firm and was hired to protect Tiny previously. We get to know him much better here and he is freaking amazing. He’s an Army vet who is strong and I would usually write off as a normal alpha male. But he has a vulnerable side that comes out pretty often and that made me love him.

But Natalie stole the show for me from the beginning in this one. Her character and the plot revolving around her seemed to be much based on Gamer Gate. Women being threatened online, purely for being female, and having those threats come to life, is something that’s been happening over the last year or more and is a very serious issue. I thought the author dealt with it in a great way. Seeing Natalie deal with these threats and being terrified for her life made me sick for her, but she was still strong in her own way.

If a friend is sick with the flu, or God forbid, something worse like cancer, everyone is sympathetic. But depression? Fear of being in your own head? Folks just want you to get over it and if you can’t, you’re a weak-ass sadsack.

Together it seemed that Jake brought out Natalie’s inner strength and Natalie brought out Jake’s inner vulnerability, which is kind of the definition of great couple. Unlike a typical alpha male we get to see Jake fret over numerous things – from how he composes text messages to how Natalie will perceive his prosthetic. What I loved about that in particular was that I haven’t ever seen an alpha male be concerned with how a woman would deal with that. Jake had to work hard to figure out how to put Natalie at ease many times, working on making her comfortable in different situations. I loved that while Natalie was scared she never wanted to give up and was determined that she would eventually be recovered enough to live her previous life.

There should be a message retrieval. Some kind of feature that allows someone to take back a stupidly written text before the recipient reads it.

Also, there is quite a bit of texting, which in my opinion makes any book about 100% better! I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Both characters had aspects to them that liked seeing fleshed out. I’m not a fan of “perfect” characters and these two weren’t.

4 Stars.

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Melinda

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The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

26720038 I’m severely behind on my reviews because life has gotten in the way once again so I’m going to get caught up with my favorite reads of the last month! First up is The Fifteenth Minute. I’ve read everything Sarina Bowen has published and I will read everything she ever publishes because I love the way she writes so much. I highly recommend you try out her stuff because I find it works so well for so many people. This is the 5th book in The Ivy Years series but it can be read as a stand alone. Personally I like this series better when you read it in order because people from earlier books make fun appearances that can only be best appreciated when you’ve read the previous books.

Summary: Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

I loved this book so much and it may be my favorite book in the series. I can’t decide but I know that Lianne is definitely my favorite character! She’s a strong female but she’s also hilarious and awkward, unaware of how to behave in certain situations. Even though she’s this amazing movie star that people expect to be able to handle all situations Lianne has been very sheltered, spending her whole life on movie sets. DJ, the hero, is having an extremely rough year and the two have an intense attraction but he’s hesitant to draw her into his complicated life right now.

One of the things I loved about Lianne is that she’s also pretty nerdy – playing video games and losing herself in them. She’s super cute with how proud she is of how adept she is at these games and some of my favorite parts of this book is when she’s showing of her skills to the guys. A big aspect of this book is music because DJ is a deejay for the hockey games and seeing Lianne get so into the music and getting to do the music herself for a game and picking which songs go with different plays is wonderful.

This is how it feels to get just what you need when you didn’t even know you needed it.

This book is sweet, funny, tugs at your heart but is also pretty hot. The romance heat between the two is great and Sarina does an amazing job at building that up throughout the book. Overall, I loved this book, loved both characters and would highly recommend it!

5 Stars

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~Melinda

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A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

26878829Drifter Delaney Shields plans to breeze through Prophecy, Texas, before setting off on an around-the-world trip of a lifetime. She never expects to see sexy-as-sin Cal Maddox, the man she ran out on a decade ago. One look between them and their past attraction ignites, flaming hotter than ever. But acting on it would be disastrous because she’s not the sticking kind, and Cal has roots a mile deep.

Cal Maddox left the military only to find both the health of his dad and his hometown failing. When Delaney walks into his father’s custom boot shop, she spurs emotional memories and sexual fantasies Cal has no business indulging in. Especially once he realizes she’s the next Prophecy bootmaker, the only person who can design custom cowboy boots with the power to change a person’s destiny. But if fanning those old flames will keep her in Prophecy, he’s willing to take the heat, even if it means keeping secrets and risking his heart again.

Duty and desire throw Cal and Delaney together, but will their feelings be strong enough to forge a new bond or will they destroy their second chance at love?

I loved the premise of this book. The history of a family line of boot makers who also envision a child’s future in the design of a pair of handcrafted boots. I also love a book where old flames get back together. Laney and Cal’s path isn’t what you call smooth. Laney comes back to Prophecy after she receives a hand drawn picture from her old mentor and father figure that isn’t quite right. When she gets back home she realizes that he isn’t well and can’t carry on as Prophecy’s boot maker and has her lined up as the next one to carry on the business. She has other plans in mind and a history or running away. The more that Cal and his father convince her to stay the more she wants to run away.

I did get annoyed with Lacey, I really did. I understood why she was always on the run, trying to get away from the past of what her parents did to her and running from herself, did but she was just so flighty. She hemmed and hawed too much about wether she should stay or go. I sometimes wanted to sit her down and tie her to a chair to make her see sense. In saying that, she didn’t want the responsibility for being the one who sees the visions in the boots that so many have come to rely on and depend on for their future.

As much as she annoyed me, I love the way her character developed and grew. Each had thier share of history they had to overcome. The chemistry between her and Cal wasn’t flame hot all the time but a comfortable one with people who knew each other and could still be drawn together despite all the hurt in between but, was it enough to make her want to stay?

This is another great southern romance by Kelsey and a great start to a new series.

ARC received from author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars

 

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