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.

ARC received in return for an honest review.

Melinda

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Sacked by Jen Frederick

sacked-400x592 Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

I’m a big fan of Jen Frederick’s The Woodlands series. It’s a New Adult series with strong friendships and men who generally don’t treat women like crap. I just got finished listening to The Charlotte Chronicles on audio – which is a spin off from The Woodlands – recently too so it’s been a month heavy on this author for me! I was really excited to hear about this book because it’s also New Adult and kind of in the same vein as Elle Kennedy and Kristen Callihan’s sports NA books, which, in my opinion, is a really awesome comparison.

Somehow all of these authors have made me a fan of books with sports in them. I never thought that was possible since I am not a fan of them at all in real life. But in these books I’m loving them. Knox Masters is somewhat perfect in this and that is both good and bad. I really enjoyed the parts where he lost his cool for one reason or another. Whether it was with the guys or because he wasn’t able to get Ellie to fall for him immediately it just made him seem more human.

One of my favorite things with all of these books and something that this author does really well is banter. Both with the guys on the team, between Know and his twin brother and also between Ellie and Knox.

“If I was a chick, I’d date you, Masters. I’ve seen your dick. It’s good,” Hammer assures me.
“Fuck that. It’s not the size of the wand. It’s the wizard using it,” Daryl Nunn, our nose tackle, pipes up. He, like Potter, wears a pair of black glasses when not on the field.
“Not according to Voldemort.”
Hammer’s retort generates a sharp bark of laughter from me, but poor Jesse looks confused. Hammer sighs. “Voldemort wanted this certain wand, but only Harry could use it.”

I really enjoyed Ellie the most of all the characters. She was strong and didn’t want anything to do with Knox, not that that lasted long. But I appreciated the sentiment. I liked that she thought him being a virgin was bull and called him on it, out loud, and often. And, of course, I loved that she loved to read. The main issue with this book was just that the football aspect was a little too heavy for me in that I didn’t know what was going on sometimes since I’m clueless with sports. It just played a little too much of a feature in the book but I don’t think that most people would have this issue.

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ARC received in return for an honest review.

4 Stars

Melinda

Unraveled Blog Tour: Q&A w/ Sam & Gray

20140125-105324.jpgVi: Gray & Sam, I hear that you both are considering going back to college? What courses are thinking of taking?
Sam: I’m taking classes on merchandising (which are my least favorite) and fiber arts which is really cool. I’ve been experimenting with knitting lace which is really a challenge. Gray’s been pretty patient with having a lot of threads around the apartment but sometimes he says we have more yarn at our place than at Knit Together.

Gray: It was a lot better when she was knitting stuff for me. I look good in a lot of stuff but not lace. I’ve been taking some online courses on communication and leadership but the Corps has me attending classes too. A lot of leadership courses with the Air Force guys. Man, they have good food over there. I may have enlisted in the wrong branch.

Vi: Sam, how did you get started with knitting? What’s the most difficult thing you have made?
I got started knitting when I joined a support group after my husband died. It was the only widow group I could find that had women there under the age of 50. The most difficult thing I made was a sweater for one class. We were challenged to incorporate as many different techniques into one project. It’s pretty hideous.

Gray: ugliest thing ever. Even uglier than, well, you know, Vi, but I don’t want to ruin it for everyone.
Sam: It is really, really ugly.

Vi: Gray, how has Bo & Noah changed since leaving the service?
Gray: They’ve got longer hair. Or at least Bo does. Their focus is completely different although I feel mine has changed now that I have Sam so I don’t know if the separating from the service changes you so much as the people that you surround yourself with.

Vi: Sam & Gray, favorite bar drink?
Sam: I like a good old lemon lime margarita with a mix of Patron Silver and Patron Citronge.

Gray: Straight up and strong. Whiskey, scotch, that sort of thing. But I usually drink Coors while watching the Padres.

Vi: Sam & Gray, what is your favorite word? [Shamelessly stealing this from Actors’ Studio]
Sam: Adventurous

Gray, laughing: I’m not sure I can say my favorite word on the blog here.

Sam: It’s a profanity. Starts with F.

Vi: Sam & Gray, what turns you on?
Gray: Sam turns me on. Everything about her. Her smell, the way she moves, her little sighs. Fu-, ahem, love it all.

Sam: Hearing Gray talk. He’s so vocal and it makes me know that he’s excited to be with me. Makes it easier for me to be more free, all of the time.

Vi: Sam & Gray, or you morning person or night owl?
Gray: I have to be a morning person.
Sam: I like sleeping in. I admit it. And I think because I tended bar for so long, I enjoy the night hours but it all works out.

Vi: Sam & Gray, how do you liked your bacon cooked?
Sam: crispy
Gray: Same

Vi: Gray,your mom named you after a romance novel hero. Do you believe in happily ever after?
Gray: After Sam, yes. Before her? Probably not.

Vi: Sam, do you read romance novels? If so, name a recent favorite book? Do you believe in HEA as well?
Sam: I love reading. I think reading and knitting go together. As for my favorite recent book, well, I loved Sabrina Elkins Stir Me Up. It featured a young Marine and a chef and it reminded me of some of the guys around Pendleton. Made me teary a little. And yes, I totally believe in the HEA and that I’m living mine with Gray Phillips.

Gray: Love you, babe. Love you so much.

<strong>Thank you both for taking time to answer questions. You are both are so darn cute!</strong>

Thank you Jen Frederick for allowing me to be a part of this tour!

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