Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis

Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis

Source: Purchased

Book:
Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis

Series:
Sugarland Blues (spin off to the Firefighters of Station Five series)

Back Cover:
Sugarland loves their men in blue, especially Detective Shane Ford. But Shane’s mission to protect and to serve has just gotten personal….
Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland’s favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad’s son, Drew—a bitter, angry sixteen-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him—and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen’s best interests.
Shane has always been drawn to Daisy’s beauty and strength, but he’s determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It’s a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy’s blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he has sworn to protect.

FTC Disclosure

Review:
Let’s start by saying the back cover is a little misleading about the book. The basics are correct, but Shane and Daisy are never in conflict about Drew. Their conflict is based on what happened in the prequel novella. Even with that, you do not need to read the prequel to enjoy this book. This is a spin off from the Firefighters of Station Five novel and we have to admit we had really high expectations for Shane’s story. The suspense didn’t really take off until the end. The majority of the story was focused on the relationship between Shane and Drew or Shane and Daisy. We loved that we got to catch up with some of our favorite firefighters as well. We rated this book a 7.4 out of 10 rating.

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Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

WhiskeyBeachbyNoraRoberts

Source: Purchased

Book:
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Back Cover:
For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

FTC Disclosure

Review:
We don’t usually select hardcover releases for our book reads…but this is Nora Roberts, so we made an exception.  And it was worth it!  We had picked this one for our Romantic Suspense read and there really wasn’t any suspense in the story, but we were okay with that.  The girls characterized the female lead as ‘perfect’ and ‘well-adjusted’.  While the hero seemed a little weak, he and the heroine provided good counter-points.  The setting of this story was fantastic.   We gave this one an 8.6 out of 10 rating.

Die For Me by Cynthia Eden

Die For Me

Back Cover:
She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…

Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead.

Review:
“Die For Me” was the book chosen as our Romantic Suspense read for April 2013. It was our second highest rated book of the month, beaten only by the Historical Romance read, which earned a 9.3 in contrast to the rating “Die For Me” received, a 9.0 out of 10. The group liked the suspense, with one member saying “Die For Me” was “intense, and had me yelling . . . like you do when watching a horror movie.” We also were surprised by the twists, and overall thoroughly enjoyed the ride that this book took us on.

The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton

“The Seventh Victim” was the book chosen as our romantic suspense read for March 2013, although one of the main comments we received from the group was that it should not have been listed as a romantic suspense, but rather just suspense/thriller! There is only a very slight romance between Lara and James.  Even so, this book was the favorite of the month’s reads, with a score of 7.4 out of 10. Many of our readers are familiar with Mary Burton’s work, and while this was not their favorite of her work, they did like it. The general consensus was that this was a good book, but it slightly missed the mark, with too much unnecessary description, and an unnecessary twist at the end.  Without giving away the ending, we had higher hopes for one of the characters.

Books for April Discussion

March Reads:
The Night is Mine by M.L. Buchman Destiny by Carly Phillips Devil's Kiss by Zoe Archer In the Arms of a Marquess by Katharine Ashe

Feel Free to share your comments about the selections here! We would love to hear what everyone thinks of the books.

August Meeting

We will be meeting at Books A Million on August 9th at 7:00 PM.

We are reading the following books.