Lilly Holden-The SEAL’s Virgin Hostage

We’re back and visiting the bad boys from Marshall Security, Incorporated. These former SEALs are all creations of the talented Lilly Holden, and you can tell just how much she loves her bad boy alphas by how well she writes them and how much we get to enjoy reading them.

Today’s offering is The SEAL’s Virgin Hostage. In this story, we get to get closer to Ryder, who is also called Hollywood because he’s the pretty boy. The head of the company, Lance, had a mentor who had a beautiful daughter. When he died, Lance promised to take care of Paige. One day, Paige’s uncle came to Marshall Security and told them that Paige was in trouble. She was drinking, drugging, and running around. Lance decided that he was going to do what he could to help keep Paige safe. To that end, he sent Ryder to get her and keep her safe until her birthday, in 10 days.

Paige is a tabloid princess. As a very wealthy young woman, everyone wants to be near her or be her. The paparazzi follow her around so that they can take her picture and catch her doing stupid things. The tabloids all jump to the worst possible conclusion when it comes to Paige. To top it off, she’s surrounded by people she doesn’t really know and who may possibly want to take advantage of her, her money, and her good nature. One night, in a club, while she is suffering from a horrible headache and she meets a beautiful man who offers to help her. But, what are his real motives?

Of course, you can probably guess who that guy was. And can you still guess what his motives are? There are more layers in this story than you might expect to find. Lilly Holden writes guaranteed HEAs, so you know it will end up well, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have some questions about what’s happening along the way. If you like sweet and instalove, go check these out. My biggest problem with these stories is that they are short. I just get through them too quickly.

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I kind of guessed who the bad guy was before the reveal. OK, maybe not an outright guess, but definitely an I don’t trust that person and I think they are lying for some reason. Turned out that I was right to not trust them and they were lying.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I know that it seems short, but the story is pretty short and I want you to go read it yourself. We have all kinds of fun stories coming up, so don’t go too far away! Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Lilly Holden-The SEAL’s Secret Baby

This is the second week that we have a Lilly Holden story showing up on my humble blog. We have two more weeks of them, so I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am. Yeah, you may think that they aren’t my normal fare, and they aren’t, but they are nice candy for my brain, which I often need. Quick reads, guaranteed HEA, and main characters that end up head over heels in love? And oh yeah, sex scenes that steam up the page? Is there anything better when you need something to relax your brain?

So, this is going to be a short blog, since The SEAL’s Secret Baby is pretty short. I read it in under an hour, I think. I was actually a smidgeon disappointed in how short it was. I would have loved to see more Deke and Sophie.

Two and a half years ago, Deke retired from the SEALs and buried his father, all in the same week. The night of the funeral, his long-time love and dream girl, Sophie, brings him a lasagna. They end up having one glorious night of passion. They both knew it was going to be only one night because Deke was headed out to Denver to work with his SEAL team in private security.

Fast forward 2.5 years and Deke has to go back to his hometown to sell his father’s house. He needs to go there and do some work to fix the house. The one consolation he has is that Sophie’s parents, who lived across the street, had sold their house and moved, meaning he will be able to avoid Sophie since no one in the family has talked to him since that night. What Deke doesn’t know is that Sophie is the one who bought the house, and that’s not the only surprise that Sophie is hiding.

OK, our paths are diverging in the woods here. Like I said, I enjoyed the story, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a nice, straight-forward, guaranteed HEA. I am looking forward to the next 2, since they deal with the rest of the SEAL team. Actually, I’m not even going to have a spoiler section. I do love Deke and his protectiveness over what’s his. I’m still going to post a picture of a cute baby.

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Lilly Holden-Bad Boy SEAL

With all the very dark and twisted stuff I’ve been reading lately, I decided that it would be nice to intersperse some lighter, sweeter, more straight-forward romance. It’s nice to mix it up a bit. That way I don’t get burnt out on any one thing. So, to that end, I ended up signing up for 4 books from Lilly Holden, with a nice group of a former SEAL team as the good guys. The first one is Bad Boy SEAL.

Charlie left Chicago to move to a small town in Texas after her mother died. She had a cousin there, so it made sense to do it. Charlie doesn’t see her cousin much since he spends a lot of time in his office doing his computer kind of stuff. She is working as a waitress at a diner, trying to figure out to do with the rest of her life. One day, 4 big guys come into her restaurant for lunch.

Jake is a former SEAL. He now does contract work for a friend. He and his team are in BFE Texas on a job. Their mark has a cousin named Charlie who they’ve decided to use. The problem? Their intel doesn’t say that Charlie is short for Charlotte. When Jake sees her, he knows that she is meant to be his.

This is a short story. It only took me around an hour or so to read it. It’s an instalove story, with a virgin, and an HEA. Those aren’t my normal fare, but like I said, I wanted to mix it up a bit. There’s nice fun, hot, and kinky sex. It has a bit of action tossed into the mix too, which is always nice. And since there is a pretty picture here, you know this is where you get to make your choice.

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Not a big picture, but hey, he’s pretty, so we can live with it, right? That’s OK, I don’t have a lot of anything else to say, just because anything else I say about this is going to end up being a spoiler.

There are reasons why Jake and his team are targeting Charlie’s cousin and we’ll learn more about them. I think that if Jake had shared a little more with Charlie, maybe some of the conflict wouldn’t have happened, but I can get why he didn’t.

So, that’s all there is today. There isn’t anything tomorrow, because of the holiday. I may not even get on my computer. For all the USicans, have a nice Thanksgiving. For everyone else, have a nice Thursday! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Her Cyborg Beast

So, Grace Goodwin. She’s shown up here before. I love her books. I own them all. I carefully watch the release dates and hit purchase as soon as possible. This one I was lucky enough to get as an ARC, yay me! I was so thrilled, I’m telling you, I love these books. I think getting any ARCs is exciting and I’m pretty honored when I get them. I love sharing the stories with you all. No one is forcing me or telling me that I have to write anything that I do on my blog, so if I’m gushing over something or excited about a book, that’s my honest opinion. Sorry, big digression there, it had to be said today. Don’t ask me why, but there it is.

OK, back to Grace and Her Cyborg Beast. This is another book in the Interstellar Bride Program ‘verse. There are several different series in this ‘verse. There’s the main IBP series, the Virgin Bride series, the new Rogue 5 series, and The Colony series. This book is in The Colony group.

Quick overview of the ‘verse. There are the good guys, the Alliance, and the bad guys, the Hive. The Hive captures Alliance fighters and converts them into cyborgs. Sometimes the fighters get rescued. If they do, they get sent to The Colony. The Colony is deep in Alliance space and protected from the Hive, which could control the partially converted fighters. In the past, the people on The Colony were thought to be contaminated and basically lepers. However, there are human women who are working to change that because the beings on The Colony are veterans and should be honored.

Rezzer is one of the males on The Colony. He’s an Atlan. I love the Atlans, I have a thing for big, hulking, massive Alpha males. The Atlans have a beast inside them. They can turn into the beast when they are fighting and such. If they don’t find their mate, their beast will take over in a mating fever. That’s not Rezzer’s problem here. He was captured by a Hive operative and his men who are hiding on The Colony. He and his team were out trying to find the bad guys and bring them to justice when he was captured. Somehow, the Hive managed to suppress Rezzer’s beast and nothing medical can do can bring it back. The governor of the base decides for one last ditch effort and gets Rezzer tested for the Interstellar Bride Program, hoping his mate can bring out his beast.

CJ worked in the financial sector. When her company got caught doing bad things, she was the one who had to pay the price. She was given the choice between going to jail or joining the IBP. Guess which one she chose? She got tested, which is where the book opens up. The first chapters of these books are always pretty damn sexy. I mean, wow sexy. She gets matched to Rezzer.

When she gets to The Colony, Rezzer tells her that he’s unworthy and will help her find a worthy mate. CJ doesn’t stand for that and does something about it.

OK, we’re going to separate here. I love Rezzer. He’s in a character in several other Colony books, and I have fallen completely in love with him. I really want him as a book boyfriend, but I’m afraid that CJ will cut a bitch. CJ is a strong, strong Alpha female who isn’t going to take any shit from anyone. I think that she makes such a great partner for Rezzer. There is lots of sex in this book, some violence, bad language, and lots of fun stuff. If you like hot romance, hot sex, and science fiction, this is a great book to check out.

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Great cover, right?

The Hive is definitely up to no good, which of course, they’re the bad guys, but I wonder how many more people they have infected the way they infected Rezzer. At least the Atlans seem like they can get it away from them, maybe? They are at least warned so hopefully no more Atlans get infected by the Hive.

I adore the twins and their names. I’m glad that they seem to be clear of whatever the Hive tried to do with Rezzer.

I think that I like the Colony books the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the entire ‘verse, but the guys on the Colony are different. I think that it’s that we have had a chance to build a relationship with the guys through other books, so we are able to feel for them so much more. I look forward to the rest of Rezzer’s team getting mated since we’ve already seen some of them mated. It’ll be good.

Tomorrow, we have a new Ava Sinclair book. It’s totally filthy. We have the next Parker Sinclair coming up, as well as a new Jane Henery and Dani Rene, so keep a good eye on this space for all the good stuff. Remember to check out In Between the Page’s FB page. I pimp out authors, list free books, and just had a nice little contest, so come visit me.

Hell Squad

Ready to go to hell? Hell yeah, the Devil needs an ass-kicking!

Anna Hackett has several sci-fi romance series, one of which is the Hell Squad series. Hell Squad takes place on an Earth that has more advanced tech than we have, and where countries have banded together to form larger unions or coalitions. Think the EU or the Commonwealth, but with one common government. The US and Australia, among other countries, are in one such group.

The series takes place in Australia, where, incidentally, Anna Hackett is from. Dinosaur-esque aliens called the Gizzida have invaded the Earth, and killed large percentages of the population. They have taken other humans for terrible experiments. The majority of the infrastructure is gone, including reliable contact with other countries. Most of the military are gone, because of course, the aliens are going to attack military bases first, just to make sure that no one can fight back. Wouldn’t you? Anyway, there are some surviving members of the military who managed to escape to a secret, hidden base called Blue Mountain, located somewhere near Sydney. The base is run by a surviving general, Adam Holmes. The military survivors are broken up into small squads of 8-9 people who go out to fight the Gizzida, rescue people, etc. The premier squad is Squad 6, run by Marcus Steele, also known as Hell Squad. Through the series, we learn about other squads, such as Squad 9, which is mostly made up of women, and Squad 3, the Berserkers, who are made up of mercs, motorcycle club members, enforcers, and other people of questionable origins. The name Berserkers fits them, because they are quite wild, generally riding into battle on modified motorcycles and wearing minimal body armor. Crazy but fun.

The military survivors are broken up into small squads of 8-9 people who go out to fight the Gizzida, rescue people, etc. The premier squad is Squad 6, run by Marcus Steele, also known as Hell Squad. Through the series, we learn about other squads, such as Squad 9, which is mostly made up of women, and Squad 3, the Berserkers, who are made up of mercs, motorcycle club members, enforcers, and other people of questionable origins. The name Berserkers fits them, because they are quite wild, generally riding into battle on modified motorcycles and wearing minimal body armor. Crazy but fun. Later books focus on members from those squads, but the first books focus on Hell Squad.

While some of the other books I’ve talked about are kink and sex heavy, these books have minimal kink and fewer sex scenes. That doesn’t mean no sex scenes or that the sex isn’t hot because there are totally great scenes in these books. I mean, you get a bunch of Alpha males and strong women together, and nature is going to take its course. They aren’t insta-love stories, most of the romances are people who have known each other and worked together for some time, however, there are a couple of stories where people get into relationships shortly after meeting. None of the relationships start easy, with one person or the other fighting the pairing, for whatever reason. I’m looking right at you, Hemi and Cam. But each one ends in an HEA.

The books in this series can be read as stand-alones, it really isn’t recommended. That’s because there is an overarching storyline that builds on each book and characters do show up from one book into the next.

All the books in this series are on Kindle Unlimited, start with Marcus. They are nice, easy reads, with good plotting and good writing. If you like sci-fi and romance, these are a good choice. If you like Anna Hackett’s books, you can try  Phoenix Adventures, which aren’t on KU, and Galactic Gladiators, which are.

OK, next week will be urban fantasy week. UF is one of my favorite genres. Some of the books and authors started in the romance genre and are listed under both romance and urban fantasy. It’ll be fun, so make sure to check it out!