Extra Time

They were now the perfect team.
Jay’s team.
Team Ruttman.

C. F. White
Extra Time

Format:
Audiobook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
When it’s time, it’s time.

Jay Ruttman and Sebastian Saunders are back.

Used to the press, used to the public interest, and used to being just the two of them, they’ve forged a life juggling their high-profile careers with their low-key relationship. And it’s working. Mostly.

There’s only two things left hanging that could elevate their contentment to perfection—marriage and a child.

Six years since bridge-gate, and Jay’s spectacular proposal on the Millennium Bridge, the bill has now passed for legal same-sex marriage. It looks like they might be able to finally tie the knot, and the pitter patter of tiny feet isn’t as far flung an idea as it might have first seemed.

Until Jay has his first call up to play for the national team and must, once again, decide what’s more important—family or football.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not by chapter, but clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is a bonus “epilogue” novella for the District Line trilogy and while it’s a complete story on its own – you definitely need to read/listen to the other books, starting with Kick Off. Also, this is labeled as a novella – but it must fall just under some word count because it felt like a full length book and in no way was it lacking.

Oh CF White! I didn’t think I was capable of loving Jay & Seb any more than I did at the end of Come Back and she proved me wrong. The hardest part of reviewing this book is sharing how much I love it without spoiling any of the amazing surprises she has in store for Ruttman & Saunders fans. It is absolutely an emotional ride with highs, lows, disappointments, and celebrations mixed with laughs and family both by blood and those found in friendship. It is the absolute perfect ending to a wonderful series.

Narration:
Piers Ryman is fantastic. I admit that my first time listening, he struck me as sounding kind of older than I would imagine for guys in their early 20s. However, after listening through the whole series, and then listening AGAIN in prep for this book – I honestly can’t imagine anyone else being Seb & Jay. White brings some pretty emotional scenes into this book and Ryman’s delivery had me laughing out loud and also wiping away tears. Kudos! and I will be seeking out more of his work.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

About the author:
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail–leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly search for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

Eventually she moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

After her second son was born with a rare disability, C F White’s life changed and it brought pen back to and paper after having written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Now, having embarked on this writing journey, C F White can’t stop. So strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride

You can connect with CF White here:

My Favorite Quotes

Is this your way of askin’ if we can go to New York and do a PR phota with a family of gay penguins? – Extra Time by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #SportsRomance #RockStar #OppositesAttract #BestEpilogueEver

They were now the perfect team. Jay’s team. Team Ruttman. – Extra Time by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #SportsRomance #RockStar #OppositesAttract #BestEpilogueEver

Assignment: Sydney

Format:
ebook

Update: ebooks 4-6 of the series have been combined into a single set, Assignment: Danger.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
A tiny device causes big trouble in Assignment: Sydney, the fourth installment in the SpyCo Novella Series.

When an Australian scientist develops technology capable of revolutionizing nuclear missile warfare, North Korea’s rogue government will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Straight from a harrowing mission in Istanbul, top SpyCo agent James Burke is dispatched to head off disaster. Little does he know he will face one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

Point of view:
3rd person

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I’m DNFing this one. I’m OK with irreverent humor, but this is too frequent and seems to cross the line more than I’m comfortable with. Burke’s repeated comments about other women, especially when supposedly in a relationship, were particularly cringeworthy. Also, despite being warned by Dot that Park has probably been in his room and planted bugs on his clothing Burke just ignores this and continues to travel without checking any of his belongings. Then is surprised when a tracker is found. I don’t expect protagonists to be perfect – but this seems really, really dense on Burke’s part. It kind of killed it for me and I found I lost the minimal interest I had in the plot…

I enjoyed the first 3 and they only seem to be loosely connected, so I’m still inclined to check out the next one, Assignment: Alaska.

About the authors:
The authors have a website for their joint ventures at: E2Books

Craig A. Hart is the stay-at-home father of twin boys, an author, and audiobook narrator. He has served as editor-in-chief for The Rusty Nail literary magazine, manager for Sweatshoppe Media, and publisher for Northern Lake Publishing. He was also director for Northern Illinois Radio Information Service, a broadcast outreach that brought daily news and information to the visually impaired. Craig was the host of the interview program The Games & Writers Show, and is now the host of the Good Sentences podcast, along with author S. J. Varengo. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Craig lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife, sons, and anti-social cat.

You can connect with Craig A. Hart here:

Scott James (S.J.) Varengo was born in 1960, (fifty years to the day after the passing of Mark Twain – take from that what you will), in a city called New York. Two years later he formed a band called The Beatles [citation needed]. He returned to New York City to attend Fordham University (having been told it was a basketball powerhouse) before transferring to the State University of New York at Potsdam (having been told it was located in the tropics), from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History. (Aside from the handsomely framed diploma and his ability to run art categories on Jeopardy, it hasn’t really paid off).

You can connect with S.J. Varengo here:

Burn for You

He was strong and capable, and right here, right now, it felt like he could actually protect her from all the slings and arrows people might hurl at her, be her shelter from the storm.

Kait Nolan
Burn for You

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Delaney Newell knows what it means to be powerless. Against the family who wouldn’t support her. Against the man she loved who betrayed her. Against the gossips who won’t let her forget it. But after years of struggling, she’s finally getting her life together.

Sean Murphy has spent years fighting forest fires. The former hotshot turned forester knows the growth that can sprout from unfathomable destruction. That’s what he sees in Delaney—someone who got leveled by life but didn’t stop growing. He’s spent the past several months watching the shy red-head blossom, and he really likes what he sees.

When Delaney is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, everyone is willing to believe the worst of her. Everyone except Sean. The woman he knows couldn’t possibly be behind the rash of fires that are keeping the volunteer fire department hopping. Someone is deliberately framing her. Will Delaney trust him enough to help her find the real culprit?

*Please note, this book was originally published as CAN’T STAND THE RAIN.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Note: Kait Nolan’s Wishful and Wishing For A Hero series intertwine. Nolan has this nifty spreadsheet on her website showing the chronological order if you’re obsessive like me. While I think Nolan does enough explaining that this could stand on its own – there are a mentions of events & characters from the first 3 books as well as other Wishful folks. At a minimum, I’d recommend Can’t Take My Eyes Off You as Delaney is a heavily featured secondary character.

Did I spend all week in Kait Nolan’s Wishing For A Hero series? Yes, I did. And I loved it!

I totally admit that when I’m immersed in a romance/romantic suspense series – it’s usually the men that have me diving into the next story. Not this time. I felt so sorry for Delaney and wished I could wrap her up in a big ol’ hug. Never fear – Nolan sends in firefighter Sean Murphy to remind Delaney how strong she is and to prove that he has her back. It’s a hard fought battle in this friends-to-lovers story as it’s obvious the townsfolk aren’t all willing to forgive past transgressions and a new threat appears to be targeting her.

Again, there’s a nice mix of steamy romance in with a continuous and escalating thriller/suspense element. So steamy – I was pretty sure Sean and Delaney’s dip in the water was going to bring Hope Springs to a boil! Whew!

Sean gets to be the hero more than once and Delaney basks in his unwavering commitment to her. I loved the unique ending that Nolan gave this precious couple. While it wasn’t what I expected, it was definitely perfect for their lives, goals, and relationship.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

My Favorite Quotes

She’d survived worse. She’d survive this. Somehow. – Burn for You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Firefighter

He was strong and capable, and right here, right now, it felt like he could actually protect her from all the slings and arrows people might hurl at her, be her shelter from the storm. – Burn for You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Firefighter

in a dozen small ways, he was constantly proving that he paid attention and he cared about her. – Burn for You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Firefighter

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

He angled his head, taking the kiss past a well-intentioned thank you and into does this door have a lock? territory.

Kait Nolan
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Exhausted by the futility of her efforts against the city’s endemic problems and the revolving door of violence in her Chicago emergency room, Dr. Miranda Campbell came home to Wishful, where she knew she could make a real difference in people’s lives. Between her clinic, a rotation in the hospital’s ER, volunteer work at the new women’s shelter, and time spent with family and friends, her life is full. But it’s not too full to notice a sexy lawman when she sees one.

Former US Marshal Ethan Greer is still settling into the job as Wishful’s new Chief of Police, but he’s starting to realize it may be years before he’ll ever be considered one of the locals. Fair enough. He’s the first to admit that making the shift to small town policing is a big adjustment. After losing his marriage and almost his life in line of duty, the slow pace of Wishful is a change he’s happy to make.

While Miranda’s and Ethan interest in each other is mutual, he’s not sure about taking on a serious relationship. That’s just fine with her. But when Miranda is targeted in an escalating chain of threatening events, Ethan’s Marshal instincts go on overdrive. Miranda’s rose-colored view of Wishful is putting her in danger. She’s become more than a casual fling or a job responsibility. With Ethan’s training screaming at him to put her in protective custody, can he find out who’s behind the threats before he pushes Miranda away? 

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Note: Kait Nolan’s Wishful and Wishing For A Hero series intertwine. Nolan has this nifty spreadsheet on her website showing the chronological order if you’re obsessive like me. While I think Nolan does enough explaining that this could stand on its own – there are a mentions of events & characters from book 1 & 2 as well as Wishful citizens from other books that I think it would be better enjoyed by those fully immersed in the Wishful “universe”.

Ah! I’ve been waiting for Ethan’s story since Make You Feel My Love and Kait Nolan did NOT disappoint. (It also helps to bring up the image of Timothy Olyphant from Justified – swoon!) While this relationship proceeds at break-neck speeds, Nolan made it work in this full-length novel by giving Ethan and Miranda somewhat similar backstories. In their mid-30s and kindred spirits it was sweet to experience them coming together in a town full of meddling neighbors and relatives. As their romance progresses, there’s a steadily building mystery/suspense/stalker plot that kept me on edge and guessing until the villain is finally revealed.

I adore that Nolan’s heroines are not only intelligent and capable, but they would never fall in the “too stupid to live” category – which is a huge pet peeve of mine in romantic suspense. While Ethan does ultimately save the day, Miranda is no shrinking violet and stands her own when confronted with a harrowing situation.

The ending and epilogue are a nice wrap up to a sexy & thrilling story. Poor maligned Delaney gets her own book next in Burn for You.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

My Favorite Quotes

He angled his head, taking the kiss past a well-intentioned thank you and into does this door have a lock? territory. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

My sister’s got claws, and she fights dirty. You hurt her, she’ll take care of you herself. I’ll just be there to help hide the body. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

“The police chief, on the front porch, in a towel!” Clay crowed it as if he’d just won a game of Clue when he answered the door. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

He needed to be calm, cold, and collected—a hunter of men. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

Watch Over Me

I don’t know who I am if I’m not a cop. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to be.

Kait Nolan
Watch Over Me

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
The only thing Rowan Beale ever wanted was to be a cop. But in the wake of her partner’s death, she still hasn’t been cleared to return to duty. Amid rumors of PTSD and struggling under the weight of survivor’s guilt, she’s starting to believe she never will be. Already at loose ends, when her Uncle Robert has a heart attack, she doesn’t hesitate to go to Wishful to take care of him. 

Reserve officer Nash Brewer is a born care-taker, so of course he pitches in after his neighbor and mentor has heart surgery. But it’s not just the former Wishful Police Chief who needs his help. Robert’s strong, gutsy niece is hurting and haunted—and someone’s been targeting her. Nash can’t help but fall as he and Rowan investigate, while keeping the secret from her fragile, but sharp-eyed uncle. 

When evidence points to Rowan herself as the perpetrator, the former Navy pilot knows in his gut there’s something more going on. But how can he ignore the facts of the case? And how can Rowan stand for one more person to believe she’s unstable, especially the man she wants to trust with her heart?

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
While this is a novella it is a complete and enjoyable story. Nolan manages to pack a punch in terms of giving a nice mix of romance, suspense, and small town feel. I love that she has crafted Rowan as a strong, intelligent, & competent woman who does not need to be rescued but is complimented by the equally qualified Nash.

This was a fun adventure I read in an afternoon and I’m looking forward to jumping right in to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Note: Kait Nolan’s Wishful and Wishing For A Hero series intertwine. Nolan has this nifty spreadsheet on her website showing the chronological order if you’re obsessive like me. While there are a few mentions of events & characters from book 1, Make You Feel My Love and a few of the Wishful citizens from other books – this absolutely stands well on its own.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

My Favorite Quotes

Rowan would rather have bamboo shoved under her fingernails than continue to have this woman explore her psyche. – Watch Over Me by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #Novella #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

The very last thing Rowan had expected to be doing tonight was making out with Nash Brewer in the monster recliner. – Watch Over Me by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #Novella #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

I don’t know who I am if I’m not a cop. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to be. – Watch Over Me by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #Novella #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

I wish for Nash to never stop looking at me like he’s looking right now. – Watch Over Me by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #Novella #WishingForAHero #Mystery #Police

Bring to Light

Nothing existed except Fletcher.
And him.
Together.

C. F. White
Bring to Light

Format:
Audio or ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Jackson Young and Fletcher Doherty are back in London and on a mission—to bring to light the murky underbelly of the Charles Payne media empire and, in doing so, get justice for the murder of Tallulah Payne.

It’s not a simple task though. They need proof. They need people to speak up. And they need to keep their hands off each other long enough to track down the other manipulated Lotus Flowers, convince them to come forward and find a way to bring it all to the public. Not so easy when they’re up against the most powerful men in London who are determined to separate and silence them by any means possible.

It’s a race against time, with a deadline not only on their story or their growing relationship but on their entire lives.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter but clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is the final book in C.F. White’s London Lies trilogy. You’ll want to listen to Fade to Blank and Hide to Seek first. As such, this review may contain spoilers to the first two books.

Things absolutely come to a head during this book. Jackson & Fletcher uncover even more in their mission to discover who murdered Tallulah and Chris. The deeper they dig, the more they realize this involves a greater conspiracy than they ever could have imagined. White sets a perfect pace that keeps you wanting to listen without interruption – this is a fantastic mix of thriller, mystery, and suspense with steamy romance.

It’s hard to believe that the entire series only covers mere weeks because she packs so much in. While it is a short time period, because we get to know Fletcher and Jackson so well as individuals and as a couple – the HEA is completely believable. I also adored the epilogue and the future White unfolds for this unlikely pairing.

Of note: Because it had been a few months – I relistened to the first two books again right before and this is the kind of trilogy you can listen to more than once and discover new things. Truly enjoyable.

Narration:
Piers Ryman wraps up this series with another fantastic narration. His performance is so consistent from the previous books, you could easily binge this and not tell he ever took a break in between books. I continue to be impressed with his effortless switch between voices and accents.

I purchased the ebook, however I did receive a free copy of the audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

About the author:
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail–leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly search for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

Eventually she moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

After her second son was born with a rare disability, C F White’s life changed and it brought pen back to and paper after having written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Now, having embarked on this writing journey, C F White can’t stop. So strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride

You can connect with CF White here:

My Favorite Quotes

It was as though there was an invisible thread holding them together and not allowing for the professional distance they’d once had. – Bring to Light by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy

Nothing existed except Fletcher. And him. Together. – Bring to Light by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy

I’m game for whatever you want. I’m yours. Wherever you want to take me. – Bring to Light by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy

Fecking eejit – Bring to Light by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy

Her Broken Alpha

He had not expected her, had not wanted her. But now that he had her, she was everything. Everything.

Her Broken Alpha
Isoellen

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Naya was a good girl. She never argued or fussed, even when an archaic society demanded she choose a husband and marry.

She had done everything right… Hadn’t she?

So how did she end up here, in the hell they called Sector 2?

Stolen from her home in the dead of night and thrown at the feet of a man that people only dared speak of in whispers, everything has gone horribly wrong in the blink of an eye.

Treachery brought them together, but fate would see them bound.

There was no escaping this crumbling kingdom once the mad monster set his mind, and his heart, on her.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Her Broken Alpha is book 2 in Isoellen’s The 12 Sectors Series. At this point, you don’t have to read Choosing Her Alpha first, but I’d recommend it. There’s some minor chronological references and Omegaverse worldbuilding that would enhance the experience.

Unlike book 1, Isoellen gives us multiple perspectives and it works really well. Darre and Naya are a unique take on the “Beauty and the Beast” trope which leaves them both changed forever. This features a monster, one of the the harshest and cutthroat sectors, betrayal, and peril. Enemies abound and this new couple struggles to know who to trust. While I generally avoid the dub-con elements that feature heavily in this book, I still enjoyed the story, characters, and world so much that I’m looking forward to more in the series.

While this is a complete tale… this felt more like an HFN for this unlikely duo. It’s obvious Isoellen has more to add to an overall world story arc and there are plenty of questions yet to be answered. I’m excited to see where she takes this!

About the author:
Isoellen is just your average, aging child-care worker who drinks too much coffee. Her first romance story was written in 1977 at 8 years old after seeing the movie Star Wars. She knew even then that a rogue on the wrong side of the law was a better mate than the boy on the hero’s journey.

The worlds she creates are violent and sensual, but her characters always find beauty in the decay and romance with intimacy. True-love and happily-ever-after’s are guaranteed.

She lives in the Northwest and can be found looking for the piece of paper she wrote her last Facebook password on.

You can connect with Isoella here:

My Favorite Quotes

You take my breath away. You’ve stolen me. Robbed me of everything. Where did you come from, little treasure?- Her Broken Alpha by @isoellen #Omegaverse #Dystopian #Romance #BeautyAndTheBeast

What a devious little thing she was, his treasure, thinking to choose a weak alpha so she could have her way. – Her Broken Alpha by @isoellen #Omegaverse #Dystopian #Romance #BeautyAndTheBeast

He had not expected her, had not wanted her. But now that he had her, she was everything. Everything. – Her Broken Alpha by @isoellen #Omegaverse #Dystopian #Romance #BeautyAndTheBeast

This mate of hers wouldn’t leave her behind or tuck her away in his tower like the princess he teased her about being. – Her Broken Alpha by @isoellen #Omegaverse #Dystopian #Romance #BeautyAndTheBeast

Redeeming Gavin

Getting to know you, falling for you a little more everyday has changed me.

Ella Jade
Redeeming Gavin

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Can it be a chance at redemption when history repeats itself in a way he never expected?

Reformed bad boy Gavin Callahan has finally gotten his life together. He’s recently returned from Boston to help his brother Brody run the family business. In the last two years he’s matured and given up his player ways. What choice did he have after what he’d done to the last woman he was involved with? Not to mention almost losing his family. That was all behind him now.

Justine Carlucci finds herself in a mess. Not only is she single and pregnant, but she’s caring for her alcoholic father. Her ex doesn’t want her or their unborn child. He even offers her a small sum of money to walk away and forget he exists. Nothing seems to be going her way until she accepts help from a familiar stranger. Gavin owns the company she works for. He doesn’t know she exists until an unforeseen meeting puts her directly in his path.

Gavin can’t get Justine out of his head. He becomes more intrigued with her when he learns about her unfortunate circumstances. He’s not the man for her but he can’t seem to walk away. She doesn’t expect anything from him but she’s drawn to his charm and caring nature. Gavin has a secret that goes beyond just him. He’s made promises to his family that he can’t break, but his feelings for Justine grow stronger everyday. Can she still accept him once she learns the truth?

Point of view:
3rd person

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Like the first book, Something More, this was a quick read. The author provides enough summary of book 1 that this could be read on its own – but you’d definitely want to read in order because the storylines are heavily intertwined. Reformed bad boy isn’t my favorite trope as I don’t feel most authors actually redeem them – but I like what Ella Jade did with Gavin here.

The relationship between Justine and Gavin was sweet and sexy. However, the secondary storylines felt underdeveloped and awkward.


Something More

What could she possibly offer him? She was young, lonely, and pregnant.

Ella Jade
Something More

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
This brings a secret baby romance to a whole new level. He may be fine with the pregnancy but what happens when he learns exactly who the father is…

A shocking secret threatens to tear apart a rich and powerful family.
Claudia Samson, housekeeper to the privileged Callahan family, finds herself alone and pregnant after a brief fling with Gavin, the youngest Callahan son. When she informed him of the pregnancy he accused her of running a scam and made it clear that she was on her own.

Brody Callahan, Gavin’s older half-brother, has devoted his entire life to running the family business. He doesn’t realize what he’s been missing by throwing himself into his work until he finds Claudia asleep in the family guest bedroom. He has discovered his very own Sleeping Beauty. Intrigued by the young woman, he vows to get to know her better.

Although Claudia is instantly attracted to the charismatic businessman, she knows her secret will destroy any chance they have for a future together, but Brody’s hard to resist.

Meanwhile, as Gavin watches Brody and Claudia’s relationship develop, he begins to devise a plan to use the secret to his advantage. He wants full partnership in the business—something he was denied by both his brother and their deceased father—and maybe now he can finally obtain it.

Can Brody and Claudia survive the storm, or will the secrets and blackmail destroy both them and their love?

Point of view:
3rd person

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Random KU suggested book. This trope always intrigues me for some reason.

Quick, enjoyable, easy read. It’s short, so things are kind of simplistic but still enough development. The main antagonist does a 180 for a wrap-up that’s a little too “convenient” and abrupt. But I enjoyed it and will read the next one, Redeeming Gavin.


Assignment: Istanbul

Perry realized killing Flick might also be a signature on his own death warrant.

Craig A. Hart & S.J. Varengo
Assignment: Istanbul

Format:
Audiobook. ebook is also available

Update: ebooks 1-3 of the series have been combined into a single set, Assignment: Adventure.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
SpyCo operative Perry Hall has one more chance to serve justice on his wife’s killer, a man he has sought for years. But now, the pursuit lands Perry in the crosshairs of his own agency, as he defies a direct order to continue the chase. 

As SpyCo’s top agents converge in Istanbul with orders to take him out, Perry races through the city streets, searching for the deadliest killer he’s ever faced.

From the dark underground of an ancient cistern to the lonely sound of the ezan, Istanbul comes alive in this thrilling adventure of high-stakes espionage, the third book in the SpyCo Novella Series.

Point of view:
3rd person

Rellim’s Thoughts:
While each novella is an enjoyable and complete adventure on its own – secondary events and storylines build on previous books and the series should be listened to in order. As such, this review may contain spoilers for previous books. These are a fun mix of espionage, thriller, mystery, & suspense with a dash of humor.

The end of Assignment: Paris teased this book as an opportunity for Perry to finally avenge his wife’s death. Unfortunately, this goes against the orders of SpyCo HQ and Burke & Lindsey are called in to eliminate their friend. New operatives are introduced, things are not as they seem, no one knows who to trust, and Fleming remains safe. I appreciate that Hart & Varengo continue to write smart, capable, and equally snarky female characters.

The ending definitely teases Assignment: Sydney and I’m enjoying binging this series.

Narration:
Michael Berry is my favorite narrator of the series so far. I really connected with his delivery and found his voices, accents, and inflections to be consistent. He brought the SpyCo operatives to life and I hope to hear more of his work in the future.

About the authors:
The authors have a website for their joint ventures at: E2Books

Craig A. Hart is the stay-at-home father of twin boys, an author, and audiobook narrator. He has served as editor-in-chief for The Rusty Nail literary magazine, manager for Sweatshoppe Media, and publisher for Northern Lake Publishing. He was also director for Northern Illinois Radio Information Service, a broadcast outreach that brought daily news and information to the visually impaired. Craig was the host of the interview program The Games & Writers Show, and is now the host of the Good Sentences podcast, along with author S. J. Varengo. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Craig lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife, sons, and anti-social cat.

You can connect with Craig A. Hart here:

Scott James (S.J.) Varengo was born in 1960, (fifty years to the day after the passing of Mark Twain – take from that what you will), in a city called New York. Two years later he formed a band called The Beatles [citation needed]. He returned to New York City to attend Fordham University (having been told it was a basketball powerhouse) before transferring to the State University of New York at Potsdam (having been told it was located in the tropics), from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History. (Aside from the handsomely framed diploma and his ability to run art categories on Jeopardy, it hasn’t really paid off).

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My Favorite Quotes

Not every case calls for a suicidal loose cannon, Eagle. – Assignment: Istanbul by @craighartreads & @PapaV #Audiobook narrated by NARRATOR #Thriller #Mystery #Novella #Espionage #SpyCo

Perry realized killing Flick might also be a signature on his own death warrant. – Assignment: Istanbul by @craighartreads & @PapaV #Audiobook narrated by NARRATOR #Thriller #Mystery #Novella #Espionage #SpyCo

“My capitalistic credentials are impeccable,” Moore quipped. “I spend my weekends putting down the little guy.” – Assignment: Istanbul by @craighartreads & @PapaV #Audiobook narrated by NARRATOR #Thriller #Mystery #Novella #Espionage #SpyCo