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Her Sworn Enemy by Theresa Meyers

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 18th November 2015
Her Sworn Enemy by Theresa MeyersHer Sworn Enemy by Theresa Meyers
Series: Men of the Zodiac #12
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on December 7th 2015
Pages: 174
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three-stars

Money doesn’t matter when what you want is revenge.
Self-made millionaire and family black sheep Tucker McCormack has one goal—payback. He’s planning a hostile takeover of the McCormack empire, but his latest roadblock is too beautiful to resist…and she’s his brother’s ex.
Headstrong antiquities expert Belladonna Dupre has put every asset she has on the line to recover her family’s fortunes from a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, but she needs a dive salvage operator to make it happen. Enter Tucker McCormack. He’s smart, good with his hands, and sexy as hell in a dive suit, but he demands joint credit for the discovery as a condition to work with her.
Bella won’t be bullied into giving up what’s rightly hers. Tuck won’t take no for an answer. It’s a battle on the high seas, where sparks fly, attraction smolders, and anything can happen.

The recovery of a (treasure-laden) shipwreck brings two desperate people for very different reasons: one who wishes to take down his illegitimate family’s corporate empire and another who needs the salvage badly after banking everything in her life to search for it. They clash almost immediately but the antagonism has more to do with claiming credit and splitting profits and once that is over, Bella and Tucker’s adventure on the high seas turns into something much more than just a recovery effort when emotions and the sheets get in the way.

I neither liked nor disliked Bella/Tucker as a couple; both were equally single-minded in their own pursuits, unyielding in some ways and stupid and flighty in others. Blinded by their own faults and personal history, their connection however, not matter how strong it is, just didn’t seem destined or convincing enough to last. But it was honestly hard to root for a pairing I didn’t feel to much about, even though the writing was good and the plot was interesting in the way it combined treasured hunting and the recovery business.

three-stars

The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Military/Paramilitary/ Netgalley/ Reviews 21st July 2015
The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy AndrewsThe Colonel's Daughter by Amy Andrews
Series: Men of the Zodiac #8
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 6th 2015
Pages: 240
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four-stars

Sign: Scorpio
Ivy Danforth is out from under her Colonel father's overprotective control, and she's making it count. Big time. She's taken the summer off to travel through Australia with her bestie and experiencing all that life has to offer—when you’re not under constant military surveillance. She wants to end her summer with some sexy fun, and she has just the hottie in mind.
Seth Rodrigo is ex-Special Forces working undercover and keeping an eye on Ivy as a special favor to her father. All he has to do is not give the game away and reveal who he really is. And especially not give into the hunger that's burning through his careful control...
Then they're forced into protective custody. Alone. Together. For four days. And this time, the Colonel's daughter isn't taking no for an answer...

Seth Rodrigo owes Colonel Danforth a lifetime of favours but this latest one that requires him to go undercover and watch over the man’s daughter is quite literally, a trip to the edge and into a sea of uncertainty and chaos – everything that’s against his ordered and routine life. But he doesn’t stand a chance against Ivy Danforth who is more than a handful and knows it.

A quick and funny read, The Colonel’s Daughter in many ways, reads like a very old school Harlequin category novel(ette) with a virgin heroine and a larger than life hero who is wrestled out of his self-control by the woman’s antics. The suspense isn’t the focus here, but rather the love-hate game that Ivy and Seth find themselves entangled in. There are aspects in the story which seem contrived and abrupt – as is the case with many category books – but Amy Andrews excels in portraying contemporary attitudes to relationships and emotions…while giving her readers a rushed but walking-into-the-sunset sort of HEA.

four-stars
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