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Review: Hardline (Hacker #3) by Meredith Wild

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Print Length: 262 pages
Publisher: Meredith Wild (June 16, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Software mogul Blake Landon has met his match in headstrong Erica Hathaway. While his controlling nature and her independent spirit continue to battle, Blake has no intention of letting her out of his life again.

Erica has given Blake her trust and her love, determined that they will conquer any challenges together. But when he demands more and tests the boundaries of her commitment, she is forced to face the dark desires he’s kept hidden.

As their bonds grow tighter, their enemies close in. With Erica’s start-up in danger, Blake’s frustration grows as he tries to protect her from those who would ruin her only to get to him. Can their relationship survive when Blake’s enemies cross the line and threaten more than her livelihood?

                              
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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

My Review: I was going to call this one the worst in the series, but then I found out there is a 4th one, which to be honest - I've come this far I might read it simply because I'm sadistic like that.

To begin with - fans of the BDSM lifestyle - find another series to read. Seriously. Blake is not a Dom, he is an abusive asshole who not only uses NO aftercare, but leaves his woman (as I cannot call her a sub) feeling abandoned and used afterwards. As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to call one specific scene in this story RAPE because of the way he treats her.

Perhaps I should give you some history here (or as much as I can without giving away too many spoilers). Erica leaves Blake in a move that she thinks will spare his life. A guy in her employ kisses her and she kisses him back. And once Blake finds out - he completely loses his mind. He uses her, he uses his belt on her without mercy - and then he showers and leaves her to go to bed and wake up alone. In fact, he ignored her for several days and makes her come crawling back to him.

The fact that by the time she did go back to him, he had her convinced by his actions that everything was her fault to begin with was also a major annoyance with me. She had to change because she messed up, she kissed someone else (WHEN THEY WERE SEPARATED), she was the reason he was acting this way - seriously? Erica was NOT a strong character - she was overly pathetic and needed to grow a backbone and say "You overreacted. This is NOT my fault and I will NOT do this" instead of giving in to his every demand. 

Perhaps I'm just not "submissive" enough, but when a man starts telling me what I can and cannot do outside of the bedroom and the decisions I can and cannot make outside of the bedroom (read in the business that I started before I met him), then he needs to go. I don't care how many orgasms he can provide, or how deeply I care for him. The man needs some SERIOUS psychiatric help. 

This is not sexy, this is not love, this is not even true BDSM. This is an abusive man who needs to control every single aspect someone else's life as though the other person is incapable of doing so themselves. This is a man who proposes to someone KNOWING FULL WELL HOW (AND WHO) THEY ARE and then giving them the ultimatum of either completely conforming to how they want them to be or leaving them. Because that's totally the lifestyle right? 

Another thing that really got to me was the fact that (during what I have termed the rape scene) he stuck two fingers into her arse without giving her much of a warning. When she protested, he stopped (thankfully) but then he tells her "Maybe not tonight, but I will have your ass. You can count on it. Do you know why? Because I own you."

Oh screw that. The whole purpose of the BDSM lifestyle is yes, to push the limits you have, but when someone makes it VERY clear that this particular thing is NOT ok - any good Dom accepts that. They may broach the subject again later on, but they do not basically threaten you in the way Blake CONSTANTLY threatens Erica. 

If, after reading this, you still think this book is your cup of tea - you can find using the buy link below.

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Hardline (Hacker #3)  is available from Amazon.com

Sneak Peek! Blood Assassin The Sentinels # 2 By: Alexandra Ivy

Monday, January 26, 2015


Title:  Blood Assassin The Sentinels # 2 
Author:  Alexandra Ivy
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Book Description:

They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned…

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again…

INTO THE FIRE

Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger—and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?

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Excerpt: At midafternoon the corridors of Valhalla were mostly empty. A good thing since Fane was in the mood to knock aside anyone stupid enough to get in his way.

Why had he gone to Serra?
He knew that she was hurting. And that he was the cause.
But the memory of her wounded expression as he’d walked away from her earlier had haunted him until he’d been driven into seeking her out. As if he could somehow ease her pain.
Idiot.
Clearly his decision to leave Valhalla for Tibet was a good one.
All he’d done was make matters worse.
Taking the elevator down to the apartments reserved for Sentinels, he entered the sparse space and methodically began to pack his few belongings.
Unlike Serra who’d created a home that reflected her strong, unique personality, he kept his own apartment with nothing more than the bare necessities. A bed, a couch, and a kitchen table. Except for his workroom. Everything in there had been handcrafted from the tools he used to sculpt his figurines to the workbench where he spent countless hours.
That was the one place he could go to find the peace denied to him in most of his life.
He’d packed his few clothes and was just placing the last of his tools in a heavy crate to take with him when a knock on his door interrupted the silence.
His first impulse was to ignore the visitor. Protracted good-byes weren’t on his agenda. But catching a familiar scent, he realized this was one farewell he couldn’t avoid.
Moving through the apartment, he pulled open the front door to reveal the small, red-haired necromancer who’d been in his care for the past decade.
His expression softened. “Callie.”She smiled, reaching up to touch his neck in a gesture that revealed the depth of their friendship.
“How are you?” she asked softly.
He grimaced. Only the two of them would ever comprehend the bond that had formed when he’d been chosen as her guardian. Or the wrenching sense of loss when the bond had been broken.
“Adjusting.” he said.
She wrinkled her nose, moving her hand to lay it over her heart that now belonged to Duncan O’Conner.
“Yeah, me too.”
Fane narrowed his gaze, suddenly wondering if there was more to this visit than a chance to say goodbye.
“The bastard treating you right?”
She rolled her eyes. “He has a name. And he’s treating me very right.”
He hurriedly held up a hand. “No details , little one,” he muttered.
It wasn’t jealousy. But Callie was like a sister to him. He found it impossible to think of her with any man.
She flashed a teasing grin. “Deal.”
“If you don’t need me to beat Duncan to a blood pulp then what are you doing here?”
Her smile abruptly disappeared, a concern darkening the sapphire of her eyes. “I was hoping that you know where Serra is.”
Fane froze, his instincts on full alert. “Why would I know?”
“Fane.” Callie gave a chiding shake of her head. “You can fool most people, but not me.”
His jaw clenched. He didn’t share his feelings for Serra with anyone. Not even Callie.
“I spoke with her earlier. She said she was tired. Have you checked her rooms?”
“Of course.”
Fane frowned. “Why are you concerned?”
“She told Arel she was going to meet him in the dining hall, but she never showed.”
Jealousy ripped through Fane. The younger Sentinel had been panting after Serra for years. He’d even managed to lure her into a brief affair that had tormented Fane. It was one thing to tell Serra he wanted her to find a man to love, and another to watch her being seduced by a male half his age.
He wasn’t a dammed saint.
“Maybe she changed her mind,” he said, taking pleasure in the thought of the arrogant cub being stood up.
“She would have let him know,” Callie insisted. Although, cell phones didn’t work, there were landlines placed throughout Valhalla that made communication easy. “Arel came to me when he searched Valhalla and couldn’t find her.”
Abruptly, Fane remembered Serra’s strange behavior when he’d last seen her.
At the time he’d put it down to anger and wounded pride. Now he had to wonder if there hadn’t been something else wrong.
“You said that you tried her apartment?”
Callie nodded. “She didn’t answer the door.”
“She could be asleep.”
“No, I have a key.” Callie bit her bottom lip. “I went to check on her but she wasn’t there. And – “
Fane ruthlessly crushed the fear that threatened to cloud his years of training.
If something happened to Serra she needed a warrior, not the man who’d wanted her for longer than she would ever know.
“Tell me,” he commanded.
“There was a mess in her bedroom.”
Shit. He gripped the edge of the door, the wood cracking beneath the pressure.
“A mess?” he barked. “Like she’d been attacked?”
“No, her clothes were thrown around like she’d been packing in a hurry.”
Oh. A portion of Fane’s fear eased.
If she’d packed a bag then there was a chance this was nothing more than a misunderstanding.
“She has a home south of here,” he pointed out. Most psychics had private homes in isolated areas where they could get away from the “psychic noise” caused by living in a crowded community. “Maybe she was going there.”
“Without a word to anyone? I even called Inhera to see if Serra had been called away on assignment.”
Inhera was the leader of the psychics and was responsible for scheduling their duties.
Fane grimaced. “She might have felt a need to leave Valhalla that had nothing to do with her job.”
Callie stabbed him with an accusing glare. “I know that she was upset, and why. But Serra has never just disappeared. She knows how worried I would be.”
Fane gave a slow nod.
Callie was right.
Even if she was pissed as hell with him, Serra wouldn’t leave without gaining approval from Inhera.
And more importantly, without saying something to Callie and her foster parents.
“Damn.”
He spun on his heel to cross to the fare side of his living room where he laid his hand on a scanner. It took only a second for his fingerprints to be accepted and for a panel in the wall to slide open to reveal a hidden room that was built into all the Sentinel’s apartments.
“Fane?” Callie murmured in confusion, following him into the room and gazing at the high-tech equipment in fascination.
It couldn’t compare to the command center at the lowest level of Valhalla, but it was built with steel walls lined with powerful computers, which were linked to the satellite feeds that kept track of government agencies. They also ran surveillance monitors.
Including surveillance for Valhalla.
Going to the nearest computer he tapped on the keys to bring up the camera that monitored the hallway outside Serra’s apartment.
“I want to check the tapes,” he muttered, clicking the rewind until he reached the point of Serra’s first entering her apartment.
“Why?” Callie demanded.
“There was something bothering her.”
He watched as she opened her door and then bent down to pick up something off the ground. What was it? He zoomed in. A gift-wrapped package. Was it the locket he’d seen her holding?
She entered the apartment and closed the door. He zoomed past Callie’s visit and his own arrival and abrupt departure. After that there was…nothing.
No one entered the hallway. Not until Serra’s door was opened and she walked away from her apartment with a suitcase clutched in her hand.
Once again he zoomed in, a cold trickle of sweat inching down his spine. There was no mistaking the pallor of her skin and the tightness of her features. Twice she reached up to rub her temple, as if she were in pain.
“Goddammit,” he growled, clicking to another camera to watch her progress through Valhalla. “I should have insisted she tell me.”
Callie swore beneath her breath. “Considering you were more than likely what was bothering her, I doubt she would have shared.”
He accepted the familiar pang of guilt, he deserved it, but he gave a shake of his head at the thought this was about his decision to leave.
Watching Serra take a tunnel to the outer garage and halting next to her personal SUV, Fane scowled in confusion.
She walked past a dozen friends who’d all tried to get her attention, her expression unfocused and her movements lacking her usual grace.
That wasn’t like Serra.
Then she opened the back of her SUV and shoved in her vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase that had been a gift from her parent. Callie gasped in disbelief.
“Okay that’s it. There something really, really wrong,” she muttered. “Last year Serra nearly ripped off the head of a bellboy who tried to touch the handle of her back without gloves on. She would never toss it around like a sack of garbage.”
Fane was moving before he even realized he’d made his decision.
“I’ll find her.”








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About the Author:
ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.

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Review: Hardpressed (Hacker #2) by Meredith Wil

Friday, January 23, 2015


Print Length: 286 pages
Publisher: Meredith Wild (December 7, 2013)

From Goodreads.com: In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line.

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.

                              
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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

My Review: After my disappointment with book #1 in this series, I was hesitant to continue on. I finally managed to finish this book, and while I wasn't overly impressed with this novel either, the aspect of her tormentor and what happened to him, and the revelation of who was behind it gave it a bit more dimension that the first book had. 

However, what happened after that was just so completely unbelievable that I found myself shaking my head. There were so many options available to Erica had she just sat down and thought, but no that's too much to ask and she runs away from Blake (again). only to spend pages lamenting over how miserable she was without him until they finally face off and SURPRISE! Have sex. Again. 

Speaking of sex, I believe there is more sex in this novel than actual plot. In fact, the two main characters repeatedly resort to sex to "overlook" their MAJOR problems, or to avoid talking altogether. Honestly, there wasn't anything to their relationship aside from the sex, and that alone made it hard to get into this one.  

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Hardpressed (Hacker #2)  is available from Amazon.com

Review: Hardwired (The Hacker Series, Book 1) by Meredith Wild

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Meredith Wild (June 10, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

                              
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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

My Review: When I saw these novels being billed as the next "Fifty Shades of Grey" and BETTER than "Fifty Shades of Grey" I got really excited. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't LOVE Fifty Shades, but there was a plot that moved forward, and the last book was probably the best out of the series. So, when I got these books for Christmas, I couldn't wait to dive right in.

And man was I disappointed. At first, this story held A LOT of promise. There was a plot right out of the gate, and Erica struck me as a lot stronger of a character than Anastasia Steele. I loved the interactions between her and Blake, and how even though she was attracted to him, she also despised him enough not to act on it. And then they had sex. And then they had sex again. And again, and... do you see where I am going with this? I would say at least 90% of this story was about them having sex. And really, there are so many times I can read that a man's penis was "rooted" in someone before I start to think of it as a tree taking root. And yeah - not a good mental picture. 

Then there was Erica herself. What I had once thought of as a strong woman who was very centered in her work, the moment she became involved with Blake, she turned into this sniveling "damsel" who gave in to him too easily (even when she was mad at him), or who turned tail and ran away when things got too hard for her. I was shocked at the complete 180 this character did once she "had a man". What happened to the Erica who I read about in the beginning? Where did she go?

The more this story progressed, the more it reminded me of a BAD rip off of Fifty Shades. It was almost as though someone took that novel and decided to write a fan-fiction of that, even though there was some original ideas, the majority of it seemed like a carbon copy of the other. Too much sex (and all of it sounding the same), not enough plot, sex in place of dialogue or plot that would have kept the story interesting or moved it at a faster pace.

Definitely not worth the hype.


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Hardwired (The Hacker Series, Book 1)   is available from Amazon.com

Review: The Fearful Heart by Cherry Christensen

Monday, January 19, 2015


Print Length: 175 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (November 26, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: The heart must be protected at all costs… but will Cassidy be able to afford the price?

Cassidy has distanced herself from childhood friend, Tristan. She’s moved on from their days of best friend-hood and is attending college. And dating one of the most eligible males on campus. Life ccouldn't be better. Really.

Tristan has devoted himself to Cassidy since they were children together. But no matter what he did, she’s never treated him like more than her best friend. He knows they can have something deeper. If only he can find the key to unlocking her fearful heart.


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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

This was one of those stories that I really wanted to like. There was so much promise in the synopsis, and it started off so well. Plus - to be honest - there was nothing really wrong with the author's writing style. 

The main problems that I had with this novel are as follows; to start with - the characters were very juvenile sounding and not very well developed. In fact, the majority of the time I found myself thinking they sounded more like high school students than college students. It was very unrealistic for the age group. For example, Cassidy and her roommate spend 98% of the book calling someone else a "shedevil", and the interactions not only between them, but between other characters as well just did not make sense to the story. 

I also found the relationships to be really skewed, the author spent a lot of time on relationships that in the end, really didn't matter to the plot at all. I would have LOVED to have seen more of the relationship between Cassidy and Tristian. Yes, I understand they have a deep history of being childhood friends, but not only do we not get to see a whole lot of that, but we get a very limited glimpse into their lives as "adults" as well. The entire time I was reading this, I kept waiting for more. More depth, more of a plot-line, but sadly I was left wanting. 

Overall, I'm sure there is an audience for this novel - those that like quick and sweet (lots of kissing, but no sex) novels. It just wasn't for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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 The Fearful Heart  is available from Amazon.com

Sneak Peek!! Dangerous By: Patricia Rosemoor

Friday, January 16, 2015


Title:  Dangerous 
Author:  Patricia Rosemoor 
Event organized byTasty Tours


Book Description:

Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.

Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.


After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.

Excerpt: Shortly after dawn, Camille entered the century-old building on Ravenswood, an industrial
corridor divided by raised Metra train tracks straight down the middle. Her life was now in
shambles, and guilt dogged her. Sandy was gone, and she was to blame, the reason she was here.
She had no other options left. Taking a deep breath, Camille took the elevator up to the third
floor and stopped in front of the door to Justus Investigations. She tried not to think about the
fact that Justus was Drago’s brother. Or that she and Drago had spent a mind-bending weekend
in a hotel room. At this moment, finding Sandy was the only thing that mattered.
The attractive dark-haired woman at the front desk appeared startled to see her. “Can I
help you?”
“I’m here to see Justus Nance.”
“Um, this early?” Frowning, the woman checked her computer. “I don’t see an
appointment.”
“He’ll see me.” At least she hoped he would. Justus had been her mentor in the
department when she’d applied to be a detective. “Tell him it’s Camille Martell.”
The woman picked up the phone, and a moment later, Justus opened his office door and
waved her in. “Camille, beautiful as ever.”
“You always were an expert liar.”
Justus didn’t deny it. Sometimes you had to be a great liar to get to the truth when grilling
a suspect. Camille had no illusions about herself. Her mirror had assured her that she looked as
crappy as she felt. On the other hand, Justus was as handsome as ever, an older, smoother version
of his brother.
The moment she took her seat, Justus said, “So Rodriguez put you on administrative
leave.”
She cringed when she remembered the conversation she’d had with her lieutenant the
night before.
“This doesn’t look good for you, Camille,” Rodriguez tells her. “You were off the case.
What you did was unsanctioned. I can’t condone vigilante action. The department won’t.”
“With all due respect, sir, I was trying to get to Angel before he had another chance at
some innocent woman.” Desperate to make him believe she wasn’t doing anything wrong, she
says, “If I’d have found him, you would’ve known about it.”
“When? After you carried through with whatever plan was going through that head of
yours?”
“The plan was to stop a murderer!”
“Exactly.”
Camille had tried to argue her way out of an administrative leave. It never boded well to
ignore a superior’s directive. She could almost feel the tears of frustration and anger again when she had set her star and gun down on his desk.







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About the Author: 
 With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with "dangerous love" – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction

If you would like to learn more about the author, please visit her website. Or you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.



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Review: Enforce (Eagle Elite, #1.5) by Rachel Van Dyken

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Print Length: 386 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer...
 
                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

DISCLAIMER #1: This novel is a re-telling of her Original novel in this series Elite. However it is told from the male point of view. 

It has been over a year since I originally read Elilte (in fact you can read my original review by clicking on that link). In the course of that review, one of the main issues I had was not understanding why the males acted or said the things they did. Well Enforce certainly cleared all of those questions up! 

I wouldn't exactly call Enforce a "re-telling" of Elite, although it will certainly be construed that way. Rather - Enforce can be read as a stand alone in place of Elite, and things would still make sense. To try and say one is better than the other would be hard work as they each have their own merits. I will say that I enjoyed Enforce more than I did Elite, simply because now I better understood the pressure that Nixon was under, as well as Chase's conflicted feelings. There seemed to be more going on in Enforce simply due to the reactions (and actions and emotions) of the male characters. I also found them more intriguing this time around - the way they seamlessly walked the line between "normal college students" and "Mafia Bad-asses" was insightful to say the least. 

One of the major "OMG" moments came with reading the chapters that were from Phoenix's point-of-view. I went from completely hating him in Elite to actually being able to sympathize with him and his plight. No person should have to live with what he had to live with, and the compounding factors not only of his childhood, but how he perceived Trace and everything that happened once she came into the picture would melt even the hardest of hearts towards him. 

Yes, I realize there may be some people who hem and haw that the Eagle Elite series is a bit .... unrealistic, but I say to them, don't you read a book to be transported into a different world? For me, I care more about the depth of the book - was I completely drawn in? Did I care about the characters? Then I do about the "true" inner workings of the Mafia in regards not only to how they operate, but how the police would inevitably get involved. 

In the end - if you have not read Elite yet, I would read and then read Enforce before moving on to the other novels in this overall story as I think that will allow you a better understanding of their world (as the rest of the series is in the POV of multiple characters throughout the course of one book). 

I would highly recommend this novel to not only fans of Ms.Van Dyken, but also to those who enjoy a good, complex novel. And the hot Mafia men don't hurt things either. 

DISCLAIMER #2: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 
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 Enforce (Eagle Elite, #1.5)   is available from Amazon.com

 

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