Review: Under His Protection (Red Stone Security #9) by Katie Reus

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014 3:55 PM
Title: Under His Protection
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #9

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Julieta’s stalker doesn’t play by the rules

Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.

…but neither does Ivan.

Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his.

Under His Protection is the ninth book in the Red Stone Security series and tells the story of Ivan, a Red Stone Security employee and Julieta, a lingerie shop owner.

Ivan Mitchell is the newest employee at RSS. The first time he meets Julieta he's on a mission protecting a client. So he's shocked when his client walks into a lingerie shop and meets its owner Julieta Mederos. Julieta has worked hard and is trying to keep her business at the top, which isn't as easy as one might think. But Julieta craves more. Ever since the tall, blond man with blue eyes walked into her shop, her mind's preoccupied. Julieta though, suspects that Ivan doesn't even like her. But she couldn't be more wrong.

The only thing Ivan wants more than having Julieta is keeping her. He's been watching after her for too long and when her life is in danger, he finally makes his move...

Just as the previous books in thes series, Under his protection was amazing! Ivan was sooo different from the other male characters in the series, which I loved. After losing his own family he became a loner but working at RSS made him feel part of another family. Julieta was a strong-willed character, if not stubborn. She tried so hard to succeed on her own and she won't let fear destroy her life.

Together they are going to eliminate any threat!

Under his protection was a fast paced book filled with action, romance, suspense, an alpha hero and a lingerie owner with a good taste!

Totally recommended!

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest revew*
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Sofia T.


Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:48 PM

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: Take a Chance (Rosemary Beach #7) by Abbi Glines

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 1:46 PM
Title: Take a Chance
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #7

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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When Harlow Manning's rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan's room in nothing but his boxer briefs.
Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He'd known about Nan's reputation, but still he couldn't resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow's eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?
"She needed me. No one had ever needed me. It had made me weak." -Greant

Take a chance is the first book in the Chances new series by Abbi Glines.

So, although I'm a huge fan of Abbi Glines, I was a bit hesitant about this book and all because of Nan (if you haven't already guessed it, I'm a #Nanhater). Every time I hear her name is like I hear "Beware there is a lot of DRAMA around". Especially ever since I found out about Nan and Grant's relationship, my respect for him has dropped a lot. But I still couldn't stay away from this book. Firstly becasue it's written by Abbi Glines and secondly because I really wanted to find out Harlow's story.

Grant is one of the famous Rosemary Beach’s favorite playboys. He'll never settle down. He's realationship with Nan makes things even worse, cause even if he wanted to settle down no one would want to end up with him after his past with Nan. Grant thinks he's done with Nan but for how long?!

Meet Harlow Manning. Harlow is so sweet, loving, caring but she's off limits. For Grant, Harlow is very dangerous, even more than Nan, because she makes him want more, when he never did. And that is something that Grant isn't ready to deal with, yet.

Harlow's unfortunate enough to be Nan's half sister. Harlow was always loved and shelterd but that doesn't mae her stupid. She knows that in order to survive living with Nan she has to stay away. But how can she when their father, Kiro, who's on tour wants Harlow to stay in the house at Rosemary, exactly where Nan is. Harlow isn't the biggest fan of Nan and even comes to hate her when she witnesses Grant walking through Nan's bedroom one morning. Everything she ever felt for him is wiped away in that moment. How can she be with a man that always runs back to Nan?

Grant wants to gain Harlow's trust once again but he knows that it's not going to be easy. But even if Harlow fogives him will they ever be able to survive behind all these lies and secrets?

I'm not really sure how I felt about this book, which is a first for me. I usually LOVE Abbi's books but with this one, things are complecated. Even when Harlow forgives Grant, I'm not sure I'm able to either forgive him or trust him. To me he isn't worthy of her. I just hope that maybe the sequel wll be able to redeem him to my eyes (not that sure though). Grant will do anything in his power to restore his image to her, even stay at her side when well kept secrets begin to come out.

Take a chance is a wellsuited title. Because for Grant that's all there is, one more chance. Harlow is taking a huge risk with him, a risk I'm not sure he's worhy of, but still it's her hoice. In my opinion, I believe tha Harlow just forgave things too easily. Sure Grant is Grant but still...

On the other hand, Harlow isn't an innocent either. She has many secrets, secrets that very few know but affect all of them. I think she should have told Grant her secret from the beginning! He should have known!

Some of the things I really liked was getting some glimpses from the other characters in the Rosemary Beach series. We got to see Rush, Blaire, Woods and Della and many more. We also get to meet Mase, Harlow's brother, whom I really liked (I can't wait to see more of him) and meet Kiro for the first time. Of course, we have see Kiro before but never like this. Kiro's story will definitely shock you!

All in all, this was another great Rosemary Beach book. I was quite uncertain of this book (I still am) but I'm hopping the sequel will do justice to it. Abbi is one of my favourite authors and I'm sure she's going to figure something out. I can't wait for the next book!!

Totally recommended!
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Sofia T.


Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:22 PM

Welcome to Life of a Blogger, a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeats! This is where you get the chance to know the blogger behind the blog, aka: What we do when we’re not blogging! Every week there will be a new topic; mainly non-bookish, where I’ll share a little bit of life with you guys..

This week's topic is Fears!

This is going to be a looooong list.The things I fear are:

1. Anything that crawls (really creepy things!!)
2. Clowns (+ balloons)
3. Heights
4. Closed or small spaces
5. Elevators
6. Sometimes I'm afraid being alone in the dark

I think that's all! Yeah, that one was long....

So, what are you afraid of???
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Sofia T.


Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:57 PM

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Stay with Me
Series: Wait for You #3

Expected publication: September 23rd 2014


At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

TOP TEN TUESDAY #6 Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:19 PM
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

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1.  Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

2. Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

3. Taking Chances (Taking Chances #1) by Molly McAdams

5. Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

6. Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O'Rourke

7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea(Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

 What are the top ten books you really want to read but don't own yet???
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Sofia T.

Review: Playing With Fire (Phoenix Fire #3) by Cynthia Eden

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 2:13 PM
Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Phoenix Fire #3

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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An Old Flame
Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she's determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He's been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she's been trying to ease his pain for almost as long. If only he remembered any of it. . .
Dante doesn't know what Cassie's story is. He almost doesn't care. The minute he sees her, all he can think is mine. But there's more to the pretty little doctor than meets the eye. And Dante isn't the only one to notice. He can't trust her, but he can't stay away--and if he wants to learn her secrets, he's going to have to fight like hell to keep them both alive. . .

Oh my God, WOW!

Playing with fire was way beyond my expectations!

The Phoenix series was like a roller-coaster for me. The first book was beyond amazing, the second one I didn't really liked much but this one was... abso-fucking-lutely incredible!

Cynthia Eden always manages to surprise me. This book was the best surprise ever!

Enter Dante. Dante, aka the Immortal one, is the most powerfull and oldest phoenix based on the Genesis informaton. Dante has been held a prisoner in the Genesis facilities as long as Cassie can remember.

Cassie has known Dante since she was just eight. From the very beginning she knew that Dante was the good guy and always tried to help him. Now years later, she's trying to do the good thing by finding a cure for all the "expiriments" her brother and father conducted. But as briliant as she is, finding a cure isn't that easy. She needs a little miracle to help her friends/patients and she just found it! The phoenix's tears can heal everything and nobody knows that better than Cassie. Is Dante willing to cry for Cassie once again?

The danger is closer than they think and they will do anything to have Cassie as part of their team. Old and new enemies collided in the future Cassie and Dante and trying to create...

I really loved Dante! He was so tortured by both his past before Cassie and his past with her, but yet he was strong and determined to survive and protect Cassie. Dante has died so many times while into the Genesis program that his memories aren't intact. It's hard to tell if it's a memory or just a dream. Yet every time he rises from the ashes after a death he's always searching for her, even when he doesn't recognise her, he knows that something's missing from his life and that's Cassie. Being the daughter of the man who actually created Genesis, Cassie hasn't had an easy life. Cassie and her brother have been their father's guinea pigs since they were children. The first time he "killed" her, she was just eight. But Cassie never wanted to be like her father or brother. Instead, she wanted to help the people around her and that's what she did. Above everything though, Cassie wants to help the only man she's always loved, Dante.

Cassie and Dante's love story was epic! I fell for them so fast. Their story was heart-breaking and yet healing as well. How can you love a man so deeply when he doesn't even remember you is beyond me, but Cassie loved her Dante even then. They were both so strong, protective of the people they loved and loyoal. Dante was the typical alpha hero, badass, arrogant, hot-hot-hot and territorial. At the same time, I can say that he had a very hard/unexpected past and that made him very wary of the other phoenixes and people. On the other hand, Cassie always tried to see the good in people, she wanted to help the others, she was very kind despite the cruel way she was brought up, she never gave up, she was so selfless but she had a mind of her own and was very stubborn! Cassie was such a mystery!

Playing with fire was a stupendous book! It was packed with action, many twists and turns, lots of suspense and of course romance. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Once I finished it, I immediately re-read it! The book had a nice flow but yet the romance was never rushed. We already know that Cassie loves him but that doesn't mean that Dante feels the same. He's confused, doesn't really know what love is but what he does know is that Cassie is meant to be his. They were so perfect together. The epilogue will probably just blow you away, personally it was my favourite part of the book!

As always the secondary characters played major roles in this book. We have Trace, who we know from the first book in the series. Trace is Eve's bff and a werewolf shifter who was injected him with Lycan-70, a serum that brings out the beast and Cassie is trying to help him. Then we have Vaughn, who we have also met in a previous book. Vaughn was a vampire who was infected by a virous that affects vamps and became really violent. Vaughn is one of Cassie's patient's as well. I actually loved both of them and I can't wait to read their story. I really hope they get one. I simply cannot accept that this book is the end of the series! We also got to see Cain and Eve, the couple from the first book in the series. It was very interesting seeing how far they have come, really loved them!

This book was an exceptional addition to the series. Another 5 stars for Cynthia! Can't say I'm surprised since most of her books are 5 stars for me and this was no exception. I can't wait to read more!

Highly recommended!

**ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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