Katrina & Jackson – Childhood Friends Caught Up In Revenge!

Revenge: An Alpha Billionaire Romance by [Landish, Lauren]

Revenge: An Alpha Billionaire Romance

Lauren Landish (Author)

A story about a young woman who is out for revenge.

   Katrina is left as an orphan as a young girl, when her parents are killed. They died in a car explosion, which Katrina witnesses. Katrina bounces from foster home to foster home. She eventually finds a home with a woman who teaches Katrina to focus/control her anger. Katrina decides to focus her anger and rage on the man who is responsible for her parents’ death. Katrina spends years training to exact her revenge against Jackson’s father, Peter. Katrina goes after Jackson for the first part of her plan. She embarrasses Jackson by having photographers take pictures of him with “his pants down”. Katrina is a strong, independent woman, who is coping the best way she knows how. She can kick butt and protect herself.

    Jackson is a rich guy, who seems to have it all. He is a womanizer, who loves to party. Jackson acts like he doesn’t have a care in the world. Until the day that his childhood friend comes back into his life. Jackson is more hurt and confused than embarrassed about what Katrina did to him, in my opinion. He never knew what happened to Katrina. Jackson’s father is livid and will not tolerate the shame and embarrassment that was done to the family. When Jackson learns what his father has planned for Katrina, he knows that he must try to stop it and warn her. Jackson goes to Mr. Black to convince him to wait and to get Katrina’s location. Mr. Black is the man assigned with taking care of the problem, Katrina. Jackson is using women, sex and drugs as his way of coping with his unhappy life and family. His mother wishes he was never born. Jackson’s father is never seems happily with him or just seems to ignore Jackson.

     Revenge has many interesting characters (both good & bad) like Jackson’s half-sister, Jackson’s parents, and Mr. Black to name a few. This story has many twist and turns with some violence. Don’t worry there is definitely sizzling, hot sex and romance. This is the first book that I have read by Lauren, but it will not be my last. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in her next book. If you like intrigue and a great plot, you should read this book!

I was received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
4 ½ Intriguing Stars! 

Bank Employee + Thief = Bandit Bound

Bandit Bound: A Bad Boy Romance Novel by [King, Kendra]

Bandit Bound: A Bad Boy Romance

Kendra King (Author)

    Savannah Solitaire works at a bank and helps new customers. Being raised as an orphan, Savannah feels lonely and is always looking for someone or something in her life. She is bored and unhappy with her job and life in general. Savannah feels that everyday is the same and that there is no excitement in her life. One day Savannah helps a new customer open an account, who she finds very attractive. When the bank is robbed, Savannah recognizes on of the thieves as the attractive customer. Before the men leave the bank, Savannah becomes their hostage. 

    Vincent Starlingveil is a thief. He comes into the bank where Savannah works and finds her very attractive. When he comes back later with his team to rob the bank, Vincent decides to take Savannah with him. The men take Savannah back to one of their hideout. Vincent and Savannah spend some steamy alone time together, but not as much as Savannah would have liked. 

    Savannah discovers that Vincent Starlingveil is not his real name and that he doesn’t seem to need the money. She is not sure what to do about how she feels about Vincent and tries to forget about him/move on. Savannah wants to do the right thing, but she is drawn to Vincent. Vincent keeps coming back for Savannah. 

     Bandit Bound is a book with a modern day Robin Hood type of theme. It does start of slow, but picks up as the story goes along. Savannah and Vincent do have a happily ever after. There is some action and steamy scenes. Bandit Bound has a bad boy with a dirty mouth. Yum! I like the play on Savannah’s last name.

Overall Story = 3 3/4 Stars
Chemistry/Hotness = 4 Stars
HEA = Yes
Bad Boy = Yes
Cliffhanger = No
I was gifted this arc book in exchange for an honest review. 

Gabe & Chloe Were Each Other’s Anchor!

Anchor (First to Fight Book 1) by [Blanchard, Nicole]

Anchor (First to Fight Book 1)
Nicole Blanchard (Author)

          Anchor is the first book in the First to Fight Series. It is the story of Gabe and Chloe.

         Gabe is a man who left the Marines and volunteers with the Coast Guard Search and Rescue in order to be closer to his daughter. His life is about saving people at all costs. Gabe doesn’t worry about himself. He is a Hero in every sense of the word and a white knight for Chloe. Gabe hates hospitals, possibly because he often needs their services. When asked by his daughter Emily to save Chloe, Gabe doesn’t hesitate to do as she requests. The call of Duty Sense is very strong in Gabe. He is loyal and true for the ones he loves. Chloe and Gabe are instantly drawn to each other, but danger and a mad man continue to stand in their way. Gabe was ladies’ man, but that all changes after meeting Chloe. Gabe will do anything to keep her in his life.

          Chloe goes on an assignment for her job. She is boarding the ferry, when Chloe’s life changes forever. When faced with a gunman, Chloe must decide if she should run or protect a stranger’s child. This decision causes her to be the target of the gunman, Mr. Jones. Chloe tries not to show any fear. She repeatedly battles to keep her wits about her and to figure out a way to stop Mr. Jones. Even though she wants to run or freeze up, Chloe chooses to protect other people. She even offers to take their place, when Mr. Jones wanted to shot someone. Chloe stands up to Mr. Jones, but is also smart enough to know how far she can push. She tries to talk to him in order to distract him. Chloe takes care of and becomes protective of Gabe, when he is hurt. I love that she can take care of herself and Gabe. Chloe is smart, spunky and a real fighter. She can even produce her own handcuffs, if needed. ; )

          Anchor is full of suspense. It is a nonstop, action packed thriller / thrill ride. The reader is not sure what will happen next, constantly on the edge of their seat, and wanting the good guy or girl to win (so to speak). Anchor has romance, a happily ever after, steamy scenes, good vs evil, and strong characters that have great chemistry. I love an alpha male hero with a soft heart that can kick ass and loves his daughter. I enjoy when the heroine can kick butt also and has a feisty personality. Gabe and Chloe made a perfect pair. They were a little independent, but could count of the other in times of need / lean on each other. The basis of the plot is one that could happen, and that makes it that much more intense. The reader is transported into the story hoping and rooting for the characters to defeat the villain. The author also gives the reader an insight or allows us to understand why Mr. Jones is the way he is or what caused him to be that way (by the end). Gabe and Chloe learn a lot about themselves, and what they are capable of. The sign of an outstanding story (and exceptional writer) is when you feel like you really know the characters and feel everything that they feel. If I can go through every emotion with the characters and be so engrossed in the story that I forget about the real world, then it is a winner in my book (pun intended). Anchor definitely did that for me. The author takes the reader on a ride that at times you want to get off, because it is scary and nerve racking. Other times you want to ride it out, because you want to see what happens to Gabe and Chloe. Anchor is a phenomenal ride from beginning to end. Nicole Blanchard has another great book on her hands. I highly recommend this book to others.

Overall Story – 5 Stars
Hotness / Chemistry – 4 1/2 Stars
POV – Alternating POV’s
Alpha Male – Yes
Cliffhanger – No
Recommend to Others – Yes
HEA – Yes
I was gifted with this arc in exchange for an unbiased review.