Bite-Size Reviews #1

Posted 06/07/2017 by Brandy in 3 Star Reviews, Bite-Sized Reviews, Romance - Contemporary, Romance -Romantic Suspense / 0 Comments

Short, rapid-fire reviews for books I liked but didn’t feel like writing a complete review for yet still wanted to share.

 Even if it means quitting their boy band mid-tour, Troy Tanner isn’t going to watch his little brother snort his future away after addiction destroyed their father. On a private jet taking him home from Australia, he and pilot Brian Sinclair soar above the vast South Pacific. Brian lost his passion for flying—and joy in life—after a traumatic crash, but now he and Troy must fight to survive when a cyclone strikes without warning.

Marooned a thousand miles from civilization, the turquoise water and white sand beach look like paradise. But although they can fish and make fire, the smallest infection or bacteria could be deadly. When the days turn into weeks with no sign of rescue, Troy and Brian grow closer, and friendship deepens into desire.

As they learn sexuality is about more than straight or gay and discover their true selves, the world they’ve built together is thrown into chaos. If Troy and Brian make it off the island, can their love endure?

This is an LGBT romance about discovering yourself, finding love, and eating way too many coconuts.

Great chemistry between the leads. Sexy setting – I love forced proximity romance.Plane crash was INTENSE.Story needed more drama/conflict after the crash for me to connect more with characters.

My Rating:

Who does she trust when she’s living the real life horror of one of her crime novels…

Bestselling crime novelist, Cassie Alvarez, aka Cassie Lang, had murder on her mind when she walked into Rory’s Bar under dressed and under cover to research her latest crime novel. Researching the cool, blue-eyed and dashingly handsome man at the end of the bar stirred her senses more than she wanted to admit. But was this man of leather armor all he appeared to be?

Playing White Knight to an innocent wasn’t how Detective Jake Santos planned to spend his time under cover. But there was no way “CJ” was what she claimed to be and that nagging tightness in Jake’s chest told him he’d better take her home to safety and leave it at that. Then the barroom exploded with gunfire, leaving a trail of dead that includes a notorious Providence crime boss and an undercover FBI agent. When Cassie’s name is leaked to the media as the only witness to the grisly murders, Cassie insists she only trusts Jake to protect her.

The FBI wants their star witness happy and will do anything to make sure Cassie testifies. But it is clear to Jake that the shooter isn’t the only person who wants Cassie dead. Not knowing who to trust, he vows to protect Cassie at all cost despite the fact that guarding the beautiful novelist is a serious distraction.

MATERIAL WITNESS is the follow-up Romantic Suspense Novel by Lisa Mondello’s Yuletide Protector and is book 1 of her new Heroes of Providence series.

 Loved the premise of a crime writer and a cop. Jake and Cassie had pretty good chemistry, too.Great amount of action – story rolled along at a good pace.Felt a bit predictable though. Could have used more conflict to give the story more edge.

My Rating:






Trouble has come back to town, and this time, he’s not leaving without her

In the nine years since Trask Beaumont left Gilt Edge, Lillian Cahill had convinced herself she was over him. But when the rugged cowboy suddenly walks into her bar, there’s a pang in her heart that argues the attraction never faded. And that’s dangerous, because Trask has returned on a mission to clear his name and win Lillie back.

Trask gets the showdown he’s after when his boss’s body is recovered from a burning house. Hawk, Lillie’s marshal brother, believes Trask’s homecoming isn’t coincidental to the murder, but Lillie isn’t so sure. Something is urging her to give bad boy Trask a second chance, even if it leaves her torn between her family and the man she never stopped loving.


I am a sucker for second-chance romance stories and this was pretty good for that aspect. Not overly memorable story or characters. The mystery was a little tame but did have a nice twist at the end. The characters definitely deserved their HEA.

 My Rating:

Each of these books were pleasant enough that I would recommend them but not with a ton of excitement.

They were all just fine, easy reads with some descent moments, descent characters, and descent story elements.

Which of these books caught your attention? Would you read any of them?

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