We're sisters...sisters who read romance books...paranormal, erotica, contemporary, action, suspense, young adult, M/M. The steamier the better, we say. Pretty sure one of our e-readers will overheat at some point - either from overuse or content. Here are our reviews and musings...
Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an
ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but
saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…
After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every
day as though it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek
mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor
celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish
playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.
Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of
Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace
in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help—as long as she agrees to a very
tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between
friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a
whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…
I discovered Melissa Cutler’s books last year. I completely
devoured her Catcher Creek series and have been a huge fan of the Bomb Squad
books. Her ability to get emotionally deep with her characters captures
me.This book has me hooked in so many
ways, but what I love most about this story is Harper.
In so many stories that feature a sports character, you can
imagine the hero as larger than life.Don’t get me wrong, Brandon is.A
personal trainer, model, amputee, veteran, and now star bachelor on a new
“Bachelor”-like series, he is a hunk.But Harper is the standout hero of this book.
Harper is one of thousands of women who carry a gene that
makes them more at risk for cancer.With
a mother and aunt who died from the disease, she has to make some tough
decisions in her life.Does she take
preventative steps or take a chance that she won’t get the disease? In the
midst of this heart-wrenching decision, Harper has to decide whether she wants
to take the next step with Brandon. He’s leaving soon to start his new tv
career and she has the opportunity to have the fling of a lifetime.
What is both sweet and bittersweet is how both Harper and
Brandon deal with her diagnosis. Harper goes through the gamut of emotions from
denial to defiance. For Brandon, he confronts the possibility of
losing, not only a potential lover, but also a recently realized best friend.
This book felt very personal to me.My mother was recently diagnosed with cancer
and I watch her go through a kaleidoscope of emotions.And I understood Brandon’s position.He is someone who is standing on the outside,
wanting to do whatever he can to help.I
empathized with his feelings of helplessness and determination to “be there” for her.
For the first time in forever, I cried in a book.
The romance in this book doesn’t hit you over the head.Sure, the attraction is there from the
beginning, but the true romance develops slowly, sweetly.It is the opposite of insta-love.And it is a pleasure.
In a Nutshell:
What can I say, I simply loved this book.Melissa Cutler scores a hat trick with this
one. I was utterly slayed.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin, Penguin, and Kensington Books. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.