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Guest Review: Three Days, Two Nights by M. J. Fredrick

Posted November 29, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Nathaniel Reis screwed up. He put his career as an air force pilot before his marriage to Tess, and wound up divorced. Now that he’s left the service, he has a plan to fix things, if only he can get her alone for a few days.
When Tess misses her flight to a corporate retreat, Nat’s there with his island-hopper plane and a plot to get stranded in paradise thanks to “mechanical problems.” But his plan goes awry when a storm blows them off course and they have to make a real emergency landing—and not on the island where he’s stashed supplies.
Tess is furious. She’s anxious to get to her retreat, and away from Nat. She’s even angrier that being so close to him arouses her in a way she hasn’t been for a long time. Rescue can’t come soon enough, but in the meantime, she’s going to have to trust Nat to keep her safe. Even if she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.
Of all the sad aspects of human living perhaps the saddest of all is the fact that people fail to learn life’s most valuable lessons until one’s relationships become victims of self-interest or goals that have become more important than people.  So it was with our hero, a man who truly tried to do the right thing, who felt every one of his responsibilities keenly, but forgot that meeting the expectations of his own goals and those of others could never fill his life the way he needed.  And as is often the case, he lost the one person who was absolutely necessary for his future happiness and contentment.
But never sell short a man who can indeed focus, and who now is focused on getting his woman back.  She may think she has her life all worked out, but Nathaniel Reis is about to blow it all to smithereens.  This novella is very erotic, but it is substantive in its lessons.  Both these characters stand as examples of what can happen when a marriage becomes collateral damage in the struggle to meet personal goals rather than communal ones.  Tess had a right to feel that she had become incidental.  In many ways she had.  The demise of this marriage was a wake-up call for both of them, and Nathaniel was out to prove that he had become, could continue to be the man Tess wanted and needed in her life.
This is not a long read but it is a worthy one.  There is passion, anger, hurt, humor, creativity, and gentle loving here in these pages–all the things that make for real living, even on a deserted island.  Perhaps it is the very absence of all the “window dressing” of modern living for these two that forces them to get back to basics.  It remained to be seen whether Nathaniel could pull it all off and whether Tess was even willing to accept the changes for the better that had occurred in his life.  I really enjoy Frederick’s writing and found that this was a continuation of the writing quality that has impressed me in the past.  Romance junkies will love this story.

I give it a rating of 4 out of 5

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This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Breaking Daylight by MJ Fredrick

Posted January 19, 2010 by Ames in Reviews | 3 Comments

Ame’s review of Breaking Daylight by MJ Fredrick.

Touching her crosses the line…and shoots his code of honor all to hell.

Sergeant Alex Shepard is all about getting the job done. That single-minded purpose helps him forget the fact he hates the jungle as he leads his Special Forces team in search of Honduran drug lord Santiago Saldana. His quarry eludes him, but the woman left behind in the compound is the next best thing. Saldana’s mistress—an American woman who clearly puts her own pleasure over right and wrong.

Isabella Canales has been Saldana’s prisoner for four long years. Worse, he’s taken away her most precious possession. Except Alex doesn’t believe a word of it. The clock is ticking, and she’s frantic to do anything to convince him to take her home. Even agree to serve as bait to draw Saldana out.

As they push through the tangled jungle dodging bullets and ambushes, Alex fights his growing respect for Isabella’s determination—and an attraction that’s impossible to resist, whatever she’s done. But Saldana never lets go of what’s his. And betrayal is his deadliest weapon…

This book frustrated me to no end. There was so much promise (the writing was good) but the characters. The characters just about drove me crazy!

Isabella is being held prisoner in Santiago Saldana’s Honduras estate. Only the DEA and Ranger Alex Shepard believe she’s Santiago’s mistress. This assumption on their part leads to a very harsh relationship developing between Isabella and Alex once she escapes the compound and is caught by the DEA in the jungle. Despite not trusting Isabella (and a fiancée back home), Alex is attracted to her. An attraction that grows as they trek through the jungle to meet back up with his men. You see, Isabella is a little trooper and her non-complaining ways endear her -grudgingly- to Alex. When Isabella reveals that she escaped to find her 3 year old son (Santiago is the father, as Isabella has been imprisoned for 4 years) Alex still doesn’t trust her (we’ll get to that later). Once they get to the US embassy, Alex hears news that his woman back home married someone else and gets drunk and goes to Isabella’s room for some consolation, the kind he knows she can offer because she’s a heartless woman who’s been a criminal’s mistress for the past 4 years.

Here’s where the frustration sets in, this attitude that Alex has towards Isabella? It persists for the majority of the book. And despite this, Isabella is still attracted to him. WTH? This woman has no backbone! And Alex is all over the place with how he feels. He’s hot and cold and poor Isabella takes it. She was also TSTL. When they were escaping the jungle, she constantly questioned Alex. Like honey, what do you know about survival in the jungle, especially compared to a Ranger who’s been on countless missions in all kinds of environments? Frustrating I tell you!

The author does have talent though. Her writing style made it so that I couldn’t deem this a complete failure and I did want to see how it all ended up.

Breaking Daylight gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

This book is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Beneath the Surface by M.J. Fredrick

Posted September 12, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Casee‘s review of Beneath the Surface by M.J. Fredrick.

In retrospect, perhaps archaeologist Mallory Reeves shouldn’t have delivered the divorce papers to her estranged husband mere weeks before her marriage to another man. She knew seeing Adrian again would stir up memories, but she didn’t expect so many of them to be good, not after the mess they both made three years ago.

She also didn’t expect to want to stay at the dig site on the Yucatan Peninsula. But the lure of the ancient ship and, yes, her sexy ex provide more of a draw than the white picket fence she thought she wanted.

Marine archaeologist Adrian Reeves has good reason to trust no one. His former partner—and former best friend—made off with his last archaeological find. And his wife left him, frustrated by his obsession for professional revenge.

Now both Mallory and his nemesis have returned, and it can’t be an accident that they’ve turned up in the middle of the most important excavation of his career. Seeing her again unearths old pain—and rekindles never-forgotten desire. Now he has to decide if he can trust Mallory again. More importantly, if he can trust himself with her.

I’m not usually one for archaeology plots. It was the reunion aspect that drew me in. I love reunion stories. Honestly, after reading the first line of the blurb, I couldn’t resist, archaeology or no.

In retrospect, perhaps archaeologist Mallory Reeves shouldn’t have delivered the divorce papers to her estranged husband mere weeks before her marriage to another man.

Since the dig that was the death knell to their marriage, Mallory has changed her career direction. Instead of going on digs, Mallory teaches. After the ups and downs of her marriage, Mallory is looking for stable. Which is what she hopes to get when she marries her fiancee. She just has to get her ex-husband to sign the papers.

Adrian Reeves never really thought that Mallory would divorce him. Even if he had never admitted it to himself, deep down he had always planned on reuniting with her. He promised himself that he wouldn’t do that until he restored his professional reputation, something that was ruined when an artifact he brought up from the ocean was stolen. He knows exactly who stole it. Unfortunately, the archaeology world doesn’t believe Adrian is anything more than a fortune hunter.

When Adrian and Mallory reunite, it’s not as easy to part. Mallory is drawn to the site Adrian is excavating. It proves too much to pass up, so Mallory goes on a dive, reminding her how much she loved her job. And Adrian doesn’t want to let Mallory go.

Unfortunately for both Adrian and Mallory, someone wants them both dead. But not before they get what they came for. The very artifact that Adrian is looking for. Suddenly, the career that seemed so important to Adrian pales in comparison to having a life without Adrian.

This book was a fast read. I can’t say I loved it, but I can’t say I hated it either. The plot was good, the characters were good. That’s what it was: good.

3.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy here in e-format.

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