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Guest Review: Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis

Posted March 25, 2014 by Whitley B in Reviews | 0 Comments

Sworn to ProtectWhitley’s review of Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis

Sugarland loves their men in blue, especially Detective Shane Ford. But Shane’s mission to protect and to serve has just gotten personal…

Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland’s favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and becoming the legal guardian of Brad’s son, Drew—a bitter, angry sixteen-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but only manages to alienate him—and winds up going head to head with Juvenile Detective Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen’s best interests.

Shane has always been drawn to Daisy’s beauty and strength, but he’s determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It’s a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy’s blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he’s sworn to protect.

Booooooooooored.  That’s it.  That’s the reason I gave this one such a low rating.  Not because it was doing something bad (mostly), but because it was just so damn boring.

Don’t get me wrong; I love cops.  I love stories about cops.  I love romances about cops.  All three of those things are different, and I love them all.  This book had me at hello, and throw in a plot line about an adopted teen and I thought “that’s it; I’m sold.”  This book’s premise had me hook, line, and sinker.  All it had to do was anything interesting at all and I’d be in hog heaven.  It couldn’t manage that.

There were three things in this novel that could have been interesting: Drew, recently orphaned son of an NFL star, going to live with his godfather; a murder investigation involving Drew’s dad and some drug runners; and the “steamy” romance between cop-Shane and cop-Daisy.  Well, Drew was the most well-adjusted kid to ever find his own father’s corpse, the murder investigation took a holiday or something in the middle of the book, and Shane and Daisy started out the book already in love and just pussy-footing around each other.  For valid reasons, ones that can only be worked out by time, but my drama quota is not filled by watching two people wait a lot.  The whole of this book basically went: “Find a dead guy, forget all about him and cry a lot over this other dead guy, socialize, take copious amounts of time off work because everyone is doing fuck-all about that first dead guy (he barely gets a mention!), spend bonding time with Drew and talk about how much of a loving family you all are, and then finally some action at the end.”  I have never seen a group of cops so hesitant to investigate anything!

The dialogue seriously annoyed me in this book as well.  Everyone (and I do mean everyone, even the stock school bully) had a tendency to lay out all their issues at once in a conversation.  It was like they were reading scripts written by their therapists.  No one talks like this, and it took a lot of dramatic potential away from the character interactions when one party would continually go “Yup, here’s all my issues, plus all the relevant backstory and psychological insights, plus what needs to be done about it if that applies.  So how was your day?”

I will give this book props on the dead-daddy grief, though.  Drew’s and Shane’s reactions to Brad’s death were well handled and pretty heartbreaking.  Those bits stood out from the rest of the novel with how delicately they were handled, actually, and I rather enjoyed them.  (Well, as much as you can enjoy something that’s sad.)

Rating: 2 out of 5

This book is available from Signet.  You can purchase it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Ride the Fire by Jo Davis

Posted December 20, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Casee‘s review of Ride the Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, Book 5) by Jo Davis.

After he lost his wife and children to tragedy, Capt. Sean Tanner Show alldrowned his pain with alcohol. Now, fresh from rehab, he wants to regain the trust of his team and begin again. The last thing he needs is to have feelings for beautiful firefighter Eve Marshall. But even as they dare to explore their growing desire, Sean learns that his family may have actually been murdered. And that a shadow from his past has returned to finish off Sean-and anyone he loves.

It’s been a long, hard road for Sean Tanner. We’ve followed him from book one where he was sort of an ass and watched him spiral downward. We’ve watched him hit rock bottom (que Eminem) and start climbing his way back up. As soon as he begins that hard climb back up, someone from his past comes back to settle an old score. Which causes a bigger problem than it should since Sean has no idea who is fucking with him.

If his old “friend” had returned even a year earlier, Sean would have ended it before it could have even begin. Now he’s sober and thinking with a clear, er, clearer head than he has had in awhile and some things aren’t adding up. It also helps that he has Eve Marshall by his side pointing out things that he otherwise wouldn’t see.

Oh yes, Eve. The person that he doesn’t deserve. And he really doesn’t deserve her. He never has. She’s always been right there in front of him. Waiting. In this book she plays it like she’s stronger than that; she’s not going to be that woman. The woman that waits and waits and waits. But isn’t that what she’s been doing all along? She’s waited for him to grieve. She’s watched him turn to alcohol. She’s seen him at his worst and she still waits. She’s seen him get help and then relapse. Yet she still waits. But she’s not that woman. I think that I lost respect for Eve awhile ago so I would have been happy if she wasn’t Sean’s heroine. I know. Slap me with a spoon. I’m a horrible person. I got over the whole Eve/Sean thing awhile ago.

This book was a big boo-hoo for me. The only thing that made it worth reading was seeing Sean become the man that he was meant to be. You could see it lurking in the previous books, but it never came out. It was a tragedy what happened to his family. Jo Davis has an amazing way of writing that makes it think that it could happen to you. There is a closeness shared by people that risk their lives together that came across loud and clear. That is one of the things I loved about this series. That is one of the things that I loved about this book. I’m grateful that it wasn’t missing. If it had been, this book may have been a total dud.

I know this isn’t the greatest review. I would give the romance a 2 out of 5. Overall a 3 out of 5.

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

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Guest Review: Line of Fire by Jo Davis

Posted June 24, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Tracy’s review of Line of Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, Book #4) by Jo Davis

To the other men of the A-shift, Tommy’s a lucky guy who has it all. But deep inside, the golden boy of Station Five hides a private pain. He was once a star quarterback on the fast track, until tragedy derailed his dream. Ever since then, he’s struggled with the choices he’s made–including his decision to become a firefighter.

His one ray of light shines in beautiful nurse Shea Ford. And when a dangerous rescue lands Tommy in the ER, what better opportunity to win her over? As Shea gives in to her feelings for him, Tommy and she reach the heights of passion. But when a conspiracy culminates in deadly arson, Tommy will lose more than he ever imagined. A ruthless enemy is closing in, threatening to destroy the couple’s love–and their lives.

Tommy is smitten with Shea but Shea, after two dates, won’t give him the time of day. When Tommy gets hurt during a daring rescue and heads to the hospital Shea is there to look after him. But things start feeling intimate, even at the hospital and Shea runs.

Eventually Shea and Tommy get together and it’s very sweet – they are a cute couple together but things aren’t all coming up roses. Tommy is almost killed in a warehouse fire/collapse and his hand is almost severed and his face is scarred Tommy has a hard time dealing with matters and shuts Shea out of his life. When he finally realizes his mistakes Tommy is determined to find out what or who caused the fire that changed his life forever.

This was a good book. As I said I thought that Tommy and She were cute together. They seemed to play off of each other well and they had a good chemistry between the tow of them. It was great to see Tommy overcoming his issues with his face and hand although I thought it was done a bit too quickly. The last book I read in this series was book 2 and Zach was getting hurt right and left. I missed book three so I can’t say what happened in that one but the firefighters in this book seemed to get hurt a lot. At least in this book Tommy was hurt in the line of duty which made it a bit more believable.

For the mystery/suspense part of it I wasn’t too thrilled. The person that was helping the villain was very one dimensional and I know it wasn’t his story but I would have liked to have a bit more background on him that I was given. I also felt that the villain was played down – even though he was pretty bad.

Overall a cute romance with some suspense involved.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place

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

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What I Read Last Week

Posted May 24, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 10 Comments

It’s Monday again. Why does this keep happening every stinking week? lol
Well, I’d love to say that my life is so exciting and I’d love to regale you with many a fun and funny anecdote but the truth is, nothing happened this past week of any import. Just a normal week in Tracyland. Maybe this week will be so exciting I’ll be bursting at the seams next Monday to share things with you. Let’s hope. lol
I read a lot of books for The Book Binge this week in a desperate attempt to catch up. I’m almost all the way through the books from May so I’m making headway! lol Only a few more to go and I’m all caught up – yay! 🙂
So what I read this week:
I started off the week with a new to me author, Marie Sexton, by reading Promises. This was an m/m story about Jared who had lived his whole life in a small town in Colorado except for his years in college. He is gay but pretty much resigned to living on his own for the rest of his days. Then Matt comes to work at the Coda police department and Jared and Matt become instant friends. Jared falls for Matt, but Matt’s not gay…or is he? This was such a damn good story. I liked it so much. I enjoyed the writing and could really feel the things that were happening between Matt and Jared. Good stuff and highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5
Next up was Impulsive by Cathryn Fox. The story of a woman whose lover is killed and she’s turned into a werewolf. 100 years later and she’s scented her dead lover – who’s been reincarnated into Kane…a werewolf hunter. Wow, what a couple. This was read for The Book Binge. 3 out of 5

Next up was Tracy’s TBR Challenge read as well as an FTSP read – Destined For An Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I bought this one the day it released and yet it’s sat on shelf til now. I think I was a little leery to start it as I wasn’t a huge fan of book 3. This one was a good read though with Cat running from a man who claimed to be her husband. It was a very emotional book between Cat and Bones and was hard to read at times but it was a good one. 4 out of 5

Next was Out of Bounds by TA Chase. This was the story of a professional basketball star who is gay – but he’s not out (except to his family) because he doesn’t wanted to take the chance that he might be removed from the team. Despite his qualms he begins a relationship with a nightclub owner. Kasey has real feelings for Gram but is hesitant to reveal his personal life to the press. The is a novella and I almost wish it had been a longer book. I felt kind of let down that what Kasey worried about the whole book was almost minimized because the book ended so soon after things happened. Beside that it was good. There was more sex than story imho but the sex was definitely steamy. 3 out of 5
Next up was Line of Fire by Jo Davis. This is book 4 in the Firefighters of Station 5 series – Tommy’s story. He’s pretty much in love with nurse, Shea Ford. She is afraid to get close to him because she’s afraid he is similar to a man in her past. She finally breaks through her misgivings and they fall in love. I really liked Tommy and Shea and they were so cute together – but almost too cute at times but it worked. The suspense part of the story was a little much but a pretty good story. Another Book Binge read. 3.5 out of 5

My next read was a short by Julie Kenner called Wrapped and Ready. I’m not sure what prompted me to pull out a Christmas short in May but I did. The story of Annie who’s had a thing for Brent most of her life – but they come from different lifestyles and she doesn’t think that Brent knows she exists. Oh, Brent knows and when Annie proposes that she get Brent as a Christmas present he’s definitely game. Cute. 3 out of 5

Bonded Souls by Nina Pierce was next. This is a prequel in her Shifting Bonds series. This tells the story of Jayda and how she met Cole (a wolf shifter) and became his mate. She is part of a prophecy and until she went on vacation to get some peace and quiet didn’t even know she was a shifter. Not only a shifter, by a polymorphic shifter – part wolf, part cougar, part human. A Book Binge read. 3.75 out of 5

Next I picked up Sucker for Love by Kimberly Raye for part of my FTSP. This is book 5 in the series and I got about 1/2 way through the book and realized I just didn’t care. I didn’t care about Lil, her family, Lil’s missing friend. Sorry to say the series has run it’s course for me. DNF
Another book I started and just couldn’t get into was Once a Bride by Shari Anton. I don’t have a clue where I got the book but it’s been on my shelf for a while. The story was about a man who accused of treason so goes into hiding and leaves his daughter (age 17) to face his accusers at their home. The man the king has sent to oversee the property while the matter is dealt with knows that he should have nothing to do with the daughter – and she’s pissed off at him for taking over the property – but that doesn’t stop their attraction. Again, I got about halfway through the book and nothing was clicking with me. DNF
Last but not least was another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read. This was The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd. Though I read all of Dodd’s Darkness Chosen series I wasn’t thrilled with it. I definitely liked this historical book better. It was pretty simple – an easy read with some silly parts but very cute. The story of a prince who finds his runaway princess – only she’s not the princess – just someone who looks like her. No matter her protestations that she’s an orphan from England and her guardian was the one who taught her about their respective countries, he thinks she’s fabricating it all to get out of marrying him and won’t believe her. So was she the princess or not? As I said – pretty cute. 3.75 out of 5
Some of my Book Binge reviews that have posted:
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Review: Line of Fire by Jo Davis

Posted May 10, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Casee‘s review of Line of Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, Book 4) by Jo Davis.
To the other men of the A-shift, Tommy’s a lucky guy who has it all. But deep inside, the golden boy of Station Five hides a private pain. He was once a star quarterback on the fast track, until tragedy derailed his dream. Ever since then, he’s struggled with the choices he’s made—including his decision to become a firefighter.

His one ray of light shines in beautiful nurse Shea Ford. And when a dangerous rescue lands Tommy in the ER, what better opportunity to win her over? As Shea gives in to her feelings for him, they reach the heights of passion. But when a sinister conspiracy culminates in deadly arson, Tommy will lose more than he ever imagined. A ruthless enemy is closing in, threatening to destroy the couple’s love—and their lives.

Jo Davis continually catches me off guard. As I read Line of Fire, I started wondering how Davis was going to fill the last 150 pages. The hero and heroine were together and happy. What in the world could be written about? This has happened in the last several books. It’s like when you ask yourself if things could get worse. They can ALWAYS get worse.

Tommy Skyler is a twenty three year old that is at the top of his game. He has a job he loves, friends he loves, and family to visit. The only thing he doesn’t have is the girl. Tommy knows exactly who he wants the girl to be, he just can’t get her to take him seriously. As with so many people that Tommy meet, they take one look at him and think “kid”. Tommy is far from a kid and he’s still trying to figure out how to show Shea Ford how un-kidlike he is.

What most people don’t see about Tommy is that underneath his sunny façade, he is in constant pain. Three years ago, he lost his brother in Iraq and the course of his life changed. Before his brother was killed, Tommy was going to be a professional football player. After his brother died, he felt that football was too trivial of a profession and went on to become a firefighter. Lately Tommy has been questioning his career decision and has been contemplating going into arson investigation.

After Tommy is hurt on the scene of a fire, Shea is forced to admit that she does have feelings for the young firefighter. Shea has gone through her fair share of heartbreak and the last thing she wants to do is get involved with a guy that seems as young and carefree as Tommy. Everything changes after that. Shea agrees to go out with Tommy and see where it goes.

Eventually, I forgot that Tommy was only twenty three b/c he stopped acting like he was twenty three. Life experience has forced Tommy to grow up and be more responsible than he would normally have been at that age. I found myself admiring Tommy and what he went through to get where he was. When Shea finally gives Tommy a chance, he doesn’t think life could get any better. Shea helps him realize that he doesn’t have to be a firefighter to be successful. For the first time in his life, he doesn’t feel like he’s doing what’s best for someone else.

Of course it would be too easy if it ended there. Tommy is seriously hurt in a fire and the aftermath is too much for him to handle. What seemed so great only the week before is too much for Tommy to bear. He pushes everyone away so he can wallow in peace. The only problem is that his friends don’t let him wallow. Nor do his parents. The only one that has stayed away is Shea, which makes Tommy question her feelings for him. There were many heartbreaking moments in this book.

As usual, Davis came through.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Signet. You can buy it here.

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