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Finding Elodie (SEAL Team Hawaii #1)

Renowned chef Elodie Winters’ dream job, private chef to a powerful family in New York, quickly becomes a nightmare when her employer turns out to be the head of a notorious mob family. Now on the run, she thinks she’s finally safe, having landed in the middle of the Arabian Sea, cook on the Asaka Express cargo ship. When the ship is taken by pirates, she can’t believe her bad luck…but it’s about to take a turn for the better.

Scott “Mustang” Webber is pulled from his current mission, along with the rest of his SEAL team, to prevent an act of piracy in the Middle East. They’re all surprised when the first person to radio for help is a woman. He soon senses “Rachel Walters” is hiding something, and offers his help. He’s both shocked and pleased when she actually comes looking for him in Hawaii months later. He’d felt a connection with her on that cargo ship…one he’s looking forward to exploring further.

Keeping Elodie safe in Hawaii turns out to be easy…until it isn’t. Long days in paradise have a way of making one complacent. Now Mustang is working against the clock and the elements themselves, as he faces his greatest mission ever—finding Elodie.

Southern Heart (Southern, #5)


Some secrets have a way of coming back and haunting us, no matter how much we try to bury them.


Chelsea
Coming back home was supposed to be normal.
Not that my life had ever been normal, but it was getting there.
Then I opened the door and found a man—broken, bloodied, and fighting for his life.
I don’t know why, but I said I would take care of him. I had to. Needed to.
He was a mystery, showing up from out of nowhere. But he might have already stolen my heart.

Mayson Carey
The only thing I have ever wanted in my entire life was to forget who I was. Joining the military helped me do this.
Keep your head down and glide through life was my new motto. No strings, no relationships. Nothing.
Everything was working until a knock at the door had me face to face with the reason I was running.
So I ran—I fell into her arms, and she fell into my heart, but I know better than to think it’ll last.
Some secrets have a way of coming back and haunting us, no matter how much we try to bury them.

Jailbait (Souls Chapel Revenants MC, #3)

The first time I saw her was across the room at a bar. I had no idea at the time that she was only sixteen. All I knew was that she was beautiful, she was sending me do me vibes from across the room, and I was fresh off a deployment where there’d been nobody but men for nine of the longest months of my life.

The second time that I saw her was at a court hearing that would decide how long I’d be sent to prison for. She was a cute little curly haired blonde with wide, expressive eyes, a banging body, and the reason that I’d gone to prison in the first place.

The third time I saw her was through a glass divider of the prison visitation room as she waited for her stepfather, my lawyer, to tell me how sorry he was that he lost my case. Especially when I’d been the one to kill the man that was about to kill his daughter.

The last time, the time that I decided enough was enough, was when I saw her at my bar eight weeks after I’d been set free.

Unlucky for her, I’d stopped being a good guy about two seconds after those bars closed behind me twelve years ago. Now all that was left was a shell of a man that didn’t see the good in anything. Anything except for her.

A Cowboy Kind of Love (Heart of Texas #6)


Who wants to rodeo again?


Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down. Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away―especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?

Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview – and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?

The Bodyguard (Norcross Security #4)

For a princess with a deadly stalker, the only place she feels safe is in the arms of her big, tough, and very off limits bodyguard.

Princess Sofia of Caldova is in San Francisco to spearhead a fabulous royal jewelry exhibition and raise money for her charity…but danger has followed her. With an unhinged stalker hunting her, a dangerous international ring of jewel thieves targeting her exhibition, and her own secret task no one can know about, she’s in need of security.

Enter big, grumpy, ex military bodyguard Rome Nash. A man who’s guarded her once before, and who she embarrassed herself by kissing…a kiss he didn’t return.

After years on a covert special forces team, Rome Nash thrives on working for Norcross Security as its chief bodyguard. Driven by the losses of his past, he needs to help keep people safe. But guarding a beautiful, elegant princess who surprises him at every turn, and who he knows is hiding secrets, is testing his legendary self control.

For months, all he’s thought about is Sofia, and now that she’s in danger, Rome’s willing to cross all the lines to keep her safe.

As the exhibition draws closer, jewel thieves attack, Sofia’s stalker strikes, and infamous thief Robin Hood enters the picture. Rome and the men of Norcross Security step in, and Rome will risk everything to protect his princess, no matter the risk, no matter the cost.

Fire Dance (Family Justice)

The Justice Saga continues in FIRE DANCE, a Family Justice Novel

The festivities leading into Roman Bishop and Kelly Anne James’s wedding are kicking off.

Kelly's epic bachelorette throw down and Roman's unforgettable bachelor party are bound to be full of shenanigans. The entire gang is there—Team Justice, the extended Bishop family, and all three Baron Wilde sisters plus their mates! What could possibly go wrong?

This crew is leaving no stone unturned as they celebrate the coming nuptials. Planned events include glamping, fertility potions, Bendover Firewater, funky shoes, helicopters, and escape rooms—along with some other things you’ll have to see to believe.

Tons of romance, sizzling sexy times and even a surprise pregnancy are all part of the journey.

One thing is for sure— there’s no party like a Bendover party.

Bodyguard SEAL (SEALs of Coronado, #8)

Romance can be dangerous business…
Author Peyton Matthews never expected the price of fame would come to this. But someone has broken into her house in an attempt to steal the highly anticipated book in her YA romance series. A crazed super fan? Or something sinister? Either way, she’s on deadline and her publisher is taking no chances. Now she’s got a bodyguard, a hotter than hell Navy SEAL who’ll stay with her 24/7. Where she goes, he goes. All day, all night. And suddenly Peyton finds herself living out a romance plot.

But than your heart can be broken.
Noah Bradley is on medical leave from active duty. With orders to do nothing, he’s about to lose his mind. A man can only play video games for so long. So, when his sister asks if he’d watch over a writer friend for a couple of weeks, Noah jumps at the chance to have something to do. No way did he expect the ‘writer’ to be a famous, walking talking goddess who makes him nervous than a room full of terrorists. But he soon realizes the quiet, sweet Peyton is everything he didn’t know he wanted. And for once he wants to have a real relationship. If he can keep Peyton alive.

Trusting Taylor (Silverstone #2)

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a scorching Silverstone installment that finds a former military man racing to save the woman he loves as danger closes in on them both.

Former military man turned government assassin Kellan “Eagle” Trowbridge isn’t looking for love. He’d rather keep his head down at his cover job as an employee of Silverstone Towing. That all changes, however, when he meets Taylor Cardin.

Beautiful, smart, and witty Taylor instantly falls for the mysterious tow truck driver, who comforts her both in the aftermath of the car crash she sees firsthand and when the police dismiss her as a credible witness because of her prosopagnosia, or face blindness. Eagle, on the other hand, can remember every person he’s ever met—and the two counterparts forge an immediate connection. But someone else is just as intrigued by Taylor’s unique condition as Eagle is…and his intentions are downright deadly.

Soon, Eagle and Taylor are too caught up in each other to see the danger that’s approaching. But as time runs out, they’ll discover their love isn’t the only thing fighting to survive.

Hard to Lose (Play Hard, #4)

I know finding and signing a military vet to the agency is a long shot but it’ll be good press just letting him try out. That’s what I tell my family, rather than admit I can’t get the letter he wrote us five years ago out of my head.

But what I tell the bartender in his hometown is a lie. I know veterans protect each other. So I pretend to be a graduate student.

Sparks. Flame. Fire. I accidentally got in too deep.

I didn’t expect to develop feelings for Gunner Camden.

And there’s no way I can admit to my lies now, not without destroying what we share. So I’ll keep faking it.

***

There are two versions of me: before, and after deployment.

Back then I was a screwup kid. I’d lie, cheat, and steal my way out of everything. My only love was baseball.

After I started fighting, I found out there had been another path for me. One that involved my dream. But by then I had seen too much.

The old me was dead, so I put my dreams to rest, too.

Then Chase Kinkade walks into my bar and reminds me that life is meant to live. No regrets.

Fresh. Happy. Hopeful. I can start to see a new dream, with her.

But sometimes things are too good to be true… and dishonesty is the one thing I can’t forgive.

The Specialist (Norcross Security #3)

She’s in danger and now her personal protector is her too handsome, totally aggravating billionaire boss.

Executive assistant Harlow Carlson is having a very bad week. Firstly, she’s been temporarily reassigned to work for bossy, workaholic tyrant, Easton Norcross. He might be sex in a suit, but mostly she just wants to stab him with her stylus. Secondly, her father’s in trouble and has gone missing. Lastly, when a strange man attacks her on the street, Harlow knows she’s in over her head.

That’s when Easton steps in. Now her boss is her own personal protector and he isn’t taking no for an answer.

After he left the Army Rangers, Easton Norcross found a purpose in building his company, Norcross Inc. He works hard, likes control, takes care of his family and employees, and thrives on making money. But his new assistant pushes buttons he never knew he had. Harlow’s smart, efficient, and not afraid to speak her mind. And her curvy body makes it very hard to remember that he’s her boss.

But when he sees she’s in danger, Easton is willing to break all the rules to keep her safe.

As danger swirls around Harlow and she’s sucked into her father’s dangerous dealings, Easton knows he’ll need all the specialist skills the Army gave him to protect her, as well as pulling in his brothers at Norcross Security. But the toughest job he’ll have is convincing his beautiful assistant to take the biggest risk of all—falling in love.

Note to readers: This is a sexy, fast paced romance with lots of action packed suspense, a heroine in danger, and a hot, billionaire boss who’ll do anything to protect her.

**Each book in this action packed romance series can be read as a standalone.

My True Love (The Steeles at Silver Island, #2)

Can a man who resents the hand he’s been dealt and a woman who spends her days grateful for every little thing find true love in each other’s arms—or are their differences stronger than both of them? Find out in this funny, sexy, heartfelt romance, and fall in love with Grant and Jules on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, and midnight rendezvous. My True Love is a USA Today Bestseller.

Even war heroes need a little help sometimes
After spending years fighting for his country and too damn long learning to navigate life with a prosthetic leg, Grant Silver returns to Silver Island to figure out a future he couldn’t fathom without fatigues and a gun in his hand. He’d almost forgotten how a man could suffocate from the warmth and caring community in which he’d grown up, and if that weren’t bad enough, his buddies’ beautiful and far too chipper younger sister won’t stop flitting into his life, trying to sprinkle happy dust everywhere she goes.

As a cancer survivor, Jules Steele knows better than to count on seeing tomorrow. She doesn't take a single moment for granted, and she isn’t about to let a man who used to be charming and full of life waste the future he’s been blessed with. She's determined to get through to him, even if it takes a few steamy kisses

Caleb (The K9 Files #11)

For Caleb, returning to his hometown for his brother’s wedding should have been cause for a wonderful celebration. However, since his brother is marrying Caleb’s ex wife, Caleb doesn’t want to go anywhere near the event. Yet Caleb returns, as his best friend, Laysha, is in the same town, and they are overdue a reunion. Plus Caleb’s been asked to look into a War Dog adopted out but now missing.

Having Caleb back in town, at her house even, Laysha couldn’t be happier, all the while knowing Caleb still had issues with his ex wife. When Caleb and Laysha take a trip to the last known residence where the War Dog had been and instead find a human corpse, life takes a dark turn.

Even worse, they are seen at the house and have both become targets … in a game Caleb has to win or will lose everything that’s important in his life.


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One Crazy SummerUtion than she is to her own family in which she literally has no interest She shuffles the girls used to a pretty staid existence in Brooklyn off to a Black Panther summer camp to eep them out of her way Serious self sacrificing Delphine already too grown up for her age finds herself having to take care of her sisters pretty much on her own Although already resentful of the mother who preferred a life without children to hamper her art and her freedom Delphine never expected the cold reception she and her sisters received One Crazy Summer is one part the tale of a family torn apart but it s also a glimpse into the early days of the Black Panther movement and a reminder of what life was life for African Americans no so very long ago In addition the novel serves as a glimpse into the mind of a perceptive moral and very intelligent young girl who is wise beyond her years and who Ormen i Essex knows it s because she has to beAnd as for Cecile I have to agree with Delphine s sentiment on the first day of meeting her mother in Oakland I didn t want to say Big Ma was right Cecile was noind of mother Cecile didn t want us Cecile was crazy I didn t have to view spoilerThe poet formerly nown as Cecile Johnson seethes with revolutionary fervor admittedly essential for social change I get that But no mother should tell her children to their faces that she should have aborted them even if she harbors that feeling in her heart And no one man nor woman should feel that the only way to assist the revolution is by criminally neglecting his or her children Ruth First and Joe Slovo managed

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lead the struggle in South Africa without abandoning their children like unwanted ittens I think Nzila nee Cecile could have followed the example of Ruth First who was feeling the same pulls between family and justice during the same yearsDid her only terrible abusive upbringing justify a selfishness that led her to abandon three CHILDREN ONE STILL ON THE BREAST BECAUSE SHE COULDN one still on the breast because she couldn get her own way Cecile may think so but I can t agree even if she succeeds at least partially in gaining Delphine s sympathy hide spoiler Well that gave me a whole lotta feels I have mixed feelings about this book It does several things successfully Sister relationships Bare It All (Love Undercover, kids who have to take on extra responsibility at a young age homeless teens and political action in America in the 1960s And all within a palatable mid elementary storyline I worry though thatids far removed from that time and place will somehow get the picture that the black panthers condoned abandoning your children The panther characters in this book seem angry dogmatic and tone deaf to the needs of the actual people in front of them other than food The reasons for their political movement and the history behind them are only briefly touched upon The ending also implies that everything is now okay Delphine s mother may have told the story of her hard life it explains but does not erase the hardness she has shown her girls While reading I An Elusive Victorian kept making connections to the memoir by Alice Walker s daughter who wrote about living between two worlds coasts and parents I also have to admit that I can t help reading stories like this through my own experience of airline shuttling with siblings to parents whose attention was elsewhere riding buses to pools and stores and other parts of the city alone at 8 and 11 It sounds free and adventurous and full of potential glamour but forids under certain age it just feels unmoored We didn t come here for the revolution In turbulent 1968 three little girls fly to Oakland to reunite with the mother who abandoned them years before Instead of being greeted at the airport with tears and hugs they are met by an indifferent woman who sees their presence not as a chance to get reacuainted but as an interruption to her life I didn t send for you Didn t want you in the first place Should have gone to Mexico to get rid of you when I had the chance She orders them to stay out of her A Bird in the House kitchen and banishes them from the When I heard that teen author Rita Williams Garcia had written a middle grade novel forids I wasn t moved one way or an. Visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer campIn a humorous and breakout book by Williams Garcia the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthe.

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Ittle girls across the country to spend an unsupervised summer with a woman they new full well had not one ounce of motherly love The story definitely had it s moments of triumph like when Delphine was finally allowed in the itchen to cook a regular meal for her sisters the day trip into San Francisco or when Fern ratted out Crazy Kelvin with her poem I was just so overwhelmed with dislike for Cecile and anger at Delphine s lot to enjoy this story as I should have Could it be that that was the pointAt any rate I don t think Cecile deserved that hug at the end Surely not I do not ordinarily read middle grade books unless I am sharing them with my grandson but I was drawn to this beautiful book initially because of its subject matter children in Oakland during the early days of the Black Panther Party But this book is so much than its historical setting I fell head over heels in love with the narrator of this book Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern With a group here on Goodreads I recently reread the wonderful short story collection Gorilla My Love by Toni Cade Bambara We all loved Bambara s strong resilient African American girls and Delphine is certainly a full fledged member of that #Sisterhood Smart Brave And #Smart brave and far beyond her age of 11 going on 12 Delphine has looked after her younger sisters along with her father and Big Ma since her mother abandoned the family seven years earlier When Pa decides that the girls need to get to The Last Imaginary Place know their mother they travel to Oakland where they encounter a very different mother than the one they pictured Their experiences in Oakland with their mother CecileNzila are perfectly related through through Delphine s eyes Part of Williams Garcia s brilliance is that sheeeps Delphine s point of view but through Delphine we come to now her sisters the political climate of the time and the other characters in the book including Although no one would argue that CecileNzila anything but a truly terrible mother Williams Garcia through Delphine gives us a glimpse of the reasons behind her actions and we are able to feel compassion for her no small achievementThere is no neat happy conclusion to this story and it would not be believable if there were But there is growth on everybody s part and there is greater understanding And above all there are Delphine Vonetta and Fern beautiful wonderful girls that I will never forget Yes this is a middle grade novel but it is so richly layered and beautifully written that I suspect that many readers of all ages will treasure this book Many thanks to Rita Williams Garcia for Delphine Vonetta and Fern and this dazzlingly beautiful book This is one of those one chapter and then I lclean the itchen throw some clothes in the washer take a shower etc ind of books I loved it I think Rita Williams Garcia is a fantastic writer and she derserves all the awards and honors she got for this book This is the first book of hers book I ve read but it won t be the last The story is fascinating 3 girls travel to California during the summer of 1968 to stay with the mother who abandoned them years before and the setting is atmospheric I loved reading about the Black Panthers and even hearing the names of TV shows brought back memories of my childhood I had just turned 4 during the summer of 1968 All three girls are delightful but the oldest Delphine is especially strong smart sassy and funny Her maturity and her relationship with her younger sisters is inspiring I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages It I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages It 1968 and 11 year old Delphine Gaither has her hands full playing mother to her two little sisters 9 year old Vonetta and 7 year old Fern She lives in Brooklyn with her father and his prim old fashioned mother called Big Ma Where s the girls mother Cecile Johnson abandoned the family before Delphine turned 5 Now Pa thinks the three Gaither girls should spend a month this summer with their long lost mother in Oakland California And it will be one crazy summerYou see Cecile now going by the revolutionary name of Nzila is much devoted to her poetry and the Black Panther led revol. Her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother a dedicated poet and printer is resentful of the intrusion of their. Loved it fun read and perfect for young girls and boys i wish i had this ind of book when i was a Jean-Paul Sartre kid but i m contentnowing that my daughter does by the end as an adult reader i had the warm fuzzies Wow what a trip as we used to say back in 68 Did this ever bring me back to the summer of 1968 I was not an African American eleven year old girl visiting Oakland but I was a fourteen year old white Jewish
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across the living in San Francisco There was a chapter that takes place in San FranciscoSo the author got one thing wrong about Oakland no there are no hills at all in that part of town and maybe one thing about San Francisco wrong I don t think there were palm trees in that location but I could have just forgotten I suppose Otherwise much of the locale and time period seemed authenticThis story definitely fits on my orphaned and uasi orphaned ids shelfI really liked Delphine the narrator at 11 going on 12 and the oldest of 3 sisters who live in Brooklyn New York with their father and paternal grandmother and who go to visit their birth mother in Oakland a woman who abandoned them when they were very youngI thought most of the story rang true abandoned them when they were very youngI thought most of the story rang true was a bit on the edge of seeming realistic at times yet so was my life at a certain point in time so I bought it The ending seemed not uite right but I can think of many other endings that would have worked even less well I am glad that Delphine got some answers very glad and nowing what Delphine learns does give credence and depth to what happened with this family and why Cecile did what she did and why she was the person she became I love the sisters relationships with one another especially how the oldest is most irritated by her middle sister but feels as though she Zamba knows her well compared to how she loves her little sister even though she s a bit of a mystery to her and then how the two youngest fight with one another it all seemed very genuine The narrator really got across what it felt like to be a minority She counts other African American then going by black or colored people in various locations I ve been a minority only a few times including two school experiences but during those I definitely noted who else was like me and was highly aware of my minority statusThis is a fine book forids who enjoy historical fiction novels with a bit of adventure and novels with a believable child narrator The story is sad in many ways but it isn t depressingI read this now because I think the Children s Books group is going to read this book as one of their January selections It s got uite a long hold list at the library so I read it as soon as I was able to get a copyEdited to add Oh and this book is very funny Important topic YesWriting FabulousCharacters EngagingNewbery material Well I suppose since adults are the ones to vote then yes Probably But if The Erotic Motive in Literature kids were voting I m not sure this book would make the Newbery radar I started reading it to myids and ended up finishing it myself Normally when The Detour kids have an awful self centered mother or parent figure in children s literature there is a candy house or 7 little men to make up for it Not so in this book Cecile never seemed to come around to her own flesh and blood Iept thinking there d be a point where she would wake up and develop a shred of human decency but she didn t And maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was an oldest child who was given responsibility for my younger siblings I didn t always want but poor 11 year Delphine being forced to take over the Roll Of Mother To Her of mother to her little sisters really boiled my blood Not fair Her responsible nature was exploited at the expense of her childhood I realize I m missing the point the story was trying to make about the unfair struggles that went on in the black community in Oakland in the 70 s Maybe the idea was for the reader to draw the parallel between the unfairness of Delphine having the world s suckiest mom and the unfairness of the African American person s daily struggle to be treated civilly and with human decency Both situations were maddening and made no senseHow could Pa and Big Ma send their three In the summer of 1968 after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland California to spend a month with the mother they barely now eleven year old Delphine and. .

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