Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D was just what I needed after a long week of craziness that just won’t quit. A great escape, that didn’t overthink what it really was, two ladies with a life-long bond that even after twelve years of separation, the love was still there.
Lucy Rodriguez made a terrible decision at the age of twenty. Caught up in the razzle-dazzle of undergrad she decided to break up with her girlfriend to see what dating life was all about. She has regretted that decision every day thereafter. She broke her true love’s heart and has spent every day thereafter paying the price. She works and she works with very little else in life. A renowned journalist who covers the crime beat for San Diego and has Pulitzer for her stories from the Middle East, her works is her lifeblood.
Erica Chance is a small town police officer in Northern California. Erica has spent the last decade of her life trying to repair the hole in her heart Lucy left behind. She doesn’t let any woman close to her heart anymore. Four months of casual dating and then that relationship must end. Erica’s regimented life is thrown out of orbit when dead college-age women appear in rapid succession. It also brings Lucy Rodriguez back into her life.
Add a bit of conflict, add a bit of angst, a derail killer and you have a really good read. Is this anything revolutionary? Not so much. What this book is a great escape. You have a few hours to decompress from real-life’s craziness, and enjoy a quality story with interesting characters. Well minus the psychopath murderer, but you know what I mean.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Super short summary: This book is a dynamic fast-moving adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Pursuit is the second installment of the After Dark series by Jackie D. If you haven’t read the first one, Infiltration, you don’t have to read it, but I would strongly suggest it. Why? First off, both books are really good. Secondly, you’ll miss some of the character and plot backstories.
Tyler Monroe and Brooke Hart are now officially an item, when we meet back up with them they have been together about a year now and recently moved into a new apartment together. In addition to this couple, we also have two new mains as well. Right, so four leading ladies in total for this one. I promise you it totally works.
Caden Styles and Jennifer Glass have a love hate relationship. Their two besties (Tyler & Brooke) are dating and they work together so basically always in each other’s space. This tends to create a heavy amount of tension because these two love to gibe at each other. They land little hits and ramp up the tension. Like a magnet all they need is flip and boom you have one hot couple.
Of course other that two hot romances you have an action packed adventure of good gals hunting down bat-shit crazy right-wing terrorists. I loved that there is a good balance between the two, enough romance for you to swoon and enough action to keep you fully engaged. Great read, you don’t want to miss this one.
4 out of 5 stars
Lands End by Jackie D is your standard romance novel. That is not a bad thing! This book has two lovable, but slightly flawed main characters, a beautiful setting, and just enough conflict to keep you interested. I liked it! I don’t always need tons of angst or a crime-solving heroine to keep me interested. Sometimes you just need a good book and a glass of wine to decompress from life’s pressures. This is what you get with Lands End, a good, solid romance that holds your attention, and leaves you feeling content.
Lena Michaels is the proprietor of Lands End, a renowned San Francisco restraint that she inherited after her parents murder seven years ago. Along with running the restaurant, Lena is also the guardian to her, wild sixteen-year-old sister. Lena spends all of her time managing/juggling the headaches of a business and a rebellious teen. She casually dates but has that Seinfeld syndrome, of always finding faults.
Lena’s sister Laura is how she meets publicist, Amy Kline. Amy is a publicist to the highest profile clients in the Bay area. She deals with their messy scandals, spinning them to keep these wealthy individuals from feeling the heat of their actions. Her client a devious pro football player that likes to hang out with teenage girls, he ends up being photographed with Laura at a nightclub. Ugh Oh! Lena heads down to rip Amy a new one, and the fireworks go off. Of course after that meeting they run into each other on the constant.
This is a good book that I enjoyed my time with. For me, Jackie D is two for two and on my automatic read list.
3.75 out of 5 hours
by Jackie D
Infiltration (Book One of the After Dark Series) by Jackie D is a quick, compelling read. This book is fast paced and gets right to the point in a hurry.
Gunnery Sargent Tyler Monroe is back from Iraq. She is is carrying scars physically and emotionally of her time fighting the war. Her new stateside role with for the Marines, is assisting in training a group of CIA recruits the necessary skills of hand to hand combat.
Brooke Hart is in her final training segment of becoming a computer surveillance analyst for the CIA. Brooke is an athlete and an MIT grad. She excels at everything, and becoming an analyst is her dream come true. Her focus waivers the very first moment she lays her eyes on Tyler.
This book is an action packed romance, filled with cool characters and a few totally uncool bad guys. The book is well written, the story is engaging, and Jackie D did a great job of reeling the reader in and holding your attention to the very end. The only down side is I wish the book would have been longer. I will definitely read the next edition in this series.
3.75 stars out of 5
Infiltration by Jackie D
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