In the Company of Crocodiles by Maggie Brown

Let me just say this book is quite well done. Maggie Brown writes a story that just sweeps you away. You literally are thrown into Australia and through Brown’s words you are chased by the crocodiles, you feel the oppressive humidity, you are right there with the characters as they face countless perilous situations.

Vivian “Viv” Andrews served her country for years as an Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer. She was involved in numerous covert operations around the globe, including Afghanistan where she was seriously injured. Viv decides then and there to take a step back and make her life as simple as possible. She lives in the rainforest and grows row crops when she’s not fishing. Her basic necessities are met, and when she needs companionship she visits her few friends in Cairns. Life, as she has known it for five years, is thrown into chaos when she finds a dead man in the mangroves

Claire Walker just happens to show up in her tiny seaside town the same day as the dead man is found. Claire, a behavioral scientist and special agent for a hush-hush government agency that needs Viv’s help to locate a possible ISIS training ground. Talk about throwing your relaxing haven into the crazy zone.

So the story takes off as Vivian reluctantly helping Claire, she doesn’t want to, nope not at all, but Claire appeals to her in a way she can’t deny. You know what it is, yes, attraction. Claire is gorgeous, smart and takes charge. She’s everything Vivian has always wanted in a partner but never had. She will help Claire find the terrorist cell because no matter what she puts her country before her own happiness. What she doesn’t know is that Miss Walker is equally interested in her. Newsflash, Viv is hot and doesn’t have any clue! So the story really takes off as these two ladies trek through rugged terrain looking for signs of a terror training camp. What they find is not quite a bunch of jihadists but that doesn’t mean their lives are not in serious danger.

This two spar throughout the book, ignoring their attraction for numerous reasons. Claire and Vic both respect each other, but miscommunication and assumptions (Viv thinks Claire is straight) keep acting as continuous roadblocks to the path of happy ever after. A little angsty but not overwhelmingly so. All in this book is pretty great. I definitely recommend it! I must say I love when an author makes both of leading ladies strong characters, who can hold their own.

4 out of 5 stars

 

Wounded Souls (L.A. Metro #3) by RJ Nolan

RJ Nolan is one of the authors that I really look forward to reading. She always writes a well-rounded story with great characters that are interesting and multi-faceted. While this is the third installment of the LA Metro series, this book could easily be a stand-alone.

Dr. Ashlee Logan is on a temporary assignment filling in for another ER doctor at LA Metro. She takes jobs across the country working for six weeks or less. She absolutely refuses to live any place longer. Logan is running from her past, she feels as though she does not deserve to have friends or anything more than basic human interaction. All she has and all she needs is her dog, Drake and to work.

Dr. Dale Parker is another ER doctor and also a war veteran. She has seen a lifetime of pain. Dale works tirelessly to cover her physical wounds, and because of this she sees a kinship when Dr. Logan arrives to work the night-shift. As much as she wants to ignore her attraction to the mysterious doctor she can’t.

This book has everything a good romance needs, but what really makes it a knockout, is Nolan takes her time letting the reader get to know the two protagonists. She develops their relationship, slowly letting you really get to know each of the two doctors, and developing their friendship. You cannot help but to route for these two ladies to find happiness. While both of them have had major traumatic life experiences, the have each handled their pain in different ways. They work as a great team in the ER, and that helps them outside of the hospital as well. You want to see them find their way to each other. This is a fantastic book, and if you were a fan of the LA Metro series before you will be delighted. If you haven’t read them, that is okay too, this book will be well worth your time!

4.5 stars out of 5

I was kindly given this book by Netgalley and Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

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Wounded Souls (The L.A. Metro Series Book 3)
by RJ Nolan
Link: http://amzn.com/B01D0S3MHG

In the Company of Women by Kate Christie

In the Company of Women by Kate Christie is both a work of historical fiction as well as a romance. The romance is well developed and had great chemistry, what made the book so very good though is the historical accuracy that went along with it. How many times can you learn about such an important part of history all the while getting a great story too?

The book first introduces us to Caroline “CJ” Jamieson a private in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943. CJ a Michigan native was scheduled to be stationed in California, but right at the last minute she gets rerouted to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.  CJ is an airplane engine mechanic that recently graduated from University of Michigan, but delayed graduate school to do her part for the war effort.

Upon arriving at Fort Bliss, CJ literally runs into Brady Buchanan. Brady is the public relations section of WAC and hosts the radio program as well as writing for the base newspaper.  Their chance meeting sparks an instant friendship and these two become almost inseparable.

Brady and CJ have a wonderful chemistry and it builds nicely. I wanted them together as much as possible, but this book is also full of historical facts of the time, so you have a give and take between the romance and history lesson. I found myself really enjoying this. I thought the information was written in a way that was interesting and engaging. I felt as if I was right there at Fort Bliss. Christie obviously put a lot of research into this novel and to me it paid off in spades. If you are a history buff this is your book, you will not be disappointed.  If you have never read Kate Christie’s work I will tell you she is one hell of a writer, her books are always great!

4.25 out of 5 stars

In the Company of Women
by Kate Christie
Link: http://amzn.com/B0125LSH6K

Don’t Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski

I can’t believe I just got around to reading this book. So glad I finally did. Great read, that is relatively face paced and was a great book to escape into.
Cassidy Miller is a Marine Corps veteran. After serving two tours in Afghanistan, she heads home and enrolls in the Minneapolis police academy. After a year on the job the horrors of war are still effecting her. PTSD is a bitch, and the nightmares won’t quit. Cassidy decides to try her hand at becoming a cop in a small town, maybe the change in scenery and a slower pace will help her heal.

Julia Desjardin is the the city attorney for Embarrass, Minnesota. She is an absolute ice princess. Beautiful, smart, rich and does not let anyone close to her. Julia is a fascinating character, you could not help but be drawn to her. She had an air of mystery surrounding her. I wanted to know what made her tick. Julia could not be any more different from Cassidy, but these two are drawn together.

Eliza Lentzski writes beautiful characters, who are flawed, but have such amazing hearts. This book is full of angst, mystery, and a great love story. This book is also very sexy if you know what I mean.

4 out of 5 stars

Don’t Call Me Hero
by Eliza Lentzski
Link: http://amzn.com/B00P4UXEZO

Infiltration (Book One of the After Dark Series) 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
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B018A2PC66