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There’s something very addictive and seductive about Susan Stoker’s various series of courageous and brave soldiers, their fight for justice and the fierce protectiveness of their loved ones.

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“Claiming Felicity” book four in the Ace Security Series is another exemplary work of Susan Stoker’s creative writing as she brings the surprising secretive half brother to the Andersons brothers, a twist to their family dynamics.

Ryan Sinclair comes to Castle Rock, CO, after the discovery of the half-brothers he never knew about. Wanting to know his newfound family, and leaving his mercenary life behind, Ryder is more than ready to plant roots and with Felicity Jones.

Feeling from a dangerous past, Castle Rock was supposed to be a temporary stop for Felicity Jones. But the Anderson family has tied her strong to family and friendship, and leaving was becoming a far fetched idea until the past catches up with her and lands her family and friends in danger.

But Ryder and the Anderson brothers will protect their own and will do anything to keep Felicity safe. With Ryder as her self appointed bodyguard and with sparks of attraction fanning between them, and passion igniting the sheets, Ryder will do anything to protect and keep Felicity in Castle Rock for a future with her.

“Claiming Felicity” is another courageous story of a woman trying to defeat her past for a future with the man she loves. A wonderful story of family and friendship, support and care, brotherhood and kinship, Susan Stoker gives her readers another captivating thriller.

Susan Stoker is one fine writer that I was glad to have come upon and enjoyed reading her stories. From her Badge Of Honor Series, Delta Force Heroes Series to Seal Of Protection Series and now to Ace Security series, I’ve literally enjoyed every single one of her books. Protecting Caroline, Protecting Fiona and Protecting Alabama are my top favorites of her books that I’ve visited innumerable times…chicken soup for the soul!!!

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I love reading new authors and my first read of Nicole Helm, and is definitely a surprise.

“Cowboy Seal Homecoming” is a charming read of a prodigal son returning to his roots and starting fresh outside of his SEAL days. Alex Maguire returns home to with his SEAL buddies, to a home he’s ignored, to a life that he had refused to be a part of, and to a step- sister he hardly remembers.

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Becca Denton had heard a lot about her stepfather’s son, and the reality of him being on the ranch that she considers her own is far more tempting than she had imagined. Her dream of turning the ranch into a haven for wounded vets is one of the things she and Alex share.

Mr. Organized meets Ms. Live-The-Life-That-Comes-At-You. As they get acclimated to the living arrangements working towards a common goal, they find the sparks of attraction as another common anomaly that takes them surprise.

With a good plot that keeps the readers interesting, Nicole Helm pens a charming story as Alex and Becca go through the path of getting to know each other, working side by side and the attraction that progresses into love, the secondary characters add charm, humor and family, “Cowboy Seal Homecoming” is a definite good read cozied up on a couch

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When you love, you are “Risking It All”. And who better to understand than Jessica Flynn and Mark Dalton. Teenage love and the dreams and of happily ever after come to an end when Mark leaves to join Special Forces.

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Returning to Haven after nearly a decade, and partnering with his buddies at the Off-The-Grid-Adventures, Mark seems to be easing into civilian life one day at a time. Jessica’s dream of expanding her spa salon seems to be becoming a reality as circumstances bring Mark and Jessica to partner with each other in buying the land that both of them want to expand their business.

Old flames ignite a spark, and the attraction that both deny takes them between the sheets. Secrets come to light and past pain and betrayal is gets a closure. And when Jessica needs Mark to support her in goodness and in health, he’s right next to her. Both Mark and Jessica are such resilient and wonderful people that deserve happiness and a future together. These two are one of Rachel’s best couples I’ve come to love.

Rachel Lacey has been always so eloquent with feelings and situations. She does a fabulous job of handling the tricky family situation just right with not too much drama. The placing of supportive characters, the banter and chemistry among the friends and the resident so Haven is a perfect blend of romance and pleasure to read, “Can’t Forget You”.

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Stay With Me – Forever!

Book three of Cynthia Eden’s new series, Lazarus Rising takes the readers into the cold mountains of a far away cabin, where Shelly Hampton is planning on spending her holidays, alone and to recover from a family loss. But John Smith has other ideas and he intends to make sure that Shelly says, “Stay With Me” – to protect and to lover her.

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Escaping from the Lazarus disaster, the only awakening thought that brings John Smith to Shelly Hampton is the intense need to protect her. Vague memories of betrayal, pain and death haunt his mind, but the innate desire for Shelly and the need to be with her is as strong as the breath he takes. With danger dogging their every move, death riding their backs, and betrayal lurking in the shadows, Shelly has to put her trust and life in John’s hands.

Impressive as always, Cynthia Eden’s plot of super enhanced soldiers, the scope of technology that can be created and used is pure genius and mind-blowing. “Stay With Me” is another brilliant story as Cynthia Eden continues the series with John and Shelly’s story, bringing Flynn and Sawyer into the light, as they continue to keep their lives as normal as possible, amidst their search for their kind, and destroy the person responsible for the mayhem.

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Jessica Flynn can’t wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.

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Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there’s something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he’s finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can’t help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he’s been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him…

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Rachel Lacey

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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EXCERPT:

“You approve?”                                                                                         

Stifling a yelp, she whirled to find Mark behind her, a brown dog at his side. It really was unfair that he could move so quietly. “Yes, but . . . did you get a dog?”                                                                                         

He glanced down at the mutt standing at attention be- side him. “Nah. Found her.” 

“Really? Out here?” Jessica stepped closer, holding out a hand toward the dog, who eyed her warily, never budging from Mark’s side. 

“Yeah. I’ll drop her by the shelter when I leave.

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“Hi, girl.” Jessica crouched down, talking to the dog. “How’d you wind up out here?”

The dog licked her ears forward and took a step in Jessica’s direction. She was fairly large, with brown fur that was matted in places and adorable, fluffy ears. After a little coaxing, she walked over and licked Jessica’s hand.

“Maybe you should keep her,” she said to Mark. “At least while you look for her family. She’s too sweet to go to the shelter.”

He grunted, gazing down at the dog.

Jessica stroked behind the dog’s ears. “You know what happens to strays at the shelter who don’t find a home, right?”

Mark said nothing.

For some reason, she wanted him to keep this dog.                                                                 

Maybe it would be good for him to have someone at home to greet him. “You don’t want her to be euthanized, do you? She seems so quiet and well behaved. 

 “Which means she probably has a family out there looking for her.”

“And you should definitely let the shelter know you’ve found her. I think they can even scan her for a microchip. Up to you whether you leave her there.” She winked at him.

He said nothing.                                                                                         

The dog really was a sweet thing. She licked Jessica’s fingers, her tail wagging shyly, and then returned to Mark’s side, looking for all the world like she was waiting for her next command. When he started walking, she followed right at his heels.     

 So did Jessica. They walked together in easy silence, following the string of orange ags he had placed on the ground. He’d been busy today and also true to his word. His flags were well away from the area she wanted for her cabins.

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 She couldn’t help smiling every time she glanced at the dog by his side. The pooch clearly already viewed Mark as her master. It was easy to see why. He moved with a quiet confidence that obviously set her at ease. Not sure which way to go? Just follow Mark.                                                                                         

Jessica was so busy doing just that that she didn’t even see the hole in front of her until she’d stepped in it. Thrown off balance, she groped blindly for something to hang on to, her fingers latching on to Mark’s arm. He turned in surprise and grabbed her before she went down in a heap.

His hands gripped her arms, warm and strong, his eyes locked on hers. “You okay?”

She nodded because her heart was pounding so hard she didn’t trust herself to speak. There was so much electricity in the air between them that her whole body sizzled with it. Her stumble had landed her close in his arms, so close that, each time she drew breath, the space between them seemed to shrink.

His gaze dropped from her eyes to her lips.

He’s going to kiss me!                                                                                         

Her blood heated, and her lips parted, and…what the hell was she thinking? Grabbing on to the last glimmer of reason in her brain, she stepped backward out of his arms. Pain knifed up her left leg, and it folded beneath her, dropping her in a heap onto the forest floor.                                                                                  

The air left her lungs so fast she felt dazed, sitting there, staring at Mark’s boots. Then the dog was there, nuzzling her cheek, tail wagging.

Mark crouched in front of her. “What’s wrong? Are you hurt?”

Not wanting to get lost in his eyes again, she looked down at her left knee, which, now that she was no longer drunk with lust, hurt like a son of a bitch. “I think I twisted my knee.”                                                                                         

“Let me have a look.” He straightened her leg out against the bed of pine needles and gently felt her knee through her jeans.                                                                            

She winced. “It’s been bothering me off and on for a few weeks. I don’t know what I did to it.”                                                                               

“You have it checked out?”                                                                       

“No.” She sighed. Dammit, she hated going to the doctor. Maybe because, having a nurse for a mother, she’d spent way too much time around hospitals as a kid. “I guess I should though. I thought it was finally better.”

She accepted the hand he held out and pushed to her feet, putting all her weight on her right foot. Her left knee throbbed. She could feel the heat radiating out of it. Son of a bitch.                                                                               

“You able to walk on it?”                                                                              

“Of course.” She took a halting step, biting her tongue to hold back a groan. Well, better to get this over with. She hobbled away from Mark in the direction of the spa.                     

“In the interest of getting home before dark…” His arms came around her, and he swept her off her feet, lifting her into his arms as if she weighed nothing at all (and thank goodness for that because it took a little of the sting off her pride)

“I can walk,” she said, her voice gone all low and husky because now she was closer than ever to him, wrapped up in his warm, masculine scent. She felt his heart thumping against her, and as she met his eyes, it quickened. 

So did hers.                                                                     

Her hands tightened behind his neck, causing his head to dip toward hers. Helpless to fight the pull, she leaned in, and her lips brushed his. Her entire body lit with awareness from her scalp to her toes, like she’d just turned on the light after a very long time in the dark. Whoa.                                                                                         

Yeah. Sparks. She and Mark still had them.                                                                              

She sucked in a ragged breath, her eyes locking on to his, and then he kissed her back. This time his lips crashed into hers with an urgency that matched the need raring inside her. Her eyes uttered shut, and her lips parted.

“Woof!”                                                                                         

Jessica’s forehead bumped into Mark’s. He was looking down at the dog, his expression a mixture of amusement and frustration. At his feet, the dog was staring right back in rapt attention.                                                                              

Way to ruin the moment, Fluffball.                                                                                       

Mark’s gaze flicked back to Jessica’s, and almost with-out thinking, she tipped her face, bringing her lips back to his. Everything inside her went all hot and tingly as his tongue swept into her mouth.                                                                                       

“Woof!”                                                                                 

“Seriously, now you discover your voice?” She glared down at the dog in mock exasperation.                                                                           

Mark let out a rough laugh. “She hasn’t made a peep all day.   

 “I don’t think she likes us kissing.” As she spoke, her gaze dropped to his lips. The damn dog was probably the only one here that had any sense. But right now, Jessica. Did. Not. Care.                                                                           

The only thing she could think about was kissing him again. And again.

 

 

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