Friday, September 11, 2015

review || HIS LOVER TO PROTECT { blog tour } by Katee Robert

Entangled: Brazen | September 7, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Out of Uniform, book 3


He's never met a challenge he couldn't take...

Alexis Yeung did everything right....only to watch everything go horribly, horribly wrong. Broken and angry, Alexis high-tails it to Europe, determined to face the world on her own terms and without consequence. Which includes a mind-blowing night with a sexy, scarred stranger.

Except, embittered former pararescuer Luke Jackson isn't exactly a stranger. He's supposed to keep an eye on Alexis without her knowing. Ending up in bed together was definitely not the plan. Now he's chasing her (admittedly hot) ass across Europe, a game of cat and mouse that always ends with the two of them tangled up in the sheets.

Something in their scarred, damaged souls calls to each other. And God help them, the sex in unbelievably hot. But if Alexis discovers who Luke really is, he'll lose the one thing that makes him feel whole...
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{ about katee roberts } .

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa's knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and never looked back. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her little ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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{ excerpt } .

Kiss me, please kiss me, and make me forget all about the countless things trying to drag me under.

Luke froze, and for one eternal second she thought she’d misread his signals. But then his mouth crashed down on hers, erasing any chance of misinterpretation. His tongue speared between her lips, stroking along her tongue once, twice, a third time. She couldn’t fight back a moan as he raked his teeth over her bottom lip before sucking it into his mouth. The spark of attraction inside her burst into an all-out bonfire. Alexis shifted her grip, letting go of his shirt with one hand so she could twine her fingers through his longish blond hair. She pulled it sharply enough to make him groan against her mouth, and then he was kissing his way along her jaw and nipping her earlobe. “You taste so goddamn good, darlin’, like a Georgia peach. I can’t get enough of it.”

Thank God, because if he stopped right now, she might not recover. She’d never felt such all-encompassing need pounding through her veins, pushing her to do something she’d never even considered before. I could take him back to my hotel. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know him. I’ll never see him again, and that’s okay. Why not take what this man was so obviously offering? He didn’t have to know that this wasn’t something she ever did. “Please.”

He ran one hand up her thigh, his heat seeming to brand itself through her jeans. “Tell me what you want.”

A thousand answers flitted through her mind, but one dwarfed them all. Still, she hesitated. She’d just met him, and he was an ass—not exactly the prime candidate for someone to take to bed. But then he kissed down her neck, sucking on a spot that made the whole pub go blurry. God, how was she supposed to pass a man like him up? It’s just sex. It’s not like I’m going to marry the man. The Old Alexis wouldn’t think to do this.

Which meant that was exactly what the New Alexis should do. She was supposed to be learning to take what she wanted. Right now, there was one need and one need alone dominating the forefront of her mind. She took a shuddering breath. “You. I want you.”

“This wasn’t supposed to happen.” Before she could process his words, he kept going, his hand sliding a few inches higher, until he pressed against the vee of her legs. “But fuck, I’m not a saint. I never have been.”

{ review } .

I was totally unaware that this book was connected to FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND. I'm sure I would have figured it out had I looked at the synopsis closely, but when you have a reading list as long and dense as mine, you tend to just start a book without background information. So what was the reminder?

Well, none other than Luke looking at Alexis and thinking she was pretty like a busty-Asian babe... his words, not mine. ;)

It was the Asian description that made me recall Drew and his bff, Avery, and how when Avery got pregnant, big sister Alexis left for parts unknown.

Well, here we are at parts unknown.

The one part, the oonnlllyyyyy part, that made me dislike this story even for a moment, was the deception. Very rarely can I get past that point in any story that has a secret of this magnitude. I think it's simply because when I read, I like to be surprised with the "big fight" that all romances have -- but when you know from the start that the fight is going to be centered around the fact that someone is lying to the other person, but oh my, they fell in love in the process, and goodness gracious, how can I ever trust you again...

Yeah... it makes that moment super long for me. Have you ever watched a child do something, like trying to put the star in the square hole. Eventually, your anxiety gets so high you just want to do it yourself, because your blood is boiling and your hands are shaking and you feel like you're going to crawl out of your skin....

Yep, that's me. That was me in this book too. So many times I wanted to slap Luke silly and say, "This is the perfect opportunity" or "Ok, boyfriend, now's the time", because let's be honest, it's hard to keep a lie straight -- let alone a lie when you're backpacking across Europe, miles from home.

Ok, ok... That aside.

I loved Luke -- he was your typical wounded warrior with a mighty chip on his shoulder because he was told he couldn't serve any longer. His friend and ex-teammate, Ryan, is in-laws with Avery (aka, also Mrs. Drew Flannery) and at the three of their asking, Luke finds himself overseas trying to keep an eye on Alexis, making sure she stays safe as she left without a single clue as to where she was going and why.

Luke starts out with a fairly negative opinion of Alexis. Where he thinks she looks like a Disney princess, he learns pretty quickly she has a fighting bone, and a backbone made of steel. She has a mouth like a sailor and her fuse is shorter than his. He thinks she feels she's entitled and quite frankly, he thinks she's a bit spoiled.

He learns quickly, though, that most of that is a front. As secrets come out and feelings start to emerge, Luke finds it harder and harder to keep his motives behind locked lips.

These two were so alike it wasn't even funny. Both had chips on their shoulders, and both had scars that they were running from. When these two fought, oh my, did they fight. Now necessarily in a bad way, but in a bickering way that only those who are really close to one another can do and come out of alive. I loved how well Luke got to know Alexis; he knew her steps before she took them, he knew her goals before she spoke them.

With a little bit of a scuffle between Luke and the Flannery clan back home, I'm more and more excited to go back and read the first book in this series, the book that belongs to Luke's friend, Ryan. I try to keep my weekends free, and Mondays too, so perhaps one of these Saturdays I'll go and read his story.

{ previous reviews in series } .


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