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Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing - Cindy Gerard

*3,5 stars*

This is the book I liked the least in the series.
I loved the plot and how it brings us back to the very beginning of the BOI creation, as well as Stephanie who was a great heroine, but I couldn't really connect with Joe.

Also, the plot of the book started in With No Remorse and I didn't understand why there is a year gap in between.

Here again, the BOI guys were nothing but awesome and I can't wait to read Mike "Primetime" Brown's book. *le sigh*

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace - Cindy Gerard *2,5 stars*We met David Cavanaugh in [b:Whisper No Lies|2958025|Whisper No Lies (Black Ops, #3)|Cindy Gerard|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1343272322s/2958025.jpg|2987531]. He is full of promises, unfortunately the story was to short to provide enough character and relationship developments. Also, I hate TSTL behaviors from the heroines at that's what put Carrie (we met her in [b:Risk No Secrets|6887618|Risk No Secrets (Black Ops, #5)|Cindy Gerard|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1343272537s/6887618.jpg|7107624]) in such a mess.

With No Remorse

With No Remorse - Cindy Gerard

*Spoiler free review*

“Luke Colter's number one rule of self-preservation: Don't ignore the itch."

"Luke Colter's second rule of self-preservation: Don't second-guess rule number one.”


I L O V E D With No Remorse!
There is not one thing I didn’t love in this book.
This is Luke “Doc” Holliday’s story. He is one of my favorite character in the series from the very beginning and he didn't disappoint.

I usually love how she starts her stories, but I loved it even more with this one. Luke and Val relationship is sweet and hot with some funny moments and I really liked the introspection bits from both of them.

As usual in this series, the BOI participation was the icing on the cake. I just love their interactions.

Risk No Secrets (Black Ops, Inc.)

Risk No Secrets - Cindy Gerard

Can I say that I loved the secondary story and everything that was happening in Argentina more than the primary romance and what was happening in El Salvador? I don't like love triangles (or love triangles-ish) stories so this one is clearly not one of my favorite. Another thing that spoiled the story for me is that the outcome wasn't a surprise. If not for the side story this book would only get 3 stars from me.

Feel the Heat (Black Ops, Inc. Series #4)

Feel the Heat - Cindy Gerard

I really liked Raphael "Choirboy" Mendoza from the start but B.J. is the heroine I liked the least in the series. It took me until their undercover op in Venezuela to start to warm up to her. Once there, despite the dramatic circumstances and even though she still had difficulty to be a team player, she really cracked me up. I also liked the subplot with Stephanie as well as the BOI participation.

Whisper No Lies (Black Ops, Inc. Series #3)

Whisper No Lies - Cindy Gerard Spoiler free reviewThis book was one of my favorite of the series. Here again we have a full action packed, exhilarating story with great heroes.It's quite unbelievable but I loved Reed even better than Sam. I usually don't fall for the Casanova kind of heroes but Johnny Duane Reed was simply irresistible and I just LOVED his character and the couple he formed with Crystal. We met Crystal in the previous book, she's Abbie ([b:Take No Prisoners|2869075|Take No Prisoners (Black Ops, #2)|Cindy Gerard|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1343271712s/2869075.jpg|2895230]) kick ass and sassy best friend. After having dismissed Reed in Take No Prisoners — “Why bother?” Crystal sighed. “He’s probably gay anyway.” Another sigh. “Or a cowboy. Or a cop. One’s as bad as the other.” — and led him on a merry chase, she started a hot "no string attached" relationship with him.A thing I loved in this story is that despite what she went through, Crystal didn't suddenly turn into a hopeless damsel in distress but stayed true to herself and the fact that she ended up the first female in the BOI team was the icing on the cake :).Here again, I loved the interactions between the BOI as well as the short encounter with Cavanaugh.I loved that book!

Take No Prisoners (Black Ops, Inc. Series #2)

Take No Prisoners - Cindy Gerard *Spoiler free review*Another great story with no downtime.From the beginning of the series I knew that I'd love Sam's book. Actually, Sam and Doc. I love strong and quiet guys and Sam didn't disappoint. And for those of you who love Black Ops guys AND cow-boys, Sam is definitely your guy. That's right, he is both *le sigh*. I really love how the BOI interact with each others but Sam and Johnny Duane Reed have an even more special relationship. In addition to being stuck at the hip, Sam seems able to catalyse Reed's hothead energy like no one else. I also liked Abbie a lot. She is a caring, loving, faithful and strong sister/friend. I really enjoyed that even knowing she was out of her depth, she managed to turn the tables on both the BOI and the villain.

Show No Mercy

Show No Mercy - Cindy Gerard

*Spoiler free review*

I didn't plan to read this one back to back with the Bodyguard series, I just couldn't help it.

The Black Ops Inc. revolves around Nate Black and his boys. Gabe being one of them. They once were all part of the same US army black ops force (Task Force Mercy) but after a mission went sour and another one of their team got killed, Nate Black (their CO) called it quit and created the Black Ops Inc. (BOI). Little after that, Task Force Mercy was dismantled and the boys joined him. They basically do the same kind of missions as when they were in the army but on their own terms (i.e. without external fuck-ups) and with a helluva bigger pay.

Show No Mercy was another great, fast paced and action packed story with great heroes. We met Gabe (Gabriel Jones, aka Archangel) and Jenna in Into the Dark (the last book of the Bodyguard series), where they played a key role. As the plots are somehow related, I recommend to read Into the Dark before reading this one.

Even though the author had serious problems with her time line (see example below), I really liked both stories, the main and the secondary one with Juliana and Nate as well as the epilogue. The only thing I didn't like is (view spoiler)

"Bahia Blanca, Villa Flores
Same night, 11:10 P.M.
Juliana was asleep. Then she was awake.
[...]
She glanced at the bedside clock. Almost two a.m. There was a lot of night ahead. Yet she knew she wouldn’t go back to sleep. She never did when she woke like this."


Then back to

"Bahia Blanca, Villa Flores
11:17 P.M."


???

Into the Dark (The Bodyguards, Book 6) - Cindy Gerard *Buddy read with Blacky
Under the Wire - Cindy Gerard With this one we are back with a “black ops” kind of plot.We met Manny in book 3 and I was happy to read his story. Lily is several years older than him but I really liked how Cindy Gerard wrote their relationship. I also liked how she addressed the trust issue and the way she developed Manny and Adam relationship.Here again, Dallas was outstanding
Over the Line - Cindy Gerard Contrary to books 2 and 3, we are back with a bodyguard intrigue. In this story both main characters are younger than in the other books. I liked the heroes relationship but not so much the plot. In my opinion, there were too many villains targetting the heroin and even so the motives were quite obvious.

Lick (Stage Dive, #1)

Lick - Kylie Scott

*Buddy read with Dani and Ali <3*

To the Brink (The Bodyguards, Book 3) - Cindy Gerard So far this is definitely my favorite in the series.Even though the plot was pretty obvious, the story was cleverly told. As for books 1 and 2 of the series, the main characters were awesome and I really liked how Cindy Gerard used the flashbacks. I loved both the primary and secondary story. I can’t wait to read Dallas book!

To the Limit (The Bodyguards, Book 2)

To the Limit - Cindy Gerard

Though the plot was more predictable than in To the Edge, this was a fast paced and action packed story.

Here again I really loved Eve and Mac, the secondary characters were great and the attraction between Eve and Mac was hot. But what I enjoyed the most in this story is that even though she had many occasion to act TSTL, Eve was never reckless or stupid. I also liked how Cindy Gerard described Mac and Ali’s relationship. Poor Mac, I hurt for him.

To The Edge (The Bodyguards)

To the Edge - Cindy Gerard

 

*Spoilers free review*

I had this series on my TR list for at least 2 years. Bodyguards stories are not my cup of tea so I kept pushing it for later.

The only reason I put it there to begin with is because I heard that the heroes of the firsts books of the Black Ops series make an appearance in this series (What can I say, I’m OCD like that :/) otherwise I would just have given it a miss.

I'm glad I haven’t because I really enjoyed it.

There was nothing new with the stalker plot but:

1/ both Nolan and Jillian were awesome main characters,
2/ I really liked how their relationship evolved,
3/ the chemistry between them was smoking hot,
4/ great casting of secondary characters,
5/ the culprit was a total surprise,
6/ I totally LOVED the end!

Exquisite (Exquisite, #1)

Exquisite (Exquisite Series) - Ella Frank

*3,5 stars*

What I liked the most in this book is the main characters (Lena and Mason) and how they evolved (mainly Lena) along the book. The characters development was really well done and I liked them both from the start but somehow, something was missing. The story revolves around Mase and Lena's relationship and there is nothing or very little outside it and even though the pace is right, that wasn't enough for me and sometimes the book seemed long. This is why I'm not giving it more. I'm rounding my rating up because of the last quarter.