Coffee Pot Reviews: I Dream of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice & Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden
Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have two Avon books to share with you today. One features a group of super-elite soldiers and the other is a Regency romance that is sure to please. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or some mango punch, sit back and enjoy!
I Dream of Danger
by Lisa Marie Rice
Series: Ghost Ops #2
Publication date:July 2, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
They are the Ghost Ops: a covert squad of super-elite soldiers. After their team was betrayed and massacred, the three surviving members went underground and built Haven, a community of misfits and geniuses. Now they’re at a crossroads, facing a new threat capable of destroying everything they hold dear. In the second book of Lisa Marie Rice’s thrilling Ghost Ops series, the Haven team is faced with a new addition to their secret society-and a threat capable of destroying everything they hold dear. When Nick Ross disappears from Elle Thomason’s life, she is certain she’ll never see the man she loves again—except in her dreams. Ten years later, as a respected researcher breaking new ground in psychic phenomena, she sends a desperate call for Nick’s help. One by one, her colleagues have started disappearing . . . and Elle knows she’s next. An elite soldier, Nick never meant to hurt Elle, duty kept him away—and then she vanished. Now troubled by unusually vivid, disturbing dreams of Elle in danger, Nick will rescue the only woman he’s ever wanted and bring her back with him to Haven. Though powerful men are after Elle and her special abilities, Nick will die before leaving her side again.
I Dream of Danger is the second book in the Ghost Ops series, and although I didn’t read book one I was able to pick things up fairly quickly. The tale has a whole X-men kind of vibe and a lot of the clichés we see in the romantic genre. It does have an element of suspense which I enjoyed but felt the mystery wrapped up a little too neatly. There is a lot of heat in this novel. Nick and Elle are two very different souls and their romance heats up the pages. She is inexperienced and has had a life of privilege. He is a soldier, sharp and ready for action. The smexy times were good, but sometimes felt a little stiff or awkward as Nick taught Elle the art of pleasure. I Dream of Danger has some paranormal aspects that I wanted more of. Elle has the ability to astral project and I wanted to explore more. The tale wraps up but leaves some things unresolved for book three. Overall this was a quick read While it was a solid read I wanted more details, and a little more suspense.
Three cups of coffee out of five
Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden
Publication date: July 30, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Joan Bennet is tired of being a wallflower. Thanks to some deliciously scandalous—and infamous—stories, she has a pretty good idea of what she’s missing as a spinster. Is even a short flirtation too much to ask for? Tristen, Lord Burke, recognizes Joan at once for what she is: trouble. Not only is she his best friend’s sister, she always seems to catch him at a disadvantage. The only way he can win an argument is by kissing her senseless. He’d give anything to get her out of her unflattering gowns. But either one of those could cost him his bachelor status, which would be dreadful—wouldn’t it?
Caroline Linden offers up a standalone regency romance in Love and Other Scandals, that is sure to please with fleshed out characters, familiar troupes, witty banter and enough heat to curl your toes. Yep, I would say this is the perfect rainy afternoon escape. Joan Bennet our heroine is delightful, she reads naughty books, is outspoken and finds herself heading towards life as a spinster. How they meet is funny and I love how Joan unnerves Tristan. He is drawn to her and while at times his manners had me wanting to hit him over the head, I delighted in seeing them interact. The romance felt realistic and I got caught up in the banter and romance. Joan truly made this book come to life, she was such a complex character and her inner self often conflicted with what others saw. I enjoyed Love and Other Scandals immensely and look forward to trying more of Linden’s works.
Four cups of coffee out of five