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 romances to share with you today..enjoy and stick around for a cup of mocha coffee! Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres and today I am sharing Harmonized by Mary Behre, a novella in Tidewater series with a little paranormal twist and Sinclair Justice by Colleen Shannon the second novel in her action-packed Texas Rangers series. Grab a cup of coffee or some earl of grey and one of these tasty muffins I baked just for this occasion *kicks bakery box out of view* and enjoy!!
by Colleen Shannon
Series: Texas Rangers #2
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Ranger Proud, Ranger Strong...Texas Rangers swear to uphold the law to the letter. But Captain Ross Sinclair isn't about to play by the rules to destroy a major human trafficking cartel—especially now that the only chance to break this case just strode into his life with attitude as long as her gorgeous legs. Heiress Emm Rothschild is taking names and raising hell as she searches for her abducted sister and niece. And the evidence this wild-child turns up sets off a lethal chain of events—challenging Ross to keep her reckless determination and seductive daring up close and dangerously personal. Now a blindsiding betrayal has Emm heading straight into harm's way. And Ross will have to put his badge and career on the line to get justice—and prove to the woman he loves that a Ranger's word is a forever bond
Sinclair Justice is the second novel in the Texas Rangers series by Colleen Shannon. This one features the sexy Captain- Ross Sinclair and historical preservationist Emm Rothschild. Emm is in Texas to evaluate a historical property. She is also hoping to speak to the head of the task force involved in a human trafficking ring, as she has been searching for her sister and niece. Things get off to a bad star for Emm when she is pulled over and arrested for speeding. Turns out the officer arresting her owns the building being evaluated and is lead on the investigation. Oh boy! Banter, misunderstanding and attraction all play a role in this romance. I was delighted to see this couple is older. Emm is 38 and Ross is fifty-two. So refreshing! We get some sexy, but Shannon teases us as she makes us wait for dessert. We see characters from Foster Justice, book one, but both books work as standalone novels.
The suspense angle involving drug cartels and human trafficking was intense but be warned we witness rape, enslavement, drug abuse and violence. It is very realistic and quickly becomes evident that Shannon researched the subject extensively. Emm puts her education to use researching for connections between where her sister disappeared, Texas and the drug cartel. She is ruthless, but quite clever. The suspense was riveting and the last few chapters had me biting my nails. We get a few chapters from the perspective of Emm’s sister while she is in captivity and I found these chapters to be dark and engaging.
Sinclair Justice was an intense suspense but I loved the romantic aspect weaved throughout and I found myself falling for yet another Texas Ranger.
by Mary Behre
Series: Tidewater #2.5
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
After nearly dying on assignment, Tidewater police officer Zig Harmon has been awarded the Silver Star and desk duty. But handling every case that walks through the door while his entire department is out hunting a serial killer is nothing compared to dealing with his former flame, Karma De La Cruz. As much as she hates it, Karma knows that her best chance of finding the kidnapped baby haunting her visions is the man she once left behind. Forced to work together, Karma and Zig start to realize that they may have let go of something incredible. But now, time is running out, both for the missing infant and for their chance to start again...
I must tell you, I love the Tidewater series by Mary Behre. It has just a wee touch of paranormal making this romantic suspense series delightfully good. Harmonized is a novella and offered up Zig Harmon’s story. We met Zig in a previous book and I was delighted to get his story. Behre delivered a great case, updated us a little on characters and other ongoing cases. Karma De La Cruz is the love interest and this second chance romance and perfect for a novella. I loved Karma and Zig together and the story delivered just enough heat to make me smile. The case that brings them together concerns a missing infant. Law enforcement has determined that the child is deceased. Karma’s ability has her convinced the baby is alive. The tale wrapped up completely and satisfied my fix for this series between full-length novels. Harmonized will work as a standalone and is the perfect way to try this author.
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