Recent Reads #23: Trying a New Genre

 For the last couple of months, I haven't been reading a lot but this month so far I haven't been able to stop! I'm happy that I'm ending 2020 on a book level of reading and I managed to read over 225 books this year which is a little insane. Today I have a few recent reads to share. Recent Reads #23: Trying a New GenreTrusting Skylar - Susan Stoker

"Former military operative Carson “Bull” Rhodes hasn’t dated seriously since he and his teammates left the army. Since then he’s opened Silverstone Towing—which is a front for his other job: hired killer. When kindergarten teacher Skylar Reid calls for help while stranded on the side of the interstate, the attraction is instant. The problem is Bull’s career has jaded him. Skylar’s innocent, and he wants to keep her that way.

Cautious by nature, Skylar never expected to fall in love with her tow truck driver. Even so, once Bull reveals what he really does for a living, she’s not sure she can handle it. When Skylar faces threats that have nothing to do with Bull’s job but are just as deadly, the stakes are higher than ever.

With the help of the Silverstone team, Bull will use everything he’s learned over the years to bring the woman he loves home—because the alternative is unthinkable."

I don't read a lot of romantic suspense but I have been really loving them lately and this is the first of two I have to talk about today. I really liked this one! I didn't find it to be predictable with any of the twists and turns and I will definitely continue the series. It is an instalove but it was done right and I really felt the connection and chemistry between our main characters. I will definitely be continuing the series and the only reason I didn't give this five stars was that the couple from this book was in the epilogue which made no sense as it was just promo for the next book. 

"There are a few things you should know about my brother’s roommate.

Wolfie Cox is . . . complicated. And incredibly sexy. Unfortunately, he has an impressive stick lodged so far up his ass, he’s about as emotionally available as a chinchilla. Actually, that might be an insult to the chinchilla community.

So, naturally, I want to ride him like a bicycle.

He thinks I hate him. Mostly because I’ve led him to believe this. It’s easier than admitting the truth.

And while Wolfie is about as soft and cuddly as a fork, I’m the opposite. A good girl. Reliable. Conscientious. Oh, and completely panicked about an upcoming work conference.

Wolfie’s usually allergic to altruism, so when my brother convinces him to help me out by escorting me to said conference where everyone else will have a plus-one . . . I say thanks, but no thanks. 

Surprisingly, Wolfie is unflinching about this. And that’s the story about how I got stuck in a hotel room with my brother’s hot (grouchy) roommate.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

In all seriousness, this isn’t a game to me, and hormones aside, I need to impress my boss this week so the promotion I’ve worked hard for doesn’t get handed to his worthless nephew. But with Wolfie and me sharing a hotel bed, things get confusing quickly."

I have been reading Kendall Ryan's books for years and I this is one of my top five from her! It was a fantastic romance and trigger warning, it does include references to child sexual abuse with our main man and it was handled well. If you are wanting to get into romance more, Kendall Ryan is a great author to start with. I have read at least 15 of her books and I always rate them highly. Her sports romances are a lot of fun too! I can't wait for the next book in this companion series. 

"Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But I managed to steal only a single kiss before I had to skip town.
Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion dollar security company. 

Not that I can tell her.

There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. I can’t let on that I’m here to bring him down before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.
Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.

There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon as I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten..."

This is the other romantic suspense that I read recently and I really liked it! This is the second book in the companion series, I have also read book one (Moonlighter) and I enjoy that a lot. Sarina Bowen is a fairly new to me author but I know I will be reading more of her backlist next year. If you like action movies and romance books, you need to check this book out! 



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