Review – Pushing the Limit by Emmy Curtis (@emmycurtis19, @grandcentralpub, #review, bookreview)

Pushing the Limit (Alpha Ops, #3)Pushing the Limit by Emmy Curtis

My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles

This is the second book in the series. We first met both Matt and Harry in the first book of the series, where they’re making serious lust-eyes at each other at a rehearsal dinner the prior couple were attending. She’s an archaeologist haunted by the loss of her military husband about ten years ago and he, unknowingly, was the commander of the fateful mission that killed her husband and in fact is also still haunted by it. This is not revealed until AFTER their initial googly-eye moments and then – yeah. There ends up being a lot of “Oh, I can’t go near her because she’s his wife…” angst.

On the whole, I liked this book a lot. There’s continuing intrigue in the Middle East as Harry meets up with the military specialist (Matt) about a metal fragment she found while on a dig. Together they find themselves drawn further in as a fellow archaeologist dies suddenly and the donors behind Harry’s (and others’) digs presses harder and harder to know what she might have found.

I laughed and cried at times in this book. Harry really needed to finish healing from losing her husband and I think Matt was good for her. Matt … yeah, he’s a typical military guy, focused on completing his mission and as Harry becomes PART of that mission, his attempts to avoid getting close to her fail miserably. She’s pretty good for him and I loved the two falling in love.

There were some nice secondary characters who provided a healthy bit of suspicion as to their real motivations for being on (or near) Harry’s dig. I didn’t see some of the twists and turns this book and I really like that fact.

So, over all, this is a great book and I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a good military romance set in the Middle East (between two Westerners).

4 solid gargoyles!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Review also appears at Royal Reviews.

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Review – Loving Him Off The Field by Jeanette Murray (@kjmurraybooks, @penguinusa, #bookreview, #review)

Loving Him Off the Field (Santa Fe Bobcats, #2)Loving Him Off the Field by Jeanette Murray

My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles

I adored this book. Killian, as the quiet, behind the scenes, unappreciated (by and large) kicker for the Sante Fe Bobcats definitely spun my wheels. He had a reason for being so unobtrusive, and he was utterly devoted to his son. I just wish we could have known WHY he was so protective a little sooner. Until the big reveal, I was rolling my eyes at the extreme lengths he went to to stay out of the spotlight.

Aileen – her choice at the end was a great one and I loved how while she wanted to make it big as a reporter, she wasn’t necessarily impatient about it or totally cut-throat. Her way of getting closer to Killian to get the story was innovative and showed her patience with her career, despite feeling like she was letting her mom and dad down by not having hit it big yet.

It was nice to see the previous couple show up and see how Aileen meshed with her, keeping her integrity intact along the way.

Definitely enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book soon.

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review originally posted at Tory Michaels’ Time Out.

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Review – Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber (@harlequinbooks, @Tawnyweber, #bookreview, #review)

Christmas with a SEALChristmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles

There was a lot to like in this book. I especially enjoyed the up close and personal with Phillip Banks, who came across so stiff and proper in the prior book in the series with his long-lost/run-away sister.

Phillip – Always upright and proper, always doing what’s expected of him. He really needed Frankie to help him loosen up and learn how to enjoy things, including the holiday, since that was largely taken away from him because of his overly proper and society-focused mother.

Frankie – Enjoyed the silversmith profession and how she was so dragged down by her current lack of creativity. Being in the midst of a slump with my own creativity, I get that she was trying to break out of the slump.

These two were perfect for each other and of course we got to see the prior couple get married AND do their part to bring these two together. I think one of the most enjoyable moments for me was when Phillip had to go tree hunting with Frankie and ran into a commander who forced him to uproot his intended plans. I just loved him slumping around in the woods. For a SEAL, it was amusing he was so cranky about it.

Loved loved LOVED Frankie’s grandmother.

On the whole, the book was great. Check it out.

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