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Book Review

Finding His Mark
by Brittney Sahin

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My review:

“Finding His Mark” is a fast-paced romantic suspense story by Brittney Sahin. It’s the first book in the ‘Stealth Ops’ series and sets the stage for more excellent stories to come. The characters and plot are multi-layered and kept me engaged and involved right until the very end.

Eva is part of a rich and well-known Hollywood family, but she’s determined to succeed on her own in TV/movie production. She’s been successfully accomplishing that goal as a writer and co-producer for a popular TV series about Navy SEALs. When there’s a much-needed break in production, she heads for a family vacation home in the mountains. The last thing she expects is that she’s going to end up in the middle of a dangerous, real-life situation with a mysterious stranger. Luke, the leader of a black ops SEAL team, is an expert at living life in the shadows. No romantic relationships, no real friendships outside his team, mission focus always – it’s the only way to survive a life that must be led in secret. He always has a plan and more than one contingency plan. In the middle of a carefully planned operation in the mountains, the last thing he expects is for the woman he rented a house from to show up on the property at the worst possible time. Her presence puts the mission and both their lives in danger.

Eva and Luke both have serious trust issues and plenty of things to hide; these are not characters for whom a relationship could be an easy thing, even if they’d ever admit it was something appealing. The scorching hot chemistry between them further complicates and intensifies everything. The story gets complex, but all the pieces ultimately fit into place. There are excellent secondary characters who round out the story and also provide moments of humor. I thought the dialogue and the banter were done really well. I enjoyed the story from the first paragraph until the last.

Savored Innocence
by Measha Stone

Release Date: Available Now

My Review:

“Savored Innocence” is the fifth book in the ‘Innocent Brides’ series by Measha Stone. Although it’s part of a series, it’s written so it can be read and understood as a standalone story. I do think if you’re familiar with the series you will be able to get more out of some of the subtext, of course. This is an age-gap Mafia romance that includes an age-play dynamic.

Roman has been interested in Billie for a couple of years already, but the timing and the situation just weren’t right. Things have changed and he’s determined to change their relationship as well – by developing a relationship with her that is no longer a distant one. When unexpected circumstances present an opportunity, Roman is ready to use it for his advantage. Billie has been intrigued by Roman since the first time she saw him but was convinced that he didn’t even notice her. She couldn’t have been more wrong. But she knows he’s in a dangerous “business”, and she’s already hiding so many secrets of her own…… Getting involved with him is just not a good idea. However, we all know that “bad” ideas frequently lead to the best stories.

Roman and Billie are both interesting characters and the chemistry between them is frequently intense. There are some good secondary characters who appeared in other books in the series, so it’s nice to get updates on what’s going on with them. Although this is a dark romance, it’s not particularly dark (if that concerns you). There are multiple scenes that include domestic discipline, but nothing too over the top. I thought the ending tied up the story nicely.

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Poetry Corner

About the Author:

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Poet and writer Miguel Algarín was born in Puerto Rico and raised in a culturally-minded household, before moving to Manhattan in the early 1950s. He earned degrees in literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Penn State University. In the early 1970s, he cofounded the Nuyorican Poets Café with Miguel Piñero, Pedro Pietri, and others, and served on its board of directors.

Algarín books included Survival Superviviencia (2009), Love is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida (1997), Time’s Now/Ya Es Tiempo (1985), Body Bee Calling from the 21st Century (1982), and Mongo Affair: Poems (1978); and he translated Pablo Neruda’s Songs of Protest (1985). He coedited Action: The Nuyorican Poets Café Theater Festival (1997), Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (1994), and Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings (1975).

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