Coffee Pot Reviews: Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell & Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin
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 yummy adult books to share with you. One is a novella and the other a serial/full length novel. Adult books contain mature content and are not intended for readers under 18 years of age. I've got iced peppermint-mocha coffee so grab a cup and enjoy!
Days of Rakes and Roses
by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sins 1.5 (novella)
Publisher: Grand Central
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
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I adored Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, the first Sons of Sin book and was excited to be able to read Days of Rakes and Roses. This was a short and sweet novella and perfect to hold me over until the release of A Rake's Midnight Kiss in August. In this delightful tale of rekindled love we meet Lady Lydia Rothermere who has spent the past ten years trying to atone for one moment of unbridled passion all while nursing a broken heart. She decides to marry a safe and reliable chap and perhaps give her heart to children. All of her plans are upended when Simon Metcalf the man who stole her heart returns and begs her not to marry. Campbell's characters quickly captured my heart and I fell in love with the irresistible and charming Simon. Lydia was humorous as she tried to think with her head and not her heart. This was a delightfully quick, feel good read that left me with a smile. A perfect rainy afternoon escape. While it is part of the Sons of Sin it can easily be read as a standalone.Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society's rigid rules, but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. And as she prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what's more important: propriety or passion? Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he's about to lose the one woman he's never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
by Susannah Sandlin
Series: Omega Force #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication date: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine. Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?
I immediately liked Jack "Kell" Kellison the leader of this elite group. He is one hundred percent human and completely swoon-worthy. He is new to the idea of shifters and the paranormal world in general and this created some great banter and a little humor. The shapeshifting side of the team consists of brothers Archer and Adam who are jaguars, and Robin a snarky eagle shapeshifter. The human side of the team are Kell the leader, Garrett a computer/techie geek who is pure genius and Nik who has the unique ability to touch objects or people and get images and history. Nik is Kell’s best friend and I loved how they had each other’s back. The brothers are yummy but my favorite character was Robin. She is snarky, smart and fearless. The interaction between her and Kell was hilarious. Sandlin gave us a fantastic villian with his own elite team and they kept me on edge.
When a building is bombed and the mayor assumed dead, the team is called in to investigate. An anonymous tip steers them towards Mori Chastaine the head of an environmental protest group. Kell goes undercover as a volunteer and quickly realizes there is something more going on. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful and action packed with a side dish of romance. Mori is complex and I enjoyed learning about her secrets, and seeing her grow throughout the novel. The romance was sweet, and felt genuine. I enjoyed the pacing, and the dynamic characters. Sandlin quickly had me invested in this elite team and its members; I cannot wait to dive into the next book.