After a stalker breaks into her home, internet entrepreneur Bee Langston decides Kelly Connolly is the only man who can help her—but seeking help from the former Marine isn’t easy, especially after she made a spectacular fool of herself trying to kiss the sinfully sexy bodyguard.
When Kelly spots Bee weaving her way through the Houston nightspot where he’s working security, all those feelings he’s desperately tried to deny for his best friend’s sister come flooding to the surface. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if means getting up close and personal with the one woman he simply can’t have.
Soon, Bee’s stalker isn’t his only problem. His gambling addict father is tangled in a mess of debts to two of Houston’s toughest loan sharks. With the family gym on the line, there’s only one way for Kelly to make everything right. He agrees to fight for the Albanian mob in an underground bare-knuckle fighting tournament.
But winning the tournament and saving his family’s legacy comes at a high price—one that just might cost Bee her life.
This book is an emotional (I almost said roller coaster, how frikkin over used is that?) Dyson vacuum cleaner (ha!) I went through cyclones of emotions from Hell yeah! to Oh, nooooooo! Bee is kinda a techno geek. She is brilliant with a computer program, but in life points she is slightly above lichen moss. Kelly is an emo with a hella choke hold. a physical bad ass, Kelly has an enormous martyr complex. He has to pay for sins that were never his to carry. If anyone else had attempted this pairing, it probably would have been a DNF. Roxie's talent and gutsy writing kept me fighting (pun intended) for these two. I am involved. I am invested. Do I agree with every plot turn? Noooo. But that's what makes it awesome. If everything went according to what I thought should happen..... BORING!!
I read this book wanting a cigarette really badly. The characters and story drew me in and made me want to guide them and when they didn't do as I wanted they made me crazy. This is because I CARED! If this had been just a "meh" book, I would have said "Screw this" and went on to something blissful. No, I wanted this HEA, and by God, I was going to get it. This book made me sweat. I lost weight reading this book. It was very much like child birth. PAIN, then awwwww!
Secretly wanting the sibling of a best friend is my ALL time favorite romance trope, so when I read the blurb I was all over wanting to read this book. I really, really, REALLY wanted to give this book a five but there were moments when I wanted to poke my eyes out and beat Kelly with them. (FYI - eyeballs are really hard) I know that sounds harsh (and believe me I toned it down) but one of the great things about this trope is when the realization that the sibling is worth any other relationship ever hits, and passion over comes loyalty and morals, to overwhelm the couple. The realization that this person is the only person in the entire universe that is entitled to your complete and utter attention, this is what makes this trope work. I never got that to the degree that I wanted from a top tier male like Kelly. I missed that "MINE" factor. I needed absolute focus and possession. Whew, sorry for the rant, but I want what I want.
When pawn broker Abby Kirkwood discovers the evidence of a chilling drug cartel hit on one of the video cameras hocked in her store, she turns to the only man she can trust—Jack Connolly.
The smolderingly sexy former Marine runs a successful gym down the street and coaches her brother's special needs baseball team. He's the one man who is always there when she needs him. If anyone can protect her family, it's commanding, capable Jack.
The moment he learns someone is threatening Abby and her brother, Jack sees red. To save the woman he's secretly loved for years, he'll do whatever it takes, even if it means facing off with a Mexican drug cartel and making deals with the same Albanian mob outfit that tried to ruin his family.
He finally has sweet, feisty Abby right where she was always meant to be—writhing with pleasure in his bed and safely sheltered in his arms. The vicious cartel assassin hot on her heels has no idea what he's up against.
The Connolly brothers are standing strong together—and no one touches their family.
Expected publication: April 2014 by Night Works Books
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I also write erotic romances as Lolita Lopez including the red-hot GRABBED series for Ellora’s Cave and the upcoming Dragon Heat series from Forever Yours/Grand Central.
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