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Harlequin Recommended Reads for June 2019

I have read and reviewed all three of this month’s recommended reads . . . 
I’ve reposted my reviews for the books here, too, so keep scrolling down – it is a very long post but there are three great reads included in it!
Hope you get to read them and enjoy them as much as I did!
Title: His to Claim
Author: Brenda Jackson
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Desire
Blurb:
It could be his toughest mission yet: win back his wife. When navy SEAL and honorary Westmoreland Mac McRoy returns home, he discovers his wife has left. Teri has retreated to the Wyoming ranch they’d planned to visit together, and is resentful when he follows. She doesn’t want a second honeymoon; she wants a marriage Mac doesn’t take for granted. But life-or-death circumstances are about to put their love to the ultimate test. 
My Review:

This is a SEAL romance with a difference as the couple concerned are already married and have four children. However, the constant secret missions and time apart are taking their toll on their marriage, especially from Teri’s point of view. She’s the one that keeps things running at home and when he returns Mac tends to try to take over, especially regarding their finances, but he is always the one the children can get their own way with. He isn’t used to juggling the every day activities and, by the time he’s getting used to it all, he’s off on another mission for an unspecified time. When he comes home and finds she’s left their children with his parents and gone to stay on the Wyoming ranch they’d talked about revisiting together he is determined to discover why she’s gone without him, not realising the trauma she’s had whilst he’s been away. Can they listen to each other and rekindle their romance or will tempers get in the way? Will her latest spend drive them further apart or be a chance to get them back together again? Will he even listen?

There’s unexpected danger for them both, a perilous natural event that will need his SEAL team to come to their rescue in this dramatic story. This is an unpredictable story filled with dramatic contrasts, heartbreaking at some times, heartwarming at others . . . . full of conflict, then full of love. It is a story that really demonstrates that communication is the key to keeping romance alive and sorting out problems. The suspense element makes this a real page turner and highlights the importance of every member of a team working together – be that as a married couple, a family or a SEAL team. It is a story filled with suspense, peril, action and love – a great read.

I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread; and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012.
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Twitter: @AuthorBJackson
Title: Special Forces: The Spy
Author: Cindy Dees
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Romantic Suspense
Blurb:
A secret agent kidnaps an undercover operative! The Mission Medusa series continues… To maintain his cover, spy Zane Cosworth kidnaps Medusa member Piper Ford. She might be trained to endure a hostage situation, but when one of her kidnappers continues to protect her from harm, she finds herself losing her heart. They flee for their lives, and the lines between enemy and lover begin to blur. But will they survive long enough to explore this new passion?
My Review:

Wow, who would have thought helping a neighbour out by taking his son to school could result in being kidnapped! That’s what happens in this fast paced romantic suspense, the second book in the Mission Medusa series.

Whilst returning to the school to drop off the packed lunch of her neighbour’s son, the tranquility is shattered as armed men rush in. Piper Ford is one of the women training to be part of the top secret, elite, women-only, Medusa force but hadn’t anticipated that one of the kidnappers, Zane Cosworth, would identify her as their target. He’s actually an undercover spy and spotted her wearing a ring which identifies her as being military. He hopes she’ll be able to help him thwart the insurgents whilst he discovers their plans but can he convince her to work with him and can he keep her safe? Can they escape unharmed and bring the kidnappers to justice?

This is a suspense filled story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even when you assume everything is sorted, there are further twists and missions necessary for things to be resolved. The characters are well developed and easy to empathise with and I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it. I will, however, warn that there are violent scenarios and a simulated rape, they aren’t over graphic and are integral to the story, just thought I had better say in case either are trigger for you. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this story – and this series – to anyone who enjoys feisty, warrior women meeting their love under suspense filled circumstances and having to battle to win against the odds.

I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

I have also previously read and reviewed the first book in this series,

Special Forces: The Recruit
and highly recommend that story, too. Although the stories follow on from each other chronologically and the characters from the first story are in the second, I believe both books can also be read and enjoyed as standalones.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty books, 2-time RITA winner and five-time RITA finalist, Cindy Dees writes military romance and romantic suspense. A former U.S. Air Force pilot and part-time spy, she draws upon real-life experience to fuel her stories of love on the edge. When she’s not heavily caffeinated and typing like a maniac, she can be found walking her Doberman Pinscher puppy named Waffles, reading, gardening, and traveling. She loves to chat with readers, and all her social media links are on her website, www.cindydees.com


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Title: Lone Witness
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Love Inspired Suspense
Blurb:
She’s keeping secrets. He must keep her safe. An FBI: Special Crimes Unit page-turner.  Were it not for Tessa Carlson, Special Agent Henry Miller’s daughter would have been abducted. But rescuing the little girl has thrust Tessa—a woman in hiding—into the media’s spotlight…and into a criminal’s crosshairs. Now her survival depends on putting her faith in widowed single father Henry if she wants to live to see another day.
My Review:

This is an enthralling romantic suspense with a heroine who has escaped an abusive relationship by running away and keeping herself under the radar being thrust into the lime light when she thwarts an attempt to kidnap a young girl, the daughter of Special Agent, Henry Miller who is a widower. This not only introduces her to the girl’s father, but also places herself in danger. Dare she trust him with her secrets? Can he keep her safe and catch the serial kidnapper?

This is a story from the Love Inspired series and lives up to that genre. It is a suspense filled, heartwarming romance with well developed characters, plenty of twists and turns and lots of love! The romance is a slow build as Henry and Tessa slowly learn to trust each other and she reveals her secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading further books in this series and by this author in future. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

New York Times best-selling author Shirlee McCoy loves books. She loves reading them. She loves writing them. She loves sharing them with family, with friends, and with total strangers on airplanes and in doctor’s offices. It’s no surprise that she loves being an author. Her first book was published in 2004. Since then, she’s written more than 45 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Of course, her love for books pales in comparison with her love for family. When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her two youngest children and spending time with the people she cares about most. Her books are a reflection of her passion for relationships and community. An advocate for adoption and a firm believer in the power of faith, love, and compassion, Shirlee writes books that explore the dynamics between siblings, parents, children, and friends.

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Many thanks to Harlequin for gifting me copies of these books which I’d requested on NetGalley and to Lady Amber’s Reviews for providing materials and content for this post. The reviews are my own, honest opinions after choosing to read the books and thoroughly enjoying doing so!

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