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Harlequin Recommended Reads October 2019 ~ Risk Everything & Reunited by the Badge

Title: Risk Everything
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Intrigue
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

The wedding is two weeks away, if they survive until then…
Following a fire at the New Journeys women’s shelter, Deputy Tanner Dempsey is on high alert, and his fiancée, Bree Daniels, fears that one of the shelter’s clients is being targeted. Outmanned and outgunned, Tanner and Bree must make a last stand for justice and unravel the twisted plot of a dangerous sociopath. Will it be “’til death do us part” before they can say “I do”?

Review: I give Risk Everything 5 Stars

I've been reading Harlequin Intrigues since I was 13 and love that even after 31 years, I still find enjoyment in them just as much as I did back then. I love that I can sit down with one and finish it in a few hours, and not feel guilty about abandoning my mom duties.

Risk Everything by Janie Crouch did not disappoint. I finished it in a few hours and absolutely loved everything about Bree & Tanner. Normally, I don't start a series on the fourth book, but I didn't know this was a series until I started it. I'm still glad I read it because it definitely can be read a stand-alone but it also made me want to go back and get the first three books. That is the indication for a five-star rating to me.

Bree and Tanner are about to get married and their lives are busy. Tanner is a deputy and Bree is a computer hacker/programmer who runs a women's shelter with Tanner's sister. The cast of characters in this story are wonderful, eccentric, loving, and broken. I loved Marilyn and her kids so much I just wanted to hug them and protect them from all the evil in the world, especially her ex-husband. Janie knows how to write a villain and she did it to perfection with Jerod Ellis. The twists and turns in this story as Bree and Tanner try to keep Marilyn and the kids safe made for tense reading, but the love Bree and Tanner have for each other kept the feeling of loving protection on every page. I was especially impressed with the wilderness scenes for their vividness and accuracy. The wedding planning offered a lot of levity in the story and anyone who has ever planned a wedding will relate!

Risk Everything was a page-turner from the first to the very last page. I was sad to find out this was the last book in the series because I'm DYING to read Marilyn and Noah's story. He was so sweet and loving with her that I know Janie could write a comeback story for Marilyn that would make all of us swoon. I am definitely going to finish the Risk series and hopefully, Janie will continue to write great intrigue like this one for years to come. Make sure to pick this one up, you won't be disappointed!

USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense. She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader's Choice Award, and the coveted RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America. Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she's not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds.

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Title: Reunited by the Badge
Author: Deborah Fletcher Mello
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: A megacorporation starts killing patients… And two exes must reunite to save lives!
When he discovers his patients’ lives are threatened, Dr. Paul Reilly can turn to only one person: Simone Black. She will have his back, even if they don’t agree on much else. But as the former lovers work together to track down the evildoers who are tampering with medications, they rediscover unexpected feelings for one another…even as an enemy wants to silence them permanently.

Review: I give Reunited by the Badge 3 Stars

This one was just middle of the road for me. I've read worse, but I've read far better romantic suspense. The romance was barely there and the suspense was missing completely. Paul and Simone are a second chance couple and I'm always a sucker for second chance romances, but this one fell flat. Simone was difficult to like, at best, and when they were together she was either starting a fight or moaning about how he can't leave her to go do his mission trips. Then they'd hop in bed and everything would be fine for a few more hours. If you're looking for romance you aren't going to find it here.

The suspense plot was good. I really liked that part of the story, but the bad guy was revealed so early in the book there wasn't a lot to hang on for. There were some tense moments in the end, but since you knew who it was, you couldn't get too worked up about it.

I found the secondary characters to be interesting, especially Mingus and Oliver. I want to know more about them and I also want to find out the information that was left open at the end (Obviously for the next book). However, the excessive amount of exclamation!Points!That!Were!On!Every!Page! will probably keep me from reading another book in this series. By 70% it became so distracting I wanted to give up. The characters were constantly yelling at each other with exclamation points and much of it made little sense because they shouldn't have been.

All in all, I liked the plot and the idea that drug manufacturers could be poisoning us and we'd never know it. If you like low key romance and suspense mixed with a large family of interesting characters then you'd enjoy Reunited by the Badge. 

Writing since she was old enough to put pen to paper, Deborah Fletcher Mello firmly believes that for her, writing is as necessary as breathing. Her first novel, TAKE ME TO HEART, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2008, Deborah won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for her ninth novel, TAME A WILD STALLION. Her publication, CRAVING TEMPTATION was named one of Publisher's Weekly Best Books for 2014 and was also nominated for a 2015 Emma Award for Book of the Year. As well, her novel PLAYING FOR KEEPS was a Library Journal Best of 2015 and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award for Best Multicultural Romance. Most recently, Deborah was named the 2016 Romance Slam Jam Author of the Year.
Born and raised in Fairfield Country, Connecticut, Deborah maintains base camp in North Carolina but considers home to be wherever the moment moves her.

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