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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tasty Book Blast: Compromised by Emmy Curtis (Review + Excerpt)

I just LOVE IT when a romantic suspense checks off that golden box next to the words, “Tough heroine who can and will defend herself in a life or death situation.” Basically, we have another Best Read Book!!!

About Emmy Curtis
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina.

When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab.

All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: March 1, 2016

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But when her wedding erupts in gunfire, Sadie Walker realizes this is not the life she wants-her fiancé's work with Delta Force will always cast a shadow over their relationship. After leaving the hard-muscled hero at the altar, she thinks she'll never see him again . . . until a chance encounter reveals that he still has a strong grip on her heart.

On a covert assignment overseas, Simon Tennant is shocked when he spots Sadie with another man. Jealousy flares, as does an irresistible urge to keep her protected. Amid a dangerous game of international espionage, he'll have to convince Sadie just how perfect they've always been together. This time, nothing will take precedence over winning her back, no matter the cost to his cover-or his life . . .

Sadie Walker is determined to move on with her life. She had decided, with a little help from the gun fight that took place on her wedding day that she didn’t want to live her life with a man who was always going to be in the middle of danger and could possibly bring it home with him. So she left Simon Tennant at the altar, but a chance encounter brings them face to face again and Simon is determined not to let Sadie walk away a second time.

I’ve been on a real romantic suspense kick lately but not all of them have met my “Must Have” which is a strong heroine who actively participates in saving her own ass even if it’s a losing battle. I had my doubts about Sadie from the very beginning because my first impression of her wasn’t a very flattering one. On the day of her wedding she came off as needy, insecure, weak and selfish. Flat out, she killed my high hopes for Compromised.

But wait! Almost a year passes from that fateful day to the present and in that time Sade did a total reversal of her former personality. Since her wedding day, she had applied for, been accepted and was already on an assignment for the CIA! Granted, it was a beginner’s assignment but still, Sadie managed to uncover something more sinister that brings her right back into Simon’s life. So how did she match up to Simon?

In a word: Awesome. The mousy, whiny Sadie was gone and in her place was a passionate, fiery, intelligent woman that wasn’t going to take crap from anyone, especially her ex-fiance. I had my “Team Sadie” banner out and waving waaaay before I reached the halfway mark. She was more than enough to stand with Simon, not behind him. She held her own in tough spots and knew how to defend herself. She may have lost some fights but she never let anyone make her a victim or a damsel in distress. I loved how she threw Simon off his game with all her changes, both physical and mental. It’s rare when a heroine truly leaves the hero off balance and unsure of her so I just couldn’t help but be impressed by her.

But how about Simon? He was a tricky one to figure out for most of the book. It was clear he wanted Sadie back but the question was, did he want her back the way he remembered her or did he want the new and improved Sadie? No doubt about it, she messed with this guy’s head and it may make me seem mean but I loved that he was so off balance with her! Simon was so sure about pretty much everything in his professional life, it was great to see him vulnerable and unsure about his personal life. It evened the playing field between him and Sadie.

The action scenes and suspense in Compromised began from the first page and didn’t let up until the last moment creating a brisk but smooth pace that kept me up late several times. If it hadn’t been for that darn “Adulting” I would have been able to finish this book in about two days. You can always tell how much I’m enjoying a book by how cranky I get when I have to put it down. I would rate my crankiness level an 8 out of 10 with this book. Basically a “Duck and Cover!” Situation where if you have a death wish then go ahead and interrupt but be ready to duck any objects thrown at your head. This is the first book I’ve read by Emmy Curtis but Compromised is the fifth book in the Alpha Ops series. It can be read as a standalone but this book hoarder needs to get her hands on the previous ones. It’s a good thing there’s such thing as “Throwback Thursday Reviews” on the blog!

Seriously though, I got so wrapped up in this book, over the course of a week that I 1.) Lost track of time. 2.) Burned my dinner twice and 3.) Got put on Mr. Pud’s “Poo List” for stepping on his tail (aka “Larry”) and ignoring the pile of shoes he was building from all the closets in the house (which he then exchanges for snacks).

Final Verdict: I got what I wanted out of this well written romantic suspense novel: A dangerous setting, a dashing hero and best of all, a totally independent, kick ass female who wasn’t going to be a damsel in order for a man to feel like a hero. Simon and Sadie were both heroes and most importantly, they were partners. This is a series I will definitely be following from now on.

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“We might not be friends, Sadie. But we are something.”

She moved her head so that Simon let go of her chin. “You used to tell me that I was your everything. Your port in a storm. Your sanctuary when you came back from a mission. Did you ever wonder what you were to me? You were the man who always disappeared. The man who was there, but only until your phone rang. I loved you, but you were a ghost to me. Is that the ‘something’ you mean?”

“Sadie.” He looked devastated, and she cursed herself for saying those things. As true as they were, she hadn’t wanted to explore their relationship right then. Nor ever if truth be told.

“But that’s all just history, isn’t it?” she said, trying to sound flip.

He leaned in. She knew he meant to kiss her, and she wanted to move, wanted to slap his face and run. That’s what she should have done.

Instead she allowed her mouth to open slightly as her eyes fluttered closed. Just one kiss. A safe, goodbye kiss…and then all rational thought escaped her.

His tongue touched hers and her senses and nerve endings came alive. He felt like home. A dark, impenetrable, warm and sexy home. Her heartbeat raced and butterflies heralded the coming of spring in her stomach. He still wanted her. She still wanted him. She didn’t care about anything else.

She held his face as she stood and climbed astride his thighs, still kissing him. His hands went to her breasts, running the backs of his hands over the swell above her neckline. And then he found the zipper of the dress, and pulled it down to her waist.

He yanked her toward him and put his mouth around her nipples, through her bra. As he sucked and bit she arched her back, aching for him to make her feel more. And more.

She grabbed his short hair and rammed her mouth against his. She wanted to hurt him, to be hurt by him, to bruise her mouth, so she’d be sure him being here wasn’t some crazy illusion. But mostly so he’d regret lying to her and leaving her.

His dick strained against his cargo pants, and she ground herself against it, moving her hips so that she could feel the whole length of him.

“Stop,” he whispered, out of breath. “Not like this. I don’t want to hurt you.”

“Now you decide you don’t want to hurt me?” she whispered back.

His hand splayed against her throat, dragging his fingers slowly from her chin to her bra. His mouth followed, slow and firm. She wanted to protest, but his tongue snaked a hot trail over her pulse points making her heart race. She’d protest in a minute.

“You’ve changed so much,” he murmured against her throat.

She was about to respond when he found his way under her skirt to her panties. He slipped under them as if he was trained in stealth. Which, come to think of it, he was.

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