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Herc’s Mercs Series by Ari McKay: My Round Up of Books #1 to #6

The Bigger They Come (Herc's Mercs #1)The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this bodyguard and client falling in love during a job romance even with the slightly over the top towards the end stalker plot.

Both Cade and Jude were sympathetic characters and I liked their dynamic together and completely believed in their feelings for each other.

There’s good world building and a bunch of interesting secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about as the series progresses.

Line in the Sand (Herc's Mercs Book 2)Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short but sweet second offering in the Herc’s Mercs series. I really liked both Jon and Alex and the romance felt believable and even the big jungle adventure didn’t become two outlandish.

There’s low steam in this one and lots of caregiving and a nice lack of angst and I was rooting for them from the start.

Bloody But Unbowed (Herc's Mercs Book 3)Bloody But Unbowed by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my favourite so far, featuring street smart but not academically smart Daryl, a potential Nobel Prize winning scientist and a whole bunch of dodgy terrorists.

It’s also the sexiest so far in the series with the two men not only getting down and dirty in the Amazonian jungle but also continuing their escapades once they got back from the rescue mission.

They have insane chemistry and there wasn’t a whole lot of angst to make the plot last longer. Each man has his hang ups but together they just work.

Once A Hero (Herc's Mercs Book 4)Once A Hero by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am thoroughly enjoying this series from Ari McKay as various different members of Herc’s mercenary team find themselves falling in love.

Each story has had quite different settings, even if the premise of falling in love is central and I really liked this one with former stealth specialist Ezra and his Judge employer Mason.

There was also an added bonus of a great kid who acted like a typical 12 year-old and not an overly educated or intellectual prodigy and we got to hear about the other guys in the firm still being happily in love.

Now onto book five 😉

The Harder They Fall (Herc's Mercs Book 5)The Harder They Fall by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a bit different to the others as it involved two of Herc’s employees falling for each other in the midst of a threat when one discovered a whole load of criminal activity during routine IT work.

I liked the contrast between the two guys but I also wanted to shake Chris for his insecurities and the way he treated Jason.

Jason himself was very much a sympathetic character and his fears about being hurt all over again were completely justifiable.

The secondary plot proved a good one to hook the rest of the second chance romance on and it had a good bit of action.

Where Angels Fear To Tread (Herc's Mercs, #6)Where Angels Fear To Tread by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was action packed! Another utterly different style of meet and romance than any of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyable.

I loved the juxtaposition of Geo’s control and the shibari ropes with the chaos and mayhem of the flight through a country in turmoil.

I loved Ellen, a feisty and strong spirited politician with lots of good advice to hand out when our mercenary got a little too caught up in his own head.

It’s also way more violent than any of the previous and I have to say,:


I felt really bad for the poor guys who didn’t make it even though they’d only just been introduced in this book!

#ARCs kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Epic catch up with Jude and Snow

Unbreakable Stories: Snow (Unbreakable Bonds #2.5)Unbreakable Stories: Snow by Jocelynn Drake
and Rinda Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful set of stories, some already sneaked out on their various social media channels, giving a glimpse into life for Snow and Jude now that the horrendous threat which was following them during Shatter has ended.

I love that Rinda and Jocelyn spent the time crafting these in between shorts to flesh out the lives of the gorgeous men who inhabit the Unbreakable Bonds series. The main novels are wonderful but these little snippets into what happens next allow the reader to form an even greater bond with the characters.

This set treats us to some ridiculously hot sex, there isn’t a wall that’s safe from being exploited and abused when Snow and Jude have got their lustful desires running. But it’s not just the fun times, there’s some real emotional moments which give a glimpse into just how much Snow loves the paramedic who wouldn’t accept a one night stand only.

The camping story which finishes this set off has some hilarious bits but also some gut punches which remind the reader of what these four friends have been through and what it means to be loved by one of them.
Poor Ian and his bear 🙂 but more importantly, thank goodness for his story coming out in just a couple of months. It has to be one of the most eagerly awaited books of 2017!

And ill now not be able to look at a bottle of tequila in the same way again 😉

The insides very much match the smoking sensual heat of the cover – fabulous job all round.

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Torch (Unbreakable Bonds #3)Torch by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A word to the wise, don’t start reading this at 10.30pm otherwise you won’t get to sleep until 2.45am like I did last night.

This book is everything I’d hoped it would be and is a brilliant follow on from Shiver and Shatter. Rowe is still reeling from the murder of his wife Mel nine months ago when his old Ranger buddy Noah arrives having finally left the service.

Noah is the only man Rowe has ever had an emotional connection to outside of his friendships with Lucas, Snow, Ian and the men they love, but he ran after one steamy night in Prague years before Mel.

Now that Noah’s back in his life, Rowe is wondering whether running was a huge mistake although the guilt he feels with Mel’s death, and the looming threat from Boris Jagger, is still holding him back.

But one night a little bit of green-eyed jealousy and a touch of booze lets the walls down and Noah back in.
What follows then is the usual emotionally gripping and scorching hot ride you’d expect from these two wonderful writers.

The suspense and mystery in this book is cleverly paced and, unlike the first two, there is a sudden twist I didn’t see coming. It also makes it clear why Ian couldn’t be the subject of book three and neatly sets everything up for both his story with Hollis and the conclusion to the criminal activity which had threaded through all the Unbreakable Bonds books so far.

Having to wait now until spring next year for Ian’s story to round up this tale of four incredible men and the ones they fall in love with is torture!

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Even hotter than Shiver – and that’s going some

Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds #2)Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even better than the first book and I wasn’t sure that was going to be possible.

Snow stole my heart just like he stole Jude’s (not Josh, argh had to correct that, was typing too many reviews at once and got the wrong character name!) and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book because of the brilliant way in which the romance fit into the wider crime story which was following on from events on book one.

But OMG at one of the things which happened in this book, I’m interested to see how these two writers are going to pull that back from the abyss but I have no doubt they will do.

The setting of this series has been very well crafted with a whole host of characters fleshing out the narrative.
Can’t wait for book three to come out soon and to see what happens with Rowe.

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Awesome introduction to this new series

Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1)Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Epic, simply epic. I don’t think there was one part of this book I didn’t adore.

The setting, the hotter than a volcano attraction between Andrei and Lucas, the crime element, the best friends, the humour, the expectation and the explosive sex and eventual emotional romance between the MCs.

This is a fabulous introduction to the Unbreakable Bonds series and I’m so looking forward to reading the rest of the guys’ stories as they find their own HEA’s in a Cincinnati which is decidedly dangerous but incredibly exciting.

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