Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – From the Embers by Aly Martinez

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From the Embers 
(A standalone)

Publication Date: April 28, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Catastrophic Romance

Author: Aly Martinez

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I am a big, blubbering mess from reading this book! It’s hard to know where to begin since my emotions are in turmoil, but this is one book that shouldn’t be missed. A MUST READ OF 2021!!

From the fire, to the loss, to how Eason and Bree pick up the pieces of their lives together, to how they raised their children in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy – just absolutely everything in this book squeezed every bit of my heart while the suspenseful plot also added that extra bit of drama that also raced my heart. Who needs to exercise while reading an Aly Martinez novel!?!

Eason and Bree were strong, supportive, and heartbreakingly perfect at the right time for each other. Destiny was in perfect alignment with these two even when heart break seemed imminent. How could love work when they’d just lost everything? It was truly the very last thought on either of their minds when they’d just lost their spouses and Eason had also lost his home. Trying to restart their lives while in mourning and raising young children is one of the most compelling stories I’ve ever read. It was certainly like nothing I’ve ever read and will not be forgotten anytime soon.

There are suspenseful elements weaved through this breathtaking book, which is like the sprinkles on an already tasty ice cream sundae. From The Embers is so brilliantly written and plotted to perfection, I could tout the wonderfulness of this book all day long. I highly suggest adding it to your TBR and must read list so you don’t miss it.


From USA Today Bestselling Author Aly Martinez comes a new heart-stopping standalone romance.

In the aftermath of tragedy, it’s strange the things you remember.
The deafening boom as the house exploded.
The paralyzing fear as I searched for my wife.
The blinding smoke burning my eyes as I carried her out.

But carved into my soul for the rest of my days would be the earth-shattering realization that the woman in my arms wasn’t my wife.

Bree and I were the only survivors—not that either of us were truly living after that night. As a single dad with nowhere else to go, I moved into her guest house. And somehow, through the guilt and grief, we forged an unlikely team.

It took years, but I watched the gradual return of her smile—slow and life-altering.
The two of us could sit outside for hours, talking about nothing, and it filled the massive hole in my chest with new life.

I may have carried her out of that fire, but the truth was, Bree saved me.

As we healed, the secrets and lies of the past smoldered in the ashes, threatening to ignite again.

Our love was born from the embers, and together we would go up in flames.

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Archer Tactical Series by A.K. Evans

Series: Archer Tactical Series
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Small Town Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
#1 Line of Fire – Releasing April 27


That’s how Kaia Banks spent the better part of her childhood.  Raised by an abusive father, Kaia relied on her older sister to keep her safe.

But Kaia’s all grown up now.  And when her relationship places her in the line of fire, Kaia takes matters into her own hands.

Remi Archer is no stranger to surprise.  As part owner of Archer Tactical, it’s his job to prepare himself and others for unpredictable situations. 

Unfortunately, no amount of training will prepare him for Kaia. 

When the gorgeous woman requests he train her, Remi can’t say no. But once Remi uncovers the truth about why Kaia needs to defend herself, he realizes it’s the moment he’s been preparing for his entire career. 

And he’ll stop at nothing to protect the woman who has stolen his heart.  




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#2 Collateral Damage – Releasing May 25


That’s what Camille Bennett becomes when she crashes into the arms of Deacon Archer.  

Camille didn’t have a plan when she attempted to fight off a random attacker, but responding well under pressure has never been her strong suit either. She was merely grateful someone who could handle the heat happened to be nearby.

Deacon doesn’t hesitate to spring into action when a frantic woman begs for his help.  No sooner does he get her to safety when Deacon decides that Camille is the perfect woman for him.  

If only she felt the same.

When Camille is attacked again, she has no choice but to turn to Deacon for help.  He entertains her request, knowing full well he intends to make sure this never happens again.  

Just as things start to heat up between them, Deacon’s temper begins to flare. But it’s hard to remain composed when it becomes evident that Camille’s attacks weren’t so random after all, and the woman Deacon is falling for could end up as collateral damage.




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#3 Silent Target – Releasing June 22


That’s what Sydney Ryan has done with the secrets of her past.  Never wanting anyone to know the truth, Sydney has kept everything bottled inside.

All she can do now is conceal her secret and carry her guilt.  Unfortunately, someone else knows exactly what she did.

And they’re out for revenge.

Vaughn Archer knows there’s more to Sydney’s need for defensive and tactical training than just plain curiosity.  He can hear the desperation in her voice and see the fear in her eyes.  Eyes he’d risk his life to protect.

Working with a man as irresistible and charming as Vaughn, Sydney soon finds herself falling for him. 

But when vengeance comes knocking, she wonders if remaining a silent target was a wise idea. Maybe some secrets are better off revealed at the start. Because now, Sydney may never get the chance to tell Vaughn the truth.




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A.K. Evans is a contemporary romance author of over twenty published novels. While she enjoys writing a good romantic suspense novel, Andrea’s favorite books to write have been her extreme sports romances. That might have something to do with the fact that she, along with her husband and two sons, can’t get enough of extreme sports. 

Before becoming a writer, Andrea did a brief stint in the insurance and financial services industry and managed her husband’s performance automotive business. That love of extreme sports? She used to drive race cars! 

When Andrea isn’t writing, she can be found homeschooling her two sons, doing yoga, snowboarding, reading, or traveling with her family. She and her husband are currently taking road trips throughout the country to visit all 50 states with their boys.