Review: Taken By Storm by Tamara Mataya

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tamara Mataya’s fantastic new novel ‘Taken By Storm‘! A Swoon Romance published novel, I knew it would knock my socks off and I was right. I hope you enjoy my review and get yourself over to buy a copy of the book for yourselves. I’d love to hear if you’ve read this book or if you now plan to.

Taken By StormSource:
 Swoon Romance
Format: EBook (Read on Kindle)
Publish Date: 2nd December 2014 by Swoon Romance
Price: N/A
Date Read: 30th November 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Note: I received this review copy of Taken By Storm for free in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Goodreads Summary:

Leilani’s plan was simple: Return for her father’s wedding, housesit for the happy couple while they went on their honeymoon, then get the hell outta dodge. She’d thought the worst thing would be returning to the town she grew up in (and despised). She was wrong.

A flashflood hits the small town, stranding Firefighter, Ryan, and a few strangers at the local bar. Worst of all, Leilani, his old high school rival – and last night’s scorching one-night-stand – is one of the people stuck in the bar. With waters rising, they need to stick together and wait for rescue.

The power grid’s knocked out, and cell phones aren’t working. When the others panic and leave, Leilani and Ryan are left alone in the dark. Fortunately, words aren’t necessary to keep the former rivals warm. But when they’re forced to leave their refuge, they must cooperate to navigate the flood ravaged town and reach safety.

Rising waters bring them closer together. Rising tempers might tear them apart.

I suppose in a way I was cheating when I signed up for this blog tour. I’ve read many books published by Swoon Romance, by many different authors, yet I have loved each and every one so far. Surely reading should be about testing boundaries and trying something new? Oh well, yet again I’ve found another book to love and an author to (slightly) obsess over!

At an (Amazon) estimated 156 pages, Taken By Storm is the perfect length for an afternoon spent in front of a roaring fire with nothing else to do. Exactly the spot I found myself in on Sunday. Armed with only a large mug of tea, a packet of wotsits (for those in the US, think Cheetos) and an extra large snickers bar I entered the wonderful world of Leilani and Ryan. Amazingly, the chocolate survived – it showed how drawn in and captured I was by this wonderful story. Best of all, Taken By Storm is actually inspired by true events!

I loved the authors turn of phrase and the conversations and interactions between Leilani and Ryan. With such achingly real characters and fantasticly well written situations, the reader is picked up and plonked straight into the middle of the story. That doesn’t happen too often. My emotions though were up and down like a yo-yo as Leilani and Ryan argued, got into scary situations, sexy situations (one word: OMG!) and everything in between. I understand entirely now why the publisher is named Swoon Romance – I certainly very nearly did!

For such a heart-achingly awful Monther Nature caused situation, the author has written an utterly wonderful story around it. The awfuness of the situation and the terror and havoc isn’t passed over but is a part of the story and makes it so much more wonderful – if that was even at all possible.

And as for the ending? I guess you’ll have to read it yourself to find out *wink*

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

About the author:

Tamara Mataya

Tamara Mataya

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

Twitter // Facebook // Blog // Goodreads


This blog tour was organised by Swoon Romance


Review: Colorado Abduction (Christmas at the Carlisles #1) by Cassie Miles

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 1st October 2009 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published 1st January 2009)
Price: Free
Date Re-Read: 29th September 2014


This is not the first time I have read the book ‘Colorado Abduction’. I first read it in April 2014 – only a few months ago – but I have been wanting to read it again ever since. In looking for something easy and appealing to read for my slowly un-fogging brain I hit upon this book.

Colorado Abduction is the first book in the Christmas at the Carlisles series and part of the Harlequin Intrigue set. For me it is a wonderful mix of the types of books I simply love; Western Romance and Romantic Suspense. Heaven!

Carolyn Carlisle, CEO of Carlisle Certified Organic Beef is brought back home to the family ranch run by her brother when news of sabotage reaches her. On her return though, Carolyn finds that security has been hired, but even with that, her sister-in-law Nicole is kidnapped and the bodyguard with her shot. Calling in the FBI, Carolyn hopes that the situation will be sorted soon. Enter tall, dark and handsome FBI agent in charge and hostage negotiator JD Burke. The attraction between Carolyn and JD is hot but the middle of an investigation isn’t the right time for either of them, or so they tell themselves. The investigation into the sabotage and kidnapping is continued by the FBI but when ransom demands are received and it looks like there may be a mole in the ranch, Carolyn and JD must learn to work together to get Nicole back to her husband.

Second time around and I still I absolutely loved this book. The characters and the storyline were well rounded and interesting. The story was intriguing and I certainly felt involved with the book; I cared about the characters. I loved the characters of Carolyn and JD – I just wish the ending had been continued on a bit as it was left rather open. There are two other books in the series however which continue the stories of other minor characters from this book. Maybe they will have a few hints of JD and Carolyn.

I would certainly recommend this book to others; it was an easy read and one which I couldn’t put down.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – I loved it.

Review: Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2) by Katie Reus

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Source: BookBridgr
Format: Paperback
Publish date: 5th August 2014 by Headline Eternal
Price: N/A
Date Read: 8th August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2) by Katie Reus for free through BookBridgr in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.


Bound to Danger is the second book in the Deadly Ops series. Although it is in a series, it can be read as a standalone novel although characters who were previously major characters do show up in minor roles. This does not detract at all and seems to be the way for series of this type. It comes firmly under the genre heading ‘Romantic Suspense’ – my absolute favourite right now. The story was exciting and the characters real and appealing.

While attending a benefit dinner, Maria Cervantes overhears men plotting a terrorist attack. Before she can alert the authorities however, the building explodes and almost everyone is killed. As the only guest still alive, Maria becomes a person of interest to the NSA. With her memory of the evening gone however, she only remembers that she knows something important; not what. With an NSA agent needed to babysit/bodyguard the survivor, one man takes the job. Cade O’Reilly. Maria is the woman he never forgot, having abandoned her following the death of his best friend – her brother in Afghanistan. Cade though, as a member of the NSA’s Black Death 9 agents is the person who will protect Maria whether she likes it or not. As they get closer and Maria starts to regain her memories, Cade and Maria must decide if they want to let each other go again.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the explanations for words at the beginnings of chapters were really good – it was something relevant to the oncoming chapter and helped to explain to someone who has a vague idea but no proper definition. I also really liked the old emails between Maria and Cade every now and again throughout the book. It really brought out the old relationship between the two and added a lot of backstory. Along with all that, the action and the excitement I certainly enjoyed the romance part – I found it rather stimulating *ahem*. Warning: This book is not for under 18’s.

I found everything in the story so well described I had a perfect picture of the whole book in my head. The muscles, the guns, the boats and so on all came to life inside my head. Thank you Katie for such a fantastic book!


Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – I loved it



Review: Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes #1) by Suzanne Brockmann

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Source: NetGalley
Format: E-book – read on Kindle
Publish date: 4th February 2014 by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books
Price: N/A
Date Read: 2nd August 2014


Note: I received this copy of Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes #1) by Suzanne Brockmann for free through Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books on NetGalley. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.


When I was a teenager I got rather addicted to Mills & Boon books – I loved the easy read, the heart breaking near-end and the guaranteed happy ending. Unfortunately I read so many of them I ended up mixing them up in my head. One that really stayed with me though was – I discovered after much searching years later – ‘Prince Joe’ by the author Suzanne Brockmann. Re-discovering this amazing author years later has been an absolute pleasure.

Ian Dunn is an ex Navy SEAL and now apparent jewel thief and conman who is currently serving time in jail. Phoebe Kruger, a lawyer only days into her new job, takes on the case of Ian Dunn from her absent boss; Dunn’s usual point of contact. Whatever Ian Dunn is really doing by being in jail, the FBI are springing him out to rescue two children trapped in a foreign embassy in Miami by their father. Ian Dunn has his secrets though and passes on the mission and the promised freedoms. Saying no though is not an option, and Ian Dunn is freed – taking his feisty new lawyer along for the ride. Well, at least to begin with. Phoebe soon persuades Ian to rescue the children and let her help in the mission. With the addition of Ian’s old team; his brother Aaron, Aaron’s partner Shelly and their baby Rory along with Francine and a whole host of other characters, a plan is soon formed and it’s time to put things in motion.

This story comes in under the Romantic Suspense genre umbrella and it’s exactly what I love to read. And to be honest, I adored this story. I loved the characters of Ian and Phoebe. Ian the strong-willed alpha, ready to lead and so protective of his family. Phoebe, at first out of her depth in such a strange and unknown situation who takes back control and finds strength and courage. And the romance between the two… phew!

At 577 pages (according to it was a long read but it went so quickly – I don’t think I put it down except to sleep for the night and that was only when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. After a Mills & Boon length story I felt spoilt! Although the story was a long one, I didn’t feel like there were any parts I could have skipped without missing out on big parts of the current or back-story the characters had. Each character had secrets and a history which made a lot of the things going on make sense; their reactions to a situation or a specific person. It was this intertwining of stories which made me love this book all the more. Oh, and the action. Can’t have a romantic suspense book without action – especially when your male lead is a massive, highly-muscled ex Navy SEAL. Pulse. Racing. For more reasons than one.

Overall this was a fantastic re-introduction to a wonderful author and I’m so excited that this is the first in a new series. I can’t wait to read more – I even have an old copy of ‘Prince Joe’ waiting for a re-read!

If you like your stories with a mix of romance, action and feisty characters this is definitely the story for you.


Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – Bl**dy brilliant

Review: Winters Heat (Titan Book 1) by Cristin Harber

Own the book: Yes
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle E-book
Price: Free
Date Read: 20th June 2014

I adore romantic suspense books and this, as (apparently) #1 in Amazon’s Romanic Suspense section really ticked all the boxes for me. There was a hunky leading man and a strong but loveable and likeable leading lady. There was family, action, cliff hangers, surprise and some hot action between the leading characters. Perfect!

The story follows the two characters Mia Kensington and Colby Winters. Mia is a military psychologist whose patient told her about a disc with top secret information on it, information important to national security. On her trek to find this disc, Mia is rescued by Colby Winters, an elite member of the Titan group on a mission to recover (you guessed it) the same secret disc as Mia. On the run from Colombian baddies, the two go cross-country trying to evade but, even when Colby stashes Mia as his own house – the safest place he can think of – danger still comes calling.

This is the first book in the Titan series and I hope the others will be just as good – I hope to read more when my ‘to be read’ pile gets a lot shorter!


Rating: ♥♥♥♥