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by Harper Sloan, Brenda Wright, Samantha Sykula

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Note from the author--This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers.

Fate hasn't always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.

Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn't by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right


Note from the author--This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers.

Fate hasn't always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.

Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn't by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle...her ex-husband.

When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn't sure he wanted to now. He's carried his anger for so long he isn't sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

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"Alpha heroes you'll want to kidnap and keep, heroines to root for, and sizzling love scenes with emotional punch." —Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

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Corps Security , #1
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Large Print
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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Axel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book overall, for the most part. However, about a third of the way through it I began to dislike Izzy something fierce. I am not sure she ever won me back over. Also, and thos is going to seem harsher than intended... This book was a Kristen Ashley Rock Chicks rip off if ever there was such a thing. From the hot guy private detective/security group, to the annoyong use of curse words every other word-and I am no prude, to the down right pathetic and obvious attempt to leave out first person pronouns when the men speak- at one point Axel sounds like a toddler caveman, to the possessive growling. It just smacks of Kristen Ashley. Only, Kristen Ashley does it better. Much better. The book could have been great if the author had been more original and made Izzy less of a... um, unlikable female, and Axel less of a moron.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not usually write reviews unless something really stands out to me. Typically, I am able to overlook some of the things that others may complain about with books like this. However, there were so many things that went wrong in this story, I couldn't not write a review. First, technically I found many instances where sentences were incomplete. It often reminded me of text messages where someone says something and eliminates the "I" at the beginning because it's understood. Well, that may be true, but in a novel the sentence should be complete. Secondly, I found some of the content unreastic and/or hard to believe. I did not think the relationship between Izzy & Greg was realistic. Greg seemed too good to be true. The author tried to drill into the reader that their bond was more sister/brother more than once and it seemed very forced. I didn't feel their bond, it was more like I was being told about this connection without feeling it. Also, without giving too much away, I want to know why Dee would stay at the townhouse after what happened to Izzy. Of course, something would happen. This content was way too predictable. Another problem I have had is that I really still don't understand why after 2 years the ex husband would start showing up. There is some explanation about his dad and money, but I still think I missed something because I am confused. Lastly, I did not, in any stretch of the imagination, feel an appropriate build up to the reconciliation. It seemed like with the flip of one page, they went from avoiding each other to being in being hot & heavy up against the wall. I remember literally thinking, where did that come from. I thought they were not really talking. Overall, I was extremely disappointed and gave 2 stars simply because I like to read about women overcoming such obstacles. But I found I could not wait to finish it to see if it was worth it. In the end, it is not worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know domestic violence exists. Not looking for repeated descriptions of broken bones and concussions when I want to read a romance. Every possible piece of contrived drama is thrown in to this book and it only manages to make me glad to get to the end of it.
cristy_R More than 1 year ago
The story was actually kind of interesting but the characters were lame. To much cusing and with every other word in the men's dialogue being a cus word, just making them seem like they were trying to hard to make them seem like bad asses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot, sad, mad, love, this story will take you through all the emotions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love me some Axel. Great read. Held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great story line and characters. Love that the family is not blood but close friends. Hot sexy read. Can't wait to see more from this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Onward to book 2 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the story. Lots of heat and heartache ending in a beautiful love. I will read the next ones - for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that SCREAMS to be read!! Alpha man, broken heroine, great supporting characters. Very well written for this to be the debut book to a series that is sure to have you waiting very impatiently for the next one!!! I would have to say that this is the best book I've read this year and I've read a lot so far!!! I fell in love with Axel and Izzy from the beginning! If you love a ex-military man that is super alpha, loves deep and burns the sheets up with the love of his life then here you go! :)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Awesome book
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BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Harper Sloan is an author whose books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, so when de Corps Security book bundle went on sale I knew I had to take the opportunity to finally read these very well received, reviewed and loved books. Axel is the first alpha male that we get to really meet in this series, along with Izzy her high school sweetheart. Throughout the book the POV’s change and we get to read about these characters stories, how they met, how they fell in love and finally what tore them apart. We mainly focus on Izzy’s life, after her first and only love Axel leaves for the army, she is victim of a series of really unfortunate events, she knows pain and despair in those first few months of Axel’s absence, and after an event forces her to leave town she loses more hope that one day Axel will finally find his way back to her. On the other hand Axel lost communication with Izzy shortly after entering the army, he’s recruited for special operations and has to go dark, but when he gets a break and finds out that Izzy’s gone and no one knows where to find her he wonders if maybe Izzy wanted to disappear from his life as well. Now many years later we find Izzy living in an abusive relationship but with the help of her best friends she manages to leave his abusive husband and start a new life, and she is just starting to get used to this life when in comes Axel again, to disprove everything she thought was true about their past. Mixed connections played a big part in their lives and after finding each other again neither is willing to be a part anymore. At first I thought that the relationship between Axel and Izzy felt forced and was rapidly advancing but after reading their impressions of their past I completely understood their desire to be together. I sometimes found Izzy a bit annoying, she kept making bad decisions and that really made me mad, but I guess that’s a testament as to how much I got into the book. Along with the many swoon worthy moments we also get drama and some action as well. I should mention that Axel comes with a group of alpha male best friends and I can’t wait to read each of their stories, we sort of get glimpses of them in this book and that only left me wondering and wanting more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites in the series. This is the first in the series and we are getting to know everyone. You can't help but not root for this star crossed couple.
aligator79 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Izzy and their story ripped my heart out. Izzy came through terrible odds to come to the point she realized she was strong. Axel just thought he knew everything and how dare she get married and then act like she is scared Of him. Just watching Izzy find herself and allow herself to feel again was just beautiful. And then Axel..dirty talker, alpha male who is nothing but a big ole teddy bear when it comes down to me some Axel. I am loving this series just after one book!
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Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
The first book, Axel features our heroine Izzy and hero Axel. This couple is what you could call a second chance love story…maybe. It depends on what you classify a chance, our two main characters definitely have a history but it wasn’t a particularly long history. When it comes to the big strapping hero, Axel delivers, plus we get Axel’s point of view for a portion of the story as well. This really helped keep me on task (You’ll understand why in a minute). Axel is super-hot and has one hell of a dirty mouth. In the early parts of this story he was the main thing that kept me reading, I wanted to hear more of Axel’s mouth and see what he would do. While I found I liked our hero I cannot say the same thing for our heroine. Izzy is a textbook case of co-dependence. I found her to be so frustrating. First she relies heavily on her friends and then she attaches herself to Axel practically overnight. Add to that she spends at least half, if not more, of the book crying or having a breakdown, which I get, but we as readers missed out on some opportunities for character development. I wish we could have watched Izzy grow as a character. I wanted to see her spread her wings and gain some independence, time alone to become who she was meant to be. Sadly, we do not get any of these things. In the end Izzy brought my love for Axel down because they end up becoming one of those nauseating couples. When I’m reading about a big alpha security dude I want him to stay a big alpha security dude. I want him to grunt at me every once and a while, by the end of the story Axel made me want to gag. Does that make me a jaded romance reader? Besides just my major dislike of our heroine I had this feeling throughout the book that something was just a little bit off with the writing flow, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Once I finished the story I realized I was feeling the disruption because there were long periods of telling when one of our main character would sum everything up for us and bring us up to time with the story. We needed these periods to that readers could stay in time with the story, but it made the story feel disjointed in areas when we were jumping so far ahead. So that’s where I am with this one. I liked our hero and I liked the idea behind the story but the heroine and a quickly moving story line left me wanting a little more from Axel, hence the 3.5 star rating. Even though this wasn’t a five star read for me I did like it and I would recommend Axel to anyone looking to grab themselves a big-beefy-dirty-talking-alpha
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
Isabella West thinks that fate is a fickle B&*ch and completely hates her. For the first time in two years after everything she has been through Izzy finally sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She can start to breath again without hurting. Until a package arrives one day and sets her back and in need of help. Axel never thought he would see Isabella again and now that he has he demands answers and will not stop to get what he wants. Harper Sloan is amazing. I fell in love with Axel and his Corps Security team. Izzy and her friend Dee are hilarious. Harper brings amazing characters and continues to build them up over time. Corps Security series reminds me of Kristen Ashley so if you are a Rock Chick Fan you will love Harper Sloan she has a hilarious, sexy, and ooohlalala writing style!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Axel is the first installment in Harper Sloan's contemporary romance series titled Corps Security. Athough Axel features thirty-year-old characters and is marketed as “adult”, this story feels very much like “new adult” in my opinion. Talk about drama overload! The female lead, Izzy has had a difficult adulthood to say the least. Everyday is a challenge for her because of the tragedies she has experienced. She's so emotionally fragile and it shows. But her breakdowns became quite repetitive and I found myself rolling my eyes at times...which is my exact reaction to many new adult novels. I think Izzy's fragility and her friends' tendency to coddle her were some of the things that made me forget this wasn't new adult. However, after reflecting on my reading experience as a whole, Axel brings awareness to the power dynamics involved in domestic violence relationships and the devastating emotional affects on the victim. Despite my eye rolls, I did like this book. The character development was strong, even though the characters themselves seemed much younger than their written age. The (nonviolent) romance element was sexy and suspenseful because of the characters' complicated history together, and the story held my attention. I would be interested in checking out other books within this series.  My favorite quote: “People say karma is a b*tch but I have news for you, karma doesn't have anything on fate when she is after blood. Not a single thing.”
54avidreader More than 1 year ago
Liked this story enough to buy the entire corp set. Would highly recommend
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missy55GA More than 1 year ago
Harper Sloan had me hooker from the first chapter of Axel. The story of two star crossed lovers, Izzy & Axel, who are allowed to find each other again. We get to meet the Men of Corps Security and I can not wait to read their stories. Already excited to see how this band of brothers takes care of their own. Thanks Harper Sloan & Good Writing