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Posted July 5, 2014
Before you get all close and personal with hardened CIA agent Nicola Garrison and Black Ops specialist Cash Garrison, read Sweet Girl, their backstory, taking place ten years earlier, then settle in for a sometimes volatile, sometimes passionate tale of lost love, lost innocence and fear of history repeating itself. Sniper expert, Cash and his team are on a mission, but what Cash sees through his scope brings him to his knees, was it a ghost haunting his past? Nicola died, he helped bury the love of his life, but this woman hanging on the arm of a vile black market weapons dealer can be none other than his Nicola, older, more beautiful, with an edge to her countenance.
After disappearing to protect her family, Nicola is alone in the world, and finds the life of a CIA undercover agent fits her perfectly, no attachments, no roots, just her job, facing danger on a daily basis, long months of infiltrating and seducing are about to come to an end as her mission is in its final moments and a black market arms dealer is about to go down. The clock ticks, and suddenly from nowhere, a sniper’s blast ruins months of hard work and she is now on the run, heading straight into a group of Black Ops mercenaries, Cash and her brother, included. How does she explain what happened when she is sworn to secrecy? How could they have ruined all of her work with one bullet? How does she survive the pain and hate in Cash’s eyes? Who can she turn to when there is a traitor in the CIA who has her marked for death? Their hearts scream to each other, but pride is a powerful enemy.
Cristin Harber is amazing in her ability to envelope her readers in her romantic mysteries. We are invited into the minds and hearts of the characters, hearing their internal battles as they think and fell one thing, only to say and do another. The mental dialogue added so much to creating living characters dealing with over the top emotional torment and doubt. From their tender and tentative love a decade before, to the current day shocks, these two are waging an internal battle that feels real. Populated with a large cast of varied characters who appear either briefly or in cameo appearances throughout, there is time to chuckle, to sigh, and to hope these characters will soon have their own story to tell.
Fast-paced, filled with intrigue and romance and other matters of the heart, Nicola and Cash’s story had me from page one.
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What happens to a man when he thinks he sees the one and only women he has ever loved in the arms of a low life ARMs dealer?? Easy he beats the crap out of her brother Roman. And then the true story can begin. Cristin has been alive and well all of these years deep under cover. While her family and Cash morned and buried her long ago. What will become of Cash and Cristins feelings betrail, longing ,and love.
This is the second book in the series and it wont let you down.Twists and turns and an OMG toward the end and maybe just maybe a tear.
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Posted November 28, 2014
I started the series with "Sweet Girl" which precedes this book, but is out of order in the series. This of course only made me want to start at the first in series, "Winters Heat". I'm hooked and Cristin Harber is now one of my faves!! I'd definetly recc this author and series. Lots of action and smoking hot love scenes!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2014
Ok...STOP....please read SWEEET GIRL FIRST!!!! This is Cash & Nicola's back story and is fabulous in and of itself! Now, about Garrison's Creed. First, let me say that I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! That being said...I Love Cash Garrison. BUT, I spent some time upset with him and his behavior. I actually think that it was a worse disappointment in him knowing their backstory, but I guarantee that he redeemed himself! This series is AWESOME! There is action and passion in this whole series! The characters are fully developed, the storyline is complex and complete! I highly recommend the Titan Series! Pull up a chair and ENJOY!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2014
4-1/2 Stars. The first Titan novel I read was Savage Secrets. It was good so when Sweet Girl came out, I quickly devoured it and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I “ran” to the iBookstore and picked up the entire Titan boxed set and decided to read them in order, starting with Winter’s Heat. But the shiny stack of ARCs sitting on my virtual bookshelf kept calling to me and I set it aside until my Hart Attack ARC arrived. Suddenly, I needed to know the rest of Nicola and Cash’s story before I read about Roman.
I know the author wrote Garrison’s Creed first, then followed it up with the prequel, but if you haven’t read either of these books yet, start with Sweet Girl. I think it’s much more bittersweet seeing how they meet up again after knowing their story, watching how losing Nic affected Cash. With that disclaimer, Garrison’s Creed is every bit as good as Sweet Girl and Nic and Cash are my favorite Titans.
After believing Nicola Hart died a decade before in a fiery car crash, Cash and his best friend, Roman, who is also Nic’s older brother, threw themselves first into the military, then into special ops with Titan. The job always came first and any women on the side were just for fun. No one would own Cash’s heart again, at least until he discovers Nic is alive, working for the CIA.
There’s a lot for both of them to deal with. Cash understandably feels both unfathomable relief as well as heart-crushing betrayal. He’s bitterly angry but does try to understand. Nic is dealing with regret and overwhelming guilt. But these two belong together and it’s only a matter of time for them to realize what everyone else already knows.
The main plot is the romance between Cash and Nic. There’s a lot of conflict there to work with, and the sweeter moments are a nice contrast. The secondary plot involves a potential double agent with the CIA who may or may not want Nic and Cash dead. About the only thing that keeps this from being a full five-stars for me is the addition of a third point of view. Being inside the antagonist’s head gives us glimpses into things Cash and Nicola can’t know and removes some of the tension. I’m not sure that extra POV really adds anything to the story.
Cristin Harber excels at creating believable worlds of spies and special ops for hire. The added conflict and suspense that her setting brings to her stories makes that ultimate happily ever after much more satisfying. As a CIA operative, Nicola and Cash’s path to happiness is a minefield at best. And just when we get to the point where things seem to be heading in the right direction, the author raises the stakes again, unfolding believably in the world she’s created.
The Titan characters are always strong. What I love is the way Cristin Harber really differentiates character voice so that I never feel like it’s the same character over and over again. I also love that even though Cash and Nic are a decade older than in Sweet Girl, they are still very much themselves, just more mature. We get to see a bit more of Roman in this, too as he comes to terms with his sister’s reappearance and the fact that his best friend is sleeping with her. And I’m already rooting for Beth and Roman.
Top Five Things I Love About Garrison’s Creed
1. Cash’s Cowboy Hat. I’m not normally into cowboys, but Cash makes a strong argument for reconsidering that.
2. Nicola’s Love of Fashion. It makes her more human and shows her girly side.
3. Their First Kiss. That kiss on the ground in front of the truck — hot!
4. The Cash-Roman-Nic Chemistry. It’s nice to see this chemistry first introduced in Sweet Girl is still intact, albeit somewhat strained.
5. Jared’s Begrudging Respect for Nic. Jared is gruff, no two ways about it, but seeing the way he respects Nic makes me like him just a little bit more than I already did.
Garrison’s Creed continues Cash and Nicola’s story with plenty of the action and suspense we expect from Cristin Harber.
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The first book was so well done, but this one was even better - more suspense, more action, more plot twists, more hotness! You don't have to read the 1st one in order to enjoy this - both can easily stand alone - but it's nice to have the background story and recognize a few of the characters. The thing I liked best about this one was that every time I thought things were winding down, something unexpected happened and kept my interest piqued. Recommend for those who like down and dirty alpha types and intelligent, kickass female leads rocking their worlds.
Posted March 16, 2014
***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***
Overall rating: 4.5 Rockin' Stars
Garrison’s Creed is the second book in Cristin Harber’s Titan series. Nicola and Cash are hot and steamy and so great together. This book is amazing, fast-paced, suspenseful, and stock-full of hot steamy scenes that will keep you guessing the entire time.
Nicola is a feisty, beautifully sexy CIA agent. She can kick some booty! She is a strong willed and fearless heroine.
“Get up, girl,” she told herself. Nothing moved except for her lips. No she’d worked too hard, had too much to prove. A little thing like this wasn’t going to take her down. She was too freakin’ smart to stumble like newbie recruit fresh off the farm.
Cash is a sexy alpha sniper with a rifle named “Miss Betty” who is focused on his job while enjoying life to its fullest. The couple has history. They grew up together and fell in love in college. When Nic’s supposed death occurs, Cash is devastated and turns to his career to cover up the pain and loss. Then he sees her,
“His senior year of college, when they got the news, seemed like yesterday. But it was a lie. She was a liar. The only woman to steal his heart was a liar. Liar, liar, girl on fire.
The couple struggle with forgiveness and the loss of 10 years of being without each other. Cash is a protector and Nicola doesn’t want protecting, she wants a partner.
“No matter what you’re doing or where you are, nothing’s going to change my need to protect you. I’m that a$$hole, okay. It’s in my blood, in my brain, I’m f@cking hardwired to step in front of you. To cover and protect you.”
“…knowing you are forever my partner…But also through the hell of radio silence and undercover operations. I am yours, as I always have been.”
I highly recommend book. It's super sexy alphas will get your blood pumping and the story will leave you wanting more. This is really great series with happily ever after ending. I look forward to the next book!
Hero – Cash: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Nicola: 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!
Posted February 24, 2014
OMG! I cant say enough about this book... I fell in love with Cash in the first book
And couldn't wait to read his story.. this book will make you laugh and cry,
Sometimes at the same time! I can't wait to start the next one and see what types
of strong women will claim the rest of the heroes hearts.
Posted February 21, 2014
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Simply put....I LOVED Garrison's Creed. I found the story to be more about romance than action and suspense. But the book isn't really short on the surprises or suspense.
Ten years ago, Cash Garrison buried his girlfriend, Nicola, who was the love of his life. During an ops mission, he sees a ghost from his past in his crosshairs.
Nicola has been in love with Cash since she was a child. In college, she finally got up the nerve to make a move. Too bad an internship cost her the love of her life and her family. Now that the undercover operation she has spent months on has just gone up in flames and her cover has been blown, Nicola is running for her life. She doesn’t expect to run into Cash and the men from The Titan Group.
With everything crashing in around her, Nicola is going to have to figure out who she can and can not trust. She’s going to have to prove to her brother and Cash that she is a good agent and rely on them to have her back, when a new assignment comes up.
Cristin Harber has managed to throw surprise after surprise into this book. Just when you think everything is fine and dandy, be prepared to find yourself on the edge of your seat. On the romance side, Cristin has given the reader a couple you can immediately fall in love with. Nicola will do anything to protect her family and those she loves. Cash is all alpha, but is one of the sweetest heroes I’ve come across in awhile.
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