Protecting Fate

Protecting Fate

by Katee Robert

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Protecting Fate by Katee Robert

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Her body was his to protect. And to own...

Fixer Sara Reaver is furious when she discovers that she's not only been exiled to the country for her own safety, but she's been assigned a bodyguard. Zebadiah
"Z" Loreto may be her brother's best friend, but he's also one big, bad, and very sexy wolf of a man...and Sara's determined to make him come out and play.

And oh, Z wants to play. But Sara Reaver is definitely off-limits and Z promised himself never to unleash his dark desires ever again. Still, he can see that she craves the harsh and sensual hand of control.

It will mean crossing professional and personal boundaries. Breaking their own rules.
And they'll both discover just what happens-for good or bad-when they relinquish complete control...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508882893
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 794,828
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Protecting Fate (Entangled Brazen) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
Sara Reaver is a fixer. She cleans up messes of the illicit sort, getting her hands dirty so that others don't have to. But when one of her former marks has Sara in his crosshairs, she finds herself in need of protection. Enter Zebadiah 'Z' Loreto, best friend of Sara's brother. Hot and alpha, Z. knows that he should keep things strictly professional with Sara, but once the fires start burning, it's hard to control them. I have one word for Protecting Fate: HOT. This book started off with a bang, and just got better and steamier. Sara is a strong woman. She works hard and plays hard, and she's not in the market for a relationship. When circumstance put her under Z.'s watchful eye, sparks fly, because the one place that Sara yields power is in the bedroom, and Z. is as alpha as they come. Try as they might, they are too drawn to each other to keep things all business, and it's not long before they give in to their passion. I love Sara's feistiness. She knows what she wants, and how she wants it. Having watched her parents' marriage fall apart, she is determined to stay far away from love, and to keep things casual. Z. has been burned by love, too, when he opened himself up and showed who he truly was. Afraid of driving Sara away, he's willing to stick to the physical side of things, until he can't. This is a fast-paced and steamy read, and while there was a little bit of insta-love going on, Katee Robert was able to make the story believable for me. In all, I enjoyed Protecting Fate, enough that I would like to go back and read both Will's and Garrett's books, and that I gladly give it 4 steamy and sexy stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You've done it over n over again n again katee!!! I loved all three n now I'm starting Tessa three storues. Anyone starting katee a 3 stories about "serve" be ready to be pulled in and be ready to get hot and involved cause they are great and I especially loved Sarah and Z's story. Finished all 3 in 2 days. Would of given ,ore stars but definitely hot and heavy
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks I am so glad I read Katee's first book in the Serve series.  I really enjoyed Sara's story.  I'm still not 100% sure what her job as fixer means but it landed her in some really hot water this time.  She finds herself being swept into protection by Z.  The first encounter between the two of them at Serve is full of sexual tension and I was surprised when Z just walked out.  It was no surprise that when they finally do hit the sheets, they nearly burn the house down.  The sex between them is full of kink and awesomeness.  While I did really enjoy this one I felt like it kind of fizzled out toward the end.  I was expecting something to happen with the people she pissed off but that just kind of fell to the wayside.  There was some drama toward the end, but it wasn't what I was expecting to happen.  I'm really looking forward to checking out more books from Katee.  She is definitely going on my must buy list. 
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Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Sara Reaver is in danger, so her uncle sends her to the country with a few bodyguards for protection.  Zebadia "Z" Loreto is the main bodyguard assigned to be in the house.  He's also Sara's brothers best friend.  They have an attraction that can't be denied but Z's been burned in the past.  The kind of play that Sara wants is exactly what burned him before.  All she wants is to be with him three times and then they go back to being client and bodyguard.  Will they get over their attraction towards each other after three times or will fate step in and help them along? I love Z!  His past is very sad.  How could a woman do that to someone she supposedly loves?  Thank God for Sara!  She is Z's match in EVERY way and he is hers.  I do think that her walls are a little tougher to get through and Z has his work cut out for him.  This is a fantastic book from the Serve series and I can't wait to read more. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is one exciting read, the story is fast paced and entertaining and the chemistry between Sara and Z is hot. Sara is strong and independent and Z is one tough alpha, it is fun to watch them clash. The story held my interest throughout and the sex is hot. An overall excellent read!
ReadMe_MamaCS79 More than 1 year ago
In Protecting Fate we are brought back into the Reaver fold. This time we finally meet the youngest, Sara, Will & Garrett's little sister. Sara is fiercely independent, working with their Uncle Rodger and simultaneously ruffling a few feathers along the way. Which forces her into the protective services of Garrett's closest friend, Z. Whisked away to spend time alone together, attraction between the two are sparked. While all of the Reaver children were left with lasting effects of their mother leaving, Sara is left to be the last without relenting to the love bug. From the beginning Sara is aware that the chemistry between her & Z is different from the rest of her three day 'relationships'.  This edition of Serve is definitely much tamer than all the rest in my opinion. But no less as good as the rest. I thoroughly enjoyed the road that Sara & Z took together! Solid Four Star read for me!! *ARC generously provided by Entangled Brazen Publishing in exchange of an honest review*
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Wow!  What a freaking hot book!  Such vibrant and beautiful pictures imagined as I read.  Z is intoxicatingly dominant.  Loved his words and his actions, along with his softer side.  Sara had him under a spell from the beginning.  It was fun to read her tactics she used to get him.  Sara is a powerful and seductive submissive, entertaining in her plots.  So many smoking hot scenes with two strong characters, I almost needed a cold shower afterwards.   The story read fast and their instantaneous connection was potent.  There was a line in the story I loved that fit them perfectly. "They were both people who'd been broken and crawled back from the verge.  Maybe they were just broken enough to fit each other."   I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
An unwise career move lands Sara Reaver in serious trouble, as the prime target of some very unfriendly people. Her brother Garrett enlists his best friend and former military man Zebadiah "Z" Loreto as her bodyguard, to keep her safe by whatever means necessary, apparently not realizing that what Sara might need the most is someone to protect her from Z. Sara thoroughly resents being locked away for her own good and decides to seek out something ... physical ... from Z to try to forget her predicament and feel better. Z would be willing, especially when he finds out that her unconventional desires mirror his own, except that the last time he lost control with a woman, he landed in prison for it. No guarantees that won't happen again. Lovers of kink and BDSM, take note! Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint presents PROTECTING FATE, by Katee Robert, just released this month. Character Sara Reaver is as different and unorthodox as they come, a walking dichotomy. She manages to be strong, courageous, and self-contained on the one hand, she harbors a secret longing to be dominated, to submit to someone, to lose all control. And she's determined to get her way, even if she has to seduce Z to make it happen. Z, for his part, is a natural-born control freak and leader, making him the perfect choice to give Sara what she wants. That he's been burned before by his participation in the BDSM lifestyle, though, becomes painfully clear the longer he works to keep Sara at bay (and, true to form, she doesn't make it easy on him). He's also a man of integrity and honor, torn between his desire for Sara and his loyalty to her older brother. Sometimes, finding oneself between a rock and a hard place makes every doubt fade away and everything come clear in one's mind. In true Brazen imprint format, the sexual content torches off (quite literally) an open door to a deeper relationship between the characters. If you like your romances FIFTY SHADES OF GREY-unorthodox, you may be disappointed, but even this slightly softer side of BDSM proves mind-blowing. And then there's the snark between Sara and Z, and later with Sara's brothers when they get involved. The story is worth the read for the quick comebacks and devastating one-liners alone. Prepare for a scintillating read, thick with desire, control, submission, and erotic romance ... probably more than you bargained for. # # # Author: Katee Robert Title: PROTECTING FATE Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen) ISBN: 978-1-63375-246-7 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VampedChik More than 1 year ago
Wow.. this was one smoking hot read! Very fast paced and a lot of fun! My first from Katee Robert's but definitely not my last! Sara cracked me up. She's very feisty and has a wicked sense of humor. I loved how she teased Z and I couldn't wait for him to just snap. She had a lot of trust issues so it was hard for her to open up to Z. I really liked when she started to trust him and want him for more than just a good time. I can't say enough good things about Z. He's so alpha and in control. He made a very good Dom. I loved how protective of Sara he became and how determined he was to keep her. Even though at first he kept pushing her away. The two of them had amazing chemistry and I loved their playfulness. I definitely plan on going back and reading the previous novels in the series and more from Katee.
Kiwibooknerd More than 1 year ago
Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Entangled Publishing....:) I cant believe this is already the 6th book in this wicked hot series. It's like you just blink and a new hot and heavy book is out. Tessa and Katee have really done a good job with this series and I find myself devouring each and every one of these books. This time it is Sara Reaver's turn to find her HEA. You may remember her from previous book as being the twins Will and Garrets baby sister. She finds herself in a spot of trouble and her brother assigns his good friend Z to become her babysitter/body guard. Of course Sara is not happy about this at all, until she meets the hot and mysterious Z. Z has not been in the "lifestyle" for 7 years now as he was previously married and it did not end well for him when he spouse claimed he "abused" her. When he meets Sara at Serve, he knows immediately that he wants to dominate her and do all sorts of wicked things to her. They agree on a 3 times only limit and that is when the fun and games begin. Only problem is none of them planned on loosing their heart to each other in the process.  Another great read in this epic series, and even if you have not read any of the books previously ( and you really should), it can still be read as a stand alone and enjoyed tremendously.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
PROTECTING FATE by Katee Robert is the sixth installment in the adult, contemporary SERVE erotic romance series, written by Tessa Baily and Katee Robert, focusing on a group of friends and family who frequent the BDSM club SERVE. This is security expert, former soldier, and mercenary Zebadiah ‘Z’ Loreto, and ‘fixer’ Sara Reaver’s storyline. Although PROTECTING FATE is the sixth in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous storylines is imparted where necessary. Told from third person point of view, the storyline focuses on protecting Sara from a threat. As a fixer, she tends to make a few people angry and in this, her life has been threatened for raising the ire of the wrong people. Sara’s Uncle Rodger and her brother Garrett have some connections and have hired a ‘babysitter’ to protect their niece and sister. Enter Z Loreto-a former soldier and a man who is all business but finds himself attracted to his latest charge. Sara is a submissive in the bedroom and she wants to spend her last night of freedom at SERVE-the local BDSM club where she and her brothers are members. Sara had not expected to come face to face with the man in charge of her protection-a sexy, hardened warrior who knows a thing or two about domination. When Sara’s apartment is trashed, Z moves Sara out of town for her own protection. Z is a man with a past; a history in the BDSM scene that has left him raw, damaged and vulnerable. Secluded in a safe house with Sara, their relationship becomes more personal as Sara pushes Z in more ways than one. As the days and weeks pass, Z’s need to protect Sara is more than professional; it becomes a need; a part of his heart as he begins to fall for the woman in his care and his bed. The $ex scenes are intimate, compelling and with a little bit of kink on the side. The secondary and supporting characters include a few of the previous storyline couples including Sara’s brothers Garrett and Will, and Garrett’s fiancé Ridley, as well as Uncle Rodger who is all about protecting his family and friends. The world building continues to follow the BDSM lifestyle at SERVE. There are no hard-core scenarios; most of the bondage and discipline scenes are light and meted with affection and love, and take place off the premise of the club. Z’s mercenary lifestyle comes into play when he is called away on another mission but we know very little about what goes on behind the scenes-I would have liked to learned more about what happened while he was away but the storyline focused more on Sara (back home). There is also an issue (for me) with the quick resolution to the threats against Sara; very little is mentioned after the first couple of chapters and then everything is back to normal with a phone call and a promise. In this, the suspense was lacking and the threats were barely an issue. The SERVE series is co-written (three books each) by Katee Robert and Tessa Baily with each storyline focusing on a different couple who are members of the BDSM scene and club SERVE. Although the storylines are connected, they are not interconnected in such a way that cohesion and understanding are a problem. Each story ends with a happily ever after and a look towards the future. Katee Robert adds a little bit of romance, suspense and angst to the series with Z and Sara’s storyline.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
There's a reason I never hesitate to read Katee Robert's books; I know I'm highly unlikely to be left disappointed. Protecting Fate is another good addition to the Serve series. We've been well acquainted with the Reaver men, identical twins Garrett and Will, and now it's their younger sister Sara's turn, and from the glimpses we've had of her in Mistaken by Fate and Betting on Fate, it was going to take a patient, assertive guy to take on this independent, confident lady. "I want to see how closely you can guard my body." When Sara upsets some folk, her uncle sends her out of New York City for her own protection. She's not happy, she's vocal about it and the guy at the end of her irritation is Garrett's buddy and colleague, Z Loreto; the guy drafted in to protect her. She unleashes feelings he's kept buried for years and she's persistent. Question is, can she can break through Z's exterior? Or rather, can he break through hers... 'You will not speak unless I give permission. You will also not come without my say so. Disobey and you will be punished.' Whilst in keeping with the previous books in that we have an attentive Dom who isn't detached or cold, Z was less dominant than Garrett and Will and feelings played more of a part earlier on which suited this reader just fine. Sara is familiar to the D/s scene, she's feisty and confident enough to go for what she wants but she also has a vulnerability about her. As does Z, and this brought the softer moments to the story. I liked Sara's sass and confidence and liked her and Z together; with a sexy heated yet natural chemistry, they're a couple you can't not want to work out. 'Touch yourself when you think about me tonight.' If I'm honest, it didn't hold any real surprises and I must confess I would've liked a little more action with relation to the protection side of the story, but this is minor because Katee Robert has brought her readers another sexy instalment to the series and I have no doubt Sara and Z will prove a popular couple. And whilst it can easily be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading Garrett and Will's stories too. This review will appear on Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this sexy contemporary romance, part of the Serve series, Sara is put under Z's protection after she oversteps her bounds in her job and ends up with some unsavoury attention focused on her. Z has a problem though - Sara is his teammate Garrett's younger sister and off limits. When she tempts him to forget about any outside influences and consider a fling with her, things get a little more hot and heavy than he bargained for. Sara's not into commitment though - will Z be able to change her mind? I quite enjoyed this sexy story. Though I didn't find the connection between Z and Sara to be as strong as other characters in the series, the story still flowed well and the sexual chemistry between them was evident from the start. Sara is quite happy to let Z take control of her body, even if she is hiding her heart from getting in too deep. The sex scenes between them are well written and very steamy! There's no doubt that the author has found her stride in writing these BDSM themed romances. I really liked both characters - Sara as a strong and feisty woman who can play at the submissive when she wants to, and Z as the dominant, handsome and charismatic male. I would have liked a bit more of the suspense subplot to be in play, but overall it was an entertaining and sexy read. The series continues to be a hit! 4 stars.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
rich storyline, fantastic characters, everything in the story falls into plays ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** We first met Sara Reaver as the smart mouthed best friend of Ridley and younger sister of Garrett and Will in Mistaken by Fate and knew that when her story was told, it would have to be outstanding, knowing she was the sister of the Reaver brothers and here is her story in Protecting Fate where she will find her HEA. It seems that Sara is in trouble and to keep her safe, her uncle sends her away until the trouble blows over. As added protection, he adds a bodyguard to watch over her. Well this new babysitter is none other than Z, a sexy gorgeous friend of her brother, Garrett. The two have some chemistry that is off the charts good. Sara temps Z to forget about any outside influences and consider a fling with her, things get a little more hot and heavy than he bargained for. They agree on a 3 times only limit and that is when the fun and games begin. Only problem is none of them planned on losing their heart to each other in the process.  Ms. Roberts delivers another fantastic story that shows how two people can find love when the heart wants what it wants even when the brain refuses. Z was definitely an alpha dominant and Sara a bratty sub but I wouldn’t change that about these characters because deep down their true evolution to the end made this an even richer story. I highly recommend this story in the Serve series.  My rating: 4.5 stars **** 
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Protecting Fate is a great addition to the Serve series. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because I feel Katee totally outdid herself with Betting on Fate. It was all kinds of hot and it definitely "went there" with toys and scenes I've not read about before. (Clearly I don't read much BDSM.) Protecting Fate had a different vibe but I enjoyed it every bit as much.  In this book, Garrett and Will's sister, Sara, finds herself in need of a protection detail. Sara's not a weak woman by any stretch, but she stepped on the toes of the wrong people and her uncle sends her away until things calmed down. Her protector is a friend of her brother's, a completely yummy, totally alpha, former military man – Z.  Sara's not looking for anything serious, but she is intent on seducing Z. He tries to resist her because she's his friend's little sister, but it's futile. There's a ton of chemistry between them and it isn't that long before he gives in. And my god, when he does. Let's just say Z is military through and through, and that domineering side comes out nicely in the bedroom. Rawr. I liked these two together. They played off each other nicely and it was obvious how into each other they were.  Protecting Fate was a good, quick read. I liked the characters, even though I didn't really connect with them that strongly. They were easy to root for though. They were explosive together and I loved Z's dirty mouth and demanding ways. I also loved how Sara owned her sexuality. There's not enough of that in books.  I'm really sorry to see the Serve series end, but I can't wait to see what Katee (and Tessa, of course) come up with next!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "You pleased me tonight." Stars! Another really great addition to the Serve series, I would even say that Z and Sara’s story is a very close second to my overall favorite.  ”Don’t make this any more difficult than it has to be.” I think the main reason I liked it was the fact that it was just two people, with a deep attraction to each other, doing something about that attraction. Yes there was a little reluctance at the beginning, being that we are talking about a protector/protectee set up. But once those barriers were thrown aside, they were both, sexy-hot and raring to go. There isn’t a huge amount of secondary character involvement for a lot of the book either, so the focus being solely on them gave it a great depth of emotion, and pulled me in as a reader. The tropes used are tried and tested winners, I think Katee’s writing style really worked for this couple, Sara was a little sassy, Z was action and dirty words, but when the softer side of him came out to play, just loved him, I’d happily Sub for him any day! She was a temptation he’d never expected and couldn’t resist. Another great book from Katee Robert, easily could be read as a stand-alone, and if you are looking for a few hours of sexy reading, Protecting Fate is definitely worth a second look. ARC generously provided via Entangled in exchange for the above honest review.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
The next instalment in this Serve series is dished up by Katee Robert and stars Sara Reaver; Will and Garrett's younger sister. Working for her uncle, Sara has upset someone whilst going about her fixing, and finds herself secluded away and being baby sat by Zebadiah "Z" Loreto; a mean, muscled, aesthetic military friend and colleague of her brother, Garrett. Z finds himself up close and far too personal with his best friends sister...and she's pushing it, pushing him to play, given the environment of Serve, where they initially find themselves. She's off limits, he tells himself, and he most definitely cannot reveal his deepest, darkest inclinations. Z's previous experiences have left him extremely guarded, and he desperately needs to maintain his control. Sara is flirtatious and flighty, when it comes to attracting her men, and her three time rule helps to protect her resolve. She is a girl who knows what she wants, so she pokes and she pokes, in a bid to test Z’s rigid control. "Love couldn't hurt her if she didn't give it a chance." I was excited to launch into this latest series offering, which has been brought to us by both Katee Robert and Tessa Bailey in the past. I have enjoyed, in equal measure, both of their contributions, each portraying characters with complex, yet engaging and most delicious attributes. It did, however, take me a little while to warm to Z's steadfast, yet sultry nature. I don’t quite know what didn’t initially engage me, but this couple soon got into their D/s groove, whilst they were holed away, and I became suitably enamoured by the shift in dynamics that were laid before us. I had a complete turnaround towards Z, and adored his caring, protective nature towards Sara. His patience, whilst she came to terms with the demons from her past, was extremely endearing. I enjoyed the storyline, albeit predictable. Sadly, there was a slight sour element in the underwhelming conclusion to the initial threat imposed, but hey...still a great member of this series. ”For a man of few words, he sure had a lot to say once he got going." ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review..
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! A bunch of two word phrases are rattling around in my brain after finishing Protecting Fate. "Hell yes!", "Oh...wow...", "More please?!" just to name a few. The rest gradually build up until there's lots of cursing involved so I'll just let you use your imaginations. I seriously cannot get enough of the Serve series and all of these characters. They are just the right amounts of romance, angst and mind blowing naughtiness. I'm just going to cut to the chase and tell you why this is my favorite book in this series otherwise I'm going to have a hard time concentrating on what I want to say. Z. I don't think I've loved that letter of the alphabet more than I do at this moment. As most of you probably know I am crazy about my alpha males. Z brings a whole new meaning to that phrase though. I don't think I've ever quite come across a guy with his level of alphaness (It's a word!) before and not ended up completely annoyed. I love Z though. He's got this quiet protectiveness that once you draw him out just a little all you want to do is engage him more and bring everything to the surface. And I love the fact that his quiet protective side tempered the alpha side of him in some ways and that beneath all those hard and commanding layers there was also a softer side. And even a funny guy. He wasn't completely rigid, he knew how let loose a bit, well as loose as you can get with a mercenary. I have been so excited to have a story for Sara Reaver. I absolutely adored her after reading Mistaken by Fate, her brother Garrett's story. She was the female that I was most hoping would eventually get a book. Sara's one of those girls who is submissive...but very feisty. I like the girls who don't just, for lack of a better phrase, lay down and take it. I like my characters to have fight and a little bit of backbone and Sara has both of those things. She keeps Z on his toes and really gets under his skin and makes him lose control. Something he never, ever does. Sara's story was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I loved that there was a bit of a dangerous element to this book. It was fitting having a character like Z that there should be some sort of threat to showcase the protective, soldier side of him. Though I guess if I were to have one complaint, and it will be the only one I do have, I think I would have liked to have seen more happen with that since it was the whole point of the storyline. As it was it just sort of cleared up and I felt just the tiniest bit of disappointment that the danger didn't get kicked up a notch or two. Though an even bigger part of me feels like if anything had happened Z probably would have snapped so maybe it was for the best. The relationship between Sara and Z was the swooniest of all swoons. I couldn't get enough of these two and I was happy that for a good portion of the book they were sort of in a state of house arrest and away from other people. That the focus was just on them in this giant house. A house that, as big as it was, still ended up being too small to contain all the sexual tension that built up between them before Sara finally made Z's control snap. Sigh. Where was I? Oh yes.... I really hope this isn't the end of this series. I don't know what I'm gonna do without new Serve books in my life! I tell you who else I would love to see get a story now that I've read Sara's, Nolan. *Gives Tessa Bailey and Katee Robert puppy dog eyes* I mean he's only been briefly in Will and Penelope's book and now in Sara and Z's, well to where it's more than a mention of his name that I remember anyway. But there's something that intrigues me about him. Regardless this series has been such a fun and exciting ride to this point. And Protecting Fate has been my favorite by a landslide. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
         Protecting Fate, Katee Robert Genre:  Romance Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I’ve enjoyed a couple of Katee’s novels, so was looking forward to this but though it was OK it didn’t really resonate with me. Sara has been exiled and is under the projection of her twin brothers’ best friend Z. She’s cross, doesn’t see why she’s been shunted aside, and feels she could look after herself. Still – its off to the country for a few days with Z.  I liked what I knew of both of them, but the interactions just didn’t feel real to me, and I was irritated by the choppy on, off, on and off again of things between them. Sara taunted him when she knew she was being unfair, and taking out on him her frustration over being grounded. For a top man, and one supposed to be so in control, Z soon lost it when faced with Sara’s tempting. That just didn’t feel right to me, it was too quick, really took place within the first 24 hours or so and I need a bit more lead in. Likewise when things went wrong it was all very sudden and then That happened....and it was all one big muddle for me with backgrounds I understood but working out in ways that didn’t add up for me. We didn’t really get much background to the characters, the events or their histories, and I felt that maybe  as this is number 6 in a series they were all connected books, rather than stand alones as I had thought, though the only names I recognise come in one book description? I’d don’t know – but if that’s it then it would explain why I felt a bit disconnected from everything. Its a quick hot read, and if you’re less picky than me probably a five star but for me its just an OK read, not one I loved and not one I’d re read. That’s how it goes, everyone wants something different and thought I loved other reads of Katee's this one just didn't work so well. Stars: Three, fun read but not quite there for me.  ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.    Untrue Colors, Veronica Forand Genre:  Mystery and thrillers, Romance Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews My first read by Veronica and what a read it is. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy a suspense novel that’s not too heavy, and this with the romance angle added was perfect for me. Alex – wow – what’s she’s been through and yet she’s tough, still fighting and trying to stay alive. It must have been really hard for her, and poor Matt, how that must hurt her conscience, and its not her fault at all, she’s not to blame for her awful ex. So, escaping from Luc once again by the skin of her teeth she ends up accepting some help from Henry. She thinks he’s a simple Professor, and Simon just his half brother – and they are, but they are also much much more. Henry is also an Earl, with a castle no less, but that’s not all he is either. Simon is suspicious of Alex, why is she on the run, and who from and what for – he wants to protect his brother and he can see already how Henry is drawn to her. Henry needs help tracing a stolen painting, and after finding out why, Alex agrees to help him. Its for a cause dear to them both. It brings them into the murky and dangerous world of her ex though, where stolen arts are traded and the secret arms market reigns. Death and murder are everyday part of life in these underworld transactions. Its a great read, really sets a scene that feels genuine, and I loved the characters of Alex, Henry and Simon. They each had their own special qualities ( and talents) that shaped what happened. There are times when I really feared for what would happen. The suspense was perfect for me, letting me follow along with the story, taking wild guesses at what might happen ( and getting them wrong!). It’s perfectly paced, letting events flow very naturally and wasn’t one of those where everything is crammed into two days...but spread over a few weeks. The ending is climatic and the finale just so much what I wanted, and felt very satisfying. . Stars: five, a great story that for me was a great mix of mystery, suspense and romance. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers. The Fatal Flame, Lyndsay Faye Genre:  Literature/Fiction ( adult) Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I thought this was a series, and then of course once I’d received it I  realised it was the final part in a trilogy – and I haven’t read parts one and two. My bad! Anyway I read the amazon samples of them, which gave me enough for understand the story. Its not just a story, something to amuse, to while away a few hours, a historical tale, but is an amazing and unusual read grounded in the harsh realities of the time, peppered with a fabulous and disparate bunch of characters. It’s a wonderful read, set back in 1840’s USA, where life is one long, harsh struggle for most people, and if you’re female, Irish or coloured you’ve little or no rights. In among all the poverty, crime and darkness is Timothy, a Copper Star, whose such a wonderful character. To me he feels like that one candle that lights up the darkness, he’s such a genuine, hardworking, loving, kind and moral man who empathises and tries his best to help people – not just those he loves but many others. I felt his love for Mercy, and the paradox she posed to him – I so much wanted him to be happy and find love.  He’s intelligent, and along with his brother Valentine ( oh he’s great too!) he’s trying to find a way to live, to love and to help others. Sometimes I feel he’s an idealist but with roots grounded in reality, and knows realistically there’s only so much can be done. Valentine seems like the charmed man, loved by many and always living life on the edge, but at his heart a true idealist. His lover ( one of) Jim, is a great character and friend to Timothy. The two brothers are all that remains of their family, and look out for each other. I loved all the characters here, they’re so much more than simple words on a page, and along with the scenes depicted, the harshness and poverty, the desperation I could feel from those at the bottom,  the smugness of those living at the top of the pile made for a really satisfying and unusual read. I love to feel “in” a novel and here I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, worrying and wondering what would come next. I hope I’ve understood the characters correctly but of course there’s so much gone earlier that I may have got things wrong – its how they feel to me though from this read. There’s a clear mystery for Timothy to solve, that once again brings him and those he loves into danger. Parts of the story seem to move along slowly, and then suddenly you realise just how far from the start it's gone, and how other interludes have left clues that need to be woven in. Its not a story of multi but separate plots, but ones that feel individual until gradually you can see the links that connect them cleverly woven in. I never could work how who was behind things, nor why or even how, and the revelation was just that for me – a complete unthought of of scene. Its got a perfect ending too, and one that made me feel very emotional, its very bittersweet and I was on the edge of tears. Thankfully there’s a glossary of terms – the Flash speech – at the beginning, or I’d have been stuck. sometimes its easy to work out from context, and sometimes you need that extra help. I loved the book, but feel if I’d read books one and two and got really invested and understood the characters properly and what moved them then I’d have got even more. Its still a five star read from me though. Stars: five, a great story to enthral and really pull at the emotions ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.