Luke by Kimberly Lewis
All Karlie Jo wants out of life is for Luke to fall in love with her. She has had a huge crush on him ever since she was little, and now she thinks she loves him. Coming back to her hometown to intern with horses, she ends up interning at Luke’s family ranch.
Luke can’t believe Karlie Jo is all grown up and has the confidence of a woman. He starts to lust after her right away and they start a fling that isn’t supposed to have strings attached.
This one was just too sweet for me. Sometimes I felt like Luke and Karlie Jo had the same personality. I needed a little more cowboy grit and to go more in-depth with the characters. I liked Karlie Jo – her character had some depth. But Luke didn’t do much for me. That makes me a sad cowgirl.
Mercenary Princess by Setta Jay
A new series about a group of undercover mercenaries who want revenge on the people who think they can get away with murder. Sophia and her friends witnessed a murder while at boarding school, and then realized the extent of the cover-up. Eight years later, they are determined to get rid of every elite, dirty, person who covered up the murder. And along the way, they take out other bad guys too.
Sophia is a princess with a brother who rules as king, and a mother who rules her life. There is no love in this family, only appearances. Sophia hates it with every fiber of her being, but it also creates a great cover – she is the perfect princess in the public’s eye, but can secretly get down and dirty with her mercenary work under the radar.
Sophia is after a bad guy and her childhood crush, Viktor spots her one night – and their eyes meet and lusty thoughts start coming out. Viktor is dark and mysterious. His brother went to Sophia’s boarding school, so he knows of her. He also knows she is up to something that doesn’t pertain to being a princess. He wants to know all her secrets, and pretty much demands them from her…along with her body. Sophia is weak for his attraction and her body can’t help but open to him.
There is a lot of sex in this one, and sometimes I wanted a little non-sex intimacy. Some courtship rather than just continual banging. They have super intense attraction – which is hot! But I wanted more to their relationship. My other complaint is that I felt the suspense, which builds up well in the first half of the book, lacks in the second half.
But I liked Sophia – she is definitely the star of the book, as Viktor takes a little bit of a back seat and I didn’t mind that at all. Sophia has a female bodyguard named Jen who I loved. And her team of people are also pretty fun to read about. Some things get set up for the future books in the series.