““Where have you been?” he asked as she crossed over to him. “I’m sorry I’m late. I know I said six,” she started, but he shook his head, no. He reached out and took her hands in his. “I’ve been waiting for you my whole life. I could tell you our everything is going to be perfect, but that would be lying. Love isn’t a victory march. It’s a choice that you make every day. I love you enough to tell you the truth and hope at the end of the day you will choose me too. When I first looked into your eyes, my whole world changed. I love you tremendously, completely, with everything that I am.” He knelt on one knee and reached into his jacket pocket. He pulled out a tattered and broken box. The velvet was worn and frayed. A small hole had worn in one corner. It was perfectly flawed and the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. “Kira Riley,” he began, “I have carried this box with me next to my heart every day since the proposal I should have given you what feels like a lifetime ago. Like me, it’s a little broken. But like my love for you …” He opened it up to reveal a stunning two karat emerald cut sapphire ring set on a platinum band. “Oh, Owen … it’s absolutely beautiful,” she finished. Tears streamed down her cheeks. “Will you marry me?” He took the ring out of the tattered box and offered it up to her. “Yes, Oh my God, Owen! Yes!” She felt like jumping up and down as he kissed her and put the ring on her finger. He pulled her tight and their lips met in the grand finale at the fourth of July. Every lost dream, every missed moment, exploded around them and filled the night sky. “Did you ever think we would end up back here?” she asked, her eyes only on him. “End up? Baby, this is only the beginning,” he said with a smile. The Beginning.”
Sometimes it only takes a moment for your whole world to change. When Captain Kira Riley begins working on base at Fort Carson, she thinks she will be paying back her debt and escape her past. However just as she tries to focus on the mission at hand her path violently collides with the one man who could unearth every wall she has ever built. Kira had struggled for years to make it to this moment. Finally a physician! But for those from meager backgrounds dreams come at a price. In order to pay for school she would have to serve in the military for 4 years. Just being on base brings back a lifetime of painful memories. Kira has to focus, pull up her big girl panties and make this work. One problem, she never anticipated meeting Owen Stark, a Special Forces sergeant who lives by a strict code. Though Kira tries to avoid any thoughts of this rugged stranger, fate has other plans. After a steamy and awkward physical exam, Kira is left breathless and shaken. She has no intention of ever putting herself in a vulnerable situation again yet this soldier stirs feelings she didn’t know she had. Beyond fraternization, Kira will have to overcome; a slew of crazy exes, the grips of a BDSM subculture, and jail to find out who Owen Stark really is. Stark is intrigued from their first encounter but his world is set. After a decade of service to avenge past tragedy, his team was all he needed, until he met her. Her determination, wit, and gentle charm captivate him. Now he must choose between the existence he has built and a chance to really live again. Separated by their ranks she is the one woman he can never have. He knows being caught will end both of their careers. Aside from that if he gets too close she will learn about his life before the military or worse how he has spent his free time for the last decade. He knows he should just walk away, but one look in those innocent eyes and the world stops spinning. Some risks are worth taking even if you lose everything.
Stark September is a story about Kira Riley, a former military brat who has just embarked on her own military career as an officer and a doctor. Her first day in the clinic she is assigned to give a post-mission physical to the same man she literally ran into earlier in the morning. Owen Stark is a Sergeant in the Army and also a Special Forces soldier. He knows he can’t have a relationship with the hot doc giving him his physical but the attraction is strong, too strong to resist. The attraction between the Captain and the Sergeant is more prevalent than the rules they are both governed by and the relation quickly turns hot and heavy. They both have pasts they are running from but events keep throwing the past in their faces and threaten to pull them apart, and having to keep their relationship secret from the military just makes things even more forbidden and more dangerous.
This novel is a cliff-hanger but I do believe the second novel is releasing soon, at least I certainly hope that is will be releasing soon, and there will be a third novel. I will have my hands all over the second novel as soon as it is released. Another warning, there is some BDSM involved in this novel but not enough to put anyone off. There is just enough, I believe, to satisfy the BDSM fans but not so much to turn off the fans who are not.
Dr. Sebastian Masters has lost his job from Eastbridge hospital, due to insubordination. But now he has come across the perfect woman, Dawn Turlo, who would give him another opportunity – another job offer and his own building with staff. The only catch is marriage. But the problem lies deeper with Sebastian. He doesn’t know how to love someone and turns to his long-time friend, Jaysen Stripe for help.
Meanwhile, Adam Ludsgarden, Sebastian’s nephew, has sunk deeper into depression due to the loss of his best friend Curtis Brown. Adam has secluded himself in his room and only comes out when necessary, and where Sebastian fails to try with him, Jaysen finds the proper words to soothe his pain.
But as Dawn starts to show her true colors and the way she feels, everything starts to spiral downward under the same roof. Can Sebastian hold everything together? Can he keep the peace? Can he keep his feelings in check after everything that had happened before with Jaysen? The suspicions grow intense, and finally, Dawn Turlo is exposed to the truth. What Sebastian and Jaysen find out is astonishing.
Kent Griswald is a high-powered movie executive known for his micro-managing and aggressive supervision of a movie from beginning to end. He’s not well liked professionally or personally, so when someone puts a knife in his chest, no one is terribly surprised. However, someone also took pot shots at his younger brother, Connor, who has no enemies.
This starts by introducing Kent Griswald, movie executive, and thoroughly nasty man. Then we meet his much nicer brother Connor and are surprised when Connor is the one who becomes a shooting victim.
However, it isn’t long before Kent is the one who ends up dead. You feel like saying ‘serves him right!’
It all becomes more interesting with the arrival of the investigating team of Detectives Walter Scott and Vanessa Weinstein and then gets a little hot with the interaction between Detective Scott and witness Cadence.
This is a real page turner – can Scott keep Cadence safe plus can he keep his mind on the case and not on her body? Who is really the killer?
This is an excellent murder mystery, well written with lots of suspense and the right amount of romantic sexual tension. Plus I love the humor throughout. Add to all that some great characters and you have a recipe for a very good book, well worthy of five stars