Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: "Cage" by Harper Sloan

(Corps Security #2)

Greg Cage was born to protect. While growing up, he was his mother and sister’s shield against the world… until he failed. For the last decade, he has carried that guilt and need for vengeance around… until it was stripped from him. Now, with his best friend getting married and no longer needing his protection, he is even more lost, completely adrift, and desperate for some control. All he has ever known was how to protect: his family, his friends, and his country. Can he go against everything he has ever known, and give up that control?

Melissa Larson will never let anyone hold the reins in her life. She has been the rock in her family for more years than she can remember, and the fight to keep them together is her main priority right now. She has always been fiercely independent and proud. The last thing she will ever do is ask for someone else’s help. But when that choice is out of her control, forcing her to rely on others to save her and her family, and pick up the pieces that are left, will she be able to let someone else be her strength?

The second Greg locks eyes with Meli, he knows that she is someone he needs. Someone he craves. Meli knew the second she met Greg that he would be nothing but trouble and heartache. Her life takes an unexpected turn, and that bitch Fate is back to wreak more havoc on another member of the Corps family.

All hell breaks loose, leaving Greg no choice but to call in a favor. He hooks back up with his old friend Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC. Together, they make sure that nothing threatens anyone Greg loves again.

5 Stars!

Cage is a dual POV book; it is written so well and runs seamlessly through the scenes that I didn’t have to look back or try to figure something out. It just worked. It was an adventure worth taking…I enjoyed it *so* much.  A word of advice, pay verrrrry close attention to the details, no matter how minute they are. Harper has such a good way of working details into her stories that it all plays out in the big picture in the end. I think she has got to be one of my favorite new authors….she had me enjoying the story, but she worked every single angle. I loved it!! Ok….moving along.

Bethany’s disclaimer: to ME, a good book will make you feel emotion; deep emotion that hits you in the gut. It’s not often that I tear up over a book… I know it’s a good one when it can pull that from me.  Cage did that to me. Yes….I got tears. Crocodile tears. But, I didn’t cry….I don’t do that. Now that I have admitted that, let’s carry on.

We got a glimpse of Cage and his protective side in Axel, and we knew that he was a man true to his word and an honest one at that. But now we get to see a whole other side to him. The sexy beast.

He made me smile.
He made me giggle.
He made me blush.
He made me twist my hair around my fingers and made my dimples come out. ß True story…..he even made me blush a little while biting my lip.

Yes, ladies…he is HOT. Swoon-worthily, deliciously HOT.

Melissa is a very sexy, very confident and very straight forward girl that doesn’t put up with any crap from any man. She works hard to provide for her family, and she is a very selfless person making sure they have what they need before she gets what she needs. She learned through harsh circumstances that NO man is worth her time or efforts.

Cage meets Melissa at the pediatrician’s office when he takes Axel and Izzy’s son in while Izzy is fretting around about everything being perfect for their wedding….it was funny to see the reaction bouncing between Cage and Melissa. It was instant attraction and it was pure sexiness from the get-go.  But, she was going to fight it tooth and nail:

I might be many things, but I am also smart enough to learn from the past. Smart enough to know that no man who oozes so much alpha male will be happy with a woman who isn’t weak. Or, he won’t settle until he makes me weak, and I will never be that bitch.

The guys meet up with the ladies at the bachelorette party after the guys had their own bachelor party elsewhere, but Axel couldn’t stay away from Izzy. Melissa is out on the dance floor when Cage comes up behind her, and let me tell you, that was knee-weakening sexy!! The way he grabbed her, the way he came up behind her and spoke to her….the way it was described had me weak! Weak, I tell you! They danced together and I ‘felt’ the intensity between the two of them and it was so very sexy. That was a panty scorcher!!! It totally set the stage for the mind-numbing sensuality that spins around them.

*fans self* (I have to make it through this review somehow, and I am finding myself re-reading while trying to write this!!)

We make it to the wedding….and Melissa is so determined to fight the attraction that was so obvious while they were together at the club. However, she is smart to admit her resolve is failing:

When everyone is busy starting at the bride, I am busy looking at her walking partner. I am really beginning to doubt my quest to stay away from him. When his eyes meet mine through the crowded sanctuary, I know that it was only a matter of time before we collide.

The next scene that made me squirm and just melt was the slow dance at Axel and Izzy’s wedding.  It was so raw, so sexual, so intense…I loved reading it and ‘feeling’ it. Cage is all man and he knows what his body wants, but is also smart enough to know what his mind wants….and what the difference is. The chemistry between these two is undeniable!!

Having her in my arms feels like coming home. I am not one to believe in all that love at first sight bullshit, but even as cynical as I am, I can recognize something bigger than lust at work.  My body wants her; that is no secret, but the level of want is borderline craving. I need her. Needing someone is not something I am used to. No, I am used to being needed…something this woman clearly doesn’t want.

Pure, unadulterated sexuality shooting off of them….

…..his eyes are always burning into my skin. When my eyes meet his, it is pure fire. I could feel his gaze caressing every inch of my skin and it was slowly, agonizingly driving me out of my mind. ~Melissa

I won’t go so far as saying it was love at first sight, but it damn sure was hard on at first sight. ~Cage

Trying to explain what made you smile inside and squirm, sometimes words just don’t do it justice….so bear with me through all the giggling and swooning. This book was all kinds of hot and sexy!!

As their relationship progresses, we get to see this hard as nails alpha male turn into the sexy beast that he is. With Cage and Melissa finally accepting that their relationship is going to happen, they let go and just live. They grow together, they love together and they hurt together.  I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship….it was penned perfectly.

We also deal with a psycho “friend” of his….and she raised all kinds of hairs on the back of my neck. She was CrAzY….like, off her rocker, lost her mind cray-cray! This “friend” causes some serious drama and it really ramps up the energy in the book. The book has some serious moments that perfectly accent the sexiness in the book. It was a good mix of them both.  Cage and Melissa both have a great demeanor and they are both smart mouths, with just enough stubbornness in them both to have them pulling back enough to make this a very believable love. It was a great ride and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  At the end of the book we are treated to the prologue for Beck, which releases at the end of December. What a treat that was….I seriously canNOT get enough of these guys. Harper…you have me hooked! 

Easily 5 Sexy high-inducing erotic stars.  *still fanning myself over here!!!


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Corp Security Series

(Corps Security #1)

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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(Corps Security #3)


I’ve always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real me. I’m content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn’t need a man. 

But the truth is I’m just as broken as the rest of you. I’m terrified that all it will take is one person to make all my carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. So I guard my heart with everything I have. Determined to never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again.

All is perfect until HE walks into my life. No… he doesn’t just walk. He struts his good-looking, sex-oozing self right into my space and demands that I see HIM. Making me want what I know I can’t have.

So I did the only thing I know how to do.

I run.

But he just won’t let me go.


The second I see her, I know she will be mine. I see past the gorgeous smiles and heart-stopping laughter. I see HER. She doesn’t want me to know her secrets or the past that haunts her, but I make it my mission to find out.

To make her mine.

She can run all she wants, but it will never be far enough to stop me from coming after her. 

She’s it for me and she knows it.

She’s just too scared to admit it.

Coming December 30th!

About the Author:
Harper Sloan

Harper Sloan
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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