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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Liz Vrchota

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this collection of steamy and short romance novels with a centric point of view, first responders. I love a man in a uniform like most of us women I know and this brings you ten of them by some of the best romance authors. I have a lot of favorites on the author list but also some new ones to check out so that is an added bonus. I will just leave a snippet on the K.L. Montgomery novel, Reconstructed Heart. I will have to come back and dish on the others as I finish them but loved Reconstructed Heart so much I had to come share now! This would make a great gift for the reader this holiday too!

Reconstructed Heart by KL Montgomery is a short but packed and entertaining little read. I adored Trey and Jenna and their chemistry was outstanding. I was on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster throughout the story. I found the little tears struggling to escape several times while reading but it was balanced with just the right amount of sweet love to redeem my hearts faith in love. I adore that attention is being brought to our first responders, regardless of the line of duty, and how they make our world a better place to live in for very little thanks and appreciation. I can’t wait to read what else is in this collection and look forward to seeing what will be the next thing from KL Montgomery as well as the rest of the talented authors.

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Lisa Helmick

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like how all the books are around the main theme but each is so different that it doesn’t bother me to read book after book on the same genre. Most of these are new to me authors. They cover police, fire, EMT and even Ski Patrol! Oh the 9-1-1 operator one is ingenious as well. I don’t think I have ever read a book on ski patrol or a 9-1-1 operator before. I liked the variety and wished some of these have other books in a series or with the same characters I could pick up. These all have some drama, suspense, humor (83yo Lolly comes to mind), tears and steam.

My three favorites are:
Going Down by Jody Kaye. This one is the ski patrol one and this also includes a hairless cat. It’s full of thought provoking ideas on life as well as how to stay positive and keep your wild side. Very enlightening and enjoyable!

Walk the Line by Harlow Layne. This one has twin Clark Kent looking cops that are easy to love. Gage and Claire really drew me into their story. I loved how he cared for her. But I would love to get Tate’s story. This has suspense and drama.

Beautiful Persuasion by A.K. MacBride. The reason I LOVED this one is all Thatcher! He is the secondary character but makes a huge impact. He has that protective older brother thing going on when he gets on (sister)Rae about staying out overnight. Then they noogie it out. Haha! The story is great too between Rae and Griffin but Thatcher and his bossiness/protectiveness just called out to me. I would LOVE to see his story.

Overall this is a great collection of stories. I enjoy books like this for the introduction to new authors. there are many to chose from and always some you will like.

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Shannon Fowler

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love a man or woman in uniform? Firefighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, OH MY! This anthology has it all. And proceeds go to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation makes it even better!
9 of these 10 authors are new to me so what a great surprise that I now have that many more authors to stalk…err….follow!!

Romance on the Rig by Kara Liane is a cute insta-love story about Lana and Sean. Even with some misunderstandings, their fire burns brightly and right from the start!

Loving Lindsay by Larissa Gail is a heart-breaking, second chance love story about Lindsey, John and Gavin.

Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery is a story of Jenna and Trey, two people brought together over the death of another. This story has a few twists and an underlying message. You really don’t want to miss out!

This entire anthology is so worth the read! Each story so different but so good as well. You won’t be sorry when you go one click this one!

Reviewed by @shannonlovesbooks
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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Jenni Bishop

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by ten great authors. All the stories are about first responders from Police Officers, Firefighters, and Accident scene workers to Emergency Call operators and all are hard but wonderful stories to read. It is also great to see that the book supports a good cause. Each of these stories are highly emotionally charged stories and will have your heart beating rapidly as you journey along with the characters whilst they put their lives, their emotional wellbeing on the line every day. They are each beautiful stories in there telling and I shed a tear or two along the way.

Reconstructed Heart – K.L. Montgomery tells the sad tale of having to come face to face with an accident where someone you knew was involved. Not only that but having to deal with it and find there is far more to the story than it seems. What he also discovers is that he is not alone and that he may just be worthy of love. This is a very emotional story that had me on high alert and my heart breaking.

Romance on the Rig – Kara Liane is the story of a man who has been burnt and totally misreads that is going on. Until he can face his demons will he push the one good thing he finds away?

Walk the Line – Harlow Layne tells us of one man who helps calm a woman who has been in a serious accident. When things start to come together for them he is scared off because of nasty attacks involving other woman of police officers. Did he do the right thing or will it prove to be too much?

Always Kind of Love – Amanda Siegrist is about a woman he can’t stop thinking about who has returned to his life. She is the last thing he wants to deal with but she has always been his one love. He finds himself not only battling fires in buildings but also those of his heart.

Beautiful Persuasion – A.K. MacBride – Raelyn cannot say no to her girlfriends and one taste is all it took for her to know he was the one she needed, the air she needed to breathe but she also loves her family. Damn his sexy accent.

Going Down – Jody Kaye is the story of Kat who is struggling with her parents’ divorce and holding herself back from a life she should live, that is until one crazy man skis into her life.

Rescuing Ryan – Syd Ryan – Ryan has meet the man of her dreams but will he move out of his own way to go for what he needs?

Perfect For Me – Alyne Hart tells a story of one man who has been broken by love but when she returns to town all bets are off, that is if he can mend his broken heart.

Call of Fate – Kelsey Cheyenne – Aubrey has had so much heart ache in her life that she wonders where her bad luck will end. So when Noah comes in to her life and offers her more she is afraid to break down her barriers, she would rather leave than risk the man she loves.

Loving Lindsey – Larissa Gail this lovely tale is about a firefighter named Gavin, he is a player and loves his life. He sees what his friends have and is envious of them. Can he give up his way of life when a beautiful officer comes to town after suffering a loss of her husband? I loved this story and would like to read more. Oh who am I kidding I loved them all.

This anthology of tales is a must for anyone it really makes you appreciate what these wonderful men and women go through. Don’t forget the tissues.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Debi Kircher

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail

5 Stars

I had to have this anthology as soon as I saw it and one clicked it as quick as I could. I’ve read or wanted to read many of these authors and thought what better way to do that then to help a great charity.

What first drew me to this collection was KL Montgomery, she sits within the top of my favorites and is always an automatic one click, she has actually written a couple of my favorite books of all time so I could not resist. Reconstructed Heart was a quick yet complete story full of all kinds of emotions and Trey and Jenna had me all kinds of messed up. Took me a bit to warm up to Jenna yet I really like how her character was written. Trey won me over immediately and my heart went out to him as he worked through a devastating event involving a friend. How this author weaved the events of this story is just one of the reasons I love her so so much. I seriously loved that this was not an insta love type of story, I loved the caution that was taken by Trey even if I wanted to push him here and there lol I still loved how all that played out.

This collection was awesome, I got to experience authors I’ve wanted to read for awhile and I also have now stumbled on a few new to me authors that have me checking out what else might be available. It also opened my eyes a bit more as I was taken a bit closer to what our first responders deal with on an everyday basis. My respect has only grown more because of this.

Loved it and absolutely recommend everyone one click this amazing anthology!!

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Jax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin – Review by Maura Harper

Jax Marlin - To Catch A MarlinJax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You know how “they” say not to judge a book by its cover? Well JAX MARLIN – TO CATCH A MARLIN would be a very difficult book to do that with. The graphic gives no hint as to what the story could be about and the blurb gives only a little hint as to what is found between the covers of this story.

What IS between the covers is a well developed story with great world building and a fully thought out story. It is a story of suspense and intrigue and futuristic developments. A vigilante, a detective and lots of moving parts keep a great this book interesting from beginning to end.

This is the first time I’ve read this author and I look forward to reading more.

Review by @mauraharper

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Laura Furuta

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders
5 out of 5 stars

This is an incredible group of stories. Each one has wonderful characters. I really enjoyed Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery. This is an emotional story that pulled me in from the beginning and I found that I couldn’t put it down until I had finished. Trey Prince makes a horrible discovery when he goes to an accident scene. Trooper Jenna Labato tries to help him with the aftermath. Will Jenna be able to help him heal? What does the future hold for Trey and Jenna? Read the story to find out. Trey and Jenna are characters that I grew to care about. The story is an emotional one and my emotions went up and down reading it. Don’t miss out on this amazing story or this anthology. I highly recommend it.

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Heather Lovelace

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anything with Montgomery attached – I will buy it every time. And this anthology – heaven help my poor heart. Steamy first responders…every single book in this collection – an absolutely perfect story. I cannot single out any of them but truly loved each story. Montgomery continues to be a favorite and I’m glad she brought along some new friends to the party!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Jax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin – Review by Angela Hayes

Jax Marlin - To Catch A MarlinJax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Jax Marlin: To Catch a Marlin is the first book in the To Catch a Marlin Series by T.K Toppin. This is my first book by Ms. Toppin- and I was seriously blown away by her fantastic story. She definitely got my attention, and has me excited to read the rest of the series. There are several more books in the series, available now- which I will be diving into asap- because if this first book is anything to go by, the rest of the series is set to be quite an exciting and fun ride.
This is an addictive futuristic sci-fi adventure story- with mystery, suspense, action, thrills, and so much more. It’s like an old Noir detective story crossed with a vigilante graphic comic, then set in the future with spaceships, and all the futuristic technology. I was hooked before I had even begun to read the story. The incredibly beautiful, and quite intriguing cover instantly had my attention- then when I read the blurb, there was no question if I would read it- it was an instant one-click for me.
I was soon caught up in all the intriguing development and action as it unfolded- following along to discover what would happen. Ms. Toppin’s world building skills are quite masterful, creating complex landscapes and ‘world/s’ in which to set her story. Her attention to detail is superb- crafting a world with its own unique flavour and feel- with advanced technology, transportation (both on-world and off-world), and incredible futuristic settlements/metropolis’. She has such a ‘visual’ quality to her writing- a dynamic feel that sets her story apart from others in the same genre.
I really recommend this story, especially to those who love a great cat and mouse mystery- all wrapped up in a sci-fi wrapper. What’s not to love?
Brilliant!

Thank you, Ms. Toppin!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great anthology that has ten hot stories of men and women working as first responders. Great authors, some new to me and others my favorite. Each story is different, you are sure to find your favorite among them. One of my favorites is Reconstructed Heart. I loved how I was pulled into the story from the beginning. Trey makes a nasty discovery at a scene of an accident. Now his heart and faith are in need of healing. Will Jenna be the one to heal him? I highly recommend this book.

Review by @bjwagner
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