Review, Spotlight, and Giveaway: The Defender by Adrienne Giordano (@AdrienneGiordano)

The Defender Cover

Rating: 5/5 Stars


The blurb:


By all accounts Penny Hennings was the sort of woman FBI special agent Russell Voight went for. Smart, sexy and with just enough sass to keep him honest. Then she went sticking her nose in undercover FBI business. He knew her legal reputation would skyrocket if she won this case. But every move she makes undoes all the work Russell’s put into taking down the city’s biggest crooks. And the criminals they’re after will do anything to avoid the witness stand—including kill. So it’s time to pool their resources and collaborate. Even if working together every day takes them late into the night…and into the line of fire.


It has been way too long since I’ve posted a review, but man – what a come back!

I’ve never met an Adrienne Giordano book that I didn’t like, so when the opportunity came up to get an ARC of The Defender, I couldn’t say no. I loved it, y’all. You will too.

Penny Hennings is a defense lawyer with a high profile client and a big case. This case could take her career and reputation to the next level if she plays her cards right, and the odds certainly seemed to be in her favour …until the shooting.

Enter: Russell Voight (this is where all of the women sigh and bat their eyelashes). Sexy, FBI Special Agent, fills out a suit just right Russell Voight. Russell has been grilled on the stand by Penny, the “Killer Cupcake”, once before. And as much as he should hate her for it, it’s had the opposite effect on him.

As Penny and Russell begin to work together more closely, it’s clear that there’s more than a criminal case drawing them nearer to each other. Both wonder if the emotionally charged situation is to blame, but neither of them can seem to pull back. When Penny decides it’s time to find alternate means of dealing with a tough situation, she puts all of Russell’s hard work on the case in jeopardy. Of course Russell is pissed, but he’s also worried. Worried about Penny, and worried about what this means for his future …their future?

This book is non stop action. I do most of my reading in bed at night, and I was mentally shaking my fist at Adrienne the first time I picked this book up because I knew it would be a much later night than I had anticipated. There’s never really a place where you feel like you can put the book down. You just have to keep turning those pages! If you like action, suspense, and steamy romance, then this book needs to be put at the top of your TBR list. You won’t be disappointed!

Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway contest at the end of this post. As part of the tour-wide giveaway, one lucky person will win a signed print copy of The Prosecutor, a $25.00 Amazon gift card, a bullet charm bracelet and set of bullet earrings.  The giveaway will run from May 30, 2014 – June 11, 2014. (I have a pair of the bullet earrings. They’re pretty awesome!)


Title:                                      THE DEFENDER

Author:                                Adrienne Giordano

Publisher:                           Harlequin Intrigue

Release Date:                     June 1, 2014

Genre:                                  Romantic Suspense

Format:                               Mass Market Paperback & Digital

Buy Links:                           Amazon / Barnes & Noble


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

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Review: The Virgin: Revenge by J. Dallas



Rating: 3/5 Stars

The blurb:

I was seventeen when I met Drake Gallagher. Seventeen, naive, foolish…and in love. Or so I thought. That summer, and the months that followed, set the course of my life.

Ten years later, I’m still struggling to put the pieces of me back to together.

It’s time to stop struggling. It’s time to take control…and maybe, it’s time for a little revenge.

He doesn’t have time for naive little virgins?

Well, I’m not naive anymore.


Shannon is a mid-twenties urban professional out for revenge on an older man who broke her heart back in her teenage years. She seeks him out and lands a job as his administrative assistant, thinking he doesn’t remember her and she will have plenty of time to plot and execute her revenge.

Drake is the “Boy Genius” of the family business. For his age, he has a surprising list of accomplishments in the business world and is a hard-hitting executive. Lots of money, lots of power.

It doesn’t take long for Shannon to notice that Drake is looking at her a little longer than necessary, or finding excuses to spend more time with her. The problem is, Shannon is finding that she, too, is just as guilty.

I’m not sure if this is one of those books that is meant to start with a excerpt from the ending (because it seemed odd to me that it just jumped right into the story, and I felt a little lost) or if it’s a glitch in the eARC I received via NetGalley. Regardless, I’m not a fan of books (or movies for that matter) that begin with the ending. Obviously the important part of the story, is the story itself; how they got to the ending. But for me, the ending is important too, and if I already know how it ends, I have a hard time getting through the story. Clear as mud? Okay, moving on.

I enjoyed the general plot of this book, including the minor cliffhanger at the end. What I didn’t like was that the characters didn’t have much depth. I didn’t feel a connection to either one, and therefore didn’t have much of a vested interest in the outcome. Usually with New Adult, there is so much drama between two characters that I feel a strong connection to, as well as intense chemistry between the protagonists. I didn’t get that here. I felt that we spent too much time inside Shannon’s head in the present, and not enough time learning how and why she got so messed up about Drake. Maybe I will see more of what usually draws me in with book two. I’m hopefully that since I have a little bit of background on Shannon and Drake, I’ll feel the pull and be more interested in the second installment.