Title: Hard Days Knight: Storm Lake East (Under-Cover Knights, Book 1)
Author: Livia Quinn
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Military Romance
First book in the Storm Lake East series!
Hero, or pretender?
The tall dark and deadly looking mercenary Delilah Burke confronts at the robbery scene is sexy as sin, and apparently saved the day, but is anything about him real?
Ex-Navy officer Luc Larue knows how it looks when the sexy cop and her partner respond to a silent alarm at the grocery where he stopped for a six-pack after work. Luc’s job with KPI requires certain…attire, and equipment.
Once she finds out what he does for a living, and that he’s not a real hero, she probably won’t agree to see him again, much less hear his proposition.
Each day reveals more to Del of the enigma that is Luc Larue. The guy is golden, perhaps too good to be true. Then, trouble arrives from out of his past and Del is faced with a choice – does she believe the evidence against Luc, or trust her heart?
“I loved Luc from the first page… Livia Quinn’s contemporaries remind me of Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr, stories with heart and heat.” Hard Days Knight Review
Retired Navy Officer Luc Larue is hero all the way but hard-nosed cop Delilah Burke isn’t convinced when she shows up at a robbery scene. Sure, he’s sexy in his fatigues but she can’t have a mercenary running around working her beat. But there’s more to Luc than big muscles and his “day” job as a cover model.
Luc knows the instant their eyes meet, he wants to have Del in his life. She’s beautiful, intelligent and keeps him on his toes. The more he’s around her, the more he falls for her. But when strange things start happening to him and the evidence points to a stalker, will Del believe him or is he only imagining it? Boy, it’s a Hard Days Knight for Luc Larue.
I loved this book for so many reasons: two strong characters who are independent yet when they fall in love heat up the pages, a baddie who’s not your ordinary stalker, behind-the-scenes peek into the world of cover models, spotlight on military life, a full support of secondary characters (especially the Larue clan), suspense, romance and making amends.
While both Del and Luc are highly-developed characters, what made this one of my favorite books of the year was the twist on the whole stalker part of the story. Women are usually the victims of stalkers and Livia Quinn takes it in a different direction. Livia built the tension and suspense beautifully, not to mention the feeling of control and vulnerability on the part of Luc. Brilliant!
Livia Quinn is a strong supporter of the military and military families. My hat goes off to her for her dedication and donating proceeds of her book sales in November.
If you love Romantic Suspense like me, this whole series is a must-read! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Luc. I read this while recovering from dental surgery and every scene he was in, from the cover shoots to helping the kids, made me smile and swoon just a bit. He’s a military hero with a loving family, a heart of gold and sexy to boot. When he realizes he has a stalker, his reaction is realistic and honest. He’s every woman’s dream and every man’s best friend. The perfect hero in this book and I hope Livia writes more about him.
He smiled, watching her thoughts move across her features as that scene presented itself. “Officer, you’ve got a dirty mind.”
She wasn’t usually so readable. She scowled at him. “Larue, I don’t have all day.”
My Rating: 5+ stars
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D.C. native, Livia Quinn, was transplanted to the bayous in Louisiana. She’s written ten books in her Storm Lake series, both paranormal and contemporary romance. While working as a plant manager, computer trainer, mail lady, professional singer, and small business owner she stocked her brain full of great characters and fodder for her stories. She can’t wait to share them with her readers. Livia loves all these Scottish and though she’s never met a Tempestaerie, an Aussie gem hunter or a Scottish dragon, she did meet some hunky cover models recently.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N