Friday, December 20, 2019

Book Feature & #Review ~ Provoke You (Cole Brothers, Book #2) by Diana A. Hicks ~ Adult, Contemporary, Romance @diana_hicks #Giveaway,

Provoke You
Diana A. Hicks
(Cole Brothers #2)
Publication date: December 16th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

About the Book:

Hotel heiress Ela LeBlanc is ready to take control of her life. Waking up handcuffed to a former marine and the news of her step-dad’s plans to sell the hotel is just the wake-up call she needs.

With only thirty days to prove he has no claim on the property, Ela has to enlist the help of her sexy as sin bodyguard.When things take a dangerous turn, and Matt becomes the only person she can trust, she can’t help but wonder… can she trust him with her heart?

Former Marine Matt Cole came to New Orleans for a fresh start, a chance to make amends. After accepting a job as the chief of security for a wealthy hotelier, he quickly realizes that life in the Big Easy is anything but.

Matt’s greatest challenge is keeping his distance from the tempting Ela LeBlanc, his boss’s gorgeous and very off limits step-daughter. Surviving Ela is just the beginning. As things unfold it becomes clear that it’s not just his heart on the line, but their lives.

PROVOKE YOU is book two in the Cole Brothers series. A new family saga binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months.

Continue reading on December 16th, January 13th, February 10th, and March 9th. Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series.

Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.

My Review:

Provoke You is the second book in the Cole Brothers series by Diana A. Hicks. I was in awe over how the author described Ela LeBlanc's character as a fun-loving but drunk hotel heiress turned clean and (almost) sober while adding a horrible psychological twist. She meets Marine Matt Cole after a slip off of the wagon and discovers he is interviewing with her dad. His mission upon meeting Ela's dad is to get Ela out of the country and to Paris where her mother is at. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and Matt finds himself involved more heavily than planned, Ela becomes a target in someone's dark and deadly games, and in order to try and salvage her life, Ela must lean on one person she hasn't seen in ages.

Matt, on the other hand, did not sign up for Ela LeBlanc 101 yet here he is. His only intention was to ace the chief of security position but winds up a bodyguard/babysitter for his new boss. As the target on Ela continues to grow, Matt must stay close to her but far enough away he doesn't act on the feelings coursing through him. When their feelings for each other finally collide, Matt knows he'll do anything to protect her....Until she relapses and he realizes that the similarities to his past are too much for him to handle.

I want to gush about this story so much but my gushing and elaborate discussion will ruin it for everyone who hasn't read the book. So, we will have to settle for me stating that this book is a romantic suspense but there is psychological suspense, as well. Ela is a wonderful character who made mistakes but is trying to clean up her act. Her dad does not give the benefit of any doubt and deliberately condescending and purposely does things to Ela that he knows hurt her. Matt is a former military man who take some time to show us who he is and what he's made of but when he gets there...Wow! His character is wonderful, too. Neither character are perfect but they are pretty perfect for each other. I love their chemistry and spark.

Both characters are strong and written with realism. I was engaged in the story long before I began reading chapter one, since the synopsis in the book intrigued me. The book flows along perfectly paced, had a wonderful plot, side stories, and secondary characters (Kitt and Casey are fantastic sidekicks to Matt). I could not put Provoke You down. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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Meet the Author:

Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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