Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Random Release & Review . . . Shameless by M. Malone & Nana Malone

I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I am a liar, a protector...a killer...I am Noah Blake.
There is only one light in my darkness, one bright ray in the storm of my life. Lucia DeMarco. And I’ll do anything for her. Anything except show her who I really am...an assassin. Well, former assassin. I don’t really do that anymore...usually.
It would be easier if she didn’t call me names. Asshole, control freak…shameless. It would also be easier if she didn’t look at me with those trusting gray eyes. If I didn’t dream about the perfect curve of her — never mind all that. The point is she’s digging into my world, my secrets, and it’s going to get her killed.
But first, we have another more immediate concern. Lucia is going on a date—With someone else...

**4 stars**

This book started on an extremely high note for me. It was funny and I enjoyed the characters immensely, especially Noah. I got a good vibe from the dynamic between Noah and Lucia, and even the rest of Noah's team. They were all guys you wouldn't want on your bad side, but they love each other and they took care of their own. 

I liked that Lucia was doing what she could to find her answers about her brother, but she wasn't stupid about it. When it became too much, she knew when to back down, but she didn't let it cripple her. I liked that she wasn't just a simpering idiot of a woman, too. She stood up to Noah as best she could, but really, who can stand up to a man like that??? Lucia seemed surprised by the depths of Noah's interference, which seemed unrealistic to me. His demands of her should have keyed her in sooner. And Noah, the know-it-all assassin, should have realized Lucia's secret sooner, especially since he played a huge part in it.

I felt like this book opened strong and slowly fizzled away from that. I thought I'd finish it in one sitting, but that didn't happen. It's not that it wasn't intriguing, it was. It's just that with such an explosive beginning (in my opinion), it didn't hold that level of interest for me throughout. I also felt like I knew what was coming at times, although I don't feel like it's as black and white as what Lucia may think.

Also, cliffhanger anyone? I'm glad the author told us up front that this was part of a series and I look forward to reading more to find out how it plays out. I hope to find out more about Lucia's brother in the next book as well as the answers to some lingering questions.

**I received an ARC of this book.**

M. Malone
NYT & USA Today Bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her three favorite guys, her husband and their two sons. She holds a Master's degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized at how she's using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella "Teasing Trent", her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She's now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
Nana Malone
USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
M. Malone
Nana Malone

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