Monday, 12 March 2018

Black and Blue - Cynthia Rayne - Release Blitz & Review

Title: Black and Blue
Series: Black Star Security Series
Author: Cynthia Rayne
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2018 

Life can leave you bruised

Former Navy SEAL, Jackson West, is trying to start over in the Bluegrass State. West had to choose between serving his country and being the parent his young daughter deserves. He’s formed Black Star Security with his military buddies, and they’re gonna kick a little @ss. For a price.

Sometimes you need a second chance

Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Foster accidentally got her partner killed during a routine prisoner transport. Now three dangerous felons are roaming the Kentucky countryside, and it’s all her fault. Black Star Security is hunting the fugitives, and Annie’s assisting them, even though she’s devastated by the mistake she made. But she didn’t count on West, a big, bad alpha male who’s an intoxicating mixture of ruthless and tender.

Will they capture the escaped convicts? And will West and Annie take a chance on each other? 

4 Stars

Prior to reading Black and Blue, I'd never read anything written by Cynthia Rayne, but as I love a romantic suspense I was eager to give it a go, and I wasn't disappointed.
Black and Blue is the first title in the Black Star Security series, that features a rag-tag bunch of operatives from various branches of the military, intelligence and law enforcement. 

Annie and Jackson are well developed and endearing characters.  Both are strong, bad-ass and stubborn, and faced tragedy that changed the course of their lives.  I loved that they were both could be described as alphas, neither liked to back down from a challenge.  Their chemistry is intense, and from the moment they meet the sparks fly, and the more time they spend in each other's company their connection and attraction builds.  Upon discovering they have a shared goal, they pool their resources and knowledge.

I loved the sense of camaraderie between the characters.  The banter and dialogue they share is quite often fun, witty and humorous, and several scenes had me laughing out loud.

Overall this title is full of action, intrigue, danger and suspense.  This intense plot is told in a dual point of view, is fast paced, entertaining and engaging.  I found the side characters to be incredibly appealing, and I look forward to future titles in the Black Star Security series.

Cynthia Rayne is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Black Star Security Series, the Lone Star Mobster Series and the Four Horsemen MC Series. While Cynthia was born and raised a damn Yankee in Ohio, her parents hail from Dixie, and she grew up on homemade buttermilk biscuits and southern wisdom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.