Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jack of Hearts by Sandra Owens

Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant. Falling for her could risk this case—and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon—to whom she’s unfortunately indebted—to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex…

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they’re keeping tear them apart—or get them both killed?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Ramon is just icky. I didn't like him in the beginning and liked him even less as the story continued. Ramon believes that he will be taking over the family business when his father hands it over; however, he has this icky, skin crawling fascination with his cousin, Madison.

Alex is trying so very hard to follow the rules. He's working his butt off to get Ramon and Uncle Jose to make a mistake so that he and his brothers can stop the money laundering business that Ramon and Jose believe they are running, successfully. What Alex doesn't count on is falling for Madison.

Madison is just trying to live her life. She is entirely too naive for this story and it sometimes drives me a little crazy. Despite the fact that she knows her uncle is a bad man, her cousin is a bad man, she has this strange perception of her mother as being this simpering weakling and treats her as such. I found her a difficult character to really analyze too much – I just didn't quite like her.

Alex and Madison's relationship started on a lie, so for me, despite the fact that I liked other aspects of this story, this part – the romance – was just off kilter the whole time. I found the resolution somewhat predictable and hope for more twists in the next books.

Lauren, Madison's roommate, was more easily relatable for me. I liked her spunk, witty banter, and take no prisoners attitude. I hope she gets her own story.

Then you have the brothers – Alex's brothers love him fiercely and protect him at all costs. I love how his relationship with his brothers is portrayed. They are all close, all within the bounds of the law, and all want to do more to better society. However, they are all living with this scar – their mother left them and never returned, leaving them with a horrible, abusive father. I do wish we would have learned more about this, but the next book hints that is exactly what it is about.

I hope all of the brothers get their own story and can't wait to read more.

A native of Florida, Sandra Owens managed a Harley-Davidson dealership before switching from a bike to an RV and roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to Crazy for Her—a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for Romantic Suspense—her works include the Regency romance novels The Letter, winner of the Golden Quill for published authors award, and The Training of a Marquess, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of the Romance Writers of America and a potential cat owner, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Jack of Hearts (Aces & Eights #1) by Sandra Owens to read and review.

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