Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Out of the Storm by JB McGee

Title: Out of the Storm
Author: J.B. McGee
Genre: Romantic Suspense

There's an eerie calm before the storm,
And my best friend is in the direct path of the hit.
I have to protect him, no matter the cost.
He's like a brother to me.
I'll do whatever it takes to make sure he's safe.
Even if that means being pulled into the vortex that is Jules Hemingway,
A sexy, fiery tempest that has the potential to destroy everything in her wake. 
All I want is to dive in, take my chances. 
But first, I must complete the mission—save my friend.
Though it may mean losing what really matters,
The only woman worth drowning for.

Something's amiss—strange and ominous, 
And I can't quite put my finger on it. 
When Theo Katawhateverhisnameis comes thundering in,
It's like lightning to my heart, my body, my soul.
It's a shock—a jolt, as I realize my life is a scam,
A scheme with no winners.
I'm in over my head, treading in a sea of lies, 
Leery of whom to trust,
Only looking to protect myself, my heart.
Together, we're wreckage, debris, 
but are we collateral damage in this perfect storm?

4 Stars 
Review by Jen Skewes

I really enjoyed this book. I love JB McGee’s writing, but Out of the Storm was a bit different that her other books.  It is a romantic suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved it and think that Ms. McGee did a fantastic job with this story.  What makes a great suspense story is the true element of surprise.  When the story becomes predictable and you find yourself figuring out what will happen next before it even happens is a trn off for me.  But rest assured that is not at all what happened with this story.  Ms. McGee had me guessing the entire time.  I was not sure who to trust, or what would happen next.  I completely shocked when all the pieces were put together.  It was so completely unexpected and that is what I loved about this story. 

Jules and Charlie have been best friends since they were teenagers, eventually becoming more than just friends and now they are engaged to be married.  They also own Hawke and Hemingway, an investment firm together. 

Theo has been asked by his best friend Marco to help him out. He has invested money in Hawke and Hemingway and is afraid that something shady is going on within the firm.  Theo agrees to help and does his homework before investigating what is going on.  His intention is to help his friend and move on.  But he never planned on falling for the woman who owned the firm that he is looking into. 

From the moment they met in the elevator there was a spark between Jules and Theo.  There was this undeniable chemistry that neither of them can ignore.  But Jules is engaged and Theo is here to help his friend Marco.  Theo’s plans sort of takes a different turn and he finds himself kidnapping Jules, all though if she agrees to go with him is it really kidnapping?  This is how these two get their start and how this book begins.  And from that moment you are on the edge of your seat because you have no idea what will happen next.  Can you trust Theo?  Is Jules telling the truth when it comes to what she knows and doesn’t know?  From that moment I could not put this book down.

I don’t want to go into any more detail because I do not want to spoil the story for you.  I will say that Ms. McGee can sure write suspense. It has drama, angst , suspense, hot and sexy scenes and a bit of humor as well.  I loved Theo’s character.  At times I think he was in over his head and not really knowing what to do next but that is what I loved about him.  He would do anything to protect the ones he loved.  He made me laugh and swoon at the same time.  I loved the chemistry between him and Jules. 

There were other characters in this books that I often wondered about. I thought I had it all figured out.  Who was the bad guy, who was betraying who, but man I had it all wrong.  When the truth came out I was shocked.  The writing as perfect and Ms. McGee knew how to keep you guessing the entire time.  She never once made it predictable in any way at all.  And that is what a good suspense novel should be.  My only issue is that I wanted just a bit more romance between Jules and Theo and a little more at the end.  But overall I really enjoyed it.  I really hope that this is going to be a series because I would love to see more of these characters in the future. 

"Passionate. Angsty. Mind-blowing. A masterful tale of intrigue, lust, and jaw-dropping sex...Yep. It's one of my hottest reads this year." -Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author

Swiping my face with my shirt, it’s hard to ignore the searing gazes of the girls in the gym that roam to the exposed skin of my ripped abs. A small sideways smirk quirks at the corners of my lips as I duck my head down, heat rushing to my cheeks. I work damn hard for this body, and I love when someone appreciates it. I nod at Rockin’ Red, who’s licking her pouty lips like I’m a fine piece of meat she’s hoping to slowly devour. She probably has a better chance with Charlie, unfortunately for her. Of course, there’s a lot more of him to consume. The thought causes me to chortle.
Making my way to the locker room, I swing the door open. “I’m meeting Jules tomorrow night. You can have your guy do it—” They glance in the mirror at me.
I nod. “‘Sup?”
“What’s happenin’?” Their jaws tick. It may have been posed as a question, but it was definitely a statement.
“I heard you overtalkin’ out there. You know I was engaged once. Never again. I say, get as much ass as you can while you can, man.”
Charlie’s eyes narrow at me as he sizes me up, but he’s more than six inches shorter than me. “It’s not nice to eavesdrop.”
“Didn’t mean to. Normally, I have my iPod with me, but I forgot it. And, if it was a secret, maybe you shouldn’t be talking so loudly I could hear you two machines over. But anyway, I’m not here to socialize.” I glance down at my pecs and abs as I pull my shirt over my head. “In case you can’t tell.”
“Right.” He laughs. “And as for my fiancée. If you saw her, you’d understand why I wanted the best of both fucking worlds, man. Have a nice night.” Charlie pats Tattoo Guy on the back. “Let’s get outta here, Angelo.” Ah. Charlie looks back over his shoulder. “Sorry, I didn’t catch your name. I’m Charlie Hawke.”
I didn’t miss that he didn’t extend his hand to me, so I push mine out toward him. “Theo. Theo Kataigída.”
“Greek, huh?”
I nod, smiling. “You got it."
He never takes my hand. They both just give me a look that screams ‘go fuck yourself’ before walking out. Yeah. The feeling is fucking mutual fuckers.

J.B. McGee is a mother, wife, and the Amazon Top 100 author of the best-selling This Series. Amazon Crossing acquired the German rights to her debut novel, Broken. Heartfall, her coming of age novel about a bullied ballerina, is a #1 best seller in the Teen and Young Adult Performing Arts genre. Skipping Stones, a military romance about a young woman strongly influenced by her faith and her family all the while searching for her true love, is a #1 best seller in Women's Christian Fiction.

When J.B.'s not writing, she enjoys reading as well as watching and live-chatting her favorite television shows with her friends. Her favorite shows are Quantico, Blindspot, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Below Deck, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Scandal (mainly because of her love of Scott Foley).

Born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, she attended Converse College and eventually earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006.

In college, she was told by her children’s literature professor she would be the one student from her class to be an author. McGee shook her head and laughed. But in 2012, over six years after that statement was made and after a love of reading had been reignited, she gave writing a shot. J.B. gladly ate crow when she emailed her first book to the above mentioned children’s literature professor thanking her and acknowledging the accuracy of her prophecy.

In 2011, it was discovered that not only do both of her children, but also she and her husband, have mitochondrial disease. Affecting 1 in 2500 people, it has no cure or treatments. Being a writer allows J.B. to care for her family’s unique needs while also providing a platform for raising awareness for this disease.

She is a hopeless romantic who loves to escape into fairy tales—some she reads and some she creates.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia.

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