30-Day Book Challenge: Day 20

30 Day Book Challenge (2)

Hey Guys!

It’s the weekend!! Welcome to Day 20 of this 30-Day Book Challenge.The challenge is simple; for each day there is a statement and you have to choose a book or series that relates to said statement.Let’s begin!

Day 1 (20)


I’m not a huge romance type of girl. They can be way too fluffy for me sometimes. I need a little more drama, suspense, action in my books to keep me interested. So I was surprised when I became obsessed with this little series, The Hostage Rescue Team series by Kaylea Cross. It is classified as romance, but the action and suspense in these books just keep my on my toes. I can never guess what is going to go down; I’m always at the edge of my seat or screaming at my iPad “WTF!”. 

My favorite book in this series (so far) and also my pick for this challenge is Targeted. This is the second book in this series and it is told in third person. It follows our three main characters: Brad Tucker (HRT team leader & leading male), Celida Morales (Special Agent & our leading lady), and Ken Spivey (bomber & villain). Tuck and Morales have known each other for many years and while there is clearly chemistry between the two, they keep things strictly professional. That is until Morales is shot and Tuck realizes that he needs Morales and decides to make her his. Meanwhile, Spivey is hoping to get his revenge on the men that took his wife and child away from him. He is going after the HRT team and he will stop at nothing until they pay for what happened to his family. 

This book was INTENSE. I have never empathized with a villain before while reading any book, but damn I felt sorry for this guy. He lost his family. He went mad and wanted to seek revenge. I don’t agree with how he went about seeking his revenge because he killed many people, but I understand why he did what he did and I think Kaylea did an excellent job at making the reader feel sorry for a man who did not deserve it. I also loved the romance because Morales is just so strong and independent. She’s a fighter and to see her let her guard down and open up to Tucker, letting him was great. What I also like about this book, and with the series in general, is that the romance is very genuine and not rushed. There is no “insta-love”, but rather a building of a relationship, growing stronger as the story continues. I could talk about this series all day, but we don’t have enough time for that!

That’s all for this post! Until tomorrow…



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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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