Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Axel by Harper Sloan

Publication Date: 7/7/2013
Series: Corps Security #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch. 

Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. 

When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door. 

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated. 

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces? 

Note from the author--This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers.

In preparation for the Naughty Nashville event, I selected a group of authors from the attending authors list to read. Harper Sloan was one of those authors. I had heard so many good things about her work that I made it a priority to sit down and read one of her books.  My book of choice was Axel.

I’ll admit at first I thought this is just another wild romance story, but I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Harper’s dirty mouthed ex-marine, Axel, is one of the few men of his genre that has a heart. Granted, Izzy had broken it into a million pieces at the time his character was introduced, but it was still there.  While he had the qualities I have grown to love in romance novel alpha males, he had just enough of a different outlook on life that I fell in love with him. Sure, he’s brooding and possessive, but he’s also a sweetheart.  Izzy is and always was his crutch. Even as she stood before him a broken shell of herself, he set aside his shattered heart and helped her like a real man would do. I wish more romance men were like him.

Izzy as a character was spectacular. The things this woman faced in her life are horrifying.  Even though she was herself broken like Axel, she managed to find joy in life again with the help of Dee and Greg. I’ll admit I was rooting for Greg to be her love interest, but the damn book is called Axel so I knew it wasn’t meant to be. A girl can dream! Back to Izzy, lol.  She shocked me a bit in her resilience as the book continued and she faced her past yet again.  I couldn’t quite point my finger on it at the time about why I had reservations about her initially, but by the end of the book I loved her just as much as I did Axel.

I know from reading other reviews that Axel is just the tip of the iceberg for this series as a whole. Harper Sloan sucked me into her Corps Security world and now I am off to read Cage. God, I hope Cage ends up with who else I had in mind for him. If not, I may need a shot of Jack Daniels. 

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