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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Exposing the Heiress by Jennifer Apodaca / @pumpupyourbook @Jenniferlyon

Title: Exposing the Heiress
Series: Once A Marine, Book 3
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Military (Post), Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Entangled Publishing & Pump Up Your Book

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This Marine will protect her at all costs…

When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancĂ© to marry her, she’s humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only to be blackmailed by her now ex-fiancĂ©, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.

Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece’s lethal skills could save Alyssa’s life. But his little sister’s best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can’t trust himself to keep his attraction hidden…or even pretend to be the man that Alyssa remembers.

Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he knows she could never love…a killer.

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This story followed the tried and true friends-to-lovers trope, seemed predictable at times, and reminded me of dragon slayer fairy tales I used to read as a little girl. I loved them, lol. The princess heroine seeking refuge and help running to the one man who had the ability to draw his sword and slaughter the beast that threatened her. Little did he know he was more than her knight in shining armor, more than her man of the moment. He was her prince, her heart, her love.

Hunter is that prince. Alyssa is that princess. They have each suffered loss and devastation throughout the years they've been apart. Some were by choice, others weren't. Coming together renews their friendship but brings to light the scars they bear as a result of the lives they've led. The story takes a swift turn from protecting Alyssa and the son she gave up years ago to guarding their hearts from one another. But that's impossible to do when Alyssa's heart's already invested and Hunter's is softening toward her the longer they're together.

This story was easy to read without a lot of complications (Alyssa's crazed ex added great suspense to the story) and could have very well been a skim the pages yawn-fest except it wasn't because of one incredible thing: Ms. Apodaca's ability to write intense, relative emotions. There were countless moments throughout the story when my heart was in my throat and tears in my eyes because I felt so much for Hunter or Alyssa or both. And I loved that.

I haven't read anything by Ms. Apodaca or her alter ego Jennifer Lyon but Exposing the Heiress won't be the last thing I read by her.

Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.

While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.

Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book Dating Can Be Murder. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.

Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.

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