(Centre Games #4)
Author: Natalie Gayle
Release Date: February 28th, 2015
Hosted by: Book Empire Promotions
Finally, Dr. Jasmine Carter (Jazz) was getting her shot at taking the lead on one of the Centre’s highly covert operations. Great, wonderful, a dream come true even—you’d think. Well, that was until Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broody—Quade Roston, her fellow Centre co-worker—was assigned to be her partner.
For the last twelve months, these two had been at war. In fact, they’d elevated trading verbal barbs to the level of an international sport. For all the antagonism, the chemistry between them was just as strong. They both knew it—their teammates knew it. But what the hell were they going to do about it?
Simple—Jazz issues a challenge to Quade that she thinks he’ll never accept nor live up to.
Then their seemingly straightforward assignment to investigate a few cases of a mystery illness suddenly morphs into something much more deadly. Jazz finds herself the unknowing target in the middle of a bikie war. Now she’s dealing with threats from all corners. But maybe, just maybe, the biggest threat will be to her heart.
Here it is the book I have been waiting for. The characters story I have been teased with throughout the previous books. I finally get to stop the foreplay and get down to the nitty gritty! Quade and Jazz have set sparks from book 1 and we have been teased and taunted with bits and pieces of their antics but never given a full bite, until now. Did this book live up to all that build up? Holy hotness yes it did. Natalie Gayle really knows how to burn up the pages with her steamy scenes and Quade and Roxanne are full on nuclear.
The Centre Games books are unique and fun to read. The characters are entertaining and enjoyable. This book is a standalone and can be enjoyed as such, but would be more fulfilling if read in order with the series. This one is probably my favorite out of the whole set so far and I think mostly because of the buildup to it! I absolutely loved it.
A few minutes later, she pulled her coffee from under the machine when the front door opened. Quade walked in, looking all sexy and macho in his jogging gear. Or more accurately—his lack thereof. He wore only loose athletic shorts. His magnificent body was bare. The discarded shirt was tucked into the waistband of his shorts and trailed behind. In his hands, he juggled a couple of large bakery bags and the smell of warm butter croissants filled her nostrils. Croissants were an absolute favorite of hers. More brownie points for Mr. Roston this morning. “Hey, sexy lady—you sleep well?” His deep and low voice immediately made her hot for him. “I just woke up. You been out long?” “I headed out around five.” “Five! That’s so early.” “You know we don’t need to sleep much, Jazz. I got about two or three hours. That’s fine. I was feeling restless so I headed out.” “I’m surprised you didn’t wake me.” She gave him a very suggestive look. “Don’t worry—I thought about it long and hard.” Two could play at innuendos, it seemed. “Why didn’t you do something about it then?” “Because I figured you needed the sleep. As it is, you’ve only have a couple more hours than me. You need more.” Jazz tried to keep her heart under control at his concern. “I wouldn’t want you to be tired and bitchy.” Her temper sprang to life. Ah—she should have known. He just couldn’t help it. Just when she thought he was being sweet, he went and ruined it. “I don’t get bitchy.” Quade paused from unloading the bakery bags on the table. “You sure about that?” “Absolutely.” “Well, I guess this is another one of those areas that we’ll have to agree to disagree.” “What the hell are you talking about?” “I thought it was straightforward? We’re talking about you being bitchy when you don’t get enough sleep.” He was so frustrating. “And how would you know anyway? This is the only time we’ve spent the night together.” “I’ve spent the last twelve months observing you from a distance. I know more about you than you think.” “Well, that may be the case but I’m not bitchy.” “Alright then, you’re not bitchy. Just incredibly hot when you’re out of sorts.” “You think I’m hot when I’m grouchy?” “I do, and you just admitted you get grouchy!” Ahh! He was a pain in her backside. A very sexy one but a pain in the arse nonetheless. “You are a very strange and annoying man.” She huffed, trying not to get pulled too quickly into an argument. “No doubt about that, but that’s why you find me irresistible.” A cheeky grin turned up the corner of his mouth. Was she really having this conversation? Jazz placed the two cups of coffee she’d made on the table. “Who says I find you irresistible?” She stood back, hands on her hips; her eyes flashed, looking for a fight. Almost quicker than her eyes could see, his hand snapped out and caught her around the wrist and pulled her in tight to his body. Before she could utter a word, he’d taken a seat at the table with her safely perched on his lap. His lips crashed down on hers as her protest started to escape. His tongue thrust inside and suddenly she was lost to all rational thought—her body just responded to his demands. Their kiss started at scorching hot and kept climbing till it topped out at what felt like nuclear fusion. One of his hands tangled in her hair and held her head in place for him to plunder and the other caressed her back, ribs, and finally settled on her breast. He pulled away slightly. “Mmm, you smell of sex, me, and that spicy body wash you use. Delicious—I love it.” His voice was little more than a low rumbly growl and goose bumps shot up her arms.
BOOK SERIES AND PURCHASE LINKS
Book One: Finding Trust (Currently 99cents)
I had a hard time with this one even though I liked the plot. It didn't keep me from finishing the book and going on to the next one. It was pretty interesting and I wanted to know what happened. The story picked up for me and later in the book and I finally was able to connect with Rihanna. I loved Jazz straight off. Once I felt the story got its rhythm it took off and me with it. Everyone finally felt comfortable with each other. The plot was excellent and paved the way for book 2 which I can't wait for. What I had a problem with was Rihanna seesawing between a weepy woman and a woman who is strong and could take on the world. But I could over look that because honestly I don't know how I would be if all this happened to me. Brayden was interesting and I liked watching him go from a juvenile romeo to something much much better. These two were perfect for each other.
Book Two: Finding Judgement
Finding Judgement picks up where Finding Trust leaves off and has great character flow. Again I loved the plot with its twits and turns. The story moves at a good pace. Rox and Quade make another appearance in this book with a side mission so more sparks are flying. T.J or as Rory calls her Pixie has a skeezie cousin who is determined to marry her. and a crazy jealous uncle who wants it all. So full of suspense. This can be enjoyed as a stand alone book, but you should really enjoy the whole series.
The one thing that I didn't like was it seemed to be repetitive. The characters would have inner dialogue then speak exactly what they thought all the time. Once or twice wouldn't have caught my attention but because it happened so much it did. It wasn't enough to make me put it down. I loved Pixie and Rory. Rory is fun loving and the jokester, yet he is the most deadly of the bunch being the sharpshooter. No one messes with his new family and he has staked his claim.
Book Three: Finding Freedom
Finding Freedom takes up where the last book left off. It has an excellent story plot and I love Dylan and Vanessa!! I love this series because you get to see your favorite characters from previous books and it is just fantastic. These guys are so close it is like the book never ends only the POV changes as the focus of the story shifts. This book has been by far my favorite... so far. The characters are relaxed and flow when they are interacting with each other. when new people are brought into the fold they handle it as a group. Only a couple of places made me grump and even then not too much, more because it was repeated from the previous book. The asking and explaining something, this just seemed so fake and we saw it several times in the lask book. Luckily only once or twice in this one.
This is a stand alone and can be thoroughly enjoyed as such, but to get the full impact of the characters bond with each other I would suggest reading the full set. I love the series as a whole. Even the parts that have annoyed me I love all these characters and I can not wait for more books in this series. This is my absolute favorite book. And we get another tease of Rox and Quade. Those two are going to set the pages on fire when they get their book. As it is Dylan and Vanessa did a good job of it on their own.
ABOUT NATALIE GAYLE
Natalie is the author of the Centre Games Series. A fast paced, romantic suspense series set on the Gold Coast, Australia. The series tells the stories of the Centre, a quasi government agency established to fight environmental, biological and agricultural threats. The Centre Games books are filled with hot alpha males and the feisty independent females strong enough to capture their hearts. Natalie’s books pack lots of action, hot romance and surprises.
A confessed readaholic and romantic junkie, Natalie spends her time juggling a busy career as an IT professional and author. In between staring at a computer screen (she spends lot time doing that!) Natalie, enjoys living the Gold Coast life with her very tolerant husband and two school aged children.
She loves spending time with family and friends, hitting the beach, cooking, working out and curling up with a good book. Her pet hates are cleaning and anything else that can be considered “domestic dullness”. If she could have one wish it would be to be able to fit 48 hours into 24.
Natalie is currently working on her fifth instalment for the Centre Games Series and a brand new series for 2015.