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Review: Shake Up by Joyce Palmer
Posted in Contemporary, Review by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)
Rating: 4 stars
Most of the stories I’ve read are new couples falling in love; hardly do I read about an established couple encountering problems in their marriage and trying to find their way back to each other. So I went into SHAKE UP with an open mind and not a lot of expectations, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed this story a lot.
John and Lacey are great characters, both individually and together as a couple. John came across as a dominant, and he has definite ideas about a woman’s place in his life and household, but when Lacey bucked against this, when she decided to work at the DEA as an undercover agent, the couple ran into problems that might seriously wreck their marriage. However, John and Lacey loved each other too much to give up just like that.
I enjoyed watching them work out the kinks in their marriage, their give-and-take one that I wish more couples would emulate. Although I guess the underlying thing here is their love for each other. This love caused them not to give up on the marriage and on each other, and it made them willing to bend somewhat, to change and to grow, to compromise so that they would still have each other in their lives.
There were some superfluous scenes though that I feel should be left out. Like the skinny-dipping scene. Also, I sure pegged Greg wrongly. I thought he was a decent guy, but knowing that Lacey was still married, he encouraged another guy to hit on her? And there was no repercussion on him afterward? Did I miss something?
There was some bondage and spanking, but it’s pretty tame, so even if you’re not into those, you can safely read SHAKE UP.
Overall, a great look into a second chance for a married couple who are still in deep passionate love for each other years down the road.
From Random Thoughts From A Tech Nerd, 1/2/18
Rating: 5 Stars
What’s a woman to do when the men in her life persist in telling her what she can and cannot do without checking with her first? Well, in Lacey Parker’s case, you take a field position with the DEA and when your husband tells you, no, you leave and don’t look back. Then, when he doesn’t come for you, you resort to something drastic to shake things up in SHAKE UP by Joyce Palmer.
Likes: I really enjoyed the characters. Both John and Lacey seemed like a good match for each other and played off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I thought the secondary characters helped round out the story and I loved how protective everyone was. The bad guys (and girl) were just menacing enough to keep the suspense going until the end.
If you enjoy contemporary romance with hot sex and strong characters, then you definitely want to give Ms. Palmer’s story a read. It has all the makings for an enjoyable evening and you may find yourself staying up well past your bedtime because you couldn’t put it down.
Shake Up Joyce Palmer
Dec 16, 2017
***** (5 stars)
What a great read. I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last one. There is suspense, action, second chances, villains, shootouts ,I could not put this book down until I was finished it. It is Lacey Parker , Sheriff Jonathan Parker and Jay Lacey’s partner in the DEA. This is actually like two stories in one, one is Lacey and Jonathan’s part and the other is Lacey and Jay’s where they are trying to bring a villain to justice. I received a copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
Review by Barj @ Reading Alley
* * * * (4 stars)
A powerful woman surrounded by dominant men
Review on Amazon.com for Shake Up from a Lilly’s Book World reviewer
December 4, 2017
I loved this story quite a lot. It has quite nice characters, both knowing what they want and doing what it takes to achieve it. Yes, it does have some issues, in my opinion, but it is a very enjoyable read, that will stir some of those romantic feelings.
A protective husband, a much determined wife, these are our main characters and they are quite a couple. When Lacey is accepted as a DEA agent, you can imagine how furious her husband had become. Especially since his protective nature wanted her as close as possible. His possessiveness becomes unbearable so Lacey needs some time away to figure things out. When divorce becomes an issue, John realizes they may have bigger problems than he thought. In parallel with their issues, we have undercover agents trying to capture a big time drug dealer. Who’s a husband supposed to deal with that?
Lacey started as a confident woman, but later in the story she proves to be weaker and always in need of a savior. I appreciated the connection Lacey and John shared and his willingness to do what it takes to recover their marriage. This comes in contradiction with the image of a DEA agent, willing to fight crime. Their love life is quite intense and the way the author describes it is weaved greatly in the story.
Beginning was great and action packed and the characters seemed very strong and developed. But towards the end, the book becomes predictable and it reduces the action part of the story. However, the focus is more on the main characters and how they find common ground.
Even if there may be some items that did not stand quite well with me, I cannot give this book less than 4 stars, as it made me feel good, it made me feel emotions and it kept me focused on both levels – the relationship between the main characters, but as well the case waiting to be solved by the agency. I can’t wait to read more about the other characters and more by this author. Hope you like it as well! Enjoy J
Available from Cobblestone Press
|Lacey Parker is finally a DEA agent after working ten years in local law enforcement. The job has almost ended her decade long marriage to Sheriff John Parker. His overbearing need to protect her has caused a seemingly impassable rift between them. She left him after yet another loud argument over her safety. They are both miserable during the eight months they have been apart. Their attempted reconciliation is tested as Lacey pursues a brutal killer.Lacey and John are very much in love and I was rooting for them from the beginning. This book is really two stories that have been seamlessly woven together by the author. The DEA undercover operation to take down a killer is played out against the backdrop of John and Lacey’s attempt to fix their marriage. Both stories are well done. The DEA investigation is tense and suspenseful. The secondary characters are well developed and I would love to see a few of them get their own stories. The Parker’s efforts to reconcile their differences are touching and heartfelt. They make realistic concessions to try and preserve their marriage. John and Lacey’s sexual encounters are scorching hot. Their sex scenes are explicit and steamy. Apparently marriage doesn’t have to dim the fire. This is a very enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Palmer. Warning: light bondage
Reviewer: Susan P.
Available from Cobblestone Press
|Katie Benson is a long way from her wealthy father’s high security walled estate. She lives in a small town on the Florida Gulf Coast with a teaching job, friends, and a modest home she loves. When her friend Piper goes behind her back and tells her father about her persistent, unwanted suitor turned stalker, her father sent his top security man, Blake Malone. The two had a past. Blake was older by eleven years, although it met less now then when she tried to seduce him at seventeen. Things escalate when Blake’s tires are shredded, and then a man she dated just one time is found dead and the police suspect foul play. Blake has to forget his feelings and concentrate if he’s going to protect her.Danger and sexual tension. What could be better? Untamed Kissis a fast paced, erotic thrill ride. She wants him, he wants her, and a stalker threatens to ruin everything if her over-protective father doesn’t step in first and fire Blake for betraying his trust by corrupting his daughter. There is just so much going on between the history between them when she was a teenager and the adult relationship they are headed for. The fact that Blake’s sexual needs lean towards BDSM makes everything a little edgy.
The plot was especially well thought out and expertly written. The relationship, past and present, and the danger are all weaved together perfectly. The secondary characters, her friend Piper and her deputy boyfriend, are an integral part of the story as they help Blake protect the woman he is falling in love with. I was really impressed with the book and plan to read more of Joyce Palmer’s work. This one’s a keeper.
Overall rating: 4 hearts
I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED Battered Hearts!!!!!! I am going to read Shaken Vows next and I wanted to know if you have any more books out and if you will have new releases.
Thanks again for the great book!!!