Friday, December 6, 2013

Review: Axel (Corps Security #1) by Harper Sloan

Axel (Corps Security #1)
by Harper Sloan

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

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

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?

O-M-effin-G! I don't swear. Unless human limb or life are in danger, seriously, I don't. But this book... It had me swearing a blue streak while locked on Harper Sloan's Pinterest account and drooling at the same time. This is HOT.

Axel and Izzy are childhood sweethearts, literally. But while Izzy has doting parents and a loving, nurturing childhood, Axel is a foster kid from the wrong side of the tracks. It doesn't stop them from falling in love and planning for the future with starry eyes, though.

After Axel graduates from high school, he signs up for the Marines, since he feels it would be the best way for him to support Izzy when she marries him after graduating the year after. Unfortunately, the fairytale ends there.

Izzy is hit with wave after wave of bad luck when he leaves, which finally ends with her marrying an abusive monster who almost kills her. What happened to Axel? I refuse to put in a spoiler - read the book!

The good thing about Brandon (said abusive husband who quite looks like Ted Bundy, if you ask me) is that when she is finally able to escape, she meets Greg Cage, her best friend Dee's good friend who promptly appoints himself protective big brother. With Dee and Greg's help, Izzy is able to bring herself back to almost normal. Then, her thirtieth birthday happens and Axel is thrown back into her life.

Axel isn't a boy anymore but a man, and a hurting one at that. What I really like about him is he is flawed, yet bent on making the most of his life after Izzy. When "that bitch Fate" puts them back together, he isn't just focused on getting answers but is more interested on getting "his Princess" back. That dock scene is where he captures just about every female's heart, I think. (Again, read the book!)

This is such a perfect intro to a series. With all the man candy in Corps Security, I want to find out more about these guys! Cage I already love, Beck makes me laugh, Coop is a nut, and Maddox... sigh. I cannot wait for the rest.

Harper Sloan, where have you been all my life?!?!

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