MacKenzie Family Week: Double Review: Riley and Cooper by Liliana Hart

Title: Riley Series: Novella #3: The MacKenzie Family Author: Liliana Hart Format: Kindle Edition, 57 pages Published: July 14, 2011
Title: Riley
Series: Novella #3: The MacKenzie Family
Author: Liliana Hart
Format: Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published: July 14, 2011

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Synopsis:

Riley MacKenzie is one of the world’s leading experts on Egyptian artifacts. But when Maggie Lawrence walks into his life with a priceless stolen artifact and bad guys on her trail, he has no choice but to whisk her away to the safety of Surrender, Montana.

Maggie Lawrence takes one look at Riley MacKenzie and sees everything she’s ever craved and always avoided when it comes to men: Adventure. And she knows it’s only a matter of time before she falls prey to his seduction, especially since she’s trapped with him during one of the worst snowstorms Montana has seen in years. But when the enemy finds them, Maggie’s confronted with a past that could destroy her love for Riley forever.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Let me just say right now, I loves me some hot, nerdy, slightly kinky professor and Riley MacKenzie fits the bill through and through!  Having made a name for himself as an accomplished archaeologist, Riley MacKenzie now spends most of his time in the classroom teaching.  Riley is the smokin’ hot professor all the girls want to get their hands on but generally don’t.  Fooling around with students is never a good idea but colleagues are a cat of different color. 

Maggie Lawrence has had precisely one sexual experience with a man and it wasn’t a good experience.  As if the humiliation of the bad experience weren’t enough, the man is also a colleague who has recently disappeared and stuck Maggie with a rare and ancient artifact that may bring her nothing but trouble.  The only way to know for sure if the artifact is what Maggie suspects is to call in an expert.  Luckily, Riley MacKenzie is just a few towns over and willing to help. 

A few things happen the moment Riley sees Maggie Lawrence and the artifact she has brought him: 1) he instantly recognizes the artifact as an extremely rare and valuable find; 2) he tells Maggie having possession of this artifact is putting her life in danger and; 3) he knows beyond all reason and doubt that he will have Maggie once he gets her to safety.  From Maggie’s perspective, Riley MacKenzie is certainly all she has heard but getting involved with yet another colleague is a very, very bad plan.  Though she has every intention of staying out of Riley’s bed the situation she finds herself in is fraught with danger and uncertainty and that always heightens the passion.

The Bottom Line: I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I loves me some hot, nerdy, slightly kinky professor and Riley MacKenzie fits the bill through and through!  Riley is definitely the highlight of this read with his calm and cool exterior that hides a hard body and a desire for slightly kinky sex.  Riley is a confident intellectual with a layer of raw sexuality hidden just beneath the surface.  Maggie may be smart and confident in the field but her sexual experience is limited making her just right for a man like Riley.  My only complaint/concern about Maggie and Riley is how quickly Maggie goes from literally one bad sexual encounter to being willing and able to participate in the kind of sex Riley enjoys.  Don’t get me wrong, their naughty bits are really good but it just seems like a bit too much for Maggie.  With that being said, the wonkiness with Maggie certainly didn’t stop me from enjoying this read and moving on the fourth and final MacKenzie brother read, Cooper.

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Title: Cooper Series: Novella #4: The MacKenzie Family Author: Liliana Hart Format: Kindle Edition, 54 pages Published: July 14, 2011 by Bodysways Publishing
Title: Cooper
Series: Novella #4: The MacKenzie Family
Author: Liliana Hart
Format: Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published: July 14, 2011 by Bodysways Publishing

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Synopsis:

Claire Drexel has loved Cooper MacKenzie since she was fourteen years old. But being ten years older, he’s never seen her as anything more than a kid sister. So she decides to take matters into her own hands. It’s not a secret that Cooper is a heavy player in the BDSM scene, and Claire decides what Cooper needs is the perfect bottom to his top. Only she gets more than she bargains for.

Cooper MacKenzie can’t believe his eyes when he sees little Claire Drexel sitting on the lap of one of the most dangerous men he’s ever met. The fool. She’s just walked into the middle of a drug investigation at one of the premier BDSM clubs in the state, and one wrong move could blow the cover he’s been developing for the past three years. He has no choice but to intercede and claim her as his own, but facing the consequences of his actions might be more than even he’s bargained for.

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review:

You can clearly see from my pervious reviews that I adore this series and the lusty, hard-bodied MacKenzie brothers.  So how does Cooper’s story drop all the way down to a paltry three stars?  Here’s the answer . . . .

Cooper MacKenzie has been featured in each of the previous MacKwenzie family novellas.  He is the Surrender town sheriff and always on hand to help his brothers out no matter big or small the task is.  He gave Dane a ride back into town, helped Thomas rebuild a fence at the family home and, gave Riley a place to stay when he and Maggie’s lives were threatened.  Cooper is a strong, loyal and, reliable member of the MacKenzie brood – in many ways, he is the true caretaker of the group and because of this (and his darker sexual desires) he has distanced himself from women and relationships. 

Claire Drexel has spent the better part of her life watching Cooper MacKenzie, lusting after Cooper MacKenzie and, loving Cooper MacKenzie.  Claire has heard all the stories and all the rumors and none of them scare her.  Cooper is the man Claire is meant to be with but he won’t give her the time of day.  In fact, in recent months Cooper has gone out of his way to ignore Claire.  Challenge accepted!  Years of watching and learning have taught Claire just what she needs to do to get Cooper’s full attention.  Claire is fully prepared to get and keep Cooper’s attention when she dresses the part perfectly and shows up at Cooper’s favored BDSM club.  Little does Claire know that she has walked into a sh*t storm that may cost her more than her precious virginity.

The Bottom Line: Cooper’s story was meant to be epic and instead, it reads more like a launching-pad for the next, larger installment of the MacKenzie family series.  After reading just bits and pieces about this law man in the other novellas, I found myself really looking forward to getting the inside scoop on Cooper and learning all of his dark and dirty little secrets.  Instead, I got a quickly written read that sort of shafted a character that has played such a huge role in the series.  For me, Cooper is bigger and more important than his story lets on and though I still liked this read, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as I was for the other reads in the series.

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Liliana HartLiliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).

Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.

Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.

Enjoy the Adventures!

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