The MacKenzie Family Week: Double Review: A MacKenzie Christmas and Cade by Liliana Hart

Title: A MacKenzie Christmas Series: Novella #5: The MacKenzie Family Author: Liliana Hart Format: Kindle Edition, 39 pages Published: November 10, 2013
Title: A MacKenzie Christmas
Series: Novella #5: The MacKenzie Family
Author: Liliana Hart
Format: Kindle Edition, 39 pages
Published: November 10, 2013

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

 Grant MacKenzie is ready to settle down and start a family. The only problem is the one woman he’s interested in doesn’t seem to be ready for the long haul. But fate lends Grant a helping hand in getting exactly what he wants under his Christmas tree. 

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Thank you to everything holy that the MacKenzies are a very large family with loads of hot men!!  Liliana Hart has created a huge extended family that it dealt with in the tiniest way in this seventh MacKenzie family novella.  Grant MacKenzie is one of a group (YAY!!! A new group!!!) of siblings that are cousins to Dane, Thomas, Riley and, Cooper MacKenzie. As is customary, Grant and his siblings have gathered at the old MacKenzie farmhouse for the holidays and though Grant loves his family, he has had all a single man can take. 

Grant MacKenzie knows without doubt or hesitation that his future includes a wife and kids.  He knows he wants these things sooner rather than later but the only woman he can see this happening with in Surrender is Annabeth Martin.  Grant has known Annabeth for most of his life and has watched her grow up alongside his sister, Darcy.  Though Annabeth seems more reserved than Darcy, she is younger than Grant and he is sure she is nowhere near ready for the type of life he is after.  Unfortunately, Grant can’t seem to stop thinking about Annabeth when he is awake and sleep doesn’t help either since she keeps starring in his naughty dreams.  What is a man to do??

Annabeth Martin has spent most of her life without a family of her own.  Darcy MacKenzie’s family has always been there for her and though she has always been welcome at any and all family functions, Christmas is the one holiday Annabeth won’t crash.  For reasons that are her own, Annabeth doesn’t do Christmas and this Christmas is no different.  With the day off and no plans, Annabeth heads out to the pond on the MacKenzie’s property to ice skate.  Unfortunately, the ice isn’t quite as solid as she though and fortunately, Grant is available to rescue her.  As we all know, harrowing experiences have a tendency to bring to people together J

The Bottom Line:  This is another example of a MacKenzie getting shafted.  Grant is the first of the cousin’s branch of the MacKenzie clan to get his own “book” and he just doesn’t get the story he deserves.  Grant is such a sweet man and his desire for a wife and family of his own is heartwarming.  Add to this the context of Christmas and the girl he truly desires falling into his hands and you have a mix of what should be a long and endearing read.  Instead, A MacKenzie Christmas is a short and sweet sprint to the finish line.

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Title: Cade Series: Book #6: The MacKenzie Family Author: Liliana Hart Format: Kindle Edition, 218 pages Published: February 26, 2012
Title: Cade
Series: Book #6: The MacKenzie Family
Author: Liliana Hart
Format: Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published: February 26, 2012

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

Cade MacKenzie is prepared to give his life to destroy the cartel that killed his lover, but the only way to draw them out is to present them with the perfect bait.  Bayleigh Scott has no idea who her new neighbor is, only that her body is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain, and the danger that surrounds him isn’t the deterrent she knows it should be.  More than fireworks explode between Cade and Bayleigh when she discovers the real reason he relentlessly pursued her, but by then it’s too late, because she’s already been drawn into a deadly game of desire, deception and revenge.

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Cade MacKenzie is hardened, cold, calculating and, since the death of his lover, hell bent on one thing, revenge.  While Cade’s lover may not have been the most innocent of humans, she was ultimately a good woman and determined to help Cade take down her father, a man who leads one of the world’s most dangerous cartels.  Life in a cartel is hard and full of suspicion and back stabbing and in one vicious moment, everything was taken from Cade. 

That night is etched in Cade’s memory and for two long years he has waited for the time to be right to make his move.  Coming out of the shadows seems to be the only way Cade can get the attention of the del Fuego cartel and so with the protests of his bosses and the DEA and his brothers ringing in his ears, Cade has stepped out into the light.  With the absolute intention of bringing down the men who took his lover and ruined his case, Cade moves into his new house in Texas and sets to work drawing out the cartel   But first, he has to deal with an incredibly sexy and incredibly pissed off new neighbor.

Bayleigh Scott is one pissed off woman!  It is the butt crack of dawn and three a**holes are ruining her sleep by unloading a large and very loud moving van.  Not one to every shy away from confrontation – you really can’t when you have all brothers – Bayleigh hauls her butt out of bed and in nothing but her skimpy little pjs heads out to set the new neighbor straight.  What Bayleigh is confronted with is three muscled walls of men that may make her quake a bit on the inside but certainly not on the outside.  Except that one . . . .

From the moment Cade and Bayleigh lay eyes on one another, the game is on.  Bayleigh is selective about her men and not really looking to get involved with the new guy next door.  He is some kind of hot and has upped the level of brooding to new heights but that doesn’t mean Bayleigh is inviting him into her life.  Cade rarely ever turns down a hot woman and one with attitude to spare and no fear of him and his brothers is hard to turn away.  But, Cade has a job to do and getting close to Bayleigh would only endanger her and cause Cade a level of pain he is not willing to open himself up to.  Cade and Bayleigh’s plan to avoid one another would be absolutely brilliant if they weren’t so damn attracted to and interested in the other.  Before long, Cade becomes a constant presence in Bayleigh’s life and though she tries to act perturbed it is hard to resist a hot man with a badge J  Resistance becomes absolutely futile when both finally decide to give into their mutual attraction and christen Cade’s garage and dining room table.  Man is that one hot moment.

For a time things seem to be moving along at an acceptable rate.  Bayleigh and Cade are both satisfying one another sexually and neither has made any promises to the other.  Through the course of his investigations, Cade has begun to see some warning signs that the cartel may be gearing up to make a move.  Though he tells himself he doesn’t care and will absolutely be able to walk away from Bayleigh when the investigation and the cartel is shut down, the thought of her being harmed makes Cade itch.  Of course, the cartel has absolutely nothing but malice in mind and taking yet another lover from Cade would just be icing on the cake.

The Bottom Line:  Cade is the first full-length MacKenzie family novel and it is worth the wait.  Cade’s hardness and coldness make him all the hotter but it is his interactions with Bayleigh that take him to surface of the sun hot.  Beneath all of the coldness and reserved attitude is a man who truly cares and is 100% loyal to those he calls his own.  Bayleigh is just one little bit of awesome after the next and ultimately becomes the perfect partner for Cade.  From the moment she makes her presence known, she challenges and delights Cade and helps him begin to truly come out of the darkness he has been living in for so long.  The drama that unfolds with the cartel is just about perfect for this read and doesn’t ever overshadow the romance just as the romance doesn’t ever really overshadow the drama.  In all, a steamy and entertaining read that is easy to get thorough as well as being a welcome addition to the MacKenzie family 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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