Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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

Axel (Corps Security, #1)
by Harper Sloan

Note from the author--This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers. Brash language, sexual hotness, delectable alpha males, some violence and adult situations are all over this book--you have been warned! **wink** 

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?

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5 Hot-OMG-Stars
First, even this cover deserves 5 freaking stars because it's hot, extremely hot and I couldn't stop staring at it. Second, if that wasn't enough, this cover totally represents Axel and after reading/realizing it I was hooked. Totally, so hooked, my first read ended at 5:30am!! Yup, I had it bad for Axel and his crew ;)

How would you react seeing the only man you ever loved after 12yrs again? Thinking for an awfully long 12 yrs that he died and you wouldn't see his face again. Only memories of him left; memories of their once cherished love, plans and hopes. Well, welcome to Isabelle (Izzy) West's life!

After realizing she lost him forever she was in a deep, and very dark hole. Her life endured a constant loss so that Izzy truly believed Karma hates her and she is its favorite toy to mess with.

"Closing my eyes; I think back to the time my life was the happiest. Twelve years ago to be exact. 'I can't believe this our last night together for six months, I'm going to miss you so much, baby.' I look up into his bright green eyes. God, I love his eyes." 

After finally 'escaping' her terrible marriage, thanks to her best friend Dee she tries to get her own life back- even though it's not easy. She can't shake off all the horrible moments of her abusive husband and is scared endless. 

Two years later on her 30th birthday Izzy's friends convince her to take her out celebrating her birthday. But this birthday changed her life completely. She never thought she would look in those green eyes again - boy was she wrong ;)

Axel never thought he would see her again. After being in the Marines for years, convincing himself she left him without a glance back, breaking up all their ties, anger boiled for years deep inside of him. But when he saw her, sitting on this barstool, sexy as never before, all the air in his lunges left him. She was sitting right in front of him, mouth wide open, shocked - so beautiful . And that's the moment where both of their lives change.

This story was filled with passion, hate, angst and love, lots of love. I loved reading every single page of it. A big plus was that Harper Sloan added short Axel POVs in it, it gave me a better idea what's going on in his head. It was sad to know who was responsible that their two paths never crossed again in the last 12yrs. Wow, can you believe it, thinking your only love, the only person that lets you feel whole is dead for 12 years?!!? Poor Izzy!!

When all the anger got pulled aside and their lips touched, true sparks were flying and the beast of passion and love got unleashed all over again. So much that I kept fanning myself -two words: freaking hot!!

"Missed fucking much, Princess."

Axel is alpha, in every single way, and he lets Izzy feel that too. He makes it very clear he won't let her go ever again. Yep, he's possessive, not in a creepy way though, more in an extremely hot way!! But it won't be so easy for him and Izzy to enjoy their second chance love. As mentioned earlier, Izzy just could escape her abusive husband (man did I hate this BASTARD!!); he's doing everything to keep Axel and Izzy apart - to keep Izzy as his. He is sick, real sick.

Overall, I loved this story very much, it has no cliffhanger and a great ending; I can't wait to read Cage. Harper wrote some blow-your-mind debut novel. Hands down!!

**ARC given for an honest review**

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