November is the month (well technically, October 29) I stumbled onto The Alexis Parker series by G.K. Parks. And as of this blog post, I’ve read all 18 books (not including the Novellas or Prequels) in the series. The major BONUS with this series is that it’s part of the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. If you don’t have KU yet, this series will be worth jumping on the KU bandwagon (click here for a membership!).
Hands down, I was hooked on Alexis Parker and her cast of characters. If you are a Sue Grafton fan, you will for sure be a G. K. Parks fan. In between The Alexis Parker series, I did manage to squeeze in a few other books. But not many, because again…I was HOOKED! What books did you read in November? Pop them in the comments and tell me your thoughts! My star ratings listed below for each book I read!
BOOKS I READ
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Leaving the Office of International Operations seemed like a great way to avoid bureaucratic hassles, red-tape, and murderous psychopaths. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way they should.
Meet Alexis Parker, former OIO operative, currently trying to make a name for herself in the private sector. With a limited job history, the state of the economy, and her own internal struggle concerning her competence as an investigator, Alex is forced to take the only job she is offered.
When eccentric, playboy, CEO James Martin’s life is threatened, he decides to hire the attractive, feisty, former federal agent to be his new security consultant and personal bodyguard. As Alex attempts to navigate the minefield of potential suspects, she discovers an underlying conspiracy that has been brewing at Martin Technologies for almost half a decade. Anyone could be involved, making all of Martin’s closest friends, acquaintances, and employees possible suspects.
What starts out as a single death threat quickly morphs into a plot to overtake his entire company. Once the pieces fall into place, things explode, both literally and figuratively. This outwardly simple case is something neither Alex nor Martin ever imagined. It will take all of Alex’s training and instincts to track down the criminal mastermind and stop the assassination plot before it’s too late, and even that may not be enough.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
An international crime syndicate…
And mortal peril…
A year ago, Alexis Parker turned her back on everything she knew. Walking away from the Office of International Operations proved to be both the easiest and hardest thing she had ever done. However, her newfound life in the private sector is turning out to be anything but the cushy desk job she imagined.
Now ghosts from her past have come to haunt her. Running into a former acquaintance while retrieving a painting in Paris sends Alex spiraling back to the life she hoped to leave behind. Buried traumas from her last mission at the OIO are unearthed when similarities force the present to collide with the past. Those she believed to be friends quickly become enemies, and enemies soon become allies. It’s a minefield of uncertainty that can have deadly consequences if she places her trust in the wrong person.
Meanwhile, the dynamic is shifting between her and James Martin, the man she had once been hired to protect. The two are standing on an emotional precipice, teetering on the edge of will they or won’t they. It will all reach a crescendo as blood is spilled and sacrifices are made. Survival isn’t always a guarantee but merely a whimsical dalliance.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Brains, beauty, and a past plagued with death and destruction, Alexis Parker is anything but ordinary. Her deductive skills and expert marksmanship make her deadly, but she must contend with her demons in order to overcome the irreparable damage she’s endured.
Ever since meeting James Martin, Alex’s life has never been the same. The former federal agent turned private investigator has faced off against mercenaries, deranged crime lords, and art smugglers, and that’s just what’s happened since taking a job in the private sector. After the most recent brush with death, Alex is reconsidering her work as a private security consultant, but the universe has other plans.
Martin has been arrested for the murder of supermodel Caterina Skolnick. The body was found on his yacht, and he was the only person onboard. Now Alex is once again rehired by her former boss to clear his name and identify the assailant. Her stellar reputation and Martin’s affluence, coupled with the threat of a lawsuit, force the police department to enlist her help in resolving this matter. Furthermore, she’s a size two, and they need her to infiltrate the salacious world of modeling, armed only with sarcasm and stilettos.
Her worlds collide when her corporate gig at Martin Technologies, her consulting position with the local PD, and her almost relationship with Martin blend together in a maelstrom of drugs, sex, and security overhauls. What’s a girl to do when the boundaries between her private life and her work life no longer exist?
ABOUT THE BOOK…
In a single moment, Alexis Parker is transformed from private investigator to cold-blooded killer. With a bullet lodged in her side and a corrupt cop determined to silence her, she’s forced to do the one thing she never imagined – she must run. But running only makes her look guiltier.
When she signed on to safeguard her client’s nightclub from thieves, she never thought that twelve hours later she would be wanted for murder. Wounded and scared, she has to use all of her resources to evade capture. She even allies herself with criminals – the types of people she spent years arresting. But that was a lifetime ago, when she was a federal agent and everything was much more black and white. Now, she’ll take all the help she can get, regardless of where it comes from.
Alexis is almost out of time and leads. No one can corroborate her story, and the only proof of her innocence is the bullet she carved out of her flesh. As the infection worsens, she considers giving up because if the police don’t kill her, the fever will. Fortuitously, she encounters a man who promises to make her problems go away. He has evidence that can exonerate her, except it comes at price. Helping him could cost her everything, but reluctantly, she agrees. However, he takes advantage of her desperation, and the bodies soon pile up. When she attempts to defy him, he threatens her lover. Now she’ll do anything to get her old life back. With no where else to turn, she seeks assistance from her former colleagues, and they devise a plan for her salvation – become bait. If it works, life will return to normal, and if it doesn’t, police corruption will be the least of her worries.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
No matter how far or fast I run, some things are inescapable. My past is one of them. After everything that happened, I thought I was done. Then Nick called, and all hell broke loose.
Alexis Parker has been a lot of things, from a federal agent to a corporate security analyst. After finally admitting that working with law enforcement would lead to an untimely death, she hung up her holster, but corporate work is tedious and mind-numbingly boring. The federal agent instinct is just too deeply ingrained, and now it’s her only possible saving grace.
While away at a business conference, Alex receives word that Detective Nick O’Connell was shot and his niece was kidnapped. Racing back to the life she thought she escaped, Alex finds herself tossed into a sea of vigilante justice. Since the police department is unaware of the current circumstances and time is running out, the rules of the game have dramatically changed. The kidnappers demand two million dollars and expect payment in forty-eight hours. Clearly, that’s not an option, and Alex is forced to creatively color outside the lines.
As she investigates, she discovers that three seven year olds were abducted, but only one of the girls has been returned safely. Forced to work with a questionable ex-SAS operative whose business card now reads K&R specialist, Alex must fight off her own demons and come to terms with who she is and exactly what she’s capable of doing. There are no holds barred when it comes to rescuing innocent children, but after some lines are crossed, the damage can never be undone.
It’s a race against time to locate the girls, identify their captors, and stop the people responsible. Sometimes having a few inner demons isn’t a bad thing.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Princess Arabella of Avonia is bored out of her ever-loving mind. No twenty-eight-year-old wants to live an endless loop of high teas, state dinners, and the same five conversations. They want freedom and adventure. After a wild night out in Ibiza ends in disaster, the royal handlers have shortened her leash considerably. Desperate for an out, she sneakily signs up to co-host a new nature docu-series, starring Will Banks, the man dubbed McHotty of the Wilderness.
Will has ladies all over the globe lining up to meet him until a hot, new adventurer comes on the scene, and his ratings take a nose-dive. Producers decide an emergency change in format is in order. Enter Princess Arabella. The pampered and proper royal is the perfect foil to Will’s rugged outdoorsman.
It’s hate at first sight, but their on-screen loathing makes for great television. Surprisingly, when the cameras stop rolling, these two finally see each other’s good sides. Can these opposites find their forever in each other’s arms, or will their differences be their undoing?
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Fast cars, a little grand theft auto, and blending in with the wrong kind of crowd, it’s just another day in the life for private investigator Alexis Parker. A dozen cars have been stolen, and Alex is hired by a high-end firm to identify the thieves and put an end to the spree. Just when Alex is moments away from busting the car thieves, one of the stolen vehicles is found at the scene of a double homicide.
The deeper Alex digs, the more complicated the case becomes. Instead of just a few GTAs, there is a killer for hire on the loose, and a cop from her past ends up in his crosshairs. Alexis Parker must hunt the hunter. He’s eluded Interpol and the European authorities. Now he’s here. His identity is unknown. His contracted targets are unidentifiable, and his method for killing is gruesome, dehydrating and then drowning his victims so their remains resemble human soup. The only name they have for him is the Camel. It’s a battle of wits that requires Alex to be at the top of her game if she hopes to survive.
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a fierce and hilarious office romance where two sworn enemies make undeniable lovers.
My “interview” with bosshole supreme was anything but normal.
He picked the worst day ever to chase me off my favorite park bench.
I retaliated with a spray of cinnamon latte all over his Italian shoes.
Then—for some unholy reason—Magnus Heron offered me a job.
Even his name sounds like a piece of work.
Guess what? He is.
But when you’re single, broke, and barely surviving in Chicago, you hop on the gift horse offering a six-figure salary and ride.
I picked the stallion on a one-way trip to hell.
It’s not the impossibly long hours working under Grump-zilla.
It’s not the fact that he’s snarly, demanding, horribly rich, and chiseled.
It’s not even the pesky way he makes me blush every flipping time we’re together.
Mag is my boss. I’m his lowly assistant. Some rules are carved in stone.
That’s my mantra until we’re sharing a sunset too beautiful for life.
Alone with wandering lips, whispered secrets, and disaster in the making.
The plan was simple: punch the clock, get paid, and keep hating my boss.
What’s the blueprint when the office grump brings me to my knees?
Full-length enemies-to-lovers romance with the banter, intrigue, and slow-burn love worthy of a Happily Ever After. The bossman from Hades meets the hellion he totally can’t stand—until he can’t live without her.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Alexis Parker prides herself on being a competent investigator, but when she’s fired from her current job as a security consultant at a prestigious hotel, she never expects to be rehired after a body is found hanging on the premises.
Forced to face her failures, Alex is pulled out of the emotional limbo when a single homicide turns into a financial conspiracy of million dollar proportions. With the stakes this high, it’s difficult to trust anyone, including her own client and the authorities, since most people can be bought for the right price.
After convincing Mark Jablonsky, her former mentor, to spend his vacation assisting on the investigation, the case becomes even more convoluted. And no matter how plausible their theories and suspects are, the one thing they continue to lack is evidence.
As the FBI and PD wage a battle over jurisdiction that further complicates matters, Alex is forced to act in order to stop the situation from escalating further. And this time, her irreverent attitude and no holds barred tactics might lead to incarceration or worse. But even that won’t stop her from following her federal agent instincts, even if she no longer possesses a badge.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Welcome back, former federal agent Alexis Parker.
Alex always said it’d be a cold day in hell before she’d step foot inside the OIO again, and the blizzard conditions outside prove her declaration true. But clipping on the badge doesn’t mean taking a seat behind a desk or investigating a crime scene. It means infiltrating a local drug ring led by the city’s most ruthless gang, the KXDs. Alex’s main goal is to determine the international source of the drugs, but as usual, nothing can ever be that simple.
While working undercover as a junkie stripper, Alex has to defend herself against gangbangers and perverts while convincing Steele, a KXD lieutenant, that she’s just a girl willing to do anything to feed her addiction. Steele’s demands start out simple, requiring Alex to use her position at the club to pass along product, but soon he wants her to branch out. The situation goes from bad to worse when she hears whispers that a gang war is brewing, and getting in deep enough to uncover the evidence might mean not being able to get out alive.
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Inside the federal courthouse, a single gunshot punches a hole through the window, leaving two bodies in its wake. One of the victims is an Assistant United States Attorney. The other is juror number five. Due to the nature of the crime, the OIO is assigned to evaluate the security measures implemented by the U.S. Marshal Service.
Special Agent Alexis Parker has only been back on the job for three months when she’s tasked to investigate the double homicide, but identifying the killer won’t be easy since the evidence leads to nothing but dead ends. Relying on her instincts, despite her colleagues’ protests, Alex digs deeper, determined to prove that they’ve been focused on the wrong target all along.
Meanwhile, Alex receives a call from attorney Jack Fletcher. He needs to hire a private investigator, and since she has a soft spot for this particular lawyer, she agrees to help. Moonlighting is frowned upon by the federal government, but Alex has never been a stickler for the rules. However, juggling her side business with her government job would be easier without Agent Lucca poking around, determined to discover the truth behind Alex’s resignation and reinstatement.
Forced to re-evaluate her priorities, she must determine if the U.S. Marshal Service was at fault, figure out who murdered the AUSA, manage to remain sane while juggling a job as a federal agent, a private sector position as a P.I., and a personal life, not to mention remembering to duck and cover when things take a turn for the worst.