Book Review : Quinn (Undaunted Men, #1-2) by J.C. Cliff
Undaunted Men, #1 by J.C. Cliff Release Date: February 19th, 2016 Add to Goodreads Publisher: J.C. Cliff, LLC Source: Publisher eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home. What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for... And so does she. As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets--secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi's past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.
is the first installment from J.C. Cliff’s Undaunted Men Series. This
is my first time reading a book by this author. Before I started reading
this book, I knew that it was going to end in a cliffhanger, so I was
expecting that kind of ending. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers so I
was happy to have the second part of Alexis and Quinn’s story available; so that I could continue my reading journey.
The Undaunted Men Series starts with two books about Alexis and Quinn.
Alexis is a mafia princess on the run and Quinn is the person her
father chose to bring her back safe and sound. Quinn’s mission was
pretty simple. Locate Alexis and bring her back home. There is only one
problem ... He’s not ready to let her go yet. She has captivated him from
the moment that they meet and he wants to spend as much time as he can with
her. Alexis is confused by her growing feelings toward a stranger. It
only took Quinn a couple of days to get under her skin. He’s a stranger,
but he’s also the one who is keeping her safe from the people she’s
running away from. What will happen once they both reveal the secrets
that they are keeping?
I enjoyed my reading escape. It was an easy story to follow and it had
passionate and intense moments. I have to admit that I did not connect
with Quinn until very late in the book. I know insta-love happens in
books, but I had a hard time believing he changed his playboy ways in
just a few days. Even if it was difficult for me to connect with Quinn’s
character, it didn't take anything away from the story that the
author wrote for these two characters. It kept my attention from
beginning to end. Can I just add that Kimber, which is Quinn’s dog,
stole the show in many scenes. It was like she was a part of the story
and I absolutely loved that!
This first installment is more about how Alexis and Quinn’s relationship
grows and how Quinn is trying to keep Alexis safe. The chemistry between Alexis and Quinn is hot! You can feel the sexual
tension growing from chapter to chapter. Alexis is trying hard to resist
her attraction to Quinn, but it’s hard to resist him. Both of them are
keeping secrets from each other and towards the end we can feel that
things are about to get crazy intense. I’m looking forward to the
conclusion of this story and the secrets that will be revealed.
I give, Quinn Part I, by J.C. Cliff, 3.5 ex-military falls for mafia
Undaunted Men, #2 by J.C. Cliff Release Date: April 19th, 2016 Add to Goodreads Publisher: J.C. Cliff, LLC Source: Publisher eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis:
QUINN IS BACK and pushing the limits on it all -- suspense, sex, love, gut-wrenching emotions -- with a fiery intense conclusion to his and Lexi's story. The more Alexis runs, the harder Quinn fights for her. It's an undeniable truth; bad things happen to good people, and Lexi is not impervious to the realities of the life she left behind. Keeping Lexi safe at all cost, Quinn remains unwavering in his duties, constantly putting his life on the line, time and time again. Two tortured souls are pushed to the edges of their sanity and their love will be put to the test. Tempers flare, emotions burst, and love flickers, but after the ultimate explosion, can forgiveness be found amongst the rubble? Alexis needs Quinn more than ever...and Quinn must decide if Lexi is truly his fate or if their romance was never meant to survive beyond his mission. One thing is for certain: neither Quinn nor Alexis will be the same after surfacing from the mountain trails. Now that they've survived the wild, can they survive each other?
This second installment of the Undaunted Men Series picks up exactly where the first part ended. I was happy I already had the next installment, because I really needed some answers when it came to the mystery that caused Alexis to run away from home. This book was more fast-paced than the first installment. In the first book we really got to see how Alexis and Quinn grew closer and created a bond.
Alexis is on the run once again. Quinn has been keeping secrets from her and she has made the decision that it’s time for her to continue her journey by herself. Quinn has other plans. The more Alexis runs away from him, the more he’s determined to find her and keep her by his side. Only next to him will she be safe from the people who want to hurt her. Danger is near and when secrets are exposed, Alexis and Quinn will have to trust each other and fight with everything that they’ve got if they want their relationship to survive.
When I read the first part of Alexis and Quinn’s story, I had a really difficult time connecting with Quinn. With this book, it was not the case. I found that connection that I was looking for in the first book. I could really see that he loved Alexis with all his heart and soul and I saw him in a totally different light. They both said hurtful things to each other and that broke my heart. Some scenes were really difficult to read as Alexis returned to the world that made her run in the first place. Alexis and Quinn’s world came crashing down when they returned to their daily life. I expected twists in this story and the author delivered. I got the answers to my questions and some explosive secrets were revealed.
J.C. Cliff wrote a great conclusion to Alexis and Quinn’s story. The chemistry between the characters did not change and that is very important when authors write multiple books about the same characters. We got introduced to other characters that made this story come alive. This book can't be read as a standalone. You have to read the first book to follow this story.
I give, Quinn Part II, by J.C. Cliff, 4 exposed secrets, suspenseful, passionate stars!
About the Author:
The one thing JC works most hard at is steering clear of the typical romance templates. JC Cliff likes her stories to be unique, one of a kind, and never read before original plots.
JC Cliff is an independent author who enjoys creating page turning novels from the moment they pick up the book until the second they finish. She loves a good book full of mystery, intrigue, scorching hot romance, and all the elements of suspense. She's a die hard 80's rock'n roll fan, and loves a good concert! JC wears many hats. They include being a wife of 24 years, 4 children, a small business owner, writer, reader, and what ever else is required of her. She loves taboo stories with twists and turns, and full of suspense. She likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include: offshore fishing, learning anything new, sewing, spending time at the beach, or the mountains. If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, and sales, you can join her newsletter list and get those details delivered right to your inbox!