Wednesday, May 18, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Nixon's Promise by Riley Edwards


Nixon's Promise
Gemini Group, Book 1
By: Riley Edwards
Narrated by: Erin Mallon & Joe Arden
Publisher: Rebels Romance

Former Navy SEAL Nixon Swagger is home. After 12 years of service and twice as many deployments, all Nix wanted was quiet. He’d sought the solace of the land he’d grown up on and found the peace he needed to silence the noise and figure out his next move. 

Nixon’s stay was supposed to be temporary. He wasn’t supposed to meet a feisty, headstrong woman who made his pulse race and set his body on fire. Falling in love hadn’t been part of his plan. Taking a government contract to stop a homegrown terrorist group hadn’t been, either, but when the organization threatens to attack Philadelphia, he had no choice but to accept.

McKenna Wilson was living. Every day was the same. Raising her two teenage siblings didn’t leave time for much else. Most days, she was okay with that. Then, she bumped into the sexy war hero and, in an instant, her world changed. She had no idea falling for Nixon would be so dangerous. Now, she was going head-to-head with the small-town’s dirty sheriff who was hell-bent on ruining Nixon and avenging a 15-year-old grudge. She’d lost her heart, but losing her life wasn’t part of the plan.

Nixon Swagger had learned a few things as a Navy SEAL - adapt, improvise, and overcome were among the many. In the middle of an inferno, so ominous even Dante wouldn’t buy a ticket, Nixon must adapt to his new surroundings and overcome multiple threats before he loses the woman he loves.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Riley Edwards is new to me, and now I'm wondering how I've missed her. Nixon's Promise has a combination of some of my favorite things in romance: suspense, swoony alpha male, sassy heroine, a bit of danger, found family, tension and emotion tempered with some well-timed wit - oh, and Erin Mallon and Joe Arden! Erin Mallon brings it with McKenna's sass, determination, insecurities, and her fierce protectiveness over her siblings. Joe Arden, well, if you've ever had the pleasure of listening to Arden's voice, you'll know what I mean when I say he takes an already thoroughly lovable character and adds that special something to ramp up the swoon.
Nixon and McKenna's romance introduces Riley Edwards's Gemini Group series, and the author has her work cut out for her if she wants to top this one. Every woman should have a Nixon in her life. Not only is he all alpha male and sexy as sin, but he's also a total sweetheart. Until it's time not to be quite so sweet. I just loved everything about Nixon, and the chemistry between him and McKenna is off the charts. McKenna has her hands full with her siblings and doesn't really have time for pampering herself, so it was heartwarming to see Nixon taking care of her. 
We also get to meet the rest of team Gemini, and I can't wait to dive into their stories. They all have that protective streak, and I loved how pretty much any of them can be coming to the rescue (so to speak) one minute and exchanging barbs the next. It gives the sense of family and reminds me that family isn't always the one we're born with.
The only drawback for me was in the POV. McKenna's chapters are in first person and Nixon's are in 3rd. I don't really get the purpose of it, and it took some getting used to, but seriously, once Riley Edwards's writing style combined with the excellent narration drew me in, I didn't pay much attention to it. That's saying something for me because usually, POV jumps like that are a pet peeve.
POV aside, Nixon's Promise is a terrific start for a promising series, and I can't wait to see what's next. 

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