Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bishop's Queen: Cristin Harber

Bishops' Queen (Titan #8)
Cristin Harber
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Expected October 25, 2016

“I can't shake the feeling that somebody's watching me.” 

One second Ella Leighton’s life was normal—the next, not so much. A social media maven who made her living saving sea turtles, the decision to join a reality TV show was a good one for the cause. But for her… the adjustment wasn’t easy.

Her publicist used phrases like online personality. An overnight celebrity. Everyone explained that was why she couldn’t shake the feeling. But none of their excuses could explain the letters. The pictures. And then her stalker crossed the line, triggering the demand for security.

Bishop O'Kane didn't expect to come face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend when Titan sent him on bodyguard duty. The woman he once loved, the same one he walked away from years ago, was now his responsibility. Opposites in every way, they couldn’t be more different, but maybe they had never needed each other more.

With the FBI falling short in their investigation, the Titan team must rally around the woman with millions of followers, protecting her from her own as Bishop and Ella forge a path of second chances and forgiveness, unburying the past in order to survive.

New recruit Bishop O'Kane's first Titan assignment is unexpected. He ends up guarding a social media celebrity from a stalker, and she just happens to be his first love. They have a history, not all of it pleasant, and they are both different people than they used to be.

Their tragic past ties them together and was an impetus for how they went their separate ways and how their lives changed course. She became obsessed with saving the environment, and he escaped to the Army. He has spent years isolated in military assignments and is a no-nonsense, tough alpha. She is an now a social media guru who is very passionate about her causes and beliefs.

Now they are mixed up in  a suspenseful and dangerous situation where Ella is being threatened. And their chemistry and feelings are re-emerging after being apart for fifteen years. They never really had closure and both took on responsibility and guilt for events that transpired.  Past and present collide. Hurts re-open. Feelings that were dormant rise again. Uncontrolled passion explodes. Issues they thought they buried resurface. Longstanding guilt and loss affects them. 

It took me a bit to warm up to this couple, especially Ella. They had their past issues that were heartbreaking and significant, and I was immediately grabbed by the past prologue.  But in present day she is very high strung, impulsive, naive, and vocal. She is afraid, but did not always make good choices. I did like Bishop. He is bossy, caring, and protective, and just wants to to do the right thing. But he is torn between duty, as well as the past and present with El. 

This is a second-chance love story with healing and hope surrounded by threats and danger. It is more about suspense than mystery due to how the book is written in multiple points of view. Bishop is thrust into a situation that he would feel responsible if something happens to her on his watch, and then he would lose her again. And Ella's life is constantly at risk due to her high profile.

Are they soul mates meant to be together or just meant to repeat the same mistakes over again?

This brings the new guys Bishop, Locke, and Jax into the Titan fold. I love getting more cameos from the team and their feisty women. They are family, they have each other's backs, and make each other laugh. I really liked Locke and I hope he will be our next hero. I am not so sure about Jax yet, but I am sure he will grow on me. This series always sucks me in and transports me into this Titan universe full of excitement, suspense, humor, and romance. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Ella Leighton is facing the growing pains of being an internet sensation: she has picked up a stalker. Her publicist thinks it’s no big deal, but the threats are starting to scare her.

Bishop O’Kane is the new guy on the Titan team. He hasn’t had much time to settle in to Titan yet, and though he isn’t ecstatic about pulling bodyguard duty, he’ll do what needs to be done to prove he can make it as a Titan. But he didn’t expect his charge to be none other than the girl he walked away from so long ago.

It was clear from very early on that the spark still simmers between these two. While their history was heartbreaking (and one of those events that would break couples with far more maturity than they had at the time), I loved watching these two struggle to align their current feelings with the pain of their past.

I struggled knowing who the stalker was the whole time. In books like this, part of the suspense comes from the not knowing and I felt like that was missing, though even knowing who was behind the threats didn’t mean readers know what will happen next.

This was a little different than other Titan books in that the plot is not driven by the events in a mission. Much of the story takes place over the course of Ella’s everyday activities, while Bishop follows closely behind as her personal security. The team is present in the background, but Bishop has been given control of the situation and doesn’t have to check in with anyone except Locke, his relief.

I enjoyed the pacing of this story. The aspects of Ella’s daily routines keep the story moving as readers (and Bishop) wait for the next threat to drop, to see how she will react and what clues the stalker might leave to uncover who is behind the threats. 

This was a nice addition to the Titan series, with cameos by favorite characters. I love watching the entire group interact and there are a couple great examples of those interactions in this story. It was a fast paced, dramatic read with suspense, danger, and a second chance at the one that he walked away from. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Novella 1.5: Sweet Girl (Prequel to Garrison's Creed) FREE! 
Book 2: Garrison's Creed (Cash Garrison)
 Book 3: Westin's Chase (Jared Westin)
Novella 3.1: Gambled (Brock Gamble)
Novella 3.2: Chased (Asher McIntyre)
Book 4: Savage Secrets (Rocco Savage)
Book 5: Hart Attack (Roman Hart)
Book 6: Black Dawn (Parker's story)
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Book 8: Bishop's Queen (Bishop and Ella)

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Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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