Title: Axel

Author: Harper Sloan

Series: Corps Security Book 1

Publication Date: July 7, 2013

Publisher: Smashwords

Main Characters: Isabelle “Izzy” West, Holt “Axel” Reid


Personal Rating: 




ContemporaryErotic RomanceRomantic Suspense


Sex Scenes: 

Fiery Passion



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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?


This first book in Harper Sloan’s Corps Security series will only get two red hearts from me. First of all, Isabelle sounded like a pampered princess who complained a lot and always needed to be saved. I get that a lot of women stay in abusive relationships because they don’t have anywhere else to go. The thing is, she complained about fate and all being a bitch. Newsflash, Baby Girl, fate may have led you to your abusive husband’s path, but you were the one who decided to stay.

Then, when she was starting anew with her friends, Dee and Cage, it seemed like they walked on eggshells around her. And she refuses to get any help. When she was offered the security detail, she was hesitant at first. What? Did she want to stay a victim all the time?

Also, Axel failed to redeem the book. If he would have been more interesting, the book would have been much better, despite having a weak heroine. Unfortunately, Axel was just one of those typical men who shipped off to serve and ended up having his own security business. There wasn’t anything unique about him to set him apart from all other heroes written by other writers.

The entire conflict in this book was unbelievable. Someone mails Isabelle a letter saying that Axel was dead and she takes it as the truth? And then Axel, on the other hand, unknowingly comes back and sees her married off to someone else, so he is left thinking that she did not wait for him. And then, there’s the abusive ex husband who refuses to let her go. She also gets attacked twice. I mean, there’s just too much going on.

I do have to say that there were some good parts in the book. However, everything else about it just did not work for me. Hopefully the other books in the series will be much better and more enjoyable.



Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.



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