Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Title: Ben
Author: Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-0-85715-923-6
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Suspense Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Colonel Ben Davies has been crazy about his best friend’s twin sister, Maribeth, for a long time. His attraction to the red-headed beauty is only getting stronger and he’s afraid to give in to his desire…that it would destroy his friendship with Fin and his part in the O’Malley family. No matter how much Mari tempts him, Ben can’t give in to his yearning; he has too much to lose. 

Mari won’t take no for an answer and is determined to convince Ben that they belong together. His attitude changes when she’s mugged and her life’s put in danger. Suddenly Ben realizes how much Mari means to him but the question is whether he can keep her safe until they can learn who’s behind the attacks and why? 

Ben is release number two in Jambrea Jo Jones’ series Semper Fi, but it can be read as a standalone.  

Ms. Jones did a nice job developing the personalities of all her characters. The relationships and interactions are believable and progress at a smooth pace. Mari is determined to get her way, Ben is just as resolute they stay friends and the frustration of both is well done. Putting Mari in danger is an unexpected twist during this time. While I thought Ben would be upset, I didn’t think he’d give in to Mari so quickly. Truthfully, I thought it was too quickly, after making such a big deal of keeping his hands off of her. Don’t get me wrong, it worked, it was just fast. 

I enjoyed the suspense aspect of the story...it was nicely done and left me guessing. It was introduced almost off-handed initially but then the incidents and danger to Mari escalates. It gives us a variety of events, is highly descriptive and pulls in Fin, Mari’s brother as a prominent character (and who is the focus of the next book). The villain really is a pathetic kind of guy with an interesting back story of his own.  While there’s a nice ending, I found the resolution of Mari’s and Ben’s life a little too perfect.

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