Book Review | Provoke You #BlogTour @XpressoTours #giveaway

Kicking off a new week with a review for Provoke You, book 2 in the Cole brother’s series.

about the book

Provoke You

Hotel heiress Ela LeBlanc is ready to take control of her life. Waking up handcuffed to a former marine and the news of her step-dad’s plans to sell the hotel is just the wake-up call she needs.

With only thirty days to prove he has no claim on the property, Ela has to enlist the help of her sexy as sin bodyguard.When things take a dangerous turn, and Matt becomes the only person she can trust, she can’t help but wonder… can she trust him with her heart?

Former Marine Matt Cole came to New Orleans for a fresh start, a chance to make amends. After accepting a job as the chief of security for a wealthy hotelier, he quickly realizes that life in the Big Easy is anything but.

Matt’s greatest challenge is keeping his distance from the tempting Ela LeBlanc, his boss’s gorgeous and very off limits step-daughter.

Surviving Ela is just the beginning. As things unfold it becomes clear that it’s not just his heart on the line, but their lives.

PROVOKE YOU is book two in the Cole Brothers series. A new family saga binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months.

Continue reading on December 16th, January 13th, February 10th, and March 9th. Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series.

Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.

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my thoughts

Well I definitely felt more of a connection with this book than the first book in the series. I was looking forward to getting to know Matt better because he had an air of mystery about him in Unravel You but I did worry that I would still feel that I had missed out on some of the story like I did with the first book.

Thankfully I didn’t get that at all, in fact I got very easily engrossed in this story and loved all the action that went on. It had a lot more going on than I would have predicted and since the storyline lay outside of the romance it made it even more enjoyable.

The chemistry between Ela and Matt was great, I mean I’m not a fan of insta love but since I was kind of expecting it and because the rest of the story was good I could overlook it but I did like that they had a bit of build-up. They had some back and forth when Matt was playing bodyguard that really helped with building the chemistry and of course the fact that they find themselves in such high tension situations means that you can easily see them getting together.

I really was trying to puzzle out why Ela was in danger and was pleasantly surprised by the cause of it all. It was a clever build-up and kept me turning the pages, which is perfect for a weekend read when you’re all snuggled up indoors.

I liked Ela she was an interesting character, she has faults but she fights for her family even when people don’t believe she will amount to much. I even liked that Matt wasn’t infallible, that he was so focused on the job or how things had affected him that he lost sight on some of the more important things.

Provoke You is definitely an improvement from the first book in the series and it has gotten me so excited for the next installment.



If you want to go back to where this series first began then you’ll want to click the link below to be in with a chance of winning…

a copy of Love Over Lattes (the prequel to Unravel Me, book 1 in the series)

about the author

Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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Reviews of other Diana Hicks Books

Unravel You



1 thought on “Book Review | Provoke You #BlogTour @XpressoTours #giveaway”

  1. Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like a great read and I’m glad you liked it better than the first it’s bound to get even better from here 😉


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