Total Meltdown

Total Meltdown

by Elle James

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An elementary teacher during the school year, Lily Grayson hires out as an au pair during the summer order to travel expenses-paid to exotic locations with wealthy families with children. When one of her students suggests she apply for a summer job with his family going to Costa Rica, she jumps at the chance. Despite her immediate clash with his father, she agrees to accompany him and his two children to the central American country.

Rich Texas rancher originally from Costa Rica, Antonio "Tony" Delossantos, knows money can't buy everything. He lost his wife to violence and he's determined to save his children from a similar fate. He learns his son's school teacher is skilled in Krav Maga military-style self-defense and available for the summer. Tony hires her to accompany the family to Costa Rica.

When the drug lord Tony helped send to prison escapes, what started as a summer vacation in a tropical paradise soon becomes a race to survive in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161348017
Publisher: Twisted Page Inc
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: Hellfire Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 10,886
File size: 664 KB

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Total Meltdown 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LoriP123 8 months ago
Total Meltdown by Elle James is the seventh book in the Hellfire series and definitely worth reading. Lily Grayson works as a teacher during the school year and during her summer break she usually gets a job caring for children while their family travels. So she gets to do what she loves while enjoying different countries, but this year her job falls through and leaves her without summer plans. When one of her student's father, Antonio Delossantos needs a nanny to care for his children for a trip to Costa Rica so that he can check on his family owned and ran hotel, she decides that it sounds perfect for her summer plans. Antonio has enemies from the past in Costa Rica and soon Lily and his children are in danger and he will do anything to keep them safe. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more books in this series! I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Deb_from_Oz 10 months ago
Finally we get the only female in the Grayson family story. We have met and read all about the romances of her brothers but now it is Lilly's time She takes a job as a au pair slash nanny during the school holidays she loves Robbie the young son but can't say the same for his father. She is a highly skilled woman who not only is a kindergarten teacher but is skilled in martial arts. When danger strikes on their trip to Costa Rica . Antonio and her have history she hauled him over the coals for not been in his children's lives but he lost his wife to the drug cartels and can't get over his sorrow. When they are placed in close confinement together sparks flair but will they survive their trip hen there is a prison break and danger stalks them.
Cheryl-S 10 months ago
4.5 Stars This is book 7 in the Hellfire series and it features Tony and Lily. I am so impressed with Lily. She is a total bada**! Anytime you have kids as cute as Robbie and Mari, you know the story is going to be fantastic. As Lily is hired as an Au Pair for Tony’s kids, what happened next in Costa Rica was unexpected. I actually thought the hotel manager would be a problem. This is an emotional, action packed, sweet and sexy romance that includes a couple of adorable kids. I enjoyed the read from beginning to end and I can’t wait to visit Hellfire, Texas again.
JKRindy 10 months ago
Elle James - Total Meltdown - (Hellfire Series Book 7) The 7th Book in the Series is about the only female in the Grayson Family. She grew up with Four Alpha Brothers. But Lily Grayson can hold her own anyone, including her brothers. Lilly 24 years old and is a teacher in Hell Fire. During the summer she becomes an au pair with wealthy families and see’s the world on someone else’s dime, so to speak. When her current summer au pair job is canceled at the last moment, one of her students suggests that she apply for the job with her student, sister and father, Antonio Delossantos to Cosa Rica where Antonio has a business interest. Antonio’s wife was killed by drug cartels, and he hasn’t gotten over her loss. He workes to drown the pain leaving the children under the care of a nanny. Just one small problem, she told Antonio off on the last day of school regarding not being in his children’s life. In the end, she is hired and travels with Antonio and his two children. Lilly and Antonio are attracted to each other, and Lilly is determined to keep those feelings to herself, and besides, Antonio has a rule, never date an employee. So, when the white-hot passion takes over, Antonio must do one thing; first, he must fire Lilly. When the Drug Cartel come after Lilly and the children, Antonio must get them back safely, so he hires Hank Petersen and four of his best men from Brotherhood Protectors in the Crazy Mountains of Montana. Will Antonio and the Brotherhood be able to get to Lilly and his children before it’s too late? So, you ask yourself, why should I read this novella? If you haven’t read Ms. James books, you have missed one of the greatest writers of military romance books around. You will sometime laugh, cry and most of all, you will find that her white-hot passion will cause you to keep turning the pages until the last word. If you do read Ms. James’ books, you will love this installment of the Hell Fire Series. I was given an ARC for an honest review.
Jennann3 10 months ago
Lily Grayson is a kindergarten teacher during the year, au pair during the summer. When her job as an au pair falls through, Lily’s at a loss of what to do during the upcoming summer. As much as she loves her hometown, Hellfire, she doesn’t want to be stuck there during the summer. Lily wants to travel, enjoy new experiences, and see the world before she settles down. Antonio Delossantos, a lonely widower, is in need of a nanny for the summer. Tony, an extremely successful rancher/businessman, has no one to watch his kiddos for the summer as Rosa is ill and won’t be able to travel. When Tony goes to pick up his son from school, he meets Lily. Although she puts him in his place, he likes her determination and spunk. After witnessing her Krav Maga skills, Tony decides Lily is the perfect nanny for his children. So he makes her an offer she can’t refuse... While I have yet to read a novel in the Hellfire series, I can certainly vouch for this novel. It’s a well written, suspenseful, page-turning novel. I enjoyed Tony’s interactions with his children and his realization of all the time he’s “missed” with them while grieving the loss of his wife. Lily’s empathy, compassion, courage, and love shown towards Tony’s children was a huge plus for me. I also loved that the story didn’t feel rushed. I highly recommend this novel. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
JennieF 10 months ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation Total Meltdown is book 7 in the Hellfire, Texas series by Elle James and mother great addition! Lily Grayson an elementary school teacher during the school year, au pair during the summer...but when her au pair summer job is canceled she knows it will be very hard to get another summer job. Until one of her students asked her to be his family’s au pair for the summer in Costa Rica. She accepts but clashes with the father...Antonio ”Tony” Delossantos even though sparks fly between Tony and Lily. While in Costa Rica the family comes under attack from terrorists and need help to keep them all safe so Marcus, Tony’s security at the hotel enlists the aid of the Brotherhood Protectors, another series by Elle James. This book is filled with action, drama, suspense and major sparks between our hero and heroine and will keep you reading till the very last page!! Both series are great reads, well written, amazing alpha men and the ladies who capture their hearts and while they are standalone books it’s fun seeing the characters from prior books. If you haven’t read the prior books in both series you are missing out!!
JuliaAD 10 months ago
I like it when the heroine of the story can really kick butt. Lily is an elementary school teacher who is more than capable of protecting herself and the kids she teaches. She usually works as an au pair in the summer, but this summer her job fell through. When one of her students suggests that she go with them to Costa Rica, at first she wasn't sure, but how could she say no to such adorable children. She really doesn't want to say no to their dad. Tony has spent the last two years morning his wife and it is about time that he takes an interest in his kids and life. He hires Lily to take care of the kids while they are in Costa Rica. He has seen first hand that she is able to take care of them. What he didn't expect is to fall for the feisty woman.
DebDiem 10 months ago
Wow! Don't miss out on this action-packed book. Total Meltdown is a spectacular romantic suspense by Elle James. Ms. James has once again delivered a book that's well-written and a nice smooth read. This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time. Lily is a school teacher and travels during summers as an au pair. She's got a soft spot for Robbie, her student, and when his father arrives on the last day of school to pick him up she let's him know he's neglecting his children. Tony had to go to Costa Rica on business for the summer and since Lily's summer job fell through, he hired her to be their au pair. Lily and Tony's story is packed with drama, humor, sexy bits, action and suspense. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting. Total Meltdown is book 7 of the Hellfire, Texas Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from Prolific Works. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ButtonsMom2003 10 months ago
I really loved this one! I've been a big fan of Elle James for quite a while now and I've really enjoyed reading the Hellfire series. This book stands alone really well so you won't feel like you've missed anything if you haven't read the other books. Total Meltdown is now my favorite book in the series. Total Meltdown has a kick-ass heroine and a wealthy, single-dad hero. Antonio (Tony) was left alone with two young children when his wife was killed by a drug lord a few years ago. In his grief he's thrown himself into his business interests at the expense of his young children who miss their father. Lily is an elementary school teacher and she has Tony's young son, Roberto, in her class. When Tony shows up to get his children on the last day of school for the year, she lets him know what she thinks about his neglect. Rather than infuriating him, he takes it as the wake-up call he's needed to change his life. I loved everything about this story. It had a great combination of romance, family, thrilling suspense and a fantastic HEA. Fans of Elle James's Brotherhood Protector series will enjoy the help that Hank's group gives to Tony and Lily to overcome the bad guys. This was a really great book and I enjoyed every minute of it. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
Samanthagirl 10 months ago
With two young children widower Tony has his hands full running his ranch and looking after his investments. Lily his son’s teacher feels he needs to make time to spend with his children. Tony hires Lily to look after the children and takes them all to Costa Rica where he has business to attend to. Then the fireworks start in this entertaining and enjoyable story.
moonfox1234 10 months ago
An exciting and entertaining read. There is a lot of action, adventure, danger and emotion in Lily and Roberto's book. A fun read that was very enjoyable.
Kris Woltzen 10 months ago
Elle James knows how to capture your interest in her story for the first paragraph and keeps you going all the way to the end. This series is stand alone but you get to revisit a lot of t he same characters from story to story. I loved to get to know the spit fire Lily better and to see her story unfold with Robbie, Mari, and Tony their dad. Very well written with everything I like in a book romance, action, suspense, and of course HEA.
JanetO 10 months ago
Another exciting intense read in the Hellfire series. Tony learns to be more loving, tough and he is yummy. Lily can be a spitfire when she wants to be. Of course there has to be someone trying to cause problems but nothing they can ultimately handle. I enjoyed reading this story.