Archives for October 14, 2015

BOOK REVIEW – Irresistible Deceptions – Mackenzie Crowne

Irresistible Deceptions


Nicole Guimond Everson has been on the run and in hiding for 5 years.  Her son Alex has never known any other life. When she ventures too close to her old home and her location is exposed to her ex-husband Jonathan, she has to trust a stranger to help her keep her son safe.

Rhyder McLean has a history with Nicky’s ex-husband, but unfortunately doesn’t know the extent of what type of man he is until after he’s repaid a favor that he owed him.  After meeting Nicky and hearing the details of her life since leaving, he knows he was played for a fool, and that Jonathan is the one responsible for his brother’s death.

Vowing to find him and finally see justice served for all of the horrible things he’s done, Rhy and Nicky agree to work together.  Neither one can ignore the attraction they feel being around each other.  Will there be any future for either of them that will allow them to act on their feelings?  And when Nicky finds out the secret that Rhy has been hiding, will she even want to attempt a future with him?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/EXCERPT/GIVEAWAY – Montana Hearts: Her Weekend Wrangler – Darlene Panzera

Her Weekend Wrangler


A heartwarming romance showcasing family love and loyalty.

Briana Collins has returned to her family ranch in Fox Creek, Montana along with her siblings because her father has been injured.  They all are led to believe he’s not doing well by their Mom, but arrive to find out that the scare is over and their Mom didn’t inform them because she wanted them to come home.  They all agree to stay for awhile to help their parents and grandma get the cabin rental business that they run on the ranch back on solid ground after some problems with the former managers.

Bree is forced to go asking for help from the one guy she doesn’t want to see.  She needs Ryan Tanner to help take guests out on horseback rides on the weekend.  Ryan and Bree have history from when they were in high school, so she’s not happy to have to ask him for help.  Ryan isn’t interested in the least in helping … until he comes up with the idea to have her help him with a problem as well.  He’s needing to train a horse for his aunt, but it hates men and won’t let him near it. Bree worked with horses in her youth and he knows she could help him if she wanted to.  Begrudgingly, they agree to trade services.

Lots of intrigue as things start to happen around both of their properties and they try to figure out who’s responsible and why.  Will Bree and Ryan decide to stop fighting their feelings and admit they want to be together, or will she decide to go back to NY to her old job?

** Received free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **


(on-sale 10/6, Avon Impulse)
Panzera returns with a sweet new Western series perfect for fans of Debbie
Macomber’s heartwarming romances
Bree Collins has finally come home to Fox Creek,
Montana, to manage her family’s guest ranch. She knows she can handle any
challenges that come her way, but when the infuriating Ryan Tanner reappears in
her life, Bree suddenly has doubts about her ability to stay professional—and
away from the handsome cowboy.
Ryan Tanner is in a bind. He needs to train a
young foal for the upcoming show but its mother would rather bite his hand off.
Just his luck the cute cowgirl from his past arrives back in town. Bree just so
happens to have a reputation for taming animals of this nature. Ryan is willing
to make a deal with her, but he has no intention of being swayed by her sweet
smile or the tenderness she shows his young son.
Yet when fate brings them together, falling for
one another becomes the easiest thing in the world. Ryan might just want to
wrangle this cowgirl’s heart…but will Bree give him the chance?


 She walked over and tugged on Puzzles and Games, a newer book wedged tightly between the thick,
dusty jackets of
The Secret History of
Yellowstone Country
, and Ranching
Ain’t What It Used To Be.
And the entire book case leaned toward her.
     Catching the frame of the shelves with her
hands, she spun around, and used her body weight to shove the burdensome book
beast back into position. But every time she stepped away, the case threatened
to fall. Somehow the bottom had become unbalanced. She glanced at the clerk
behind the counter and opened her mouth to call for help. Then Ryan Tanner
walked toward her and she involuntarily jumped in place.
     They’d grown up together, riding the same
school bus and sharing the same classes day after day right up through the
twelfth grade. But after high school she’d relocated to New York to attend
college. Then she put her business degree and love of fashion together to
snatch the assistant managerial position at the Manhattan branch of Silvain’s,
a national fashion retail conglomerate which specialized in hip clothing and
accessories. Over the years she’d run into Ryan only briefly during her
occasional visits home.
     And she had no desire to see him now.
     Ryan was the kind of guy a girl dreamed
about but could never have. At least not exclusively. He was a charmer who took
the opportunity to flirt with every female he met. And he’d tried to charm her the night of their high school
senior prom, the night her horse died, in an attempt to delay her from getting
home too soon…and saying goodbye.
     Of course, they were adults now, both
almost twenty-seven, she with her glowing resume and he with a seven-year-old
son. She thought she’d forgiven him and let bygones be bygones.
     She was wrong.

About Darlene:

DARLENE PANZERA writes sweet, fun-loving romance and is a member
of the Romance Writers of America’s Greater Seattle and Peninsula chapters. Her
career launched when her novella “The Bet” was picked by Avon Books and New
York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber to be published within Debbie’s
own novel, 
Family Affair. Darlene says, “I love writing stories
that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their

Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific
Northwest, where she lives with her husband and three children. When not
writing she enjoys spending time with her family and her two horses, and loves
camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
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Hot Shade


Luca Rossi is sitting on his balcony minding his own business, when he witnesses a small plane crash right on the beach in front of his house.  He is hesitant to call 911 because he doesn’t want to have to give his personal information, but he runs down there to see if he can help the guy that was mowed over.  The pilot is getting out of the plane as Luca approaches and he has him call 911 while he helps the guy.

Luca hurries back to his house as soon as he can because he doesn’t like being out in the open.  Unfortunately, people tell a reporter that the “Good Samaritan” might live around that area and Skylar Shaw comes nosing around.  Luca wants to get rid of her as quickly as possible because he wants to remain anonymous, but he finds himself being extremely attracted to her and can’t help but flirt.  He tries to resist her, but finds himself attempting to seduce her as the day goes on and he runs into her again.  Skylar likes him, but she doesn’t understand his secretive behavior and isn’t sure that she can trust him.

Will Luca decide to trust her with the secrets that have him on the run from the Italian Mafia, or will he decide to end things with her in order to keep her at arms length?  And will Sky decide that she trusts Luca enough to give herself to him even though she knows he’s keeping his life a secret from her?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **


Journalist Skylar Shaw covers a plane crash on a Florida beach that leads her to a handsome yet mysterious Italian man…and the conspiracy that threatens all he holds dear.
Romance is the last thing on reporter Skylar Shaw’s mind when she covers a plane crash on a Florida beach. Her best source could be a mysterious Italian man, but he’s strictly off the record—unless it involves indulging their electrifying attraction to each other. Little does Skylar know, but that crash is only the beginning.
Luca Rossi is hiding a big secret: He’s a journalist, too, and his anonymous exposé on the Mafia destroyed his world. Now, after two lonely years on the run, he will do anything to possess this vulnerable American beauty. But Skylar is as relentless as the Florida glare, and the situation ignites when she reports on a gruesome murder in a swamp. Soon erotic nights will bleed into dangerous days, and nowhere will be safe from the heat.
The author is a nationally known journalist and will be a featured author at the Times Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg, FL at the end of October. 
Tamara Lush is an award-winning journalist who first started writing in grade school, penning elaborate stories inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. After completing her undergraduate degree at Emerson College in Boston, she began her reporting career at a small, weekly newspaper in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, People Magazine, The St. Petersburg Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today and the Associated Press.
When Tamara isn’t writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.