Archives for March 2016

** Book Review ** WANTING MR RIGHT by Joanne Dannon

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4 STARS!

A fun, sexy read that will have you picking sides in no time flat!

Logan Wentworth is a cold, business-minded lawyer who is only interested in working as many hours as possible and making partner soon.  He isn’t interested in friends, family and most of all love, which he doesn’t even believe in.  When he suddenly needs a fake fiance to impress his boss enough to give him a promotion, he can only think of one person for the job.

Daisy Roberts has a past of being a rude, self-serving party girl, but she and Logan have been occasionally hooking up for years, so he knows they have the chemistry needed in order to pull off this fake fiance ploy.  Daisy isn’t interested in seeing Logan anymore because she’s gone through several changes in her life and wants the happily ever after more than ever.  They both know she won’t get that from him, but he convinces her he can help her with a new business venture if she does this one little favor first.

What he doesn’t expect is how much being with her all day long every day makes him really enjoy her company.  Will they still part ways when this is all done, or has playacting a happy couple rubbed off on Logan more than anyone knows?

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

** Book Review ** ENGAGED TO HER RAVENSDALE ENEMY by Melanie Milburne

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5 STARS!

My favorite Ravensdale sibling!  There’s just something about the chemistry between these two that made it my favorite yet in the series.

Jasmine Connolly is having horrible luck with men.  Now her 3rd fiance in just about as many years is telling her he wants a “break”.  She’s convinced he’ll come running back if only he has the right motivation.  She comes up with a plan to make him jealous.

Jake Ravensdale is a notorious playboy, and Jaz’s enemy for years now.  She grew up with his little sister and ever since she had a crush on him when she was a teen that he didn’t return, they have gone at it like cats and dogs whenever in the same room with each other. She can’t believe she’s asking him for a favor, but surely if Myles sees her spending time with him, he’ll hurry back to claim his woman!

When Jake agrees to accompany Jaz to a weekend work function, there are sure to be fireworks … but neither of them expect the attraction that flares up between them!

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

** Book Review ** NAVY SEAL CAPTIVE by Elle James

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5 STARS!

Great addition to this series!  Loaded with lots of anticipation of what kind of trouble is around the corner next for this sexy SEAL team.  I enjoyed seeing the guys again and can’t wait to see what’s to come!

Navy SEAL Sawyer Houston is having a little rest and relaxation with part of his team in Cancun … only it just doesn’t seem to be ending up that way!  First Duff stumbled across some trouble that they had to help solve, and now it’s Sawyer’s turn for mayhem.

Jenna Broyles has made her honeymoon trip with a friend instead of her would-be-husband who left her at the altar.  When she finally receives her missing luggage at the resort, she’s not prepared for what she finds inside and sets off to find the sexy guy she had ran into earlier that day to apprise him of the situation.

When Sawyer is whisked away by Jenna, he never expects the tale she gives him, and doesn’t know what to believe.  As they spend time trying to track down clues, they can’t fight the attraction between them.  Will this turn into more than just a vacation fling, or will danger end it before it’s even begun?

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

** Book Review ** WHEN HE FELL by Kate Hewitt

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5 STARS!

This was an extremely riveting book and I highly recommend it!  It deals with a situation that teaches how much what goes on in your life can affect your child and how to deal with mistakes, blame and guilt when terrible things occur.

Josh and Ben are nine year old best friends enjoying life and their playdates, until something happens on the playground one day that changes their lives forever.

Maddie Reese is a single mom, working hard to get by and provide for her kid.  She isn’t expecting a call from the school that day, and sadly is alone in life to deal with the aftermath. She has no family other than Ben, even though she’s always yearned for a family connection.

Joanna Taylor-Davies runs her own dental practice and is married to Lewis who has a wordworking business.  Their son Josh has been on the quiet side since he was a young child, but since he starting going to school in Manhattan and became friends with Ben, he has blossomed.

Both mother’s set out on their own to find out what really happened at the school that day because each feels that secrets are being kept.  As these two worlds collide, will anyone ever be the same again?

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

** Book Review ** THE CLOSER HE GETS by Janice Kay Johnson

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5 STARS!

I really enjoyed this book!  You’re drawn into the history of their family turmoil from the very first page, and the added excitement of the crime that is witnessed makes it even better.  I’m really looking forward to the 2nd part of this series to see the rest of Bran’s story!

Zach Carter is returning home to Clear Creek after almost 25 years away.  The upcoming anniversary of his little sisters death has made him finally willing to face his past in hopes of getting some long wanted answers as to who killed her.  He re-connects with his estranged brother Brandon, and even though they chose opposite sides between their parents, they are happy to see each other and hesitantly agree to work together to get some answers.

While on patrol for his job with the police force, Zach witnesses a fatal beating by a fellow cop, and meets fellow witness Tess Granath.  They quickly realize they are going to come under fire for not agreeing when the officer gives excuses for what happened and Zach steps in to make sure she is kept safe through it all.  He has never been a committing type of guy, but he can’t help the attraction he is feeling for this woman.

** Book Tour Grand Finale ** Love by Association By Tara Taylor Quinn and Wild Horses By Claire McEwen

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Love by Association
By Tara Taylor Quinn
and
Wild Horses
By Claire McEwen

We hope you enjoyed learning more about two new Harlequin Superromance releases (available from multiple retailers in print and ebook) that have some serious romance as well as some risk! If you missed any of the stops, feel free to go back now and also enter the giveaways, if you missed those…

Launch – Welcome

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Brooke Blogs – Character Description for Chantel from Love by Association

Now a member of the Santa Raquel High Risk Team, she goes undercover to ensure the safety of a boy and his mother, and ends up finding something horrible going on in the wealthy society she infiltrates. I didn’t know, when I started this book, what was going to happen. I didn’t know until the end how it was going to end. I didn’t even know if the bad guy was bad. Chantel took care of it all. She took care of me. And she’ll take care of you, too, if you give her a chance!

Lady Amber’s Reviews – The Where Secrets are Safe Series

The place where secrets are safe – a unique women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand, in a fictional California coastal town, Santa Raquel. The people come and then they go. This isn’t a place where you stay forever. It’s a place where you bring your secrets, where you are safe, while you work out whatever is troubling you.

Beck Valley Books – TTQ BPrism Book Toursooks

If you’ve never read a ttq book before, this might be a good one to start with. It has a little bit of everything – in my humble opinion – that makes my work unique. Love. Laughter. Suspense. And the grit that lines streets in real life.

Cu’s eBook Giveaways – Excerpt from Love by Association

Two nights ago his life had changed. He’d changed.

And it didn’t seem like there was a lot he could do about that.

Except to see where it was all going to lead…

Harlie’s Books – Reviews: Love by Association & Wild Horses

“I love Tara’s Superromances. She never disappoints. And of course she didn’t with Colin and Chantel’s story. There is so much depth to their story that goes beyond the romance and theme of domestic abuse.”

“I found a new author to read/stalk. She writes with emotional depth and creates characters that you fall in love with from the start.”

deal sharing aunt – Excerpt from Love by Association

“How did you do it, Meri? How did you keep up the facade of being one person when your real heart was so ripped up?” Through the years of running from her abusive ex-husband, Meri had taken on a number of different identities, but those had just been name changes. This last time, the time Chantel had been involved, she’d actually pretended to be someone she was not, leaving Max and Caleb and starting a different life in order to protect them from the danger following her.

Wishful Endings – Excerpt from Wild Horses

“I had a lot of time to lie in bed and wish I’d never taken that job. That I’d stayed in the States. With you.”

The words she’d wanted to hear for so long, right there between them on the table. Now that they’d been said, Nora realized that no matter how many times she’d imagined him saying them, she’d never imagined her answer. She stared at Todd, but he was still looking out over the bar, lost in memory. Maybe he didn’t even realize what he’d said.

underneath the covers – What Makes a Great Western Romance?

I love reading western romance. Put a hero in faded jeans a flannel shirt and a cowboy hat on a book cover and I will very likely buy that book! But sometimes I end up feeling like the cowboy on the cover is the only part of the book that is western. And since I write western romance as well, that got me thinking about what makes a story a western.

EskieMama Reads – Old Love Revisited

It’s a trope I’ve always been drawn to. The story where people meet at a high school reunion and confess that they’ve never forgotten each other. The woman who walks into her new job and realizes her co-worker is the man she’s always loved. Until recently, my fondness for this trope was a bit of a guilty pleasure. But now my secret is out. Not only does my new book, Wild Horses, explore this trope, but my July release is also about a couple that had a relationship in the past. I guess I have a lot to say about reuniting couples right now!

Becky on Books – Family Drama — Why I Love it!

It comes down to the whole reason I love reading and writing romance. It’s not just the chemistry between two characters that draws me into a story. It’s the personal and unique transformation that the hero and heroine both go through after they meet each other and fall in love. It’s the way that love forces us to wrestle with that old emotional baggage and grow into someone better. Someone more like the person we were meant to be.

Thoughts of a Blonde – Reviews of Love by Association and Wild Horses

“An intriguing story that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out who is guilty of what throughout. Lots of protective shields are in place that have to be torn down to let life in again.”

“A sweet read about finding your way home again, even if you have to overcome a lot of heartache and stubbornness to be able to do it.”

Love by Association
(Where Secrets are Safe #7)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

Love isn’t part of the job…

A tough-as-nails cop, Chantel Harris faces whatever life throws at her, and then some. As part of Santa Raquel’s High Risk team—created by the town’s women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand—she goes undercover to expose one of the community’s elite as an abuser.

Looking the part is easy, but gaining acceptance into upper society circles is a different matter. That’s where gorgeous and successful lawyer Colin Fairbanks comes in. But Colin is so much more than Chantel could have dreamed. Wanting him is dangerous. Falling for him could ruin everything…

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Wild Horses
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

This wild stallion can’t be tamed

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he’s endangering lives—Nora Hoffman’s to be exact. Nora hasn’t seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she’s nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can’t deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she’s willing to risk.

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.

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LOVE BY ASSOCIATION & WILD HORSES TOUR GIVEAWAY

$20 VISA Gift Card (US only)
ebooks of Wife By Design, Once A Family, and Husband by Choice by Tara Taylor Quinn (open internationally)
ebooks of A Ranch to Keep, More Than a Rancher and Convincing the Rancher by Claire McEwen (open internationally)
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TTQ PRE-ORDER/PURCHASE KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

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Ends August 31st
To Enter: Submit your receipt online for your pre-order or purchase of any of Tara Taylor Quinn’s five releases being promoted on her Heart Stopping Tour (Love By Association, His First Choice, The Promise He Made Her, Strangers in Paradise: Sheltered In His Arms, and For Love Or Money). Enter as many times as you purchase. One book purchase equals one entry (one receipt per entry and must be uploaded at time of entry).

TTQ HARLEQUIN MY REWARDS POINTS GIVEAWAY

1st Place: 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 5 free books, reader’s choice of any book published by Harlequin/MIRA/Carina Press.
2nd Place: 15,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 3 free books, reader’s choice
3rd Place: 10,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 2 free books, readers choice
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** Book Review ** EMERGENCY MARRIAGE by Olivia Gates

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3 STARS!

Definitely not my favorite book by this author, or by this Harlequin line, but I enjoyed reading it.  It taught you a lot about the medical hardship in other cultures.  I felt the connection between Laura & Armando was stretched and I just didn’t feel the attraction there to any great degree.

Dr. Laura Burnside went to Argentina chasing her dream job to be head of Global Aid Organization there.  Unfortunately, she was pushed aside and Dr. Armando Salazar is in charge instead.  Now she’s having to work under him, put up with his attitude, and to top it all off, she finds out she’s pregnant when the father is already gone from her life!

Armando has worked hard to put together a great hospital to help the area and has many employees who are loyal to his vision.  Laura is faced with a medical crisis, and as she recovers, he uses the time to re-connect with her about her feelings on the job and how they can incorporate their teams together more.  When he blows her away with a marriage proposal and the wish that she stay in Argentina with him, will she accept?

** Book Review ** COWBOY STRONG by Kelli Ireland

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5 STARS!

I adored this book!  I can’t tell you how many times I chuckled out loud at the sassy writing style and humor mixed in throughout.  The characters are great … sizzling hot chemistry mixed in with a true caring about each other even though they fight it a lot along the way. Highly recommend!  It’s a sexy, fun read and I promise you won’t walk away disappointed.

Tyson Covington is a sexy cowboy working hard to make a name for himself with his Quarter horse genetics program that he started as a teenager.  He’s having fun riding the rodeo on his way to a championship along side his sweet-addicted horse Gizmo.

His sexy rival, Mackenzie Malone, is right there along side him with her horse, Indie, and working just as hard toward her goals.  They’ve been friendly rivals for a long time, and on the days they are in the same area for competitions, they add some benefits to the mix.

When tragedy strikes and Ty and Gizmo are in a horrible accident, Kenzie steps in to help. Will Ty appreciate all that she’s done to get he and his horse on the road to recovery or will he push her away?

** Book Review ** TRAPPED WITH THE TYCOON by Jules Bennett

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4 STARS!

Really enjoyed the start of this new mafia series!  Power and secrets hold the cards behind the scenes of this family, but they will do anything for each other.  Can’t wait for the next installment!

Braden O’Shea is taking over the family business and has alot on his plate, but he makes time to ease himself into Zara’s life.  He needs access to her, so he plans accordingly and sweeps her off her feet.

Zara Perkins is an event planner and has several jobs going with the O’Shea’s right now, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction when Braden is near … but a girl can only take so much!

When she finds out he’s set this all up, will she be able to forgive him?

** Blog Tour / Book Reviews / Giveaways ** LOVE BY ASSOCIATION by Tara Taylor Quinn and WILD HORSES by Claire McEwen

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Love by Association
(Where Secrets are Safe #7)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

Love isn’t part of the job…

A tough-as-nails cop, Chantel Harris faces whatever life throws at her, and then some. As part of Santa Raquel’s High Risk team—created by the town’s women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand—she goes undercover to expose one of the community’s elite as an abuser.

Looking the part is easy, but gaining acceptance into upper society circles is a different matter. That’s where gorgeous and successful lawyer Colin Fairbanks comes in. But Colin is so much more than Chantel could have dreamed. Wanting him is dangerous. Falling for him could ruin everything…

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MY REVIEW:  

4 STARS!

An intriguing story that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out who is guilty of what throughout.  Lots of protective shields are in place that have to be torn down to let life in again.

Chantel Harris is a tough girl cop in Santa Raquel who is going undercover among the city’s elite to try to bring an abuser to justice.

Colin Fairbanks is a lawyer who is part of that inner circle, and the attraction they feel towards each other at first sight is Chantel’s lucky break and her way into the group she needs to infiltrate.

Chantel’s intent is to find out the specifics of one particular crime, but stumbles upon a years old cover-up that is entwined among the people she is interested in.  Will Colin forgive her once he finds out she’s a fake?

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

Wild Horses
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

This wild stallion can’t be tamed

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he’s endangering lives—Nora Hoffman’s to be exact. Nora hasn’t seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she’s nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can’t deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she’s willing to risk.

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MY REVIEW:

4 STARS!

A sweet read about finding your way home again, even if you have to overcome a lot of heartache and stubbornness to be able to do it.

Nora Hoffman is almost trampled in a stampede of wild horses one night, and who does she find guilty of releasing them?  Her old college sweetheart who she hasn’t seen since he dumped her to run off and save the rain forest all those years ago!

Todd Williams has no clue that anyone is there that night when he’s trying to help the wild mustangs, but he sure is relieved when Nora is not injured.  He can’t believe she’s there, and he’s so happy to reconnect with her … and surprised to feel that old stirring of attraction.

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

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Tour Schedule
February 29th: Launch
March 1st: Brooke Blogs & Lady Amber’s Reviews
March 2nd: Beck Valley Books & Cu’s eBook Giveaways
March 3rd: Harlie’s Books & deal sharing aunt
March 4th: Boundless Minds & underneath the covers
March 6th: EskieMama Reads & Becky on Books
March 7th: Percy Reads & Thoughts of a Blonde
March 8th: Grand Finale

Are you a blogger and would like to join a future
Six Months of Heart Stopping Tara Taylor Quinn tour event?
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Heart Stopping Tara Taylor Quinn Giveaways

LOVE BY ASSOCIATION & WILD HORSES TOUR GIVEAWAY

$20 VISA Gift Card (US only)
ebooks of Wife By Design, Once A Family, and Husband by Choice by Tara Taylor Quinn (open internationally)
ebooks of A Ranch to Keep, More Than a Rancher and Convincing the Rancher by Claire McEwen (open internationally)
Ends March 12th

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TTQ PRE-ORDER/PURCHASE KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

ENTER HERE

Kindle Fire with Six Pre-loaded TTQ Books (books 1-6 from Where Secrets are Safe series)
US only
Ends August 31st
To Enter: Submit your receipt online for your pre-order or purchase of any of Tara Taylor Quinn’s five releases being promoted on her Heart Stopping Tour (Love By Association, His First Choice, The Promise He Made Her, Strangers in Paradise: Sheltered In His Arms, and For Love Or Money). Enter as many times as you purchase. One book purchase equals one entry (one receipt per entry and must be uploaded at time of entry).

TTQ HARLEQUIN MY REWARDS POINTS GIVEAWAY

1st Place: 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 5 free books, reader’s choice of any book published by Harlequin/MIRA/Carina Press.
2nd Place: 15,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 3 free books, reader’s choice
3rd Place: 10,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 2 free books, readers choice
Open internationally
Ends August 31st

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