Archives for April 2016

** Book Review ** RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

Return of the Bad Boy


Book 4 of the Second Chance series by Jessica Lemmon is HOT!  A group of friends that grew up spending summers at the lake together continue to share the ups and downs of life with each other.  They are sexy bad boys, but one by one, love is reforming them!

Asher Knight is a die hard rock star, but he’s taming his ways since he found out he’s a dad to a 3 year old son from a past fling.  He buys a house in Evergreen Cove and settles in to get to know his boy.  He’s determined to win back Gloria Shields while he’s at it!

Glo isn’t thrilled that Asher is in town.  She’s been guarding herself against him for years, but to see this new side to him just might be what it takes to send those walls crumbling!

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** Book Review ** BEST FRIENDS WITH THE BILLIONAIRE by Coleen Kwan

Best Friends with the Billionaire


If pulling on my heartstrings was Coleen Kwan’s goal when writing this book, she succeeded!  It’s your typical sweet “friends to lovers” trope, but there are several emotional pulls throughout this story that made it go the extra mile for me … the awkwardness a lot of us have felt in life about not fitting in, the sadness of seeing how her family treats her, the strength she had to have to pursue her own life after her dreams were shattered, etc.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and pulled for Cassie the whole way!

Cassie Cooper returns to town for a family function, and takes the opportunity to reconnect with her best friend from college, Kirk Rochester.  They were as close as could be for years and years, until he got married and she moved away.  Now they keep in touch, but it’s more awkward than it used to be.

Kirk came from family money, but he never flaunted it and lived a normal life when they were roommates in college.  Now he’s working for the family business and has a big deal he wants to close, but he has one little problem … he needs a fake girlfriend to make it happen!  He has lived a carefree life since his not-so-happy marriage ended, so he doesn’t have anyone on the horizon to fill the card, so when Cassie comes to town, he asks her!

Cassie has wanted Kirk to notice that she’s a woman instead of “just one of the guys” for years, so she reluctantly agrees to help him.  Will seeing her in girlfriend mode make him wake up and see what’s been right in front of his face for all these years?

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** Book Review ** A VERY EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT by Andrea Laurence

A Very Exclusive Engagement


In this fifth book in the Daughters of Power: The Capital series, Andrea Laurence takes us on a whirlwind journey with a high-powered media mogul and one of the VP’s he inherits when he buys a company.

Liam Crowe is determined to turn around the scandal-plagued news network he just bought and make it successful and reputable again.  Butting heads with one of his fiery tempered employees might not be the best way to accomplish that!

Francesca Orr throws insults at her new boss under her breath in a foreign language one minute and then is kissing him while stuck in an elevator together the next!  Will she agree to a fake … or maybe real … engagement with him if it means helping the network succeed?

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** Book Review ** THE GROWING SEASON, PT 2: A TIME TO SOW by Leigh Duncan

The Growing Season Part 2

4 1/2 STARS!

In Part 2 of The Growing Season series Leigh Duncan continues to take us on a journey of how a group of siblings continue on after losing their beloved Mother to breast cancer.

Chuck returns to school and attempts to work on his relationship with Tina and actually take her complaint that he shuts her out of his life seriously.

Ann buries her head in compiling her big photography submission and tries to shut out everything else.  After repeated bouts of friction with Cass, she finally decides to cut her lose and stop trying to take care of her for their mother.

Cass continues her downward spiral and finds herself lower than she’s ever been in life.

Can’t wait for Part 3 to release and find how everything plays out.

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** Blog Tour /Book Review ** CALLING IT by Jen Doyle


4 1/2 STARS!

An explosive debut book by Jen Doyle!  It’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s way sexy!  I laughed out loud on more than one occasion, totally enjoyed it, and will definitely pick up another book by this author when it comes out.

When MLB catcher Nate Hawkins finds himself in the middle of a media scandal while trying to recover from a serious car-accident, he decides he needs to get away from the madness and heads home to Iowa.  He’s got three weeks to try to achieve some calmness in his life before he has to report back to Chicago for spring training with his team.

Librarian Dorie Donelli has had a huge crush on Nate since she was 13 years old, but never expected him to show up unexpectedly at her apartment.  Once the initial mix-up is straightened out, neither of them can ignore the major attraction flaring between them.

Can Nate convince Dorie that this is not just a temporary fling between them?

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Calling It
By: Jennifer Doyle

Releasing April 11, 2016
Carina Press


 Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he’s not sure what to think…except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.

Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she’d get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less while she’s wearing her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he’ll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won’t get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.

For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn’t just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.


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It wasn’t until Nate looked down to turn off the phone that he remembered where he was—that the woman who lived here was down the hall. Hell, she’d probably barricaded herself in the bathroom in order to keep a locked door between her and the stranger who’d barged in on her in the middle of the night.

And ate her dinner, he thought with a quiet laugh.

He’d give her back her phone and let her know he was leaving. Nowhere to stay, but he had a very expensive tiny car he could sleep in.

He found her in the bedroom, changing the sheets, which he would have told her she didn’t have to do if his heart hadn’t just lodged itself directly into his throat, cutting off any possibility of speech. Her pajama pants and T-shirt weren’t nearly as revealing as the robe had been, but her bending over the bed and straightening out the corner stirred up something deep inside of him. And now the only thing running through his mind was how soft her hair would be when he wrapped it around his hand; how warm and wet she’d be when he buried himself inside her.

“Christ, woman,” he groaned. He grabbed the doorjamb above his head and he clutched it so hard he practically splintered the wood.

She gasped as she straightened up and spun around, her hand flying to her chest. “I was… I was just…”

She bit her lip and sank down until she was sitting on the edge of the bed. Her eyes met his, and he had to tell himself he couldn’t take her right here. He needed to focus on climbing out of this hole—he didn’t have the time to fall further in, no matter how enjoyable that might be.

But he couldn’t look away.

Her eyes were a deep dark brown, the same color as the hair piled on top of her head. He wanted to trace the golden skin along her collarbone to the hollow of her throat, wanted his tongue on every part of her. And the glasses she now wore almost undid him.

If she’d been wearing those with the robe? When she’d hiked that bat up over her shoulder?

Holy. Shit. Turned out he liked a woman who would take him on without even blinking an eye. Who knew?

He especially liked it when her interested gaze traveled down his chest, past his waist… He liked it too much, actually. Only the quickly summoned thought of David Ortiz slamming into him at home plate stopped him from embarrassing himself in a way he hadn’t since he was practically a kid.

Even that almost wasn’t enough when she said, “I, um, changed the sheets. So you can take the bed.”

All control vanished as the words just came pouring out of his mouth. “The only way I take the bed is if I take you in it with me.”

His heart nearly raced its way out of his chest in the seconds before she replied, “I bet you say that to all the girls.” Laughter danced in her eyes and a wicked grin came over her face when her eyes again dropped to his cock and then quickly came back up. She bit her bottom lip before whispering, “Hungry?”

Miguel Cabrera. Adrian Beltre. Derek fucking Jeter.

He gripped the doorjamb tighter.

“I could eat,” he answered as evenly as he could manage.

For a moment they just stayed where they were, staring.

When she stood and walked toward him, he almost blinked. This was a dream. It had to be. Or some elaborate setup that Pete had come up with in order to get Nate’s mind off everything else. Put this fantasy of a woman in front of him—feisty and looking so innocent and cute while she offered up anything he wanted to take—until he was so goddamn spent he could finally get over himself and start living his life again.

Except then she brushed past him as she walked out of the room, pausing only to whisper into his ear, “I think you need another minute.”



A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

CALLING IT is her first book, the first of two which will be published by Carina Press in 2016. It was the winner of The Beacon, the Finish the Damn Book, and the Melody of Love 2014 contests in the Contemporary Romance category, and was also the Contemporary Romance winner as well as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Gateway to the Best contest.


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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** THE PERFECT FIT by Jenna Sutton



A story of hope, destiny and the road to redemption!  Occasionally a couple comes along that seeps their way into your heart immediately, and this was definitely ones of those for me.  I loved their connection, and was pulling for them to get together from the very first chapter.

Margo Lange is finally realizing her dream of living in San Francisco, but she is drowning in debt from her newly finished veterinarian training and can’t afford anything but a dump of an apartment.  Luckily her uncle comes through for her with an old Army buddy that is looking for a roommate in a nice neighborhood.

Zeke May was a career Army guy until he was injured by an IED 2 years ago.  Now thanks to a vet hiring program at Riley O’Brien & Co, he’s found a job that he really enjoys for his civilian life.  He’s not what Margo was expecting.  She was expecting much older and way less hot.  Not that she’s complaining!  She could definitely see herself enjoying getting her hands on that sexy body … if only there wasn’t an ex-wife in the picture.

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The Perfect Fit
A Riley O’Brien & Co. novella
By: Jenna Sutton

Released April 5, 2016


Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.

Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.
Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…


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As Zeke stood in the elevator in the Four Seasons, he ran his hand over his hair, searching for any unruly strands. Satisfied that everything was in order, he adjusted the French cuffs of his bright white tuxedo shirt and furtively checked his fly to make sure it was zipped.

Never in his life had he showered, shaved, and dressed as quickly as he had tonight. He was surprised he’d only nicked himself once.

Even though he’d driven like a maniac to get to the hotel as fast as humanly possible, he was still forty-five minutes late. He hated being late, regardless of the circumstances. But his tardiness tonight was even more unacceptable because Margo had been counting on him.

Because of stupid softball game, she’d had to take a taxi in an evening gown. She was probably livid, and he couldn’t blame her.

Why hadn’t he just left the game early? Better yet, why hadn’t he declined Margo’s invitation to attend Pictures & Paws?

He should have. But he’d hated the thought of her going to this type of event alone. And, if he were honest with himself, he would admit that he’d wanted to go with her, even if it was a monumentally bad idea.

Being around her was torture. A couple of days ago, he’d accidently bumped into her in the kitchen, his front grazing her back. That small touch had created a big problem … behind his zipper.

Ever since that day when he had retrieved Margo’s panties from Roby’s paws, Zeke had tried—and failed—to push her back into the roommate-only zone. But those tiny panties had already done their damage.

Whenever they were together, he constantly thought about what she wore underneath her clothes. He even thought about it when they weren’t together.

His dormant libido had awakened, and now the damn thing was boiling like an active volcano. It could erupt at any time.

Zeke should be happy that his penis had returned to its normal operations. But he wasn’t.  Instead, he was frustrated and edgy and hard all the fucking time.

He didn’t understand why this was happening now. And he sure as hell didn’t understand why it was happening with Margo.

It didn’t happen with anyone else.

Today, during the softball game, a pretty woman on the opposing team had run into him. The force of the impact had knocked them to the ground, with her sprawled on top.

She’d been a sweet-smelling, curvy armful. And his penis had been uninterested.

If it could talk, it would have said, I’m bored. But around Margo, it said, Mmm, I want some of that.

Of course, his dick didn’t care about the eleven-year age gap between them. And it didn’t care that she had her whole life ahead of her, while he had already lived a big portion of his.

Finally, the elevator reached the fifth floor. When he stepped out, he immediately began to look for Margo. No matter where they were, her bright hair made it easy to spot her.

After searching the area where the pictures were displayed and the ballroom where dinner would be served, he wandered onto the terrace. The huge space overlooked Yerba Buena Gardens, and the surrounding buildings provided plenty of light.

He surveyed the small group of people on the terrace. His gaze landed on a woman with vibrant reddish-gold hair. She was a little taller than Margo, and her hair was wavy instead of straight. Her back was to him, the flawless skin exposed by her form-fitting dress.

Damn, that dress is something else.

The dress’s lace overlay gave the impression that she was naked underneath. And the way it hugged her curvy hips and cupped her round ass … that should be prohibited in public venues to prevent riots.

Wait … he recognized that ass. He saw it—stared at it—every day.

The woman in the sexy dress was Margo. And the moment his dick realized that fact, it woke up from its nap and did a couple of stretches in preparation for vigorous exercise.

Zeke took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. For a brief moment, he thought about turning around, going back home, and locking himself in his bedroom until this insanity passed.

But then Margo glanced in his direction. And he knew, without a doubt, that he wasn’t going anywhere.



Jenna Sutton spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.

Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.
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** Book Review ** RUINED BY THE SEAL by Zoe York


4 1/2 STARS!

Book 2 in the ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights series is brought to us by Zoe York.  She does a great job of connecting her readers with gruff former Navy SEAL, Mick Frasier who wants to be a big tough guy, but is really a sweetheart underneath it all.

Mick was at a loss of what to do when an injury took away his SEAL career, so he’s thankful to his former teammate Will Parry for giving him a job to do and a goal to work towards in his down time.  Will inherited some property on the Caribbean island of Miralinda that they are going to remodel into a first class executive training facility.  Will is tied up in the short term, so he has sent Mick on ahead to get started on the construction permits they are going to need.  When he arrives, he finds work already happening on the house.

Cara Levasseur believes the property was left to the the Historical Society of Miralinda, and is already working on a remodel.  She is NOT happy to have her progress halted nor is she happy to be in trouble with her bosses when this project was supposed to keep her job safe.

When the two face off and declare war on who can or can’t work on the house, the sexual tension bouncing between them is at an all time high.  When they find that they actually enjoy each other’s company and don’t wish the other ill will, can they develop a plan that can work for everyone?  Will they be able to save their jobs, their plans and their hearts?


ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights #2
Zoe York
Publication Date:  March 30, 2016

The Navy SEAL’s fresh start lies on the far side of her defeat…

Mick Frasier owes his life to his fellow Navy SEALs. Now that he’s discharged, one of them offers him another lifeline: a new future on the Caribbean island of Miralinda.

But when he arrives at the abandoned sugar plantation he’s supposed to whip into shape as an executive training facility, he finds it already under renovations—overseen by the beautiful director of the island’s Historical Society.

Cara Levasseur is too young for her job. Too pretty. Too…unorthodox. She’s heard it all, and now that she’s finally secured Villa Sucre, she’s not going to let anything get in the way of her first big professional coup.

Not even a sexy, strapping ex-Navy SEAL who isn’t afraid to turn on the charm—or when that doesn’t work, declare all-out war. When she sets up camp in the ballroom, because there’s not a chance in hell she’s giving up her claim on the estate, Mick stakes out his own territory around the only working bathroom on the property.

With tempers flaring and passions running hot, Cara’s intent on not letting Mick ruin this opportunity for her—and she doesn’t want him to ruin anything, either. Her life plan, for example. Or her heart…


** Book Review ** PERFECT RIVALS… by Amy Ruttan



In this fourth book in The Hollywood Hills Clinic series, it’s Amy Ruttan’s turn to weave her magic and make us fall in love with Doctors Flo and Nate as they embark on their journey.  I haven’t adored a Harlequin Medical Romance this much in a long time.  These characters have a magical charisma that makes you smile and secretly root for them from the first chapter.  I highly recommend you indulge yourself with this book!

Dr. Flo Chiu is the head of the transplant team at The Hollywood Hills Clinic and is the lead doctor when a huge movie star is brought in needing treatment.  When she’s stopped from treating him while his own doctor flies in from Manhattan, she just knows they are going to clash heads.  And what a fun time they have of it!

Dr. Nate King is a guarded man who does everything by the book and doesn’t take chances. He enjoys bantering with Flo, but could never take risks like she wants to do.  When the press surrounding their patient catches them in a surprise kiss, they have to pretend to be in a relationship to save the reputation of the clinic.  How will things play out when they start to fall in love for real??

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The Hollywood Hills Clinic #4
Amy Ruttan
Harlequin Medical Romance
May 2016

A match made in Hollywood! 

When a movie star is rushed to the Hollywood Hills Clinic, Dr. Flo Chiu immediately clashes with arrogant New York doctor Nate King. But an unexpected kiss creates a media storm, and the two rivals are forced to pretend they’re the perfect couple!

Only, Flo, with a kidney transplant behind her, is determined to live life to the full, while Nate has learned the hard way never to take risks. Now they face the greatest risk of all—falling in love for real!


** Book Review ** THE CEO’S LITTLE SURPRISE ** by Kat Cantrell



Kicking off the new Love And Lipstick series, Kat Cantrell delves into the beauty world with CEO Cassandra Claremont, head of a thriving business she runs with her three best friends from college.  It shows promise of being an exciting “girl power” rendition of when power finds love in the world of successful business women.

Cass is under enough stress as it is trying to track down the leak of some crucial information, when in walks the man she never got over, Gage Branson.  She is not happy to have her body betray her at the very sight of him again.

Gage is a business competitor these days, but was a good friend, mentor and lover to her in college … until he ended things with no explanation, leaving her with a broken heart.  He now wants something that only she can help him with … and she thinks he’s up to no good.

Will she find that he’s the culprit in her problem, or is he as innocent as he says he is?  As their desire reignites and leads them to tempt fate, will there be a happy ending possible? And when an unexpected addition to Gage’s life is thrown into the picture, what will he decide to do?

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Love and Lipstick #1
Kat Cantrell
Harlequin Desire
May 2016

It’s a corporate takedown in the boardroom and the bedroom—until a little secret raises the stakes! 

Cassandra Claremont’s favorite position is CEO—and she’s sure as hell not stepping down for Gage Branson, the sexy playboy who once broke her heart. When inside intel threatens her company’s success, he’s her number one suspect. So why is she still entranced by his sexual spell?

Gage is determined to stoke the fire beneath Cass’s icy exterior and clear his name. Fortunately, working after hours with the blonde beauty allows him to pursue both goals. But when secrets from Gage’s past are exposed, will Cass lose her company, her heart or both?


** Blog Tour / Book Review ** CASTLE IN THE SAND by Jeannie Moon

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With the kick off of Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay Kindle World, Jeannie Moon joins 10 other authors in weaving her characters into the serene, coastal town.  Readers are pulled into Tony & Josie’s second chance at love from the start.

Tony Granville is needing a place to hideout from a royal scandal thrust upon him by a so-called family friend, and Mimosa Key seems like his best bet.

Josie DeMarco is not happy when her brother shows up with Tony and thrusts him on her as a house guest.  She’s barely rebuilt her life from the devastating heartbreak he left her with 3 years ago, so she doesn’t need him there tearing it apart again.

Josie is the only girl he’s ever loved, and being there with her again makes Tony realize he’s willing to give up everything if only he can be with her again.

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CASTLE IN THE SAND by Jeannie Moon

Kick off your shoes, stick your toes in the sand and indulge yourself in a royal romance on the island of Mimosa Key.  Josie DeMarco never forgot or forgave Tony Granville when he up and left her years ago.  He’s back in her life and there’s no avoiding him or the lingering feelings she can’t get rid of.  Fans of Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay will love meeting new visitors and residents of Mimosa Key in this Kindle Worlds Barefoot Bay romance by Jeannie Moon.

Release Date: 04/14/16
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Digital


Josie DeMarco moved to Mimosa Key three years ago to escape the scandalous heartbreak that destroyed her life. She has a job and friends she loves on the idyllic island off the coast of Florida, but her world is turned upside down when Tony Granville seeks her help to escape the relentless paparazzi stalking him. As Prince Anton Edward, heir to the throne of a small European nation, Tony can’t lead a normal life with the responsibilities of his title, and the constant scrutiny of his father, King Edward, hanging over him. But when Tony is back with Josie, the only woman he’s ever loved, he realizes he’s willing to give up his crown to be with her. What he doesn’t know is if she would give up the life she’s made for herself to be with him.

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Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs, and resides on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.

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Roxanne St. Claire
is thrilled to have forged an agreement with Amazon Publishing that allows authors to step into her beloved world of Barefoot Bay and write books with their own characters (and many of hers) that are set on the fictional island of Mimosa Key.  The program is launching on April 14, 2016, with 11 talented writers, all hand-picked by Roxanne St. Claire.

  • Mandy Baxter – Second Chance at First Love
  • Marilyn Baxter – When You Touch Me
  • EmKay Connor – Perfect Mismatch
  • Leigh Duncan – The Billionaire’s Convenient Secret
  • Maria Geraci – Hold On To Forever
  • Chris Keniston – Silhouettes on the Sand
  • Kiersten Hallie Krum – Wild on the Rocks
  • Lucy Lakestone – Desire on Deadline
  • Jill Monroe – Treasure in the Sand
  • Jeannie Moon – Castle in the Sand
  • Fiona Roarke – Trouble in Paradise