Archives for May 2016

** Book Review ** THE PRINCE AND THE MIDWIFE by Robin Gianna

The Prince and the Midwife


In Book 5 of The Hollywood Hills Clinic series, Robin Gianna takes us on a discovery of love when you least expect it, and how a heart of gold can find happiness again after loss.

Dr. Rafael Moreno may be a close friend of the higher ups in The Hollywood Hills Clinic, and he may even be royalty, but that doesn’t stop midwife Gabriella Cain from fuming when he comes in and takes over her department!  Who does this arrogant man think he is?

As they work side-by-side with a high profile patient, the sparks fly between the Prince and the midwife and it isn’t long before they start to fall for each other!  Will they get their happily ever after after secrets are exposed?

** Book Review ** GOOD GIRL by Lauren Layne

Good Girl


I loved the characters, I loved the background of the story, and I laughed out loud a few times at the interaction between them… but over-all, it just was not one of my favs that I’ve read by Lauren.  There just seemed to be some depth missing somewhere there.  I’d still recommend it as a fun read when you want to enjoy a little humor and some fun sex scenes, it’s just not in my top 5 favs by her or anything.

Jenny Dawson is catching her stride in Nashville with her most current album hitting double platinum, when scandal hits and she’s being bombarded by the press.  She decides to get away from it all for awhile and work on writing the songs for her next album in a place she had visited years ago in Louisiana.

Noah Maxwell has lived a sort of combined double life for years now.  He’s been poor and he’s been rich but right now he just wants to get away from his own troubles for awhile. He knows he should tell Jenny who he really is when she mistakes him for the caretaker where she’s staying, but he’s enjoying the simple life for a change.

When she finds out the brooding common guy she’s falling for is actually Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, an insanely rich guy, will she be able to forgive his deception?

ARC received from NetGalley

** SERIES SPOTLIGHT ** Adrienne Giordano’s Lucie Rizzo Mystery series

If you’re in the mood to have a few laughs with some fun, quirky characters trying to solve a mystery while finding a little romance, check out this series from Adrienne Giordano!  I loved them all! 🙂

Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move back home with her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg.

When Lucie turns a dog-walking gig into a fancy dog accessory business, life starts to look like a walk in the park… until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite Frankie’s help, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. If she can survive her family and a plot involving stolen diamonds, she might just have a second chance at love.

“Dog Collar Crime stole my attention, drawing it into the hilarity of this crazy mystery of kidnapped dogs, stolen dog accessories, and family relationships within the Mob.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Catering to the pampered paws set took Lucie Rizzo from unemployed to entrepreneur. With her dog walking/chic pet accessory business on the verge of success, Lucie’s ready to make a name for herself. One not tarnished by her dad’s mobster rep.

When an art deal she brokered between clients turns suspicious, it’s up to Lucie to sniff out the truth. She might not know the difference between Monet and Manet, but Rizzos are no strangers to jail time—and Lucie refuses to be someone’s prison bitch.

Unless that someone is a tall, blond and Irish cop. Detective Tim O’Brien certainly knows how to get Lucie hot under the rhinestone collar. And with her on-again-off-again relationship with Frankie Falcone currently off, O’Brien isn’t shy about making her feel wanted, mafia ties and all. Even joining her crack—or crackpot—team on the trail of two paintings with equally shady origins.

“This light-hearted, funny mystery is so well worth the read, it will only whet your appetite for more from this author, as it has done mine.” ~Amazon Reviewer

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Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’sbest friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.

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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** THE FIREFIGHTER’S REFRAIN by Loree Lough

The Firefighter's Refrain


A couple of loners with huge hearts connect and enjoy getting to know each other!

Sam Marshall cared enough about his music to move to Nashville to chase the dream a few years ago, but he has never lost his connection to his family back in Colorado, nor his passion to help others through teaching at the fire academy.

Finn Leary has been taking care of life for longer than she can remember thanks to her dreamer parents.  If she never came across another head-in-the-clouds musician in her life it wouldn’t hurt her feelings a bit.

When Sam meets Finn at her cafe, he’s instantly drawn to her.  When he hears she’s not up on musicians, he tries to keep his distance, but he can’t help but like her and her adorable kid sis.  Can he convince her that he’s not a bad guy and worthy of her taking a chance on him?

**  ARC received from Prism Book Tours  **



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The Firefighter's Refrain (Those Marshall Boys, #3)The Firefighter’s Refrain
(Those Marshal Boys, #3)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages (large print)
May 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s a man who wants it all…if only he could have it….

Dreams of stardom took musician and firefighter Sam Marshall far from his Colorado roots. Starting fresh in Nashville hasn’t been easy, especially after an injury on the job, but he’s working his way to the Grand Ole Opry one open mike at a time, teaching at the fire station to make ends meet. Yet Sam’s intentions are shaken when he meets the lovely owner of a local café. Suddenly, Sam’s dreams are filled with her. Too bad that as the daughter of country-music wannabes, Finn Leary’s been there, done that. She’ll never choose a musician. So how can Sam possibly get the girl and keep the guitar?

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Once a Marine

Once a Marine
(Those Marshal Boys, #1)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 377 pages (large print)
February 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Does she even need a hero?

Summer Lane is no damsel in distress. For the past two years, she’s been battling her way back from her worst nightmare, all by herself. So she doesn’t need the fabulous former Marine Zach Marshall swooping in to save her.

But she needn’t worry. Zach has hung up his shining armor. His instinct to rescue has only brought him heartache, and he’s not about to risk it all again–even though everything about Summer makes him yearn to help.

Will she accept his challenge to step up and conquer her fears on her own–even her deepest fears, like trust…and love?

** Book Review ** HEART BREAKER by Erin McCarthy

Heart Breaker


I liked the characters of this book, and I enjoyed what there was to it, but I wanted more. More background into the lives they hint about growing up with, more depth to their relationship other than just a few days of making up and breaking up, etc.  I would recommend it for a quick fun read at the beach.

Jolene Hart is a singer/songwriter in Nashville who had a very public break-up with her boyfriend a few months ago.  Now her manager is pestering her to get back to work writing the next album … only problem is, her songwriting partner and fellow duo performer is Chase Rivers, her EX!

Chase grew up in the fold of Nashville songwriting and it’s in his blood.  He doesn’t care so much about the getting famous part though.  He’s happy to be behind the scenes pumping the songs out.

When they agree to go away for a week to a secluded to cabin to work on writing together again, it turns into a free-for-all of fighting, then making up, then fighting some more!

ARC received via NetGalley.

** Book Review ** THE GROWING SEASON, PT 3: A TIME TO REAP by Leigh Duncan

The Growing Season Part 3


This third and final part to The Growing Season was touching!  These three siblings lost the mother they all adored to breast cancer, and it all seemed destined that they were falling apart afterwards.

Ann had held things together for as long as she could during their Mom’s battle, and then she basically was ready to wash her hands of the turmoil and resign herself to a life of simply existing … until things start to change in her life!

Cass was off the rails more than ever before with her pill addiction, and wouldn’t admit it, much less ask for help … until a bottom of the barrel epiphany finally makes her see the light of a brighter tomorrow!

Chuck had closed himself off and was on the verge of losing everything he wanted out of life if he couldn’t simply be honest about all that he felt and all that he wanted … and when he took the chance, everything started to roll into place!

This three part book was a pleasure to read.  It brought pain, loss, love and laughter to life between it’s pages.  A bittersweet loss … turned into a stronger than ever family.

ARC received from author.

** Book Review ** GHOST DANCE by Catherine Gayle

Ghost Dance


A gut-wrenching story of being on top of the world, but stupidly making a mistake that rips it all away in the blink of an eye!  A story of guilt, of punishment, and of redemption.

Dmitri Nazarenko was in his glory that night all those years ago when his team won the Stanley Cup.  It’s what a hockey player prays for, and he was lucky enough to be granted his wish … but what his mistakes that night cost someone close to him will forever haunt him.

Dima still plays hockey, now for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, but he is a different man.  He is surly and gruff, covered in tattoos and a beard to hide behind.

London Hawke has overcome her own trials in life, so when she sees Dima wasting his life on guilt, it really pushes her buttons.  She makes it her mission to get in his face and make him see things differently for awhile.  The fire that rages between them when they start sparring with one another burns even hotter when their dance turns physical.  Will she be able to get through to him and show him that living half a life isn’t truly living at all, or will he push her away so many times that she doesn’t even try anymore?

ARC received from author.

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** DOG COLLAR COUTURE by Adrienne Giordano

Dog Collar Couture


I adore Lucie Rizzo and her shenanigans!  This was another great book filled with her quirky life of business, family & love in the making.  I hope this isn’t the end, because I really want to see more of her enjoying life with Tim!

In her normal way, Lucie stumbles across trouble while out walking one of her dog clients. She may have witnessed a theft of a million dollar piece of film history, but no one is accepting the little bit that she can tell them and is making her out to be the number one suspect!

Her boyfriend Tim O’Brien, AKA Detective O’Hottie, has to walk a fine line of doing his job in investigating, and trying to keep Lucie out of trouble for simply being in the area.  Bring her best friend Ro, her brother Joey and her newly paroled mob boss father into the mix to try to clear her name and you have a comedy of errors bound to happen!



Title:                            Dog Collar Couture
Series:                         Lucie Rizzo Mysteries
Author:                       Adrienne Giordano

Release Date:           May 10, 2016
Publisher:                 SilverHart Publishing
Genre:                        Mystery

Buy Links:                 Amazon / iBooks / Barnes & Noble / Kobo



Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.


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Dog Collar Couture – Excerpt 3 – May 13, 2016

(Follow the tour to read a different part of the excerpt each day, as they are all part of Chapter One and in chronological order. You can find the list of blogs participating here:


Now she was a pro and whipped out her card to anyone with even a passing interest. Her growing bank account helped inspire this newfound aggressiveness.

Estelle took the card. “Thank you. I have a little guy at home myself. A mutt, but the cutest darned thing. Maybe I’ll buy him a collar or something.”

“Sure. Check out our Web site. If there’s something you see, let me know, and I’ll drop it by next time I walk Fin.”

“Oh, that’d be great. Thank you.”

Finally, Estelle bent over and gave Fin a good rub.

“Stay, Fin,” Lucie warned.

Please don’t let him launch. With Fin, she never knew. One second he’d be calm and the next—airborne.

But, lookie here, he stayed put. He’d definitely get a treat for that.

“Good boy, Finnie!”

Lucie pulled out another treat. Peanut butter this time. Although the carob seemed to be his favorite.

He made a move to jump, but Lucie tightened her hold on the leash. “Stay.”

“Well, now I’ve made a new friend.” Estelle gave him one last pat. “I’ll be sure to look out for you now, Fin.”

“He loves people,” Lucie said. A little too much.

“I see that. It was lovely meeting you, Lucie.” She held up the card. “I’ll check out your Web site.”


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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

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** Book Review ** CONVINCING CARA by Melanie Shawn

Convincing Cara


Such a great story!  It warms your soul and has you rooting them on the whole book!

Cara McCord spent her teenage years fighting cancer, and now that she’s just gotten the all clear diagnosis after 5 years in remission, she’s on top of the moon and ready to set the world on fire!

Trace Briggs has been in love with Cara since he was 9 years old.  He’s stood by on the sidelines as he watched her brave fight, just waiting for her to be ready for him to be part of her life.

When Trace finds out that she’s on a dating mission and makes his move, will they get the happily ever after they both deserve?

ARC received from author.


** Blog Tour / Book Review ** LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde

Love of the Game


A sweet & sexy story about finding a connection just when you need it most!

Kasha Carlyle has just started her knew job with the Dallas Gunslingers when she meets the team’s relief pitcher, Axel Richmond.  She’s known the feeling of desire before, but there’s nothing to describe the raw attraction and deep seeded need she feels when she sets her eyes on him.  Try as she may, he’s a hard man to ignore!

Axel will do anything to get back into the game after a shoulder injury, but when talk of a new procedure is thrown out there, he’s hesitant, and after prodding help out of her, he gets Kasha assigned to his physical therapy for a week!

Kasha is intent on getting custody of the orphaned half-sister that she only recently learned of.  She’s not wanting to rock the boat of this knew job too much, but this draw to Axel is really hard to ignore!  Will she be able to help him heal and get back to living his dream?  And when along the way, they realize she needs some healing too, will she be able to overcome her past and live only for the future?

ARC received from Tasty Book Tours



Love of the Game
Stardust, Texas #3
By: Lori Wilde

Releasing April 26, 2016


A sexy sports superstar discovers his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing in this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde…

With major league good looks and talent, Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But now with an injured shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas . . . striking out only with his gorgeous physical therapist.

Kasha Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action or she can kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axel’s guarded heart also needs healing . . . requiring all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy moves in extra innings.


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It starts like this: an unexpected spark, instant attraction, the jolting jab of oh-so-you-feel-this-too? Flash fire in the belly. A corkscrew twist in the center of the chest. A physical ache that punches low and heavy and spreads out hard and fast through muscles and tendons, blood and bone.




Physical therapist Kasha Carlyle had felt it before, this hot flare, runaway-mine-train-express that stirred fear in the dark recesses of her mind. She’d resisted it then. Resisted it now.

But this? This here? This was something more.




Coal black eyes melted her resistance, seared it to ash. In that stopwatch moment when her gaze struck, and stuck to the steely stare of the Dallas Gunslingers’ most valuable pitcher, Axel Richmond.

He’d just completed a physical therapy session with his trainer, Paul Hernandez, and he was sitting on a bench wearing nothing but red workout pants, his bare chest on display. Every glistening muscle was finely etched. Not a drop of fat on him. He was a splendid specimen of adult male in top physical shape, life and passion oozing from his pores.

The only thing that seemed out of place was the black tattoo over his heart that spelled out


One look and everything and everyone blended and blurred as white-hot need transported them into their own little world far from the sports medicine facility in North Dallas, where baseball coaches, managers, administrators, and sports medicine specialists surrounded them.

For a split second.

Then pure panic set it.

It was Tuesday, May seventeenth, and the second week of Kasha’s three-month probationary period at her new job working with injured major league baseball players.

And she was already falling in lust.

No. No. This simply would not do. Keeping her job was essential.

Now that she had Emma to consider, she urgently needed the bump in salary to pay off the student loans that had gotten her through her PhD. Not to mention the excellent health insurance coverage. Finding out about Emma had changed everything.

Quickly, Kasha peeled her gaze from Axel’s and studied the insignia on the wall above his head—the blue and green Gunslingers crossed dueling pistols logo—but she didn’t see a darn thing. Purposefully, she slowed her breathing, and forced herself to listen to the conversation.

“I wish we had better news,” Dr. Tad Harrison, the lead physician on the team, said to Axel.

Dr. Harrison had been the one to hire Kasha, and the one to caution her that only thirty percent of probationary employees made it past the first three months. “It takes a special breed to work with these ballplayers. They’re long on arrogance and stubbornness and always think they know best.”

“I have a lot of patience,” she’d said because it was true.

“I heard they call you the Exorcist in your current job,” Dr. Harrison had said. “Why is that?”

She couldn’t keep from smiling. “My colleagues say I have a talent for taming difficult clients.”

“And do you?”

“I consider physical therapy a calling.” She folded her hands in her lap, and said without a hint of ego. “I was born for this work.”

Dr. Harrison stroked his chin. “That’s what Rowdy said too.”

Rowdy Blanton was the field manager for the Gunslingers. He was also Kasha’s brother-in-law, married to her younger adoptive sister, Breeanne, and he’d recommended her for the job.

“If I hire you,” Dr. Harrison had continued. “It will be on your own merits, not your relationship to Rowdy. He got you this interview, but that’s as far as nepotism goes.”

“As it should.” Kasha bobbed her head.

The uncertainty of the job was why she hadn’t yet rented an apartment in Dallas. Every day, she made the one hundred and thirty-five mile, one-way trek to the stadium from her hometown of Stardust.

While she was optimistic, she was also practical. She’d learned that fate could derail even the best intentions and you had to be ready to flow whichever way the current took you. For the next three months, until she solidified the job, she would keep making that drive.

For Emma.

Her thoughts took off in a hundred different directions at once. Stalled. Spun. Gathered momentum like an encroaching hurricane. Realizing her mind had wandered, she forcefully shut down the unproductive thoughts and directed her attention back to the patient.

Axel Richmond.

One more look and Kasha was on fire and she hated it. The last thing she wanted right now was to meet a guy, especially this guy. Whose stark dark hair was drenched in the heady sheen of sweat.

He was as sexy as ten kinds of sin, and twice as handsome, and he was studying her through heavily lidded eyes as if she was the most fascinating creature he’d seen in years.

Um . . . yes . . . that’s why her mind had wandered. To keep from dealing with the feelings his hot-to-trot gaze churned inside her.

She let out such a long sigh that everyone in the room swiveled to stare. She kept her face blank and examined her fingernails, pretending she’d discovered a ragged cuticle.

From the moment Axel had strolled into the therapy room with his pro-athlete swagger and princely sense of entitlement, she’d been mesmerized.

Spellbound by the way his fitted T-shirt hugged his intricately muscled body. Then he’d stripped off the shirt, giving her an even more arresting view. A thick head of lush brown hair curled around his ears, and those powerful thighs strained at the seams of his workout pants.



Lori Wilde


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.
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