Archives for November 7, 2016

** Book Review ** MILLIONAIRE UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Stefanie London



Friends to enemies to …. lovers?

To honor her grandfather’s final wish, Stella Jackson is going to spend the month leading up to Christmas at the estate she inherited from him in London.  She can’t stand the cold, dreariness of it there, and would rather be anywhere else, but she loved her grandfather and will do this one last thing for him.

Evan Foss adored her grandfather as well.  He was mentored by him since he was a troubled teen and he helped shape him into the shrewd businessman he is today.  He wants to honor him by making his estate grand again, but first he’ll have to convince Stella to sell it to him.

Stella would rather give it away than sell it to the likes of Evan Foss.  In a moment of chivalry, Evan rejected her years ago and she still has not forgiven him.  When a petty bet is made with the estate being handed over if he wins, Evan sets out to make her enjoy her stay in London.  Close quarters make them both remember the time they spent together years ago … and decide it’s finally time to follow through!

ARC received via NetGalley

** Book Review ** RITES OF PASSAGE by Catherine Gayle



After an explosive ending in the last book, we were more than ready to learn the story behind Andrew Nash’s life.  He’s been through alot, but yet he’s still a kind, down to earth guy.  Watching him interact with Ravyn is raw, gritty and beautiful!

Tulsa Thunderbirds right wing Drew Nash hasn’t been having the best luck of late.  With his personal life already in shambles, his professional career got put into a major spotlight and his biggest secret was exposed when he had a major accident in the final game of last season.  Now his return is questionable, but he’s not sure what his life would be if he didn’t have hockey in it anymore, so he has some hard decisions to make … but the beauty that just crossed his path might distract him from that a bit.

Ravyn Penn is breathtaking in a way that Drew has never known before.  She’s different, she’s unique, and she’s wearing her heartbreak in ways he can’t even see.  Her past hurt is deeper and darker than his, and she’s not sure she can dig herself up out of it.  Drew feels a connection with her, and he’s not going to let her push him away even though she’s trying at every turn.

Will this unorthodox couple actually be the best fit for each other that they could have ever found?

ARC received via the Author

** Blog Tour ** HOME FREE by Claire McEwen


Home Free
Sierra Legacy #3

By: Claire McEwen

Released November 1, 2016
Harlequin Superromance




His first taste of freedom was only the beginning…

Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He’s not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen’s irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day–and thankful that they’re neighbors.

Mandy’s just the distraction Arch needs. Her sweet voice quiets the memories that threaten his chance to be a better man, and he’s determined to help her confront her fears. But the past is its own prison, and even love might not be enough to set them free.


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 Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband, son 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.  She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!


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A flicker of motion across the black backs of the cattle caught Mandy’s eye. Dark hair under a brown cowboy hat. Long legs in faded jeans. Shoulders wide under his padded canvas jacket. Arch Hoffman.

He was standing on the rail of the fence, waving with both arms to get her attention. She rolled down the window. “Hey,” she called, knowing that it didn’t matter what she said. There was no way she was getting out of this situation without looking like an idiot.

“What’s going on?” He shouted the words, but it was still hard to hear him over the indignant mooing. The steers wanted breakfast, and they were confused and frustrated. Well, boys, welcome to the club. She’d been confused and frustrated for years now.

“Not much,” she called back in a lame attempt at nonchalance. “What’s up with you?”

She could see the confusion on Arch’s face even from this distance. He probably hadn’t been expecting small talk. “Um, not much. You need a little help there?”

She forced a breezy voice. “I’m okay…just need to get out of this truck and get feeding.”

“Oh.” He paused for a moment, as if trying to come up with the right words. “It’s just that…you fell into the cab.”

How long had he been there, watching her make a fool of herself? “Oh, ya know, just lost my balance for a minute.” It was almost impossible to sound casual while yelling over the ruckus of forty upset steers.

Arch jumped off the fence and Mandy lost sight of him. She had a tiny moment to hope that he’d decided she was fine and was gone on his way. Then she saw him swing up on the back of a big black gelding and guide it along the fence to the gate. Leaning gracefully from the saddle, he let himself into the pasture, closing the gate behind him.

Mandy reached for the door handle, but her hand was shaking so hard she couldn’t grasp it. She wanted to get out and face Arch while tossing hay out of the truck like a pro. But fear had its cold claws sunk in deep.

With a wave of his rope, Arch cleared the steers easily from his path. He took their place at her truck window, looking down at her from his relaxed perch in the saddle. “Do you want me to feed them?”

His voice was a balm of gentle concern that almost brought out the tears fizzing hot beneath her eyes. She felt her cheeks heat, too, and knew her usually pale skin had gone scarlet. She couldn’t answer. But she nodded.

“Okay,” he said. “Just sit tight.”

She watched him in the side mirror as he guided his horse alongside the vehicle and leaned over, grabbing a few flakes of the hay she’d stacked there. He threw them to his right and several of the steers trotted toward the pile. Quickly he grabbed more hay and tossed it out behind the truck, creating another feeding area. Soon the pasture was littered with piles of hay surrounded by happy cattle. Mandy buried her face in her hands. He made it look so simple.




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