Archives for November 28, 2016

** Review ** THE TEXAN’S ONE-NIGHT STANDOFF Charlene Sands

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

** Review **  THE TEXAN’S ONE-NIGHT STANDOFF  Charlene SandsThe Texan's One-Night Standoff by Charlene Sands
Series: Dynasties: The Newports
Published by Harlequin Desire on December 1, 2016
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Chicago real estate hotshot Brooks Newport is on a quest to find his true father. But tracking him to a small Texas town puts Brooks on a collision course with horse trainer Ruby Lopez. After a no-strings-attached night together, he's on his way.

When Brooks finally meets the father he never knew, he must come to grips with the past—and the very shocking present. Because Ruby works for the man. And she has a secret of her own—not only is Brooks finding his father, he's about to become one!

The Texan's One-Night Standoff is part of the Dynasties: The Newports series.


A fun read that was hard to put down!  It’s sexy, it’s sassy and it gives the heartstrings quite a few pulls as we see this family come together after being separated for so long!

Chicago real estate developer Brooks Newport is making a journey to Texas to finally meet his long-lost biological father.  Through no fault of their own, they have been kept apart for all these years and now that they have learned of each other’s existence, they are eager to establish a relationship.

Ruby Lopez works for his father on his ranch, and is like part of the family, but he and Ruby meet the night before he arrives at the ranch and share a heated night of passion.  They each go on their way never expecting to see each other again, so imagine their shock when they see each other for the first time on the ranch.  Will they decide to sweep their past meeting under the rug and keep things professional now that his father is in the picture, or will they be unable to resist the temptation of each other … and what will happen when a surprise baby is thrown into the mix?


** Review ** CAUGHT UP IN YOU Jules Bennett

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

** Review **  CAUGHT UP IN YOU  Jules BennettCaught Up In You by Jules Bennett
Series: The Monroes
Published by Zebra on November 29, 2016
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The Monroe brothers have their differences, but one project unites them: turning an antebellum mansion in their Haven, Georgia, hometown into a peaceful spa. It was the dream of their late sister—and it’s about to set off a major renovation in the life of middle brother Braxton. . .

Braxton Monroe’s taking a break from teaching to do some strenuous work on a Civil War–era house, and feeling the strain in every rock-hard muscle. Good thing he has to interview massage therapists for the spa—even if it’s embarrassing to meet a job candidate in his boxers. Cora Buchanan has hands so talented—and a voice so sultry—he wants to hire her before he even lifts his head from the table. But he’s shocked to meet her outside the massage room—with her seeing-eye dog, Heidi the yellow lab.

Cora has left her family—and fiancé—in Atlanta to make her way in this small town. All her parents’ money can’t restore her sight, but it’s up to her to restore her independence. Though she bristles at Braxton’s protectiveness, she too feels lingering effects from their intimate touch. Now that he’s her boss, it’s strictly hands-off. . . .Until a secret she’s keeping destroys his fragile trust, and they must find the courage to knock down the walls between them.

With the next book out in “The Monroes” series, Jules Bennett brings us Braxton’s story.  We met and fell in love with this family in book one where we learned the back story of the spa they are working on opening, and this book brings us more family angst, feisty hook-ups and just a real connection with the members of this family.  Love them!

Braxton Monroe has his day job on hold for awhile to do a lot of manual labor around the spa with his brothers to make sure they get it opened up on time.  He’s not over-joyed to be stuck going to get a massage and catching the ribbing from the guys for it, but he drew the short end of the stick, so off he goes to interview the masseuse.

Cora Buchanan doesn’t want the fact that she’s blind to hinder her from living the independent life that she wants, so she’s hopeful at getting this job and keeping the life that she ran away from in Atlanta a part of her past.  When she and Braxton start to spend time together, neither can deny the powerful attraction they are feeling around each other.  Will they be able to ignore it and keep it all business like they want, or will they give in to temptation?



** Blog Tour / SPOTLIGHT **  AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY by Joanne DannonAn Unforgettable Holiday by Joanne Dannon
Series: Two Holiday Romance Novellas
Published by Clarendon 3 Publishing on November 25, 2016
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A Magical Christmas In Jerusalem

Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.

Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.

But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?

A Magical Chanukah in New York

Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser-ex cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focusing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter.

Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away.

But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.

Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness?


Is there a special memory that you have about when you decided you wanted to become an author?

  • I’ve always loved writing and have notebooks filled with stories, poems, dreams and aspirations 🙂

Is there a particular author that you remember being the first that drew you into being a fan of the Romance genre?

  • I’ve always loved reading romance! I started reading Sweet Dreams as a teenager, then gravitated to books written by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Daphne De Maurier before moving to Mills and Boon. I still read romance widely across contemporary and historical sub genres!

If you could visit one place in the world that you have never been, where would it be?

  • I’ve always wanted to travel with hubby to Italy and in particular to see the lakes.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

  • I love spending time with my family and friends.

Is there a topic you’ve always wanted to write about that you haven’t had a chance to yet?

  • I have an idea for a time travel romance that I’ve been toying around with.




Joanne Dannon has been living in the world of romance for as long as she can remember.  From doodling love hearts on her school notebooks to regularly reading romances, Joanne’s world has always been filled with the excitement of love stories. So it was just a natural for Joanne to begin writing the genre she’s always loved.

Formerly a policy writer by day and romance writer by night, Joanne now spends full time writing the books she adores. Creating heroes for readers to fall in love with and heroines to cheer on, her characters are people readers can identify with.

Joanne writes to give her readers the experience she still loves to savor—indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever- after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne Dannon is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family.  She can be found on Facebook and her website chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.  She loves to hear from readers.

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