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** Review **  CHRISTMAS ON CRIMSON MOUNTAIN Michelle MajorChristmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major
Series: Crimson, Colorado
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on December 1, 2016
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Peace and quiet—that's all Connor Pierce wanted from the rented cabin on Crimson Mountain. Yet the caretaker turned out to be lovely April Sanders—a total distraction. As were the two little girls she was caring for. Connor's plan to forget his painful past soon detoured into giving the ladies a Christmas to remember.

Being named guardian of two motherless girls has upended April's world. Add to the mix a mysterious, brooding writer claiming he wanted to be left alone while going out of his way to bring a little joy to the girls, and she has quite the quandary. April had counted herself out of a happy ending. But maybe Santa still had a few surprises up his merry old sleeve…

Michelle Major turns our emotions inside out with the latest in her Crimson, Colorado series! With her normal “get to the heart of it” style, she instantly wraps our hearts around two little girls and two people who have been hit hard by life.  I found myself hoping against hope that these four people could heal each other’s pain.  It’s sad, it’s sweet, it’s raw … and you even find yourself chuckling out loud a few times amidst the emotion because the kids are that adorable and sassy.  Loved it!

Connor Pierce was just seeking some peace and quiet when he rented a cabin on Crimson Mountain for a couple of weeks, but when the caretaker shows up with kids in tow, he is sure this is going to be a nightmare!

April Sanders doesn’t know what to make of the unhappy man staring her down when she introduces herself, but there’s no way she’s going to turn those little girls away from the happy Christmas they desperately need.

Connor doesn’t know how to interact with the world anymore, but he can’t resist helping these little girls heal when he sees the sadness in their eyes.  Will this be just what he needs to wake up to life again?  And will April finally have to face her fears and decide a future isn’t so bad?


** Review ** THE HOLIDAY GIFT RaeAnne Thayne

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** Review **  THE HOLIDAY GIFT  RaeAnne ThayneThe Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: The Cowboys of Cold Creek
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on December 1, 2016
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With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He's always been "good ol' Chase," her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe…

Years ago Chase blew his chance with the woman he's loved since childhood. Now he's determined to step out of the friend zone…and into the role of husband. But the scared and stubborn Faith won't let herself fall. With Christmas just days away, Chase will need all the magic of the season—and the help of her two matchmaking children—to unwrap a second chance at love.

A sweet story about finding love again after loss … where you least expect it, but always knew!  I kept wanting to kick Faith when she was pushing him away, but I loved them together and all of their extended family rallied around them made for a fun read!

Widow Faith Dustin can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of grief that has surrounded her since losing her husband a few years ago.  She’s had great support from her family and community and most of all her best friend who was always there to support her and her kids and pick up all the slack.  When she realizes he feels more for her than just friendship, she’s terrified!

Chase Brannon let Faith slip through his hands and marry his good friend all those years ago, and he’s not planning to make the same mistake again.  He knows he has to throw his hat in the ring before she’s swept off her feet by some other cowboy, but he’s going to have to be patient with her because he can see the panic in her eyes.

As she stubbornly tries to keep him at arms length, will Faith realize what she is giving up before it’s gone?


** Review ** CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE Carol Ross

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** Review **  CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE  Carol RossChristmas in the Cove by Carol Ross
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on December 1, 2016
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Nobody is going to hurt her—not on his watch

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn't want Eli's protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he's forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey's trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

A sweet story about reconnecting with “the one that got away”.  Great characters showcasing a close-knit small town with interwoven family and friends.

An undercover investigation has brought Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home to Pacific Cove, Oregan after many years away.  He reconnects with many old friends … including a very special one that he let slip through his fingers.

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn can’t believe it when she sees Eli.  She’s never forgotten her childhood best friend … and for a short time more.  She still wishes she had answers to why he left her all those years ago.

Will he be able to regain her trust and earn a second chance with her, or will the suspected drug trafficking case that he’s working on and can’t tell her details about derail them before they even get started?


** Review ** MAID UNDER THE MISTLETOE Maureen Child

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** Review **  MAID UNDER THE MISTLETOE  Maureen ChildMaid Under the Mistletoe by Maureen Child
Published by Harlequin Desire on December 1, 2016
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An upstairs-downstairs affair for Christmas…only from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child!

Single mom Joy Curran needs this temporary holiday housekeeping job working for a reclusive billionaire. But her sexy, aloof boss pulls at Joy's heartstrings—and her long-denied desires—in unexpected ways…

Sam Henry never got over the loss of his wife and son, and he's shut himself off from happiness, love…and the holidays. But Joy and her sweet daughter bring laughter into his life. And living with his new maid ignites a passion he can't ignore. After one glorious night in Joy's arms, will this beauty be the Christmas miracle that changes the beast forever?


Gut wrenching!  Maureen Child takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotion with her latest novel that showcases despair after loss, healing on the horizon and the sweet innocence of a child’s heart. The characters are real, the emotion is high, and the hope of bringing peace to a broken heart follow you through each page.  Quick, easy read that you won’t want to put down!

Joy Curran really needs this temporary housekeeping job so she has somewhere to spend Christmas with her little girl, but the rumored gruffness of this reclusive billionaire has her a bit on edge.

Sam Henry locked himself away from the world and anything that reminded him of his old life after he lost his wife and son in an accident several years ago.  He doesn’t want to befriend anyone, he doesn’t want to remember what the joy of a young child’s delight feels like, he doesn’t want to move on.

Will this be the Christmas blessing that he didn’t even know he needed?


** Blog Tour / Book Review ** ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Jill Shalvis



A sweet, sexy temptation to put you in the Christmas spirit! 🙂

Rory Andrews has finally agreed to go home for Christmas for the first time in years, but she wasn’t counting on her ride back to Tahoe being with the very sexy Max Stranton!

Max and Rory have history behind them.  She crushed on him in high school while he was a bit of a jocky jerk, yet only he seems to know why he has seemed mad at her over the years.  Hours together in his truck on stormy roads lead to plenty of time to catch up and iron out old grudges, but will the chemistry they can’t seem to deny come alive on that one snowy night?

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One Snowy Night
Heartbreaker Bay #2.5

By: Jill Shalvis

Releasing November 8, 2016
Avon Impulse




New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.




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Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year: way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.

The nerve.

Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.

She just wasn’t sure how.

It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the past six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.

Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.

Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.

“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”

As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and . . . something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.

Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.

“Merry Christmas to you too, Rory,” he said, and damn. It wasn’t just his eyes. His voice was rough and sexy, and for that matter, so was the rest of him.

He worked for an investigations and security firm in the building. Basically he and the rest of his team were fixers and finders for hire. To say that Max was good at his job was an understatement. He stood there looking like sex on a stick with a duffle bag slung over a broad shoulder, his dark hair two weeks past needing a cut, and the icy wind of an incoming storm plastering his clothes to a body that could be registered as a lethal weapon.

“What are you doing here?” she asked calmly even if her heart was anything but, pounding all the way up to her throat and ears because she knew. She knew exactly why he was here. “I don’t need a ride home.”

A flash of wry humor slid in with all that sizzling heat. “Because you’d rather take two buses and a train than get into my truck with me?” he asked.

Well yes, actually.




New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill’s latest, SWEET LITTLE LIES on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill’s website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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** Review **  A DI SIONE FOR THE GREEK’S PLEASURE  Kate HewittA Di Sione for the Greek's Pleasure by Kate Hewitt
Series: The Billionaire's Legacy
Published by Harlequin Presents on December 1, 2016
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"Finding my book will take you on a journey in more ways than one."

Natalia is trembling. She hasn't left the Di Sione estate in years, but must retrieve her grandfather's lost book of poems from formidable tycoon Angelos Menas—who's just mistaken her for his daughter's new nanny!

The brooding Greek and his precious daughter were scarred in the fire that claimed his wife, and Talia is drawn to the man beneath the damaged exterior. She knows the untold pleasure Angelos offers is limited, but when she leaves with the book, will her heart remain behind on the island?


An emotional journey of healing for 3 scarred souls!

Natalia Di Sione has rarely left her home in 7 years.  She stays behind the walls, away from people .. where she’s safe.  That changes however, when she can’t deny the grandfather she adores his request that she go on a journey to find a prized book that he lost along the way, and sets out for Greece.

Angelos Menas assumes the bedraggled woman insisting on a meeting with him is there to apply for the temporary nanny position.  Natalia can’t figure out how to approach this gruff man about the book, so she goes along with his assumption and lands the job.

Both Angelos and his daughter are still carrying scars from the fire that killed his wife several years ago.  Talia has her own trauma that she’s trying to live with.  Will these three be able to help each other heal?  And when it’s time for her to go home, will she leave her heart there on the island?


** Review ** OVER THE EDGE Meredith Wild

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** Review **  OVER THE EDGE Meredith WildOver The Edge by Meredith Wild
Series: Bridge Series
Published by Waterhouse Press on November 22, 2016
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Olivia Bridge has always been a good girl—good grades, good friends, and a good job that her wealthy parents handed her. Desperate to carve out a life that is truly hers, Liv walks away from it all and takes on the challenge of helping her brothers open a chain of fitness centers in New York City. Just as she’s beginning to find her footing in a new place, she’s caught between two men who couldn’t be more determined to turn all her goodness inside out.

Will Donovan has the capital to make the Bridge brothers’ entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Taking their uptight sister to bed seems a reasonable perk for the risk. Liv is the smartest, sexiest prude Will’s ever met, and he can’t wait to break her down.

Life is too short for Ian Savo to play by anyone’s rules. Sharing women with his best friend isn’t anything new, so when Will introduces him to Liv, he can’t wait to get a taste. But falling for the same girl, or falling at all, was never in the plans...


A seriously sexy jump back into Meredith Wild’s Bridge Series with Olivia Bridge’s story!  You must be okay with menage to enjoy this book, but YUM … these guys are some super HOT hunks of testosterone!  I loved the character connection.  She found it hard to fight against the restraints placed on her to go for what she wanted until she met what she’d been subconsciously looking for all of her life.  Each of these two guys had a different depth to them, yet a common yearning for her.  One was alpha and dominant … the other while equally attention getting, was softer and gentle in his approach.  It’s a fast read because there’s so much excitement happening, and my only complaint was that I wanted more time with them!

Olivia Bridge has always been a people pleaser.  A good girl who had only the best handed to her and was expected to perform in a way upholding to her social standing.  When she saw the opportunity of something bigger out there, she jumped at the chance to walk away from it all and get in on helping her brothers open their new fitness centers in NYC.  Now, just as she’s enjoying what she’s doing and excelling at it, she finds herself torn between two men … both of whom she knows will tear her good girl persona to shreds!

Real estate developer Will Donovan has a thing for tearing down the walls that prima donna rich girls have erected around them.  When he meets Liv and sees her stomping her feet and demanding her way, he decides then and there that he’s going to have her caving to what he wants before she knows what hit her.

Fireman Ian Sovo deemed Liv untouchable ages ago when he met her through her brother Darren, but when his best friend brings her home, all bets are off!  Sharing women with Will is nothing new, but the feelings they both develop for Liv certainly is!


** Review ** HARD COMPROMISE Samanthe Beck

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** Review ** HARD COMPROMISE Samanthe BeckHard Compromise by Samanthe Beck
Series: Compromise Me #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 21, 2016
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Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

*NOTE* Each book in the Compromise Me series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 Compromising Her Position
Book #2 Hard Compromise

A fun, sexy read!  With the second book in her Compromise Me series, Samanthe Beck brings the Montenido crowd to life again with Chelsea’s (from Book 1) BFF Laurie playing front and center this time. She’s fun and sassy, but a bit broken underneath.  It’s a pleasure watching her flourish into the person she wants to be once the right person is standing beside her!

The new year starts off with a bang for Lauralie Peterson when she has a one-night stand with the sexy Sheriff on New Year’s Eve, only to have her bakery go up in flames the next morning!

Ethan Booker humors Laurie by letting her think they are a one time thing, but he’s been waiting 10 years to make her his woman, and he isn’t about to stop now!  Now that her business is in dire straits, he finds a way to keep her in his arms for awhile as he helps her out.  Will he get his wish and keep her there forever?


** Review ** OVERWHELMING FORCE by Janie Crouch

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** Review ** OVERWHELMING FORCE by Janie CrouchOverwhelming Force by Janie Crouch
Series: Omega Sector: Critical Response
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on December 1, 2016
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He lost her once. He won't lose her again.

Despite an illustrious career as a top hostage negotiator, Joe Matarazzo is haunted by the past. It was a year ago that three innocent lives were lost under his watch. But Joe isn't the only one who remembers that day. When Joe's exes begin to fall victim to a violent stalker, Joe seeks the help of Laura Birchwood—a lawyer and the woman he once loved. Despite old wounds, Laura agrees to help Joe find out who's framing him. And while they expect to be met with danger, they're unprepared for passion that still burns strong, and their determination to give what was between them a second chance.


With the continuation of her exciting Omega Sector: Critical Response series, Janie Crouch takes us into the mind of a psychopath who is weaving a plot of revenge against one of the Omega teammates.  We’re taken along for the ride as the drama builds and lives become more endangered as several familiar faces step up to help clear the name of one of their own.

Sexy playboy Joe Matarazzo might have given up his carefree life to becoming one of Omega’s top hostage negotiators a few years ago, but he didn’t do it without leaving a past behind him.  He’s never forgotten “the one that got away” due to his own youthful mistakes, so when happenstance puts her back in his sights again, he’s happy to capitalize on it!

Attorney Laura Birchwood would have been happy to never see Joe’s face again, but his quick thinking helps her out of a jam, so when he finds himself needing legal counsel, she decides it’s only right to return the favor.  It turns out Joe is haunted by a failed case from a year ago, and he’s not the only one that has it on their mind.  When a stalker sets out to victimize some of Joe’s exes and makes sure he’s set up to take the fall, the team races against the clock to figure out who is doing it and why!


** Book Review ** THIS IS OUR SONG by Samantha Chase

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** Book Review **  THIS IS OUR SONG by Samantha ChaseThis Is Our Song by Samantha Chase
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6, 2016
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She knows him by reputation
Riley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he'd have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn't easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he's in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.

Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to prove
Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She's just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.


With the next story in The Shaughnessy Brothers series, Samantha Chase continues her unique way of weaving a story that has us falling in love with this big, boisterous family again and again! We got a good look at the rock star of the family with a couple of the previous brother’s stories, so we already knew we were going to love Riley, we just didn’t know exactly how much.  He’s sweet, he’s kind and underneath all of the glitz and glamour, he’s just a real guy hoping for a happy ending just like the rest of us.  I was especially touched by the scenes depicting his closeness with their Mom that we’ve heard so much about.  Great story!

Riley Shaughnessy went out and made that rock star name for himself that he always dreamed of, but when it came time that he wanted a break and wanted to tone it back a bit to a more laid back approach to his music, he had the horrible luck of hitting a slump!  He’s at a loss of what to do to get his mojo back again, when he’s faced with being forced to do a big interview or catch a fit from his record label.

Savannah Daly enjoys her job as an entertainment reporter, but she isn’t blown away by the typical egotistical rock stars, so when she’s handed Riley as an assignment, she’s not exactly thrilled. She sets out to do her job and get it done … but there’s much more to Riley than she ever expected!  Will a month spent with the big Shaughnessy brood have her wishing she were an honorary member?