Archives for March 17, 2017

* Review * FINDING OUR FOREVER by Brenda Novak

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * FINDING OUR FOREVER by Brenda NovakFinding Our Forever by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on March 21, 2017
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The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner—Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager—that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

An emotionally raw delve into the inner turmoil of an adoptee deciding to search for that missing part of themselves! The characters were well developed with detailed looks into what made each of them into the person you see in front of you as you unravel the story. I was invested from the first page and kept hoping for that happy ending. I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future books of this series.

Cora Kelly loves her family and the life that they’ve blessed her with all of her life, but she has a burning desire to know more about her birth mother. Without her parent’s support, she sets out to find answers … and finally after many years, she has a start! It has brought her to the New Horizon’s Boys Ranch and a year-long job … a chance to get to know the owner Aiyana Turner … her mother. She doesn’t know if she will ever tell her who she is, or if she will even want to once she gets to know her … but she needs this chance at a connection.

Aiyana’s adopted son Elijah helps run the ranch, and even though it’s the last thing she needs to add to her plate, Cora can’t deny the intense draw and attraction she feels for him. He has a brutal past behind him and isn’t big on letting his guard down and trusting. Will she be the one to break through his walls?


** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Joanne Rock — with a GIVEAWAY! **

Join me every Friday to see my spotlight on one of my favorite authors who will be sharing a few of their favorite things!

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Featured today is Harlequin Superromance and Harlequin Desire author JOANNE ROCK!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Joanne!


Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. The author of over seventy romances in a variety of sub-genres, she enjoys small-town family sagas as much as high-drama glitz and glamour. A former Golden Heart recipient, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. She has taught writing, film and fiction at a college level and enjoys sharing her passion for the arts at creative writing workshops, career fairs and with aspiring writers she meets online.


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My favorite color is … pink.

My favorite place to read is … outdoors on my porch swing.

My favorite snack is … nachos.

My favorite type of music is … very mood dependent. 

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee.

My favorite type of flower is … peony.

My favorite time of day is … morning.

My favorite candy is … See’s Chocolates, which I just discovered thanks to Tawny Weber!

My favorite hobby is … reading.

My favorite place to vacation is … anywhere warm and beachy.



Look for Joanne’s upcoming Harlequin Desire , THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE, out April 1 …



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The McNeill Magnates #1

A mix-and-match mock engagement? 

Ballerina Sofia Koslov’s career is on the line when she’s accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she’s his mail-order bride! But the playboy’s levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He’ll pretend to be her legitimate fiancé to protect her reputation—and to protect his family’s business deals from her father’s wrath. Sofia’s one condition: they’ll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won’t share a bed. But soon Quinn’s gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia’s dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling…



Coming soon in the series …


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The McNeill Magnates #2

The matchmaker meets her match…in one very persistent tycoon! 

Secretive matchmaker to the rich and famous, Lydia Whitney prefers to stay behind the scenes. But after one mistake, rich resort developer Ian McNeill is hot on her trail, and he’s more attractive—and persistent—than ever before.

Ian can’t believe it when he figures out who’s messing with his family: a woman who has deceived—and seduced—him before. What’s her agenda? And why can’t he resist her? He’ll get the answers to all his questions, if Lydia agrees to his convenient marriage proposal. But once she’s in his arms again, will he let her go?



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The McNeill Magnates #3

The Boss’s Baby Bargain 

When resort developer Cameron McNeill goes undercover to root out problems at his prized island property, his first discovery is the irresistible concierge, Maresa Delphine. Her business smarts are vital to his mission. But the struggling single mom could help with his personal mission, too: fulfilling the marriage terms of his grandfather’s will.

Maresa is overwhelmed caring for her infant niece and tending to the demands of the resort’s sexy mystery guest. When he reveals himself as the owner, she’s thrown for a loop. But when he proposes…can she resist his brand of trouble in paradise?


And don’t miss Joanne’s latest from the SUPERROMANCE line …


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Heartache, TN

Starting over, one wish at a time… 

Gabriella Chance has devoted her life to helping others overcome traumatic events. Now it’s her turn. Gabby’s come home to Heartache, Tennessee, to finally face her past. She finds solace in an unlikely ally, her high school crush, Clayton Travers. But while Clay wants to be Gabby’s refuge, he’s returned to Heartache to confront his own demons. With so many painful secrets in their past, can they hope to wish for a happy future…together?



Out previously in the series … 

The books can be read as stand-alones, but as you get to know more characters in Heartache, it’s fun to look up their stories and get to know them. Each book has a subplot from a teen character’s point of view too, and all of those stories connect in some way. 



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* Review * THE SECRET HEIR OF ALAZAR by Kate Hewitt

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * THE SECRET HEIR OF ALAZAR by Kate HewittThe Secret Heir of Alazar by Kate Hewitt
Series: Seduced by a Sheikh #1
Published by Harlequin Presents on April 1, 2017
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One stolen night with the sultan…

Virginal Gracie Jones longs for adventure—and one incredible evening in Rome, she finds it in the arms of charismatic Malik al Bahjat. But morning reveals he's next in line to Alazar's throne! Driven away by his royal family, Gracie discovers too late that their forbidden night left her pregnant…

When Malik learns the truth a decade later, he explodes back into Gracie's life. He sweeps her from her small hometown to his splendid kingdom, where, kiss by scorching kiss, he's intent on legitimizing his heir—and satisfying his cravings—by crowning Gracie his desert queen!

A captivating tale of innocence lost when duty precedes desire! The first half of Kate Hewitt’s Alazar duet grabbed out attention and got us invested in the story .. only to be rocked by a surprise that lead us to yearn for the continuation! Looking forward to the follow up to learn what will come!

When happenstance brought them together in their youth in Rome, Grace Jones and Malike al Bahjat shared their innocence with one another in one night of passion before reality burst through the door the following morning! She had no clue he was heir to the throne of Alazar .. nor that his family would abhor the site of her so.

When the knowledge that their dalliance produced a son reaches Malik a decade later, he travels to the US to claim his heir! His electrifying kisses and a reminder of the passion they shared woos Gracie into returning with him to his home country for a short visit for him to get to know his son. Once there, he springs the plans on her of how he must legitimize their son .. by claiming her as his bride!