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* Blog Tour / Book Review * TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Arell Rivers

* Blog Tour / Book Review * TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Arell RiversTo Have and to Hold by Arell Rivers
Series: The Hold Series #3
Published by Tarnished Halo Publishing LLC on December 16, 2016
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Rally around Cole Manchester and Rose Morgan: the rock star and his publicist are about to face their most perilous trials yet. Cole and Rose’s passionate love story culminates in this third full-length novel in The Hold series.

Back in the spotlight for his world tour, Cole Manchester performs hit after hit before delighted fans. However, his heart remains firmly in Los Angeles with Rose, whose condition remains critical following their terrible car wreck.

After lying unconscious for weeks, Rose Morgan awakens to find herself professionally and personally adrift. Her scrambled memories have convinced her Cole is dangerous, compelling her to shut him out and face an uncertain future on her own.

With nothing left to lose, Cole’s crazed stalker executes her final desperate act. After an explosive finale, who will survive her deadly rampage?

Destinies will be altered. Intentions stripped bare. Rose and Cole must face all of their remaining demons if their love is to survive. In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, they’ll discover if they truly have each other forever To Have and To Hold.


A bittersweet ending to the emotionally riveting story of Cole Manchester and Rose Morgan! I highly recommend you read Book 1 and Book 2 in this series first to have a full appreciation for what has happened thus far in their relationship. The characters are great, their connection is deep and they have a big likability factor going for them.  I really enjoyed their love story, and I’m hoping for glimpses of their future as we head into Wills and Emilie’s story next!

The last place rock star Cole Manchester wants to be right now is the other side of the world from Rose, but he knows she would be really mad at him if he didn’t go on the big World Tour she worked so hard to plan for him. He’s counting the days until he gets home to see here again, and praying every day that it will be the day she opens her eyes.

While he’s away, Rose Morgan fights her way back to the world. Her memories are scrambled, and she doesn’t know who or what to believe is real anymore. She feels like Cole is a danger to her and pushes him away, but as her head starts to heal and she starts to listen to her heart, she realizes she made a mistake. Can their love survive not only her scrambled brain and outside influence, but the return of his stalker?  No one is safe when she rears her ugly head again!

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Rally around Cole Manchester and Rose Morgan: the rock star and his publicist are about to face their most perilous trials yet. Cole and Rose’s passionate love story culminates in this third full-length novel in The Hold Series.

Back in the spotlight for his world tour, Cole Manchester performs hit after hit before delighted fans. However, his heart remains firmly in Los Angeles with Rose, whose condition remains critical following their terrible car wreck.

After lying unconscious for weeks, Rose Morgan awakens to find herself professionally and personally adrift. Her scrambled memories have convinced her Cole is dangerous, compelling her to shut him out and face an uncertain future on her own.

With nothing left to lose, Cole’s crazed stalker executes her final desperate act. After an explosive finale, who will survive her deadly rampage?

Destinies will be altered. Intentions stripped bare. Rose and Cole must face all of their remaining demons if their love is to survive. In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, they’ll discover if they truly have each other forever To Have and To Hold.

 

 

To Have and to Hold (Book #3 in The Hold Series)

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Excerpt – To Have and to Hold

Grabbing a Lakers cap from the backseat, I shove it on my head and race into the main entrance, Jared at my heels. The guy at security asks for my identification, which I hand him. Jared turns his over to the other security guy.

After checking my face against the photo, he asks, “Who are you visiting today, Mr. Manchester?”

“Rose Morgan, I mean Bloomer.”

He nods and flips some pages. I tap a beat on my leg. Hurry up. He glances at the clock on the wall and says, “I’ll clear you, but you only have twenty minutes before visiting hours are over.”

Jared gets his clearance as I’m retrieving my driver’s license. We sprint through the lobby to the elevator. I repeatedly press the call button. Finally, a cab arrives and whisks us up to the fifth-floor lobby. Her floor.

Roberto stands when he sees us. I wave at him, but don’t have time to check in. I run to the small security booth at the entrance to the restricted wing. This officer checks my pass from the first checkpoint, makes a notation on it and nods. He presses a button and the door buzzes open. As soon as it’s almost wide enough, I rush down the hall and come to a halt outside her door.

The door is open. Pop music plays softly in the room.

For some reason, now that I’m here, I can’t put one foot in front of another to cross the threshold. It’s like I’ve been turned to stone, and only my rapidly beating heart distinguishes me from one of those marble statues in the Tuileries. I want to see her so badly. But, I don’t want her to be lying lifeless on a hospital bed. I want my Rose back.

Over the PA system, a woman announces fifteen minutes until the end of visiting hours. I need to go to my girlfriend and talk to her, even if I’m the only one doing the talking. Inhaling, I step through the door.

And freeze.

Facing the windows by the bed, a woman with long, limp brown hair is standing with her back to me. Her leg’s in a cast. She’s dancing. Well, sort of.

“Rose?”

The woman turns around.

Holy. Fuck.

 

 

About the Author:

For as long as I can remember, I have been lost in a book. During my senior year in college, I picked up a Danielle Steel novel … and instantly was hooked on romance.

I started writing my first novel, No One to Hold, because the characters were screaming at me to do so. The story started coming out in my dreams and attacking me in the shower, so I took to the computer to shut them up. But they kept talking.

Born and raised in New Jersey, I have what some may call a “checkered past.” Prior to discovering my passion for writing romance, I practiced law, was a wedding and event planner and even dabbled in marketing. I live with a very supportive husband and two mischievous cats. When not in my writing cave, I can be found making dinner in the crock pot, working out with Shaun T or hitting the beach.

I hope you enjoy my stories about driven men, strong women and the passions that ignite!

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Playlist – To Have and to Hold

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran ~ Cole loves Rose this much!

Unconditionally, Katy Perry ~ Rose is right there with Cole!

All of Me, John Legend ~ I could see Cole singing this on the first leg of his world tour

Breakeven, The Script ~ Bad things happen for a reason, right?

Look Away, Eli Lieb and Steve Grand ~ The first leg of his world tour left Cole singing with half his heart

Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor, feat. John Legend ~ Rose and Cole both know life is precious

Invincible, Kelly Clarkson ~ Rose’s theme song

Salute, Little Mix ~ Rose and Shari take on Greta (and the world!)

I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas ~ for RM Publicity’s debut party

Marry Me, Train ~ you need to get to the end of the book and you’ll understand

Sunday Morning, Maroon 5 ~ such a sexy song for a sexy couple

To watch this playlist, go to http://bit.ly/ToHaveAndToHoldPlaylist

 

Previously in the series:

No One to Hold (Book #1 in The Hold Series)

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Succumb to Cole Manchester—talented, witty, charming, sexy and oh-so flawed—a womanizing rock star whose shallow life is transformed when he experiences love for the first time.

From the outside, Cole Manchester seems to have it all: looks, fame, money, awards and women. When tragedy strikes, he realizes how hollow his life is, and opens the door to the one thing he’s never considered … finding love. He’s inexplicably drawn to the quiet wallflower who works on his team, a line he knows he shouldn’t cross.

After devastating heartbreaks, all Rose Morgan wants is to blend into the woodwork. Working at her dream job as a publicist, she’s safely hiding in plain sight. Until her client, the sexy Cole Manchester, notices her. Rose must ignore her desires in order to protect her bruised heart … and keep her prized career.

Cole needs Rose to teach him how to love. Rose needs Cole to teach her how to trust. Together, they form a bond ignited by passion but fueled by insecurities. When her mother’s interference collides with his fan’s twisted plot, Cole and Rose may find themselves with No One To Hold.

 

Hard to Hold (Book #2 in The Hold Series)

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Cheer for Rose Morgan—strong, determined and driven—a brilliant publicist who thought she had finally overcome her tragic past when, once again, her life is turned upside down. Rose and Cole’s passionate love story continues in this second full-length novel in The Hold Series.

Distraught by news of Cole’s unexpected marriage, Rose Morgan tries to pick up the pieces of her life, only to be confronted by Cole at every turn. With her PR career in serious jeopardy, Rose can’t escape his orbit and is forced to continue working on his account. Under snowballing pressure, she seeks solace from unlikely sources.

Reeling from the disastrous fallout after his drunken night in Las Vegas, rock star Cole Manchester is a tormented man. He reaches out to Rose, the one woman who has always fixed his mistakes, only to realize that he might have pushed her away forever. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.

Rose and Cole each must face their deepest fears if their love is to survive. But Cole’s stalker is becoming increasingly unhinged … and dangerous. In the end, Rose and Cole must decide if some things are just too Hard to Hold.

 

 

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * COVERT KISSES by Jane Godman

* Blog Tour / Book Review * COVERT KISSES by Jane GodmanCovert Kisses by Jane Godman
Series: Sons of Stillwater
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on April 1, 2017
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four-stars

Sons of Stillwater: Jane Godman's heart-stopping new miniseries where no one is who they seem…

Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney's private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla's lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She's on the job, investigating Cameron's connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she's struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible…

When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he's furious to realize he's being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he's come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater?


A web of deceit unravels slowly as we try to figure out the pieces of the puzzle surrounding this story! We go in with one possible crime to solve, and wind up knee deep in trouble as a serial killer is uncovered and sets his sights on the heroine. An interesting group of characters who made for a compelling story. A couple of aspects weren’t quite believable, but overall I enjoyed the book and dove in to try to solve the crimes!

When a look-a-like to his dead girlfriend washes up on his private beach, Mayor Cameron Delaney is thrown for a bit of a loop. He can’t believe what he’s seeing, and initially helps her in order to have that face close to him again.

Undercover detective Laurie Carter is happy to use the fact that she looks like her cousin in order to get close enough to Cameron to investigate him and his transportation business for suspicious activity in a possible human trafficking and drug smuggling ring! When Cameron finds what she’s doing there and that he’s being set up to look like a criminal, he’s really mad about it, but before they can set out to solve the case, they stumble across a serial killer determined to help himself to Laurie!

 

 

 

 

Title: COVERT KISSES
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney’s private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla’s lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She’s on the job, investigating Cameron’s connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she’s struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible… 

When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he’s furious to realize he’s being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he’s come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater? 

 

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Book Excerpt:

Take his breath away.

That was her one and only aim for this first encounter, and Laurie Carter had three things working in her favor as she kept the target in her sights.

First, there was the understated designer swimsuit that molded itself to her curves, while also cleverly drawing attention to the length of her legs.

Then there was the fact that she was wading ashore onto his private lakeside property. As he sprang to his feet from the rock where he had been sitting gazing out across the water, no doubt he was about to point that fact out to her. Laurie did a rapid check, reconciling this man’s physical attributes with the photographs she had carefully memorized. Dark, wavy hair, swept back from a broad brow and worn slightly long so that it curled onto his neck. Deep-set eyes above high, Slavic cheekbones. A hawk-like nose and lips that were contrastingly full. She had the right man. There was no mistaking him. Tall and powerfully built, he moved toward her with the grace of an athlete, a frown line pulling his dark eyebrows together.

Judging the distance between them to perfection, Laurie waited until he was close enough. As she fell into a pretend faint, she saw shock and something more register in the hazel depths of Cameron Delaney’s eyes. Advantage number three was always going to be the one that clinched it. As his reflexes kicked in and he scooped her up into his arms, Laurie let her head flop back, allowing him a clear view of her face.

His exhalation was an audible hiss. Mission accomplished. The fact that she was trespassing on his land had been the thing that made him notice her. The swimsuit had drawn his attention to her curves and kept him looking. Neither of those things had succeeded in driving the breath from his lungs. That had been achieved for one reason only…because she was the mirror image of his dead girlfriend.

 

 

 

About the Author

Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Swerve, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing. 

Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.

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four-stars

* Release Blast / Excerpt * PLAYING THE SPANISH BILLIONAIRE by M.K. Meredith

 

Playing the Spanish Billionaire
International Temptation #2

By: M.K. Meredith

Releasing April 24, 2017
Entangled Indulgence

 

BLURB:
Mateu Espasa, CEO of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotel, knows how to deliver a five-star experience. When he learns the identity of hotel reviewer, London Montgomery, it seems harmless to play as her local tour guide to make sure she enjoys her stay and places his hotel back in the running for the Elite Life and Travel Magazine’s hotel of fame. But every moment with London makes Mateu want her just as much as he needs that review.

Constantly working to cover her mother’s medical bills, London needs to have a little fun on this vacation. First on her list: Kiss a hot Spaniard, and her knight-in-shining-Armani at the train station seems to fit that bill—he’s local and definitely hot! But when she discovers the man charming her is really CEO of the hotel she’s reviewing—supposedly secretly—she decides to see how far he’ll go to make her dream vacation a once in a lifetime experience.

Mateu shows her the romance of his city and his soul, but when the truth comes out, the fun is over, and it turns out nobody wins in a game of hearts.

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She picked up a tomato as Señor Bustillo suggested. “He is adorable.” Mateu chuckled softly. “He isn’t the only one.”

“Now, choose a bright, deep red tomato. No bruise, no blemish. Yes?” Bustillo spoke to the group. She turned hers over in her hand, carefully inspecting for marks, cracks, or soft spots.

“You want a heavy tomato. Ripe and juicy makes for tomato with weight.” As the group inspected their finds, Señor Bustillo checked in with each. “Good. Good.”

“Give gentle squeeze. You want a tomato that responds to your fingers, like the perfect woman, yes?” He directed the last part at Mateu, making London want to roll her eyes.

All men were the same. Mateu wiggled his brows, and she chuckled softly. It wasn’t his searing good looks she needed to guard herself against, it was his playful side. While Bustillo spoke, Mateu stayed close. She could feel the heat radiating from him, though he didn’t touch her.

Choosing a plump tomato from the crate, he wrapped his large hand around it in a light grip. He gave a slight squeeze, and the atmosphere seemed to go from comfortable to sweltering as her imagination took off on a path all its own. Holding it out to her, he asked, “What do you think?”

She blinked twice. “Perfect.” She snapped her eyes to him. “I mean…” Mateu’s smile was slow and deliberate. She couldn’t help but fall for his teasing. It reminded her of how fun living could be when stress wasn’t a persistent, heavy blanket.

“Finally, test the tomato for a sweet, earthy odor. You want strong scent, not light.” Bustillo’s animated voice boomed over the din of the crowd. Pulling herself together, London ignored the look in her sexy concierge’s eyes and dipped her nose toward his hand. She smelled the tomato close to the stem as directed. “Strong and sweet, just as Señor Bustillo suggests.”

“Strong and sweet. I’m glad you approve.” She raised a brow. “We’re talking about your tomato.”

“My favorite topic.”

 

 

AUTHOR INFO:

MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance promising an emotional ride on heated sheets. She believes the best route to success is to never stop learning. Her lifelong love affair with peanut butter continues. Only two things come close in the battle for her affections: gorgeous heels and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale. The Meredith’s live in the D.C. area with their large fur baby…until the next adventure calls.

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* Review * SLOW BURN COWBOY by Maisey Yates

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * SLOW BURN COWBOY by Maisey YatesSlow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge
Published by HQN Books on April 18, 2017
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In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy's best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…

If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn't. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She's in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…

He's been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he's all man. They're right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane's body, but he doesn't want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she's got a plan of her own…to show Finn there's nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.


Feisty meets dependable as best friends take a second look at their decade long friendship and decide to add a little fun to the mix! This was a super fun read. I had a smile on my face throughout from the sass that came out of not only Lane’s mouth, but also from the interaction between the brothers. Emotions are flaring as we go on a roller coaster through their history and watch them come out on the other side of the pain to see a brighter future.

Cowboy Finn Donnelly has spent his entire adult life working hard at his family farm in Copper Ridge, Oregon to make it all that it could be … while his brothers have been out making it in the big bad world. Now they are all scurrying home to claim a piece of the pie and it really makes him mad.  He built this business, not them!

Lane Jensen is trying to be there for her best friend Finn, but she’s not sure how to help stave off the tension between the brothers, and when Finn throws another twist her way, she’s really confused.  He’s telling her he wants her … as more than a friend … and always has!  What?! They’ve been best friends for years … just friends … how can he want to change that now?

One simple kiss turns their lives upside down. They’re now fighting to save their friendship … and opening doors that have always been closed. Finn wants to have her in his bed, but not in his heart … and now that he’s opened her eyes, she’s falling hard! Will they be able to move forward together … even as friends?

five-stars

* Review * THE ITALIAN’S VENGEFUL SEDUCTION by Bella Frances

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* Review * THE ITALIAN’S VENGEFUL SEDUCTION by Bella FrancesThe Italian's Vengeful Seduction by Bella Frances
Series: Claimed by a Billionaire
Published by Harlequin Presents on May 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

His tantalizing revenge!

Tycoon Marco Borsatto gave Stacey Jackson her first taste of pleasure…only to devastate her with accusations of treachery. Ever since, waitress Stacey has buried any hint of vulnerability behind a cool facade—she refuses to open herself up to hurt again.

Except Marco isn't a man to forgive and forget! When he rescues Stacey from another man, one look at Stacey's luscious form is enough to remind him of her bitter betrayal—and their electrifying magnetism!

Marco won't allow Stacey to slip through his fingers again: his touch will be his vengeance!


Lies, deception and innuendo take center stage in this 2nd half of the Claimed by a Billionaire duet by Bella Frances. I didn’t find the connection between the books to be all that deep, but none-the less, I enjoyed the story all on it’s own.

Marco Borsatto overcame his family’s very public downfall as a teen and went on to prosper in his professional life. He’s set on recouping one last thing that means a lot to him from his youth, and is only steps away from succeeding when he stumbles across a blast from the past. His high school girlfriend Stacey Jackson evidently has not had the same good fortune as him if the state she’s in when he runs into her is anything to go by!

Stacey Jackson has worked hard all of her life, but things just have not worked out well for her.  Now she’s thrust together with the only man she ever loved and his sanctimonious attitude. She can’t get a word in edge wise to correct his misconceptions from years ago … but the spark when he touches her has never been stronger!

four-half-stars

* Review * DI MARCELLO’S SECRET SON by Rachael Thomas

* Review * DI MARCELLO’S SECRET SON by Rachael ThomasDi Marcello's Secret Son by Rachael Thomas
Series: The Secret Billionaires
Published by Harlequin Presents on May 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

The challenge: to leave your billionaire lifestyle behind for two weeks…

Italian tycoon Antonio Di Marcello relishes a challenge—but running into Sadie Parker while undercover as a mechanic rocks him to the core. Four years after their fevered fling stripped away his iron guard, he's confronted with the shocking consequences…

Sadie gave up hope on her desperate attempts to contact Antonio. Now she has to face the day she's both dreaded and longed for! Yet Antonio's claim over her and her son is hard to resist—especially because he'll use a sensual onslaught to get what he wants!


When a friendly bet among friends leads to more than he ever bargained for, Antonio Di Marcello must figure out the best way to handle the changes about to happen in his life! Really enjoyed the kick-off to the new “The Secret Billionaires” trilogy. Rachael Thomas wove a story of not only a surprise child, but also a second-chance at love reunion … great characters, a fulfilling plot, and a nice set up for the following stories in the series.

Antonio Di Marcello has to live for two weeks without accessing any of his fortune or name to successfully hold up his end of the bet he made with his friends. He never expects to encounter a woman from his past at the temporary job he is sent to.

Sadie Parker spent one unforgettable weekend with Antonio four years ago … and will never forgive him for turning his back on her when she tried to contact him afterwards! She thinks the new guy at the garage seems familiar, but never in a million years did she think Toni was her son’s father in disguise!

Antonio will stop at nothing to get his son in his life … even if he has to remind her of the sensual pleasure he can give her in order to get her to agree to a future together!

four-half-stars

* Review * NECESSARY ACTION by Julie Miller

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * NECESSARY ACTION by Julie MillerNecessary Action by Julie Miller
Series: The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on May 1, 2017
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five-stars

Learning to trust could bring them together—keeping secrets could tear them apart

Going undercover to take down murderous gun smugglers is what Duff Watson lives for. Until he tracks the ring to a Missouri farm…and meets paramedic Melanie Fiske. Now the KCPD detective has another critical task: winning over the curvy redhead who tempts him yet whom he can't let himself trust.

Something about the protective ex-soldier makes Melanie believe he can help her find out the truth about her family. And the desire Duff awakens feels like the real thing. But when Melanie's life is threatened, can she keep trusting—and loving—a man who lives a life of dangerous deception?


Secrets and deception are front and center as we head back into the world of the Watson family drama! Always great to see some familiar faces, and to delve into the next mystery awaiting them!

Kansas City detective Tom “Duff” Watson will stop at nothing to find the person responsible for playing games with his family. He’s going undercover to try to uncover a gun smuggling ring in the mountains. He never expects to run across a gorgeous ally so easily!

Paramedic Melanie Fiske might be living on the Fiske Family Farm like her uncle expects, but she’s not sure what’s going on around her anymore. Secrets and lies are popping up more than ever before and she’s started to suspect things are not as she’s been told. When Tom almost immediately seems like a kindred spirit when he starts working there, she’s nervous about trusting him at face value … but he might be her only chance at finding out the truth around here!

five-stars

* Review * PLAYING DIRTY by Taryn Leigh Taylor

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * PLAYING DIRTY by Taryn Leigh TaylorPlaying Dirty by Taryn Leigh Taylor
Published by Harlequin Blaze on May 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

A game they both want to win

Lainey Harper has never been a puck bunny. She wants nothing to do with hockey or hockey players—not after what she's been through. So why can't she resist Cooper Mead?

Portland's newest hockey star, Cooper, is all muscle and charisma. And he's Lainey's worst nightmare. Hooking up with him would bring back memories that Lainey needs to keep buried. And risk the hard-earned anonymity she's sacrificed everything to protect.

When Lainey finally gives in to Cooper's sexy charm, the chemistry's intense—but so is the media exposure. And now Lainey's got even more to lose than her secret—she's got Cooper.


Flirty & fun! The sass between these two kept me smiling … loved them together! Real characters, a plot to sink our teeth into and just a lot of ups and downs on the way to happy endings for all.

Lainey Harper is minding her own business, just trying her best to get things settled and get her life back to normal again. She never expects Portland’s newest and hottest hockey pro to come waltzing into her bar and turning her life on end. She hates hockey with a passion, why would she want to hang out with the epitome of it?

Cooper Mead might be getting up there in hockey years, but he still loves it and is playing at the top of his field. When a bet with a teammate has him matching wits with a sexy lil’ bartender, he is intrigued … even thought she’s giving off a major “hands off!” vibe. Can he convince Lainey to take a step forward and face her fears about being around hockey again … and convince her that he’s a good guy?

four-half-stars

** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Joanne Dannon **

 

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Featured today is author JOANNE DANNON!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Joanne!

Joanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she 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 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 www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.

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My favorite color is … blue.

My favorite place to read is … bed.

My favorite snack is … chocolate

My favorite type of music is … jazz.

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee.

My favorite type of flower is … rose.

My favorite time of day is … morning.

My favorite candy is … Turkish Delight (rose water flavour).

My favorite hobby is … to read.

My favorite place to vacation is … anywhere, as long as I’m with my family 🙂 

 


 

Look for Joanne’s upcoming release, FOREVER MINE, coming April 27!


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FOREVER MINE
Alex Jackson Series, Book 4

Forever Mine is the 4th book in the Alex Jackson series and can be read as a standalone book.

It’s never a good idea to fall for your best friend’s brother… or so they say.

Hannah Greene is fed up. A romantic at heart, she’s had a major crush on her best friend’s brother for years but he’s never noticed her. To shape a life for herself away from Zac, she must move on.

Zac Warne, smooth-talking sales guy who takes responsibility to a whole new level, loves the thrill of the chase but is not interested in settling down, ever. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in love, it’s just not for him.

But circumstances have Hannah and Zac spending one weekend together and a night of fun leads to more than just emotional consequences for them.

Compelled to right wrongs and beholden to fix problems, Zac has to convince Hannah his about-turn about wanting a relationship with her is not just one of convenience. Can Hannah now trust this smooth-talking playboy who has a reputation for breaking hearts, including her own?

 


 

Previously in the series …


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KISSES UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Alex Jackson Series Book 1

Fairy tales aren’t just for princesses.

Superstar Alex Jackson steers clear of any emotional involvement after a series of life-changing events turned his life, and heart, inside out and upside down. Broken and deeply scarred, he has sworn to remain single and emotionally aloof to all women.

Physiotherapist Violet McKenzie, is distrustful of men—famous men being at the top of her list for good reason. She’s learned a thing or two about them and has made a conscious effort to stay as far away as she possibly can.

Until sexy Alex needs her professional assistance after a stage mishap and she becomes his personal physio. Violet has sworn off love, but when Alex’s hot kisses keep her up at night longing for more, she wonders if she can remain steadfast to her personal promise to never fall for the wrong guy again.

Can a superstar and an ordinary girl have a happily ever after, or is that only reserved for the songs Alex sings?

 

 


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WANTING MR. RIGHT
Alex Jackson Series Book 2

The plan was not to fall in love.

Logan Wentworth’s career means everything to him. To win a promotion and upstage his colleagues, he needs to get himself a fiancée —fast.

He asks his friend, supermodel, Daisy Roberts, the outrageous task of becoming his fake fiancée to advance his career.

Daisy’s career has plummeted—she wants to say no, but she’s in a tight spot. Logan’s request to pretend to be his fiancée has some perks. After all, he’s a hard-nosed lawyer with a body built for passion and can strike a deal with the devil and win if he chooses. And this silver-tongued devil can talk her into anything.

Logan’s strategy backfires when the promotion requires he keep his “fiancée” for real. But Daisy doesn’t want a Mr Right for now and will only settle for a Mr Right for forever.

Can Daisy prove to Logan that love is far more important than a career?

 

 


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TOGETHER AT LAST
Alex Jackson Series Book 3

Can love overcome all obstacles?

Amielle Warne’s life was perfect. At twenty-six years old, she had a dream job as the physiotherapist to a superstar but then a hit-and-run accident ruined everything. Now, physically injured and jobless, she plans on setting up a women’s medical clinic with her friends. But the return of her teenage crush threatens to ruin her life—again!

Life-weary scientist, Ethan Cuthbert, has returned home temporarily to create a haven for cancer patients and their families. What he doesn’t expect is having to deal with his best friend’s little sister, Amielle, wanting the same property as him.

Ethan is off-limits, not only has he already broken her heart once before but he’s returning to his job overseas in three weeks. But when sizzling kisses lead to more, can they work around the obstacles between them, from both the past and future?

* Review * FORTUNE’S SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT by Nancy Robards Thompson

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * FORTUNE’S SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT by Nancy Robards ThompsonFortune's Surprise Engagement by Nancy Robards Thompson
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Secret Fortunes
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on May 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

MY BIG FAKE BOYFRIEND

Olivia Fortune Robinson has done some crazy things in her life, but this has to be one of the craziest. She has just propositioned sexy Alejandro Mendoza to be her pretend boyfriend for a week. What's even crazier? He said yes!

They're doing it all for Sophie—or so they think. Liv's cynical view of marriage accidentally convinced her little sister to call off her own wedding, and Liv has to fix things and quick. What better way than to "fall in love" herself? Tall, dark and alpha, Alejandro doesn't seem to mind having Liv on his arm—or in his bed. But when the two commitment-phobes suddenly become faux fiancés, Liv's traitorous heart starts to fall for real… Is Alejandro's far behind?


Fun, flirty, and forever! You are in for another memorable ride through the Austin elite when you open the latest Fortunes of Texas: The Secret Fortunes novel by Nancy Robards Thompson! The last trip there, little sis Sophie fell in love and this book brings us her wedding. We see mostly characters that are already familiar to us, but they’re always a fun group of family … we not only see the love of siblings, but a douse of reality with the stories of the not-so-great-example of love they’ve been shown over the years, and always a big dose of humor when this group gets together! Great characters, a fun continuous plot, and lots of happily-ever-afters!

Olivia Fortune Robinson would do anything for her siblings, but this time she might have taken it a little too far! When she inadvertently puts Sophie off on getting married a few days before the wedding, panic ensues! She might have been a little blunt, but how was she to know simply stating her disbelief in love and forever would send her little sister running for the hills? Now she has to fix it … and fast!

Alejandro Mendoza is simply an innocent bystander … in town for a business deal, and a friend of the family since two of his brothers are married to two of her sisters, but an unknown for sure. When sparks fly at that same disastrous party, Liv comes up with a plan. She’ll make Sophie think she was all of a sudden hit by the love bug … with Alejandro! Tell her sis a lie in order to get her to come out of hiding and go on with her wedding … sure … what could go wrong??

four-half-stars