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* Review * THE NANNY ARRANGEMENT by Rachel Harris

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * THE NANNY ARRANGEMENT by Rachel HarrisThe Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris
Series: Country Blues #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss on May 22, 2017
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five-stars

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF...

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.


The ultimate friends to lovers romance! Such a sweet story! Lots of angst, some sweet friendship and surprise chemistry between them makes for a fun story. A quick and easy read. There wasn’t a lot to do with the actual band performing, etc. but it was a whirlwind of a book regardless!

Reformed bad boy Deacon Latrell is living the good life! He’s recently joined an up and coming country band as their fiddle player, he has an adorable son who is the light of his life, and his best friend is finally back in town and has agreed to go on tour with him to be the nanny for his son!

Hannah Fisher has always been quiet and shy, but when she became best friends with Deke 10 years ago, he took her under his wing and brought her out of her shell. She has always been in love with him, but he only considered her his best bud. As a single dad, he has needed a lot of help and she’s always been there for him … until she finally needed a break to go do her own thing for a year. When she decided to come back and go on tour with him, she decided to embark on “Operation Find My Happy” …. either it will include the potential of more of a life with Deke, or she’ll move forward and broaden her career like she always thought she would. Close quarters and sweet life moments together make Deacon start to look at her in another way. Will he be able to open his eyes and see what’s right in front of him … before it’s too late?

five-stars

* Review * HEALING THE SHEIKH’S HEART by Annie O’Neil

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* Review * HEALING THE SHEIKH’S HEART by Annie O’NeilHealing the Sheikh's Heart by Annie O'Neil
Series: Paddington Children’s Hospital
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on June 1, 2017
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four-stars

A doctor for the desert king

Brooding billionaire Sheikh Idris Al Khalil wants one thing—the gift of hearing for his daughter, Amira—and he's willing to pay anything to get it! Enter Dr. Robyn Kelly, whose whirlwind approach to life sends his senses into overdrive.

Now, as the tension between Paddington's ENT specialist and the guarded sheikh mounts, Robyn can't help but wonder…is life in the desert with Idris and little Amira the family happy-ever-after she's always dreamed of?


Annie O’Neil pulls at our heartstrings with her latest medical romance! A brooding father, a precocious little girl and a life-scarred doctor connect and find their lives changing forever! The characters could have used a little more time together once they realized how they felt, but overall I enjoyed their story!

Sheikh Idris Al Khalil of Da’har would give anything for his daughter to be able to hear. He’s met doctor after doctor and hasn’t felt a connection with a single one of them as he tries to find the one person he will entrust his daughter’s health to for a cutting edge surgery that could very well give her sound in her life for the first time ever.

Doctor Robyn Kelly lives life in an exuberant way, and Idris isn’t sure what to make of her and her enthusiasm at first, but once his daughter meets her and is taken with her, he doesn’t think he could possibly find someone better to do her surgery. Robyn is out of her comfort zone when she’s having to deal with the PR side of her world at Paddington Children’s Hospital, but she’s definitely in her element when interacting with her patient!

four-stars

* Review * DEVIL’S OWN by Megan Crane

* Review * DEVIL’S OWN by Megan CraneDevil's Own by Megan Crane
Series: The Devil's Keepers #3
Published by Loveswept on May 16, 2017
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five-stars

Lara Ashburn hates bikers. She watched a motorcycle club destroy her hometown, bringing her brother down with it. That’s a life she put far in her rearview. So the last person she wants to see walking into her classroom is the top enforcer of the Devil’s Keepers. Big, mean, and gorgeous, all tattoos and leather, Chaser is everything Lara should avoid. Yet the insane chemistry sparking between them tempts her to break all the rules.

Ryan “Chaser” Frey has his hands full with a teen daughter in need of tough love, and he doesn’t have time for prissy teachers who want to tell him how to raise his kid. But Chaser never could resist a chick who gives as good as she gets. Lara is sexy as hell, and she’s not afraid of him. Plus, her links to a California club could provide the Devils with leverage against their enemies. But that would mean mixing business with pleasure—and risking the one woman Chaser can’t afford to lose.


Megan Crane has a way with words that has us sensing the menace rolling off of the skin of each and every one of the guys in this series, yet with the touch of the right woman, we watch them transform into a gentle soul right before our eyes! Yes, they are still mean and tough and raunchy as all get out … but there is still a deep connection and softness in how much they love their women. I am loving this series … and Chaser and Lara just increased my adoration! 🙂 Awesome characters, a heated atmosphere both with steamy sex and danger, and a plot that keeps me coming back for more. With the ending on this one, stuff is about to hit the fan, so I have my fingers crossed for the next book soon!

Ryan “Chaser” Frey doesn’t have time for petty nonsense, so when his teenage daughter’s teacher leaves him a massive number of messages in the one day he was unreachable with club business, it really rubs him the wrong way. What does this hoity toity priss know about raising a kid in his lifestyle?

Lara Ashburn grew up knee deep in the life, and she hates motorcycle clubs with a passion! She blames it for the childhood she had and for ruining her brother’s life. She wants desperately to make sure her student isn’t losing herself in the ugliness around her.

Ryan comes to the school to tell this teacher to get off his kid and mind her own business, but when she stands up and starts mouthing off to him, he can’t help but become amused … does she know who she’s talking to? … and does she realize her mouth is making him see her in a whole new light? Maybe he should show her … after all, when he puts his hands on her, she makes it real obvious that she hates it … and loves it even more!

five-stars

* Review * TRYING IT ALL by Christi Barth

* Review * TRYING IT ALL by Christi BarthTrying It All by Christi Barth
Series: A Naked Men Novel #4
Published by Loveswept on May 16, 2017
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four-stars

Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.


I always enjoy my visits with The Naked Men! 🙂  With the fourth book in this series, we get Riley Ness’ story. He’s super serious and rigid, but we get the story behind why he is the way he is, and we also get to see him lighten up a bit as love comes into his life. The characters are always great and we get to enjoy the guys and couples from the previous books. This one drifted away from the blog/podcast a lot though, so that was a little bit of a different aspect from this series. I wanted more time to enjoy them as a couple once they got together, but overall, a fun addition to the series!

Riley Ness is the serious one of the bunch! He plans his life rigidly and always watches out for everyone else. He lets down his guard with his buddies, but he doesn’t live dangerously. That’s why Summer Sheridan and her fly by night attitude drives him up the wall!

Summer’s best friend Chloe is all but engaged to be married to Riley’s best friend Griff, so they are thrown together a lot in social situations.  The gang has gotten used to hearing them banter and complain about each other. When they decide they need to try getting along better for Chloe and Griff’s sake, they realize they actually have a hot attraction for each other! Will hearing about each other’s life stories and knowing the reasoning behind their different ways of life help them understand the other or will it just be one more thing they fight about?

four-stars

* Review * THE WARRIOR’S WAY by Jenna Kernan

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* Review * THE WARRIOR’S WAY by Jenna KernanThe Warrior's Way by Jenna Kernan
Series: Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on June 1, 2017
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five-stars

To trust and protect…

Tribal police chief Jack Bear Den will do anything to stop ecoterrorists. But partnering with disgraced ex-FBI explosives expert Sophia Rivas is trouble even his trail-tested skills never anticipated. Her out-there deductions are blowing up false leads, exposing treacherous lies—and sparking an attraction too dangerous for even Jack to resist.

By the book was never Sophia's style. To save lives, she has to gamble on her instincts more than ever. If Jack doesn't trust her, she can handle it—but letting him uncover her deepest secrets is a distraction neither can afford. And with the clock ticking down and disaster about to strike, getting too close may be the last move she and Jack ever make.


With the final book in her Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder series, Jenna Kernan takes us for a wild ride with Jack Bear Den’s story! We have seen his strength and character throughout the series, so it’s great to finally see him up close and personal and get to go along for the ride as he uncovers the answers he’s been worrying over for quite some time now. His love interest is a fun and brings lots of explosiveness to the picture! 🙂

FBI explosives expert Sophia Rivas is doing a favor for her Uncle Luke Forrest when she agrees to meet with Jack Bear Den and his tribal cohorts about the dam safety on their reservation land. She’s in a bit of hot water in her own job right now, so she’s not looking to make waves in a consultation that has nothing to do with her future. She’ll get in, have a look-see and get out.

Jack isn’t expecting to feel an attraction to Sophia, but he can’t deny she packs a real wallop with her sassy attitude and dark beauty. He’s impressed with her knowledge even though what she tells him isn’t what he was hoping to hear. Will she agree to help his tribe with something that isn’t totally on the up-and-up in order to guarantee their safety or will she let her own concern for her job security pull her away? And when danger gets too close for comfort, will Jack be able to get her to safety before whoever is after her finds their mark?

five-stars

* Review * XENAKIS’S CONVENIENT BRIDE by Dani Collins

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* Review * XENAKIS’S CONVENIENT BRIDE by Dani CollinsXenakis's Convenient Bride by Dani Collins
Series: The Secret Billionaires #2
Published by Harlequin Presents on June 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

The challenge: two weeks without your billionaire fortune!

Greek magnate Stavros Xenakis must go undercover to win a bet—and escape his grandfather's demands that he take a bride. Until encountering deliciously tempting housekeeper Calli proves that a wife is exactly what he needs!

Calli's baby being taken away robbed her of the ability to trust anyone. Now Stavros's offer to marry her gives her the chance to finally find her son. But Calli doesn't expect their honeymoon to be so sinfully sensual—and for life as the temporary Mrs. Xenakis to be so exquisitely satisfying…


With the second book in The Secret Billionaire’s trio, Dani Collins brings us the story of Stavros Xenakis. He’s damaged and bitter, but meeting Calli brings out a side of him that’s been missing for a long time. The story line is intense and healing for both of them. Really enjoyed!

Stavros Xenakis knew taking part in this silly bet between his fellow extreme sport buddies was crazy, but hey, living without his name or fortune for 2 weeks is easy as pie and will force Sebastien to hand over his billions to a worthy search & rescue cause! It will be a little uncomfortable, but short-lived … what could go wrong?

Finding a woman worthy of taking home and making his temporary bride is a big surprise! Calli is the housekeeper where he is sent to be the pool guy for his 2 week bet. He’s being hounded by his grandfather to take a bride and settle down if he wants to get him to retire and hand over the family business to him, so what better way to thumb his nose at the demands than to bring a Greek bride home with him?

Calli would do anything to get closer to where she knows her son was taken when he was stolen from her … even marry an arrogant man! Will she find herself enjoying the time she spends with him more than she expected?

four-half-stars

* Review * CRAVE ME by Stacey Lynn

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* Review * CRAVE ME by Stacey LynnCrave Me by Stacey Lynn
Series: Luminous #2
Published by Carina Press on May 29, 2017
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five-stars

Chloe

I know I shouldn't covet my sister's ex-boyfriend.

She may have wanted nothing to do with his BDSM lifestyle, but I'm a born submissive. And the only place I want to be is under Simon's command.

But he won't go near me. Not with the memory of her so close.

That leaves me no choice. If he won't touch me when he knows who I am, I'll have to come to him in disguise.

He's worth the risk. I'm meant to be his. Now I just have to prove it to him.

Simon

Being a Dominant cost me my first love, but I can't deny who I am. I won't. Control and power are everything, and the way I keep mine is by playing only with experienced subs. No exceptions.

Until I met her.

She wore a mask, but I knew the moment our lips touched she was meant to belong to me. Young, new to the world of BDSM—I knew training her would be a risk.

I didn't know it would destroy me.


A sensual exploration of BDSM, an unorthodox second-chance romance and a sweet against-all-odds love story, all rolled into one! There was just something about Chloe and Simon that attached them to my heart early on in the book. They both had their scars and yearned for the forbidden … and luckily were strong enough to let themselves reach for it! Really enjoyed their story.

Chloe Reynolds yearns to submit herself, body and soul, to the one man that she has always wanted. Yes, he’s off-limits … yes, he’d have rejected her if he’d known who she was before she kissed him … yes, her family will never be the same again if she moves forward with her desire … but she can’t live with denying herself her completion anymore. Years passing hasn’t waned her love.

Being a dominant cost Simon Delgado his first love … Chloe’s sister. When a masked woman kisses him and blows his mind, he is horrified to realize that it’s Chloe. He can’t touch her … she’s Cassie’s sister! He runs as fast as he can in the other direction! As months pass and he can’t get that kiss or Chloe out of his mind, he realizes when he runs into her again at the club that fate is stepping in whether he likes it or not.  He will train her … for one month … and then walk away.

five-stars

* Review * SOUTHERN SECRETS by Susan Carlisle

* Review * SOUTHERN SECRETS by Susan CarlisleSouthern Secrets by Susan Carlisle
Series: A Magnolias and Moonshine Novella #12
on April 22, 2017
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five-stars

Keeping secrets can shatter hearts…

Against her better judgement, Carrie Rodgers pretends she’s her twin sister while being escorted to a children’s hospital gala by Rick Marshall, an up and coming real estate developer in Atlanta. What she didn’t count as her sister’s substitute is a night of passion.

Rick doesn’t tolerate liars but he’s willing to imply his and Carrie’s relationship is more than it is to close a career defining deal. Having the right woman on his arm could tip the scales in his favor, but he’s not prepared for his heart getting caught in the balance as well.


A great sexy and sweet novella from the Magnolias and Moonshine series! It’s fast paced, easy to follow and enjoy … the characters are down to earth and easy to like. Really enjoyed Rick and Carrie’s story!

Teacher Carrie Rodgers begrudgingly agrees to secretly switch places with her twin sister Cathie to go out on a date with real estate developer Rick Marshall. There is absolutely no malice intended, she just finds it impossible to say no to her sister when she selfishly wants to do her own thing instead of keeping a commitment she made to accompany Rick to a charity event.

Rick didn’t think he was going to enjoy his date with Cathie all that much, but the woman he picks up seems different. More genuine, fresh and subtle. The date turns into an exciting time, ending up in what is just supposed to be one night together, but turns into a weekend of fun. When the truth comes to light, will Rick be able to forgive the deceit that he abhors so much in order to be with the woman who has taken his breath away?

five-stars

* Review * SCORE by Victoria Denault

* Review * SCORE by Victoria DenaultScore by Victoria Denault
Series: San Francisco Thunder #1
Published by Forever on May 9, 2017
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four-stars

He's used to winning, but now he's playing with his heart.

Jude Braddock. Hockey god. That's how everyone sees him now. But when they were teenagers, Zoey knew him as the kid who didn't have enough nerve to make a move on their one and only disastrous date. Seems he doesn't have that problem anymore, though. According to the rumors, he's with a different woman every night. After a rough divorce, the last thing Zoey needs is more heartbreak. But Jude's cocky, playful attitude is mighty hard to resist.

Jude knows he isn't built for long-term relationships. But he's getting sick of women pounding on his door in the middle of the night looking for a rematch. When Zoey comes back into his life, it's like fate has given him a second chance. He'll do anything to make her happy again. Is this what love looks like? He has no idea. All he knows for sure is that this time, he's playing for keeps.


A great kick-off to a new hockey series by Victoria Denault! I enjoyed the characters and the plot a lot … there was a slight disconnect occasionally, but overall a solid book . I look forward to more in the series!

Jude Braddock is one of the “it” guys in hockey right now. They’re coming off a Stanley Cup win and he should be flying high, but he’s just not feeling it. Life is getting old. He’s getting a little worn down on life in the fast lane with a different chick every night and living up to his player reputation. He knows he’s not cut out for a relationship, but as crazy as it sounds, it’s lonely out there!

Real estate agent Zoey Quinlin is coming out of an unexpected and discouraging divorce when Jude steps back into her life again. She can’t believe the childhood summer fling that she has never forgotten about is here in front of her .. sexy as all get out! She knows she shouldn’t, but she has never been able to resist the pull that Jude seems to have on her. He’s a great guy, even if he has the love ’em and leave ’em reputation these days … and she finds herself unable to walk away.

Is another heartache in her future, or will she be just what Jude needs to make him see that there’s love out there for him … love that is worth all of his devotion … love that will last … love that will set him free.

four-stars

* Blog Tour / Book Review * FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN by Kristina Knight

* Blog Tour / Book Review * FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN by Kristina KnightFamous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight
Series: A Slippery Rock Novel
Published by Harlequin Superromance on May 1, 2017
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four-stars

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.


Sometimes what we go searching for has been right in front of us the whole time! A sweet story of finding a sense of belonging even when life doesn’t go the way you want. The characters are enjoyable and carry the story to a happy fruition. A little slow in places, but overall a deep and meaningful read!

Savannah Walters hasn’t been able to truly find her place in the world no matter how much she’s searched. She’s a product of her past and can’t seem to get her head around the fact that the responsibility of other people’s decisions and choices didn’t rest on her shoulders. She tried to strike out on her own in Nashville, but after a bit of a scandal that brought her tour and possibly her entire career to a screeching halt, she finds her way back home to Slippery Rock, Missouri.

Collin Tyler is the first person she comes upon when she gets back into town … of all people … the guy she had a crush on as a kid, but who never gave her the time of day of anything more than his best friend’s little sister. Collin has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders right now running his family orchard, taking care of his ailing Gran and trying to get his trouble making teenage sister under control … the last thing he needs is a woman hanging around! But needing it and wanting it are two entirely different things … and the yearning he feels for her is a little too much to resist!

 

 

 

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Famous in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 306 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

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About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Falling Leaves
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It’s All About the Romance
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Granny Loves to Read
Deal Sharing Aunt
Thoughts of a Blonde
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