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* Blog Tour / Book Review * FAMILY OF HIS OWN by Catherine Lanigan

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * FAMILY OF HIS OWN by Catherine LaniganFamily of His Own by Catherine Lanigan
Series: Shores of Indian Lake
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on July 1, 2017
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He's ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he's always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she's been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn't even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn't feel like a future. Maybe it's time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…


A trip back to Indian Lake brings us the story of two friends … and possibly soul mates? I had conflicted feelings about this heroine. On one side, I understood how she felt about her past and the unfairness of it all, but on the other side, I found it really hard to like her when she was acting so selfish & one dimensional. There is turmoil, growth and happily ever afters … but a long road of self-discovery to get there!

Scott Abbott feels like he has loved Isabelle Hawks for his entire life. They have shared so much of their lives together. To him, they are meant to be … but he’s starting to realize she might not feel the same way.

Isabelle spent so much of her life putting what she wanted to the side to help others, so when she’s handed an opportunity to move forward in her pursuit of perfecting her art, she jumps at the chance … even though it means putting Scott on the back burner. She thought he would still be there for her … but he just might decide to move forward with his dreams for a future … with or without her.

 

 

 

 

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Family of His Own
(Shores of Indian Lake #8)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future. Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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Tour Schedule

June 24th: Launch
June 25th: Brooke Blogs & Reading Is My SuperPower
June 26th: It’s All About the Romance & Hearts & Scribbles
June 27th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
June 28th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Mel’s Shelves
June 29th: Getting Your Read On & Thoughts of a Blonde
June 30th: Paulette’s Papers & I Am A Reader
July 2nd: Becky on Books & deal sharing aunt
July 3rd: Sylv.net & Wishful Endings
July 6th: Heidi Reads…, Inside The Mind of An Avid Reader & Nicole’s Book Musings
July 7th: Grand Finale

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * ROAMING WILD by Tracey Devlyn

* Blog Tour / Book Review * ROAMING WILD by Tracey DevlynRoaming Wild by Tracey Devlyn
Series: Steele Ridge #6
Published by Steele Ridge LLC on June 20, 2017
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She's loved him forever...

The last thing traveling nurse Evie Steele expects to find aboard the RV housing her mobile health clinic is her brother's best friend. As always, Deke's close proximity stirs her forbidden desires and long-suppressed dreams. But his sudden reappearance in her life and curious interest in her patients makes Evie wonder what he's hiding.

...but now his secrets could destroy them both.

Special agent Deke Conrad is in big trouble. Not only does he have a thing for his friend's little sister, but what should be a routine mission is turning into a tour of temptation and survival. He fooled himself into thinking he could keep the beautiful and dynamic Evie in the dark while he used the cover of her Med Mobile to track down a merciless wildlife trafficker. But he didn't anticipate the lure of her scent or the warmth of her smile...or the string of dead bodies littering their path.

When Evie winds up in his enemy's crosshairs, Deke must unleash every weapon in his arsenal to save her, including his heart. But will he be too late?

The reign of the Steele family continues as we get to know little sister Evie better! This family is super close-knit and fun to spend time with as we toil along from one adventure to another. There was a bit of a slowness to this story for a bit, but once we got deep into the mystery, it came to life. Great characters, good mystery and a happily ever after!
The youngest Steele sibling has been crushing on big brother Britt’s best friend for as long as she can remember. He’s a hunk, he’s sweet and he for the most part he treats her like another big brother … but every once in awhile she sees that look in his eyes. She knows he wants her just as much as she wants her, she just has to make him admit it!
Special Agent Deke Conrad does want Evie … but they have so much going against them. He’s older, he’s her brother’s best friend and he has way too many secrets to be able to pull off a happy ending. When circumstances arise that send him along on a mission with Evie and fellow traveling nurse, close quarters have him sharing an RV with Evie … and up close and personal is all it takes for their true feelings to explode! When danger from his secret life puts Evie in it’s target, will he be able to keep her safe and solve his case … and at the same time forge a future with her? 

Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn wanted to be the next Dian Fossey and explore the wilds of Africa, but that was before she met chemistry and calculus and realized a business major, rather than a science degree, might be more up her alley.Tracey writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense, historical mysteries, and mainstream thrillers. An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters.

For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at http://www.TraceyDevlyn.com. Want information about Tracey’s new releases to be delivered to your email inbox? Consider signing up for her newsletter http://traceydevlyn.com/contact. Tracey can also be found at http://Instagram.com/TraceyDevlyn, http://Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn or http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn.

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She’s loved him forever…

The last thing traveling nurse Evie Steele expects to find aboard the RV housing her mobile health clinic is her brother’s best friend. As always, Deke’s close proximity stirs her forbidden desires and long-suppressed dreams. But his sudden reappearance in her life and curious interest in her patients makes Evie wonder what he’s hiding.

…but now his secrets could destroy them both.

Special agent Deke Conrad is in big trouble. Not only does he have a thing for his friend’s little sister, but what should be a routine mission is turning into a tour of temptation and survival. He fooled himself into thinking he could keep the beautiful and dynamic Evie in the dark while he used the cover of her Med Mobile to track down a merciless wildlife trafficker. But he didn’t anticipate the lure of her scent or the warmth of her smile…or the string of dead bodies littering their path.

When Evie winds up in his enemy’s crosshairs, Deke must unleash every weapon in his arsenal to save her, including his heart. But will he be too late?

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July 31

Steele Ridge, Western North Carolina

 

Deke pushed through the door of Blues, Brews, and Books—or, as the locals liked to say, Triple B. It was good to be back in Steele Ridge, which had formerly been named Canyon Ridge. His family had moved here right before he entered the fourth grade and stayed through his junior year before returning to their hometown of Rockton.

For him, Steele Ridge would always be his true home. He’d made lifelong friends here, and it was the place where he’d become a man.

His eyes took a moment to adjust before settling on the lone figure stationed at the bar. Zigzagging his way around islands of low and high tables, he slapped his friend’s broad shoulder. “Hello, shit for brains.”

Rather than be startled by such an abrupt greeting, Britt Steele angled his lumberjack body around and held out his hand. “You’re late.” He shook Deke’s hand before bellying up to the bar again. “Some of us have to return to work, you know.”

Deke slid onto the barstool kiddie corner to his friend’s. “Can’t even work up an ounce of sympathy.” He nodded to the bartender, Grady. “My last vacation was over a year ago. I’m going to enjoy every second of the next fourteen days.”

Britt eyed the sling cradling his arm. “What happened? Keyboard attack you?”

Deke did his damnedest not to lie to those he cared about. As far as his friends and family knew, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of External Affairs, traveling all over the Southeast Region in search of his next story. Or he could be found cooped up at the Asheville field office banging out articles for the Service’s quarterly newsletter. All true—but not the whole truth.

“You have no idea how threatening the office environment can be.”

“And I hope I never do. How are you healing?”

The dull, throbbing pain in his shoulder served as a constant reminder of how quickly a mission could go wrong, even with hours of careful planning. Matteo had gotten the worst of it, though. SONR’s engineer had spent three days in the hospital after the surgeon had dug the arrow out of his leg. The damned thing had gone so deep that the tip had embedded in bone.

Clenching his jaw, Deke flexed his fingers and lifted his elbow until the action caused an involuntary wince. Better than yesterday, but he wouldn’t be playing basketball anytime soon.

“Getting there.”

“What do you have planned, besides lunch with a friend you’ve blown off for months?”

“Not a damn thing.”

“You’re going to stare at your apartment walls for the next two weeks?”

“Maybe. If the mood strikes.”

“Don’t see it. I’ve never known you to be idle, in over twenty-five years.”

“I’m hoping to sleep away the first two days.” Deke rubbed his tired eyes. “I’ll see where things go from there.”

“Tough assignment?”

He chose his words carefully. “They get more complicated every time.”

“Complicated how? Don’t you just go into an area, interview people, take some pictures and then write up an article?”

“I wish it were that simple.”

“What can I get you?” Grady asked.

“Surprise me.” He glanced at Britt. “You order food yet?”

“Yeah. Hope you’re in the mood for a burger.”

“Do you order for Randi?”

“Not a chance,” a new voice said.

Randi Shepherd cuddled against Britt’s side and kissed him. Although she kept it short, Deke could feel the power of their intimacy from two feet away. A pang of envy clutched his chest, and he shifted his attention to Grady’s nimble hands. What he wouldn’t give to have a woman love him as Randi loves Britt. It was a notion that had filtered through his thoughts a lot lately.

“He knows better.” Randi wrapped Deke in a warm hug. “Seems like forever since we saw you last. You gonna hang around Steele Ridge for a while?”

“I’d planned to. Mind if I rent the loft above the bar for a few days?”

“Of course. I’ll have someone run up there to see if it’s habitable.”

“Thought you didn’t have a plan,” Britt said.

“My plan is not to have a plan.”

Randi laughed. “Let me go check on your food.”

He watched his friend’s gaze follow Randi from the room. “How’s domestic life treating you?”

“Bit of an adjustment at first, but we’ve settled into a groove now.”

“A good one?”

“The best.”

“How’s the Center?”

Thanks to a hefty investment from Britt’s younger brother, he was running a Wildlife Research Center on the outskirts of town.

“I hired a botanist to study the red wolves’ habitat and the surrounding conservation area.”

“Is that trepidation or skepticism I hear in your voice?”

“Fear.” Britt lifted a beer mug to his lips. “She’s my cousin.”

He searched his memory for another conservationist in the Steele family. “Not Riley.”

“Ding, ding, ding.”

“The Kingston menace?”

Britt smiled.

“What the hell were you thinking? She used to plant shit bombs in our sleeping bags.”

“She just got back from a research expedition in Costa Rica and needed a job. The Center needed a botanist, so everyone’s happy.”

“Can’t wait to see how long that lasts.”

A gust of air signaled the arrival of a newcomer to Triple B. Even before Deke turned, a buzz of awareness sprinted down his spine. Only one person had ever had that effect on him.

The last person who should.

Evie Steele.

Even though he’d known her since she’d toddled around on chubby legs, he’d first noticed her crystal blue eyes, silken black hair, and long, long legs right after she turned sixteen. He’d come upon her sunbathing in a gut-socking white bikini. The sight had stopped him cold. Then the heat had come. Scorching, blood-searing heat.

When she’d glanced at him over her bare shoulder and thrown out her sweet Evie smile, he could only stare at the way the triangle of white material molded her firm ass. She’d twisted around, and his attention had torn from her rounded bottom to mouthwatering breasts that would fit his hand perfectly.

Somewhere between fifteen and sixteen, his Squirt had…developed. And he’d stirred. For her. Evie. The girl who, up to that point, had been like a sister to him. Guilt had consumed him.

For years afterwards, he’d done everything he could to avoid her.

Avoidance hadn’t stopped his thoughts. His vivid dreams. His comparing every woman he looked at to Evie’s perfection.

Evie Steele had squirmed her way into every conscious thought and desire he possessed. No amount of cursing, women, or distance had managed to shake her hold.

At one point, when she’d cleared high school, he’d considered braving Britt’s big brother wrath and asking her out. But she’d plunged into college and nursing school at the same time he’d been invited to join a newly formed black ops unit with the Service.

Now, four years later, their journeys were still worlds apart. With a degree under her belt, Evie would be starting a career. Whereas kids, family, and settling down had begun visiting his thoughts, as of late.

Britt had found soul-searing happiness with Randi. She smoothed his edges, cared for him in a way no one else ever had. And he’d almost lost the love of his life to a greed-driven trophy hunter.

The power of that kind of love struck fear in Deke’s heart and warmed it, at the same time. Problem was, he didn’t have a wife, fiancée, or even a girlfriend. Not one viable candidate.

His gaze locked on Evie’s across the bar, and the pressure on his chest intensified, became crushing. Time had passed, and his lecherous guilt had faded. They were both adults now. If not for the twelve years separating their ages, Evie might have been the one.

But he could never ask her to put her career on hold to be with him and start a family. What if she did and then couldn’t stomach the demands of his career? She would’ve given up so much, for what?

Heartbreak.

Resentment.

Anger.

Hate.

He swallowed back his longing and returned to his beer, allowing the familiar mask to drop in place.

Forcing away the memory of last year’s stolen kiss.

* * *

Evie Steele spotted her brother the moment she entered Triple B. Over two hundred pounds of muscle and shaggy blond hair was hard to miss, even in this lunch crowd.

Her big brother held her attention for about a half a second before her Deke radar blared.

There he was. Every bit as tall as Britt, but with the sleek, muscled planes of a leopard rather than the thick sturdiness of a tiger. Deke’s coloring was even darker, deeper. As if he’d spent all the hours of his days outside. Curly ebony hair shaved close at the sides and back and tamed at the top by a hint of hair product.

What she wouldn’t do to see that beautiful mane grow wild, to run her fingers through his thick curls. To feel their softness whisper against her bare breast. Evie shook off the erotic fantasy before she made a fool of herself in front of the good residents of Steele Ridge.

Instead, she braced herself for their reunion. At the moment, she was quite unhappy with him. But Deke Conrad could charm the cantankerous out of any farmer and he had every woman in town holding their breath for one of his lopsided grins to float their way.

Deke was a dangerous man.

Especially to her. She’d crushed on him since before she’d known what the word meant. Then her young girl’s worship transformed into something deeper, hotter, more stirring than a simple attraction. She ached to draw imaginary lines over his broad, bare back, to trace her lips down the center of his glistening chest, to inhale his musky, masculine scent as her tongue explored his most intimate parts.

Gah! She had to stop with the naked, entwined images.

The big lug refused to see her as a beddable woman. Scratch that. He’d noticed. She’d caught him looking at her behind a time or two. The most memorable moment, the time that had given her the most hope, was when she’d been sitting in front of the picture window in her mom’s front room.

At that time of the day, silhouettes from inside the house reflected onto the glass, giving her fair warning should any of her brothers try to sneak up from behind. But her brothers hadn’t filled the picture window that day. Deke had.

He’d stopped by to pick up Britt for some outing or other and spotted her reading. He hadn’t announced his presence. He’d just stood there, watching her.

Even now, years later, her flesh heated, her breasted tightened, her center dampened at the memory. All for a guy who couldn’t get beyond the fact that she was his best friend’s little sister.

Sometimes she’d like to flick his ears. Knock the fog from his eyes. Last year, at the groundbreaking ceremony for Britt’s wildlife research center, she’d thought he’d set aside the ridiculous barrier he’d erected and decided to see where their mutual attraction led. But the next morning, the scaredy-cat had disappeared.

For eleven months, eight days, and…never mind. It was a long frickin’ time.

His dark gaze honed in on her across the bar. A spin top tore across her chest, then idled on her stomach, burrowing deep. She slapped the damn thing away.

Who disappeared after a first kiss? Caveman Conrad, that’s who. When he’d vanished without a word of goodbye, he’d lost his chance with her. Not that he was rolling any dice in that direction, but if he were, he’d hit snake eyes. Too many loved ones had ditched her over the years. She wasn’t about to get tangled up with a guy who couldn’t see past her last name to the woman she’d become.

At least that’s what she told herself. One come hither-glance from those iridescent eyes, and all her hard lines would go limp like a spaghetti noodle. No getting around it. She was a hot mess when it came to her feelings for Deke Conrad. “Evie-girl, what are you up to today?” asked a woman with a thick salt-and-pepper braid resting over one shoulder.

“Here to pester my brother before I set off for another MedTour. Speaking of which, how’s your knee? Still painful when you bend it?”

“Nah. Those exercises you gave me did the trick.”

“Happy to hear it. Have a nice afternoon, Mrs. Grossman.”

As she wove her way to the bar, several diners gave her quick waves, big smiles, and warm hellos. She mustered a half-hearted acknowledgment. She didn’t stop to chat like normal. She couldn’t. No words could get past her air-locked throat.

Deke was in her midst.

Damn the man!

“Hey, Squirt,” Deke said when she neared.

The nickname was like a palm to the forehead. Blunt. Hard. Crushing.

She met his gaze. Held it long enough to determine whether or not he remembered their kiss. Those ice-blue eyes held the same warm friendship they always had. No longing. No passion. No glimmer of hope. “Hey, Deke.”

Britt turned around on his barstool, and she hugged him before sitting on his opposite side.

“What? No squeeze for me?”

Somehow she produced her most mischievous smile. “I don’t hug strangers.”

“Ouch. It hasn’t been that long.”

“Guess that depends on your perspective.”

Britt eyed the two of them, big brother suspicion creasing the area between his brows.

Time for a subject change.

“Thanks for the lunch invite,” she said. “I’m glad we could get together before I head out.”

“Need anything?” Britt asked.

“I’m good, thanks.” She nudged her shoulder against his. “I have a job now, you know.”

“I know.”

She let the issue alone. Britt would always look out for his younger brothers and sisters. No matter their age or economic status. Heck, Jonah was a billionaire and Britt still tried to buy his lunch.

“Taking a trip?” Deke asked.

“Yep.”

He waited for her to explain. She didn’t. She was that annoyed with him.

“Here you go.” Kris McKay slid plates in front of Britt and Deke. “Can I get you boys anything else?”

“Not in front of the kid,” Deke said, winking at Kris.

“What in the world are you talking about, Deke Conrad?” Kris asked, throwing a conspiratorial grin her way. “Evie’s my age.”

Deke glanced between Kris and Evie.

“That way lies trouble, my friend,” Britt said, biting into his burger.

Evie raised a brow in Deke’s direction, waiting.

He grabbed the ketchup bottle and squirted a blob next to his steak-cut fries.

Noticing his sling, pressure squeezed her chest. “What happened to your arm?”

“Hunting accident.” He popped a ketchup-coated fry in his mouth. “I’ll be rid of it in a couple weeks.”

“How’d it happen?”

“A second of inattention.”

She wanted far more detail, but his expression closed like an iron gate protecting the castle.

“Want something to eat?” Britt asked, forcing her attention away from Deke’s injury.

“I’ve been thinking about Randi’s bruschetta all the way here.”

“What about your meal?”

“That will be my meal.”

Smiling, Kris said, “I’ll put your order in.”

Britt scooted his plate over to her. “Have some fries.”

“Afraid I’ll waste away?”

“No chance of that.”

She smacked his shoulder. “Rude.”

“Do you have a job lined up now that you’re done with college?” Deke asked.

“I’m not done yet.”

He glanced a Britt. “Didn’t you tell me she graduated?”

“She did. Evie’s starting a Master’s degree.”

“Master’s.” Deke’s flat tone drew her gaze. His expression remained neutral, but his eyes…his eyes revealed…loss.

Her throat closed at the small tell of his feelings. Why loss? Why wouldn’t he be happy for her?

Breaking eye contact, he lifted his beer bottle to his lips. “Is that why you’re taking a trip? A little me time before classes start up?”

“No me time.” She stared at the tray of quartered limes and lemons. A strange hollowness filled the area where her heart used to be. Why couldn’t she figure him out? Why did he persist in ignoring this thing between them? Why did she let him?

The bartender set a glass of ice water in front of her.

“Thanks, Grady.”

“MedTour,” Britt said.

Evie sipped her drink, wishing her brother would’ve let the subject drop.

“MedTour?”

“She’s going to travel around the mountains in an RV, patching up patients who don’t have health care or reliable transportation.”

“By yourself?”

“I’ll be working under the direction of a Nurse Practitioner. Lisa Frye. She went to school with you and Britt.”

“I remember her. She’s an old friend.”

The softening around Deke’s mouth and eyes lanced her insides. She reached for her water again. “Then you’ve heard of her MedTours.”

“I knew she went to different towns to offer up her services, but I didn’t realize it was so structured. Definitely didn’t know about the RV.”

“One serving of Randi’s bruschetta.” Kris set a rectangular dish in front of her. “Let me know if you need anything else.”

“Thanks, this should be more than enough.” Evie picked up a piece of toasted bread piled high with tiny cubed tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. She bit into the mound, and the mixture of flavors burst into her mouth. She closed her eyes, chewing slowly, appreciatively. Enjoying something besides yogurt and Ramen noodles, for a change.

“Good?”

She opened her eyes to find Britt smiling down at her. She grinned back until she caught Deke staring at her mouth. She licked her bottom lip, hoping like hell she didn’t have basil stuck in her teeth.

His focus intensified, burned, until his gaze lifted to hers.

Blink. And the fire disappeared.

Deke cleared his throat. “How does this MedTour thing work? Are people scheduling appointments? Or do you make house calls?”

Evie released a painful breath, wishing she could blink away emotion as easily as he. “Every month the MedTour visits impoverished communities all over the Smokies.”

“Residents come to expect you, then.”

“Yes, Lisa has set up a regular route. Every once in a while she’ll veer off-course because of an emergency or something. But the whole thing runs like clockwork. Takes two weeks to complete the route, barring anything crazy coming up.”

“Two weeks on tour, two weeks off?”

“Yep.”

“What towns are you hitting?”

“I don’t recall the entire schedule, but I know Haden’s Hollow, Niles, and Creede are on the list.”

“Creede?” His gaze sharpened on her. “Isn’t that close to Bamford?”

“I have no idea.”

“Just to the north of Bamford,” Britt interjected.

“When are you headed out?” Deke asked.

“Three days from now.”

Deke took several bites of his burger, throwing them all into a thoughtful silence. Then he asked, “Do you enjoy the work?”

She nodded. “After four years of nursing school, I’m glad to finally put what I’ve learned into practice. Everyone we treat is so grateful. It’s an amazing program.” She aimed another mound of bruschetta toward her mouth. “This is only my second tour. I live in fear I’ll screw something up and cause someone more harm than good.”

“If you treat enough people, the odds are good that you’ll screw up something,” Britt said in his most pragmatic voice. “The important part is what you do afterwards.”

“Are you trying to terrify me?”

“No.” His eyebrows pushed together. “All I’m saying is when you mess up don’t dwell on the mistake. Figure out how to fix it and how not to do it again.”

Deke chuckled. “I think your sister needs a peppier talk. Something like, ‘You’re doing great. I’m proud of you.’”

“Of course I’m proud of her. But no one’s perfect, especially not when starting a new job. Mistakes happen.”

“It’s okay, Britt,” she said. “I knew what you meant.” Britt didn’t waste words, nor was he one for chitchat. For him to say as much as he had on the topic told her that he was as nervous about this new adventure as she.

“I’m proud of her, too,” Deke said.

Startled by Deke’s quiet statement, Evie stared him.

“Many people talk. They empathize with their neighbor about the poor in Appalachia, while enjoying lattes at the local coffee shop. But they don’t act. The poor have no impact on their daily lives, so their empathy wanes with the next weighty topic.” He lopsided smile appeared, the one that always, always melted her heart. “You’re a doer, Evie Steele. Always have been.”

Needles stung her nose and the backs of her eyes. Words of thanks clogged her throat, refusing to emerge for fear of their inadequacy.

He tossed his napkin onto the bar and drew a twenty-dollar bill from his wallet. “Gotta go.”

“You just got here,” Britt said.

“Just remembered I need to follow up on something for work.”

“I thought you were taking some time off.”

“I am. Or will be.” He shook Britt’s hand and hesitated a second before nodding to her. “See y’all later.”

“Hey,” Britt called, angling around. “If you’re free this Sunday, give me a call. Found a new fishing spot with bluegills the size of your hand.”

“Sounds like my kind a hole.”

She followed Deke’s departure until his dark head was no longer visible. A familiar ache of loss filled in her chest.

“What was all that about?” Britt asked.

“All what?”

“The tension between the two of you was so thick I nearly suffocated.”

“So melodramatic.”

“I’m waiting.”

“We’ve always teased each other.”

“Exactly. Tease.” Britt rubbed a hand over his face and released a harsh breath. “Listen, I recognize when a man—”

“There’s nothing going on between us. All I did was call him out on staying away for so long.”

He regarded her for several uncomfortable seconds, disbelief storming in his eyes. But he didn’t press her. Simply dipped a fry into his ketchup and handed it to her.

Gratitude made her smile. How could she tell her brother that the tension he sensed might have been sexual on her side, but avoidance on Deke’s? One humiliation per day was more than enough. Thank the sweet Lord she wouldn’t see Deke Conrad again anytime soon.

 

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* Review * SERENITY HARBOR by RaeAnne Thayne

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* Review * SERENITY HARBOR by RaeAnne ThayneSerenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point
Published by HQN Books on June 27, 2017
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In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized.

Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he's ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there's room in it for him, too…


Two lost souls collide and make a magical connection in this feel-good romance from RaeAnne Thayne! I didn’t think I could love Haven Point any more than I already did from past books, but this one tops it all. There’s sadness and tears, there’s fear mixed with hope, there’s a sweet connection of weak with strong. A fabulous story all the way around!

Tech millionaire Bowie Callahan might have made it to the big time in his career, but he never expected to find himself guardian to a little brother he didn’t even know he had at this point in his life! He’s recently moved to Haven Point and is trying to get settled, now with this wrench thrown into his plans, he could really use some help!

Schoolteacher Katrina Bailey happens to run into Bo and his little brother and isn’t happy at all with how she sees Bowie handling things with his sibling. She doesn’t like the man at first sight, but she finds herself agreeing to a temporary job just to ease his little brother’s transition! She might not want to be around the guy, but the money will go a long way in helping her to adopt her own little cherub! It surprises her to find that Bo is actually a nice guy once she gets settled in with them and gets to know him a little. Will the attraction they quickly have for each other cause a problem in their working relationship, or will they decide to act on it and see where this thing goes?

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* Review * CALL TO ENGAGE by Tawny Weber

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* Review * CALL TO ENGAGE by Tawny WeberCall to Engage by Tawny Weber
Series: A Team Poseidon Novel #2
Published by HQN Books on June 27, 2017
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The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he's heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.

Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there's no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…


Book two in Tawny Weber’s Team Poseidon series is even better than the first as the team digs deep to try to flush out the traitor in their midst! We get to know some of their history better and go on a crash course of his past with Elijah as he works through some issues.  A powerful group of men who know how to show their soft side when dealing with the friendships they hold dear!

Lieutenant Elijah Prescott is still trying to pick up the pieces of his sanity after his last mission went haywire. He’s heading home on leave to try to figure out what life holds for him now. He’s just expecting the relax and regroup, he didn’t know he’d be running into his ex-wife and have the past reel him in again!

Ava Monroe thought she had moved past their history, but seeing Elijah brings it all screaming to the front again. Their marriage suffered great tragedy and instead of turning towards each other to heal, it split them apart. She turned away from him and found a way to heal herself enough to become a stronger, independent person. The attraction between them rears it’s head as soon as they cross each other’s paths again, so instead of trying to fight it, she decides to delve right back into it and get it out of their systems so she can go on with her life once he’s gone again … what she doesn’t count on, is actually getting neck deep in a mission with him and having to learn how strong her love for him really is!

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* Release Day Blast / Book Review * ON THE PLUS SIDE by Alison Bliss

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* Release Day Blast / Book Review * ON THE PLUS SIDE by Alison BlissOn The Plus Side by Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit #2
Published by Forever on June 27, 2017
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Big girls don't cry.
They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.


In her uniquely sassy voice, Alison Bliss brings her A game with the second book in her A Perfect Fit series! I didn’t think I could love a couple more than I did Leah & Sam from the first book Size Matters, but Valerie and Logan managed to lasso my heart from the start and had me waiting with bated breath to see if they were going to hook up and claim that happily ever after! Sweet & feisty characters, super hot sexual tension and lots of tight friendships pave the way to a really great story!

Valerie Carmichael has never been shy about saying what she wants and going out to get it, but there was one thing that she has wanted for longer than she can even remember that she never managed to get … her brother’s best friend Logan! He left town years ago before she could convince him she was the gal for him … but now he’s back, and he better watch out!

Logan Mathis just so happens to need some help at his newly opened bar, and Val tells a little fib to get a job. Logan has never let on, but she’s been starring in his fantasies since way back in the day and she’s only gotten hotter and more voluptuous while he’s been gone. How is he supposed to handle being behind the bar with her every night?

 

 

 

 

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Title: ON THE PLUS SIDE
Author: Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit, #2
On Sale: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Forever

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Big girls don’t cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention…even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.

 

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EXCERPT:

Valerie Carmichael needed a drink. A strong one. Because it was the only way she envisioned herself getting through the night.

An elbow nudged into her side, bringing her thoughts back to the crowded bar. “I can’t see anything through all of these people,” Brett said, scanning the room with his eyes. “Come on, let’s go to the other side so I can get a better view.”

Sighing, Valerie trudged behind him without a word.

When Brett had asked her to attend the grand opening of Bottoms Up, a new bar in their hometown of Granite, Texas, she’d hesitated to say yes. Sure, she was curious what the inside of the recently remodeled bar looked like and had no doubt the place would be jam-packed with handsome, available men. But it was still the last place on earth she wanted to be.

She knew better than to hang out in bars with her older and only—thank God—brother. Every time she’d done so in the past, the nights had always ended the same way. Brett would spend the entire evening hovering over her like a rabid pit bull, daring any single guy with a glint in his eye to look her way. Because Valerie turned heads. She always had.

Oh, she wasn’t silly enough to believe she looked like some gorgeous supermodel with a lean, trim figure or anything. She definitely didn’t. But she had a pretty face, banging plus-size curves, and a lively personality. And that was good enough for her. Valerie was just…Valerie. And damn proud of it.

Across the room, Sam and Leah emerged from the dense crowd, with a beer bottle for him and a glass of water for her. Apparently, Leah was still on that damn diet and counting calories so she would fit into her wedding dress. Though why she didn’t just buy the dress in a larger size was beyond Valerie.

Leah blinked at the sight of her. “Val? What are you doing here? You said you weren’t coming.”

Valerie shrugged. “I changed my mind.”

“Are you feeling okay?”

“Yeah, sure. Why?”

“When you said you didn’t want to go out, I assumed you were sick. You never turn down a night out.” Leah placed her palm lightly against Valerie’s forehead. “You sure you don’t have the flu or something?”

Valerie laughed and pushed her friend’s hand away. “Oh, stop it. I just didn’t feel like getting dressed up. I’m getting tired of the whole bar scene.”

Then Valerie’s heart stopped, along with her lips. Oh God.

Brett stood there talking to a tall, dark-haired man who had one thumb hooked in the front pocket of his jeans while he leaned comfortably against the wall with his right shoulder. She couldn’t see the other guy’s face, but she didn’t need to. Valerie recognized all six feet, two inches of him. Logan Mathis.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it’s no wonder she writes “girl books.” She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

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* Release Day Blast * HUNTED by Elisabeth Naughton

 

 

From New York Times Bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton, comes HUNTED,a new novella in her Eternal Guardians Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

ABOUT HUNTED:

Erebus – Dark in every sense of the word, a skilled and lethal warrior, and sinfully sexy by design.

Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.

Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.

 

 

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A flash of blonde hair to his left caught his attention as he ran through the dark forest. His target—Trainee #429745was close, but then he knew that already. His god powers were strongest in darkness, and his hearing, smell, even sight were amplified when night disadvantaged other hunters. He could hear her labored breaths echoing in his ears, could smell the lemony scent of her skin in his nostrils, but seeing the flash of long blonde hair had surprised him.

He hadn’t looked at her picture before he’d left Olympus for this hunt. He’d memorized her trainee number, read through her file and made mental notes of her trainers’ mostly average comments about her hand-to-hand combat and warfare skills. Had questioned the stupid guards she’d overpowered at the gates of Olympus when she’d fled, and who were now suffering their own just fates. And he’d located the portal she’d used outside the gates to cross into this forest in the human realm. But he’d purposefully not looked at her image.

Putting a face to a number gave his prey a human quality he didn’t need to concern himself with. His orders from Zeus were clear: “She failed her last Siren test and ran. Hunt her down and bring her back to me.” It was not Erebus’s place to question Zeus’s command. The King of the Gods could have ordered Erebus to kill the trainee—which he’d done in the past and would do again when called upon because it was his duty—but Zeus hadn’t. That made Erebus’s job this time a helluva lot easier, and for that he was thankful.

But that flash of blonde…

He’d seen it somewhere before. Or hair like it. Not a white blonde. Not a honey blonde. Not even a multicolored blonde like many of the Sirens sported on Olympus. This hair had been a golden blonde so bright it had looked like a gilded waterfall in the darkness of the forest when she’d whipped past him through the trees.

Not important.

What she looked like had no impact on his current assignment. Clearing his mind, he shifted direction and picked up his speed, heading toward the flash of blonde he’d seen. Her labored breaths grew louder. Her scent stronger. Ahead, that golden blonde flashed again, whipping behind her as she turned to look into the dark forest at her back then angled forward again and ran faster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”

 

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* Release Day Blitz * CALL TO ENGAGE by Tawny Weber

 

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team’s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…CALL TO ENGAGE will delight fans of UNDER PRESSURE by Lori Foster and A SEAL’S PLEDGE by Cora Seton!

 

About Call to Engage:

Title: Call To Engage
Author: Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: June 27, 2017
Series: Team Poseidon
Genres: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense/Military Romance

ISBN: (Digital) 9781460397886
ISBN: (Print) 9780373801961

 

 

Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he’s heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.

Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there’s no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…

 

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Incredible.

That was the only word in his head as the aftershocks trembled through their bodies.

Incredible.

And then he came down.

Not in a nice, slow, gentle descent, either.

Nope, he crashed like a plane plummeting from the sky to ram into a mountainside.

He’d just had sex.

With Ava.

His ex-wife. The only woman he’d ever loved. The only one he’d ever wanted to love. The one who’d broken his heart into tiny little pieces and tossed them aside.

Shit.

His body still slick with sweat, the scent of Ava wrapped around him like a second skin, Elijah wondered if she realized that while extracting her promise of no regrets, he hadn’t offered the same.

After all, Elijah knew just how pointless promises could be. Especially the ones between him and Ava.

His body spent, his mind worn, he couldn’t find anything left to offer up on the altar of past regrets, though. He wrapped his arm tighter around her shoulders. Ava responded by snuggling closer, her thigh nestled between his as she shifted her chin into the indention where his shoulder met his chest. Her breath fluttered over his throat, soft and easy in sleep.

Regret?

Oh yeah, he knew he’d regret this in the morning. Hell—he glanced out the window, gauging the time from the angle of the moon—it was nearing dawn and the regret was already winding through him. Shoving aside pleasure, easing out satisfaction.

Closing his eyes against it, he drifted into sleep with her hand entwined with his, the twisted band of her ring rubbing gently between his fingers.

And he knew it for the talisman it was, the hope that lifted him from his nightmares.

If only for tonight.

Because nobody knew better than Elijah that tonight was all they had.

 

 

About Tawny Weber:

 

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best. Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life.   The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.

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* Review * A COWBOY TO CALL DADDY by Sasha Summers

* Review * A COWBOY TO CALL DADDY by Sasha SummersA Cowboy to Call Daddy by Sasha Summers
Series: The Boones of Texas
Published by Harlequin Western Romance on March 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

A DISTRACTION HE DOESN'T NEED!

Archer Boone's whole life revolves around his work at his family's ranch and horse refuge. Animals are just so much less complicated than people. But he needs to get the refuge's financial paperwork in order so he can secure his funding. When Eden Caraway arrives to work on his books, Archer can't afford to be distracted by the beautiful single mom and her two adorable daughters.

Eden Caraway is really Eden Monroe, and she is determined to earn her father's respect. So if he wants to pull funding from Archer Boone's horse refuge, she'll make it happen. But Eden is falling for Archer, and she dreams of staying at Boone Ranch. How can she reveal her real reason for being there and risk losing her heart?


Priorities change when love comes knocking! Sasha Summers continues her The Boones of Texas series by bringing us Archer’s story. He’s met his match … in a pint sized adorable cherub! No one thought they’d ever see Archer smile the way he does when this little girl is wrapping her way around his heart .. and her beautiful mama doesn’t hurt one bit! A sweet story about picking up life’s pieces no matter how many times you’ve been hurt and taking a chance on happily ever after one last time.

Eden Monroe would do just about anything to get her father’s approval, so if he wants to find dirt on Boone Ranch Refuge in order to be able to pull their funding, she will find it for him! Only problem is, the more time she spends there, the more she sees how beneficial and well run the place is.

Archer Boone thinks she’s the temp sent by the clerical agency to get his books in order when Eden shows up at the ranch. She and her adorable little munchkins wind up getting under his skin … and into his heart … before he knows it! When he finds out she’s actually there to try to pull the funding from his horse refuge, will he be able to forgive her deceit?

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* Release Day Blast * NOT MY FIRST RODEO 2 by Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke & Sarah M. Anderson

Who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy? In this new release from Entangled Select Contemporary, there’s not one…not two…but THREE sexy cowboys to sweep you off your feet. With three novellas from Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Sarah M. Anderson, you’re sure to find the Southern gentleman of your dreams!

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About the NOT MY FIRST RODEO 2 Boxed Set:

In Donna Alward’s Seducing the Sheriff, Cassidy’s first foray into online dating is an unqualified disaster. Witness to a bank robbery, she’s now in danger. Sexy sheriff Joe Lawson is willing do whatever it takes to protect her, even if that means hiding her away in his secluded mountain cabin.

In Roping the Rancher by Sarah M. Anderson, all Tommy knows is girls his own age don’t do it for him. Carly has no interest in being anyone’s cougar, but when Tommy says he’ll do whatever she tells him to, she can’t resist the chance to take what she wants from a man with no strings attached. But no one said anything about scarves…

In Jenna Bayley-Burke’s Captivating the Cowboy, aspiring designer Jules is about to head to New York. Before she leaves, she’s going to help widower Slade Weston find the perfect ranch wife, but finding his forever turns into schmexytimes. Jules doesn’t want to be a wife and mom, and Slade isn’t moving across the country. It’s just a fling, until she’s not sure where she truly belongs.

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* Review * KEEPING HER SEAL by Kat Cantrell

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* Review * KEEPING HER SEAL by Kat CantrellKeeping Her SEAL by Kat Cantrell
Series: ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights
Published by Alpe D'Huez Press on June 27, 2017
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four-stars

Jace Custer followed his former SEAL team to the Caribbean in hopes of answering the question: what’s next? But he doesn’t fit in at Duchess Island like he did in Iraq. While searching for a place to call his own, Jace unexpectedly finds a home tending bar for Stella Chase, but when the chemistry between them heats up, he realizes he wants more from her than just a job. Stella can’t trust her bartender with her heart—he’s too young, too hot and too much of a player. Jace is determined to strip away her preconceptions of him… but she’s just as determined to hold him at arm’s length. Can a recovering player ever really change his stripes? Or is he destined to never fit into his own life?


Persistence pays off in Kat Cantrell’s latest installment in the ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights series! His former SEAL team buddies give Jace Custer a hard time about what a player he is, but little do they know the love’ em and leave ’em king has done an about face over the last few months! He’s seriously infatuated with his boss at the bar, and he’s determined to get her to see him in a different light! This entire series has been great. We see a bit less of the team and extended family this go round, but Jace & Stella were a quick, fun read!

Former Navy SEAL Jace Custer came to the Caribbean to open an adventure excursion business with a bunch of his teammates, but as much as he loves the guys and the business, it’s just not cutting it for him. He feels like he’s found his place working the bar with Stella … but can he convince her that he’s a permanent addition?

Stella Chase opened up the Crow Bar several years ago when she decided she needed to change her life and live for herself again. She can’t deny her hot bartender is a good guy … but he’s so young, and so sexy, and such a player! She’s been resisting his charms for awhile now, but when he really turns up the flirting and makes his desire for her known, will she decide a fling is just what she needs?

four-stars