Archives for June 2017

* Review * DEEP BURN by Kimberly Kincaid

* Review * DEEP BURN by Kimberly KincaidDeep Burn by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Station Seventeen #2
Published by Kimberly Kincaid Romance on June 13, 2017
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four-half-stars

Firefighter Shae McCullough is all-in, all the time. When her reckless response at a fire earns her a two-week penance filing paperwork for the arson investigation unit, the rules and routines are enough to bore her senseless. But the discovery of a possible arson at a murder scene has her instincts fired up, and when Shae is assigned to assist Remington’s elite intelligence unit with their investigation, she’s all too ready to jump in with both boots first.

To tech and surveillance expert James Capelli, logic isn’t just a job requirement, it’s a way of life. He’s less than thrilled to work with Shae, whose impulsiveness threatens his sanity and whose curves threaten his composure. Despite their differences, they uncover a case bigger than anyone could have expected—along with an attraction that burns deep.

But this killer is no stranger, and Capelli’s got a dark past. Can he and Shae outsmart a ruthless murderer, or will his secrets bury them both?


Explosive! A sexy female firefighter meets her match when she gets paired with the tech guru in Remington PD’s intelligence unit. Sparks fly and opposites attract as they find themselves knee deep in an investigation neither of them expected … and outrunning danger at every turn! Great characters, familiarity from previous books, and an exciting plot. Looking forward to more in the series!

Firefighter Shae McCullough is feisty! She goes all in at every turn and she doesn’t believe in backing down from danger. Her gutsy attitude has gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion, and this time she’s really done it! A two week suspension from the firehouse is going to be torture! Her only saving grace is that they didn’t send her home to twiddle her thumbs … at least she still gets to go work at the boring arson division.

James Capelli works with the Remington Police Department as an IT and surveillance specialist. He’s logical and all about following the rules and being a “by the books” kind of guy. When he gets involved working with Shae on an arson investigation, he can’t deny he’s attracted to her .. but she’s so against the rules! She jumps into something without thinking while he examines every possible outcome before proceeding … she would drive him crazy! But he finds he just can’t resist her. When danger rears it’s ugly head in her direction from someone from his dark past, will he be able to keep her safe?

four-half-stars

* Review * TRUSTING BRYSON by Melanie Shawn

* Review * TRUSTING BRYSON by Melanie ShawnTrusting Bryson by Melanie Shawn
Series: Wishing Well, Texas #6
on May 27, 2017
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five-stars

For Bryson O’Sullivan, Wishing Well was home. He had a good life with his family and friends but the sexy Irish-Texan knew something was missing and he found it when he laid eyes on her…

Kelsi Robbins was ready to do what no one had ever done for her; make someone else priority number one. And as new guardian for her younger brother Milo, she had enough to worry about. Which meant that falling for him was out of the question…or was it?

He wants nothing more than to be there for her, and she has to be there for someone else, but when love enters the picture, Kelsi will have to decide if Trusting Bryson is worth it all.


A sexy, feel-good romance! We’ve met several of the characters in previous books in the series, so it’s fun to get to see them again as a new couple emerges in town!

Kelsi Robbins didn’t have a great childhood, and life hasn’t turned out like she’d hoped too much in adulthood either, but she’s stepping up to make sure her little brother gets better! As temporary guardian, she moves them to Wishing Well, Texas for a new job and a new start. Her little bro is butting heads with her and getting into trouble … until one night trouble finds him right back in the form of a burly man and his dog.

Bryson O’Sullivan is happy with his life in Wishing Well, he loves his job and his friends and family, but he didn’t realize exactly what he’d been missing out on until he sees her. Literally love at first sight. He steps up to help give her little brother some tough love to teach him a lesson he learned as a kid, and sets out to make Kelsi see that he’s a trustworthy guy. Will she give him or chance or has she been burned one too many times in life?

five-stars

* Review * BUTTERFLY KISSES by Leigh Duncan

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* Review * BUTTERFLY KISSES by Leigh DuncanButterfly Kisses by Leigh Duncan
Series: The Orange Blossom Series #1
Published by Gardenia Street Publishing on June 13, 2017
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five-stars

Justine Gale just got incredible news. The struggling single mom has inherited the flourishing citrus grove where she spent idyllic summers and formed lifelong friendships. Once on the fast track to success, Justine has recently learned her five-year-old daughter faces a lifetime of expensive medical treatments. Treatments, she can't afford. The decision to sell the land her family has owned for generations seems like the simple and smart way for Justine to provide for her daughter's future. But when she returns to Orange Blossom, she quickly realizes her plans could hurt every resident of the small town that depends on Castle Grove to survive.

Justine's dilemma is only complicated by Nate Rhodes, her first love and now Orange Blossom's mayor, who stakes his own claim to the land she has inherited. He'll do whatever it takes to stop her, even if it means losing the woman he loves...one more time.


A wonderful kick-off to a new women’s fiction series by Leigh Duncan! Three friends spent summers together in an idyllic camp-like setting where nature and friends who became family made for great summertime fun! This series is about them traveling back to their vacation spot and reconnecting as life moves on around them and they deal with the ups and downs of being a grown up with responsibilities instead of the worry-free children they once were! The characters are great, the story line draws you in quickly and it’s a joy to see where life takes them now.

Justine Gale is working hard to make ends meet the best she can for her young daughter. She once had big dreams but life didn’t work out the way she planned and she’s been left treading water to stay afloat for awhile now. When she receives word that she has inherited the citrus grove where she spent those sweet summers as a kid, she thinks her prayers have been answered! She has just received a diagnosis for her little girl that is going to cost a lot of money … money that she has no dream of having. She heads back to Orange Blossom, Florida to get the process going on selling her inheritance so she will be able to provide for her daughter … until she runs into a problem … Nate Rhodes … her first love!

Nate was the one she left behind to chase those big dreams she had, so he’s not overly thrilled to see her back in town. Especially after he just found out she’s taking over and planing to sell the groves … HIS groves! He will fight her tooth and nail to save the business he’s put his blood, sweat and tears into establishing if it’s the last thing he does!

five-stars

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* Release Blitz * SETTING OFF SPARKS by Jennifer Bernard

Setting Off Sparks

A Jupiter Point Novel
by Jennifer Bernard
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard returns to the town readers are falling in love with…

In one fiery moment, Finn Abrams went from cocksure firefighter to scarred survivor. Now all he wants is to put his life together again, get back on a hotshot crew, and figure out exactly what happened to him during the Big Canyon burnover. He never expected to be knocked off his feet by a gorgeous, no-nonsense stranger to Jupiter Point—the one woman who seems completely immune to his famous charm.

Coolly practical, Lisa Peretti knows she won’t be in Jupiter Point for long. As an ER nurse in Houston, she helped a friend escape a dangerous situation. Now she’s hiding out in the little town, determined to keep a low profile. The last thing she needs is attention, especially in the form of the tabloid-starring, actress-dating, too-sexy-for-his-own-good Finn Abrams.

Still, Lisa can’t resist someone who needs her help. As long as she can keep her distance, working with the local hero as he recovers from his burns should be no problem, right?

Wrong. When danger follows Lisa to Jupiter Point, she’s startled to find Finn ready, willing, and more than able to come to her rescue. Add to that a meddling movie crew, some kindhearted locals, and her own unruly heart, and Lisa quickly loses any shot at keeping her feelings under cover.

Fire season in Jupiter Point is always smokin’ hot…but this time it’s going to be Setting Off Sparks.

EXCERPT:

“Finn? Are you all right?”

His eyes snapped open. Lisa Peretti stood before him, barefoot, her sandals held in one hand. Wary sympathy shone from her dark eyes.

Great. How much had she overheard? “Fine. How are you?”

Smooth. Very smooth.

“Not bad. For what it’s worth, ‘deformed’ is a little over the top. As a medical professional, I wouldn’t use that phrase.”

“So you heard all that.”

She nodded. Her glance flickered down his body, and it seemed she wanted to say something else. But she didn’t. She probably wasn’t one for empty expressions of sympathy.

“Fan-tastic. I’m trying to figure why I keep embarrassing myself in front of you and I’m coming up blank.” He grabbed the champagne bottle and took another swallow. “Drink?”

“I’m good. I don’t drink when I’m working.”

“So I’m drinking alone, then. One more embarrassing moment, in case you’re counting.” He toasted her with the bottle then set it aside. Any more and he might throw up. That would definitely put him in the Humiliation Hall of Fame for good.

She came toward the bench and sat next to him. Not right next to him, but close enough so he could inhale her scent, something light and spicy. “So, uh…I have a question for you,” she said.

“The answer is yes.”

She laughed. “Do you ever stop flirting?”

“This? This isn’t flirting. Believe me, you’ll know when I get back into flirting.” Suddenly he felt a hell of a lot better than he had a few minutes ago. In a flash, this wedding had gone from endless tedium to something more like exhilaration.

“Will there be more cheesy pick-up lines?” She clasped her hands at her throat and fluttered her eyelashes at him. “A girl can dream.”

“Speaking of dreams… Do your legs hurt from running through my dreams all night?”

She groaned. “Worst ever. You keep topping yourself. It’s a gift.”

“Yeah, kind of like that gift from your great-aunt Gertrude that you can’t return because she’d be insulted.”

“Oh, I doubt it. I’m sure that kind of thing works on most people.”

“That kind of thing?”

She smoothed out a wrinkle on her dress. The night breeze lifted the long strands of hair that had come loose. “You know, the charming thing.”

“I’ve had nearly an entire bottle of champagne, but I’m pretty sure you just called me charming.”

And I said it doesn’t work on me.”

He squinted up at the night sky. The lanterns overheard swayed, sending shadows chasing across the lawn. “No, you didn’t. You said it worked on most people.”

“But I’m not most people.”

“Now that,” he looked back at her, “is for sure. One hundred percent.”

It was a little hard to tell in the light of the lanterns, but it looked like she was blushing under his gaze. “I’m never going to go out with you, Finn.”

She sounded so serious that it took him aback. Never? “Why not?”

“I’m not interested in dating anyone. I won’t be in Jupiter Point for long. Even if I were…” She bit her lip, glancing away from him.

With all that champagne in his system, he went for the joke. “Let me guess. I’m too charming, funny, handsome and irresistible.”

“Exactly.”

About Jennifer Bernard

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found huddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic romance under the name Juniper Bell.

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Virginia McCullough

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Virginia McCulloughGirl in the Spotlight by Virginia McCullough
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on June 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.


The meaning of a second chance is personified in Virginia McCullough’s debut Harlequin Heartwarming novel! A yearning … pushed to the wayside. A connection … born, yet not developed. Regret … a daily reminder. Could she truly have a second chance with the daughter she gave away? Is it possible for him to even realize the amount of hope he’s handed her? In this story, we meet a couple who made the young sacrifice to give their child up for adoption, then went their separate ways and developed their own lives after college. We hear the ups and downs of their lives, feel the weight of past decisions and watch them reach their grown up potential before our very eyes. The characters are well developed, their story is well thought out and leads us into the turmoil they are feeling from the first chapter. Ideally I would have wanted the ending to happen earlier in the book so we could have seen a little more of what happened after such a build-up, but overall, a great read and a satisfying resolution!

Happenstance brings a young skater to Miles Jenkins attention. She’s beautiful with coloring similar to his, yet with a grace and familiar attributes that remind him of a girl long ago. Tidbits of her life being talked about by the commentators make him wonder … that face makes him unable to not act … the heaviness in his heart has him reaching out to the one person who will understand.

Lark McGee can’t believe she’s getting a call from Miles after all this time. Is he remembering what day it is too? Hearing his voice and the story he has to tell her is life changing! Meeting up with him again … sharing memories … discussing where life took them … sharing a yearning of what might be. Can life be rewritten when you meet the person at the wrong time once, but the right time later? Can this connection they are feeling be real?

 

 

 


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Girl in the Spotlight
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

Advanced Praise

Mesmerized by the real world of characters–brought to life beautifully, I found myself entranced by this thoughtful, delightful, sad, and joyous, novel about second chances and all forms of love. The situation, characters, and consequences left me shedding happy tears at the ending. — Casey Clifford, award-winning author

A compelling love story crafted with characters you’ll fall in love with. Miles and Lark’s journey to be reunited with their child captured my heart, as did their blossoming romance. The best book I have read this year! —Lily Silver, author of Dark Hero

McCullough is always adept at creating suspense on multiple levels. In Girl in the Spotlight, the intrigue builds from page one and doesn’t let up until the end. But she understands that readers need relief from tension, and through her masterful storytelling and perfect pacing, McCullough delivers satisfying outcomes along that way. The relationships she’s developed are complex and realistic, and their evolution is deeply satisfying. — Lynda McDaniel, author of A Life for a Life

Girl in the Spotlight swept me away to Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shore and reminded me of loves left behind. McCullough invokes deep emotions through her writing, which will pull at your heart. More than a romantic love story, it is a love story of parents for their children. A must read.”  — Anne Parent, author/reviewer

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About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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Tour Schedule

June 5th: Launch
June 6th:
Hardcover Feedback
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
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Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
June 7th:
Book Lover in Florida
Reading Is My SuperPower
Nicole’s Book Musings
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Becky on Books
June 8th:
Rockin’ Book Review
Mel’s Shelves
A Baker’s Perspective
Harlie’s Books
June 9th:
It’s All About the Romance
Hearts & Scribbles
The Bookworm Chronicles
June 11th:
I Am A Reader
Valerie J. Clarizio, Romance Author
Thoughts of a Blonde
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June 12th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1st Prize (US only): Tea & Contemplation, a collection of favorite things, starts with an uplifting message from “Seize the Day” Pop Open Cards. Fill a ceramic thermal mug to sip Lavender Chamomile Tea while you contemplate your ideas and dreams. Write your thoughts in a journal, whose guiding words are: When Your Heart Speaks… take good notes! A Wish pen is included. Finally, pick a place to display a large piece of gemmy rose quartz, a stone long linked to matters of the heart. It’s said when rose quartz is nearby, love (of all kinds) comes along to keep it company. These items will be arranged in a “keeper box” and delivered to your door.

2nd Prize (open internationally): You will receive a $35.00 Amazon eGift Card, and a digital copy of GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, plus one digital copy of another of Virginia’s five award-winning novels—it’s your choice.

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* Blog Tour * SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from Jill Shalvis!

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#PassionIsComing this December with The Trouble With Mistletoe!

Passionflix and New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis are thrilled to announce the option of THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, a standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Passionflix, a studio and streaming platform launching this September, is dedicated to turning romance novels into movies and series, and cannot wait to bring this heartwarming holiday romance to life on-screen this December!
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If she has her way . . .
 
Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .
 
He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.
 
Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .
 
Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .
 
Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .

​About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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* Blog Tour / Release Blast * ONE NIGHT WITH A SEAL by Tawny Weber & Beth Andrews

 

Come Celebrate the release of One Night with a SEAL With Tawny Weber

One night. Two SEAL brothers. Endless sexy possibilities!

 

Navy SEAL Zane Bennett isn’t one to turn away from a challenge, but he’s determined to win the bet he has with his twin brother. Will he win the bet, or lose his heart to the woman of his dreams? If you loved, UNDER PRESSURE by Lori Foster A SEAL’S PLEDGE by Cora Seton you’ll devour with ALL OUT by Tawny Weber.

 

 

Title: All Out
Author: Tawny Weber and Beth Andrews
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Series: Uniformly Hot!
Genres: Romance/Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224
Format: Digital and Print

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

ALL OUT by Tawny Weber

Navy SEAL Zane Bennett can’t walk away from a challenge. He’s determined to win a bet with his brother—until he collides with the luscious Vivian Harris. Their attraction is immediate and searingly hot, but Zane can’t bring himself to bow out of the bet. Now the game is really on…and Zane is embroiled in a wicked matchup he can’t resist!

 

ALL IN by Beth Andrews

Of the Bad Boy Bennett twins, Navy SEAL Xander is always the gentleman. That is, until he’s challenged to go against his brother for a date with Quinn Oswald—the girl Xander’s wanted since high school! It takes only one kiss for Quinn and Xander’s deliciously sexy chemistry to explode. But how much is Xander willing to gamble…before he goes all in?

Find out more at: Amazon | Harlequin | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

 

 

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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EXCERPT:

Vivian wiggled into the most romantic corner booth she could wheedle and ordered a sparkling water.  No point enjoying wine until she knew she’d enjoy the evening, too.

She pulled out her cellphone.  No cancellation message.

That was a good sign, wasn’t it?

Half the time, Vivian felt like her dreams were a tease.  All too often she got within kissing distance of her goal, and poof, there it went.  No big payoff, no awesome climax, nothing.

Because, why?  Because she always blew it.

She shouldn’t have told him her name.

She should have teased instead, said she’d tell him tonight.

Maybe she shouldn’t have let him in on the what she made at The Sweet Spot, either.  Sure, a lot of guys saw that as a turn on, but there were just as many who subscribed to the prude theory.  Like her brother.

And he was Mike’s friend.

Then again, so was Lenny.

Before she’d finished her confused sigh, Zane walked in. And all of her doubts took a backseat to the sight of how gorgeous the man was.  Vivian sat up a little straighter.  Shoulders back, chin high and chest probably jiggling because her heart was beating so fast, she smiled and sent him a little wave.

“Vivian,” he greeted as he joined her.

“Zane.”

“So you’re Mike’s little sister, hmm?”

“Ahh, so the dare worked.”  Vivian laughed.  “How many times did you consider bailing?”

“Bailing?  I’ll have you know I’m trained to confront conflicts of all shape and size.  I fearlessly face down explosives, disarm bombs and disable volatile chemicals. Sometimes all three before breakfast.”

“Tell me more.”  Delighted, Vivian put on a wide eyed look of fascination, even adding a little eyelash flutter for good measure.

“I train with the best.  I’m one of the elite.  There’s no challenge devised that I won’t face.”  He leaned in, his smile almost hypnotic as he teased.  “Baby, I never bail.”

“I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear that,” Vivian declared as the waiter brought Zane a beer and refilled her water.

“But, here’s the thing—” he started to say as soon as the waiter left.

“No,” she moaned.  “Not the thing.”

There was only one thing of Zane’s that she wanted to hear about.

“Here’s the thing,” Zane continued, laughing.  “Some guys have rules about buds dating their sisters.  Sisters, cousins, moms.  Guys get weird thinking the women in their lives have sex.  They get even weirder when they know the guy putting the moves on that sex.”

Lips pursed, Vivian propped her elbow on the table, rested her chin on her fist and fluttered her lashes.

“Aren’t you taking a leap there, assuming we’d definitely be having sex?”

Zane blinked, looked horrified for one second, then shook his head.

“I’m speaking generally, not specifically.”  Then he narrowed his eyes.  “Are you saying that you see this thing between us as platonic?”

“Of course not.  I plan on having a great deal of sex with you,” she purred.  “A mind-blowing amount, as a matter of fact.”

“Mind blowing, hmm?”

“Indeed.”  She reached out with her free hand to trail her fingers over the back of his knee.  Up his thigh, then back down again.  Oh, baby, even through denim, his muscles were rigidly impressive.

He clamped his hand down, locking hers down on his thigh.

“Only one thing.”

“Only one?”

“Only one.”  Zane entwined his fingers through hers.  “Your brother.”

“Oh, please,” she objected.  “Like you’re afraid of my brother?  The man wears argyle socks and loafers, for crying out loud.”

Zane’s snicker escaped before he could stop it, then he shook his head.  “Mike’s footwear isn’t the issue. The fact that you’re his little sister is the issue.”

Vivian debated for a handful of approaches.

She could keep blathering about her brother.  That’d put an end to either of their interest in anything after a while.  Mike was like a sedative.

She could offer him an easy out, a simple excuse to end the evening so he wasn’t in danger of violating his bro code.  Given there was a lifelong friendship involved, that’d be the nicest thing to do.

She could seduce Zane into forgetting about the bro code, which would ensure her one night of dreams-come-true-ecstasy.

Or she could do the unthinkable.

Vivian took a deep breath, her eyes locked on Zane’s face.  He had such a sweet smile and sexy eyes.  And there were dreams at stake here, dammit.

So she reached into her bag to do the unthinkable.

“What are you doing?”

She finished dialing her brother’s number.

“Getting you a bro code clearance.”

“Mike,” she said the minute he picked up.  “Let’s play what if. What if I have the hots for one of your friends?  What if this friend wants to make a move but he’s worried about upsetting you, so I want to make the move instead?  What would your feelings be on that?”

“He’s afraid of me?” Mike laughed.  “Wish him luck.”

“Okey dokey,” she agreed, hanging up and giving Zane her most seductive smile.

Zane gave her a long look, the kind that made her want to squirm in her seat and breathe a little heavier.

Then he smiled.

“You know he thinks you’re referring to Lenny, don’t you?”

Vivian ran her tongue over her lower lip and leaned into the table. Just enough to highlight her cleavage. She waited until Zane’s gaze returned to her eyes before giving a delicate little shrug.

“Can I help it if my brother is an idiot?”

 

 

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* Review * KILLER COWBOY by Carla Cassidy

* Review * KILLER COWBOY by Carla CassidyKiller Cowboy by Carla Cassidy
Series: Cowboys of Holiday Ranch
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on June 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

For Cassie Peterson, finding out her new ranch was the site of a cold case is horrifying. But now one of her cowboys has been murdered, just like the previous victims! Cassie will do whatever it takes to help Chief of Police Dillon Bowie find the killer, but will getting close to the handsome lawman put more than her home at risk?

Dillon’s been working hard to crack the original case—and keep feisty Cassie out of his thoughts. But when disturbing new clues prove the murderer is obsessed with Cassie, Dillon will tempt fate to guard the beauty and solve a terrifying mystery.


Intrigue abounds as we return to the Cowboys of Holiday Ranch series with Carla Cassidy! We are drawn in quickly as incidents start to happen around the ranch to draw attention to the crimes that have occurred there. The plot is fast paced, thick with mystery and disturbingly raw as we get inside the mind of the person who left demise in their wake.

Cassie Peterson was horrified when they discovered her newly inherited ranch was the site of a multiple-murder cold case, but nothing can terrify her more than realizing one of her ranch hands has just been killed … in the same fashion as the original crimes!

Police chief Dillon Bowie has been interested in Cassie from afar ever since she came to town, but he wasn’t looking to get too close to the city girl. His history in the past with a headstrong dreamer wasn’t a good one, so he’s quick to push his interest aside … until things start happening to her. He will do anything to protect her from the danger closing in!

four-half-stars

* Blog Tour / Book Review * THE MAN SHE KNEW by Loree Lough

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * THE MAN SHE KNEW by Loree LoughThe Man She Knew by Loree Lough
Series: By Way of the Lighthouse
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on June 1, 2017
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five-stars

Don't they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner's trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it's obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn't convinced.


Redemption, turmoil and undying love are brought to life in Loree Lough’s latest release! We meet Ian, a tarnished man who has gone to great lengths to turn his life around and is such a joy to grow to adore throughout the book. The heroine however, is not easy to love. She’s a kind and generous soul to everyone else, but to him, she’s self-righteous and hurtful. In the end, we have to find forgiveness in our heart as well as we make our way through the story towards that happily-ever-after and realize that for all these years, she felt hurt, abandoned and torn between various loves. She wasn’t always strong enough to stand up for what she felt, but in the end she finally realized he was worth it!

Fourteen years ago as a rebellious teen, Ian Sylvestry made one stupid mistake that he couldn’t take back. After spending a decade in prison, he has worked hard to turn into the man he truly wants to be. He’s kind, he’s generous, he’s good-hearted … and a day doesn’t go by when he doesn’t think about the love of his life that his mistake cost him.

Maleah Turner made it all too clear that she wanted nothing more to do with the likes of Ian when she returned all of his letters and told him to stop contacting her. She has gone on to live a productive life and is happy … or at least as happy as she has ever allowed herself to be. When she runs into him years after his release, she can’t believe how much he’s changed. When she gets stuck working with him on a charity project, she’s not happy.  He seems so different … but how can she trust him again?

 

 

 

 


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The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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– Two winners will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
– Two winners will receive an ebook of THE MAN SHE KNEW (open internationally)
– Two winners will receive a print copy of THE MAN SHE KNEW (US only)
– Ends June 13th

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