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* Blog Tour / Book Review * WELL BUILT by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

* Blog Tour / Book Review * WELL BUILT by Carly Phillips & Erika WildeWell Built by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Published by CP Publishing on July 25, 2017
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When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter. His one exception? The tempting, beautiful Ella Fisher. Her family and his share a tempestuous past, which make the two of them as a couple off-limits—despite the fact that she inspires some of his dirtiest fantasies. He's kept his hands off of her for years . . . until the lines between family loyalty and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening and changes everything between them.


A sexy reunion with another of the Premier Realty hotties! You’ll recognize Kyle and his partners Connor, Wes & Max if you read either of the previous books in the series. I loved the sweet interaction between Kyle and Ella, and felt their past was explained well. Happy to see them get their happily ever after!

Heading back to his hometown of Woodmont, Illinois to work out a surprise for his Mom puts Kyle Coleman smack dab in the middle of Ella Fisher’s life again. She is the one that got away, the one he’s never forgotten, the one that is forbidden.

Ella’s family responsibilities have been weighing her down for 10 years now, and she’s dying for some relief … even if it’s only temporary, sinfully sexy relief!

 

 

 

Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: July 25, 2017

When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter.  His one exception?  The sassy, tempting, smart-mouthed Ella Fisher.  Her family and his are sworn enemies, which make the two of them off-limits—despite the fact that she’s inspired some of his dirtiest, most erotic fantasies for years. But when the lines between animosity and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening, their one night stand leads to a very unexpected consequence—that changes everything between them forever.

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About Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

 

***Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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***Erika Wilde***

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at www.erikawilde.com.

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* Review * THE BOSS’S FAKE FIANCEE by Susan Meier

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* Review * THE BOSS’S FAKE FIANCEE by Susan MeierThe Boss's Fake Fiancée by Susan Meier
Published by Harlequin Romance on August 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

The perfect fake fiancée—his assistant!

Billionaire Mitcham Ochoa never expected to be the best man for his brother and his own ex! But what better way to prove he's over her than to have his very own "fiancée" at his side?

PA Lila Ross has had a crush on her boss since day one, but surely pretending to be his fiancée is a step too far? She knows she'll be heartbroken when she has to walk away… Only Mitch is beginning to find Lila as indispensable in life as she is in the office!


An adorably sweet take on a dating the boss Cinderella style story! I really enjoyed both characters and the plot. It was fast moving and easy to read, some humor in there and a pleasant trip towards a happily ever after!

Mitcham Ochoa feels pressured into proving that he’s over his ex-girlfriend when he has to travel home to be the best man at her wedding … to his brother! When an oddball plan takes root to take a fake fiancee along for the trip, there’s only one option available … his mousy personal assistant!

Lila Ross has been crushing on her boss since the very first day she became his personal assistant, but he doesn’t know she’s alive other than as an employee. She’s not so sure she can pull this ruse off, but with the use of his credit cards, she performs a magical make-over that has him seeing her as a sexy companion that will surely convince his family he’s happily occupied elsewhere!

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* Review * THE CEO’S NANNY AFFAIR by Joss Wood

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* Review * THE CEO’S NANNY AFFAIR by Joss WoodThe CEO's Nanny Affair by Joss Wood
Series: The Ballantyne Billionaires #3
Published by Harlequin Desire on August 1, 2017
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Sexy single-dad billionaire meets temporary nanny…

When Tate Harper's sister disappears, the globe-trotting TV host is suddenly the caregiver for her infant niece. She has to find her sister ASAP! Enter single father and sexy CEO Linc Ballantyne, her sister's ex. He's a family man to the core, and he'll help Tate—if she agrees to be his temporary live-in nanny.

Soon she's juggling a baby, a toddler and a growing attraction to the billionaire Ballantyne. But when it's time to go back to her real life, will she pack her bags or stay and find out what being a family really means?


Fiery attraction beats out common sense! He swore he’d never trust again … and when it’s another Harper woman in the picture, he ups the ante on that promise even more. She’s different though … her eyes show her feelings, her heart spreads kindness, she’s unique. We’re drawn to this couple and their story and can’t stop being invested until we see them get that happiy ending they both so desperately deserve.

Tate Harper can’t believe her irresponsible and flighty sister has done it again! She asked her to meet up with her and then ducked out, but left the present of a baby behind! She has to find her and there’s only one man to turn to for help!

Linc Ballantyne wishes he could say he was surprised, but he has his own toddler that was left behind by his ex, so he’s none too forgiving to the woman. They both find themselves in need of help … Tate needs to track down her sister and make her take her baby back … Linc needs a temporary nanny for his son. As they agree to help each other and settle into this temporary situation, sparks burn out of control … can they truly walk away from each other?

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * THE SOLDIER’S SEDUCTION by Jane Godman

* Blog Tour / Book Review * THE SOLDIER’S SEDUCTION by Jane GodmanThe Soldier's Seduction by Jane Godman
Series: Sons of Stillwater
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on July 1, 2017
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From the front lines to unexpected romance—and danger—in small-town Wyoming

After a war zone bomb nearly destroyed Bryce Delaney, he’s worked hard to hide his scars. Back in his Wyoming hometown, he can pretend the nightmares don’t exist. But when a secretive, beautiful new woman in town disappears, Bryce’s protective instincts put him on the front lines again.

Wanted for murder and on the run under an alias, former A-list actress Steffi Grantham can’t return to her life until she clears her name. It’s her boss, Bryce, to the rescue, but desire ties them together, and she’s forced to make a choice that could cost them both. Trusting the wrong man once before almost stole her freedom. Now it might take her life.

An intriguing story line! The mystery behind it all is exciting and their connection is sweet as well as steamy. You will recognize some of the characters if you read the first book in the series. A solid read!

When Bryce Delaney returned to his hometown of Stillwater, Wyoming after his time at war, he was a changed man. He was having trouble functioning, and couldn’t stop remembering every second of the things he had seen over there and the friends he had lost. He was being swallowed alive by guilt and indifference to life. Finally a bright light had entered his world when a secretive yet sassy employee started working with him at Delaney Transportation.

Steffi Grantham is living a secret life and is on the run from the cops who think she murdered two people. Happenstance puts Bryce by her side when danger comes knocking at her door, and he will do anything in his power to keep her safe and help her unravel the truth behind the murders … and her tumultuous past!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: THE SOLDIER’S SEDUCTION
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

 

BOOK BLURB

From the front lines to unexpected romance—and danger—in small-town Wyoming

After a war zone bomb nearly destroyed Bryce Delaney, he’s worked hard to hide his scars. Back in his Wyoming hometown, he can pretend the nightmares don’t exist. But when a secretive, beautiful new woman in town disappears, Bryce’s protective instincts put him on the front lines again.

Wanted for murder and on the run under an alias, former A-list actress Steffi Grantham can’t return to her life until she clears her name. It’s her boss, Bryce, to the rescue, but desire ties them together, and she’s forced to make a choice that could cost them both. Trusting the wrong man once before almost stole her freedom. Now it might take her life.

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BOOK EXCERPT

Bryce’s laugh vibrated through her body. “Has anyone ever told you that you are the most stubborn person in the whole world?”

“Apart from you?”

“Apart from me.”

She nodded. “Yes.”

“Your family? I’d like to meet them.”

You never will. The thought jerked her back into reality. “I’ll be fine now, Bryce. You can go. Thanks for your help.”

“Yeah, like that’s going to happen.” The sarcasm in his voice was withering. “I’m just going to walk out of here and leave you when you can’t even crawl to your own bed.”

“You don’t have any choice. I don’t want you here.” With a determined effort, Steffi pushed herself away from him and tried to sit up straight. It was a mistake. Behind the tinted lenses, the edges of her vision went black. Everything swam out of focus. She heard Bryce call her name in alarm, and the last thing she felt was his strong arms catching her as she fell back onto the pillows.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical and gothic romance. 

Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense, The Soldier’s Seduction.

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

* Blog Tour / Book Review * BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly FiskBoardwalk Summer by Kimberly Fisk
Published by Berkley on June 27, 2017
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In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances...

Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.

Nick Fortune lives life in the spotlight as a champion race car driver. He’s shocked to hear from Hope and even more surprised to learn that he’s a father. He immediately heads to the Pacific Northwest to confront the past—and the woman he once loved.

There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.


Heartwarming! A sweet & feisty reunion story. Great characters, a heart-tugging story line, and a race against time to get a happy ending. Really enjoyed this book!

NASCAR phenomenon Nick Fortune is living the life! A successful career, on the verge of breaking a huge industry record, a great group that’s like family surrounding him for the ride. To say he’s shocked to get a message from his old high school girlfriend after all of these years is putting it mildly, but when he doesn’t get a response when he tries to return her call, he heads that way to track her down.

Hope Thompson was heartbroken all those years ago, but she went on to pick up the pieces and carry on the best she knew how. She has lived a happy life … but her son needs help, and Nick might be the only one that can give it … he just never knew she had been pregnant and that he’s been a father! Can Nick forgive her from keeping this huge secret from him? Will they be able to overcome the anger and hurt to rally around their son?

 

 

 

 

 

About the Book:

Title: BOARDWALK SUMMER
Author: Kimberly Fisk
Publisher: Berkley/Penguin
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances…
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.
Nick Fortune lives life in the spotlight as a champion race car driver. He’s shocked to hear from Hope and even more surprised to learn that he’s a father. He immediately heads to the Pacific Northwest to confront the past—and the woman he once loved.
There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.

PRAISE FOR BOARDWALK SUMMER

“It was late. I only meant to take a peek but ended up reading BOARDWALK SUMMER in one delicious gulp, and I’m still thinking about the characters. A terrific read. Page turning and deeply emotional. You’ll fall in love with these characters who have so much at stake. Highly recommended.”
Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Book Excerpt:

The phone felt heavy in Hope Thompson’s hand. She traced the buttons, unconsciously pausing at the numbers that would soon connect her to a voice she hadn’t heard in nearly sixteen years.

She thought about shutting herself away in a closet. Maybe then, if she was hidden with only darkness surrounding her, this call wouldn’t be so hard to make. But Hope knew darkness did not shut out memories—if anything, it enhanced them, becoming a large ebony canvas that allowed them to play over and over in her mind until sleep was impossible.

She reached for her cup of tea on the end table next to the sofa and took a sip. It was cold. She was halfway off the couch to reheat it before she stopped. Stalling. That was what she was doing. She sat back down, grabbed the phone, and dialed quickly before she lost her nerve.

“Hello?”

Hope’s grip tightened. Sixteen years. It had been sixteen years since she’d heard her mother’s voice, but it felt as if it were yesterday. “Hello, Mo—Claire.”

There was a long pause and then, “Charlotte, is that you?”

A pain settled in Hope’s chest. Why had she believed her mother would recognize her? “No. It’s me. Hope.”

A faint crinkling drifted across the phone line, and Hope knew it was her mother shifting positions on the sofa’s plastic protector. “Hope?”

“I know, Claire. It’s been a long time.”

After so many years, there should have been a thousand things they had to say to each other. A million tiny details that had filled their lives and the lives of the two grandchildren her mother had never wanted to meet. Instead, Hope didn’t know where to begin—what to say. Should she start with: Your grandchildren’s names are Joshua and Susan, and they are bright and beautiful and make me so proud every day. Or: They will be sixteen in a few months, and they can’t wait to get their drivers’ licenses. Joshua loves football, music, and cars. He has his first steady girlfriend, and I don’t know if that makes me happy or scared. And Susan. She’s everything I wish I could be. She’s confident and smart and funny. She was elected class president, and captain of her soccer team for the second year in a row.

But Hope knew what she should tell her mom was the complete truth: My whole life is about to fall apart for the second time and this time I need you. We need you. Please don’t send us away again.

She was thirty-two years old and still she hesitated, not wanting to face the rejection she knew she’d hear in her mother’s voice. So instead, she heard herself asking, “How have you been?”

“Been good. Been real good except for my garden. With this terrible heat spell we’ve been going through, I should have mulched, that’s what I should’ve done. Sue Ellen down at the Piggly Wiggly told me she was going to mulch but I thought for sure I wouldn’t need to. I got an air conditioner last week. You got one?”

An air conditioner. After all these years, her mother wanted to know if she owned an air conditioner. “No, I don’t.”

“Well, don’t suppose you’d have much use for one up there in the Pacific Northwest. Not with all that rain. Never could understand why anyone would choose to live in a place that rained nine months out of the year.”

“I didn’t choose.”

Claire ignored Hope’s comment, as she had with anything she found unpleasant. “Well now.”

Why had she even bothered to hope that her mother had changed? That small crack in her heart—the old hurt that would never completely heal—wedged open a fraction more. “Aren’t you going to ask about your grandchildren?”

There was a long pause. “My show just got over, Hope. I need to go. If I don’t leave right after the third hymn, I’ll be late to the committee meeting. I made my special pineapple rum cake, though I didn’t add the rum because Pastor Gilbert may stop by. I don’t believe he’d take kindly to us ladies consuming outside of the sacramental wine.”

“Their names are Joshua and Susan.”

“I have to go, Hope.”

“Wait.” Hope closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Please, Mama, I need your help.”

A soft whoosh of air filled the earpiece. “My help?” Another pause. “Well, Hope Marie, you’re a big girl now. I don’t see how I can be of any help. I thought you were doing just fine up there in Washington.”

“We’re not fine.” Hope could feel her entire life crumbling away like a dry sand castle. “My son has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. The doctors told us our best hope for a match is with a family member.”

Silence filled the phone lines. “Leukemia? I always knew something like this would happen. Didn’t I tell you?”

You keep that baby, Hope Marie, and something bad will happen. You just wait and see. Should have named you Hopeless because that’s what you are—hopeless.

Hope wasn’t seventeen anymore; this time she wasn’t going to let her mother refuse to help.

“What about your other one?” her mother asked. “His sister? Being twins and all, wouldn’t she do?”

Hope swallowed, praying the bitter taste in the back of her throat would go away. “Susan and I aren’t a match.” Did her mother really think Hope wouldn’t have explored every other option before contacting her?

“Well, I just don’t see how I can be of any help. I’m not much for doctors. I couldn’t even go and see Pastor Gilbert’s wife before she passed away, God rest her soul. All those smells and sick people. Really, Hope, you know how they affect me. Besides, don’t they have radiation or something for this? When Hester Pritchett’s second cousin down in Alabama got the cancer, they did something that fixed her right up. I do believe Hester said she lost all her hair but really, Hope, she didn’t go asking her relatives for help. No, I don’t see how I can be of any help.”

Hope gripped the phone so tight she was surprised it didn’t shatter. She kept her voice deadly calm, knowing it was the only way to deal with Claire Montgomery. “Joshua has had chemotherapy, Mother. It didn’t work.”

“Maybe you aren’t taking that boy to the right doctors.”

“My son’s name is Joshua and I have taken him to the very best doctors.”

“There’s no need for that tone with me. All I was saying, maybe you should take him to one of those specialists.”

“We’ve seen the specialists. And they agree that what my son needs is a bone marrow transplant.”

Her mother could ignore Hope all she wanted. She could continue to pretend to her church friends that her only child hadn’t gotten pregnant at seventeen but instead had graduated early and received a full scholarship to some college far, far away. She could go on living that lie, but if she thought for one moment Hope would let her refuse to help her grandson, she was mistaken.

“I still don’t know why you’re calling me when you should be calling that man.”

“What man, Mom?”

An impatient grunt came across the line. “Their father, that’s who. Call him.”

Their father.

For just a moment Hope’s heart ached. “I need all of Joshua’s relatives to be tested. The initial test to see if you are a match is simple. All you have to do is go to your doctor and explain what you need done. I can call him, or I can have Joshua’s doctor call and explain if that would be easier.”

“This is not a problem that concerns Dr. Brown.”

Hope sighed tiredly. “I thought you might feel that way. Joshua’s doctor gave me the name and number of a colleague in St. Paul. Call him, please, and set up an appointment as soon as you can. I will arrange for a taxi to take you.” Hope gave her mother the doctor’s name and telephone number.

“How much will this cost?”

“Don’t worry about the money. If your insurance doesn’t cover it or even if you don’t want to submit the claim, I’ll pay for it. It won’t cost you a cent to see if you can save your grandson.”

Hope had no idea where she’d come up with the money, but she’d find it somehow.

“You know I live on a fixed income. My question isn’t a bit out of line.”

“I know, Mama. I know.”

A heartbeat of silence filled the air. And then another. Enough time to say I’ve missed you or I love you.

When it became apparent her mother wasn’t going to say anything else, Hope said, “Call the doctor—”

The other end of the phone disconnected before Hope could finish.

 

 

About the Author

A past recipient of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award, Kimberly Fisk is the bestselling author of Lake Magic. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, and too many four-legged critters to count.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Boardwalk Summer.

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* Review * THE MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE by Nina Singh

* Review * THE MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE by Nina SinghThe Marriage of Inconvenience by Nina Singh
Published by Harlequin Romance on July 1, 2017
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four-stars

Her lawfully wedded husband…again?

When Angeline Scott's business is in trouble, she turns to the one man who can help—RJ Davet. She needs him to pose as her husband to secure a vital deal. Surely that shouldn't be too difficult, seeing as RJ played that role spectacularly well until their marriage fell apart!

Opening the door to RJ again makes Angel realize something immediately: she's never gotten over him. But can she convince him of that before this deal is struck and he walks out of her life once more?


An unexpected reunion story! Keeping secrets in the past only led to them falling apart, but can being forced together again work in their favor? The plot is interesting, but I found it hard to connect totally with the characters. Not a disappointing outcome though, so overall a solid read!

Angeline Scott finds herself in need of a husband … and since she has an estranged one, she decides to cash in on that and ask him for a huge favor!

R.J. Davet never got over Angel, and tries his best to turn down her request, but he just can’t make himself hurt her. He never thought he was good enough for her, but if something he can provide will help her business, he will risk the heartbreak he knows he’ll be going through when they part again.

four-stars

* Review * ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL by Jennifer Probst

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* Review * ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL by Jennifer ProbstAll or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst
Series: The Billionaire Builders #3
Published by Gallery Books on July 25, 2017
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four-half-stars

Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?

Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all...


Quite the reunion story! A sexy hot connection between the main characters, and lots of stirred up drama along the way makes for an interesting plot! Loved that the brothers and their mates played an integral part in the story line.

Sydney Green lost her heart to Tristan Pierce when she was just eight years old. She idolized him growing up and even thought she was just a nuisance to him, she didn’t let it ruin her adoration. Once she grew up and was working side by side with him in his family’s company, he couldn’t ignore her any longer and they set out on a secret love affair. Life happened, things around them fell intoturmoil and Tristan decided he had to set out on his own. Syd was left behind, heartbroken.

Years later, Tristan is back to face his past and carve his place back out in his family. Things with Syd are cold and distant at first, but down the road, they begin to warm towards each other again. Just when he’s started to let his walls down and let her in again, secrets come out that could ruin them forever!

four-half-stars

* Review * WORTH THE WAIT by Lori Foster

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* Review * WORTH THE WAIT by Lori FosterWorth the Wait by Lori Foster
Series: The Guthrie Brothers, #2
Published by HQN Books on July 25, 2017
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four-half-stars

Ready or not…love will find a way.

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the “barbecue master” at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be.

Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.


Sizzling chemistry and feisty attitudes! I adored Hogan & Violet! And Colt … that boy is the best kid ever! A really great story line surrounding the three of them and what life has thrown their way in the past. I loved seeing them heal and prosper! Nathan & Brooklin were kind of a side filler for me. Their story was interesting enough and I liked them, but Hogan and Violet stole the show.

An emotionally scarred man and his teenage son never expected to find salvation by working at a diner, but when that diner is owned by Violet and she showers her attitude on them, it was like being wrapped in a blanket of snarky love! Violet and Hogan flirt circles around each other, but he makes it clear he’s not into forever … never again. Violet can fight it all she wants, but no one who spends a minute in their company can deny that they are magical together. Can the heart of a good woman be the elixir that a broken man needs to heal his heart?

A sexy sheriff and a secretive new neighbor … like oil and water in small town living. Nathan Hawley is drawn to Brooklin Sweet from the first time he sees her, but she has true skills at ignoring even the smallest gesture of getting to know her. He pesters her until he eventually wears her down, but will the secrets from her past be too much for them to overcome when danger starts circling?

four-half-stars

* Review * UNTIL YOU LOVED ME by Brenda Novak

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* Review * UNTIL YOU LOVED ME by Brenda NovakUntil You Loved Me by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs
Published by MIRA on July 25, 2017
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four-stars

Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing…

After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.

Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed.

But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…


One night … to forever? A quick jump from strangers to living together for this drama filled story line. Each of them have their own things they are working through, but they are quick to jump in and try to make the best of the situation life gave them. It’s an interesting plot, but it drug on a bit. Something just didn’t quite click enough to make me really entrenched into the story line with them. I’m loving the series as a whole, but this would be my least favorite of the bunch so far.

Reeling from her fiance cheating on her (with another man!), Ellie Fisher lets her friend drag her out to a hot Miami nightclub to take her mind off of things. It’s definitely not her cup of tea, and she never in her life thought she would meet a sexy stranger and go back to his hotel with him for a one-night-stand … and yet here she is a few weeks later .. pregnant to prove it!

Los Angeles Devils quarterback Hudson King isn’t one to sleep around either, but he was taken with Ellie and couldn’t resist the temptation. He’s shocked … and not at all happy … when Ellie tracks him down to tell him she’s pregnant. After it sinks in, he contacts her to make amends for his poor reaction when she told him because after living his life as an orphan with no family, he refuses to have his kid settle for less than all of him. He convinces Ellie to move to Silver Springs with him to try to get to know each other and work out a way to co-parent their baby.

four-stars

* Review * SCOT ON THE RUN by Janice Maynard

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * SCOT ON THE RUN by Janice MaynardScot on the Run by Janice Maynard
Series: Kilted Heroes
Published by Lyrical Shine on July 25, 2017
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four-stars

Bella is housesitting in Portree, Scotland, for her brother, Finley, while he’s on his honeymoon. She expects a quiet time, enjoying the harbour town’s breathtaking views and quaint shops. So imagine her surprise when one of Great Britain’s most eligible bachelors comes pounding at her door in an attempt to evade both the paparazzi and a flurry of female fans. Unaware of his celebrity status, Bella reluctantly gives him sanctuary. Yet the surprises keep coming, and soon she’s persuaded to accompany him to Edinburgh . . . as his faux fiancée. But while helping him fend off his ardent admirers, Bella just may gain one very authentic admirer of her own . . .


A quirky little romance with the beautiful countryside behind them! The characters are fun, and easy to relate to.

When Bella Craig agrees to head over to Portree, Scotland to house-sit for her brother, she expects it to be a month of relaxation and working on plans for the future, but when a knock at the door brings a handsome stranger begging for help, her plans go up in smoke!

Ian Larrimore rues the day he ever made it on Great Britain’s most eligible bachelor’s list, and he’s miserably running from the press constantly. He’s happy to have a respite at his friend Finley’s house, but when he arrives, he finds out that Finley’s sister is already there. They find that they enjoy each other’s company, so settle in to see a bit of the sites together, and eventually he convinces her to accompany him to Edinburgh to a function … as his fake fiance!

four-stars