Archives for September 2017

* Review * SLEIGH RIDE WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Alison Roberts

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* Review * SLEIGH RIDE WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Alison RobertsSleigh Ride with the Single Dad by Alison Roberts
Series: Christmas in Manhattan
Published by Harlequin Medical Romance on October 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

Her secret Christmas wish

Dr. Grace Forbes's dramatic first day in Manhattan Mercy ER is unforgettable—especially when she runs into her old flame, ER chief Charles Davenport, again!

That spark is still there between them but they're different people now—after losing his wife, Charles is a single dad to adorable twin boys, while Grace has survived cancer but lost her dream of having children. Yet, as the weather gets colder, she is drawn into the warmth of his family—could he make her Christmas wish come true?

 

Alison Roberts tugs on our emotions with the best of them!  A heartwarming story about learning to live again after loss and personal tragedy. The characters are developed throughout the story as we learn bits about each of their pasts and watch them remember the past they shared together with fondness. Neither is looking for the other when they reconnect, but it doesn’t take them long to figure out it was meant to be! Looking forward to more in this series!

Dr. Grace Forbes has been dreading her first day at Manhattan Mercy’s ER because it was going to reconnect her with a flame from her past, Charles Davenport who just happens to be her new boss! Being thrown head first into a drastic first day in the ER manages to make the re-introduction much easier than expected and they find themselves remembering old times fondly before they know it.

Dr. Charles Davenport feels like he has lived an entire life since he last saw Grace. He prospered in his career, wed a wonderful woman and proceeded to lose her and be left to parent their adorable twin sons on his own. He’s not looking to stir up his life, but the attraction between he and Grace doesn’t seem to have dwindled after all of these years! She’s been through hard times herself and is just now coming back out into the world to enjoy it after beating cancer … and as bittersweet as it is to be around his sons knowing she can’t have children of her own, she begins to adore them as soon as she has her first meeting!

four-half-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * ROCK ME by Carly Phillips

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* Blog Tour / Review * ROCK ME by Carly PhillipsRock Me by Carly Phillips
Series: Bodyguard Bad Boys #1
Published by CP Publishing on September 19, 2017
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five-stars

A pop star in danger.

Her reluctant bodyguard.

A past they can’t deny.

Summer Michelle is on the verge of ultimate fame.

Ben Hollander has sworn off mixing business with pleasure.

But keeping his hands off of the sexy songstress is easier said than done and once the threat is neutralized, will she choose fame over love?

 

The forbidden is always such a temptation! They never thought they’d see each other again … and yet here they are in a similar situation to the one that blew up in their faces previously. A sexy read with a powerful reunion! It’s hard to tear yourself away … and I was left really looking forward to more in the series!

Up and coming pop star Summer Michelle finds herself in need of a bodyguard as she sets out on a thrilling journey that just might be the break she’s been hoping for … but she never expects HIM to show up!

Bodyguard Ben Hollander is at a high point in his career with a great bunch of colleagues surrounding him, but he gets the shock of his life when he finds out who his new assignment is going to be. He’s come a long way since the past they shared, and he’s no longer willing to mix business with pleasure … or so he thinks!

 

 

 

 

Rock Me: Bad Boy Bodyguards Book 1 by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: September 19, 2017

Blurb

Blurb:

ROCK ME, an all-new sexy STANDALONE, is coming this fall from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Carly Phillips!

Bodyguard Bad Boys… Sexy, Hot, and oh so protective!

A pop star in danger.

Her reluctant bodyguard.

A past they can’t deny.

Summer Michelle is on the verge of ultimate fame.

Ben Hollander has sworn off mixing business with pleasure.

But keeping his hands off of the sexy songstress is easier said than done and once the threat is neutralized, will she choose fame over love?

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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five-stars

* Review * THE COWBOY WHO GOT AWAY by Nancy Robards Thompson

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* Review * THE COWBOY WHO GOT AWAY by Nancy Robards ThompsonThe Cowboy Who Got Away by Nancy Robards Thompson
Series: Celebration, TX
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on October 1, 2017
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five-stars

From homecoming crowns to wedding rings

Hunky bull rider Jude Campbell seems to have the world by the proverbial horns. But when the world champion returns to Celebration for his high school reunion, he's confronted by the ghosts he'd worked so hard to forget. Not to mention the high school love who got away…

Bridezilla wrangler Juliette Lowell is as gorgeous and genuine as she was as Jude's homecoming queen. And the spark between them burns as bright as ever. But Jules still smarts from Jude's betrayal years before. And as successful as he seems, Jude's struggling with the prospect of hanging up his spurs. But with his queen, Juliette, by his side, maybe this homecoming will take once and for all…

 

When love reunites, it’s beautiful to see! With the next book in the Celebration, TX series, we get the renegade Campbell sibling’s story! Jude left town to hit the rodeo circuit 10 years ago and never looked back … or so it seemed! Crossing paths with his high school sweetheart at Ethan & Chelsea’s wedding a few months ago after all of those years apart really got him to thinking … and when an injury took him out of the running for the year, he could think of no better place to visit than home!

Juliette Lowell might have gone away to school all those years ago, but her heart never ventured far from Celebration, and she soon came home and created a successful wedding planning business. She’s feeling unsatisfied though, and part of that has always been because of an unsatisfying love life. She tried to get over Jude after he moved on all those years ago, but no one ever quite measured up to the boy that stole her heart as a teenager.

Jude Campbell happens back into town just as their ten year high school reunion is ramping up, and it’s kind of fun to look back and recreate some of their memories from when they were homecoming king and queen together. He’s at a crossroads in his career and wishing for something more … she’s also looking to be more satisfied with her life — maybe reconnecting and rekindling the love neither of them was ever able to bury will be the answer??

five-stars

* Review * HIS MAJESTY’S TEMPORARY BRIDE by Annie West

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* Review * HIS MAJESTY’S TEMPORARY BRIDE by Annie WestHis Majesty's Temporary Bride by Annie West
Series: The Princess Seductions
Published by Harlequin Presents on October 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

Out of the shadows…

As the illegitimate secret daughter of royalty, Cat's life has been far from luxurious. After years of bullying, she's set against a return to her childhood home. But her princess half sister has mysteriously disappeared ahead of her engagement to charismatic King Alexander.

…into the bed of the king!

Cat agrees to stand in for her—but she didn't agree to the electric attraction between her and Alex! He might have no idea who she really is—but when their insatiable desire threatens to strip away every boundary between them, Cat cannot hold back from the temptation of Alex's caress…

 

Secrets abound in this wayward royal tale! Cat and Alex are electrifying together! Each of their backgrounds are filled with unpleasantness that led them each to be who they are today. The passion they share is explosive and they forge such a sweet connection. I really enjoyed their story and can’t wait to catch up with what Princess Amelie has been up to in the upcoming conclusion of The Princess Seductions!

Cat Dubois spent her life hiding from the fact that she was the illegitimate secret daughter of royalty. Once she came of age and left her home country, she vowed never to return again … but now she’s been contacted because her half-sister, Princess Amelie has disappeared … and they need her look-a-like secret sister to fill in!

King Alexander of Bengaria has agreed to go to St. Galla to meet the Princess that his council wants him to take as his wife. He’s really not interested in the responsibility yet at this point in his life, but he feels he has to take the meeting and soothe the ruffled feathers. Circumstances lead to him meeting Cat before he’s supposed to be introduced to her as Princess Amelie and he’s quite taken with her. When he finds out she’s who they want him to wed, he just might have to reconsider based on the chemistry sizzling when she is near!

four-half-stars

* Release Blast * LUCAS by Sawyer Bennett

Lucas (Cold Fury, Book #8) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: September 19, 2017

 

Synopsis:

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33593824-lucas

 

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About the Author:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

 

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* Blog Tour / Review * DIRTIEST LITTLE SECRET by Skye Jordan

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* Blog Tour / Review * DIRTIEST LITTLE SECRET by Skye JordanDirtiest Little Secret by Skye Jordan
Series: Quick and Dirty Collection
Published by Cygnet Books on September 15, 2017
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five-stars

She’s his fantasy…

Ava Jennings has spent her life dedicated to her family’s steel business. So when she catches her fiancé engaging in extracurricular activities under his desk with a coworker, Ava fires him on the spot. With her self-esteem at an all-time low, Ava throws caution to the wind and heads to a well-known, wild biker bar. She’s determined to prove she’s capable of the spontaneous, wicked-hot sex her fiancé was searching for outside their relationship. And she finds all that and more in a rugged, edgy motorcycle mechanic, the one man in the bar who eclipses all the others.

He’s her dirtiest little secret…

Isaac Banks doesn’t talk to members of the Steel Warriors motorcycle club about his painful past. All they know is he’s the best bike mechanic in the state, which is exactly how he likes it. Ava doesn’t recognize him as the awkward kid who used to spend Sunday nights at her dinner table with their families, but she’s sure interested in the man she thinks he is now. She’s from the world he left behind, and he knows he should walk away—but it’s impossible to say no to the woman who starred in all his adolescent fantasies. All he wants is one night to get her out of his system. Because there was no way she could live up to his dreams.

But he’s wrong. One night will never be enough.

 

A sexy little dip into the wild side of life … or so she thinks! The latest from Skye Jordan is a sexy, fun read about taking a chance on something different … and knowing what to walk away from! Their connection is oh so hot, but sweetly endearing as well.  I loved them together!

Ava Jennings is mad at the world right about now and doesn’t plan on sitting around being what everyone expects anymore. She found her no-good louse-of-a-man fiancee cheating on her in the office and fires him on the spot, and then heads down to the local biker bar to find herself a good time. He had to go looking elsewhere to find some excitement? Ha! She’ll show him excitement!

Isaac Banks happens to be in the bar when the biker-babe-wanna-be comes sashaying into the bar looking to get dirty with a bad boy. He’s not exactly what she’s looking for, but when he recognizes who she is, there’s no way he’s going to sit back and watch her mix it up with the type of guys that hang out there.  He might be the main mechanic for the Steel Warriors Motorcycle Club, but he isn’t into their rough lifestyle. When one night isn’t enough for either of them, will they decide to go for more? And when she finds out who he really is, will she walk away?

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

Skye’s New York Times bestselling novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance. And, yes, even love, because Skye is ultimately a romantic at heart and a happily ever after kinda gal. Skye also writes romantic suspense as Joan Swan, weaving fast paced novels of passion, danger and suspense.
Skye is a California native recently transplanted to the East Coast and living in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC with her husband of 25 years. She has two grown daughters in college in Colorado and Oregon. In her free time she loves rowing on the Potomac. She’s always learning, attending courses and seminars in art and history and cooking.

 

About the Book:

 
She is his fantasy…
Ava Jennings has spent her life dedicated to her family’s steel business. So when she catches her fiancé engaging in extracurricular activities under his desk with a coworker, Ava fires him on the spot. With her self-esteem at an all-time low, Ava throws caution to the wind and heads to a well-known, wild biker bar. She’s determined to prove she’s capable of the spontaneous, wicked-hot sex her fiancé was searching for outside their relationship. And she finds all that and more in a rugged, edgy motorcycle mechanic, the one man in the bar who eclipses all the others.
He’s her dirtiest little secret…
Isaac Banks doesn’t talk to members of the Steel Warriors motorcycle club about his painful past. All they know is he’s the best bike mechanic in the state, which is exactly how he likes it. Ava doesn’t recognize him as the awkward kid who used to spend Sunday nights at her dinner table with their families, but she’s sure interested in the man she thinks he is now. She’s from the world he left behind, and he knows he should walk away—but it’s impossible to say no to the woman who starred in all his adolescent fantasies. All he wants is one night to get her out of his system. Because there was no way she could live up to his dreams.
But he’s wrong. One night will never be enough.

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five-stars

* Review * A BABY FOR THE DOCTOR by Stephanie Dees

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* Review * A BABY FOR THE DOCTOR by Stephanie DeesA Baby for the Doctor by Stephanie Dee
Series: Family Blessings
Published by Love Inspired on October 1, 2017
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five-stars

A Family to Call Her Own

After becoming a foster parent to a young boy, equine therapist Jordan Conley's life gets turned upside down. Little Levi is in need of an exceptional pediatrician, which means seeking help from Dr. Ash Sheehan—a man that, despite her heart-pounding crush, isn't her type. Her life is horses and hay, and she can't imagine the suit-clad doctor in a pair of cowboy boots. As a confirmed bachelor, Ash has never been nervous around women, but there's something about Jordan that flusters him, and working closely together doesn't help. The last thing he's looking for is long-term romance. But the more involved he gets, the more he wishes they could stay together…always.

 

A heartwarming story of love, family and looking beyond the surface to find who really lies beneath! I adored this book. The sad beginning pulls at your heartstrings immediately and endears you to little Levi from the start, and watching how life changes with him in it is very rewarding. Some of the characters are familiar if you happened to read the first book in this series, but if you are like me and missed it, I guarantee you will pick up the history without a problem. It’s faith based romance at it’s best!

Jordan Conley doesn’t know exactly what she’s in for when she steps in for her sister and agrees to foster a traumatized little boy, but she soon learns how much he needs her! Not only is his immediate situation concerning, but his future has the potential to be dire as well. She’s happy to have a great doctor in the family … even if she does get flustered when she’s around him!

Pediatrician Ash Sheehan is on hand when she first meets Levi and assures her he will be with her throughout as they try to get this precious little boy settled. She’s always had a crush on him, but he’s so far from the type of man that she wants that it’s not funny. Ash doesn’t know she likes him, but he finds himself feeling sparks the more time they spend together. He’s lived a different type of life over the years because of scars left over from his past, but he’s starting to see the benefit in settling down and having a family!

five-stars

* Review * BOUND BY THE MILLIONAIRE’S RING by Dani Collins

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* Review * BOUND BY THE MILLIONAIRE’S RING by Dani CollinsBound by the Millionaire's Ring by Dani Collins
Series: The Sauveterre Siblings
Published by Harlequin Presents on October 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

The playboy's temporary fiancée

Millionaire racing driver Ramon Sauveterre is no stranger to fame, but he'll do just about anything to keep the spotlight off his family. Including propose a decidedly short-term engagement to his gorgeous head of PR, Isidora Garcia!

Isidora cannot forgive Ramon for dragging her into this farce—just as she'll never forgive him for the indiscretion that broke her heart. But while their relationship might be fake, the burning longing his kisses spark is all too real—and resisting Ramon's heated touch until the end of their arrangement proves utterly impossible…

 

Will deception actually lead to a happily ever after? That’s what we’re hoping for as we jump into the 3rd book in Dani Collins’s Sauveterre Siblings series! This time she brings us Ramon’s story … the renowned playboy, famed race car driver and big time family protector will stop at nothing to keep his family safe … most especially his sister Trella. This is a stand alone read, but I feel you will get so much more out of it if you have read the two earlier books first because you will be familiar with the siblings and their past going in to this book. I always enjoy this family’s connection … and adding a dear friend into the mix as Ramon’s love interest brings a good amount of angst to the relationship. Can’t wait to read the final book in the series soon!

When rumors hit the press about his sister Trella, Ramon Sauveterre rushes in like always to take the spotlight off of her. His crazy antics always seem to hit the news just when something else is going on that he can take the heat away from and this time is no exception … if he has to fake an engagement to steal the headlines, so be it!

Isidora Garcia grew up with the Sauveterre siblings and had a huge crush on Ramon through her youth, but circumstances happened a few years ago to make her despise him. She steers clear of him as often as she can at the office now … but as head of PR, she’s close by this time when he decides he needs someone to play his accomplice and be his fake fiance.  Lucky her!

 

four-half-stars

* Review * TEXAS SHOWDOWN by Barb Han

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* Review * TEXAS SHOWDOWN by Barb HanTexas Showdown by Barb Han
Series: Cattlemen Crime Club
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on October 1, 2017
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four-stars

To protect the love he lost, this rugged Texas rancher will risk everything

When FBI agent Maria Belasco is mysteriously attacked, her soon-to-be ex-husband, Austin O'Brien, is instantly on the scene. Problem is, she can't remember what happened or the case she was working on. Or how, months before, tragedy had driven her and the reserved rancher irrevocably apart…

Now Austin must pretend that nothing has changed between them to help Maria get her memory back—and discover who wants her dead. But protecting her 24/7 is reigniting desires even more explosive than before. Austin will do whatever it takes to expose the enemy on their trail. But putting his heart on the line a second time could prove the most lethal risk of all…

 

With the conclusion of the Cattlemen Crime Club, we finally get some answers about the crime against the O’Brien parents that we’ve been following for this entire series. We also get Austin and Maria’s story. It’s full of it’s own set of puzzles, and a sweet love story of being there for your mate, even when it’s not your place anymore … and better yet, the healing of a heartache that can finally let love shine through again.

FBI agent Maria Belasco is suspiciously attacked and left without any memory of many months of her life. She can’t remember the cases she’s working on to know if one of those perps might be involved in her attack, and even worse, she thinks things are still totally normal with her and her soon-to-be ex-husband!

Austin O’Brien loves Maria and he’d do anything to help her. He’s there immediately when he hears she’s been hurt, and he’s willing to put his life on hold to be there to support her through her recovery and even goes so far as to try to pretend they are still together. The doctors don’t want her memory coming back forcefully, so he has to make sure when she remembers the tragedy that tore them apart, that it’s at her own mind’s speed.

four-stars

* Review * THE TYCOON’S MARRIAGE DEAL by Melanie Milburne

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* Review * THE TYCOON’S MARRIAGE DEAL by Melanie MilburneThe Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Melanie Milburne
Published by Harlequin Presents on October 1, 2017
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four-stars

A virgin's passionate awakening

Ruthless playboy Blake McClelland dominates in the boardroom and commands in the bedroom. So when he's required to produce a fiancée in order to clinch the most important deal of his life, his solution is as coldhearted as Blake himself—he'll choose a woman innocent enough to convince the world he's a reformed man!

After being jilted at the altar, shy bakery owner Matilda Toppington is in no hurry to wear another man's ring. Blake's cynical proposition is scandalously, shockingly outrageous—of course she should refuse! Unless Tillie dares surrender to the unknown pleasures his sinful gaze promises…

 

Temporary temptation turns into forever in the latest from Melanie Milburne! He might sort of blackmail her into helping him, but she’s not all that unwilling once she realizes he’s actually a nice guy and his reasons are good-hearted. Two lonely and scarred souls find their way towards healing and opening up to more than they ever dreamed of!

Matilda Toppington has sworn off of men, love and happily ever afters since being left standing at the altar by her former fiancee! She’s happy just to spend her day baking and living life vicariously through her bakery customers … until one of those customers throws a snag in her plans!

Blake McClelland will stop at nothing to get what he wants … even if it means blackmailing the town’s sweetheart into pretending to be his fiancee in order to clean up his tarnished reputation. It should only take a month to get the deal he needs closed, and he’s willing to make it more than worth her while!

four-stars