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* Review * VAN by Sawyer Bennett

* Review * VAN by Sawyer BennettVan by Sawyer Bennett
Series: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Published by Loveswept on November 28, 2017
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Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.

As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse . . . and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.

Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.


A cold-as-ice hockey god meets his match! This story is a bit unorthodox in that a good portion of the beginning of the book is already familiar if you read the previous book in the series LUCAS. It shows some common scenes only from a different perspective and with added happenings. It wasn’t my favorite way of going about it, but it worked and built on the information we already had gotten in the last book. I love the characters in this series and they are always good for a fun read with lots of angst and a ton of sexy tension!

Carolina Cold Fury enforcer Van Turner isn’t a warm and fuzzy kind of guy. He’s hard and cold and doesn’t have time for anybody’s nonsense. Give him a puck and some ice and he’s as happy as he’s going to get. A brutal past that no one knows about has held him back from putting down too many roots or getting close to his teammates, but when a pesky brat of a woman sets her sights on him, he’s going to rue the day he ever met her!

Simone Fournier is used to being around hulking hockey studs. Two of her big brothers are Van’s teammates and put her in close contact a little too much for his comfort. She set her sights on him the night they met, and if she wants him, she’s going to have him!


* Review * DIRTY LITTLE PROMISE by Kendall Ryan

* Review * DIRTY LITTLE PROMISE by Kendall RyanDirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan
Series: Forbidden Desires #2
on October 9, 2017
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Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he’s all wrong for her—yet the heart wants what it wants.

But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires will she lose herself completely?

Passion, drama and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell’s love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

This is book two in the series, following Dirty Little Secret.


Angst filled drama with a boat load of steaminess! When we left off from the first book in the Forbidden Desires series, we were left with a shocking cliffhanger. This book picks up shortly after and deals with the aftermath. I wanted a little more from the book personally and felt like it was a bit of a let down after the first. I still enjoy the characters … but the plot could have been spiced up a bit to match the first book. Still an enjoyable group of people though, and I’m looking forwarding to what the future holds! I recommend reading this series in order or you will miss some key points along the way.

Conflicted librarian Emma Bell can’t decide what to do. Does she say the secrets she’s discovered about Gavin Kingsley don’t matter to her, or does she turn her back on his bad boy hotness and say that nice guy Cooper is more her style? Gavin pushes her hot buttons like no other, but will giving in to her carnal desires only lead to heartache in the end?



* Review * THE RESCUE DOC’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Amalie BerlinThe Rescue Doc's Christmas Miracle by Amalie Berlin
Series: Christmas in Manhattan
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on November 1, 2017
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From partners to parents!

Dr. Gabriel Jackson and paramedic Penny Davenport make a great team—despite driving each other crazy! She's Manhattan Mercy's daredevil helicopter pilot, who thrives on adventure after a childhood spent wrapped in cotton wool, while he's the cautious flight doctor who, after a disastrous marriage, will never take risks again.

But after the elation of surviving a storm explodes into passion, Penny discovers she's pregnant! This could be an unforgettable Christmas—if they listen to their hearts and take the greatest risk of all!


Sexy, sweet and tension filled! If you’ve been reading along with the Christmas in Manhattan series at all, you will recognize the Davenport family. It’s been a great series, and Penny might just turn out to be my favorite one yet! She’s sassy and doesn’t act like she comes from the glamour and prestige that we know she does. She’s definitely one of those characters that is a breath of fresh air where what you see is what you get. I really enjoyed going on this journey with her and her sexy doc!

Paramedic/rescue pilot Penny Davenport leads a daring and fun-filled life, but for her partner in the air Dr. Gabriel Jackson, she’s a whirlwind that is hard to keep grounded! When a risky turn of events lead them stranded for the night, they have a slip up in the resistance they had built around their attraction for each other and spend a passion filled night together. No harm no foul, they decide to forget it ever happened … until she finds out their romp has left them with a baby on the way!

Gabriel guards himself with a wall around his emotions after a disastrous marriage in his past, so he has to work really hard to let himself get closer to Penny … and the fact that she’s a daredevil who doesn’t want to be reigned in doesn’t make for an easy-going transition into parents-to-be. Will they find that the baby isn’t the only thing drawing them towards each other in the end?


* Blog Tour / Book Review * HIS PREGNANT SECRETARY by Joanne Rock

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Blog Tour / Book Review * HIS PREGNANT SECRETARY by Joanne RockHis Pregnant Secretary by Joanne Rock
Series: Little Secrets / The McNeill Magnates
Published by Harlequin Desire on December 1, 2017
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The boss’s baby bargain…

Becoming a father was never part of Jager McNeill’s plan, until the heat between him and his luscious assistant turned into searing passion. Now Delia Rickard is carrying his baby. After growing up without a father, Jager’s determined to be there for his child. And marriage would ensure that. But despite their chemistry, Delia’s unwilling to marry for anything less than love.

A trip with Jager to Manhattan could change all that. For in this enchanting city ablaze with Christmas lights, romance begins to blossom. And a kiss under the mistletoe just might turn into lasting love.


With a fun take on an affair with the boss storyline, Joanne Rock brings us the next book in her McNeill Magnates series. When a shocking revelation brought about the news that they had three half-brothers out there, the original McNeill brothers set out to try to touch base with them. This book introduces us to them, and brings us Jager’s story. I really loved the instant chemistry and connection between Jager and Delia and the baby surprise made a riveting read. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of, would be a stronger connection being made between these three brothers as the start of what almost feels like a 2nd split off of the series. I think we will eventually get to dig deep into their closeness with each other, but this book fell a little weak in that set up. Overall though, a great continuation of the McNeill saga!

With his brother’s life currently in turmoil, Jager McNeil is left to carry the bulk of the load in making sure their business endeavors are taken care of. Thank goodness he has a strong assistant who has literally been running things for him on the Martinique side of things! When he ventures home to take care of some business, a fluke accident brings them in close contact with each other and brings about an attention getting night!

Delia Richards can’t believe how easily she lets her guard down with Jager! Sure, she’s been attracted to him since they met a couple of years ago, but he’s her boss and she really needs this job! Can they find a way to make this connection work? And when Jager needs a push in the right direction when it comes to a family matter, will she be just the inspiration he needs to take the next step … especially when they find out a little one is on the way??







His Pregnant Secretary
By Joanne Rock
Little Secrets
The McNeill Magnates #4
Harlequin Desire #2560
Mass Market Paperback & eBook
December 2017


The boss’s baby bargain…

Becoming a father was never part of Jager McNeill’s plan, until the heat between him and his luscious assistant turned into searing passion. Now Delia Rickard is carrying his baby. After growing up without a father, Jager’s determined to be there for his child. And marriage would ensure that. But despite their chemistry, Delia’s unwilling to marry for anything less than love.

A trip with Jager to Manhattan could change all that. For in this enchanting city ablaze with Christmas lights, romance begins to blossom. And a kiss under the mistletoe just might turn into lasting love.






“I don’t think any of us exercise our best judgement when our world is flipped upside down.” She’d been a wreck when they’d met. Literally. She’d almost plowed right into him on a Jet Ski she’d taken from the dock near where she’d planned to say her vows.

“Is that what’s happening here?” he asked, shifting on the sofa cushions in a way that squared them up somehow. Put him fractionally closer. “The world is off-kilter today?”

The low rasp of his voice, a subtle intimacy of tone that she hadn’t heard from him before, brought heat raining down over her skin. Her gaze lowered to his mouth before she thought the better of it.

“That’s not what I meant.” She felt breathless. Her words were a light whisper of air, but she couldn’t draw a deep breath without inhaling the scent of him.

Without wanting him.

“It’s true, though.” He skimmed a touch just below her chin, drawing her eyes up to his. “Something happened in the water today. Something changed between us.”

No, she wanted to protest. To call it out for a lie.

Yet he was right and they both knew it.

His touch lingered, the barest brush of his knuckles beneath her jaw. She wanted to dip her cheek toward his hand to increase the pressure, to really feel him.

Madness. Total madness to think it, let alone act on it.

“We can’t let that happen.” She needed to maintain the balance of power. Rebuild some guise of professionalism before it was too late. “This job is too important to me.”

Shakily, she shot to her feet. She stalked to the window on legs that felt like liquid, forcing herself to focus. To get this conversation back on track. Why hadn’t she simply spoken to him about the community garden?

“And your professional skills are valuable to me as well. But we can work around that.” Behind her, his voice was controlled. Far more level than she felt. “Besides, do you really believe ignoring it will make it go away, Delia?”

She felt him approach, his step quiet but certain. He stood beside her at the window, giving her personal space, yet not conceding her point. The soft glow of a nearby sconce cast his face in partial shadow.

“If we both make an effort, yes. Of course.” She nodded, hoping she sounded more sure of herself than she felt. “We’re both adults with professional agendas. We can keep those work goals front and center when we’re together.”

“Like we did today.” His gaze fixed on some point outside the window, but his eyebrows rose in question.

“Today was an aberration.” It had to be. “Emotions ran high. We were both scared for Emily.” She wanted it to be as simple as that. “Just an adrenaline moment.”

Her heart fluttered oddly as he turned toward her again, taking her measure. Seeing right through her.

“So what about this moment, right now?” he asked. “Adrenaline?”

She licked her suddenly dry lips. Willed herself to come up with a logical explanation for the way the air simmered all around them. The way her skin sensed his every movement.




Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.


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