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* Review * COLLISION COURSE by Marie Harte

* Review * COLLISION COURSE by Marie HarteCollision Course by Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 2, 2018
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He's always had a way with the ladies
She won't give him the time of day
Sparks fly when two hearts in motion collide.

Florist Joey Reeves is working overtime to stay away from Lou Cortez, the ace mechanic with a reputation for irresistible charm. She's a single mom with enough on her plate—the last thing she needs is entanglement with the hottest guy in town...

"Well, hello there."

Joey glanced up and froze. The man who'd been haunting her sleep looked even better in the hard light of day.
"H-hello." She coughed. The guys who worked at Webster's Garage all looked larger than life, covered in tattoos, muscles, and that indefinable sense of danger they wore like a second skin. But this guy, the tall, Latin lover with dark-brown eyes and lips made for kissing, who had snared her.


Sexy, sinful and sweet all rolled into one! With the latest book in her Body Shop Bad Boys series, Marie Harte brings us Lou’s story. He’s always been the smooth-talking pretty boy around the garage who gets women without even trying, so it’s interesting to watch him find a woman the he’s attracted to who won’t give him the time of day! This entire series has been a really fun interaction of a group of tough-guy friends/co-workers who are more like family. The characters were both very easy to like, we were drawn into their sexual tension from the start and the surprises we uncovered along the way made for an intriguingly sweet read!

Mechanic Lou Cortez enjoys life. He has a huge close-knit family that he adores, he not only has the job here at the shop with the boys, but he also gets to enjoy putting his creative side to work in his side job. When a beautiful woman walked into the shop a few months ago, he was intrigued … but she wouldn’t even look at him. What’s up with that? Women always love him!

Florist Josephine Reeves obviously noticed Lou, but she has better things to do in life than fall at the feet of a man who goes through women like water. He doesn’t give up though, and when happenstance brings him into the flower shop while she’s working, she finds herself giving in and actually agreeing to coffee. She can’t deny that he’s attractive, and he turns her knees weak with just one steamy look … but she has a lot counting on her with a whole other side of her life that he knows nothing about. Can she really give in to simple lust and have a fling without it ruining her plans?



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* Review * A PROPOSAL TO SECURE HIS VENGEANCE by Kate WalkerA Proposal to Secure His Vengeance by Kate Walker
Published by Harlequin Presents on February 1, 2018
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His preferred method?

Ruthless, irresistible seduction!

Imogen O’Sullivan is horrified when charismatic tycoon Raoul breaks up her engagement and makes her his own convenient bride! She once surrendered everything to Raoul—body, heart and soul. But as he stalks back into her life, it’s clear he has punishment in mind, not just passion! Can Imogen resist Raoul’s potent brand of delicious vengeance?


Reunited lovers! Secrets, lies and revenge push this story into the limelight as each believes wrong information about the other leading to hard feelings on both sides. This wasn’t my favorite book by this author as it was a bit confusing and very slow moving, but in the end I was intrigued enough to want to know how they were going to manage that happily ever after.

Imogen O’Sullivan is on the cusp of marrying to secure her family’s future when a blast from the past sends her spinning! What is he doing here … and why does it seem like he’s angry at her when he’s the one that shoved her out the door? The feelings churning throughout her are going to ruin everything!

Raoul Cardini pushed Imogen away after their short-lived affair a couple of years ago because of conflicted feelings and falling under the spell of a supposed friend who purposely told him mis-information. He believes she greatly wronged him and is here to step into the middle of her big wedding plans before she can marry another … but will he be able to convince her to fall for his act before he starts to lose his heart to her for real?


* Review * XO, ZACH by Kendall Ryan

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* Review * XO, ZACH by Kendall Ryanxo, Zach by Kendall Ryan
on January 23, 2018
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The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

xo, Zach


Forbidden love has never tasted so sweet! A quick and easy read filled with sexual tension and an air of bittersweet conflict.  Will she or won’t she? The characters are fun to read and easy to like … the plot is cliche, but works really well to take us on a fun ride towards their happily ever after!

Zach Austin didn’t expect the mystery woman at a party who turned him on with her kiss and mesmerized him with her beauty to turn up in his office on campus the next day! This could be trouble … but what a way to go!

Poppy Ellis is mortified that the guy she accosted to pretend to be her date when she saw her recent ex parading his new floozy around at that party to turn out to be her brand new adviser of her just getting started master’s program. He is sweet and sexy, and his outspoken filthy mouth embarrasses her on a daily basis … yet she wants him more than her next breath! As she keeps secrets and holds her emotions close to her chest, he sets out to woo her with secret poems and just being an all around good guy. Will she give him a chance or decide it is too risky for her taste?


* Review * THE RANCHER’S BABY by Maisey Yates

* Review * THE RANCHER’S BABY by Maisey YatesThe Rancher's Baby by Maisey Yates
Series: Texas Cattleman's Club: The Impostor
Published by Harlequin Desire on January 1, 2018
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She’s having her best friend’s baby…

When a torrid, possibly dangerous scandal comes to Royal, Texas, Selena Jacobs is nearly caught in the middle. Until her best friend Knox McCoy ensures her safety—by moving in! Selena has loved Knox for years, but she’s never had the courage to tell him. Now the sparks she’s tried to smother burn out of control…and leave her pregnant. But with the pain in his past, will Knox finally take a chance on love…with her?


Secrets abound! With the first book in a new spin-off of the infamous Texas Cattleman’s Club, Maisey Yates lays the ground work for the mystery surrounding The Imposter series. It was a tad confusing and threw us for a bit of a loop from the start, but it definitely planted some intrigue in our mind. Looking forward to finding out more as the series plays out!

Selena Jacobs is grateful to have her best friend by her side as she faces a trying time in her life. Knox McCoy has always been there through thick and thin, but she’s never had the courage to admit her love for him. Wrong time, wrong place seems to be the motto of their attraction … she laid the groundwork of walking away first, then by the time she was ready to admit to feelings, he was with someone else … and so it played out for years. Suddenly in close proximity again with emotions running high, the guessing games finally come to a head with a powerful attraction not to be denied!  Knox has suffered too much loss in his life to be ready to take a chance on love again … will the baby they made be enough to change his mind?


* Review * BARRELED OVER by Jenna Sutton

* Review * BARRELED OVER by Jenna SuttonBarreled Over by Jenna Sutton
Series: Trinity Distillery #1
on December 26, 2017
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Ready for another round?

Ava Grace Landy’s music career is humming along until a shakeup at her label jeopardizes her recording contract and curses her with the world’s worst boss. Determined to satisfy him, she partners with Trinity Distillery to access a larger male audience. To her surprise, she’s the one who’s satisfied—by none other than Jonah Beck, the gorgeous, yet gruff man behind the bourbon.

No doubt about it, bourbon runs in Beck’s blood. But it’s audacious Ava Grace who makes it run hot. When she signs on as the spokesperson for his craft distillery, he doesn’t plan on hoisting her onto an oak barrel and rocking the rickhouse. Though he’s convinced their lives don’t mix—like a terrible cocktail—he can’t keep his hands off the alluring country star.

Ava Grace and Beck try to keep their intoxicating relationship private, but the glare of her fame is too bright, revealing secrets they both want to remain hidden. With a spotlight shining on his tumultuous past, their future is at risk. Now they must decide if being together is worth sacrificing the career she loves and the company he’s poured his heart and soul into.


Opposites attract … and ignite! With the first book in her new Trinity Distillery series, Jenna Sutton takes us along for the ride as we meet the men behind this bourbon distillery. The backstory is built up nicely for Beck and the characters we meet are fun and sassy. The heat between Beck and AG is sexy with a side of sweet. I really enjoyed the first in the series and look forward to more!

Country music sweetheart Ava Grace Landry is happily basking in her dream come true career when all of a sudden a shake-up at her record label leaves her with an obnoxious jerk of a boss who’s threatening to dump her contract if she doesn’t increase her male audience demographic! She needs help … and fast!

Jonah Beck is only slightly hesitant at the idea of bringing Ava Grace on as the spokesperson for his Trinity bourbon. Her appeal with definitely draw in the male buyer, but the instantaneous attraction he feels to her might be a problem! They know their lifestyles don’t exactly mix, but that doesn’t stop the sparks that fly every time they are in the same proximity. They try to keep their relationship private, but the press are always near … when secrets are exposed and scandal ensues, will what they’re feeling for each other be worth risking everything for?


* Blog Tour / Review * TEMPT ME by Carly Phillips

* Blog Tour / Review * TEMPT ME by Carly PhillipsTempt Me by Carly Phillips
Series: Bachelor Bad Boys #2
Published by CP Publishing on January 16, 2018
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The single dad & the nanny ...

Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter - and despite his good intentions, the little girl's live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn’t easy but he’s determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia's past comes back to haunt her and she’s in need of Austin’s brand of protection. Suddenly she’s his in every sense of the word — and he’ll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.


Fast paced, endearing and spicy! I really enjoyed the next story in the Bodyguard Bad Boys series by Carly Phillips. The characters are super easy to connect with, the plot is intriguing and the chemistry is explosive. There were a few places that could have been built on more, but the characters draw you in to such a degree that you are willing to forgive the quickness of the story. Overall, a great read!

Single dad Austin Rhodes would do anything for his young daughter. Have a live-in nanny, finagle his work schedule around his time with her, be there for all of her important moments, anything to keep her happy. When something threatens that happiness, he won’t hesitate to strike out!

Mia Atwood has been the nanny for a few months now and adores his daughter. The atmosphere of the house is an ideal place to work … well … except for the little niggling thing around the edge of the surface … lust! She can’t stop eyeing up his luscious body every chance she gets behind his back, but they are definitely keeping it strictly professional … well … until the past comes back to haunt them and he needs to step up and protect her … then the close quarters might make that professional thing a little tricky!






Tempt Me, a sexy new standalone from Carly Phillips is available now!


Tempt Me
by Carly Phillips

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 16th

The single dad & the nanny …

Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter – and despite his good intentions, the little girl’s live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn’t easy but he’s determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia’s past comes back to haunt her and she’s in need of Austin’s brand of protection. Suddenly she’s his in every sense of the word — and he’ll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.


“So what’s your end game?”

”She paused, lowering the cup from her lips. “You’ll laugh. Or at the very least you won’t think it’s overly ambitious.”

He ignored his coffee, more interested in the fascinating woman sitting beside him. “Try me.”

“Someday I’d like a family of my own. A lot of kids not all mine. Kids who’ve been in foster care too long and never adopted because everyone wants babies.”She rubbed her cup between her palms, not meeting his gaze. “See? Nothing all that enterprising, like becoming a teacher or succeeding in business.”

He couldn’t stop staring, enthralled not just by her beauty but by her heart. “I think it’s inspiring, what you want to do.”And the man by her side when she fulfilled her dreams would be one lucky SOB. “Not for me, because been there, done that…the family and marriage thing, but I’m sure it can work for the right couple.”He shrugged, realizing he’d admitted way too much. “I hope you find what you’re looking for,”he said, meaning it.

She glanced down, her gaze sweeping over her watch on her wrist. “Oh! It’s time to pick up Bailey.”She crumbled the napkin beside her and picked up her cup as she rose to her feet.

He stood, joining her as they tossed their half-finished drinks in the trash. They headed to the car and he beat her there, opening the passenger door before she could grab the handle herself. He turned back and she stopped short. He caught her before she bumped into him, grasping her around the waist and pulling her close. She sucked in a surprised breath but didn’t back away, her face inches from his. Her mouth so damned close.

He knew better, he really did but he was tired of denying himself what he wanted and his body was definitely on board. He waited for a sign she wasn’t right there with him. If she pulled back or jerked away, he’d apologize and they’d move forward from there. Instead she swayed toward him, sealing her fate.

He grasped her waist, anchoring himself by touching her, the soft sweater doing little to hide her slender body or delicate curves. He tipped his head, sliding his tongue across her lips and with a soft moan, she parted her mouth and let him inside. She tasted of vanilla and coffee, a sweet flavor that was all Mia.

Their tongues touched, tangled, and his body came alive with a hunger he hadn’t known before.

She raised her arms, hands coming to his biceps, holding on for a brief second before she gave in and wrapped her arms around him, pulling him close, giving him all the excuse he needed to deepen the kiss. He tilted his head and consumed her, swirling his tongue around the further recesses of her mouth.

He had no wall, no car door to push her against, which was a good thing because he wouldn’t have been able to control himself if he crushed his body against hers.



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* Blog Tour / Review * FALLING FOR A COWBOY by Karen Rock

* Blog Tour / Review * FALLING FOR A COWBOY by Karen RockFalling for a Cowboy by Karen Rock
Series: Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on January 1, 2018
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Doesn't he get that she's blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she'd ever wanted seems out of reach.Giving up is the only option...until her best friend and local hero, Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared's help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring...


Persistence and bravery for the win! With the next book in her Rocky Mountain Cowboys series, Karen Rock brings us the story of a young lady who thought she had it all until a devastating medical condition arose that she felt ended all of her hopes and dreams. Love and support of family and the best friend a gal could have rallies around her and sets out to show her that life doesn’t end just because you are now faced with more challenges. It’s uplifting and inspirational to anyone who has ever felt less than. A well-built plot with many familiar characters. The storyline drug a bit in the beginning as a lot of inner thoughts were being portrayed rather than dialogue, but overall an enjoyable, uplifting read!

Champion barrel racer Amberley James has the world on a string … or so it seems when everything is going her way and she can see the possibility of making all of her dreams come true being in reach … and then it all comes crashing down around her. She knew she had been having some weird things going on with her eyesight, but she was never expecting the doctor to tell her that she had a genetic disorder that was making her go blind! Her life is over. She can’t possibly ever do anything she loved again.

Rancher and football star Jared Cade has been best friends with Amberley for years. They push each other to be the best that they can be, they offer support throughout life’s ups and downs, and they always cheer each other on from the sideline. He knows something’s going on with her, but she’s kept him in the dark as to what it is … until it can’t be hidden any longer. Jared is devastated for her naturally, but he refuses to stand by and watch her hide herself away from the world in shame and give up the dreams she’s worked so hard for! He’ll do anything he has to in order to get her out there dreaming big again.







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Falling for a Cowboy
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…


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Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas they never had.

James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.


About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.


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* Blog Tour / Review * BAYSIDE PASSIONS by Melissa Foster

* Blog Tour / Review * BAYSIDE PASSIONS by Melissa FosterBayside Passions by Melissa Foster
Series: Bayside Summers #2
Published by World Literary Press on January 10, 2018
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When Emery Andrews's best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who's as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean's ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he'll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she's there, Dean doesn't hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what's right before her eyes--although that guy she's got a date with might be a problem.


Sweet, sexy and oh so fun! In her magical way, Melissa Foster has us falling for this couple and hanging on her every word as their relationship plays out as usual. She’s always an easy, fast paced story-teller with feisty yet good-hearted characters and a well-developed setting of relaxation, beautiful scenery and a large support-team of life-long friends and family. The strife was a little light in this particular book, as Emery gave in a little too easily based on how opinionated and independent she was written to be, but it was still a really enjoyable story!

When Emery Andrews’s best friend Desiree fell in love and moved to Wellfleet, Massachusetts, she never thought she would be following along a few months later … but here she is, rocking it! She’s missed her bestie like a lost limb, and she can’t wait to get into town and get started teaching yoga at Desiree’s inn. The fact that she also became the best of friends with steaming hot Dean Masters over phone calls, texts and late night skype sessions since she met him during a visit over the holidays doesn’t hurt matters either. She’s going to love living here!

Dean is overjoyed Emery is in town. He’s been falling for her for months now and having her up close and personal will have them in a relationship in no time … only … she acts like they’re only friends … what’s up with that? Good thing he’s patient, because he’s going to have to be willing to let her get her head wrapped around the fact that she can have a true relationship with him without self-sabotaging … because she deserves it!







Bayside Passions
Bayside Summers #2

By: Melissa Foster

Releasing Jan 10, 2018
World Literary Press



When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.







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After a nice long shower, she dried her hair and threw on a pair of cutoffs and a peach tank top, all the while hoping Desiree had enjoyed amazing sex last night so she’d make one of her delicious, fancy breakfasts. She assumed Violet had had a fun night, although they hadn’t made any noise that she could remember. Could Violet have had bad sex? Maybe it really isn’t the length of the sword, but how expertly they wield it. She laughed to herself, imagining if that had been the case, Violet would have kicked his butt out of the house long before morning.

She headed over to the inn to question Desiree about long-dong naked man. Cosmos, the dog Desiree and Violet had inherited along with the house, greeted Emery at the kitchen door, yapping and trying to crawl up her legs. He was some sort of terrier mix, with pointy ears, mostly gray, wiry fur, and big brown eyes. She scooped up the scruffy pup and he licked her chin. “Hey there, matchmaker.”

Desiree’s mother had lived in the house for a few months before tricking Desiree and Violet to come out and stay there last summer. Unbeknownst to them, as part of a grand matchmaking scheme to bring Rick and Desiree together, Lizza had trained Cosmos to climb the fence and swim in the pool at Bayside Resort. It had worked so well, and Desiree was so happy, Emery almost wished Cosmos would work some magic for her.

That would take a miracle.

Not a single person in her family seemed to know how to have a lasting relationship. They were a boisterous, opinionated bunch, and because of that, she knew they were not easy partners. Her brothers were constantly flirting and rarely held their tongues. She had the not-holding-her-tongue thing down pat, and as for flirting? Well, she was pretty good in that department, too. The trouble was, several men she’d gone out with had accused her of flirting with other guys even when she wasn’t.

She stepped inside and set Cosmos on the kitchen floor. The sounds of spatulas on pans and laughter filled her ears. Desiree stood at the stove flipping pancakes. Dean, Rick, and Drake sat at the table, shirtless, their bronze physiques on display as they scarfed down breakfast. They were all athletic, but damn. Rick and Drake looked like boys next to Dean’s Adonis-like body. The way they were shoveling food into their mouths, she wondered if they’d run the entire length of the Cape. She might not find love, like Desiree had, but she knew she’d find plenty of other types of happiness here at the Cape.

“Hey, Em,” Desiree said.

The guys looked up, and Rick and Drake mumbled “good morning” around their food.

Dean smiled, lifting his chin in greeting as she plucked a piece of pancake from his plate and popped it in her mouth.

“Hey, doll. Sleep well?” Dean asked.

“Mm-hm.” She reached around him and grabbed his coffee, helping herself to a sip. Dean intercepted the mug before she could set it back down and took a gulp. “But the naked guy in the kitchen kind of threw me for a loop.”

Dean spit coffee all over the table. “What?”

“Watch it!” Drake flew from his chair, causing Cosmos to bark and setting Emery and Desiree laughing.

“Jesus, Dean.” Rick brushed coffee from his chest. “What the hell?”

Dean grumbled something that sounded like “sorry,” his angry eyes locked on Emery. “What naked man?”

Desiree tossed Rick a towel and said, “There was a naked guy in Violet’s kitchen?”

Emery shrugged. “Yup. Tall guy, well hung. Des, any idea who Violet’s banging these days?”

“No.” She handed Emery a plate of pancakes. “I know she has an old friend who lives in the area, but she refuses to tell me anything about him.”

“Well, they didn’t make a sound, so either I slept like a log or their tryst should go down in the Guinness Book of World Records for the quietest sex ever. Do you have a tent I can borrow for the next few days?” Emery asked.

“You’re staying at my place,” Dean said adamantly. He carried his plate to the sink and began scrubbing it clean.

“I can’t intrude on you,” Emery said. “I’ll mess up your mojo or something.”

He turned off the water and faced her, arms crossed, jaw tight. “My mojo is already messed up, and I’m pretty sure ‘or something’ follows you everywhere you go. You can, and you will, stay with me. It’s not safe for you to be around strange naked guys.”

“Think it’s safe for her to be around you?” Rick asked.

Dean glared at him.

“Dean would never hurt me.” Emery sat down at the table and speared a pancake from the platter Desiree set before her. “You sure you don’t mind, big guy? It’s actually perfect, considering I can walk there,” she teased. “But I have to warn you, I’m not the neatest person, and I suck at cooking, but I’ll—”

“Keep her out of your kitchen,” Desiree warned. “I’ve seen her cook. Not only will your kitchen never recover, but neither will your stomach.”

Truth,” Emery said, and ate another forkful of pancake.

“I don’t need you to cook or clean. Just stay out of my gardens and we’ll be fine.” Dean glared out the window over the sink at Violet’s cottage, looking like he was strategizing World War III.

“Okay, thanks. I’ll get my stuff after breakfast,” she said.

I’ll get your stuff and take it to my place while you eat,” Dean said. “I’m working in the hospital gardens today. I’ll make you a key while I’m out and text you when I get back.”

Before she could say a word, he stormed out the door.

“That’s a man on a mission,” Desiree said as she sat down beside Rick.



Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.




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* Review * RANGER DEFENDER by Angi Morgan

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Series: Texas Brothers of Company B #2
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on February 1, 2018
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She needed a miracle.

She got a Texas Ranger.

Vivian Watts's mission to prove her brother's innocence has left her destitute and desperate. So when Texas Ranger Slate Thompson arrives with his knock-me-out blue eyes and belief in her case, she dares to hope again...until her apartment is burned to the ground. Slate offers refuge at his ranch, but when evidence suggests Vivian is being hunted...can he face down the real killer to protect her?


A possible case explodes into more than this Texas Ranger ever expected right before his eyes! With the 2nd book in the Texas Brothers of Company B series, we interact with a few familiar characters from the first book and jaunt off onto another case that leaves us chasing clues and trying to put all of the pieces together. This book is slightly unorthodox in that we know fairly early on who the bad guy is, but the danger and tricks that play out still keep us playing a guessing game on what’s going to happen. Really enjoyed overall, but felt the ending was a little rushed. I would have liked to have seen that play out slightly differently to have a satisfying resolution. Looking forward to more in the series!

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Slate should know better than to go off on one of Wade’s hunches, but as soon as he looks at the case he’s shown him, he knows something is suspicious. Is her brother really guilty or is something funny going on at that hospital that seems to be the common denominator between this case and several others that weren’t even known about? When danger seems to be lurking just over Vivian’s shoulder, Slate will stop at nothing to keep her safe … and while he’s at it, they find themselves fighting attraction at every turn!


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Published by Forever on December 19, 2017
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Jessica Flynn can't wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.

Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there's something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he's finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can't help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he's been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him...


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