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* Review * COLTON BABY RESCUE by Marie Ferrarella

* Review * COLTON BABY RESCUE by Marie FerrarellaColton Baby Rescue by Marie Ferrarella
Series: The Coltons of Red Ridge
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on January 1, 2018
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four-stars

A K-9 cop must protect a single mom as USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Ferrarella introduces the new Coltons of Red Ridge miniseries

Carson Gage has a crime to solve—the murder of his brother—and his number-one suspect is his archenemy, Serena Colton. The Coltons and Gages have feuded for generations; Carson is convinced the cowgirl is hiding his prime suspect on her ranch. But the beauty and her baby stir unwelcome yearnings in his calloused heart. After all, Carson has learned the hard way what vulnerability can cost. When Serena and her child become targets of a mysterious assailant, Carson’s protective urges take over. Can an irresistible attraction prove stronger than old family hatreds and help them capture a criminal?

 

Packed full of intrigue! With the first book in a new Colton’s spin-off series, The Colton’s of Red Ridge, Marie Ferrarella weaves in intricate story of secrets and deception that held my attention from start to finish. The characters are easy to like and you find yourself knee deep in wanting to figure out who the criminals they are searching for are. The ending was too abrupt for my liking, but we are left with a great lead-in for more to come in the series … looking forward to it!

When K-9 police detective Carson Gage sets out for a night on the town, the last thing he expects is to be working on solving a murder by the end of the night … especially when the victim is his very own brother! When the clues lead him directly to the door of his family’s rival and particularly to single mom Serena Colton, will he be able to find justice quickly? Is she harboring his number one suspect on her ranch?

Serena Colton can’t believe Carson is showing up demanding to search their home. Who does he think he is? She’ll prove to him that no one is being hidden there, but she doesn’t have to like it! When a new situation arises and an intruder puts Serena and her baby in danger, Carson finds himself risking a lot to keep them safe. When their close contact brings attraction flaring between them, will they dare to cross their family feud lines to attempt to have something together?

four-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * BRINGING ROSIE HOME by Loree Lough

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* Blog Tour / Review * BRINGING ROSIE HOME by Loree LoughBringing Rosie Home by Loree Lough
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on January 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

 

A riveting story from start to finish! I was hooked immediately and couldn’t put it down. What a heart-wrenching subject! The characters had many conflicting thoughts and fears as they faced the daunting job of trying to put together a family that had been decimated years ago. Grant was a really hard man to like because he was so self-righteous, but on the other hand, you could understand why he felt the way he did … but then you only had to look at her and you crumbled because you could totally see yourself having done the exact same thing she did. It’s a very powerful story and I really enjoyed reading it. I felt the ending glossed over their true reunion much too quickly, but overall, a really nice read!

Grant and Rena Van Meter faced the evil that every parent fears five years ago and it shattered their family into pieces. Having their daughter disappear was like having the sunshine go out of their lives, and it left lasting ramifications. Grant couldn’t let go of his anger long enough to stop blaming Rena for taking her eyes off of Rosie for just a matter of seconds … because those seconds were all it took to have his little girl ripped from his life. Rena blamed herself as well, but the factor that had her giving up on ever healing the rift was Grant’s anger and blame.

Five years have passed, and while the rest of the world has continued on, the loss still dictates both of their lives … until the call comes in. They’ve found Rosie! Both Grant and Rena drop everything to run to her side and figure out a way to bring their family back together for the sake of Rosie’s readjustment and healing … but talk is one thing, and actually living it is another! Will Rena ever be able to redeem herself in Grant’s eyes or is this all just a waiting game until their relationship crumbles once and for all?

 

 

 

 

 


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Bringing Rosie Home
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #2)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

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

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

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

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About the Author

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

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Tour Schedule

January 8th:
Launch
The Power of Words
It’s All About the Romance
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Becky on Books
Rainy Day Reviews
The Bookworm Chronicles
January 10th:
Janice’s Book Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
Heidi Reads…
Hearts & Scribbles
January 11th:
Leels Loves Books
Book Lover in Florida
Among the Reads
Teatime and Books
January 12th:
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
underneath the covers
January 13th: Grand Finale

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– Two winners will receive a print copy of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (US only)
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four-half-stars

* Review * BIG CATCH by Cathryn Fox

* Review * BIG CATCH by Cathryn FoxBig Catch by Cathryn Fox
Series: Dossier #4
Published by Entangled: Scorched on December 11, 2017
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three-half-stars

Brilliant and uptight emergency room doctor Alyssa Davenport has absolutely no desire to travel to Antigua to go cockle fishing. What the hell is a cockle anyway? But it’s time for her to fulfill a ridiculous New Year’s Eve pact with her best friends. Heck, maybe she’ll meet a hot fisherman who isn’t intimidated by her and looks at her as a woman instead of a doctor. Lord knows her body is screaming for a little attention.

Former New York stockbroker Brayden Adams takes one look at Alyssa and sees that she needs to relax. He’s known the feeling himself, until he and his best friend, Tyler, left the fast life behind when they inherited a hotel and fishing business in Antigua. Now they live a relaxed island life and share everything.

Stepping out of her comfort zone, Alyssa boldly goes after what she wants. Except there’s a bit of a snag, and the discovery leads her on a sexual adventure she could have never imagined. But when vacation is over, what happens next?

 

When the woman he’s been fantasizing about walks back into his life, Braydon Adams knows he’s just hit the jackpot of all opportunities! With a fun dip into menage, Cathryn Fox brings us the latest installment in her Dossier series. It wasn’t my favorite in the series because the backstory felt lacking … possibly if we had experienced their meeting back in New York it would have lent more substance … but none-the-less, it was an enjoyable spicy read!

ER doc Alyssa Davenport didn’t expect to find herself on an exotic vacation, but she finally can’t get out of paying up on her New Year’s bet with her besties, so here she is in Antigue! She just wants this craziness over and done with so she can get back home, but when she runs into a familiar face, she decides it might not be so bad here after all!

Braydon Adams hasn’t forgotten the sexy doctor that he met shortly before quitting his job and moving to Antigue with his best friend Tyler to run a hotel and fishing business. When she shows up on one of his fishing charters, he knows it won’t be long before he has her in his bed … but when surprising circumstances have him thinking she prefers Tyler to him, a crazy mix up leads to a fun time to be had by all!

three-half-stars

* Review * MAN CANDY by Jessica Lemmon

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* Review * MAN CANDY by Jessica LemmonMan Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: A Real Love Novel
Published by Loveswept on January 9, 2018
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three-half-stars

Dax: After spending months buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.

 

One night of sexy passion was all it was supposed to be … until they both wanted more! We’re quick to jump into action at the beginning of this story as the characters meet and have instant attraction, but I felt some substance was missing. The old gang from the previous books in the series popped up very little, so that old friendly banter that we knew and loved just wasn’t there nearly enough. An enjoyable read for sure … but not my favorite of the series.

Becca Stone just simply isn’t going to put up with her brother firing her in front of the customer’s at the bar … especially when one of them is smoking hot! He’ll forgive her for being late … he has to, he always does! Until then, she’ll distract herself having a little fun with the sexy newcomer!

Dax Vaughn is just passing through, but he’s willing to have the night of fun the wildcat from the bar offers up … only when morning comes, he wishes she’d stay around for awhile! When he gets more than he bargained for when the road washes out and strands her in his cabin, good times are had by all … but he might just be falling for her harder than she is for him!

three-half-stars

* Blog Tour/Review * NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT by Kristan Higgins

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* Blog Tour/Review * NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT by Kristan HigginsNow That You Mention It Published by HQN Books on December 26, 2017
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four-stars

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

 

A witty journey of self-discovery! With recovery in mind, a broken woman makes the decision to fight her demons and return home to the place where sunshine once lived before turning into darkness and despair. She sets out to follow her memories of the times when she felt like life was rosy and fun and puts forth a huge effort to reconnect with her family and the community. Meeting glares and resistance at every turn, she has to dig deep and find answers within herself that leave her pushing forward and overcoming the adversity she faces to find answers and a brighter future around the bend. The characters are well-developed, the turmoil is strife with tears and a smidgen of laughter as Kristan Higgins throws in her signature snark and sass to bring a laugh to life in the most awkward of times … and overall, it’s a very entertaining read!

When Dr. Nora Stuart woke up from being hit by a car to find her live-in boyfriend flirting with another woman at her bedside, she realizes it’s time for some time apart! After having her life flash before her eyes during her unconsciousness, she’s not sure what to make of the fact that she envisioned so little affected by her “death”. She decides to stop avoiding the little island she was anxious to flee all those years ago and go home again.

It’s not all puppies and rainbows when she arrives. Her cantankerous mother seems to care less that she was injured, her sister is in prison leaving her surly teenage daughter in their mother’s care and desperately seeking a way out of this one-horse town, the community still blames her for the demise of the town golden boy simply because she was smarter than him, and her ex continues to try to woo her back home … just another day in paradise I guess!

Finally learning the answers to why her family fell apart all those years ago is enlightening and brings with it a peace at finally knowing that it wasn’t anything she had done wrong. Hard work and dedication leads to rediscovery of memories that squeeze her heart and make her more forgiving of times she was wronged, and finding a special guy on the Island with an equally special daughter who both think she’s got potential, makes for an interesting trip!

 

 

 

Publisher: HQN (December 26, 2017)

“The kind of book I enjoy the most—sparkling characters, fast-moving plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue. A winner!” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on If You Only Knew

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

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EXCERPT:

In which Nora Stuart, MD, has just been hit by a van from Beantown Bug Killers and now lies in the hospital, assuming she’s died.

How will my dog cope with this?

My soul, it seemed, wasn’t ready to leave just yet, still hung up on the concerns of the material world.

Poor Boomer, the Dog of Dogs, my sweet little hundred-pound puppy who protected me and came into the bathroom when I showered to stand guard just in case someone broke in, Boomer who loved me with all his giant heart, who would put his head on my leg, who asked for nothing other than an ear scratch, who was afraid of pigeons but adored ducks… No one would love him the way I did. He’d be sad and confused for the rest of his life.

I knew I shouldn’t have waited for stupid Bobby! And why the hell was I the one getting the pizza? Why hadn’t I stood up for myself and told beautiful, snotty Jabrielle to go her damn self? She was a resident! I was a fully vested doctor, thank you!

But I hadn’t, and now I was dead.

I hope we can still go with open casket.

I had often envisioned my funeral, me lying against the rose-colored satin looking utterly stunning, the sadder songs of U2 and Ed Sheeran playing gently in the background while my friends wept and laughed over their precious memories of me. Closed casket was not part of the scenario, hit by Beantown Bug Killers or not. I wondered if my face was smooshed in. Eesh.

I have nothing to wear to my funeral.

Granted, in life I’d been a clothes whore, at least during the past fifteen years or so. But for my funeral, I wanted something special. The navy-blue-and-white polka-dotted Brooks Brothers dress I’d been eyeing, or that pink floral Kate Spade. But maybe that would be too festive.

I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.

It had always been a long shot, I knew that, but I’d imagined stalking him after he did a show on Broadway, waiting by the side door, our eyes meeting, his inimitable smile, going out for a drink, sharing our favorite moments from Harry Potter, me finding out that he, too, hated the destruction of Hogwarts and agreed that Ron was nowhere near worthy of Hermione. Now, with me dead, it definitely wasn’t gonna happen.

True, no one was acting like I was dead, but I was fairly certain I was. Maybe they just hadn’t noticed yet. I guessed this ER wasn’t quite the be-all and end-all of modern medicine, was it? I thought I’d heard the words “dislocated patella” and “ortho consult” and “trauma alert.” I was pretty sure I’d seen the tunnel of light, but my spirit was tuning in and out.

What was that beeping? It was really hurting my head.

I’d read about this kind of thing happening. Out-of-body experiences. The soul lingering a little while before heading for the afterlife. Did I know anyone who’d greet me from heaven? My dad, maybe, if he was dead? That mean-ass grandmother of mine who used to tell me I was fat? I hoped she wasn’t there. Who else? Maybe that sweet patient who’d died of pancreatic cancer during my fellowship. God, I had loved her. My first fatality.

“So she’s your girlfriend?” someone asked. I knew that voice. Jabrielle. Couldn’t miss that hint of sneer.

“Yeah.” Bobby.

Was he about to start sobbing? Wait, did Bobby have to call the code on me? Or had be been hysterical, calling my name, having to be dragged out by two burly orderlies? Either way, the poor, poor man. Dang, I wished I remembered! I guess I’d shown up a little late to my own death. Which did seem to happen a lot in the movies.

The beeping was persistent and annoying.

“How long have you been together?” Jabrielle again.

“Oh, a little more than a year. It’s funny, though. I was gonna break up with her this weekend.” A pause. “She’s not in the best shape anyway.” Gentle laughter.

I almost smiled.

Wait. What?

Did Bobby just break up with me?

I was barely even cold! Did he—Was he—

“So what will you do?” Jabrielle asked.

“It would be pretty shitty to dump her now, I guess.”

A female purr. “Well, when you’re a free man, give me a call.”

“Wish I didn’t have to wait so long.”

Are you even kidding me?

No. No, no. I was dead. I didn’t care about these things. Soon, I’d be floating up to the stars or something.

But just in case, I decided to try to open my eyes.

Oh, shit. I wasn’t dead. I was in the ER. That beeping sound was the heart monitor, nice and regular, 78 beats per minute, O2 sat 98 percent, BP 130/89, a little high, but given the pain, not unexpected.

And Bobby was fondling a piece of Jabrielle’s hair.

“Do you mind?” I said, my voice croaking.

They jumped apart.

“Hey! You’re awake! Take it easy, hon, you’re gonna be okay.” Bobby took my hand—ow, my shoulder!—and smiled reassuringly. He did have the prettiest blue eyes. “You were hit by a car.”

“Beantown Bug Killers,” Jabrielle added.

“Did I die?”

Bobby smirked. “You have a concussion—we scanned you, but you’re fine. Bruised kidneys, broken clavicle and a patellar dislocation, which we reduced…we had to sedate you for that. You’re splinted, and we’re waiting on ortho to check you out. Can you feel your toes?”

Everything hurt. My back, my head, my shoulder, my knee. I was one giant throb of pain. But whatever they’d given me made it so I didn’t really care.

I guess my tunnel of light had been the CAT scan.

“I want another doctor,” I said.

“Hon, don’t be that way.”

“Bite me. You were flirting over my corpse.” I pulled my hand free. Ow.

He rolled his eyes. “You weren’t dead, Nora.”

Fury blotted out the pain for a second. “Well, I thought I was. Get out. Both of you. Don’t be surprised if I file a complaint for unprofessional conduct. And call Gus to walk Boomer.”

The tug of the sedation or concussion pulled me back under, and before the door had closed, I was asleep again.

***

When I woke up, I was in a regular hospital room, Bobby asleep in the chair beside me. Some weary white carnations were in a vase next to me, their edges brown. If that wasn’t a metaphor for our relationship, I didn’t know what was. I sensed that moving would be very painful, so I breathed carefully and took stock.

My left arm was in a sling. A brace of some kind was on my right leg. My back hurt, my abdomen ached, and my head throbbed, little flashes of light in my peripheral vision with every heartbeat.

But I was alive. Apparently, the concussion and drugs had given me that out-of-body feeling.

Bobby stirred, never a good sleeper. Opened his eyes. “Hey. How you feeling?”

“Okay.”

“Do you remember what happened?”

“Hit by a van.”

“That’s right. You were crossing the street, and you got hit. Besides the patellar dislocation, your left clavicle is broken, and you’ve got fractures in the sixth and seventh ribs on the left. Pretty good concussion, too. The trauma team admitted you for a night or two.”

“Did you call Gus?”

“Huh? Oh, yeah.” He was quiet for a moment, then leaned forward. “I’m sorry about Jabrielle.”

Surprisingly, my throat tightened, and tears welled in my eyes, slipping down my temples into my hair. “At least you made it easy,” I whispered.

“Made what easy?”

“Breaking up. I can’t really overlook you hitting on another woman when I’m bruised and battered in the ER, can I?”

He looked ashamed. “I really am sorry. That wasn’t classy at all.”

“No.”

“Roseline came by. I called her. She’s upstairs on L and D, but she’ll come down later.”

“Great.”

We were quiet for a few minutes.

Once, I thought I’d marry Bobby Byrne. Once, I thought he’d be lucky to have me. But somewhere in the midst of our year and change together—after the Big Bad Event—I got lost. What was once a bright and shiny penny had become dirty and dull and useless, and it was high time I admitted it.

Bobby hadn’t loved me for a long time.

I was going to need help for the next few weeks. Concussions were serious business, and with my injured arm and leg, I had mobility concerns. I’d need help, and I wasn’t about to stay with Bobby.

Problem was, we lived together. Roseline was a newlywed; otherwise, I’d stay with her. Other friends…no.

“I want to go home,” I said.

“Sure. Tomorrow. I’ll take a few days off.”

“I meant home. To the island.”

Bobby blinked. “Oh.”

Strangely enough, I wanted my mother. I wanted the pine trees and rocky shores. I wanted to sleep in the room I hadn’t slept in for fifteen years.

I wanted to see my sister.

Yes. I’d go home, as one does after a brush with death. I’d take a leave of absence from the practice and go back to Scupper Island, make amends with my mother, spend some time with my niece, wait for my sister to come back and…well…reassess. I might not have died, but it was close enough. I had another chance. I could do better.

“And I’m bringing Boomer,” I added.

four-stars

* Review * TAMING THE TEXAN by Jules Bennett

* Review * TAMING THE TEXAN by Jules BennettTaming the Texan by Jules Bennett
Series: Billionaires and Babies
Published by Harlequin Desire on January 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

Stranded with a rich, rugged rancher…

Single mom Alexa Rodriguez’s first child-free vacation in years is supposed to be low-key. But then she meets brooding Texas rancher Hayes Elliott. Heir to an empire and suffering deep emotional pain, he tries to push her away—even as she craves his touch. And when a storm strands them together, their undeniable chemistry explodes. Now Alexa finds herself introducing Hayes to her precious son, imagining herself in Hayes’s world and keeping secrets that could destroy everything…

 

She’s out of her comfort zone, he’d rather hide-away from the world … but when circumstances have them stuck together during a storm, sparks fly and passion ignites! This was a super quick, fun read! He’s surly and has a few reasons for being that way … she hasn’t had the best luck in life, but is happily willing to try again as long as her little one is along for the ride. It doesn’t take long for them to grab our attention … and our hearts … on a wild ride towards forever!

When her best friend pretty much forces her to take a vacation by stealing her kid and buying the getaway, single mom Alexa Rodriguez doesn’t know how she’s going to pass the time! She decides to look around at some of the offerings at the B & B and stumbles into neighbor Hayes Elliott at the stable.

War-hero Hayes Elliott isn’t happy to see a stranger on his land, but when he finds out she’s a guest over at his sister-in-law’s B & B, he realizes he’s going to have to play nice. He would much rather not have to interact with outsiders while he’s still being plagued by PTSD and heartache after returning home. Alexa surprises him though and is way too tempting to resist! They soon find themselves taking opportunities to see each other again and she even introduces him to her son … but there’s a major secret blowing in the wind between them … when he finds out what she knows and didn’t share, will they be able to salvage a relationship or will he use the info to his advantage and delve back into his shell again?

four-half-stars

* Review * SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE by Rachel Gibson

* Review * SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE by Rachel GibsonSimply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team #1
Published by Avon on March 20, 2012
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three-half-stars

Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.

Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle's domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John's determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?

 

A quirky story of life, lust and eventually a happily ever after! The main characters are fairly well developed, but there was a side plot of Mae/Ray that I found to be a bit distracting. For a hockey romance, there wasn’t really much of a hockey context involved, but it was an entertaining read.

The moment Georgeanne Howard decided to run out on her wedding, her life was changed forever! Her unknowing hero whisks her away into a night of temptation too steamy to be denied.

When hockey player John Kowalsky realizes that the woman he helped into his car is none other than the soon-to-be bride of his boss, he’s fit to be tied! Heads are going to roll if this ever gets out … namely his!

Seven years later, their lives are in totally different places when they meet by happenstance again. John has settled down from his wild ways that somewhat stemmed from a past that she knew nothing about back when they were first together … and Georgeanne has made something of herself in the culinary world. When John accidentally finds out about the daughter they share, Georgie is determined not to let the guy that hurt her do the same to her daughter. She doesn’t need his help and doesn’t appreciate him trying to insinuate himself into her happy life! John isn’t going to take no for an answer when it comes to a kid that is just as much his as hers … will the fireworks lead to a feud worthy of the tabloids, or will they figure out a way to work together towards a better future?

three-half-stars

* Review * HER SOLDIER OF FORTUNE by Michelle Major

* Review * HER SOLDIER OF FORTUNE by Michelle MajorHer Soldier of Fortune by Michelle Major
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Rulebreakers
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on January 1, 2018
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Nate doesn’t know what kind of trouble Bianca is in

He only knows that he is honor-bound to protect her. He owes her brother that much. And ever since Nate Fortune found out he is related to the world-renowned Texas family, he’s braced for the unexpected. But nothing could have prepared the former navy SEAL for the reappearance of Bianca Shaw. The shy teenager Nate used to know as “Busy Bee” has blossomed into a beautiful young woman—and she’s just arrived at his Paseo ranch with a suitcase and her four-year-old son in tow.

Bianca isn’t sure she should get lost in the arms of a man whose embrace feels so much like home. Because this soldier’s heart holds secrets, and Bianca wonders if her dreams of family are too good to be true…

 

Two weary souls find a soft place to land, but will secrets tear them apart before they even begin?? With the first delve into the Fortunes of Texas new sub-series The Rulebreakers, Michelle Major steals our heart as she’s often known to do with a cast of lovable characters. A war-hero left with more wounds on the inside than on the out, a loving mother who needs a support system in life, and an adorable little tyke who steals scene after scene … the plot is well balanced with enough joy and romance to carry us through the strife that threatens the happily ever after we’re all looking for. A really enjoyable read!

Bianca Shaw’s life hasn’t been going so great lately … her beloved brother was killed at war, her no-good husband walked out on her, and now she’s really hit hard times.  She could really use a helping hand right about now, and she can’t think of any other place to go except for to the one person her brother told her would always be there for her … his best friend Nate Fortune.

Nate’s life has been in a bit of a turmoil lately as well. He’s still suffering from PTSD from that last mission in Afghanistan that didn’t bring her brother home, and he’s carrying a whole lot of survivor’s guilt in his heart. He was also thrown for a loop to learn that the father they thought had died years ago is actually alive and well and a surprise member of the renowned Texas Fortune family! When Bianca shows up at his door with a suitcase and her son in tow, he doesn’t hesitate to take her in … but will she be more than his aching heart can handle?

four-half-stars

* Review * SLAMMED by Victoria Denault

* Review * SLAMMED by Victoria DenaultSlammed by Victoria Denault
Series: San Francisco Thunder #2
Published by Forever on December 5, 2017
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five-stars

Not every goalie plays it safe...

As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy's kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she'll lose her job faster than any slapshot.

Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He's finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he's an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it's time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.

 

Flirting leads to more than they bargained for in the next San Francisco Thunder novel! Eli and Dixie grabbed my attention from the very start with their adorable flirtiness of semi-forbidden lust! As I got deeper into each of their back stories, it made me grow even fonder of each of them. He had a past trauma that haunted him no matter how much he tried to overcome it, she had a heartache happening that she had no control over … each looking for comfort in their own way, but finding the strength to support the other through their things before even helping themselves. I really loved this story … it was sweet, sassy and steamy … and best of all, full of hockey studs!

Dixie Braddock is living the life now that she’s become a permanent publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team! She loves her job and the most of the people around her … only one part of her life is bringing her down, and there’s nothing she can do to control it.

Elijah Casco is instantly attracted to Dixie when he is called up for one game from the Thunder’s farm team. Once he returns back to his own team, they continue to text and talk and have a major flirt fest going on. A publicity jaunt that brings them together is the perfect place for them to act on their attraction … but when they return to reality, they find out that Eli has been called up to the Thunder … and their relationship is now forbidden!

five-stars

* Review * THE BAD GIRL AND THE BABY by Nina Croft

* Review * THE BAD GIRL AND THE BABY by Nina CroftThe Bad Girl and the Baby by Nina Croft
Series: Cutting Loose #3
Published by Entangled: Brazen on December 4, 2017
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Captain Matt Peterson prides himself on being able to handle anything...until he winds up as the guardian of his baby niece, Lulu. Two years and six nannies later, his well-ordered existence is in chaos. Still, he’s all Lulu has. Except, well...there is an aunt...

Darcy Butler has spent the last three years in prison for beating up her abusive brother-in-law. Her only regret is that she didn’t hurt him worse and stop him from killing her sister in a drunken car crash six months later. But now, Darcy just wants to rebuild her life. Starting with finding her sister’s child.

But Matt doesn't want an ex-con with a record for violence anywhere near Lulu. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to keep away from Darcy, himself. Despite their differences, their chemistry is combustible...and the sex is incredible! Still, it can’t possibly last. Can it?

 

Turmoil, compassion and lust are just a few of the exciting things Nina Croft stirs up in the latest book from her Cutting Loose Series! The characters we’ve met previously in this series have been really fun with intriguing back stories, and this one is no different! She understandably has a major chip on her shoulder, and he’s so uptight he might never even give her a chance … but all bets are off when she reaches out and gives him the info he needs to open his eyes and let her be in her niece’s life! A really great read … it’s feisty yet has a warm, gentle side as well … it’s steamy, yet endearing at the same time … and best of all, it’ll steal your heart from start to finish!

Darcy Butler is fresh out of a three year prison sentence for pounding on her abusive brother-in-law. She only wishes she had done more permanent damage that would have stopped him from killing her sister in a drunk-driving accident a few months later and leaving her niece an orphan! She promised her sister she’d make sure LuLu was okay if anything ever happened to her, and she’s trying to do just that … only hear guardian’s lawyer keeps putting up road blocks!

Army Captain, Matt Peterson has been juggling a lot for the last two years since he became the only family little LuLu had left and turned his world upside down to take her in. He knows her aunt has been trying to see her, but he doesn’t want an ex-con with a record of violence anywhere near her, so he’s been letting his lawyer handle it. When Darcy tracks him down and sets him straight on exactly what happened with his brother, he’s left with no other option than to let her at least see their niece. As he watches her fall under adorable LuLu’s spell, he can’t help but feel attracted to the woman she actually is, and all that she’s dealt with to be the person she is today!

 

five-stars