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* Review * KANSAS CITY COP by Julie Miller

* Review * KANSAS CITY COP by Julie MillerKansas City Cop by Julie Miller
Series: The Precinct
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on March 1, 2018
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She cheated death once…But a killer still lurks.

After a gunshot rips streetwise police officer Gina Galvan from the line of duty, all she wants is to return to the front line and stop a shooter. But good guy physical therapist Mike Cutler won’t back down from a challenge, or his blazing attraction to Gina. Without a badge or a gun, Mike is ready to face anyone—including a killer—to prove he’s every inch a hero.


Exciting from start to finish! With the next book in her ever-popular The Precinct series, Julie Miller brings some familiar faces to life. Years ago, we met the hero Mike Cutler Jr. as an angry, yet good-hearted teenager in TAKEDOWN, the book that brought us his father Michael Cutler’s story. It was a really unique experience that we don’t get the pleasure of seeing very often in a Harlequin to turn around a character we already loved from that previous story and make him the one we’re following towards his own happily ever after now. I loved it! If you read that previous book, you already have a warm-fuzzy feeling in your heart for the young man that he was, and now we get to see the man he’s grown into, the life that he has lived since we last saw him, and watch him develop a patient relationship into more when Gina comes into the picture. Great story line, well developed characters and a unique story idea! He couldn’t top his father in my heart, but man did he come close! 🙂

As a cop on the Kansas City Police Department, Gina Galvan lives to take down the bad guys. She’s well on her way towards making her dreams come true in the department when an unexpected bullet takes her down.

Physical therapist Mike Cutler happens to be in the right place at the right time to get a downed officer help in a timely fashion. When his dad brings her to him asking for some PT help down the road, they recognize each other. Mike is intrigued by her, and doesn’t hesitate to show his attraction, but is Gina willing to put aside her tough gal attitude to allow a relationship to develop?


* Review * A PROPOSAL FOR THE OFFICER by Christy Jeffries

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* Review * A PROPOSAL FOR THE OFFICER by Christy JeffriesA Proposal for the Officer by Christy Jeffries
Series: American Heroes
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on March 1, 2018
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She was used to flying solo…

But that was before Kaleb came on board!

Temporarily grounded combat pilot Molly Markham didn’t come to Sugar Falls to get serious about a man she barely knows! But when Kaleb Chatterson becomes her unexpected hero, she agrees to date the billionaire software developer to keep their secret from getting out. Except the sexy brainiac—and her pretend boyfriend—is fast turning into the man of her dreams…


Love when you least expect it! It’s always such a pleasure to make a return trip to the idyllic town of Sugar Falls created by Christy Jeffries. The town is a close-knit gossipy small town full of kind-hearted folks, but to newcomers Molly & Kaleb, it seems they can’t do anything but what it’s being reported to the very people they are trying to keep in the dark .. their families! A little white lie snowballs out of control in this fun-loving story of hope, family and happily ever afters. It’s funny and downright real in the dialogue and problems that arise with a serious spin that shows how dire circumstances can sometimes lead to a brighter future!

Temporarily grounded combat pilot Captain Molly Markham is making the most of her time off with a spur of the moment visit to her sister in Sugar Falls. She’s had some life altering things happen recently and is trying to decide what the future holds while keeping new developments to herself for the moment.

Billionaire software developer Kaleb Chatterson got himself into a pickle when he agreed to a family vacation. Now he can’t get a moments peace or find any time to get any work done in this town! He’s running errands when he unexpectedly becomes a hero in disguise for Molly when she experiences an episode out of her comfort zone. To keep her secrets under wraps, Molly pretends to be dating Kaleb … and soon, it doesn’t feel like their relationship is fake!


* Review * LONE STAR LOVERS by Jessica Lemmon

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* Review * LONE STAR LOVERS by Jessica LemmonLone Star Lovers by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Dallas Billionaires Club
Published by Harlequin Desire on March 1, 2018
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This sexy Texan was only a one-night stand.

Until he became her client—then her fake fiancé!

Penelope Brand’s hookup with billionaire Zach Ferguson was casual. Until he announces her as his fake fiancée to avoid scandal—and she discovers she’s pregnant. Now Zach demands they say, “I do,” for their child. But Pen won’t settle for a sham marriage. If Zach wants to keep his Lone Star lover, it’s his whole heart or nothing…


A steamy and oh-so-satisfying introduction to the Dallas Billionaires Club! With her signature voice of bringing a cast of feisty, fun-loving characters to life, Jessica Lemmon does not disappoint in her Harlequin Desire debut! We jump into the fray of a well-off Texas family who seems to attract scandal no matter how much their big brother tries to ward it off. With this first book in the series, we meet the younger brother Zach and his fake fiance Pen. The story line is well developed with equal amounts of strife and passion as they strive towards that happily ever after. I really enjoyed this family and look forward to more to come in the series!

Public relations guru Penelope Brand has a stead-fast rule of not mixing business with pleasure since relocating to Texas, so when she discovers the man she hooked up with at a club is none other than a sibling in the prestigious family she recently started working for, she’s not happy!

Zachary Ferguson didn’t know Pen was working with his siblings, but he’s not sorry to see her again. Their chemistry is still off the charts hot, and he can’t wait to woo her into his bed again! The hint of a scandal suddenly has him announcing to a room full of party-goers that she’s his fiancee … and when she soon discovers that their night of passion left a little consequence, Zach’s more determined than ever to make that “I Do” a reality!



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* Review * THE SHERIFF’S NINE-MONTH SURPRISE by Brenda HarlenThe Sheriff's Nine-Month Surprise by Brenda Harlen
Series: Match Made in Haven
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on March 1, 2018
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A shotgun wedding…

or a Match Made in Haven?

By-the-book attorney Katelyn Gilmore has her entire life mapped out. But a spontaneous weekend of passion with Reid Davidson upends that well-ordered universe. She’s going to have a baby! And what’s more, her hunky fling’s now the new sheriff in town…literally. Reid’s taking his dad-to-be duties seriously and won’t rest until Katelyn has a ring on her finger. Sure, the baby’s the most important thing, but what about true love?


Can one night turn into forever? A sweet lovers to more story that brings us a couple of good-hearted characters who each dealt with painful pasts differently. She forged forward accomplishing her career with the hope of a family one day … he jumped into his future with his heart closed off. They are different people and in different circumstances now, and no matter how much they try, they can’t stay away from the other or the draw of forever that courses through them when in each other’s arms. The plot kept our attention, and though there were a lot of supporting characters introduced, it didn’t overshadow the story. An enjoyable read!

Attorney Katelyn Gilmore decides to throw caution to the wind and live it up for a change while attending an out of town conference. She’s played it safe for way too long, and a weekend fling is just what she needs to liven up her staid life! Only she gets more than she bargained for … a baby on the way … and that one night-stand daddy-to-be is now the new sheriff in town!

Sheriff Reid Davidson hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Katelyn since their weekend together, so when he’s offered the job in the town she’s from, he jumps at the chance of seeing her again. When he discovers she has more than just herself to offer up, he is determined to get her to agree to marry him so they can start their family off right. Both carry scars from the past … will they be able to see past them to discover a brighter tomorrow?


* Blog Tour / Review * DRIVING WHISKEY WILD by Melissa Foster

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* Blog Tour / Review * DRIVING WHISKEY WILD by Melissa FosterDriving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster
Published by World Literary Press on February 21, 2018
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Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He's rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He's also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro's to get her catering business off the ground, and she's determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She's afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he's powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn't come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.


Two unlikely hearts collide as Melissa Foster once again wraps a man around our hearts and squeezes! Her heroes always have such a strong voice and personality, and Bullet Whiskey keeps up with the trend. He’s a tough as nails, dirty talking man who melts when it comes to kids and family! I adored him from the start, and look forward to seeing glimpses of him again in future books. Great characters, with a super easy to fall into dialogue and plot.

Bullet Whiskey is a gruff, take no attitude type of guy. He loves his family, his dog and his motorcycle club and will do anything to protect what’s his. When his sister brings a sweet little thing on board to expand the offerings on the menu at the family bar, he’s not sure what to make of her. He wants her on sight … but she already blew him off once, and she’s too petite, classy and sweet for the likes of him!

Finlay Wilson needs this job in order to get her catering business off the ground now that she’s moved back to her hometown in order to be close to family again. She’s had a lot of loss in her life, and she just wants a chance to hold those dear to her close for awhile. She really shouldn’t be drawn to Bullet at all … he’s so totally the opposite of anything she’s ever wanted. He adores things she’s terrified of, he’s borderline obnoxiously blunt, and he’s basically sex on wheels … so why does she find herself virtually swooning every time he gives her that steamy look??






Title: Driving Whiskey Wild
Series: The Whiskeys (Stand alone)
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Steamy Sexy Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018 
A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

“Don’t fuck this up, Bullet, or I swear I’ll make your life a living hell. She’s agreed to work with us for a month, and we need her if we’re going to pull this off. She knows about menus, hiring kitchen staff, and health regulations.”

“She doesn’t belong in a place like this, Dix. She’s not like us.” Finlay looked like a frigging angel with her silky blond hair and innocent blue eyes. It was that innocence that had flipped some switch inside Bullet and made him want to sin her up and protect her at the same time. Fucking Finlay Wilson. The wedding was four weeks ago, and he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since. If she wasn’t starring in his X-rated fantasies, she was flitting about town in those frilly dresses she wore, spreading smiles like fairy dust.

“You didn’t seem to mind that when you hit on her at the wedding.” She arched a brow. “Or did you think I didn’t notice the way you were watching her every move when Bear and Crystal also decided to tie the knot? Sidling up to her every chance you got during the reception, like a puppy chasing a treat?”

Bullet scoffed. He’d been looking at her long before Crystal and Bear’s impromptu proposal and subsequent wedding the day Tru and Gemma got married. “She’s a hot chick. So what? I didn’t want to marry her—just have a little fun.”

“Then you shouldn’t mind seeing her in here for a few hours a day while we pull things together.”

“It’s a mistake, Dixie.” He moved around the bar and stood beside her. “A pretty little thing like her is just asking for trouble in a place like this. Why are you so hung up on hiring Finlay anyway? Did you even check with our club members to see if anyone needed a job?”

“You know, sometimes I forget that you have so much Dad in you, it’s like beating my head against a brick wall.”

“What the fuck does that mean?”

“That you’re as hesitant to hire outside the family as he is. That you think if someone’s not in the club or one of us, they can’t do shit.”

“Jed’s working here, isn’t he?”

Bear had recently given up bartending and was now designing motorcycles for the elite Silver-Stone Cycles. For the first time in the history of the bar, they’d been forced to hire outside the family and outside their motorcycle club, the Dark Knights, which was as solid as family. Although Jed Moon, who was not only their new part-time bartender but also worked as an auto mechanic for the shop, was Bear’s new brother-in-law. So technically, he was family. Finlay Wilson was not. Finlay Wilson was trouble waiting to happen.

“Give me a break.” He shook his head. “We always hire family first.”

“Yeah? Well, which of our club members do you think knows how to run a restaurant? Gutter, the home repair expert? Or maybe one of the Bando brothers, who pour concrete for a living? Do you realize Finlay went to one of the best culinary schools in Boston? She’s worked in a restaurant, and she’s run her own catering company for years, and soon she’ll be opening a catering company right here in town.”

He didn’t give a rat’s ass about her credentials. If anything, she was overqualified. But the thought of her flouncing around the bar with a bunch of horny, drunk guys going after her made Bullet’s blood boil. The fact that she was not his to worry about did not escape him. “We’re offering sandwiches and fries, not gourmet meals.”

“Which makes her the perfect person for this job. She knows how to keep costs down, and she’s from Peaceful Harbor. She’s putting down roots here, which means she’ll want to see the business do well—so it doesn’t reflect poorly on her. What do you have against Finlay, anyway?”


“Against her? Nothing.” Though he’d like to be buried deep inside her. “But she’ll get eaten alive in a place like this and she’ll go cowering out the door. Then we’ll be left trying to figure shit out anyway. Besides—”

The creak of the front door opening drew their attention. Bullet looked over his shoulder, meeting the innocent blue eyes of the angel peeking in at them.


Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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* Review * THEIR SECRET BABY BOND by Stephanie Dees

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* Review * THEIR SECRET BABY BOND by Stephanie DeesTheir Secret Baby Bond by Stephanie Dees
Series: Family Blessings
Published by Love Inspired on March 1, 2018
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He wanted roots. She chose career.
Can a baby bring them back together?

Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?


Heart-wrenchingly real! She thinks her dreams have come to an end, but he teaches her that as long as they’re together, the sky is the limit! A powerful story about picking up the pieces when life deals you hard times. The character’s story caught my attention and kept me entrenched in what their future would work out to be from the start. Great dialogue, a sweet love story, and adorable characters!

A decade ago, Wynn Sheehan left small-town Alabama for the big city lights without a backward glance. Now she’s coming home after the plans she made for herself have fallen apart … pregnant, alone and disillusioned. She didn’t like the person she became while living her dream life … but what does she have to work towards now that the life she left home for has crumbled?

Latham Grant considers Wynn the one that got away. Crushing on each other for years, but not getting to the point to actually act on it until just before she left town … and him. He’s never forgotten her, but how can he trust that she’s truly here to stay when she found it so easy to walk away all those years ago … especially when she’s pregnant with the baby of the man that had her attention for several of those wayward years?


* Review * SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY by Maisey Yates

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* Review * SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY by Maisey YatesSmooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: A Gold Valley Novel
Published by HQN Books on February 20, 2018
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Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.


Opposites attract … and turn into a sizzling duo in the kick-off to Maisey Yates’s new Gold Valley series! If you’ve been reading the Copper Ridge series, you’ll recognize a few characters that carry over into this new town. It’s always fun to touch base with old couples that we’ve fallen in love with and see new ones start to form. The characters are down-to-earth and easy to get caught up in and I really enjoyed their story!

Olivia Logan didn’t expect her ex-boyfriend Bennett to actually let her walk away when she broke up with him. She really just planned to teach him a lesson about taking her for granted … but it back-fired! She’d do just about anything for him to want a future with her … even pretend to date one of his closest friends!

Luke Hollister and Olivia are like oil and water. He’s had a crush on her since the day he met her, but she’s always been off-limits … and totally not his type to boot! She wants his help making Bennett jealous … and he wants her help getting her dad to sell a piece of property to him … so why not! The more time they spend together, the more the sparks flying seem real!


* Blog Tour / Review * DANGEROUS MOVES by Karen Rock

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* Blog Tour / Review * DANGEROUS MOVES by Karen RockDangerous Moves by Karen Rock
Series: Dallas After Dark
Published by Lyrical Liaison on February 13, 2018
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Pounding music. Sculpted men. And a conspiracy that could cost far more than a few dollar bills . . .


Detective Blake Knight has been undercover before. But an assignment to bust a steroid ring running out of Dallas’s elite male strip club means his new cover will be nothing but his own taut muscles and oiled skin. It’s one thing for the tough, by-the-books agent to take down bad guys with his gun. Facing a rowdy crowd in only a G-string is another story . . . especially in front of his new boss, gorgeous, mysterious Reese Landon.

Her father’s club and shady business practices bring back terrible memories for Reese. But when he’s shot and goes into a coma, she vows to protect him the way he never did for her. That means keeping the police at a distance—especially sexy, driven Detective Knight. If she has to give him a cover job, it would be a crime not to put that glorious ass on stage. But no matter how good he looks in a Velcro uniform, she can't trust him, or give into the undeniable heat between them. They're both chasing the truth. And it might expose more than either wants to show . . .


Steamy, potent and real! The kick off to Karen Rock’s new Dallas After Dark series is explosively HOT! Not only do we have a bad boy cop on the scene, but he’s also going undercover as a stripper … YUM! The main characters are easy to like and are well-developed, and the secondary characters lend a level of both humor and danger as subterfuge is overturned around every corner leaving them not knowing who to really trust. The overall plot of the story is interesting … there a few holes in the follow through, but overall a very entertaining read! You smile, you fan yourself here and there and on more than one occasion you hold your breath to see what’s going to happen next.

When Reese Landon learns her dad has been shot and is in a coma, she puts the past aside to come home and be by his side and hold down the fort for him on the business side of things. She grew up at Dallas Heat, so she knows the business like the back of her hand … what she doesn’t expect is a cop showing up saying he needs to be undercover in her dad’s club in order to bring down a steroid ring.  Could her dad really be mixed up in this? She has to make protecting him her top priority … even if she feels like he didn’t do the same for her all those years ago!

Dallas detective Blake Knight pretty much lives his entire life undercover, but his past jobs have been nothing like this one! He can’t believe he’s going to stripping at Dallas Heat on a regular basis just to have an “in” to the club happenings! Reese is an added bonus though, because the sparks that fly when she’s anywhere close to him are bound to combust any minute now. As they grow closer, so does the danger surrounding them … and before they know it, they’re finding out the truth about key players that neither one of them wanted to be hearing!





Dallas After Dark, Book 1
by Karen Rock

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* Review * SAVANNAH’S SECRETS by Reese Ryan

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* Review * SAVANNAH’S SECRETS by Reese RyanSavannah's Secrets by Reese Ryan
Series: The Bourbon Brothers
Published by Harlequin Desire on March 1, 2018
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Falling for the boss, or taking him down?

Savannah Carlisle had the perfect plan. By infiltrating the Abbott family’s Tennessee bourbon empire as their events manager, she’d be one step closer to claiming half of the business they stole from her grandfather. Now she’s not so sure. Because sexy Blake Abbott, heir to it all, is simply intoxicating. He’s supposed to be the enemy. But after one long, stormy weekend, she’s pregnant with his child…


Red hot revenge or a happily ever after? With the first book in her Bourbon Brothers series, Reese Ryan thrills us with her Harlequin Desire debut! Her characters are attention grabbing from the start, the flirty connection between them is not only steamy but also draws the occasional chuckle as they banter back and forth. I loved them both, in addition to the rest of the family, so I look forward to more of the series!

Savannah Carlisle has the ultimate plan of revenge scoped out against the Abbott family! She plans to get hired as their latest and greatest events manager for their Tennessee bourbon empire and then once she’s worked her way into the fold, she’s going to find the proof that she needs to support her grandfather’s claim that they stole his bourbon recipe to make their fortune! All these years he’s been struggling while they live a life of luxury, so it’s time for a little evening of the score!

Blake Abbott can’t believe their luck in hiring such an ambitious and hard working events manager. This anniversary celebration is going to be something else! He has to admit though, that being around the gorgeous and luscious Savannah is driving him insane! As luck would have it, being stranded together one stormy weekend is just the permission they needed to embark on a steamy love affair. The event planning is going great, Blake is so enchanted with Savannah that he’s ready to admit to their relationship to his family so they can go public … but then the house of cards comes crumbling down around them!


* Review * HER LAS VEGAS WEDDING by Andrea Bolter

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* Review * HER LAS VEGAS WEDDING by Andrea BolterHer Las Vegas Wedding by Andrea Bolter
Published by Harlequin Romance on March 1, 2018
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From a convenient fiancé…

To an inconvenient attraction!

When hotel heiress Audrey Girard’s safe, convenient wedding to a business partner is called off, she’s left to contend with her ex-fiancé’s brother—wild, brooding chef Shane Murphy. And there’s certainly nothing safe about Audrey’s attraction to Shane—every day they work together is even more dangerously tempting! Could there be a Las Vegas wedding in the cards after all?


Falling for the wrong brother? An arranged marriage falls apart but another spicy match might be right around the corner! The characters have a fun connection with each other even though they fight it at every turn. I didn’t fall in love with them from the beginning like I sometimes do, but I did enjoy watching them find their way towards each other. A few strange aspects of the plot, but overall, a fun read!

When hotel heiress Audrey Girard agreed to marry a family friend in order to further their joint business holdings and bond the families, it wasn’t really a big deal. No, she didn’t love him, but she was fond of him and isn’t looking for more in her life anyway … but suddenly he finds real love and calls it off! Now she’s stuck doing the company publicity with his brother, temperamental chef, Shane Murphy! If she can get through this in one piece, she’s going to be lucky. This man is infuriating … but she has to admit, he’s really fun too!