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* Review * COME HOME TO ME by Liz Talley

* Review * COME HOME TO ME by Liz TalleyCome Home to Me by Liz Talley
Published by Montlake Romance on April 17, 2018
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five-stars

Summer Valentine has returned to Moonlight, South Carolina, a very different woman from the naive wallflower who left years before. These days she’s straightforward and savvy, determined to do right by her son, David—even if that means cashing in her struggling music career in Nashville and returning to the town that drove her away. Sure, she took a fall. But at least she now knows where she stands…

Despite her anger over the past, Summer believes David deserves a relationship with his father, Hunter “Hunt” McCroy. Though Hunt’s illustrious career has faded, privilege still protects him from his worst mistakes.

Someone else is back in Moonlight too: Rhett Bryan, the golden boy of Hollywood, who’s taking stock of his own life after a tragic accident. As his rekindled friendship with Summer quickly deepens, she must reconcile the painful history that ties her to both men—one she’s finally forgiven, one she’s afraid to love—to claim healing and happiness.

 

A riveting story of love, self-awareness and the power of forgiveness! Liz Talley brings us a story of going home again … even when it holds memories of a time you might not want to remember. It’s sweet, it’s sad, it’s eye-openingly raw … yet through it all, the characters portray themselves in such a true and open way that they endear themselves to our heart and stay there. I’m not generally a fan of a story that goes back and forth between the present and the past in great length, but the author did a wonderful job of keeping us in the moment regardless of the perspective we were receiving at that time. This novel was very well written with a cast of characters who each had a unique story to tell, and carries a very powerful message at the heart of it all. Highly recommend!

Summer Valentine has decided to give up on her struggling music career in Nashville for the good of her son, and is moving back home to Moonlight, South Carolina. She’s no longer the naive girl that left, but seeing the people from that time in her life bring it all flooding back. She’ll do anything for her son … even encourage his relationship with the man who broke her years ago.

Big wig Hollywood star Rhett Bryan is also taking a walk down memory lane when he returns to visit his grandpa in Moonlight. He and summer were friends back in high school, and sharing a few laughs and memories with her is helping him overcome the tragedy he’s been dealing with of late. He’s heading back to LA soon, but spending time with Summer has been like a breath of fresh air.

five-stars

* Review * THE GOOD LUCK SISTER by Jill Shalvis

* Review * THE GOOD LUCK SISTER by Jill ShalvisThe Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis
Series: A Wildstone Novella
Published by William Morrow Impulse on May 1, 2018
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five-stars

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first-day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn’t anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won’t cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one-time BFF and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should’ve left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can’t help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan’s new helicopter touring company, it’s business only . . . until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who’s ever broken it? But soon they’re both realizing the truth—love always deserves a second chance.

 

I adore that Jill Shalvis gave us all the story we have been clamoring for! If you read Lost and Found sisters, you’ll recognize Tilly and Dylan right off the bat, and will be entrenched in their story instantly. As teens they were the best of friends and the support that the other needed, no matter what happened in life. We all wondered what would be come of them … and now we know! The story picks up years later, but it’s quick to catch us up on all that has happened in each of their lives and even what’s been happening with Quinn & Mick. Loved, loved, loved it!

Tilly Adams knows the first day of teaching art at the community college is going to be a big day for her, but she had no clue the day was going to change her life! She can’t believe he’s there … after all these years … just sitting in her classroom. She’s angry at him, she should hate him … but he looks so good!

Dylan Scott had reasons that he thought were good ones when he broke his best friend and first love’s heart 10 years ago by leaving her. He’s back in town to start a helicopter touring company with some buddies and he heard she was doing well, living her dream … and as much as he should stay away, he can’t resist re-connecting!

five-stars

* Review * LUKE by Leigh Duncan

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * LUKE by Leigh DuncanLuke by Leigh Duncan
Series: The Hometown Heroes Series #1
Published by Gardenia Street Publishing on May 18, 2018
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four-stars

Fourth-generation cattleman Luke Parker looks into his childless future and wonders what will become of the ranch he’s worked so hard to preserve.

Sarah Magarity’s job with the Department of Children and Family Services has exposed her to the worst side of parenting. So much so that the altruistic redhead doubts she’ll ever have children of her own.

The solution to both their problems might be a five-year-old boy abandoned on DCF’s doorstep just days before Christmas, but only if the cowboy can convince a jaded social worker that he’s good father material on a two-week cattle drive through Florida’s version of the Old West.

** This book was originally published in 2012 as Harlequin Amercian Romance RANCHER'S SON **

 

A heartwarming story of finding happiness where you least expect it! It was quick to grab my attention, and the plot developed at a decent pace. The little boy stole the show and kept me smiling throughout. I felt like the relationship between Luke and Sarah could have been played out more, but overall, it was a solid read with the happy ending we were looking forward to. Enjoyed it!

Stressed out Department of Children & Family Services employee Sarah Magarity is just about to get some much needed time away from her hectic office, when a last minute visitor just before the office closes for the holiday leaves her with an adorable 5 year boy and no where to place him. She sets out to track down the man listed on his birth certificate before she’s left with no alternative than to place him in a group home that will traumatize the little guy.

Rancher Luke Parker has suffered a lot of loss in his life, but he’s persevered and is happy running his family legacy, the Circle P Ranch. He’s not sure why he’s being summoned to DCFS, but he’s a busy man and doesn’t have time for whatever game this woman is playing. When he discovers he might be a father to a child he knew nothing about, he’s shocked to say the least. He agrees takes him in while the tests are being run, but he makes sure Sarah stays right there hands on for when it’s proven his ex is lying!

four-stars

* Review * THE LAST KING by Katee Robert

* Review * THE LAST KING by Katee RobertThe Last King by Katee Robert
Series: The Kings
Published by Forever on April 3, 2018
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four-half-stars

THE MAN SHE HATES TO LOVE

Beckett King just inherited his father's fortune, his company--and all his enemies. If he's going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they've been rivals for years, there's no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

The rebel. That's how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he's absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can't help wondering if it's a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she'd mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.

 

Electrifyingly intense! Katee Robert’s has a magical way of introducing us into a new world that makes us feel like we’ve been there forever! With this novel, she is kicking off The Kings series and taking us into the heart of the King family where feuding and backstabbing has been a way of life. She weaves intrigue into the story in a way that has us waiting for the next shoe to fall around every corner. The characters are complex and exciting and the story left me wanting the next book … soon!

They’ve been butting heads for years, but the first person Beckett King thinks of when he finds himself overwhelmed dealing with his recent inheritance of his father’s business, assets and enemies is Samara Mallick. They work for opposite sides of a feuding family and have stared each other down in competition after competition in the business world, but it doesn’t stop them from sharing a powerful lust for one another that might be one of their undoings!

Samara is fiercely loyal to the person who gave her so many opportunities to get to the point in her career that she has reached today, and she won’t just turn her head while someone threatens their downfall. She feels like she’s being torn between two sides … and one minute her allegiance is strong for her employer, but then she’s in Beckett’s arms and he’s showing her his side of it all in the most sensual ways! Their connection is strong, but one side is going to fall and from the way things are stacking up, when it does, it’s going to cause an aftershock that will be felt by many. Can they outrun the danger they find themselves exposed to in time to see justice served?

four-half-stars

* Review * SCREWED by Kelly Jamieson

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* Review * SCREWED by Kelly JamiesonScrewed by Kelly Jamieson
Published by Entangled: Amara on May 28, 2018
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five-stars

Cash Hale has been in love with his best friend’s wife forever. Now Callie and Beau are divorced, but she’s still way off-limits. Dating her would betray his friendship with Beau. And Cash is nothing if not loyal.

Callie Sutherland is starting over. The end of her marriage was just one more way she failed to live up to her wealthy family’s expectations, so from now on she’s not even going to try. It’s time to live her life the way she wants. And she wants Cash.

Cash and Beau aren’t just friends, they’re business partners, and the drop in the price of oil has hurt their business. They need to win the bid for Sutherland Industries’ next big project—but it may get messy since Callie’s family owns the business. Not only would Cash risk his friendship with Beau to be with her, he’d be risking the company they worked so hard to create.

But this new Callie isn’t taking no for an answer.

He’s so screwed...

 

He’s sexy, he’s kind-hearted, he’s totally breaking the bro code! I absolutely adored this book! Cash and Callie are super sweet together, and their chemistry is oh so sexy. The added storyline of being a secret gives it a taboo feel, but it’s not long before we start crossing our fingers that they find a way to turn it into forever. You’ll laugh, you’ll go “awwww” and you might need a fan during those steamy scenes!

Cash Hale has been carrying a torch for her since they met back in college. They had a connection, but the timing was all wrong. She was off-limits … his best friend’s girl … then his best friend’s wife. The logistics have changed now though … and he still feels that same old attraction when he’s in her presence. Can he really go against the loyalty that’s ingrained in his heart to try to find that happiness that has alluded him all these years?

Callie Sutherland is newly divorced and trying to figure out what to do with her life again. She kicked her cheating ex to the curb awhile back, and she’s tired of living simply to please impossible people. She’s going after what she wants, starting with Cash!

five-stars

* Cover Reveal * FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS by Laura Kaye

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes the second standalone title in her Warrior Fight Club series, FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS. Check out Laura’s note below and the beautiful cover! Then join the Warrior Fight Club world today!

A note from Laura Kaye:

I’m so excited to share the beautiful cover art with you for Fighting for What’s His, because this story has a whole lot of things I love:

A sexy, bad-ass veteran hero!

A feisty and independent heroine who won’t hesitate to stand up for herself!

A forbidden, best friend’s younger sister conflict which is always so delicious!

A forced-proximity situation that creates all kinds of sexual tension!

Check, check, check, and check! And then this gorgeous art to pull it all together – check it out! And I hope you’ll preorder your standalone romance today and join the world of the Warrior Fight Club!

 

 

About FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS (Warrior Fight Club #2, 8/7/18):

This fight club has one rule: you must be a veteran…

Resisting her only makes him want her more…

Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things-fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay-mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.

Shayna Curtis is new to town, fresh out of grad school, and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting in a month, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.

Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave-because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her-that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.

 

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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* Review * BREATHE by Carly Phillips

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* Review * BREATHE by Carly PhillipsBreathe by Carly Phillips
Series: Rosewood Bay #2
Published by CP Publishing on May 15, 2018
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four-stars

Fall in love with the Wards…

From troubled teen to successful general contractor, Jake Nichols turned his life around from his time in foster care. Divorced and single, he juggles his time between his daughter and his work. Next on his agenda, a new project that is his chance to prove his worth at the job he loves. Except he never anticipates that the only girl he's ever loved and lost as a teen is now a grown and beautiful woman in charge of the project.

Phoebe Ward has survived and conquered a painful past that includes foster care and becoming a teenaged mom. She wants nothing more than to focus on the present but it’s hard when she looks into the eyes of her son, knowing she’s tried and failed to find his father. She’s resigned herself to raising him alone with the help of her family… Until a client meeting brings her face to face with her first love. A boy… now a sexy man she thought she’d never see again … and the father of her child.

So many years have gone by and both of their lives have changed drastically. Will they be able to put the past behind them and find the second chance they both deserve?

 

Reunited when they least expect it! With the second book in her Rosewood Bay series, Carly Phillips brings us Phoebe & Jake … a second chance at love story featuring a pair of childhood sweethearts who had no say in their split all those years ago and who find themselves feeling those same old feelings as soon as they set eyes on each other. She had a son he never even knew about … he lived through things she shudders to think about … but together again, they just might be able to rectify the mistakes and short changes of the past. This was a fast and easy read. A little light on complications in the current story line, but just enough strife to keep us tied into their relationship until the very end. I’m enjoying this series a lot, and look forward to the next book!

Single mom Phoebe Ward has a great support system with her family, but she’s never gotten over the fact that her son has had to grow up without knowing his father. She and her first love were separated before she learned she was pregnant, and although she tried to track him down, she was never able to find him. Imagine her surprise when she walks into a renovation site she’s supposed to be overseeing, and there he is … all grown up and sexy as ever!

Contractor Jake Nichols was dealt a tough hand in life, and though he let it overwhelm him a few times as he grew up, he eventually got on the straight and narrow and lucked into being mentored by a great man who taught him the tools of his trade and how to be a good person. He’s single with a precociously adorable daughter that he adores. When Phoebe walks onto his job site, he’s blown away … and happier than you can even imagine to see her!

four-stars

* Review * RUMOR HAS IT by Jessica Lemmon

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* Review * RUMOR HAS IT by Jessica LemmonRumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #4
Published by Loveswept on May 15, 2018
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five-stars

Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

 

Opposites attract in this fun and flirty gem! Jessica Lemmon has out done herself with this one. Barrett talks a good game, but he’s got a funny, down-to-earth side that takes a readers breath away even faster than his sexy persona. The banter between these two characters is laugh-out-loud funny, the sex is steamy and the overall book is just a super fun read!

Former NFL bad boy Barrett Fox has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle thanks to his temper and a hot mic during his broadcasting job, but he’s hoping his upcoming publicity stunt with an on-line gossip column will be just what he needs to get his job back and be welcomed back into the limelight and prestige!

Reporter Catarina Everhart can’t stand Barrett’s type just on the principal of him thinking he’s God’s gift, so when her boss informs her she’s doing a little side-job of pretending to date him for a summer assignment, she’s appalled! When one fake date leads to another and she actually starts to see the guy beneath all of the pomp, she starts to wonder if they’re still faking this relationship … because it’s starting to feel oh so real!

five-stars

* Review * A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS by M.K. Stelmack

* Review * A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS by M.K. StelmackA Roof Over Their Heads by M. K. Stelmack
Series: A True North Hero
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on February 1, 2018
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four-stars

She can’t have the man she loves…if it means losing her child!

Alexi Docker’s a widow trying to adopt the child she and her husband had taken in. Except her new rental home turns out to be a disaster reno…and she, now single, has to prove she can give the boy everything he needs. That includes a roof over his head, four walls and running water! If not for the absentee landlady’s cranky recluse of a brother, she wouldn’t have been able to cope. But now Alexi has to choose between a man she’s growing to love and the boy she needs to adopt…because Seth Greene has a past that could ruin the adoption process.

 

With her debut Harlequin Heartwarming novel, M.K. Stelmack serves up an emotional punch that settles her into this line-up of lovely authors right off the bat! The heroine grabs our attention quickly with the hard life she’s having to juggle and despite the sadness she feels, she proves she’s rich at heart with the warmth of her family. The plot is rife with turmoil, yet extremely kind-hearted and easy to sink your teeth into. I found myself pulling for the family, and in particular hoping she and Seth would be able to work out that happily-ever-after they all deserved. Looking forward to more from this fresh voice!

Alexi Docker is trying to hold her life together after losing the husband that meant the world to her. She’s got four kids to be strong for, and she’d do anything for every single one of them … but especially the one that she and her husband were still in the process of adopting. She has to have a stable home and prove she’s the best fit for him … but the new house they moved all this way to live in is not what she was promised!

Seth Greene didn’t think he could be shocked by anything his sister would do at this point, but this one takes the cake. She’s gutted her house and then rented it out to a family and walked away. He’s been picking up the slack for her for years now, and he’s just simply done. No more Mr. Nice Guy! It all sounds good when he says it, but when faced with a struggling single mom who’s going to lose her kid if he doesn’t remodel the house, Seth caves and does everything he can to help her even if it means his sister is benefitting.

four-stars

* Review * DECEIVED by Elisabeth Naughton

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* Review * DECEIVED by Elisabeth NaughtonDeceived by Elisabeth Naughton
Series: House of Sin #2
Published by Elisabeth Naughton Publishing LLC on May 15, 2018
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four-half-stars

Some doors were never meant to be opened...

I made a fateful mistake. I should never have peeked behind the doors into his forbidden world.

But I did, and now I’m a prisoner. Trapped by the man I love. The man I thought I could trust. The man who, despite his lies and deception, I continue to crave.

He can melt my resolve with one rough, whispered demand, and I feel myself giving in to the desire he still stirs inside me. And yet, if I want to survive, I have to be strong. I must find a way to escape. Because if I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll be consumed by a shadowy world that will ultimately destroy me.

Lost forever in his wicked House of Sin…

 

Emotionally raw and riveting! With the second book in her House of Sin series, Elisabeth Naughton picks up from the cliffhanger in the first book to spin a tale of lust, revenge and family loyalty. The characters are torn between their feelings for each other and what the world requires of them. Since we already had the seeds of what the plot was all about laid out in Book One, this book flowed quicker and easier. It was passionate yet tender, and left us on another cliffhanger, wanting more!

She awakens from her nightmare … to find herself a prisoner in his lair. She remembers the secrets she uncovered from his world … the lies, the betrayals, the crimes. She should hate him … she hates his life, she hates his family, she hates the things she knows — yet she loves him, still hungers for him, still craves the high he gives her.

He knows he only has a small amount of time to convince her to forgive him. They’re coming for her. She has to be on board with her new life … or she won’t have one. He can’t lose her now … he’s only just found the love he’s always wanted.

four-half-stars