Archives for July 2018

* Review * RAINY DAY FRIENDS by Jill Shalvis

* Review * RAINY DAY FRIENDS by Jill ShalvisRainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on June 19, 2018
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Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Green changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.


Amazing characters, family dynamics galore and just a downright FUN story! Jill Shalvis strikes again with the second book in her Wildstone series. I was enthralled from the start, captivated throughout and felt like I found home with this fun loving family! The main characters are kind, loving souls who each have had their lives turned upside down and watching them connect and grow closer was magical. I loved the surrounding family just as much. Great read!

Lanie Jacobs has been in turmoil for a few months now. Her husband died totally unexpectedly six months ago, then she found out he was a lying cheat and had several other “wives” scattered around keeping additional beds warm for him. She’s finding it hard to get past it all, so when a job opportunity comes up that will get her out of the region and out of her own head for a couple of months, she jumps at the chance and starts a position at Capriotti Winery. She soon finds comfort in a tight-knit yet boisterously crazy family who take her under their wing and treat her like one of their own. She’s particularly enthralled by sexy single dad Mark!

Deputy sheriff Mark Capriotti is captivated with Lanie from the first moment he sets eyes on her. He had his life all sorted out as a career military guy until his wife up and left and he had to come home and make a different sort of life work with his twin daughters. He’s far from bitter because he is blessed with so much love from those precocious little angels, but there’s still something missing from his life … and one look at Lanie leads him to believe he might have found the missing link!


* Review * UNTAMED COWBOY by Maisey Yates

* Review * UNTAMED COWBOY by Maisey YatesUntamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Gold Valley #2
Published by HQN Books on June 19, 2018
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In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…

Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…


Friends to lovers and a secret child all rolled in to one! We met Bennett originally in a Copper Ridge novel when his then girlfriend Olivia was in despair over the fact that he wasn’t proposing. We continued to see and hear about him when Olivia dumped him and proceeded to fall for Luke. Now it’s time to get Bennett’s story. He’s a bit of a ditz in that he can’t see Kaylee’s feelings for him even when it’s right in front of his face, but she finds a way to coerce him into being the man that she has needed for all of these years. Their story is fun to read, and the part of it that makes it most heartwarming of all is the surprise son!

Veterinarian Bennett Dodge’s life has been in a bit of an upheaval lately. He failed to commit to the woman he thought would be perfect for him and lost her to another man. He should be more upset by that right? He holds his cards close to his vest and doesn’t explain the real reasoning behind his life to anyone, but his best friend tends to meander her way under his skin and into his head more than most. Now that his world is really on edge with the arrival of a teenage son he knew nothing about, yeah, he’s going to need that friend for real!

Kaylee Capshaw is Bennett’s veterinarian partner and has been best friends with him since they were teenagers. She’s also been secretly in love with him for just about as long, but he’s absolutely clueless. It tore her heart out to watch him with Olivia, but she couldn’t walk away from the one bit of him she has always been allowed to have … his friendship. But times have changed and life is in flux and she’ll be darned if she’s going to let this opportunity pass her by yet again. She’s going after her man!


* Review * STRIPPING BARE by Kelsey Browning

* Review * STRIPPING BARE by Kelsey BrowningStripping Bare by Kelsey Browning
Series: Steele Ridge #7
Published by LLC on September 26, 2017
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Bad Boy...
Baby Brother...
Who is the real Jonah Steele?

Video game mogul Jonah Steele may be a billionaire, but as the youngest brother in a family of alphas, his struggle to prove his worth is all-consuming. Although he saved his hometown from ruin, he can’t forgive himself for the biggest failure of his life.

As a teenager, Tessa Martin survived one of the most devastating nights of her life. Now, she’s a corporate psychologist and stronger than ever. She also has her sights set on Jonah Steele, her former boss and the only man who can track down the hacker who compromised her confidential client files. But can she confess that Jonah’s deepest secrets were exposed as well?

As the threat distorts into a real-life version of Jonah’s legendary video game, his and Tessa’s complicated emotional past—and the secrets buried there—could prove fatal. Will they strip away the past and reveal their feelings for one another, or allow it to blind them to a killer’s twisted game of revenge?


Powerful intrigue takes us for a ride! We’ve been loving on Jonah for so many books now, and finally we get his story. A bit of the mystique and the wind in the sail were let out by learning a big part of what tortures him in Micki’s story, but in this one we get an inside look into his thoughts and feelings and we get to see him lay his heart on the line. I loved him with Tessa, and I love this series so hard!

Billionaire Jonah Steele should be living the good life now that he’s back home in North Carolina, set for life after making it big with his video game empire, but there’s one thing from the past that haunts him. When Tessa steps back into his life, he has mixed emotions. He’s tortured by memories and heartache … yet he’s so attracted to her that he can’t see straight. Maybe helping her with this problem will get his head straight once and for all … or so he thinks before he realizes the danger knocking at her door!

Tessa Martin is a former employee, a former lover and his biggest regret. On the most horrific night of her life, Jonah feels like he failed her. She feels differently. She’s gotten past the nightmares and tortuous memories the best she can and she has been living strong, but suddenly someone has hacked her life and is coming out to taunt her. She needs the best to try to figure out this mess for her … and the best is Jonah!


* Review * CLEAN SWEEP by Kate Willoughby

* Review * CLEAN SWEEP by Kate WilloughbyClean Sweep by Kate Willoughby
Series: San Francisco Dragons #1
Published by Kiwi Press on July 23, 2018
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He’s a hockey player, not a housekeeper.

Cameron Bowes is the face of the San Francisco Dragons, so when the team needs a gimmick to improve their fan relations, Cameron becomes the focus of the new video "At Home with a Dragon". Unfortunately for Cam, his bachelor pad looks like an earthquake hit it. Repeatedly.

She’s the sexy maid a teammate hires as a joke.

Dakota Kelly has been working non-stop since she was unexpectedly awarded custody of her young niece. Though the little girl's grandmother swooped in to help, the old woman's overbearing ways have left Dakota no choice but to work as a janitor and moonlight as a maid in the hopes of one day getting some much-needed space from her niece's highly controlling Nana.

Lucky for Cam, Dakota turns out to be the miracle worker he desperately needs, and he jumps at the chance to hire her as his live-in housekeeper. Soon, the two can no longer ignore their smoldering chemistry, and it seems turning their business relationship into a happily-ever-after for all three of them will be the next play. There's just one problem: Nana doesn't approve, and she's not about to let her granddaughter go without a fight.


Sassy, sweet and sexy! A hunky hockey hero steals hearts quickly when he turns out to be a really nice guy. He’s not looking for a relationship, but he doesn’t hesitate to step right into one when he and Dakota start to connect. I liked them together, and the niece aspect of the story pulled at the heartstrings!

San Francisco Dragons hockey player Cameron Bowes finds himself in desperate need of a maid when the team sets him up to be the spotlight of a video expose “At Home With a Dragon”. He works hard, but he’s the biggest slob around! There’s no way he can let the public see his house like this. Thankfully a friend sets him up with a maid … a prank of a sexy maid, but a maid none-the-less … and he finds himself liking her a whole lot!

Dakota Kelly moonlights as a maid in her spare time after her school janitor position. She’s working as many hours as she can to raise enough money to get a place to live with her niece who she got custody of when her sister and brother-in-law died. Her brother-in-law’s mother stepped in to offer them a place immediately after the accident, and she’s eternally grateful for everything she’s done for them, but she’s driving her crazy! Her constant criticism and over-bearing ways are getting the best of her, so she needs to get out from under her foot ASAP!


* Blog Tour / Cover Reveal * FIGHTING THE FIRE by Laura Kaye


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

A note from Laura Kaye:

I love enemies-to-lovers stories because they’re so much fun to write and absolutely delicious to read! And Sean Riddick and Dani England from my upcoming Fighting the Fire are absolutely incendiary together! They’re both bad asses in their own right—both veterans, both fighters, both stubborn as hell. And boy does this cover art capture them so well—the intensity, the passion, the push and pull. Gah, I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you haven’t started my wounded Warrior Fight Club series yet, you can jump in anywhere because they’re all sexy standalone romances! So start at the beginning with Fighting for Everything or grab the about-to-release Fighting for What’s His. And here’s where you reserve your copy of Sean and Dani’s hot, hot story:

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About FIGHTING THE FIRE (Warrior Fight Club #3, 10/16/18):

The more they fight, the more desire consumes them…

There’s only one thing firefighter Sean Riddick doesn’t like about Warrior Fight Club, and that’s Daniela England, the sexiest, snarkiest, most irritating woman he’s ever known. But MMA training keeps the Navy vet grounded, so Sean’s not about to give it up, no matter how many times he goes toe to toe with Dani—or how bad he wants to take her to the mats.

A former Army nurse and the widow of a fallen soldier, Dani is done with the military and with military men. Fight club is the only thing that eases her nightmares, which means she has to put up with Riddick. He might be sex on a stick, but he’s infuriating and everything she’s vowed to avoid.

But when an accident throws Sean and Dani together, all that fight bursts into a night of red-hot passion. Now they’re addicted to the heat and must decide if the one person they’ve most resisted might be exactly what they’ve both been looking for.


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Check out the whole Warrior Fight Club Series:

Fighting for Everything – Available now!

Fighting for What’s His – August 7, 2018 – Preorder!

Fighting the Fire – October 16, 2018

Worth Fighting For – March 12, 2019



About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty-five 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 * THE SURVIVING GIRLS by Katee Robert

* Review * THE SURVIVING GIRLS by Katee RobertThe Surviving Girls by Katee Robert
Series: Hidden Sins #3
Published by Montlake Romance on May 29, 2018
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Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei—beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt—is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her guard again.

When a copycat killer targets Lei and Emma, FBI Agent Dante Young is put in charge of anticipating the sociopath’s every move. But what he doesn’t expect is his immediate and overpowering attraction to Lei. The closer they get to each other, the more desperate and terrifying the questions become: Who wants to finish what the killer started—and why?

Now Agent Young vows to protect Lei at all costs. If they have any chance of a future together, first they have to stay alive…


Bone-chillingly diabolical! The third book in Katee Robert’s Hidden Sins series brings us an electrifying mystery from start to finish! We’re kept guessing time and time again about who could be working with this criminal mastermind to torment the victims he already scarred for life. It’s definitely an unputdownable read! Loved it!

Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson survived the unthinkable a dozen years ago when they were the only two to walk away from a sorority house massacre. They leaned on each other in order to be able to pick themselves up and put themselves back together in whatever hobbled fashion they could. They will never be the innocent young ladies they were before this nightmare happened, but the strength they found deep within themselves allowed them to become the superstars they are today!

FBI agent Dante Young is handed a case that mimics the Sorority Row Murders in a scary way. He has no choice but to hunt Lei and Emma down and pay them a visit to see what type of light they might be able to shed on the case. He admires the women he finds and the good work they put themselves into doing for victims and their families. Will his visit bring trouble to their doorstep, or will it turn out it was already there?


* Review * IN LOVE WITH THE FIREFIGHTER by Amie Denman

* Review * IN LOVE WITH THE FIREFIGHTER by Amie DenmanIn Love with the Firefighter by Amie Denman
Series: Cape Pursuit Firefighters #1
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on July 1, 2018
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He’s definitely a hero…

But is he the right hero for her?

Moving to Cape Pursuit, Virginia, gives Nicole Wheeler the fresh start she desperately needs. But there’s a catch: Kevin Ruggles, the handsome firefighter who welcomes her to town. Kevin is brave, ambitious and committed to the same career that killed her brother. Nicole can’t go down that path again…no matter how much her heart protests.


A fresh start might be just what she needed! With the first book in the Cape Pursuit Firefighters series, we meet Nicole and Kevin. He really likes her, but she’s got a major chip on her shoulder. We can understand as we hear her story of why she’s got the hang ups that she does, but we hold out hope that nice guy Kevin will be able to sway her to his point of view! The only thing I wasn’t overly fond of in the book was that Jane & Charlie’s story was stealing the limelight. A classic case of secondary characters being too strong … they really should have been a separate book all on their own with only hints of the start of something in this one.

Nicole Wheeler is emotionally drained, but she’s looking forward to starting fresh here in Cape Pursuit, Virginia. Her college friend Jane has offered her a job just when she needed it most to get away from the heartache of losing her little brother, and she needs to brighten her world up a bit … and what better way than to meet a man!

Kevin Ruggles doesn’t exactly welcome Nicole to town in the usual way, but it doesn’t take him long at all to be smitten with her … only problem is, he has the bad luck of being a firefighter … the one job she will never find acceptable after it stole her brother from her!


* Review * I FLIPPING LOVE YOU by Helena Hunting

* Review * I FLIPPING LOVE YOU by Helena HuntingI Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 29, 2018
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Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in the Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance—without burning down the house?


Deep, sexy and just plain fun! Laugh out loud moments caught my attention, and extreme sexual chemistry between Rian and Pierce kept it! The story line is fairly fast paced as we’re drawn into the story of Rian’s past and our attention is held trying to figure out what’s going to come of the two of them and the properties their siblings are fighting over!

She hasn’t summered in the Hamptons since her family lost their fortune years ago, but Rian Sutter is enjoying being back in her old stomping ground! She and her sister have finally done well enough in their real estate business to afford to buy a fixer upper to flip, and they’re not going to stop there!

Lawyer Pierce Whitfield doesn’t usually spend his summers doing construction, but he’s a bit down and out with his career at the moment and using some downtime to help his brother out with some renovation properties. When he meets Rian and sparks fly, he figures he just might be in for a summer fling … but when they start competing for the same properties on the beach, sparks of a different type start flying!


* Review * ARMED RESPONSE by Janie Crouch

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * ARMED RESPONSE by Janie CrouchArmed Response by Janie Crouch
Series: Omega Sector: Under Siege
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on August 1, 2018
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Lillian Muir is the lone female member of the close knit Omega Sector SWAT team, but that's never been a problem. She can throw down with the best of them. Can outfight anyone or anything that gets in her way.

Except her past.

She's made damn sure no one on her team suspects the darkness that haunts her. But when former Special Forces soldier Jace Eakin arrives to help fight a terrorist mastermind, he sees Lillian not only as the fierce warrior, but as the wounded woman. He's determined to stand beside her as she battles her demons.

But he never dreamed those demons would dwell so close to home...


Unexpected twists from start to finish! We’re closing in on the end of this series, so the story line is winding up one bit at a time. With this book, we learn Lillian’s past and figure out who the traitor is. It’s exhilarating and shocking as we go from one plot twist to another learning things we never knew about one of the most present members of this team that we’ve loved for so long. I’m looking forward to the big finale … except I’m going to be heartbroken to lose this group of friends that have entertained me so much along the way!

Omega Sector agent Lillian Muir has worked long and hard for her position on the elite SWAT team, and no one would expect the past she has survived. She’s surprised to see the new guy coming on board for temporary help during an assignment. She knew him once upon a time … and worse yet, he knew her and her past!

Jace Eakin served with Omega Sector big wig Ren McClement 10 years ago in the Middle East, so when he calls him asking for a favor, he’s all in. He might be there serving as a warm body to fill an assignment on the team, but most importantly, he’s working behind the scenes to try to figure out who the mole is … and who’s setting up Lillian for a fall!


* Release Blast * CLEAN SWEEP by Kate Willoughby

It’s time to get swept!
Clean Sweep by Kate Willoughby is NOW LIVE!

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He’s a hockey player, not a housekeeper.

Cameron Bowes is the face of the San Francisco Dragons, so when the team needs a gimmick to improve their fan relations, Cameron becomes the focus of the new video “At Home with a Dragon”. Unfortunately for Cam, his bachelor pad looks like an earthquake hit it. Repeatedly.

She’s the sexy maid a teammate hires as a joke.

Dakota Kelly has been working non-stop since she was unexpectedly awarded custody of her young niece. Though the little girl’s grandmother swooped in to help, the old woman’s overbearing ways have left Dakota no choice but to work as a janitor and moonlight as a maid in the hopes of one day getting some much-needed space from her niece’s highly controlling Nana.

Lucky for Cam, Dakota turns out to be the miracle worker he desperately needs, and he jumps at the chance to hire her as his live-in housekeeper. Soon, the two can no longer ignore their smoldering chemistry, and it seems turning their business relationship into a happily-ever-after for all three of them will be the next play. There’s just one problem: Nana doesn’t approve, and she’s not about to let her granddaughter go without a fight.

Clean Sweep may be read and enjoyed as a standalone sports romance!

About Kate

Kate is in love with the sport of hockey. And the entire Los Angeles Kings team. Having lived most of her life completely uninterested in professional sports, she is surprised at the intensity of her enthusiasm and her growing collection of Kings merchandise.

She has held a variety of jobs—podiatrist’s assistant, telemarketer, typist, gift wrapper, painter, illustrator’s assistant, paste-up artist, calligrapher, teacher, transcriptionist and barista—but her favorite by far is author. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their two sons, and a Chihuahua named Mochi.

She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America, Los Angeles Romance Authors, and Santa Clarita Romance Writers, and winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance and the 2016 EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance.

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