Archives for September 2018

* Review * UNLEASHED by Caitlin Crews

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* Review * UNLEASHED by Caitlin CrewsUnleashed by Caitlin Crews
Series: Hotel Temptation
Published by Harlequin Dare on October 1, 2018
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She has fantasies…

Now he’s bringing them to life!

Notorious seducer Thor Ragnarsson runs the scandalous Hotel Viking in Reykjavik, where tourists go to fulfill their wildest fantasies. When straitlaced American professor Margot Cavendish gets snowed in while studying Icelandic sex culture, Thor challenges her inhibitions with some very hands-on research—soon she’s exploring every inch of his delicious body. It’s only one night of passion, but when the snowstorm clears they’re left aching for more…


Steamy yumminess! If you’ve been searching for Thor, the sex God, you’ve just found him! This book has a deliciously hot sex appeal to it, and will definitely have you squirming. I liked both of the characters, but found it really hard to connect with them early on in the book. Yes, the sex is outstanding, but there’s not enough depth to them outside of the philosophical/feministic tirade that is a constant for about 75% of the book. The last quarter gave us a good picture of how they end up, but I wanted more overall. Still worth a read, even if only for the sexy hot night they have together!

American professor Margot Cavendish has ventured far from home during a sabbatical to study the Icelandic sex culture. She’s heard lots of gossip about the sexual beast running Hotel Viking outside of Reykjavik and is attempting to get an interview with him but keeps getting the run around. A surprise trip to the hotel leads to her getting snowed in, and the man himself shows up to trade wits with her.

Thor Ragnarsson isn’t quite as free with his loving as rumor spreads around, but he doesn’t deny he’s a very sexual man and enjoys his life. He can tell from the moment he meets Margot that even though she’s here researching this, that she’s not exactly honest with herself on her own sexual wants, needs and desires. He put an offer on the table to her … she’s snowed in anyway, so why not spend the night exploring her body with him.


* Review * THE BOYFRIEND ARRANGEMENT by Andrea Laurence

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* Review * THE BOYFRIEND ARRANGEMENT by Andrea LaurenceThe Boyfriend Arrangement by Andrea Laurence
Series: Millionaires of Manhattan
Published by Harlequin Desire on October 1, 2018
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Fake it until you make it…

to the altar?

Instead of attending yet another friend’s wedding alone, Harper Drake asks Sebastian West—sexy, available and not a total stranger—to pose as her adoring boyfriend. With sparks flying, a little faux affection could be fun, and no one, especially Harper’s ex, will guess the truth. Except things get very hot very fast, for real… And then a blackmailer’s threats force them to reveal all their secrets!


Convenience … to forever! The premise of this book starts out fun, flirty and tempting, then it takes a turn towards the mysterious when someone puts a target on Harper and her big secret. Sebastian’s life is downplayed a good bit, and the blackmail twist came across a bit underdeveloped, but overall I enjoyed getting updates on a bunch of the previous Manhattan gang and following Harper and Sebastian towards their happily-ever-after!

When bridesmaid Harper Drake finds out her ex-boyfriend is coming along on the big destination wedding trip along with his new fiancee, she knows she has to somehow save face and have a plus one to take along! Running into socially awkward yet stunning Sebastian at just the right time seems to be kismet. Can she convince this hunky workaholic to accompany her on a trip to Dublin?

Techie Sebastian West just happens to be on some forced downtime when he is approached by Harper to accompany her on an all expense paid trip. The money isn’t important to him, but the company of a gorgeous woman makes the offer pretty impossible to resist. As their time together turns tempting, secrets begin to unravel and a blackmailer takes aim that just might ruin the remainder of their time together!



* Review * NY DOC UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS by Amy RuttanNY Doc Under the Northern Lights by Amy Ruttan
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on October 1, 2018
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Escaping the big city…

For love under Icelandic skies

When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?


Sometimes what you’ve truly been looking for is right around the next corner! A story of fleeing heartbreak and ending up finding more than you bargained for at the other end. The characters are well rounded, the drama is high and the slow building relationship is a joy to watch. Enjoyed it!

When Betty Jacinth suffers one more heartache than she can handle, she decides to take advantage of an offer she received to leave New York and head to Iceland to experience working in a foreign country for awhile. The change seems to be just what she needs in order to heal her heart and get her head on straight again. She’s not expecting such a chilly welcome though!

Doctor Axel Sturlusson isn’t sure why his father brought Betty here, but he has better things to do with his time than hold her hand through a day in the office! He’s got a surly niece to raise and a father who makes him relive the worst day of his life over and over again on a constant basis. He doesn’t realize how much he carries on his sleeve until Betty calls him on his attitude a few times and they begin to actually forge a friendship … and possibly more!


* Review * THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION by Melinda Curtis

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* Review * THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION by Melinda CurtisThe Rancher's Redemption by Melinda Curtis
Series: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on October 1, 2018
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His family committed a terrible wrong

Ben Blackwell wants to make it right

The last time Ben saw Rachel Thompson was when her best friend left him at the altar. Now Rachel’s suing the Blackwells over river water rights. Rachel’s a triple threat—rancher, fellow attorney and single mom—and Ben’s plan to win in court hits a snag when mutual attraction blooms. If he divulges a long-held secret, will his family forgive him? Will Rachel?


The prodigal brother returns! With the third book in the deliciously emotional Return of the Blackwell Brothers series, Melinda Curtis brings us the story of the betrayed brother. Past hurt is brought to the surface and hashed out while new horizons brighten when love is found again. The story line had my attention from page one, and it only continued to get better. I’m really enjoying watching this family works it’s way back into each other’s hearts … as well as mine! Looking forward to more to come in the series!

New York attorney Ben Blackwell happens to be at a crossroad in his life when he gets the call from his twin brother Ethan that the family desperately needs his help with a lawsuit about water rights on the family ranch. He hasn’t been home since his bride-to-be betrayed him and the family that he thought always had his back proved that they didn’t. He’s not gung ho about heading back to Montana, but he promises himself he’ll get in and get out quickly.

Childhood friend and neighbor Rachel Thompson also happens to be the one that flung the truth in his face about her best friend, his then fiancee all those years ago. Now she’s a single Mom, trying to fight his family for more water rights on her crumbling ranch. Close proximity brings out an attraction that neither of them expects, and encourages Ben to consider spilling a long-held secret that could affect this lawsuit … but would his family ever forgive him? … and would Rachel?


* Review * HOT CHRISTMAS KISSES by Joss Wood

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* Review * HOT CHRISTMAS KISSES by Joss WoodHot Christmas Kisses by Joss Wood
Series: Love in Boston
Published by Harlequin Desire on October 1, 2018
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“You’re my escape. Just a temporary indulgence.”

But Christmas has a way of changing things…

On and then off again, Matt Edwards and DJ Winston share hot sex, hotel rooms—and nothing else. But now Matt is suddenly in DJ’s real life, where she’s not sentimental about anything—not her lovers or the holidays. Just one hot kiss has them back in bed… Will Christmas magic turn their fantasy into forever?


Steamy sex, delectable nights and no commitments! What was meant to be casual turns all too serious when her good time guy shows up wanting to hash out real life. The characters were very appealing, the intrigue of their secrets peaked my interest and their sensual return to each other was very satisfying. Really enjoyed them!

For two people supposedly too busy for a relationship, Dylan-Jane Winston and Matt Edwards have managed to have an on-again off-again hook-up relationship for several years now. When possible meeting up across the country for a stolen night or weekend together filled with hot sex, a few laughs and just honest companionship without the pressure of having it mean something.

Things seem to have changed the last year though, and Matt isn’t sure why. He’s passing through DJ’s home base for a few weeks, so he figures he might as well stop in to see her and try to get to the bottom of why they feel off all of a sudden. She’s not excited to see him, and eventually spills a secret that throws him off center for a bit, but time together might be just what they need to ground themselves and get back on track.


* Review * THE FAMILY THEY’VE LONGED FOR by Robin Gianna

* Review * THE FAMILY THEY’VE LONGED FOR by Robin GiannaThe Family They've Longed For by Robin Gianna
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on September 1, 2018
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What she’s always wanted:

Love. A family. Him.

Pediatric surgeon Rory Anderson is dreading returning to her small Alaskan hometown and seeing her ex, local doctor Jacob Hunter! After everything they lost, discovering he’s a single dad brings back so many painful memories. Only when it becomes clear their chemistry’s as powerful as ever, Rory dares to hope Jacob and his son could be the family she’s always longed for…


A powerful reunion story that more than pulls at your heartstrings! They were best friends, then college sweethearts and thought they were going to go the distance, until it all fell apart. Back in the same town again for the first time in 9 years brings up a lot of feelings. Hurt, despair, and most of all the powerful love they shared. A riveting, emotional happily-ever-after!

Loss of her dreams accompanied by a guilt she couldn’t outrun forced Aurora Anderson to abandon the life she once lived and start anew in Los Angeles. Close to a decade later, she’s reluctantly returning to her small hometown in Alaska when her Mom needs her. She can only hope she can get in and out of town quickly before the past comes back to haunt her!

Doctor Jacob Hunter thought he and Rory had their future mapped out all those years ago, but heartache led to her walking away from it all without even a glance over her shoulder. It doesn’t take long for old attraction to flare when they cross paths with each other, but how could he ever trust in anything she says again after she left him behind?


* Review * BOUND BY A ONE-NIGHT VOW by Melanie Milburne

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* Review * BOUND BY A ONE-NIGHT VOW by Melanie MilburneBound by a One-Night Vow by Melanie Milburne
Series: Conveniently Wed!
Published by Harlequin Presents on October 1, 2018
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“Marry me or lose everything.”

The Italian’s outrageous proposal

Heiress Isabella Byrne is on a deadline. She has twenty-four hours to wed or she’ll lose her inheritance! Her father’s protégé, hotel magnate Andrea Vaccaro, knows she can’t refuse his arrogant proposition for a temporary union. They’ll seal the deal at the altar that very night. But with their ever-smoldering attraction bursting into flames, can Izzy risk surrendering to the temptation that awaits her between Andrea’s sheets?


A marriage of convenience just might turn into forever! They seem unlikely, but Izzy and Andrea actually fit each other well once they get to know the hidden aspects of each other. Their story was intriguing and satisfyingly real. Enjoyed it!

Isabella Byrne finds herself in desperate need of a husband in order to meet the terms of her inheritance from her father, so even when the last minute offer she gets comes from an unlikely source, she doesn’t have much option but to accept!

Hotel magnet Andrea Vaccaro has Izzy’s father to thank for some of his early success, so in helping his daughter out, he feels like he’s repaying some of  his help. The handy timing of their marriage just so happen to weigh in his favor right now in helping him salvage a risky business deal. The only danger lurking now is the attraction they feel for each other!


* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt * HOT WINTER NIGHTS by Jill Shalvis

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* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt * HOT WINTER NIGHTS by Jill ShalvisHot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay
Published by Avon on September 25, 2018
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Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.


Hot, humorous and oh so fun! With the next book in her much loved Heartbreaker Bay series, Jill Shalvis brings us Lucas and Molly’s story. They’re a really adorable couple together, and as we learn more about each of their pasts, it only brings them closer to our hearts. I felt like the bad Santa case was a bit weak, but the relationship between Lucas and Molly was so enriched that it made it a great book regardless! Really enjoyed them!

Lucas Knight is blown away by the fact that he woke up with Molly Malone in his bed … and can’t remember a thing about how she got there! Did they … or didn’t they? Molly is quick to lay on the details in an exaggerated way … which leads him to think she might be yanking his chain. Wouldn’t he remember?

Molly might be pulling a fast one on Lucas, but if she finds out that he’s been sent to babysit her as she takes on her first case, there will be consequences! A bad Santa stealing from his elves is sure to keep her attention as she delves. When sparks keep flying anytime she and Lucas are in the same vicinity of each other, they eventually stop resisting!







Hot Winter Nights
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 6

By: Jill Shalvis

Avon Books – Sept 25th, 2018

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Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas . . .


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Chapter One

It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.

It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.

Think, man.

Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.

Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never — Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.

He was naked and completely uncovered.

And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.

What. The. Hell.

A few more images slowly began to filter into his brain. Kicking ass at the pool table and winning two hundred bucks from his boss Archer, who ran Hunt Investigations where Lucas worked as a security specialist.

Dancing with a sexy brunette…

And then making his way upstairs, but not alone.

His head was pounding too hard to remember anything more, but clearly the brunette had not only come up, but stayed. She was cuddled up too close to see her face, especially with the way she had the entire blanket wrapped around herself. The only thing visible was a mass of shiny brown waves peeking out the top.

Holding his breath, Lucas slowly pulled away until he could slide off his bed.

The brunette’s hair never so much as quivered.

Letting out a relieved breath, he shoved on the clothes he’d so thoughtfully left for himself on the floor – seriously, he was never taking another pain pill or drinking alcohol again – and headed for the door.

But unable to do it, unable to be the guy who just walked out, he stopped and detoured to his kitchen to make her a coffee. Leaving her caffeine was a nice gesture, right? Right, but … shit. He was out of coffee. Not surprisingly since he usually grabbed his from work because Molly, who ran the office at Hunt Investigations, made world-class coffee. And since one of the benefits of living on the fourth floor of the Pacific Pier Building and working on the second floor meant convenience, he texted the coffee master himself:

Any chance you’d send up a cup of coffee via the dumbwaiter?

A few seconds later, from his bedroom came a cellphone buzzing with an unfamiliar tone and he froze. If his plan was to leave before the awkward morning after – and that was always the plan — he was on borrowed time.

Since nothing came back to him from Molly, he moved onto Plan B and scrawled out a quick note: Sorry, had to get to work, take your time.

Then he hesitated. Did she even know his name? Having no idea, he added: I’m leaving cash for an Uber or Lyft – Lucas.

He dropped some money next to the note and grimaced at himself for still being a complete asshole. He stared down at his phone.

Still nothing from Molly, which meant she wasn’t going to save the day. She was smart, sharp, and amazing at her job, but for reasons unknown, she wasn’t exactly interested in pleasing anyone, especially him. Locking up, he left his apartment.

The Pacific Pier building was over a century old and sat in the center of the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco. It was five stories of corbeled brick, exposed iron trusses, and big windows built around a legendary fountain. Retail and businesses took up the ground and second floors, with residential on the third and fourth. The fifth floor penthouse belonged to his friend Spence Baldwin, who owned the building.

All of it was currently decorated for the holidays like it was about to star in a Hallmark movie.

Lucas jogged down two flights of stairs to Hunt Investigations, fully prepared to be blasted by Molly at her front desk. Not just for his text, but for his appearance at all. Off duty since the shooting, he wasn’t supposed to be back at work until next week, and that was if his doctor cleared him. But Lucas couldn’t stay home another day, a fact that didn’t have anything to do with the stranger in his bed.

Or at least not all due to the stranger in his bed.

He scrubbed a hand over his unshaved jaw, feeling incredibly tense, which for a guy who’d apparently gotten laid last night, didn’t make much sense.

Nor did the fact that sitting on a bench outside of Hunt Investigations front door were two old ladies dressed up as elves. Knitting elves.

The one on the left looked to be making a Christmas stocking. The one on the right was working on something too small to see. They smiled at him in greeting, lips coated in bright red lipstick. Left elf had a smudge of it on her teeth and her little elf cap seemed to quiver on top of her white hair.

Right Elf pulled out her phone. “I just got a text from Louise,” she told Left Elf. “It says, ‘Don’t be late for work tonight, Santa’s turned into Grinch. SMH.’” She blinked. “What does S-M-H mean?”

“Shaking my head,” Left Elf said.

“Oh thank goodness,” Right Elf said, putting a hand to her heart. “I thought it meant Sex Might Help.”

They both cackled over that before they saw Lucas.

“Hello there, young man,” Left Elf said. “We were hoping you were Molly. We’ve got a problem involving a bad Santa and she said to meet her here.”

“A bad Santa,” Lucas repeated, starting to wonder if maybe he was still in bed dreaming this day.

“Yes, we work for him. Obviously,” Right Elf said, gesturing to herself.

“You’re … Santa’s elves,” he said slowly. “And you work for him at … the North Pole?”

“Right.” Left Elf snorted. “We work right here in the city like you, at the Christmas Village in Soma, in too tight of costumes for too little money. Honey, didn’t your mama ever tell you Santa isn’t real?”

Okay, so they didn’t believe they were real elves. That was a relief. Lucas had a great uncle who sometimes thought he was Batman, but that was only on the nights he drank away his social security checks with his cronies.

“Santa promised us half of the profits,” Right Elf said. “To go to the charities of our choice. Last year we made enough to give big and hit up Vegas for a long weekend.”

Left Elf nodded with a smile. “I’ve still got Elvis’s underwear from that big impersonator party we were invited to, remember, Liz?”

Liz nodded. “But this year, we’re not getting anything. Santa says there aren’t any profits, that he’s barely breaking even. But that can’t be true because he just bought himself a brand new Cadillac. Molly’s my neighbor, you see.”

Lucas didn’t see at all. He was good at certain things, such as at his job of investigating and seeking out the asshats of the world and righting justice. He was good at taking care of his close-knit family. He was good, when he wanted to be, in the kitchen. And – if he said so himself – also in bed.

But he was not good in social situations, such as those that required small talk, especially with old ladies dressed up as elves. “This really isn’t the sort of case that Hunt Investigations takes on,” he said.

“But Molly said you’re an elite security and investigative firm that employs finders and fixers for hire, whoever needs them.”

Not strictly true. A lot of the jobs they took on were routine; criminal, corporate and insurance investigations along with elite security contracts, surveillance, fraud, and corporate background checks. But some weren’t routine at all, such as forensic investigations, the occasional big bond bounty hunting, government contract work…

Nailing a bad Santa wasn’t on the list.

“Do you know when Molly might arrive?” Left Elf asked. She was looking at him even as her knitting needles continued to move at the speed of light. “We’ll just wait for her.”

“I don’t know her schedule,” Lucas said. And that was the truth. Hunt Investigations was run by the biggest, badass he’d ever met. Archer Hunt, and he employed a team that was the best of the best. Lucas was honored to be a part of that team. All of them, himself included, would step in front of a bullet for each other, and had.

Literally, in his case.

The lone woman in their midst was Molly Malone, equally fearless, though in other ways. She was the one to keep them all on their toes. No one would dare venture into her domain at her desk and put their hands on her stuff to check her schedule, but he could at least ask around. “I’ll go check her ETA,” he said and headed inside.

He found Archer and Joe in the employee room inhaling donuts. Grabbing one for himself, he nodded to Archer and looked at Joe, one of Lucas’s best friends and also his work partner. “Where’s your sister?”

Joe shrugged and went for another donut. “Not her keeper. Why?”

“There’re two elves outside waiting to talk to her.”

“Still?” Archer shook his head. “I told them we wouldn’t take their case.” He headed out front. Lucas followed because if his social niceties game was stale, Archer had zero social niceties game.

“Ladies,” Archer said to the elves. “As I explained earlier, your case isn’t the kind of case we take on.”

“Oh we heard you,” Left Elf said. “We’re just waiting for Molly. She promised to help us personally if you wouldn’t.”

Archer looked pained. “Molly doesn’t take on cases here. She’s office staff.”

The two elves looked at each other and then tucked away their knitting. “Fine,” Left Elf said. “We’ll just go straight to her at home then.”

Archer waited until they’d gotten on the elevator before turning Lucas. “Why are you here?”

“Gee, good to see you too, bossman.”

“Let me rephrase,” Archer said. “How’s your side? You know, where you have a GSW?”

“It’s no longer a gunshot wound, it’s practically just a scratch now. I’m good enough to get back to work.”

“Uh huh.” Archer looked unimpressed. And … still pissed.  Lucas had been hoping that he’d gotten himself out of the dog house by now, but apparently not.

“I didn’t get a report from your doctor clearing you,” Archer said.

Lucas squelched a grimace. His doctor had told him – repeatedly – at least one more week. But he’d be dead of boredom by another week. “We’re having a minor difference in opinion.”

“Shit.” Archer swiped a hand down his face. “You know I can’t put you back on the job until he clears you.”

“If I stay home another day, I’ll lose my shit.”

“It’s only been two weeks since you were shot and nearly bled out before we got you to the hospital,” Archer said. “Way too close of a call.”

“Practically ancient history.”

Archer shook his head. “Not even close. And I told you to abort. Instead, you sent the team out to safety and then you alone hauled ass deeper into the yacht, knowing it was on fire thanks to our asshole perps trying to sink it for the insurance pay out.”

“I went deeper because there was still someone on board,” Lucas reminded him. “Their lead suspect’s teenage kid. He’d been holed up and had fallen asleep watching TV. He would’ve died if I’d left him.”

“And instead you almost did.”

Lucas blew out a breath. They’d had this argument in the hospital. They’d had it twice since. He didn’t want to have it again. Especially since he wasn’t sorry he’d disobeyed a direct order. “We saved an innocent. You’d have done the same damn thing. So would any of us.”

Archer looked over at Joe, who’d been silent through this entire exchange.

Joe lifted a shoulder, an admission that yeah, he might’ve done the same thing. And so would Archer, and Lucas damn well knew it.

“Shit,” Archer finally said. “Fine. I’ll unground you, but only for light duty until I hear from your doctor personally that you’re one hundred.”

Lucas didn’t dare smile or pump a fist in triumph. “Deal.”

Archer went from looking pissy to mildly amused. “You don’t know what light duty I’m going to make you do yet.”

“Anything would be better than staying at home,” he said fervently.

“Glad to hear you say that.” Archer jabbed a thumb at the door. “Molly’s going to want to take those elves seriously. She’s been asking to take on a case for months now, but our cases have all been too risky.”

Lucas rubbed his side. Wasn’t that the damn truth. “And?”

“And your ‘light duty’ job is to make sure she turns those elves down,” Archer said. “She’s not ready yet.”

Joe nodded his agreement on that and Lucas let out a mirthless laugh. He understood why Molly’s boss might tell her not to take on a case, but her brother should know better. “Hello, you’ve met her, right?” Lucas asked them. “No one tells Molly what to do.”

“Improvise,” Archer said, unmoved. “And keep in mind, you’re still in hot water with me. So be careful.” He looked at Joe. “Give us a minute.”

Joe looked at Lucas and left the room.

“You’ve got something else to say?” Lucas asked Archer.

“Yeah. Don’t screw this up. And don’t sleep with her either.”

Granted, Lucas had never been all that discriminating when it came to the fairer sex, but this was Molly they were talking about. She was the baby sister of his friend and coworker, which meant she was noton his radar. At least not during the day.

The nights were something else altogether because there’d been more than a few times where she’d starred in his fantasies – his own deep dark secret since he liked breathing. “I wouldn’t sleep with her.”

Archer looked behind him to make sure Joe had left. “Elle and I saw you at the pub last night, flirting with her.”

This had Lucas’s full attention. “What?”

“Yeah, and what the hell were you thinking? You were lucky Joe was late.”

He’d flirted with Molly? Was he crazy? He’d long ago learned to ignore the undercurrent of electricity between them because he had zero interest in mixing business and pleasure, and even less interest in hurting her.

And he would eventually hurt her.

Not to mention what Joe would do to him after he did. And if Joe failed in this new mission, Archer would happily finish him off, and they’d both have every right. But Lucas wouldn’t go there, ever. His job had come between him and The One a few times now, so he’d shifted his priorities. He still loved women, just not one woman — and he was good with that and who he was.

Except … sometimes, like two weeks ago when he’d almost died on the job and had been forced off duty, he knew he was fooling himself. He’d been left feeling far more alone than he liked to admit. He looked at guys like Archer and Joe, both who’d managed to make love work for them just fine, and he wondered what the hell he was doing wrong.

Drawing a deep breath, he thought of the woman in his bed two flights up. Maybe for starters, he should try to remember the name of the women he’d just slept with. “Trust me,” he said. “Nothing happened with Molly last night”

“Uh huh.”

“No, really. Apparently, I was preoccupied with someone else.”

Archer went brows up. “The new brunette at the bar?” He then clapped Lucas on the shoulder. “Glad to hear you’re not going to have to die today.”

“Yeah, well, when Molly finds out you’ve put me on babysitting duty, she’s going to kill us both.”

“That’s why she’s not going to find out.”

Lucas stared at Archer, a very bad feeling coming over him. “I’m supposed to keep it from her?”

“Now you’re getting it.”

Lucas didn’t know much about Molly’s past other than something bad happened to her a long time ago and she still had a limp from whatever it’d been. Joe had kept a tight lid on his and Molly’s rough childhood. Both brother and sister had some serious trust issues. He shook his head glumly. “This is worse than monitor duty.”

“Is it worse than dying?” Archer asked mildly.

Shit. Lucas went back upstairs. He needed a shower, fresh clothes, and a clear head before he faced Molly, as well as a good story because apparently he couldn’t tell her the truth. He hoped to hell that a long hot shower would clear his brain enough to come up with something believable, because something else Molly was – sharp as they came. He stalked through his bedroom, hit the switch on the wall and froze.

The brunette was still in his bed.

At the bright light flooding the room, she gasped and sat straight up, clutching the sheet to her chin, her hair a wild cloud around her face.

And not a stranger’s face either.

Molly’s face.

Molly was in his bed and his first thought was oh shit. His second thought tumbled right on the heels of that — he was going to die today after all, slowly and painfully.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.





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Kidnapped for her protection…

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Billionaire Jaco Valentino is furious when Leah McDonald leaves him without explanation. Yet when he discovers Leah’s given birth to his heir, he’s determined to shield them from his adoptive family’s wicked intentions! Jaco kidnaps Leah and his son, whisking them away to his remote Sicilian island for their own safety. Except the sinful flame still burning between him and Leah feels infinitely more dangerous…

Escape with this breathtaking second-chance romance!


Danger, lies and tempting desire! I really enjoyed Jaco and Leah’s story. If you read Andie Brock’s previous book, you’ll recognize Leah as the twin sister to Harper who stepped in to fill her shoes in a fake relationship with Vieri after Leah ran off with his money. It was fun to see her side of the story and to meet Jaco and see their chemistry come to life on the pages. Really enjoyed it!

Leah McDonald was really enjoying her casual fling with Jaco and wanted it to continue … until she discovered she was accidentally pregnant! She planned to tell him, but mistaken assumptions led her to change her mind and flee her job and their relationship instead.

Billionaire Jaco Valentino is furious when he finds out from his best friend that Leah had his son and didn’t tell him about it. Circumstances are in play that make it dangerous for them to be out in the open, so he whisks them away to his private Sicilian island to keep them safe until the plan he has in play comes to fruition. Will the time together flame their desire for one another again?


* Review * SEASON OF WONDER by RaeAnne Thayne

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* Review * SEASON OF WONDER by RaeAnne ThayneSeason of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point
Published by HQN Books on September 25, 2018
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It’s a long way from New York to Idaho…but could they have found a home at last?

Dani Capelli has never truly belonged anywhere. And from her earliest days as a foster child in Queens, she would have been lost if it weren’t for her love of animals. Until high school, when she fell hard for the wrong boy, and found herself pregnant—and married—by graduation. Two daughters later, Dani realized her mistake and filed for divorce, and with the help of scholarships and loans—and a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners—she enrolled in vet school. Things were finally looking up…until her ex-husband became her late husband, in the most notorious way possible.

Now Dani and her daughters need an out-of-town pass more than ever. So when the retiring Haven Point veterinarian offers her a chance to settle in the small Idaho town and take over his practice, she jumps at it. But adjusting to the charming mountain community isn’t easy; thirteen-year-old Silver begins acting out while six-year-old Mia is growing too attached to Haven Point and everything in it, especially their next-door-neighbor, Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales. And Dani can’t blame her. Ruben is everything she’s secretly wanted—and everything she can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.

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Small-town life at it’s best! With another book in the ever-popular Haven Point series by RaeAnne Thayne, we meet a new family that is moving to town and trying to settle in after leaving big city life and problems. The family was quick to grab my attention and the turmoil that starts to flow keeps it. Small town life can be a blessing or a curse depending on how well you want to fit in and how many secrets you are hoping don’t come out! An enjoyable addition to the series.

When tragedy strikes Dani Capelli’s relatively young life yet again, she finds the need to bury her head in the sand and start anew. With her two daughters, this New York native sets out to start over in Haven Point, Idaho with the wonderful position she’s been given taking over some of the town veterinarian’s duties as he eases into retirement. One rebellious teenager and one clingy six year old make for an interesting mix in this new town.

Deputy sheriff Ruben Morales obiously knows the Capelli’s because Dani is working with his dad at the clinic, but he’s not sure what to make of them yet. She seems to keep herself separate from the town a lot even though she’s supposed to be settling in. When her teenage daughter starts getting into trouble, Ruben is the one to step up with a helping hand. There’s more to this family than meets the eye, and he’s really starting to like them, so he’s making it his mission to make sure they see what a great place Haven Point can be … especially around Christmas!