Archives for November 2018

* Review * DEADLY CHRISTMAS DUTY by Virginia Vaughan

* Review * DEADLY CHRISTMAS DUTY by Virginia VaughanDeadly Christmas Duty by Virginia Vaughan
Series: Covert Operatives #2
Published by Love Inspired Suspense on November 1, 2018
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five-stars

This Christmas could be her last…

Unless Covert Operatives shield her

Prosecutor and single mom Melinda Steele thought her nightmare ended when her abusive husband died, but now someone wants her dead by Christmas. Navy SEAL turned security operative Noah Cason needs her to get justice in his sister’s disappearance, but first he’ll have to keep her alive. And his mission shifts from difficult to almost impossible when Melinda reveals who she suspects is really after her.

 

Exciting from beginning to end! We’re quickly thrust into the heart of the story when Melinda finds herself in danger and Noah is nearby to help. The suspense keeps us guessing, throughout. Great characters, and attention grabbing story line and an overall joy to read!

Prosecutor and single Mom Melinda Steele finds herself in danger when she least expects it! She’s not sure if this has to do with a criminal she’s put away or if somehow the husband she presumed dead is back to torment her, but she needs it handled … and fast!

Security operative Noah Cason happens to be in the right place at the right time to whisk Melinda out of danger, but when they discover that her predicament might interfere with the case he came to talk to her about, they set out to figure out who’s trying to get rid of her while at the same time trying to narrow down what truly happened to his sister.

five-stars

* Review * AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS BABY by Tara Taylor Quinn

* Review * AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS BABY by Tara Taylor QuinnAn Unexpected Christmas Baby by Tara Taylor Quinn
Series: The Daycare Chronicles #2
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on November 1, 2018
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five-stars

She’s searching for the man defrauding her father.

Not for the love of her life.

It’s not such a merry Christmas for Tamara Owens, tapped to discover who’s been stealing from her family business. Suspect number one: tantalizing top trader Flint Collins, who’s suddenly thrust into fatherhood when his orphaned baby sister arrives. Tamara’s sworn off babies forever, but she has the magic touch with infant Diamond. And Flint, too, is soon under her spell…at least until he finds out the truth.

 

A ready made family! The latest from Tara Taylor Quinn is a great read. It has a little bit of everything rolled into one with a sweet romance, an adorable baby, a nice touch of mystery, and best of all that happily ever after we all adore. The characters were quick to snag my attention and the interesting story line kept me intrigued throughout. Really enjoyed!

Tamara Owens is happy to be moving home to San Diego in time to spend the holidays with her parents, but when she learns that there’s a thief damaging her father’s company, she sets out to find out who it is! Any subterfuge is worth it if it saves her Dad from worrying!

Flint Collins was on the verge of venturing out on his own when he got the news that he was in inheriting a little sister to raise as his own. For now, adjusting to life with this baby is going to be at the top of his to do list … and it just so happens that Tamara seems to have the magic touch with her!

five-stars

* Review * DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION by Lori Foster

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* Review * DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION by Lori FosterDriven to Distraction by Lori Foster
Series: Road to Love #1
Published by HQN Books on November 20, 2018
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four-stars

When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…

Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.

Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.

 

Lori Foster has done it again! She has this wicked way of winding a leading man around our heart that has us swooning and turning the pages faster and faster just to see more of him! Brodie was simply a delight to read. He’s cocky, but adorable … funny, yet endearing … just an all around great guy! The touch of intrigue was just enough to keep me invested in the story. I wasn’t overjoyed with the strange collection part of the story, but the character connection and overall love of seeing them together was enough to make me overlook a slightly dragging in parts plot. Overall, I really enjoyed Brodie and Mary and I look forward to Jack’s story!

Mary Daniels enjoys working for her eccentric boss in obtaining the rare collectibles he seeks, but this time she’s not so sure he’s making a good choice! When she shows up to hire the driver at Mustang Transport that he insists upon, she’s not impressed! He’s blatantly hung-over, has a woman hanging all over him in public, and just doesn’t seem like he’s going to get the job done.

Brodie Crews needs this job in order to keep his business running smoothly, so he’s not about to let this uppity woman ruin things for him. If her boss wants him, he’s got him … and he’ll do the job correctly! Then again, riding around in the car for house with this woman just might be too much temptation for him. Yes, she’s wicked controlling .. but he finds it kind of hot! It’s all fun and games until danger shows up in their rear-mirror, then they need to play to win!

four-stars

* Blog Tour / Review / Excerpt * SEARING NEED by Tracey Devlyn

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* Blog Tour / Review / Excerpt * SEARING NEED by Tracey DevlynSearing Need by Tracey Devlyn
Series: Steele Ridge: The Kingstons #3
Published by Steele Ridge LLC on November 9, 2018
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three-half-stars

To escape a brutal killer, a brilliant researcher teams up with a tortured soldier who poses an even greater threat . . . to her heart.

Her sister might be the law and her brothers the brawn, but Riley Kingston is definitely the brains of the family. She's a talented botanist well on her way to a PhD--so why does she feel like a failure? Fired from a dream project in Costa Rica, Riley's stuck back in her hometown. Cataloguing plants on Steele land keeps her busy, but it's far from compelling work. Until she discovers a fascinating new specimen. One with a body made for pleasure . . . and eyes filled with a pain she longs to understand.

Delta Force operator Coen Monroe doesn't want to be studied. Not even by the sexy scientist whose inquisitive glances stir up desires he isn't ready to handle. He came to Steele Ridge to be alone, to battle his nightmares and the memories triggering them. But Riley's gentle seduction is as relentless as her curiosity. She soothes his wounded soul . . . and fires up his defensive instincts. But when her research sparks a deadly conspiracy, Coen is exactly what she needs.

When Riley is targeted by a sociopath bent on silencing her forever, Coen will do anything to protect her. But can he save the woman he loves without losing himself in the process?

 

Danger abounds as we head back to Steele Ridge! With the third book in the Kingston family spin-off, we get cousin Riley’s story. We get a nice glimpse into what’s up with the beloved Steele family as we delve into the extended family a bit more, which is always fun. Riley is the studious Kingston, and she’s a bit down on herself right now and looking for something to pass her time. A manly military man hanging out on Steele land just might fit the bill! I’m torn on this story. I loved seeing the Kingstons and the Steele’s again very much and the aspect of the story that involved them was a joy to read, but the rest came across very stilted. We started out getting the low down on Riley and Coen and then all of a sudden people we had never seen or heard of before were taking over a scene. I wanted more groundwork before being thrust blindly into secondary locations. The intrigue was rushed, and the happily ever after was left up in the air a bit. Overall, I enjoyed getting the next story and parts of the book were interesting, but it wasn’t one of my favorites in the series.

Botanist Riley Kingston is left feeling like a failure when a research mission in Costa Rica that she spent several years on is abruptly ended and she finds herself back home in Steele Ridge. Britt is keeping her busy cataloging plants on Steele land, but she’s hoping something more exciting comes around soon. She might be regretting that wish before she knows it when danger comes knocking!

Delta Force operator Coen Monroe is thankful the opportunity to become one with nature again on Steele land as he works hard to come down from the nightmarish aftermath of a mission gone wrong. He’s in the throes of the worst time of his life, and he’s not really in the mood for a snarky researcher setting her sights on why he’s hanging around, but the more time he’s around Riley, the more he starts to feel a connection with her. When her past comes back to haunt her, he’s the first in line to make sure she’s kept safe … and left hoping for a happily ever after in the end!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense and mainstream thrillers. An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website TraceyDevlyn.com.

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Her sister might be the law and her brothers the brawn, but Riley Kingston is definitely the brains of the family. She’s a talented botanist well on her way to a PhD—so why does she feel like a failure? Fired from a dream project in Costa Rica, Riley’s stuck back in her hometown. Cataloguing plants on Steele land keeps her busy, but it’s far from compelling work. Until she discovers a fascinating new specimen. One with a body made for pleasure . . . and eyes filled with a pain she longs to understand.
Delta Force operator Coen Monroe doesn’t want to be studied. Not even by the sexy scientist whose inquisitive glances stir up desires he isn’t ready to handle. He came to Steele Ridge to be alone, to battle his nightmares and the memories triggering them. But Riley’s gentle seduction is as relentless as her curiosity. She soothes his wounded soul . . . and fires up his defensive instincts. But once her research sparks a deadly conspiracy, Coen is exactly what she needs.
When Riley is targeted by a sociopath bent on silencing her forever, Coen will do anything to protect her. But can he save the woman he loves without losing himself in the process?

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EXCERPT:

An animal’s scream pierced the moist North Carolina air.

As she’d heard all manner of screeches, cries, chirps, ribbits, and howls, Riley Kingston’s radar barely blipped at the minor disturbance. She swiped at a bead of sweat on her nose before entering the GPS coordinates for the precious patch of Panax quinquefolius she’d located.

American ginseng, also known as seng, thrived in shaded, moist, well-drained slopes located across the middle and eastern United States. Many believed the root, resembling a windblown parsnip, cured diabetes, boosted energy, and managed sexual dysfunction, making it a coveted commodity across the globe, especially in Asian cultures.

Kneeling, Riley concentrated as her fingers wended their way between the compound prongs in search of the thick sympodium rising out of the rich black soil. “One, two, three…” She counted each plant with painstaking precision, careful not to miss a single one. In the growing shadows, she relied more on touch than sight.

Although she still had quite a bit of the Steele Conservation Area to survey, she was growing concerned about the scarcity of Panax she’d logged so far.

“Riley, you there?” barked a familiar, staticky voice.

She closed her eyes and drew in a deep, frustrated breath before resuming her counting. “Four, five, six, seven—”

“Riley, it’s Britt.”

No duh.

“Eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve—”

“Answer the damn radio, Riley, or I’m coming out there to find your scrawny ass.”

“Gahrrr!” She dug into one of the many pockets of her field vest. “Can’t a girl get some freaking alone time?” Being a female in the Kingston-Steele family was a royal pain in the butt sometimes.

Walkie-talkie in hand, she asked in her calmest voice, “What can I do for you, boss?”

After her Costa Rican research trip abruptly ended, she’d returned home in utter misery. Noticing her struggle, her cousin Britt offered her a much-needed distraction. A job.

At first she’d refused his offer, unable to bear the possibility of another failure, especially one where her strong, got-it-together cousin was concerned. But Britt’s annoying and persistent texts and the enticement of getting back into the field lured her into acceptance.

“Are you headed back?” Britt asked.

“Not yet. I want to finish this transect first.”

“Look around, Riley.”

“Okay.” She scanned her immediate surroundings. Patches of jewelweed intermingled with sprigs of Solomon’s seal and mayapples on the forest floor. Great canopies of oak, hickory, and maple darkened the landscape above. “Am I searching for anything specific?”

A very male, very big sigh preceded, “Daylight—or lack of it. You need to get out of there before nightfall.”

Riley blinked several times, only now realizing she’d been squinting into the shadows. “Um, right. I’m on my way.”

“Straight back,” he warned. “No distractions.”

“Did you miss the part where I grew up and became an adult?”

“No, but I think you did. Hurry up. Randi’s taking me out to dinner.”

“You don’t have to wait—”

“Chop-chop, Riley.”

The whole alpha-male thing was downright suffocating. So much testosterone surrounded her that it was a wonder she hadn’t grown a set of balls yet.

Clenching her teeth, Riley dropped her walkie-talkie back into her vest and stowed away her handheld GPS unit. With the coordinates marked, she would be able to return tomorrow and finish inventorying Panax.

If she didn’t love Britt so much, she would’ve taken the long way back just to piss him off. But no matter how much she’d like to kick his shins, he’d saved her in ways even she didn’t comprehend when he offered her this job.

Following her internal compass, she set off for where Britt awaited her at the wildlife research center. Rather than retrace her steps, she made a sharp ninety-degree turn, opting for a shortcut. She knew this land better than anyone. Well, maybe not Britt, but she was gaining ground on her cousin.

She’d spent hours traipsing these hills, conducting vegetative surveys and observing Britt’s beloved red wolves. Watching the emergence of a new pack of pups this spring had been amazing. Calypso and Apollo demonstrated as much tolerance of their babies’ antics as Ross and Sandy Kingston showed their five children.

The importance of the survey and the knowledge that Britt trusted her to do a good job went a long way in repairing her battered ego. But lately a restlessness had settled into her bones, scrambling her thoughts and feelings into a million different directions.

She needed… something more.

Another scream arrowed through the trees, sending ice shards down her spine.

“That was no animal.”

Riley sprang forward before her brain could catch up. Ascending a steep rise, she grasped small tree trunks as the toes of her hiking boots dug into the loamy earth.

Once she reached the crest, she spotted a creek cutting along the hollow, creating a shimmering dark ribbon in the gloom. Stands of towering silver-barked beech trees and glossy-leaved rhododendrons fanned out from the rushing water. Not a single bird fussed at her nor did a mosquito buzz at her ear. Every creature in the vicinity held its breath, anticipating.

What?

Another scream, more guttural, more wounded, barreled into her, stripping away her breath and shoving against her heart.

Sweat snaked down her temple as she stalked the ridgeline, searching for the source of so much torment, so much pain.

Time slogged by, though her pulse ticked away each nerve-racking second.

Another scream. No. A man’s roar of anguish and hatred and fear.

This time she caught movement up ahead. She sprinted the short distance, her chest near to bursting with anxiety. Below, a small two-person tent, the color of muddy grass, sat amid a blanket of ferns. The domed structure shook as if it straddled a seismic fault line.

Her instincts urged her to rush down the hill. But her too-stupid-to-live meter was clicking off the charts. What if someone was being attacked? Or murdered? Or…

Riley threw her imagination in neutral and reached for her walkie-talkie.

That’s when the tent’s occupant flung himself out of his shelter and clambered to his feet.

His hair disheveled.

Eyes wild.

And body buck-ass naked.

 

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three-half-stars

* Blog Tour / Review / Giveaway * A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Cathy McDavid

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* Blog Tour / Review / Giveaway * A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Cathy McDavidA Cowboy's Christmas Proposal by Cathy McDavid
Series: The Sweetheart Ranch #1
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on November 1, 2018
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five-stars

At a magical time of year…

Can a cowboy help falling in love?

For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…

 

An adorably sweet family-oriented romance! She’s too uptight, he’s too lackadaisical … but together, they shine! In a story of trying to pick up the pieces of a life that hasn’t quite worked out the way you planned, two people meet and fall in love in less than ideal circumstances. She’s stressed about making a success of a business she really needs to work out for a chance, and he’s trying to make sure his kids know what they mean to him in a time that is in fluctuation. Neither are looking for love, but as much as they try to resist the attraction they have for each other, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. The characters were well developed, the plot was steady and filled with cuteness and the story was overall a joy to read!

Single dad Owen Caufield needs to reconnect with his children, and taking a month long job at Sweetheart Ranch might just be the way to do it! When his Uncle Homer calls and asks him for a favor, Owen is quick to agree to fill in as the wedding officiant at the newly opening B&B wedding venue. He thinks this time on a peaceful ranch will do his kids some good and allow him to show them he’s going to be there for them.

Molly O’Malley isn’t thrilled with the idea of a fill-in when the most stressful time of their life is upon them as they try to get this fledgling business off the ground. What was her grandmother thinking? Three children under the age of five underfoot as they try to plan the most important day in every couple’s life? She can see trouble on the horizon for sure!

 

 

 

 


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A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal
(The Sweetheart Ranch #1)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

At a magical time of year…

Can a cowboy help falling in love?

For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…

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About the Author

In the third grade, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 1.2 million books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll.

An “almost” Arizona native, she’s married to her own real-life sweetheart, whom she re-met a few years ago at a high school reunion. Her grown twins are out on their own and finding their happily-ever-afters. In 2014, Cathy retired from the corporate world to write full-time. She now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting a bronc, and sweeping gals off their feet. It a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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November 7th:
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It’s All About the Romance
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Candrel’s Crafts, Cook, & Characters
November 8th:
My Devotional Thoughts
Remembrancy
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Kimber Li
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Christy’s Cozy Corners
Colorimetry
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Jorie Loves A Story
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Splashes of Joy
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
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I Am A Reader
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Book Lover in Florida
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Heidi Reads…
Reading Is My SuperPower
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five-stars

* Review * HOLD STILL by Arell Rivers

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* Review * HOLD STILL by Arell RiversHold Still by Arell Rivers
Series: A Hold Series Spin-off #2
Published by Tarnished Halo Publishing LLC on November 12, 2018
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four-half-stars

He’s a rockstar who lost his muse. She’s a graphic designer who discovers that kickstarting his imagination is the easy part...

Ozzy Martinez is smoldering.
Ripped.
Tatted and pierced. Everywhere.
With his sold-out Vegas residency ending, he’s scheduled to record his next album soon. Only problem? His creativity—and trust—are both MIA following a soul-crushing, deeply personal double betrayal.

McKenna James is feisty.
A Las Vegas original.
Brunette with an ever-changing shock of dyed hair.
She’s vying for a spot in a national competition that will give her the funds she desperately needs to care for her mother. But her contest submission hinges on new songs—from the one man whose productivity has run dry. Not to mention he embodies everything she’s vowed to leave behind.

For McKenna, he can’t be anything more than a ticket to success. For Ozzy, she’s an honest straight-shooter with a curvy body he remembers well. But then he finds himself divulging his darkest secrets. With every confession about his past, with every heart-pounding kiss, all the reasons why a romance between them can never happen fades.

Until he discovers her secret.
And another.

To have a chance at a life together, they both must learn how to Hold Still.

 

Emotionally raw, steamy and just plain fun! The rock star magic of the Hold Series continues as we get Ozzy and McKenna’s story! We had a glimpse of them during Cole and Rose’s trilogy, and now we get to see what it’s all about as Ozzy reconnects with McKenna at a time that he needs her the most. They each have a past that is holding them back from trusting in themselves but the connection between them just might be the saving grace to pull them through to the other side with each other!

Ozzy Martinez has been ruling the roost during his Vegas residency, but it’s almost over and the powers that be are coming down on him hard for a new album. Only problem is, life has beaten him down and he’s at a point where he can no longer create. He tries to drown the pain in booze and women, but when he runs across the one woman who has made him feel in recent times, he sees how empty it all has been.

McKenna James has a past she’s trying to overcome as well, and to do so, she needs to be able to provide the care that her mother needs. This art project she’s become a part of is her ticket to better things, but it’s now hinged on the last person she really wants to see. He makes her feel at a time when she needs to turn off that side of her and simply produce. When she discovers Ozzy’s creative block, she sets out to make him connect with something again instead of simply numbing life away. Can she help him find the muse he needs to make the music the world wants to hear? And as they spend time together, will it all become more than just a passing fancy between them?

four-half-stars

* Review * SHE’S COUNTRY STRONG by Heatherly Bell

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* Review * SHE’S COUNTRY STRONG by Heatherly BellShe's Country Strong by Heatherly Bell
Series: Wilder Sisters #2
on November 9, 2018
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four-stars

When a disgraced country singer meets a wealthy rancher, sparks fly!

From enemies to lovers…

Sabrina Wilder’s scandal derailed her singing career, so when there’s interest from Nashville in staging a comeback, an image consultant is hired to repair her tarnished halo. But the handsome man she meets is stubborn, bossy, and issues orders. He wouldn’t recognize the word "please" if it lassoed him.

This Texas rancher is a fixer...

Damien “D.C” Caldwell works with celebrities to repair their damaged images. Now, he’s amassed a large enough fortune to retire and return to his beloved Texas. Tasked for one last job, D.C. heads to the beach town of Whistle Cove, California for what should be an easy fix.

When one night in Hollywood turns their relationship into a tailspin, these two opposites suddenly can’t stay away from each other. But they’re headed in two different directions for very different lives.

He’s headed to his ranch and a lifetime of peace and solitude...

She’s headed back to the bright lights of Nashville and a very public life...

 

A sweet return of the Wilder Sisters! With the next book in the series, we get the story of the one who blew their career away with one simple mistake. She has gone through the entire realm of emotions since her naive belief in people led her astray and took her Nashville dream down in the blink of an eye. Now she’s met her match in this big name fixer … but it just so happens that she intimidates him too, so we’ll see who wins in the end! The characters are well developed, but the plot was a bit slow moving for my liking. Never-the-less, this is a fun setting to read about, and D.C. ended up being a doll! I enjoyed it!

As the youngest sister in the Wilder Sisters country group, the business and life in Nashville and on a tour bus was all Sabrina Wilder ever knew. Her naive trust in people ended up being her downfall when she became the star of a scandal that stole their career. Her sister Lexi managed to overcome it all and make it back in with Luke’s help, and now they are wanting to ease her back into the public by sending an image consultant to break through the bad press.

Celebrity image fixer Damien Caldwell is doing a favor for Luke by handling this last job with Sabrina on his way into retirement. His head is already living the rancher lifestyle back in Texas, but he has to get this little prima donna straightened out before he can get there. Only once he gets to know her, he realizes she’s not what he was expecting at all .. and he likes her … too much!

four-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * HOW ABOUT NO by Lani Lynn Vale

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* Blog Tour / Review * HOW ABOUT NO by Lani Lynn ValeHow About No by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: The Bear Bottom Guardians MC #3
on November 6, 2018
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four-half-stars

Wade had everything he could ever want in life…then he lost it.

Now, his life—his forever girl—is living in a house he built for her while he’s struggling to move on and find meaning where there isn’t any to be found.

Landry Hill was his girl. His everything. His first kiss. His first and only love. His old lady and wife.

Then one day he does something monumentally stupid, and she walks away knowing she’ll never come back.

Fast forward two years, and he’s still just as in love with her now as he was when she left. The only problem is that she’s moved on with her life, found a new man, and has seemingly forgotten him. Then there’s Wade—stuck in the same awful place where she abandoned him. The only thing he has left is his job as a police officer and the Bear Bottom MC.

Just when they both think things can’t get any worse, life kicks them both in the teeth, and Landry finds out really quick that the only person she can depend on is the one that let her walk away.

With that understanding comes a deal. One that Landry has no hope of ever breaking free from, and one Wade will do everything in his power to make a reality.

But one thing is still certain. The force that split them apart is still out there, and there’s no hope of escaping fate.

 

Another great story about the guys at Bear Bottom MC! If you’re looking for a down and dirty, raunchy motorcycle club, this series is not going to work for you. It’s sexy, but it’s mild. What it will do for you is bring you a close knit family of guys that have each others backs through thick and thin and love each other’s families like they were their own. They love hard, they have strength and integrity and they keep finding a way to bring another lady into the mix that makes them stronger than ever. Really enjoyed!

Police officer and Bear Bottom MC member Wade Johnson once had the world in his hand. He married the love of his life, built their dream house together and was living the good life … until it all fell apart with the blink of an eye. It’s been five years since she walked away from him and he is no closer to moving on from her than he was the day she left. She’s living with another man in that house he built for her, and he’s standing on the sidelines looking on.

Landry Hill has a painful past, and that past is what reached out and slapped her, forcing her to walk away from the only love she’s ever known. Happenstance has brought her back to Wade’s side again, and at just the right time it seems because danger is circling around her. When her past walks in again, will they be able to overlook it this time and find their way back to each other?

 

 

 

 

Wade had everything he could ever want in life…then he lost it.

Now, his life—his forever girl—is living in a house he built for her while he’s struggling to move on and find meaning where there isn’t any to be found.

Landry Hill was his girl. his everything. His high school sweetheart. His first kiss. His first and only love. His old lady and wife

Then one day he does something monumentally stupid. And she walks away knowing she’ll never come back.

Fast forward five years, and he’s still just as in love with her now as he was when she left. The only problem is that she’s moved on with her life, found a new man, and seemingly forgotten him. Then there’s Wade—stuck in the same awful place where she abandoned him. The only thing he has left is his job as a police office and the Bear Bottom MC.

Just when they both think things can’t get any worse, life kicks them both in the teeth, and Landry finds out really quick that the only person she can depend on is the one that let her walk away.

With understanding comes a deal. One that Landry has no hope of ever breaking free from, and one Wade will do everything in his power to make a reality.

But one thing is still certain. The force that split them apart is still out there. And there’s no hope of escaping fate.

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EXCERPT:

“No, Wade,” I snarled. “It’s not just that easy.”

He frowned. “What are you talking about? I realize that it’s tough, and it’s going to hurt, but baby, this is your sister! Your sister is your family. Your blood. You can’t just leave her in need.”

That was when I felt everything inside of me still.

“The first time I donated bone marrow to my sister, I was a toddler. Barely the age of two and a half,” I said, almost in a whisper. “The second time, I was four. The third? Seven. Do you see a pattern, Sergeant?

Wade frowned and tilted his head to the side, confusion spreading over his face.

“My parents had me to be their donor baby,” I whispered. “They never wanted me. I was never allowed to be a child. I was a useful object to them.”

Wade looked startled. “What do you mean by not being able to be a child?”

I laughed maniacally.

“I’m saying that I was bred to be their baby’s saving grace,” I hissed. “And I’m not doing it anymore. My sister is an asshole. My father’s a conniving bastard, and my mother is the biggest bitch known to man. Don’t you think that there’s a reason that I’ve never spoken of them?”

He looked at me like I was crazy. “Honey, you told me that you had a falling out. But this is your sister.”

I looked over at where my sister was sitting out on the front porch, silently crying her big, fat crocodile tears.

She’d always been good at them.

There was a time when I was younger that all she had to do was get that look on her face, and I’d be scared shitless.

Because if Lina wasn’t happy, nobody was happy, least of all me.

There was always going to be hell to pay if a single tear fell down Lina’s perfect cheek.

Lina also looked like a little China doll. She had perfect blonde curls, soft, milky white skin, blue eyes the color of a crayon, and she was tiny.

I, on the other hand, was none of those things but short.

I had brown hair to her blonde, brown eyes to her blue, freckled skin to her perfect complexion, and when I tried hard, I was also skinny.

Except, lately, I had been drinking beer and having the time of my life—living it like I’d always wanted to live it.

“I won’t do it,” I refused again, sounding petulant now.

I knew he didn’t understand.

Deep down, Wade was a really good man.

He’d experienced a lot in his life. He was a cop and had seen some very bad things.

But, what he did not have, was a bad family.

His family was awesome. His mom was the best mother in the whole world, and his dad was the kind of father I’d only ever dreamed of having when I was younger.

God, even his brother was the best.

He had no clue what it was like to hate your family like I did.

Hell, the only reason he hadn’t heard of them sooner was because my sister hadn’t gotten sick enough to need me.

Had she, Wade would’ve learned the truth about who my family was a hell of a lot quicker.

“I’m going to tell her that you’re thinking about it, and we can discuss it more later, okay?” Wade offered. “I don’t want you to make any hasty decisions because you’re overreacting.”

 

 

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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* Review * WEDDING AT MISTLETOE CHALET by Dani Collins

* Review * WEDDING AT MISTLETOE CHALET by Dani CollinsWedding at Mistletoe Chalet by Dani Collins
Series: Tule Publishing
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Eager for a home-style Christmas while she considers a career shift, Kristen Benz leaps on the temporary job at Mistletoe Chalet. Soon she’s wrapping presents, trimming the tree, and helping her new boss’s tween daughter plan a Christmas Eve vow renewal for her parents. The holiday is imbued with a magical glow—especially when Kristen’s high school sweetheart appears on the doorstep.

After years of medical school, Finn Garrett has promised his parents he’ll be home for the holidays. His detour to see his first love is supposed to provide closure, not rekindle their long-ago romance.

Can a matchmaking tween and the magic of Mistletoe Chalet spark the happily ever after that eluded them in the past?

 

Such a sweet & touching read! The latest from Dani Collins takes us into a magical Christmas infused story. The main character reconnects with her first love, but behind the scenes she’s helping the daughter of her boss plan a surprise for her parents that brings a really touching sentiment to the story line. It’s fast paced, really sincere and sweet and just an overall joy to read!

Kristen Benz finds herself without plans for the holidays at the last minute, but lucks into finding a temporary job at a lovely ski chalet. She shows up and falls in love with the homey atmosphere and her friendly bosses. She’s knee deep into the joy of Christmas in no time as she decorates, wraps presents, bakes cookies and helps their daughter plan a surprise behind the scenes!

Finn Garrett is almost done with his grueling residency, and he’s finally making it home for Christmas this year, but he hears from his Mom that Kristen is at this ski chalet and decides to stop by on his way home. It’s been a few years since he broke up with her because of his grueling med school schedule, but he’s never let her get too far out of his mind. He’s thinking seeing each other will finally give them that closure they didn’t get, but seeing her again just reminds him of all the things he loved about her!

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* Blog Tour / Review * WICKED WHISKEY LOVE by Melissa Foster

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* Blog Tour / Review * WICKED WHISKEY LOVE by Melissa FosterWicked Whiskey Love by Melissa Foster
Series: The Whiskeys
Published by World Literary Press on November 7, 2018
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After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she's finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn't seen in more than a decade. She's still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle-and to her like a hungry man.

Trust doesn't come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want-and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah's worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?

 

Melissa Foster has done it again! She has an amazing way with words that manages to wrap a hero around our hearts time and time again, and Bones Whiskey is no exception! This story line was raw and packed with emotion as this seriously sexy man tries to prove to a wounded soul that she deserves the amazing goodness he and his family have to offer her. Great characters, major tugs on our heart strings, and a well-earned happily ever after … really enjoyed!

Single mom Sarah Beckley has trouble accepted help. In her past, there have always been strings attached and every time she started to think there wasn’t, ugliness reared it’s head and bit her again. She’s extremely thankful for the Whiskey family and all they’ve done for her family since the accident, and she’s trying really hard to let her guard down with them … especially Bones who her children simply adore and who makes her heart speed up every time he’s in the room.

Doctor, family man and member of the Dark Knight Motorcycle Club, Wayne “Bones” Whiskey can’t get Sarah and her little family out of his mind. Most men might be running for the hills when they lay eyes on a mom of two toddlers with a third baby on the way, but Bones is all in. He wants her … he wants them … he wants forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Whiskey Love
The Whiskeys series
Melissa Foster
Releasing November 7th, 2018
World Literary Press

 

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Fall in love with Bones Whiskey in WICKED WHISKEY LOVE, an emotionally riveting, sexy new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. A magnificent love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, families, bikers, babies, and more!

In WICKED WHISKEY LOVE…
After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she’s finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn’t seen in more than a decade. She’s still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle—and to her like a hungry man.

Trust doesn’t come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want–and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah’s worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?

For more hot Whiskey love, check out Melissa’s other Whiskey novels.
TRU BLUE
TRULY MADLY WHISKEY
DRIVING WHISKEY WILD
And don’t miss RIVER OF LOVE, the first story in which the Whiskeys were introduced!

 

 

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EXCERPT:

“Hey, beautiful,” Bones said softly.

Her eyes clashed with his. He sat with one arm across the back of Bradley’s chair, watching her in her moment of turmoil. She may not believe in happily ever afters and she definitely had trouble trusting, but she longed to be closer to him, to experience this loyal, thoughtful man on a more personal level. Emotionally and physically. Swallowing hard, feeling happy and sad, nervous and calm, petrified and curious. It was so overwhelming, she was sure everyone could sense it. But it was Bones who pushed his hand farther across the back of Bradley’s chair until his fingertips brushed her arm, concern written in those dark eyes.

“You okay, darlin’? Want to go for a walk?”

A walk? No, she definitely wouldn’t survive this night with Dr. Whiskey looking at her like he could heal all her wounds. She needed space to clear her head.

“No, thank you,” she finally managed. “I’m just going up to the house to change Lila.”

He pushed to his feet. “I’ll walk you up.”

“No,” she said quickly. “I’m fine, really. I just need…” Grasping for an excuse, she decided to go with honesty, because at the moment she was just that pathetic. “To breathe, and you sort of make that impossible.”

A slow grin spread across his lips.

“Ohmygosh,” came out before she could stop it. “Could you please look the other way?”

“Not a chance, darlin’.”

His arrogance came out smooth as velvet. Ugh. She pushed to her feet, needing to escape before he worked his magic on her. “Come on, Bradley. Let’s go potty before dinner.”

“I don’t have to go,” Bradley whined.

“I’ll watch him,” Bones offered, that panty-melting grin still in place.

Great. Another ovary-exploding dose of goodness. Just what I need.

 

Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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