Archives for January 28, 2019

* Review * NURSE TO FOREVER MOM by Susan Carlisle

* Review * NURSE TO FOREVER MOM by Susan CarlisleNurse to Forever Mom by Susan Carlisle
Series: Single Dad Docs #4
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on February 1, 2019
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Could a temporary arrival…

Lead to a forever mommy?

In this Single Dad Docs story, Maple Island Clinic founder Dr. Cody Brennan is committed to protecting himself and his two little girls from any more heartbreak. But vibrant temp nurse Stacey Ryder challenges him and their emotional connection slips past his defenses. As Stacey’s time at the clinic draws to an end, can Cody and his daughters convince her she’s the one they’ve been waiting for?

Single Dad Docs quartet
Book 1 — Tempted by Her Single Dad Boss by Annie O’Neil
Book 2 — Resisting Her English Doc by Annie Claydon
Book 3 — The Single Dad’s Proposal by Karin Baine
Book 4 — Nurse to Forever Mom by Susan Carlisle


Temporary … to forever? With the fourth book in the Single Dad Docs continuity series, Susan Carlisle brings us the story of a single dad who tries to fight his attraction to his new temporary nurse. It’s fast paced and adorable once his two daughters come into the picture. Enjoyed it!

Doctor Cody Brennan is one of the founders of the Maple Island Clinic and is constantly trying to juggle all of the parts of his busy life so that he’s being everything his girls need him to be. They’ve been let down before, so he’s trying to make sure they never feel “less than” again.

Nurse Stacey Ryder is filling in at Maple Island for a month and tries her best not to get too attached to the situation, but the sexy doctor and his adorable offspring are pretty hard to resist. Will she decide she is just where she’s always wanted to be?


* Review * HER SECRET TEXAS VALENTINE by Helen Lacey

* Review * HER SECRET TEXAS VALENTINE by Helen LaceyHer Secret Texas Valentine by Helen Lacey
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Lost Fortunes
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on February 1, 2019
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The rugged cowboy lassoed her heart

Will his secret change everything?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and poor Valene Fortunado is still single. Determined to take matters into her own hands, she signs up for a dating app that inexplicably pairs her with Jake Brockton. The sexy, down-to-earth “ranch hand” quickly makes Val forget what she thought she wanted in a man. But what will she do when she finds out her perfect, “penniless” beau is secretly a millionaire?


Loved their connection! Val and Jake are really adorable together, and as with the previous Fortune’s of Texas pairings, we’re quickly drawn in to their story. I couldn’t put it down!

Valene Fortunado is tired of waiting for Mr. Right to come along, so she takes a step towards tracking him down on her own by signing up for a dating app. Her first two dates have been un-appealing, but she’s hoping the third time’s the charm!

Rancher Jake Brockton isn’t sure why he gave in to his little sister’s pressure and let her set him up on this dating app, but once he settled into a date with Val, he’s not so upset about it anymore! They really seem to be hitting it off, but there are a few secrets that haven’t been told yet!


* Review * THE BODY CHECKER by Cathryn Fox

* Review * THE BODY CHECKER by Cathryn FoxThe Body Checker by Cathryn Fox
Series: Players on Ice #3
on January 21, 2019
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I’m the NHL’s toughest enforcer, the Body Checker, and I earned that title the hard way. I’m all about the game, a no attachment, no strings kind of guy, so when a puck bunny shows up at my door, shoves a pink bundle into my hands and drives off into the sunset, it turns my world upside down. I’m not cut out to be a family man. I know nothing about babies and I’m the last guy who should be taking care of one. But I do know someone who is equipped for the job—Quinn Reed, my best friend’s kid sister. Problem is, she kind of…hates me.

Jonah Long…a father? Move in and help take care of his daughter? Crazy as that sounds, I agree to the temporary arrangement, for the child’s sake. Problem is, living with the guy I’ve crushed on since forever, is messing with my body as well as my brain. And now, watching him grow as a man, seeing the bond between father and daughter build, I can’t help but want this family for myself. But we’re just playing house, and Jonah isn’t interested in making this ready-made family the real deal…right?


Steamy, dramatic and downright fun! With book three in the Players On Ice series, Cathryn Fox gives us a confident jock who changes his ways the second a baby is put into his arms. It’s super sweet to watch him grow into a caring father right before our eyes, and the connection he grows to have with Quinn is not only sweet, but super spicy. There’s not much in the way of hockey in this book, but the rest of the story is spot on! Can’t wait for Zander’s story.

Pro hockey player Jonah Long is the ultimate party animal. He enjoys every aspect of his fame and fortune, from parties to the different woman warming his bed every night … but it’s all about to change when one of his puck bunnies shows up at his door and thrusts a baby into his arms!

Quinn Reed’s brother is Jonah’s best friend and teammate. She’s crushed on Jonah for years, and can’t stand to see him carousing around with all of these other women. She can’t believe it when Zander calls to ask her to help him out with the baby, but she loves kids and she’s not going to let this poor baby girl suffer just because her new daddy is ignorant! Being under the same roof with Jonah is going to be a temptation though … quite possibly one she can’t resist!


* Review * ILLEGALLY YOURS by Kate Meader

* Review * ILLEGALLY YOURS by Kate MeaderIllegally Yours by Kate Meader
Series: Laws of Attraction #2
Published by Loveswept on January 22, 2019
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Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.

Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right.


Witty dialogue, snarky exchanges and smoking hot attraction turns our head with Kate Meader’s second book in her Law of Attraction series. I am enjoying this series, but it’s not my favorite style of this author’s writing.

As a whiskey sommelier, Trinity Jones comes across men of all natures, but Lucas Wright just might take the cake for the cockiest around. He’s condescending, he’s smoking hot and that British accent of his … well, she’d be more irritated if she wasn’t so attracted at the same time!

A chance meeting at a bachelor party leaves Lucas wanting more! Too bad they discover he’s representing her slimy ex brother-in-law who’s trying to take her sister for a ride in their divorce. She should be off-limits, they both agree to that … but there’s something about her that he just can’t stay away from!


* Review * KINGS OF MAYHEM by Penny Dee

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * KINGS OF MAYHEM by Penny DeeKings of Mayhem by Penny Dee
Series: The Kings of Mayhem #1
on January 28, 2019
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When a King loves
He loves hard

I’ve loved her since we were five years old.
We grew up side by side.
Two kids tied together by the Kings of Mayhem Motorcycle Club.
But I broke us.
I broke her.
So, she fled.
Now she’s back after twelve long years.
And I’m going to show her all the reasons why we should be together and make her forget all the reasons why we shouldn’t.

I’m back in town but only because I have to be.
I’m here to help my mom bury my father.
And the sooner we get it done, the better.
Because I want to see Cade as much as I want a hole in the head.
He broke me once—no, he broke my everything— and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him do it again.
Get in and get out. That is the plan.
But you know what they say about best-laid plans.


My first book by Penny Dee left me hungry for more! With the first book in the Kings of Mayhem series, we get the lowdown on Cade Calley, Indigo Parrish and a bit about both of their family’s history with the MC. I didn’t think the very beginning of the book really added much to the story, and I could have done without the flashbacks to when they were younger quite as often, but overall I felt like this book laid a strong foundation of the close-knit family surrounding this motorcycle club. I’m looking forward to more to come! NOTE … there was a bit of a cliffhanger in this book. Not having to do with the HEA, but a major family/MC moment.

Childhood best friends turned young loves, Cade and Indy thought they’d be together forever. Plans were made and hearts were invested, but one night changed it all. She left town feeling the betrayal of the world on her shoulders, and he stayed and paid for his sins.

Returning home to bury her father, Indy isn’t in any mood to reminisce about the good old days. She wants to get in, get out and go on with her life before the memories of what used to be can weigh her down too much. Seeing Cade again is just the knife in the chest she was expecting … but he’s determined to prove to her that he still cares.


* Review * GAME ON by Kelly Jamieson

* Review * GAME ON by Kelly JamiesonGame On by Kelly Jamieson
Series: An Aces Hockey Novel
Published by Loveswept on January 15, 2019
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Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.


My favorite of the series! There was just something about Cam and Olivia that really had me invested in their relationship right from the start. Each of them was a good person all in their own right, but had reasons for not trusting in forever. It was a joy to watch them overcome their doubts and go for it. Really enjoyed the Aces!

Chicago Aces hockey player Cam Brickley is always up for a challenge! When his teammates bet him he can’t get the hot blonde standing over at the bar to go out with him, he’s all in! When they bet him he can’t date her for two months without falling in love, he says even better. Color him shocked when he actually enjoys her company and doesn’t want the two months to be up.

Olivia Lockwood is used to men wanting her for who her family is, so when she meets Cam who obviously has money all on his own, it’s almost like a breath of fresh air to spend time together. She’s not in it for a relationship, but she could use a spokes-person for her non-profit! Both are looking for a win in their own way, but neither are expecting to stumble into their very own forever.


* Review * SUDDENLY MINE by Samantha Chase

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* Review * SUDDENLY MINE by Samantha ChaseSuddenly Mine by Samantha Chase
Series: Montgomery Brothers #9
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 29, 2019
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Love is a sanctuary
Christian Montgomery is burnt out—the family business might be his entire world, but his father's judgment means Christian never stops working. His only respite is gazing at the beach and the carefree surfers riding the waves...especially the curvy redhead who's caught his attention.

Sophia Bennington has just fled from her small Kansas town to California, where she's trying her best to embrace her new beginning. Soon Christian and Sophia find one another, and it feels like sanctuary. But when their difficult pasts catch up to them, will they run away from each other?


Chance meetings, surprise connections and lots of family drama take us for a ride in the latest in Samantha Chase’s Montgomery Brothers series. The characters were quick to grab our attention and the drama unfolding in both of their lives kept me captivated. Enjoyed it!

Christian Montgomery feels like he spends his entire life working, yet all he hears in appreciation is criticism. He has put his everything into putting his stamp on Montgomery’s, but it just doesn’t seem to ever be enough. He finds himself spending more and more time gazing out over the ocean … and appreciating the view of a curvy red-headed surfer!

Sophie Bennington left Kansas to start her life over in California after learning that her entire belief system had been built on a lie. She’s got a lot of soul searching to do, and is enjoying her morning’s spent on the beach. When she happens into her dream job, she is surprised to find a connection with the man everyone says is married to his job. Will they find a way to mingle their crazy different lives to make a relationship work?


* Review * SECOND CHANCE WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Kandy Shepherd

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* Review * SECOND CHANCE WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Kandy ShepherdSecond Chance with the Single Dad by Kandy Shepherd
Published by Harlequin Romance on February 1, 2019
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From long-lost friends…

To newfound family?

Georgia and Wil were best friends until he married and disappeared from her life. Now he’s back, asking Georgia to forget the past and help him secure his future—the daughter he never knew he had! Georgia’s heart goes out to new dad Wil, but there’s an uncharted chemistry fizzing between them and she must protect her heart. Can they confront their unspoken attraction and finally become a family?


An adorable baby, reunited friendship and the spark of something more! I really enjoyed the latest from Kandy Shepherd. I was quickly hooked by the intrigue of how a friend could walk away from another plus the addition of a surprise baby. The characters were both interesting, the baby was a doll, and their growing attraction sewed it all up into a heartwarming story!

Georgia Lang can’t believe her eyes when her long-lost best friend shows up on her doorstep. They were inseparable throughout college and beyond, but one day he unexpectedly married and disappeared from her life. Two years later he’s all of a sudden showing up expecting her to forgive and forget!

Wil Hudson felt too much for Georgia back then, and when circumstances with another woman spiraled out of control, he took a step back and went with the flow. His ill-advised marriage didn’t last and now he’s reaching out to Georgia to help him with the surprise of a lifetime … the daughter he didn’t know he had!