Archives for May 31, 2019

* Review * SNOWED IN WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Melinda Curtis

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * SNOWED IN WITH THE SINGLE DAD by Melinda CurtisSnowed in with the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis
Series: The Mountain Monroes #2
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on June 1, 2019
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Never trust a Monroe—

Especially if she steals your heart!

To mayor and single dad Mitch Kincaid, Second Chance, Idaho, is something of a time capsule, and he wants to keep it that way. His problem? Gorgeous pregnant redhead Laurel Monroe, who, along with her family, now owns the town. But sometimes all it takes is an unexpected opportunity—and a snowstorm—to turn Mitch’s bad first impressions into a second chance at love!


A fun return to Second Chance! The first book in the series had the Monroe grand kids learning in their grandfather Harlan’s will that they were being let go of their jobs and inheriting the town of Second Chance, Idaho. A small group of them went to the town to scout out income potential to see if they could make a go of it. They don’t want to like the town exactly, but they seem to be falling for it … and it’s citizens! … one by one. This time it’s Laurel and Mitch’s turn! Looking forward to more in the series.

Mayor of Second Chance, Idaho Mitch Kincaid sure did enjoy his town better when it wasn’t overrun with Monroes trying to take over the town! He knows the town had it good with their trusted friend Harlan Monroe but now that he’s gone and left the town to his grand kids, they just might be the end of Second Chance as he knew it!

Laurel Monroe is pregnant, hiding out and desperate for something to take her mind off of her woes. She never would have expected to be attracted to the grumpy inn keeper, but either her hormones are flaky or she’s downright taken with him!


* Review * TAKEN BY STORM by Cat Schield

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* Review * TAKEN BY STORM by Cat SchieldTaken by Storm by Cat Schield
Series: Dynasties: Secrets of the A-List #2
Published by Harlequin Desire on June 1, 2019
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“You don’t believe in romance?

Let me change your mind…”

Concierge Isabel Withers vows to turn The Opulence hotel into Seattle’s top romantic destination. But first she has to convince Shane Adams, her no-nonsense boss, that the project has merit. When a freak storm strands them at the hotel—leading to a night of passion—it more than demonstrates her point! But is the self-proclaimed romance expert in over her head this time?


Forbidden love steals the show! With the second book in the Dynasties: Secrets of the A-List mini-series, Cat Schield picks up the continuation with a steaming hot affair between boss and employee. Isabel and Shane were pretty adorable together, and their connection was exciting to watch. The continuing story of Teresa and Liam exploded back into the picture as well. Looking forward to more lust and drama to come!

Hotel concierge Isabel Withers is determined to make The Opulence hotel the “in” place to go for romance in Seattle. Her supervisor isn’t agreeing with a lot of what she wants to do, but when the big boss is in town, she manages to catch his interest and his ear to spin the weave of romance.

Shane Adams isn’t one to mix business with pleasure, but he finds it impossible not to be swayed by the raw emotion Isabel puts into her work. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and he’s enjoying being along for the ride!


* Review * REINING IN TROUBLE by Tyler Anne Snell

* Review * REINING IN TROUBLE by Tyler Anne SnellReining in Trouble by Tyler Anne Snell
Series: Winding Road Redemption #1
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on June 1, 2019
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Guarded hearts.

Unspeakable danger.

Detective Caleb Nash’s childhood kidnapper has never been caught, and not even reuniting with his family has healed the scars. Then he meets guarded, beautiful Nina Drake. Damaged by her own past and living in self-imposed isolation, Nina tries to keep her distance from the cowboy lawman. But when she’s the target of mysterious attacks, only Caleb can keep her safe. Will his vow to protect resurrect his own childhood torments?


Past crimes are the corner stone of this story! With the first book in her Winding Road Redemption series, Tyler Anne Snell introduces us to the Nash family and a bit of the past they have lived through. It makes for an exciting story that I’m sure is only going to grow even more suspenseful as we meet the additional siblings. This book also has a really interesting back story coming into play for Nina that brings the suspense to a head. Really enjoyed their story and looking forward to more to come in the series!

Detective Caleb Nash will always be known by the unsolved kidnapping of his youth that was the turning point for many things in his life. He’s dedicated his life to solving crime and helping others in hope that they will someday find the answers that have haunted his family for decades. A new employee at his family ranch is suddenly thrust into a series of suspicious events and he’ll stop at nothing to get to the bottom of it!

Nina Drake is thrilled with her new job at the Wild Iris Retreat on the Nash Family Ranch, but when she’s suddenly sent an email that creeps her out, she’s not sure where to turn. Lucky for her she has a ready-made detective right at her back door and he’s raring to get to the bottom of who’s terrorizing her … and why!


* Review * THE RANCHER’S SECOND CHANCE by Leigh Riker

* Review * THE RANCHER’S SECOND CHANCE by Leigh RikerThe Rancher's Second Chance by Leigh Riker
Series: Kansas Cowboys #5
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on May 1, 2019
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He wants his ranch back…

She won’t give it up

Cooper Ransom comes home for one reason: to reclaim his land. Nell Sutherland’s family owns the ranch now, and she’s determined to prove she can run it. So she surprises Cooper when she makes him foreman. Cooper reconnects with the land and Nell, but can he have both? Or will the cowboy have to choose between the ranch he loves…and the woman he loves?


Second chances! A feud between families tore them apart, but can a love of that same land bring them back together again? Interesting characters with a down home setting and a solid back story brings lots of enjoyment to the next Kansas Cowboys installment!

Years ago Cooper Ransom’s dad was forced to sell off the ranch that had been in their family for generations. Cooper has recently come through a life-changing experience and decided it’s time for him to move back home to Kansas and get his ranch back. Only problem is, a familiar face is running the place these days!

Nell Sutherland was once a great friend and more to teenage Cooper. They expected their life to work out differently, but a feud between his family and hers made it difficult. Now he’s back fourteen years later and expecting to waltz in and have his ranch handed back over to him. Think again mister, because she’s out to prove to her grandfather once and for all that she’s more than ready to run the whole operation!


* Review * SMOKY MOUNTAINS RANGER by Lena Diaz

* Review * SMOKY MOUNTAINS RANGER by Lena DiazSmoky Mountains Ranger by Lena Diaz
Series: The Mighty McKenzies #1
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on April 1, 2019
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A dangerous mountain escape.

An attraction neither can deny.

Adam McKenzie’s protective instincts are on overdrive, but Jody Ingram is no helpless victim. She refuses to abandon the injured ranger who saved her life despite the mysterious gunmen hot on her trail. When their forced flight through treacherous mountain terrain leads to unbridled passion, Adam must decide if guarding Jody 24/7 is worth the risk to his life and his heart…


Excitement abounds in the kick-off to a new series by Lena Diaz! With the first book in The Mighty McKenzies series, we get to know Adam and hear tidbits about his parents and siblings, all taking on upholding the law as their life’s work. This story is filled with intrigue and action in the beginning, and a good bit of emotional turmoil and family drama woven in. Really enjoyed the start to the series and look forward to more to come!

When park ranger Adam McKenzie stumbles upon a man and a woman in the park, he’s certain something is off with them. Turns out he’s right when he realizes the man is taking the woman at gunpoint and jumps in to try to rescue her!

Jody Ingram unwittingly got herself into a mess and has no clue how to get out of it. When this heroic park ranger puts himself in the line of fire to help her, she’s very grateful. As time is running out and they are cut off from the real world, they race against time to find a way out of the clutches of a band of mad men.


* Review * DEFLECTED by Jami Davenport

* Review * DEFLECTED by Jami DavenportDeflected by Jami Davenport
Series: Seattle Sockeyes #9
Published by Cedrona Enterprises on May 23, 2019
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She's a bookstore owner who secretly writes hockey romance novels. He's a playboy hockey player who's a closeted bookworm. What happens when he walks into her bookstore isn't love at first sight.

Alexander "Rush" Markov has been given an ultimatum by his team--shape up or ship out.

Alex is celebrating his biggest season in professional hockey, and he's enjoying every minute of it--perhaps a little too much. He's been nonstop partying like a rock star since his team won it all, and management isn't pleased. Next thing Alex knows, he's been exiled to a remote island with orders to lie low, stay out of trouble, and avoid one-night stands.

Rosalind Newcomb is the quintessential good girl, and she's fine with her role. Sure, she gets lonely and wishes for a special someone, but the choices on Madrona Island are slim to none. When a panty-melting mystery man disrupts the peace and quiet in her bookstore, it's dislike at first sight. The infuriating man turns her ordered life upside down and inside out and has her thinking about hot summer nights and tangled sheets. Only Alex isn't who she thinks he is, and love isn't all hearts and roses.

As Alex battles who he pretends to be and who he really is, he also resists falling in love for the first time in his life. His intense feelings have him ready to bolt, and only he can decide if love is worth fighting for.


Hockey’s bad boy is getting tamed! With the next book in the beloved Seattle Sockeye’s hockey series, we’re getting Rush’s story. He’s been quite the partying playboy in past books, so it’s great to get to know the real guy underneath all of the masks. There’s no hockey in the book since it’s the off-season, and there were a few plot holes that could have been tweaked a bit, but overall I really enjoyed the story and look forward to more in the series!

Professional hockey player Alexander Markov AKA Rush is at the top of his game now that his team brought home the Stanley Cup. He’s celebrating non-stop with parties, booze and women … until team management brings it all to a grinding halt! They want him to prove that he can handle more responsibility with the team by spending the rest of the off-season lying low and cutting out the booze and womanizing.

Rosalind Newcomb can’t believe her bad luck when the biggest player in hockey shows up in her bookstore on Madrona Island. She instantly dislikes him, and isn’t going to fall for his smooth talker flirting that has most women falling at his feet. Try as she might, she can’t stop starting to soften towards the guy when the mask that he’s always shown the public starts to crumble and let’s her see the real guy underneath the surface.