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* Review * SEDUCTIVE SECRETS by Cat Schield

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* Review * SEDUCTIVE SECRETS by Cat SchieldSeductive Secrets by Cat Schield
Series: Sweet Tea and Scandal #4
Published by Harlequin Desire on October 1, 2019
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A mysterious woman he can’t resist.

“I intend to get to know the real you.”

When one of Charleston’s oldest families is infiltrated by a beautiful stranger, tycoon Paul Watts vows to reveal the truth. But when his grandfather’s health miraculously improves after mistaking Lia Marsh as a long-lost granddaughter, Paul has no choice but to follow along. While he must expose Lia, soon he’s the one with the secret—he desires the woman who could destroy everything he holds dear…

 

SEDUCTIVE SECRETS is book four in Cat Schield’s Sweet Tea and Scandal series and centers around a cyber security tycoon who reigns from old Charleston money and a free-spirited nomadic massage therapist in this unique take on an opposites attract/enemies to lovers story.

Paul comes across as a gruff, no nonsense type of guy as he jumps in to question who this stranger is visiting his vitally ill grandfather in the hospital. He is quick to doubt the answers he receives and vows to figure out who this woman really is and what her motives are for cozying up to his family.

Lia has never been one to settle down in life. She enjoys moving from town to town when the mood strikes her and picking up new adventures along the way. When approached to visit a sick family member of a friend, she is happy to do it … but Paul makes it clear she’s not all that welcome.

I recommend this book to anyone enjoying a very family centric plot that pops up a few secrets that have to be dealt with along the way towards that happily ever after.

* Review * WICKED SINNER by Stacey Kennedy

* Review * WICKED SINNER by Stacey KennedyWicked Sinner by Stacey Kennedy
Series: A Dangerous Love #2
Published by Forever Yours on October 15, 2019
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four-stars

A gripping, heart-pounding romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy about a former FBI agent who will do anything it takes to protect his ex, or risk losing her for good...

Asher Sullivan was once Remy Brennan's entire world--until he broke her heart into a million pieces. So when Asher crashes her wedding, Remy is certain he's come to claim her. To make her his again. Instead, it turns out Remy's groom is a con man scheming for her inheritance. Now all she's left with is an empty bank account, a serious case of lust for her gorgeous ex...and a duffel bag of cold, hard cash that might just fix all her problems.

Detective Asher Sullivan has always protected Remy. So when dangerous criminals start threatening her, Asher's most primitive instincts take over. Sticking by Remy's side means Asher is finally able to make amends for leaving her all those years ago. And soon they're giving in to their wicked, insatiable need. But just as Asher gets his second chance, a secret Remy is keeping could rip her away from him...forever.

Dangerous Love series:
Naughty Stranger
Wicked Sinner
Ruthless Bastard

 

WICKED SINNER is book two in Stacey Kennedy’s Dangerous Love series and brings together a police detective and his former high school girlfriend in a delectable reunion story. The story line is easy to become enthralled with and the characters are fun to get to know.

Remy almost immediately snagged this reader’s heart when upon hearing Asher object at her wedding, she thought her one true love had finally returned to claim her. He left her heartbroken years ago, so what’s a girl to think when she hears THAT voice just as she’s about to speak her vows to another man??

Asher was a complex character. On one hand I felt a grudge against him for how he had done Remy, but on the other hand, I admired his loyalty and devotion to protecting her from a conman.

I recommend this story to anyone enjoying some intrigue with their romance. It’s quirky and fun with just enough mystery to keep you hooked throughout.

four-stars

* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt * SEXY DARE by Carly Phillips

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* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt * SEXY DARE by Carly PhillipsSexy Dare by Carly Phillips
Series: The Sexy Series #1
Published by CP Publishing on October 15, 2019
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four-half-stars

One protective alpha male ...
Plus one hot curvy blonde ...
Equals an insta-love they can’t deny.

Billionaire nightclub owner Jason Dare doesn’t stand a chance. From the moment he lays eyes on the luscious blonde stuck on the side of the road and realizes she’s in danger, he goes from playboy to bodyguard.

Faith Lancaster’s sweet body won’t come to any harm on his watch. And watch Faith he does. He can’t take his eyes off her. Jason will stop at nothing to keep Faith safe. Even if it means moving her into his apartment and letting her into his once private life.

Hiding from her past, Faith has spent the last year building her candy business into a profitable company while keeping to herself and staying under the radar … until she meets the delicious Mr. Dare. Alpha and irresistible, he awakens desires she has long denied. It doesn’t take her long to succumb to his charms and fall hard for the man.

They both have their reasons for keeping things casual but when Faith’s past catches up with her, can Jason finally claim the woman meant to be his?

A Sexy Series / Dare Standalone

The Sexy Series:
Book 1: Sexy Dare - ASIN: B07T86138D
Book 2: Sexy Hers - ASIN: B07TCCL33N
Book 3: Sexy Mine - ASIN: B07TDBMNBP
Book 4: Sexy Love - ASIN: B07XGCGDQG

 

An on-fire connection, wickedly delicious nights together and hearts becoming more invested as each day passes! SEXY DARE is book one in the highly anticipated Sexy Series from Carly Phillips and for all of you die-hard Dare fans out there, it’s Jason’s story! A sexy candy maker meets billionaire nightclub owner and it becomes a race against time to keep her safe when her past comes rearing it’s ugly head.

Jason is an appealing character. We know some his family background from previous Dare stories, but we learn a bit more of him personally and what’s happened in his past to make him become so emotionally closed off. There’s no question that he’s an extremely nice guy and reaches out to help Faith instantly, so it’s a treat to watch him learn to feel again as their relationship progresses.

Faith caught the reader’s eye quickly. She obviously had secrets right from the start, and someone was beginning to play games with her. Jason steps in to protect her and she quickly shares her past with him so he knows what they are dealing with.

Overall, it was a really sexy, fun read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast paced drama with lots of sexy romance taking center stage. There was a touch of intrigue, lots of steamy goodness and just a bunch of good-hearted people in the mix. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in the series!

 

 

 

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“Carly Phillips is one of my favorite authors for steamy, contemporary romance! Love the Dare series and this romance was HOT!” Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author

SEXY DARE, an all new steamy Dare family standalone from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is available now!

 

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One protective alpha male …

Plus one hot curvy blonde …

Equals an insta-love they can’t deny.

Billionaire nightclub owner Jason Dare doesn’t stand a chance. From the moment he lays eyes on the luscious blonde stuck on the side of the road and realizes she’s in danger, he goes from playboy to bodyguard.

Faith Lancaster’s sweet body won’t come to any harm on his watch. And watch Faith he does. He can’t take his eyes off her. Jason will stop at nothing to keep Faith safe. Even if it means moving her into his apartment and letting her into his once private life.

Hiding from her past, Faith has spent the last year building her candy business into a profitable company while keeping to herself and staying under the radar … until she meets the delicious Mr. Dare. Alpha and irresistible, he awakens desires she has long denied. It doesn’t take her long to succumb to his charms and fall hard for the man.

They both have their reasons for keeping things casual but when Faith’s past catches up with her, can Jason finally claim the woman meant to be his?

A Sexy Series / Dare Standalone

 

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Excerpt

Jason had settled into a chair in the center of the shop, surveying the work going on around him. He’d already left once, returning with sandwiches and sodas for everyone. As the hours passed and he vacillated between returning messages on his phone and talking to the workmen he obviously knew, she grew more confused.

“Don’t you have somewhere else to be?” she asked him.

He raised an eyebrow as if to say, Really? “Nowhere more important. I want to make sure the work here is done correctly and this place looks exactly the way you want it.”

She appreciated his thoughtfulness, but he had to have better things to do than worry about her. “Okay, but I can handle that. I don’t want to take up more of your day than I already have. I can stick around until the guys are finished, lock up, and head home.”

He folded his strong arms over his chest, his olive-green Henley pulling tight over his muscles. “And do you think I’m going to leave you here alone after what you told me about your brother?”

She’d been pushing thoughts of Colton aside all day. “I have pepper spray on my keychain.” The words sounded ridiculous, even to her.

She was no match for her brother, and if he was strung out? He’d have a wiry strength she couldn’t handle. She knew that firsthand, memories of her hands trying to pull his wrists off her neck very clear in her mind.

“Okay, fine. I appreciate you making sure I get home safely.” She’d be a fool to fight Jason’s protective nature.

“You still don’t get it. But you will.” He shook his head, amusement warring with a more serious expression. “You’re coming home with me, sweetness. I’m not leaving you here or in that shitty walk-up with a crappy lock your brother could break with one good kick.”

“Hey! That’s my apartment you’re insulting!” And all she could afford.

“It’s only an insult if I’m wrong.” He studied her, as if daring her to argue.

“I can’t just move in with you!”

He sighed. “Fine. You need someone to vouch for me? We can call my partners. Or my sister. Or… Hey, Sam! Am I trustworthy?” Jason yelled out to the man who was just climbing down a ladder, her clean window staring back at her.

Sam strode up to them and looked from Jason to Faith and back again. “Best man I know. Take a look at this.” Reaching into his pocket, Sam pulled out his phone, then began scrolling through his pictures.

“This is my girl.” He turned the phone so Faith could see a picture of a grinning little pixie with a bright smile and a pom-pom hat on her bald head, no hair hanging down beneath the folded brim.

“She’s beautiful,” Faith said, sliding her finger over her face.

“And if it wasn’t for this guy introducing us to his sister, I don’t think my wife and I would have made it through the roughest parts of her illness.” He shoved his phone back into his pocket.

Looking up at Jason from beneath her lashes, she caught a flush on his cheeks.

“It just so happens I could help you, man. But I’m glad Sienna could do her part. She loves fundraising and doing anything she can for kids who’ve been through what she has.”

Faith would like to help her one day, when there was no danger following her around, she thought sadly. For now, though, she had to fight through her own problems and not bring them into other people’s lives.

“Thanks, Sam.” Jason all but dismissed his friend, who waved and walked back to the other guy helping him.

“So? Still think I’m a serial killer?” Jason asked her.

 

Meet Carly Phillips

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.

 

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four-half-stars

* Release Blast/Review * AWK-WEIRD by Avery Flynn

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* Release Blast/Review * AWK-WEIRD by Avery FlynnAwk-weird by Avery Flynn
Series: Ice Knights #2
Published by Entangled: Amara on October 14, 2019
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four-stars

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party... You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again...right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

Each book in the Ice Knights series is STANDALONE:
* Parental Guidance
* Awk-Weird
* Loud Mouth

 

Filled with steamy laugh out loud moments! AWK-WEIRD is book two in Avery Flynn’s Ice Knights series and it’s utterly delightful! Think a sexy pro hockey player and a nerdy florist who can’t stop touting off trivia at the most awkward moments and add in an adorable kitten and you’ll know why you have to grab this book.

Tess is such an adorable character. She has that spouting trivia thing going for her, but overall she’s extremely smart and has a style all her own. She’s easy to like, she’s well developed and she’s just really fun to get to know.

Cole is a fun character. He brings a smile to a reader’s face easily, but he also had to be redeemed in our eyes because he kept one eye on the past he thought he was going to relive for a little too long for my liking.

Overall, it was lighthearted, funny and super sweet. I recommend it to anyone wanting a fast read filled with laughs and lots of heart. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series already!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.
 
So, when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party … You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me. 
 
There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right? 
 
Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?
 

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

 

 
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four-stars

* Review * ROOM TO BREATHE by Liz Talley

* Review * ROOM TO BREATHE by Liz TalleyRoom to Breathe by Liz Talley
Published by Montlake Romance on November 1, 2019
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four-half-stars

For a good part of Daphne Witt’s life, she was a supportive wife and dutiful mother. Now that she’s divorced and her daughter, Ellery, is all grown up, Daphne’s celebrating the best part of her life, a successful career, and a flirtation with an attentive hunk fifteen years her junior…who happens to be her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Ellery is starting over, too. She’s fresh out of college. Her job prospects are dim. And to support her fiancé in med school, she’s returned home as her mother’s new assistant. Ellery never expected her own life plan to take such a detour. With no outlet for her frustration, she lets an online flirtation go a little too far, especially considering her pen pal thinks he’s corresponding with her mother.

As love lives tangle, secrets spill, and indiscretions are betrayed, mother and daughter will have a lot to learn—not only about the mistakes they’ve made but also about the men in their lives and the women they are each hoping to become.

 

ROOM TO BREATHE by Liz Talley is light, refreshing and filled with southern charm! Though some serious matters are tackled between a mother and her grown daughter, the dialogue is kept upbeat throughout with moments that have you laughing, while others pull at your heartstrings. I found the characters believable and their stories quite interesting.

Daphne is a complex character. As a reader, I found myself cheering for her and her side of things more often than not because though she’s a strong, independent lady, she hasn’t been treated fairly much in her life. She’s easy to connect with, easy to forgive her faults, and an inspiration to us all on how to enjoy the life that comes along when we least expect it.

Ellery is a character that it’s hard not to try to reach into the book and shake some sense into on occasion because she’s the very definition of a spoiled brat. The hard knocks of life come visiting her door though and she’s going to have to learn how to pull herself together and achieve greatness on her own.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a story that draws you in and holds your attention through. I didn’t want to put it down because I just had to keep knowing what was going to happen next. The characters draw your attention in immediately and don’t let up on their drama filled lives. I really enjoyed Daphne and Ellery’s stories!

four-half-stars

* Review * WARNING SHOT by Jenna Kernan

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* Review * WARNING SHOT by Jenna KernanWarning Shot by Jenna Kernan
Series: Protectors at Heart #3
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on November 1, 2019
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four-stars

When an agent teams up with a local sheriff,

she doesn’t realize his secret could endanger their lives…

With Homeland Security on high alert, Rylee Hockings heads into the field to thwart a foreign threat. But local county sheriff Axel Trace doesn’t want the newbie federal agent treading on his turf. As he learns to accept her help, the stakes rise as he realizes he’ll have to reveal a secret that could jeopardize her case—and cost them their lives.

 

Exciting from start to finish! WARNING SHOT is book three in Jenna Kernan’s Protectors at Heart series and revolves around a Homeland Security agent and a local sheriff in a bit of a twist on an enemies to lovers story.

Federal agent Rylee tries to come off as being in charge and all knowing, but she doesn’t play a believable character. Instead, she’s annoying in her holier than thou attitude of always thinking her way is the right way no matter what kind of dangerous situation she might cause by charging in on her own. I found her hard to connect to.

Sheriff Axel on the other hand was very easy to relate to and a character that it’s a pleasure to get to know. He likes to keep peace in his neck of the woods but he knows not to burn his bridges with different entities who he might need to make nice with in certain situations.

I recommend this book to anyone loving a book with intrigue continuing from beginning to end and who enjoys a lot of action with their romance.

four-stars

* Review * UNDER THE AGENT’S PROTECTION by Jennifer D. Bokal

* Review * UNDER THE AGENT’S PROTECTION by Jennifer D. BokalUnder the Agent's Protection by Jennifer D. Bokal
Series: Wyoming Nights #1
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on October 1, 2019
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four-half-stars

“You’re wrong, Everly. You can’t trust me.”

But will he choose duty—or desire?

After leaving the FBI, the last thing Wyatt Thornton wants is to get involved in a murder investigation. Yet Everly Baker is desperate for his help in solving her brother’s mysterious death. The connections between cases tantalize Wyatt, as does the victim’s sister. And when a criminal puts Everly in his crosshairs, Wyatt must trust his crime-solving instincts to protect her—and catch a killer!

 

UNDER THE AGENT’S PROTECTION is the first book in Jennifer D. Bokal’s Wyoming Nights series, a spin off of her intriguing Rocky Mountain Justice series. It centers around a former FBI agent and a PR rep who comes to town looking for answers.

The scene is set quickly when Wyatt stumbles into the middle of a murder investigation. The former FBI agent has distanced himself from life since leaving the bureau and the last thing he wants is to be drug back into the life he walked away from … but when a woman in distress asks for his help, he’s generally going to give it.

Everly is quick to grab a reader’s heart as she makes her way to the Wyoming town where her beloved brother has been found dead. Not happy with the answers the distracted sheriff is giving her, she reaches out to Wyatt to help her figure out what happened to her brother … because she’s not buying that it was accidental!

I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced action filled story with some twists you weren’t really expecting. The characters were easy to connect with and the story line held my attention well. Looking forward to more in the series.

four-half-stars

* Review * A LIE FOR A LIE by Helena Hunting

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* Review * A LIE FOR A LIE by Helena HuntingA Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
Series: All In #1
Published by Montlake Romance on October 15, 2019
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four-stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

 

With the delightful first book in her All In series, Helena Hunting takes her readers for a sexy ride filled with temptation, love when they least expect it and the fallout of not so little lies. A pro hockey player takes advantage of the fact that the gorgeous marine biologist who falls into his life while traveling to Alaska is blissfully unaware of who he is. Fun ensues and then life gets in the way.

Rook AKA RJ is a really easy guy to like. He loves his hockey life, but it’s easy to see why he enjoys a little chemistry with a pretty lady who doesn’t seem to have a clue who he is. When life gets in the way and he realizes he has no way of contacting her, life is a little less bright.

Lainey is blown away with the guy she meets in Alaska, and when it’s time to head back home she can’t seem to get in touch to leave her contact info. More than a year later, life puts them in touch again, but he’s still got a major lie to come clean about, and it turns out she’s got some surprises of her own.

I recommend this book to anyone loving a little humor with your sports romance. The characters are fun, their connection is yummy and their happily ever after is oh so sweet.

four-stars

* Review * BOUND BY THEIR NINE-MONTH SCANDAL by Dani Collins

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* Review * BOUND BY THEIR NINE-MONTH SCANDAL by Dani CollinsBound by Their Nine-Month Scandal by Dani Collins
Series: One Night With Consequences
Published by Harlequin Presents on November 1, 2019
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four-stars

Her bombshell: “I’m pregnant.”

His demand: “Marry me…”

Painfully insecure and media-shy heiress Pia is duty-bound to marry well. So illegitimate Angelo is completely unsuitable husband material. Yet this irresistible Spanish tech tycoon seduces Pia with an evening of bliss…that leaves her pregnant!

Pia can’t afford a scandal, but Angelo wants to publicly claim his heir. Now to control the headlines, Pia must wed the only man who has ever made her feel. With Angelo posing a danger to her well-guarded heart, can she step into the spotlight—with the wedding of the century?

 

With the latest delightful tale from Dani Collins, we get the story of an heiress about to be forced into a suitable marriage and a tech guru who’s past would easily disqualify him from that category in a bit of an opposites attract/surprise baby combination.

The story line heats up quickly with the opening scene taking place at a masquerade ball where Pia and Angelo meet and devour each other without even knowing who the other is. Reality comes crashing back through when she discovers she’s pregnant and has to track him down to tell him.

The characters each have strong back stories and develop well together as the story plays out. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of a royal feel to their romance and enjoys a surprise baby and marriage of convenience.

four-stars

* Review * KEEPING HER CLOSE by Carol Ross

* Review * KEEPING HER CLOSE by Carol RossKeeping Her Close by Carol Ross
Series: Pacific Cove #3
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on October 1, 2019
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four-half-stars

Hired to protect her

…unable to resist her

The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…

 

KEEPING HER CLOSE is book three in the emotionally riveting Pacific Cove Romance series by Carol Ross and brings us the story of a former Navy SEAL turned bodyguard and a photographer in a bit of an opposites attract story.

Harper is immediately an easy to relate to character even though she’s keeping some info about her late fiancee under her sleeve for a good bit of the book. She’s kindhearted and seems always willing to give of her time.

Kyle is conflicted a good part of the book because he likes Harper, but he feels so much allegiance to his late best friend who she was engaged to.

I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys their romance on the sweet side with strong character development and deep story lines. This series as a whole has been really good and I always look forward to a return visit to Pacific Cove.

four-half-stars