Archives for October 13, 2019

* 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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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!


* Review * WARNING SHOT by Jenna Kernan

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* 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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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.


* 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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“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.


* 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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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.



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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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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.