Archives for November 2019

* Review * ONE TIMER by Toni Aleo

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* Review * ONE TIMER by Toni AleoOne Timer by Toni Aleo
Series: Nashville Assassins #13
on November 26, 2019
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You’ve known Harper Allen and Jakob Titov since you met them in Taking Shots. You know their story already, right? Ha! You only think you do. In One-Timer, they’ll tell it for themselves.

Harper has been hurt so many times, and she has no interest in anything more than a one-time thing, but Jakob Titov has other ideas.

He is looking for his forever. He has his sights set on a girl who is so good at blocking his attempts, she could be a star goalie in the NHL. Jakob is persistent, though, and he knows what he wants: Harper—forever. together, he knows they’ll make one hell of a team.

The last twenty years have been even better than they could have dreamed. But when their daughter comes home, informing them she’s giving up everything for a boy, they know it’s past time to tell the truth about the shutout they scored all those years ago to get where they are.

It wasn’t easy. But sometimes, that one-time thing leads to a fairy-tale kind of ending.


A blast from the past! With the seventeenth book in her beloved Nashville Assassins hockey series, Toni Aleo goes back in time to bring us a novella of Harper and Jakob’s story and an update on what they’ve been up to throughout the years. For fans of the series, it’s a great little nod to a couple of previous couples … and for new readers, it’s a way to catch up on some previous characters you might have missed. There’s not a huge amount of hockey in the book, but it’s a sexy and sweet love story rolled into a teaching moment with their adult kid. I enjoyed it!


* Review * THE CHRISTMAS WISH by Melinda Curtis

* Review * THE CHRISTMAS WISH by Melinda CurtisThe Christmas Wish by Melinda Curtis
Series: A Sunshine Valley novella
Published by Forever Yours on November 26, 2019
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It's beginning to look a lot like a Christmas in this Sunshine Valley novella from USA Today bestselling author Melinda Curtis.

Everyone in Sunshine Valley, Colorado, is in the Christmas spirit except for Everett Bollinger, the new town manager. With money tighter than ever, Everett has had to make some tough decisions about the local holiday celebration. And taking the blame has put him in a very un-festive mood.

Rosalie Reyes has big plans to open her new pet shop during the Christmas parade. But it seems like Everett is determined to sabotage the parade and her business too. With the help of the local matchmakers and a rambunctious Saint Bernard named Remy, Rosalie is about to unleash the town's holiday cheer and make it a paws-itively amazing Christmas for all. Including a certain town manager who's about to discover the reason for the love.


With the kick-off novella to her brand new Sunshine Valley series, Melinda Curtis delights us all with THE CHRISTMAS WISH. He’s sort of the town’s enemy … and she’s sort of falling for him!

Rosalie is a sweetly fierce character. She is finally taking a chance on herself and has started up that pet store she’s been dreaming of for so long, but she’s not about to stand around and watch this big-wig guy in a suit try to run roughshod on her friends, family and town.

Everett is misunderstood. He’s trying to do his job the best way he knows how in making the town profitable but he’s getting the runaround every way he turns. He knows he came into town with a whole passel of personal baggage on his shoulders, but he has truly grown to like these people and wants what is best for them … why does he always have to be the bad guy?

I recommend this story to anyone wanting a fast paced, enjoyable holiday read. It’s a small town romance with hints of scandal to keep you entertained. I’m looking forward to the first full length novel in the series!


* Review * BOSSY BRIT by Kendall Ryan

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* Review * BOSSY BRIT by Kendall RyanBossy Brit by Kendall Ryan
on November 25, 2019
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Sexy billionaire Liam Bennett is cocky, dangerously handsome, and more importantly, my new boss. If only my ovaries didn't flutter when he was near—yeah, that'd be super helpful.

When our long hours lead to a dare—and an X-rated encounter—I never expected it to be the hottest night of my life.

It'd also be super helpful if Liam didn't know it and taunt me about it every chance he got. Unable to deny our attraction any longer, our work relationship brings a whole new meaning to the term inbox.

But being with him comes with some baggage—like an ex-wife and three kids kind of baggage. And a lawyer who wants half of his company.

Unsure that I'm cut out for this new level of complicated, my traitorous ovaries beg me to try.

Heaven help us all.


Short, sweet and sexy! With Kendall Ryan’s latest, she brings us a short office romance that is smokin’! Weeks and months were skipped over in order to bring us a fulfilling ending, so it wasn’t a fully developed plot or characterization, but what there was of the couple was really fun and steamy. I would have adored if it had been made into a full-length novel and given us all of the moments in between because Liam and Noelle were super fun to get to know! I recommend this story to someone wanting a steamy romance to read in a short amount of available time.


* Review * INTO THE DARK by Karen Rose

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* Review * INTO THE DARK by Karen RoseInto the Dark by Karen Rose
Series: The Cincinnati Series #5
Published by Berkley on November 26, 2019
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New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose returns with a new thriller in her chilling Cincinnati series.

Michael Rowland is not your typical teenager. Deaf from birth, he’s always looked out for his five-year-old brother, Joshua. When his stepfather comes after Joshua, Michael takes the child and runs. He’s determined to protect his brother at all costs, even if that means making himself vulnerable to a danger he can’t hear coming. And the danger intensifies when Michael witnesses a stranger kill his stepfather.

Desperate and afraid, the boys have nowhere else to go but to Joshua’s soccer coach, journalist and ex-Army ranger Diesel Kennedy. When Diesel sees that Michael is injured, he takes them to see Dr. Dani Novak—not only because she’s fluent in American Sign Language, but because he’s drawn to her and everything she stands for. She never refuses Diesel’s requests—because she, too, feels their connection—but she resists him for reasons she doesn’t want to confess.

When Dani and Diesel learn that Michael saw the face of his stepfather’s killer, they fear for his safety. But they quickly discover that it’s even worse than they feared: They may have a serial killer on their hands—and all signs point to Michael as the next target.


Complex, endearing and oh so satisfying! With the fifth book in The Cincinnati Series, Karen Rose brings us Dani and Diesel’s story. If you’re not familiar with this series already, you might be a little overwhelmed with the number of people this cast consists of, but you’ll quickly become accustomed to the group of extended family and friends that help bring this case through ups and downs of evil.

Teenager Michael grabs a readers attention immediately as he tears through danger without thought to try to rescue his little brother from the monster he knows oh too well. As the story unfolds, he becomes a favorite character as he works hard to overcome the trauma he’s been through and learn to trust in this family that helps him take care of his little brother.

Dani won’t let her guard down around Diesel … not because she doesn’t want him but because she thinks he deserves better than she can offer him. He’s an awesome guy, so watching him start to slowly build a connection with her that he’s been dreaming of is super sweet amid a lot of ugly deeds they are uncovering.

I highly recommend this story to anyone wanting a very suspenseful thriller that has an underlying warmth of a close knit group of family and friends.


* Review * DANGEROUS CONDITIONS by Jenna Kernan

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* Review * DANGEROUS CONDITIONS by Jenna KernanDangerous Conditions by Jenna Kernan
Series: Protectors at Heart #4
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on December 1, 2019
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It’s a race against time

To uncover the truth.

Former soldier Logan Lynch has no memory of the past nine years of his life. Now working as a sleepy town’s constable, his life turns upside down when a man is found dead. Before long, microbiologist Dr. Paige Morris gets involved, claiming her boss’s death isn’t what it seems. But as Paige herself becomes the victim of sabotage, she needs Logan’s help…before it’s too late.


Secrets are unraveled as danger closes in! Jenna Kernan saved the best for last in her fourth and final book of her Protectors at Heart series, DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. I’ve enjoyed the entire series, but this one grabbed my heart quickly. Really enjoyed Logan!

Logan is a powerful character because he shows how much you can accomplish even when life has gone wrong and things are working against you. He may not remember a good chunk of his life because of the traumatic brain injury he sustained while in the military, but he is doing better than ever and would be starting to thrive in his job as constable if only people would let him forget that he isn’t perfect.

Paige finds herself in the midst of something bigger than she ever expected and when it looks like things are starting to turn on her, she knows the one person she can always count on is Logan. She also comes to realize that he’s gotten stronger when she wasn’t paying attention and maybe it’s time to try to put their life back together again.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for an action packed story filled with turmoil, love and happily ever afters.


* Review * TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison

* Review * TEAR ME APART by J.T. EllisonTear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison
Published by MIRA on August 28, 2018
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One moment will change their lives forever…

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.

Who knows the answers?

The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.

With vivid movement through time, Tear Me Apart examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.


TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison is electrifying! You’ll start out thinking one thing, and by the end of the book it’s all turned upside down. My first read by this author will most definitely NOT be my last. The author has a natural way of detailing vivid details in a relaxed way that makes you feel like you aren’t being inundated with new info at ever turn, even though the story is quickly developing into more than we were ever expecting.

Mindy Wright is a 17 year old skiing sensation, but when a crash ends her season and sends her to the hospital with a broken leg, she never expects that this will be the least of her worries shortly. While in surgery to repair the damage to her leg, doctors discover she has an aggressive form of leukemia that quickly turns into a nightmare. When she’s in need of a bone marrow transplant, imagine the surprise when it comes to light that her parents aren’t really her parents!

Secrets unravel as the plot goes back in time here and there to bring us the story surrounding how she came to be raised by Lauren and Jasper … and as it all starts to get a little too close to the truth, danger starts lurking it’s ugly head!

I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a story filled with intrigue, secrets and lies. There is an amazing story underneath these secrets and watching it unfold is riveting!


* Review * HOLIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT by Laurel Greer

* Review * HOLIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT by Laurel GreerHoliday by Candlelight by Laurel Greer
Series: Sutter Creek, Montana #3
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on November 1, 2019
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A tragic accident ended the life he once knew

Is a Hanukkah miracle right around the corner?

This year, Dr. Caleb Matsuda could do without holiday cheer. After an avalanche robbed him of his ability to practice surgery, he struggles to make it through each day. He may be intrigued by new colleague Garnet James, but she’s also a search-and-rescue volunteer who could be in danger at any moment. If only she wasn’t perfect for the man he used to be…


HOLIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT is book three in Laurel Greer’s Sutter Creek, Montana series and revolves around a former surgeon turned family physician and a search and rescue member. Caleb is trying to pick up the pieces of his life after an injury in an avalanche robbed him of his ability to perform surgery and thinks settling in Sutter Creek might be just the answer he’s been looking for.

He’s still suffering from the emotional aftermath of being buried alive and having his future change drastically and he hopes living in a mountain town will expose him to the ski culture that still manages to take his breath away. Little does he expect that he’ll fall for a SAR member who risks her life on a daily basis!

Garnet hasn’t made the best choices when it comes to love in the past, so when she realizes that Caleb has a hangup about the danger of her job, she’s hesitant to pursue anything with him … but try as they might, they can’t stay away from each other!

I recommend this story to anyone looking for a heartwarming holiday romance with lots of emotion and turmoil. They touch on both Christmas and Hanukkah in their holiday joy in this book.


* Review * WIN BIG by Kelly Jamieson

* Review * WIN BIG by Kelly JamiesonWin Big by Kelly Jamieson
Series: Wynn Hockey #3
Published by Loveswept on November 19, 2019
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Everly Wynn: As the only daughter in the Wynn family of hockey heroes, I never shared the ice with my brothers—or the approval they got from my father.
And that was before the scandal that ruined my life at sixteen.
Now that I’ve put all that behind me and built a successful career, the last thing I need is another hockey player in my life.
Especially one like Wyatt Bell.
He’s an arrogant, fast-living party boy. I hate how he gets by on his good looks and charm.
So why can’t I get him out of my mind?

Wyatt Bell: Life is short, and you’ve got to live it to the fullest. I learned that the hard way.
So on the ice, I always play to win, and on the town, fun and flirting are my game.
Because it’s better to laugh your way through the pain than to let them see you’re hurting—but I’ll never stop wishing I could find someone to share the real me with.
Something about Everly Wynn makes me think she could be the one.
But all she sees is a hockey jock hooked on good times.
If she didn’t take herself so seriously, maybe she would take a chance on being happy.


Fast paced & exhilarating! With the third book in her ever yummy Wynn Hockey series, Kelly Jamieson brings us WIN BIG. If you’ve been following along with the series, you will quickly recognize Everly, the sole daughter of the Wynn hockey dynasty. Happenstance and a good time on New Year’s Eve leads her to meet her match … namely hockey stud Wyatt Bell.

Everly is an interesting character. She works hard to live up to her family name and to prosper in a guys world of professional hockey … yet in her story we get to see a softer side of her. She’s made mistakes, she has regrets, she has dreams that haven’t yet been fulfilled, but through it all she’s stayed true to herself and what she wants to achieve in life.

Wyatt has the rep of being a player flitting from one woman to another, but in reality, he’s not that party boy anymore. Life has slapped him in the face a time or two and he lives with regret and guilt from things that were often beyond his control. Getting close to Everly might be just the thing to save him … or will it become his final undoing?

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to fans of hockey romance. The Wynn family is large, loud and filled with love, drama and secrets … and I’m loving every minute of them!



* Review * THEIR FESTIVE ISLAND ESCAPE by Nina SinghTheir Festive Island Escape by Nina Singh
Published by Harlequin Romance on November 1, 2019
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Can Christmas in the Caribbean…

…bring her comfort and joy this year?

Jilted at the altar exactly three years ago, Celeste wants sun, sea and exotic cocktails, so escaping to Jamaica is perfect. But her peace is disturbed when the hot Santa from the beach turns out to be Reid Evanson—the luxury resort’s CEO and best man at her nonwedding! Could their unexpected chemistry mean he’s the one to restore her love of the festive season?


A captivating holiday adventure! THEIR FESTIVE ISLAND ESCAPE by Nina Singh is a twist on an enemies to lovers trope and is sure to delight.

Celeste nabs a reader’s attention quickly once we learn she was dumped at the altar three Christmases ago and now escapes every year on a tropical vacation to forget the memories of the most humiliating time of her life. She is easy to relate to, and though I wanted to yell at her a few times over the way she rolls over to her family, I really enjoyed watching her find her way to happiness.

Reid is a character who thinks he knows the situation, but once he figures out that he might have been misled, is quickly adjustable to getting to know the real person that Celeste is. I really enjoyed seeing them both let their guard down with each other.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick holiday read that throws tradition to the curb and lives a little in an electrifying ocean-drenched location. It’s fun, it’s touching and it’s satisfying.


* Review * THE SOLDIER’S SECRET SON by Helen Lacey

* Review * THE SOLDIER’S SECRET SON by Helen LaceyThe Soldier's Secret Son by Helen Lacey
Series: The Culhanes of Cedar River #2
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on December 1, 2019
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A Christmas surprise for a homecoming soldier…

When Jake Culhane comes home to Cedar River to visit his family, he doesn’t expect to reconnect with the woman he never forgot. Abby Perkins never believed Jake would return, which is why she never told him she’d given birth to his son. But Abby is still in love with the boy who broke her heart when he enlisted. This could be their first Christmas as a real family—if Abby can find the courage to tell Jake he’s a father…


With the second book in her The Culhanes of Cedar River series, Helen Lacey brings us Jake and Abby’s story in THE SOLDIER’S SECRET SON. It’s an emotional reunion story of two high school sweethearts who let their stubborn short-sightedness tear them apart.

Abby puts a reader through a tailspin of emotions. I liked the type of person she was as a whole, but that keeping a man’s son a secret from him bit really put her in a bad light.

Jake might have been rash when he was young, but the man he is as he comes back home to Cedar River is honorable and settled. The hurt and anger he feels when he learns he missed out on so much of his son’s life is emotional and deep and shapes his character into a loving father immediately.

I recommend this story to anyone wanting a highly emotional read with twists and turns galore that ultimately brings you a sweet happily ever after. The pace is steady and the emotions high. Really enjoyed it!